Thursday, 9 April 2009

9 April - 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!

Today was a happy day for Captain James Cook who, on his ship the “Endeavour”, discovered Botany Bay in 1770. The location got its name from the multitude of unique specimens collected by the two botanists on board.

Art lovers everywhere will also celebrate this day that in 1838 marked the opening of the National Gallery in London.

One of the 20th century’s greatest comedians, Bob Hope, celebrated this day in 1950 with his first TV appearance. As well as being a renowned comic Bob Hope was also a keen golfer and the sponsor of the “Bob Hope Classic” in which he played for many years. After a particularly mediocre round an interviewer asked him why he had taken so many putts during his round, to which he replied,”I like putting!

It was a special day for the Beatles today in 1965 releasing their hit single “Ticket to Ride”. And one year later Carlo Ponti was getting his ticket stamped as he married Sophia Loren in Paris on this day in 1966.

Sadly it was only a few years later on this day that Paul McCartney announced the split up of the Beatles. And finding the going tough on his own Ringo Starr on this day in 1971 released his record “It Don’t Come Easy!

Another feat of endurance, the longest ping-pong match, began on this day in 1979. It was to last 101 hours and I’d like to bet that the contestants ponged a bit at the end of it!

Two sporting stalwarts of the 1980’s were practising their skills on this day in 1989. Mike Tyson hit a parking attendant who had asked him to move his car. Not very friendly! And in a more professional performance Nick Faldo won the “Masters”. Much more impressive!

In a case of it’s not all over, it was on this day in 2003 that Baghdad fell to US forces. The fall of the city led to widespread looting and they’re still there and it’s still happening.

Birthday boys today start with Isambard Kingdom Brunel (1806) the prolific British engineer renowned for the design of the SS Great Britain, the first propeller ocean going ship, the building of the Great Western Railway, and the builder of many bridges, the best known of which is probably the Clifton Suspension Bridge at Bristol.

Carl Perkins
(1932 – 1998) was born on this day and his composition “Blue Suede Shoes” is his best known legacy and nobody sings it better than the “King”!

Celebrating his birthday today will be Severiano Ballesteros (1957), the exciting golfer of the ‘70’s and 80’s and the winner of 5 majors. One of the things that made his golf so exciting to watch was the amount of trouble he put himself in followed by his magical escaping skills. A veritable golfing Houdini!

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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