September 2020

This Day in History… September 30, 1972

Roberto Clemente’s 3,000th Hit 

US #2097 was issued one day after Clemente’s 50th birthday.

On September 30, 1972, Roberto Clemente scored his 3,000th hit on the very last regular season at-bat of his career.

Roberto Clemente was born on August 18, 1934, in Barrio San Antón, Carolina, Puerto Rico.  The youngest of seven children, he grew up helping his father in the sugar fields and loading and unloading trucks.

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This Day in History… September 29, 1899

Founding the VFW

US #1525 – The VFW’s seal makes use of the Cross of Malta, which dates back to the Crusades.

On September 29, 1899, the Veterans of Foreign Wars (VFW) was founded in Columbus, Ohio.

As with many wars, soldiers returning from the Spanish-American War had a difficult time readjusting to civilian life.  Those who were disabled during battle or as a result of tropical diseases found little assistance from the government.  There were no hospitals dedicated to treating veterans, no specialized medical care or veterans’ pensions.  They were left to fend for themselves.

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This Day in History… September 28, 1901

Happy Birthday Ed Sullivan 

US #4414j – from the Early TV Memories Sheet

Legendary TV personality Ed Sullivan was born on September 28, 1901, in Harlem, New York City.

Sullivan grew up in a musical household, with someone always singing or playing the piano.  Sullivan was a gifted athlete, playing football, basketball, baseball, and track.

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This Day in History… September 27, 1962

Rachel Carson’s Silent Spring 

US #1857 was issued a day after Carson’s 74th birthday.

On September 27, 1962, Rachel Carson published the book Silent Spring, which inspired a massive environmental movement in the United States.

Rachel Carson, the “mother of the modern environmental movement” was born in Springdale, Pennsylvania.  After graduating from the Pennsylvania College for Women, she worked for the US Fish and Wildlife Service.  There she wrote for radio and various publications.

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This Day in History… September 26, 1820

Death of Daniel Boone

US #1357 was issued on the 148th anniversary of Boone’s death.

On September 26, 1820, famed American pioneer and explorer Daniel Boone died in St. Charles County, Missouri.

Boone was born on November 2, 1734, in Berks County, Pennsylvania.  Though he had little formal education, his father taught him to be a skilled hunter and how to survive in the woods.  When he was 15, the family moved to North Carolina, and Boone began selling his furs to local traders.

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This Day in History… September 25, 1920

Disabled American Veterans

US #1421-22 were issued to mark the 50th anniversary of the DAV.

On September 25, 1920, the Disabled American Veterans (DAV) was officially established at a national social welfare organization.

Returning home after World War I, many disabled veterans were at a major disadvantage and received little governmental help.  Many were blind, deaf, or mentally affected by their service.  Some 204,000 American soldiers had been wounded in the war.  Across the country, small groups of disabled veterans formed as social clubs or to raise money for those that couldn’t support themselves.

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