Friday, 7 November 2008

7 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 1872 that the US cargo ship the “Mary Celeste” began her fateful voyage. The abandoned ship was found under full sail the following month. She was loaded with a cargo of alcohol and there are numerous theories as to what happened to the crew and passengers totalling 10 in all. Nomanda’s favourite theory is that they opened a few of the barrels (there were 6 barrels discovered empty!) had a great party and all fell drunk overboard! Whatever actually happened remains a mystery to this day.

The Museum of Modern Art opened on this day in 1929 in New York. It has one of the best collections of modern art anywhere and if you want to have a look at some of the best known and loved impressionist paintings there’s a good chance you’ll find what you are looking for here.

Mary Robinson was elected as the first female president of Ireland on this day in 1990. She became the first Labour Party candidate, the first woman and the first non-Fianna Fáil candidate in the history of contested presidential elections to win the presidency. She went on to bigger and better things at the United Nations becoming the High Commissioner for Human Rights in 1997. Talented lady!

The Baptist bible puncher Billy Graham (1918) may make an exception on this day and pop down to his local church to partake in a drop of the communal beverage. Although taken in by the evangelical crusades at an early age Nomanda is pleased to say that he quickly came to his senses and left all that stuff behind many years ago! Despite the fact that Billy’s life time audience including radio and TV broadcasts is supposed to be over 2 billion people, and the fact that around 2.5 million have “stepped forward”, Nomanda wouldn’t buy a used car from him!

Much more to Nomanda’s taste is the lovely model and actress Jean Shrimpton (1942). She was one of the Carnaby Street jet-set and became a fashion icon of the ‘60’s. She now runs a nice hotel in Penzance, Cornwall and if he’s ever in the area Nomanda would love to stay there!

Our final birthday wishes go to the Australian tennis giant Mark Phillippoussis (1976). He can serve the ball at around 140 kph which is about 100 kph’s quicker than Nomanda can receive it! He’s an ace!

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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