Literature

1982 20¢ Horatio Alger
January 13, 1832

Birth of Horatio Alger

Horatio Alger Jr. was born in Chelsea, Massachusetts, on January 13, 1832. Alger was most well-known for his “rags to riches” stories that were especially popular with children.

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1988 25¢ Jack London
January 12, 1876

Birth of Jack London

Acclaimed writer Jack London was born on January 12, 1876, in San Francisco, California. Best known for his novel Call of the Wild, he became the highest paid, most-popular writer of his day.

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1978 13¢ Carl Sandburg
January 6, 1878

Birth of Carl Sandburg

Pulitzer Prize-winning author Carl Sandburg was born on January 6, 1878, in Galesburg, Illinois. He wrote his own “American fairytales” as well as children’s books and biographies on Abraham Lincoln.

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1993 29¢ Broadway Musicals: Showboat
December 27, 1927

Show Boat Makes Broadway Debut

On December 27, 1927, the musical Show Boat debuted at Broadway’s Ziegfeld Theater. The play was hailed as an artistic masterpiece and the film was a box office hit.

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2012 Santa and Sleigh
December 23, 1823

First Printing of “A Visit  from St. Nicholas”

“A Visit from St. Nicholas” was first printed anonymously on December 23, 1823. Eventually attributed to Clement Clarke Moore, the poem gave Americans the version of Santa we have today.

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1948 3¢ Joel Chandler Harris
December 9, 1848

Birth of Joel Chandler Harris 

Author Joel Chandler Harris was born on December 9, 1848, in Eatonton, Georgia. He’s best known for his folklore tales of Uncle Remus and the Brer Rabbit.

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2014 49¢ Rudolph; Rudolph, the Red-Nosed Reindeer
December 6, 1964

Rudolph the Red-Nosed Reindeer

On December 6, 1964, Rudolph the Red-Nosed Reindeer first premiered on television.  Based on a popular book and song, it became an instant classic, appearing on television every year since.

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1940 5¢ Louisa May Alcott
November 29, 1832

Birth of Louisa May Alcott

Louisa May Alcott was born on November 29, 1832, in Germantown, Pennsylvania. A prolific author of more than 270 works, she’s most well-known for her novel, Little Women.

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2002 37¢ Women in Journalism: Nellie Bly
November 14, 1889

Nellie Bly Begins Record-Setting Trip Around the Globe 

On November 14, 1889, Nellie Bly embarked on a trip around the globe, inspired by Jules Verne’s Around the World in Eighty Days.

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