This Day in History… November 25, 1863

Battle of Chattanooga

Antigua #2538q pictures a scene from the Battle of Chattanooga.

On November 25, 1863, General Ulysses S. Grant broke the Confederate siege of Chattanooga.

The city of Chattanooga, Tennessee, was a vital rail hub and a manufacturing center for iron.  During the Chickamauga Campaign, which began in August 1863, the Union Army of the Cumberland had forced the Army of Tennessee to leave Chattanooga and move into Georgia.

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This Day in History… November 24, 1954

First Air Force One Christened 

US #4144 – a 2007 Priority Mail stamp picturing Air Force One.

On November 24, 1954, First Lady Mamie Eisenhower christened the first plane to be designated Air Force One.

Decades earlier, Theodore Roosevelt became the first US president to fly in an airplane.  The flight came after his time as president, on October 11, 1910.  On that occasion, he rode in an airplane piloted by Arch Hoxsey at a county fair in St. Louis.

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This Day in History… November 23, 1889

Debut of World’s First Jukebox 

U.S. #2911 was issued to pay the postage for the first-class, presort letter rate.

US #2911 was issued to pay the postage for the first-class, presort letter rate.

On November 23, 1889, the world’s first jukebox was displayed and used at the Palais Royal Saloon in San Francisco, California.

In the early and mid-1800s, coin-operated music boxes and player pianos grew increasingly popular. Requiring a coin payment, these music devices used paper rolls, metal disks, or metal cylinders to play music on one or more instruments inside the machine.

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This Day in History… November 22, 1898

Birth of Wiley Post 

US #C95-96 was issued two days before Post’s 81st birthday.

Wiley Hardeman Post was born on November 22, 1898, Van Zandt County, Texas.

Post’s family moved to Oklahoma when he was five. It was in Oklahoma that Post first saw an airplane (a Curtiss-Wright Pusher-type), at the county fair in Lawton. That event began his love of flight, leading Post to enroll in the Sweeney Automobile and Aviation School in Kansas City.

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This Day in History… November 21, 1789

North Carolina Enters the Union 

US #2347 was issued for the 200th anniversary of North Carolina’s statehood.

On November 21, 1789, North Carolina was admitted as the 12th state of the union.

Historians believe about 35,000 Indians lived in the North Carolina region when the first Europeans arrived. Early explorers in the area included Giovanni da Verrazano, Lucas Vásquez de Ayllón, and Hernando de Soto.

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This Day in History… November 20, 1925

Birth of Bobby Kennedy 

US #1770 features a family photo provided by Bobby’s wife.

Robert F. (Bobby) Kennedy was born in Boston, Massachusetts, on November 20, 1925, though the family moved to New York two years later.

Bobby was the seventh of nine children born to Joe Kennedy, Sr., a businessman and leading figure in the democratic party who hoped one of his sons would grow up to be president. While he focused on preparing Bobby’s older brothers for such a feat, he encouraged the younger siblings to study current events so that they too could enter public service.

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