Friday, 1 May 2009

1 May - 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!

The first day of May, A happy day throughout most of the world for workers as they get the day off! Frankly I think it’s a total misnomer calling the day Labour Day as of all the days the work forces skive instead of working they definitely don’t work on this one! The origins of the day come from our old colonial friends in Melbourne, Australia. As part of the “8 hour movement” they downed tools and marched to Parliament House on 21st April 1856 and demanded their 8 hour day (lazy sods!). Suffice it to say their protest was successful and inspired the celebration of Labour Day on the 1st May. Good on ‘y lads! Shovel leaners and work place chatterers have been celebrating it ever since.

There’s lots to celebrate today (I guess that since 1856 there’s been lots of time to do things on this day) but the first event pre-dates that. It was on this day in 1707 that England, Scotland and Wales decided to unite and form Great Britain and have all been trying to reverse the process ever since!

Queen Victoria was pretty chuffed on this day in 1840 as it was on this day that the 1st adhesive postage stamp was issued showing the Queen’s head. It was called the “penny black” and if you’ve got any in your stamp collection Nomanda will be happy to pay face value for them.

A couple of years later in 1844 on this day Samuel Morse sent out his first telegraphic message. We are not too sure of the contents but believe it went something like this
… --- . - .-- -.. .-.-.

We do however have a transcript of the conversation conducted between Samuel and the receiver through two old baked bean cans stretched on a bit of string in Samuel’s back garden.

“Did you get that?” “What?”
“The message I just sent you.”
“What message?”

“It went … --- . - .-- -.. .-.-.”
“Oh, that! I thought it was a bird jumping up and down on the string. Do you think this will really work?”

Queen Victoria was having a grand old time as it was on this day in 1851 that the Great Exhibition opened at Hyde Park, London. The 10,000 exhibitors were seen by 6 million visitors and the whole grand thing ended on 15th October. All the proceeds went to Prince Albert whose idea it was in the first place. Don’t you just love royal snouts in the trough! Karl Marx, who was around at the time, thought the whole thing demonstrated the Victorian obsession with “consumerism”. I bet he’s tuning over in his grave today!

On this day in 1912 a statue of Peter Pan was erected in Kensington Gardens. The whole job was commissioned and paid for by J M Barrie, the creator of the famous little boy who never grew up. The children were told that the statue had been put up by the fairies. And in those days a fairy was a fairy, if you know what I mean!

On this day apart from the “Follies Bergere” opening in Paris (1869), the Beverly Hills Hotel opening in Beverly Hills of course (1912), the Empire State Building opening in New York (1931) and Elvis marrying Priscilla (1967) nothing much else happened until ………..

1997 when on this day the crusading Tony Blair led the Labour Party to a landslide victory after 18 tears of Conservative government. Unfortunately the British electorate had been hoodwinked into thinking that Tony’s “New Labour” was something different to old Conservative. Well they were and it wasn’t. Even though Tony’s now gone off to pastures new and even more lucrative, the British population are left with his legacy, and even worse bottom lip sucker, Gordon! Thank goodness it looks as though he won’t make it to No.10 again, but then we’ll have Cameron. What a choice!

Birthday celebrities today start with Ethel Jane Cain (1909 – 1996), the girl with the golden voice who was the first UK speaking clock. It was a 24/24 and 7/7 job and very boring!

Also born on this day (1923 – 1999) was Joseph Heller the novelist of “Catch 22”. Read it, it’s very good.

The King of Calypso, Harry Belafonte was born on this day in 1927 and is still counting his bananas! Good on you, Harry!

Our final birthday wishes go to Julie Benz (1972) the vampire “Darla” from “Buffy the Vampire Slayer” and “Angel”. Well loved by one of our Ozzie readers!

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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