Sing on your Birthday

Saturday, December 30, 2006

Birthday parties are always among the highlights of a child's year, but did you ever wonder how the tradition of birthday parties started?The tradition of birthday parties started in Europe a long time ago. It was feared that evil spirits were particularly attracted to people on their birthdays. To protect them from harm, friends and family would to come be with the birthday person and bring good thoughts and wishes. Giving gifts brought even more good cheer to ward off the evil spirits. This is how birthday parties began.At first it was only kings who were recognized as important enough to have a birthday celebration (maybe this is how the tradition of birthday crowns began?). As time went by, children became included in birthday celebrations. The first children's birthday parties occurred in Germany and were called Kinderfeste.Glad you were born today birthday song

Thursday, October 26, 2006

I just have to tell everyone about this cool new birthday song that my son found online called Glad You Were Born Today. Him and all of his friends love it and they all have profiles on the website where you can invite friends to your birthday party, post a gift list of what you want for your birthday and all sorts of other fun stuff. Anyways, you should all show your kids, I am sure they will love it. They will all want to be Party Crasherz.

I want to be one of the party crasherz daddy! That is what my son has been telling me for the last week, he found a new birthday website online called and it has a new birthday song called glad you were born today and a bunch of other stuff too. I guess a party crasher is someone that sings the song at your birthday party, and him and his friends all know the song and want to be party crasherz! That is all from my end for now, stay tuned.

What Happened today in history? Take a look at what happened on your birthday people.

1664 The British Marines are organized.
1774 The First Continental Congress adjourns in Philadelphia, Pennsylvania.
1814 British governor-general of India declares war on Gurkhas of Nepal.
1825 The Erie Canal, connecting Lake Erie and the Hudson River in upstate New York, opens.
1863 Football Association forms in England, standardizing soccer
1863 Worldwide Red Cross organized in Geneva
1868 White terrorists kill several blacks in St Bernard Parish La
1869 The first American steeplechase horserace (Westchester, NY)
1874 All Grand Trunk Railway lines east of Montreal, 542 miles, are converted from 5' 6" to standard gauge.
1876 President sends federal troops to SC

1878 Australian bushranger Ned Kelly shoots and kills three police officers at Stringybark Creek, Victoria.
1881 Shootout at the OK corral, in Tombstone, Az
1902 Elizabeth Cady Stanton, suffragist, dies.
1903 Yerba Buena is 1st Key System ferry to cross SF Bay
1905 The first Soviet (workers' council) formed, St Petersburg, Russia
1905 Union of Sweden & Norway ends
1916 Margaret Sanger arrested for obscenity (advocating birth control)
1917 Capt. Christopher P.J. O'Kelly (52nd Cdn. Infantry BAtt.) wins the Victoria Cross at Passchendaele, Belgium
1917 Lt. Robert Shankland (43 Cdn. Infantry Batt.) wins the Victoria Cross at Passchendaele, Belgium
1917 Prv. Thomas W. Holmes (4th Cdn. Mounted Rifles) wins the Victoria Cross at Passchendaele, Belgium

1921 Solomon Porter Hood named minister to Liberia
1940 Canadian Pacific's Empress of Britian is bombed and sunk.
1941 US savings bonds go on sale
1942 The U.S. aircraft carrier Hornet is sunk in the WWII Battle of the Santa Cruz Islands.
1944 U.S. defeats the Japanese Navy near the Phillipines.
1947 Maharajah of Jammu & Kashmir accedes to India
1949 President Truman signs a measure raising the U.S. minimum wage from 40 to 75 cents an hour.
1950 In London King George VI opens the restored House of Commons chamber, destroyed in a 1941 bombing raid
1951 Rocky Marciano defeats Joe Louis at Madison Square Garden
1955 Ngo Dinh Diem proclaims Vietnam a republic with himself as pres
1956 UN's International Atomic Energy Agency statute approved
1956 Vietnam promulgates its constitution
1957 USSR fires defense minister, Marshal Georgi Zhukov
1957 Vatican Radio begins broadcasting
1958 Pan Am flies its first Boeing 707 jetliner from New York to Paris in eight hours, 41 minutes.
1962 Beatles tape "Please Please Me" & "Ask Me Why"
1964 Rolling Stones appear on the Ed Sullivan Show
1965 Beatles receive MBEs at Buckingham Palace
1965 Sylvia Likens tortured by teen girl gang
1966 The first Pacific communications satellite launched, Intelsat 2

1967 Shah of Iran crowns himself after 26 years on Peacock Throne
1968 Soyuz 3 launched
1968 The Flushing Meadow Park Zoo opens in New York City.
1969 In Yugoslavia a 5.6 severe earthquake in the Banja Luka area of Yugoslavia killed 20, seriously injured 150, and left 65,000 homeless
1970 "Doonesbury" comic strip debuts in 28 newspapers
1971 UN votes to replace Taiwan with China
1972 Guided tours of Alcatraz (by Park Service) begin
1972 Henry Kissinger declares "Peace is at hand" in Vietnam
1973 Wings release "Helen Wheels"
1975 Anwar Sadat becomes the first Egyptian president to visit the United States.

1976 Transkei gains independence, not recognized outside of South Africa
1976 Trinidad & Tobago becomes a republic
1977 5th & final test of space shuttle Enterprise
1977 Dr Clifford R Wharton Jr named chancellor of State University of NY
1984 "Baby Fae" gets baboon heart transplant, lives 21 days
1985 Montreal constable Jacinthe Fyfe is the first Canadian female police officer killed on duty.
1985 The Mutijuli Aboriginal Community is granted freehold title to Ayers Rock and the Uluru National Park in the Northern Territory.
1987 Dow Jones down 156.83 points
1987 Head of Salvadoran Human Rights Comm assassinated by death squads
1988 Donald Trump bills Mike Tyson $2,000,000 for 4 month advisory service
1988 US-Soviet effort free 2 grey whales from frozen Arctic, Barrow, AK
1995 The CN commuter line between Montréal Central station and Deux Montagnes is reopened with modernized equipment. The new electric multiple unit trains, operating at 25 kv AC, replace aging equipment, some of it going back to the opening of the line in 1918.
1999 "Pinocchio" becomes the first animated classic to make its way to DVD
1999 Britain's House of Lords votes to end the right of hereditary peers to sit and vote in Britain's upper chamber of Parliament.
2000 An Ilyushin-18 aircraft ploughs into a mountain in ex-Soviet Georgia, killing more than 80 people.

Friday, October 20, 2006

It's my birthday today so please make a note in your calendars or notebooks or almanacks or re-align the rocks in your yard so their shadows spell the word, "Kev" when the next Nov 25th comes around!One thing that stands out about November 25th is that during all of recorded human history, NOTHING of any consequence ever happened on November 25th.JFK was buried this day in 1963. It would have been his son's birthday but JFK Jr died in a plane crash three years earlier - boy is that family cursed or what! I wonder if they were the first to discover Hurley's lottery numbers? Also the British red coats finally pulled out of New York in 1783. My childhood footballing hero, and one of Britains most notorious boozers, George Best will probably die today. I've got one of those crappy, flip-book type calendars where each leaf has a proverb or piece of trivia printed on it. According to that, I share my birthday with the prophet Mohammed! That's completely UNtrue. Where the hell does Mrs Kev buy this stuff?

Birthdays are strange things, the more you have the more you try and pretend they don’t matter, and the more people try and tell you they are not so bad. I’m not really sure why it is that people think they are bad things, Its true, you are getting older, but as someone just said to me “who isn’t getting older every day?” - I think the problem people associate with birthdays has more to do with the fact that a birthday throws into sharp focus all the things they think they should have done, but have not . I certainly understand that feeling, though I think it’s more a way of clarifying the things that I have not yet done, that I most want to do - a kind of personal re-ordering of the to-do list. They only need to be depressed is if on your birthday you realised that your re-ordered to-do list is exactly the same as it was last year. That leaves you with a feeling of having accomplished nothing, and not going anywhere. I’m fortunate enough to have not had that experience this year. I look back at where I was last year and look at the fundamental things that have changed since then. glad u were born today.