This Day in History… March 23, 1699

Birth of John Bartram 

US #3314 pictures Franklinia, which Bartram discovered with his son.

Botanist John Bartram was born on March 23, 1699, in Darby, Pennsylvania Colony.

Born into a Quaker farm family, Bartram had little formal education, aside from attending a small local school. From a young age, he had an interest in medicine and medicinal plants.

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This Day in History… March 22, 1941

The Grand Coulee Dam

US #1009 was issued for the 50th anniversary of Federal assistance in the West managing the resources of local rivers and streams.

On March 22, 1941, the Grand Coulee Dam first began producing power.

The Grand Coulee is a very old riverbed on the Columbia Plateau. As early as 1892, there were discussions of a possible plan to build a 1,000-foot dam across the Columbia River. However, that would have meant a reservoir would extend into Canada, which violated treaties.

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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, 1865

Booth’s Failed Kidnapping Attempt 

US #77 – The Lincoln mourning stamp.

On March 20, 1865, John Wilkes Booth planned to kidnap President Abraham Lincoln.

After Lincoln was elected in 1860, he began to receive many threats on his life. Though there were a few attempts, he never took the threats seriously.

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This Day in History… March 19, 1864

Happy Birthday Charles M. Russell

US #1243 was the fourth issue in the American Painting Series and pictures Russell’s painting Jerked Down.

Artist Charles Marion Russell was born on March 19, 1864, in St. Louis, Missouri.

From an early age, Russell always had a great interest in art. As a child growing up in Missouri, he frequently sketched and made clay figures of animals. He was also very interested in the American West and loved reading stories and listening to the tales of explorers and fur traders passing through town.

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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 enamored with hockey, a relatively new sport that had been developed there in the 1870s.

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