1948 3¢ Gold Star Mothers
September 21, 1948

Gold Star Mothers Stamp 

On September 21, 1948, the US Post Office issued the Gold Star Mothers stamp to honor mothers whose sons had been killed in war. It was the first stamp in eight years to feature women (or women’s organizations), and just the 11th stamp overall to do so.

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1958 4¢ Lajos Kossuth
September 19, 1802

Birth of Lajos Kossuth  

Hungarian lawyer, statesman, and Governor-President Lajos Kossuth was born on September 19, 1802, in Monok, Kingdom of Hungary. Working for the independence of Hungary from the Austro-Hungarian Monarchy, he gained international acclaim and respect as a freedom fighter.

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1961 8¢ John J. Pershing
September 13, 1860

Birth of John J. Pershing 

John Joseph “Black Jack” Pershing was born on September 13, 1860, in Laclede, Missouri. He led the American Expeditionary Forces in WWI and is the only person to be promoted to the Army’s highest rank (General of the Armies) during his lifetime

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2000 33¢ Brandywine Flag
September 11, 1777

Washington Defeated at Brandywine

On September 11, 1777, George Washington’s forces lost the battle of Brandywine. It was the largest battle of the war, involving over 30,000 troops between both sides, and it was the second-longest single-day battle, lasting 11 hours.

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1969 6¢ California Settlement
September 9, 1850

California Admitted to the Union

On September 9, 1850, California became America’s 31st state. The discovery of gold there two years earlier created a population boom that led to the need for a state government.

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1990 40¢ Great Americans: Claire Chennault
September 6, 1890

Birth of Claire Chennault 

Claire Lee Chennault was born on September 6, 1890, in Commerce, Texas. He formed and led the Flying Tigers during World War II.

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1922 5¢ Theodore Roosevelt, dark blue
September 5, 1905

Roosevelt Orchestrates End of War 

On September 5, 1905, President Theodore Roosevelt mediated the Treaty of Portsmouth, ending the Russo-Japanese War. It earned him a Nobel Prize and began a long-standing tree-giving tradition between the US and Japan.

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1938 9¢ William Henry Harrison, light rose
September 4, 1812

Siege of Fort Harrison Begins 

On September 4, 1812, the Siege of Fort Harrison began. It would end 11 days later in the first American land victory of the War of 1812.

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2011 $1.30 Second Battle of Bull Run
August 28, 1862

2nd Battle of Bull of Run

On August 28, 1862, Union and Confederate forces met a second time at Bull Run (also known as Manassas Junction) in a bloody three-day battle.

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