Sunday, 5 April 2009

5 April - Historical Events and Special Celebrations

Gemstone of the Month


Flower of the Month: Sweet Pea

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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!

Today was happy day indeed for the Indian Princess, Pocahontas, daughter of the Indian chief, Wahahsunacock, (I’ve checked the spelling and it is correct!) who on this day in 1614 married the Virginian colonist and tobacco producer, John Rolfe. She was baptised after her wedding and took the name Rebecca Rolfe. I prefer her Indian name!

I know from my days of living in England that today is the last day of the English tax year and one person anxious to get his accounts in order was Sir Arthur Conan Doyle because it was on this day over the following years that he started writing some of his famous Sherlock Holmes stories. The year 1889 saw the start of the “Adventures of Copper Beeches”, he started the “Adventures of Empty House" in 1894, and started the”Adventures of Three Students” in 1895.

Not such a happy day in 1895 for another author, poet and playwright, Oscar Wilde, who lost his libel case on this day against the Marquis of Queensberry who had accused him of homosexual practices. In fact things would get worse for the Irishman as this decision eventually led to his prosecution and three year imprisonment.

On a happier note, it was on this day in 1923 that Firestone started production of their first inflatable tyres, and 40 years later completed on this day in 1962 cars running on those tyres could whiz through the St Bernard tunnel, connecting Switzerland to Italy.

The following year on this day in 1963 the Beatles had their first silver disc with “Please, Please Me” and would go on to please many fans in the future.

The Wold Trade Centre opened on this day in 1974 becoming the world’s tallest building at that time with a staggering 110 stories. Sadly no-one was to know the disaster to come.

And a special for our Australian readers it was on this day in 1986 that the record throw and return (that bit’s quite important!) for the boomerang was set at an amazing 121 metres. Good on ‘y mate!

A bevy of birthday talent was born on this day starting with John le Mesurier (1912 – 1983), the well loved gentle actor best known for his character Sergeant Arthur Wilson in “Dad’s Army”.

Gregory Peck (1916 – 2003) is our next birthday celebrity. With a prolific number of films to his credit, he was the glamour boy of the 50’s and 60’s receiving an Oscar for his performance in “To Kill a Mockingbird”.

The other stalwart of this era celebrating his birthday on this day was Arthur Hailey (1920 – 2004). Amongst his many books, “Hotel”, “Airport”, “Wheels” and “Moneychangers” are my favourites.

Our final birthday guest is Agnetha Faltskog (1950) the blond singer from ABBA and we hope she doesn’t meet her “Waterloo” at her birthday bash today!

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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