Monthly Archives: September 2012

Lost and Found – September 30th Edition

What to remember about September 30th…

  • 1889  Wyoming becomes 1st state to approve a constitution that guarantees women the right to vote
  • 1927  Babe Ruth becomes 1st baseball player to hit 60 home runs in a single season
  • 1938  French and British prime ministers sign pact with Hitler giving him Czechoslovakia for a promise of peace
  • 1949  After 15 months, the Berlin airlift comes to an end
  • 1954  USS Nautilus is commissioned; worlds 1st nuclear submarine
  • 1955  American actor James Dean dies in a car crash
  • 1975  AH-64 Apache attack helicopter makes its 1st flight
  • 2005  A Danish newspaper publishes 12 editorial cartoons of the prophet Muhammad, months later Islamic clerics use drawings to incite violence and rioting around the world (see them here)

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Lost and Found – September 29th Edition

What to remember about September 29th…

  • 1780  John André, British spy and accomplice of Benedict Arnold is convicted and sentenced to hang
  • 1902  Cornerstone of Washington National Cathedral is laid; construction is finally completed on same date in 1990
  • 1918  Allied forces breach the Hindenburg Line; last of the German defenses on the Western Front
  • 1939  After the invasion of Poland, Germany and the Soviet Union agree to divide control of the country between them
  • 1966  The Chevrolet Camaro officially goes on sale at dealerships
  • 1982  The 1st of 7 victims dies in the Chicago Tylenol poisonings
  • 1988  Mountain climber Stacy Allison becomes 1st American woman to reach the summit of Mt. Everest
  • 1988  Space Shuttle program resumes after Challenger disaster with launch of Discovery
  • 1990  American F-22 Raptor flies for the 1st time
  • 2005  Senate confirms John Roberts as Chief Justice of the Supreme Court of the United States
  • 2006  U.S. Navy SEAL Michael A. Monsoor dies in Iraq; he will be awarded the Medal of Honor for his selfless actions

Lost and Found – September 28th Edition

What to remember about September 28th…

  • 1781  Battle of Yorktown, Virginia begins; end of the siege will effectively leave America in the hands of the colonists
  • 1787  Congress votes to send the newly signed Constitution of the United States to the state legislatures for approval
  • 1891  American author Herman Melville dies in New York City
  • 1918  Flu epidemic strikes Philadelphia killing nearly 12,000; worldwide deaths will reach 20 million
  • 1928  Through a laboratory accident, Dr. Alexander Flemming discovers the antibiotic penicillin
  • 1995  President Bill Clinton presides over signing of the Israeli-Palestinian Interim Agreement (Oslo 2) by Israeli Prime Minister Yitzhak Rabin and PLO Chairman Yasser Arafat
  • 2008  SpaceX successfully launches the Falcon 1, the first ever private spacecraft

Lost and Found – September 27th Edition

What to remember about September 27th…

  • 1722  American revolutionary leader Samuel Adams is born in Boston, Massachusetts (d. 1803)
  • 1777  Lancaster, Pennsylvania is capital of United States for one day as Congress meets there while fleeing from Philadelphia
  • 1779  Continental Congress appoints John Adams to negotiate treaties for America in Europe
  • 1854  Luxury ship Arctic strikes steamer Vesta in fog off Newfoundland; 322 die in the 1st modern naval disaster
  • 1938  President Franklin Roosevelt writes to Chancellor Adolf Hitler in an appeal for peace
  • 1941 SS Patrick Henry is launched; she is the 1st of more than 2700 Liberty ships that will be built for WWII
  • 1954  The Tonight Show debuts on television; Steve Allen is the 1st of many hosts
  • 1979  Congress establishes the Department of Education as the 13th Cabinet position
  • 1994  Over 350 Republican congressional candidates sign the 10-point Contract with America
  • 1997  NASA loses contact with Sojourner rover; historical Mars Pathfinder mission comes to an end

samuel adams gun rights quote

Lost and Found – September 26th Edition

What to remember about September 26th…

  • 1774  Pioneer nurseryman and American legend John “Johnny Appleseed” Chapman is born in Leominster, Massachusetts
  • 1789  John Jay is appointed the 1st Chief Justice of the Supreme Court of the United States
  • 1820  Legendary American Pioneer and frontiersman Daniel Boone dies at home in bed near Defiance, Missouri (b. 1734)
  • 1898  American composer and musician George Gershwin is born in Brooklyn, New York (d. 1937)
  • 1944  Allied Operation Market Garden fails to capture Danish bridges over the Rheine River; only 3 in 10 escape
  • 1945  U.S. Army Lieutenant Colonel Peter Dewey is the 1st American soldier to be killed by Ho Chi Minh’s troops in Vietnam
  • 1960  1st televised presidential debate in U.S. is held in Chicago between Richard Nixon and John F. Kennedy
  • 2008  American actor, director, and businessman Paul Newman dies of cancer (b. 1925)

Johnny Appleseed Chapman grave

Lost and Found – September 25th Edition

What to remember about September 25th…

  • 1775  Colonial Army Colonel Ethan Allen is captured after failed attack on British-controlled Montreal; sent to England for execution
  • 1789  1st Congress of the United States passes 12 amendments to the Constitution known as the Bill of Rights; 10 of the 12 will be ratified by the states by 1791
  • 1897  American author and Nobel Prize winner William Faulkner is born near Oxford; Mississippi
  • 1919  President Woodrow Wilson suffers a stroke while campaigning for passage of the Treaty of Versailles and U.S. entry into the League of Nations; measure never passes, Wilson is left altered and debilitated
  • 1929  American aviation pioneer and Medal of Honor winner Jimmy Doolittle takes a blind flight; proves that full instrument flying from take off to landing is possible
  • 1942  Swiss police are instructed to deny entry to Jewish refugees
  • 1944  Surviving elements of British 1st Airborne withdraw from the Battle of Arnhem in the Netherlands during Operation Market Garden
  • 1957  300 federal troops force the desegregation Central High School in Little Rock, Arkansas after mobs threaten children
  • 1981  Sandra Day O’Connor is sworn in as the 102nd Associate Justice and the first female Justice of the U.S. Supreme Court
  • 1992  12-year-old Gregory Kingsley is granted a divorce from his biological parents by a judge in Orlando, FL

Lost and Found – September 24th Edition

What to remember about September 24th…

  • 622   Prophet Muhammad completes his journey of escape from Mecca to Medina ahead of threat; history of Islam begins (traditional)
  • 1780  Traitor Benedict Arnold flees to the British lines
  • 1789  Congress passes the 1st Judiciary Act; establishes the office of Attorney General and federal court system
  • 1890  Leadership of the Mormon church officially renounces polygamy
  • 1896  American novelist F. Scott Fitzgerald is born in Saint Paul, Minnesota (d. 1940)
  • 1906  President Theodore Roosevelt declares Devils Tower in Wyoming to be 1st National Monument
  • 1957  President Eisenhower sends 101st Airborne Division troops to Littlerock, Arkansas to enforce desegregation
  • 1964  Warren Commission delivers their report on the assassination of President John F. Kennedy to President Lyndon Johnson
  • 1979  Compu-Serve launches the first consumer internet service and the first public electronic mail service
  • 1991  American children’s writer Theodor “Dr. Seuss” Geisel dies (b 1904)

Lost and Found – September 23rd Edition

What to remember about September 23rd…

  • 1779  John Paul Jones captains U.S. ship Bonhomme Richard to victory over 2 British warships, when asked to surrender he says famously “I have not yet begun to fight
  • 1780 British Major John André is arrested as a spy by American soldiers, Benedict Arnold’s exposed as a traitor
  • 1806  Lewis and Clark expedition returns from their two and a half year exploration of the Louisiana Purchase
  • 1908  Chicago Cubs win pennant versus New York Giants with controversial call at second base
  • 1941  The first gas chamber experiments are conducted at Auschwitz
  • 1949  American singer and songwriter Bruce Springsteen is born
  • 1969  Trial of the “Chicago 8” begins over the violent protests at the Democratic National Convention
  • 2009  Fidel Castro praises President Barack Obama for his apology before the United Nations over global climate change

castro loves obama

Lost and Found – September 22nd Edition

What to remember about September 22nd…

  • 1776  Connecticut schoolteacher and captain in the Continental Army, Nathan Hale is executed in New York City by the British for spying
  • 1862  President Lincoln announces he will issue an Emancipation Proclamation on January 1, 1863
  • 1961  President Kennedy signs legislation making the Peace Corps a permanent government agency
  • 1975  President Gerald Ford survives 2nd assassination attempt in 17 days; his life saved this time by a former Marine and Vietnam veteran
  • 1985  1st “Farm Aid” concert is held in Champaign, Illinois to help save family farms in America
  • 1991  The Dead Sea Scrolls are made available to the public for the 1st time at the Huntington Library
  • 1994  1st episode of Friends airs on NBC
  • 1999  American actor George C. Scott dies; famously portrayed General George Patton in the award-winning movie

execution of Nathan_Hale

Lost and Found – September 21st Edition

What to remember about September 21st…

  • 1790  American General Benedict Arnold meets with British spy Major John Andre in plot to surrender West Point for money
  • 1798  American lawyer, politician, and signer of the Declaration of Independence George Read dies
  • 1823  Joseph Smith claims his 1st visitation from the Angel Moroni; leads to the writing of The Book of Mormon
  • 1937  J.R.R. Tolkien publishes The Hobbit
  • 1942  Maiden flight of the B-29 Superfortress
  • 1947  American horror author Stephen King is born
  • 1961  5th Special Forces Group (Airborne) is activated at Ft. Bragg, North Carolina; the Green Berets are born
  • 1989  Army General Colin Powell is confirmed by Senate as chairman of the Joint Chiefs of Staff; 1st African-American to hold the nation’s highest military post
  • 2001  America: A Tribute to Heroes benefit concert broadcast; raises $200 million for victims and families of September 11 attacks