Lost and Found – March 21st Edition

What to remember about March 21st…

  • 1713  Signer of the Declaration of Independence and the Articles of Confederation Francis Lewis is born (d. 1803)
  • 1788  Good Friday fire breaks out in French Quarter of New Orleans; over three-quarters of the city is devoured by the flames
  • 1871  Journalist Henry Morton Stanley sets off from Zanzibar with 2,000-man caravan in search of missing explorer Dr. David Livingstone
  • 1928  President Coolidge presents Medal of Honor to Captain Charles Lindbergh for his transatlantic flight
  • 1943  Suicide bomb plot to assassinate Adolf Hitler fails
  • 1963  Alcatraz Prison on Devil’s Island in San Francisco Bay is closed after more than 50 years of notorious use; 1st established as military prison
  • 1965  Over 3,000 civil rights activists begin march from Selma, Alabama to state capitol in Montgomery; Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr. leads the way
  • 1980  President Carter announces to American Olympic athletes that they will not be allowed to compete in Moscow; tells them “I know how you feel”; U.S. boycott of the Games is a response to Soviet invasion of Afghanistan
  • 1989  Sports Illustrated magazine publishes report revealing gambling history of baseball player/manager Pete Rose
  • 1999  Bertrand Piccard and Brian Jones complete the first circumnavigation of the Earth in a hot air balloon

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