This Day in History… June 5, 1883

Orient Express

US #2576 pictures the Orient Express.

On June 5, 1883, the Orient Express made its first trip from Paris to Vienna.

The world’s most luxurious train was the brainchild of Belgian Georges Nagelmackers. Nagelmackers first became interested in trains on a visit to the United States in 1867. Impressed by the railroad sleeping cars on Pullman night trains, he decided to establish a network of similar trains in Europe.

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This Day in History… June 4, 1940

The Miracle of Dunkirk 

US #940 was issued to honor all those that served in WWII.

On June 4, 1940, over 338,000 Allied troops were evacuated from the beaches of Dunkirk after being cut off and surrounded there for weeks.

After Germany invaded Poland in September 1939, the United Kingdom sent the British Expeditionary Force to help defend France. There they fought alongside the Belgian Army and the French First, Seventh, and Ninth Armies.

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This Day in History… June 3, 1770

Carmel Mission

US #4650 was issued to cover the Express Mail Rate.

On June 3, 1770, Franciscan friar Junipero Serra delivered the first church service at the Carmel Mission.

Born in Majorca, Spain, Serra was sent by the Spanish emperor to establish a series of missions in present-day California. The missions were founded to establish permanent settlements, prevent Russians from encroaching in the region, and spread Christianity to the native Indians.

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This Day in History… June 2, 1953

Coronation of Queen Elizabeth II 

Singapore #27 was issued for Queen Elizabeth’s coronation.

On June 2, 1953, the coronation ceremony for Queen Elizabeth II attracted worldwide attention.

Born in 1926 to the King’s second son and his wife, Princess Elizabeth was never expected to rule England. She was third in line behind her uncle Edward and then her father, Albert.

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This Day in History… June 1, 1990

Flora and Fauna Series

US #2482 was issued on this day in 1990.

On June 1, 1990, the USPS issued the first stamp in the Flora and Fauna series.

The Flora and Fauna series was born from plans for a Priority Mail stamp in 1987. At the time, the USPS was considering what to feature on their new Priority Mail stamp. Express Mail stamps at the time pictured eagles, so they thought Priority stamps could picture fast land animals.

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This Day in History… May 31, 1862

Battle of Fair Oaks

Antigua #2538 pictures the Battle of Fair Oaks (designated Seven Pines on the stamp).

On May 31, 1862, the Civil War Battle of Fair Oaks began.

The Union Army was close enough to the Confederate capital to hear Richmond’s church bells ring on Sunday morning. If Major General George B. McClellan could lead his Army of the Potomac just six more miles, they could take the capital and the Civil War would be over. The Battle of Fair Oaks, known in the South as the Battle of Seven Pines, could have been one of the last battles of the war. Instead, it was a turning point in McClellan’s campaign, and the fighting continued for three more years.

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