June 2019

This Day in History… June 6, 1944

Allies Storm Normandy On D-Day

US #2838c was issued on the 50th anniversary of D-Day. Click image to order.

On June 6, 1944, some 155,000 Allied troops stormed the shores of Normandy on D-Day, the start of Operation Overlord.

Following the invasion of Poland in 1939 that sparked the start of World War II, German troops moved swiftly through Belgium and the Netherlands to France.  There, they trapped British, French, and Belgian troops, who were eventually saved in the Dunkirk evacuation.  However, France was soon occupied by German troops and would remain so for five years.

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This Day in History… June 5, 1910

Death of O. Henry

US #4705 – Henry was the 18th honoree in the Literary Arts Series. Click image to order.

On June 5, 1910, American author O. Henry died in New York City.

The famed author was born William Sydney Porter on September 11, 1862, in Greensboro, North Carolina.  He loved to read from an early age, with some of his favorites including One Thousand and One Nights and Anatomy of Melancholy.

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This Day in History… June 4, 1979

American Architecture Series

US #1779-82 – The first block in the series.  Click image to order or choose different formats or First Day Covers.

On June 4, 1979, the USPS issued the first block of four stamps in the American Architecture Series.

The series was created to honor the evolution of American architecture over the last two centuries.  Walter D Richards designed all of the stamps and each includes the name of the architect, their birth and death years, and the name of the building.

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This Day in History… June 3, 1904

Birth of Charles R. Drew

US #1865 was issued on Drew’s 77th birthday.

Doctor and medical researcher Charles R. Drew was born on June 3, 1904, in Washington, DC.

Drew grew up in DC’s Foggy Bottom neighborhood and graduated from Dunbar High School in 1922.  He was an accomplished athlete, earning an athletic scholarship to Amherst College in Massachusetts.  After graduating in 1926, he worked as a professor of chemistry and biology for two years at Morgan College in Baltimore.  He also served as their first Athletic Director and football coach, saving up money to go to medical school.

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This Day in History… June 2, 1863

Raid on Combahee Ferry

US #1744 – Tubman was the first honoree in the Black Heritage Series. Click image to order.

On June 2, 1863, Harriet Tubman helped lead a daring Union raid in South Carolina to free over 750 slaves.

After the outbreak of the Civil War, Union forces recognized the importance of capturing strategic ports, such as those in South Carolina.  In November 1861, they invaded Port Royal and captured most of Beaufort County and the Sea Islands.  Their actions led many plantation owners to flee, leaving behind their slaves.  The Union Army welcomed them and formed new regiments, such as the 2nd South Carolina Infantry, led by Colonel James Montgomery.

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This Day in History… June 1, 1909

Alaska-Yukon-Pacific Exposition

US #370 was issued on this day in 1909. Click image to order.

On June 1, 1909, the Alaska-Yukon-Pacific Exposition opened in Seattle, Washington.

The exposition had stemmed from an idea of Godfrey Chealander.  Chealander had worked on the Alaska Territory Exhibit at the 1905 Lewis and Clark Exposition in Oregon and wanted to build a permanent exhibit about Alaska in Seattle.

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