This Day in History

1968 6¢ American Indian
October 5, 1877

Surrender of Chief Joseph

On October 5, 1877, Chief Joseph of the Nez Perce surrendered to American forces just 40 miles from the safety of the Canadian border. Chief Joseph was famous for his war strategy, as well as his courage, honor, and the consideration he showed his enemies.

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1940 Famous Americans: 10¢ Frederic Remington
October 4, 1861

Birth of Frederic Remington 

Frederic Sackrider Remington was born on October 4, 1861, in Canton, New York. He went on to become the most successful artist of Western scenes during his lifetime.

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2001 34¢ Thanksgiving
October 3, 1789

Thanksgiving Day Proclamations

On October 3, 1789 and 1863, two sitting presidents called on Americans to celebrate a day of Thanksgiving in November.

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1963 5¢ Cordell Hull
October 2, 1871

Happy Birthday Cordell Hull 

America’s longest-serving secretary of State, Cordell Hull, was born on October 2, 1871, in Olympus, Overton County (now Pickett County), Tennessee. Hull was also a driving force behind the the creation of the UN sometimes referred to as the “Father of the United Nations.”

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1996 32¢ Rural Free Delivery
October 1, 1896

Start of Rural Free Delivery

On October 1, 1896, Rural Free Delivery was introduced in a handful of West Virginia towns. Rural free delivery made the mail faster, more convenient, and more valuable, bringing our nation together like never before.

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1983 20¢ George
September 30, 1927

Babe Ruth’s 60th Home Run

On September 30, 1927, Babe Ruth became the first baseball player in US history to hit 60 home runs. His record would stand for 34 years, but it remains a historic moment in sports history.

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2020 55¢ Gwen Ifill – Black Heritage Series
September 29, 1955

Birth of Gwen Ifill

Gwendolyn L. Ifill was born on September 29, 1955, in Jamaica, Queens. The first African American woman to host a national political show and moderate a vice presidential debate, she was widely known and respected for her integrity and ability to remain unbiased.

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1940 5¢ Frances Elizabeth Willard Famous Americans Series – Educators
September 28, 1839

Birth of Frances Willard

Frances Elizabeth Caroline Willard was born on September 28, 1839, in Churchville, New York. She was a leading figure in the temperance and women’s suffrage movements in the late 1800s, though she wouldn’t live to see the passage of the 18th and 19th Amendments that achieved her goals.

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1916 1¢ Washington, green
September 27, 1916

First Unwatermarked Stamp of the 20th Century

On September 27, 1916, the US Post Office issued its first postage stamp on unwatermarked paper in over 20 years.  The change was in response to war-time constraints, but would become permanent.

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