Wednesday, 8 April 2009

8 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’s history of firsts starts with the patenting of the Fire Escape in 1766. However strong hearts were required to use this device which comprised a wicker basket on a chain and pulley. I hope the wicker basket was inflammable! I guess when your backside is on fire anything is better than nothing!

John D Lynde’s patent is still with us today as it was in this day in 1862 that he patented his aerosol dispenser. Where would we be without those? There’s not one part of your body you cannot reach with one of these things, and they’re also good for killing off unwanted flies, undesirable smells and all sorts of other things!

However Nomanda’s first of the firsts goes to the first sale of milk in glass bottles on this day in 1879. Subsequently this invention was to be immortalised by the comedian Benny Hill in his song “Ernie”, also known as “The Fastest Milkman in the West”.

One of our favourite actors and directors, Clint Eastwood, was to choose this day in 1986 to begin his brief career in politics being elected mayor of Carmel, California. I bet it made his day! He became disenchanted with the job and didn’t stand for a second term, I wonder why!

The English golfer, Nick Faldo, celebrated this day in 1990 by winning the Masters and on this day in 1994 smoking was banned in the Pentagon and all US military bases. I guess the ban only applied to cigarettes and cigars and not to the guns!

Birthday greeting today go to Juan Ponce de Leon who was born on this day in 1460. The story has it that he was searching for the fountain of life when he stumbled across Florida. Well, well, nip nip, tuck tuck, he was on the right track after all!

Ian Smith (1919 – 2007), premier of Southern Rhodesia was born on this day and whatever may have been thought of his politics in his time, has Mr Mugabe done any better for the country we now know as Zimbabwe?

Izzy Stradlin
(1962), the lead songwriter and rhythm guitarist of “Guns and Roses” celebrates his birthday today. Rock On, Izzy! Here is one of Nomanda’s favourites!

Celebrating his birthday today is one of England’s best loved modern cricketers, Alec Stewart (1963). Alec is the most capped English cricketer of all time having played in 133 test matches and 170 ODI’s. In his short period of captaining the English team he had the distinction of opening the batting, keeping wicket and captaining the team. It’s just a pity he couldn’t bowl and he could have opened the bowling as well!

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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