Presidents

1899 Cuba overprint stamp
April 17, 1961

Bay of Pigs Invasion

On April 17, 1961, a group of Cuban exiles launched an operation in Cuba known as the Bay of Pigs Invasion. It was an important event in the Cold War and led to major changes between the US, Cuba, and the Soviet Union.

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1861 Washington stamp
April 5, 1792

First Presidential Veto

On April 5, 1792, George Washington used the first presidential veto in our country’s history. It was to turn down a bill that he felt unconstitutionally gave some states more members in the House of Representatives than the Constitution would allow.

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Rembrandt Peale stamp
February 22, 1778

Birth of Rembrandt Peale

Artist Rembrandt Peale was born on February 22, 1778, in Bucks County, Pennsylvania. He completed more than 600 paintings during his lifetime, including dozens picturing George Washington.

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 US #1779 pictures the Rotunda, designed by Jefferson to represent the “authority of nature and power of reason.”  
January 25, 1819

Jefferson’s University of Virginia 

On January 25, 1819, Thomas Jefferson succeeded in securing a charter for his beloved University of Virginia (UVA).

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 US #704 was based on a miniature painting by Charles Willson Peale in 1777.
January 1, 1932

Washington Bicentennial 

On January 1, 1932, the US Post Office Department issued a set of 12 stamps honoring the 200th anniversary of George Washington’s birth.

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 US #4144 – a 2007 Priority Mail stamp picturing Air Force One
November 24, 1954

First Air Force One Christened 

On November 24, 1954, First Lady Mamie Eisenhower christened the first plane to be designated Air Force One.

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 US #557 was issued on Roosevelt’s 64th birthday.
October 27, 1858

Happy Birthday Teddy Roosevelt 

Theodore “Teddy” Roosevelt was born October 27, 1858, in New York City, the second of four children.

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 US #687 – Taft was the only person to serve as both president and chief justice of the Supreme Court.
September 15, 1857

Birth of William Howard Taft

William Howard Taft was born September 15, 1857, near Cincinnati, Ohio.

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 US #5175 was issued for Kennedy’s 100th birthday in 2017.
May 29, 1917

Happy Birthday John F. Kennedy

The youngest man ever elected President, John Fitzgerald Kennedy was born in Brookline, Massachusetts, on May 29, 1917. 

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