Barbados Independence Day

On November 30, 1966, after years of peaceful and democratic progress, Barbados finally became an independent state. Errol Barrow was its first Prime Minister, although Queen Elizabeth II remained the monarch. Upon independence, Barbados maintained historical linkages with Britain by becoming a member of the Commonwealth of Nations. A year later, Barbados’ international linkages were expanded by obtaining membership of both the United Nations and … Continue reading Barbados Independence Day

Zimbabwe #734 (1995)

The Republic of Zimbabwe is a landlocked country located in southern Africa, between the Zambezi and Limpopo Rivers, bordered by South Africa, Botswana, Zambia, and Mozambique. The capital and largest city is Harare. A country of roughly 16 million people, Zimbabwe has 16 official languages, with English, Shona, and Ndebele the most commonly used. The region was initially the British colony of Southern Rhodesia and, following its Unilateral Declaration of Independence in 1965, the nation existed as the self-declared, unrecognized … Continue reading Zimbabwe #734 (1995)

Jimi Hendrix

American rock guitarist, singer, and songwriter Jimi Hendrix was born on November 27, 1942, in Seattle, Washington. Although his mainstream career spanned only four years, he is widely regarded as one of the most influential electric guitarists in the history of popular music, and one of the most celebrated musicians of the 20th century. The Rock and Roll Hall of Fame describes him as “arguably the greatest … Continue reading Jimi Hendrix

100 Years of the Toronto Maple Leafs and the National Hockey League

The Maple Leafs were founded in 1917, operating simply as Toronto and known then as the Toronto Arenas. On November 26, 1917, representatives of the Ottawa, Quebec, and Montreal National Hockey Association (NHA) clubs met at the Windsor Hotel in Montreal. The decision to start a new league, called the National Hockey League, was finalized and announced. The Quebec franchise was suspended and a franchise for Toronto was … Continue reading 100 Years of the Toronto Maple Leafs and the National Hockey League

Zanzibar #62 (1899)

Zanzibar (زنجبار — Zanjibār in Arabic) is a semi-autonomous region of Tanzania in East Africa. It is composed of the Zanzibar Archipelago in the Indian Ocean, 16-31 miles (25–50 kilometers) off the coast of the mainland, and consists of many small islands and two large ones: Unguja (the main island, referred to informally as Zanzibar) and Pemba Island. The capital is Zanzibar City, located on the island of Unguja. Its historic center is Stone Town, which is a World … Continue reading Zanzibar #62 (1899)

Zambia #137 (1975)

The Republic of Zambia, is a landlocked country in Southern Africa, neighbouring the Democratic Republic of the Congo to the north, Tanzaniato the north-east, Malawi to the east, Mozambique, Zimbabwe, Botswana, and Namibia to the south, and Angola to the west. The capital city is Lusaka, in the south-central part of Zambia. The population is concentrated mainly around Lusaka in the south and the Copperbelt Province to the northwest, the core economic hubs of the country. Originally inhabited by Khoisan peoples, the region was … Continue reading Zambia #137 (1975)

Happy Thanksgiving Day for the U.S.A.

Relatively few stamps have been released by the United States with a Thanksgiving tie-in, arguably one of the most purely “American” holidays celebrated in the nation. The first was a set of three stamps issued in 1920 to mark the arrival of the Pilgrims on the ship Mayflower (Scott #548-550). Issued on December 21, 1920, in Plymouth, Massachusetts, commemorating the 300th anniversary of the landing of the … Continue reading Happy Thanksgiving Day for the U.S.A.