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THE FIRST SECRETARY OF THE TREASURY

Hamilton

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Alexander Hamilton
(January 11, 1755 or 1757 – July 12, 1804)

Alexander Hamilton was a Founding Father and the first Secretary of 
the Treasury of the United States in the administration of President 
George Washington. He was also one of America’s first constitutional
lawyers and the founder of the American Federalist party..

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COIN RELEASED ON THIS DAY IN 1979

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Women’s
suffrage
campaigner Susan B. Anthony

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While a large quantity were produced in 1979, the Susan B. Anthony dollar coin
failed to circulate well (despite the slogan "Carry three for Susan B.") and a minimal
number were produced in 1980. Public reaction to the coin was primarily negative,
with complaints that it was smaller than previous dollar coins and was also too easily
confused with the Washington quarter. Its unpopularity was compared to the greatly
disliked 20¢ piece from 1875, which was also easily confused with the quarter.

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MOTTO ADOPTED ON THIS DAY IN 1956

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ingodwetrust paper in-god-we-trust coin

"In God We Trust" was adopted as the official motto of the United States On
July 11, 1954, just one month after the phrase "under God" was incorporated
into the Pledge of Allegiance. The U.S. Congress enacted Public Law 84-140,
which required the motto on all coins and currency. The law was approved by
President Eisenhower on July 30, 1956, and the motto was progressively added
to paper money over a period from 1957 to 1966.   

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MARILYN MONROE ( JUNE 1, 1926–AUG. 5, 1962)

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Marilyn Monroe, born Norma Jeane Mortenson but baptized and raised as Norma
Jeane Baker, was a actress, singer and model. She began a career as a model,
which led to a film contract in 1946. Her early film appearances were minor, but
her performances in  The Asphalt Jungle and All About Eve (both 1950) were well received. Marilyn’s dramatic performance in Bus Stop (1956) was acclaimed by
critics, and she received a Golden Globe nomination. Marilyn also received a
Golden Globe Award for her role in Some Like It Hot (1959).

PLAYBOY FIRST ISSUE
Marilyn on the cover of the first issue of PLAYBOY, December 1953

 

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FIRST NICKLES ON THIS DATE IN 1866

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first 5 cent piece

The Shield nickel, designed by James B. Longacre,Chief Engraver of the U.S. Mint (below). It was the first nickel five-cent piece minted in the United States.

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                                            James B. Longacre

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