John Glenn Oct-Nov 1998 trip Special Event Colorano Silk Cover (Set)
October 29, 1998

John Glenn Returns to Space 

On October 28, 1998, John Glenn returned to space aboard the Space Shuttle Discovery. At the age of 77, he was the oldest person to go into space.

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 U.S. #2559 was issued on this day in 1991.
September 3, 1991

World War II 50th Anniversary Stamps 

On September 3, 1991, the USPS issued the first of five souvenir sheets (later classified as commemorative sheets) honoring the 50th anniversary of America’s entrance into World War II.

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 U.S. #1315 was issued on the 50th anniversary of the Marine Corps Reserves.
August 29, 1916

Founding of the Marine Corps Reserves 

On August 29, 1916, President Woodrow Wilson signed the Naval Appropriations Act of 1916, establishing the Marine Corps Reserve.

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1995 32¢ Okinawa
June 21, 1945

U.S. Captures Okinawa 

On June 21, 1945, US troops captured Okinawa from the Japanese.  It was the last major WWII battle in the Pacific and has been called the “typhoon of steel” for the fierce fighting, intense kamikaze attacks, and large number of Allied ships and vehicles that assaulted the island.

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 U.S. #1193 was produced in secrecy to coincide with Glenn’s flight.
February 20, 1962

First American Orbit of Earth 

On February 20, 1962, John Glenn became the first American to orbit the Earth aboard his Friendship 7 capsule.

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1993 29¢ Marines assault Tarawa
November 20, 1943

Battle of Tarawa Begins

On November 20, 1943, U.S. troops launched the Battle of Tarawa, the first American offensive in the central Pacific region of World War II.

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 U.S. #2152 was based on 1950 photo of U.S. troops retreating from Chosin Reservoir.
June 27, 1950

U.S. Troops Committed to Korean War 

On June 27, 1950, President Harry Truman announced that America would send troops to aid South Korea.

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 U.S. #1869 was issued as part of the Great Americans Series.
February 24, 1885

Birth of Admiral Chester Nimitz

Chester William Nimitz was born on February 24, 1885, in Fredericksburg, Texas.

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1993 29¢ Marines assault Tarawa stamp
November 10, 1775

Founding of the U.S. Marine Corps

The forerunner of the United States Marines was established on November 10, 1775, in the midst of the American Revolutionary War.

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