Saturday, 4 April 2009

4 April - Historical Events and Special Celebrations

Flower of the Month

Sweet Pea

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!

Today is a happy day for lovers of hot chocolate (who doesn’t?), and for those of us who should sometimes think a bit more before we speak or do something we may later regret.

First up today is Sir Francis Drake who was knighted today in 1581 on the completion of his circumnavigation of the world; Loved and admired by the Brits, he was hated by the Spanish, who he plundered mercilessly, and not too loved by the slaves he traded. So, a pirateer and slave trader, not such an all round good egg after all!

Wishing they hadn’t bothered the Declaration of Breda, supporting freedom of religion, was published today in 1660, only to be ended the same day by Charles II of England. Bit of a waste of time then.

More positively, James II of England today in 1686 published his Declaration of Indulgence, and was so proud of it that he ordered it to be read out in churches the following year on its anniversary. However his altruistic aims for further religious tolerance were to lead to his downfall and the loss of the crown. So not such a good idea!

Hotting up, historically speaking, one Casparus van Wooden patented chocolate milk powder on this day in 1828 from his chocolate house in Amsterdam, no doubt.

In a couple of cases of I wish I hadn’t, some silly buggar announced that there was gold in Yukon on this day in 1896, leading to the stampede. And in a real whoopsie from the British Government it was on this day in 1955 that they signed a military treaty with Iraq!

I also discovered that it was today in 1985 that Eddie Hill became the first man to win a ¼ race in the remarkable time of less than 5 seconds, then I discovered that he is a drag racer, so I’m not so impressed!

Our first birthday boy today is the Irish rock guitarist Gary Moore (1952) who likes a “Pretty Woman”!

Our other birthday boy is Muddy Waters (1913 - 1983) whose voice sounded like his name and who will always be remembered for his “Hoochie Coochie Man”.

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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