June 2018

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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This Day in History… June 8, 1906

Antiquities Act of 1906 

US #1084 was issued for the 50th anniversary of Devils Tower, the first monument created under the Antiquities Act.

On June 8, 1906, President Theodore Roosevelt signed the Antiquities Act into law, giving him and future presidents the authority to create national monuments from federal lands.

Roosevelt was an avid outdoorsman. After the death of his first wife in 1884, Roosevelt moved to the North Dakota Badlands where he set up a ranch. When Roosevelt first came to the Badlands, it was as a hunter. But it was his interest in livestock and cattle ranching that made him stay.

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This Day in History… June 7, 1917

The Lions Clubs 

US #1326 was issued to publicize the Lions’ Search for Peace essay contest. It also marked the organization’s 50th anniversary.

On June 7, 1917, the Lions Club held their first national meeting in Chicago.

Dr. William P. Woods of Evansville, Indiana created the first iteration of the Lions. He established the Royal Order of Lions on August 8, 1911, as a fraternal organization. After a few years, however, the group decided they wanted to focus more on service and Woods worked on establishing Lions Clubs around 1915.

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