This Day in History… December 26, 1919

The Curse of the Bambino 

U.S. #2046 was issued for the 50th anniversary of the All-Star Game.

On December 26, 1919, Babe Ruth was sold to the New York Yankees, ushering in the long-standing superstitious Curse of the Bambino.

Born in 1895, George Herman “Babe” Ruth – sometimes called “the Bambino” – was one of the most popular and talented players in baseball history. He began his career as a pitcher for the Boston Red Sox, but longed to play every day.

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This Day in History… December 25, 1758

First Predicted Sighting of a Comet

Uganda #489 honors Halley and the 1986 appearance of the comet.

On December 25, 1758, Halley’s Comet became the first comet to be seen after accurately predicting its passage.

Some of the first recorded sightings of Halley’s Comet date back to 240 BC. The comet was seen and recorded by the Chinese, Babylonians, and medieval Europeans, none of whom recognized it as a reappearance. Rather, they thought they were seeing different comets.

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This Day in History… December 24, 1809

Birth of Kit Carson 

U.S. #2869n from the Legends of the West set.

Christopher Houston Carson was born December 24, 1809, in Richmond, Kentucky.

Carson’s father nicknamed him “Kit” and taught him all the skills for frontier living. As a teenager, Carson was an apprentice to a saddle maker in Franklin, Missouri. Customer’s tales of adventure lured him to the Wild West.

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This Day in History… December 23, 1867

Birth of Madam C.J. Walker 

U.S. #3181 – Walker was the 21st honoree in the Black Heritage series.

Sarah Breedlove, better known as Madam C.J. Walker, was born on December 23, 1867, in Delta, Louisiana.

Breedlove was one of six children born to Louisiana sharecroppers and the first one to be born free after the Emancipation Proclamation was signed. Both of her parents died by the time she was seven years old, leading the orphan to move to Vicksburg, Mississippi, where she became a domestic worker.

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This Day in History… December 22, 1910

Postal Savings Officials 

U.S. #O121 was issued on this day in 1910.

On December 22, 1910, the US Post Office Department issued its first Postal Savings Official Mail stamp.

On June 25, 1910, the US Congress approved an act to establish the Postal Savings System. The Postal Savings System was established to serve small investors living in rural communities.

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This Day in History… December 21, 1920

Pilgrim Tercentenary Issue 

U.S. #548 pictures the Mayflower.

On December 21, 1920, the US Post Office Department issued a set of three stamps honoring the 300th anniversary of the landing of the Pilgrims at Plymouth, Massachusetts.

The Pilgrims never intended to be wanderers. They were devout Christians who felt that only by a breaking of all ties with the Church of England could they retain their integrity before God. They went to Holland first, but their plight didn’t improve. So they set sail for America on September 16, 1620.

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