This Day in History

This Day in History… January 17, 1706

Happy Birthday Benjamin Franklin 

US #1 features a Franklin portrait that had previously been used on banknotes.

Benjamin Franklin was born on January 17, 1706, in Boston, Massachusetts Bay Colony.

Franklin was the son of a soap and candle maker.  As a youth, he learned these trades but found them unsatisfactory.  So he became an apprentice to his brother James, a printer, at the age of 12.  It was in this apprenticeship that Franklin started what he considered his primary, lifelong occupation – printing.

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This Day in History… January 16, 1786

Virginia Statute for Religious Freedom 

US #1099 was issued for the 300th anniversary of the “Flushing Remonstrance.”

On January 16, 1786, Virginia enacted Thomas Jefferson’s Statute for Religious Freedom.

Since the first British settlers arrived in Virginia in 1607, the official church of the colony had been the Church of England.  Citizens were required to attend the church’s services and pay taxes to support the ministers.

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This Day in History… January 15, 1902

Founding of the 4-H Club

US #1005 was issued on this day in 1952.

On January 15, 1902, one of the first clubs to resemble the 4-H club was founded in Ohio.

In the late 1800s, it wasn’t uncommon for individuals and groups to create clubs for children to help them appreciate farming and nature.  While it’s unclear who was the first to create such a group, 4-H Club recognizes A.B. Graham as one of the early founders.

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This Day in History… January 14, 1784

Ratification Day 

US #2052 was issued for the 200th anniversary of the Treaty of Paris. Click the image to order.

On January 14, 1784, the Confederation Congress ratified the Treaty of Paris, officially ending the American Revolutionary War.

In 1782, it became apparent to the British that the Colonies would soon win their independence.  Negotiations began in Paris that April.  John Adams, Benjamin Franklin, and John Jay represented the United States and Davis Hartley, a member of the parliament, spoke on behalf of King George III.

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This Day in History… January 13, 1832

Birth of Horatio Alger 

US #2010 pictures some of Alger’s “rags to riches” characters. Click the image to order.

Horatio Alger, Jr. was born in Chelsea, Massachusetts, on January 13, 1832.

Alger was the son of a Unitarian minister and his forefathers had settled Plymouth, attended the Constitutional Convention, and fought in the War of 1812.

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This Day in History… January 12, 1983

Return of Official Mail Stamps 

US #O127 was issued on this day in 1983.  Click the image to order.

On January 12, 1983, Official Mail stamps were issued for the first time in 72 years.

The roots of Official stamps stretch back nearly 200 years.  In 1791, Congress met and passed an act establishing post offices and routes in the United States. One of the clauses of the act allowed for franking privileges.

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