This Day in History… March 22, 1868

Birth of Robert Millikan

US #1866 from the Great Americans Series.

Physicist Robert Andrews Millikan was born on March 22, 1868, in Morrison, Illinois.

At the end of his sophomore year at Oberlin College, Millikan’s Greek professor asked him to teach elementary physics the following year.  At first, he was concerned because he didn’t know physics at all, but his professor reassured him that his top performance in the Greek class would enable him to teach physics. 

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This Day in History… March 21, 1617

Funeral of Pocahontas

US #330 was based on a 1616 engraving of Pocahontas.

On March 21, 1617, the funeral of Pocahontas was held at Saint George’s, Gravesend, Kent, England.

The exact date and year of Pocahontas’ birth are unknown, but historians estimate it to have been around 1596.  She was the daughter of Chief Powhatan, the chief of an alliance of about 30 Algonquin groups in Tidewater Virginia.

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This Day in History… March 20, 1834

Birth of Charles W. Eliot

US #871 from the Famous Americans Series.

Educator Charles William Eliot was born on March 20, 1834, in Boston, Massachusetts. 

Eliot came from a prominent family – his father was a politician and his grandfather was a banker.  He attended Boston Latin School and Harvard University, graduating in 1853.

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This Day in History… March 19, 1883

Birth of General Joseph Stilwell

US #3420 from the Distinguished Americans Series.

Joseph Warren Stilwell was born on March 19, 1883 in Palatka, Florida.

Raised in Yonkers, New York, Stilwell’s parents emphasized the importance of religion, which Stilwell rebelled against.  Though he performed well in school and participated in football and track, his mischievous antics got him in trouble and eventually sent to the US Military Academy instead of Yale as he had originally planned.

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This Day in History… March 18, 1892

Birth of the Stanley Cup

US #5253c – Souvenir sheet issued in 2017 for the 100th anniversary of the NHL.

On March 18, 1892, Canada’s Lord Stanley of Preston announced he would donate a silver challenge cup to be awarded to the nation’s best hockey team.

Born in London in 1841, Frederick Arthur Stanley, also known as Lord Stanley of Preston, was appointed Governor General of Canada in June 1888 by Queen Victoria.  Upon arriving in Canada, Stanley and his family became fascinated with hockey, a relatively new sport that had been developed there in the 1870s.

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This Day in History… March 17, 1902

Happy Birthday, Bobby Jones

US #1933 from the American Sports Series.

Famed golfer Robert Tyre Jones, Jr. (Bobby Jones) was born on March 17, 1902, in Atlanta, Georgia.

Jones suffered from a number of health issues as a child and it was suggested he play golf to build his strength.  He loved the sport from the first time he swung a club and won his first children’s tournament when he was just six years old.

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