Sunday, 3 May 2009

3 May - Historical Events and Special Celebrations



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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!



All is not lost when you’re lost, if you know what I mean, because it was on this day in 1494 that Columbus discovered Jamaica. He was looking for a westward route to the east when he just stumbled across it. He wanted to call it St Iago, after Saint James the Greater (than the Lesser, of course) but it’s now just known as Jamaica.



Not exactly lost, but like fishes out of water the US Marines landed in Nicaragua on this day in 1926. Ostensibly they were there to protect US citizens and interests (where have we heard that before) however they meddled in the country’s politics. Getting nowhere fast they pulled out 7 years later no better off than when they arrived and as time would tell, no wiser!




Bigger and better was the order of the day on this day in 1973 when Chicago’s Sears Towers, the world’s tallest building at that time, was finished. It would retain this record for many years and was only surpassed recently in 2007 by the Burj Dubai which according to its developers has exceeded the Sears Towers in all height categories. I bet it’s even hotter there as well!




A “Sun Day” celebrating all things solar was held on this day in the US in 1978. I hope that they had good meteorological forecasts and knew when it would be a nice and sunny day to show off all their goodies. Frankly the weather we’ve been having recently would be more suitable for a “Fish and Duck Day” than anything else!



The “Iron Lady”, as she was affectionately known, started measuring up the curtains in number 10 when on this day in 1979 Margaret Thatcher led the Conservative party into office. She held on to the curtains for far too long! Smashing the unions and encouraging boundless greed was her staple diet and the country hasn’t been the same since. Nevertheless she was the first female Prime Minister and held onto office for 11 years before her excesses even got too much for her party faithful and they unceremoniously booted her out. Not a day too soon!



One of Margaret’s special friends, none other than the other union basher across the pond, President Reagan, chose this day in 1982 to start his weekly 5 minute radio broadcasts to the nation. US citizens were spellbound and could hardly wait for next episode!



In a return match against the best that IBM could muster Gary Kasparov began his second round of chess matches against “Deep Blue” on this day in 1997. A bit disappointing all round as the result was the same as before with the computer winning 3 1/2 – 21/2. Well played, Gary!



Birthday greetings go firstly to one of the world’s greatest crooners, none other that Bing Crosby (1903 – 1977). Christmas just wouldn’t be Christmas without his rendition of “White Christmas”. Just love it!




Another singer celebrating his birthday today is Arnold George Dorsey. Strangely enough he didn’t go very far with that name, but when he changed it to Engelbert Humperdinck (1936) his career took off! Love him or hate him I’m sure at some time in your life you’ve hummed a bit of either “Release Me” or “Last Waltz” . Be honest!



Finally celebrating his birthday today and I’m sure in grand style is Ben Elton (1959). He is a very funny man and co-creator of the wonderful “Black Adder” series.




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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