This Day in History… October 3, 1990

Reunification of Germany 

Germany #1612-13 were issued on this day in 1990 to mark Germany’s reunification.

On October 3, 1990, East and West Germany were reunited after decades of separation.

Following World War II, the Allied Forces split Germany in two. The Western half was under the governance and protection of the United States, Great Britain, and France. The East was occupied by Soviet Russia. The city of Berlin, which sat entirely in the Eastern half, was similarly divided.

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This Day in History… October 2, 1835

Battle of Gonzales 

U.S. #938 was issued for the 100th anniversary of Texas statehood.

On October 2, 1835, Texian rebels took up arms against Mexican soldiers in the first battle of the Texas War of Independence, also known as the Texas Revolution.

Present-day Texas was made part of Mexico in the early 1800s following America’s Louisiana Purchase. In 1820, Moses Austin of Missouri received permission to establish an American colony in Texas, which was established by his son Stephen F. Austin.

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This Day in History… October 1, 1851

The Hawaiian Missionaries 

U.S. #3694a – The 2¢ is the rarest with only 15 known to exist today.

On October 1, 1851, the legendary Hawaiian Missionaries were first placed on sale.

In 1819, Hawaiian King Kamehameha II established freedom of religion in the Islands. The American Board of Commissioners for Foreign Missions began sending teachers and missionaries to Hawaii. By the 1840s, many American missionaries had settled there.

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This Day in History… September 30, 1889

Founding of the Mayo Clinic 

U.S. #1251 was issued for the hospital’s 75th anniversary.

On September 30, 1889, the first building of the Mayo Clinic opened to the public.

The Mayo Clinic evolved in stages. Its history can be traced back to the Civil War, when William Worrall Mayo was made an examining surgeon for the military draft board in 1863 and sent to Rochester, Minnesota. He liked the town so much he decided to stay and invited his wife and two sons to come live there with him.

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This Day in History… September 29, 1967

Accomplishments in Space Issue

U.S. #1331-32 – America’s first twin stamps.

On September 29, 1967, the U.S. Post Office issued its first attached pair of stamps to have a continuous design.

The stamps, officially titled Accomplishments in Space, were issued to honor the 9th anniversary of the National Aeronautics and Space Administration (NASA). The stamps were the first to be designed by renowned space artist Paul Calle.

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This Day in History… September 28, 1990

Marshall Islands and Micronesia Joint Issue

U.S. #2506-07 – U.S. joint-issue stamps issued on this day in 1990.

On September 28, 1990, the USPS released two joint-issue stamps commemorating the 1986 compact of free association with Micronesia and the Marshall Islands.

During World War II, Japan established a powerful empire based in the Pacific Ocean. After the war, many small island groups were left without a government, and did not have the resources to rule themselves. In 1947, the United Nations established the Trust Territory of the Pacific Islands. Administered by the U.S. government, the territory consisted of the Marshall Islands, the Northern Mariana Islands (except Guam), the Federated States of Micronesia, and the Palau Islands.

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