Wednesday, 21 January 2009

21 January - Historical Events and Special Celebration

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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!

You would have thought that when locking up someone who does amazing feats of escape for a living that the authorities may take special precautions when locking him up for a misdemeanour. Well they didn’t, and on this day in 1903 the escapologist Harry Houdini escaped from a police cell in Amsterdam! Actually it was all part of his act and publicity stunts. In his travels and performances around Europe he would often challenge the local security force to lock him up and then confound them all by escaping. Some police forces even went to the lengths of leaving him naked in the cell but somehow he still managed to get away! Great stuff!

In a ridiculous gesture of male chauvinism it was on this day in 1908 that New York City issued a regulation making it illegal for women to smoke in public. I must admit that it doesn’t do much for a ladies’ charm to see her walking down the street with a fag dangling from her mouth, but if she wants to then that’s OK with Nomanda. Things have moved on. Nowadays the wide open public places are about the only place left for anyone to smoke! I just love those little clusters of smoking lepers hanging around outside their offices sucking up their smoky fumes in the cold and rain whilst all the do goody non smokers enjoy a computer controlled air conditioned atmosphere inside free of the filthy weed! It’s just not fair!

Whoops! I should have mentioned this earlier for the benefit of all our gold traders out there! Do not buy any gold today as this day over the last few years has seen gold reach its top price. It hit $161.31 an ounce in 1974, $875 a troy ounce in 1979 and $850 an ounce in 1980. On the other hand do go out and buy because Nomanda has decided to sell all his gold today!

Nomanda has come across the Gay and Lesbian Olympics in his research and meanderings but discovered today that there is also a Nude Olympics! And apparently on this day in 1986 a brave (or stupid) 100 participants raced in Indiana in a temperature of just 3°C! Now it’s not that cold here today and I’m wearing several layers of clothing to keep warm so Nomanda has to declare that he will not be participating in any such events in the near future, unless the price is very right!

There are a lot of celebrities competing to be on Nomanda’s birthday list today so let’s start with one of the best English actors of the 20th century, Paul Scofield (1922 – 2008). His performance as Thomas Moore in “A Man for All Seasons” is one of his best!

Not quite in the same league as Paul, Telly Savalas (1924 – 1994) is our next man up for honours. I just can’t see Paul sucking a lollypop and making it his trademark somehow!

And in a different class altogether Benny Hill (1925 – 1992) deserves a mention if not a clip!

One of the best golfers ever, Jack Nicklaus (1940) is our next birthday boy. Nomanda would love to have a game with him one day as long as he gave me a few shots!

A couple of singers differing in class, style and …… well they’re just worlds apart, are sharing their birthdays today. Placido Domingo (1941) is one, and Emma Bunton (1976) is the other! Have a listen to the first and then to the latter and decide who your favourite is.

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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