Jukong Boat of the Cocos (Keeling) Islands

The jukong is a type of sailing boat found in the Australian Territory of the Cocos (Keeling) Islands where it is the preferred mode of transport across the atoll. It is more akin to the European whaleboat than to the similarly named jukung from Indonesia. The latter is also known as a cadik and is a traditional outrigger canoe used for fishing. The double outrigger … Continue reading Jukong Boat of the Cocos (Keeling) Islands

The Galápagos Islands Become Part of Ecuador

The Galápagos Islands were annexed by the Republic of Ecuador (República del Ecuador) on February 12, 1832. The first governor of Galápagos, General José de Villamil, brought a group of convicts to populate the island of Floreana, and in October 1832, some artisans and farmers joined them. Today also happens to be the birth anniversary of Charles Darwin, the English naturalist, geologist and biologist, best … Continue reading The Galápagos Islands Become Part of Ecuador

Monte Carlo Auto Rally

On January 21, 1911, the first Monte Carlo Rally began. The Rallye Automobile Monte Carlo is a rallying event organized each year by the Automobile Club de Monaco which also organizes the Formula One Monaco Grand Prix and the Rallye Monte-Carlo Historique. The rally now takes place along the French Riviera in the Principality of Monaco and southeast France. Previously, competitors would set off from … Continue reading Monte Carlo Auto Rally

The Irish Constitution of 1937

On December 29, 1937, the Constitution of Ireland (Bunreacht na hÉirean) came into effect. The state was named Ireland (Éire in the Irish language), and a new office of President of Ireland was instituted in place of the Governor-General of the former Irish Free State. The Constitution of 1937 is the fundamental law of the Republic of Ireland. It asserts the national sovereignty of the Irish … Continue reading The Irish Constitution of 1937

Christmas 2017 – Canada #85-86 (1898)

Seasons Greetings from A Stamp A Day! It’s only five days until Christmas and, although I live in a predominately-Buddhist country where the day is not an official holiday, it’s still a festive time of the year and I do my best to feel that Christmas spirit. The teaching agency that I work for has its offices in a large shopping mall on the southern … Continue reading Christmas 2017 – Canada #85-86 (1898)

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200 Years of Indiana Statehood

Today marks the bicentennial of the state of Indiana’s admission to the United States. On December 11, 1816, the territory was admitted to the Union as its nineteenth state. Indiana is the 38th largest by area and the 16th most populous of the 50 states. Its capital and largest city is Indianapolis. The state’s name means “Land of the Indians”, or simply “Indian Land” and stems … Continue reading 200 Years of Indiana Statehood

Cyprus #149 (1938)

Cyprus #149 (1938)

The Republic of Cyprus (Κυπριακή Δημοκρατία in Greek, or Kıbrıs Cumhuriyeti in Turkish), is the third largest and third most populous island in the Mediterranean Sea. It is located south of Turkey, west of Syria and Lebanon, northwest of Israel and Palestine, north of Egypt, and southeast of Greece. The Cyprus Republic has de jure sovereignty over the island of Cyprus, as well as its territorial … Continue reading Cyprus #149 (1938)