United States #C20 (1935)

First Transpacific Flight of the China Clipper

On November 22, 1935, the China Clipper (NC14716) took off from Alameda, California, inaugurating the first commercial airmail service across the Pacific Ocean. This was the first of three Martin M-130 four-engine flying boats built for Pan American Airways by the Glenn L. Martin Company in Baltimore, Maryland, at a cost of $417,000, and delivered to Pan Am on October 9, 1935. It was one of the largest … Continue reading First Transpacific Flight of the China Clipper

U.S. National Adoption Month

Each year, November is recognized in the United States as National Adoption Awareness Month. While all adoption-related issues are important, the particular focus of this month is the adoption of children currently in foster care. Since 2000,  the Saturday before Thanksgiving (November 19 in 2016) has been designated as National Adoption Day during which courts and communities in all 50 U.S. states, the District of Columbia … Continue reading U.S. National Adoption Month

Thailand Post TH-1055a [digitally cropped]

Royal Thai Navy Day / วันกองทัพเรือ

November 20 is annually observed as Royal Thai Navy Day (วันกองทัพเรือ), commemorating the date in 1906 that King Chulalongkorn officially opened the Royal Thai Naval Academy (โรงเรียนนายเรือ). Established in 1898 and originally located on the royal yacht Maha Chakri and some other boats donated by the king, the academy later moved to Wang Derm Palace in Thonburi (in the compound of the present headquarters of the … Continue reading Royal Thai Navy Day / วันกองทัพเรือ

United States #600 (1924)

Lincoln Delivers the Gettysburg Address

On the afternoon of Thursday, November 19, 1863, U.S. President Abraham Lincoln delivered what has become one of the best known speeches in American history, the Gettysburg Address. The occasion was the dedication of the Soldiers’ National Cemetery in Gettysburg, Pennsylvania, four and a half months after the Union armies defeated those of the Confederacy at the Battle of Gettysburg. In just over two minutes, … Continue reading Lincoln Delivers the Gettysburg Address

Dominican Republic #353 (1940)

Dominican Republic #353 (1940)

The Dominican Republic (República Dominicana) is a sovereign state occupying the eastern two-thirds of the island of Hispaniola, in the Greater Antilles archipelago in the Caribbean region. The western one-third of the island is occupied by the nation of Haiti, making Hispaniola one of two Caribbean islands, along with Saint Martin, that are shared by two countries. The Dominican Republic is the second-largest Caribbean nation … Continue reading Dominican Republic #353 (1940)

Dominica #111 (1940)

Dominica #111 (1940)

The Commonwealth of Dominica, is a sovereign island country south-southeast of Guadeloupe and northwest of Martinique, part of the Windward islands in the Lesser Antilles archipelago of the Caribbean Sea. The capital, Roseau, is located on the leeward side of the island. Its area is 290 square miles (750 square kilometers) and the highest point is Morne Diablotins, at 4,747 feet (1,447 meters) elevation. The … Continue reading Dominica #111 (1940)

Southern Rhodesia #37A (1938)

Dr. Livingstone Views Victoria Falls

On November 16, 1855, Scottish missionary and explorer David Livingstone is believed to have been the first European to view Victoria Falls in southern Africa at the border of the present-day nations of Zambia and Zimbabwe from what is now known as Livingstone Island — one of two land masses in the middle of the Zambezi River, immediately upstream from the falls on the Zambian side. … Continue reading Dr. Livingstone Views Victoria Falls

Djibouti #505 (1979)

Djibouti #505 (1979)

The Republic of Djibouti (République de Djibouti in French, جمهورية جيبوتي in Arabic, Gabuutih Ummuuno in Afar, or Jamhuuriyadda Jabuuti in Somali) is a country located in the Horn of Africa, bordered by Eritrea in the north, Ethiopia in the west and south, and Somalia in the southeast. The remainder of the border is formed by the Red Sea and the Gulf of Aden at the east. It was known as … Continue reading Djibouti #505 (1979)