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This Day in History… September 14, 1908

America’s First Journalism School 

US #1119 was issued to mark the 50th anniversary of the school’s founding.

On September 14, 1908, the University of Missouri School of Journalism became the first such school in the US, and only the second in the world.  (The Superior School of Journalism of Paris opened in 1899.)

In the late 1800s and early 1900s, there was significant debate over journalism education.  Many people believed that journalism couldn’t be taught in a classroom, rather it had to be learned from an extended apprenticeship.  And journalists needed to have a certain talent for the field that they couldn’t simply learn.

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This Day in History… September 13, 1860

Birth of John J. Pershing 

US #1214 – A 1961 definitive.

John Joseph “Black Jack” Pershing was born on September 13, 1860, in Laclede, Missouri.

One of six children, Pershing grew up during the Civil War, during which his father was a civilian merchant for the 18th Missouri Volunteer Infantry.  After completing high school in 1878, Pershing taught local African American children for a time before attending the State Normal School.  He graduated in 1880 with a degree in scientific didactics.

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This Day in History… September 12, 1609

Henry Hudson Sails the Hudson River

US #372 was issued for the Hudson-Fulton Celebration, honoring the 300th anniversary of Hudson’s expedition.

On September 12, 1609, explorer Henry Hudson reached the river that would bear his name.

Born in England around 1565, little is known of Hudson’s early life, though its believed he spent many years at sea working his way up from cabin boy to captain.  In 1607, he was hired to find a northern route to the Pacific coast of Asia.

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This Day in History… September 11, 1913

Birth of Bear Bryant

US #3148 was issued at the Paul W. Bryant Museum in Tuscaloosa, Alabama.

Football star and coach Paul William “Bear” Bryant was born on September 11, 1913, in Moro Bottom, Arkansas.

Bryant received his nickname when he was 13 years old and had agreed to wrestle a captive bear for a carnival promotion. While his mother wanted him to be a minister, he knew he wanted to be a coach.

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This Day in History… September 10, 1813

The Battle of Lake Erie 

U.S. #4805 pictures Perry in a small boat transferring from his flagship to the Niagara.

U.S. #4805 pictures Perry in a small boat transferring from his flagship to the Niagara.

On September 10, 1813, Oliver Hazard Perry won an important War of 1812 victory on Lake Erie.

Shortly after the United States declared war in 1812, Great Britain seized control of Lake Erie; already having two ships in service there – the Queen Charlotte and the General Hunter. At the time, the Americans only had one ship on the lake, the USS Adams, which was later captured by the British when they took Detroit.

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This Day in History… September 9, 1941

Birth of Otis Redding

US #2728 from the Legends of American Music issue.

Otis Ray Redding, Jr., was born on September 9, 1941, in Dawson, Georgia.

Redding enjoyed singing from an early age, participating in the local church choir and learning to play guitar, piano, and drums. By the time he was in his teens, he was earning $6 to perform gospel songs on the radio.

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