May 2016

This Day in History… May 3, 1903

Happy Birthday Bing Crosby 

U.S. #2850 – Crosby stamp from the Popular Singers series.

The best-selling record artist of the 20th century, Bing Crosby, was born Harry Lillis Crosby, Jr., in Tacoma, Washington, on May 3, 1903.

The fourth of seven children, Crosby spent his first three years in Tacoma before the family moved to Spokane. When he was seven years old, Crosby received his new name. At the time, he and a neighbor enjoyed a Sunday feature of the Spokesman-Review called the Bingville Bugle. His neighbor began calling him Bingo from Bingville, and later just Bing.

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This Day in History… May 2, 1863

Stonewall Jackson Mortally Wounded 

U.S. #2975s – Jackson spent more time in the U.S. Army than the Confederacy, but is still one of the South’s most loved sons.

On May 2, 1863, Thomas “Stonewall” Jackson was mortally wounded at the battle of Chancellorsville.

The man considered to be one of the most gifted tactical commanders in the nation’s history began life humbly. His great-grandparents arrived in America on a prison ship, indentured for committing larceny in London.

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This Day in History… May 1, 1840

World’s First Postage Stamp Issued 

Item #Black1 – a closely trimmed Penny Black.

The world’s first postage stamp, the Penny Black, was issued on May 1, 1840.

Sir Rowland Hill, a man credited with inventing the postage stamp, was born on December 3, 1795, in Kidderminster, England. By 1807, young Roland was already a student teacher at the same school where his father taught. Twelve years later, in 1819, Roland founded the Hazlewood School, in nearby Edgbaston. Hazlewood was unique, as it had a science laboratory, swimming pool, gymnasium, library, gas-powered lights and central heating – at a time when other schools were very poor.

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