June 2018

This Day in History… June 14, 1846

The Bear Flag Revolt

US #1663 from the 1976 State Flags sheet.

On June 14, 1846, California settlers staged the Bear Flag Revolt in rebellion against the Mexican government.

In 1822, California became a province of Mexico. The province was allowed to establish its own legislature and military force.  But when Mexico began sending governors to the province in 1825, Californians began to resent the outside influence.  Some citizens engaged Mexican troops in some minor conflicts.  This continued resistance weakened Mexico’s control of the area.

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This Day in History… June 13, 2002

Final Issue of the Classic Collection

US #3649 was issued on this day in 2002.

On June 13, 2002, the USPS issued the final sheet in the Classic Collection Series.

The series began six years earlier with the infamous Legends of the West sheet in 1994.  That sheet and the series that followed it actually developed out of plans to honor the centennial of Ellis Island!

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This Day in History… June 12, 1963

Death of Medgar Evers

US #4384e from the 2009 Civil Rights Pioneers issue.

On June 12, 1963, civil rights activist Medgar Evers was killed by a white supremacist while standing in his own driveway.

Medgar Wiley Evers was born on July 2, 1925, in Decatur, Mississippi.  The third of five children, Evers walked 12 miles every day to attend a segregated school, where he eventually earned his high school diploma.

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This Day in History… June 11, 1897

Owney the Postal Dog

US #4547 was issued to honor Owney in 2011.

On June 11, 1897, the US Railway Mail Service mascot, Owney the Postal Dog, died in Toledo, Ohio.

On one cool fall evening in 1888, clerks at an Albany, New York, Post Office were so busy, they didn’t notice a stray puppy curled up on a pile of old mailbags.  Once they did, they adopted the mixed-breed dog and named him Owney.

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This Day in History… June 10, 1922

Happy Birthday, Judy Garland! 

US #4077 was the 12th issue in the Legends of Hollywood Series.

Judy Garland was born Frances Ethel Gumm on June 10, 1922, in Grand Rapids, Minnesota.

Garland’s parents were former vaudeville performers who had bought a theater and settled down in Grand Rapids before she was born. At just 2 ½ years of age, Garland “starred” in her first performance at a Christmas show in her parent’s theater on December 26, 1924.  She delighted the audience with several verses of “Jingle Bells.”

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This Day in History… June 9, 1534

Cartier Explores St. Lawrence River 

Canada #208 was issued for the 400th anniversary of Cartier’s first trip to Canada.

On June 9, 1534, Jacques Cartier became the first European explorer to travel the St. Lawrence River.

Cartier was born on December 31, 1491, in Saint-Malo, Brittany, France.  In 1534, the bishop of Saint-Malo introduced Cartier to King Francis I and recommended him for a commission to search for a northwest passage to Asia.  The bishop claimed Cartier had previously journeyed to Newfoundland and Brazil, exhibiting his ability to “lead ships to the discovery of new lands in the New World.”

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