1983 Dorothea Dix stamp
April 4, 1802

Birth of Dorothea Dix

Dorothea Lynde Dix was born on April 4, 1802, in Hampden, Maine. She spent much of her life improving and establishing new mental asylums. Dix also served as the Superintendent of Army Nurses during the Civil War.

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1986 Adolphus Greely stamp
March 27, 1844

Birth of Adolphus Greely

Explorer Adolphus Washington Greely was born on March 27, 1844, in Newburyport, Massachusetts. He served with the Union Army during the Civil War and later led a polar expedition. Greely was the second person in history to receive a Medal of Honor for “lifetime achievement.”

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1919 Victory stamp
March 21, 1916

The Lafayette Escadrille

On March 21, 1916, a group of mostly American pilots formed the Escadrille Américaine. Later named the Lafayette Escadrille, they flew several high-profile missions that encouraged more Americans to join their ranks.

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 US #4510 – from the Distinguished Americans Series
January 19, 1905

Birth of Oveta Culp Hobby

Oveta Culp Hobby was born on January 19, 1905, in Killeen, Texas.

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 US #O117 – War Department Official Stamp
January 15, 1943

The Pentagon 

On January 15, 1943, construction on the Pentagon, the world’s largest office building, was completed.

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 US #1874 was issued on Dirksen’s 85th birthday.  
January 4, 1896

Birth of Everett Dirksen 

Statesman Everett McKinley Dirksen was born on January 4, 1896, in Pekin, Illinois.

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 US #2585 was one of five Santa stamps issued in 1991.
December 24, 1955

NORAD Tracks Santa

On December 24, 1955, NORAD’s predecessor tracked Santa Claus for the first time. 

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 US #3546 was the first US Thanksgiving stamp.
December 18, 1777

First National Thanksgiving

On December 18, 1777, the United States celebrated its first national Thanksgiving.  The celebration was in reaction to the recent victory at the Battle of Saratoga.

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 US #3395 – Alvin York was one of America’s most decorated soldiers of World War I, earning the Medal of Honor and Distinguished Service Cross, among others.
December 13, 1887

Happy Birthday Alvin York

World War I hero Alvin Cullum York was born on December 13, 1887, in Pall Mall, Tennessee.

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