Category Archives: Lost and Found

History that’s not so trivial.

Lost and Found – February 27th Edition

What to remember about February 27th…

  • 1776  Patriot forces score 1st victory of Revolutionary War when troops defeat superior British force at Battle of Moore’s Creek
  • 1827  New Orleans’ Mardi Gras tradition is born when masked and costumed students take to the streets
  • 1960  Abraham Lincoln gives famous Cooper Union Speech; brings him to prominence and then nomination for presidency
  • 1864  Union prisoners of war begin arriving at Camp Sumter near Andersonville, Georgia; thousands will die under horrific conditions by time of liberation
  • 1922  Supreme Court issues opinion in Lesser v. Garnett affirming ratification of 19th Amendment; women’s right to vote guaranteed
  • 1942  Aircraft carrier USS Langley is sunk by Japanese bombers; U.S. Navy’s 1st aircraft carrier
  • 1949  Chaim Weizmann becomes 1st President of Israel
  • 1951  22nd Amendment to the U.S. Constitution is ratified; Presidents are limited to 2 terms of service
  • 1972  Chinese premier and President Nixon issue “Shanghai Communique” announcing normalization of relations
  • 1973  200 members of American Indian Movement (AIM) occupy Wounded Knee historic battlefield and take hostages
  • 1982  Wayne Bertram Williams is convicted for 2 of 28 serial murders of young African-American males in Atlanta, Georgia
  • 1991  President Bush announces that Kuwait has been liberated

f-16 fighting falcon burning iraqi oil wells

Lost and Found – February 26th Edition

What to remember about February 26th…

  • 1813  Founding father Robert R. (The Chancellor) Livingston dies (b. 1746), administered Washington’s oath of office and negotiated Treaty of Paris; aided Robert Fulton’s construction of 1st functional steamboat
  • 1815  Napoleon Bonaparte escapes Island of Elba to begin second conquest of France
  • 1846  American soldier, showman, and Medal of Honor recipient William Frederick “Buffalo Bill” Cody is born in Iowa (d. 1917)
  • 1919  President Wilson declares Grand Canyon a National Park
  • 1932  American singer, song writer, and actor John R. “Johnny” Cash is born in Kingsland, Arkansas (d. 2003)
  • 1935  In violation of Treaty of Versailles; Hitler signs secret order to create a German air force – the Luftwaffe
  • 1949  B-50 bomber Lucky Lady II takes off from Arizona to make 1st non-stop flight around the world
  • 1993  Islamic terrorists detonate truck bomb in parking garage below World Trade Center; 6 killed over 1000 injured
  • 1995  Britain’s oldest investment bank Barings Bank collapses after rogue trader Nick Leeson loses $1.4 billion on Singapore markets
  • 2009  President Obama’s administration reverses military policy of prohibiting media coverage of returning war dead

Lost and Found – February 25th Edition

What to remember about February 25th…

  • 1779  Patriots and frontiersmen led by George Rogers Clark capture British Fort Sackville to break spirit of loyalist settlers
  • 1836  Samuel Colt patents 1st percussion “revolver” pistol
  • 1862  To finance Civil War, Congress passes Legal Tender Act authorizing use of paper notes to pay government debt instead of gold or silver
  • 1870  Republican Hiram Rhodes is sworn in as United States Senator from Mississippi; 1st African-American to sit in Congress
  • 1932  Adolf Hitler becomes naturalized German citizen and becomes eligible to run for election
  • 1933  USS Ranger is launched as 1st U.S. Navy purpose-built aircraft carrier
  • 1948  Communist Party assumes control of government in Czechoslovakia
  • 1964  22-year-old Cassius Clay (aka Muhammad Ali) defeats heavyweight champion Sonny Liston in surprise decision
  • 1991  Iraqi SCUD missile lands on American barracks in Dahran, Saudi Arabia killing 28 in greatest single casualty incident of the Gulf War
  • 2005  Dennis Rader was arrested in BTK (bind torture kill) serial killings

Lost and Found – February 24th Edition

What to remember about February 24th…

  • 1803  Supreme Court, led by Chief Justice John Marshall, issues decision in William Marbury v. James Madison; power of judicial review confirmed
  • 1836  Colonel Travis sends messengers carrying call for aid for troops besieged at the Alamo by General Santa Ana
  • 1840  Former President John Quincy Adams begins arguments before Supreme Court in Amistad case defending rights of would-be slaves
  • 1868  President Andrew Johnson becomes 1st president impeached; attempted dismissal of Secretary of War Edwin M. Stanton is reason
  • 1917  U.S. Ambassador to Mexico receives copy of “Zimmerman Note”; cable from Germany offers to Mexico the territories of Texas, New Mexico, and Arizona if they enter WWI as an ally against America
  • 1944  “Merrill’s Marauders” Rangers begin guerilla campaign against Japanese in northern Burma after 1000-mile march into occupied territory
  • 1991  After 6-week bombing campaign, coalition ground forces invade Iraq and Kuwait; Operation Desert Shield becomes Desert Storm
  • 2008  Communist dictator Fidel Castro retires after almost 50 years

Merrill's Marauders on the march

Lost and Found – February 23rd Edition

What to remember about February 23rd…

  • 1778  Prussian born Barron von Steuben arrives at Valley Forge to begin training of Continental troops to become professional soldiers
  • 1836  Mexican army arrives, siege begins at Battle of the Alamo, Texas
  • 1848  Former 6th President of the United States John Quincy Adams dies from stroke inside U.S. Capitol Building (b. 1757)
  • 1861  President elect Lincoln foils assassination attempt with last-minute change of his itinerary; arrives in Washington, D.C vs Baltimore
  • 1870  Mississippi is readmitted to the Union; military governance ends
  • 1943  Japanese submarine bombards Elwood, California

submarine launched float plane attacks oregon wwii

  • 1945  U.S. flag is raised by Marines on Mt. Suribaci on Iwo Jima
  • 1954  Polio vaccine invented by Dr. Jonas Salk is given to children for 1st time; incidence of disease has dropped from peak of hundreds of thousands infected each year to around 1000
  • 1991  Coalition ground forces cross the border from Saudi Arabia to begin liberation of Kuwait during the Gulf War
  • 1997  Palestinian teacher Ali Hassan Abu Kamal opens fire on observation deck of Empire State Building; 2 killed 6 wounded

Lost and Found – February 22nd Edition

What to remember about February 22nd…

  • 1732  George Washington, 1st President of the United States, is born in Virginia (d. 1799)
  • 1819  Representatives of United States and Spain sign Florida Purchase Treaty; U.S. assumes $5 million in Spanish debt
  • 1847  5,000 U.S. troops led by future 12th president Zachary Taylor defeat 15,000 under General Santa Anna at Battle of Buena Vista
  • 1856  Republican Party holds 1st national convention in Philadelphia, Pennsylvania
  • 1862  Jefferson Davis inaugurated President of Confederate States of America
  • 1864  Outnumbered 3-to-1, Confederates led by Nathan Bedford Forrest rout Yankees at Battle of West Point, Mississippi
  • 1942  President Franklin Roosevelt orders General Douglas MacArthur to evacuate from the Philippines in face of Japanese invasion
  • 1943  Nazis execute by guillotine college student leaders of White Rose resistance movement at University of Munich
  • 1968  American and South Vietnamese forces deal communists massive losses as Tet Offensive comes to a close
  • 1980  U.S. hockey team scores miraculous victory over reigning gold medal winning Soviets at Lake Placid Winter Olympics
  • 1990  Fraudulent musical act Milli Vanilli wins Grammy award as Best New Artist

Lost and Found – February 21st Edition

What to remember about February 21st…

  • 1848  Former 6th President John Quincy Adams suffers stroke during heated debate in U.S. House of Representatives
  • 1849  Karl Marx and Friedrich Engels publish The Communist Manifesto; leads to millions of deaths worldwide
  • 1885  Washington Monument is dedicated after almost 50 years in works
  • 1916  10-month Battle of Verdun begins with massive bombardment
  • 1948  National Association for Stock Car Racing (NASCAR) is incorporated
  • 1965  African-American activist Malcolm X (aka El-Hajj Malik El-Shabazz) is assassinated by members of Nation of Islam after leaving group (b. 1925)
  • 1970  Secret peace negotiations begin between Vietnamese representatives and Henry Kissinger
  • 1972  President Nixon arrives in China to open diplomatic relations talks
  • 1994  CIA employee Aldrich Ames is arrested for selling secrets to Soviet Union; at least 10 agents murdered because of his leaks
  • 1995  American businessman and adventurer Steve Fossett completes 1st solo balloon flight across the Pacific

Lost and Found – February 20th Edition

What to remember about February 20th…

  • 1792  President George Washington signs Postal Service Act; U.S. Postal Service is born
  • 1902  American photographer Ansel Adams is born in San Francisco, California (d. 1984)
  • 1933  Congress formally proposes 21st Amendment; repeal of prohibition
  • 1942  Navy Lt. Edward O’Hare becomes 1st American WWII ace pilot shooting down 5 Japanese planes himself, he is awarded Medal of Honor
  • 1962  NASA successfully launches Friendship 7 spacecraft, John Glenn becomes 1st American to orbit the Earth
  • 1993 Famed Italian industrialist and car-maker Ferruccio Elio Arturo Lamborghini dies (b. 1916)
  • 2005  Spain is 1st nation to vote on and ratify the proposed European Constitution

Lamborghini Diablo in purple

Lost and Found – February 19th Edition

What to remember about February 19th…

  • 1674  Treaty is signed to end war between England and  Netherlands; New Amsterdam is transferred to English and renamed New York
  • 1777  Continental Congress promotes 5  to rank of Major General; Brigadier Benedict Arnold threatens to resign having been passed over
  • 1807  Former Vice President Aaron Burr is arrested for treason in Alabama; conspired to establish new country from  annexed Spanish territory
  • 1847  Rescuers arrive at camp of starving Donner Party; settlers stranded by early snow in mountains had resorted to cannibalism
  • 1878  American inventor Thomas Edison is awarded patent for phonograph
  • 1942  President Franklin Roosevelt signs Executive Order 9066; authorized removal of people deemed undesirable from military areas; by June more than 100,000 Japanese on West Coast will be in internment camps
  • 1945 30,000  U.S. Marines begin invasion of Iwo Jima in South Pacific
  • 1976  President Ford revokes FDR’s Executive Order 9066
  • 1986  Soviet Union successfully launches Mir; 1st section of 1st modular space station to orbit the Earth
  • 2005 USS Jimmy Carter is christened; last Seawolf class fast attack sub

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Lost and Found – February 18th Edition

What to remember about February 18th…

  • 1856  The American Party, also called the “Know-Nothing Party” hold 1st convention in Philadelphia to nominate presidential candidate
  • 1861  Jefferson Davis in inaugurated provisional President of the Confederacy; he will be 1st and last to hold that office
  • 1885  Samuel Clemens writing as Mark Twain publishes his novel The Adventures of Huckleberry Finn
  • 1929  1st winners of the Academy Awards are announced; without ceremony the list is published in newsletter and page 7 of Variety
  • 1930  American astronomer Clyde W. Tombaugh discovers the dwarf planet Pluto using new techniques at the Lowell Observatory in Arizona
  • 1942  Japanese forces begin systematic extermination of “undesirable elements” in recently captured Singapore; tens-of-thousands killed
  • 1977  NASA test vehicle Space Shuttle Enterprise makes maiden “piggy back” flight atop converted Boeing 747
  • 2001  FBI agent Robert Hanssen is arrested for selling secrets to Russia and the Soviet Union over 22 years; he was paid 1.4 million in cash and diamonds; guilty plea results in life in prison with no possibility of parole
  • 2001  Legendary NASCAR driver Dale Earnhardt, Sr. dies in crash at Daytona 500 race (b. 1951)
  • 2010  President Obama meets with Dalai Lama at the White House to send strong message to China over human rights – see photo below