Olympics

1990 25¢ Olympians: Ray Ewry
October 14, 1873

Birth of Olympian Ray Ewry

Raymond “Ray” Clarence Ewry was born on October 14, 1873, in Lafayette, Indiana.  An eight-time gold medal winner, Ewry was one of the most successful Olympians of all time.

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1972 6¢ 20th Summer Olympic Games
August 26, 1972

Opening of the 1972 Summer Olympics

On August 26, 1972, the Summer Olympics, officially known as the Games of the XX Olympiad, opened in Munich, West Germany.  The first games held in Germany since 1936, they were overshadowed by the “Munich Massacre.”

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1932 3¢ 10th Summer Olympic Games: Runner at Starting Mark
July 30, 1932

Opening of the 1932 Summer Olympics 

On July 30, 1932, the Games of the X Olympiad opened in Los Angeles, California. The games’s opening ceremonies were the largest up to that time, breaking the previous attendance record by 25,000.

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1983 13¢ Los Angeles Summer Olympics
July 28, 1984

1984 Summer Olympics

On July 28, 1984, the Summer Olympic Games opened in Los Angeles, California. They were the first games to be opened by a sitting US president, which was one of many highlights…

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1991 29¢ Flag with Olympic Rings
July 25, 1992

Opening of 1992 Summer Olympics

On July 25, 1992, the opening ceremonies marked the start of the Games of the XXV Olympiad in Barcelona, Spain. These games included many firsts, lasts, and records…

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2004 23¢ Distinguished Americans: Wilma Rudolph
June 23, 1940

Birth of Wilma Rudolph

Wilma Glodean Rudolph was born on June 23, 1940, in Saint Bethlehem, Tennessee. Dubbed “The Fastest Woman in History,” she became the first female athlete to win three gold medals in a single Olympic Games. 

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1980 15¢ Winter Olympics: Hockey
February 22, 1980

The Miracle on Ice

On February 22, 1980, the US men’s hockey team scored an unexpected victory over a more experienced Soviet team at the Winter Olympics. The victory was one of the most memorable moments of those games and in all of sports history.

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1984 20¢ 14th Winter Olympic Games
February 8, 1984

Opening of 1984 Winter Olympics

The 1984 Winter Olympic Games opened in Sarajevo, Yugoslavia (now Bosnia), on February 8, 1984. These were the first Winter Games – and the second Olympics – held in a Communist state.

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1990 25¢ Olympians: Hazel Wightman stamp
December 20, 1886

Birth of Hazel Wightman

Olympic tennis star Hazel Virginia Hotchkiss Wightman was born on December 20, 1886, in Healdsburg, California. She won two Olympic gold medals, in addition to many US titles and has been called the “Queen Mother of American Tennis.”

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