This Day in History

This Day in History… January 4, 1896

Birth of Everett Dirksen 

US #1874 was issued on Dirksen’s 85th birthday.  

Statesman Everett McKinley Dirksen was born on January 4, 1896, in Pekin, Illinois.

Born to German immigrants, Dirksen had a fraternal twin and another brother.  His father died when he was just nine years old.  The Dirksen family farm was on the outskirts of Pekin in an area known as Beantown because they grew beans instead of flowers.

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This Day in History… January 3, 1938

US #1087 was designed to symbolize the struggle against polio.  

March of Dimes 

On January 3, 1938, President Franklin Roosevelt established the National Foundation for Infantile Paralysis, later renamed the March of Dimes.

In the early 1900s, polio affected thousands of American children every summer.  Found in contaminated food and water, it was easily transmitted and mostly affected children.

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This Day in History… January 2, 1884

Birth of Oscar Micheaux

US #4464 is the 33rd stamp in the Black Heritage Series.

Author, director, and producer Oscar Devereaux Micheaux was born on January 2, 1884, in Metropolis, Illinois. 

Micheaux was born on a farm, but his parents moved the family to a nearby city to give their children a better education.  This was short-lived, however, as money troubles sent them back to the farm.  Micheaux became restless and frequently got himself in trouble.  As a result, his father sent him back to the city to do marketing.

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This Day in History… January 1, 1932

US #704 was based on a miniature painting by Charles Willson Peale in 1777.

Washington Bicentennial 

On January 1, 1932, the US Post Office Department issued a set of 12 stamps honoring the 200th anniversary of George Washington’s birth.

The Post Office officially announced their plans for the set of stamps in November 1930.  Early on, they had grand ideas for the set.

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This Day in History… December 31, 1783

Birth of Thomas Macdonough

US #791 honors Macdonough and his ship Saratoga. It also honors Stephen Decatur and his ship United States.

Thomas Macdonough (born McDonough) Jr. was born on December 31, 1783, in New Castle County, Delaware.  The town in which he was born was later named McDonough in his honor. 

Macdonough worked as a clerk until 1800 when he joined the navy as a midshipman aboard the USS Ganges.  His first term of service brought him the West Indies.  After the Quasi-War with France ended, Macdonough was assigned to the USS Constellation for service in the Mediterranean Sea. 

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This Day in History… December 30, 1873

US #937 was issued the year after Smith died.

Birth of Alfred E. Smith 

Alfred Emanuel Smith was born on December 30, 1873, in New York City, New York.

Smith’s father was a Civil War veteran who had fought with the 11th New York Fire Zouaves.  When Smith was 13, his father died.  After this, he dropped out of school to work at a fish market to help support the family.

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