Thursday, 2 October 2008

2 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!

All rugby fans will celebrate this day in 1909 that featured the very first rugby match at the Twickenham Rugby Ground between old local rivals Harlequins and Richmond. The first International game was played between England and Wales on January 15th the following year. The ground is affectionately known as “Twickers”, or more colloquially as “The Cabbage Patch” after the earlier use of the ground before it was converted into a ruby pitch! The ground now has an international reputation and is the home ground for the English Rugby Team.

Showing a turn of pace in the air as opposed to the rugby ground it was on this day in 1971 that a homing pigeon averaged the incredible speed of 133 kph in a 1,100 km race held in Australia. Homing pigeons can travel amazing distances to fly back to their own nest and mate. Nomanda thinks the little guy who set that speed record was on a promise!

The man who led India to independence through his policy of peaceful protest, Mahatma Ghandi (1869 – 1948) is our first birthday celebrity today. He was a great leader and suffered long periods of imprisonment during his long campaign. I am reminded of a question on “University Challenge”:

Name the first names of the following people, Caesar, Christ and Ghandi?

Buzzzzzz! The answer from the team who hit the buzzer first was,

We’re not too sure of the first two but we think the third one is Goosey Goosey!

Education is a fine thing, more people should do it!

Two of the great comedians of the early 20th century share this day as their birthday, Groucho Marx (1869 – 1977) the guy with the big moustache, glasses and cigar, and Bud Abbott (1895 – 1974) the straight man of the team “Abbott and Costello”. Both very funny guys and both had a good innings!

One of Nomanda’s favourite singers, Don McLean (1945) will be having a slice of “American Pie” at his birthday bash today!

The Englishman George Meegan (1952) who walked the entire length of the western hemisphere from Argentina to Alaska is our next birthday celebrity. He covered 19,019 miles and the trip took him 7 years to complete. When he got to the end of it he was “Sad it was all over!” George, you deserve an extra pint at your birthday party today!

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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