Monday, 1 December 2008

1 December - 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!

BINGO” shouts the fat lady furiously waving her card to be checked and to be paid her winnings. Well we all have the toy salesman Edwin s Lowe to thank for the invention of this stupid game on this day in 1929. The game occupies bored people and seduces them with the chance of winning money. Mind-blowingly dull and profitable only for the organisers! That’s why so many churches run bingo nights!

Much more interesting is the first coloured photograph of the earth from space that was taken on this day in 1959. It is a beautiful sight to behold and although only the odd astronaut and the few wealthy “space tourists” will witness it for real, thanks to the camera we can all enjoy it.

The colour of skin was the topic of the moment on this day in 1965 when the South African government declared that all children of white fathers are white. Now I do know that governments can be a bit stupid sometimes but I can imagine the case where a child of a white father and a black mother will have skin a darker tone than a similar child of a black father and a white mother. Yet according to this fantastic piece of administrative stupidity the darker one is “white” and the lighter one is “black”! It must be true, check it out on your ID card!

Almost at the end of the professional golfing calendar for the year it was on this day in 1973 that the great Jack Nicklaus became the first golfer to win $2 million dollars in a year. Well done, Jack! Nowadays the top player in a big competition can earn that amount in one event. Doesn’t seem right to me!

One of Michael Jackson’s best selling records “Thriller” was released on this day in 1982. Despite his enormous success and sponsorship deals he seems to have lost most of the money he’s earned and I understand that “Never Never Land” is now shortly to go under the hammer.

With a Frenchman at one end and an Englishman at the other, both armed with a shovel and a bit of earthmoving equipment, they started digging the channel tunnel on this day in 1987. And just 3 years later they met on this day in 1990. Neat work and great timing!

Not one of Nomanda’s favourites but it would be churlish to let Woody Allen’s birthday (1935) pass without a mention.

The rocking drummer of the ‘60’s Sandy Nelson (1938) will be beating his way to the bar at his birthday bash today. “Teen Beat” is probably his best known record and it makes you want to get up and go strictly come jiving!

One of Nomanda’s favourite golfers Lee Trevino (1939) is our next birthday boy today. With 6 majors to his name Nomanda reckons he can give himself a day off from the practice range and have a great birthday party!

The evergreen Bette Midler (1945) is our last birthday guest. She’s done lots of stuff and is currently appearing at Caesar’s Palace with a couple of other evergreens, Cher and Elton John. I wonder who does the wake up calls!

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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