Lost and Found – February 15th Edition

What to remember about February 15th…

  • 1726  Founding father Abraham Clark is born in New Jersey; signer of Declaration of Independence and U.S. Representative
  • 1764  French fur traders Pierre Laclède and Auguste Chouteau build fort on site of what is now St. Louis, Missouri
  • 1879  President Rutherford Hayes signs bill allowing female attorneys to argue cases before Supreme Court of the United States
  • 1898  Battleship USS Maine explodes and sinks in harbor at Havana, Cuba; investigation reveals mine as cause; attacker unknown but incident heightens tensions that lead to Spanish-American War
  • 1903 Toy shop owner places 1st stuffed “Teddy bears” in his window for sale; he wrote to Roosevelt to get permission to use his nickname
  • 1933 Giuseppe Zangara attempts to assassinate President-elect Franklin Roosevelt during speech in Miami, Florida; missed and kills Chicago mayor Anton Cermak; he is executed just 10 days after conviction
  • 1942  British forces surrender Singapore to Japanese forces after week-long siege; 60,000 troops captured and sent to prison camps
  • 1946  World’s 1st general purpose computer is dedicated at University of Pennsylvania; ENIAC heralds new frontier in technology
  • 1965  Canada adopts maple leaf design for its national flag
  • 1998  After more than 2 decades of attempts, Dale Earnhardt, Sr. wins his 1st Daytona 500 NASCAR race

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