August 2016

This Day in History… August 31, 1997

Princess Diana’s Sudden Death 

Item #M6217 – Princess Diana photo mosaic.

On August 31, 1997, the world was shocked when Princess Diana was involved in a car crash that took her life.

Born on July 1, 1961, Diana had a privileged childhood, growing up at the Park House, owned by the Royal Family. Diana began her school days at the Silfield Nursery School in Norfolk, and remained there until age nine when she was sent to Riddlesworth Hall. She later attended West Heath boarding school near Sevenoaks, Kent.

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This Day in History… August 28, 1862

2nd Battle of Bull of Run

Item #M11554 pictures scenes from the 2nd Battle of Bull Run.

On August 28, 1862, Union and Confederate forces met a second time at Bull Run (also known as Manassas Junction) in a bloody three-day battle.

Shortly after the war began, impatient Northerners pushed President Lincoln to attack the Confederate capital in Richmond, Virginia. Continue reading

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This Day in History… August 30, 1984

First Launch of Space Shuttle Discovery 

U.S. #3190a – From the Celebrate the Century series.

On August 30, 1984, the Discovery Space Shuttle made its first launch into space, two months later than initially planned.

Following the tradition of naming spacecraft after famous ships, the Space Shuttle Discovery received its name from a combination of four different ships, all named Discovery. One of these ships was the HMS Discovery, which was commanded by Captain James Cook. His voyages in the 1770s to the South Pacific led to the discovery of the Hawaiian Islands.

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This Day in History… August 29, 1915

Happy Birthday Ingrid Bergman 

U.S. #5012 features a 1940 photo of Bergman.

Ingrid Bergman was born on August 29, 1915 in Stockholm, Sweden, and was named after the princess of Sweden at the time.

Bergman’s father encouraged her to be an opera star, paying for her voice lessons for three years. But Bergman knew from a young age that she wanted to be an actress. She’d often wear her mother’s clothes and hold plays in her father’s art studio.

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This Day in History… August 28, 1862

2nd Battle of Bull of Run

Item #M11554 pictures scenes from the 2nd Battle of Bull Run.

On August 28, 1862, Union and Confederate forces met a second time at Bull Run (also known as Manassas Junction) in a bloody three-day battle.

Shortly after the war began, impatient Northerners pushed President Lincoln to attack the Confederate capital in Richmond, Virginia. Continue reading

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This Day in History… August 27, 1776

Battle of Brooklyn

U.S. #1003 pictures Washington evacuating his troops.

The Continental and British Armies engaged in their first fight of the Revolutionary War on August 27, 1776. The Battle of Brooklyn (also known as the Battle of Long Island or the Battle of Brooklyn Heights) was the largest battle of the war.

In early 1776, the British evacuated Boston, heading to Nova Scotia to wait for reinforcements. In the meantime, General George Washington began sending troops to New York City, which he believed would be the next major battle ground for its strategic importance.

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