Happy Turkey Day, America!

Thanksgiving Day — my favorite American holiday — this year falls on the same day as my favorite Thai holiday, Loy Krathong (ลอยกระทง). I covered the latter in an article on A Stamp A Day in 2016; my Thanksgiving article in 2016 detailed the 1621 harvest feast held at Plymouth Plantation while last year’s account dealt with a history of the holiday itself as well … Continue reading Happy Turkey Day, America!

Thomas Edison’s Invention of the Phonograph

On November 21, 1877, Thomas Edison announced his invention of the phonograph, a machine that can record and play sound. Born on February 11, 1847, in Milan, Ohio, Thomas Alva Edison has been described as America’s greatest inventor. He is credited with developing many devices in fields such as electric power generation, mass communication, sound recording, and motion pictures. These inventions, which include the phonograph, … Continue reading Thomas Edison’s Invention of the Phonograph

Hong Kong’s Basalt Island

Basalt Island (火石洲)  is an island of Hong Kong, administratively part of the Sai Kung District. Together with Wang Chau and Bluff Island, it forms the Ung Kong Group and is part of the Hong Kong Global Geopark. It is located south of Town Island and Wang Chau, east of Bluff Island and north of the Ninepin Group. Its highest elevation is 174 m. On … Continue reading Hong Kong’s Basalt Island

Phang Nga: Province, Town & Bay

Since the beginning of November, I have been working at a school in the provincial capital of Phang Nga, about two hours north of my home on Phuket island. This was to be a temporary assignment while awaiting the arrival of the permanent teacher and I spent the past two weeks commuting back and forth each day (four-hour round-trip). As so often happens here in … Continue reading Phang Nga: Province, Town & Bay

Battle of Vertières

On November 18, 1803, the Battle of Vertières (Batay Vètyè in Haitian Creole), the last major battle of the Second War of Haitian Independence and the final part of the Haitian Revolution under Jean Jacques Dessalines, was fought, leading to the establishment of the Republic of Haiti, the first black republic in the Western Hemisphere. It was fought between forces made up mainly of legally … Continue reading Battle of Vertières

Elizabeth I and Her Era

On November 17, 1558, the Elizabethan era began when Queen Mary I of England died and was succeeded by her half-sister Elizabeth I. The Victorian era and the early 20th century idealized the Elizabethan era. The Encyclopædia Britannica maintains that “[T]he long reign of Elizabeth I, 1558–1603, was England’s Golden Age… ‘Merry England’, in love with life, expressed itself in music and literature, in architecture … Continue reading Elizabeth I and Her Era

Maiden Voyage of RMS Mauretania

On November 16, 1907, Cunard Line’s RMS Mauretania, sister ship of RMS Lusitania, sets sail on her maiden voyage from Liverpool, England, to New York City. Mauretania was an ocean liner designed by Leonard Peskett and built by Wigham Richardson and Swan Hunter for the British Cunard Line, launched on the afternoon of September 20, 1906. She was the world’s largest ship until the completion … Continue reading Maiden Voyage of RMS Mauretania

Clyde McPhatter

 Clyde Lensley McPhatter was born in the community of Hayti, in Durham, North Carolina on November 15, although the year is disputed. Some sources cite 1932. Author Colin Escott cites 1931, stating that “most biographies quote 1933 or 1934, although government documents cite the earlier year”. He would later become an American rhythm and blues, soul and rock and roll singer. He was one of … Continue reading Clyde McPhatter