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 #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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