This Day in History

This Day in History… September 9, 1941

Birth of Otis Redding

US #2728 from the Legends of American Music issue.

Otis Ray Redding, Jr., was born on September 9, 1941, in Dawson, Georgia.

Redding enjoyed singing from an early age, participating in the local church choir and learning to play guitar, piano, and drums. By the time he was in his teens, he was earning $6 to perform gospel songs on the radio.

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This Day in History… September 8, 1932

Birth of Patsy Cline

US #2772 from the Legends of Country Music issue.

Patsy Cline was born Virginia Patterson Hensley on September 8, 1932, in Winchester, Virginia.  When she was 13, she was hospitalized for a throat infection and rheumatic fever, which she said gave her a “booming voice like Kate Smith.”

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This Day in History… September 7, 1860

Happy Birthday Grandma Moses 

US #1370 was issued for Senior Citizen’s Month. It pictures a painting Moses completed when she was 91 years old.

American folk artist Anna Mary Robertson Moses (popularly known as Grandma Moses) was born on September 7, 1860, in Greenwich, New York.

Moses was the third of ten children born to a farmer. She attended a one-room schoolhouse, which is now the Bennington Museum in Vermont that hosts the largest collection of her art in the world.

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This Day in History… September 6, 1860

Birth of Jane Addams 

US #878 from the Famous Americans series.

Social worker Jane Addams was born on September 6, 1860, in Cedarville, Illinois.

The eighth of nine children, Adams was the daughter of a local political leader, Civil War officer, and friend of Abraham Lincoln.  She graduated from the Rockford Female Seminary as valedictorian in 1881.

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This Day in History… September 5, 1781

Battle of the Virginia Capes

US #1938 was issued for the 200th anniversary of the battle.

On September 5, 1781, French forces won a decisive victory at the Battle of the Virginia Capes.  The eventual siege of Yorktown was a success due to the joint efforts of the French fleet and the French and American troops on land.

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This Day in History… September 4, 1833

National Newspaper Carrier Day 

US #1015 pictures a boy delivering newspapers along with a hand holding a torch, symbolizing free enterprise.

On September 4, 1833, the first recorded newspaper boy was hired, an event celebrated today as National Newspaper Carrier Day.

In 1833, Benjamin Day, publisher of the New York Sun newspaper ran an ad looking for people to sell his papers.  It read, “A number of steady men can find employment by vending this paper.  A liberal discount is allowed to those who buy to sell again.”

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