Tuesday, 21 October 2008

21 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!

We have all heard the expression “Not bad for Government work” which I understand is supposed to represent something somewhat less than normally acceptable commercial practice. So guess what it comes as no surprise that the “normally” accepted typing rate for “government work” is around 40 words per minute. That compares to a record typing speed set on this day in 1918 of 170 words per minute by Margaret Owen. I’m sure that record has been broken since, but if you always thought that the civil servants worked at about ¼ of the speed of the rest of us, you now have your proof! They effectively work a one day week and get paid for five! Not bad for Government work!

Recognising the need for new blood in the House of Lords the first woman to take her seat in the House on this day in 1957 was Baroness Swanborough. If she achieved little more than trying to keep some of the old codgers awake she already would have made a contribution!

This day has been a good one for Elton John over the years as on this day in 1975 he was given a star in Hollywood. And on the same day in 1997 his tribute song to Princess Diana, “A Candle in the Wind”, sold 33 million copies worldwide. The proceeds from the record sales of around £55 million went to the Princess’ Memorial Fund.

The poet Samuel Taylor Coleridge (1772 – 1834) is our first birthday celebrity. His “Rime of an Ancient Mariner” has been the plague of English school kids for generations and is renowned the following famous quotation!

Water, water, everywhere,
And all the boards did shrink;
Water, water, everywhere,
Nor any drop to drink.

The very funny actor Leonard Rossiter (1926 – 1984) is our next birthday boy. If you haven’t seen “The Rise and Fall of Reginald Perrin” you haven’t lived! Have a look at these clips!

Taking on the “Mighty Quinn”, the South African singer Manfred Mann (1940) will be rocking at his birthday bash today!

And if you’re really lucky the Bay City Rollers guitarist Eric Faulkner (1955) may treat you to “Money Honey” at his 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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