Monday, 18 May 2009

18 May - 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!

Throughout history the English and French seem to be always at each other’s throats and things were no different at the end of the 1700’s. It was on this day in 1756 that England once more declared war on France. This time it was related to squabbling over the colonies. And just after they got over that one, it lasted 7 years; Britain had another go at the French on this day in 1803 and declared war again. Of course the proclamation that Napoleon was going to become the Emperor of France on this day the following year, in 1804, didn’t help matters any!

Thank goodness that Edwin Budding had his thoughts firmly directed towards his latest invention, the lawn mower, and signed on this day in 1830 an agreement to manufacture the beastly things! Mr Budding you have a lot to answer for. Nomanda visited a flea market recently and I’m sure that one of Edwin’s originals was on sale!

There may have been a few grass clippings around at the next event on this day in 1897 when the first Irish Music Festival was held in Dublin. The Irish are great people and they certainly know how to party so I’m sure this one was a belter! They still hold music festivals in Ireland but just as popular are their Beer Festivals held throughout the summer when the whole population of Ireland seems to wobble from one to the other every weekend. Go to one if you get the chance!

Another reported event that happened on this day in 1953 was the aviator Jacqueline Cochran breaking the sound barrier. The research shows that in doing so she was the first woman to achieve this. Now Nomanda cannot fly at that speed but I’m pretty sure that there have been millions of women who have broken the sound barrier before 1953. In fact some of them are my best friends!

We all know that names are very important, and particularly so if you’re involved in the TV / film industry where they really matter. So it comes as no surprise that Gene Rodenberry, sadly now beamed up, had to suggest no less than 16 names before the producers of the “Star Trek” series decided on Captain Kirk. Great opportunity for the “Star Trekkin” song, please!

First up for honours for doing silly feats of physical endurance and doing them on the same day to boot on this day in 1986 is David Goch. Apparently on this day in 1986 he completed swimming 55,682 miles in a 25 yard pool. Now normally Nomanda isn’t sceptical about these things, but I have to ask if the decimal point is in the correct place. If it’s correct, all I can say is very well done and who did you have to count the 3,920,012 lengths you did?

Not to be outdone, and maybe in an attempt to steal David’s limelight, on the same day Chung Kwang Ying did 2,750 atomic hand-stand push-ups! Frankly it just doesn’t cut the mustard compared to David’s swim!

Birthday celebrities today start with Perry Como (1912 – 2001). Perry’s career stretched over 50 years and he is loved both for his easy styled singing voice as well as for the TV shows he presented not least “The Perry Como Christmas Show”.

Our next birthday celebrity is Margot Fonteyn (1919 – 1991). Britain’s best ballerina, she enthralled audiences all over the world, particularly when she danced with her long time dance partner, Rudolf Nureyev.

Nimble on his feet too but on a football field as opposed to a theatre, our next birthday greeting go to one of the heroes of the 1966 World Cup winning team, Nobby Stiles (1942). The hard mid-fiend player is as famous for his toothless smile as for his brilliant defensive play! Cheers, Nobby!

Next up for birthday honours is the Chinese actor, Chow Yun-Fat (1955). Nomanda chose him because I liked his name and it just shows that I don’t get out a lot. Lovers of blood thirsty Chinese films will know him well!

Final birthday greetings go to Toyah Wilcox (1958). She’s calmed down a bit now from her pink punk days and is really quite good! Great promo videos!

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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