On March 13, 1997, the Phoenix Lights were seen over Phoenix, Arizona, by hundreds of people, and by millions on television. These were a series of widely sighted unidentified flying objects or UFOs observed in the skies over the U.S. states of Arizona, Nevada, and the Mexican state of Sonora on the same night. Lights of varying descriptions were seen by thousands of people between … Continue reading The Phoenix Lights
On January 19, 1809, author, editor and literary critic Edgar Allan Poe was born. Poe is best known for his poetry and short stories, particularly his tales of mystery and the macabre. He is widely regarded as a central figure of Romanticism in the United States and of American literature as a whole, and he was one of the country’s earliest practitioners of the short … Continue reading Edgar Allan Poe & His Stamps
The Casablanca Conference (codenamed SYMBOL) was held at the Anfa Hotel in Casablanca, French Morocco from January 14 to 24, 1943, to plan the Allied European strategy for the next phase of World War II. In attendance were United States President Franklin D. Roosevelt and British Prime Minister Winston Churchill. Also attending and representing the Free French forces were Generals Charles de Gaulle and Henri … Continue reading FDR Flies to the Casablanca Conference
The Republic of San Marino (Repubblica di San Marino), also known as the Most Serene Republic of San Marino (Serenissima Repubblica di San Marino), is an enclaved microstate surrounded by Italy, situated on the Italian Peninsula on the northeastern side of the Apennine Mountains. It is on the border between the regioni of Emilia Romagna and Marche and about 6.21 miles (10 km) from the … Continue reading San Marino #615 (1966)
July the fourth is celebrated by Americans worldwide as Independence Day, commemorating the signing of the Declaration of Independence in 1776 and the birth of the United States of America. There have been a great many stamps issued over the years honoring this event — and others in American history, both by the U.S. and numerous other nations. Personally, my favorite is the strip of … Continue reading Happy 4th of July!