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This Day in History… September 23, 1863

Birth of Mary Church Terrell

US #4384a from the Civil Rights Pioneers sheet.

Mary Church Terrell was born on September 23, 1863, in Memphis, Tennessee.

Terrell was born to entrepreneurial freed slaves – her father was the first African-American millionaire in the South and her mother was one of the first African-American women to run her own successful hair salon.

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This Day in History… September 22, 1989

Death of Irving Berlin 

US #3669 pictures Berlin with the score of “God Bless America.”

On September 22, 1989, legendary composer Irving Berlin died in New York City at the age of 101.

Berlin was born Israel Beilin on May 23, 1888, in Russia.  He was one of eight children of a Russian-Jewish cantor.  In 1893, his family moved to New York City in search of a better life.

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This Day in History… September 21, 1866

Buffalo Soldiers 

US #2818 was issued in conjunction with the Seventh National Convention of the Afro-American Postal Leaders United for Success.

On September 21, 1866, the 9th and 10th Cavalry units and the 38th, 39th, 40th, and 41st Infantry units (later consolidated as the 24th and 25th Infantry) were formed.  The units were comprised entirely of black soldiers – the first to serve in a peacetime army.  They would come to be known as Buffalo Soldiers.

These two cavalry regiments and four infantry regiments were created by President Andrew Johnson and Congress after freed black slaves had proven their bravery during the Civil War.

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This Day in History… September 20, 2011

Save Vanishing Species Stamp 

US #B4 pictures an Amur tiger.

On September 20, 2011, the USPS issued its fourth semi-postal stamp, to raise money wildlife conservation.

As early as 2000, the World Wildlife Fund and Wildlife Conservation Society proposed the USPS create a semi-postal stamp to help raise money for wildlife conservation.  Their efforts paid off when Congress passed the Multinational Species Conservation Funds Semi-postal Stamp Act of 2010.

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This Day in History… September 19, 1802

Birth of Lajos Kossuth  

US #1117 from the Champions of Liberty series.

Hungarian lawyer, statesman, and Governor-President Lajos Kossuth was born on September 19, 1802, in Monok, Kingdom of Hungary.

Kossuth was the oldest of four children born into a Lutheran noble family.  Growing up, he spoke Hungarian, German, and Slovak and studied at the University of Pest.

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This Day in History… September 18, 1870

Old Faithful Geyser 

US #744 from the 1934 National Parks issue.

On September 18, 1870, a group of explorers gave the Old Faithful geyser its name.

During the 1830s, legendary mountain man Jim Bridger returned from Wyoming’s remote Yellowstone region with fantastic tales. He claimed he had seen waterfalls that spouted upwards!  While many didn’t believe his story, some were excited about what they heard and launched expeditions to see it for themselves.

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