Category Archives: Lost and Found

History that’s not so trivial.

Lost and Found – May 29th Edition

What to remember about May 29th…

  • 1780  Patriots defeated at Battle of Waxhaws in South Carolina; troops surrendering to Colonel Tarelton’s cavalry are murdered on his orders
  • 1790  Rhode Island is the last of original 13 colonies to ratify U.S. Constitution; becomes 13th state in the Union
  • 1848  Wisconsin enters the Union as 30th state
  • 1917  Future 35th President of the United States John Fitzgerald Kennedy is born in Brookline, Massachusetts
  • 1922  Supreme court rules unanimously in Federal Baseball Club v. National League that Major League Baseball did not violate anti-trust laws and that baseball was not “interstate commerce”; games are state affairs
  • 1932  Over 1000 World War I veterans arrive in Washington, D.C. as part of “Bonus Expeditionary Force”; protesting to receive payments promised for their service in the war
  • 1942  Adolf Hitler orders that all Jews in occupied Paris must wear a yellow Star of David on the left side of their coats
  • 1953  Sir Edmund Hillary of New Zealand and Nepalese Shepra Tenzing Norgay become 1st to reach summit of Mount Everest
  • 1954  In the Netherlands, 1st annual meeting of the influential members of the Bilderberg Group is held
  • 1998  U.S. Senator (R-AZ) and presidential candidate Barry Goldwater dies (b. 1909); responsible for rise of modern conservative movement
  • 1999 NASA Space Shuttle Discovery completes the 1st successful docking at the International Space Station (ISS)
  • 2003 English-born American actor, comedian, and USO icon Bob Hope celebrates his 100th birthday in Hollywood revelry
  • 2004  President George W. Bush dedicates U.S. National World War II Memorial; critics from Boston Herald call it “vainglorious”
  • 2005  Danica Patrick becomes 1st woman driver to lead a lap at Indianapolis 500; 4th female to participate in that race and highest finish at 4th

Lost and Found – May 28th Edition

What to remember about May 28th…

  • 1754  Virginia militia led by 22-year-old Lieutenant Colonel George Washington defeats French and Indian patrol at Battle of Jumonville Glen; attempt to claim Pennsylvania territory begins French and Indian War
  • 1830  President Andrew Jackson signs Indian Removal Act; allows for relocation of Indian tribes to territory west of the Mississippi
  • 1863  Led by Colonel Robert Shaw, African-American 54th Massachusetts Infantry departs Boston to join the war
  • 1892  Naturalist and author John Muir organizes the Sierra Club in San Francisco; early environmental group aims to preserve wilderness
  • 1908  English author, Naval Intelligence Officer and creator of fictional spy character James Bond,  Ian Flemming is born (d. 1964)
  • 1918  U.S. troops under General Pershing capture village of Cantigny in France in 1st American assault; Germans retaliate with poison gas
  • 1937  State-owned German car company Volkswagen is formed
  • 1964  Charter is issued creating the Palestinian Liberation Organization (PLO) terrorist group; renounced violence in 1993
  • 1969  After searching the captured tunnel complex, 101st Airborne troops abandon recently captured “Hamburger Hill” in the A Shau valley
  • 1982  British forces attack Argentinians at Battle of Goose Green winning 1st major ground combat of the Falklands War
  • 1987  19-year-old West German amateur pilot violates 400 miles of Soviet airspace and lands his Cessna outside the Kremlin in Moscow
  • 2002  NASA’s Mars Odyssey spacecraft discovers large deposits of ice on the surface of the planet

Lost and Found – May 27th Edition

What to remember about May 27th…

  • 1813  U.S. Army and Navy forces conduct amphibious assault to capture fort and British troops in Battle of Fort George
  • 1863  Maryland Chief Justice Roger Taney issues Ex parte Merryman challenging authority of President Lincoln and the military to suspend the writ of habeas corpus
  • 1935  Supreme Court declares National Industrial Recovery Act to be unconstitutional in A.L.A. Schechter Poultry Corp. v. United States
  • 1937  After 4 years of construction and the deaths of 11 workers, the Golden Gate Bridge in San Francisco finally opens to the public
  • 1941  3-days after sinking the  HMS Hood and HMS Prince of Wales, German battleship Bismarck is sunk by Royal Navy off the coast of France
  • 1941  President Franklin D. Roosevelt announces a state of unlimited national emergency in response to military aggression of Nazi Germany
  • 1965  U.S. Navy warships begin bombardment of Viet Cong targets in central South Vietnam
  • 1967  Aircraft carrier USS John F. Kennedy is launched by widow Jacqueline Kennedy and her daughter Caroline
  • 1972  President Nixon and Soviet President Brezhnev meet in Moscow to sign the Strategic Arms Limitation Talks (SALT)agreements
  • 1998  Michael Fortier is sentenced to 12 years $200,000 fine for failing to warn authorities about Oklahoma City Bombing terrorist plot
  • 2005  Thousands of demonstrators gather in Pakistan, Egypt, Indonesia, Bangladesh, and the Middle East to protest reported “Quran abuse” by the U.S. military

Lost and Found – May 25th Edition

What to remember about May 25th…

MEMORIAL DAY 2015 (USA)

  • 1521  Holy Roman Emperor Charles V issues Edict of Worms declaring Martin Luther an outlaw
  • 1803  American author and philosopher Ralph Waldo Emerson is born in Boston, Massachusetts (d. 1882)
  • 1865  Ordnance depot in Mobile, Alabama explodes killing 300, sinking 2 ships, and destroying most of the northern reaches of the city
  • 1925  John T. Scopes indicted for teaching Darwin’s theory of evolution in Tennessee school
  • 1953  Shot from “Atomic Annie” gun, US conducts its only nuclear artillery test; shell is 4.5 feet long, weighed 800 lbs., and yielded 15 kilotons
  • 1961  President Kennedy announces to special joint session of the Congress his goal to initiate a project to put a “man on the Moon” before end of the decade
  • 1977  20th Century Fox releases the George Lucas film Star Wars to theaters
  • 1982  HMS Coventry is sunk in the Falklands; 3 Argentine planes lost in the attack
  • 2011  Last episode of The Oprah Winfrey Show airs; ends 25 year run

Upshot-Knothole nuclear artillery test

Lost and Found – May 24th Edition

What to remember about May 24th…

  • 1543  Polish astronomer Nicolaus Copernicus dies after a stroke (b. 1473); discovered Earth revolved around the sun despite “facts” to the contrary
  • 1775  John Hancock is elected president of Second Continental Congress
  • 1844  Samuel Morse demonstrates his telegraph for Congress; message “What Hath God Wrought?” is sent to Baltimore and back
  • 1883  Brooklyn Bridge is dedicated by President Arthur and future President Cleveland while thousands of New Yorkers turn out to watch
  • 1935  Major League Baseball holds its 1st night game at recently lighted Crosley Field in Cincinnati; Reds beat Phillies 2-1
  • 1941  German battleship Bismarck sinks pride of the Royal Navy HMS Hood
  • 1943  Josef Mengele becomes doctor of Auschwitz concentration camp; “Angel of Death” will torture and murder thousands of Jews
  • 1961  In Jackson, Mississippi, activist Freedom Riders are arrested for disturbing the peace as they disembark from their vehicle
  • 1964  Presidential candidate and Senator Barry Goldwater (R-AZ) mentions possible use of atomic weapons in conflict in Vietnam
  • 1976  Concorde supersonic passenger service from London to Washington, D.C. begins
  • 1991  Israel begins Operation Solomon to evacuate by air more than 14,000 Ethiopian Jews threatened by civil war
  • 1994  4 Islamic terrorists are sentenced to life in prison for 1993 bombing of the north tower of the World Trade Center

Lost and Found – May 23rd Edition

What to remember about May 23rd…

  • 1701  Scottish privateer Captain William Kidd is hanged for piracy and murder
  • 1777  170 patriot raiders begin Meigs Expedition that will capture British fort at Sag Harbor, Long Island, burn 24 ships, destroy tons of supplies, and capture 90 Redcoats before returning to Connecticut
  • 1788  South Carolina becomes 8th state to ratify the Constitution
  • 1873  Canadian parliament creates North-West Mounted Police; they will later become Royal Canadian Mounted Police or “Mounties”
  • 1900  Sergeant William Harvey Carney of the 54th Massachusetts Colored Infantry is awarded Medal of Honor for his bravery on July 18, 1863 at James Island, South Carolina; 1st African-American to receive this award
  • 1934  Notorious criminal couple Bonnie Parker and Clyde Barrow are shot to death by Texas and Louisiana state police near Sailes, Louisiana
  • 1967  Congressman sparks controversy over frequency of malfunctions in M-16 rifle recently made the standard U.S. infantry rifle
  • 1995  Damaged in the attack on April 19, remains of the Alfred P. Murrah building in Oklahoma City are imploded

Lost and Found – May 22nd Edition

What to remember about May 22nd…

  • 1802  America’s First Lady Martha Washington dies at her Mount Vernon home (b. 1731)
  • 1807  Former Vice President Aaron Burr is indicted for treason in plot to form his own country should war with Spain break out; he is acquitted
  • 1819  American packet ship SS Savannah begins 1st Atlantic crossing by a steam-powered vessel
  • 1856  Southern Congressman brutally beats Northern Senator in the Senate chambers over scathing abolitionist speech that vilified his cousin
  • 1859  Scottish author , physician, and creator of Sherlock Holmes Sir Arthur Conan Doyle is born (d. 1930)
  • 1939  Germany and Italy agree to “Pact of Steel”; Axis is born
  • 1942  Boston Red Sox left fielder Ted Williams leaves baseball to enlist as a Marine Corps pilot and flight instructor
  • 1972  President Richard Nixon arrives in Moscow for arms control and research summit with Soviet leadership
  • 1980  Namco’s influential video game Pac-Man is first released
  • 1992  Television host Johnny Carson ends his 30-year run as host of The Tonight Show;
  • 2002  Klu Klux Klan member Bobby Frank Cherry is convicted in 1963 bombing of Birmingham church and death of 4 girls age 11 to 14

Lost and Found – May 21st Edition

What to remember about May 21st…

  • 1863  Confederate forces at Port Hudson, Louisiana are ordered to evacuate as Union troops approach; stubborn refusal leads to capture of all
  • 1881  Clara Barton and Adolphus Solomons found American National Red Cross to provide humanitarian aid to victims of wars and disasters
  • 1924  Chicago prodigies Leopold and Loeb kidnap and kill 14-year-old Bobby Franks for a “thrill”; thought they could commit the perfect crime
  • 1927  American aviator Charles Lindbergh lands in Paris successfully completing the first solo, nonstop transatlantic flight; trip is 33 1/2 hours
  • 1932  American aviator Amelia Earhart lands in Ireland successfully completing the 1st solo, nonstop transatlantic flight by a woman; trip is 15 hours
  • 1942  German firm IG Farben opens factory outside Auschwitz death camp to take advantage of Jewish slave labor from the camp
  • 1945  Humphrey Bogart and Lauren Bacall marry in Ohio
  • 1979  White Night riots break out in San Francisco over light sentencing of assassin of Mayor George Moscone and Supervisor Harvey Milk
  • 1982  British forces begin amphibious invasion to retake Falkland Islands from Argentinian occupiers
  • 2010  Japanese space agency JAXA launches 1st interplanetary spacecraft equipped with a soalr-sail

Lost and Found – May 20th Edition

What to remember about May 20th…

  • 1506  Italian explorer Christopher Columbus dies of heart attack in Valladolid, Spain (b. 1451)
  • 1778  Patriot and Oneida Indian allies led by Marquis de Lafayette evade entrapment by British troops at Battle of Barren Hill, Pennsylvania
  • 1861  North Carolina becomes the last state to secede from the Union
  • 1873  Levi Strause and Jaco Davis get their patent for blue jeans
  • 1927  American aviator Charles Lindbergh takes off from Long Island, New York on the world’s first solo, nonstop flight across the Atlantic Ocean
  • 1932  Amelia Earhart begins the world’s first successful solo, nonstop flight across the Atlantic Ocean by a woman
  • 1940  German forces reach the English Channel near Abbeville, France
  • 1940  1st prisoners arrive at Death Camp at Auschwitz n Poland
  • 1969  U.S. and South Vietnamese troops win Battle for Hill 937 “Hamburger Hill” after 10 days and 10 assaults
  • 1989  Chinese authorities declare martial law as pro-democracy demonstrations gather momentum

Lost and Found – May 19th Edition

What to remember about May 19th…

  • 1795 American patriot, physician, and signer of the Declaration of Independence Josiah Bartlett dies in Kingston, New Hampshire (b. 1729)
  • 1795  American entrepreneur and philanthropist Johns Hopkins is born in Maryland (d. 1873); founder of hospitals, universities, and schools
  • 1848  Mexico ratifies Treaty of Hidalgo ending Mexican-American War; United States is ceded most of the Southwest for $15 million
  • 1864  President Lincoln writes to Congress urging that widows and orphans should be treated equally regardless of race
  • 1943  President Franklin Roosevelt and Prime Minister Churchill set May 1, 1944 as date for Allied invasion at Normandy; D-Day set in motion
  • 1962  Actress and singer Marilyn Monroe sings “Happy Birthday Mr. President” at gala celebrating upcoming 45th birthday of John F. Kennedy
  • 1986  President Reagan signs Firearms Owners Protection Act prohibiting federal government from keeping a registry of firearms owners
  • 1994  Former First Lady Jacqueline Kennedy Onassis dies at home of cancer (b. 1929); wife of President John F. Kennedy
  • 2001  The 1st Apple stores open their doors; they are located in Tysons Corner, Virginia and the same day in Glendale, California
  • 2011  President Obama gives speech stating that Israel must revert its borders back to the pre-1967 borders to resolve Israeli-Palestinian conflict

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