American History

1987 22¢ Literary Arts: William Faulkner
September 25, 1897

Birth of William Faulkner

Celebrated American author William Faulkner was born on September 25, 1897, in New Albany, Mississippi.  Known for using a wide range of styles, Faulkner explored America’s geography, history, economy, and social and moral life in his writing.

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2011 44¢ Severo Ochoa
September 24, 1905

Birth of Severo Ochoa

Severo Ochoa de Albornoz was born on September 24, 1905, in Luarca, Spain. Ochoa researched how cells build proteins like RNA, which earned him the Nobel Prize in 1956.

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1985 6¢ Great Americans: Walter Lippmann
September 23, 1889

Birth of Walter Lippmann 

Journalist Walter Lippmann was born on September 23, 1889, in New York City, New York. He’s been called the “most influential journalist” of the 20th century and the Father of Modern Journalism.

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1956 3¢ Nassau Hall, Princeton University
September 22, 1956

First U.S. Commemorative on Colored Paper

On September 22, 1956, the US Post Office issued its first commemorative stamp on colored paper. The stamp celebrated the 200th anniversary of Princeton’s Nassau Hall.

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1972 14¢ Fiorello H. LaGuardia
September 20, 1947

Death of Fiorello La Guardia 

On September 20, 1947, former New York City mayor Fiorello La Guardia died.  Voted the best former mayor in America, he fought corruption and revitalized the city.

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1994 $1 Surrender of Burgoyne
September 19, 1777

First Battle of Saratoga

On September 19, 1777, the first Battle of Saratoga was fought at Freeman’s Farm.  Though the British claimed victory, it set the stage for a second battle that would be an American victory and major turning point in the war.  

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1923 $2 Capitol, deep blue
September 18, 1793

Washington Lays Cornerstone of U.S. Capitol 

On September 18, 1793, President George Washington laid the cornerstone of the US Capitol building in Washington, DC.

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 1920 1¢ Pilgrim Tercentenary: The Mayflower
September 16, 1620

The Mayflower Departs England for America

On September 16, 1620, the Mayflower left England. The Pilgrims braved rough seas and a harsh winter in search of religious freedom and founded the settlement of Plymouth.

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2013 46¢ Boston Harbor, Massachusetts
September 14, 1716

First Lighthouse in America – Boston Light

On September 14, 1716, the first lighthouse in what would become America was lit for the first time in Boston Harbor.  In honor of its long history, it’s the only lighthouse in America to still have a light keeper today.

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