Revolutionary War

1998 1¢ Weather Vane
February 5, 1744

National Weatherpersons Day

February 5 is celebrated annually as National Weatherpersons Day in honor of Dr. John Jeffries, one of America’s first weather observers. National Weatherpersons Day is held on February 5 to mark Jeffries’s birthday in 1744.

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1976 Washington Crosses the Delaware S/S
December 25, 1776

Washington Crosses the Delaware

On the night of December 25, 1776, George Washington led his men across the Delaware River in a surprise attack on the British. Their victory at Trenton was a significant morale booster – encouraging troops to reenlist and convincing new recruits to join the fight.

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1875 10¢ Washington imperforate
December 14, 1799

Death of George Washington

America’s first president, George Washington, died on December 14, 1799. He served his country for 45 of his 67 years, and is remembered as the Father of our Country, hero of the American Revolution, and first president of the United States. Today, we’ll look back on some interesting facts from his life…

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1982 20¢ Touro Synagogue
December 2, 1763

Dedication of Touro Synagogue

On December 2, 1763, the Touro Synagogue was officially dedicated after four years of construction. Today, it’s the oldest standing synagogue in the US.

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1904 1¢ Robert R. Livingston
November 27, 1746,

Birth of Robert R. Livingston 

Robert Robert Livingston was born on November 27, 1746, in New York City, New York. One of America’s founding fathers, he helped draft the Declaration of Independence, swore George Washington into his first term in office, and helped negotiate the Louisiana Purchase.

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1926 2¢ Battle of White Plains
October 28, 1776

Battle of White Plains 

On October 28, 1776, George Washington led the 14,000–man Continental Army in the Battle of White Plains against British General William Howe’s 20,000 redcoats.

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1968 6¢ Historic American Flags: First Navy Jack
October 13, 1775

Creation of the Continental Navy

On October 13, 1775, the Second Continental Congress authorized the creation of a Navy. The Continental Navy contributed to the American victory in the Revolutionary War, but was disbanded after the conflict ended.

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1931 2¢ General Casmir Pulaski
October 11, 1779

Death of General Casimir Pulaski 

On October 11, 1779, Polish General Casimir Pulaski died fighting in the American Revolution. During his two years fighting for the American cause, he earned the respect and admiration of men on both sides of the conflict.

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1976 13¢ Declaration of Independence
October 8, 1793

Death of Statesman John Hancock

On October 8, 1793, statesman, merchant, accused smuggler, and patriot John Hancock died at his home in Boston, Massachusetts. Most famous for his large signature on the Declaration of Independence, he was a very influential Founding Father.

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