World War I

1995 Republic of Palau stamp
July 18, 1947

Trust Territory of the Pacific Islands

On July 18, 1947, the United Nations established the Trust Territory of the Pacific Islands (TTPI) to be administered by the United States. The TTPI was founded to help these small islands recover in the wake of World War II.

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1960 Mannerheim stamp
June 4, 1867

Birth of Gustaf Mannerheim

Baron Carl Gustaf Emil Mannerheim was born on June 4, 1867, in Askainen, Grand Duchy of Finland, Russian Empire. A soldier, statesman, Marshal and President of Finland, Mannerheim led his countrymen though multiple wars, and is sometimes called the father of modern Finland.

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2000 John L. Hines stamp
May 21, 1868

Birth of John L. Hines

General John Leonard “Birdie” Hines was born on May 21, 1868, in White Sulphur Springs, West Virginia. During World War I, Hines successively commanded a regiment, brigade, division, and corps in combat. He was the first person to do that since the Civil War.

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1955 Armed Forces Reserve stamp
April 23, 1908

Founding of the U.S. Army Reserve

The forerunner of the US Army Reserve was established on April 23, 1908. It was the nation’s first federal reserve – providing fully-trained and prepared troops in times of need. Today, there are over 815,000 reservists across all the military branches.

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1901 Fast Ocean Navigation stamp
April 10, 1895

Launch of the SS Saint Paul

The SS Saint Paul was launched on April 10, 1895. It was the first commercial ship commissioned for the Spanish-American War and later served during World War I.

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2003 Walter Camp stamp
April 7, 1859

Birth of Walter Camp

The “Father of American Football,” Walter Chauncey Camp, was born on April 7, 1859, in New Britain, Connecticut. Camp is credited with developing the rules and techniques that set American football apart from British rugby.

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2000 George Sisler stamp
March 26, 1973

Death of George Sisler

Baseball great “Gorgeous George” Harold Sisler died on March 26, 1973. An Agile first baseman, Sisler was one of baseball’s greatest players in all areas – fielding, throwing, hitting, and base-running.

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1919 Victory stamp
March 21, 1916

The Lafayette Escadrille

On March 21, 1916, a group of mostly American pilots formed the Escadrille Américaine. Later named the Lafayette Escadrille, they flew several high-profile missions that encouraged more Americans to join their ranks.

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1985 World War I stamp
February 21, 1916

Battle of Verdun 

On February 21, 1916, one of the longest battles on the Western Front began at Verdun.  The nearly 10-month battle ended in a French victory, but at a high cost of lives on both sides. 

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