Category Archives: Lost and Found

History that’s not so trivial.

Lost and Found – August 30th Edition

What to remember about August 30th…

  • 1780  Benedict Arnold sends letter to General Clinton agreeing to terms; for £20,000 Arnold would betray his country and deliver West Point and the Hudson to the British
  • 1862  Rebels rout Union forces at Battle of Richmond
  • 1918  Soviet leader Vladimir Lenin shot by Fanya Kaplan but survives; millions will die in the years to follow in pogroms and gulags
  • 1963  “Hotline” is established between Soviet Union and United States to allow crisis communication between their leaders
  • 1967  Thurgood Marshall is confirmed as 1st African-American Associate Justice of the United States Supreme Court
  • 1983  On space shuttle Challenger, Lieutenant Colonel Guion S. Bluford (USAF) becomes 1st African-American in space
  • 2003 American tough-guy actor Charles Bronson dies in L.A. (b. 1921)
  • 2005  Following Hurricane Katrina, Lake Ponchartrain levees break causing widespread flooding in New Orleans

Lost and Found – August 29th Edition

What to remember about August 29th…

  • 1862  After days of maneuvering the 2nd Battle of Bull Run begins; Confederates win a path to invade the north
  • 1945  President Truman orders the U.S. Navy to seize control of oil refineries and transportation to break strike by union workers
  • 1949  Soviet Union successfully detonates its 1st atomic bomb at test site in Kazakhstan
  • 1958  Pop musician, songwriter Michael Jackson is born in Gary, Indiana (d. 2009)
  • 1966  At Candlestick Park in San Francisco, the Beatles perform for the last time before a paying crowd
  • 2005  Hurricane Katrina comes ashore for the second time; worst natural disaster in U.S. history; death toll will reach 55
  • 2007  Hero security guard Richard Jewell dies; discovered bomb planted by Eric Robert Rudolph in Centennial Olympic Park; saves hundreds of lives but is falsely suspected of planting device

Lost and Found – August 28th Edition

What to remember about August 28th…

  • 1774  Elizabeth Ann Bayley is born in New York City; founder of 1st Catholic school in America and later canonized as St. Elizabeth
  • 1862  Union and Confederate forces clash near Washington, D.C.; 2nd Battle of Bull Run (Manassas) begins
  • 1907  19-year-old James E. “Jim” Casey borrows $100 from a friend to established the American Messenger Company in Seattle, Washington; becomes United Parcel Service (UPS)
  • 1917  Suffragists protesting President Wilson’s failure to support their right to vote are arrested outside the White House
  • 1941  German SS General Franz Jaeckeln orders more than 23,000 Hungarian Jews machine-gunned in Ukraine
  • 1957  Senator Strom Thurmond (D-SC) protests proposed Civil Rights Act of 1957; longest, non-stop filibuster by a single Senator
  • 1963  Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr, gives I Have A Dream speech to 250,000 in front of the Lincoln Memorial in Washington, D.C.; defining moment of the American Civil Rights Movement.
  • 1966  Soviet Union announces that it is training North Vietnamese pilots to combat American planes at secret base
  • 1968  Thousands clash with police in demonstrations against the Vietnam War at Democrat National Convention
  • 2005  Hurricane Katrina strengthens to Category Five
  • 2008  Barack Hussein Obama accepts nomination of the Democratic Party to be their candidate for President of the United States
  • 2010  Hundreds of thousands gather on the Washington Mall for Restoring Honor Rally; calls for return to faith and founding principles

Reverend Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr. – AFP/Getty Images

Lost and Found – August 27th Edition

What to remember about August 27th…

  • 1776  British forces defeat General Washington’s continental forces in Battle of Brooklyn Heights
  • 1859  Petroleum is discovered in Titusville, Pennsylvania; 1st successful well and birth of the oil industry
  • 1883  The Krakatoa volcano in Indonesia explodes; most powerful eruption in recorded history
  • 1908  President Lyndon Baines Johnson is born on a farm near Stonewall, Texas; gained office after the assassination of President Kennedy (d. 1973)
  • 1928  Kellogg–Briand Pact (World Peace Act) outlawing war was signed
  • 1962  NASA launches space probe Mariner 2 on voyage to Venus
  • 1990  American blues guitarist and singer Stephen “Stevie Ray” Vaughan dies in helicopter crash
  • 2001  Work begins in Washington D.C. preparing the site for the National WWII Memorial
  • 2007  NFL quarterback for the Atlanta Falcons Michael Vick pleads guilty in dogfighting case; after less than 2 years in prison he is allowed to return to football

Lost and Found – August 26th Edition

What to remember about August 26th…

  • 1794  President Washington writes to Virginia governor Henry Lee regarding planned federal response to the Whiskey Rebellion
  • 1920  Official proclamation by the Secretary of State that the 19th Amendment to the U.S. Constitution is formally adopted; guarantees women the right to vote
  • 1939  1st televised Major League baseball game is broadcast; Cincinnati Reds play Brooklyn Dodgers at Ebbets Field
  • 1957  Soviet Union announces its 1st successful test of an intercontinental ballistic missile
  • 1968  Democrat National Convention begins in Chicago;  4 days of violent anti-war demonstrations and rioting begin
  • 1974  American aviation legend Charles Lindbergh dies (b. 1902); 1st person to fly nonstop and solo across the Atlantic (May 20-21, 1927)
  • 2003  Space Shuttle program: Columbia Accident Investigation Board (CAIB) releases 200 page report on shuttle Columbia’s destruction and the death of its seven astronauts

Charles Lindbergh and the Spirit of St. Louis

Lost and Found – August 25th Edition

What to remember about August 25th…

  • 0325  Convened by Roman Emperor Constantine I, the Council of Nicaea concludes 1st ecumenical debate of the early Christian church
  • 1776  Political philosopher David Hume dies; his essay “Idea of a Perfect Commonwealth” inspires James Madison and others about ideal government
  • 1835 New York Sun newspaper publishes series of articles detailing discovery of life on the moon; known as The Great Moon Hoax
  • 1914  German troops loot and burn Catholic University of Louvain, the town, and its priceless renaissance library
  • 1918  American conductor, composer, and musician Leonard Bernstein is born in Lawrence, Massachusetts
  • 1939  Classic American movie The Wizard of Oz opens in theater
  • 1944  After 4 years of Nazi occupation, Paris is liberated by American and French forces; formal German surrender of city the next day
  • 1945  American missionary and liaison to chinese resistance fighters  in China, John Birch, is murdered by communists; considered “the first casualty of the cold war”
  • 1950  President Truman orders the U.S. Army to take control of railroads ahead of a planned strike by workers
  • 2009  Senator Edward “Ted” Kennedy, “liberal lion of the Senate”, dies of brain cancer at home in Massachusetts
  • 2012  Apollo 11 aastronaut , test pilot, and U.S. Naval Aviator Neil Armstrong dies (b. 1930), 1st man to walk on the moon

Lost and Found – August 24th Edition

What to remember about August 24th…

  • 1814  British march into, capture, and then burn Washington D.C.; have dinner in White house before setting it on fire
  • 1857  Financial Panic of 1857 begins; widespread failures of insurance, land, and railroad businesses cause financial crises that isn’t resolved until the beginning of the Civil War
  • 1912  Congress passes the Second Organic Act of 1912 forming the Territory of Alaska
  • 1954  U.S. Congress passes the Communist Control Act; falls short of outlawing communism or the party
  • 1955  Mike Huckabee, American pastor, politician and author is born in Hope, Arkansas
  • 1970  Vietnam War protestors set off 2000 pound bomb at Sterling Hall on the University of Wisconsin–Madison campus
  • 1981  Mark David Chapman is sentenced to 20 years to life for the murder of John Lennon
  • 1992  Category 5 hurricane Andrew strikes Florida; 3rd most devastating storm in U.S. history
  • 2006  The International Astronomical Union votes to strip Pluto of its status as a planet

University of Wisconsin–Madison Sterling Hall Bombing Aftermath

Lost and Found – August 23rd Edition

What to remember about August 23rd…

  • 1784  Four counties in North Carolina declare independence as the State of Franklin; becomes Tennessee
  • 1814  First Lady Dolley Madison saves a portrait of George Washington from being looted by British troops
  • 1861  Confederate spy Rose O’Neal Greenhow is arrested by Allan Pinkerton; head of the new Secret Service Agency
  • 1927  Italian-born anarchists Nicola Sacco and Bartolomeo Vanzetti are executed for murder in Massachusetts
  • 1979  Soviet ballet star Aleksandr Godunov defects to the U.S. after New York performance of the Bolshoi Ballet
  • 1989  Cincinnati Reds manager Pete Rose receives a lifetime ban for betting on baseball
  • 1996  Osama bin Laden posts message entitled “A declaration of war against the Americans occupying the land of the two holy places.”

Lost and Found – August 22nd Edition

What to remember about August 22nd…

  • 1776  Thousands of British troops under General Howe arrive with the intent to capture New York and divide the colonies
  • 1851  U.S. built schooner America wins the Royal Yacht Squadron’s 100 Guinea Cup; trophy becomes the America’s Cup
  • 1862  President Lincoln writes his response to letter from Tribune editor and abolitionist Horace Greeley
  • 1941  German troops reach Leningrad; siege begins
  • 1950  Athena Gibson becomes 1st African-American woman to compete in U.S. national tennis competition; will also be 1st African-American woman to win at Wimbledon
  • 1989  Co-founder of the Black Panthers, Huey P. Newton is shot on Oakland, California during a drug deal
  • 1989  Nolan Ryan becomes the 1st major league baseball pitcher to register 5000 career strike outs
  • 1992  Day 2 of the Siege at Ruby Ridge; Vicky Weaved is killed by an FBI sniper while she holds her infant daughter

america,s cup trophy sunset

Lost and Found – August 21st Edition

What to remember about August 21st…

  • 1858  The first of seven debates between Stephen Douglas and Abraham Lincoln is held
  • 1863  Rebel guerillas raid Lawrence Kansas; Quantrill’s men murder 192 and burn almost 200 buildings and homes
  • 1912  Arthur Aldred becomes 1st American boy to earn the rank of Eagle Scout; award presentation is delayed to September 2nd as medal design was not yet  finished
  • 1959  President Eisenhower signs proclamation admitting Hawaii to the Union as the 50th state
  • 1968  Private James Anderson, Jr. is the 1st African-American Marine to be awarded the Medal of Honor
  • 1992  U.S. Marshalls are caught scouting Randy Weaver’s farm in Idaho; ambush fails and 10-day siege at Ruby ridge begins
  • 1995  Hamas suicide bomber targets bus in Ramat Eshkol area of Jerusalem; 4 killed and over 100 wounded

Eagle Scout Medal