Lost and Found – August 11th Edition

What to remember about August 11th…

  • 1806  Meriwether Lewis is shot during the Corps of Discovery exploratory expedition
  • 1877  American astronomer Asaph Hall makes observations discovering the moons of Mars
  • 1921  American author and historian Alex Haley is born
  • 1929  Babe Ruth becomes 1st baseball player to hit 500 career home runs
  • 1934 The 1st group of federal prisoners arrives at the former military prison on Alcatraz Island in San Francisco Bay
  • 1965  5 days of rioting begin in the Watts neighborhood of Los Angeles after white police struggle with a black DUI suspect
  • 1972  Last U.S. ground combat unit leaves Vietnam
  • 1973  Movie classic American Graffiti is released
  • 1984  President Reagan jokes during a sound check stating “My fellow Americans, I’m pleased to tell you today that I’ve signed legislation that will outlaw Russia forever. We begin bombing in five minutes.”
  • 1994  Major League Baseball player’s union goes on strike; for 1st time in 89 years there will be no World Series champion
  • 2009  American founder of the Special Olympics Eunice Kennedy Shriver dies in Boston; sister of President John F. Kennedy


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