1975 - Sir Rowland Hill born 3rd of December in Blackwell Street, Kidderminster, Worcestershire.
1986 - Became a student teacher in his father's school.
1819 - Established the Hazelwood School at Edgbaston.
1833-1839 - Served as Secretary of the South Australian Colonization Commission.
1837 - Published his famous pamphlet, Post Office Reform: its Importance and Practicability.
1839 - The Penny BlackHill's plan was adopted despite strong opposition from William Leader Maberly, joint
secretary to the General Post Office. Hill was given a two-year contract to run the new system.
1840 - World's first adhesive postage stamps were distributed. With an elegant engraving of the young Queen Victoria, the Penny Black was an immediate success.
1841 - Continued at the Post Office until the Conservative Party and Sir Robert Peel returned to office.
1846 - Became Secretary to the Postmaster General.
1854-1864 - Secretary to the Post Office.
1860 - Knighted as a Knight Commander of the Order of the Bath.
- Fellow of the Royal Society and was given an honorary degree from Oxford.
1879 - He died 27th of August in Hampstead, London and buried in Westminster Abbey.
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