November 2017

This Day in History… November 12, 1980

Voyager I Approaches Saturn

U.S. #2574Voyager II visited Saturn almost a year later.

On November 12, 1980, the Voyager I space probe made its closest approach to Saturn.

Voyager I was born out of a 1960s proposal to launch a “Grand Tour” to study the outer planets of our solar system.  It was originally going to be part of the Mariner program, but as the design of the probe changed dramatically from that used in the Mariner missions, it was designated Voyager.

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This Day in History… November 11, 1921

Tomb of the Unknowns

U.S. #570 was issued on the first anniversary of the interment of the Unknown Soldier.

On November 11, 1921, President Warren G. Harding dedicated the Tomb of the Unknown Soldier at Arlington National Cemetery.

After World War I ended, the U.S. and other Allied nations had a number of deceased soldiers that couldn’t be identified.  To honor their great sacrifices, each country created memorials to their unknown soldiers.

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This Day in History… November 10, 1954

Opening of USMC War Memorial

U.S. #929 was issued just five months after the flag raising.

On November 10, 1954, President Dwight D. Eisenhower presided over the dedication and official opening of the United States Marine Corps War Memorial, also known as the Iwo Jima Memorial.

The history of the memorial is very closely aligned with the famous image that stands as its centerpiece, the flag raising at Iwo Jima.  That iconic flag raising occurred on February 23, 1945.

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This Day in History… November 9, 1964

First U.S. Se-Tenant 

U.S. #1254-57 was issued on this day in 1964.

On November 9, 1964, the U.S. Post Office issued its first se-tenant, which was also America’s third Christmas issue.

A se-tenant is two or more stamps with different designs or values printed together on the same sheet. The name comes from the French phrase for “joined together” or “holding together.”

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This Day in History… November 8, 1837

Opening of Mount Holyoke

U.S. #2169 was issued on Lyon’s 190th birthday.

On November 8, 1837, Mary Lyons opened Mount Holyoke Female Seminary.

Mary Lyon was born on February 28, 1797, near Buckland, Massachusetts.  As a child, Lyon attended local schools off and on, though she eventually would teach at those schools.  Her irregular education as a child inspired her to a lifelong drive to give young girls from poor families better educational opportunities than she had.

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This Day in History… November 7, 1921

Marines Ordered to Guard Mail

U.S. #2265 from the Transportation Series.

On November 7, 1921, President Warren G. Harding ordered 2,200 Marines to guard the mail in the wake of a series of daring mail robberies.

In the early 1900s, mail robbery was a common problem in the U.S.  It was a profitable enterprise for thieves, as banks and other financial institutions often shipped large amounts of money and negotiable bonds by registered mail.  Between 1919 and 1921 alone robbers stole about $6 million worth of mail.

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