World War II

1998 32¢ Celebrate the Century - 1920s: Lindbergh
February 4, 1902

Happy Birthday Lucky Lindy! 

Charles Augustus Lindbergh was born on February 4, 1902, in Detroit, Michigan. An aviation pioneer, he made the first successful non-stop flight across the Atlantic and contributed to the war effort in the Pacific Theater of World War II.

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1948 3¢ Four Chaplains
February 3, 1943

Sinking of the SS Dorchester

On February 3, 1943, after the SS Dorchester was sunk, the Four Chaplains sacrificed their lives to protect the other men on their boat.  The sinking is considered the second-worst sea disaster of World War II.

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1966 6¢ Prominent Americans: Franklin D. Roosevelt
January 30, 1882

Birth of President Franklin Roosevelt

Franklin Delano Roosevelt was born on January 30, 1882, in Hyde Park, New York.  As president during two of the most serious events of the twentieth century – the Great Depression and World War II – FDR implemented sweeping reforms and negotiated powerful coalitions with world leaders that led to an Allied victory. 

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1960 4¢ Senator Walter F. George
January 29, 1878

Birth of Walter F. George

Politician Walter Franklin George was born on January 29, 1878, in Preston, Georgia.  Representing Georgia in the US Senate for 35 years, he became one of the most powerful and respected men in Congress during his lifetime.

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1991 29¢ World War II: Burma Road
January 28, 1945

Burma Road Reopens

On January 28, 1945, the Burma Road, linking Burma with the southwest of China, was reopened. It was a vital supply road that helped contribute to victory in the region.

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1960 4¢ Champions of Liberty: Ignacy Paderewski
January 18, 1919

Ignacy Paderewski Becomes Prime Minister of Poland 

On January 18, 1919, composer-turned statesman Ignacy Paderewski was sworn in as the first prime minister of newly independent Poland.

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2006 39¢ Baseball Sluggers: Hank Greenberg
January 1, 1911,

Happy Birthday “Hammerin’ Hank”

On January 1, 1911, Henry Benjamin Greenberg was born in New York City, New York. One of the greatest sluggers in baseball history, he put his career on hold to serve 47 months with the Army during World War II, the most of any major league player.

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1943 2¢ Nations United for Victory
December 22, 1941,

The Arcadia Conference

On December 22, 1941, US and British leaders met at the White House for the first time to discuss military strategy for World War II. The Arcadia Conference, as it was known, established Allied goals for the war and laid the groundwork for the United Nations.

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1991 29¢ World War II: Civil Defense Mobilizes Americans at Home
December 1, 1941

Founding of the Civil Air Patrol

On December 1, 1941, the Civil Air Patrol (CAP), was established in Washington, DC. Unpaid volunteers formed the Civil Air Patrol, using privately owned aircraft and their own funds to support the military.

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