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1985 3.4¢ Transportation Series: School Bus, 1920s
June 28, 1926

Birth of Lou Nolan

Stamp and poster artist Louis James Nolan Jr. was born on June 28, 1926, in Washington, DC.  During his long career, he designed several military recruiting posters and over a dozen US stamps.

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1988 65¢ Great Americans: H. H. 'Hap' Arnold
June 25, 1886

Happy Birthday Henry “Hap” Arnold

General of the Air Force Henry “Hap” Arnold was born on June 25, 1886, in Gladwyne, Pennsylvania. He was an early supporter of military air power, and later became the Air Force’s first five-star general.

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2001 34¢ American Illustrator J. M. Flagg
June 18, 1877

Birth of James Montgomery Flagg 

Noted artist and illustrator James Montgomery Flagg was born on June 18, 1877, in Pelham Manor, New York.  He painted dozens of memorable posters, book covers, magazine covers, and more, with the most notable being his interpretation of Uncle Sam.

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2019 55¢ George H.W. Bush
June 12, 1924

Birth of George H.W. Bush

George Herbert Walker Bush was born on June 12, 1924, in Milton, Massachusetts. As America’s 41st president, he led the US through conflicts in Panama and Iraq, helped bring about the end of the Soviet Union, and negotiated treaties to reduce the number of global nuclear weapons. At home, Bush fought against rising drug use and cracked down on the drug trade.

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1994 29¢ Allies Free Rome
June 4, 1944

Allies Free Rome

On June 4, 1944, Allied troops entered Rome, Italy, freeing it from German control. This marked the start of the final phase of WWII, during which American bombers would be able to hit targets in Eastern Germany for the first time.

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1981 35¢ Charles R. Drew, M.D.
June 3, 1904

Birth of Charles R. Drew

Doctor and medical researcher Charles R. Drew was born on June 3, 1904, in Washington, DC.  During World War II, Drew developed programs and blood mobiles to help the war effort.

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2009 44¢ Bob Hope
May 29, 1903

Birth of Bob Hope

Leslie Townes “Bob” Hope was born on May 29, 1903, in Eltham, London, England. Hope was the most honored entertainer in history, but his greatest legacy was the gift of laughter he brought to millions of American service men and women stationed far from home.

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2021 55¢ Yogi Berra
May 12, 1925

Birth of Yogi Berra

Lorenzo Pietro “Yogi” Berra was born on May 12, 1925, in St. Louis, Missouri.  He is widely considered to be one of baseball’s greatest catchers and best clutch hitters of all time.  

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1996 50¢ Jacqueline Cochran
May 11, 1906

Birth of Jacqueline Cochran

Jacqueline Cochran was born Bessie Lee Pittman on May 11, 1906, in Pensacola, Florida.  The first woman to fly faster than the speed of sound, she held more speed, altitude, and distance records than any other pilot, male or female, in the world.

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