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This Day in History… April 10, 1866

ASPCA

US #1307 was issued for the 100th anniversary of the ASPCA. Click image to order.

On April 10, 1866, Henry Bergh founded the American Society for the Prevention of Cruelty to Animals (ASPCA).

Animals were regarded as property throughout history, and most laws served to protect people from them rather than prevent animal cruelty.  While in Europe on a diplomatic mission, Bergh was distressed by the cruel treatment against animals that he witnessed. 

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This Day in History… April 9, 1942

National Former Prisoner of War Recognition Day

US #2966 honors Prisoners of War and those Missing in Action.

On April 9, 1942, the largest number of US forces was captured at the end of the Battle of Bataan, leading to the Bataan Death March.  Today, this date is commemorated as National Former Prisoner of War Recognition Day.

The Japanese attack on Pearl Harbor was the start of a plan to remove the US and its allies from the South Pacific.  A few hours after the attack on Pearl Harbor, the Japanese began bombing air bases in the Philippines.

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This Day in History… April 8, 1888

Birth of Dennis Chávez 

US #2186 from the Great Americans Series.  Click image to order.

The first American-born Hispanic senator, Dionisio “Dennis” Chávez was born on April 8, 1888, in Los Chaves, New Mexico.

Chávez’s family had lived in Los Chaves for generations.  In fact, he always prided himself in saying he was “American before Plymouth Rock,” because he had ancestors that lived in the New World on a Spanish land grant in the 17th century.

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This Day in History… April 7, 1856

SS Adriatic

US #117 was the first US postage stamp to picture a ship.

On April 7, 1856, the SS Adriatic was launched.

The Adriatic was built by the New York & Liverpool United States Mail Steamship Company, which was founded in 1818.  Also known as the Collins Line, it was founded by Israel Collins and later expanded by his son Edward Knight Collins.

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This Day in History… April 6, 1866

Grand Army of the Republic

US #985 was issued one day after the GAR’s final encampment in 1949. Click image to order.

On April 6, 1866, in Springfield, Illinois, Dr. Benjamin F. Stephenson founded the Grand Army of the Republic (GAR) to bring together Civil War veterans.

After the Civil War, state and local organizations were founded throughout the country to help veterans stay in contact with each other.  These organizations were created to provide fellowship and aid to those veterans in need.

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This Day in History… April 5, 1973

Launch of Pioneer 11

US #2573 from the 1991 Space Exploration Issue.

On April 5, 1973 (some sources cite April 6 UTC (Coordinated Universal Time)), the Pioneer 11 space probe launched from Cape Canaveral, Florida.

The Pioneer program was a series of unmanned missions that explored the planets before leaving the solar system.  Pioneer 10 and 11 were both approved in February 1969 and were the first probes to be designed to explore the outer solar system.

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