This Day in History… May 29, 2004

National World War II Memorial

US #3862 was issued at the memorial’s dedication. Click image to order.

On May 29, 2004, George W. Bush led the official dedication ceremony for the National World War II Memorial in Washington, DC.

World War II veteran Roger Durbin first suggested the memorial in 1987.  He suggested the memorial to Representative Marcy Kaptur, who then introduced the World War II Memorial Act to the House of Representatives that December.  For several years she introduced similar legislation, but it wasn’t voted on.

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This Day in History… May 28, 1937

Opening of the Golden Gate Bridge

US #3185l – The bridge’s vibrant orange paint makes it easier to see through dense fog. Click image to order.

On May 28, 1937, the Golden Gate Bridge officially opened to traffic.

The Golden Gate is a narrow passage of water that connects San Francisco Bay to the Pacific Ocean.  Formed by the erosive water from the Sacramento and San Joaquin Rivers during the Ice Age, the deep channel features powerful tidal currents.  Dense fog forms over the region as cool, moist, ocean air travels inland and meets warmer temperatures.  The usual thick fog may help to explain why several seasoned explorers failed to discover the Golden Gate until 1769.

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This Day in History… May 27, 2006

Wonders of America Sheet

US #4033-72 was issued on this day in 2006. Click image to order.

On May 27, 2006, the USPS issued a stamp sheet honoring 40 American natural and man-made superlatives.

The stamps were issued in Washington, DC during the 2006 World Philatelic Exhibition.  While they don’t honor each of the 50 states specifically as previous large se-tenant sheets had, they do represent every region of the country. Continue reading

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This Day in History… May 26, 1928

First U.S. Airmail Booklet 

US #C10a – Spirit of St. Louis Booklet pane of 3.  Click image to order.

On May 26, 1928, the US issued its first-ever Airmail booklet – US #C10a.

Charles A. Lindbergh made history on May 20, 1927, when he embarked on the first solo non-stop flight across the Atlantic.  Completed in 33½ hours, the flight earned Lindbergh a number of honors, including a Legion of Honor from France and a Congressional Medal of Honor and a Distinguished Flying Cross from the United States.  He also became an instant celebrity.

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This Day in History… May 25, 1977

First Star Wars Movie

US #4143 was issued on this day in 2007. Click image to order.

On May 25, 1977, the first Star Wars film was released, marking the start of four decades of dedicated fandom.

In 1971, writer and director George Lucas sought to produce a film adaptation of the comic serial Flash Gordon, but he couldn’t get the rights.  Lucas then decided he would invent his own.  To find inspiration, he researched what had originally inspired Alex Raymond to write Flash Gordon.  This led him to the works of Edgar Rice Burroughs (John Carter of Mars) and Edwin Arnold (Gulliver on Mars).

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This Day in History… May 24, 1978

Performing Arts Series

US #1755 – 1978 13¢ Jimmie Rodgers.

On May 24, 1978, the USPS issued the first stamp in the Performing Arts Series, honoring Jimmie Rodgers.

The Jimmie Rodgers stamp was issued on May 24, 1978, in his hometown of Meridian, Mississippi.  The stamp issue coincided with the town’s annual Jimmie Rodgers Festival.  The stamp shows Rodgers as the “Singing Brakeman,” a character based on his previous experience on the railroad that he later also portrayed in a short film.  Called the “Father of Country Music,” Rodgers was the first person ever inducted into the Country Music Hall of Fame.

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