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Lost and Found – March 4th Edition

What to remember about March 4th…

  • 1766  British Parliament repeals “Stamp Act” that had generated vocal opposition and some violent resistance in the colonies
  • 1776  Under cover of darkness, Continental artillery occupies Dorchester Heights to range on city; Siege of Boston continues
  • 1789  Congress meets in New York City for 1st session under newly ratified Constitution
  • 1791  Vermont becomes 14th state in the Union
  • 1861  Abraham Lincoln is inaugurated President of a not-so United States; 7 states have already seceded by this date; first shots of the Civil War will be fired at Ft. Sumter in just six weeks time; Confederate states adopt their 1st national flag this day
  • 1917  Jeannette Pickering Rankin (R – Montana) takes her seat as 1st woman Representative ever elected to serve in Congress
  • 1944  U.S. 8th Air Force conduct their 1st daylight bombing raids of Berlin
  • 1952  Future 40th President of the United States Ronald Wilson Reagan marries Nancy Davis in Los Angeles, California
  • 1991  Prime Minister of Kuwait Sheikh Saad Al-Abdallah Al-Salim Al-Sabah returns to his country for 1st time since Iraqi invasion
  • 1998  SCOTUS rules in Oncale v. Sundowner Offshore Services that sexual harassment on the job is illegal even between persons of the same sex
  • 2008  American writer and game designer Gary Gygax dies (b. 1938); co-creator of Dungeons and Dragons role-playing game

Lost and Found – March 3rd Edition

What to remember about March 3rd…

  • 1776  Connecticut delegate Silas Deane leaves for secret mission in France; negotiates for arms, ammunition and equipment
  • 1820  Congress passes Missouri Compromise; delays conflict over slavery until tensions force repeal with 1854 Kansas-Nebraska Act
  • 1845  Congress employs power to override Presidential veto for 1st time
  • 1845  Florida is admitted to the Union as the 27th state
  • 1847  Scientist, inventor, and entrepreneur Alexander Graham Bell is born in Edinburgh, Scotland (d. 1922)
  • 1863  Congress passes act creating the 1st wartime draft to be implemented in U.S. history; 1812 conscription act never put into effect
  • 1865  President Lincoln signs bill creating Bureau of Refugees, Freedmen, and Abandoned Lands; distributes relief to former slaves
  • 1887  Anne Sullivan begins teaching 6-year-old Hellen Keller;  “miracle worker” teaches deaf and blind girl to communicate
  • 1931  President Hoover signs bill making “The Star-Spangled Banner” the official national anthem of the United States

  • 1952  Supreme Court upholds New York law prohibiting persons who promote the overthrow of the federal government from teaching
  • 1980  Worlds 1st operational nuclear submarine USS Nautilus is decommissioned after nearly 30 years; now on display in Groton, Connecticut
  • 1991  After leading police on car chase, parolee Rodney King is stopped and beaten and taunted by Los Angeles police; incident is caught on film and leads to arrests, trial, lawsuits, and rioting
  • 2005  American businessman and adventurer Stephen Fossett completes 1st solo, nonstop, unrefueled, circumnavigation of the globe by a fixed-wing aircraft aboard Virgin Atlantic Global Flyer; flight began February 28th

Lost and Found – February 27th Edition

What to remember about February 27th…

  • 1776  Patriot forces score 1st victory of Revolutionary War when troops defeat superior British force at Battle of Moore’s Creek
  • 1827  New Orleans’ Mardi Gras tradition is born when masked and costumed students take to the streets
  • 1960  Abraham Lincoln gives famous Cooper Union Speech; brings him to prominence and then nomination for presidency
  • 1864  Union prisoners of war begin arriving at Camp Sumter near Andersonville, Georgia; thousands will die under horrific conditions by time of liberation
  • 1922  Supreme Court issues opinion in Lesser v. Garnett affirming ratification of 19th Amendment; women’s right to vote guaranteed
  • 1942  Aircraft carrier USS Langley is sunk by Japanese bombers; U.S. Navy’s 1st aircraft carrier
  • 1949  Chaim Weizmann becomes 1st President of Israel
  • 1951  22nd Amendment to the U.S. Constitution is ratified; Presidents are limited to 2 terms of service
  • 1972  Chinese premier and President Nixon issue “Shanghai Communique” announcing normalization of relations
  • 1973  200 members of American Indian Movement (AIM) occupy Wounded Knee historic battlefield and take hostages
  • 1982  Wayne Bertram Williams is convicted for 2 of 28 serial murders of young African-American males in Atlanta, Georgia
  • 1991  President Bush announces that Kuwait has been liberated

f-16 fighting falcon burning iraqi oil wells

Lost and Found – February 23rd Edition

What to remember about February 23rd…

  • 1778  Prussian born Barron von Steuben arrives at Valley Forge to begin training of Continental troops to become professional soldiers
  • 1836  Mexican army arrives, siege begins at Battle of the Alamo, Texas
  • 1848  Former 6th President of the United States John Quincy Adams dies from stroke inside U.S. Capitol Building (b. 1757)
  • 1861  President elect Lincoln foils assassination attempt with last-minute change of his itinerary; arrives in Washington, D.C vs Baltimore
  • 1870  Mississippi is readmitted to the Union; military governance ends
  • 1943  Japanese submarine bombards Elwood, California

submarine launched float plane attacks oregon wwii

  • 1945  U.S. flag is raised by Marines on Mt. Suribaci on Iwo Jima
  • 1954  Polio vaccine invented by Dr. Jonas Salk is given to children for 1st time; incidence of disease has dropped from peak of hundreds of thousands infected each year to around 1000
  • 1991  Coalition ground forces cross the border from Saudi Arabia to begin liberation of Kuwait during the Gulf War
  • 1997  Palestinian teacher Ali Hassan Abu Kamal opens fire on observation deck of Empire State Building; 2 killed 6 wounded

Lost and Found – February 12th Edition

What to remember about February 12th…

  • 1733  British general and MP James Oglethorpe founds Georgia as 13th English colony with Savannah as its 1st city
  • 1789  American patriot Ethan Allen dies of stroke in Vermont (b. 1738); famous leader of Green Mountain Boys and victor of Fort Tigonderoga
  • 1809  Future 16th President Abraham Lincoln is born in Hodgeville, Kentucky (d. 1865)
  • 1909  National Association for the Advancement of Colored People (NAACP) is founded
  • 1924  In New York City, George Gershwin’s jazz classic Rhapsody in Blue is performed for the 1st time; billed as “experiment in modern music”
  • 1935  Navy airship USS Macon crashes and sinks in bad weather off California coast just 2 years after the loss of sister ship USS Akron
  • 1973  142 of the last 591 U.S. POW’s are released in Hanoi as required by Paris peace settlement talks
  • 1999  Senate fails to impeach President Bill Clinton on either perjury or obstruction of justice charges; votes were 45 – 55 and 50 – 50
  • 2000  American cartoonist and author of “Peanuts”, Charles Monroe “Sparky” Schulz dies (b. 1922)
  • 2004  San Francisco begins issuing marriage licenses to same-sex couples at the direction of Mayor Gavin Newsom

Lost and Found – February 3rd Edition

What to remember about February 3rd…

  • 1781  General Nathanael Green’s troops evade Cornwallis’ army by crossing Yadkin River with help of polish engineer Thaddeus Kosciusko
  • 1865  President Lincoln meets with Confederate delegation at Hampton Roads, Virginia to discuss peace; reunification is his demand
  • 1870  15th Amendment to the U.S. Constitution is ratified; right to vote shall not be abridged for “race, color, or condition of servitude”
  • 1913  16th Amendment to the U.S. Constitution is ratified; grants Federal government right to impose an income tax
  • 1924  Former 28th President of the United States Woodrow Wilson dies in Washington, D.C. from complications of a stroke (b. 1856)
  • 1943  U.S. troop transport Dorchester sunk by U-boat; 230 of 900 survive; “Four Chaplains” rescue hundreds before giving up own life jackets and lifeboat seat; go down with the ship while praying for the troops
  • 1950  German atomic scientist Klaus Fuchs arrested for passing secrets of the bomb to Soviets; leads to arrest of Julius and Ethel Rosenberg
  • 1959 Rock stars Buddy Holly, J.P. “Big Bopper” Richardson, and Ritchie Valens killed in plane crash; memorialized as “Day The Music Died”
  • 1966  Soviets achieve 1st controlled, non-crash landing on the Moon with Lunik 9; photos and television images sent back to Earth
  • 1971  NYPD officer Frank Serpico is shot during drug bust; survives to testify against police corruption on the force
  • 2003  Radical Muslim Cleric Abu Hamza al-Masri claims Space Shuttle Columbia disaster is “punishment from God”

Lost and Found – January 27th Edition

What to remember about January 27th…

International Holocaust Remembrance Day

  • 1756  Musical prodigy and composer Wolfgang Amadeus Mozart is born in Austria (d. 1791)
  • 1776  Expedition of Colonel Henry Knox finishes 3-month trek through frozen countryside with 60-tons of captured British artillery
  • 1785  Georgia incorporates 1st state-funded university; it is first named Franklin College and will become University of Georgia
  • 1862  President Lincoln attempts to command Union forces into action by issuing General War Order No. 1; finds tactics better left to the soldiers
  • 1888  33 explorers, geographers, scientists, soldiers, and teachers meet in Washington, D.C. to found the National Geographic Society
  • 1939  1st flight of the Lockheed P-38 Lightning fighter-bomber
  • 1943  Over 90 bombers strike U-Boat construction yards; first attack by American aircraft on Germany
  • 1967  Fire aboard NASA’s Apollo 1 spacecraft during simulation kills astronauts Virgil “Gus” Grissom, Edward H. White II, and Roger B. Chafee
  • 1973  Paris Peace Accords are signed; President Nixon’s promise fulfilled as American participation in Vietnam War officially ends
  • 1998  First Lady Hillary Rodham Clinton appears on “Today” show and declares “vast right-wing conspiracy” behind her husband’s impeachment

Lost and Found – January 1st Edition

What to remember about January 1st…

  • 1781  1500 Patriot troops under General Anthony Wayne mutiny over not being paid; they march off on their own to capture Princeton
  • 1808  As the 20-year constitutional prohibition against legislation in relation to slavery expires, Act Prohibiting Importation of Slaves goes into effect in any U.S. jurisdiction
  • 1863  As promised, President Lincoln signs the Emancipation Proclamation freeing all slaves in rebellious America; Union army is instructed to liberate any they find
  • 1892  Federal immigration receiving station opens on Ellis Island
  • 1934  Law for the Prevention of Genetically Diseased Offspring goes into effect in Nazi Germany; court ordered sterilization
  • 1942  President Roosevelt and Minister Churchill issue proclamation at end of the Arcadia Conference vowing to create United Nations
  • 1958  At San Quentin Johnny Cash plays his 1st prison performance; inmate Mearle Haggard is inspired to change his life
  • 1959  Communist led by Fidel Castro force Cuban dictator Fulgencio Batista to flee the country for the Dominican Republic
  • 1962  United States Navy’s Sea, Air, and Land Teams (SEALs) are established
  • 1966  Advance units of 1st Marine Division arrive in Vietnam; by march 20,000 Marines will be in country
  • 1984  As a result of 1974 anti-trust lawsuit brought by Justice Department, AT&T is broken into 7 holding companies known as “Baby Bells”
  • 2004  Roman Catholic and Protestant Boy Scout organizations reunite after almost a century of division

Lost and Found – December 21st Edition

What to remember about December 21st…

  • 1620  Mayflower’s 1st landing parties of Pilgrims go ashore at Plymouth to begin construction of permanent settlement
  • 1761  Patriot soldier and statesman Robert Barnwell is born in Beaufort, SC; wounded in battle, left for dead, taken prisoner by British, delegate to Continental Congress and US Representative (d. 1814)
  • 1861  President Lincoln signs Senate Bill 82 and establishes Medal of Honor for Navy personnel, Army bill passes the next year
  • 1945  In a freak car accident, General George S. “Blood and Guts” Patton, Jr. dies outside Mannheim, Germany (b. 1885)
  • 1968  NASA successfully launches Apollo 8 on 1st manned mission to leave Earth’s orbit and visit the Moon
  • 1970  Elvis visits President Nixon in the White House to offer his help in administration’s anti-drug campaign; Secret Service forgets to search him allowing Presley to bring gun gift to Oval Office
  • 1978  Police serve search warrant on home of “killer clown” John Wayne Gacy and arrest him for marijuana possession; they will discover over 26 bodies buried under his house
  • 1988  Terrorist bomb detonates aboard Pan Am Flight 103 over Lockerbie, Scotland killing all 259 aboard and 11 on the ground; pressured by Obama administration, convicted Libyan bomber is released in 2009 on compassionate grounds

Lost and Found – December 14th Edition

What to remember about December 14th…

  • 1777  Irish-American patriot Thomas Conway is appointed Inspector General of United States by Continental Congress
  • 1799  America mourns; General George Washington, 1st American president, dies at home in Mount Vernon (b. 1732)
  • 1896  USAF General and Medal of Honor recipient James Harold “Jimmy” Doolittle is born in Alameda, California (d. 1993)
  • 1819  Alabama admitted to the Union as 22nd state
  • 1863  President Lincoln grants amnesty to his sister-in-law Emilie Todd Helm; widow of Confederate General Benjamin Helm
  • 1903  Orville Wright’s 1st attempt at powered flight fails; crash damages aircraft and delays next attempt by 3 days
  • 1911  Team led by Norwegian Roald Amundsen becomes 1st to reach South Pole
  • 1972  Astronaut Eugene Cernan is last human to walk on the moon as Apollo 17 mission prepares to return to Earth
  • 2008  During press conference, Iraqi journalist Muntadhar al-Zaidi shouts “This is a farewell kiss from the Iraqi people, you dog” and throws his shoes at President George W. Bush
  • 2012  20-year old shooter kills mother then goes to Sandy Hook elementary school where she taught; kills six adults and 20 children before taking his own life