September 2016

This Day in History… September 12, 1913

Birth Of Superstar Athlete Jesse Owens

U.S. #3185j – From the Celebrate the Century series.

U.S. #3185j – From the Celebrate the Century series.

Born on September 12, 1913, Jesse Owens broke several track and field records and won four Olympic gold medals. He was ranked as the greatest athlete in the history of his sport.

The youngest of ten children, Owens spent his childhood in Alabama and then Ohio. He took on various jobs as a child to help out the family, including delivering groceries, loading freight cars, and working in a shoe repair store. He discovered his passion for running at an early age, which eventually earned him national attention in high school when he tied the world record for the 100-yard dash.

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This Day in History… September 11, 2001

9/11 Terrorist Attacks And The Fate Of The Ground Zero Flag  

U.S. #B2 – This Semi-postal stamp raised funds to assist the families of emergency relief personnel killed or permanently disabled in the 9/11 terrorist attacks.

U.S. #B2 – This Semi-postal stamp raised funds to assist the families of emergency relief personnel killed or permanently disabled in the 9/11 terrorist attacks.

At 8:46 a.m. on the morning of September 11, 2001, American Airlines Flight 11 crashed into the North Tower of New York City’s World Trade Center, changing our world forever. Before the day was over, close to 3,000 people would lose their lives, and countless heroes would be made. From that day forward, the term “9/11” would symbolize both disaster and heroics.

One of the most enduring images of the day was captured by photographer Thomas E. Franklin, and is pictured on the U.S. semipostal stamp, #B2.

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This Day in History… September 10, 1813

The Battle of Lake Erie 

U.S. #4805 pictures Perry in a small boat transferring from his flagship to the Niagara.

U.S. #4805 pictures Perry in a small boat transferring from his flagship to the Niagara.

On September 10, 1813, Oliver Hazard Perry won an important War of 1812 victory on Lake Erie.

Shortly after the United States declared war in 1812, Great Britain seized control of Lake Erie; already having two ships in service there – the Queen Charlotte and the General Hunter. At the time, the Americans only had one ship on the lake, the USS Adams, which was later captured by the British when they took Detroit.

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This Day in History… September 9, 1850

California Admitted to the Union 

U.S. #1373 pictures the Carmel Mission belfry.

U.S. #1373 pictures the Carmel Mission belfry.

On September 9, 1850, California became America’s 31st state.

Long before Europeans first explored California, it was inhabited by as many as 300,000 Indians.  The Hupa and Pomo tribes lived in the north, the Maidu in the central region, and the Yuma in the south. Because of the region’s high mountains and vast deserts, these groups were isolated from one another, as well as from people farther east.

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This Day in History… September 8, 1966

Star Trek Premieres 

U.S. #3188e – From the Celebrate the Century series.

U.S. #3188e – From the Celebrate the Century series.

On September 8, 1966, the first episode of Star Trek premiered on television.

In the 1950s and 60s, Gene Roddenberry worked on a number of successful television shows, including several series about the Old West. A long-time fan of science fiction, he began to think about the idea of combining these two interests.

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This Day in History… September 7, 1927

Farnsworth’s First T.V. Demonstration

U.S. #2058 pictures Farnsworth and first television camera.

U.S. #2058 pictures Farnsworth and first television camera.

On September 7, 1927, inventor Philo T. Farnsworth made his first successful presentation of the “image dissector,” a crucial part of the first televisions.

Farnsworth was born August 19, 1906 in Beaver, Utah. He spent the first decade of his life in a small log cabin there, before his family moved to a relative’s 240-acre ranch near Rigby, Idaho.

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