June 2019

This Day in History… June 12, 1859

The Comstock Lode

US #1130 was issued for the 100th anniversary of the discovery in 1859.  It pictures Comstock, O’Reilly, and McLaughlin.  Click image to order.

June 12, 1859, is generally accepted as the re-discovery date of the Comstock Lode.

Mormon immigrants first found gold in the area in the spring of 1850.  They panned gold until the mountain snow melted and they could leave for California, where they expected to find more gold.  In the years to come, more emigrants passed through the canyon and tried their luck, but when the water ran out near the end of summer, they would continue their trek to California.

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This Day in History… June 11, 1872

Kamehameha Day

US #799 pictures the Kamehameha statue in Honolulu.

On June 11, 1872, Hawaii celebrated its first Kamehameha Day, in honor of the king who united the Kingdom of Hawaii.

On December 22, 1871, Kamehameha V proclaimed June 11 to be Kamehameha Day in honor of his grandfather.  In addition to honoring his grandfather, the holiday was meant as a replacement for Hawaiian Sovereignty Restoration Day, which was unpopular among the king and his ministers.

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This Day in History… June 10, 1889

United Confederate Veterans

US #998 was issued for the UCV’s final reunion in 1951.

On June 10, 1889, the United Confederate Veterans (UCV) was founded in New Orleans. Click image to order.

In the years after the Civil War ended, both Northern and Southern veterans began establishing their own local organizations to stay in contact with each other and provide aid to those veterans in need.  In the North, Union veterans founded the Grand Army of the Republic in 1866.

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This Day in History… June 9, 1978

CAPEX ‘78

Canada #756a – Canada’s first souvenir sheet, issued for CAPEX. Click image to order.

On June 9, 1978, Canada opened its second international stamp exhibition, CAPEX ’78 (CAnadian Philatelic EXhibition). The first time had been in 1951.

The exhibition was held to mark the 100th anniversary of Canada joining the Universal Postal Union (UPU).  The UPU was established in 1874 to make sending international mail easier. Canada joined the organization on July 1, 1878.

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This Day in History… June 8, 1867

Happy Birthday, Frank Lloyd Wright

US #1280 was issued on Wright’s 99th birthday. Click image to order.

Architect Frank Lloyd Wright was born Frank Lincoln Wright on June 8, 1867, in Richland Center, Wisconsin.

When Wright was a child, his mother was convinced he would build beautiful buildings, so she did much to encourage him.  In 1876, she visited the Centennial Exhibition in Philadelphia where she saw educational blocks known as Froebel Gifts.  She purchased a set for Wright who spent hours playing with the geometric blocks, and later said they had a strong influence on him.

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This Day in History… June 7, 2002

Heroes of 2001 Semi-Postal

US #B2 was issued on this day in 2002. Click image to order.

On June 7, 2002, the USPS issued the Heroes of 2001 Semi-Postal stamp.

Following the September 11 terrorist attacks, many people wanted to help the families of those emergency workers who were killed or critically injured responding to the attacks.  On November 12, 2001, Congress passed the 9/11 Heroes Stamp Act of 2001.  The act permitted the USPS to produce a semi-postal stamp to raise money for these families.

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