American History

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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2002 34c & 11c Semipostal - Heroes of 2001 stamp
September 11, 2001

9/11 Terrorist Attacks And The Fate Of The Ground Zero Flag  

Today marks the 20th anniversary of the September 11th attacks on America. It was an event that changed our world forever. From that day forward, the term “9/11” would symbolize both disaster and heroics.

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1958 4¢ Forest Conservation stamp
September 10, 1875

The American Forestry Association

The American Forestry Association was founded on September 10, 1875, in Chicago, Illinois. It’s one of America’s oldest national conservation organizations, with a mission of “Creating Healthy and Resilient Forests, from Cities to Wilderness, that Deliver Essential Benefits for Climate, People, Water and Wildlife.”

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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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1947 3c Thomas A. Edison stamp
September 4, 1882

Start of the Electrical Age 

On September 4, 1882, Thomas Edison began providing electricity to a portion of New York City, an event often considered the start of the electrical age.

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2002 37¢ Women in Journalism: Marguerite Higgins stamp
September 3, 1920

Birth of Marguerite Higgins

Marguerite Higgins Hall was born on September 3, 1920, in Hong Kong, China. A war correspondent for World War II, Korea, and Vietnam, she was the first woman awarded a Pulitzer Prize for international reporting.

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2019 55¢ USS Missouri  stamp
September 2, 1945

Victory Over Japan Day

On September 2, 1945, Japan formally surrendered to the Allies aboard the USS Missouri. This is celebrated as VJ in the US. Many other countries celebrate VJ Day on August 15, when Japan announced its surrender.

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1983 $9.35 Eagle and Moon, booklet single
August 30, 1983

Challenger Carries Covers to Space

On August 30, 1983, the space shuttle Challenger blasted off on its third mission to space. The shuttle carried special cargo – commemorative covers bearing the new Express Mail Next Day Service stamp.

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