Saturday, 17 January 2009

17 January - Historical Events and Special Celebrations

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Flower of the Month: Carnation

When it is your happy special day and whether you are celebrating a birthday or special anniversary, if you would like a mention on Nomanda’s blog just send us the details. We promise you a very special mention on this blog on your special day!

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 a deal was concluded between Denmark and the US for the US to purchase the Virgin Islands from Denmark for the princely sum of $25 million. The US had been trying to get their hands on the Islands for some time and with Europe at war and Denmark concerned that if they were invaded by Germany that the US would just seize them anyway they took the pragmatic approach and sold them! The current estimated population, of the Islands is 110,000 who host around 2 million tourists each year most of whom arrive on cruise ships. Nice work if you can get it!

I write the Songs” by Barry Manilow went to the #1 spot on this day in 1976 and the evergreen singer songwriter has never looked back since! He’s not really one of Nomanda’s favourites but with over 78 million records sold there must be somebody out there who likes him!

The guy who made his name and fortune from hairdressing, Vidal Sassoon (1928), is our first birthday celebrity today. I have to admit that hairdressers haven’t made a lot of money from Nomanda’s infrequent visits but like most things in life there’s always someone out there who will turn up and pay a fortune for something you could do at home yourself!

Floating like a butterfly and stinging like a bee” our next birthday celebrity is one of the world’s best boxers ever, Muhammad Ali (1942). His record is a total of 61 fights, winning 56 of which 37 were with KO’s. Not at all bad in anyone’s book. His original name was Cassius Clay and Nomanda’s father named his boxer dog “Cassius” after the great man. Corny, but true!

The girl who got the world doing a funny walk, Susanna Hoffs (1959) is our next birthday celebrity. If you want your neighbours to really think that at last you’ve gone entirely mad then you should try to “Walk Like an Egyptian”!

I must pay more attention to my oral hygiene otherwise the bassist of the group Berlin John Crawford (1960) will “Take my breath Away”!

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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