October 2017

This Day in History… October 7, 1963

JFK Signs Partial Nuclear Test Ban Treaty 

United Nations #UN133 – UN Stamp honoring the treaty.

On October 7, 1963, President John F. Kennedy signed the Partial Nuclear Test Ban Treaty with the Soviet Union and United Kingdom.

The dropping of the atomic bombs on Japan ended World War II but began the nuclear age. The U.S., Great Britain, and the Soviet Union continued to develop and test more powerful weapons.

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This Day in History… October 6, 1723

Franklin Arrives in Philadelphia 

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On October 6, 1723, a 17-year-old Benjamin Franklin first arrived in Philadelphia, Pennsylvania.

Born and raised in Boston, Massachusetts, Franklin apprenticed in his brother’s print shop at the age of 12. During this time Franklin submitted many articles under the pseudonym “Mrs. Silence Dogood.” However, when his brother discovered that Benjamin was the author of the articles, he refused to publish them. The two brothers quarreled frequently, and at the age of 17, Franklin ran away.

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This Day in History… October 5, 1882

Birth of Robert Goddard

U.S. #C69 was issued on Goddard’s 82nd birthday.

Robert Hutchings Goddard was born October 5, 1882, in Worcester, Massachusetts.

Goddard was fascinated by science at an early age, especially after his father showed him how to generate static electricity through the carpet. Young Goddard believed he could jump higher if he charged zinc batteries with static electricity.

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This Day in History… October 4, 1861

Birth of Frederic Remington 

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Frederic Sackrider Remington was born on October 4, 1861, in Canton, New York.

Raised during the Civil War, Remington enjoyed spending his time outdoors a child, riding horses, boating, fishing, and hunting. When he was in school, he spent much of his time sketching a variety of subjects, though he often focused on soldiers in military uniforms and cowboys.

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This Day in History… October 3, 1990

Reunification of Germany 

Germany #1612-13 were issued on this day in 1990 to mark Germany’s reunification.

On October 3, 1990, East and West Germany were reunited after decades of separation.

Following World War II, the Allied Forces split Germany in two. The Western half was under the governance and protection of the United States, Great Britain, and France. The East was occupied by Soviet Russia. The city of Berlin, which sat entirely in the Eastern half, was similarly divided.

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This Day in History… October 2, 1835

Battle of Gonzales 

U.S. #938 was issued for the 100th anniversary of Texas statehood.

On October 2, 1835, Texian rebels took up arms against Mexican soldiers in the first battle of the Texas War of Independence, also known as the Texas Revolution.

Present-day Texas was made part of Mexico in the early 1800s following America’s Louisiana Purchase. In 1820, Moses Austin of Missouri received permission to establish an American colony in Texas, which was established by his son Stephen F. Austin.

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