April 2017

This Day in History… April 18, 1923

Opening of Original Yankee Stadium

U.S. #3513 from the Baseball’s Legendary Playing Fields issue.

On April 18, 1923, the Yankees played their first game in “The House that Ruth Built.”

The New York Yankees trace their roots back to 1901. They were one of several teams created in the American League to challenge the National League. Though the team’s creators wanted to be based in New York, the National League’s New York Giants had strong political connections that prevented that from happening. So instead, the new team was stationed in Baltimore, Maryland, and called the Orioles.

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This Day in History… April 17, 1937

First Appearance of Daffy Duck 

U.S. #3306a – Daffy was the third honoree in the Warner Brothers stamp series.

On April 17, 1937, Daffy Duck made his first appearance in Porky’s Duck Hunt.

Created by Tex Avery and Bob Clampett, Daffy was little more than an unnamed bit player in Porky’s Duck Hunt. But he was also something new, something people didn’t see in cartoons of the day, an assertive and unrestrained protagonist.

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This Day in History… April 16, 1889

Happy Birthday Charlie Chaplin 

U.S. #3183a from the Celebrate the Century – 1910s sheet.

Sir Charles Spencer “Charlie” Chaplin was born on April 16, 1889. While there is no official record of his birth, it’s believed he was born in South London, England.

Born to music hall entertainers, Chaplin’s childhood was one of poverty and hardship. His parents were both ill and had trouble finding work, so they sent him to a workhouse when he was just seven years old. Amidst his difficult childhood, Chaplin discovered he had a talent for acting, making his first stage appearance at the age of five.

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This Day in History… April 15, 1741

Birth of Charles Willson Peale 

U.S. #1064 is a Peale self-portrait promoting his museum in Philadelphia.

Artist Charles Willson Peale was born on April 15, 1741, in Chester, Province of Maryland.

Peale’s father died when he was a child so he took an apprenticeship with a saddle maker when he was 13 years old. By the time he was 20 Peale had his own saddle shop and also worked as a watchmaker and silversmith.

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This Day in History… April 14, 1890

Founding of the Pan American Union 

U.S. #895 pictures The Three Graces, representing the unification of North, South, and Central America.

On April 14, 1890, the United States and several Latin American countries created the Pan American Union to address matters of common interest.

One of America’s earliest attempts to promote cooperation between nations in the Western Hemisphere was the passage of the Monroe Doctrine in 1823. That document prevented European nations from colonizing any countries in the Western Hemisphere. In spite of this, Spanish-American leaders did not completely trust the United States.

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This Day in History… April 13, 1943

Dedication of Jefferson Memorial 

U.S. #1510 includes text from the Declaration of Independence.

On April 13, 1943, the Jefferson memorial in Washington, D.C., was officially dedicated.

In the early 1900s, citizens of Washington, D.C., recognized that a site on the shore of the Potomac River’s Tidal Basin, directly south of the White House, would be an ideal place for a high-profile monument. The Senate Park Commission proposed that a Pantheon-like structure be built there with “the statues of the illustrious men of the nation, or whether the memory of some individual shall be honored by a monument of the first rank may be left to the future.” But no further action was taken.

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