Monday, 13 April 2009

13 April - 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!

Today is a happy day for Master’s Winners, sheep shearers, world super powers and flying machines, all of which feature today in history in some form or other.

It’s obviously Masters Season in Augusta so it’s not surprising that some of the world’s top golfers have celebrated this day by donning the green jacket. Trying the jacket out for size today in 1970 was Billy Casper, in 1975 it was Jack Nicklaus’ turn, Seve Ballesteros put it on in 1980, Jack got a new one in 1986 and in 1997 the redoubtable Tiger Woods got his hands on one.

Our sheep shearing shelebrity is New Zealander Colin Bosher, who on this day in 1964 sheared an amazing 565 sheep in a single day. I guess he was a golfing fanatic and wanted to get home early to watch the end of the Masters!

Going back a few years it was on this day in 1912 that the Royal Flying Corps was formed, later renamed the RAF. I still get a thrill watching the Red Arrows going through their paces. Nearly as fast as Colin!

Pan Am was feeling flush on this day in 1966 when they placed an order for 25 Boeing 747’s worth $525 million. I guess the CEO of Boeing was feeling pretty happy today as well.

In a masterly stroke of understatement it was on this day in 1970 that the crew of Apollo 13 announced to Mission Control in Houston, “Houston, we’ve got a problem!” You bet they had. The oxygen tank had exploded and they were forced to transfer to the Lunar Module. Despite the difficulties and hardships endured by the crew they successfully returned to Earth and the mission was described as a “Successful Failure”!

We all know that luck plays a significant part in life and if you were lucky enough to have joined “Grease” playing at the Broadhurst Theatre in New York you would have celebrated this day in 1980 as the last of 3,388 performances. Here’s one of our favourites from the show! On the other hand if you had joined the cast of “Reggae” playing down the road at the Biltmore Theatre, then on the same day you would be closing down after just 21 performances! Life’s a bitch!

It was a special day today for Harold Washington in 1980 who celebrated this day as being the first black man to be elected mayor of Chicago. I wonder if his name helped!

Finally, as if they didn’t have enough land already China celebrated this day in 1987 by receiving an agreement from Portugal that they would return Macau back to them in 1999.

Today’s birthday wishes go to Alfred Mosher Butts (1899 – 1993), the inventor of the game “Scrabble”. He lived to a ripe old age and probably bored the pants off his fellow residents in their retirement home before he went off to play his final game!

Another celebrity good with words, the Irishman Samuel Beckett, was born on this day (1906 – 1989). His play “Waiting for Godot” is one of his best known works and has been described as a masterpiece of nothing that keeps the audience transfixed. Winner of the Nobel Prize for Literature in 1969 he is less well known for his work with the French Resistance during WWII preferring “France at war to Ireland in peace”.

Renowned for his performances as an upper class Englishman, Edward Fox was born on this day in 1937. He is one of Nomanda’s favourites and his masterly performances in “The Day of the Jackal”, “Force 10 from Navarone” and the TV series “Edward and Mrs Simpson” are simply wonderful.

The celebrated world chess champion Garry Kasparov was born on this day in 1963 and Jet Travolta shares her birthday with him in 1992. Shows it pays to have a high flying Daddie!

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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