World War I

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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 US #1874 was issued on Dirksen’s 85th birthday.  
January 4, 1896

Birth of Everett Dirksen 

Statesman Everett McKinley Dirksen was born on January 4, 1896, in Pekin, Illinois.

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 US #3395 – Alvin York was one of America’s most decorated soldiers of World War I, earning the Medal of Honor and Distinguished Service Cross, among others.
December 13, 1887

Happy Birthday Alvin York

World War I hero Alvin Cullum York was born on December 13, 1887, in Pall Mall, Tennessee.

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 US #4422a – from the Supreme Court Justices issue
November 15, 1882

Birth of Felix Frankfurter

Associate Supreme Court Justice Felix Frankfurter was born on November 15, 1882, in Vienna, Austria-Hungary. 

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 US #3964 – from the Distinguished Marines Issue
November 11, 1873

Birth of Daniel J. Daly 

US Marine Sergeant Major Daniel Joseph Daly was born on November 11, 1873, in Glen Cove, New York. 

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