Wednesday, 20 May 2009

20 May - Historical Events and Special Celebrations

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Lily of the Valley

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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 is a very important day for followers of the Christian faith as it was on this day in 325 that the first Ecumenical Council opened at Nicea. Constantine the Great invited all the Christian bishops to the Council, numbering 1,800 in total, but only around 300 actually attended, despite the fact that their travelling and lodging expenses were paid. The two most important decisions to be made at the Council were firstly to decide that Jesus was equal to God the Father, and to decide on the timing of Easter in order to separate it from the celebration of the Jewish Passover. So no more confusion there then.

Sorting out a different confusion would have to wait the best part of another 1,000 years when on this day in 1310 shoes were made for both the left and right feet. It must have made getting dressed in the morning a lot quicker as there would be no more looking at shoes trying to decide which one was left and which one was right!

In a lovely piece of historical understatement I discovered that on this day in 1521 Saint Ignatius of Loyola was “seriously wounded by a cannon ball”. I bet he was! He obviously recovered and went on to found the Jesuit sect of the Christian Church. Now perhaps it’s easier to understand why they were such a zealous and nasty bunch! He also wrote a bit, one of his legacies’s being “Spiritual Exercises.

Now if he could have held out a bit he would have loved the next invention for his writing as on this day in 1830 D Hyde patented the fountain pen. Geese all over the world breathed a sigh of relief! Sadly Hyde was not to make his fortune from the patent as that was left to Lewis E Waterman who got down to the business of mass producing pens.

Blue was the colour in the mind of Levi Strauss who on this day in 1873 started marketing his jeans with copper rivets. Back then he knocked them out for the price of $13.50 a dozen. Now they’ve become a fashion item! Times change.

Anyone who had tried drying a pair of jeans knows just how long they take to dry so it was good news for all when on this day in 1892 George Sampson patented his clothes dryer. It only takes half an hour to dry them now as opposed to all day!

Flapping in the wind on this day in 1940 was the first untethered flight of the single rotor tail boom helicopter invented by Igor Sikorsky. None the wonder the others didn’t get off the ground if they were tied to it! A simple lesson to be learnt there! His company is still going strong today.

In an untypical act of generosity it was on this day in 1985 that Israel exchanged 1,150 Lebanese and Palestine prisoners for just 3 Israelis. Nevertheless it was a good day for all concerned.

To the dismay of all their fans it was on this day in 1993 that the 274th and final episode of “Cheers” was aired on NBC. No need for concern because it has been the subject of numerous repeats!

Birthday celebrities today start with William George Fargo (1818 – 1881) the founder of American Express and Wells Fargo. Wagons Ho!

Also born on this day was Henri Edmond Cross (1856 – 1910) the French Impressionist painter whose work improved dramatically after meeting with Monet.

Two personalities who share the same day for their birthday (1944) are Joe Cocker the rocker and Keith Fletcher, the English Test batsman and later Team Manager. Their careers may have taken different routes but both still admired by their respective fans.

A couple of years later the celebrated Cher was born on this day in 1946. The woman who never looks old despite her years, I just don’t know how she does it. I do like her duet with Sonny “I got you Babe”. (insert clip, please, x)

Last today, but by no means least, it is a very special day got to a couple who got their “Babe”. Two of our favourite people, Michelle and Michael, will be celebrating their third wedding anniversary today. Lots of love to you both and Happy Anniversary! I wonder what their first little daughter Lily will nip out and get her Mum and Dad for their wedding anniversary. Don’t set your sights too high Lily as you are only just over 6 months old and even if you can creep out without your Mum noticing, some chance of that!, just remember that you can’t walk yet

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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