This Day in History… February 5, 1945

Operation Cornflakes 

Germany #518 – A genuine used stamp from the era.

On February 5, 1945, the US began a secret operation to overthrow Hitler with postage stamps.

By the early months of 1945, the world had been at war for over three years. Germany appeared to be nearing defeat, but American casualties were mounting as its resources dwindled. An idea was hatched – a brilliant plan to bring down the Nazi government. The weapon chosen to defeat Hitler – postage stamps!

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This Day in History… February 4, 1913

Happy Birthday Rosa Parks 

US #4742 was issued on Parks’ 100th birthday in 2013.

Rosa Louise McCauley Parks was born on February 4, 1913, in Tuskegee, Alabama.

Rosa Parks grew up in Alabama at a time when segregation was a way of life. She attended poorly funded schools for black children, while the white students went to newer schools. She dropped out of high school to care for her mother and grandmother who were ill. Later, she earned a high school diploma, something only seven percent of African Americans were able to do at the time.

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This Day in History… February 3, 1998

Celebrate the Century Series 

US #3182 was issued on this day in 1998.

On February 3, 1998, the USPS issued the first sheet in the Celebrate the Century Series.

As America approached the end of the century, the USPS sought a way to honor the wide variety of events that had taken place. This led them to the massive 150-stamp Celebrate the Century Series.

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This Day in History… February 2, 1887

Happy Groundhog Day! 

U.S. #2307 – Groundhogs are also known as woodchucks.

On February 2, 1887, the first official Groundhog Day event was held in Punxsutawney, Pennsylvania.

However, the tradition dates back much farther to the Christian holiday known as Candlemas Day. Historically, on February 2, members of the clergy would bless and pass out candles for the winter. These candles represented how long and cold winter would be.

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This Day in History… February 1, 1978

Black Heritage Series 

U.S. #1744 was issued on this day in 1978.

On February 1, 1978, the USPS issued the first stamp in its now longest-running series, Black Heritage.

The first US stamp to commemorate an African American was US #873, honoring Booker T. Washington as part of the 1940 Famous Americans Series. Over the next 30 years, other stamps honored famous African Americans such as Frederick Douglas and W.C. Handy. But a big change would come in the mid-1970s.

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This Day in History… January 31, 1958

Launch of Explorer I 

U.S. #3187d from the Celebrate the Century: 1950s sheet.

Late in the evening of January 31, 1958, the US launched its first satellite, Explorer I.

After World War II, the United States and the Soviet Union struggled to stay one step ahead of each other in space exploration. Both countries made substantial advancements during this time, but Russia was first to launch an artificial satellite, much to America’s chagrin.

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