This Day in History

What war ended hostilities 66 years ago?

This Day in History…  July 27, 1953

US #3187e from the Celebrate the Century series. Click image to order.

On July 27, 1953, the Korean Armistice Agreement was signed, bringing about the end of fighting in the Korean War.

The war had begun on June 25, 1950, when North Korea invaded South Korea.  The US and the UN quickly joined in to support South Korea and eventually the Chinese would join the north.

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This Day in History… July 26, 1971

Launch of Apollo 15

US #1434-35 were issued to coincide with the flight of Apollo XV and to mark the 10th anniversary Alan Shepard becoming the first American in space. Click image to order.

On July 26, 1971, Apollo 15 was launched, bringing the fourth American crew to the Moon’s surface.

Apollo 15 would become the first of three extended missions to the moon, known as K missions.  The mission would be more focused on science than previous landings had been.  It also marked the first use of the lunar rover.

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This Day in History… July 25, 1750

Birth of Henry Knox 

U.S. #1851 was issued on Knox’s 235th birthday.

US #1851 was issued on Knox’s 235th birthday. Click image to order.

Henry Knox was born on July 25, 1750, in Boston, Massachusetts.

After his father abandoned the family, Henry, the family’s oldest son, left school and took a job as a clerk in a bookstore.  The shop’s owner, Nicholas Bowes, became a father figure to Knox.  But Knox was also caught up in Boston’s street gangs, becoming one of his neighborhood’s best fighters.  Then, one day he witnessed an impressive military demonstration and decided to join his local artillery company at age 18.

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This Day in History… July 24, 1783

Birth of Simón Bolivar 

US #1110 was issued on Bolívar’s 175th birthday. Click image to order.

Military and political leader Simón Bolívar was born on July 24, 1783, in Caracas, New Granada (present-day Venezuela).

Bolivar came from a wealthy family and moved to Spain in 1799 following the deaths of his parents. Bolívar was married in 1802, but his wife died the following year.  After that, he went to Europe and befriended Napoleon.  However, a few years later Napoleon named Joseph Bonaparte King of Spain, and its colonies (including Venezuela) and Bolívar joined in the growing resistance movement.

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This Day in History… July 23, 1793

Death Of Roger Sherman

US #1693 pictures Sherman at the signing of the Declaration of Independence. Click image to order.

Roger Sherman, the only man in US history to sign America’s four most important documents; the Articles of Association, the Declaration of Independence, the Articles of Confederation, and the Constitution, died on July 23, 1793.

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This Day in History… July 22, 1882

Birth of Edward Hopper

US #3236p – One of Hopper’s most famous paintings, Nighthawks. Click image to order.

Realist painter Edward Hopper was born on July 22, 1882, in Upper Nyack, New York.

Hopper displayed a talent for drawing by the time he was five.  His parents encouraged him to pursue art, buying him supplies and books.  By the time he was a teenager, Hopper was drawing and painting and making political cartoons.

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