Thursday, 16 October 2008

16 October - Historical Events and Special Celebrations

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Gemstone of the Month: Opal

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!

Nobody I know likes to go to the dentist. However if you think of the times before injections and anaesthetics it must have been even worse! The dentist William T Morton demonstrated the use of ether on this day in 1829. Addressing the assembly of other learned physicians and dentists I guess it went something like this.

Ladies and Gentlemen I am now going to demonstrate the use of ether and how it can be used effectively to deaden the pain inflicted in undergoing surgery. You open the bottle and soak the cloth in the ether. You then put the cloth over the mouth and nose of the patient as I am doing to myself now causing the patient to breath in the ether fumes. Very soon the patient becomes tired and ………….

……. at which point he drops down on the floor unconscious missing the applause of his audience!

On the same day in 1923 as John Harwood was patenting his self winding watch the Disney company was formed. I know which one I would back!

Our first birthday celebrity today is the evergreen Max Bygraves (1922). In a singing career spanning over 50 years he has at last hung up his microphone and currently lives in Queensland with Blossom, his wife of 65 years. He liked doing “sing along” stuff so join Max in “Tulips from Amsterdam”.

It’s not often that an actor from “Baywatch” would attract Nomanda’s attention but on a slow day celebrity birthday wise Jeremy Jackson (1980) gets a mention!

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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