Lost and Found – December 2nd Edition

What to remember about December 2nd…

  • 1777  Philadelphia nurse and housewife Lydia Darragh overhears British plans for surprise attack on General Washington’s forces; pretending to need flour, she slips out and passes a warning to Colonials
  • 1823  Monroe Doctrine becomes new U.S. foreign policy when unveiled at President’s annual address to Congress
  • 1845  President Polk reasserts Monroe doctrine announcing aggressive westward expansion as part of America’s “manifest destiny”
  • 1942  Enrico Fermi experiment produces 1st nuclear chain reaction; “atomic pile” was built and tested in a basement at University of Chicago
  • 1954  U.S. Senate votes to condemn Joseph R. McCarthy for “conduct that tends to bring the Senate into dishonor and disrepute”.
  • 1970  At the direction of President Nixon and with approval of Congress, Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) begins operations
  • 1976  Communist dictator Fidel Castro becomes President of Cuba
  • 2001  Energy-trading corporation Enron files bankruptcy after fraud and mismanagement can no longer be concealed

Lydia Darragh meets George Washington

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