January 2018

This Day in History… January 19, 1971

First Colorano Silk FDC 

U.S. #1423 was issued on this day in 1971.

On January 19, 1971, the USPS issued a stamp honoring the 450th anniversary of the wool industry in the United States. It’s believed that sheep and wool were first brought to the Americas in 1521 by Hernando Cortez during his conquest of Mexico. This stamp was the first issue for which Colorano produced a Silk Cachet First Day Cover.

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This Day in History… January 18, 1919

Ignacy Paderewski Becomes Prime Minister of Poland 

U.S. #1159 – Paderewski was the 7th honoree in the Champions of Liberty Series.

On January 18, 1919, composer-turned statesman Ignacy Paderewski was sworn in as the first Prime Minister of newly independent Poland.

Paderewski was born on November 6, 1860, in Kuryłówka, Podolia (in present-day Ukraine). Paderewski was perhaps the greatest pianist of his time, admired by all who heard him play.

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This Day in History… January 17, 1929

Popeye’s Comic Debut

U.S. #3000k from the Comic Strip Classics issue.

On January 17, 1929, Popeye the Sailor Man first appeared in the Thimble Theatre comic strip.

Cartoonist Elzie Crisler Segar created Popeye. Segar worked as a film projectionist before taking a correspondence course to become an illustrator.

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This Day in History… January 16, 1786

Virginia Statute for Religious Freedom 

U.S. #1099 was issued for the 300th anniversary of the “Flushing Remonstrance.”

On January 16, 1786, Virginia enacted Thomas Jefferson’s Statute for Religious Freedom.

Since the first British settlers arrived in Virginia in 1607, the official church of the colony had been the Church of England. Citizens were required to attend the church’s services and pay taxes to support the ministers.

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This Day in History… January 15, 1902

Founding of the 4-H Club

U.S. #1005 was issued on this day in 1952.

On January 15, 1902, one of the first clubs to resemble the 4-H club was founded in Ohio.

In the late 1800s, it wasn’t uncommon for individuals and groups to create clubs for children to help them appreciate farming and nature. While it’s unclear who was the first to create such a group, 4-H Club recognizes A.B. Graham as one of the early founders.

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This Day in History… January 14, 1784

Ratification Day 

U.S. #2052 was issued for the 200th anniversary of the Treaty of Paris.

On January 14, 1784, the Confederation Congress ratified the Treaty of Paris, officially ending the American Revolutionary War.

In 1782, it became apparent to the British that the Colonies would soon win their independence. Negotiations began in Paris that April. John Adams, Benjamin Franklin, and John Jay represented the United States and Davis Hartley, a member of the parliament, spoke on behalf of King George III.

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