This Day in History… April 22, 1889

Oklahoma Land Run

US #1092 was issued in conjunction with Oklahoma’s Semi-Centennial Exposition, which ran from April 22 to November 16, 1957.

On April 22, 1889, the first land rush into the Unassigned Lands of Oklahoma kicked off at high noon.

After a great deal of pressure from “boomers,” whites who wanted Indian land opened for settlement, the government changed its policy.  On March 2, 1889, President Grover Cleveland signed the 1889 Indian Appropriations Act, buying three million acres of land in Oklahoma from the Creek and Seminole tribes.

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This Day in History… April 21, 1836

Battle of San Jacinto 

US #2204 was issued on the 150th anniversary of the creation of the Republic of Texas.

On April 21, 1836, Texan soldiers led a swift attack on an unsuspecting Mexican force at the Battle of San Jacinto.

The Texans and Mexicans had been at odds since the early 1830s.  Up to that time, Mexico had allowed Americans to form a colony in Texas, but it quickly grew to nearly 30,000 people.

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This Day in History… April 20, 1893

Birth of Harold Lloyd

US #2825 from the Silent Screen Stars issue.

Film star Harold Clayton Lloyd Sr. was born on April 20, 1893, in Burchard, Nebraska. 

Lloyd acted in local theaters as a child.  In 1910, his parents divorced and he moved with his father to San Diego, California.  By 1912, he was acting in one-reel comedy films. 

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This Day in History… April 19, 1897

The American Osteopathic Association

US #1469 was issued for the AOA’s 75th anniversary.

On April 19, 1897, the American Osteopathic Association was formed.

Dr. Andrew Still created the practice of osteopathic medicine.  Dr. Still had helped found Baker University, the first four-year university in Kansas.  He also served as hospital steward during the Civil War.

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This Day in History… April 18, 1942

Doolittle Raid

US #2697a from the World War II, 1942: Into the Battle sheet.

On April 18, 1942, Jimmy Doolittle led a daring raid against the Japanese in retaliation for the attack on Pearl Harbor.

Within weeks of Japan’s surprise attack on Pearl Harbor in December 1941, President Franklin D. Roosevelt urged US forces to retaliate.  Navy Captain Francis Low first suggested that twin-engine Army bombers could be launched from an aircraft carrier.

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This Day in History… April 17, 1897

Happy Birthday, Thornton Wilder

US #3134 was issued on Wilder’s 100th birthday.

Playwright and novelist Thornton Wilder was born on April 17, 1897, in Madison, Wisconsin.

Wilder was one of six children born to a newspaper editor turned US diplomat.  When his father was made US Consul General, the family moved to China, living in Hong Kong and Shanghai. 

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