This Day in History… January 12, 1932

First Woman Elected to the U.S. Senate 

US #3431 – The first self-adhesive stamp in the Distinguished Americans series.

On January 12, 1932, Hattie Caraway became the first women elected to serve in the United States Senate.

Born in Bakerville, Tennessee, on February 1, 1878, Hattie Wyatt earned a Bachelor of Arts degree from Dickson (Tennessee) Normal College in 1896.  She taught school for a few years before marrying Thaddeus Caraway in 1902.

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This Day in History… January 11, 1935

Another Notable Earhart Flight 

US #C68 was issued on Earhart’s 66th birthday.  Click the image to buy.

On January 11, 1935, Amelia Earhart became the first person to fly solo from Hawaii to California.

Born in 1897, Amelia Earhart had a love of adventure from a young age.  She became fascinated with flight after riding a roller coaster as a child and first rode in a plane in 1920.

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This Day in History… January 10, 1776

Paine’s Common Sense Published 

US #1292 from the Prominent Americans series.  Click the image to buy.

On January 10, 1776, Common Sense, a persuasive pamphlet encouraging Americans to declare independence from Great Britain, was published anonymously.

Common Sense was written by Englishman Thomas Paine, who was born in Thetford, Norfolk, England, on February 9, 1737. Paine worked as a stay-maker (creating the rope stays used on sailing ships), customs and excise officer, tobacco shop owner, and teacher.

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This Day in History… January 9, 1793

First Flown Letter in America

US #2032-35 were issued for the 200th anniversary of the first balloon flight.  Click the image to buy.

On January 9, 1793, Jean-Pierre Blanchard carried the first letter by hot air balloon in America.

By 1793, Blanchard was well-known as a balloon aviator.  He made the first flight across the English Channel, which was also the first time mail was ever carried by air (we shared this tale on January 7).  He also made the first balloon flights in Belgium, Germany, the Netherlands, and Poland.

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This Day in History… January 8, 1963

Alaska’s Final Dog Sled Mail Route 

US #2135 from the Transportation Series. Click the image to buy.

On January 8, 1963, Chester Noongwook made his final trip delivering mail in Alaska via dog sled.

Mail delivery in Alaska has long been more of a challenge than in other parts of the United States.  The extreme temperatures and long stretches of undeveloped land in the 1800s made mail delivery difficult.

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This Day in History… January 7, 1785

First Known Mail Delivered by Air 

US #2530 from the Mini-scapes Series.

On January 7, 1785, mail was carried by an air vehicle for the first time.

The honor of flying that first airmail delivery went to Jean-Pierre Blanchard of France.  Blanchard was a balloon flight pioneer.

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