Lost and Found – December 14th Edition

What to remember about December 14th…

  • 1777  Irish-American patriot Thomas Conway is appointed Inspector General of United States by Continental Congress
  • 1799  America mourns; General George Washington, 1st American president, dies at home in Mount Vernon (b. 1732)
  • 1896  USAF General and Medal of Honor recipient James Harold “Jimmy” Doolittle is born in Alameda, California (d. 1993)
  • 1819  Alabama admitted to the Union as 22nd state
  • 1863  President Lincoln grants amnesty to his sister-in-law Emilie Todd Helm; widow of Confederate General Benjamin Helm
  • 1903  Orville Wright’s 1st attempt at powered flight fails; crash damages aircraft and delays next attempt by 3 days
  • 1911  Team led by Norwegian Roald Amundsen becomes 1st to reach South Pole
  • 1972  Astronaut Eugene Cernan is last human to walk on the moon as Apollo 17 mission prepares to return to Earth
  • 2008  During press conference, Iraqi journalist Muntadhar al-Zaidi shouts “This is a farewell kiss from the Iraqi people, you dog” and throws his shoes at President George W. Bush
  • 2012  Mentally disturbed and unmedicated 20-year old Adam Lanza kills his mother and then attacks Sandy Hook Elementary School in Newtown, Connecticut; 20 children and 6 adults killed with illegally obtained firearms.  Coward commits suicide before police enter the school.

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