This Day in History

This Day in History… September 26, 1820

Death of Daniel Boone

US #1357 was issued on the 148th anniversary of Boone’s death.

On September 26, 1820, famed American pioneer and explorer Daniel Boone died in St. Charles County, Missouri.

Boone was born on November 2, 1734, in Berks County, Pennsylvania.  Though he had little formal education, his father taught him to be a skilled hunter and how to survive in the woods.  When he was 15, the family moved to North Carolina, and Boone began selling his furs to local traders.

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This Day in History… September 25, 1920

Disabled American Veterans

US #1421-22 were issued to mark the 50th anniversary of the DAV.

On September 25, 1920, the Disabled American Veterans (DAV) was officially established at a national social welfare organization.

Returning home after World War I, many disabled veterans were at a major disadvantage and received little governmental help.  Many were blind, deaf, or mentally affected by their service.  Some 204,000 American soldiers had been wounded in the war.  Across the country, small groups of disabled veterans formed as social clubs or to raise money for those that couldn’t support themselves.

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This Day in History… September 24, 1755

Happy Birthday, John Marshall

US #263 is the key stamp of the 1894 Bureau issue – only about 6,251 stamps were issued!

America’s longest-serving chief justice of the Supreme Court, John Marshall, was born on September 24, 1755, in Germantown, Virginia. 

The eldest of fifteen children, Marshall only had one year of formal education as a child (during which time he befriended future president James Monroe).  Despite this, his parents encouraged his love of reading, and he read widely to educate himself. 

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This Day in History… September 23, 1899

Birth of Louise Nevelson

US #3379-83 picture details from some of Nevelson’s massive sculptures.

Sculptor Louise Nevelson was born Leah Berliawsky on September 23, 1899, in Pereiaslav, Poltava Governorate, Russian Empire.

Nevelson’s father moved to the United States in the hopes of creating a better life for his family in 1902.  After spending some time in Kiev, Nevelson, her mother, and her siblings, joined her father in Rockland, Maine in 1905.  There, her father worked as a lumberjack before opening a successful lumberyard.  Because of this, the family often had a great deal of wood around the house, and it would later figure prominently in her art.

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This Day in History… September 22, 1989

Death of Irving Berlin 

US #3669 pictures Berlin with the score of “God Bless America.”

On September 22, 1989, legendary composer Irving Berlin died in New York City at the age of 101.

Berlin was born Israel Beilin on May 11, 1888, in Russia.  He was one of eight children of a Russian-Jewish cantor.  In 1893, his family moved to New York City in search of a better life.

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This Day in History… September 21, 1866

Buffalo Soldiers 

US #2818 was issued in conjunction with the Seventh National Convention of the Afro-American Postal Leaders United for Success.

On September 21, 1866, the 9th and 10th Cavalry units and the 38th, 39th, 40th, and 41st Infantry units (later consolidated as the 24th and 25th Infantry) were formed.  The units were comprised entirely of black soldiers – the first to serve in a peacetime army.  They would come to be known as Buffalo Soldiers.

These two cavalry regiments and four infantry regiments were created by President Andrew Johnson and Congress after freed black slaves had proven their bravery during the Civil War.

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