Friday, 8 May 2009

8 May - Historical Events and Special Celebrations

Flower of the Month

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!

Filing for a patent today in 1879 was George Seldon. The patent was the first for a petrol powered engine. George was obviously a man who new what the future foretold and made a small fortune from his patent. It was unfortunately all going to end in tears when on appeal one Henry Ford won his case against Sheldon and went off and did his own thing. Never mind, George, it was great while it lasted!

It was a happy day for Europe on this day in 1945 when Germany unconditionally surrendered to the Allies and the war in Europe was over at last. Sadly it would continue for some time longer in the East. VE-Day as it has become known is celebrated throughout Europe.

It was on this day in 1962 that London trolley buses went out of service and one of the classic pictures of the London scene came to an end. Never mind, they were never there when you needed one anyway!

In the start of what was to become one of the biggest money spinning film series of all time the first James Bond film premiered in the US on this day in 1963. The film was “Dr No”, James Bond was Sean Connery, and the first “Bond Girl” was Ursula Andress. The opening title sequence was to become an icon of the era.

Singing for truth and peace the Beatles released their “Let it Be” (insert clip, please, x) album on this day in 1970.

The WHO (World Health Organisation), not the group, announced on this day in 1980 that small pox had been eradicated. And about time too! All we’ve got to worry about today is the latest too hot to handle swine ‘flu virus from Mexico!

Attempting to keep the feet of Londoners dry it was on this day in 1984 that the Thames Barrier was officially opened. It has been used a few times and has worked out OK but pundits reckon that it isn’t high enough as we didn’t know then what we do know now, apparently. Nomanda blames it all on Global Warming. Why not, everyone else does!

Birthday celebrities today start with Jean Henri Dunant (1828 – 1910) the founder of the Red Cross and the inspiration behind the Geneva Convention. He was awarded the first Nobel Peace Prize in 1901, and quite rightly too.

The rubber faced comedian and actor, Sid James (1913 – 1976), was born on this day His performances in the “Carry on Series” and his partnership with Tony Hancock in “Hancock’s Half Hour” will be fondly remembered by his fans.

Our final birthday greetings today go to David Attenborough (1926), the famous naturalist, whose work on the BBC’s “Life” series have become all time classics for nature lovers everywhere.

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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