This Day in History

This Day in History… March 9, 1847

Siege of Veracruz 

US #153 – National Bank Note Printing.

On March 9, 1847, the US launched its first large-scale amphibious assault during the Siege of Veracruz.

The battle was part of the Mexican-American War, which began in May 1846.  The war largely stemmed from the US annexation of Texas and the Texan border.  Major General Zachary Taylor led US forces in a string of victories at Palo Alto, Resaca de la Palma, and Monterrey. 

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This Day in History… March 8, 1914

Happy International Women’s Day 

US #3189j – From the Celebrate the Century: 1970s sheet.

On this day in 1914, International Women’s Day was first celebrated on March 8.

One of the first known celebrations of a National Women’s Day was held on February 28, 1909, in New York.  The event was organized by the Socialist Party of America at the request of suffragist Theresa Malkiel.

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This Day in History… March 7, 1850

Birth of Thomas Masaryk 

US #1147 was issued on Masaryk’s 110th birthday.

Tomáš Garrigue Masaryk was born on March 7, 1850, in Hodonín, Austrian Empire (present-day Czech Republic).

Masaryk was born into a poor, working-class family, but was able to attend grammar school and eventually the University of Vienna.  In 1876, he graduated with a PhD, and by 1882, he was working as a professor of philosophy at Charles University of Prague.

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This Day in History… March 6, 1836

Remember the Alamo!

US #1043 – The Alamo has been called the “Shrine of Texas Liberty”

On March 6, 1836, the Battle of the Alamo came to a tragic end.

Around 1718, the Spanish built a mission, San Antonio de Valero, in San Antonio.  The mission, which consisted of a monastery and church surrounded by a high wall, later came to be known as “the Alamo,” after the Spanish word for the cottonwood trees that surrounded it.  The people of Texas occasionally used the mission as a fort.

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This Day in History… March 5, 1853

Birth of Howard Pyle 

US #3502h pictures Pyle’s 1905 painting, An Attack on a Galleon.

Illustrator and author Howard Pyle was born on March 5, 1853, in Wilmington, Delaware.

Pyle had an interest in drawing and writing from a very young age.  He attended private schools but had little interest in academics.  Luckily, his parents encouraged his creativity and his desire to study art.

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This Day in History… March 4, 1902

Founding of AAA

US #1007 was issued for the AAA’s 50th anniversary.

The American Automobile Association (AAA) was founded on March 4, 1902, in Chicago, Illinois. 

In the early 1900s, poor road conditions wreaked havoc on cars.  In an effort to improve these roads and get new ones created, a group of nine automobile clubs banded together to form the American Automobile Association.

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