This Day in History… January 5, 1972

Birth of the Space Shuttle Program 

US #3190a from the Celebrate the Century – 1980s sheet.  Click the image to buy.

On January 5, 1972, President Richard Nixon signed legislation authorizing the creation of America’s first space shuttle, the “world’s first reusable spacecraft.”

NASA began studying the possibility of space shuttles in the late 1960s.  Then in 1969, President Nixon created the Space Task Group, led by Vice President Spiro Agnew.  The group established a list of missions that included the creation of space vehicles, a space station, and eventually a manned mission to Mars.

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This Day in History… January 4, 1896

Birth of Everett Dirksen 

US #1874 was issued on Dirksen’s 85th birthday.  Click the image to buy.

Statesman Everett McKinley Dirksen was born on January 4, 1896, in Pekin, Illinois.

Born to German immigrants, Dirksen had a fraternal twin and another brother.  His father died when he was just nine years old.  The Dirksen family farm was on the outskirts of Pekin in an area known as Beantown because they grew beans instead of flowers.

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This Day in History… January 3, 1938

US #1087 was designed to symbolize the struggle against polio.  Click the image to buy.

March of Dimes 

On January 3, 1938, President Franklin Roosevelt established the National Foundation for Infantile Paralysis, later renamed the March of Dimes.

In the early 1900s, polio affected thousands of American children every summer.  Found in contaminated food and water, it was easily transmitted and mostly affected children.

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This Day in History… January 2, 1788

Georgia Becomes 4th State 

US #2339 was issued for Georgia’s 200th anniversary of statehood.

On January 2, 1788, Georgia was the fourth state to ratify the US Constitution, making it our fourth state.

The first human inhabitants of Georgia were the Mound Builders, a prehistoric Native American tribe. Over time, the Creek tribe settled in the South and the Cherokee in the North.

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This Day in History… January 1, 1932

US #704 was based on a miniature painting by Charles Willson Peale in 1777.

Washington Bicentennial 

On January 1, 1932, the US Post Office Department issued a set of 12 stamps honoring the 200th anniversary of George Washington’s birth.

The Post Office officially announced their plans for the set of stamps in November 1930.  Early on, they had grand ideas for the set.

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This Day in History… December 31, 1880

Happy Birthday George Marshall 

US #1289 from the Prominent Americans series.

Born on December 31, 1880, in Uniontown, Pennsylvania, George C. Marshall was a distant relative of former Chief Justice John Marshall.

Marshall decided early on to embark on a career in the military and attended the Virginia Military Institute. While there he was an All-Southern tackle for the VMI Keydets football team.

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