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”

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