This Day in History… November 7, 1848

Fort Bliss 

US #976 was issued for the 100th anniversary of Fort Bliss.

On November 7, 1848, the War Department established a post on the Rio Grande that would later come to be known as Fort Bliss.

General Zachary Taylor established a military camp at the Rio Grande to protect American interests in the territory also claimed by Mexico.  This helped provoke the Mexican-American War, in which Taylor was a key commander.

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This Day in History… November 6, 1861

Birth of James Naismith 

US #1189 was issued for Naismith’s 100th birthday.

Basketball inventor James Naismith was born on November 6, 1861, in Almonte, Ontario, Canada.

Naismith struggled in school but enjoyed spending time outside, playing catch, hide-and-seek, and other games.  He was orphaned at a young age and was raised by his aunt and uncle.

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This Day in History… November 5, 1639

America’s First Postmaster 

US #682 was issued for the 300th anniversary of the Massachusetts Bay Colony.

On November 5, 1639, Richard Fairbanks was made the first official postmaster in an American colony.

In the early days of the colonies, many citizens attempted to keep in touch with people from their mother countries.  When they sent letters to Europe, they could trust that their mail would be handled respectfully, passing through those countries’ respective postal systems.

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This Day in History… November 4, 1879

Happy Birthday Will Rogers 

U.S. #975 was issued on Rogers’ 69th birthday.

U.S. #975 was issued on Rogers’ 69th birthday.

William Penn Adair Rogers was born on November 4, 1879, in Oologah, Cherokee Nation (present-day Oklahoma).

Rogers’ parents, Clement Vann Rogers and Mary Schrimsher, were both part Cherokee Indian. Rogers loved cowboys and horses and learned to ride and rope at a young age, earning a place in the Guinness Book of World Records for throwing three lassos at one time.

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This Day in History… November 3, 1900

First Modern Auto Show 

US #296 pictures an early electric automobile.

On November 3, 1900, the first modern auto show opened in New York City.

There had been other smaller auto shows in the US previously, even others held at Madison Square Garden.  But this show is largely considered the first major, modern auto show.

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This Day in History… November 2, 1865

Birth of Warren G. Harding 

US #610 was issued one month after Harding’s death.

29th president of the United States Warren Gamaliel Harding was born November 2, 1865, in Blooming Grove, Ohio.

When he was 10 years old, Harding began working for his father’s weekly newspaper.  In college, he worked on the school newspaper and gained a reputation as a gifted public speaker.

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