This Day in History… December 28, 1973

Endangered Species Act 

U.S. #B4 – US semi-postal that raised funds for Wildlife Without Borders.

On December 28, 1973, President Richard Nixon signed the Endangered Species Act into law in an effort to protect threatened species from extinction.

Throughout the late 1800s and early 1900s, people around the globe grew increasingly concerned about the plight of animals nearing extinction. As the bison neared extinction and the passenger pigeon disappeared, people began calling for wildlife conservation. Proponents of the conservation movement introduced the larger American public to the idea of extinction.

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This Day in History… December 27, 1980

Great Americans Series 

U.S. #1859 was issued on this day in 1980.

On December 27, 1980, the USPS issued the first stamp in the Great Americans Series, which would go on to become the longest-running US definitive series.

The Great Americans Series was created to replace the Americana Series, which had begun in 1975. The new series would be characterized by a standard Definitive size, simple design, and monochromatic colors.

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This Day in History… December 26, 1919

The Curse of the Bambino 

U.S. #2046 was issued for the 50th anniversary of the All-Star Game.

On December 26, 1919, Babe Ruth was sold to the New York Yankees, ushering in the long-standing superstitious Curse of the Bambino.

Born in 1895, George Herman “Babe” Ruth – sometimes called “the Bambino” – was one of the most popular and talented players in baseball history. He began his career as a pitcher for the Boston Red Sox, but longed to play every day.

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This Day in History… December 25, 1758

First Predicted Sighting of a Comet

Uganda #489 honors Halley and the 1986 appearance of the comet.

On December 25, 1758, Halley’s Comet became the first comet to be seen after accurately predicting its passage.

Some of the first recorded sightings of Halley’s Comet date back to 240 BC. The comet was seen and recorded by the Chinese, Babylonians, and medieval Europeans, none of whom recognized it as a reappearance. Rather, they thought they were seeing different comets.

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This Day in History… December 24, 1809

Birth of Kit Carson 

U.S. #2869n from the Legends of the West set.

Christopher Houston Carson was born December 24, 1809, in Richmond, Kentucky.

Carson’s father nicknamed him “Kit” and taught him all the skills for frontier living. As a teenager, Carson was an apprentice to a saddle maker in Franklin, Missouri. Customer’s tales of adventure lured him to the Wild West.

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This Day in History… December 23, 1867

Birth of Madam C.J. Walker 

U.S. #3181 – Walker was the 21st honoree in the Black Heritage series.

Sarah Breedlove, better known as Madam C.J. Walker, was born on December 23, 1867, in Delta, Louisiana.

Breedlove was one of six children born to Louisiana sharecroppers and the first one to be born free after the Emancipation Proclamation was signed. Both of her parents died by the time she was seven years old, leading the orphan to move to Vicksburg, Mississippi, where she became a domestic worker.

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