January 2019

This Day in History… January 7, 1785

First Known Mail Delivered by Air 

US #2530 from the Mini-scapes Series.

On January 7, 1785, mail was carried by an air vehicle for the first time.

The honor of flying that first airmail delivery went to Jean-Pierre Blanchard of France.  Blanchard was a balloon flight pioneer.

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This Day in History… January 6, 1941

U.S. #908 – FDR personally selected this stamp design to show the world why the U.S. entered the war.  Click the image to buy.

Roosevelt’s Four Freedoms

On January 6, 1941, President Franklin Roosevelt gave his “Four Freedoms” speech while delivering the State of the Union Address.

By January 1941, World War II had wreaked havoc across the globe.  Germany invaded Poland, Belgium, and Holland.  Additionally, France had been defeated by a German blitz, leaving England the lone nation against Germany.  The Soviet Union invaded Finland, and Japan was ruthlessly battling China.
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This Day in History… January 5, 1972

Birth of the Space Shuttle Program 

US #3190a from the Celebrate the Century – 1980s sheet.  Click the image to buy.

On January 5, 1972, President Richard Nixon signed legislation authorizing the creation of America’s first space shuttle, the “world’s first reusable spacecraft.”

NASA began studying the possibility of space shuttles in the late 1960s.  Then in 1969, President Nixon created the Space Task Group, led by Vice President Spiro Agnew.  The group established a list of missions that included the creation of space vehicles, a space station, and eventually a manned mission to Mars.

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This Day in History… January 4, 1896

Birth of Everett Dirksen 

US #1874 was issued on Dirksen’s 85th birthday.  Click the image to buy.

Statesman Everett McKinley Dirksen was born on January 4, 1896, in Pekin, Illinois.

Born to German immigrants, Dirksen had a fraternal twin and another brother.  His father died when he was just nine years old.  The Dirksen family farm was on the outskirts of Pekin in an area known as Beantown because they grew beans instead of flowers.

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This Day in History… January 3, 1938

US #1087 was designed to symbolize the struggle against polio.  Click the image to buy.

March of Dimes 

On January 3, 1938, President Franklin Roosevelt established the National Foundation for Infantile Paralysis, later renamed the March of Dimes.

In the early 1900s, polio affected thousands of American children every summer.  Found in contaminated food and water, it was easily transmitted and mostly affected children.

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This Day in History… January 2, 1788

Georgia Becomes 4th State 

US #2339 was issued for Georgia’s 200th anniversary of statehood.

On January 2, 1788, Georgia was the fourth state to ratify the US Constitution, making it our fourth state.

The first human inhabitants of Georgia were the Mound Builders, a prehistoric Native American tribe. Over time, the Creek tribe settled in the South and the Cherokee in the North.

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