This Day in History

 U.S. #548 – The Mayflower
September 16, 1620

The Mayflower Departs England for America

On September 16, 1620, the Mayflower left England to establish a colony in America.

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 U.S. #2364
September 15, 1831

John Bull Takes Its First Ride 

On September 15, 1831, the John Bull steam locomotive made its inaugural trip on New Jersey’s first railroad.

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1904 5¢ McKinley
September 14, 1901

President McKinley Dies 

Eight days after being shot by an assassin at the Pan-American Expo, President McKinley died on September 14, 1901.

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 U.S. #2346 pictures the former national capital at Federal Hall. The building was later demolished in 1812.
September 13, 1788

New York City Becomes America’s First Capital 

On September 13, 1788, New York City was established as America’s first capital under the Constitution of the United States.

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 U.S. #2496 – Owens claimed the secret to his success was that “I let my feet spend as little time on the ground as possible. From the air, fast down, and from the ground, fast up.”
September 12, 1913

Birth of Superstar Athlete Jesse Owens 

Born on September 12, 1913, Jesse Owens broke several track and field records and won four Olympic gold medals. He was ranked as the greatest athlete in the history of his sport.

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 U.S. #B2 – This Semi-postal stamp raised funds to assist the families of emergency relief personnel killed or permanently disabled in the 9/11 terrorist attacks.
September 11, 2001

9/11 Terrorist Attacks and the Fate of the Ground Zero Flag 

At 8:46 a.m. on the morning of September 11, 2001, American Airlines Flight 11 crashed into the North Tower of New York City’s World Trade Center, changing our world forever.

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 U.S. #892 – Howe went on to serve in the Civil War, using money he’d earned from his sewing machines to outfit his regiment. He also worked as the regiment’s postmaster, delivering war news.
September 10, 1846

Elias Howe Patents First Lockstitch Sewing Machine 

After eight years of tinkering, Elias Howe was awarded the first U.S. patent for a practical lockstitch sewing machine on September 10, 1846.

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 U.S. #1543-46 commemorates the First Continental Congress, which met in 1774. The Second Continental Congress convened the following year to manage the war effort and declare independence, among other things.
September 9, 1776

The “United Colonies” Become “United States” 

On September 9, 1776, the Second Continental Congress declared that the United Colonies would now be known as the United States.

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 U.S. #2593 was issued in Francis Bellamy’s hometown of Rome, New York, which is less than 20 miles from Mystic’s home in Camden.
September 8, 1892

Pledge of Allegiance First Published 

On September 8, 1892, Francis Bellamy’s Pledge of Allegiance was published in The Youth’s Companion magazine to promote patriotism among children.

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