Tuesday, 18 November 2008

18 November - 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!

The story goes that it was on this day in 1307 that William Tell shot the apple off his son’s head with his crossbow. He had been forced to shoot at the apple because he had refused to bow to the hat of the local bad guy, Hermann Gessler, which was stuck on the top of a stake in the village square. After he’d shot off the apple, Gessler asked Tell why he had two bolts ready on his crossbow. Tell replied that the second bolt was meant for Gessler if he’s missed with his first shot. The bad guy didn’t take kindly to this subordination and ordered Tell to be bound up and taken on board his ship to his castle at Kussnacht. Tell escaped from the ship, made it overland to Kussnacht and killed the nasty Gessler when he turned up! The outcome of the whole affair was that Tell’s defiance of Gessler sparked a revolution that eventually led to the formation of the Swiss Confederation. Great story, I wonder if it’s true! Whether it is or not Rossini’s music is!

In an extraordinary euphemistic description of events it was on this day in 1961 that President JFK sent 18,000 “military advisors” to South Vietnam! Come on!

Another President of the USA was to open the Clinton Library in Little Rock, Arkansas on this day in 2004. The library contains 2 million photographs and 80 million documents. Enough to keep the most avid researcher happy for days!

Our first birthday wishes go to one of the smallest and most famous characters in the world, Mickey Mouse, whose birthday (1928) is officially celebrated on this day!

We will not “Keep her Hanging on” and turn up in good time to celebrate Kim Wilde’s (1960) birthday today!

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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