Lost and Found – August 17th Edition

What to remember about August 17th…

  • 1785  Governor of Connecticut  and lieutenant colonel in the colonial militia Jonathan Trumbull dies (b. 1710)
  • 1786  American frontiersman, soldier and politician David “Davy” Crockett is born in Tennessee (d. 1836)
  • 1915  Jewish-American businessman Leo Frank is lynched in Marietta, Georgia; leads to formation of the Anti-Defamation League
  • 1943  U.S. 7th Army led by General George S. Patton takes Messina and complete the liberation of Sicily
  • 1950  Over 40 U.S. POW’s machine-gunned on Hill 303 by North Korean troops rather than allow them to be rescued
  • 1962  East German guards shoot 18-year-old Peter Fechter trying to escape over the Berlin Wall; they leave him at the foot of the wall to bleed to death
  • 1969  Category 5 strength Hurricane Camille comes ashore in Mississippi with winds of at least 190 mph
  • 1978  Ben Abruzzo, Maxie Anderson, and Larry Newman land near Paris completing 1st balloon voyage across the Atlantic; 137-hour voyage
  • 1998  Bill Clinton becomes 1st sitting president to testify before a grand jury; he admits to an “improper physical relationship” with White House intern Monica Lewinsky and that he “misled people” about the affair
  • 2008  American Olympian Michael Phelps becomes 1st athlete to win 8 gold medals at one Olympic Games

portrait of davy crockett

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