This Day in History

This Day in History… October 28, 1942

The Alaska Highway 

US #2635 was issued for the highway’s 50th anniversary.

On October 28, 1942, construction was completed on the 1,700-mile Alaska Highway.

In the 1920s, people began proposing a highway from the lower 48 states, through Canada, to Alaska.  The Canadian government refused to offer funds for its construction because it would have benefited only the small population of the country’s Yukon Territory.  Support increased in both Canada and the US toward the end of the decade, but the Great Depression hit and there was no money for such a program.

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This Day in History… October 27, 1913

First US International Philatelic Exhibition 

An Overprinted Cinderella printed to promote the show.

On October 27, 1913, the US hosted its first International Philatelic Exhibition (IPEX).

Stamp shows had been held in other countries as early as 1870.  And in 1889, the US held its first stamp exhibition at the Eden Musee in New York City. Others would follow, but none in the US were international events until 1913.

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This Day in History… October 26, 1940

First Flight of the P-51 Mustang

US #3142a from the Classic American Aircraft sheet.

On October 26, 1940, the P-51 Mustang completed its first flight.

In April 1940, the British government sought to purchase planes from American manufacturers.  At the time, the Curtiss P-40 Tomahawk was the best American fighter aircraft in production, however, the Curtiss-Wright plant was working at capacity.

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This Day in History… October 25, 1881

Birth of Pablo Picasso 

Russia #4993 was issued for Picasso’s 100th birthday.

Pablo Ruiz Picasso was born on October 25, 1881, in Málaga, Spain.

The son of a painter, Picasso showed a talent for art from an early age.  When he was seven, his father gave him formal drawing and painting lessons.  Soon, Picasso was so occupied with his art, it distracted him from his schoolwork.

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This Day in History… October 24, 1931

George Washington Bridge 

US #1012 was issued for the 100th anniversary of the founding of the American Society of Civil Engineers. It pictures a covered bridge and the George Washington Bridge.

On October 24, 1931, the George Washington Bridge was dedicated, officially opening to traffic the next day.

During the Revolutionary War, the area where the bridge stands now was home to Fort Washington in New York and Fort Lee in New Jersey.  Washington had used these forts in his efforts to prevent a British occupation of New York City but ultimately evacuated Manhattan through these forts.

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This Day in History… October 23, 1910

First Public Flight by an American Female Aviator

US #C99 – Scott was known as the “Tomboy of the Air.”

On October 23, 1910, Blanche Scott became the first American female pilot to make a public flight.

Blanche Stuart Scott was born on April 8, 1884, in Rochester, New York.  An adventurous tomboy from a young age, she would take her father’s car out for joy rides when she was just 13 years old.  Her parents hoped to “cure” her tomboy habits and sent her to finishing school, though it had little effect.

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