Friday, 31 October 2008

31 October - Historical Events and Special Celebrations

Gemstone of the Month


Flower of the Month: Calendula

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!

Just 359 years after the famous Italian physicist, mathematician, astronomer and philosopher, Galileo, had been placed under house arrest by the Catholic Church it was on this day in 1992 that Pope John Paul II declared that the Church had got it wrong, that the earth did actually revolve around the sun and that their banished son could be re-instated! On behalf of the great man Nomanda sends the Church his grateful thanks!

Our first birthday celebrity today is the romantic poet John Keats (1795 – 1821). Despite his short life he was a prolific composer and his poems have littered the desks of English school children for generations. One of his most famous, “Ode on a Grecian Urn”, often irreverently referred to by those naughty school children as “How Much does a Grecian Earn?” finishes with the following couplet that epitomises Keats beliefs and philosophy.

Beauty is truth and Truth beauty, that is all
Ye know on earth and all ye need to know

Anyone who can dedicate 30 years of his life to the study of ancient Egyptian grammar deserves a birthday mention! The German professor of Egyptology at the University of Berlin, Georg A Erman (1854 – 1937) is our man! I wonder if it helped being German!

And just to prove that Nomanda’s tastes are catholic with a small “c” the American rapper Vanilla Ice (1968) also gets a birthday tribute. If you get an invite to his birthday bash and you like your drinks cold, just ask for “Ice Ice Baby”!

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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