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1975 13¢ Flag Over Independence Hall
April 4, 1818

The Flag Act of 1818 

On April 4, 1818, President James Monroe signed a flag act that changed the way the US flag was updated when new states joined the Union.  This act has affected every US flag issued since… 

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1955 Liberty Series - $1 Patrick Henry
March 23, 1775

Patrick Henry Delivers Famous Speech 

On March 23, 1775, Patrick Henry addressed the Second Virginia Convention to convince them to raise a militia.  During his rousing speech, he delivered one of his most famous statements…

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2019 State and County Fairs stamps
September 29, 1841

First State Fair in America

On September 29, 1841, New York held the first state fair in the US. Today it’s the oldest and one of the most highly attended of all US state fairs.

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1966 5¢ Johnny Appleseed stamp
September 24, 1966

American Folklore Series

On September 24, 1966, the US Post Office introduced the American Folklore Series.  The series captured the things that make our nation unique.  It honored some of the people and tales that have played an important role in our nation’s culture.

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1998 32¢ Uncle Sam stamp
September 7, 1813

The Origins of “Uncle Sam”

On September 7, 1813, a newspaper referred to the United States as “Uncle Sam.”  The name reportedly came from Troy, New York’s Uncle Sam Wilson, and has since become one of America’s most enduring national symbols.

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1935 3¢ Connecticut Tercentenary stamp
August 21, 1856

Connecticut’s Charter Oak

On August 21, 1856, Connecticut’s famed Charter Oak Tree was struck down in a thunderstorm. The tree had become a legend in the state’s history, reportedly hiding the colonial charter two centuries earlier.

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1967 5¢ Davy Crockett stamp
August 17, 1786

Happy Birthday Davy Crockett

David “Davy” Crockett was born on August 17, 1786 in Greene County, North Carolina (though it is now part of Tennessee).  Dubbed the King of the Wild Frontier, Crockett was a folk hero, politician, frontiersman and soldier.

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1869 24¢ Declaration of Independence stamp
July 4, 1776

America’s Declaration of Independence

On July 4, 1776, the Second Continental Congress ratified the Declaration of Independence. One of America’s founding documents, it explained why the 13 colonies were at war with Great Britain and that they declared themselves to be independent sovereign states no longer under British rule.

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1992 Pledge of Allegiance stamp
June 22, 1942

Pledge of Allegiance

On June 22, 1942, Congress formally adopted the Pledge of Allegiance.  Originally written by Francis Bellamy in 1884, the pledge been altered some over the years, but has remained unchanged since 1954.

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