Monday, 27 April 2009

27 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 very happy day for lovers, lovers of wild animals and high flyers.

It was on this day in 1828 that the Zoological Gardens at Regent’s Park, London was opened. Commonly known as “Regent’s Zoo” it was originally intended to be only used as a place for a collection of animals for scientific study. Happily it was later opened to the public in 1847. Even though some of the larger species like elephants and rhinos have been moved to Whipsnade Zoo in Bedfordshire it still today boasts 704 different species and has 16,807 individuals. Lots of poo to collect there every day!

Talking of poo, it was on this day in 1965 that the hero of young mums all over the world, R C Duncan, patented the disposable nappy (diaper for our American readers) and called it the “Pamper”. So the guy who bought the patent for the safety pin could now see the beginning of the end, so to speak!

It’s difficult to keep the “Beatles” out of the news for long because it was on this day in 1979 that George Harrison released his song “Love Comes to Everyone”. Listening carefully to the words was one of his old mates, Ringo Starr, who on this day in 1981 married the lovely Barbara Bach, the Bond girl from “The Spy Who Loves Me”. So now she can sing “The Beatle Who Loves Me” along with her old man. They are in 7th Heaven!

Not quite getting up to 7th heaven but a high flyer nevertheless the Airbus A380 made its first flight from Toulouse in France on this day in 2005 and made its first commercial flight from Singapore to Sydney a couple of years later in 2007. The statistics of this Super jumbo are staggering. In a normal 3 class configuration it can carry 525 passengers, but if the passengers don’t mind a bit of a squeeze it can carry 853 all economy class. That’s another big heap of potential poo! It has a cruising speed of 900 kph and a range of 15,200 kms. Ok let’s call it 15,000 kms just to be on the safe side! Quite a beast!

Another of our favourites, Michael Fish (1944), the well known BBC weather presenter will be celebrating his birthday today. He had been much maligned by an out of context comment on 15th October 1987, the day of the Great Storm over South East England, when he said, "Earlier on today, apparently, a woman rang the BBC and said she heard there was a hurricane on the way... well, if you're watching, don't worry, there isn't!". There was and he’s never lived it down!

Our final birthday wishes today go to the lovely Schae Harrison born on this day in 1963 and best known for her portrayal of Darla Forrester in “The Bold and the Beautiful”.

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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