Saturday, 11 October 2008

11 October - 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!

Most people get married at a fairly young age and little do they know of how their lives will unfold and what the future has in store for them. One such person was Hilary Rodham who on this day in 1975 married Bill Clinton. I would like to guess that neither of them had any idea that one day they would occupy the White House. Well they did, and Hilary was the First Lady for 8 years. She obviously enjoyed living at the White House as she had a crack at getting there herself, this time as President. Sadly Hilary was beaten to the nomination by Barack Obama. Nomanda has a feeling that we’ve not heard the last from the formidable Hilary!

Nearly 450 years after she was sunk by the French Navy the Tudor purpose built warship, the Mary Rose, was raised from the Solent on this day in 1982. After her upgrade in 1536 she boasted an impressive 91 cannons, displaced 700 tons and needed a sailing crew of 200 aided by 185 soldiers and 31 gunners. It’s amazing when the unsinkable happens!

The unthinkable happened on this day in 1990 when the price of oil hit a record $40.42 per barrel. If only they knew just how lucky they were! With recent oil prices hitting almost $100 more at $138.54 in June 2008 it’s time for those unfortunates of the ‘90’s to start singing their “Happy Days” song!

Our first birthday celebrity today is Henry John Heinz (1844 – 1919). He was one of 8 children born to his father John Henry Heinz. Not a great deal of imagination in choosing their kids’ names in that family! There was no stopping young Henry as from the age of just 9 he was growing, bottling and selling his own brand of horseradish sauce! He went on to bigger and better things eventually running out of ideas at 57 (varieties, that is, not his age!) Everyone knows that “Beanz Meanz Heinz”. What perhaps not everybody knows is that the effect of eating too many baked beans is called “petits chansons” in French, which literally translated means “little songs”. So that’s what they’re calling it these days, is it?

Sir “Bobby” Charlton (1937) will no doubt have a few of his old playing mates around for a drink or two at his birthday bash today. He was a member of the English Football Team that won the World Cup in 1966 and played for Manchester United for most of his career. He is considered to be one of the greatest English players of all time and still holds the goal scoring record for both his club and his country.

The larger than life comedienne and actress Dawn French is happy with the number 57 as she celebrates her birthday (1957) today. A very funny and talented lady, Nomanda still loves watching the “Vicar of Dibley” whenever I get a chance. Here’s one of Nomanda’s favourite clips!

Our final birthday greetings go to two lovely ladies, Kellie Martin (1975) and Jane Krakowski (1968).

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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