Lost and Found – February 5th Edition

What to remember about February 5th…

  • 1631  Future founder of Rhode Island, Puritan minister Roger Williams arrives in America; will found 1st Baptist church in the Colonies
  • 1823  Future 13th President Millard Fillmore marries Abigail Powers
  • 1917  Congress passes Immigration Act that restricting Asiatic laborers except those from allied nations; requires literacy test for entry
  • 1918  Stephen W. Thompson becomes 1st American aviator to shoot down an enemy aircraft; after WWI he becomes high school mathematics teacher and inventor
  • 1919  United Artists film studio is founded by Charlie Chaplin, Mary Pickford, Douglas Fairbanks, and D.W. Griffith
  • 1934  African-American baseball legend Henry Louis “Hank” Aaron Jr. is born in Mobile, Alabama; will beat Babe Ruth’s slugging record of 714
  • 1937  President Franklin Roosevelt announces plan to add 6 more Justices to the Supreme Court; this would guarantee him a friendly court
  • 1958  U.S. Air Force loses a hydrogen bomb when B-47 bomber and F-86 fighter collide over Tybee Island, Georgia; weapon never recovered
  • 1989  Soviets complete their withdrawal of all troops from Kabul, Afghanistan after almost 30 years of occupation
  • 1994  White supremacist Byron De La Beckwith is convicted after 30 years in the assassination of civil rights leader Medgar Evers
  • 1997  3 Swiss banks announce creation of fund to compensate Holocaust victims and their families for mishandling funds
  • 2011  Newspaper reveals that Obama administration provided inventory of British nuclear arsenal to Russia in exchange for their signing of the New START treaty

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