Government

 U.S. #1480-83 – Wealthy colonists offered to pay for the lost tea, but the British refused.
December 16, 1773

Colonists Revolt with Boston Tea Party

On December 16, 1773, a group of Massachusetts colonists known as the Sons of Liberty staged a dramatic protest against British taxes – the famed Boston Tea Party.

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 U.S. #1312 – Commemorates the 175th anniversary of the Bill of Rights.
December 15th, 1791

Bill of Rights Becomes Law

On December 15, 1791, Virginia became the 11th state to ratify the Bill of Rights, earning the three-fourths majority needed to add the first 10 amendments to the Constitution.

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 U.S. #1651 – At the center of the Indiana flag is a flaming torch, symbolizing liberty and enlightenment.
December 11, 1816

Indiana Becomes 19th U.S. State

On December 11, 1816, Indiana was admitted to the Union.

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 U.S. #1339 – “Illinois” is a French twist on the Inoka tribe name.
December 3, 1818

Illinois Becomes the 21st State

On December 3, 1818, President James Monroe signed legislation admitting the state of Illinois to the Union.

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2007 39¢ Oklahoma Statehood stamp
November 16, 1907

Oklahoma Becomes 46th State

On November 16, 1907, Indian Territory and Oklahoma Territory were merged to create the state of Oklahoma.

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 U.S. #1298 – Roosevelt won by 3.6 million votes.
November 7, 1944

FDR Elected to Record Fourth Term

On November 7, 1944, Franklin D. Roosevelt became the first and only U.S. President elected to a fourth term.

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 U.S. #2975f – Though he led the Confederacy through the war, Davis had initially opposed secession.
November 6, 1861

Jefferson Davis Elected Confederate President

On November 6, 1861, Jefferson Davis was elected the first and only president of the Confederate States of America.

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 U.S. #897 pictures the Wyoming State Seal, honoring it as the Equality State.
November 4, 1924

America’s First Female Governor Elected

On November 4, 1924, Wyoming elected Nellie Tayloe Ross America’s first female governor, again proving its nickname, “The Equality State.”

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 U.S. #2561 pictures the capital as it appeared in 1903.
November 3, 1964

Washington, D.C. Residents Vote in Their First Presidential Election

Though the District of Columbia has served as our nation’s capital since 1791, its residents didn’t get to vote in their first presidential election until November 3, 1964.

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