Monthly Archives: September 2016

Lost and Found – September 30th Edition

What to remember about September 30th…

    • 1889  Wyoming becomes 1st state to approve a constitution that guarantees women the right to vote
    • 1927  Babe Ruth becomes 1st baseball player to hit 60 home runs in a single season
    • 1938  French and British prime ministers sign pact with Hitler giving him Czechoslovakia for a promise of peace
    • 1949  After 15 months, the Berlin airlift comes to an end
    • 1954  USS Nautilus is commissioned; worlds 1st nuclear submarine
    • 1955  American actor James Dean dies in a car crash
    • 1975  AH-64 Apache attack helicopter makes its 1st flight
    • 2005  A Danish newspaper publishes 12 editorial cartoons of the prophet Muhammad, months later Islamic clerics use drawings to incite violence and rioting around the world (see them here)

Lost and Found – September 29th Edition

What to remember about September 29th…

  • 1780  John André, British spy and accomplice of Benedict Arnold is convicted and sentenced to hang
  • 1902  Cornerstone of Washington National Cathedral is laid; construction is finally completed on same date in 1990
  • 1918  Allied forces breach the Hindenburg Line; last of the German defenses on the Western Front
  • 1939  After the invasion of Poland, Germany and the Soviet Union agree to divide control of the country between them
  • 1966  The Chevrolet Camaro officially goes on sale at dealerships
  • 1982  The 1st of 7 victims dies in the Chicago Tylenol poisonings
  • 1988  Mountain climber Stacy Allison becomes 1st American woman to reach the summit of Mt. Everest
  • 1988  Space Shuttle program resumes after Challenger disaster with launch of Discovery
  • 1990  American F-22 Raptor flies for the 1st time
  • 2005  Senate confirms John Roberts as Chief Justice of the Supreme Court of the United States
  • 2006  U.S. Navy SEAL Michael A. Monsoor dies in Iraq; he will be recognized with the Medal of Honor for his selfless actions

Lost and Found – September 28th Edition

What to remember about September 28th…

    • 1781  Battle of Yorktown, Virginia begins; end of the siege will effectively leave America in the hands of the colonists
    • 1787  Congress votes to send the newly signed Constitution of the United States to the state legislatures for approval
    • 1891  American author Herman Melville dies in New York City
    • 1918  Flu epidemic strikes Philadelphia killing nearly 12,000; worldwide deaths will reach 20 million
    • 1928  Through a laboratory accident, Dr. Alexander Flemming discovers the antibiotic penicillin
    • 1995  President Bill Clinton presides over signing of the Israeli-Palestinian Interim Agreement (Oslo 2) by Israeli Prime Minister Yitzhak Rabin and PLO Chairman Yasser Arafat
    • 2008  SpaceX successfully launches the Falcon 1, the first ever private spacecraft

Presidential Trivia – William Howard Taft

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:  William Howard Taft, 27th President of the United States and later 10th Chief Justice of the United States

  • Born September 15, 1857 in Cincinnati, Ohio
  • Died March 8, 1930 (aged 72)in Washington, D.C.
  • Height: 6’2″
  • Childhood and school activities:  church; baseball; Linonian Society for literary study and debating; member of Beta chapter of the Psi Upsilon fraternity; legacy member of Skull and Bones secret society co-founded by his father; Yale’s intramural heavyweight wrestling champion
  • Education:  Graduated from Yale College (1878); Cincinnati Law School (1880)
  • Military Service:  42nd United States Secretary of War, February 1, 1904 – June 30, 1908
  • Civilian profession: Lawyer, Jurist
  • Married to Helen Louise Herron “Nellie” Taft (June 2, 1861 – May 22, 1943) on June 19, 1886, at the home of the bride’s parents in Cincinnati, Ohio
  • Children: Robert Alphonso Taft, Helen Herron Taft Manning, Charles Phelps Taft II
  • Political Party – Republican
  • Term of office:  March 4, 1909 – March 4, 1913
  • Only President to become a Chief Justice of the United States.  as Chief Justice, was the only President to swear into office another President (Calvin Coolidge in 1925 and Herbert Hoover in 1929).
  • Hand picked by President Theodore Roosevelt as his successor.  Taft easily won election against William Jennings Bryan.
  • Appointed in 1900 by President William McKinley as chairman of commission to organize civilian government in the Philippines. U.S. been ceded the islands by Spain following the Spanish–American War and the 1898 Treaty of Paris. Taft told McKinley his real ambition was to become a justice of the Supreme Court of the United States but that he would reluctantly accept the appointment.
  • Taft served as Governor-General of the Philippines from July 4, 1901 – December 23, 1903.  In 1902, he negotiated purchase of church-owned lands in the Philippines from Pope Leo XIII and the subsequent sale of those lands to the Philippine people.
  • Though elected as a Republican, Roosevelt had understood that Taft was a progressive at heart and would continue and expand on many of his policies.
  • Taft began an initiative of “Dollar Diplomacy” – send money and exert financial pressure rather than expending bullets and sending soldiers.  This was especially prevalent in relations with Central and South American countries.
  • Taft publicly endorsed Booker T. Washington’s program to uplift African-Americans.  However, he encouraged them to focus on education and entrepreneurship while avoiding participating in current politics.
  • Taft supported income taxes for corporations and individuals.  The 16th Amendment to the Constitution (allowing income taxes) passed during his administration.
  • New Mexico and Arizona were admitted to the Union while he was President.
  • As First Lady, Mrs. Taft joined with the wife of the Japanese ambassador to have 3020 Japanese cherry trees planted around Washington, D.C.
  • President Taft was the last to keep a cow at the White house; it was there to supply fresh milk.  He was the first to own an automobile.
  • In 1910, Taft became the first President to throw the first ball of a baseball season (Senators vs. Athletics 3-0).  The ball was thrown from the stands to the pitcher rather than the current mound-to-catcher method.  He is also (inaccurately) credited with beginning the tradition of the seventh-inning stretch.
  • Taft weighed 330 pounds and stood 6’2″ when he became President.  Shortly after taking office he found himself stuck in the standard-sized tub in the White House.  It took six attendants to extricate him.  A custom tub big enough for four was quickly installed.
  • As Chief Justice, Taft successfully argued that the Supreme Court needed its own building so as to distance itself from the other branches of government.  Until then the Court met in the Capitol, even in the basement.
  • William Howard Taft was the first president to be buried at Arlington National Cemetery.  His wife is interred there with him.
  • Hobbies:  golf (first President to actively participate in the sport while in office)
  • Famous quotes:

“The world is not going to be saved by legislation.”

“Presidents come and go, but the Supreme Court goes on forever.”

“Politics makes me sick.”

William Howard Taft presidential portrait

Lost and Found – September 13th Edition

What to remember about September 13th…

    • 1814  Francis Scott Key watches 25-hour bombardment of Ft. McHenry during War of 1812; writes poem that will become “The Star Spangled Banner
    • 1851  U.S. Amy physician Major Walter Reed is born; his discovery of transmission of Yellw Fever by mosquitos allowed completion of the Panama Canal
    • 1862  Union troops discover the Confederate battle plan for Antietam in trash of an evacuated campsite; General McClellan dawdles
    • 1922  Hottest day on record when the temperature at Al ‘Aziziyah, Libya reaches 136.0 °F (57.8 °C)
    • 1959  USSR reaches on the Moon with unmanned Luna 2 spacecraft
    • 1971  Prison riot at Attica, New York ends with 39 dead
    • 1993  Representatives of Israel and Palestine meet at the White House and sign “Declaration of Principles”; 1st agreement between the 2 sides towards ending their conflict
    • 1996  Hip hop star Tupac Shakur dies in a Las Vegas drive-by shooting

Fort Mchenry Flag at the Smithsonian

Lost and Found – September 12th Edition

What to remember about September 12th…

  • 1847  General Santa Anna’s troops defeated at Battle of Chapultepec in Mexican-American War; opens Mexico City to attack
  • 1857  SS Central America sinks off North Carolina; 426 passengers and crew perish; ship was carrying 15 tons of gold from the San Francisco Gold Rush.
  • 1953  John F. Kennedy, future 35th president of the United States, marries Jacqueline Bouvier in Newport, Rhode Island
  • 1954  Television drama “Lassie” makes its debut on CBS
  • 1990  U.S., Great Britain, France, and Soviet Union agree to give up all occupation rights in Germany; clears the way for East and West Germany to reunite
  • 1992  Endeavor launches on 50th Space Shuttle mission; Dr. Mae Carol Jemison becomes 1st African-American woman in space
  • 1994 Frank Eugene Corder attempts to crash a stolen Cessna aircraft into the White House
  • 2003  United Nations lifts sanctions in place on Libya since accepting responsibility for 1988 bombing of Pan Am flight 103
  • 2005  Michael D. Brown resigns as the head of the FEMA over his handling of the disaster following Hurricane Katrina

Budweiser Salute To Remember September 11, 2001

“This is a commercial Budweiser did for 9/11. They only aired it once so as not to benefit financially from it. They just wanted to acknowledge that horrible day and pay tribute to America and it’s heroes.”  If I remember correctly, this is from 2006.

I don’t need a beer after this commercial but I could sure use a tissue.

There is another version that aired at the 2011 Superbowl to mark the 10th anniversary.  This shows both “takes”

Never forget.

Lost and Found – September 11th Edition

What to remember about September 11th…

  • 1565  Crusader Knights of the Sovereign Order of Saint John of Jerusalem of Rhodes and of Malta defeat a vastly superior Muslim force of the Ottoman Empire to lift the Siege of Malta
  • 1609  Explorer Henry Hudson sails into the upper bay discovering Manhattan Island and the Hudson River
  • 1777  British forces use heavy morning in attempt to surround General Washington’s forces at Battle of Brandywine
  • 1789  Alexander Hamilton appointed as 1st Secretary of the Treasury of the United States
  • 1857   Mountain Meadows Massacre; Mormon militia and Paiute allies murder 120 settlers during the Utah War
  • 1941  Groundbreaking ceremony for construction of the Pentagon
  • 1965  1st Cavalry Division (Airmobile) begins to arrive in South Vietnam
  • 1998  Starr Report is released; investigative account of President Clinton by Independent Council Kenneth Starr
  • 2001  19 Muslim hijackers take control of 4 airliners; planes are crashed into Towers 1 and 2 of the World Trade Center in New York City and the Pentagon in Washington, D.C.; 4th plane is brought down by the heroic efforts of passengers to prevent another attack
  • 2012  Armed mob attacks and sets fire to U.S. consulate in Benghazi, Libya; Obama administration falsely blames internet video instead of radical Islamist terrorists commemorating attacks of September 11, 2001

Lost and Found – September 10th Edition

What to remember about September 10th…

  • 1608  John Smith is elected president of Jamestown; the 1st permanent English settlement in North America
  • 1776  Nathan Hale responds to George Washington’s call for volunteers to gather intelligence behind enemy lines
  • 1813  Oliver Hazard Perry leads U.S. forces to defeat British fleet in Battle of Lake Erie; after victory Perry sends message “We have met the enemy, and they are ours.”
  • 1833  President Andrew Jackson announces closure of the Bank of the United States; believed the institution to be unconstitutional
  • 1897  London taxi driver George Smith is 1st person ever arrested for drunk driving
  • 1918  German Shepard pup is rescued from bombed out kennel in France by American serviceman Lee Duncan; given the name Rin Tin Tin he later becomes a movie star
  • 1939  Canada joins the Allies; declares war on Germany
  • 1946  Riding train to Darjeeling, Sister Teresa Bojaxhiu hears the call of God directing her “to leave the convent and help the poor while living among them”; becomes known as Mother Teresa
  • 1979  President Carter gives clemency to 4 Puerto Rican nationalists convicted of assassination attempt on President Truman and attack on the U.S. House of Representatives
  • 2002  Switzerland becomes 190th member of the United Nations
  • 2008  Large Hadron Collider at CERN performs 1st successful high energy experiments; world is NOT destroyed

Lost and Found – September 9th Edition

What to remember about September 9th…

  • 1776  Continental Congress changes the nation’s name from “United Colonies” to “United States of America”
  • 1791  Capital of the District of Colombia is renamed in honor of 1st American president, Washington, D.C.
  • 1850  California becomes 31st state admitted to the Union
  • 1863  Union forces capture Chattanooga, Tennessee after nearly bloodless campaign of feint and maneuver
  • 1890  American businessman Harland David “Colonel” Sanders is born in Henryville, Indiana; founder of Kentucky Fried Chicken
  • 1942  Submarine launched Japanese floatplane drops incendiary bombs on Oregon; 1st aerial bombing attack on the U.S.
  • 1971  Prison riot breaks out in Attica, New York
  • 1976  Genocidal communist dictator Mao Zedong dies