This Day in History… November 20, 1889

Birth of Astronomer Edwin Hubble

U.S. #4226 from the American Scientists issue.

On November 20, 1889, one of the world’s most renowned astronomers, Edwin Hubble, was born.

Edwin Powell Hubble was born in Marshfield, Missouri and later moved to Illinois. As a child, he was a gifted athlete with an interest in science, though his grades didn’t always reflect his brilliance.

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This Day in History… November 19, 1965

Start of the Prominent Americans Series 

U.S. #1282 was issued on this day in 1965.

On November 19, 1965, the U.S. Post Office issued the first stamp in a new series honoring Prominent Americans.

The Prominent Americans Series was first announced in April 1965 to replace the Liberty Issue. While the Liberty Issue, which began in 1954, had focused largely on political figures, the Post Office wanted this new series to honor more people from all walks of life.

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This Day in History… November 18, 1865

“The Celebrated Jumping Frog of Calaveras County”

U.S. #4545 – Twain was the 27th honoree in the Literary Arts Series.

On November 18, 1865, Mark Twain published an early version of “The Celebrated Jumping Frog of Calaveras County,” in The New York Saturday Press, bringing him his first significant fame.

During the Civil War, Mark Twain (born Samuel Clemens) lost his job as a steamboat pilot. He then made his way west to California and Nevada, making ends meet prospecting for silver and gold and writing for various newspapers and magazines. It was here that his first popular story was born.

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This Day in History… November 17, 1989

World Stamp Show ’89 

U.S. #2410 was issued in advance of the show to promote it.

On November 17, 1989, World Stamp Show ’89 opened its doors and held the first 11 first-day ceremonies to mark the exposition.

The 1989 World Stamp Show marked a significant first. It was the first international stamp show ever sponsored by the U.S. Postal Service.

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This Day in History… November 16, 1945

Founding of UNESCO

United Nations #UN33-34 were issued for the 10th anniversary of UNESCO.

 

On November 16, 1945, the UN created the United Nations Educational, Scientific, and Cultural Organization (UNESCO).

The purpose of this agency of the United Nations is to “contribute to peace and security by promoting international collaboration through education, science, and culture.”  The goal is to further universal respect for justice and human rights.

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This Day in History… November 15, 1974

First U.S. Self-Adhesive Stamp

U.S. #1552 – America’s first self-adhesive stamp, issued on this day in 1974.

On November 14, 1974, the USPS issued its first experimental self-adhesive stamp.

Throughout the 20th century, U.S. postage evolved through a number of significant innovations such as the use of the rotary press and phosphorescent tagging.  However, while these innovations may have gone largely unnoticed by the general public, one of the great postal innovations of the century was the introduction of self-adhesive stamps.  Though common today, they had a rocky start.

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