Sunday, 26 October 2008

26 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!

One of the most famous gunfights in the history of the “Wild West” took place on this day in 1881 at the OK Corral in Tombstone, Arizona. The “goodies” represented by the Earp brother with trusty Doc Holliday went against the “baddies” represented by the McLaury and Clanton brothers and there cannot be anyone in the world who doesn’t know who won. The “Goodies” of course!

In the days of the “Wild West” the villains would carry out their dastardly deed and gallop off on their horses into the sunset rapidly pursued by the posse who seemed to get themselves rounded up and organised in double quick time. A thrilling chase would follow, at least that’s how it was portrayed in the movies, and after numerous attempts of going down the wrong garden path the good guys would catch up with the bad guys, arrest them and the film would end!

That changed forever on this day in 1901 when a bunch of enterprising thieves held up a shop in Paris and escaped in the first robbery to use a getaway car. The world would never be the same, the police would exchange their horses and bicycles for cars, and the era of cops and robbers and thrilling car chases dawned! Whatever next, boats and planes, I suppose?

Probably wishing he’s kept his mouth shut in was on this day in 1972 that Henry Kissinger declared that “Peace is at hand” in Vietnam. It wasn’t and they whole thing ended in disaster for the American forces a few years later.

Whilst Henry was making his ill-timed speech tickets were being sold for guided tours around the prison of Alcatraz. I wonder if film director Donald Siegel (1912 – 1991) was in the queue for tickets to do a bit of research for his film “Escape from Alcatraz”.

Our next birthday celebrity is the famous gospel singer Mahalia Jackson (1911 – 1972). If you like a bit of gospel with your breakfast have a listen to this! Nomanda health warning: this is not for the faint hearted!

On a lighter note the cartoon character “Felix the Cat” was created on this day in 1917. His bone fides are disputed but his “Bag of Tricks” is not! You will not believe just what he’s got in there! A good one for the kiddies!

The cockney rough diamond Bob Hoskins (1942) is our next birthday boy. In a career spanning well over 30 years he’s done loads of great stuff.

I wonder if Hilary Clinton (1947) knows she shares her birthday with Jaclyn Smith who as “Kelly” from “Charlie’s Angels” is probably much more popular! I know whose birthday party I’d prefer to be invited to!

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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