Monday, 29 September 2008

29 September - Historical Events and Special Celebrations

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Nomanda’s Happy Special Day blog is a celebration of events and anniversaries that have touched our lives. If today is your special day join us in looking at a few other events that have occurred on your day. Enjoy!

Well all our faithful readers will be able to guess what happens next on this day in 1066. Yep, having set off yesterday, William the Conqueror landed his troops in Britain, after all he didn’t have far to travel, Harold looked up and got one in the eye!

A mere 600 years later, give or take, it was on this day in 1650 that Henry Robinson opened up the first marriage bureau at Threadneedle Street in London. Now I wouldn’t have thought it was so long ago that matchmaking became a commercial business. So for all those lonely hearts out there, you are not alone, nip along to your local marriage bureau and get yourself fixed up with a partner. It may of course be no co-incidence that Henry set up his business in the street that now houses the Bank of England. I’m reminded of something Zsa Zsa Gabor once said, “I’m a good housekeeper. Every time I get divorced I keep the house!” You have been warned!

With a marriage bureau being set up so long ago, I’m equally surprised that it was only on this day in 1950 that the first telephone answering machine was created. Bell Laboratories are responsible for this piece of priceless technology and Nomanda thinks that answering machines are great! I would however like to get my hands on the guy who invented the automated call receivers. You know those machines where you spend ages listening to someone leading you through a myriad of options, busily pressing the right buttons, only to find out at the end of your endeavours that you are in a lengthy queue and that your call will be dealt with sometime next year! Of course they tell you that they will deal with it in a few minutes, but they never, never do! I hate them!

This day in relatively recent history has been a great one for the music industry. There’s almost something for everyone here with Gladys Knight and the Pips releasing “I Heard it Through the Grapevine” in 1967, Police’s record “Message in a bottle” reaching the #1 spot in 1979, “Let’s Go Crazy” by Prince also going #1 in 1984, and “Didn’t We Almost Have It All” doing the same thing in 1987.

And whilst all this was going on, naughty boy, Boy George was getting himself expelled from school on this day in 1976! What’s he been up to now?

The pigeon lover, Horatio Nelson (1758 – 1805) is our first birthday celebrity. He died after Hardy kissed him at the Battle of Trafalgar and is memorialised at Trafalgar Square in London where his column stands!

The father of the great British Holiday Camps, Billy Butlin (1899 – 1980) is our next celebrity. Offering three meals a day and free entertainment it was an offer the British public could not resist especially at the modest price of between £1 15/- to £3 for a week depending on the season. The accommodation was little more that cardboard huts with the whole family crammed together but they loved it! Many a successful entertainer has come through the “Red Coat” ranks and gone on to bigger and better things. To see what Billy’s holiday camps were like have a look at this “Hi de Hi” clip. Great Fun!

The man who changed the face of Poland, Lech Walesa, (1943) will be having a few black beers at his birthday bash today!

The former athlete, politician, and now the leading light of the 2012 London Olympics committee, Sebastian Coe (1956) will no doubt be dipping his bread in the corporate gravy at his birthday bash!

Happy Special Day to one and all!!

If you know someone who is celebrating their birthday, anniversary or a special day today or sometime soon why not send them a nice e-card so they get it as soon as they log on! Even better, why not send this page to your friend!
Don’t know what to get for a present? Think about what your special person enjoys doing and the things they like.

For Girls, I know that flowers and chocolates are a bit cliché but nevertheless they always seem to work! Of course, if your budget stretches that far, jewellery, watches, perfume and fashion items are always appreciated!

For Boys, all boys like toys! It’s just as they get older the toys get more expensive. So gadgets and gimmicky things work. Again, if you have the budget then car accessories, sporting equipment and clothes, and man type jewellery like watches and gold chains will go down very well!

And, if all else fails, you could always send them a gift voucher and they can choose whatever they want!

If you are celebrating a birthday, anniversary or other special event today I hope you got lots of cards and presents and that there is someone special in your life who will make this day a very happy and special day for you.

Happy celebrations to you from the Happy Special Day Blog!!

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