Thursday, 30 April 2009

30 April - Historical Events and Special Celebrations

Flower of the Month

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Gemstone of the Month: Diamond

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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!

George Washington gets pride of place today as it was on this day in 1789 that he was inaugurated as the first president of the United States. There have been many after him but few of his stature.

A couple of more trivial events took place on this day. John Clais patented the first dial weighing scale in 1772 and it took best part of 135 years for the ice cream vendors to get the mix right for the first ice cream cone that was introduced on this day in 1904. I guess ice cream lovers had to manage with just a tub and a spoon up to then.

In a feat of great strength and endurance Ashrita Furman performed 8,341 forward rolls over a distance of 12 miles. This was not to be his last record breaking attempt! Over the last 25 years he has set 187 official Guinness records and still currently holds 81 of them. There again, I don’t know too many people who want to jump up and down the foothills of mount Fuji on a pogo stick! Check out his achievements at his web site.

One of Ashrita’s records, this one doing something with the world’s biggest hula hoop (I don’t think we’ve heard the last of this man!) took place in Australia where the 1988 world exhibition was opened in Brisbane on this day. Nomanda has visited Brisbane recently and didn’t see either the exhibition or the hula hoop! I need to get out more!

The clock wasn’t striking in London on this day in 1997 when Big Ben stopped at 12.11pm for 54 minutes. A national disgrace, if you ask me!

Birthday honours today go first of all to Heinrich Schlappi (1905). Nomanda has never heard of this Swiss gentleman before but he had his moment of fame in 1924 when he won his Winter Olympic gold medal on the 4 man bobsleigh team. So Schlappi and his mates were the fastest down the schlippery schlopes! There are times when I just can’t help myself!

Sheldon Harnick, the lyricist of “Fiddler on the Roof” was born on this day in 1924. His famous song “If I were a Rich Man” is known the world over, mostly by poor people!

One of the most popular singers of the ‘60’s, Bobby Vee, was born on this day in 1943. Some of his famous hits include “The Night has a Thousand Eyes”, “Take Good Care of my Baby” and of course “Rubber Ball”. Great old Oldies! If you like watching blokes driving their motor bikes wearing only their underpants you’ll just love this stuff!

Another popular singer, the “Big Daddy” of the Osmond Brothers, eldest brother Merrill, was born on this day in 1953. Their youthful rendition of “Side by Side” makes Nomanda want to puke!

We shouldn’t forget to include Kirsten Dunst in our birthday wishes (1982). Her performances in “Bring it On” and “Spider Man” have delighted her many fans.

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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