U.S.A. Wins the Gold!

On February 24, 1980, at Lake Placid in upstate New York, the United States Olympic Hockey Team defeated Finland 4–2 to win the gold medal. The U.S. team had beat the team from the Union of Soviet Socialist Republics (USSR) two nights previously in a game since called the “Miracle on Ice.” The final rankings were based on points accumulated in matches against the other … Continue reading U.S.A. Wins the Gold!

Kansas City Chiefs, My Hometown Team

I’ve never been a big fan of sports. I only watch baseball and American football (and whatever Olympic Games sports broadcast in English in Thailand). Despite having been born in Dallas, I was never that big of a Cowboys fan. We moved away from Texas before I turned turn years old. Yet, I am a diehard fan of the Kansas City Royals and the Kansas … Continue reading Kansas City Chiefs, My Hometown Team

Sugar Ray Robinson

On May 3, 1921, Walker Smith Jr. was born As Sugar Ray Robinson , he was a professional boxer who competed from 1940 to 1965. Widely considered the greatest pound-for-pound boxer of all time, Robinson’s performances in the welterweight and middleweight divisions prompted sportswriters to create “pound for pound” rankings, where they compared fighters regardless of weight. He was inducted into the International Boxing Hall … Continue reading Sugar Ray Robinson

Cape Town, Shiloh, the G.A.R., & the 1896 Olympics

April 6 in Thailand is marked as King Phutthayotfa Chulalok the Great and Chakri Dynasty Memorial Day (วันพระบาทสมเด็จพระพุทธยอดฟ้าจุฬาโลกมหาราชและวันที่ระลึกมหาจักรีบรมราชวงศ์), or simply Chakri Day (วันจักรี — Wan Chakkri) which commemorates the establishment of the Chakri Dynasty and the founding of Bangkok by King Phutthayotfa Chulalok in 1782, detailed on A Stamp A Day last year. This year, I have found several events that occurred on this date … Continue reading Cape Town, Shiloh, the G.A.R., & the 1896 Olympics

Senegalese Independence Day

April 4 is celebrated each year in the Republic of Senegal (République du Sénégal), a country in West Africa. On April 4, 1959, Senegal and the French Sudan merged to form the Mali Federation, which became fully independent on June 20, 1960, as a result of Senegal’s independence and the transfer of power agreement signed with France on April 4, 1960. Due to internal political difficulties, … Continue reading Senegalese Independence Day

National Baseball League Established

The National League of Professional Baseball Clubs, known simply as the National League (NL), is the older of two leagues constituting Major League Baseball (MLB) in the United States and Canada, and the world’s oldest current professional team sports league. Founded on February 2, 1876, to replace the National Association of Professional Base Ball Players, it is sometimes called the Senior Circuit, in contrast to … Continue reading National Baseball League Established

Upper Volta (Republic) #329 (1974)

The Republic of Upper Volta (République de Haute-Volta in French) was a landlocked West African self-governing colony within the French Community. Before attaining autonomy it had been French Upper Volta, a colony of French West Africa established on March 1, 1919, from territories that had been part of the colonies of Upper Senegal and Niger and the Côte d’Ivoire. The colony was dissolved on September … Continue reading Upper Volta (Republic) #329 (1974)

Thailand #442 (1966)

Thai National Sports Day / วันกีฬาแห่งชาติ

December 16 in annually observed in Thailand as National Sports Day (Wan Kila Haeng Chat — วันกีฬาแห่งชาติ) since 1986. This commemorates the gold medal won by His Majesty King Bhumibol Adulyadej and share with his eldest daughter, Princess Ubolratana Rajakanya (then aged 16), whom he tied in points in the OK dinghy class at the 4th Southeast Asian Games held in Bangkok from December 9-16, 1967. This was … Continue reading Thai National Sports Day / วันกีฬาแห่งชาติ