This Day in History… March 27, 1912

Cherry Trees Planted Along the Potomac

US #4651-52 was issued for the 100th anniversary of this event.

On March 27, 1912, US First Lady Helen Taft and wife of the Japanese ambassador Viscountess Chinda planted two Yoshina cherry trees on the northern bank of the Potomac River. The plantings were in celebration of the Japanese gift of 3,020 cherry trees to the US government.

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This Day in History… March 26, 1827

Death of Beethoven 

Maldives Islands #669 was issued for the 150th anniversary of Beethoven’s death.

On March 26, 1827, legendary composer and pianist Ludwig van Beethoven died in Vienna, Austria.

Beethoven’s exact birthdate is unknown, though some historians believe he was born on December 16, 1770, in Bonn, Germany. He was baptized on December 17, and at the time, it was customary for children to be baptized the day after they were born.

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This Day in History… March 25, 1745

Birth of John Barry

US #790 pictures Barry and ship the Lexington.

Naval officer John Barry was born on March 25, 1745, in Tacumshane, Ireland.

When Barry was a child, his family was evicted from their home and moved to Rosslare on the coast of Ireland. There Barry’s uncle worked on a fishing skiff and he discovered his love of the sea and decided he would spend his life on the water, with his first job being a ship’s cabin boy.

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This Day in History… March 24, 1855

Birth of Andrew Mellon 

US #1072 was issued for Mellon’s 100th birthday.

Andrew William Mellon was born on March 24, 1855, in Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania.

The son of a successful banker and judge, Mellon attended the Western University of Pennsylvania but left before finishing his degree. Mellon’s father recognized his son’s financial abilities at an early age and helped him establish a lumber and coal business. Before long, the younger Mellon made it profitable and he was soon invited to join his father’s banking firm, T. Mellon & Sons.

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This Day in History… March 23, 1699

Birth of John Bartram 

US #3314 pictures Franklinia, which Bartram discovered with his son.

Botanist John Bartram was born on March 23, 1699, in Darby, Pennsylvania Colony.

Born into a Quaker farm family, Bartram had little formal education, aside from attending a small local school. From a young age, he had an interest in medicine and medicinal plants.

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This Day in History… March 22, 1941

The Grand Coulee Dam

US #1009 was issued for the 50th anniversary of Federal assistance in the West managing the resources of local rivers and streams.

On March 22, 1941, the Grand Coulee Dam first began producing power.

The Grand Coulee is a very old riverbed on the Columbia Plateau. As early as 1892, there were discussions of a possible plan to build a 1,000-foot dam across the Columbia River. However, that would have meant a reservoir would extend into Canada, which violated treaties.

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