George Washington

1991 19¢ Hot Air Balloon stamp
January 9, 1793

First Flown Letter in America

On January 9, 1793, Jean-Pierre Blanchard carried the first letter by hot air balloon in America.  The letter came from President George Washington, an avid balloon enthusiast.

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1953 3¢ New York City stamp
November 25, 1783

New York’s Evacuation Day

On November 25, 1783, the British Army left New York City following the American Revolutionary War.  The date was celebrated for over a century as Evacuation Day, with celebrations rivaling those held on the Fourth of July. 

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1923 $2 Capitol stamp
November 17, 1800

Congress’s First Session in the U.S. Capitol

On November 17, 1800, Congress convened in the still-under-construction Capitol building in Washington, DC for the first time.  The Capitol building would undergo several expansions over the years, eventually growing to 16.5 acres.

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1861-62 90c Washington, blue
October 24, 1931

George Washington Bridge 

On October 24, 1931, the George Washington Bridge was dedicated, officially opening to traffic the next day.  One of the world’s busiest bridges, the George Washington Bridge is also the world’s only 14-lane suspension bridge. 

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1983 20¢ US and Germany stamp
October 6, 1683

Establishment of Germantown, PA

On October 6, 1683, thirty-three Germans arrived in Pennsylvania to establish the first major German settlement in America.  The settlement would go on to become the birthplace of the anti-slavery movement, first bank of the United States, and more.

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1960 4¢ American Credo: George Washington stamp
September 19, 1796

Washington’s Farewell Address

On September 19, 1796, the American Daily Advertiser published President George Washington’s Farewell Address for the first time.  It’s considered one of the most important documents in United States history.

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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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1951 3¢ Battle of Brooklyn stamp
August 27, 1776

Battle of Brooklyn

The Continental and British Armies engaged in their first fight of the Revolutionary War on August 27, 1776. The Battle of Brooklyn (also known as the Battle of Long Island or the Battle of Brooklyn Heights) was the largest battle of the war.

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1945 Coast Guard stamp
August 4, 1790

Creation of the U.S. Coast Guard

On August 4, 1790, President George Washington passed a new Tariff Act that created the United States Revenue Cutter Service, the forerunner of the US Coast Guard. The Revenue Cutter Service was America’s only armed maritime service until the Navy was formed in 1798.

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