This Day in History

2006 $1, $2, $5 Washington 2006 World Philatelic Exhibition, souvenir sheet
May 27, 2006

Washington 2006

On May 27, 2006, the tenth US International Philatelic Exhibition opened at the Washington Convention Center in Washington, DC. Officially named Washington Philatelic Exhibition Inc., its most often referred to as Washington 2006.

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2018 50¢ Sally Ride
May 26, 1951

Birth of Sally Ride

Sally Ride was born on May 26, 1951, in Encino, Los Angeles, California.  In 1983, she became the first American woman in space, and the third woman overall, after two Soviet cosmonauts.

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2017 49¢ Father Theodore Hesburgh - sheet
May 25, 1917

Father Theodore Hesburgh

Reverend Theodore Martin Hesburgh was born on May 25, 1917, in Syracuse, New York.  He served as president Notre Dame University for 35 years, transforming it into one of the best colleges in America.

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1919 2¢ on 1¢ Shanghai Overprint - green
May 24, 1919

U.S. Issues Shanghai Stamps 

On May 24, 1919, the US issued stamps for use in Shanghai, China. The stamps were produced in limited quantities and only remained in use for a few years.

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2000 10¢ Lion Statue, non-denominational, coil
May 23, 1895

Founding of the New York Public Library 

On May 23, 1895, the New York Public Library was established. Exactly 16 years later, on May 23, 1911, the main branch of the library opened its doors to the public. Today, the New York Public Library is the second largest public library in the country and the fourth largest in the world.

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1978 15¢ A-rate Eagle, perf 11
May 22, 1978

First Alphabet Rate Change Stamp

On May 22, 1978, the USPS issued its first in a long series of Alphabet rate change stamps. These stamps were used with existing postage until new stamps were released to meet changing rates.

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1980 35¢ Glenn Curtiss
May 21, 1878

Happy Birthday to Glenn Curtiss

Glenn Hammond Curtiss was born on May 21, 1878, in Hammondsport, New York.  He designed the planes flown by most American WWI pilots, which were also used to carry the first airmail deliveries.

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1939 30¢ Winged Globe Transatlantic Airmail
May 20, 1939

Trans-Atlantic Airmail Service

On May 20, 1939, the US Post Office inaugurated its official trans-Atlantic airmail service to Europe. The new Yankee Clipper service flew from New York to France in 26 hours.

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1989 $1 Great Americans: Johns Hopkins
May 19, 1795

Birth of Johns Hopkins 

Johns Hopkins was born on May 19, 1795, in Anne Arundel County, Maryland. A successful businessman, he donated $7 million for the creation of schools and hospitals, the largest philanthropic gift in America up to that time.

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