This Day in History

This Day in History… October 5, 1848

Happy Birthday Edward Trudeau

US #3432A was the 11th stamp in the Distinguished Americans Series.

Physician Edward Livingston Trudeau was born on October 5, 1848, in New York City.

Born into a family of physicians, Trudeau was named after statesman Edward Livingston.  Livingston helped draft the Louisiana Civil Code of 1825 and was US secretary of State from 1831 to 1833.

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This Day in History… October 4, 1648

First Volunteer Firemen in America

US #971 was issued for the 300th anniversary of this event and pictures Peter Stuyvesant.

On October 4, 1648, the first volunteer fire department in North America was established in what would become New York City. 

In America’s early colonial days, fires were all too common, especially in the large cities of Boston, New York, and Philadelphia.  As a result, these cities made major strides in fire prevention that saved countless lives and homes. 

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This Day in History… October 3, 1900

Birth of Thomas Wolfe

US #3444 was issued on Wolfe’s 100th birthday.

Novelist Thomas Clayton Wolfe was born on October 3, 1900, in Asheville, North Carolina.

Wolfe was the youngest of eight siblings.  His father was a stone carver and his mother ran a series of boarding houses, eventually becoming a successful real estate speculator.  Wolfe grew up in one of these boarding houses until he went to the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill in 1916.

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This Day in History… October 2, 1869

Happy Birthday Mahatma Gandhi

US #1174 – Gandhi was the 10th honoree in the Champions of Liberty Series.

Mohandas Karamchand Gandhi was born on October 2, 1869, in Porbandar, India.

The son of a government minister, Gandhi was a shy child.  His parents were Vaishnava Hindus, and the region he grew up in had a large population of Jains that tinged their religious practices.  The religions promoted non-violence, fasting, meditation, and vegetarianism.  His mother was particularly rigorous in her beliefs.  Despite this, he went through a rebellious adolescent phase following his arranged marriage at the age of 13 – occasionally eating meat, smoking and stealing.

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This Day in History… October 1, 1890

Yosemite National park

US #740 pictures El Capitan, a 7,564-foot high granite peak.

On October 1, 1890, Yosemite National Park was officially established.

The first humans to visit the Yosemite area arrived about 10,000 years ago, and it was first settled around 3,000 years ago.  By 1200 AD, the area’s main inhabitants were the Sierra Miwoks, though other Miwok, Monos, and Shoshone tribes visited often to trade.

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This Day in History… September 30, 1972

Roberto Clemente’s 3,000th Hit 

US #2097 was issued one day after Clemente’s 50th birthday.

On September 30, 1972, Roberto Clemente scored his 3,000th hit on the very last regular season at-bat of his career.

Roberto Clemente was born on August 18, 1934, in Barrio San Antón, Carolina, Puerto Rico.  The youngest of seven children, he grew up helping his father in the sugar fields and loading and unloading trucks.

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