This Day In History

Today, January 22nd

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1994 29¢ Battle for Leyte Gulf
January 21, 1943

Launch of USS Yorktown

The fourth USS Yorktown was launched on January 21, 1943. During its more than 25 years of service, the Yorktown participated World War II, the Korean War, and the Vietnam War.

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1966 6¢ Prominent Americans: Franklin D. Roosevelt
January 20, 1937

First January Presidential Inauguration Day 

On January 20, 1937, Franklin D. Roosevelt was the first US president to be sworn in under the new rules of the 20th Amendment.  Since then, every president has been sworn in on January 20.

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1991 29¢ Space Exploration: Pluto stamp
January 19, 2006

Launch of New Horizons Probe

On January 19, 2006, the New Horizons interplanetary space probe was launched on a mission that included studying Pluto. The mission was inspired in part a postage stamp!

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1890 10¢ Webster, green stamp
January 18, 1782

Birth of Daniel Webster

Daniel Webster was born in Salisbury (now Franklin), New Hampshire on January 18, 1782.  A successful lawyer and statesman, he negotiated an important treaty with Canada and served as Secretary of State under three presidents. 

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1991 29¢ Space Exploration: Pluto stamp
January 19, 2006

Launch of New Horizons Probe

On January 19, 2006, the New Horizons interplanetary space probe was launched on a mission that included studying Pluto. The mission was inspired in part a postage stamp!

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1948 5¢ DC-4 Skymaster Horizontal Coil
January 15, 1948

First Airmail Coil Stamp

The first US Airmail coil stamp was issued on January 15, 1948, in Washington, DC. Only a few more coil stamps would be issued over the next 30 years, but the DC-4 SkyMaster would appear on more than a dozen postal items.

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1991 19¢ Hot Air Balloon stamp
January 9, 1793

First Flown Letter in America

On January 9, 1793, Jean-Pierre Blanchard carried the first letter by hot air balloon in America.  The letter came from President George Washington, an avid balloon enthusiast.

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1893 1¢ Columbian Commemorative: Columbus in Sight of Land stamp
January 1, 1893

Famed Columbian Stamps Issued

On January 1, 1893, the majority the Columbian stamps were first placed on sale in large cities. The Columbians are some of America’s most famous and sought-after stamps, and are considered the first US commemorative stamps.

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More stories from January 22nd…

 US #3157 – from the 1997 Opera Singers Issue
January 22, 1897

Birth of Rosa Ponselle

Opera singer Rosa (Ponzillo) Ponselle was born on January 22, 1897, in Meridan, Connecticut.

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 Germany #1546 was issued for the 25th anniversary of the treaty.  Click the image to order.
January 22, 1963

The Élysée Treaty

On January 22, 1963, France and West Germany signed the Élysée Treaty, ending centuries of rivalries between the two nations.

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 Great Britain #Black1xxx – Victoria insisted the portrait of her on the Penny Black be the only image of her on Britain’s postage stamps.  Click image to order. 
January 22, 1901

Death Of Queen Victoria 

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 U.S. #1555 was issued for Griffith’s 100th birthday.
January 22, 1875

Birth of D.W. Griffith

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