Revolutionary War

1953 3¢ New York City stamp
November 25, 1783

New York’s Evacuation Day

On November 25, 1783, the British Army left New York City following the American Revolutionary War.  The date was celebrated for over a century as Evacuation Day, with celebrations rivaling those held on the Fourth of July. 

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1929 2¢ George Rogers Clark stamp
November 19, 1752

Happy Birthday George Rogers Clark

On November 19, 1752, George Rogers Clark was born in Albemarle County, Virginia.  A hero of the American Revolution, he’s most famous for his captures of Kaskaskia, Vincennes, and Fort Sackville.  

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1930 2¢ Carolina-Charleston Issue
October 30, 1629

Carolina and Charleston

On October 30, 1629, the Carolina Province was named, and plans were made for early settlement.  That settlement would be delayed for many years, but the name was retained.

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1950 3¢ Railroad Engineers Issue
October 7, 1826

The Granite Railway

On October 7, 1826, the Granite Railway opened in Massachusetts. Built to carry granite for the Bunker Hill Monument, it’s been called the first chartered and commercial railroad in the United States.

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1983 20¢ US and Germany stamp
October 6, 1683

Establishment of Germantown, PA

On October 6, 1683, thirty-three Germans arrived in Pennsylvania to establish the first major German settlement in America.  The settlement would go on to become the birthplace of the anti-slavery movement, first bank of the United States, and more.

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2007 41¢ Jury Duty stamp
September 12, 1787

The Right to Trial by Jury

On September 12, 1787, it was proposed that trial by jury in civil cases be included America’s Constitution.  There was extensive debate over the topic, and it was ultimately left out of the Constitution.  It was finally made law as part of the Bill of Rights in 1791.

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1998 32¢ Uncle Sam stamp
September 7, 1813

The Origins of “Uncle Sam”

On September 7, 1813, a newspaper referred to the United States as “Uncle Sam.”  The name reportedly came from Troy, New York’s Uncle Sam Wilson, and has since become one of America’s most enduring national symbols.

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1974 10¢ First Continental Congress: We Ask for Peace, Liberty and Safety stamp
September 5, 1774

First Continental Congress

On September 5, 1774, the First Continental Congress opened in Philadelphia, Pennsylvania. It marked the first time the colonies gathered together to resist English oppression.

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1951 3¢ Battle of Brooklyn stamp
August 27, 1776

Battle of Brooklyn

The Continental and British Armies engaged in their first fight of the Revolutionary War on August 27, 1776. The Battle of Brooklyn (also known as the Battle of Long Island or the Battle of Brooklyn Heights) was the largest battle of the war.

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