April 2019

This Day in History… April 12, 2007

First U.S. Forever Stamp Issued

US #4125 – The first Forever stamp, issued on this day in 2007. Click image to order.

On April 12, 2007, the USPS issued its first Forever stamp, which featured a patriotic image of the Liberty Bell.

The USPS has issued non-denominated postage in the past.  In 1975, they were unsure when and how much the postage might increase, so they issued that year’s Christmas stamps without denominations.  That saved them from having to print hundreds of millions of stamps with a new denomination.  The rate increase, from 10¢ to 13¢, occurred just after Christmas.

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This Day in History… April 11, 1900

USS Holland

US #3376 from the US Navy Submarines Issue. Click image to order.

On April 11, 1900, the US Navy acquired the USS Holland, their first modern commissioned submarine.

The Holland wasn’t the first submarine – submersible vessels had been in use for over a century, but the Holland was the first that had the power to remain submerged for a considerable distance.

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This Day in History… April 10, 1866

ASPCA

US #1307 was issued for the 100th anniversary of the ASPCA. Click image to order.

On April 10, 1866, Henry Bergh founded the American Society for the Prevention of Cruelty to Animals (ASPCA).

Animals were regarded as property throughout history, and most laws served to protect people from them rather than prevent animal cruelty.  While in Europe on a diplomatic mission, Bergh was distressed by the cruel treatment against animals that he witnessed. 

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This Day in History… April 9, 1942

National Former Prisoner of War Recognition Day

US #2966 honors Prisoners of War and those Missing in Action.

On April 9, 1942, the largest number of US forces was captured at the end of the Battle of Bataan, leading to the Bataan Death March.  Today, this date is commemorated as National Former Prisoner of War Recognition Day.

The Japanese attack on Pearl Harbor was the start of a plan to remove the US and its allies from the South Pacific.  A few hours after the attack on Pearl Harbor, the Japanese began bombing air bases in the Philippines.

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This Day in History… April 8, 1888

Birth of Dennis Chávez 

US #2186 from the Great Americans Series.  Click image to order.

The first American-born Hispanic senator, Dionisio “Dennis” Chávez was born on April 8, 1888, in Los Chaves, New Mexico.

Chávez’s family had lived in Los Chaves for generations.  In fact, he always prided himself in saying he was “American before Plymouth Rock,” because he had ancestors that lived in the New World on a Spanish land grant in the 17th century.

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This Day in History… April 7, 1856

SS Adriatic

US #117 was the first US postage stamp to picture a ship.

On April 7, 1856, the SS Adriatic was launched.

The Adriatic was built by the New York & Liverpool United States Mail Steamship Company, which was founded in 1818.  Also known as the Collins Line, it was founded by Israel Collins and later expanded by his son Edward Knight Collins.

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