Monthly Archives: August 2015

Lost and Found – August 31st Edition

What to remember about August 31st…

  • 1864  General Sherman’s 4-month campaign is complete; victory at Battle of Jonesboro leads to Union capture of Atlanta
  • 1886  Devastating 7.6 magnitude earthquake strikes near Charleston, South Carolina killing over 100
  • 1888  1st victim of “Jack the Ripper” is murdered in London
  • 1935  President Franklin Roosevelt signs Neutrality Act to avoid becoming entangled in emerging european conflict
  • 1939  Nazis stage fake attack on Polish radio station; Germans use this incident as an excuse to invade the following day
  • 1943  USS Harmon (DE-678) is commissioned; 1st U.S. warship named for an African-American; Leonard Roy Harmon posthumously received the Navy Cross for his actions at Guadalcanal in 1942
  • 1985  Serial Killer Richard “Night Stalker” Ramirez is seen and beaten by a crowd in Los Angeles before police arrest him
  • 1992  Randy Weaver surrenders; siege at Ruby Ridge ends
  • 1997  Lady Diana, Princess of Wales and boyfriend Dodi Fayed die in high-speed car crash in Paris

Lost and Found – August 30th Edition

What to remember about August 30th…

  • 1780  Benedict Arnold sends letter to General Clinton agreeing to terms; for £20,000 Arnold would betray his country and deliver West Point and the Hudson to the British
  • 1862  Rebels rout Union forces at Battle of Richmond
  • 1918  Soviet leader Vladimir Lenin shot by Fanya Kaplan but survives; millions will die in the years to follow in pogroms and gulags
  • 1963  “Hotline” is established between Soviet Union and United States to allow crisis communication between their leaders
  • 1967  Thurgood Marshall is confirmed as 1st African-American Associate Justice of the United States Supreme Court
  • 1983  On space shuttle Challenger, Lieutenant Colonel Guion S. Bluford (USAF) becomes 1st African-American in space
  • 2003 American tough-guy actor Charles Bronson dies in L.A. (b. 1921)
  • 2005  Following Hurricane Katrina, Lake Ponchartrain levees break causing widespread flooding in New Orleans

Lost and Found – August 29th Edition

What to remember about August 29th…

  • 1862  After days of maneuvering the 2nd Battle of Bull Run begins; Confederates win a path to invade the north
  • 1945  President Truman orders the U.S. Navy to seize control of oil refineries and transportation to break strike by union workers
  • 1949  Soviet Union successfully detonates its 1st atomic bomb at test site in Kazakhstan
  • 1958  Pop musician, songwriter Michael Jackson is born in Gary, Indiana (d. 2009)
  • 1966  At Candlestick Park in San Francisco, the Beatles perform for the last time before a paying crowd
  • 2005  Hurricane Katrina comes ashore for the second time; worst natural disaster in U.S. history; death toll will reach 55
  • 2007  Hero security guard Richard Jewell dies; discovered bomb planted by Eric Robert Rudolph in Centennial Olympic Park; saves hundreds of lives but is falsely suspected of planting device

Lost and Found – August 28th Edition

What to remember about August 28th…

  • 1774  Elizabeth Ann Bayley is born in New York City; founder of 1st Catholic school in America and later canonized as St. Elizabeth
  • 1862  Union and Confederate forces clash near Washington, D.C.; 2nd Battle of Bull Run (Manassas) begins
  • 1907  19-year-old James E. “Jim” Casey borrows $100 from a friend to established the American Messenger Company in Seattle, Washington; becomes United Parcel Service (UPS)
  • 1917  Suffragists protesting President Wilson’s failure to support their right to vote are arrested outside the White House
  • 1941  German SS General Franz Jaeckeln orders more than 23,000 Hungarian Jews machine-gunned in Ukraine
  • 1957  Senator Strom Thurmond (D-SC) protests proposed Civil Rights Act of 1957; longest, non-stop filibuster by a single Senator
  • 1963  Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr, gives I Have A Dream speech to 250,000 in front of the Lincoln Memorial in Washington, D.C.; defining moment of the American Civil Rights Movement.
  • 1966  Soviet Union announces that it is training North Vietnamese pilots to combat American planes at secret base
  • 1968  Thousands clash with police in demonstrations against the Vietnam War at Democrat National Convention
  • 2005  Hurricane Katrina strengthens to Category Five
  • 2008  Barack Hussein Obama accepts nomination of the Democratic Party to be their candidate for President of the United States
  • 2010  Hundreds of thousands gather on the Washington Mall for Restoring Honor Rally; calls for return to faith and founding principles

Reverend Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr. – AFP/Getty Images

Presidential Trivia – Lyndon Baines Johnson

Think you know a lot about the President of the United States?  Let us dig down into the dustbin of history and see what we can find.

Our candidate today is:  Lyndon Baines Johnson, 36th President of the United States

  • Born: August 27, 1908 near Stonewall, Texas
  • Died: January 22, 1973 of a heart attack; he died on a plane flying to a San Antonio hospital from the same LBJ family ranch he was born on
  • Height: 6’0″
  • Childhood and school activities:  baseball, public speaking
  • Education:  Graduated from Southwest Texas State Teachers’ College in 1930, edited the college newspaper
  • Military Service:  United States Navy 1941-1942, final rank Lieutenant Commander, awarded the Silver Star
  • Civilian profession: Teacher, Congressional aide, politician
  • Married to Claudia Alta “Lady Bird” Taylor (December 22, 1912 – July 11, 2007) on November 17, 1934, at St. Mark’s Episcopal Church in San Antonio, Texas
  • The ring that LBJ gave Mrs. Johnson on their wedding day was bought at Sears for $2.50
  • Children: daughters Lynda and Luci
  • Political Party – Democrat
  • Term of office:  November 22, 1963 – January 20, 1969
  • Became Vice-President to President John F. Kennedy in a compromise to win southern “Dixie-crats” despite the acrimony with all the Kennedy family
  • As Vice-President, Kennedy kept LBJ busy making him head of the President’s Committee on Equal Employment Opportunities and as Chairman of the National Aeronautics Space Council
  • Sworn in as President aboard Air Force One in Dallas, Texas just 2 hours after the assassination of President Kennedy

Lyndon B. Johnson taking oath of office November 1963

  • President Johnson was the only President to take Oath of Office on an airplane (Air Force One)
  • He was the only President to be administered the oath by a woman (Federal Judge Sarah T. Hughes)
  • He was the only President to take the oath with a woman serving as his witness (Jacqueline Kennedy).
  • Johnson steadily escalated U.S. military involvement in Vietnam, increasing the number of American troops from 16,000 when he first took office in 1963 to over 500,000
  • Famous quote: “Just like the Alamo, somebody damn well needed to go to their aid. Well, by God, I’m going to Vietnam’s aid.”
  • Despite passing massive civil rights legislation racial unrest, riots, and violent demonstrations were commonplace throughout his presidency
  • President and Mrs. Johnson received the first Medicare cards upon his signing of the enacting legislation
  • Despite his Christian upbringing, LBJ was famous for his profanity, streams of cursing could often be heard through the oval office door during meetings
  • Not only were President Johnson’s initials LBJ, so were the initials of his wife and both daughters
  • Famous quotes:

You do not examine legislation in the light of the benefits it will convey if properly administered, but in the light of the wrongs it would do and the harms it would cause if improperly administered.

Yesterday is not ours to recover, but tomorrow is ours to win or lose.

There are no favorites in my office. I treat them all with the same general inconsideration.

The fact that a man is a newspaper reporter is evidence of some flaw of character.

The men who have guided the destiny of the United States have found the strength for their tasks by going to their knees. This private unity of public men and their God is an enduring source of reassurance for the people of America.

Official Presidential portrait of Lyndon Baines Johnson

Lost and Found – August 27th Edition

What to remember about August 27th…

  • 1776  British forces defeat General Washington’s continental forces in Battle of Brooklyn Heights
  • 1859  Petroleum is discovered in Titusville, Pennsylvania; 1st successful well and birth of the oil industry
  • 1883  The Krakatoa volcano in Indonesia explodes; most powerful eruption in recorded history
  • 1908  President Lyndon Baines Johnson is born on a farm near Stonewall, Texas; gained office after the assassination of President Kennedy (d. 1973)
  • 1928  Kellogg–Briand Pact (World Peace Act) outlawing war was signed
  • 1962  NASA launches space probe Mariner 2 on voyage to Venus
  • 1990  American blues guitarist and singer Stephen “Stevie Ray” Vaughan dies in helicopter crash
  • 2001  Work begins in Washington D.C. preparing the site for the National WWII Memorial
  • 2007  NFL quarterback for the Atlanta Falcons Michael Vick pleads guilty in dogfighting case; after less than 2 years in prison he is allowed to return to football

Lost and Found – August 26th Edition

What to remember about August 26th…

  • 1794  President Washington writes to Virginia governor Henry Lee regarding planned federal response to the Whiskey Rebellion
  • 1920  Official proclamation by the Secretary of State that the 19th Amendment to the U.S. Constitution is formally adopted; guarantees women the right to vote
  • 1939  1st televised Major League baseball game is broadcast; Cincinnati Reds play Brooklyn Dodgers at Ebbets Field
  • 1957  Soviet Union announces its 1st successful test of an intercontinental ballistic missile
  • 1968  Democrat National Convention begins in Chicago;  4 days of violent anti-war demonstrations and rioting begin
  • 1974  American aviation legend Charles Lindbergh dies (b. 1902); 1st person to fly nonstop and solo across the Atlantic (May 20-21, 1927)
  • 2003  Space Shuttle program: Columbia Accident Investigation Board (CAIB) releases 200 page report on shuttle Columbia’s destruction and the death of its seven astronauts

Charles Lindbergh and the Spirit of St. Louis

Lost and Found – August 25th Edition

What to remember about August 25th…

  • 0325  Convened by Roman Emperor Constantine I, the Council of Nicaea concludes 1st ecumenical debate of the early Christian church
  • 1776  Political philosopher David Hume dies; his essay “Idea of a Perfect Commonwealth” inspires James Madison and others about ideal government
  • 1835 New York Sun newspaper publishes series of articles detailing discovery of life on the moon; known as The Great Moon Hoax
  • 1914  German troops loot and burn Catholic University of Louvain, the town, and its priceless renaissance library
  • 1918  American conductor, composer, and musician Leonard Bernstein is born in Lawrence, Massachusetts
  • 1939  Classic American movie The Wizard of Oz opens in theater
  • 1944  After 4 years of Nazi occupation, Paris is liberated by American and French forces; formal German surrender of city the next day
  • 1945  American missionary and liaison to chinese resistance fighters  in China, John Birch, is murdered by communists; considered “the first casualty of the cold war”
  • 1950  President Truman orders the U.S. Army to take control of railroads ahead of a planned strike by workers
  • 2009  Senator Edward “Ted” Kennedy, “liberal lion of the Senate”, dies of brain cancer at home in Massachusetts
  • 2012  Apollo 11 aastronaut , test pilot, and U.S. Naval Aviator Neil Armstrong dies (b. 1930), 1st man to walk on the moon

Lost and Found – August 24th Edition

What to remember about August 24th…

  • 1814  British march into, capture, and then burn Washington D.C.; have dinner in White house before setting it on fire
  • 1857  Financial Panic of 1857 begins; widespread failures of insurance, land, and railroad businesses cause financial crises that isn’t resolved until the beginning of the Civil War
  • 1912  Congress passes the Second Organic Act of 1912 forming the Territory of Alaska
  • 1954  U.S. Congress passes the Communist Control Act; falls short of outlawing communism or the party
  • 1955  Mike Huckabee, American pastor, politician and author is born in Hope, Arkansas
  • 1970  Vietnam War protestors set off 2000 pound bomb at Sterling Hall on the University of Wisconsin–Madison campus
  • 1981  Mark David Chapman is sentenced to 20 years to life for the murder of John Lennon
  • 1992  Category 5 hurricane Andrew strikes Florida; 3rd most devastating storm in U.S. history
  • 2006  The International Astronomical Union votes to strip Pluto of its status as a planet

University of Wisconsin–Madison Sterling Hall Bombing Aftermath

Lost and Found – August 23rd Edition

What to remember about August 23rd…

  • 1784  Four counties in North Carolina declare independence as the State of Franklin; becomes Tennessee
  • 1814  First Lady Dolley Madison saves a portrait of George Washington from being looted by British troops
  • 1861  Confederate spy Rose O’Neal Greenhow is arrested by Allan Pinkerton; head of the new Secret Service Agency
  • 1927  Italian-born anarchists Nicola Sacco and Bartolomeo Vanzetti are executed for murder in Massachusetts
  • 1979  Soviet ballet star Aleksandr Godunov defects to the U.S. after New York performance of the Bolshoi Ballet
  • 1989  Cincinnati Reds manager Pete Rose receives a lifetime ban for betting on baseball
  • 1996  Osama bin Laden posts message entitled “A declaration of war against the Americans occupying the land of the two holy places.”