November 2017

This Day in History… November 6, 1854

Happy Birthday John Philip Sousa 

U.S. #880 from the Famous Americans series.

American composer and conductor John Philip Sousa was born on November 6, 1854, in Washington, DC.

The third of ten children, Sousa began playing music at the age of six when he took lessons on the violin. His instructors quickly found that he had absolute or perfect pitch – the ability to identify or recreate a note without a reference tone. By the time he was a teenager, Sousa learned to sing and to play piano, flute, cornet, baritone horn, trombone, and alto horn.

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This Day in History… November 5, 1781

John Hanson Elected President 

U.S. #1941 was issued on the 200th anniversary of Hanson’s election.

On November 5, 1781, John Hanson was elected President of the Continental Congress. He was the first president to serve a full one-year term under the Articles of Confederation

Born in 1721, little is known of Hanson’s early life, except that he began his career in public service in 1750 when he was appointed sheriff of Charles County. Then in 1757 he was elected to the Maryland Colonial Assembly where he represented his home county on-and-off until 1769.

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This Day in History… November 4, 1955

Death of Cy Young 

U.S. #3408m from the Legends of Baseball issue.

On November 4, 1955, baseball legend Cy Young died in Newcomerstown, Ohio.

Denton True “Cy” Young was born on March 29, 1867, in Gilmore, Ohio. The oldest of five children, Dent Young (or Farmer Young as he was referred to as a child) attended school until sixth grade. After that he left to help out on the family farm.

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This Day in History… November 3, 1994

Rare Double Transfer Souvenir Sheet 

U.S. #2875 – The souvenir sheet as issued.

On November 3, 1994, the USPS issued a souvenir sheet honoring the Bureau of Engraving and Printing with a seldom-seen double transfer.

The original souvenir sheet, U.S. #2875, was issued to commemorate the 100th anniversary of the Bureau of Engraving and Printing producing U.S. stamp.  To make this celebration of history unique, four $2.00 James Madison stamps, first issued in 1894, were featured on the sheet.

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This Day in History… November 2, 1795

Birth of James K. Polk 

U.S. #816 from the Presidential series.

James Knox Polk was born on a farm in Pineville, North Carolina, on November 2, 1795.

Small and sickly, Polk was spared hard farm chores, but did learn to help his father manage and survey land. In 1815, he entered the University of North Carolina. He graduated at the top of his class. Then after just one year of study, he was admitted to the bar in 1820 to practice law. Polk opened a thriving law practice in Tennessee.

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This Day in History… November 1, 1962

First U.S. Christmas Stamp 

U.S. #1205 was issued on this day in 1962.

On November 1, 1962, the U.S. Post Office issued its first-ever Christmas stamp, starting a popular tradition that continues to this day.

There’s some debate as to which country issued the first-ever Christmas stamp. Canada often gets the honor for its 1898 issue that pictured a map and had the inscription “XMAS 1898.” In the coming years, other nations issued stamps with similar holiday inscriptions, and eventually with religious or holiday-themed designs.

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