This Day in History… December 23, 1867

Birth of Madam C.J. Walker 

U.S. #3181 – Walker was the 21st honoree in the Black Heritage series.

Sarah Breedlove, better known as Madam C.J. Walker, was born on December 23, 1867, in Delta, Louisiana.

Breedlove was one of six children born to Louisiana sharecroppers and the first one to be born free after the Emancipation Proclamation was signed. Both of her parents died by the time she was seven years old, leading the orphan to move to Vicksburg, Mississippi, where she became a domestic worker.

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This Day in History… December 22, 1910

Postal Savings Officials 

U.S. #O121 was issued on this day in 1910.

On December 22, 1910, the US Post Office Department issued its first Postal Savings Official Mail stamp.

On June 25, 1910, the US Congress approved an act to establish the Postal Savings System. The Postal Savings System was established to serve small investors living in rural communities.

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This Day in History… December 21, 1920

Pilgrim Tercentenary Issue 

U.S. #548 pictures the Mayflower.

On December 21, 1920, the US Post Office Department issued a set of three stamps honoring the 300th anniversary of the landing of the Pilgrims at Plymouth, Massachusetts.

The Pilgrims never intended to be wanderers. They were devout Christians who felt that only by a breaking of all ties with the Church of England could they retain their integrity before God. They went to Holland first, but their plight didn’t improve. So they set sail for America on September 16, 1620.

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This Day in History… December 20, 1812

Death of Sacagawea 

U.S. #2869s from the Legends of the West sheet.

December 20, 1812, is generally believed to be the day that Sacagawea died in Kenel, South Dakota.

There’s limited information about Sacagawea’s early life, including her birth date, though many historians believe she was born in May 1788 near present-day Salmon, Idaho. She was a member of the Agaidika (Salmon Eater) of Lemhi Shoshone tribe.

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This Day in History… December 19, 1915

Birth of Edith Piaf 

U.S. #4692 pictures an undated photo of Piaf on a Paris stage.

Singer, songwriter, and actress Édith Giovanna Gassion, better known as Édith Piaf was born on December 19, 1915, in Belleville, Paris, France.

The future star was named after Edith Cavell, a World War I nurse that had helped French soldiers escape Germany. She took the name Piaf (slang for sparrow) in her 20s.

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This Day in History… December 18, 1787

New Jersey Becomes 3rd State 

U.S. #1247 pictures Sir George Carteret and two of his men walking into Elizabethtown in 1664.

On December 18, 1787, New Jersey became the third state to ratify the Constitution and join the Union.

New Jersey’s first inhabitants were Native Americans who belonged to the Delaware tribe of the Algonquian family. Experts estimate that about 8,000 Indians lived in the region when European settlers first arrived. In 1524, Giovanni da Verrazano, an Italian navigator serving France, became the first European to explore the New Jersey coast.

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