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today’s holiday: Denmark Constitution Day

Denmark Constitution Day

This public holiday commemorates the constitution signed on June 5, 1849, that made Denmark a constitutional monarchy, and the one signed on June 5, 1953, that created parliamentary reforms. A parade takes place in Copenhagen, and other festivities are held in villages throughout Denmark. More… Discuss

today’s birthday: Marquis de Lafayette (1757)

Marquis de Lafayette (1757)

Lafayette was a French aristocrat most famous for his participation in the American and French revolutions. He fought with distinction in the American Revolution, becoming a close friend of George Washington. Upon returning to France, “the Hero of Two Worlds” turned his attentions to his home country, helping draft the Declaration of the Rights of Man and of the Citizen and pushing for a constitutional monarchy. Lafayette is one of only seven people to have been accorded what honor by the US? More… Discuss

Thai Army Declares Coup

Thai Army Declares Coup

The Thai military’s imposition of martial law in order to “preserve order and bring back peacefulness” has officially evolved into a full-blown coup. After gathering government and opposition leaders for talks, Thailand’s army chief General Prayuth Chan-ocha announced to the assembled leaders—and shortly thereafter in a televised address to the nation—that he would be taking power, marking the country’s 12th successful coup since it became a constitutional monarchy in 1932. The constitution has been suspended and nighttime curfews put in place. More… Discuss

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Gambia Independence Day

Gambia gained independence from Britain on February 18, 1965, and became a constitutional monarchy. On that day, people gathered in Bathurst for music, dancing, and the replacement of the Union Jack with the Gambian flag. A public vote in 1970 made the Republic of the Gambia a British Commonwealth. Independence Day is a national holiday in Gambia. More…Discuss


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Isle of Man: the 166th country I have the honor to have been visited from! Thanks and come back soon!

Isle of Man

Flag Coat of arms
Motto: Quocunque Jeceris Stabit  (Latin) Whithersoever you throw it, it will stand.[1]
Anthem: O Land of Our Birth” “Arrane Ashoonagh dy Vannin(Manx) Royal anthem: God Save the Queen
Location of  Isle of Man  (Red)
Location of Isle of Man  (Red)
Capital (and largest city) Douglas (Doolish) 54°09′N 4°29′W / 54.15°N 4.483°W / 54.15; -4.483
Official language(s) English, Manx[2]
Demonym Manx
Government British Crown Dependency Parliamentary democracy (Constitutional monarchy)
Lord of Mann Elizabeth II
Lieutenant Governor Adam Wood
Chief Minister Allan Bell
Legislature Tynwald
Upper house Legislative Council
Lower house House of Keys
Status Crown dependency
Lordship of Mann revested in British crown 1765
Total 572 km2 (196th) 221 sq mi
Water (%) 0
estimate 84,655 (202nd)
Density 140/km2 (109th) 362.4/sq mi
GDP (PPP) 2010 estimate
Total $2.113 billion (162nd)
Per capita $35,000 (12th)
Gini 41[3]
HDI (2010) 0.849[4] (very high) (14th)
Currency Pound sterling1 (GBP)
Time zone GMT (UTC+0)
Summer (DST) (UTC+1)
Date formats dd/mm/yyyy (AD)
Drives on the left
ISO 3166 code IM
Internet TLD .im
Calling code +44 specifically +44-1624      (landline) area code +44-7524, +44-7624, +44-7924      (mobile)
1 The Isle of Man Treasury issues its own sterling
English: The Three Legs of Man, Ronaldsway Air...

English: The Three Legs of Man, Ronaldsway Airport. By Bryan Kneale R.A. The motto “Quocunque Jeceris Stabit”, which translates literally as “whithersoever you throw it, it will stand” accompanies the three legs on the Coat of Arms of the Isle of Man. (Photo credit: Wikipedia)