December 21, 1804: Birthdate of Benjamin Disraeli. Disraeli was born Jewish but his father had him baptized. The baptism resulted from a dispute that the father had had with the local Jewish community. The change in religion opened the doors to a political career for Disraeli that resulted in him serving two terms as Prime Minister. Disraeli was the victim of anti-Semitic remarks and was also quite proud of his Jewish heritage. He passed away in 1881.
In 1987, Great Britain issued a 31p stamp picturing Queen Victoria with Disraeli at her left shoulder in a cameo illustration. The stamp is Scott No. 1190. Of particular interest is the fact that in October 2014, the Royal Post issued a set honoring 8 of Great Britain’s Prime Ministers with Disraeli conspicuously omitted.