Lost and Found – July 8th Edition

What to remember about July 8th…

  • 1654  Jacob Barsimson departs Holland for New Amsterdam (New York); first known Jewish settler to arrive in the colonies
  •  1776  Liberty Bell is rung at Pennsylvania State House (later Independence Hall) to announce the Declaration of Independence
  • 1853  Commodore Perry sails into Tokyo Bay with 4 Black Ships, ends 200 years of Japanese isolationism
  • 1863  Confederate forces surrender Port Hudson, Louisiana
  • 1876  Hamburg Massacre; 7 black Republicans murdered by white mob in Democrat campaign for South Carolina’s “Redemption”
  • 1891  Future President Warren G. Harding marries divorcee Florence Mabel King DeWolfe in Marion, Ohio
  • 1947  U.S. Air Force releases statement that a “flying disk” had crashed and was recovered near Roswell, New Mexico; opinions vary
  • 1960  U-2 Pilot Francis Gary Powers is charged with espionage after being shot down over the USSR
  • 1960  Havana Sugar Kings baseball team moves to New Jersey because of Cuban nationalization of all U.S.-owned enterprises
  • 2010  Solar Impulse piloted by André Borschberg completes 1st 24-hour flight by a solar-powered aircraft
  • 2011  NASA launches Atlantis on the final mission of the Space Shuttle program

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