This Day in History… April 7, 1740

Birth of Haym Salomon

US #1561 was the third stamp in the Contributors to the Cause Series, honoring some of the war’s lesser-known figures.

Haym Salomon was born on April 7, 1740, in Leszno, Poland. 

As a young man, Salomon traveled throughout Western Europe and learned a great deal about finance and other languages.  He returned home to Poland in 1770, and spent some time in England before immigrating to the US in 1775.

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This Day in History… April 6, 1869

The American Museum of Natural History

US #1387-90 were issued to commemorate the 100th anniversary of the museum’s opening.

On April 6, 1869, the American Museum of Natural History is established in New York City. 

The museum was largely the dream of naturalist Dr. Albert S. Bickmore.  For several years, Bickmore lobbied extensively for the creation of a natural history museum in New York. 

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This Day in History… April 5, 1761

Birth of Sybil Ludington

US #1559 – Ludington was honored as part of the Contributors to the Cause Bicentennial Series.

Revolutionary heroine Sybil Ludington was born on April 5, 1761 in Kent, New York.  

The oldest of 12 children, Sybil was the daughter of Colonel Henry Ludington, the leader of the local militia in Patterson, New York.  During the Revolutionary War, Sybil wanted to join the militia because she didn’t like being ruled by Great Britain.

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This Day in History… April 4, 1925

American Revolution Sesquicentennial

US #617 Washington at Cambridge

US #617
Washington at Cambridge

On April 4, 1925, the US Post Office issued the first three stamps in a multi-year series honoring important events and people from the American Revolution.  The stamps were issued for the sesquicentennial (150th) anniversary of the Revolution.

US #617 pictures General George Washington leading colonial forces at Cambridge Common on July 2, 1775.  This was two-and-a-half months after the battles at Lexington and Concord.  A driving factor for this scene’s inclusion in the set was due to the famed “Washington Elm.”  According to legend, Washington stood under the elm tree as he took command of the Continental Army.  Over the years, the tree was badly damaged and was accidentally knocked over during repair attempts in 1923. Continue reading

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This Day in History… April 3, 1898

Birth of Henry Luce

US #2935 was issued on Luce’s 100th birthday.

Magazine magnate Henry Robinson Luce was born on April 3, 1898, in Tengchow, Shandong, China.

Luce spent much of his childhood in China where his parents were Presbyterian missionaries.  He attended Chinese and English boarding schools until he was 15, at which point he was sent to the Hotchkiss School in Connecticut.

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This Day in History… April 2, 1805

Birth of Hans Christian Andersen 

US #3914 from the Art of Disney series.

Danish author Hans Christian Andersen was born on April 2, 1805, in Odense, Funen, Kingdom of Denmark-Norway.

Andersen was an only child whose father claimed to have come from nobility, though there is no evidence of this.  His father instilled in Andersen an appreciation for literature from an early age, in particular by reading him Arabian Nights.

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