Sunday, 21 December 2008

21 December - Historical Events and Special Celebration

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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!

With little regard for the children of the province of Flanders the authorities choose this day in 1582 to adopt the Gregorian calendar skipping 10 days and declaring the following day as 1st January 1583! So all the kids missed Christmas that year and all the turkeys got a reprieve! It’s just as well that in Flanders they celebrate Saint Nicolas Day on 6th December so at least the kids got something from him that year!

Well we now have a winner of “Strictly Come Dancing” and our congratulations and best wishes go to Tom and Camilla who won the competition last night! Nomanda loves the show and can’t wait for next year’s competition to start! Who will be the lucky celebrities? So it’s very appropriate that the best dancing couple ever, Fred Astaire and Ginger Rogers, chose this day in 1932 to make their first movie together. It was called “Flying Down to Rio” and here is a clip of them dancing. Could last night’s winners compete with that?

There’s a curious custom, mainly followed by Anglo Saxons, to send out dozens and sometimes hundreds of Christmas cards at this time of the year. I can’t explain the mentality behind it but people you haven’t heard from since their last Christmas card last year send you another with their very best wishes and undying love! I guess the rationale behind it all is the more you send the more you get and you can prove to your friends how popular you are with the walls and house covered with the silly things! The only thing Nomanda recommends is that if you do send out lots of cards make sure you’ve got the spelling correct. The luckless Dan Quayle has got his name in the history books for sending out 30,000 cards on this day in 1989 all with a spelling mistake! Has he really got 30,000 friends and which one grassed on the spelling mistake?

The fitness freak actress Jane Fonda will not only be celebrating her birthday today (1937) but may spare a thought for the anniversary of her marriage on this day in 1991 to CNN Director Ted Turner. On the other hand Ted may not be in her thoughts as they got divorced in 2001!

Carl Dean Wilson
(1946 – 1998) one of the founders of the Beach Boys is our next birthday celebrity and any excuse to have one of their songs is a good one!

Our final birthday guest is the professional tennis player Chris Evert (1954). She was a great ambassador for the game and with a total of 18 Grand Slam Singles titles she could play a bit as well! I wonder what she’ll be serving up at her party today!

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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