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This Day in History… February 4, 1913

Happy Birthday Rosa Parks 

US #4742 was issued on Parks’ 100th birthday in 2013.

Rosa Louise McCauley Parks was born on February 4, 1913, in Tuskegee, Alabama.

Rosa Parks grew up in Alabama at a time when segregation was a way of life.  She attended poorly funded schools for black children, while the white students went to newer schools.  She dropped out of high school to care for her mother and grandmother who were ill.  Later, she earned a high school diploma, something only seven percent of African Americans were able to do at the time.

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This Day in History… February 3, 1811

Birth of Horace Greeley

US #1177 was issued on Greeley’s 150th birthday.

Newspaper publisher Horace Greeley was born on February 3, 1811, in Amherst, New Hampshire. 

The son of a farmer and day laborer, Greeley received limited schooling until he was 14.  After that, he found work as an apprentice with a newspaper editor in Vermont. 

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This Day in History… February 2, 1905

Birth of Ayn Rand

US #3308 – Rand was the 16th honoree in the Literary Arts Series.

Ayn Rand was born Alisa Zinovyevna Rosenbaum on February 2, 1905, in St. Petersburg, Russian Empire. 

Rand was a bright child, who felt unchallenged with school and began writing screenplays when she was eight and novels when she was 10.  Her family fled to the Crimean Peninsula during the Russian Civil War and returned after it ended.

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This Day in History… February 1, 1995

Love Stamps Stir Controversy

US #2948 – The cherubs had been used on a number of other items over the years.

On February 1, 1995, the USPS issued a pair of Love stamp that was both popular and controversial.

In early 1995, the USPS knew that a rate change was coming, but didn’t know exactly what it would be.  They wanted to have a new Love stamp ready for Valentine’s Day, so they created a non-denominated stamp and issued it on February 1, 1995, in Valentines, Virginia.

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This Day in History… January 31, 1958

Launch of Explorer I 

US #3187d from the Celebrate the Century: 1950s sheet.

Late in the evening of January 31, 1958, the US launched its first satellite, Explorer I.

After World War II, the United States and the Soviet Union struggled to stay one step ahead of each other in space exploration.  Both countries made substantial advancements during this time, but Russia was first to launch an artificial satellite, much to America’s chagrin.

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This Day in History… January 30, 1968

The Tet Offensive

US #1802 was issued on Veteran’s Day in 1979.

On January 30, 1968, the North Vietnamese Army launched a surprise attack on South Vietnam during the Tet (New Year) holiday truce.

The North Vietnamese began planning their General Offensive and Uprising in April 1967.  They believed that the government in Saigon was so unpopular in the South that an attack on major cities there would lead the citizens to revolt, guaranteeing a swift victory and an end to calls for peace talks.  Throughout the second half of 1967, North Vietnamese and Viet Cong soldiers moved 81,000 tons of supplies and 200,000 troops across the border.

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