This Day in History… March 25, 1961

USS Arizona Benefit Concert

US #4873 from the American Landmarks series.  Click image to order.

On March 25, 1961, Elvis Presley led a benefit concert to raise funds for the USS Arizona Memorial that helped to reinvigorate fundraising for the project.

Twenty years earlier, the Arizona was sunk during the devastating attack on Pearl Harbor that had sprung America into World War II.  The Arizona lost 1,177 of its crew – about half the lives lost that day.

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This Day in History… March 24, 1663

The Carolina Charter 

US #1230 was issued for the 300th anniversary of the Carolina Charter. 

On March 24, 1663, King Charles II approved the Carolina Charter, granting land in America to a group of eight Englishmen.  

British attempts to settle the North Carolina area began decades earlier.  In 1585, Sir Walter Raleigh established a colony at Roanoke Island – the first English colony in America.  Each of his attempts at settlement failed and after his benefactor Queen Elizabeth I died, her successor refused to give him any more chances.  

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This Day in History… March 23, 1909

Teddy Roosevelt Departs for African Safari 

US #1039 from the Liberty Series.

On March 23, 1909, former president Teddy Roosevelt set sail from New York City for a joint expedition with the Smithsonian Institution.

Roosevelt’s term as president ended on March 4, 1909. At 50 years old, he was America’s youngest former president. Roosevelt was anxious to take a break from politics and get out of Washington, DC. At the time, the Smithsonian was building what would become the Museum of Natural History and would need exhibits. Roosevelt, ever a fan of natural history, decided to go on an African safari sponsored by the museum to collect specimens.

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This Day in History… March 22, 1941

James Stewart Goes to War

US #4197 – Stewart was the 13th honoree in the Legends of Hollywood Series. Click image to order.

On March 22, 1941, James Stewart was inducted into the US Army, making him the first major US movie star to don a military uniform during World War II.

James Stewart developed an early interest in flying and got his pilot’s license in 1938.  Around that same time, he worked with other celebrities to establish Thunderbird Field, a pilot training school in Arizona.

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This Day in History… March 21, 1918

German Spring Offensive

US #537 was issued in 1919 to commemorate the Allied victory in the war.

On March 21, Germany launched its Spring Offensive in the hopes of tipping the scales of the war before American troops and supplies could reach the front.

German plans for the Spring Offensive began as early as November 1917.  The offensive, also known as Kaiserschlacht (Kaiser’s Battle), was planned and executed by German General Erich Ludendorff, with little input from the German government or Field Marshal Paul von Hindenburg.

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This Day in History… March 20, 1928

Happy Birthday, Mr. Rogers

US #5275 was issued for Rogers’ 90th birthday.

Fred McFeely Rogers was born on March 20, 1928, in Latrobe, Pennsylvania.

Rogers was a shy, introverted child, who often spent time at home alone playing with puppets.  He also suffered from asthma, which also kept him at home.  Rogers would spend his time creating his own world with his toys.

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