John Glenn and his Orbital Flight aboard Friendship 7

On February 20, 1962, while aboard Friendship 7, astronaut John Glenn became the first American to orbit the earth, making three orbits in four hours, 55 minutes. He was one of the Mercury Seven, military test pilots selected in 1959 by NASA as the nation’s first astronauts. Project Mercury was the first human spaceflight program of the United States, running from 1958 through 1963. An … Continue reading John Glenn and his Orbital Flight aboard Friendship 7

United States - Scott #1488 (1973)

Nicoalus Copernicus

Nicolaus Copernicus (Mikołaj Kopernik in Polish and either Nikolaus Kopernikus or Niklas Koppernigk in German) was born on February 19, 1473, in the city of Thorn (modern Toruń), in the province of Royal Prussia, in the Crown of the Kingdom of Poland, the youngest of four children. The Renaissance-era mathematician and astronomer formulated a model of the universe that placed the Sun rather than the … Continue reading Nicoalus Copernicus

Huckleberry Finn

On February 18, 1885, Adventures of Huckleberry Finn by Mark Twain was published in the United States after initially being published in the United Kingdom and Canada on December 10, 1884. Commonly named among the Great American Novels, the work is among the first in major American literature to be written throughout in vernacular English, characterized by local color regionalism. It is told in the … Continue reading Huckleberry Finn

Doria Castle in Dolceacqua

Well, I made a mistake and came extremely close to missing my first day since beginning A Stamp A Day on July 1, 2016 — 965 days of uninterrupted posts ago. I spent much of the evening putting together a 3,000-word article before noticing that I had the wrong date on my calendar; the subject matter dealt with in the article actually happened on February … Continue reading Doria Castle in Dolceacqua

Day of the Shining Star / 광명성절

The Day of the Shining Star (광명성절 — Kwangmyŏngsŏng-jŏl) is a public holiday in the Democratic People’s Republic of Korea (DPRK) falling on February 16, the birth anniversary of the country’s second leader, Kim Jong-il. Along with the Day of the Sun, the birthday of his father Kim Il-sung, it is the most important public holiday in North Korea. Kim Jong-il was actually born in … Continue reading Day of the Shining Star / 광명성절

Canada’s Maple Leaf Flag

On February 15, 1965, a new red-and-white maple leaf design was adopted as the flag of Canada, replacing the old Canadian Red Ensign banner. The flag of Canada, or in French Le drapeau du Canada, often referred to as the Canadian flag, or unofficially as the Maple Leaf and l’Unifolié (French for “the one-leafed”), consists of a red field with a white square at its … Continue reading Canada’s Maple Leaf Flag

Happy Valentine’s Day 2019

Happy Valentine’s Day once again! This morning, there were “Day of Love” activities at my school and I have a special dinner planned this evening. Thus, I have decided to keep today’s article relatively brief, and largely photographic in nature. After all, there have been ASAD entries about this particular holiday in 2017 and 2018 as well as several articles on Philatelic Pursuits here and … Continue reading Happy Valentine’s Day 2019

Leonardo & the Madrid Codices

On February 13, 1967, American researchers discovered the Madrid Codices by Leonardo da Vinci in the Biblioteca Nacional de España (National Library of Spain) in Madrid. The Madrid Codices I–II (I – Ms. 8937 i II – Ms. 8936) are two manuscripts discovered by Dr. Jules Piccus, Language Professor at the University of Massachusetts. The Madrid Codices I was finished during 1490 and 1499, and … Continue reading Leonardo & the Madrid Codices