Fridolin of Säckingen and the Battle of Näfels

Saint Fridolin, otherwise Fridolin of Säckingen is a legendary Irish missionary, apostle of the Alamanni and founder of the Roman Catholic Säckingen Abbey on the Upper Rhine at Bad Säckingen in what is now the German state of Baden-Württemberg. He is also the patron saint of Glarus, a canton in east central Switzerland. His oldest Vita is dated to the 10th or 11th century. Later … Continue reading Fridolin of Säckingen and the Battle of Näfels

Post Mill

The post mill is the earliest type of European windmill. Its defining feature is that the whole body of the mill that houses the machinery is mounted on a single vertical post, around which it can be turned to bring the sails into the wind. The earliest post mills in England are thought to have been built in the 12th century. The earliest working post … Continue reading Post Mill

The First Car?

Perhaps the single element of stamp collecting that I enjoy the most is that I am constantly learning new and interesting things with the stamps as my teachers. My knowledge of geography, history, personages both obscure and well-known, and technology have all been enhanced if not outright derived from my love of philately. All it takes is some design element printed on these tiny bits … Continue reading The First Car?

Medal of Honor

On July 12, 1862, the Medal of Honor was authorized by the United States Congress. This is the United States of America’s highest and most prestigious personal military decoration that may be awarded to recognize U.S. military service members who distinguished themselves by acts of valor. The medal is normally awarded by the President of the United States in the name of the U.S. Congress. Because … Continue reading Medal of Honor

Snæfellsjökull in Iceland

Snæfellsjökull (snow-fell glacier) is a 700,000-year-old glacier-capped stratovolcano in western Iceland. The name of the mountain is actually Snæfell, but it is normally called “Snæfellsjökull” to distinguish it from two other mountains with this name. It is situated on the most western part of the Snæfellsnes peninsula in Iceland. The Snæfellsnes peninsula is situated to the west of Borgarfjörður and has been named Iceland in … Continue reading Snæfellsjökull in Iceland

Wyoming Statehood

On July 10, 1890, Wyoming was admitted to the United States of America as the Union’s 44th state. It is located in the mountain region of the western United States. As specified in the designating legislation for the Territory of Wyoming — which was founded on July 25, 1868 — Wyoming’s borders are lines of latitude, 41°N and 45°N, and longitude, 104°3’W and 111°3’W (27° … Continue reading Wyoming Statehood

Matthew Petty and the Opening of Japan

On July 8, 1853, American Commodore Matthew Perry of the United States Navy, commanding a squadron of two steamers and two sailing vessels, sailed into Tôkyô harbor aboard the frigate Susquehanna. Under orders from American President Millard Fillmore. Perry’s primary goal was to force an end to Japan’s 220-year-old policy of isolation and to open Japanese ports to American trade, through the use of gunboat … Continue reading Matthew Petty and the Opening of Japan