Famous Americans

1978 31¢ Wright Brothers and Plane stamp
September 23, 1978

Pioneers of Aviation Series

On September 23, 1978, the USPS issued the first stamps in its Pioneers of Aviation Series. The series would span more than 20 years and include 18 stamps honoring some of America’s most legendary aviators and their aircraft.

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1983 20¢ Science and Industry stamp
September 20, 1848

American Association for the Advancement of Science

The American Association for the Advancement of Science (AAAS) was founded on September 20, 1848, in Philadelphia, Pennsylvania. It grew to become the world’s largest general scientific society with more than 120,000 members.

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2009 44¢ Supreme Court Justices: Joseph Story stamp
September 18, 1779

Birth of Joseph Story

Joseph Story was born on September 18, 1779, in Marblehead, Massachusetts. He was the youngest person ever named to the Supreme Court and has been credited with reshaping American law.

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1993 29¢ Legends of American Music: Otis Redding stamp
September 9, 1941

Birth of Otis Redding

Otis Ray Redding, Jr., was born on September 9, 1941, in Dawson, Georgia.   Despite his brief career, it’s been said that his marriage of traditional R&B with folk music in the 1960s took soul to a new level.

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1978 13¢ Performing Arts: Jimmie Rodgers stamp
September 8, 1897

Happy Birthday, Jimmie Rodgers

James Charles Rodgers was born on September 8, 1897, in Meridian, Mississippi.  He was known for his distinctive yodel and has been called the “Father of Country Music.”

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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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1974 10¢ First Continental Congress: We Ask for Peace, Liberty and Safety stamp
September 5, 1774

First Continental Congress

On September 5, 1774, the First Continental Congress opened in Philadelphia, Pennsylvania. It marked the first time the colonies gathered together to resist English oppression.

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1947 3c Thomas A. Edison stamp
September 4, 1882

Start of the Electrical Age 

On September 4, 1882, Thomas Edison began providing electricity to a portion of New York City, an event often considered the start of the electrical age.

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2002 37¢ Women in Journalism: Marguerite Higgins stamp
September 3, 1920

Birth of Marguerite Higgins

Marguerite Higgins Hall was born on September 3, 1920, in Hong Kong, China. A war correspondent for World War II, Korea, and Vietnam, she was the first woman awarded a Pulitzer Prize for international reporting.

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