Lost and Found – March 13th Edition

What to remember about March 13th…

  • 1836  Texas General Sam Houston begins series of strategic retreats to buy his growing army time to train and equip before confronting Santa Anna
  • 1862  Federal troops are ordered not to return runaway slaves; counters the Fugitive Slave Act of 1850 and sets stage for emancipation
  • 1865  In desperate measure to bolster their shrinking combat forces, Confederacy authorizes use of black slaves as troops in the army
  • 1868  Impeachment trial of President Andrew Johnson begins; 1st time a sitting president tried
  • 1933  Banks begin to reopen after President Franklin Roosevelt’s declared “bank holiday”
  • 1942  Army Quartermaster Corps begins training dogs for use in the newly created War Dogs Program, formal beginning of the “K-9 Corps”
  • 1954  40,000 Viet Minh troops surround 15,000-strong French garrison at Dien Bien Phu; siege ends with defenders loss 2 months later
  • 1964  Reports say that Kitty Genovese was murdered near her home and that 38 witnesses neither tried to help or call the police
  • 1991  Department of Justice announces that Exxon will pay $1 billion for clean up of 1989 Exxon-Valdez oil spill in Alaska
  • 2013  Jorge Mario Bergoglio was elected pope and takes the name Francis; he is the 1st Pope to come from the Americas

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