Saturday, 18 April 2009

18 April - Historical Events and Special Celebrations

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Gemstone of the Month: Diamond

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!

Numbers seem to be the common denominator in today’s place in history.

It was on this day in 1909 that the Catholic Church eventually decided that Joan of Arc had been a good woman after all and declared her a Saint. If they had spoken to the English on the receiving end of her motivational leadership several centuries earlier they could have testified to her saintly talents much sooner! No-one wanted to know. Anyway, better late than never, I suppose.

Something else that no-one pays any attention to was installed on this day in 1955 when the first set of “Walk” / “Don’t Walk” lighted street signals were switched on. Another fine waste of time!

Celebrating her marriage to Prince Rainier III of Monaco on this day in 1956 was Grace Kelly, and she’s never looked back since!

In a case of be careful what you ask for “London Bridge” was sold on this day to a US oil company to be re-erected in Arizona. The story around at the time is that the purchasers thought they were buying the “Tower Bridge”, the much more imposing structure with the, well, with the towers. No, it can’t be true ……. Can it?
I understand all the bricks were numbered to facilitate re-construction. “Have we got all the boxes? Where are the two big ones with the towers in?

Not able to do their counting to the standards required of them on this day in 1991 was the US Census Bureau who apparently owned up to the fact that they’d failed to count up to 63 million returns in the 1990 census. Now I know we can all make mistakes, but 63 million, that’s the whole of the UK they missed!

Brian Lara didn’t care as he went on to score 375 runs for the West Indies against England on this day in 1994. Great day for Brian, but my heart goes out to the English bowlers. I bet the English captain couldn’t find anyone who wanted to bowl that day!

Birthday celebrities are a bit short today which is probably why Lucrezia Borgia, (1480 – 1519), makes the list. This notorious murderess, poisoner and devious lady was the daughter of Pope Alexander VI. Not only did the popes have wives back then but they obviously had no control over their kids!

A much better person, Mike Vickers, the rock guitarist and saxophone player in the group “Manfred Mann” was born on this day in 1940. The groups hits include favourites such as “Do Wah Diddy Diddy”, Pretty Flamengo” and of course,”The Mighty Quinn”.

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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