November 2020

This Day in History… November 30, 1900

Happy Birthday Mary Lasker

US #3432B – from the Distinguished Americans Series

Health activist and philanthropist Mary Woodward Lasker was born on November 30, 1900, in Watertown, Wisconsin.

Lasker and her parents suffered from health issues for many years.  Her parents had hypertension and she suffered from bad ear infections.  The lack of medical treatments for these conditions left Lasker dissatisfied with the state of medicine.  This would inspire a lifetime commitment to medical research and drug development. 

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This Day in History… November 29, 1944

Honorable Discharge 

US #940 honors all those who served in WWII and pictures the Honorable Discharge emblem.

On November 29, 1944, the War Department officially adopted the honorable discharge emblem.

Some of the earliest plans for a multi-service honorable discharge patch originated in 1919 following World War I.  The purpose was to allow honorably discharged individuals to wear their uniforms for a period of time after leaving the service if they couldn’t afford civilian clothes.

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This Day in History… November 28, 1954

Death of Enrico Fermi 

US #3533 was issued on Fermi’s 100th birthday.

On November 28, 1954, Nobel physicist Enrico Fermi died in Chicago, Illinois.

Born in Rome, Italy, on September 29, 1901, Enrico Fermi had a strong understanding and joy for mathematics and physics from an early age.  By 1918, he earned a fellowship to the Scuola Normale Superiore in Pisa.  He graduated in 1922 with a doctor’s degree in physics.

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This Day in History… November 27, 1950

Battle of Chosin Reservoir 

US #2152 was based on a photo of US troops retreating from Chosin Reservoir.

On November 27, 1950, the Korean War Battle of Chosin Reservoir began – a fighting withdrawal in the bitter cold.

By November 1950, the United Nations forces had driven the North Korean army back into its own territory.  The Yalu River, the northern border of the peninsula was within reach and many believed the war would be over by Christmas.  American and UN commanders didn’t realize Chinese forces were massing along the border and would soon change the course of the war.

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This Day in History… November 26, 1912

Birth of Eric Sevareid

US #4252 – from the American Journalists issue

Journalist and author Arnold Eric Sevareid was born on November 26, 1912, in Velva, North Dakota. 

Sevareid spent part of his childhood in Minot and Minneapolis, where he graduated from high school.  After graduation, he and a friend went on a canoeing expedition sponsored by the Minneapolis Star.  He later wrote about these adventures in Canoeing with the Cree (1935).  

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This Day in History… November 25, 1862

Birth of Ethelbert Nevin

US #883 – from the Famous Americans Series

Composer Ethelbert Woodbridge Nevin was born on November 25, 1862, in Edgeworth, Pennsylvania.

Nevin received most of his education from his father, who edited a Pittsburgh newspaper, and contributed articles to magazines.  He even composed songs, including a number of campaign songs such as “Our Nominee” for James K. Polk.  Nevin’s mother played piano – her grand piano was the first to be taken across the Allegheny Mountains.

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