Friday, 12 December 2008

12 December - Historical Events and Special Celebrations

Today is

Poinsettia Day

Flower of the Month: Paper White Gemstone of the Month: Turquoise

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!

You stick them in the ground, put your ball on top of them and then blast away with your driver! Spare a thought for the guy who patented the humble wooden golf tee, George F Bryant of Boston, on this day in 1899. I know that they mostly break after you hit the ball but they are not very expensive and I guess old George didn’t make a fortune from his patent! I even know golfers who scavenge around the tee looking for ones that have been lost or that are not too badly broken!

A much more complicated bit of machinery, the first prototype of the Hovercraft was patented on this day in 1955 by its inventor Christopher Cockerell. Now there’s a piece of kit that’s got a future! Amazingly he started testing his theories with a hair dryer and tin cans before he moved on to his first balsa wood craft!

There was nothing wooden about Barbra Streisand’s performance in “Hello Dolly” that premiered on this day in 1969.

The Norwegian painter with an uncanny ability to unsettle people with his art, Edvard Munch (1863 – 1944) is our first birthday celebrity. If you think his best known work “The Scream” is frightening, you ought to have a look at his self portrait!

Our next birthday boy is none other than “old blue eyes” himself, Frank Sinatra (1915 – 1998). He sang, he acted and he directed films, and of all the stuff he’s done this has to be one of Nomanda’s favourites!

The evergreen choreographer and dancer, Lionel Blair (1931) is our next birthday boy and is still going strong. I bet he’ll be showing off some of his fancy footwork at his birthday bash today!

Our final birthday greetings go to Dave Munden (1943) of The Tremeloes. Strangely enough they recorded lots of songs that shortly later were recorded more successfully by the Beatles! What do you think of their version of “Do You Love Me”?

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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