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This Day in History… January 3, 1777

Battle of Princeton

US #1704 was issued on the 200th anniversary of the battle.

On January 3, 1777, George Washington earned a major victory at Princeton, New Jersey.

In late December 1776, General George Washington famously led his men across the Delaware River to capture the town of Trenton, New Jersey.  To retaliate, British General Lord Cornwallis assembled a force of over 9,000 men at nearby Princeton.

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This Day in History… January 2, 1949

Puerto Rico’s First Democratically-Elected Governor

US #983 pictures a rural farmer with a wheel representing industry and a ballot box.

On January 2, 1949, Luis Muñoz Marín became Puerto Rico’s first independently-elected governor.

Puerto Rico had been governed by Spain for more than three centuries before it was annexed to the United States in 1898.  For the next fifty years, its governor was appointed by America’s president.  In 1946, President Harry S. Truman appointed the island’s first full-time Puerto Rican governor –  Jesús T. Piñero.
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This Day in History… January 1, 1911

Happy Birthday “Hammerin’ Hank”

US #4081 from the 2006 Baseball Sluggers issue. Click the image to order.

On January 1, 1911, Henry Benjamin Greenberg was born in New York City, New York.

The son of Romanian-Jewish immigrants, Greenberg was an all-around athlete, but his favorite sport was baseball.  Big for his age, he practiced hard to overcome the awkwardness he felt.  In 1929, the New York Yankees recruited him, but he refused, opting to attend New York University instead. 

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This Day in History… December 31, 1862

Battle of Stones River

Item #M11555 – Tuvalu sheet honoring the Battle of Stones River.

On December 31, 1862, the Battle of Stones River (also known as the Second Battle of Murfreesboro) began in Middle Tennessee.

In November 1862, Confederate General Braxton Bragg and his army of Tennessee took up a defensive position along the Stones River near the former state capital of Murfreesboro, Tennessee.  Some of his units were sent to help defend the important river fort in Vicksburg, Mississippi, leaving Bragg with a force of 35,000 men.  The Confederate goal was to block the Union Army from advancing on Chattanooga.

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This Day in History… December 30, 1992

First U.S. Chinese New Year Stamp

US #2720 – America’s first Chinese New Year stamp, issued on this day in 1992.

On December 30, 1992, the USPS issued its first Chinese New Year stamp, honoring the start of the Year of the Rooster.

The issue of this stamp was in part inspired by repeated requests for stamps to honor additional holidays – New Year’s, Easter, the Fourth of July, and Thanksgiving.  There had also been calls for stamps honoring the signs of the Zodiac.  And there had been several groups calling for stamps to recognize the contributions of Asian Americans, while the USPS wanted to explore topics to appeal to younger Asian American collectors.

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This Day in History… December 29, 1808

Birth of President Andrew Johnson

US #822 from the Presidential Series.

Andrew Johnson was born in Raleigh, North Carolina, on December 29, 1808.  When Johnson was just three years old, his father, Jacob Johnson, died.  Mary McDonough Johnson supported him and his brothers by taking on washing and sewing for others. 

At the age of 13, Johnson was apprenticed to a tailor.  Shortly thereafter, the young man was taught to read.  It was at this point that he first became interested in history, politics, and the United States Constitution.  After just two years of his apprenticeship, Johnson ran away to Carthage, North Carolina and then Greeneville, Tennessee to start his own tailoring business.

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