This Day in History… October 21, 1833

Birth of Alfred Nobel

US #3504 was issued for the 100th anniversary of the Nobel Prize.

Alfred Bernhard Nobel was born on October 21, 1833, in Stockholm, Sweden.

One of eight children, Nobel was the descendant of Swedish scientists Olaus Rudbeck.  He had an interest in engineering and explosives from an early age, with his father teaching him some of the basic science.

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This Day in History… October 20, 1944

MacArthur’s Triumphant Return To Philippines 

US #1424 – MacArthur considered the Philippines his second home, having married his wife and raised his child there.

On October 20, 1944, General Douglas MacArthur fulfilled his promise to return to the Philippines.

In 1935, MacArthur was made military advisor to the Philippines, tasked with helping them create an independent army. (The Philippines had been an American colony since the Spanish-American War at the turn of the century). MacArthur established a home there with his family and retired two years later.

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This Day in History… October 19, 1901

Birth of Arleigh Burke

US #4441 from the Distinguished Sailors issue.

US Navy Admiral Arleigh Burke was born on October 19, 1901, in Boulder, Colorado.

Burke received his education in Boulder, but a 1918 influenza outbreak closed down the schools and he never graduated from high school.  He then received an appointment to the US Naval Academy, from which he graduated in 1923.

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This Day in History… October 18, 1997

Women in Military Service for America Memorial

US #3174 was issued at the dedication ceremony of the memorial.

On October 18, 1997, the Women in Military Service for America Memorial (WIMSA) was officially dedicated in Arlington County, Virginia.

Female veterans began calling for a memorial to women in the armed services in the early 1980s.  By 1982, they received formal support from the American Veterans Committee.

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This Day in History… October 17, 1941

The Kearny Incident 

US #940 honors all those who served in World War II.

On October 17, 1941, a US ship was attacked and damaged by the Germans for the first time during World War II.

In the months leading up to the event, America, who had claimed neutrality, was growing more and more involved in the war. In March, the US initiated the Lend-Lease program, sending money, munitions, and food to Britain, China, and later the Soviet Union.

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This Day in History… October 16, 1940

National Defense Issue 

US #899 pictures the Statue of Liberty.

On October 16, 1940, the US Post Office Department issued a set of three stamps to raise support for a strong national defense.

By the summer of 1940, Americans wanted nothing to do with the European conflicts overseas, holding tightly to their isolationist ideals. The only aid President Franklin Roosevelt could provide (as Congress refused to pass any military bills) was repealing the arms embargo to allow the US to sell arms to Great Britain. Britain was required to pay in advance and transport the material back on their own. However, German ships sank the ships carrying them almost as fast as the weapons were produced.

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