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This Day in History… October 1, 1981

Happy National Stamp Collecting Month!

US #1474 was issued for the 125th anniversary of the first US stamp.

On October 1, 1981, the USPS began its very first National Stamp Collecting Month, a celebration that continues to this day.

The USPS and the Council of Philatelic Organizations created National Stamp Collecting Month in 1981. In announcing the annual celebration, then-Postmaster General William F. Bolger encouraged “employees and customers alike to discover the joy of stamp collecting – the hobby of a lifetime.”

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This Day in History… September 30, 1972

Roberto Clemente’s 3,000th Hit 

US #2097 was issued one day after Clemente’s 50th birthday.

On September 30, 1972, Roberto Clemente scored his 3,000th hit on the very last regular season at-bat of his career.

Roberto Clemente was born on August 18, 1934, in Barrio San Antón, Carolina, Puerto Rico.  The youngest of seven children, he grew up helping his father in the sugar fields and loading and unloading trucks.

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This Day in History… September 29, 1899

Founding the VFW

US #1525 – The VFW’s cross of Malta dates back to the Crusades and stands for the ideas of freedom, justice, and tolerance.

On September 29, 1899, the Veterans of Foreign Wars (VFW) was founded in Columbus, Ohio.

As with many wars, soldiers returning from the Spanish-American War had a difficult time readjusting to civilian life. Those who were disabled during battle or as a result of tropical diseases found little assistance from the government.  There were no hospitals dedicated to treating veterans, no specialized medical care or veterans’ pensions.  They were left to fend for themselves.

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This Day in History… September 28, 1901

Happy Birthday Ed Sullivan 

US #4414j from the Early TV Memories sheet.

Legendary TV personality Ed Sullivan was born on September 28, 1901, in Harlem, New York City, New York.

Sullivan grew up in a musical household, with someone always singing or playing the piano.  Sullivan was a gifted athlete, playing football, basketball, baseball, and track.

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This Day in History… September 27, 1825

First Public Steam Engine Railroad 

US #2226 – A steam locomotive stamp from the transportation series.

On September 27, 1825, the Stockton-Darlington Railway inaugurated its first steam engine-powered trip, carrying passengers and coal.

In the late 1700s, it was first proposed that a canal be dug to transport coal from County Durham to larger cities. Several years and several more proposals later, the idea of building a railway was introduced by engineer George Overton.

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This Day in History… September 26, 1820

Death of Daniel Boone

US #1357 was issued on the 148th anniversary of Boone’s death.

On September 26, 1820, famed American pioneer and explorer Daniel Boone died in St. Charles County, Missouri.

Boone was born on November 2, 1734, in Berks County, Pennsylvania.  Though he had little formal education, his father taught him to be a skilled hunter and how to survive in the woods.  When he was 15, the family moved to North Carolina, and Boone began selling his furs to local traders.

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