Saturday, 3 January 2009

3 January - Historical Events and Special Celebrations

Gemstone of the Month


Flower of the Month: Carnation

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!

Sorry guys, it’s getting too dark, we’ll have to end the match

That’s what the boxing referee said to the two pugilists Con Owen and Hugh O’Neil on this day in 1865. I don’t think they would be too impressed with the ref’s decision as they’d been at each other for 193 rounds before he decided to call it a day! You have to be joking!

The Catholic Church indulged itself in another futile gesture on this day in 1962 when the Pope John XXIII excommunicated Fidel Castro of all people. I’m sure he was quaking in his shoes comforted by the fact that the Church hadn’t yet forgiven the Jews for the death of Christ!

Diamonds are supposed to be a girl’s best friend according to Marilyn Monroe. But maybe the investors of the world should be thinking about gold. On this day in 1974 gold hit a record “high” of $121.25, on this day in 1980 it hit $634 and according to Nomanda’s research it was at $865 on 31st December 2008! Better than your pound sterling, Gordon!

Our first birthday celebrity is the very funny and talented pianist Victor Borge (1909 – 2002). Just like Morecombe and Wise he had little respect for the famous guests who appeared on his show. Have a look at the way he treats his soprano diva in “Hands Off”.

Our next birthday guest is the great film director John Sturges (1911 – 1992). With classic films like “The Magnificent Seven”, “The Great Escape” and “Ice Station Zebra” to his credit I guess he would make most people’s birthday list.

The spaghetti western film director Sergio Leone (1929 – 1989) is our next great birthday guest. He discovered Clint Eastwood and helped him on his way to a “Fistful of Dollars”!

Our final birthday boy today is the actor and director Mel Gibson (1956). Of all the stuff he’s done “Braveheart” must be one of his best!

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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