July 2018

This Day in History… July 17, 1976

Opening of the 1976 Summer Olympics 

US #1695-98 were issued for the 12th Winter Olympic in Austria and the 21st Olympiad in Montreal.

On July 17, 1976, Queen Elizabeth II presided over the opening ceremonies of the Games of the XXI Olympiad in Montreal, Quebec, Canada.

Montreal was selected as the host city for the 1976 Olympics at a meeting of the International Olympic Committee in 1970.  This marked the first and only Summer Olympics in Canada.

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This Day in History… July 16, 1790

District of Columbia

US #2561 was issued for the 200th anniversary of the capital’s naming in 1791.

On July 16, 1790, the District of Columbia was established with George Washington’s signing of the Residence Act.

Philadelphia was America’s first capital city starting in 1774.  However, in 1783, an angry group of soldiers went to Independence Hall demanding payment for their service during the American Revolution.  When Pennsylvania governor John Dickinson refused to remove them, Congress fled to Princeton, New Jersey.

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This Day in History… July 15, 1606

Happy Birthday Rembrandt

Korea #2269 pictures one of Rembrandt’s many self-portraits.

Rembrandt Harmenszoon van Rijn was born on July 15, 1606, in Leiden, the Dutch Republic (present-day Netherlands).

Rembrandt was the ninth child of a wealthy family. He attended Latin school as a child and entered the University of Leiden when he was 14.  As Rembrandt’s painting talent was revealed, he began an apprenticeship with Leiden history painter Jacob van Swanenburgh for three years.

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This Day in History… July 14, 1932

International Peace Garden

US #2014 was issued for the garden’s 50th anniversary in 1982.

On July 14, 1932, the International Peace Garden was dedicated, representing the peaceful relationship between the United States and Canada.

Dr. Henry Moore was a member of Canada’s National Association of Gardeners and attended meetings in both Canada and the US.  He sought a way to honor the long, peaceful relationship between the two nations and came up with the idea for a place “where the people of the two countries could share the glories found in a lovely garden and the pleasures found in warm friendships.”

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This Day in History… July 13, 1886

Father Flanagan 

US #2171 was issued for Flanagan’s 100th birthday.

Monsignor Edward Joseph Flanagan was born on July 13, 1886, in Leabeg, Ireland.

After attending Summerhill College in Ireland, Flanagan moved to the United States in 1904.  He then attended Mount St. Mary’s University in Maryland, where he graduated with a Bachelor of Arts and a Master of Arts degree in 1908.

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This Day in History… July 12, 1895

Birth of Buckminster Fuller 

US #3870 was issued on Fuller’s 109th birthday.

Richard Buckminster “Bucky” Fuller was born on July 12, 1895, in Milton, Massachusetts.

The grandson of American Transcendentalist Margaret Fuller, Buckminster spent much of his youth on Bear Island in Penobscot Bay. As a child, he struggled with geometry in school but enjoyed making his own tools and other items from things he found in the woods.  He even designed a new device to propel small boats.

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