This Day in History… October 7, 1891

American Numismatic Association 

US #2558 was issued for the 100th anniversary of the ANA.

On October 7, 1891, the American Numismatic Association (ANA) was founded in Chicago, Illinois.

In the 1800s, Dr. George F. Heath enjoyed learning world history by studying his coin collection.  However, living in a small town in Michigan, it was hard for him to acquire new coins and meet fellow numismatists (coin collectors).  At the time, there were numismatic societies in larger cities, but they didn’t reach the smaller towns.

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This Day in History… October 6, 1852

American Pharmaceutical Association

US #1473 was issued for the 120th anniversary of the founding of the APhA.

On October 6, 1852, the American Pharmaceutical Association (APhA) was founded in Philadelphia, Pennsylvania.

In the mid-1850s, there were no laws regulating the pharmacy practice.  Patients were often given treatment based on their symptoms, instead of diagnosing a specific disease. And anyone with enough money could open their own apothecary.

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This Day in History… October 5, 1947

First Televised White House Address 

US #1862 from the Great Americans series.

On October 5, 1947, US President Harry Truman delivered the first televised White House address.

Truman wasn’t the first president to appear on TV. That honor went to Franklin D. Roosevelt, who delivered a speech at the 1939 World’s Fair in Flushing, Queens. But the address was only broadcast on special TVs set up at the New York City Fairgrounds and Radio City Music Hall.

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This Day in History… October 4, 1957

Launch of Sputnik I 

Soviet Union #3758 pictures Sputnik I.

On October 4, 1957, the Soviet Union launched Sputnik I, the first man-made object in space, which sparked the start of the Space Race with the United States.

Plans for the satellite began back in December 1954, when Soviet rocket scientist Sergei Korolev proposed the creation of an artificial satellite, urging that it was an important step in the development of rocket technology.  Less than a year later, US President Dwight D. Eisenhower announced that the US would launch an artificial satellite during the International Geophysical Year of 1957-58. In response, the Soviet government quickly approved work to move forward on the satellite.

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This Day in History… October 3, 1900

Birth of Thomas Wolfe

US #3444 was issued on Wolfe’s 100th birthday.

Novelist Thomas Clayton Wolfe was born on October 3, 1900, in Asheville, North Carolina.

Wolfe was the youngest of eight siblings.  His father was a stone carver and his mother ran a series of boarding houses, eventually becoming a successful real estate speculator.  Wolfe grew up in one of these boarding houses until he went to the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill in 1916.

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This Day in History… October 2, 1879

Birth of Wallace Stevens 

US #4660 from the 20th Century American Poets issue.

Poet Wallace Stevens was born on October 2, 1879, in Reading, Pennsylvania.

The son of a successful lawyer, Stevens grew up in a wealthy household with an extensive in-home library.  He went on to attend Harvard, where he wrote for both of the university’s publications and earned all of the school’s writing honors.

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