American History

2006 39¢ American Diplomats: Robert D. Murphy stamp
October 28, 1894

Birth of Robert D. Murphy

Robert Daniel Murphy was born on October 28, 1894, in Milwaukee, Wisconsin. He was an accomplished American diplomat who helped plan the Allied landings in North Africa during World War II.

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2006 39c Great Basin, Largest Desert stamp
October 27, 1986

Great Basin National Park

On October 27, 1986, Great Basin National Park was established in Nevada.  The park protects ancient bristlecone pines, Wheeler Peak Glacier, and more.

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1994 29¢ Legends of the West, Error Sheet, 20 Stamps
October 26, 1881,

Shootout at the OK Corral 

On October 26, 1881, the Earp brothers took on the Clanton-McLaury Gang at the OK Corral in Tombstone, Arizona.  The shootout became one of the most famous events in the Old West.

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1978 13¢ Indian Head Penny stamp
October 25, 1949

Effigy Mounds National Monument

Effigy Mounds National Monument in Iowa was established on October 25, 1949. The monument protects and interprets the history behind about 200 mounds built by Native Americans centuries ago.

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1861-62 90c Washington, blue
October 24, 1931

George Washington Bridge 

On October 24, 1931, the George Washington Bridge was dedicated, officially opening to traffic the next day.  One of the world’s busiest bridges, the George Washington Bridge is also the world’s only 14-lane suspension bridge. 

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1969 6c Beautification of America: Plant for more Beautiful Highways stamp
October 22, 1965

Highway Beautification Act

On October 22, 1965, President Lyndon B. Johnson signed the Highway Beautification Act into law. The law had been spearheaded by his wife, and was even nicknamed after her, called “Lady Bird’s Bill.”

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1968 30¢ Prominent Americans: John Dewey stamp
October 20, 1859

Birth of John Dewey

John Dewey was born on October 20, 1859, in Burlington, Vermont.  A philosopher, psychologist, and educational reformer, he proposed educational theories that shaped education in America in the 20th century.

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1929 2¢ Ohio River Canalization stamp
October 19, 1929

Ohio River Canalization Stamp

On October 19, 1929, the US Post Office issued a 2¢ commemorative honoring the canalization of the Ohio River.  It came as the culmination of over 50 years of work on the project, which was a major engineering feat.

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1937 3¢ Hawaii stamp
October 18, 1937

Territorial Series

On October 18, 1937, the US Post Office issued the first stamp in a new series honoring the overseas territories of the United States.  These stamps chronicled decades of US territorial expansion.

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