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Today, January 27th

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1995 32¢ Black Heritage: Bessie Coleman
January 26, 1892

Birth of Bessie Coleman

Aviator Elizabeth “Bessie” Coleman was born on January 26, 1892, in Atlanta, Texas.  The first female African American aviator, she achieved her dream of becoming a pilot during a time when most African Americans would not have even considered learning to fly.

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1932 2¢ Third Olympic Winter Games
January 25, 1932

First U.S. Olympic Stamp 

On January 25, 1932, the US Post Office Department issued its first stamp honoring the Olympic Games.  Those games were the first to be held in the US.

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1948 3¢ California Gold Rush Centennial
January 24, 1848

Start of the California Gold Rush

On January 24, 1848, gold was discovered at Sutter’s Mill, beginning the California Gold Rush. Thousands quickly flocked to the area in hopes of striking gold.

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1974 18¢ Dr. Elizabeth Blackwell
January 23, 1849

America’s First Female Doctor 

On January 23, 1849, Elizabeth Blackwell became the first woman in America to graduate from medical school.

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1973 8¢ Lyndon B. Johnson
August 27, 1908

Birth of President Lyndon B. Johnson

America’s 36th President, Lyndon Baines Johnson, was born on August 27, 1908, in Stonewall, Texas. President Johnson promoted a “Great Society” and signed many initiatives into law aimed at civil rights, public broadcasting, health, education, the arts, and public services.

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1970 6¢ Honoring US Servicemen: POW and MIA
July 18, 1979

National POW/MIA Recognition Day

On July 18, 1979, the first National POW/MIA Recognition Day was observed. It’s a day to honor past and present POW/MIAs, rededicate efforts to bring them home, and care for the families still waiting on their return home.

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2007 41¢ Gerald Ford
July 14, 1913

Happy Birthday Gerald Ford! 

Leslie Lynch King Jr., better known as Gerald Rudolph Ford, was born on July 14, 1913, in Omaha, Nebraska.  He was the only US president not elected to the presidency or vice presidency.

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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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More stories from January 27th…

1901 5¢ Pan-American Exposition: Bridge at Niagara Falls
January 27, 1938

Collapse of the Honeymoon Bridge

On January 27, 1938, the Honeymoon Bridge at Niagara Falls collapsed from the force of ice on the river pressing against its supports.  It had been the largest steel arch bridge in the world.

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 US #2110 was issued for Kern’s 100th birthday.
January 27, 1885

Happy Birthday, Jerome Kern

Jerome David Kern was born on January 27, 1885, in New York City, New York. 

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 US #988 was issued on this day in 1950.
January 27, 1850

Birth of Samuel Gompers 

American labor union leader Samuel Gompers was born on January 27, 1850, in London, England.

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 U.S. #2981e from the “1945: Victory at Last” World War II sheet.  Click image to order. 
January 27, 1945

Liberation of Auschwitz

On January 27, 1945, Soviet troops liberated the Auschwitz concentration camp, marking the beginning of the end of the Holocaust.

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