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Today in Nerd History | February 20

Nerd culture is a vibrant tapestry of events, releases, and milestones that have shaped the entertainment landscape. From iconic movies to groundbreaking games and significant literary contributions, this article takes a trip down memory lane to explore the notable nerd culture events that occurred on February 20th in history. Let’s celebrate these cherished moments that have left an indelible mark on the hearts of fans around the world.

U.S. POST OFFICE DEPT. | 1792

In 1792, the United States Post Office Department was officially formed, following the establishment of the Postal Service Act, marking the beginning of the Postal Service that we now today, that ships us all of our nerdy toys from across the country.

 

Nerdy Facts:

  • The Post Office Act of 1792 made newspapers eligible for low postal rates, which helped spread information and literacy among the public. It also imposed harsh penalties for mail theft, including death for repeat offenders.

  • For 141 years, getting a job at the U.S. postal system depended on political connections, as the winning party would fire and replace postal workers with their loyalists. This practice ended when the Post Office Department became the United States Postal Service, an independent agency.

  • The postal service delivers mail to every address in the nation, including some remote and unusual locations. There is still one place in Arizona where mail is delivered by mule, as it is located at the bottom of the Grand Canyon.

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