This Day in History

This Day in History… November 5, 1852

American Society of Civil Engineers

US #1012 was issued for the ASCE’s 100th anniversary.  Click the image to order.

On November 5, 1852, the American Society of Civil Engineers was founded in New York City.

Civil engineers are responsible for the design, construction, and maintenance of dams, bridges, roads, canals, and railroads.  Some of the first calls for a professional society of civil engineers came in 1828 when John Kilbourn created his short-lived Civil Engineering Journal.  Inspired by Great Britain’s Institution of Civil Engineers, he suggested the US create its own organization. 

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This Day in History… November 4, 1986

Northern Marianas Becomes U.S. Territory

US #2804 was issued on the 7th anniversary of the Northern Marianas receiving full territory status.

On November 4, 1986, the Northern Marianas became a territory of the United States. 

An expedition led by Spanish explorer Ferdinand Magellan in 1521 was the first European contact with the native Chamorro.  Magellan landed on Guam, explored the neighboring islands, and called the group the “Islands of the Lateen Sails,” named after the out-rigger sailboats used by the natives. 

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This Day in History… November 3, 1793

Happy Birthday Stephen Austin

U.S. #776 pictures Stephen F. Austin, Sam Houston, and the Alamo.

US #776 pictures Stephen F. Austin, Sam Houston, and the Alamo. Click the image to order. 

Stephen Fuller Austin was born on November 3, 1793, in Wythe County (present-day Austinville), Virginia.  When he was four years old, Austin’s father, Moses, moved the family west to Potosi, Missouri, to join a lead-mining site.

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This Day in History… November 2, 1795

Birth of James K. Polk 

US #816 from the Presidential series.

James Knox Polk was born on a farm in Pineville, North Carolina, on November 2, 1795.

Small and sickly, Polk was spared hard farm chores but did learn to help his father manage and survey land.  In 1815, he entered the University of North Carolina.  He graduated at the top of his class.  After just one year of study, he was admitted to the bar in 1820 to practice law.  Polk opened a thriving law practice in Tennessee.

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This Day in History… November 1, 1962

First U.S. Christmas Stamp 

US #1205 was issued on this day in 1962.

On November 1, 1962, the US Post Office issued its first-ever Christmas stamp, starting a popular tradition that continues to this day.

There’s some debate as to which country issued the first-ever Christmas stamp.  Canada often gets the honor for its 1898 issue that pictured a map and had the inscription “XMAS 1898.”  In the coming years, other nations issued stamps with similar holiday inscriptions, and eventually with religious or holiday-themed designs.

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This Day in History… October 31, 1941

Mount Rushmore is Complete

US #2523 pictures the flag over Mount Rushmore. Click the image to order.

On October 31, 1941, work on Mount Rushmore was completed 14 years after it began.

In 1923, historian Doane Robinson recognized the amount of tourism sites like Yellowstone and Yosemite National Parks generated for their respective states.  He then came up with the idea to sculpt a mountain to promote tourism in South Dakota.  Robinson’s initial vision was to honor heroes of the American West such as George Armstrong Custer, Meriwether Lewis, William Clark, and the Sioux Chief Red Cloud.

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