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This Day in History… December 3, 1818

U.S. #1339 – “Illinois” is a French twist on the Inoka tribe name.

Illinois Becomes the 21st State

On December 3, 1818, President James Monroe signed legislation admitting the state of Illinois to the Union.

In 1673, the governor-general of the French colonies in Canada, Louis de Buade, Compte de Frontenac, sent Father Jacques Marquette and Louis Jolliet to explore the Mississippi River. Marquette and Jolliet were most likely the first Europeans to reach Illinois. The men traveled south along the western border of the state and then returned north up the Illinois River. In 1675, Marquette founded a mission at an Indian village near present-day Ottawa. In 1699, French priests established the first permanent European settlement in Illinois, at Cahokia.

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This Day in History… December 2, 1823

U.S. #325 commemorates Monroe’s role in acquiring the Louisiana Territory.

James Monroe Announces Monroe Doctrine

On December 2, 1823, President James Monroe introduced the foreign policy doctrine that bears his name.

The last President of the “Virginia Dynasty” (four out of the first five Presidents were from Virginia), James Monroe was a level-headed and respected force throughout his political career. He participated in the ratification of the U.S. Constitution, negotiated the Louisiana Purchase, and implemented the Missouri Compromise. He diligently worked to maintain peace and unity, and to keep America free from foreign oppression.

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This Day in History… December 1, 1913

U.S. #1286A – His system of mass production came to be known as “Fordism.”

Ford Installs Moving Assembly Line

On December 1, 1913, Henry Ford introduced his moving assembly line, which revolutionized both his own business and the future of mass production around the world.

Henry Ford began his first car making business, the Detroit Automobile Company, in 1899. After two years, it was reorganized as the Henry Ford Company. After disagreements with his partners, Ford left the company. When he found more investors, the Ford Motor Company was established in June 1903. It began making a profit by October. Within two years, the investors had made a profit of almost 300 percent.

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This Day in History… November 30, 1835

U.S. #863 – Twain is considered the “greatest humorist of his age.”

Birth of Acclaimed Writer Mark Twain

On November 30, 1835, Samuel Clemens (known by his pen name, Mark Twain) was born in Florida, Missouri.

When he was four years old, Clemens’ family moved to Hannibal, Missouri, along the banks of the mighty Mississippi River. It was a bustling town where steamboats arrived three times a day. Circuses and minstrel shows visited often and craftsmen made their daily work into entertainment for passersby. Clemens reveled in the culture of his town and the river that made it thrive. As a young man, Clemens met a steamboat pilot named Horace Bixby. That’s when he decided to become one of the best pilots on the river.

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This Day in History… November 29, 1929

U.S. #2388 – The 1988 Antarctic Explorers stamps were issued to coincide with Byrd’s 100th birthday.

Richard Byrd’s First South Pole Expedition

On November 29, 1929, Richard E. Byrd made his first flight over the South Pole. It was the first of five expeditions he made there during his life.

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This Day in History… November 28, 1925

U.S. #3602 – The Opry has helped Nashville become America’s “country music capital.”

First Grand Ole Opry Performance

On November 28, 1925, the Grand Ole Opry was founded as the WSM Barn Dance.

In 1924, a Chicago radio station began airing the National Barn Dance, one of the first country music radio programs in the country. The following year, producers at WSM radio station decided to make their own version. They hired the Chicago show’s longtime announcer George D. “Judge” Hay and produced their first episode of the WSM Barn Dance. The radio program was produced in the fifth floor studio of the National Life & Accident Insurance building in downtown Nashville. Their first guest was 77-year-old fiddler Uncle Jimmy Thompson.

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