Wednesday, 6 May 2009

6 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!

In a modest attempt to show that he wasn’t all bad it was in this day in 1536 that our old friend King Henry VIII ordered that a bible should be placed in every church. Where were they before?

No doubt singing “We plough the fields and scatter” it was on this day in 1833 that John Deere made his first steel plough. Motorists have been giving them wide berths intimidated by slow moving meandering tractors ever since. I suppose it depends where you live but have you ever noticed that whenever you’re in a hurry you always get stuck behind a tractor with a plough on the back.

Two patents that were to change the world were both registered on this day in 1851. The first was the “security lock” patented by none other that Linus Yale, whose name has become a generic for all similar locking devices. It was good for Linus that the “passe par tout”, the credit card wasn’t yet on the scene otherwise it would never have taken off. The other great invention of the day was Dr John Gorrie’srefrigeration machine”. Cold beers for evermore!

In a prosecution that was to prove over zealous, the Dutch writer Maurits Dekker was sentenced to 50 days in prison on this day in 1938. The offence “offending a friendly head of state”, the head of state, Adolf Hitler! Ouch!

Breaking the first four minute mile on this day in 1954 was Roger Bannister who ran the distance in 3:59:4. Although it was dedicated to earlier runners I am reminded of the great film and music of “Chariots of Fire” which is well worth a view. Nomanda loves it!

In another, but maybe more bizarre, athletic achievement it was on this day in 1970 that one Yuichiro Miura of Japan skied down Mount Everest! Unbelievable but true. The only question I have is how much was the ski lifts pass? No,no,no, don’t tell me he carried his skis to the top, that would be really silly!

In what has been called the “Doughnutgate incident” it was on this day in 1988 that New Jersey Devils coach told the referee to “Eat another doughnut, you fat pig.” Sadly Jim was suspended; Nomanda thinks he should have been applauded!

No fat pigs on show at the next event which was on this day in 1994 that HRH Queen Elizabeth II and the French President, Francois Mitterrand, jointly opened the Channel Tunnel connecting England and France. It is a great engineering and money spending achievement that enables the Brits to get their cheaper booze and cigarettes quicker and the French to escape the hands of the French tax man. So, as Del Boy would say, “Everybody’s Happy!”

Birthday celebrities today are Sigmund Freud (1856 – 1939) the guy who has been called the “father of psychology” and who though that everything we do is down to sex.

Of course the natural result of sex is babies, and beloved by babies and their mums everywhere, born on this day in 1839 was the inventor of strained baby food, Daniel Gerber. The story goes that his wife gave him the idea when she asked him to prepare their own baby’s food one mealtime. Fortunately he already had a food processing factory down the road so just a few more strainers and mashers and as Del Boy would also say, “Luvvly, Jubbly, job done!

However our final birthday wishes and homage go to one of the greatest Englishmen of all times, the one and only Tony Blair (1953). At least that’s what Tony thinks! If there ever was an example of what happens to a guy when given a bit of power then have a look at our Tony. I’m sure he and Cherie will celebrate the occasion in style and luxury and if Nomanda knows anything about it, at someone else’s expense!

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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