Saturday, 2 May 2009

2 May - Historical Events and Special Celebrations

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Lily of the Valley

Gemstone of the Month: Emerald

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!

It seems as though most of the world has been recovering from their day off on 1st May over the years. Have you ever noticed how many people have a “sickie” the day after a public holiday? Very strange!

However, undaunted, King Henry VIII chose this day in 1536 to get his second wife, Anne Boleyn arrested and accused of adultery, incest and treason. Just covering the bases I suppose as being guilty of any one offence would be enough for the death penalty. Henry and Anne had only been married for three years and it obviously wasn’t working out so Henry did what came naturally to him and got rid of her. Anne’s legacy is her daughter, Elizabeth I.

The new bible, the Authorised King James version was published on this day in 1611 and has been going strong ever since;

Also still going strong is the “Loch Ness Monster” who made its grand appearance on the scene on this day in 1933 when it was sighted by Alex Campbell, the Loch Ness water bailiff. Well if anyone knew what it was he saw you would think he would be fairly well qualified. Despite this sighting and numerous photos and investigations, “Nessie”, as the monster is affectionately known by the local tourist trade, has suitably kept a low profile and there is no proof to this day that it exists at all!

Sailing away with another bunch of tourists on this day in 1969 was the new luxury British Liner, Queen Elizabeth II, on her maiden voyage to New York.

In an amazing back to the future exercise of what questions not to ask a search engine I am reliably informed that on this day in 1988 the painting “Search” by Jackson Pollock ( 1912 – 1956) was sold on this day for $4.8. Try it out for yourself and see what happens when you type in the word “search”! If you manage to find any information about this painting, please let me know.

Birthday wishes today are dominated by fashion designers and sportsmen.

First up today is Donatella Versace (1955) the sister of Gianni. Between them and other members of the family they have amassed a small fortune decking out the rich and famous.

Not perhaps so rich, but certainly renowned is his own circle of admirers, born on this day in 1969 was Brian Lara. His cricketing record reads like an abstract from the Guinness Book of Records. Amongst his many achievements are his 400 not out against England at Antigua in 2004 and his amazing first class innings of 501 not out for Warwickshire against Durham. OK, I know it was Durham, but nevertheless if you have ever visited the enormous Edgbaston ground you will realise just what a feat of batting this was.

Our final birthday wishes go to none other than the famous English actor, David Beckham. That’s what I thought when I first read it! Apparently the acting aspirations of the footballer are attributed to Giorgio Armani who reckons that when “Becks” signed up to play for the “Los Angeles Galaxy” football team for the modest five year fee of $250 million it was so he could be close to Hollywood and get his foot in the stage door. Now we have all seen some pretty convincing acting on the football field, but seriously I just think he did it for the money!

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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