Wednesday, 5 November 2008

5 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!

Remember remember the fifth of November
Gunpowder, treason and plot
I see no reason why gunpowder treason
Should ever be forgot

So goes the children’s nursery rhyme commemorating the discovery on this day in 1605 of the Gunpowder Plot. The protagonists were a bunch a disgruntled English Catholics who attempted to blow up the Houses of Parliament with King James I of England, most of his family and the Protestant autocracy all inside. The plot failed and the fall guy, Guy Fawkes, who was a military explosives expert was caught red handed reading the instructions on the fireworks, “Light the blue touch paper then run like hell!” Actually he was trying to light a bunch of faggots! The historical consequence was that English Catholics would have to wait a further 200 years before they received greater emancipation. Serves them right, is what Nomanda thinks!

Serving his countrymen and women with the very best Belgium had to offer in the way of chocolates our first birthday celebrity is Oscar Bossaert (1887 – 1956). Nomanda has a bit of a sweet tooth and when it comes to chocolates they don’t get any better than the Belgian jobs!

The singing cowboy Leonard Franklin Slye, better known as “Roy Rogers” (1911 – 1998) is our next birthday hero. He starred in over 100 movies with his third wife, Dale Evans. His golden horse “Trigger” and his kind and faithful German Shepherd dog “Bullet” were the stuff of legend. He never smoked, drank alcohol or swore, all his fights were fair, and the bad guys always lost. Happy Days! You can see them all in glorious black and white if you really want to!

Roy shares his birthday with an English Diva of the silver screen, Vivien Leigh (1913 – 1967). If there’s anyone out there who hasn’t seen her performance in “Gone With The Wind”, here’s your chance!

Our next birthday celebrity is the world famous jockey Lester Piggott (1935). With a career record of 4,493 wins including 9 Derby winners it’s a pity he went with the cash and forgot to tell the tax authorities at the end of his career.

Art Garfunkel (1941) is our next birthday boy. If you’ve got kiddies around then play them “Bright Eyes” from the “Watership Down” cartoon. They’ll love it!

The lovely German actress, Elke Sommer (1942) is our last birthday guest. She’s done lots of stuff and blew the socks off Inspector Clouseau” in “A Shot In the Dark”!

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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