China Post issued two stamps of 1.20 Yuan each to commemorate the opening of Olympex -The Olympic Expo Beijing 2008. It opened on 08 Aug 2008 at Beijing Exhibition Center. The Expo showcased Olympic Stamps, Coins, Pins and works of Art.
A First Day Cover issued by China Post entitled “Celebrating the Opening of Olympex, the Olympic Expo Beijing 2008”. The stamps reproduce the Greece 1896 Olympic stamps and a Hurdler on Portugal stamp on 1928 Olympicsat Amsterdam.
Postcards of China on the 2008 Beijing Olympics –Opening Ceremony – China 2008
The 2008 Summer Olympics or XXIX Olympics were held in Beijing China from 08 to 24 Aug 2008. A total of 10,942 athletes from 204 Nations participated in 28 Sports, 41 Disciplines and 302 events. President Hu Jintao of China inaugurated the Games. China topped the medals tally with 48 Gold Medals.
China Post issued a Postcard on 08 Aug 2008 (8/8/8)for the Opening Ceremony of 2008 Beijing Summer Olympics. The cancellation states “Best Wishes from the on-site Opening Ceremony”.
General K S Thimayya ,DSO was a distinguished soldier of Indian Army. He was born on 30 Mar 1906 at Madekeri,Coorg,Mysore (Karnataka) and died on 17 Dec 1965. He was Chief of Army Staff ,Indian Army from 08 May 1957 to 07 May 1961 in the period leading to India China conflict of 1962. He was only Indian to command an Infantry Brigade during World War II and after Korean War headed a UNO unit dealing with repatriation of Prisoners of War. After retirement from Indian Army he was appointed as Commander of United Nation Peace Keeping Force in Cyprus from July 1964 to 17 Dec 1965.
A Graduate of Prince of Wales Royal Indian Military College ,he was one of the six cadets selected to undergo training at Royal Military College Sandhurst. He was commissioned in Indian Army on 04 Feb 1926 alongwith P N Thapar who later succeeded him as Chief of Army Staff. He joined 4th Battalion of 19th Hyderabad Regiment (Now Kumaon Regiment).He attended Staff College at Quetta (now in Pakistan) in 1942 ,where he and his wife had earned praise for their selfless service during 1935 Quetta Earthquake.
During the Burma Campaign he was Commanding 8/19th Hyderabad Regiment and was awarded the DSO (Distinguished Service Order) and Mention -in Despatches. He commanded 268th Indian Infantry Brigade in Japan after WWII to deal with Japanese surrender. After Independence saw action with 19 Division in J&K conflict of 1947 and Battle of Zojila. He was awarded the Padma Bhushan in 1954.
Cyprus issued a stamp in his honour on 06 Jun 1966 (6.6.66). The date is a Palindrome date and a FDC on a distinguished Soldier is listed.
Palindrome Date Covers – Germany 1977- 1000 Years of Dudweiler
Dudweiler in Germany is a small town which came into being in 977 AD. Germany issued a special cover on 7-7-77 to mark its 1000th Year. The Cover also features the 1976 Montreal Olympics Miniature sheet with Dudweiler cancellation and featured Field Hockey and Rowing.
Palindrome – A Palindrome is a word ,number ,phrase or other sequence of characters which reads the same backward as forward,such as madam, racecar or number 10201. This cover has date cancellation as 7-7-77.