Saturday, 29 November 2008

29 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!

Nomanda is prepared to be open minded on most things but when it comes to the invention of something invisible then I get a bit cynical! According to the history books it was on this day in 1775 that Sir James Jay, an American physician living in London invented invisible ink. I can imagine the revelation of this wonderful invention.

Look at that.” “What, I can’t see anything?” That’s just it you see, I’ve written on that piece of paper with invisible ink and you can’t see it!” “Mmmm. What does it say? Show it to me.” “Oh, I’m sorry I can’t do that.” “Why not?” “Because it’s a secret!”

Nice try, James!

Maybe I’ll write the rest of this blog in invisible ink!

And now on to something that is all but invisible, the amount of coffee used in the making of American coffee. It was on this day in 1942 that the US started to ration coffee and to Nomanda’s taste nobody has told the coffee makers of the States that it’s been taken off the ration books! Even the strongest cup of coffee I’ve had in the US has been little better than warmed up brown water. Come on, guys put the coffee back in the coffee!

I feel a bit sorry for Dale Cummings who on this day in 1965 did 14,118 consecutive sit-ups because a few years later in 1983 August Hoffman came along and did 29,518 of the things! That’s more than double poor old Dale’s record. Just goes to show that it doesn’t pay to do these things!

Our first birthday celebrity is Louisa May Alcott (1832 – 1888) the author of the novel “Little Women”. It was one of the first, and maybe the last, serious book to be read by “Joey” from “Friends”. The tales of Meg, Jo, Beth and Amy fascinated him and the only question he had from reading the book was how little the women really were. Here are the lines from the script.

Joey: Uh, now Rach? These, ah, these little women...
Rachel: Yeah?
Joey: How little are they? I mean, are they, like, scary little?

Come on, Joey, grow up!

The English author and close friend of J R Tolkein, C S Lewis (1898 – 1963) is our next birthday guest. His books “The Chronicles of Narnia” and “The Space Trilogy” have made him a firm favourite of children of all ages. Nomanda would have loved to have been a fly on the wall of the Oxford cloisters whilst these two great men were discussing their fantasies and ideas!

Our final birthday wishes go to the English rugby full back Dusty Hare (1952). He still holds the record of the most first class points scored by a rugby player (7,337), not at all a dusty record!

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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