This Day in History… August 11, 1819

Birth of Martin Johnson Heade

US #3872 pictures Heade’s 1890 painting Giant Magnolias on a Blue Velvet Cloth.

Artist Martin Johnson Heade was born on August 11, 1819, in Lumberville, Pennsylvania.

The son of a shopkeeper, Heade got his first training from nearby folk artist Edward Hicks.  Heade’s first known painting was a portrait he made in 1839. He lived in Rome, Italy, for two years to continue his training.

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This Day in History… August 10, 1848

Birth of William Harnett 

US #1386 pictures Harnett’s painting Old Models.

Artist William Michael Harnett was born on August 10, 1848, in Clonakilty, County Cork, Ireland.

Harnett was born during the potato famine in Ireland and his family moved to America shortly after his birth.  His parents, a shoemaker and a seamstress, settled the family in Philadelphia, Pennsylvania.

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This Day in History… August 9, 2001

American Treasures Series 

US #3524-27 features the designs of quilts created in Lancaster County, Pennsylvania.

On August 9, 2001, the USPS inaugurated the American Treasures series with the issue of four stamps depicting Amish quilts.

In announcing the new stamp series, the USPS stated, “US postage stamps honor significant people, major events, and lasting achievements.  Yet sometimes, people just want beautiful stamps.”

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This Day in History… August 8, 2008

Opening of the 2008 Summer Olympics

US #4334 was issued in June 2008 to commemorate the Beijing Olympics.

The Games of the XXIX Olympiad opened in Beijing, China, on August 8, 2008.

A total of five cities vied to host the 2008 Olympics.  Beijing was selected as the host city at a meeting of the International Olympic Committee on July 13, 2001.

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This Day in History… August 7, 1904

Birth of Ralph Bunche 

US #1860 from the Great Americans series.

Ralph Johnson Bunche was born on August 7, 1904, in Detroit, Michigan.

In his youth, Bunche and his family moved around a bit, spending time in Toledo, Ohio; Albuquerque, New Mexico; and Los Angeles, California.  He was a bright student, a member of the debate team, and the valedictorian of his high school class.

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This Day in History… August 6, 1965

Voting Rights Act of 1965

US #3937b features a photo of young protesters at the Selma March.

On August 6, 1965, President Lyndon B. Johnson signed the Voting Rights Act into law, prohibiting racial discrimination in voting.

The 15th and 19th Amendments to the United States Constitution granted black citizens the right to vote.  However, Southern registration boards used poll taxes, literacy tests, and other strategies to deny this right.

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