June 2016

This Day in History… June 13, 1786

Birth of General Winfield Scott 

U.S. #153 – Scott stamp from the 1870-71 Banknote Issue.

Winfield Scott was born on June 13, 1786, in Dinwiddie County, Virginia.

Born to an American Revolution veteran, Scott attended the College of William and Mary before studying law. He was admitted to the bar and briefly attempted to practice. But around the same time he had his first taste of military experience. He served as a corporal of the cavalry with the Virginia militia near Petersburg in 1807 as part of the Chesapeake–Leopard Affair.

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This Day in History… June 12, 1776

Virginia Declaration of Rights Ratified 

U.S. #1858 – Mason was the main author of the document.

On June 12, 1776, the Fifth Virginia Convention at Williamsburg, Virginia unanimously ratified the Virginia Declaration of Rights.

A little over a year after the American colonies became embroiled in Revolutionary War with Britain, there were calls for independence. So, on May 6, 1776, the Virginia Convention met in Williamsburg to discuss the issue. Nine days later they passed a resolution that would have the Virginia delegates to the Continental Congress to formally petition for independence.

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This Day in History… June 11, 1913

Happy Birthday Vince Lombardi

U.S. #3145 – From the 1997 Football Coaches issue.

Vincent Thomas Lombardi was born on June 11, 1913, in Sheepshead Bay, Brooklyn, New York.

The oldest of five children, Lombardi grew up working in his father’s butcher shop, which he eventually grew to dislike. When he was 12, Lombardi began playing football with an uncoached but organized league.

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This Day in History… June 10, 1967

Gateway Arch Opens to the Public

U.S. #3585 – Gateway Arch, Tallest Monument.

On June 10, 1967, the Gateway Arch opened in St. Louis, Missouri.

In 1933, St. Louis civic leader Luther Ely Smith returned from a visit to the George Rogers National Historical Park in Indiana. He believed a similar memorial could be built in St. Louis to help revive the city’s riverfront and improve the economy. He presented the idea to the mayor, who in turn shared it with city leaders.

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This Day in History… June 9, 1973

Secretariat Wins the Triple Crown 

U.S. #3189g – Secretariat was featured on the 1970s Celebrate the Century sheet.

On June 9, 1973, Secretariat won the Belmont Stakes race, becoming the first U.S. Triple Crown winner in 25 years.

The son of the successful stallion Bold Ruler, Secretariat was born on March 30, 1970. He remained unnamed for a year, but was eventually named Secretariat by the stable’s secretary.

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This Day in History… June 8, 1959

First and Only Delivery of “Missile Mail”

U.S. #3373-77 – The first and only missile mail was launched from a U.S. Navy submarine.

On June 8, 1959, the U.S. Post Office Department launched its experimental missile mail in an attempt to find a faster method of mail delivery.

The idea of using rockets or missiles to deliver the mail stretches back hundreds of years. The first person to suggest such a form of mail delivery was German author Heinrich von Kleist. In October 1810, he wrote an article in his newspaper, the Berliner Abendblätter, proposing that fixed artillery batteries be used to fire shells filled with letters. He believed that a letter could be sent from Berlin to Breslau, about 180 miles, in half a day.

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