Republic of Croatia – Scott #597 (2005): Baltazar Adam Krčelić

In preparing for an article about Zagreb for my postcard blog, I realized that I hadn’t yet profiled the current Republic of Croatia (Republika Hrvatska) for A Stamp A Day. A previous ASAD article dealt with the short-lived (1941-194x)  German and Italian puppet state known as the Independent State of Croatia (Nezavisna Država Hrvatska, or NDH). The current Constitution of Croatia does not even officially … Continue reading Republic of Croatia – Scott #597 (2005): Baltazar Adam Krčelić

Sir Rowland Hill & the Birth of the Pre-Paid Postage Stamp

May 6, 1840, is a date well known to most philatelists and stamp collectors. It was on this day that the world’s first pre-paid adhesive postage stamp used in a public postal system was officially released. This was a one-penny stamp printed in black ink with an elegant engraving of the young Queen Victoria (whose 21st birthday was celebrated that month). Released by Great Britain, … Continue reading Sir Rowland Hill & the Birth of the Pre-Paid Postage Stamp

The Estates General of 1789

On May 5, 1789, the Estates General (Etats Generaux) of 1789 was convened in the Grands Salles des Menus-Plaisirs in Versailles, opening with a three-hour speech by Jacques Necker, a foreigner, Comptroller-General of Finance. The Estates General was a general assembly representing the French estates of the realm in the Ancien Régime. Monarchy was for the king and the queen and this system was made … Continue reading The Estates General of 1789

The Sinking of S.S. Caribou

S.S. Caribou was a Newfoundland Railway passenger ferry that ran between Port aux Basques, in the Dominion of Newfoundland, and North Sydney, Nova Scotia, between 1928 and 1942. During the Battle of the St. Lawrence, the ferry was attacked and sunk by the German submarine U-69 in October 1942, while traversing the Cabot Strait as part of her three weekly SPAB convoys. As a civilian … Continue reading The Sinking of S.S. Caribou

Sugar Ray Robinson

On May 3, 1921, Walker Smith Jr. was born As Sugar Ray Robinson , he was a professional boxer who competed from 1940 to 1965. Widely considered the greatest pound-for-pound boxer of all time, Robinson’s performances in the welterweight and middleweight divisions prompted sportswriters to create “pound for pound” rankings, where they compared fighters regardless of weight. He was inducted into the International Boxing Hall … Continue reading Sugar Ray Robinson

Establishment of Swan River Colony

On May 2, 1829, after anchoring nearby, Captain Charles Fremantle of HMS Challenger, declared the Swan River Colony in Australia. The name was a pars pro toto for Western Australia. In 1832, the colony was renamed the Colony of Western Australia, when the colony’s founding Lieutenant-Governor, Captain James Stirling, belatedly received his commission. However, the name “Swan River Colony” remained in informal use for many years … Continue reading Establishment of Swan River Colony

Argentina - Scott #1338 (1982)

Early Engagements in the Falklands War

On May 1, 1982, a British naval task force — having arrived in a 300-mile exclusion zone surround the Falkland Islands on April 30 — was attacked by Argentine aircraft while British planes mounted their first air raids on the airfield at the islands’ capital of Port Stanley. This was the first Operation Black Buck — a series of seven extremely long-range ground attack missions by Royal Air … Continue reading Early Engagements in the Falklands War