This Day in History… February 11, 1983

First US Inventors’ Day 

US #945 was issued on Edison’s 100th birthday.

On February 11, 1983, America celebrated its first Inventors’ Day.

Other nations have set aside days to honor their inventors before and since 1983. In January of that year, US President Ronald Reagan issued a proclamation establishing February 11, Thomas Edison’s birthday, as Inventors’ Day.

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This Day in History… February 10, 1941

First Highway Post Office 

U.S. #4710o from the 2012 Earthscapes issue.

On February 10, 1941, the first Highway Post Office began service in the United States.

In the 1800s, America’s rapid expansion created a need for faster mail transportation. The short-lived Pony Express of 1860-61 made it possible to send messages across the country in just 10 days. Then in 1862, the US introduced its first Railway Post Office (RPO), which sorted mail as the train steamed along.

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This Day in History… February 9, 1870

Creation of the U.S. Weather Bureau

US #3257-58 – Weather Vane make-up rate stamps.

On February 9, 1870, Ulysses S. Grant created the US Weather Bureau.

Since the early days of the United States, Americans have enjoyed keeping track of the weather. Presidents George Washington and Thomas Jefferson regularly recorded the temperature and other weather observations in their journals throughout their adult lives.

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This Day in History… February 8, 1693

College of William and Mary 

US #UX167 – Classic First Day Cover.

On February 8, 1693, a royal charter officially established the College of William and Mary. Today it’s the second-oldest college in America (behind Harvard).

Virginia’s first English settlers arrived in 1607 at Jamestown. One of their early goals was to establish a school for Native Americans and the sons of colonists. Plans for such a school were first drawn up in 1618.

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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, 1788

Massachusetts Becomes 6th State 

US #682 was issued for the 300th anniversary of the Massachusetts Bay Colony.

On February 6, 1788, Massachusetts became the 6th state to join the Union.

Native Americans lived in the Massachusetts region for more than 3,000 years.  In 1614, English sea captain John Smith sailed along the coast of Massachusetts.  Smith’s book, “A Description of New England,” guided the Pilgrims to Massachusetts.

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