January 2017

This Day in History… January 13, 1968

Johnny Cash Performs at Folsom Prison 

U.S. #4789 features a photograph taken for the 1963 album Ring of Fire: The Best of Johnny Cash.

On January 13, 1968, Johnny Cash put on a concert at Folsom Prison. The resulting album that was recorded that day revitalized his career.

Cash first became interested in Folsom State Prison (America’s second-oldest prison) when he was in the U.S. Air Force Security Service. During that service in 1953, his unit watched Crane Wilbur’s crime film, Inside the Walls of Folsom Prison.

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This Day in History… January 12, 1962

Operation Chopper 

U.S. #3188g from the Celebrate the Century series.

On January 12, 1962, American forces participated in their first major combat of the Vietnam War – Operation Chopper.

When Vietnam gained its independence from France, the country was divided into North Vietnam – supported by communist countries, and South Vietnam – aided by the United States.

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This Day in History… January 11, 1755

Birth of Alexander Hamilton

U.S. #154 – Hamilton helped found the New York Post in 1801.

Alexander Hamilton was born on January 11, 1755 (or 57 – the year is unknown), in Nevis in the British West Indies.

Hamilton began working as a clerk in an accounting office when he was about 11 years old.  When his employer realized how bright Hamilton was, he sent him to America for an education.  In 1773, Hamilton arrived in New York and attended King’s College.  His focus soon turned from education to politics.  The following year, he wrote his first article in defense of the patriots’ protests of British taxes.
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This Day in History… January 10, 1776

Paine’s Common Sense Published 

U.S. #1292 from the Prominent Americans series.

On January 10, 1776, Common Sense, a persuasive pamphlet encouraging Americans to declare independence from Great Britain, was published anonymously.

Common Sense was written by Englishman Thomas Paine, who was born in Thetford, Norfolk, England, on February 9, 1737. Paine worked as a stay-maker (creating the rope stays used on sailing ships), customs and excise officer, tobacco shop owner, and teacher.

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This Day in History… January 9, 1913

Birth of Richard Nixon 

U.S. #2955 was issued a little over a year after Nixon’s death.

Richard Milhous Nixon was born into a poor Quaker family in Yorba Linda, California, on January 9, 1913.

Nixon excelled as a student and became a successful debater and public speaker during his high school years. While practicing law in California, Nixon participated in a local play, where he met his future wife, Thelma “Pat” Ryan.

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This Day in History… January 8, 1790

Washington Delivers First State of the Union Address 

U.S. #4 – A scarce reproduction of #2, produced for the 1876 Centennial Exposition.

On January 8, 1790, President George Washington delivered the very first State of the Union address at Federal Hall in New York City.

Part of the U.S. Constitution, Article II, Section 3, Clause 1, states that the president “shall from time to time give to the Congress Information of the State of the Union, and recommend to their Consideration such Measures as he shall judge necessary and expedient.”

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