Category Archives: Lost and Found

History that’s not so trivial.

Lost and Found – August 15th Edition

What to remember about August 15th…

  • 1780  Irregulars led by LTC Frances “Swamp Fox” Marion rout crown loyalists at Port’s Ferry, South Carolina
  • 1914  Opening of the American-built Panama Canal is inaugurated with the transit of the U.S. ship Ancon, President Carter signs canal over to Panamanian control December 31, 1977
  • 1935  Famed aviator Wiley Post and celebrated actor and journalist Will Rogers die in plane crash in Alaska
  • 1939  Classic film The Wizard of Oz premiers at Grauman’s Chinese Theater
  • 1945  Emperor Hirohito announces to his people that Japan has surrendered to the Allies
  • 1947  200 years of English rule ends and the nations of India and Pakistan become independent
  • 1969  The Woodstock Music Festival opens in upstate New York; performers includes Jimi Hendrix, the Who, the Grateful Dead, Janis Joplin, CCR and more
  • 1971  President Nixon imposes a 90-day freeze on wages and prices; ends the convertibility of U.S. dollars into gold
  • 1979  Francis Ford Coppola film Apocalypse Now opens in U.S.
  • 2003  Libya formally accepts responsibility for 1988 bombing of Pan Am Flight 103 over Lockerbie, Scotland; express no remorse and admit no guilt

Panama Canal

Lost and Found – August 14th Edition

What to remember about August 14th…

  • 1848  An act of Congress establishes the Oregon Territory
  • 1935  President Roosevelt signs into law the Social Security Act
  • 1945  American actor and comedian Steve Martin is born (L.A. Story and Roxanne are my favorites)
  • 1965  7th Marines land in Chu Lai to begin combat operations in South Vietnam
  • 1980  Lech Walesa leads strikes at Gdansk shipyards leading to strikes across Poland; Solidarity movement takes hold
  • 1994  International terrorist Ilich Ramírez Sánchez aka Carlos the Jackal is captured in Sudan
  • 2003  Massive blackout in northeast U.S. and parts of Canada leave an estimated 55 million without power
  • 2006  Journalists Steve Centani and Olaf Wiig kidnapped by Palestinian Hamas gunmen; they are released only after they convert to Islam under threat of death
  • 2010  President Barak Hussein Obama states his support for the building of a mosque at Ground Zero in New York

Lost and Found – August 13th Edition

What to remember about August 13th…

  • 1818  American suffragette and abolitionist Lucy Stone is born in Massachusetts; inspired Susan B. Anthony to join the cause
  • 1878  First death in the Memphis, Tennessee yellow-fever epidemic; in next few months 20,000 will die
  • 1910  Florence Nightingale dies; founder of professional nursing and the school at St. Thomas’ Hospital in London
  • 1912  Famed American golfer Ben Hogan is born in Stephenville, Texas
  • 1918  Opha May Johnson becomes 1st woman to enlist in the United States Marine Corps
  • 1926  Cuban communist dictator Fidel Castro is born; responsible for the deaths of thousands of dissidents
  • 1937  3-month Battle of Shanghai begins between China’s National Revolutionary Army and the Imperial Japanese Army
  • 1995  New York Yankees baseball legend Mickey Mantle dies
  • 2004  American chef, author, and television personality Julia Child dies; WWII veteran of the Office of Strategic Services (OSS) – that agency later becomes the CIA

Lost and Found – July 31st Edition

What to remember about July 31st…

  • 1777  Continental Congress commissions Marquis de Lafayette as an unpaid Major General in the Continental Army
  • 1875  Former 17th President of the United States Andrew Johnson dies in Tennessee of a suspected stroke (b. 1808)
  • 1912  American economist and Nobel laureate Milton Friedman is born in Brooklyn, New York, the man that saved America from Jimmy Carter’s stagflation and saved capitalism
  • 1941  Herman Goering sends order to Heydrich to create a plan for the “final solution of the Jewish situation”; Holocaust planning begins
  • 1965  English author J.K. Rowling is born; creator of the Harry Potter books series
  • 1971  Astronauts from Apollo 15 take first ride aboard the Lunar Rover on the surface of the Moon
  • 2007  Operation Banner, the British occupation of Northern Ireland, ends after 38 years

milton friedman

Lost and Found – July 30th Edition

What to remember about July 30th…

  • 1619  The first elected legislative assembly in the New World is held in Jamestown, Virginia
  • 1780  600 Colonials led by Colonel Isaac Shelby capture Ft. Thicketty in South Carolina
  • 1864  Union forces fail to break Confederate lines at Battle of the Crater in after setting off massive bomb in tunnel
  • 1866  Constitutional Convention of blacks and whites in New Orleans is attacked by armed Democrats and anti-abolitionists; 40 killed and over 150 injured
  • 1945 USS Indianapolis is sunk by a Japanese submarine after having delivered the components the for atomic bomb to be dropped on Hiroshima
  • 1947  Actor and politician Arnold Schwarzenegger born
  • 1956  President Eisenhower signs law making “In God We Trust” the official motto of the United States
  • 1975  Teamsters union president Jimmy Hoffa disappears from suburban Detroit; never seen again

Lost and Found – July 29th Edition

What to remember about July 29th…

  • 1805  French historian Alexis de Tocqueville is born; author of the famous Democracy in America
  • 1833  English abolitionist William Wilberforce dies
  • 1862  Confederate spy Marie Isabella “Belle” Boyd is arrested by Union troops; detained in Washington, D.C.
  • 1907  Sir Robert Baden-Powell establishes Brownsea Island Scout Camp
  • 1921  Adolf Hitler becomes leader of the National Socialist German Workers Party (NAZI Party)
  • 1958  President Eisenhower signs legislation creating National Aeronautics and Space Administration (NASA)
  • 1965  Soldiers from the 101st Airborne Division begin arriving in Vietnam
  • 1976  Serial killer David “Son of Sam” Berkowitz begins his killing spree in New York City

Lost and Found – July 28th Edition

What to remember about July 28th…

  • 1746  Thomas Heyward, Jr is born in South Carolina; signer of the Declaration of Independence
  • 1776  Colonial forces from Massachusetts arrive to fortify Horn’s Hook, New York
  • 1864  Battle of Ezra Church in Georgia; General Sherman’s hold on Atlanta remains unbroken
  • 1868  Ratification of the 14th amendment to the U.S. Constitution is certified by Secretary of State Seward; due process and citizenship affirmed
  • 1914  Austria-Hungary declares war on Serbia; World War I begins
  • 1929  Jacqueline Lee Bouvier is born in Southampton, New York; marries John F. Kennedy in 1953
  • 1932  President Herbert Hoover orders the army to forcibly remove demonstrating veterans from Washington, D.C.
  • 1935  1st flight of the Boeing B-17 Flying Fortress
  • 1945  U.S. Senate approves the charter of the United Nations
  • 1945  B-25 bomber crashes into the Empire State Building
  • 1978  National Lampoon’s Animal House is released
  • 1998  Monica Lewinsky granted blanket immunity by Special Prosecutor about her relationship with President Bill Clinton

animal house cast

Lost and Found – July 27th Edition

What to remember about July 27th…

  • 1775  Benjamin Rush begins his term as the 1st Surgeon General of the Continental Army
  • 1929  Convention relative to the Treatment of Prisoners of War is signed by 53 countries; known as Geneva Convention
  • 1938  American author and game designer Ernest Gary Gygax is born in Chicago (d. 2008); co-creator of Dungeons & Dragons
  • 1940  The first Bugs Bunny cartoon “A Wild Hare” is released
  • 1953 Armistice is signed ending the Korean War, memorial in Washington D.C. dedicated on same day in 1995
  • 1974  U.S. House of Representatives begins impeachment proceedings against President Nixon
  • 1981  6-year-old Adam Walsh is abducted and killed; his father John Walsh becomes victims rights advocate and later hosts America’s Most Wanted television show
  • 1996  Eric Robert Rudolph sets off a bomb at Centennial Olympic Park in Atlanta, Georgia
  • 2003  American actor and comedian Bob Hope dies at 100 (b. 1903)
  • 2004  Barack Hussein Obama give keynote address at Democratic National Convention; launches national political career

Lost and Found – July 26th Edition

What to remember about July 26th…

  • 1775  Congress establishes department to operate a postal system; Benjamin Franklin is the 1st Postmaster General
  • 1788  New York becomes 11th state with vote to ratify the Constitution
  • 1797  John Quincy Adams marries Louisa Johnson; she will become the 1st and only foreign-born first-lady
  • 1861  Major General George B. McClellan appointed new commander of Army of the Potomac after disastrous First Battle of Bull Run
  • 1908  Office of the Chief Examiner hires a group of investigators; in 1935 this group becomes the Federal Bureau of Investigation (FBI)
  • 1941  In response to invasion of French Indochina, President Franklin Roosevelt orders the seizure of all Japanese assets in U.S.
  • 1945  Cruiser USS Indianapolis departs carrying critical pieces for Little Boy atomic bomb that will be dropped on Hiroshima
  • 1947  President Truman signs National Security Act creating Department of Defense, National Security Council, and Central Intelligence Agency (CIA)
  • 1971  Apollo 15 launches carrying the Lunar Rover
  • 1990  President George H. W. Bush signs into law the Americans with Disabilities Act
  • 2008 Islamic militants set off 21 bombs in 70 minutes in Ahmedabad, India; 56 killed and over 200 injured

Benjamin Franklin appears on the first postage stamp issued in the United States

Lost and Found – July 25th Edition

What to remember about July 25th…

  • 1780  General Horatio Gates takes command of southern Continental forces
  • 1861  Congress passes Crittendon-Johnson Resolution stating that the war is for reunion not to end slavery
  • 1866  Future president Ulysses S. Grant promoted to the rank of General of the Army; 1st to hold that rank
  • 1868  Wyoming becomes a U.S. territory
  • 1897  American author Jack London takes sail for Klondike gold rush
  • 1898  U.S. forces begin invasion of Puerto Rico during that Spanish-American War
  • 1943  Benito Mussolini voted out of power and arrested
  • 1985  American actor Rock Hudson is 1st celebrity to announce that he has AIDS
  • 1994   Israel and Jordan sign Washington Declaration formally ending the state of war begun in 1948
  • 2000  1st and only crash of a supersonic Concorde Jet