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

King Henry VII of England

On January 28, 1457, Henry VII was born at Pembroke Castle in Pembrokeshire, Wales, on January 28, 1457, to Margaret Beaufort, Countess of Richmond. His father, Edmund Tudor, 1st Earl of Richmond, died three months before his birth. He was the King of England and Lord of Ireland from his seizure of the crown on August 22, 1485, to his death on April 21, 1509. … Continue reading King Henry VII of England

North Korean Cargo Ship Chong Chon Gang

Most watercraft featured on ASAD to date have been ocean liners or historic sailing vessels as well as the occasional smaller boat rather than cargo ships and the like. I recently obtained a large quantity of souvenir sheets from the Democratic Republic of Korea (“North Korea”) and had originally planned to feature a passenger ship from the 1978 set celebrating the country’s maritime heritage. However, … Continue reading North Korean Cargo Ship Chong Chon Gang

North Korea - Struggle Against US Imperialism Month (2018) 40-ch perforated

The Final North Korean Anti-USA Month?

At dawn on Sunday, June 25, 1950, the Korean People’s Army crossed the 38th parallel behind artillery fire. The KPA justified its assault with the claim that ROK troops attacked first and that the KPA were aiming to arrest and execute the “bandit traitor Syngman Rhee”. Fighting began on the strategic Ongjin peninsula in the west. There were initial South Korean claims that they captured … Continue reading The Final North Korean Anti-USA Month?

Democratic People's Republic of Korea #1066 (1972)

Democratic People’s Republic of Korea #1066 (1972)

The Democratic People’s Republic of Korea (조선민주주의인민공화국 — Chosŏn Minjujuŭi Inmin), or North Korea, occupies the northern portion of the Korean Peninsula, lying between latitudes 37° and 43°N, and longitudes 124° and 131°E. It covers an area of 46,541 square miles (120,540 square kilometers). North Korea shares land borders with China and Russia along the Amnok (known as the Yalu in China) and Tumen rivers to … Continue reading Democratic People’s Republic of Korea #1066 (1972)

Democratic People's Republic of Korea #2245 (1982) digitally cropped

First Manned (Tethered) Balloon Ascent, 1783

On October 15, 1783, Étienne Montgolfier became the first human to lift off the earth. He did this in a (tethered) hot air balloon called the Aérostat Réveillon, designed and built by Étienne and his older brother Joseph in their shop in the eastern suburbs of Paris. Joseph-Michel Montgolfier (August  26, 1740 – June 26, 1810) and Jacques-Étienne Montgolfier (January 6, 1745 – August 2, 1799) were the inventors … Continue reading First Manned (Tethered) Balloon Ascent, 1783