Thailand #1221 (1988)

Chulalongkorn Day / วันปิยมหาราช

October 23rd of every year is a national holiday in Thailand as it marks King Chulalongkorn Day or known in Thai as Wan Piya Maharat (วันปิยมหาราช). It is the memorial day of the passing away of Chulalongkorn, otherwise known as King Rama V. Phra Bat Somdet Phra Poraminthra Maha Chulalongkorn Phra Chunla Chom Klao Chao Yu Hua (พระบาทสมเด็จพระปรมินทรมหาจุฬาลงกรณ์ พระจุลจอมเกล้าเจ้าอยู่หัว) was the fifth monarch of Siam under the House … Continue reading Chulalongkorn Day / วันปิยมหาราช

United States #776 (1936)

Sam Houston, President of Texas

On October 22, 1836, Sam Houston was inaugurated as the first Constitutional President of the Republic of Texas, replacing David G. Burnet who had been the interim president of the new country since March 16, 1836. Houston’s victory at the Battle of San Jacinto secured the independence of Texas from Mexico in one of the shortest decisive battles in modern history. The only American to be elected governor … Continue reading Sam Houston, President of Texas

Republic of China #1776e (1972)

Republic of China #1776e (1972)

The Republic of China (Zhōnghuá Mínguó — 中華民國) comprises the islands of Taiwan (臺灣), Penghu (澎湖), Kinmen (金門), Matsu (馬祖), and other minor islands, which are located off the east coast of mainland China. Neighboring states include the People’s Republic of China to the west, Japan to the north-east, and the Philippines to the south. The island of Taiwan, formerly known as Formosa (福爾摩沙), is the largest island and … Continue reading Republic of China #1776e (1972)

People's Republic of China #2510 (1994)

People’s Republic of China #2510 (1994)

Although postal service in China goes back some 2,500 years, modern postal services were not established until 1877 by the Qing government. The postal history of China is complicated by the gradual decay of Imperial China and the years of civil war and Japanese occupation in the 1930’s and 1940’s. I have relatively few stamps from China in my collection and all of those are relatively … Continue reading People’s Republic of China #2510 (1994)

Chile #21 (1877)

Chile #21 (1877)

The Republic of Chile (República de Chile), is a South American country occupying a long, narrow strip of land between the Andes to the east and the Pacific Ocean to the west. It borders Peru to the north, Bolivia to the northeast, Argentina to the east, and the Drake Passage in the far south. Chilean territory includes the Pacific islands of Juan Fernández, Salas y … Continue reading Chile #21 (1877)

United States #898 (1940)

de Soto and Coronado (1540-1542)

On October 18, 1540, Spanish explorer and conquistador Hernando de Soto — leading the first European expedition deep into the territory of the modern-day United States — arrived at Mabila, a heavily fortified village situated on a plain in a region of present-day central Alabama. Mabila was a Trojan-horse, fake village concealing over 2500 native warriors, planning to attack de Soto’s expedition. Tuskaloosa was a paramount chief of … Continue reading de Soto and Coronado (1540-1542)

Chad #1 (1922)

Chad #1 (1922)

French colonial interests in central Africa led to the creation of the Military Territory of Chad (Territoire Militaire des Pays et Protectorats du Tchad) in 1900. Chad didn’t become independent of France until sixty years later, forming the Republic of Chad (République du Tchad) on August 11, 1960. This  landlocked country is bordered by Libya to the north, Sudan to the east, the Central African Republic to the … Continue reading Chad #1 (1922)

Ceylon #279 (1942)

Ceylon #279 (1942)

British Ceylon (Sinhala: බ්රිතාන්ය ලංකාව, Britanya Lankava; Tamil: பிரித்தானிய இலங்கை, Birithaniya Ilangai), known contemporaneously as Ceylon, was a British Crown colony between 1802 and 1948. At first the area it covered did not include the Kingdom of Kandy, which was a protectorate from 1815, but from 1817 to 1948 the British possessions included the whole island of Ceylon, now the nation of Sri Lanka. The … Continue reading Ceylon #279 (1942)