The Natalya Sats Musical Theater (Детский музыкальный театр), formally known as the Moscow State Academic Children’s Music Theater (Московский государственный академический детский музыкальный театр), is a theater specializing in opera, ballet and dramatic productions for children. The world’s first professional theater for children, it is perhaps best known internationally as the birthplace of Sergei Prokofiev’s Peter and the Wolf. The theatre takes great pride in … Continue reading Детский музыкальный театр / Natalya Sats Musical Theatre
The first triangular stamps in the world were released by the Colony of the Cape of Good Hope, otherwise known as Cape Colony (Kaapkolonie in Dutch). The British colony was preceded by an earlier Dutch colony of the same name, the Kaap de Goede Hoop, established in 1652 by the Dutch East India Company. The Cape was under Dutch rule from 1652 to 1795 and … Continue reading The Cape Triangles
American singer-songwriter, guitarist, actor, and author John R. Cash was born on February 26, 1932 in Kingsland, Arkansas. He is one of the best-selling music artists of all time, having sold more than 90 million records worldwide. Although primarily remembered as a country music icon, his genre-spanning songs and sound embraced rock and roll, rockabilly, blues, folk, and gospel. This crossover appeal won Cash the … Continue reading Johnny Cash, the Man in Black
On February 25, 1928, Bryce Canyon National Park in the United States was established. Located in southwestern Utah, the major feature of the park is Bryce Canyon, which despite its name, is not a canyon, but a collection of giant natural amphitheaters along the eastern side of the Paunsaugunt Plagteau. Bryce is distinctive due to geological structures called hoodoos, formed by frost weathering and stream … Continue reading Bryce Canyon National Park
Sometimes, it is difficult to find information about the items, places or even people pictured on postage stamps. I’m fairly good at finding enough material to expand even the skimpiest of topics but I actually had to reject several possibilities today for there being far too little information available for today’s “random stamp”. I had wanted to use a different stamp in Norway’s 1978 musical … Continue reading The Langeleik, or Norwegian Zither
On February 23, 1909, the Silver Dart took flight in Nova Scotia. This was not only the first controlled powered flight in Canada but also in the entire British Commonwealth. Because of the significance of this event to Canadians, February 23 is designated Canada’s National Aviation Day — an opportunity for the citizens of that nation to recognize their aviation pioneers and celebrate Canadians who … Continue reading The Silver Dart Flies!
Future soldier and first President of the United States of America George Washington was born on February 11, 1731, on Pope’s Creek Estate near Colonial Beach, Westmoreland Country, Virginia. If that sounds different from the date that you learnt in school, it is because that date is according to the Julian calendar and Annunciation Style of enumerating years then in use in the British … Continue reading Washington’s Birthday
The Washington Monument in Washington, D.C., was dedicated on February 21, 1885. ASAD previously covered the early history of the monument’s design and construction in a post on the December 6 anniversary of its completion. At the dedication ceremonies, over 800 people were present on the monument grounds to hear speeches during a frigid day by Ohio Senator John Sherman, the Reverend Henderson Suter, William … Continue reading Washington Monument