It’s a “random stamp” day and I chose this 1935 issue from the combined entity of Kenya, Uganda and Tanganyika portraying Mount Kilimanjaro. Back in my younger days when I dreamt of becoming a mountaineer, I thought that Kilimanjaro would be the easiest of the continental highest peaks (the “Seven Summits”) to climb. Unfortunately, the nearest I got to the region was an archaeological trip … Continue reading Mount Kilimanjaro
The Casablanca Conference (codenamed SYMBOL) was held at the Anfa Hotel in Casablanca, French Morocco from January 14 to 24, 1943, to plan the Allied European strategy for the next phase of World War II. In attendance were United States President Franklin D. Roosevelt and British Prime Minister Winston Churchill. Also attending and representing the Free French forces were Generals Charles de Gaulle and Henri … Continue reading FDR Flies to the Casablanca Conference
January 13 is observed each year in Thailand as National Aviation Day (Wan Kanbin Haeng Chat — วันการบินแห่งชาติ). This year, 2018, it happens to coincide with another annual celebration — National Children’s Day (Wan Dek Haeng Chat — วันเด็กแห่งชาติ) which has been observed on the second Saturday of January since 1965. Unusually, I have not been able to find any information online as to when Thai National Aviation Day was … Continue reading Thai National Aviation Day (วันการบินแห่งชาติ)
On January 12, 2004, RMS Queen Mary 2 (QM2) set sail on her maiden voyage from Southampton, England, to Fort Lauderdale, Florida, in the United States, carrying 2,620 passengers. She was under the command of captain Ronald Warwick, who had previously commanded Queen Elizabeth 2 (QE2). Warwick is the son of William (Bill) Warwick, who had also been a senior Cunard officer and the first … Continue reading Maiden Voyage of RMS Queen Mary 2
On January 11, 1908, U.S. President Theodore Roosevelt declared the massive Grand Canyon in northwestern Arizona a national monument, stating that “The ages had been at work on it, and man can only mar it,” Roosevelt had first visited the Grand Canyon in 1903. An avid outdoorsman and staunch conservationist, Roosevelt established the Grand Canyon Game Preserve on November 28, 1906. Livestock grazing was reduced, … Continue reading What a Grand Canyon!
Costa Rica – Scott #178 (1936) I have been fascinated by maps ever since I was quite young. I can vividly recall enthusiastically gathering free maps from gas stations whenever my family would take an extended trip in our car. I suppose I began “collecting” maps even before I began collecting stamps and coins. Of course, back then it was more of an accumulation than … Continue reading Isla del Coco
On January 9, 1972, the SS Seawise University was undergoing conversion into a floating university cruise ship in Hong Kong harbor when fire broke out aboard under unexplained circumstances and the ship was capsized by the water used to fight the fire. The ship is much better known as RMS Queen Elizabeth of the Cunard Line which, throughout her career, was the largest ocean liner … Continue reading The Sad Demise of a Beautiful Queen
On January 8, 1993, the United States Postal Service kicked off its American Music Series with a photogravure-printed stamp perforated 11 portraying a young version of singer Elvis Presley (Scott #2721). It would have been his 58th birthday had he not died on August 16, 1977. The American singer, musician, and actor is regarded as one of the most significant cultural icons of the 20th … Continue reading The Birthday of Elvis Presley