This Day in History… June 9, 1978

CAPEX ‘78

Canada #756a – Canada’s first souvenir sheet, issued for CAPEX. Click image to order.

On June 9, 1978, Canada opened its second international stamp exhibition, CAPEX ’78 (CAnadian Philatelic EXhibition). The first time had been in 1951.

The exhibition was held to mark the 100th anniversary of Canada joining the Universal Postal Union (UPU).  The UPU was established in 1874 to make sending international mail easier. Canada joined the organization on July 1, 1878.

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This Day in History… June 8, 1867

Happy Birthday, Frank Lloyd Wright

US #1280 was issued on Wright’s 99th birthday. Click image to order.

Architect Frank Lloyd Wright was born Frank Lincoln Wright on June 8, 1867, in Richland Center, Wisconsin.

When Wright was a child, his mother was convinced he would build beautiful buildings, so she did much to encourage him.  In 1876, she visited the Centennial Exhibition in Philadelphia where she saw educational blocks known as Froebel Gifts.  She purchased a set for Wright who spent hours playing with the geometric blocks, and later said they had a strong influence on him.

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This Day in History… June 7, 2002

Heroes of 2001 Semi-Postal

US #B2 was issued on this day in 2002. Click image to order.

On June 7, 2002, the USPS issued the Heroes of 2001 Semi-Postal stamp.

Following the September 11 terrorist attacks, many people wanted to help the families of those emergency workers who were killed or critically injured responding to the attacks.  On November 12, 2001, Congress passed the 9/11 Heroes Stamp Act of 2001.  The act permitted the USPS to produce a semi-postal stamp to raise money for these families.

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This Day in History… June 6, 1944

Allies Storm Normandy On D-Day

US #2838c was issued on the 50th anniversary of D-Day. Click image to order.

On June 6, 1944, some 155,000 Allied troops stormed the shores of Normandy on D-Day, the start of Operation Overlord.

Following the invasion of Poland in 1939 that sparked the start of World War II, German troops moved swiftly through Belgium and the Netherlands to France.  There, they trapped British, French, and Belgian troops, who were eventually saved in the Dunkirk evacuation.  However, France was soon occupied by German troops and would remain so for five years.

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This Day in History… June 5, 1910

Death of O. Henry

US #4705 – Henry was the 18th honoree in the Literary Arts Series. Click image to order.

On June 5, 1910, American author O. Henry died in New York City.

The famed author was born William Sydney Porter on September 11, 1862, in Greensboro, North Carolina.  He loved to read from an early age, with some of his favorites including One Thousand and One Nights and Anatomy of Melancholy.

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This Day in History… June 4, 1979

American Architecture Series

US #1779-82 – The first block in the series.  Click image to order or choose different formats or First Day Covers.

On June 4, 1979, the USPS issued the first block of four stamps in the American Architecture Series.

The series was created to honor the evolution of American architecture over the last two centuries.  Walter D Richards designed all of the stamps and each includes the name of the architect, their birth and death years, and the name of the building.

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