April 2018

This Day in History… April 12, 1961

First Man in Space

Russia #5231 was issued for Gagarin’s 50th birthday.

On April 12, 1961, Soviet cosmonaut Yuri Gagarin became the first person to travel into space.

Yuri Gagarin was born March 9, 1934, on a collective farm west of Moscow. Nazis threw his family out of their home during World War II and carried two of his sisters away. Yuri helped dig a dugout, which would be the family’s home until the end of the war.

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This Day in History… April 11, 1925

Special Handling Stamps

US #QE4 was issued on this day in 1925.

On April 11, 1925, the US Post Office issued its first Special Handling stamp, #QE4.

The US Postal Service Act of 1925 clarified what made up the different classes of mail. Everything that did not fall into the first two classes of mail (written matter and periodical publications) was divided by weight. If it weighed less than eight ounces, it was third class, and if it weighed eight ounces or more, it was fourth-class mail.

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This Day in History… April 10, 1794

Birth of Matthew C. Perry 

US #1021 pictures Perry’s ships in Tokyo Bay with Mount Fuji in the background.

Commodore Matthew Calbraith Perry was born on April 10, 1794, in Newport, Rhode Island.

Born to a naval captain, Perry was the younger brother of Oliver Hazard Perry. Navy life was in his blood and Perry began his career at the age of 15 as a midshipman aboard the USS Revenge, under his older brother’s command.

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This Day in History… April 9, 1830

Birth of Eadweard Muybridge

US #3061 from the Pioneers of Communication issue.

Photographer Eadweard Muybridge was born on April 9, 1830, in Kingston upon the Thames, Surrey, England.

His name at birth was Edward James Muggeridge, but he adopted the name Eadweard Muybridge, which he believed was the proper Anglo-Saxon form of his name. After finishing his schooling in England, Muybridge decided to travel to the United States when he was 20.

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This Day in History… April 8, 1930

Guam Guard Mail Stamps 

US #GM2 was issued on this day in 1930.

On April 8, 1930, Guam Guard Mail stamps were introduced for inter-island mail.

Guam became a possession of the United States at the end of the Spanish-American War in 1898. As a result, the United States Post Office Department took over mail delivery to and from the Pacific island.

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This Day in History… April 7, 1915

Happy Birthday Billie Holiday 

US #2856 from the Blues and Jazz Singers issue.

Eleanora Fagan, better known as Billie Holiday, was born on April 7, 1915, in Philadelphia, Pennsylvania.

Fagan’s father was likely Clarence Holiday, a traveling musician, who left the family to pursue his music career. For much of Holiday’s early life, her mother was away from home for long periods of time for various transportation jobs, so she was raised by extended family.

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