This Day in History

This Day in History… August 28, 1963

March On Washington And Martin Luther King, Jr’s “I Have A Dream” Speech

US #4804 was issued for the 50th anniversary of the march. Click image to order.

As African Americans struggled against segregation and mistreatment, Civil Rights leaders organized the March on Washington for Jobs and Freedom on August 28, 1963.

Tensions ran high during the 1960s as segregation and violence against African Americans were spreading unchecked in the South.  Civil rights demonstrations calling for equality swept the nation.  The most famous was the March on Washington for Jobs and Freedom.

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This Day in History… August 27, 1859

First Major Commercial Oil Well in the U.S. 

US #1134 was issued on the 100th anniversary of this event. Click image to order.

On August 27, 1859, Edwin Drake struck oil near Titusville, Pennsylvania, establishing America’s first commercially viable oil well.

While the Drake Well is often called the first commercial oil well, there are a few other wells that also hold this claim in Azerbaijan, Ontario, West Virginia, and Poland.  The Drake Well is considered significant though, because previous oil wells were used for drilling for salt brine and the oil was more of an accidental byproduct. Continue reading

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This Day in History… August 26, 1873

Birth of Lee de Forest 

US #C86 from the Electronics Progress Issue. Click image to order.

Lee de Forest was born on August 26, 1873, in Council Bluffs, Iowa. 

De Forest was descended from Jesse de Forest, who’d led a group of Walloon Huguenots from Europe in the 1600s.  His father was a minister who hoped that his son would become a pastor, but he went to Yale’s Sheffield Scientific School instead. 

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This Day in History… August 25, 1918

Happy Birthday, Leonard Bernstein

US #3521 – The First Day ceremony for this stamp was held at the New York Philharmonic.

Leonard (Louis) Bernstein was born on August 25, 1918, in Lawrence, Massachusetts.  His grandmother had insisted his name be Louis, but his parents always called him Leonard and he legally changed his name to Leonard when he was 15. 

Bernstein had a love of music from a young age.  His family got an old piano from a family member that enabled him to learn to play at home.  He had several teachers over the years and could play entire operas and Beethoven symphonies as a child.

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This Day in History… August 24, 1890

Happy Birthday, Duke Kahanamoku

US #3660 was issued on Duke’s 112th birthday. Click image to order.

Duke Paoa Kahinu Mokoe Hulikohola Kahanamoku (also known as “The Duke” and “The Big Kahuna”) was born on August 24, 1890, in Haleʻākala, Honolulu, Kingdom of Hawaii.  His family was related to the Kamehamehas, who’d led Hawaii for several years – his family was considered lower-ranking nobles.

When he was three, his family moved to Kālia, Waikiki to be closer to his extended family.  He grew up with five brothers, three sisters, and 31 cousins.  Duke attended school there but didn’t graduate, instead leaving school to help support his family. 

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Do you know what’s special about these stamps?

This Day in History…  August 23, 1969

US #1376-79 were issued the day before the congress opened.

On August 23, 1969, the US Post Office issued a set of four stamps for the 11th International Botanical Congress (IBC).

They were the first US stamps that honored flora from each of the four corners of the United States.  They were also the first to include Latin names.

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