This Day in History… June 26, 1898

Birth of Chesty Puller

US #3962 from the Distinguished Marines issue.

Lewis Burwell Puller was born on June 26, 1898, in West Point, Virginia.

As a child, Puller enjoyed listening to the tales of Civil War veterans and particularly idolized “Stonewall” Jackson. He had hoped to join in the Border War with Mexico in 1916, but he was too young and his mother wouldn’t consent to let him go.

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This Day in History… June 25, 1918

Stock Transfer Stamps 

US #RD1 – The first Stock Transfer stamp issued in 1918.

On June 25, 1918, Stock Transfer stamps were approved for use.

As the name suggests, Stock Transfer stamps were used to show taxes had been paid on the sale or transfer of shares or certificates of stock.  A temporary tax had been placed on stock transfers several times since the Civil War. Then the US placed a .2% tax on the sale or transfer of stocks in the Revenue Act of 1914.

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This Day in History… June 24, 1964

Death of Stuart Davis

US #1259 pictures Davis’ Detail Study for Cliché from 1957. He won a contest to have his art featured on this stamp.

One of America’s first modern artists, Stuart Davis died on June 24, 1964.

Stuart Davis was born on December 7, 1892, in Philadelphia, Pennsylvania.  The son of two artists, Stuart Davis was exposed to the creative world at an early age.

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This Day in History… June 23, 1961

Antarctic Treaty

US #1431 was issued on the 10th anniversary of the treaty going into effect.

On June 23, 1961, the Antarctic Treaty went into effect.

Following the 1950 International Council of Scientific Unions meeting, several scientists proposed an International Geophysical Year for 1957-58.  It was predicted there would be exceptional solar activity during that time, allowing for some research that could not otherwise be conducted.

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This Day in History… June 22, 1944

GI Bill 

US #3186i from the Celebrate the Century series.

On June 22, 1944, President Franklin Roosevelt signed the Servicemen’s Readjustment Act, also known as the GI Bill, into law.

When World War I veterans returned home, many had trouble finding jobs.  Thousands of them flooded the labor market and most struggled to make a living, even with the government programs available.

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This Day in History… June 21, 1850

Birth of Daniel Carter Beard

US #995 was the first US stamp honoring the BSA. It was issued on the opening day of the 1950 Boy Scout Jamboree.

Daniel “Uncle Dan” Beard was born on June 21, 1850, in Cincinnati, Ohio.

Beard was born into a family of artists and spent his childhood exploring and sketching the woods near his home in Covington, Kentucky.  There, he developed a love of nature and the outdoors that would one day lead him into writing and illustrating about the subject.

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