Thursday, 26 February 2009

26 February - Historical Events and Special Celebrations

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Gemstone of the Month: Amethyst

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!

Nomanda has a pretty liberal attitude to most things but I do agree with many others that as a result of the internet there is a lot of undesirable rubbish available out there. So I can agree with the opinion expressed by the representative for Michigan, Ruth Thompson, on this day in 1954 when she introduced a bill to ban “mailing obscene lewd, lascivious or filthy” materiel. Sadly I cannot agree with the target of her bill that was directed to the mailing out of rock and roll records! Come on, Ruth, it’s only rock and roll! What would you think of the stuff available today?

What would Ruth think of Michael Jackson’s album “Thriller” than went to the #1 spot on this day in 1983 and stayed there for a further 37 weeks? She probably wouldn’t have even liked the title! Never mind, this is Nomanda’s favourite track from the album!

Nomanda confesses to being a bit of a Francophile so it’s not surprising that the trial run of the TGV (the French high speed train) on this day in 1981 gets a mention. It achieved a very respectable average speed of 380 kph and having travelled on these trains occasionally I have to say that they are as smooth as silk and always whiz on time in my experience. The fastest speed recorded by a TGV is 574.8 kph or 357 mph for those of your still dealing in old money! If you want to see how fast that is have a look at this clip!

Continuing the French theme for a moment one of France’s best loved sons, the poet, author and playwright Victor Hugo (1802 – 1885), is our first birthday celebrity today. His best known works outside France are the “Lunch pack at Notre Dame” and “Les Miserables”. He is commemorated in virtually every city, town and village throughout France by having one of the most important streets in the town named him!

The inspiration of nearly everybody’s breakfast cereal, John Harvey Kellogg (1852 – 1943) is our next birthday guest. He stumbled upon corn flakes by accident whilst running his care home. He was crazy about nuts as part of a healthy diet!

The R& B and rock and roll pianist Antoine “Fats” Domino (1928) is our next birthday boy. I’m not sure whether he shared our last celebrity’s enthusiasm for corn flakes for breakfast but he loved a bit of “Blueberry Hill” pie! Great voice and great tinkler of the old ivories!

If you like your blue berry pie hot then stick it on Johnny Cash’s (1932 – 2003) “Ring of Fire” and get your taste buds going! Magic!

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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