This Day in History

This Day in History… January 16, 1910

Birth of “Dizzy” Dean

US #3408s – from the 2000 Legends of Baseball Sheet

Jay Hanna “Dizzy” Dean was born on January 16, 1910, in Lucas, Arkansas.

Dean only attended public school until second grade, however he pitched for the junior high school team in Spaulding, Oklahoma, even though he wasn’t a student there.  Between the ages of 10 and 16, Dean worked with his father and brothers as a cotton picker. 

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This Day in History… January 15, 1943

The Pentagon 

US #O117 – War Department Official Stamp

On January 15, 1943, construction on the Pentagon, the world’s largest office building, was completed.

In 1941, President Franklin Roosevelt declared a state of national emergency after Germany launched a surprise attack on the Soviet Union.  For many, it seemed very likely that the US would soon enter the war.

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This Day in History… January 14, 1943

Casablanca Conference

US #930 pictures Roosevelt and his upstate New York home at Hyde Park.

On January 14, 1943, Allied leaders met in Casablanca, Morocco, to discuss the next stage of World War II.

The conference was a secret.  Days before the meeting, President Franklin Roosevelt boarded a train going north to make journalists think he was going to his upstate New York estate.  Instead, he secretly switched trains in Baltimore and rode down to Miami to catch a plane.  This made Roosevelt the first president to fly in an airplane while in office, and the first to leave American soil during wartime.

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This Day in History… January 13, 1864

Death of Stephen Foster 

US #879 was issued in Bardstown, Kentucky, where Foster was inspired to write “My Old Kentucky Home.”

On January 13, 1864, Stephen Foster, the “father of American music,” died in New York City.

Stephen Collins Foster was born on July 4, 1826, in Lawrenceville, Pennsylvania.  The youngest of nine children, Foster attended private schools and taught himself to play the clarinet, violin, guitar, flute, and piano.

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This Day in History… January 12, 1932

First Woman Elected to the U.S. Senate 

US #3431 – The first self-adhesive stamp in the Distinguished Americans Series.

On January 12, 1932, Hattie Caraway became the first women elected to serve in the United States Senate.

Born in Bakerville, Tennessee, on February 1, 1878, Hattie Wyatt earned a Bachelor of Arts degree from Dickson (Tennessee) Normal College in 1896.  She taught school for a few years before marrying Thaddeus Caraway in 1902.

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This Day in History… January 11, 1935

Another Notable Earhart Flight 

US #C68 was issued on Earhart’s 66th birthday.  

On January 11, 1935, Amelia Earhart became the first person to fly solo from Hawaii to California.

Born in 1897, Amelia Earhart had a love of adventure from a young age.  She became fascinated with flight after riding a roller coaster as a child and first rode in a plane in 1920.

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