This Day in History… May 29, 1917

Happy Birthday John F. Kennedy

US #5175 was issued for Kennedy’s 100th birthday in 2017.

The youngest man ever elected President, John Fitzgerald Kennedy was born in Brookline, Massachusetts, on May 29, 1917. 

The son of a prominent businessman and politician, Kennedy attended private schools and went on to Harvard University.  He traveled abroad when his father was appointed ambassador by President Franklin Roosevelt, learning about the workings of foreign governments.

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This Day in History… May 28, 2016

World Stamp Show 2016

US #5062-63 were issued on opening day.

On May 28, 2016, the doors opened on America’s 11th International Stamp Exhibition, World Stamp Show 2016.

From 1913 to 1956, New York City was home to America’s first five international stamp exhibitions.  In 1966, Washington, DC, became the first city other than New York to host the exhibition, and after that, other cities would get their chance to host it.  But after 60 years, the show returned to New York City in 2016.

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This Day in History… May 27, 1933

Century of Progress World’s Fair 

U.S. #728 – Restoration of Fort Dearborn stamp issued for the fair.

US #728 – Restoration of Fort Dearborn stamp issued for the fair.

The 1933 World’s Fair opened in Chicago, Illinois, on May 27, 1933.

By the late 1920s, the city of Chicago was looking toward 1933 as it’s 100th anniversary.  A nonprofit corporation, A Century of Progress, was founded in 1928 to plan and host the upcoming World’s Fair to be held there.

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This Day in History… May 26, 1907

Happy Birthday John Wayne 

US #3876 – Wayne was the 10th honoree in the Legends of Hollywood Series.

John Wayne was born Marion Robert Morrison in Winterset, Iowa, on May 26, 1907.

He was named Marion Morrison after his grandfather. The Morrisons later moved to a homestead in Glendale, California, where Wayne’s father opened a pharmacy in the same building as a movie theater.  Wayne was allowed to go to the movies for free several times a week.  It was also in California that Wayne’s father taught him to ride horses, handle firearms, and to stand tall as a man.

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This Day in History… May 25, 1917

Father Theodore Hesburgh

US #5241 was issued for Father Hesburgh’s 100th birthday.

Reverend Theodore Martin Hesburgh was born on May 25, 1917, in Syracuse, New York. 

Hesburgh knew he wanted to be a priest since he was six years old.  After attending Most Holy Rosary High School, he enrolled in the Holy Cross Seminary at Notre Dame.  He performed so well there, his instructors sent him to Rome, Italy to attend the Pontifical Gregorian University.  Hesburgh returned to the US in 1940 and earned his doctorate in sacred theology in 1945. 

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This Day in History… May 24, 1878

Birth of Lillian M. Gilbreth

US #1868 from the Great Americans Series.

Lillian Evelyn Moller Gilbreth was born on May 24, 1878, in Oakland, California.  Dubbed “America’s first lady of engineering,” Gilbreth combined psychology, engineering, and scientific management to improve efficiency and productivity for a number of businesses and industries.

Gilbreth was a bright child, advancing through school grade levels quickly.  She was also elected vice president of her senior class in high school.  Though Gilbreth’s father objected to her going to college, he agreed to let her try it for a year.  Gilbreth finished that year in the top of her class and was permitted to continue her education.

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