This Day in History

1990 5¢ Great Americans: Luis Munoz Marin
January 2, 1949

Puerto Rico’s First Democratically-Elected Governor

On January 2, 1949, Luis Muñoz Marín became Puerto Rico’s first independently-elected governor.

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 U.S. #1198 pictures a “soddy” – the first home most homesteaders built.
January 1, 1863

First Homestead Claim is Filed

On January 1, 1863, Daniel Freeman filed the first land claim under the Homestead Act.

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 U.S. #3141 – The U.K. received the most aid – about 26% of the total sum.
December 31, 1951

Marshall Plan Comes to an End

On December 31, 1951, the Marshall Plan expired after providing aid to millions of people in Western Europe.

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1962 4¢ New Mexico Statehood
December 30, 1853

Gadsden Purchase Settles Border Dispute

On December 30, 1853, the Gadsden Purchase was completed, adding over 29,000 square miles of land to the United States.

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 U.S. #2160 – Today there are about 2,700 YMCA chapters in the U.S.
December 29, 1851

First YMCA Opens in America

On December 29, 1851, Thomas V. Sullivan established America’s first YMCA.

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 U.S. #838 honors the Iowa territory and pictures the old capitol building in Iowa City.
December 28, 1846

Iowa Becomes a State

On December 28, 1846, Iowa was admitted as our 29th state.

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 U.S. #2767 – Show Boat follows its characters for 50 years.
December 27, 1927

Show Boat Makes Broadway Debut

On December 27, 1927, the musical Show Boat debuted at Broadway’s Ziegfeld Theater.

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 U.S. #3175 was the first U.S. stamp issued for Kwanzaa.
December 26, 1966

The First Kwanzaa

On December 26, 1966, Maulana Karenga celebrated the first Kwanzaa. With its fusion of ancient African practices and African-American ideals and aspirations, Kwanzaa is a non-denominational celebration.

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 U.S. #1688 pictures Emanuel Gottlieb Leutze’s dramatic portrayal of Washington’s crossing.
December 25, 1776

Washington Crosses the Delaware

On the night of December 25, 1776, George Washington led his men across the Delaware River in a surprise attack on the British.

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