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Today, July 27th

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1971 8¢ Space Achievements stamps
July 26, 1971

Launch of Apollo 15

On July 26, 1971, Apollo 15 was launched, bringing the fourth American crew to the Moon’s surface.  Apollo 15 would become the first of three extended missions to the moon, known as K missions.  The mission was more focused on science than previous landings had been.  It also marked the first use of the lunar rover.

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1985 8¢ Henry Knox stamp
July 25, 1750

Birth of Henry Knox 

Henry Knox was born on July 25, 1750, in Boston, Massachusetts.  He was George Washington’s right-hand man during the American Revolution and participated in most of the war’s major battles.

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1958 4¢ Simon Bolivar stamp
July 24, 1783

Birth of Simón Bolívar 

Military and political leader Simón Bolívar was born on July 24, 1783, in Caracas, New Granada (present-day Venezuela).  He led a campaign that freed Venezuela, Ecuador, Bolivia, Peru and Colombia from Spanish rule, earning him the nickname El Libertador (The Liberator).  His birthday is also a national holiday in Venezuela. 

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2000 Space Shuttle stamp
July 23, 1999

Chandra X-Ray Observatory

On July 23, 1999, NASA launched the Chandra X-Ray Observatory to observe x-rays from outside the Earth’s radiation field. The mission was originally intended to last just five years, but Chandra is still orbiting the Earth and making discoveries today, more than 20 years after launch.

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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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 US #2152 was based on a photo of US troops retreating from Chosin Reservoir.
November 27, 1950

Battle of Chosin Reservoir 

On November 27, 1950, the Korean War Battle of Chosin Reservoir began – a fighting withdrawal in the bitter cold.

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 US #3142a – from the Classic American Aircraft Sheet
October 26, 1940

First Flight of the P-51 Mustang

On October 26, 1940, the P-51 Mustang completed its first flight.

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 US #4441 – from the Distinguished Sailors issue
October 19, 1901

Birth of Arleigh Burke

US Navy Admiral Arleigh Burke was born on October 19, 1901, in Boulder, Colorado.

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More stories from July 27th…

 US #C45 was issued for the 46th anniversary of the Wright brothers’ first successful flight of a heavier-than-air powered aircraft.
July 27, 1909

Wright Brothers Set Flight Record

On July 27, 1909, Orville Wright flew a plane a record one hour and 12 minutes.

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 US #3187e from the Celebrate the Century series. Click image to order.

This Day in History…  July 27, 1953

On July 27, 1953, the Korean Armistice Agreement was signed, bringing about the end of fighting in the Korean War.

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 U.S. #3803 was issued on this day in 2003.
July 27, 1995

Opening of Korean War Veterans Memorial

The Korean War Veterans Memorial was officially dedicated on July 27, 1995, the 42nd anniversary of the armistice that ended the Korean War.

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