Sunday, 25 January 2009

25 January - Historical Events and Special Celebrations

Gemstone of the Month


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!

It was on this day in 1858 that Mendelssohn’s “Wedding March” was first played at a wedding. It was no ordinary wedding either! It was the wedding of Queen Victoria’s daughter, another Victoria, on the occasion of her marriage to the crown prince of Russia. How about that then? I know that all brides to be love to wear their wedding frocks before the great day in order to show them off to their friends. Have a look at Monica’s performance from “Friends”! However the best performance of the “Wedding March” played on an organ must be this one with the bride playing it herself!

The marriage proposal is traditionally performed by the guy on his knees asking the girl of his life to marry him and when the girl says “Yes” she is presented with a beautiful diamond engagement ring. So it’s quite a coincidence that the world’s largest ever discovered rough uncut diamond was discovered on this day in 1905. It was found at the Premier Mine in South Africa and the largest polished gem from the stone is known as the “Cullinan I” or the “Great Star of Africaweighing in at 530 carats. Another gem from the stone is called the “Cullinan II” or the “Lesser Star of Africa” and weighs in at a modest 317 carats. Both stones are owned by Great Britain PLC, aka Queen Elizabeth II, and are part of the crown jewels. Lesser mortals can see them on display at the Tower of London!

Fifty years after the discovery of the Cullinan stone on this day in 1955 scientists at Columbia University developed an atomic clock that is supposed to be accurate within 1 second over a period of 300 years. So any brides lucky enough to own one of these wonderful time pieces have no excuses for being late at their weddings! I don’t know why it is a tradition for brides to turn up late at their weddings but when Nomanda’s daughter got married a couple of years ago she couldn’t get there quick enough! She thought the opening bars of the “Wedding March” were the starter’s pistol for the 100 metre sprint and I had to physically restrain her from running down the aisle!

Nomanda is a dog lover and is delighted to share with you this clip from Walt Disney’s “101 Dalmatians” that was released on this day in 1961. You’ll love it!

Love is in the Air” on this day in history as two icons and role models of modern times, none other than the fabulous, the famous and one of the richest partnerships in history, Victoria Adams and David Beckham, got engaged on this very day in 1998 and haven’t looked back since!

Our first birthday celebrity today is Scotland’s favourite son. the poet Robert Burns (1759 – 1796). His often misquoted lines from his poem “To a Louse” are shown below:

“O, wad some Power the giftie gie us
To see oursels as others see us!
It wad frae monie a blunder free us
An' foolish notion:
What airs in dress an' gait wad lea'e us,
And ev'n Devotion!

If you are lucky enough to be going to a “Burns Night” tonight, enjoy!

The English playwright, novelist and short story writer, Somerset Maugham (1874 – 1965) is our next birthday celebrity. He was one of the highest paid writers of his time and had a wonderful command of the English language and its humour. Here are a few of Nomanda’s favourite quotes from the great man.

It was such a lovely day I thought it a pity to get up.”

“It's a funny thing about life; if you refuse to accept anything but the best, you very often get it.”

“People ask for criticism, but they only want praise.”

“There are three rules for writing a novel. Unfortunately no-one knows what they are.

Our final birthday greetings go to the rocker Carl Fysh (1963) from the group Brother Beyond. I’m not going to tell the rest of the world where he’s having his birthday bash because Nomanda can keep a secret!

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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