June 2017

This Day in History… June 30, 1899

U.S. Begins Issuing Stamps in Philippines 

U.S. #PH212 – The first U.S. stamp overprinted for use in the Philippines.

On June 30, 1899, the American military government issued its first stamps in the Philippines.

Spanish colonization of the Philippines began in 1565 and continued for more than three centuries. In the late 1800s, the people of the Philippines revolted against the atrocities of their Spanish rulers. At the same time, unrest was growing in the Spanish colony of Cuba.

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This Day in History… June 29, 1995

First U.S. Space Shuttle Docking to Mir 

Item #M10409 includes an image of Atlantis docking with Mir.

On June 29, 1995, the U.S. Space Shuttle Atlantis docked the Russian space station Mir for the first time.

The mission, STS-71, was the third in the U.S./Russian Shuttle-Mir program. It began on June 27, 1995, when the Atlantis launched from Kennedy Space Center in Florida. This was the 100th U.S. human space launch from Cape Canaveral.

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This Day in History… June 28, 1776

Battle of Sullivan’s Island

U.S. #1345 from the Historic Flags issue.

On June 28, 1776, American forces won their first decisive victory of the Revolutionary War at Sullivan’s Island.

During the second year of the Revolutionary War, South Carolina patriots began work on a fort to guard the important port city of Charleston. While the fort was still under construction, British troops arrived on June 28, 1776, and began a full-scale bombardment.

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This Day in History… June 27, 1880

Birth of Helen Keller 

U.S. #1824 was issued on Keller’s 100th birthday.

Helen Adams Keller was born on June 27, 1880, in Tuscumbia, Alabama.

Keller was born with the ability to see and hear, but lost both senses when she was 19 months old to scarlet fever or meningitis. Over time she developed her own system of about 60 home signs. She could also identify people walking to a room by the vibrations in their footsteps.

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This Day in History… June 26, 1959

First U.S. Joint Issue

U.S. #1131 – The U.S. stamp from the joint issue.

On June 26, 1959, the U.S. issued its first of many joint issue stamps with another nation.

America’s first joint issue stamp was created to honor the completion of the St. Lawrence Seaway. The U.S. and Canada worked together to create the seaway to connect the Great Lakes to the Atlantic Ocean.

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This Day in History… June 25, 1876

Custer’s Last Stand at the Battle of Little Bighorn

Item #20025 – Commemorative cover marking Custer’s 145th birthday.

On June 25, 1876, Civil War hero George A. Custer died at the Battle of Little Bighorn.

Born on December 5, 1839 in New Rumley, Ohio, Custer graduated from West Point in June 1861, just in time to join in the Civil War. He then fought in the first major battle at Bull Run and rose quickly through the ranks.

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