February 2017

This Day in History… February 10, 1868

Birth of William Allen White 

U.S. #960 – White also helped found the Book of the Month Club.

William Allen White was born on February 10, 1868, in Emporia, Kansas.

He spent much of his childhood in El Dorado, Kansas, where he enjoyed reading and spending time with animals.

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This Day in History… February 9, 1943

Victory at Guadalcanal

U.S. #2697i from the World War II 1942: Into the Battle sheet.

On February 9, 1943, the Allies claimed a major victory and marked the end of the Guadalcanal Campaign.

The Guadalcanal Campaign, also known as Operation Watchtower, was the Allies’ first major offensive against the Japanese Empire. The campaign began on August 7, 1942, with the Allies’ arrival on the islands of Guadalcanal, Tulagi, and Florida in the southern Solomon Islands. The landing, consisting largely of U.S. forces, was intended to keep the Japanese from using the islands to disturb supply and communication chains between the U.S., Australia, and New Zealand.

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This Day in History… February 8, 1910

Founding of the Boy Scouts of America

U.S. #1145 was designed by Norman Rockwell, who had a long history of creating art for the Boy Scouts.

On February 8, 1910, the Boy Scouts of America was officially founded.

The world’s largest youth organization, the Boy Scouts, has grown from a British youth group to a worldwide movement with members in almost every country around the globe.

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This Day in History… February 7, 1885

Happy Birthday Sinclair Lewis 

U.S. #1856 was issued for Lewis’ 100th birthday.

Harry Sinclair Lewis was born on February 7, 1885, in Sauk Centre, Minnesota.

The third and youngest son of a doctor, Lewis enjoyed reading and keeping a diary as a child. When he was 13, Lewis ran away from home to become a drummer boy in the Spanish-American War but his father found him and made him return.

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This Day in History… February 6, 1778

France Signs Treaty of Alliance with America 

U.S. #1753 pictures a statue of Franklin and King Louis XVI with the treaty.

On February 6, 1778, Delegates of King Louis XVI of France and the Second Continental Congress signed a Treaty of Alliance, promising military support to each other.

Shortly after the American colonies declared their independence from Great Britain in 1776, it became clear that they might need help from another nation. And that nation would most likely be France.

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This Day in History… February 5, 1900

Birth of Adlai Stevenson II 

U.S. #1275 was issued just three months after Stevenson’s death.

Adlai Stevenson II was born on February 5, 1900, in Los Angeles, California.

Stevenson came from a prominent political family. His grandfather, Adlai Stevenson I, had served as Vice President under Grover Cleveland. One of his uncles had been a friend and campaign manger for Abraham Lincoln, and his father had been Secretary of State of Illinois.

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