US #3190a – from the Celebrate the Century – 1980s Sheet
January 5, 1972

Birth of the Space Shuttle Program 

On January 5, 1972, President Richard Nixon signed legislation authorizing the creation of America’s first space shuttle, the “world’s first reusable spacecraft.”

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 US #4414d – from the Early TV Memories Sheet
December 27, 1947

It’s Howdy Doody Time! 

On December 27, 1947, Howdy Doody made his television debut on Puppet Playhouse.  Howdy Doody was one of the first TV programs made for children and produced in color.

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 US #3159 – from the 1997 Conductors and Composers Issue
December 17, 1894

Birth of Arthur Fiedler

Famed American conductor Arthur Fiedler was born on December 17, 1894, in Boston, Massachusetts. 

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 US #5024 pictures a scene from A Charlie Brown Christmas.  Click the image to view the full set. 
December 9, 1965

Debut of A Charlie Brown Christmas

On December 9, 1965, A Charlie Brown Christmas first aired on television.

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 US #4252 – from the American Journalists issue
November 26, 1912

Birth of Eric Sevareid

Journalist and author Arnold Eric Sevareid was born on November 26, 1912, in Velva, North Dakota. 

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 US #4414j – from the Early TV Memories Sheet
September 28, 1901

Happy Birthday Ed Sullivan 

Legendary TV personality Ed Sullivan was born on September 28, 1901, in Harlem, New York City.

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 US #1119 was issued to mark the 50th anniversary of the school’s founding.
September 14, 1908

America’s First Journalism School 

On September 14, 1908, the University of Missouri School of Journalism became the first such school in the US, and only the second in the world.  (The Superior School of Journalism of Paris opened in 1899.)

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 US #1173 pictures a satellite orbiting earth while emitting radio waves.
August 12, 1960

Echo 1

On August 12, 1960, Echo I, the world’s first passive communications satellite, was placed in orbit around the Earth

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 US #1091 was issued aboard the USS Saratoga in Norfolk, VA.
June 12, 1957

1957 International Naval Review

On June 12, 1957, the US hosted an International Naval Review that coincided with the 350th anniversary of the founding of the Jamestown colony. 

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