Wednesday, 3 September 2008

3 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!

Now how would you feel if when you woke up this morning and discovered that it wasn’t the 3rd September but in fact it was 14th September? I know your first thoughts would be that you’ve somehow missed 11 of Nomanda’s great blogs! But apart from that would you feel as if you’d slept through the last 11 days? It’s all very confusing, where did the days go? Well in fact this is exactly what happened on this day in 1752 when England adopted the Gregorian Calendar. The whole country was 11 days out of kilter so they just wiped them out! Obviously the population of England in 1752 had the same deep rooted respect for their politicians as we do today and rioted believing that the government had stolen 11 days of their lives. I wonder if the population got a tax rebate as there were 11 fewer days of public funding. I think not! What if you’d booked your holiday from 3rd to 14th September – whoosh, it’s gone! Back to work!

Speaking of whoosh – it’s gone; Sir Malcolm Campbell drove the first car to exceed 300 mph on this day in 1935. Some 70+ years later I still can’t get that out of my car!

Sweden undertook an action of extreme daring on this day in 1967 when they started driving on the right hand side of the road! It’s a decision of Herculean proportions when you think about all the road signs to swap from one side of the road to the other etc. Maybe this gives us all an insight to why their national produced car, the Volvo, is built like a tank! It must have been a great day for all those involved in the body shop business! How did the insurance companies sort it all out?

It’s always good to quit while you’re ahead and on this day in 1989 the formidable tennis star Chris Evert did just that. She defeated the up and coming youngster, Monica Selles, who was just 15 years old, in her 101st and last US Tennis Open. Tennis courts around the world would be subjected to Monica’s power and grunts for years to come!

Our first birthday celebrity is Ferdinand Porsche (1875 – 1951) the guy who named the car after himself! Nomanda has never owned one of these speed machines having always thought they were a bit “posy”. I am however happy to share with all those Porsche owners out there that in fact the speed machine was based on the humble VW Beetle! “Joey” in Friends nearly had a Porsche but it turned out to be just a heap of cardboard boxes covered by a blanket! He did however have the lovely “Porsche” owners’ jumpsuit outfit! Really cool!

Our next birthday boy, Charlie Sheen (1965) would probably look good in a Porsche. Looking at his marriage record he certainly gets around a bit!

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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