This Day in History… January 4, 1754

Founding of Columbia University

U.S. #1029 was issued on the school’s 200th anniversary.

On January 4, 1754, King’s College (later Columbia University) was founded in New York.

Lewis Morris was one of the first people to suggest establishing a college in the Province of New York in 1704. He suggested a plot of land given to Trinity Church by Lord Cornburry known as King’s Farm. No steps would be taken for nearly 50 years.

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This Day in History… January 3, 1777

Battle of Princeton

U.S. #1704 was issued on the 200th anniversary of the battle.

On January 3, 1777, George Washington earned a major victory at Princeton, New Jersey.

In late December 1776, General George Washington famously led his men across the Delaware River to capture the town of Trenton, New Jersey.  To retaliate, British General Lord Cornwallis assembled a force of over 9,000 men at nearby Princeton.

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This Day in History… January 2, 1952

Betsy Ross Stamp

U.S. #1004 was issued on this day in 1952.

On January 2, 1952, the US Post Office Department issued a commemorative stamp honoring Betsy Ross, one day after her 200th birthday.

Elizabeth Griscom “Betsy” Ross was born on January 1, 1752, in Philadelphia, Pennsylvania.  The eighth of seventeen children, Betsy was raised in a Quaker household and learned to sew from her great-aunt.

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This Day in History… January 1, 1913

Parcel Post Service Begins

U.S. #Q1 pictures a Post Office clerk.

On January 1, 1913, the US Post Office Department initiated its Parcel Post Service for fourth-class mail.

Before 1912, private companies controlled package deliveries throughout the United States. Because delivering packages in larger cities could make more money, these companies often overlooked small towns.

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This Day in History… December 31, 1903

Happy New Year’s Eve! 

U.S. #3369 pictures a Saturday Evening Post cover from 1937.

On December 31, 1903, Times Square hosted its first-ever New Year’s Eve Celebration.

The history of New York’s New Year’s Eve celebration is closely tied to newspaper publisher Adolph Ochs and the New York Times. For over a century, New Yorkers and visitors have rung in the New Year together at the New York Times Building.

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This Day in History… December 30, 1992

First U.S. Chinese New Year Stamp

U.S. #2720 – America’s first Chinese New Year stamp, issued on this day in 1992.

On December 30, 1992, the USPS issued its first Chinese New Year stamp, honoring the start of the Year of the Rooster.

The issue of this stamp was in part inspired by repeated requests for stamps to honor additional holidays – New Year’s, Easter, the Fourth of July, and Thanksgiving. There had also been calls for stamps honoring the signs of the Zodiac. There had also been several groups calling for stamps to recognize the contributions of Asian Americans, while the USPS wanted to explore topics to appeal to younger Asian American collectors.

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