This Day in History

This Day in History… December 29, 1812

Another Victory for Old Ironsides 

US #951 was issued for the Constitution’s 150th anniversary.

On December 29, 1812, the USS Constitution scored another American victory at sea in the War of 1812.

Named for the document that established our nation’s laws, the USS Constitution was built in a Boston shipyard between 1794 and 1797.  Its massive 204-foot-long oak hull was made from trees from Massachusetts, Maine, and Georgia.  The Constitution was launched on October 21, 1797.

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This Day in History… December 28, 1856

Birth of Woodrow Wilson 

US #623 was based on a photo from Wilson’s wife, likely taken during his second term. Click the image to buy.

Thomas Woodrow Wilson was born on December 28, 1856, in Staunton, Virginia, the third of four children.

Wilson’s family fiercely defended the Confederate cause, but also set up a Sunday school for their slaves. Reportedly, one of Wilson’s earliest memories was hearing Robert E. Lee say that Abraham Lincoln had been elected and that war was coming.

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This Day in History… December 27, 1947

US #4414d from the Early TV Memories sheet. Click the image to buy.

It’s Howdy Doody Time! 

On December 27, 1947, Howdy Doody made his television debut on Puppet Playhouse.  Howdy Doody was one of the first TV programs made for children and produced in color.

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This Day in History… December 26, 1805

Pennsylvania Academy of Fine Arts 

US #1064 was issued for the 150th anniversary of the academy. Click the picture to buy.

On December 26, 1805, the Pennsylvania Academy of Fine Arts was founded – the first and oldest art museum and art school in the country.  The Academy was the brainchild of artist Charles Willson Peale, sculptor Benjamin Rush, and other artists and businessmen.

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This Day in History… December 25, 1821

Birth of Clara Barton

US #967 was issued in Barton’s hometown of Oxford. Click the picture to buy.

American Red Cross founder Clara Barton was born on December 25, 1821, in North Oxford, Massachusetts.

Barton’s father was a local militiaman who instilled in her a sense of patriotism and human interest.  She attended school at the age of three where she excelled in reading and spelling.

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This Day in History… December 24, 1923

First National Christmas Tree 

US #1240 was the second US Christmas stamp. Click the image to buy.

On December 24, 1923, President Calvin Coolidge lit the first national Christmas tree outside the White House.

Benjamin Harrison was reportedly the first US president to decorate the White House with a Christmas tree.  He set one up inside for his family and White House visitors to enjoy in 1889.

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