November 2017

This Day in History… November 24, 1943

Death of Dorie Miller

U.S. #4443 from the Distinguished Sailors issue.

U.S. sailor Dorie Miller died on November 24, 1943, during the Battle of Makin.

Doris “Dorie” Miller was born on October 12, 1919, in Waco, Texas. The third of four sons, he worked on the family farm, was a good student, and played fullback on his high school’s football team. He eventually dropped out of school and joined the Navy on September 16, 1939.

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This Day in History… November 23, 1887

Happy Birthday Boris Karloff 

U.S. #3170 from the Classic Movie Monsters issue.

Boris Karloff was born William Henry Pratt on November 23, 1887, in Camberwell, London, England.

The youngest of nine children, Karloff initially pursued a career with the British Government’s Consular Service, but left college before graduating. He then went to Canada where he worked on a farm and held a variety of odd jobs before he discovered acting. His first performances were in Canadian theater and it was at this time he adopted his stage name, possibly to prevent embarrassing his family, many of who were diplomats.

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This Day in History… November 22, 1744

Happy Birthday Abigail Adams 

U.S. #2146 – Adams was the fourth First Lady to appear on a U.S. stamp.

America’s second First Lady was born Abigail Smith on November 22, 1744 (November 11 in the Old Style calendar), in Weymouth, Massachusetts.

Much to Abigail’s regret, she never received formal schooling. Fortunately, she was raised in a home filled with the libraries of her father, grandfather, and also intelligent conversation. She learned to read and write, showing special interests in philosophy, theology, Shakespeare, the classics, ancient history, government, and law. Abigail was an avid history reader and recognized its importance and impact on her own life and surroundings.

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This Day in History… November 21, 1848

Founding of the American Turners 

U.S. #979 was issued for the 100th anniversary of the American Turners.

On November 21, 1848, the first American Turners gymnastic union was established in Cincinnati, Ohio.

The first Turner organizations were formed in Germany in the early 1810s. In 1811, Berlin teacher Freidrich Ludwig Jahn began staging outdoor physical education classes to strengthen his students and give them a sense of national pride in preparation for a war of liberation against France. Two years later, Jahn and his students participated in the war he prepared them for.

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This Day in History… November 20, 1889

Birth of Astronomer Edwin Hubble

U.S. #4226 from the American Scientists issue.

On November 20, 1889, one of the world’s most renowned astronomers, Edwin Hubble, was born.

Edwin Powell Hubble was born in Marshfield, Missouri and later moved to Illinois. As a child, he was a gifted athlete with an interest in science, though his grades didn’t always reflect his brilliance.

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This Day in History… November 19, 1965

Start of the Prominent Americans Series 

U.S. #1282 was issued on this day in 1965.

On November 19, 1965, the U.S. Post Office issued the first stamp in a new series honoring Prominent Americans.

The Prominent Americans Series was first announced in April 1965 to replace the Liberty Issue. While the Liberty Issue, which began in 1954, had focused largely on political figures, the Post Office wanted this new series to honor more people from all walks of life.

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