This Day in History… December 27, 1947

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It’s Howdy Doody Time! 

On December 27, 1947, Howdy Doody made his television debut on Puppet Playhouse.  Howdy Doody was one of the first TV programs made for children and produced in color.

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This Day in History… December 26, 1805

Pennsylvania Academy of Fine Arts 

US #1064 was issued for the 150th anniversary of the academy. Click the picture to buy.

On December 26, 1805, the Pennsylvania Academy of Fine Arts was founded – the first and oldest art museum and art school in the country.  The Academy was the brainchild of artist Charles Willson Peale, sculptor Benjamin Rush, and other artists and businessmen.

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This Day in History… December 25, 1821

Birth of Clara Barton

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American Red Cross founder Clara Barton was born on December 25, 1821, in North Oxford, Massachusetts.

Barton’s father was a local militiaman who instilled in her a sense of patriotism and human interest.  She attended school at the age of three where she excelled in reading and spelling.

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This Day in History… December 24, 1923

First National Christmas Tree 

US #1240 was the second US Christmas stamp. Click the image to buy.

On December 24, 1923, President Calvin Coolidge lit the first national Christmas tree outside the White House.

Benjamin Harrison was reportedly the first US president to decorate the White House with a Christmas tree.  He set one up inside for his family and White House visitors to enjoy in 1889.

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This Day in History… December 23, 1986

First Non-Stop Non-Refueled Flight Around the Globe 

US #C44 was issued for the 75th anniversary of the Universal Postal Union. Click picture to buy.

On December 23, 1986, Dick Rutan and Jeana Yeager completed the first non-stop flight around the world without refueling.

As far back as the 1500s, daring explorers have sought to circumnavigate the globe.  In the 1520s, a crew of 18 was the first to circle the globe by the sea in a single expedition.  The journey took a little over three years.

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This Day in History… December 22, 1696

Birth of James Oglethorpe 

US #726 – Georgia settlement bicentennial picturing Oglethorpe.  Click picture to buy.

On December 22, James Oglethorpe, founder of the colony of Georgia, was born.

Born in Surrey, England, Oglethorpe briefly attended Corpus Christi College before joining the army of Prince Eugene of Savoy. Oglethorpe served as the prince’s aide-de-camp and served with distinction during the Austro-Turkish War of 1716-18.

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