Wednesday, 29 April 2009

29 April - Historical Events and Special Celebrations

Gemstone of the Month


Flower of the Month: Sweet Pea

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 was a happy day for one young French woman, Joan of Arc, who on this day in 1429 led the French to victory over the English at Orleans. This was her first victory and happened just 9 days after she arrived on the scene. Why didn’t she get there earlier? The French were in desperate need of success as not much had gone right for them since their crushing defeat at Agincourt in 1415. Enthusiasts check out Shakespeare’s Henry V and his famous speech motivating his troops!

Paying tribute to our Belgian influences it was on this day in 1553 that an unnamed Flemish woman introduced into England the practice of starching linen. I suppose that explains all the floppy fops hitherto!

Stiffening things up a bit more occurred on this day in 1813 when rubber was patented. Now I always thought that rubber came from trees, but what do I know. Great opportunity to hum “High Hopes” ‘cos anyone knows an ant can’t move a rubber tree plant!

Stiffening things up a bit in high finance on this day in 1909 was the then English Chancellor of the Exchequer, David Lloyd, who in an audacious move introduced a new “super tax” of 6 pence in the pound on any luckless British citizens earning over £5,000 pa. In real terms this amounted to 2.5p in the pound as there were a lot more pennies to the pound back then! Happy Days!

In one of those strange co-incidences it was on this day in 1988 that newscaster Diane Sawyer (renowned for her 60 minutes performances) married the lucky Mike Nichols. And on the very same day Burt Reynolds married Loni Anderson. Sadly Burt’s and Loni’s marriage was not to last beyond 1993 and she became “Oni the Loni”!

A great day for democracy and East Germans was celebrated on this day in 1990 when bulldozers, wrecking cranes and bare hands started pulling down the Berlin Wall.

Enjoying a victory of a different kind on this day in 1990 was Stephen Hendry who beat Jimmy White 18 – 12 in the World Snooker Championship to become the youngest player ever to win the title. Well done, Stephen!

Birthday celebrations today go to King Hu (1932 – 1997) the previously totally unknown to Nomanda Chinese film director. He gets a mention because I like his name!

Sharing today as their birthday are Jerry Seinfeld and Kate Mulgrew, both born in 1955. Jerry needs no introduction and Trekkie fans will know Kate as Captain Janeway.

Michelle Pfeiffer was born on this day in 1958 and Phil Tufnell in 1966. Michelle will need no introductions either and for those who don’t know “The Cat” as he was nicknamed by the rest of the English Cricket Team, on account of his sleeping habits in the dressing room, he was a slow left arm bowler and an even slower fielder.

Our final birthday wishes go to Andre Agassi born on this day in 1970. Apart from picking up 8 Grand Slam singles tennis titles (and Steffi Graf along the way) he is less well known for his charitable work which has raised $60 million for children at risk. Good on you Andre!

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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