International History

1998 1¢ Weather Vane
February 5, 1744

National Weatherpersons Day

February 5 is celebrated annually as National Weatherpersons Day in honor of Dr. John Jeffries, one of America’s first weather observers. National Weatherpersons Day is held on February 5 to mark Jeffries’s birthday in 1744.

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1991 29¢ World War II: Burma Road
January 28, 1945

Burma Road Reopens

On January 28, 1945, the Burma Road, linking Burma with the southwest of China, was reopened. It was a vital supply road that helped contribute to victory in the region.

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1999 33¢ Celebrate the Century - 1960s: The Vietnam War
January 27, 1973

Paris Peace Accords

On January 27, 1973, the Paris Peace Accords ended US involvement in the Vietnam War. It marked the end of a decade of US presence in Vietnam, though the fighting would continue for two more years.

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1932 2¢ Third Olympic Winter Games
January 25, 1932

First U.S. Olympic Stamp 

On January 25, 1932, the US Post Office Department issued its first stamp honoring the Olympic Games.  Those games were the first to be held in the US.

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1999 33¢ Chinese Lunar New Year - Year of the Hare
January 22, 2023

The Year of the Rabbit

This year, January 22, 2023, marks the start of the Year of the Rabbit on the Chinese calendar.  The New Year celebration – also known as the Spring Festival – is the most important holiday in Chinese culture.

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1960 4¢ Champions of Liberty: Ignacy Paderewski
January 18, 1919

Ignacy Paderewski Becomes Prime Minister of Poland 

On January 18, 1919, composer-turned statesman Ignacy Paderewski was sworn in as the first prime minister of newly independent Poland.

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1898 1¢ Franklin, deep green, double line watermark
January 17, 1898,

Universal Postal Union Colors

On January 17, 1898, the first US stamp created to conform to the change in colors recommended by the Universal Postal Union was issued.  The UPU had recommended the standardization of colors to make international mail easier to process.

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1976 13¢ Telephone Centennial
January 7, 1927

First Official Transatlantic Phone Call 

On January 7, 1927, men in New York and London staged the first official telephone call across the Atlantic Ocean. Using radio waves, it made instant communication across the ocean a reality, paving the way for our modern communication systems.

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2010 44¢ Distinguished Sailors: John McCloy
January 3, 1876

Birth of John McCloy

US Navy Lieutenant Commander John McCloy was born on January 3, 1876, in Brewster, New York.  Serving with the Navy for 30 years, he’s one of just 19 servicemen to receive two Medals of Honor.

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