This Day in History… February 7, 1867

Happy Birthday Laura Ingalls Wilder 

US #2786 from the Children’s Classics issue.

Acclaimed author Laura Ingalls Wilder was born on February 7, 1867, in Pepin County, Wisconsin.

The second of five children, Wilder spent the first two years of her life in a small log cabin in Wisconsin.  She was a descendant of the Delano family, the same family as Franklin Delano Roosevelt.

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This Day in History… February 6, 1895

Happy Birthday, Babe Ruth

US #2046 was issued for the 50th anniversary of the All-Star Game.

George Herman “Babe” Ruth was born on February 6, 1895, in Baltimore, Maryland.

Ruth was reportedly a rambunctious child with a habit of getting into trouble.  It’s likely because of this that he was sent to the St. Mary’s Industrial School for Boys, where he stayed for 12 years. 

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This Day in History… February 5, 1945

Operation Cornflakes 

Germany #518 – A genuine used stamp from the era.

On February 5, 1945, the US began a secret operation to overthrow Hitler with postage stamps.

By the early months of 1945, the world had been at war for over three years.  Germany appeared to be nearing defeat, but American casualties were mounting.  An idea was hatched – a brilliant plan to bring down the Nazi government.  The weapon chosen to defeat Hitler – postage stamps!

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This Day in History… February 4, 1913

Happy Birthday Rosa Parks 

US #4742 was issued on Parks’ 100th birthday in 2013.

Rosa Louise McCauley Parks was born on February 4, 1913, in Tuskegee, Alabama.

Rosa Parks grew up in Alabama at a time when segregation was a way of life.  She attended poorly funded schools for black children, while the white students went to newer schools.  She dropped out of high school to care for her mother and grandmother who were ill.  Later, she earned a high school diploma, something only seven percent of African Americans were able to do at the time.

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This Day in History… February 3, 1811

Birth of Horace Greeley

US #1177 was issued on Greeley’s 150th birthday.

Newspaper publisher Horace Greeley was born on February 3, 1811, in Amherst, New Hampshire. 

The son of a farmer and day laborer, Greeley received limited schooling until he was 14.  After that, he found work as an apprentice with a newspaper editor in Vermont. 

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This Day in History… February 2, 1905

Birth of Ayn Rand

US #3308 – Rand was the 16th honoree in the Literary Arts Series.

Ayn Rand was born Alisa Zinovyevna Rosenbaum on February 2, 1905, in St. Petersburg, Russian Empire. 

Rand was a bright child, who felt unchallenged with school and began writing screenplays when she was eight and novels when she was 10.  Her family fled to the Crimean Peninsula during the Russian Civil War and returned after it ended.

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