Sunday, 19 October 2008

19 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!

Of course these days we’re all used to things happening at the flick of a switch as it were and get very frustrated when we flick the switch and things don’t work. Think of the astonishment of the people witnessing the first switch flicking demonstrated on this day in 1879 by the inventor Thomas Edison. I guess it went something like this;

Ladies and Gentlemen I’m going to extinguish this oil lamp and plunge the room into darkness. Then if you will all be patient I’m going to turn on the very first light powered by electricity. I just flick this switch here and WOW!” Absolutely amazing!

One of the most popular pieces of recent classical music that has become the signature tune of the “Last Night at the Proms”, Edward Elgar’s “Pomp and Circumstance” was first performed in Liverpool on this day in 1901. If you are really lucky you can see the march conducted by the composer!

In a different genre but nevertheless just as popular the Beatles record “I Want to Hold Your Hand” was made on this day in 1963.

It can be a tricky business the show business industry and one New York theatre that has had its share of bad luck is the Nederlander Theatre. On this day in 1986 “Raggedy Ann” closed after just 5 performances, and it went one performance better than “Dangerous Games” that opened at the same theatre on this day in 1989 and played just 4 times!

On the other hand, the Schubert Theatre in New York had a better idea of what the public really really wanted when the “A Chorus Line” opened on this day in 1975 to go on for 6,137 performances!

This day in 2006 celebrated the Dow Jones index closing above 12,000 for the first time. Last time I looked it was hovering around 9,000 and showing no signs of changing! What a difference a couple of years make!

The spy thriller novelist John LeCarre (1931) is our first birthday celebrity today. Nomanda has read most of his books but has to admit that I need frequently to go back over pages to follow his sometimes complicated plots! Watch out when “Smiley’s” about!

The lovely ex tennis professional and now TV sports presenter Sue Barker (1956) is our next birthday guest. I think she is the most recent Britton to win a major which she did in 1976 at the French Open. Happy Days!

(1966) will be having a great time at her birthday bash today. I wonder if any “Toy Boys” will be invited!

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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