This Day in History… September 3, 1964

The Wilderness Act

US #5298l features the Maroon Bells-Snowmass Wilderness in Colorado. Click image to order.

On September 3, 1964, President Lyndon Johnson signed the Wilderness Act.  The act protected 9 million acres from development and created the National Wilderness Preservation System that consists of more than 111 million acres today.

There has long been a debate over the protection of wilderness areas.  Wilderness is defined as “an area where the earth and community of life are untrammeled by man, where man himself is a visitor who does not remain.”

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This Day in History… September 2, 1988

First U.S. Combination-Process Coil

US #2281 was issued on this day in 1988. Click image to order.

On September 2, 1988, the USPS issued its first coil stamp printed by two totally different procedures.

The stamp pictured a honeybee.  Years earlier, in 1980, the USPS had issued a 15¢ stamped envelope picturing a honeybee with a pair of orange blossoms.  However, the light color of the printing on the white envelope was barely visible and many bee enthusiasts were disappointed.

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This Day in History… September 1, 1875

Birth of Edgar Rice Burroughs

US #4702 was issued in Tarzana, California. Click image to order.

Author Edgar Rice Burroughs was born on September 1, 1875, in Chicago, Illinois. 

The son of a Civil War veteran, Burroughs was descended from several Revolutionary War fighters.  He was also related to at least seven people that signed the Declaration of Independence, including John Adams, his third cousin, four times removed.

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This Day in History… August 31, 1908

Happy Birthday, William Saroyan

US #2538 from the Literary Arts Series.

Author William Saroyan was born on August 31, 1908, in Fresno, California.

The son of Armenian immigrants, Saroyan and his siblings were placed in an orphanage when he was three following his father’s death, while their mother searched for a job.  Five years later, they were reunited with her after she found work in a cannery. 

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This Day in History… August 30, 1963

The Moscow-Washington Hotline

US #1287 from the Prominent Americans Series.

On August 30, 1963, the first message was sent on the Moscow-Washington hotline.

In the early 1960s, several people pushed for a direct line of communication between US and Soviet leaders, two of the world’s superpowers.  There was some pushback from members of the US State Department and military as well as the Kremlin, so no action was taken immediately.

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This Day in History… August 29, 1960

Fifth World Forestry Congress

US #1156 was issued on this day in 1960.

On August 29, 1960, the Fifth World Forestry Congress opened in Seattle, Washington.

The World Forestry Congress is the largest meeting of members of the world’s forestry sector.  It’s a place where forestry professionals discuss conservation, management, and forest policies.  It allows nations to exchange information and ideas on an international scale.

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