Monday, 23 February 2009

23 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!

We all know that great oak trees grow from little acorns and to prove the point the very first classified advertisement appeared in the London Times on this day in 1886. Nowadays there are complete “freesheets” stuffed full with nothing else but classified ads and you have to beat a path to your front door through the morass of newsprint that clutters up the floor! Does anyone actually read any of the stuff?

When I read that the Russian Tsar Nicholas II dissolved the Finnish Diet on this day in 1909 I was hoping to discover some new easy to drink slimming regime with lots of saunas and therapeutic massages. Imagine my disappointment when actually it was no more than another despot getting rid of an elected legislative assembly!

We recently celebrated the anniversary of George Washington, the guy who couldn’t tell a lie, so I guess it’s only right that we celebrate the birthday on this day in 1940 of the little boy “Pinocchio” who couldn’t tell the truth and every time he lied his nose grew a bit! The animated cartoon was released by Disney on this day and here is one of Nomanda’s favourite clips from the movie!

Ethical positions get ever much more complicated as medical science progresses and frankly I’m not too sure where I stand on some of the issues but it was on this day in 1997 that Scottish scientists announced that the had cloned a lamb and called her “Dolly”. It does however give me an excellent excuse to let Barbra Streisand wish the fortunate or unfortunate beast a Happy Birthday!

Our first birthday celebrity today is the Member of Parliament, Chief Secretary to the Admiralty and diary writer Samuel Pepys (1633 – 1703). Much of what we now know of the British Restoration period comes from the great man’s daily doodles! Apparently he was inspired to write his dairies during the night from which we get the immortal words, “And oh what a sight in the middle of the night when naughty Samuel peeps!”

Our next birthday star is the singer from the Dutch group the Dolly Dots, Ria Brieffies (1958) and if you’re up for it here is one of their very best songs!

The day would not be complete without mentioning the birthday of Countess Mariae Gloria Ferdinanda Gerda Charlotte Teutonia Franziska Magarethe Frederike Simone Johanna Joachima Josefine Wilhelmine Huberta of Schönburg in Glauchau and Waldenburg (1960). Can you imagine how long her “Happy Birthday” song would take?

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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