This Day in History

This Day in History… April 3, 1898

Birth of Henry Luce

US #2935 was issued on Luce’s 100th birthday.

Magazine magnate Henry Robinson Luce was born on April 3, 1898, in Tengchow, Shandong, China.

Luce spent much of his childhood in China where his parents were Presbyterian missionaries.  He attended Chinese and English boarding schools until he was 15, at which point he was sent to the Hotchkiss School in Connecticut.

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This Day in History… April 2, 1805

Birth of Hans Christian Andersen 

US #3914 from the Art of Disney series.

Danish author Hans Christian Andersen was born on April 2, 1805, in Odense, Funen, Kingdom of Denmark-Norway.

Andersen was an only child whose father claimed to have come from nobility, though there is no evidence of this.  His father instilled in Andersen an appreciation for literature from an early age, in particular by reading him Arabian Nights.

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This Day in History… April 1, 1945

Battle of Okinawa 

U.S. #2981c from the WWII 1945: Victory at Last sheet.

On April 1, 1945, the Battle of Okinawa began.

By the spring of 1945, the Allies’ successful island-hopping campaign had brought them to the Ryukyu Islands, about 350 miles from Japan. Air bases on the islands, including Okinawa, could be used in the planned attack on the mainland.

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This Day in History… March 31, 1927

Happy Birthday, César Chávez

US #3781 was issued on the 10th anniversary of Chávez’s death in 2003.

César Estrada Chávez was born on March 31, 1927, in Yuma, Arizona.

When Chávez was 10, his grandmother died and the local government auctioned off the family’s farmstead to pay for back taxes.  Chávez and his family then made their way to California.  They moved around California quite a bit, finding work as agricultural laborers.  On weekends, Chávez joined his family in this work. 

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This Day in History… March 30, 1842

Happy National Doctors’ Day 

US #875 from the Famous American Scientists issue. 

March 30 is celebrated as National Doctor’s Day in the United States to commemorate Dr. Crawford W. Long’s use of ether for the first time on this date in 1842.

Crawford Williamson Long was born on November 1, 1815, in Danielsville, Georgia.  The son of a senator, merchant, and planter, Long was named after Georgia statesman William H. Crawford.

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This Day in History… March 29, 1638

Founding of New Sweden 

US #C117 was issued on this day in 1988.

On March 29, 1638, the New Sweden Colony was established, encompassing parts of present-day Delaware, New Jersey, and Pennsylvania.

In the 1600s, Sweden was a significant world power, with possessions including Finland, parts of Poland, Latvia, Estonia, Lithuania, Germany, and the Soviet Union.  After hearing of the success the British and Dutch had in North America, Sweden sought to expand its territorial holdings.

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