Tuesday, 28 October 2008

28 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!

This day in 1900 marked the closing of the second Olympic Games held in Paris. The whole event was something of an endurance test having started on 14th May, some five months earlier! These Games were also the first time that women had competed. Some unusual events were contested for the first and only time in the history of the Games. The equestrian high and long jumps, swimming obstacle race, two-day cricket and live pigeon shooting being the most interesting. The pigeons of Paris breathed a sigh of relief!

I’m not sure that the world jewish population had the same sense of relief on this day in 1965 when Pope Paul VI proclamed that the jews were not collectively guilty for the crucifiction of Christ. What he was really saying was that up to that point the Catholic Church had believed that they were collectively guilty! Amazing!

Celebrating the birth of Christ rather than His death, it was on this day in 1971 that John and Yoko released their record “Happy Christmas (War is Over)”. A bit early maybe but if you want to make the lucrative Christmas charts evidently you need to start early!

Maybe it was a co-incidence but on the birthday of Bill Gates (1955) the co-founder of Microsoft chose this day in 1988 to give $10 million to the Washington University library. Nice gesture anyway!

The founder of the “Mission of the Coming Days” church, Lee Jang Rim, predicted that the world would end on this day in 1992 and Christ would fulfil his second coming promise. The members of the church sold their properties, left their families and quit their jobs only to discover, presumably the next day that old Lee had got it wrong! Meanwhile Lee had been squirreling away his nuts, so to speak, and ended up in jail for swindling $4 million in donations, $380,000 of which were in invested in bonds that matured 6 months after his predicted “end of the world”! How do they do it?

Our first birthday celebrity is the legendary chef Auguste Escoffier (1846 – 1935). Apart from his cook book “Le Guide Culinaire” containing over 5,000 recipes; he also introduced the service of one plate at a time (previously French Chefs had delivered the whole order at once!) and established the Ritz Hotel chain with his mate César Ritz. None the wonder he had to flee to the tax haven of Monaco for his final years! I guess we got the word “scoff” from this illustrious chef.

Our next birthday boy is Wayne Fontana (1945) the founder of the group Wayne Fontana and the Mindbenders. He’s had his ups and downs over his career but is still going strong and as long as you’re not a bailiff you will enjoy his “Groovy Kind of Love”.

Our final birthday wishes go to the “Pretty WomanJulia Roberts (1967). Despite being the world’s biggest female box office success in terms of receipts and having a personal fortune of around $140 million, Nomanda still likes her!

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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