September 2017

This Day in History… September 12, 1953

Wedding of John and Jackie Kennedy 

Item #M10701 was issued for the 50th anniversary of Kennedy’s election.

On September 12, 1953, John F. Kennedy married Jacqueline Bouvier.

Coming from an affluent family, Jackie Bouvier learned to ride a horse when she was just a year old and by age 11 had already won several national championships. She then attended Vassar College in New York, studying history, literature, art, and French.

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This Day in History… September 11, 1777

Washington Defeated at Brandywine 

U.S. #3403f from the Stars and Stripes issue.

On September 11, 1777, George Washington’s forces lost the battle of Brandywine.

In August 1777, the British fleet sailed down the east coast from New Jersey to Maryland. They landed about 50 miles from the American capital of Philadelphia, Pennsylvania, which they planned to capture.

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This Day in History… September 10, 1851

Death of Thomas Gallaudet 

U.S. #1861 from the Great Americans series.

Deaf education pioneer, Thomas Gallaudet died on September 10, 1851.

Thomas Hopkins Gallaudet was born on December 10, 1787, in Philadelphia, Pennsylvania. From a young age he wanted to be a priest, but also considered other vocations. He graduated from Yale University at 17 before earning his master’s degree there three years later.

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This Day in History… September 9, 1969

First Man on the Moon Stamp

U.S. #C76 was issued on this day in 1969.

On September 9, 1969, the U.S. Post Office issued its first ever jumbo-sized commemorative stamp.

Plans for a commemorative stamp honoring the 1969 moon landing were extremely secretive. Few people were involved in the process and there was virtually no paperwork. And the stamp wasn’t even announced to the public until July 9, 1969, a week before the launch of Apollo 11. As the postmaster general announced that day, “Apollo 11 will mark America’s first mail run to the moon.”

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This Day in History… September 8, 1954

Formation of SEATO 

U.S. #1151 was issued to coincide with SEATO’s sixth conference in 1960.

On September 8, 1954, eight nations signed the Southeast Asia Collective Defense Treaty, or Manila Pact, creating the Southeast Asia Treaty Organization (SEATO).

President Dwight D. Eisenhower directed his Secretary of State John Foster Dulles to establish the agreement to combat communism in Vietnam, Laos, Cambodia, and Southeast Asia in general. This was part of the Truman Doctrine established by his predecessor to counter Soviet expansion during the Cold War.

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This Day in History… September 7, 1936

Happy Birthday Buddy Holly

U.S. #2729 from the Legends of American Music issue.

Buddy Holly was born Charles Hardin Holley on September 7, 1936, in Lubbock, Texas.

The fourth and youngest child in his family, Holly’s mother called him “Buddy” from an early age. He learned to play piano, fiddle, and guitar very young and his parents supported his musical ambitions.

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