Thursday, June 17, 2021

June 17th in stamps Jón Sigurðsson, Iceland declares independence from Denmark

Here are some events that happened on June 17th. It could be an event or a person that died or was born on that day

1811 Born: Jón Sigurðsson, Icelandic scholar and politician (d. 1879)

Jón Sigurðsson (17 June 1811 – 7 December 1879) was the leader of the 19th century Icelandic independence movement.

His birthday, 17 June, was chosen as Iceland's National Holiday to recognize his efforts toward Icelandic independence.

He is often referred to as President ("Jón forseti") by Icelanders. The main reason for this is that he served as the president of Althing several times, for the first time in 1849. He also served as the President of the Copenhagen Department of Hið íslenska bókmenntafélag (the Icelandic Literature Society). He is currently pictured on Iceland's 500 krónur bill, and has been honoured on Icelandic postage stamps on the centenaries of his birth and death, the 150th anniversary of his birth, and on the creation of the Republic of Iceland (on his 133rd birthday).

The apartment which Jón and Ingibjörg rented at Øster Voldgade 12 in Copenhagen from 1852 is called Jónshús and has been the property of the Icelandic government since 1967. It serves as a cultural center for Icelanders in Denmark, and as housing for academics on sabbatical. A plaque on the corner with Stokhusgade commemorates that he used to live in the building.

Stamps from Iceland depicting Jón Sigurðsson

Iceland 1944 Sigurdsson Set

1944 – Iceland declares independence from Denmark and becomes a republic.

Icelandic National Day (Icelandic: Þjóðhátíðardagurinn, the day of the nation's celebration) is an annual holiday in Iceland which commemorates the foundation of The Republic of Iceland on 17 June 1944. This date also marks the end of Iceland's centuries old ties with Denmark. The date was chosen to coincide with the birthday of Jón Sigurðsson, a major figure of Icelandic culture and the leader of the 19th century Icelandic independence movement.

Set issued to commemorate the founding of the Republic of Icelandic

Iceland 1944 Sigurdsson Set

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