Revolutionary War

1996 Marathon stamp
April 19, 1897

First Boston Marathon

The first-ever Boson Marathon was run on April 19, 1897. It’s the world’s oldest annual marathon and is one of the six World Marathon Majors. While the first race included 15 runners, recent races have seen over 30,000 participants.

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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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2001 E.A. Abbey stamp picturing Galahad's Departure
April 1, 1852

Birth of Edwin A. Abbey

Illustrator Edwin Austin Abbey was born on April 1, 1852, in Philadelphia, Pennsylvania. He is considered America’s first great illustrator. Abbey produced hundreds of illustrations for Harper’s magazines and popular books of the day.

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2001 Leyendecker stamp
March 23, 1874

Birth of J.C. Leyendecker

Illustrator Joseph Christian Leyendecker was born on March 23, 1874, in Montabaur, Rhine Province, German Empire. He was one of the most popular and recognized illustrators of his day – popularizing the images of Baby New Year, Santa Claus, and more.

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George Rogers Clark stamp
February 24, 1779

Siege of Vincennes 

On February 24, 1779, George Rogers Clark led the siege of Vincennes.  Despite having smaller numbers and marching in the cold for 18 days, Clark managed to force the British defenders to surrender.

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 US #3546 was the first US Thanksgiving stamp.
December 18, 1777

First National Thanksgiving

On December 18, 1777, the United States celebrated its first national Thanksgiving.  The celebration was in reaction to the recent victory at the Battle of Saratoga.

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 US #1046 was issued on Jay’s 213th birthday.
December 12, 1745

Birth of John Jay

Founding Father John Jay was born on December 12, 1745, in New York City, Province of New York.

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 US #1858 – from the Great Americans Series
December 11, 1725

Birth of George Mason 

Founding Father George Mason IV was born on December 11, 1725, in Fairfax County, Virginia.

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 US #1567 – The National Museum of the Marine Corps opened on this date in 2006 in Triangle, Virginia.
November 10, 1775

Founding Of The U.S. Marine Corps 

The forerunner of the United States Marines was established on November 10, 1775, in the midst of the American Revolutionary War.

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