Thursday, 6 November 2008

6 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!

On this day in 1917 New York state allowed women to vote for the first time and on the same day the Bolshevik Revolution began with the storming of the Winter Palace in Petrograd, the capital of Russia at that time and the seat of the provisional government. Women’s right to vote would last and the aftermath of the Revolution would be all over within less than 100 years.

Army Lieutenant Colonel Jacob Schick was to patent the first electric shaver on this day in 1923. Nomanda had tried out electric shavers in his time but in the end has always gone back to the classic wet shave razors. Electric shavers don’t seem to do it as well somehow!

It was a close shave for some of the slaves in Saudi Arabia on this day in 1962 when the kingdom abolished slavery. Around 10,000 of the estimated 15,000 – 30,000 slaves were freed. So what happened to the rest of them? If you think that 1962 was a bit late to abolish slavery then spare a thought for the slaves of South Yemen who were only freed in 1967 and the poor sods in Omar who had to wait until 1970. In 2005 the State Department of the US still considered Saudi Arabia to be a “Tier 3” country. Tier 3 countries are "Countries whose governments do not fully comply with the minimum standards and are not making significant efforts to do so." Nomanda can only hope that with Gordon Brown recently cow towing to the Saudi government to keep oil prices down and production up that he had the time to mention the human rights issues. I doubt it!

Our first birthday celebrity today is the Belgian Adolphe Sax (1814 – 1894) the inventor of the modern instrument that bears his name, the saxophone. It’s a great instrument, have a listen to the “Swedish Rhapsody” played on it.

As it is so popular in the US one may have been forgiven for thinking that the game of Basket Ball was invented by an American. Well it wasn’t! It was invented by a Canadian, James A Naismith (1861 – 1939), who I am sure would be dribbling all the way to his birthday bash if he was still around!

The flamboyant boxing promoter Don King (1932) knows how to make loads of cash at other people’s expense. It seems that he picks up the big purses and pays his boxers peanuts. I don’t think too many of his old clients will want to attend his bash today even if they get an invite!

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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