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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137 Years Ago – 12 nations joined in a major scientific expedition

This Day in History…  August 1, 1882

US #4123 was issued for the fourth IPY in 2007. Click image to order.

On August 1, 1882, the first International Polar Year (IPY) began.

Early polar expeditions of the Arctic had been staged to find a northern sea route from the Atlantic to Pacific to reach the Spice Islands of the Orient.  In the 1800s, many expeditions were sent out to find items from the 1845 Franklin expedition or to reach the North Pole.

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Happy Birthday to a Swedish-born inventor who designed the USS Monitor

This Day in History…  July 31, 1803

US #628 was the tallest US stamp at the time it was issued. Click image to order.

John (Johan) Ericsson was born on July 31, 1803, in Värmland, Sweden.

From a young age, Ericsson and his brother Nils showed an aptitude for canal building.  Their talent was discovered by the architect of the Gota Canal, who hired them as cadets of mechanics in the Royal Navy. 

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