Religion

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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 US #2017 includes a portion of Washington’s letter to the synagogue.
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 #1321 – The original painting hangs in the National Gallery of Art in Washington, DC.
November 1, 1966

First Traditional Christmas Stamp 

On November 1, 1966, the US Post Office issued its first Traditional Christmas stamp, picturing the Madonna and Child with Angels, by Hans Memling.

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 US #1174 – Gandhi was the 10th honoree in the Champions of Liberty Series.
October 2, 1869

Happy Birthday Mahatma Gandhi

Mohandas Karamchand Gandhi was born on October 2, 1869, in Porbandar, India.

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 US #3937a from the To Form a More Perfect Union sheet.
July 26, 1948

Executive Order 9981

On July 26, 1948, President Harry Truman signed Executive Order 9981, calling for the end of racial discrimination in the US armed forces.

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 US #3420 from the Distinguished Americans Series.
March 19, 1883

Birth of General Joseph Stilwell

Joseph Warren Stilwell was born on March 19, 1883 in Palatka, Florida.

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 US #1099 was issued for the 300th anniversary of the “Flushing Remonstrance.”
January 16, 1786

Virginia Statute for Religious Freedom 

On January 16, 1786, Virginia enacted Thomas Jefferson’s Statute for Religious Freedom.

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 US #4081 from the 2006 Baseball Sluggers issue. Click the image to order.
January 1, 1911

Happy Birthday “Hammerin’ Hank”

On January 1, 1911, Henry Benjamin Greenberg was born in New York City, New York.

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