Government

1899 Cuba overprint stamp
April 17, 1961

Bay of Pigs Invasion

On April 17, 1961, a group of Cuban exiles launched an operation in Cuba known as the Bay of Pigs Invasion. It was an important event in the Cold War and led to major changes between the US, Cuba, and the Soviet Union.

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1861 Washington stamp
April 5, 1792

First Presidential Veto

On April 5, 1792, George Washington used the first presidential veto in our country’s history. It was to turn down a bill that he felt unconstitutionally gave some states more members in the House of Representatives than the Constitution would allow.

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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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1992 Earl Warren stamp
March 19, 1891

Birth of Earl Warren

US Chief Justice Earl Warren was born on March 19, 1891, in Los Angeles, California. He’s considered one of the nation’s most influential Supreme Court justices, with his time on the court referred to as a “Constitutional Revolution.”

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1961 Gandhi stamp
March 12, 1930

Gandhi’s Salt March

On March 12, 1930, Gandhi started his 240-mile Salt March as a nonviolent protest against British rule in India. Gandhi’s march helped inspire widespread civil disobedience in India, bringing international attention to their cause.

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1879 Webster stamp
March 7, 1850

Webster’s “Seventh of March” Speech

On March 7, 1850, Massachusetts Senator Daniel Webster delivered one of his most famous speeches, the “Seventh of March” speech. It expressed his support for the Compromise of 1850 that would help avert a Civil War but proved disastrous for his Senate career.

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 US #1779 pictures the Rotunda, designed by Jefferson to represent the “authority of nature and power of reason.”  
January 25, 1819

Jefferson’s University of Virginia 

On January 25, 1819, Thomas Jefferson succeeded in securing a charter for his beloved University of Virginia (UVA).

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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 #772 – Click the image to read the neat story behind Connecticut’s famed “Charter Oak.”
January 9, 1788

Connecticut Becomes Fifth State

On January 9, 1788, Connecticut ratified the US Constitution, making it the fifth state to join the young United States.

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