87% of People Can't Name These People Who Are on Stamps. Can You?

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Do you collect postage stamps? If so, you might be able to identify these famous people who have appeared on U.S. postage stamps. But you don't have to be a collector to recognize these famous faces. Take this quiz to find out how many you can identify.

Postage stamps are essentially little pictures. After all, they'd be pretty boring if they were just one solid color. These tiny squares have played host to animals, people, buildings and depictions of events, but not just anyone can get their image on a stamp. You have to be a pretty important person to be immortalized on one.

But U.S. postage stamps have not always been a way to showcase pretty pictures. Until 1840, stamps were inked hand stamps - hence the use of the word "stamp." Stamps were relatively unnecessary until that time, because it was the recipient who paid for the mail to be delivered, not the sender. The collection of fees for stamps, instead of collecting from the recipient, enabled postal systems around the world to enact more efficient delivery and processing of mail. The ability to add a bit of decoration to the mail was merely a pleasant side effect of the development.

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Buzz Aldrin is the legendary American astronaut who was in the center of the historic Apollo 11 lunar landing mission in 1969. The fearless lunar module pilot Buzz Aldrin followed Neil Armstrong and walked on the moon on July 20, 1969.

In 1981, Ronald Reagan became the first actor ever to become a president of the USA. Previously a Hollywood actor, radio broadcaster, lieutenant and governor of California, he served two full terms as president.

Jackie Robinson was the first African-American athlete who made it to Major League Baseball. His persistence, along with numerous achievements, erased the blurred line between black and white athletes, once again proving that the 20th century was a time of big changes.

Prior to participating in the women's voting rights movement, Susan B. Anthony worked as a teacher, but even then she tried to inspire girls and teach them to fight for their rights no matter what. This amazing woman devoted her entire life to racial, gender, and educational equality. Susan B. Anthony was dedicated to the cause until her very last breath.

Not everyone knows it, but Elvis had an identical twin brother who was stillborn. When Elvis Presley was 11 years old, he bought his first guitar and was even offered a chance to sing live on a local radio show. However, the shy teenager rejected the offer, because at that time he was too afraid to perform in front of other people.

The legendary baseball player who played in Major League Baseball and established many records had a bunch of nicknames, including "The Sultan of Swat," "The King of Crash" and "The Great Bambino," that later inspired his most famous nickname, Babe. His real name is George Herman Ruth Jr.

Maya Angelou was not only a world famous poet, she is also the author of the first nonfiction best-seller by an African-American woman. Her achievements helped to break the color barrier, making it easier for black writers - especially females - to publish their work.

Even though he was also an editor and critic, Edgar Allan Poe is best known for his mystery poems and horror stories. Poe was one of the first authors in America who tried to make a living as a professional writer and show others that it's possible to earn money through writing only.

Sacagawea was the first and only female member of the Lewis and Clark expedition. The young girl, who was around 16 years old at that time and pregnant, was invited to join the legendary expedition into the American West as a Shoshone interpreter. Despite her age and a baby, she proved to be helpful in many ways.

Neil Armstrong, a famous astronaut from Ohio, is known worldwide as the first person to walk on the moon. Besides, he and David Scott were the first astronauts ever to connect two spacecraft in orbit. Armstrong was the commander of Gemini VIII.

It all began when an African-American woman, Rosa Parks, refused to surrender her seat in a bus to a white passenger in 1955. A woman of action, she is now known as the “mother of the modern day civil rights movement” in the U.S. Her courageous act triggered a wave of protests in America and changed this country forever.

An award-winning singer who changed the entertainment industry in the 20th century, Frank Sinatra is the singer of the iconic songs "Strangers in the Night" and "New York, New York." Besides, he was a successful actor who appeared in dozens of films and even won an Oscar as a supporting actor for the movie "From Here to Eternity."

A lot of people know Arthur Ashe only as the successful tennis player. However, besides being the only African-American man to win Wimbledon, the U.S. and Australian Opens, Arthur was a great leader, humanitarian and educator who invested in many programs designed to introduce children from poor families to tennis.

The African-American athlete Jesse Owens shook up the world when he won four gold medals during the 1936 Berlin Games, intended by Hitler to be a showcase of his racist ideas about Aryan supremacy. Jesse left his mark on the world not only as a four-time Olympic gold medalist, but also as the successful field athlete and the man who could set three world records in less than an hour.

The prominent American actor, one of the brightest stars of Hollywood in the 20th century, Wayne made 162 feature films during his successful career.

The iconic redhead who became the first woman to run a big TV studio in Hollywood started her career early - she auditioned for her first movie at the age of 12. Lucille Ball is mostly known for her TV show "I Love Lucy," where Desi and Lucy became the first interracial couple on a screen.

Richard Milhous Nixon was the only president in the history of the US who resigned his post, in 1974. He did so to avoid impeachment for covering up illegal activities, but was pardoned by President Ford the same year.

Meet one of the first country music superstars, the artist of the big hits "Cold, Cold Heart," "Your Cheatin' Heart," or "Hey, Good Lookin," that you can still hear on the radio. Despite his early death, Hank Williams had an outstanding career.

They were an exceptional British rock band that shook the world! The Beatles were so popular that they caused Beatlemania, the intense fan frenzy directed towards the Beatles. The music icons earned 19 number-one albums on the Billboard charts!

A titan of Hollywood, Paul Newman was the handsome man with the most famous piercing blue eyes in movie history. The star died not long ago, in 2008, and is remembered as one of the most talented actors of the 20th century. He was a well-known philanthropist - he founded and owned a food company that donates all profits to charity.

A famous African-American leader, Malcolm X was a fearless and devoted advocate for the rights of black people in the U.S. He helped to change white America and their racist views in the '50s and '60s, until he was assassinated in 1965.

This famous American singer-songwriter had a lot of sides career, including writing and acting. The legendary singer mixed various genres and was also known as a successful motion picture and TV star, but not everyone knows that he was also a talented author and an ordained minister.

The fearless, open and determined-to-succeed Marilyn Monroe played dumb blonde characters almost of all her career. Despite her difficult childhood, she rose to fame as an actress, singer and model, becoming one of the world's most enduring sex symbols. She inspired countless women to be more open about their sexuality.

The first president of the U.S. was a legendary figure who helped create the country we know today. George Washington had an outstanding life and career full of extraordinary achievements that influenced the whole world.

The man could score 100 points during one game and, according to rumors, he slept with more than 20,000 women during his lifetime. Wilt was a man of many talents and achievements. After his professional basketball career ended, he started to play volleyball - his achievements earned him a place in the Basketball Hall of Fame.

Mickey's energy and love for baseball made him a number-one baseball player, earning him a place in the Baseball Hall of Fame. The legendary New York Yankee was a restless athlete with immense talent, drive and passion.

A smart, fearless adventurer and writer, Twain is the author of the major American classics "The Adventures of Tom Sawyer" and "Adventures of Huckleberry Finn." In addition to his outstanding writing career, he was a pilot of a riverboat, professor, entrepreneur, humorist and inventor.

The brightest star of the early Hollywood days, he had an interesting life and career. The comic actor from England popularized silent films and later became a filmmaker himself. His famous character was "The Tramp."

It's hard to find a young man who would be more determined to succeed than the pilot, inventor, explorer, writer and military officer Charles Lindbergh. At the age of 25, he entered his airplane, “The Spirit of St. Louis,” that took off on the first solo non-stop transatlantic flight.

A beautiful child with curly blonde hair and a sweet smile, Shirley became one of the youngest and brightest stars of the Hollywood during the Great Depression and beyond. She sang, danced and acted from an early age - she appeared in more than 40 movies before the age of 12.

The man who pioneered the genre of soul music in the '50s, "Brother Ray," also known as "The Genius," experimented with gospel, jazz and blues to create the brand new music genre beloved by many.

He became the first Republican to win the presidency in 1861 and, honestly, it's hard to find an American president who's been more written about. He became known worldwide for his brave attempts to change the U.S., including issuing the Emancipation Proclamation in 1863.

A brave nun who devoted all her life to help the poor, Mother Teresa is undoubtedly one of the kindest people of the previous century. She served as a living example to others. In 2016, this brave woman was canonized.

This charismatic woman who brought French cuisine to the U.S. was also a successful author of numerous cookbooks. She hosted the TV show "The French Chef" in the '60s and '70s. She won Peabody and Emmy Awards for her extremely popular cooking show.

At the age of 35, Martin Luther King Jr., a man who devoted his life to fighting the racial inequality, received the Nobel Peace Prize for his important role in the American civil rights movement. He didn't accept the money he won, donating it to the civil rights movement.

This playwright's works are known throughout the world and it seems that they will never get old - every decade or so some brave artist re-imagines his famous plays. Also known as the Bard of Avon, William Shakespeare is still the most prominent writer the English language has produced.

James Dean was only 24 years old when he tragically died in a car accident, but he still remains one of Hollywood most famous stars and an icon of cool teenage rebellion.

This '50s teen idol is a central figure of modern rock & roll. The music we know today would never exist without Buddy Holly, an insanely talented musician and experimenter.

Lakota Sioux Chief Sitting Bull was a brave man, devoted to protecting his land and his people. A fearless warrior, he led his tribe during years of resistance to American government.

Walt Disney is the mind behind the world famous corporation. His creativity and restless energy changed the American animation industry. He was a pioneer and an icon of the 20th century who created a whole new world, Disney World, from scratch.

Alfred Hitchcock is the director behind some of the best movies of all time, but he never won an Oscar for his work. The author of the greatest suspense thrillers, he later revealed that sometimes he was too afraid to watch his own movies. He often made cameo appearances in his films.

The career of this world famous boxer from Detroit spanned over 20 years. Even though his real name was Walker Smith Jr, he became known as Ray Robinson after using someone's else ID card to fight. At that time, he was still underage and not allowed to participate in a show.

Amelia Earhart is one of those strong and independent women of the 20th century who changed the course of history. She was the first female aviator to fly alone across the Atlantic Ocean, back in 1932. Later, Amelia wrote a few best-selling books describing her experience, aimed at inspiring women all around the world.

Even though his music career spanned only a few years, Jimi Hendrix will be always remembered as the world's greatest guitar hero. His talent and skills influenced modern music.

A famous comedian whose career spanned decades, Bob Hope is also well-known as one of the best hosts of the Academy Awards. In addition to being a famous actor, he was a talented mimic, skilled vaudevillian, singer, dancer and athlete.

Albert Einstein was one of the greatest thinkers of the 20th century - he introduced the theory of relativity. Einstein's contributions to science and mathematics literally changed the world.

The author of "The Old Man and the Sea," Ernest Hemingway, won the Pulitzer Prize and the Nobel Prize in Literature for his amazing novel. The writer started his career from scratch at age 17, working in a local newspaper in Kansas City. Only years later he became an influential writer, thanks to his first serious work, "A Farewell to Arms," a novel inspired by his wartime experiences.

Icon of the 20th century, talented actress, Givenchy’s muse and humanitarian Audrey Hepburn was a woman of action. Even though she and Marilyn Monroe lived at the same time, their images and views were radically different. While Monroe was the rebellious sex icon, Hepburn was an example of the sophisticated and elegant classy woman.

F. Scott Fitzgerald was a remarkable American novelist, the author of "The Great Gatsby," "Tender is the Night" and "This Side of Paradise." His debut novel sold out in just three days! At that time, the writer was only 23 years old and already a literary star.

One of the brightest stars of the 20th century, Judy Garland had a truly extraordinary life. She charmed her fans as Dorothy in 1939's "The Wizard of Oz," singing “Over The Rainbow” - the song that became #1 in the list of greatest movie songs by the American Film Institute. She was an an icon of the gay community for years. Unfortunately, the famous American singer and actress died from a barbiturate overdose when she was only 47 years old.

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