Monday, 5 January 2009

5 January - Historical Events and Special Celebrations

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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!

Are there enough pubs in England? We all know that the traditional English pub is under the same commercial pressures as many other businesses, especially in today’s financial climate. However the number of pubs serving the population is shrinking at a more alarming rate than many may believe. In the 1840’s which is around the time that there were proper censuses and worthwhile statistics there were 95,820 pubs serving a population of approximately 16 million. That works out at 1 pub for every 156 people. Today the population is around 61 million with a mere 53,000 pubs and that works out at 1 pub for 1,150 people! None the wonder there’s always a queue at the bar to get a drink!

I don’t know how long you had to wait to get a drink at the “Heartbreak Hotel” but I’m sure Elvis could have told you when he recorded that song on this day in 1956! It breaks your heart all that waiting!

Buddy Holly didn’t care how long he waited as he said in his last record “It Doesn’t Matter Anymore” released on this day in 1959! It was to be his last song recorded so I guess it really didn’t!

The builder of the Taj Mahal, Shah Jahan (1592 – 1666) is our first birthday celebrity today. He built the mausoleum at Agra in memory of his favourite wife, Mumtaz Mahal. That’s a great name for a wife and mother! Sadly his son and heir didn’t share his father’s respect and grief and shortly after the tomb was completed he had his Dad arrested and put in jail where he spent the rest of his years whilst his son enjoyed the perks and benefits of being the “Ruler of the World”!

The author of the biblical murder mystery, “The Name of the Rose”, Umberto Eco (1932) is our next birthday celebrity. If you haven’t seen the film, starring Sean Connery, you should. Wet your appetite with this clip. If you haven’t read the book then be warned that it’s a bit of a challenge!

The co-founder and guitarist of the group Blondie, Chris Stein (1949) is our next birthday boy. If you get an invite to his party, please be gentle with him because he’s got a “Heart of Glass”!

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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