This Day in History

This Day in History… March 8, 1930

Death of William Howard Taft

U.S. #687 – Taft was the only person to serve as President and Chief Justice of the Supreme Court.

William Howard Taft was born September 15, 1857, near Cincinnati, Ohio.

As a student at Yale College in New Haven, Connecticut, he was a member of the Livonian Society, a literary and debate group. After graduating second in his class in 1878, he attended Cincinnati Law School.

From an early age, Taft had great aspirations to serve on the Supreme Court, so he embarked on a career in law. Admitted to the Ohio bar, he served as assistant prosecutor of Hamilton County, and then local collector of Internal Revenue. After marrying his long-time sweetheart, Helen Herron, he was appointed a judge of the superior court of Cincinnati. In 1890, at age 32, he became the youngest-ever solicitor general of the United States. The following year, he began his service on the new U.S. Court of Appeals for the Sixth Circuit. At the same time, he also spent four years as a professor of constitutional law and served as the first dean at the University of Cincinnati.

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This Day in History… March 7, 1876

Alexander Graham Bell Patents Telephone

U.S. #893 – Bell stamp from the 1940 Famous Americans Series.

On March 7, 1876, Alexander Graham Bell received the patent for the telephone.

Alexander Graham Bell was born in Edinburgh, Scotland, on March 3, 1847. His father taught speech and invented “Visible Speech,” a type of written code that made it easier for deaf mutes to learn to speak.

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This Day in History… March 6, 1906

Happy Birthday Lou Costello

U.S. #2566 – Abbott and Costello were honored in the 1991 Comedians set.

Louis Francis Cristillo (known as Lou Costello) was born on March 6, 1906, in Paterson, New Jersey.

From an early age, Costello was a talented athlete. He was especially good at basketball, and was once reportedly crowned the New Jersey state free throw champion. (He later used his basketball talents in Here Come the Co-Eds, when he performed his own hoop shots without special effects.) Costello also had brief success as a boxer under the name “Lou King.”

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This Day in History… March 5, 1922

Annie Oakley Shatters Women’s Trap Shooting Record

U.S. #2869d – Oakley stamp from 1994 Legends of the West sheet.

On March 5, 1922, Annie Oakley broke all existing records for women’s trap shooting.

Born Phoebe Ann Mosey in Ohio in 1860, Annie Oakley learned to shoot at an early age. She showed remarkable skill with guns and would often shoot and sell wild game to local restaurants to help support her impoverished family. When an admirer suggested she compete against professional marksman Frank Butler in a shooting exhibition, 15-year-old Annie reluctantly agreed. To the cheers of the amazed crowd she defeated Butler on the last shot, 25 to 24. The two sharpshooters married in 1876. Taking the stage name Oakley, she toured with vaudeville shows and circuses.

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This Day in History… March 4, 1791

Vermont Becomes 14th State

U.S. #643 pictures one of the famed Green Mountain Boys.

On March 4, 1791, Vermont was admitted to the Union.

Vermont served mainly as a hunting ground for the tribes of Algonquian Indians before white settlement. France’s Samuel de Champlain was one of the first Europeans to explore the Vermont area. He reached Lake Champlain, which bears his name, in 1609.

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This Day in History… March 3, 1845

Florida Becomes 27th State

U.S. #1271 commemorates the 400th anniversary of Spain’s establishment of the first European settlement in the U.S.

On March 3, 1845, Florida joined the Union.

Scientists have dated burial mounds found along Florida’s western coast at more than 10,000 years old. There were about 350,000 Native Americans living in the Florida region when the first European explorers arrived. These Indians belonged to five main groups: the Calusa, the Tequesta, the Ais, the Timucua, and the Apalachee.

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