This Day in History… October 28, 1956

Elvis’ Polio Vaccine Raises Immunization Levels 

U.S. #3187a – From the Celebrate the Century series.

On October 28, 1956, Elvis Presley received a widely publicized polio vaccine that helped to promote the widespread immunization of teenagers around the country.

In 1947, U.S. physician Jonas Salk began research on the polio virus at the University of Pittsburgh School of Medicine. After discovering there were three strains of the virus, he worked to develop a vaccine that would kill each one.

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This Day in History… October 27, 1948

Rough Riders Stamp

U.S. #973 was issued on this day in 1948.

On October 27, 1948, the U.S. Post Office issued a stamp honoring the 50th anniversary of the Rough Riders. The issue date was Theodore Roosevelt’s 90th birthday.

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This Day in History… October 26, 1825

Opening of the Erie Canal

U.S. #1325 was issued on the 150th anniversary of the canal’s groundbreaking in Rome, New York.

On October 26, 1825, the Erie Canal opened, offering a quicker shipping route through New York’s waterways.

In the early 1800s, sending goods west from New York City across the state was expensive and took a lot of time. There were no railroads yet and it took two weeks to travel by stagecoach. Several New York legislators proposed the idea of building a canal across the state, and they received tremendous support from governor DeWitt Clinton.

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This Day in History… October 25, 1888

Birth of Richard Byrd

U.S. #2388 was issued one moth before Byrd’s 100th birthday.

Richard Evelyn Byrd was born on October 25, 1888, in Winchester, Virginia.

Byrd was descended from one first families of Virginia – among his ancestors were John Rolfe and Pocahontas. Byrd attended the Virginia Military Institute and the University of Virginia before enrolling in the U.S. Naval Academy.

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This Day in History… October 24, 1951

UN Issues Its First Stamps

United Nations #UN1 – The first UN stamp titled “Peoples of the World.”

On October 24, 1951, the United Nations issued its first postage stamps.

The UN was established on October 24, 1945 to replace the ineffective League of Nations. For its first few years in operation, the UN used U.S. stamps to frank its mail.

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This Day in History… October 23, 1962

Dag Hammarskjöld Invert Controversy

U.S. #1203 – The original non-error stamp issued on this day in 1962.

On October 23, 1962, the U.S. Post Office Department unknowingly issued an unknown number of inverted Dag Hammarskjöld error stamps. The fallout from this issue became known as Day’s Folly (after Postmaster General J. Edward Day).

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