This Day In History

Today, May 30th

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1976 13¢ Interphil ‘76
May 29, 1976

Opening of INTERPHIL ’76 

On May 29, 1976, the Seventh US International Philatelic Exhibition (INTERPHIL) opened to the public. Celebrating the American Bicentennial, the show had more than 75,000 visitors.

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2016 47c World Stamp Show Blue Vignette
May 28, 2016

World Stamp Show 2016

On May 28, 2016, the doors opened on America’s 11th International Stamp Exhibition, World Stamp Show 2016. It marked the show’s return to New York after 60 years.

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U.S. #728 – Restoration of Fort Dearborn stamp issued for the fair.
May 27, 1933

Century of Progress World’s Fair 

The 1933 World’s Fair opened in Chicago, Illinois, on May 27, 1933. The fair was so popular, it ran for two years and was the first international fair to pay for itself.

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2004 37¢ Legends of Hollywood: John Wayne
May 26, 1907

Happy Birthday John Wayne 

John Wayne was born Marion Robert Morrison in Winterset, Iowa, on May 26, 1907. Starring in over 200 movies, Wayne became an American icon, whose name and image were synonymous with the rugged Wild West.

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More Abraham Lincoln stories…

1908 5c Lincoln, blue, imperforate
March 30, 1908

Scarce Imperforate 1908 Lincoln Stamp

On March 30, 1908, the US Post Office issued an imperforate 5¢ Lincoln stamp that nearly went unnoticed by collectors.  It was never intended for public sale and could have been lost to time if not for a group of quick-acting collectors.

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1922-25 $5 America, carmine and blue
December 2, 1863

Statue of Freedom Completed 

On December 2, 1863, the Statue of Freedom was placed atop the US Capitol to a 35-gun salute. The ceremony was held in the midst of the Civil War – President Lincoln had insisted the Capitol be completed as a symbol of American unity.

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1875 15¢ Lincoln, black
June 16, 1858

Lincoln Delivers House Divided Speech 

On June 16, 1858, Abraham Lincoln delivered his famous House Divided Speech in Springfield, Illinois. The speech helped propel Lincoln onto the national stage, setting him on course to become one of America’s greatest presidents.

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1881-82 6¢ Lincoln, brown red
May 7, 1861

Lincoln Made Honorary Citizen of San Marino

On May 7, 1861, President Abraham Lincoln accepted the “honor of citizenship” from San Marino. It was one of the earliest instances of US and San Marino relations, which wouldn’t be formally established for decades. 

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More stories from May 30th…

2014 $19.99 USS Arizona Memorial, Express Mail
May 30, 1962

Opening of the USS Arizona Memorial

On May 30, 1962, the USS Arizona Memorial was officially opened to the public. A tribute to those who lost their lives at Pearl Harbor, it’s visited by two million people per year and is a National Historic Landmark.

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1991 29¢ Flags on Parade
May 30, 1868

The First Memorial Day 

On May 30, 1868, the first Memorial Day, then called Decoration Day, was held in the United States.  It’s grown to become a federal holiday dedicated to remembering the sacrifices of our fallen soldiers.

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1954 Kansas Territory stamp
May 30, 1854

Kansas-Nebraska Act

On May 30, 1854, President Franklin Pierce signed the Kansas-Nebraska Act into law. The act had been created to settle tensions over slavery and open new lands for development, but instead only proved to create more division and move America closer to Civil War.

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 US #3099 from the Big Band Leaders issue.
May 30, 1909

Birth of Benny Goodman

Bandleader Benjamin David Goodman was born on May 30, 1909, in Chicago, Illinois.

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