This Day in History

This Day in History… June 3, 1904

Birth of Charles R. Drew

US #1865 was issued on Drew’s 77th birthday.

Doctor and medical researcher Charles R. Drew was born on June 3, 1904, in Washington, DC.

Drew grew up in DC’s Foggy Bottom neighborhood and graduated from Dunbar High School in 1922.  He was an accomplished athlete, earning an athletic scholarship to Amherst College in Massachusetts.  After graduating in 1926, he worked as a professor of chemistry and biology for two years at Morgan College in Baltimore.  He also served as their first Athletic Director and football coach, saving up money to go to medical school.

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This Day in History… June 2, 1863

Raid on Combahee Ferry

US #1744 – Tubman was the first honoree in the Black Heritage Series. Click image to order.

On June 2, 1863, Harriet Tubman helped lead a daring Union raid in South Carolina to free over 750 slaves.

After the outbreak of the Civil War, Union forces recognized the importance of capturing strategic ports, such as those in South Carolina.  In November 1861, they invaded Port Royal and captured most of Beaufort County and the Sea Islands.  Their actions led many plantation owners to flee, leaving behind their slaves.  The Union Army welcomed them and formed new regiments, such as the 2nd South Carolina Infantry, led by Colonel James Montgomery.

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This Day in History… June 1, 1909

Alaska-Yukon-Pacific Exposition

US #370 was issued on this day in 1909. Click image to order.

On June 1, 1909, the Alaska-Yukon-Pacific Exposition opened in Seattle, Washington.

The exposition had stemmed from an idea of Godfrey Chealander.  Chealander had worked on the Alaska Territory Exhibit at the 1905 Lewis and Clark Exposition in Oregon and wanted to build a permanent exhibit about Alaska in Seattle.

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This Day in History… May 31, 1926

The Sesquicentennial Expo

US #627 was issued earlier in May to advertise the expo. Click image to order.

On May 31, 1926, the Sesquicentennial International Exposition opened in Philadelphia, Pennsylvania.  It was planned to mark the 150th anniversary of the signing of the Declaration of Independence and the 50th anniversary of the 1876 Centennial Exposition.

John Wanamaker, who had helped plan the Centennial Expo, conceived of the idea for the world’s fair in 1916.  At that time, Philadelphia had gained a reputation for political corruption and Wanamaker believed that a world’s fair could help improve how people saw the city.

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This Day in History… May 30, 1962

Opening of the USS Arizona Memorial

US #4873 from the American Landmarks Series. Click image to order.

On May 30, 1962, the USS Arizona Memorial was officially opened to the public.

The secretary of the Navy gave the USS Arizona her name.  The ship took 15 months to complete and measured a staggering 608 feet long.  The Arizona was designed to travel at 21 knots, but during a trial run in September 1924 was clocked even faster.  The ship truly exceeded all expectations.

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This Day in History… May 29, 2004

National World War II Memorial

US #3862 was issued at the memorial’s dedication. Click image to order.

On May 29, 2004, George W. Bush led the official dedication ceremony for the National World War II Memorial in Washington, DC.

World War II veteran Roger Durbin first suggested the memorial in 1987.  He suggested the memorial to Representative Marcy Kaptur, who then introduced the World War II Memorial Act to the House of Representatives that December.  For several years she introduced similar legislation, but it wasn’t voted on.

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