Category Archives: Lost and Found

History that’s not so trivial.

Lost and Found – October 31st Edition

What to remember about October 31st…

  • 1517  Martin Luther, Instigator of the Protestant Reformation, sends his letter and The Ninety-Five Thesis to his bishop
  • 1776  In speech to parliament, King George III acknowledges that war in America is going badly
  • 1864  Nevada is admitted to the Union as 36th state
  • 1926  Master escape artist and magician Harry Houdini dies in Detroit, Michigan of a ruptured appendix
  • 1941  Work ends on the carvings at Mt. Rushmore
  • 1941  USS Reuben James is torpedoed by German U-Boat; is 1st U.S. Navy vessel sunk in enemy action of WWII
  • 1959  Kennedy assassin Lee Harvey Oswald attempts to renounce his U.S. citizenship at embassy in Moscow, U.S.S.R.
  • 1968  President Johnson halts bombing of North Vietnam days before the election citing progress at peace talks
  • 2000  Russian Soyuz TM-31 launches with 1st resident crew for the International Space Station
  • 2003  While surfing, 13-year old Bethany Hamilton loses her arm in shark attack; her autobiography Soul Surfer becomes film in 2011
  • 2005  President George W. Bush nominates Judge Samuel Alito to the United States Supreme Court

Lost and Found – October 30th Edition

What to remember about October 30th…

  • 1735  Founding Father and 2nd President of the United States John Adams is born in Braintree, Massachusetts (d. 1826)
  • 1831  Escaped slave Nat Turner is captured after bloody slave rebellion that killed over 60; after a trial he hangs on November 11
  • 1938  Orson Welles radio broadcast of “War of the Worlds” causes nationwide panic
  • 1941  President Franklin Roosevelt approves $1 billion Lend Lease aid program for Soviet Union; hopes to stay out of the war
  • 1944  Anne Frank and her sister are moved from Auschwitz to the Bergen-Belsen concentration camp
  • 1961  Soviet Union test 50 megaton hydrogen bomb; still the largest explosive device ever detonated
  • 1974  Muhammad Ali wins the Rumble in the Jungle
  • 1995  Vote for establishing an independent Quebec fails in Canada

Lost and Found – October 28th Edition

What to remember about October 28th…

  • 1775  British Major General Howe issues proclamation forbidding residents from leaving the city
  • 1818  Abigail Adams, First Lady and wife of President John Adams dies in Quincy, Massachusetts (b. 1744)
  • 1886  President Grover Cleveland dedicates Statue of Liberty
  • 1918  Sailors of the German High Seas Fleet mutiny instead of attack British fleet with armistice in the works
  • 1922  Benito Mussolini leads Italian fascists in March on Rome; takes over the Italian government
  • 1929  Black Monday stock market crash
  • 1962  Cuban Missile Crisis ends as Soviet leader Nikita Khrushchev agrees to remove Russian missiles from the island
  • 1965  In St. Louis, Missouri the 630-foot Gateway Arch portion of the Jefferson National Expansion Memorial is completed
  • 1971  Britain launches Prospero; it is their 1st satellite
  • 2005  Iran launches its 1st satellite in joint effort with Russia

Lost and Found – October 27th Edition

What to remember about October 27th…

  • 1659  Massachusetts executes 2 Quakers for their beliefs
  • 1787  1st essay of the Federalist Papers is published
  • 1810  United States annexes former Spanish colony of West Florida
  • 1858  Future President Theodore Roosevelt is born in New York City (d. 1919)
  • 1904 1st Subway opens in New York City
  • 1962  America pilot becomes only casualty of the Cuban Missile Crisis when his U-2 reconnaissance plane is shot down by Soviet missile
  • 1964  Ronald Reagan gives “A Time For Choosing” speech on behalf of Barry Goldwater; launches his political career
  • 1988  President Reagan decides to demolish the new U.S. Embassy in Moscow after discovery of built-in Soviet listening devices
  • 2004  Boston Red Sox win 1st World series since 1918

Lost and Found – October 26th Edition

What to remember about October 26th…

  • 1775  King George III speaks to parliament declaring the American colonies to be in rebellion; authorizes military force to end it
  • 1776  Benjamin Franklin sets sail from Philadelphia for France to negotiate aid and an alliance
  • 1825  360 mile Erie Canal is completed after 4 years
  • 1861  The Pony Express officially ends operations; replaced by modern transcontinental telegraph system
  • 1881  In Tombstone, Arizona the Earp brothers confront the Clanton-McLaury gang in a legendary gunfight at the OK Corral
  • 1940  Maiden flight of the P-51 Mustang fighter
  • 1944  At the end of 4 days of air-naval conflict, Battle of Leyte gulf leaves Japanese fleet devastated and on the run
  • 1966  President Johnson makes surprise visit to troops in Vietnam
  • 2001  In response to 9/11/01 attacks, President George W. Bush signs controversial anti-terrorism law; The USA Patriot Act
  • 2002  Moscow theater siege ends with 50 Chechen terrorists and 150 hostages killed during Russian commando assault

Lost and Found – October 25th Edition

What to remember about October 25th…

  • 1415  On St. Crispin’s Day, small force led by Henry V defeats numerically superior French army at Battle of Agincourt in Hundred Years’ War; English longbows prove highly effective
  • 1764  Future President John Adams and Abigail Smith marry in Massachusetts
  • 1774  Continental Congress petitions king of England to address the Intolerable Acts
  • 1854  Confusion leads to Charge of the Light Brigade during Crimean War; inspires Tennyson’s famous poem
  • 1861  Keel is lain for the 1st Union ironclad USS Monitor
  • 1962  U.S. Ambassador Adlai Stevenson presents photographic evidence to U.N. of Soviet missile bases in Cuba
  • 1971  United Nations votes to admit Peoples Republic of China and expel Republic of China (Taiwan)
  • 1983  President Reagan orders Marines to invade island of Grenada to protect American students and tourists; now celebrated as Thanksgiving Day
  • 1994  Susan Smith reports her car was hijacked with her 2 children in the back; this lie is to cover her murder of the kids

Lost and Found – October 24th Edition

What to remember about October 24th…

  • 1861  Western Union completes 1st transcontinental telegraph line
  • 1901  Annie Edson Taylor becomes the first person to survive a trip over Niagara Falls in a barrel; it is her 63rd birthday
  • 1929  “Black Thursday” begins a  stock market crash that starts the 12-year Great Depression
  • 1944  American Navy sinks Japanese aircraft carrier and battleship at the Battle of Leyte Gulf
  • 1945  United Nations is formally established with the ratification of the United Nations Charter
  • 1949  Cornerstone of the United Nations Headquarters in New York is lain; construction financed by $65 million loan from U.S.
  • 1951  President Truman proclaims that the war with Germany is officially over
  • 1992  Toronto Blue Jays become 1st team outside of the United States to win Major League Baseball’s World Series
  • 2003  Supersonic Concorde passenger jet makes its last commercial flight
  • 2005  Civil rights activist Rosa Louise McCauley Parks dies at home in Detroit, Michigan (b. 1913)

Lost and Found – October 23rd Edition

What to remember about October 23rd…

  • 1777  A British fleet is defeated with 2 ships destroyed at Fort Mifflin, Pennsylvania
  • 1835  Vice President Adlai Stevenson is born in Christian County, Kentucky (d. 1914)
  • 1890  President Benjamin Harrison extends borders of Nebraska to include Dakota territory ending indian territorial claims
  • 1921  Body of Americas 1st Unknown Soldier is selected in France
  • 1942  American author and director Michael Crichton is born in Chicago, Illinois; best known for medical thrillers and sci-fi
  • 1944  4-day Battle of Leyte Gulf begins in the Philippine Sea; largest naval engagement in history leads to Allied victory
  • 1965  Operation Silver Bayonet begun by 1st Cavalry Division in Pleiku Province of Vietnam
  • 1983  Muslim suicide bomber attacks peacekeepers barracks in Beirut, Lebanon; 220 U.S. Marines, 18 sailors, and 3 soldiers killed by the 2000-pound truck bomb
  • 1996  Civil trial of O.J. Simpson begins; jury will find him liable in the deaths of Nicole Simpson and Ron Goldman
  • 2002  Chechen Muslim terrorists seize over 800 hostages at a theater in Moscow; siege ends with more than 120 dead on the 26th

Lost and Found – October 22nd Edition

What to remember about October 22nd…

  • 1734  American pioneer and explorer Daniel Boone in Berks County, Pennsylvania (d. 1820)
  • 1775  1st president of the Continental Congress Peyton Manning of Virginia dies in Philadelphia
  • 1797  André-Jacques Garnerin is the first person to make a parachute jump; he descends from a hot air balloon 3200 feet above Paris
  • 1907  A run on New York banks leads to financial crisis and a 50% decline in the New York Stock Exchange
  • 1957  1st American casualties of the Vietnam War; 13 injured in terrorist bombing in Saigon
  • 1962  President Kennedy addresses nation on television to announce a blockade of Cuba in response to the installation of nuclear weapons on the island by the Soviet Union
  • 1968  Apollo 7 mission splashes down as the 1st successful manned mission of the Apollo series
  • 1986  President Reagan signs the Tax Reform Act of 1986
  • 2008  India launches their 1st unmanned lunar mission

Lost and Found – October 21st Edition

What to remember about October 21st…

  • 1797  USS Constitution is launched in Boston Harbor; 44-gun frigate was commissioned to defend American shipping from muslim pirates of the Barbary Coast
  • 1833  Swedish chemist, manufacturer, and founder of the Nobel Prize Alfred Nobel is born (d. 1896); inventor of dynamite
  • 1867  Leaders of Plains Indian tribes sign Medicine Lodge Treaty establishing system of reservations in Oklahoma
  •  1910  Los Angeles Times building is destroyed in bombing attack orchestrated by union organizers
  • 1917  Legendary jazz musician John Birks “Dizzy” Gilespie is born in South Carolina (d. 1993)
  • 1921  President Harding gives a speech in Alabama condemning lynchings
  • 1944  1st recorded Japanese kamikaze attack occurs as Battle of Leyte Gulf begins
  • 1945  Women in France are allowed to vote for the st time
  • 2003  U.S. Senate votes to ban partial birth abortions