Saturday, 15 November 2008

15 November - Historical Events and Special Celebrations

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Flower of the Month: Chrysanthemum

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!

It was in this day in 1492 that Christopher Columbus landed on the island he named San Salvador and was greeted by the native Arawaks. Believing that Columbus and his men were sent from the Gods the natives presented them with gifts including dried fruits, wooden spears and dried tobacco leaves. The crew ate the fruits and despite Columbus remarking and noting that the dried leaves gave off a distinctive fragrance threw the leaves away. Silly Sod! The world would have to wait another 70 odd years before the benefits of smoking the evil weed were to be properly appreciated! Nasty Smokey Nomanda!

It was on this day in 1864 that the cleverly located first US mines school opened at Columbia University. The lessons took place in the basement of the building!

Elvis Presley
’s first film “Love Me Tender” premiered in New York on this day in 1956. The King didn’t mind where he was loved just as long as he was loved!

It’s amazing to discover that the first TV commercial on English TV was transmitted less than 40 years ago on this day in 1969. It was broadcast on ATV Midland and was an ad for Birds Eye Frozen Peas! These days it seems as though you can’t go for 5 minutes without a commercial break and they all seem to be for banks and insurance companies. Bring back the Peas for Nomanda, please!

Our first birthday celebrity is William Pitt the Elder (1708 – 1778). Despite being the 1st Earl of Chatham he was known as “The Great Commoner”. So no chance for the rest of us ordinary citizens, then!

Nomanda likes art and paintings and when someone comes along with an 800 metre canvas then he must get a mention. John Banvard (1815 – 1891) is the guy in question and his panamoric painting of the Mississippi River Valley is his monumental work of art. He toured around the world with it and even gave Queen Victoria a private peek at it!

If you want to make it for Petula Clark’s (1932) birthday bash my betting is you’ll have to go “Downtown”!

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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