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 U.S. #988 was issued on this day in 1950.
January 27, 1850

Birth of Samuel Gompers 

American labor union leader Samuel Gompers was born on January 27, 1850, in London, England.

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 U.S. #1134 was issued on the 100th anniversary of this event.
August 27, 1859

First Major Commercial Oil Well in U.S. 

On August 27, 1859, Edwin Drake struck oil near Titusville, Pennsylvania, establishing America’s first commercially viable oil well.

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