This Day in History… September 25, 1920

Disabled American Veterans

US #1421-22 were issued to mark the 50th anniversary of the DAV.

On September 25, 1920, the Disabled American Veterans was officially established at a national caucus.

Returning home after World War I, many disabled veterans were at a major disadvantage and received little governmental help.  Many were blind, deaf, or mentally affected by their service.  Some 204,000 American soldiers had been wounded in the war.  Across the country, small groups of disabled veterans formed as social clubs or to raise money for those that couldn’t support themselves.

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This Day in History… September 24, 2016

Opening of National Museum of African American History and Culture

US #5251 was issued on the museum’s first anniversary.

On September 24, 2016, the National Museum of African American History and Culture opened in Washington, DC.

Calls for a museum honoring African American history and culture date back to 1915.  That year, a group of African American Union Army veterans met in Washington, DC for a reunion and parade, but were met with discrimination.  After that, the group made plans to create a memorial to African American achievements.

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This Day in History… September 23, 1863

Birth of Mary Church Terrell

US #4384a from the Civil Rights Pioneers sheet.

Mary Church Terrell was born on September 23, 1863, in Memphis, Tennessee.

Terrell was born to entrepreneurial freed slaves – her father was the first African-American millionaire in the South and her mother was one of the first African-American women to run her own successful hair salon.

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This Day in History… September 22, 1989

Death of Irving Berlin 

US #3669 pictures Berlin with the score of “God Bless America.”

On September 22, 1989, legendary composer Irving Berlin died in New York City at the age of 101.

Berlin was born Israel Beilin on May 23, 1888, in Russia.  He was one of eight children of a Russian-Jewish cantor.  In 1893, his family moved to New York City in search of a better life.

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This Day in History… September 21, 1866

Buffalo Soldiers 

US #2818 was issued in conjunction with the Seventh National Convention of the Afro-American Postal Leaders United for Success.

On September 21, 1866, the 9th and 10th Cavalry units and the 38th, 39th, 40th, and 41st Infantry units (later consolidated as the 24th and 25th Infantry) were formed.  The units were comprised entirely of black soldiers – the first to serve in a peacetime army.  They would come to be known as Buffalo Soldiers.

These two cavalry regiments and four infantry regiments were created by President Andrew Johnson and Congress after freed black slaves had proven their bravery during the Civil War.

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This Day in History… September 20, 2011

Save Vanishing Species Stamp 

US #B4 pictures an Amur tiger.

On September 20, 2011, the USPS issued its fourth semi-postal stamp, to raise money wildlife conservation.

As early as 2000, the World Wildlife Fund and Wildlife Conservation Society proposed the USPS create a semi-postal stamp to help raise money for wildlife conservation.  Their efforts paid off when Congress passed the Multinational Species Conservation Funds Semi-postal Stamp Act of 2010.

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