March 2017

This Day in History… March 7, 1849

Birth of Luther Burbank 

U.S. #876 was issued in Santa Rosa, California.

Luther A. Burbank was born on March 7, 1849, in Lancaster, Massachusetts.

The thirteenth of eighteen children, Burbank spent his childhood on his family farm enjoying his mother’s large garden. He only received a high school education, but would go on to become a pioneer in agricultural science.

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This Day in History… March 6, 1831

Birth of Philip Sheridan

U.S. #787 – Army and Navy issue stamp honoring William T. Sherman, Ulysses S. Grant, and Philip Sheridan.

General Philip Henry Sheridan was born on March 6, 1831 in Albany, New York.

Born the son of Irish immigrants, Sheridan was a relatively short man who stood 5’5” tall, earning him the nickname “Little Phil.” He worked as a clerk and bookkeeper before his West Point appointment. After graduating 34th in a class of 52 cadets, Sheridan was stationed in Texas, California, and the Oregon Territory. Continue reading

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This Day in History… March 5, 1946

Churchill’s Iron Curtain Speech 

U.S. #1264 was issued in Fulton, Missouri, the site of this speech.

On March 5, 1946, Winston Churchill gave one of his most famous speeches, in which he used the phrase, “iron curtain” to describe the communist boundary in Europe.

As much of the world celebrated the fall of the Nazi regime in 1945, Churchill grew concerned about the Soviet Union’s growing influence and resolved that we must “impose upon Russia the will of the United States and the British Empire.” That July he lost his bid for re-election as prime minister, but was already working with the king on a new National Government.

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This Day in History… March 4, 1888

Happy Birthday Knute Rockne 

U.S. #2376 – Rockne was the sixth addition to the American Sports Personalities series.

Knute Rockne was born Knut Larsen Rockne on March 4, 1888, in Voss, Norway.

Rockne’s family moved to Chicago when he was five and he spent his childhood in the Logan Square section of the city. It was here he first learned to play football and eventually played end for the Logan Square Tigers. In high school, Rockne played football and ran track.

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This Day in History… March 3, 1931

America Adopts National Anthem

U.S. #3403k from the 2000 Stars and Stripes stamp sheet.

On March 3, 1931, America officially adopted “The Star Spangled Banner” as its national anthem.

The inspiration for the “Star Spangled Banner” came over a century earlier, during the War of 1812. In September 1814, Georgetown lawyer Francis Scott Key was dispatched to a British ship to rescue a beloved local doctor. Continue reading

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This Day in History… March 2, 1904

Happy Birthday Dr. Seuss! 

U.S. #3835 was issued on Seuss’ 100th birthday.

Theodor Seuss Geisel was born on March 2, 1904, in Springfield, Massachusetts.

The son of a brew master, Geisel took art classes and managed his school’s soccer team before attending Dartmouth College. While at Dartmouth, Geisel wrote for the school’s humor magazine, Dartmouth Jack-O-Lantern.

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