Thursday, 7 May 2009

7 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!

Patents, politicians and pop stars dominate this day in history over the years.

It was on this day in 1660 that Isaac B Fubine of Savoy patented macaroni. At last something to do with cheese! Apart from the “I always though it grew on trees” popular idea I am amazed that way back in 1660 they had an instrument that could hollow out spaghetti. Fantastic!

Admiral Nelson’s flagship boat, the HMS Victory, was launched on this day in 1765. It was built for a cost of just £63,176 which seems quite a good deal until I’m told that would be around £50 million today. Despite its numerous voyages and battles the ship can still be seen today at Portsmouth where it is a museum ship.

A couple of hundred years later on this day in 1888 George Eastman patented his box camera and called it “Kodak”. The name was apparently chosen as a name that could be easily remembered. It is, and has been ever since. I love the advertising slogan that launched the “Kodak” which was “You press the button and we’ll do the rest!” Well cameras have come full circle since that modest little camera and today even the most sophisticated digital jobs could use that same slogan. Click on!

In an exercise of chauvinistic nonsense the House of Commons rejected women’s right to vote on this day in 1913 only to grant women of 21 the right to vote on this same day in 1928. So nothing much new on the political scene, then!

The British hero of WWII, Winston Churchill, became Prime Minister on this day in 1940 succeeding the witless Neville Chamberlain whose “Peace in our times” speech after retuning from a visit with Adolf must go down as one of the biggest cases of political misjudgement ever. Come to think of it perhaps good old Gordon may be up for this prize soon!

Pop star celebrities the Mamas and the Papas released their hit single “Monday, Monday” on this day in 1966. It’s the song everybody cheerfully hums on their way to work each Monday! Other popular songs from this group include “My Girl” and “Dancing in the Street”. However if you want the best version of “Dancing in the Street” you’ll have to go and watch David Bowie and Mick Jaggar shake their stuff.

In another feat of physical endurance it was on this day in 1983 that I guess the hitherto unknown August Hoffman performed a record 29,051 consecutive sit ups. Now Nomanda can do around 20 on a good day, so we’re quite impressed, but still don’t know why people do these things!

Birthday celebrities’ start with the English poet, Robert Browning (1812 – 1889) who’s “Pied Piper of Hamelin” is probably his best known work. Nomanda also likes “How they brought the Good News from Ghent to Aix”. Anybody know?

The much loved First Lady of Argentina, Eva Peron (1919 – 1952), was born on this day. Her short but important life has been immortalised by Madonna in the musical “Evita”.

The soul singer, Jimmy Ruffin, was born on this day in 1939 and nearly everybody will remember “What Becomes of the Broken Hearted”. Another question without an obvious answer.

Our final birthday boy is Derek Taylor (1952 – 1997) the famous press agent for the Beatles.

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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