Jack London

On January 12, 1876, John Griffith Chaney was born near Third and Brannan Streets in San Francisco, California. Better known as Jack London, he was an American novelist, journalist, and social activist. A pioneer in the world of commercial magazine fiction, he was one of the first writers to become a worldwide celebrity and earn a large fortune from writing. He was also an innovator … Continue reading Jack London

Northern Mariana Islands & the Latte Stone

January 8 is the day for the annual celebration of Commonwealth Day in the Northern Mariana Islands. For years, the Northern Mariana Islands held referenda that offered integration with Guam but the latter finally rejected it. In 1970s it was decided not to seek for independence but to set closer relations with the United States. The negotiations for territorial status began and were finally approved … Continue reading Northern Mariana Islands & the Latte Stone

Millard Fillmore: One of the Worst U.S. Presidents?

Millard Fillmore was born January 7, 1800, in a log cabin on a farm in what is now Moravia, Cayuga County, in the Finger Lakes region of New York. His parents were Phoebe (Millard) and Nathaniel Fillmore — he was the second of eight children and the oldest son. Nathaniel Fillmore was the son of Nathaniel Fillmore Sr. (1739-1814), a native of Franklin, Connecticut, who … Continue reading Millard Fillmore: One of the Worst U.S. Presidents?

Apollo 8 and Earthrise

Fifty years ago today, on December 27, 1968, the command module of the United States spacecraft known as Apollo 8 completed its mission at 15:51:42 UTC by achieving splashdown in the North Pacific Ocean, southwest of Hawaii. The mission lasted six hours, three hours and 42 seconds. This was the second manned spaceflight mission flown in the United States Apollo space program, launched on December … Continue reading Apollo 8 and Earthrise

A Month of Christmas: Ho! Ho! Ho! The Modern Image of Santa Claus

It is now nearing the end of Christmas Day in Thailand where, for the previous twenty-four days, I have posted articles dealing with different aspects of the Yuletide holiday season each featuring an appropriate stamp. Since I just spent the past four days donning a (very hot) Santa Claus suit for party appearances at various local kindergartens, I thought an examination of the most widely … Continue reading A Month of Christmas: Ho! Ho! Ho! The Modern Image of Santa Claus

Thomas Edison’s Invention of the Phonograph

On November 21, 1877, Thomas Edison announced his invention of the phonograph, a machine that can record and play sound. Born on February 11, 1847, in Milan, Ohio, Thomas Alva Edison has been described as America’s greatest inventor. He is credited with developing many devices in fields such as electric power generation, mass communication, sound recording, and motion pictures. These inventions, which include the phonograph, … Continue reading Thomas Edison’s Invention of the Phonograph

Washington Statehood

On November 11, 1889, the State of Washington was admitted as the 42nd state of the United States. Washington is a state in the Pacific Northwest region made out of the western part of the Washington Territory, which was ceded by Britain in 1846 in accordance with the Oregon Treaty in the settlement of the Oregon boundary dispute. Olympia is the state capital; the state’s … Continue reading Washington Statehood

National Bison Day & Mariner 10 Launch

After a bit of deliberation, I have decided to feature two stamps in this A Stamp A Day entry. Since 2012, the first Saturday in November (November 3 in 2018) has been marked as National Bison Day in the United States. The day is a commemoration of the ecological, cultural, historical and economic contribution of the American bison (also commonly known as the American buffalo) … Continue reading National Bison Day & Mariner 10 Launch