United States #858 (1939)

U.S. Dakota Territory Becomes Two States

On November 2, 1889, the United States Territory of Dakota was split and the two halves were admitted into the Union as the separate states of North Dakota and South Dakota. President Benjamin Harrison signed proclamations formally admitting both states but had the papers shuffled to obscure which one was signed first and the order went unrecorded.  They were the 39th and 40th states to be … Continue reading U.S. Dakota Territory Becomes Two States

Cayman Islands #85 (1935)

Cayman Islands #85 (1935)

The British Overseas Territory of the Cayman Islands is considered to be part of the geographic Western Caribbean Sea as well as the Greater Antilles The 102-square-mile (264-square-kilometer) territory comprises the three islands of Grand Cayman, Cayman Brac and Little Cayman — the peaks of a massive underwater ridge, known as the Cayman Ridge (or Cayman Rise). This ridge flanks the Cayman Trough, 20,000 feet (6,000 meters) … Continue reading Cayman Islands #85 (1935)

Thailand #495 (1967)

Thai National Flag / ธงชาติไทย

Thailand doesn’t have a formal Flag Day holiday but if it did, the date would be celebrated on September 28. That is the date in 1917 that the current flag — popularly called Thong Trairong (ธงไตรรงค์), or “tri-color flag” — was adopted by a royal decree issued by King Vajiravudh (Rama VI) and enacted into law by the Flag Act of B.E. 2460 (1917). The story goes that during the … Continue reading Thai National Flag / ธงชาติไทย