This Day in History

This Day in History… June 25, 1886

Happy Birthday Henry “Hap” Arnold

US #2191 from the Great Americans Series.

General of the Air Force Henry “Hap” Arnold was born on June 25, 1886, in Gladwyne, Pennsylvania. 

After graduating from high school, Arnold had intended to go to Bucknell University to enter the Baptist ministry.  However, after his older brother refused to take the entrance exam for West Point, in opposition to their father, he took the test himself and placed second on the list.

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This Day in History… June 24, 1904

First Canal Zone Stamps Issued

US #CZ2 – One of the first stamps issued for use in the Canal Zone.

On June 24, 1904, the US issued its first stamps for use in the Canal Zone.

With military assistance from the United States, Panama declared its independence from Columbia on November 3, 1903.  The Hay–Bunau-Varilla Treaty was negotiated, then ratified in Panama on December 2, 1903.  The United States followed suit on February 23, 1904, clearing the way for a long-anticipated canal project across the Panama isthmus.

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This Day in History… June 23, 1961

Antarctic Treaty

US #1431 was issued on the 10th anniversary of the treaty going into effect.

On June 23, 1961, the Antarctic Treaty went into effect.

Following the 1950 International Council of Scientific Unions meeting, several scientists proposed an International Geophysical Year for 1957-58.  It was predicted there would be exceptional solar activity during that time, allowing for some research that could not otherwise be conducted.

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This Day in History… June 22, 1946

First Airmail Carried by Jet

US #3921 – The Shooting Star was the first US Air Force plane to exceed 500 miles per hour in level flight and the first American mass-produced turbojet aircraft.

On June 22, 1946, US Airmail was carried by jet for the first time.

The flight was planned as part of the 1946 General Electric Air Show.  The air show had been staged to dedicate GE’s new Flight Test Center at the Schenectady County Airport in Glenville, New York. 

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This Day in History… June 21, 1859

Birth of Henry O. Tanner

US #1486 from the American Arts Series.

Artist Henry Ossawa Tanner was born on June 21, 1859, in Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania. 

Tanner was the son of an African Methodist Episcopal minister. His parents had escaped slavery on the Underground Railroad as children.  They gave him the middle name “Ossawa” in honor of the Kansas town Osawatomie, where abolitionist John Brown fought a battle against the pro-slavery Border Ruffians.

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This Day in History… June 20, 2018

First U.S. Scratch-and-Sniff Stamps

US #5285 – The set of 10 stamps was issued on this day in 2018.

On June 20, 2018, the USPS issued America’s first scratch-and-sniff stamps. 

Scratch-and-sniff technology actually dates back to the 1960s.  At the time, researchers at 3M and NCR Corporation sought improved ways to hold ink in tiny pockets on paper for use in carbon copies and register receipts. 

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