Religion

1984 30¢ Great Americans: Frank C. Laubach
September 2, 1884

Happy Birthday Frank Laubach 

Missionary Frank Charles Laubach was born on September 2, 1884, in Benton, Pennsylvania.  He dedicated his life to teaching people around the world to read, visiting more than 100 countries and developing books for 312 different languages.

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1974 10¢ Rural America: Chautauqua Tent
August 6, 1974

Chautauqua Institution 

On August 6, 1974, the USPS issued the Chautauqua Institution stamp, the second in the Rural America series, honoring the organization’s centennial.  Initially founded to train Sunday school teachers, “Chautauqua” became a term for commercial traveling companies who pitched tents and presented lecturers, orators, and performing artists to rural areas.

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1940 2¢ Mark Hopkins
February 4, 1802

Birth of Mark Hopkins

Mark Hopkins was born on February 4, 1802, in Stockbridge, Massachusetts. He was the youngest college president in the US and produced many influential writings on religion, education, morality, and more.

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1961 8¢ Champions of Liberty: Mahatma Gandhi
January 30, 1948

Mahatma Gandhi Assassinated

On January 30, 1948, a Hindu extremist assassinated Mahatma Gandhi.  Gandhi used civil disobedience and hunger strikes to fight discrimination and push for India’s independence from Great Britain, among many other causes.

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1975 Old North Church stamp
April 15, 1723

Old North Church

On April 15, 1732, the first stone was laid for Boston’s Christ Church, more famously known as the Old North Church. It’s home to the oldest church bells in America. And it was made famous during Paul Revere’s midnight ride with the signal, “one if by land, two if by sea.”

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1961 Gandhi stamp
March 12, 1930

Gandhi’s Salt March

On March 12, 1930, Gandhi started his 240-mile Salt March as a nonviolent protest against British rule in India. Gandhi’s march helped inspire widespread civil disobedience in India, bringing international attention to their cause.

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 Berlin #9NB220 – 1984 Berlin stamp picturing Saint Nicholas
December 6, 343

The Feast of Saint Nicholas

Saint Nicholas of Myra died on December 6, 343.  This date has long been celebrated as Saint Nicholas Day or the Fest of Saint Nicholas.

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1982 20¢ Touro Synagogue First Day Cover
December 2, 1763

Dedication of Touro Synagogue

On December 2, 1763, the Touro Synagogue was officially dedicated after four years of construction.

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 US #1850 – from the Great Americans Series
November 22, 1754

Happy Birthday Abraham Baldwin

Founding Father Abraham Baldwin was born on November 22, 1754, in Guilford, Connecticut Colony.

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