What bridge was dedicated on this day in 1927 to mark 100 years of friendship between the U.S. and Canada?

This Day in History… August 7, 1927

US #1721 was issued for the 50th anniversary of the bridge. Click image to order.

On August 7, 1927, the Peace Bridge linking the US and Canada was dedicated by representatives from both nations and the United Kingdom.

In the 1800s, ferries frequently crossed the Upper Niagara River between Fort Erie, Ontario, and Buffalo, New York.  However, too many boats at once created a bottleneck and strong currents and ice made passage dangerous during several months of the year.  The Railway Bridge opened in 1873 to make this route safer.

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What leader in the Pop Art movement was born on this day in 1928?

This Day in History…  August 6, 1928

US #3652 was issued three days after Warhol’s 74th birthday. Click image to order.

Andy Warhol (born Andrew Warhola) was born August 6, 1928, in Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania, to Rusyn (Ukrainian) immigrants from Mikova (northeastern Slovakia). 

Warhol was sick throughout most of his childhood and as a result, spent much of his time alone in his bed.  He later credited much of his personality and skills to this time in his life, which he spent drawing and collecting pictures of movie stars.

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What treaty signed 56 years ago helped to limit nuclear testing?

This Day in History…  August 5, 1963

United Nations #UN133 – UN Stamp honoring the treaty.

On August 5, 1963, the US, the UK, and the Soviet Union signed the Limited Nuclear Test Ban Treaty.

The dropping of the atomic bombs on Japan ended World War II but began the nuclear age.  The US, Great Britain, and the Soviet Union continued to develop and test more powerful weapons.

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Happy Birthday to a Swedish-born humanitarian who saved over 20,000 lives during WWII

This Day in History…  August 4, 1912

US #3135 pictures Wallenberg at the Swedish legation.

Humanitarian and diplomat Raoul Gustaf Wallenberg was born on August 4, 1912, in Lidingö Municipality, Sweden.

Wallenberg was born to a prominent family of bankers, industrialists, and diplomats.  After high school, he spent eight months in the Swedish military before going to Paris to study. 

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What professional organization dedicated to dental health was established on this day 160 years ago?

This Day in History…  August 3, 1859

US #1135 was issued for the ADA’s 100th anniversary. Click image to order.

On August 3, 1859, twenty-six dentists met in Niagara Falls, New York at the first meeting of the American Dental Association (ADA).

Prior to the founding of the ADA, there was another dental organization in the US – the American Dental Convention (ADC).  Over time some members of the ADC grew unhappy with how the organization was run and sought to establish a better, more organized group.

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What future president saved the lives of 10 crewmembers during a WWII attack?

This Day in History…  August 2, 1943

US #1287 was issued on JFK’s 50th birthday. Click image to order.

On August 2, 1943, future president John F. Kennedy saved the majority of his PT-109 crew after a Japanese destroyer rammed them.

As a member of a wealthy and prominent family, Kennedy likely could have avoided military service.  Even as World War II raged on in Europe, he graduated with honors from Harvard and had a promising future.  But that’s not how he did things.

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