Monday, 24 November 2008

24 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!

It was on this day in 1859 that the naturalist Charles Darwin first published his revolutionary book entitled “On the Origin of Species by Means of Natural Selection, or the Preservation of Favoured Races in the Struggle for Life”. The book was an immediate sell out and it was published no less than 6 more times during Darwin’s lifetime. It was to prove to be one of the most contentious theories of all time and the arguments still persist between the “Evolutionists” and the “Creationists”. The basic theories can be summarised as follows:

1. Species have great fertility. They have more offspring than can grow to adulthood.

2. Populations remain roughly the same size, with small changes.

3. Food resources are limited, but are relatively stable over time.

4. An implicit struggle for survival ensues.

5. In sexually reproducing species, generally no two individuals are identical.

6. Some of these variations directly impact the ability of an individual to survive in a given environment.

7. Much of this variation is inheritable.

8. Individuals less suited to the environment are less likely to survive and less likely to reproduce, while individuals more suited to the environment are more likely to survive and more likely to reproduce.

9. The individuals that survive are most likely to leave their inheritable traits to future generations.

10. This slowly effected process results in populations that adapt to the environment over time, and ultimately, after interminable generations, these variations accumulate to form new varieties, and ultimately, new species.

It all sounds pretty plausable to me and one day Nomanda hopes to read the full work when I’ve got the time!

If the survival of the fittest is your thing then you have to admire the longevity of Agatha Christie’s “Mousetrap” that opened in London on this day in 1952 and is still going strong! So mice are up for it, then! Rabbits too, I suppose! I wonder what “Mousetrap” will evolve into, “Catflap” possibly!

The iconic transport of the US President “Air Force One” was christened on this day in 1954 and is still going strong! Apparently it’s only called “Air Force One” when the President is on board and sadly the plane carrying the vice President is downgraded to “Air Force Two”. It all sounds a bit second class to me!

The prolific painter and poster maker Henri de Toulouse-Lautrec (1864 – 1901) is our first birthday celebrity today. He found most of his models in the pubs, clubs and brothels of Paris and not surprisingly died at an early age from an anti-social disease. He did however do some great stuff!

The owner of a Soho night club, Joseph Olutola Olu Odutola Oguntala (1920 – 1996) not only gets a mention on his birthday today because of his name, but also because he managed to live to the ripe old age of 76 in what can only be described as a hazardous occupation! See above!

This day over the years has been a good birthday for English cricketers including Ken Barrington (1930 – 1981), Fred Titmus (1932) and the indomitable Sir Ian Botham (1955).

The multi talented big Scotsman Billy Connolly (1942) is our final celebrity today. He seems to have an opinion on most things but the theorems of algebra seem to have escaped him!

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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