November 2016

This Day in History… November 30, 1874

Birth of Winston Churchill 

U.S. #1264 was issued in Fulton, Missouri, where Churchill delivered his famous “Iron Curtain” speech in 1946.

U.S. #1264 was issued in Fulton, Missouri, where Churchill delivered his famous “Iron Curtain” speech in 1946.

On November 30, 1874, future British Prime Minister Winston Churchill was born in Woodstock, England.

Churchill was born to an aristocratic British family, the son of a New York socialite who married an English lord. He was descended from the Dukes of Marlborough, a branch of the Spencer family (of which Princess Diana was also a member). He spent part of his childhood in Dublin, Ireland, before attending school.

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This Day in History… November 29, 1832

Birth of Louisa May Alcott 

U.S. #862 – From the Famous American Authors set.

U.S. #862 – From the Famous American Authors set.

Louisa May Alcott was born on November 29, 1832, in Germantown, Pennsylvania.

The second of four daughters, Louisa was born to social worker Abby May and educator Amos Bronson Alcott. When she was two, Alcott’s family moved to Boston where her father opened an experimental school. While there, he also joined the Transcendental Club with Ralph Waldo Emerson and Henry David Thoreau. Her father’s transcendentalist beliefs had a great impact on Alcott, making her strive for perfection throughout her life.

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This Day in History… November 28, 1895

America’s First Automobile Race 

U.S. #2262 from the Transportation Series.

U.S. #2262 from the Transportation Series.

On November 28, 1895, the Chicago Times-Herald Race was held between six cars.

Months earlier, on July 10, 1895, the Chicago Times-Herald first announced that they would hold a race through the city. A prize of $5,000 ($688,000 in today’s wages) was up for grabs. The paper had planned the race as a way to accelerate the still-young automotive industry in America. America’s first automobiles were produced just two years earlier, and the paper wasn’t even sure what to call them. They ultimately decided on “Moto-Cycle.”

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This Day in History… November 27, 1746

Birth of Robert R. Livingston 

U.S. #323 from the Louisiana Purchase centennial issue.

U.S. #323 from the Louisiana Purchase centennial issue.

Robert Robert Livingston was born on November 27, 1746, in New York City, New York.

Livingston was the oldest of 10 children of judge Robert Livingston. In 1764 he graduated from King’s College, predecessor of Columbia University. Livingston married Mary Stevens in 1770 and established his own family home at Belvedere. The British later burned down this home during the Revolutionary War.

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This Day in History… November 26, 1853

Birth of Bat Masterson 

U.S. #2869h from the 1994 Legends of the West sheet.

U.S. #2869h from the 1994 Legends of the West sheet.

William Barclay “Bat” Masterson was born on November 26, 1853, in Quebec, Canada.

When he was a child, Masterson’s family moved from Quebec to New York to Illinois before settling in Wichita, Kansas. When he was a teenager, Masterson and his brothers left home to work as buffalo hunters. They then found work grading part of the track for the Atchison, Topeka, & Santa Fe Railroad. When their boss refused to pay them, Masterson cornered him on a train and held him at gunpoint until he paid them.

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This Day in History… November 25, 1835

Happy Birthday Andrew Carnegie 

U.S. #1171 was issued on Carnegie’s 125th birthday.

U.S. #1171 was issued on Carnegie’s 125th birthday.

On November 25, 1835, industrialist and philanthropist Andrew Carnegie was born in Dunfermline, Fife, Scotland.

By 1848, Carnegie’s family had fallen on hard times and decided to move to America in search of a better life. They settled in Allegheny, Pennsylvania, where Carnegie’s father found work as a weaver. Young Carnegie started working when he was 13 years old as a bobbin boy in a Pittsburgh cotton factory – his wage was $1.20 per week.

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