Abba Exhibition Opens in London -Abba on Stamps – Music in Sweden 1983
Abba won the 1974 Eurovision Song Contest and became a huge commercial success and Popular after that with a string of Blockbusters like “Dancing Queen”, Mamma Mia” & “Thank You for the Music”.
A new exhibition in London at the O2 Venue until August displays personal items of ABBA such as Bjorn Ulvaeus’s school report, pictures, gold discs and clothing. The Exhibition is called ABBA Super Troupers. O2 arena recently hosted C2C: Country to Country – a Country Music Festival.
01 Oct 1983 was declared World Music Day by UNESCO International Music Council. Sweden issued a miniature sheet on the theme Music in Sweden on 01 Oct 1983. All stamps are engraved by Czeslaw Slania (1921-2005). The Musicians featured on stamps are
1.80 Kr – Pop – Famous Musicians from ABBA band. Agnetha Faltskog, Bjorn Ulvaeus, Anni- Frid Lyngstad & Benny Andersson. Picture of ABBA was taken by Anders Hansen
A Special Cover on Jasu Patel was issued during Stamp Mania 2009 at Vadodara on 20 Dec 2009. Jasu Patel (26 Nov 1924-12 Dec 1992) was an off-spinner who played only seven test matches for India. He is remembered for his bowling in 2nd Test at Kanpur vs Australia in 1959-60 Series. His effort with the ball (9-69 & 5-55) resulted in an India winning the test by 119 runs. His Match figures of 14-124 remained an Indian record for thirty years before N Hirwani broke it and innings bowling figure of 9-69 remained a record for forty years before Anil Kumble broke it with 10-74. He was the first Indian Cricketer to be awarded Padma Shri along with Vijay Hazare.
A Special Cover on Captain Vijay Hazare was issued during GUJPEX 2011 at Vadodara on 23 Dec 2011. Vijay Samuel Hazare (11 Mar 1915-18 Dec 2004) captained India in 14 test matches between 1951 & 1953. He has the following records to his Credit
He led India to its first test win vs England at Chennai (then Madras) in 1951-52.
He is First Indian to hit first Triple Century in First Class Cricket.
First Indian to score a century in each innings of a test match vs Australia at Adelaide in 1947-48 (116 & 145).
First Indian to score two triple centuries.
First Indian to score a century in three successive test matches.
He bagged 20 test wickets including three times Bradman’s wickets.
The Inter-Zonal tournament in India is named as Vijay Hazare Trophy.
He and Jasu Patel were the first Indian Cricketers to be honoured with Padma Shri.
France issued a stamp on A Durer (1471-1528) on 09 Jun 1980. Durer was a painter and the stamp features his self-portrait. The stamp was issued with a vinette promoting PHILEXFRANCE 1982 -International Stamp Exhibition.