September 2017

This Day in History… September 6, 1893

Birth of Claire Chennault 

U.S. #2187 was issued on Chennault’s 97th birthday.

Claire Lee Chennault was born on September 6, 1893, in Commerce, Texas.

Chennault spent his early years in Louisiana, attended Louisiana State University, and joined the ROTC. He worked as a school principal until the outbreak of World War I, at which point he joined the Army Signal Corps. Chennault went on to fly with the Army Air Service during that war.

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This Day in History… September 5, 1905

Roosevelt Orchestrates End of War 

U.S. #557 – Click the images to buy the stamps and learn more.

On September 5, 1905, President Theodore Roosevelt mediated the Treaty of Portsmouth, ending the Russo-Japanese War.

Japan and Russia had been at odds for some time, with both nations staking a claim on Korea and Manchuria. Japan offered to recognize Russia’s dominance in Manchuria if Russia would recognize that Korea was under Japan’s influence. However, Russia refused and insisted that Korea north of the 39th parallel be a neutral buffer zone between the nations.

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This Day in History… September 4, 1882

Start of the Electrical Age 

U.S. #945 was issued for Edison’s 100th birthday.

On September 4, 1882, Thomas Edison began providing electricity to a portion of New York City, an event often considered the start of the electrical age.

Electric arc lighting had existed since the early 1800s, but the frequent need to replace carbon tips and bright light meant these were best used outside or in very large rooms. Throughout the 1800s, inventors experimented with incandescent electric lighting for use indoors.

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This Day in History… September 3, 1991

World War II 50th Anniversary Stamps 

U.S. #2559 was issued on this day in 1991.

On September 3, 1991, the USPS issued the first of five souvenir sheets (later classified as commemorative sheets) honoring the 50th anniversary of America’s entrance into World War II.

By the mid-1980s, Americans were already writing in to the Citizens’ Stamp Advisory Committee (CSAC) suggesting stamps honoring the upcoming anniversary of World War II. The challenge would be creating enough stamps to appropriately honor the war, while not adding an extra 100 stamps to each year’s schedule.

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This Day in History… September 2, 1884

Happy Birthday Frank Laubach 

U.S. #1864 was issued on Laubach’s 100th birthday.

Missionary Frank Charles Laubach was born on September 2, 1884, in Benton, Pennsylvania.

Laubach attended Princeton University and Union Theological Seminary before earning a PhD from Columbia University in 1915. That same year, he and his wife traveled to the Philippines to serve as Congregational missionaries with the American Board of Commissioners for Foreign Missions.

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This Day in History… September 1, 1923

First Modern First Day Cover 

U.S. #610 – The original perf. 11 Harding stamp issued on September 1.

On September 1, 1923, George Linn produced the first cacheted First Day Covers, giving birth to the modern FDC industry.

President Warren G. Harding died suddenly on August 2, 1923. He was beloved across the country at the time and three million mourners gathered to watch his funeral train pass by. The New York Times called it “the most remarkable demonstration in American history of affection, respect, and reverence for the dead.

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