This Day in History

This Day in History… April 3, 1860

Inaugural Run of the Pony Express 

US #113 from the popular Pictorial issue.

On April 3, 1860, the Pony Express made its first trip from St. Joseph, Missouri, to Sacramento, California.

In 1860, mail contractor Ben Holladay joined forces with the Russell, Majors, and Waddell freight company to create a mail-carrying operation that would be faster and more efficient than the stagecoaches of the Butterfield Overland Mail. At that time, it could take months for mail to be delivered to the unsettled West by stagecoach.

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This Day in History… April 2, 1805

Birth of Hans Christian Andersen 

US #3914 from the Art of Disney series.

Danish author Hans Christian Andersen was born on April 2, 1805, in Odense, Funen, Kingdom of Denmark-Norway.

Andersen was an only child whose father claimed to have come from nobility, though there is no evidence of this. His father instilled in Andersen an appreciation for literature from an early age, in particular by reading him Arabian Nights.

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This Day in History… April 1, 1700

Happy April Fools’ Day 

US #3903b – Many scholars believe April Fools’ Day is connected to unexpected nature and joy that Spring brings.

On April 1, 1700, pranksters in England popularized the annual tradition of playing jokes on each other on April Fools’ Day.

The origins of April Fools’ Day are unclear. There are several possible roots in different countries that may have led to April Fools’ Day.

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This Day in History… March 31, 1951

Postal Note Stamps 

US #PN1 – The first Postal Note stamp.

On March 31, 1951, Postal Note stamps were discontinued after just six years of use.

Postal Note stamps were first introduced on February 1, 1945. They were used in a similar manner to money orders to send smaller amounts of money to anyone in the mainland Unites States.

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This Day in History… March 30, 1842

Happy National Doctors’ Day 

US #875 – Classic First Day Cover.

March 30 is celebrated as National Doctor’s Day in the United States to commemorate Dr. Crawford W. Long’s use of ether for the first time on this date in 1842.

Crawford Williamson Long was born on November 1, 1815, in Danielsville, Georgia. The son of a senator, merchant, and planter, Long was named after Georgia statesman William H. Crawford.

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This Day in History… March 29, 1638

Founding of New Sweden 

US #C117 was issued on this day in 1988.

On March 29, 1638, the New Sweden Colony was established, encompassing parts of present-day Delaware, New Jersey, and Pennsylvania.

In the 1600s, Sweden was a significant world power, with possessions including Finland, parts of Poland, Latvia, Estonia, Lithuania, Germany, and the Soviet Union. After hearing of the success the British and Dutch had in North America, Sweden sought to expand its territorial holdings.

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