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This Day in History… September 5, 1781

Battle of the Virginia Capes

US #1938 was issued for the 200th anniversary of the battle.

On September 5, 1781, French forces won a decisive victory at the Battle of the Virginia Capes.  The eventual siege of Yorktown was a success due to the joint efforts of the French fleet and the French and American troops on land.

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This Day in History… September 4, 1833

National Newspaper Carrier Day 

US #1015 pictures a boy delivering newspapers along with a hand holding a torch, symbolizing free enterprise.

On September 4, 1833, the first recorded newspaper boy was hired, an event celebrated today as National Newspaper Carrier Day.

In 1833, Benjamin Day, publisher of the New York Sun newspaper ran an ad looking for people to sell his papers.  It read, “A number of steady men can find employment by vending this paper.  A liberal discount is allowed to those who buy to sell again.”

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This Day in History… September 3, 1943

Allied Invasion of Italy

US #2765f from the WWII: Turning the Tide sheet.

On September 3, 1943, the Allies launched their invasion of Italy during World War II.

There was disagreement among the Big Three – Stalin, Churchill, and Roosevelt – concerning the Allied invasion of Western Europe.  Stalin argued that a second fighting front should be established in Western Europe, but Roosevelt and Churchill could not agree on when and where to invade.

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This Day in History… September 2, 1911

Birth of Romare Bearden

US #4566-69 – Issued for Bearden’s 100th Birthday

Artist Romare Bearden was born September 2, 1911, in Charlotte, North Carolina. 

Bearden’s family moved to New York City’s Harlem to escape the restrictive Jim Crow laws in the South.  Bearden’s mother was a newspaper editor, and hosted well-known artists like jazz musician Duke Ellington and poet Langston Hughes.  This early exposure led to Bearden’s lifelong interest in jazz and literature.

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This Day in History… September 1, 1866

Beer Stamps 

US #REA3 from the first issue of Beer stamps in 1866.

On September 1, 1866, the first US Beer stamps were issued.

While duties, tariffs, and state taxes on beer had been instituted decades earlier, the first large-scale federal tax on beer was created on September 1, 1862.  The tax was created to help fund the Union Army for the Civil War.  During those four years, officials would collect the $1 per barrel tax in cash.

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This Day in History… August 31, 1957

Champions of Liberty Series 

US #1096 was issued on Magsaysay’s 50th birthday.  Click the image for several FDC options.

On August 31, 1957, the US Post Office issued an 8¢ stamp honoring Ramon Magsaysay, the first stamp in a new Champions of Liberty Series.

The stamp was issued just five months after Magsaysay, the seventh President of the Philippines, had died in a plane crash.  Magsaysay’s administration was noted for its freedom from corruption.  Under his direction, the Philippines joined the Southeast Asia Treaty Organization.  The Magsaysay stamp was issued on his birthday and was the largest US postage stamp issued up to that time.

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