Friday, 6 February 2009

6 February - Historical Events and Special Celebrations

Flower of the Month


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!

I know that some things take time but the flash to bang time for the channel tunnel seems to have taken ages! It was on this day in 1964 that France and Great Britain signed an accord to build the tunnel. After a false start in 1974, work on the present tunnel started 22 years later in 1988. This wonderful feat of engineering and one of the biggest financial holes in history was completed in 1994. The final cost was £4,650 million, a cost “overrun” of 80%, and to make matters worse the traffic predicted fell short of expectations! All in all a total balls up! It is however a magnificent feat of engineering and has improved the speed of “booze cruisers” from the UK to France and back!

The Righteous Brothers weren’t having the best of times as well on this day in 1965 when they announced to the world that their girlfriends had “Lost that Loving Feeling”. The fact that their record hit the #1 spot probably made them all feel a lot better about it!

Having been warned of the traffic queues that would build up once the channel tunnel was opened the Frenchman Alain Prieur took matters into his own hands on this day in 1977 and jumped his motorcycle 65 metres over 16 buses at a location outside of Paris. You just can’t keep the good guys down!

Just because I’m fed up of him coming up in nearly every research task I undertake the best American baseball player of all time, Babe Ruth (1895 – 1948) is our first birthday celebrity today. If you understand baseball and want to look up his career statistics, Nomanda doesn’t, they are all on this website!

Fiery FredTrueman (1931 – 2006) is much more to Nomanda’s taste and he is our next birthday guest today. He was the first bowler to take 300 test wickets and struck the fear of God in most opening batsmen! A Yorkshire man through and through here are a couple of Nomanda’s favourite quotes from the great man.

To be a great fast bowler you need a big heart and a big bottom!

I’d have looked even faster in colour!

The Rastafarian Bob Marley (1945 – 1981) looked great in colour and is our next birthday boy today. Here’s one of Nomanda’s favourite songs from the King of Reggae.

Thanks to the wonders of the internet our final birthday boy, Rick Astley (1966) got a new lease of life when his song “Never Gonna Give You Up” becoming an internet meme! He’s now got a new lease of life and fortune!

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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