International History

 U.S. #3191l honors the 1997 James Cameron movie about the Titanic.
April 14, 1912

The Titanic Sinks 

One of the most well known maritime disasters in history occurred on April 14, 1912, when the Titanic hit an iceberg and sank.

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 Item #UN443 pictures the I.L.O. training center in Turin, Italy.
April 11, 1919

International Labour Organization Founded 

On April 11, 1919, the International Labour Organization was created.

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 Greece #125 was issued in 1896 to promote the games and pictures statue Hermes of Praxiteles.
April 6, 1896

1st Modern Olympic Games 

The first Olympic Games in 1,500 years began on April 6, 1896, in Athens, Greece. Pierre de Coubertin had founded the International Olympic Committee (IOC) and worked to revive the Olympic Games to promote peace and stability.

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 U.S. #2559c pictures a jeep being delivered under the Lend-Lease Act.
March 11, 1941

Roosevelt Signs Lend-Lease Act

On March 11, 1941, Franklin Roosevelt signed the Lend-Lease Act to provide aid to Allied forces in World War II.

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 Item #UN974 – “As a Buddhist, I was trained to be tolerant of everything except intolerance.”
January 22, 1909

Birth of U.N. Leader U Thant

U Thant was born in Pantanaw, British Burma, on January 22, 1909.

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 U.S. #1732 – In addition to Hawaii, Cook also made the first European contact with Australia.
January 18, 1778

James Cook – First European to Visit Hawaii

On January 18, 1778, Captain James Cook became the first European to reach the Hawaiian islands.

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 U.S. #3141 – The U.K. received the most aid – about 26% of the total sum.
December 31, 1951

Marshall Plan Comes to an End

On December 31, 1951, the Marshall Plan expired after providing aid to millions of people in Western Europe.

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 U.S. #3504 – Famous for inventing dynamite, Alfred Nobel actually held 355 different patents.
December 10, 1901

First Nobel Prizes are Awarded

As instructed by their benefactor, the first Nobel Prizes were awarded on December 10, 1901, on the fifth anniversary of Alfred Nobel’s death.

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 U.S. #1285 – Einstein published more than 300 scientific papers during his lifetime.
November 21, 1905

Einstein’s Greatest Breakthrough

On November 21, 1905, Einstein published a paper that presented one of the world’s most famous formulas — E = mc2.

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