June 2017

This Day in History… June 12, 1939

Opening of the Baseball Hall of Fame

U.S. #855 was issued in Cooperstown on the museum’s opening day.

On June 12, 1939, the Baseball Hall of Fame opened in Cooperstown, New York.

Plans for a Baseball Hall of Fame date back to 1935. At that time, residents of Cooperstown, New York, sought to improve the small town’s economy in the wake of the Depression.

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This Day in History… June 11, 1963

JFK Proposes Civil Rights Act of 1964 

U.S. #1287 from the Prominent Americans series.

On June 11, 1963, President John F. Kennedy delivered a television and radio address calling for the Civil Rights Act of 1964.

Early on in his career, Kennedy did not speak out frequently concerning civil rights. However, his brief term in office came at a tumultuous time in U.S. history, when the matter of civil rights became the defining issue of a generation.

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This Day in History… June 10, 2005

BEP Produces Its Last U.S. Stamp 

U.S. #3632 was printed by the BEP for the last time on June 10, 2005.

On June 10, 2005, the Bureau of Engraving and Printing (BEP) printed its last U.S. stamp.

The BEP was established in 1862, following the outbreak of the Civil War. When the firing on Fort Sumter began, the nation was already on the verge of bankruptcy and was in no position to finance a war. This matter, along with other war issues, prompted President Lincoln to call a special session of Congress. During this session, Secretary of the Treasury Salmon P. Chase suggested issuing noninterest-bearing notes that would circulate as money and a system of domestic taxation.

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This Day in History… June 9, 1891

Happy Birthday Cole Porter 

U.S. #2550 was issued for Porter’s 100th birthday.

Cole Albert Porter was born on June 9, 1891, in Peru, Indiana.

Porter was the only child of a wealthy Indiana family. His grandfather, J.O. Cole, was considered the richest man in the state and had earned his money in the coal and timber industries.

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This Day in History… June 8, 1997

End of the Pacific 97 Stamp Show 

U.S. #3130-31 – America’s first triangle stamps.

On June 8, 1997, the ninth U.S. stamp show came to an end.

Following the traditional 10-year format, the ninth U.S. stamp show should have been held in 1996. However, similar to the 1940s show, planners opted to wait a year so that the show could coincide with the 150th anniversary of the issue of America’s first postage stamps.

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This Day in History… June 7, 1917

Birth of Gwendolyn Brooks 

U.S. #4655 from the 20th Century American Poets issue.

Poet, author, and teacher Gwendolyn Brooks was born on June 7, 1917, in Topeka, Kansas.

According to family stories, Brooks’ grandfather was a runaway slave who fought for the Union during the Civil War. Brooks’ family moved to Chicago when she was six weeks old and she would spend much of her life there.

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