Friday, 20 February 2009

20 February Historical Events and Special Celebrations

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First of all Nomanda would like to thank all our new readers! We have been getting more and more of you every day and we really appreciate you! If you are enjoying Nomanda’s blog please pass it on to your friends. And if you would like to make a comment or get your own special mention on your own special day just send us the details through the comments section and we’ll make sure we don’t forget you!

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!

This day in 1872 was a hot day for inventors, art lovers and people who like to pick their teeth!

Cyrus Baldwin patented the hydraulic electric elevator which is very handy for those living on anything higher than the first two stories of a building!

Luther Crowell patented a machine that manufactured paper bags which are very handy when you’ve got loads of shopping to carry and not enough hands and arms!

Silas Noble and J P Cooley put their heads together and came up and patented a machine that manufactures tooth picks which are very handy when you’ve got a bit of something stuck between your teeth! I cannot believe that it was a very complicated bit of machinery, more like an automated very small pencil sharpener that whizzed round on the end of a drill and shaped the ends of the pick!

And art lovers celebrated the opening of the Metropolitan Museum of Art in New York City, or the “Met” as the locals call it!

What a day!

The religious community didn’t show very much community spirit in South Carolina on this day in 1927 when a number of golfers were arrested for playing on the Sabbath! I don’t know how you get a Sunday 4-ball together without playing on Sunday! I bet those kill joys couldn’t answer that one!

The comic strip “Batman and Robin” made its first newspaper appearance on this day in 1944. I know that it’s not quite the same but my favourite Batman and Robin moment is this one with “Dell Boy” and “Rodney” from “Only Fools and Horses” on their way to a fancy dress party that turned out to be a wake!

Just because he’s not popular doesn’t mean that the Prime Minister of the UK, Gordon Brown (1951) shouldn’t get a birthday mention today. Despite living in No. 10 all the time that his mate Tony was PM he obviously wanted the main job and after years of moaning and bickering at Tony to pass over the reins he eventually got it. In the meantime as Chancellor of the Exchequer he had set the country up for the fruits being reaped today. If there’s enough money left to print ballot papers for the next General Election he and his Labour Party will not get re-elected and we’ll all be in for a decade of seeing how the Conservatives will cock up the economy! Enjoy your day and time whilst you can, Gordon, because it won’t last much longer! The sad thing is having brought the country to its knees he will fade away with a luvvly jubbly pension plan and make a fortune from after dinner speeches and writing his memoirs!

On a happier note let’s send our birthday wishes to Cindy Crawford (1966) who has been on the front of more magazine covers than I’ve had hot dinners! She’s pretty cool in this Pepsi ad but it won’t change Nomanda’s mind on which Coke is best!

Our final birthday greetings go to Brian Littrell (1975) from the group Backstreet Boys and here is one of Nomanda’s favourites!

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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