July 2017

This Day in History… July 19, 1996

OLYMPHILEX ‘96 

U.S. #3087 was issued on this day in 1996.

On July 19, 1996, the OLYMPHILEX stamp show opened in Atlanta, Georgia.

The 1996 Olympic Games marked an important anniversary – 100 years since the start of the modern Olympic Games. The Ancient Olympic Games were held between 776 BC and 394 AD, when Theodosius I abolished them.

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This Day in History… July 18, 1927

Ty Cobb Becomes First Member of the 4,000 Hit Club 

U.S. #3408d from the Legends of Baseball issue.

On July 18, 1927, Ty Cobb made baseball history, becoming the first player in history to reach 4,000 career hits.

July 18, 1927, was just another day on the field as far as Ty Cobb was concerned. Playing for the Philadelphia Athletics, he received a warm welcome from the fans of his former team, the Detroit Tigers.  Ty went on to get two hits in four at-bats. But for baseball fans, its an important day – the day Cobb got his 4,000th hit, a first in the sport’s history.

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This Day in History… July 17, 1987

First U.S.-Morocco Joint Issue 

U.S. #2349 features an arabesque design.

On July 17, 1987, the USPS issued its first joint issue with Morocco, commemorating 200 years of diplomatic relations.

On December 20, 1777, Morocco was the first country to give a naval salute to the U.S., even before it was an independent nation. Formal relations began with the ratification of the Treaty of Peace and Friendship on July 18, 1787. The treaty was renegotiated in 1836 and remains in force today.

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This Day in History… July 16, 1769

Spanish Found First Mission in California 

U.S. #1373 was issued on the 200th anniversary of this event.

On July 16, 1769, Franciscan friar Junipero Serra founded California’s first Catholic mission.

In 1749, Father Serra left a prestigious teaching position in Spain to work at a missionary in Mexico City. The Spanish emperor selected Serra to head a series of missions that stretched into present-day California. The missions were founded to establish permanent settlements, prevent Russians from encroaching in the region, and spread Christianity to the native Indians. Continue reading

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This Day in History… July 15, 1975

First U.S.-Soviet Joint Issue Stamps

U.S. #1569-70 – These stamps were issued on the same day both craft were launched into space.

On July 15, 1975, the U.S. and Soviet Union each issued stamps honoring the launch of their Apollo-Soyuz Test Project, their first joint space venture.

After several years of tension and a Space Race to the Moon, the United States and Soviet Union began to adopt a détente policy. This was an easing of strained relations. Out of this policy came the Apollo-Soyuz Test Project.

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This Day in History… July 14, 1913

Happy Birthday Gerald Ford! 

U.S. #4199 was issued the year after Ford’s death.

Leslie Lynch King, Jr., better known as Gerald Rudolph Ford, was born on July 14, 1913, in Omaha, Nebraska.

The future president’s parents separated when he was very young and his mother eventually married a man named Gerald Rudolff Ford. In 1916, they changed the young boy’s name to Gerald Rudolff Ford, Jr. When he legally changed his name in 1935, he adopted the more conventional spelling of his middle name.

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