This Day in History… June 28, 1577

Birth of Peter Paul Rubens

Germany #1250 pictures a Rubens self-portrait. Click image to order. 

Flemish artist Peter Paul Rubens was born on June 28, 1577, in Siegen, Nassau-Dillenburg, Holy Roman Empire. 

Rubens was born to a Protestant family that had fled their home to escape religious persecution.  He later converted to Catholicism, and religion figured prominently in much of his work. 

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This Day in History… June 27, 1880

Birth of Helen Keller 

US #1824 was issued on Keller’s 100th birthday.

Helen Adams Keller was born on June 27, 1880, in Tuscumbia, Alabama.

Keller was born with the ability to see and hear but lost both senses when she was 19 months old to scarlet fever or meningitis.  Over time she developed her own system of about 60 home signs.  She could also identify people walking to a room by the vibrations in their footsteps.

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This Day in History… June 26, 1948

The Berlin Airlift

US #3211 was issued on the 50th anniversary of the start of the airlift.

On June 26, 1948, the first supply-filled planes departed bases in England and Western Germany as part of the Berlin Airlift.

After Germany was defeated in World War II, the country was divided into four zones and occupied by the Soviet Union, the US, France, and the UK.  Berlin, the capital, was located 100 miles inside the Soviet-controlled section.  At the time of the partitioning of Germany, no formal agreements were reached assuring rail, road, and canal access to Berlin from the democratic west.

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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 that taxes had been paid on the sale or transfer of shares or certificates of stock.  A temporary tax has been placed on stock transfers several times since the Civil War.  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, 1908

Death of President Grover Cleveland

US #564 was from the last series of flat-plate printed stamps. Click image to order.

America’s 22nd and 24th president, Grover Cleveland, died on June 24, 1908, in Princeton, New Jersey.

Stephen Grover Cleveland was born in Caldwell, New Jersey, on March 18, 1837.  He was a distant relative of General Moses Cleveland, the namesake of Cleveland, Ohio.  The future president was named after the first pastor of his father’s church.  However, he preferred to go by his middle name of Grover later in life.

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This Day in History… June 23, 2004

The Art of Disney Series

US #3865-68 honors the Art of Disney: Friendship.

On June 23, 2004, the USPS issued the first stamps in its Art of Disney Series.

Disney had previously been featured on two US stamps. One in 1968, honored Walt Disney himself.  Another was issued in 1998 as part of the Celebrate the Century Series, which pictured a scene from Snow White.  It was honoring the film because it was the nation’s first feature-length animated film.

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