This Day in History

This Day in History… October 8, 1890

Happy Birthday, Fast Eddie! 

US #2998 was issued for a new half-ounce rate for letters to countries other than Canada and Mexico.

Eddie Vernon Rickenbacker was born on October 8, 1890, in Columbus, Ohio.

Rickenbacker’s love of all things mechanical began in his childhood.  He was partly inspired by his father’s words, “a machine has to have a purpose.”  His experiments and fearlessness led to several near-death experiences early in life.  These included a run-in with a horse-drawn carriage and an accident while riding a cart down the slope of a mine.

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This Day in History… October 7, 1891

American Numismatic Association 

US #2558 was issued for the 100th anniversary of the ANA.

On October 7, 1891, the American Numismatic Association (ANA) was founded in Chicago, Illinois.

In the 1800s, Dr. George F. Heath enjoyed learning world history by studying his coin collection.  However, living in a small town in Michigan, it was hard for him to acquire new coins and meet fellow numismatists (coin collectors).  At the time, there were numismatic societies in larger cities, but they didn’t reach the smaller towns.

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This Day in History… October 6, 1852

American Pharmaceutical Association

US #1473 was issued for the 120th anniversary of the founding of the APhA.

On October 6, 1852, the American Pharmaceutical Association (APhA) was founded in Philadelphia, Pennsylvania.

In the mid-1850s, there were no laws regulating the pharmacy practice.  Patients were often given treatment based on their symptoms, instead of diagnosing a specific disease.  Anyone with enough money could open their own apothecary.

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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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