On April 22, 1964, the 1964–1965 New York World’s Fair opens for its first of two seasons. The fair held over 140 pavilions, 110 restaurants, for 80 nations (hosted by 37), 24 U.S. states, and over 45 corporations to build exhibits or attractions at Flushing Meadows Park in Queens, New York. The immense fair covered 646 acres (261 hectares) on half the park, with numerous … Continue reading New York World’s Fair 1964-1965
On April 21, 1962, the Century 21 Exposition — better known today as the Seattle World’s Fair — was officially opened in Seattle, Washington, in the northwest United States. In the six months between the opening and the October 21, 1962, closing, nearly 10 million people attended the fair. Unlike some other world’s fairs of its era, Century 21 made a profit. As planned, the exposition … Continue reading Seattle World’s Fair 1962
On a hot afternoon (or morning, or evening — it’s always hot here in southern Thailand), there is nothing more satisfying than drinking an ice cold bottle of freshly-pressed sugarcane juice from a roadside stall. As I am not a big fan of ice coffee or tea, this is my usual go-to drink whenever I’m in the market or just out-and-about. In Phuket, at least, it seems … Continue reading Sugarcane
On April 19, 1775, the Battles of Lexington and Concord — the first military engagements of the American Revolutionary War — were fought in Middlesex County, Province of Massachusetts Bay, within the towns of Lexington, Concord, Lincoln, Menotomy (present-day Arlington), and Cambridge. They marked the outbreak of armed conflict between the Kingdom of Great Britain and its thirteen colonies in North America. In late 1774, Colonial leaders … Continue reading The Shot Heard Round the World
Elephants are one of the most popular animals to be portrayed on stamps and have been featured twice on A Stamp A Day in articles about Laos and Thailand, both of the Asian variety. Today’s entry describes a subspecies of the Asian elephant as well as the traditional handler, called a mahout, both pictured on a 1909 stamp issued for the British protectorate state of … Continue reading The Borneo Elephant and Mahout
Daffy Duck made his cartoon debut on April 17, 1937, making him 81 years old today. One of the things I love most about teaching kids is that I can relive my own childhood by using cartoons in the classroom. The only animated characters from the United States that most Thais are aware of are Mickey Mouse, Nemo, perhaps Buzz Lightyear, and the duo of … Continue reading Happy Birthday, Daffy Duck!
On April 16, 1867, aviator and inventor Wilbur Wright was born near Millville, Indiana, to Milton Wright and Susan Koerner. He was the third of seven children born to the Wrights, five of whom survived infancy. The brothers Wilbur and Orville Wright have had multiple appearances on A Stamp A Day, the first being August 19, 2016, in an article about National Aviation Day which … Continue reading Wilbur Wright’s Birthday
It’s Sunday morning and the third day of the Songkran holiday here in Thailand. I’ve been out enjoying the festivities each day but spending my limited time at home working on blog articles; yesterday’s was a nearly 7,000-word article on the Lincoln assassination that I finally finished around 10:00 last night. For today, I planned a quick “ASAD is on holiday” and had the perfect … Continue reading Bemuda Sloop “Lucie”