February 2017

This Day in History… February 4, 1902

Happy Birthday Lucky Lindy! 

U.S. #3184m from the 1920s Celebrate the Century sheet.

Charles Augustus Lindbergh was born on February 4, 1902, in Detroit, Michigan.

The son of a U.S. Congressman and a chemistry teacher, Lindbergh moved a lot during his childhood, spending time in Little Falls, Minnesota, Washington, D.C., and Redondo Beach, California.

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This Day in History… February 3, 1690

First Paper Money Issued in America

U.S. #1577-78 was issued for the Centennial Convention of the American Bankers Association.

On February 3, 1690, the Massachusetts Bay Colony issued the first paper money in America.

Prior to this, settlers in America used silver coins. In 1652, the Massachusetts Bay Colony began minting their own coins, even though it was against British law. The British eventually shut down this mint, leaving few of these coins in circulation.

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This Day in History… February 2, 1913

Opening of Grand Central Terminal 

U.S. #4739 was issued for Grand Central Terminal’s 100th anniversary.

At 12:01 a.m. on February 2, 1913, Grand Central Terminal officially opened in New York City.

Cornelius Vanderbilt funded the first Grand Central, known as Grand Central Depot. He bought the New York Central Railroad in 1867 and opened the new depot there in 1871. Grand Central then became a major hub for the railroad lines coming into Manhattan.

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This Day in History… February 1, 1901

Happy Birthday Clark Gable! 

U.S. #2446 from the 1990 Classic Films set.

William Clark Gable was born on February 1, 1901, in Cadiz, Ohio.

Growing up, Gable played piano and brass instruments and was the only boy in the men’s town band. As a teenager, he was tall and shy, but had a loud voice. He also enjoyed Shakespeare, particularly sonnets, but would only recite them in the company of close friends.

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