This Day in History… September 11, 1913

Birth of Bear Bryant

US #3148 was issued at the Paul W. Bryant Museum in Tuscaloosa, Alabama.

Football star and coach Paul William “Bear” Bryant was born on September 11, 1913, in Moro Bottom, Arkansas.

Bryant received his nickname when he was 13 years old and had agreed to wrestle a captive bear for a carnival promotion. While his mother wanted him to be a minister, he knew he wanted to be a coach.

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This Day in History… September 10, 1813

The Battle of Lake Erie 

U.S. #4805 pictures Perry in a small boat transferring from his flagship to the Niagara.

U.S. #4805 pictures Perry in a small boat transferring from his flagship to the Niagara.

On September 10, 1813, Oliver Hazard Perry won an important War of 1812 victory on Lake Erie.

Shortly after the United States declared war in 1812, Great Britain seized control of Lake Erie; already having two ships in service there – the Queen Charlotte and the General Hunter. At the time, the Americans only had one ship on the lake, the USS Adams, which was later captured by the British when they took Detroit.

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This Day in History… September 9, 1941

Birth of Otis Redding

US #2728 from the Legends of American Music issue.

Otis Ray Redding, Jr., was born on September 9, 1941, in Dawson, Georgia.

Redding enjoyed singing from an early age, participating in the local church choir and learning to play guitar, piano, and drums. By the time he was in his teens, he was earning $6 to perform gospel songs on the radio.

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This Day in History… September 8, 1932

Birth of Patsy Cline

US #2772 from the Legends of Country Music issue.

Patsy Cline was born Virginia Patterson Hensley on September 8, 1932, in Winchester, Virginia.  When she was 13, she was hospitalized for a throat infection and rheumatic fever, which she said gave her a “booming voice like Kate Smith.”

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This Day in History… September 7, 1860

Happy Birthday Grandma Moses 

US #1370 was issued for Senior Citizen’s Month. It pictures a painting Moses completed when she was 91 years old.

American folk artist Anna Mary Robertson Moses (popularly known as Grandma Moses) was born on September 7, 1860, in Greenwich, New York.

Moses was the third of ten children born to a farmer. She attended a one-room schoolhouse, which is now the Bennington Museum in Vermont that hosts the largest collection of her art in the world.

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This Day in History… September 6, 1860

Birth of Jane Addams 

US #878 from the Famous Americans series.

Social worker Jane Addams was born on September 6, 1860, in Cedarville, Illinois.

The eighth of nine children, Adams was the daughter of a local political leader, Civil War officer, and friend of Abraham Lincoln.  She graduated from the Rockford Female Seminary as valedictorian in 1881.

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