This Day In History

Today, October 28th

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2006 39c Great Basin, Largest Desert stamp
October 27, 1986

Great Basin National Park

On October 27, 1986, Great Basin National Park was established in Nevada.  The park protects ancient bristlecone pines, Wheeler Peak Glacier, and more.

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1994 29¢ Legends of the West, Error Sheet, 20 Stamps
October 26, 1881,

Shootout at the OK Corral 

On October 26, 1881, the Earp brothers took on the Clanton-McLaury Gang at the OK Corral in Tombstone, Arizona.  The shootout became one of the most famous events in the Old West.

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1978 13¢ Indian Head Penny stamp
October 25, 1949

Effigy Mounds National Monument

Effigy Mounds National Monument in Iowa was established on October 25, 1949. The monument protects and interprets the history behind about 200 mounds built by Native Americans centuries ago.

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1861-62 90c Washington, blue
October 24, 1931

George Washington Bridge 

On October 24, 1931, the George Washington Bridge was dedicated, officially opening to traffic the next day.  One of the world’s busiest bridges, the George Washington Bridge is also the world’s only 14-lane suspension bridge. 

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More Government stories…

2006 39c Great Basin, Largest Desert stamp
October 27, 1986

Great Basin National Park

On October 27, 1986, Great Basin National Park was established in Nevada.  The park protects ancient bristlecone pines, Wheeler Peak Glacier, and more.

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1969 6c Beautification of America: Plant for more Beautiful Highways stamp
October 22, 1965

Highway Beautification Act

On October 22, 1965, President Lyndon B. Johnson signed the Highway Beautification Act into law. The law had been spearheaded by his wife, and was even nicknamed after her, called “Lady Bird’s Bill.”

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1949 3¢ Grand Army of the Republic stamp
October 21, 1861

Battle of Ball’s Bluff

The Civil War Battle of Ball’s Bluff was fought in Loudoun County, Virginia on October 21, 1861.   Though a minor battle and loss for the Union, it had some long-lasting effects on the war and some interesting historical connections.   

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1929 2¢ Ohio River Canalization stamp
October 19, 1929

Ohio River Canalization Stamp

On October 19, 1929, the US Post Office issued a 2¢ commemorative honoring the canalization of the Ohio River.  It came as the culmination of over 50 years of work on the project, which was a major engineering feat.

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More stories from October 28th…

 US #2635 was issued for the highway’s 50th anniversary.
October 28, 1942

The Alaska Highway 

On October 28, 1942, construction was completed on the 1,700 mile Alaska Highway.

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 US #3428 from the Distinguished Americans Series. Click the image to order.
October 28, 1914

Birth of Dr. Jonas Salk

Jonas Edward Salk was born on October 28, 1914, in New York, New York.

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 US #2635 was issued for the highway’s 50th anniversary.
October 28, 1942

The Alaska Highway 

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