This Day In History

Today, April 21st

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2012 Sunshine Skyway Bridge stamp
April 20, 1987

Reopening of Sunshine Skyway Bridge

On April 20, 1987, the second Sunshine Skyway Bridge opened. It was rebuilt following a 1980 accident. Considered a symbol of Florida, it’s also the longest cable-stayed concrete bridge in the world.

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1996 Marathon stamp
April 19, 1897

First Boston Marathon

The first-ever Boson Marathon was run on April 19, 1897. It’s the world’s oldest annual marathon and is one of the six World Marathon Majors. While the first race included 15 runners, recent races have seen over 30,000 participants.

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1962 Arizona statehood stamp
April 18, 1968

London Bridge Moves… to Arizona

On April 18, 1968, American entrepreneur Robert P. McCulloch purchased Britain’s famed London Bridge and relocated it to Arizona. Though it was dubbed “McCulloch’s Folly,” it turned out to be a successful gamble and became one of Arizona’s most popular attractions.

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1899 Cuba overprint stamp
April 17, 1961

Bay of Pigs Invasion

On April 17, 1961, a group of Cuban exiles launched an operation in Cuba known as the Bay of Pigs Invasion. It was an important event in the Cold War and led to major changes between the US, Cuba, and the Soviet Union.

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More Music stories…

Samuel Barber stamp
March 9, 1910

Happy Birthday, Samuel Barber

Composer and pianist Samuel Osmond Barber II was born on March 9, 1910, in West Chester, Pennsylvania. He was one of America’s most celebrated composers, enjoying early success that lasted throughout his long career.

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Bob Wills stamp
March 6, 1905

Happy Birthday, Bob Wills

Western swing musician James Robert Wills was born on March 6, 1905, in Kosse, Texas. Wills developed his own brand of country music and was known as the “King of Western Swing.”

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1987 Happy Birthday stamp
March 4, 1924

“Happy Birthday to You”

On March 4, 1924, the song and melody of “Happy Birthday to You” were printed in a songbook.  One of the world’s most famous songs, it has been the center of controversy over ownership and copyright status for years.

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George Gershwin stamp
February 28, 1973

American Arts Series

On February 28, 1973, the USPS issued the first of seven stamps in its new American Arts Series. The stamps in the series honored artists from several different genres, including painting, music writing, and filmmaking.

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More stories from April 21st…

 US #2204 was issued on the 150th anniversary of the creation of the Republic of Texas.
April 21, 1836

Battle of San Jacinto 

On April 21, 1836, Texan soldiers led a swift attack on an unsuspecting Mexican force at the Battle of San Jacinto.

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 US #2204 was issued on the 150th anniversary of the creation of the Republic of Texas.
April 21, 1836

Battle of San Jacinto 

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