May 2018

This Day in History… June 4, 1940

The Miracle of Dunkirk 

US #940 was issued to honor all those that served in WWII.

On June 4, 1940, over 338,000 Allied troops were evacuated from the beaches of Dunkirk after being cut off and surrounded there for weeks.

After Germany invaded Poland in September 1939, the United Kingdom sent the British Expeditionary Force to help defend France. There they fought alongside the Belgian Army and the French First, Seventh, and Ninth Armies.

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This Day in History… May 31, 1862

Battle of Fair Oaks

Antigua #2538 pictures the Battle of Fair Oaks (designated Seven Pines on the stamp).

On May 31, 1862, the Civil War Battle of Fair Oaks began.

The Union Army was close enough to the Confederate capital to hear Richmond’s church bells ring on Sunday morning. If Major General George B. McClellan could lead his Army of the Potomac just six more miles, they could take the capital and the Civil War would be over. The Battle of Fair Oaks, known in the South as the Battle of Seven Pines, could have been one of the last battles of the war. Instead, it was a turning point in McClellan’s campaign, and the fighting continued for three more years.

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This Day in History… May 30, 1911

Indianapolis 500

US #4530 was issued for the 100th anniversary of the Indy 500.

On May 30, 1911, the Indianapolis Motor Speedway held its first 200-lap, 500-mile race, dubbed the Indianapolis (or Indy) 500.

One of Indiana’s biggest attractions is the Indianapolis Motor Speedway, initially built for automotive research and to test new car models. After breaking ground in March 1909, it was completed in August of the same year. The first weekend of racing took place that same month, but immediately encountered tragedy – several crashes resulted in five deaths. To fix the problem, the entire track was resurfaced with 3.2 million bricks, with the last one made of gold. This earned the racetrack the nickname the “Brickyard.”

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This Day in History… May 29, 1936

Opening of the California Pacific Exposition

US #773 was issued on the expo’s opening day.

On May 29, 1936, the California Pacific Exposition opened in San Diego. Celebrating the 400th anniversary of Coronado’s discovery of the Pacific Southwest, it was also intended to help boost the economy during the Depression.

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This Day in History… May 28, 2016

World Stamp Show 2016

US #5062-63 were issued on opening day.

On May 28, 2016, the doors opened on America’s 11th International Stamp Exhibition, World Stamp Show 2016.

From 1913 to 1956, New York City was home to America’s first five international stamp exhibitions. In 1966, Washington, DC, became the first city other than New York to host the exhibition, and after that, other cities would get their chance to host it. But after 60 years, the show returned to New York City in 2016.

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This Day in History… May 27, 2006

Washington 2006

US #4075 was printed using the original dies of the 1923 stamps it pictures.

On May 27, 2006, the tenth US International Philatelic Exhibition opened at the Washington Convention Center in Washington, DC. Officially named Washington Philatelic Exhibition Inc., its most often referred to as Washington 2006.

The show included 640 exhibits from 60 countries. The “Best in Show” award went to Edward Grabowski for his exhibit on Guadeloupe Postal History. The grand prix award for best in show from the host country (America) went to William H. Gross for his US Classics: 1847 thru 1869 and their classic Re-Issues.

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