This Day in History… March 15, 1938

Merchant Marines

US #939 was issued to honor the Merchant Marine’s role in WWII. Click image to order.

On March 15, 1938, the Merchant Marine Cadet Corps was established.  Merchant Marines transport cargo and passengers in peacetime and are called upon in times of war to deliver troops and supplies wherever needed.

America’s Merchant Marines traces its roots to the colonial era and first entered combat during the Revolutionary War.  On June 12, 1775, a group of citizens who had learned about the fighting at Lexington and Concord captured the British schooner HMS Margaretta.  The British refused to surrender, and instead gave the Americans an ultimatum – either load the ships with lumber to build British barracks in Boston or starve (the British had much-needed supplies on other ships).  The citizens instead chose to fight.

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This Day in History… March 14, 1997

Experimental Linerless Coil Stamps

US #3132 paid the first-class, presort letter rate. Click image to order.

On March 14, 1997, the USPS issued two linerless coil stamps on a small scale to test the potentially money-saving format.

Throughout the 1990s, self-adhesive stamps grew in popularity for their convenience.  So the USPS began looking for ways to produce the stamps more efficiently.

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This Day in History… March 13, 1961

Alliance for Progress

US #1234 was issued on the second anniversary of the forming of the Alliance for Progress. Click image to order.

On March 13, 1961, President John F. Kennedy announced the Alliance for Progress to provide economic and social aid to Latin America.

When John F. Kennedy first took office in January 1961, relations between the US and Latin America were at a record low.  At the time, the republics in Latin America were unsatisfied with the assistance they received after World War II.  They felt that because they had increased their production during the war and kept prices low, they should receive economic assistance similar to that being given in Europe and Japan.  In addition to these tensions, the rise of communism was a growing threat.

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This Day in History… March 12, 1947

Truman Doctrine

US #1862 was issued for Truman’s 100th birthday. Click image to order.

On March 12, 1947, President Harry S. Truman introduced his Truman Doctrine, a foreign policy aimed at reducing Soviet expansion during the Cold War.

The doctrine came as a result of a pair of crises in Turkey and Greece.  In the wake of World War II, the Soviets had pressured Turkey to allow Russian shipping to pass freely through the Turkish Straights.  When Turkey refused, tensions rose in the UK and later the US provided economic and military aid.

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This Day in History… March 11, 1977

First Se-Tenant Booklet Stamps

US #1623Be – The se-tenant pair from the booklet. Click image to order.

On March 11, 1977, the USPS issued its first se-tenant stamps in booklet form.

The booklet was issued at the INTERPEX stamp show in New York City.  It was the 19th annual exhibition and it marked the first time in several years that the US and UN issued stamps at the show.

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This Day in History… March 10, 1804

Three Flags Day

US #1020 depicts the signing of the purchase on April 30, 1803. Click image to order.

On March 10, 1804, the US flag was raised over St. Louis, marking the completion of the Louisiana Purchase.  This day, along with March 9, is known as Three Flags Day.

In the early 1800s, Napoleon Bonaparte sought to create a great French empire in the New World.  The center of the empire was to be the nation of Hispaniola.  Napoleon envisioned that the Mississippi Valley would be the trade center of the new empire, shipping food and supplies from America to Hispaniola.

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