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Today, August 16th

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1933 1¢ Restoration of Fort Dearborn
August 15, 1812

Battle of Fort Dearborn 

In a battle lasting only 15 minutes on August 15, 1812, the Potawatomi Native Americans attacked Fort Dearborn near present-day Chicago, Illinois, and burned it to the ground.

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1996 32¢ Black Heritage: Ernest E. Just
August 14, 1883

Birth of Ernest E. Just

Ernest Everett Just was born on August 14, 1883, in Charleston, South Carolina. Just was an internationally renowned zoologist, known primarily for his work in marine biology.

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1994 29¢ Legends of the West: Annie Oakley
August 13, 1860

Birth of Annie Oakley

Annie Oakley was born Phoebe Ann Mosey on August 13, 1860, in Darke County, Ohio. She was one of the most talented sharpshooters of her day and solidified the image of the American cowgirl.

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1861 Washington Encased Postage - Ayer's Sarsaparilla
August 12, 1862

Encased Postage 

On August 12, 1862, John Gault received a patent for a design to encase postage stamps to use as currency as coins were being hoarded during the Civil War.

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1994 29¢ Legends of the West: Annie Oakley
August 13, 1860

Birth of Annie Oakley

Annie Oakley was born Phoebe Ann Mosey on August 13, 1860, in Darke County, Ohio. She was one of the most talented sharpshooters of her day and solidified the image of the American cowgirl.

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1969 6¢ William M. Harnett
August 10, 1848

Birth of William Harnett 

Artist William Michael Harnett was born on August 10, 1848, in Clonakilty, County, Cork, Ireland. Harnett was one of the most successful artists of his day, known for his amazingly realistic paintings.

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2003 37¢ Purple Heart, 11.25 x 10.75 perf
August 7, 1782

George Washington Creates Forerunner of Purple Heart

On August 7, 1782, George Washington ordered the creation of the Badge of Military Merit to be awarded for bravery in battle. The predecessor of the Purple Heart, it’s one of the oldest military awards worldwide that is open to all who are wounded in battle.

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1974 10¢ Rural America: Chautauqua Tent
August 6, 1974

Chautauqua Institution 

On August 6, 1974, the USPS issued the Chautauqua Institution stamp, the second in the Rural America series, honoring the organization’s centennial.  Initially founded to train Sunday school teachers, “Chautauqua” became a term for commercial traveling companies who pitched tents and presented lecturers, orators, and performing artists to rural areas.

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More stories from August 16th…

1967 Bahamas stamp picturing the photosphere and underwater post office
August 16, 1939

World’s First Undersea Post Office

On August 16, 1939, the world’s first undersea post office opened in the Bahamas. It was developed by an undersea photographer and garnered significant interest from around the world. Decades later, more underwater post offices and post boxes were established in other countries, many of which are still in operation today…

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 US #1201 was issued for the 25th anniversary of the act.
August 16, 1937

National Apprenticeship Act

On August 16, 1937, President Franklin Roosevelt signed the National Apprenticeship Act into law.

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 US #1306 was issued for the 50th anniversary of this treaty. Click image to order.
August 16, 1916

US and Canada Sign Migratory Bird Treaty

On August 16, 1916, the US and Canada signed the first Migratory Bird Treaty to protect the birds that live in both nations.

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 US #3235 was issued in 1998 to mark the 100th anniversary of the peak of the Klondike Gold Rush.
August 16, 1896

Klondike Gold Rush

On August 16, 1896, gold was discovered in the Klondike region of the Yukon in northwestern Canada.

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