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 U.S. #3786 – Hepburn won a record three BAFTA Awards.
May 4, 1929

Death of Hollywood Icon Audrey Hepburn

Audrey Hepburn was born on May 4, 1929, in Brussels, Belgium.

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2009 42c Edgar Allan Poe
January 19, 1809

Birth of Renowned Writer Edgar Allan Poe

Edgar Allan Poe was born on January 19, 1809, in Boston, Massachusetts.

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 U.S. #1732 – In addition to Hawaii, Cook also made the first European contact with Australia.
January 18, 1778

James Cook – First European to Visit Hawaii

On January 18, 1778, Captain James Cook became the first European to reach the Hawaiian islands.

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 U.S. #4318 pictures the Puerto Rican tody which can be found in the forest.
January 17, 1903

Founding of El Yunque National Forest

On January 17, 1903, the National Forest Service established Luquillo Forest Reserve (today known as El Yunque National Forest) in Puerto Rico.

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 U.S. #793 pictures Dewey with two other Spanish-American war naval heroes – William Sampson and Winfield Schley.
January 16, 1917

Death of Admiral George Dewey

George Dewey, the only man to hold the rank of Admiral of the Navy, died on January 16, 1917.

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 U.S. #1771 – Martin Luther King, Jr. Day was first celebrated as a federal holiday on January 20, 1986.
January 15, 1929

Happy Birthday Martin Luther King, Jr.

Civil Rights activist Martin Luther King Jr. was born on January 15, 1929 in Atlanta, Georgia.

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 U.S. #3152 – In his nearly 30-year career, Bogart appeared in 75 feature films.
January 14, 1957

Farewell to a Hollywood Legend

On January 14, 1957, we said goodbye to Humphrey Bogart.

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 U.S. #2869j – Earp has been called the “toughest and deadliest gunman of his day.”
January 13, 1929

Death of Wyatt Earp

After a life of wandering the frontier as a lawman, businessman, and gambler, Wyatt Earp died on January 13, 1929.

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 U.S. #2182 – London wrote 51 books during his life, though several weren’t released until after his death.
January 12, 1876

Birth of Jack London

Acclaimed writer Jack London was born on January 12, 1876, in San Francisco, California.

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