Tuesday, 19 May 2009

19 May - Historical Events and Special Celebrations

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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!

A strange event took place on this day in 1780 in New England when from around mid-day near total darkness descended on most of the state. Various explanations have been offered including a combination of forest fires, fog and cloud cover but Nomanda thinks the most likely reason is that someone forgot to pay the electricity bill!

Shoes were the passion of Jan Matzeliger and on this day in 1885 he began the first mass production of shoes following his invention of the shoe lasting machine. Up until this invention all shoes were hand made and one person could knock them out at the rate of around 50 per day. Jan’s invention brought this output up to 700 per person per day and resulted in halving the cost of shoes. So, ladies, now you know who to thank, good old Jan!

Not wearing shoes, but jumping for joy nevertheless were the frogs of Angel’s Camp, California, who all got together for the first “Frog Jumping Jubilee” on this day in 1928. Apparently only 51 frogs turned up for this first event but it has since grown in popularity in the froggie world and these days around 2,000 athletic frogs do their stuff each year. The world record is an impressive 21 feet 5.75 inches set by Rosie the Ribeter in 1986. If you’ve got a good jumper at home take it along because there’s a prize of $5,000 for beating the world record!

Rosie’s leap puts the next Herculean task to shame because it was in this day that the Englishman Dave Gauder managed to pull a jumbo jet a mere 3 inches. Maybe he would have been able to pull it further if they’d taken the brakes off!

Birthday celebrities today start with Nancy Astor (18979 – 1964), the American who became the first woman MP. Renowned as much for her disarming manner as for her charm she often had biting exchanges with Winston Churchill. One of the most celebrated is when she said to Churchill,”If you were my husband I would put arsenic in your coffee”. To which Churchill replied, “If I was your husband, I’d drink it!

Next up is James Fox (1939) the archetypical English actor. In a career of over 40 yeas he has given many memorable performances. His characters in “A Question of Attribution” (TV) and “Colditz” (2005) are among my favourites.

One of the funniest women on television, Victoria Wood (1953) also celebrates her birthday 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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