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This Day in History… December 3, 1860

Birth of John B. Moore 

US #1295 was issued on Moore’s 106th birthday.

Judge and lawyer John Bassett Moore was born on December 3, 1860, in Smyrna, Delaware.

Moore’s father was a well-known doctor in the community and moved the family to Felton, where he helped to found the Felton Institute and Classical Seminary.  The younger Moore would attend the seminary before begin admitted to the University of Virginia in 1877.

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This Day in History… December 2, 1823

The Monroe Doctrine

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

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 levelheaded and respected force throughout his political career. He participated in the ratification of the US 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, 1921

The USPOD Philatelic Agency 

US #1474 was issued at collector request for a “stamp of their own.”

On December 1, 1921, the US Post Office Department opened its Philatelic Agency in Washington, DC, to the benefit of stamp collectors.

By the 1920s, stamp collecting had grown to be very popular both in the US and around the world.   In spite of that popularity, the number of post offices in the country had dropped from over 76,000 in 1900 to about 52,000 in 1920.  Collectors and dealers began writing directly to the Post Office Department to request harder to find stamps.

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This Day in History… November 30, 1874

Birth Of Winston Churchill 

US #1264 was issued in Fulton, Missouri, where Churchill delivered his famous “Iron Curtain” speech in 1946.

On November 30, 1874, future British Prime Minister Winston Churchill was born in Woodstock, England.

Churchill was born to an aristocratic British family, the son of a New York socialite who married an English lord. He was descended from the Dukes of Marlborough, a branch of the Spencer family (of which Princess Diana was also a member). He spent part of his childhood in Dublin, Ireland, before attending school.

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This Day in History… November 29, 1944

Honorable Discharge 

US #940 honors all those who served in WWII and pictures the Honorable Discharge emblem.

On November 29, 1944, the War Department officially adopted the honorable discharge emblem.

Some of the earliest plans for a multi-service honorable discharge patch originated in 1919 following World War I.  The purpose was to allow honorably discharged individuals to wear their uniforms for a period of time after leaving the service if they couldn’t afford civilian clothes.

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This Day in History… November 28, 1954

Death of Enrico Fermi 

US #3533 was issued on Fermi’s 100th birthday.

On November 28, 1954, Nobel physicist Enrico Fermi died in Chicago, Illinois.

Born in Rome, Italy, on September 29, 1901, Enrico Fermi had a strong understanding and joy for mathematics and physics from an early age.  By 1918, he earned a fellowship of the Scuola Normale Superiore of Pisa.  He graduated in 1922 with a doctor’s degree in physics.

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