Monthly Archives: October 2013

Lost and Found – October 23rd Edition

What to remember about October 23rd…

  • 1777  A British fleet is defeated with 2 ships destroyed at Fort Mifflin, Pennsylvania
  • 1835  Vice President Adlai Stevenson is born in Christian County, Kentucky (d. 1914)
  • 1890  President Benjamin Harrison extends borders of Nebraska to include Dakota territory ending indian territorial claims
  • 1921  Body of Americas 1st Unknown Soldier is selected in France
  • 1942  American author and director Michael Crichton is born in Chicago, Illinois; best known for medical thrillers and sci-fi
  • 1944  4-day Battle of Leyte Gulf begins in the Philippine Sea; largest naval engagement in history leads to Allied victory
  • 1965  Operation Silver Bayonet begun by 1st Cavalry Division in Pleiku Province of Vietnam
  • 1983  Muslim suicide bomber attacks peacekeepers barracks in Beirut, Lebanon; 220 U.S. Marines, 18 sailors, and 3 soldiers killed by the 2000-pound truck bomb
  • 1996  Civil trial of O.J. Simpson begins; jury will find him liable in the deaths of Nicole Simpson and Ron Goldman
  • 2002  Chechen Muslim terrorists seize over 800 hostages at a theater in Moscow; siege ends with more than 120 dead on the 26th

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Lost and Found – October 22nd Edition

What to remember about October 22nd…

  • 1734  American pioneer and explorer Daniel Boone in Berks County, Pennsylvania (d. 1820)
  • 1775  1st president of the Continental Congress Peyton Manning of Virginia dies in Philadelphia
  • 1797  André-Jacques Garnerin is the first person to make a parachute jump; he descends from a hot air balloon 3200 feet above Paris
  • 1907  A run on New York banks leads to financial crisis and a 50% decline in the New York Stock Exchange
  • 1957  1st American casualties of the Vietnam War; 13 injured in terrorist bombing in Saigon
  • 1962  President Kennedy addresses nation on television to announce a blockade of Cuba in response to the installation of nuclear weapons on the island by the Soviet Union
  • 1968  Apollo 7 mission splashes down as the 1st successful manned mission of the Apollo series
  • 1986  President Reagan signs the Tax Reform Act of 1986
  • 2008  India launches their 1st unmanned lunar mission

Lost and Found – October 21st Edition

What to remember about October 21st…

  • 1797  USS Constitution is launched in Boston Harbor; 44-gun frigate was commissioned to defend American shipping from muslim pirates of the Barbary Coast
  • 1833  Swedish chemist, manufacturer, and founder of the Nobel Prize Alfred Nobel is born (d. 1896); inventor of dynamite
  • 1867  Leaders of Plains Indian tribes sign Medicine Lodge Treaty establishing system of reservations in Oklahoma
  •  1910  Los Angeles Times building is destroyed in bombing attack orchestrated by union organizers
  • 1917  Legendary jazz musician John Birks “Dizzy” Gilespie is born in South Carolina (d. 1993)
  • 1921  President Harding gives a speech in Alabama condemning lynchings
  • 1944  1st recorded Japanese kamikaze attack occurs as Battle of Leyte Gulf begins
  • 1945  Women in France are allowed to vote for the st time
  • 2003  U.S. Senate votes to ban partial birth abortions

Lost and Found – October 20th Edition

What to remember about October 20th…

  • 1774  Continental Congress calls for ban on all trade between America and Great Britain
  • 1803  U.S. Senate ratifies the Louisiana Purchase
  • 1931  New York Yankees baseball legend Mickey Mantle is born (d. 1995)
  • 1944  General MacArthur fulfills his promise and returns to the Philippine Islands with U.S. forces
  • 1947  The House Un-American Committee begins investigations of communist infiltration of Hollywood
  • 1964  31st President of the United States Herbert Clark Hoover dies in New York City (b.1874)
  • 1977  Members of legendary rock band Lynard Skynard die in plane crash
  • 1981  Weather Underground and Black Liberation Army terrorists kill 2 police and a guard in an armored car robbery
  • 2007  Piyush “Bobby” Jindal (R – LA) becomes the first Indian American elected governor of a state In the U.S.
  • 2011  Libyan dictator Muammar Gaddafi is killed by rebels (b. 1942)

Lost and Found – October 19th Edition

What to remember about October 19th…

  • 1781  Formal British surrender at Yorktown; Cornwallis sends his second-in-command to surrender his sword
  • 1789  John Jay is sworn in as the 1st Chief Justice of the Supreme Court of the United States
  • 1864  Union forces avert disaster after surprise Confederate attack at Battle of Cedar Creek in Virginia
  • 1935  Fascist Italy invades Ethiopia; League of Nations votes for ineffective sanctions while hoping for peace
  • 1950  Chinese Peoples Liberation Army invades Tibet to capture city of Chamdo and annex the nation
  • 1965  Thousands of North Vietnamese troops attack Camp Plei Me; a dozen Green Berets and 400 Montagnards repel attacks for almost a week
  • 1982  Automaker John DeLorean is arrested in $24 million cocaine deal
  • 1983  Prime Minister of Grenada is assassinated in military coup; President Reagan will soon dispatch 6000 troops to liberate the island
  • 1987  Black Monday; stock market loses 22% in one day; largest percentage loss in history
  • 2005  Former Iraqi dictator Saddam Hussein goes on trial for crimes against humanity

Lost and Found – October 18th Edition

What to remember about October 18th…

  • 1767  Mason and Dixon finish their survey of the boundary between Pennsylvania and Maryland
  • 1779  British forces defeat month-long siege  by colonial forces attempting to retake the city of Savannah, Georgia
  • 1867  U.S. takes possession of Alaska after paying $7.2 million to Russia; price is less than 2 cents per acre; celebrated as Alaska Day
  • 1898  During Spanish-American War, U.S. forces formally take control of the island of Puerto Rico
  • 1931  American industrialist and inventor Thomas Alva Edison dies at home in New Jersey (b. 1847)
  • 1939  Lee Harvey Oswald, assassin of President John F. Kennedy, is born in New Orleans, Louisiana (d. 1963)
  • 1954  Texas instruments announces the 1st transistor radio
  • 1982  Former First Lady of the United States Bess Truman dies (b. 1885)
  • 2011  Spaceport America, the world’s 1st commercial purpose-built spaceport’ officially opens in New Mexico

Lost and Found – October 17th Edition

What to remember about October 17th…

  • 1777  British surrender 5000 troops after losing 2nd Battle of Saratoga; French recognize American independence
  • 1781  British forces request ceasefire at Yorktown
  • 1814  Brewery flood of 300,000 gallons of beer destroys 2 homes and drowns 8 in London, England
  • 1835  Voters pass resolution establishing Texas Rangers
  • 1931  Chicago gangster boss Al Capone is convicted of tax evasion; sentenced to 11 years in prison
  • 1968  Olympic medalists Tommie Smith and John Carlos are stripped of their medals for executing the black-power salute during medal awards ceremony; white athlete also stripped of medal and banned from future Olympic competition
  • 1973  OPEC announces it is cutting oil exports to nations that assisted Israel during the Yom Kippur War; energy crisis
  • 1978  President Carter signs bill restoring citizenship of Confederate President Jefferson Davis
  • 1979  Law creating Department of Education is signed
  • 1989  Deadliest earthquake in 80 years strikes San Francisco as Baseball’s World Series is about to begin

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Lost and Found – October 16th Edition

What to remember about October 16th…

  • 1773  Public sentiment against the Tea Act is voiced when Philadelphia Resolutions are published; leads to tea party
  • 1781  Cornwallis attempts to evacuate his troops from Yorktown but bad weather ends his hope of escape
  • 1859  Abolitionist John Brown leads a raid against a federal armory in an attempt to spark a slave revolt
  • 1916  Eugenicist and Planned Parenthood founder Margaret Sanger opens the 1st family planning clinic in America
  • 1946  10 convicted Nazi war criminals are hanged after the main trials conclude at Nuremberg
  • 1964  China detonates an atomic bomb; becomes the worlds 5th nuclear power
  • 1995  Million Man March is held in Washington, D.C. led by Nation of Islam’s Louis Farrakhan
  • 1996  British Government announces it will outlaw almost all handguns following massacre at Dunblane, Scotland
  • 2004  Department of Veterans Affairs committee concludes “a substantial proportion of Gulf War veterans are ill with multi-symptom conditions”
  • 2011  Chinese-built Martin Luther King Jr. Memorial formally dedicated in Washington, D.C. after delay to fix misquote of MLK’s words

White Cane Safety Day

Today is White Cane Safety Day – it is a national observance in the United States to celebrate the achievements of people who are blind or visually impaired and the important symbol of blindness and tool of independence, the white cane.

In February of 1978 a young blind lady said, “I encounter people all of the time who bless me, extol my independence, call me brave and courageous, and thoroughly miss the boat as to what the real significance of the white cane is.”…

The white cane in our society has become one of the symbols of a blind person’s ability to come and go on his own. Its use has promoted courtesy and special consideration to the blind on our streets and highways. To make our people more fully aware of the meaning of the white cane and of the need for motorists to exercise special care for the blind persons who carry it Congress, by a joint resolution approved as of October 6, 1964, has authorized the President to proclaim October 15 of each year as White Cane Safety Day…

From 1963 (and even before) when the National Federation of the Blind sought to have White Cane Safety Day proclaimed as a recognition of the rights of blind persons, to 1978 when a blind pedestrian met with misunderstanding regarding the true meaning of the white cane, is but a short time in the life of a movement. In 1963, a comparatively small number of blind people had achieved sufficient independence to travel alone on the busy highways of our nation. In 1978 that number has not simply increased but multiplied a hundredfold. The process began in the beginning of the organized blind movement and continues today. There was a time when it was unusual to see a blind person on the street, to find a blind person working in an office, or to see a blind person operating machinery in a factory. This is still all too uncommon. But it happens more often and the symbol of this independence is the white cane. The blind are able to go, to move, to be, and to compete with all others in society. The means by which this is done is that simple tool, the white cane. With the growing use of the white cane is an added element – the wish and the will to be free – the unquenchable spirit and the inextinguishable determination to be independent. With these our lives are changed, and the prospects for blind people become bright. That is what White Cane Safety Day is all about. That is what we do in the National Federation of the Blind. – Marc Maurer, National Federation of the Blind

For someone with a brother who is visually impaired, I can attest to the courage required to meet the challenges of everyday life.  Humans are hardwired with a dread of the dark.  That is where the fear, the uncertainty, and the possibility of all our collective nightmares live.  The blind and visually impaired find themselves trapped in this realm that we are only one dawn or light switch away from banishing.

For them, those fears are a palpable reality.  To live their lives in a productive and fulfilling manner they get up EVERY DAY and step into that darkness.  With every step, they declare their unwillingness to be beaten.  They show us all that courage comes not from being unafraid.  It comes from knowing that fear and striving on in the face of that fear.

God bless you all.  I am proud of you.

WCD 2013

And remember, October is Meet The Blind Month.

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