Category Archives: Lost and Found

History that’s not so trivial.

Lost and Found – July 31st Edition

What to remember about July 31st…

  • 1777  Continental Congress commissions Marquis de Lafayette as an unpaid Major General in the Continental Army
  • 1875  Former 17th President of the United States Andrew Johnson dies in Tennessee of a suspected stroke (b. 1808)
  • 1912  American economist and Nobel laureate Milton Friedman is born in Brooklyn, New York, the man that saved America from Jimmy Carter’s stagflation and saved capitalism
  • 1941  Herman Goering sends order to Heydrich to create a plan for the “final solution of the Jewish situation”; Holocaust planning begins
  • 1965  English author J.K. Rowling is born; creator of the Harry Potter books series
  • 1971  Astronauts from Apollo 15 take first ride aboard the Lunar Rover on the surface of the Moon
  • 2007  Operation Banner, the British occupation of Northern Ireland, ends after 38 years

milton friedman

Lost and Found – July 30th Edition

What to remember about July 30th…

  • 1619  The first elected legislative assembly in the New World is held in Jamestown, Virginia
  • 1780  600 Colonials led by Colonel Isaac Shelby capture Ft. Thicketty in South Carolina
  • 1864  Union forces fail to break Confederate lines at Battle of the Crater in after setting off massive bomb in tunnel
  • 1866  Constitutional Convention of blacks and whites in New Orleans is attacked by armed Democrats and anti-abolitionists; 40 killed and over 150 injured
  • 1945 USS Indianapolis is sunk by a Japanese submarine after having delivered the components the for atomic bomb to be dropped on Hiroshima
  • 1947  Actor and politician Arnold Schwarzenegger born
  • 1956  President Eisenhower signs law making “In God We Trust” the official motto of the United States
  • 1975  Teamsters union president Jimmy Hoffa disappears from suburban Detroit; never seen again

Lost and Found – July 29th Edition

What to remember about July 29th…

  • 1805  French historian Alexis de Tocqueville is born; author of the famous Democracy in America
  • 1833  English abolitionist William Wilberforce dies
  • 1862  Confederate spy Marie Isabella “Belle” Boyd is arrested by Union troops; detained in Washington, D.C.
  • 1907  Sir Robert Baden-Powell establishes Brownsea Island Scout Camp
  • 1921  Adolf Hitler becomes leader of the National Socialist German Workers Party (NAZI Party)
  • 1958  President Eisenhower signs legislation creating National Aeronautics and Space Administration (NASA)
  • 1965  Soldiers from the 101st Airborne Division begin arriving in Vietnam
  • 1976  Serial killer David “Son of Sam” Berkowitz begins his killing spree in New York City

Lost and Found – July 28th Edition

What to remember about July 28th…

  • 1746  Thomas Heyward, Jr is born in South Carolina; signer of the Declaration of Independence
  • 1776  Colonial forces from Massachusetts arrive to fortify Horn’s Hook, New York
  • 1864  Battle of Ezra Church in Georgia; General Sherman’s hold on Atlanta remains unbroken
  • 1868  Ratification of the 14th amendment to the U.S. Constitution is certified by Secretary of State Seward; due process and citizenship affirmed
  • 1914  Austria-Hungary declares war on Serbia; World War I begins
  • 1929  Jacqueline Lee Bouvier is born in Southampton, New York; marries John F. Kennedy in 1953
  • 1932  President Herbert Hoover orders the army to forcibly remove demonstrating veterans from Washington, D.C.
  • 1935  1st flight of the Boeing B-17 Flying Fortress
  • 1945  U.S. Senate approves the charter of the United Nations
  • 1945  B-25 bomber crashes into the Empire State Building
  • 1978  National Lampoon’s Animal House is released
  • 1998  Monica Lewinsky granted blanket immunity by Special Prosecutor about her relationship with President Bill Clinton

animal house cast

Lost and Found – July 27th Edition

What to remember about July 27th…

  • 1775  Benjamin Rush begins his term as the 1st Surgeon General of the Continental Army
  • 1929  Convention relative to the Treatment of Prisoners of War is signed by 53 countries; known as Geneva Convention
  • 1938  American author and game designer Ernest Gary Gygax is born in Chicago (d. 2008); co-creator of Dungeons & Dragons
  • 1940  The first Bugs Bunny cartoon “A Wild Hare” is released
  • 1953 Armistice is signed ending the Korean War, memorial in Washington D.C. dedicated on same day in 1995
  • 1974  U.S. House of Representatives begins impeachment proceedings against President Nixon
  • 1981  6-year-old Adam Walsh is abducted and killed; his father John Walsh becomes victims rights advocate and later hosts America’s Most Wanted television show
  • 1996  Eric Robert Rudolph sets off a bomb at Centennial Olympic Park in Atlanta, Georgia
  • 2003  American actor and comedian Bob Hope dies at 100 (b. 1903)
  • 2004  Barack Hussein Obama give keynote address at Democratic National Convention; launches national political career

Lost and Found – July 26th Edition

What to remember about July 26th…

  • 1775  Congress establishes department to operate a postal system; Benjamin Franklin is the 1st Postmaster General
  • 1788  New York becomes 11th state with vote to ratify the Constitution
  • 1797  John Quincy Adams marries Louisa Johnson; she will become the 1st and only foreign-born first-lady
  • 1861  Major General George B. McClellan appointed new commander of Army of the Potomac after disastrous First Battle of Bull Run
  • 1908  Office of the Chief Examiner hires a group of investigators; in 1935 this group becomes the Federal Bureau of Investigation (FBI)
  • 1941  In response to invasion of French Indochina, President Franklin Roosevelt orders the seizure of all Japanese assets in U.S.
  • 1945  Cruiser USS Indianapolis departs carrying critical pieces for Little Boy atomic bomb that will be dropped on Hiroshima
  • 1947  President Truman signs National Security Act creating Department of Defense, National Security Council, and Central Intelligence Agency (CIA)
  • 1971  Apollo 15 launches carrying the Lunar Rover
  • 1990  President George H. W. Bush signs into law the Americans with Disabilities Act
  • 2008 Islamic militants set off 21 bombs in 70 minutes in Ahmedabad, India; 56 killed and over 200 injured

Benjamin Franklin appears on the first postage stamp issued in the United States

Lost and Found – July 24th Edition

What to remember about July 24th…

  • 1832  Benjamin Bonneville leads the first wagon train across the South Pass of the Rocky Mountains
  • 1847  Mormon pioneers led by Brigham Young arrive in Salt Lake Valley; celebrated as Pioneer Day in Utah
  • 1862  8th President Martin Van Buren dies in New York (b. 1782)
  • 1866  Tennessee becomes the first state to be re-admitted to the Union after the Civil War
  • 1897  American aviator Amelia Earhart is born (d. 1897)
  • 1901  American author William “O Henry” Porter is released from prison; begins writing career
  • 1911  Expedition led by American archeologist Hiram Bingham discovers ruins of Machu Pichu in Peru
  • 1943  Allied air forces begin Operation Gomorrah; at least 40,000 killed in strikes city of Hamburg, Germany, 1 million civilians flee
  • 1969  Apollo 11 astronauts splash-down safely in Pacific; returns to Earth the 1st men to Walk on the Moon
  • 1974  SCOTUS rules unanimously in United States v. Nixon that White House claims of executive privilege over Watergate tapes were void
  • 1998  WWII film Saving Private Ryan opens in theaters
  • 2002  Democrat James Traficant is expelled from U.S. House of Representatives after convictions for taking bribes, tax fraud, racketeering

Lost and Found – July 23rd Edition

What to remember about July 23rd…

  • 1793  American patriot Roger Sherman dies; only signer of  – the Declaration of Independence, the Articles of Confederation and the Constitution
  • 1862  Abraham Lincoln appoints Henry W. Halleck as General-in-Chief of all Union armies
  • 1885  President Ulysses S. Grant dies in New York
  • 1952  King Farouk I of Egypt overthrown in military coup led by Gamal Abdel Nasser
  • 1958  USS Nautilus sets sail from Pearl Harbor for historic first submerged voyage under the North Pole
  • 1967  Beginning with raid on illegal bar, 12th Street Riots begin in Detroit; 43 die and 2000 buildings destroyed by time the Army arrives
  • 1984  Miss America Vanessa Williams resigns title after Penthouse Magazine plans to print nude photos of her
  • 2005  Islamic Muslim Brotherhood terrorists kill 88 and wound over 200 in multiple bombings in resort town of Sharm el-Sheikh, Egypt
  • 2012  Astronaut and physicist Dr. Sally Kristen Ride dies of cancer (b. 1951); 1st American woman in space

Sally Ride (Season 15, 1983)

Lost and Found – July 22nd Edition

What to remember about July 22nd…

  • 1864  Union General James McPherson killed by Confederate raiders during the Battle of Atlanta
  • 1916  Anti-war protestors bomb parade in San Francisco
  • 1933  American aviator Wiley Post completes first solo flight around the world
  • 1934  John Dillinger shot and killed leaving the Biograph Theater in Chicago by FBI agents
  • 1937  Senate rejects Franklin Delano Roosevelt’s plan to add six more justices to the Supreme Court
  • 1991  Cannibal and serial killer Jeffrey Dahmer arrested
  • 2003  Sons of former Iraqi dictator Saddam Hussein, Qusay and Uday, are killed in firefight with U.S. forces
  • 2011  Anders Behring Breivik sets off bomb and goes on shooting spree in Norway killing 76

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Lost and Found – July 21st Edition

What to remember about July 21st…

  • 1861  1st Battle of Bull Run begins at Manassas Junction, Virginia; Union suffers “surprising” defeat
  • 1873  Jesse James and the James-Younger Gang pull off 1st successful train robbery in the American West
  • 1918  German U-Boat opens fire on town of Orleans, Massachusetts and several nearby ships
  • 1925  “Monkey Trial” of John Thomas Scopes ends in conviction and $100 fine; Darwin’s Theory of Evolution versus creationism
  • 1944  Claus von Stauffenberg and his co-conspirators are executed one day after their failed attempt to assassinate Adolf Hitler
  • 1944  U.S. invasion to recapture Guam begins; fighting will continue through to August 10
  • 1959  Boston Red Sox are final Major League Baseball team to integrate
  • 1969  American astronauts Neil Armstrong and Edwin “Buzz” Aldrin become 1st humans to walk on the moon (July 20th in North America)
  • 1973  Israeli Mossad agents mistakenly kill Moroccan waiter in Norway believing him to be one of the 1972 Munich Olympic terrorists
  • 2005  Muslim terrorists attempt to detonate 4 more bombs in the London transit system (see 7/7 bombings)
  • 2007  Last book in the Harry Potter series is released
  • 2011  NASA’s Space Shuttle program comes to an end with completion of mission STS-135 and successful landing of Atlantis

space shuttle program ends