Wednesday, 13 May 2009

13 May - Historical Events and Special Celebrations

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Flower of the Month: Lily of the Valley

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!

Appalled by the eating habits of one of his regular dining guests, it was in this day in 1637 that Cardinal Richelieu of France invented the table knife. Up to this time table knives had the normal pointed end; the sort one would associate with a hunting knife. This gentleman diner had the unsavoury habit of using the pointed end to clean his teeth of food debris at the table. To prevent a recurrence of this delightful habit the crafty old Cardinal had all his table knives ground down to the rounded end with which we are familiar today. Of course the Cardinal is much better known for his pursuit of the “Three Musketeers”.

Just 150 years later it was on this day in 1787 that Captain Arthur Phillip set sail with his convoy of 11 ships full of criminals to Botany Bay in Australia. The voyage took almost 8 months and despite the recommendations of Captain Cook’s advisor, Sir Joseph Banks, for the site to set up the penal colony, Phillips decided that it wasn’t suitable and eventually landed at Sydney Cove. The English government had ignored Phillips request that the convicts should have farming, building and crafts experience. Instead they were mostly petty thieves from the streets of London with limited skills. The early days of the settlement were chaotic and difficult but despite the odds they survived, earned pardons, and founded the great country we know today.

It was approximately another 150 years later on this day in 1917 that the first apparition of Mary appeared to three shepherd children at Fatima in Portugal. Mary appeared to these children 6 more times on the 13th of each of the succeeding months. What Mary is supposed to have said to these children and asked them to do is well documented and makes a very interesting read. The reluctance of the Vatican to publish the “Third Secret” for over 60 years after the publication of the first “Two Secrets” begs many questions.

Perhaps it is appropriate that the next item of interest, the release of their movie “Let it Be” by the Beatles occurred on this day in 1970.

All “Trekkie” fans out there will be disappointed to learn that it was on this day in 2004 that “Star Trek Enterprise” broadcast its final show. No need to be too worried, though, as the cable channels seem to think they can run repeats for ever, and they probably will!

Birthday celebrities today start with Arthur Seymour Sullivan, the English composer best known for his operatic collaboration with W S Gilbert. Here’s an opportunity for a feed in to one of Nomanda’s favourites from the Pirates of Penzance, “A Policeman’s lot is not a Happy One”.

A proliferation of musical talent was born on this day in 1950 including Danny Kirwan (Fleetwood Mac), John “Jocko” Marcellino, Peter Gabriel (Genesis) and the one and only Stevie Wonder. All still going strong! Cheers one and all!

Our final birthday wishes today go to Darius Rucker (1956), the lead vocalist of “Hootie and the Blowfish” and snogged by “Monica” from “Friends”!

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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