Category Archives: Lost and Found

History that’s not so trivial.

Lost and Found – July 19th Edition

What to remember about July 19th…

  • 1692  Sarah Good and 4 other women hung for witchcraft after witchcraft trials in Salem, Mass.
  • 1814  American inventor and businessman Samuel Colt is born in Connecticut (d. 1862); legendary maker of firearms
  • 1848  1st women’s rights convention held near Seneca Falls, New York; Frederick Douglas attends
  • 1881  Sioux Chief Sitting Bull surrenders to U.S. Army
  • 1884  President Chester Arthur asserts power to quarantine immigrants for health reasons
  • 1943  Over 200 American bombers hit rail yards in Rome shaking the citizen’s confidence in Mussolini
  • 1963  NASA test pilot Captain Joe walker flies an X-15 experimental aircraft to 347,800 feet; qualifies as 1st human spaceflight
  • 1968  1st International Special Olympics open; games begin next day
  • 1984  Democrat Convention nominates Geraldine Ferraro for Vice President; She is the 1st woman and 1st Italian-American ever selected
  • 1985  NASA selects Christa McAuliffe for Teacher in Space Project; she will die in the 1986 crash of Space Shuttle Challenger

Lost and Found – July 18th Edition

What to remember about July 18th…

  • 64  Fire breaks out in Nero’s Rome;  city nearly destroyed
  • 1792  American Revolution War naval hero John Paul Jones dies in Paris, France (b. 1747); famously said “I have not yet begun to fight!”
  • 1863  First formal African-American Regiment 54th Massachusetts  assaults Fort Wagner, S.C.; Colonel Robert Gould Shaw killed
  • 1918  Allies counterattack during Battle of the Marne, turning point in World War I
  • 1921  American astronaut, U.S. Senator, and Marine Corps pilot John Herschel Glenn, Jr is born in Cambridge, Ohio; 1st American to orbit the Earth
  • 1924  Muslim mob murders American diplomat Robert Whitney Imbrie in Teheran, Iran (then Persia); buried at Arlington National Cemetary
  • 1925  Adolf Hitler publishes 1st volume of his personal manifesto Mein Kampf
  • 1969  Senator Edward “Ted” Kennedy drives his car off a bridge near Chappaquiddick; leaves the car and Mary Jo Kopechne drowns
  • 1994  Iranian-backed Hezbollah terrorists detonate vehicle bomb outside Jewish community center in Buenos Aires; 85 dead and hundreds wounded in retribution for Argentinian refusal to continue transferring nuclear technology

Lost and Found – July 17th Edition

What to remember about July 17th…

  • 1744  Elbridge Gerry born (d. 1814); signer of the Declaration of Independence and Vice President to James Madison; inventor of “gerrymandering” of electoral districts for political advantage
  • 1815 Napoleon Bonaparte surrenders to the British at Rochefort
  • 1938  Douglas “Wrong Way” Corrigan makes non-stop flight across the Atlantic “accidentally”
  • 1945  Potsdam Conference convenes with President Truman, Prime Minister Churchill, and Secretary Stalin; determine fate of Germany
  • 1955  Disneyland unveiled to the public; opens the next day
  • 1975  Apollo and Soyuz spacecraft launch for rendezvous to be made in orbit 2 days later; last manned spaceflight until Space Shuttle
  • 1989  1st flight of the B-2 Spirit Stealth Bomber
  • 2007  Atlanta Falcon’s football quarterback Michael Vick and 3 others indicted by federal grand jury for dog-fighting and gambling enterprise
  • 2009 Jemaah Islamiyah, an al-Qaeda-linked group detonates 2 suicide bombs in Jakarta, Indonesia; 9 killed and over 50 wounded

Lost and Found – July 16th Edition

What to remember about July 16th…

  • 1779  American General “Mad” Anthony Wayne captures British fort at Stoney Point, New York in surprise midnight bayonet attack
  • 1790  Congress declares Washington,D.C. to become nations capital
  • 1941  New York Yankee Joe DiMaggio hits in his 56th consecutive game; still stands as longest hitting streak in baseball history
  • 1942  French police begin round-up of 13,000 Jews for detention and eventual shipment to the death camp at Auschwitz
  • 1945  First atomic bomb is successfully tested in New Mexico
  • 1948  Israeli forces capture Nazareth in 1948 Arab-Israeli War
  • 1951  J.D. Salinger’s novel “Catcher in the Rye” first published
  • 1969  Apollo 11 launches from Florida carrying the first humans to the Moon; “Buzz” Aldrin and Neil Armstrong will land on July 20th
  • 1999  John F. Kennedy, Jr., wife Carolyn Bessette, and her sister Lauren Bessette die in plane crash off of Martha’s Vineyard

Lost and Found – July 15th Edition

What to remember about July 15th…

  • 1783 The first successful steamboat Pyroscaphe sails in France on the River Saône; built by Claude-François-Dorothée de Jouffroy
  • 1799  The Rosetta Stone is found in an Egyptian village during Napoleon’s Egyptian Campaign; allows translation of hieroglyphics
  • 1862  Confederate ironclad CSS Arkansas attacks Admiral Farragut’s Union fleet damaging more than a dozen vessels
  • 1870  Georgia is readmitted to the Union; it is that last state to rejoin after the end of the Civil War
  • 1933  American Wiley Post begins first solo flight around the world
  • 1964  Barry Goldwater nominated for President by Republican Party
  • 1975  In simultaneous launches, Apollo 18 and Soyuz 19 are launched to begin joint Apollo-Soyuz Test Project
  • 1979  President Jimmy Carter gives speech on television about our national “crisis of confidence”; misquoted as the “malaise” speech
  • 1988  Movie “Die Hard” opens; actor Bruce Willis rises to stardom
  • 2002  “American Taliban” John Walker Lindh accepts plea bargain of 20-years; he was captured fighting for the Afghan Taliban

 

Lost and Found – July 14th Edition

What to remember about July 14th…

  • 1099  Jerusalem captured during the First Crusade
  • 1779  George Ross dies; member of Continental Congress, signer of the Declaration of Independence, and militia colonel
  • 1789  French revolutionaries and mutinous troops storm the Bastille; recognized later as French holiday “Bastille Day”
  • 1789  Congress passes the unconstitutional Sedition Act
  • 1881  Outlaw Billy the Kid (William Henry McCarty) killed by Sheriff Pat Garrett near Fort Sumner, New Mexico
  • 1913  Future 38th President of the United States Gerald Ford is born in Omaha, Nebraska (d. 2006)
  • 1933  Germany passes “Law against the establishment of political parties”; ends organized opposition to Nazi Party
  • 1933  Germany enacts Law for the Prevention of Hereditarily Diseased Offspring; compulsory sterilization of persons suffering from alleged genetic disorders
  • 1965  Mariner 4 makes flyby taking first close up photos of Mars
  • 1968  Hank Aaron hits his 500th home run
  • 2003  Washington Post columnist Robert Novak reveals Valerie Plame might be a CIA Operative

Lost and Found – July 13th Edition

What to remember about July 13th…

  • 1787  Congress passes the Northwest Ordinance; creates a structure for settling western territories and creating new states, limits slavery
  • 1863  3-day New York City Draft Riots begin protesting the draft and $300 exemption for the wealthy; many working-class people felt that emancipated slaves would compete for their jobs
  • 1886  Father Edward Joseph Flanagan born; founder of Boys Town
  • 1919  British airship R-34 lands in Norfolk, England; completes 1st round trip journey across the Atlantic and back
  • 1923  On Mount Lee in Los Angeles, the Hollywood sign is dedicated; 1st read “HOLLYWOODLAND” to advertise housing development
  • 1942  American actor and producer Harrison Ford is born in Chicago
  • 1943  Battle of Kursk ends; largest tank battle in history
  • 1978  Lee Iacocca is fired from post as President of Ford Motor Corp.
  • 1985  Live Aid charity mega-concert held in London and Philadelphia simultaneously, raises nearly $50 million
  • 2005  Deal is reached to end year-long lockout of National Hockey League
  • 2010  George Steinbrenner, longtime owner of New York Yankees dies in Tampa, Florida

Lost and Found – July 12th Edition

What to remember about July 12th…

  • 1804  Alexander Hamilton dies a day after being shot in a duel by Vice President Aaron Burr
  • 1812  American forces invade near Ontario, Canada in War of 1812
  • 1817  American author, abolitionist, and philosopher Henry David Thoreau is born in Concord, Massachusetts
  • 1862  President Abraham Lincoln signs law establishing the Medal of Honor
  • 1864  Attack on Washington, D.C by Confederate forces is repelled
  • 1895  American inventor, engineer, and futurist Richard Buckminster “Bucky” Fuller is born in Milton, Massachusetts (d. 1983)
  • 1909  16th Amendment to the United States Constitution is proposed, allows the federal government to collect income tax
  • 1937  American actor and comedian William Henry Bill Cosby is born in Philadelphia, Pennsylvania
  • 1962  Rolling Stones play their first gig, Marquee Club in London
  • 1984  Walter Mondale chooses Geraldine Ferraro as his running-mate , 1st women to become candidate for Vice President
  • 2006  Hezbollah forces launch missiles as a diversion to allow kidnapping of Israeli soldiers; incident sparks 2006 Lebanon War

Lost and Found – July 11th Edition

What to remember about July 11th…

  • 1765  Future 6th President John Quincy Adams born in Massachusetts
  • 1782  British officers surrender Savannah, effectively ending Georgia’s involvement in the American Revolution (H/T David)
  • 1798  United States Marine Corps is reestablished in preparation for Quasi-War with France; USMC originally formed November 10, 1775
  • 1804  Alexander Hamilton mortally wounded in duel with Vice President Aaron Burr at Weehawken, New Jersey
  • 1864  Confederate forces begin 2-day assault on Fort Stevens; President Lincoln attends as defenders repel invaders from Capitol
  • 1914  “Babe” Ruth plays his first game in the Major Leagues; pitches for the Boston Red Sox in victory over Cleveland Indians 4-3
  • 1921  Former 27th President William Howard Taft is sworn in as Chief Justice of the Supreme Court; only person to hold both offices
  • 1945  Soviet Union announces that it will turn over civilian and military control of West Berlin to the Allies
  • 1947  Exodus 1947, former U.S. transport ship, departs France with 4515 Jewish passengers in attempt to run blockade and reach Palestine
  • 1955  1st class of cadets sworn is in at temporary site of the United States Air Force Academy, Lowery Air Force Base in Colorado
  • 1977  President Jimmy Carter presents posthumous award of Presidential Medal of Freedom to Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr.
  • 1979  Skylab, the first successful U.S. space station, re-enters the atmosphere; debris falls in Australia and Indian Ocean
  • 2007  Former First Lady Claudia Alta “Lady Bird” Taylor Johnson dies (b. 1912)
NASA Skylab, America’s First Space Station

Lost and Found – July 10th Edition

What to remember about July 10th…

  • 1777  British General Richard Prescott captured by Colonials… again
  • 1850  Millard Fillmore sworn in as 13th President of the United States after sudden death of President Zachary Taylor
  • 1856  American inventor and electrical engineer Nikola Tesla is born
  • 1890  Wyoming becomes 44th state in the Union
  • 1925  Science teacher John Scopes is found guilty of violating Tennessee’s Butler Act prohibiting teaching of evolution
  • 1938  American businessman, aviator, and engineer Howard Hughes completes flight around the world in record 91 hours
  • 1940  Germans launch campaign of aerial bombing raids against Great Britain; Battle of Britain begins lasting 114 days
  • 1962  NASA launches Telstar 1; AT&T satellite is worlds first orbital communications relay; allows for TV, fax, and phone transmission
  • 1985  Coca-Cola gives up on New Coke and resumes old formula
  • 1985  Two French agents plant a bomb sinking Greenpeace ship Rainbow Warrior docked in New Zealand; photojournalist dies
  • 1989  Mel Blanc the “man of a thousand voices” dies in L.A. (b. 1908); known as voice of Bugs Bunny, Daffy Duck, Porky Pig, and more

Mel Blanc – man of a thousand voices