Category Archives: Lost and Found

History that’s not so trivial.

Lost and Found – June 28th Edition

What to remember about June 28th…

  • 1776  Thomas Hickey convicted and executed for mutiny, sedition, and conspiring with the enemy; Washington signs the death warrant
  • 1778  Mary “Molly Pitcher” Hays replaces her wounded husband on the battlefield as cannon crew helping win the Battle of Monmouth
  • 1836  James Madison dies; 4th President of the United States, “father” of the Constitution; husband of Dolley Madison
  • 1914  Archduke Franz Ferdinand of Austria is shot to death beginning a chain of events leading to World War I
  • 1919  Future 33rd President of the United States Harry S. Truman marries Bess Wallace; afterward they lived in her mother’s house
  • 1919  Treaty of Versailles is signed; ends World War I
  • 1953  Assembly begins in Flint, MI on the 1st Chevrolet Corvette
  • 1965  3000 troops from the 173rd Airborne assault Viet Cong positions north of Saigon; 1st major offensive of the Vietnam War
  • 1978  SCOTUS rules in University of California v. Bakke that he be admitted to the medical school; ruled against reverse discrimination
  • 1997 Boxer Mike Tyson bites off ear of Evander Holyfield’s ear
  • 2000  6-year old Elián González sent back to Cuba
  • 2004  Sovereign power is transferred from the Coalition Provisional Authority to Iraq’s interim government
  • 2005  Navy Lt. Michael Patrick Murphy is killed in Afghanistan calling in support for his surrounded unit; he will receive the Medal of Honor
  • 2012  SCOTUS rules that Patient Protection and Affordable Care Act (aka Obamacare) is constitutional as a tax and not under Commerce Clause; largest tax increase in history of the world goes forward

INS Border Patrol agents take 6-year old into “protective custody”

Lost and Found – June 27th Edition

What to remember about June 27th…

  • 1829  James Smithson dies leaving his estate to the United States of America; leads to establishment of the Smithsonian Institution
  • 1844  Founder and leader of the Mormon religion Joseph Smith Jr. and his brother Hyrum are murdered by a mob in Carthage, Illinois
  • 1864  Battle of Kennesaw Mountain; Union forces defeated but Confederate forces must withdraw towards Atlanta once more
  • 1880  Author/activist/lecturer Hellen Keller born in Alabama
  • 1923  American aviators Capt. Lowell H. Smith and Lt. John P. Richter successfully complete 1st aerial refueling of a plane
  • 1927  Bob “Captain Kangaroo” Keeshan born in Lynbrook, New York
  • 1942  FBI arrests the last of 8 Nazi saboteurs sent to the U.S.
  • 1950  President Truman announces U.S. forces will move in support of a U.N. resolution to aid South Korea repel invasion by North Korea
  • 1973  John Dean tells Senate Watergate Committee about the “enemies” lists kept by the Nixon White House
  • 2005  Serial killer Dennis Rader pleads guilty and confesses to 10 murders in the “BTK” case; sentence is 175 years without parole

Lost and Found – June 26th Edition

What to  remember about June 26th…

  • 1804  Lewis and Clark Expedition reaches the mouth of Kansas River
  • 1819  Major General Abner Doubleday born (d. 1893); popularly believed to be the inventor of baseball
  • 1844  President John Tyler marries Julia Gardiner in New York
  • 1862  Confederates attack Mechanicsville; Seven Days’ Battle begins
  • 1917  American Expeditionary Forces arrive in Europe
  • 1918  Conflict that begins June 1st ends today with victory of General Pershing’s American Army and Marine forces at Battle of Belleau Wood
  • 1942  1st flight of the Grumman F6F Hellcat carrier-based fighter
  • 1945  50 delegates sign charter forming the United Nations
  • 1948  In response to Soviet blockade of West Berlin the 1st planes depart from England and West Germany for the Berlin Airlift
  • 1963  President John F. Kennedy speech at Berlin Wall declaring “Ich bin ein Berliner”; grammar mistake translates to “I am a donut”;  meant to say “I am also a citizen of Berlin.”
  • 1975  2 FBI agents and member of American Indian Movement die in shootout at Pine Ridge Reservation; Leonard Peltier convicted of murders
  • 1996  SCOTUS orders Virginia Military Institute to admit women
  • 2000  Human Genome Project and Celera Genomics announce “working draft” of the human genome
  • 2008  In District of Columbia v. Heller SCOTUS rules that 2nd Amendment protects an individual’s right to bear arms

Lost and Found – June 25th Edition

What to remember about June 25th…

  • 1788  Virginia becomes 10th state to ratify the U.S. Constitution
  • 1868  Florida conditionally re-admitted to the United States
  • 1876  Battle of Little Bighorn;   Native American forces led by Chiefs Crazy Horse and Sitting Bull defeat Custer led forces in Montana
  • 1900  English Admiral Lord Louis Mountbatten is born
  • 1910  Congress passes the Mann Act; makes it illegal to transport any girl or woman across state lines for “any immoral purpose”
  • 1942  Lt. Gen Dwight D. Eisenhower takes command of U.S. forces in Europe; later becomes commander of all allied forces for D-Day
  • 1950  North Korean Peoples (KPA) army crosses the 38th parallel and invades South Korea; Korean War begins
  • 1991  Slovenia and Croatia both declare their independence and secede from the formerly Soviet controlled Yugoslavia
  • 1993  Kim Campbell sworn in as 1st female Canadian prime minister
  • 1996  Islamic terrorists from Hezbollah detonate truck bomb outside barracks at Khobar Towers in Saudi Arabia; 19 killed and 372 injured
  • 2006  Hamas terrorists kidnap Israeli Defense Force Corporal Gilad Shalit near Gaza border; held hostage until October 18, 2011
  • 2009  Singer Michael Jackson dies at age 50 in Los Angeles

Remembering Custer’s Last Stand – Encyclopedia Britannica

Lost and Found – June 24th Edition

What to remember about June 24th…

  • 1314  Robert the Bruce leads Scottish forces to victory over Edward II at the Battle of Bannockburn
  • 1779  American allies France and Spain begin almost 7 month-long Great Siege of Gibraltar; largest action of the Revolutionary War
  • 1885 Future 28th President Woodrow Wilson marries Ellen Axson
  • 1901  1st exhibition of works of Pablo Picasso begins in Paris
  • 1941  President Franklin D. Roosevelt pledges all possible support for the Soviet Union
  • 1948  Soviet Union begins blockade of all rail and road traffic to West Berlin; massive airlift will supply city until siege ends May 12, 1949
  • 1953  John F. Kennedy and Jaqueline Bouvier announce their engagement
  • 1957  SCOTUS rules in Roth v. United States that obscenity is not protected by the 1st Amendment
  • 1987  American actor, comedian, and musician Jackie Gleason dies (b. 1916)
  • 1993  Yale professor David Gelernter is 2nd injured in just two days by a mail-bombing; leads to formation of Unabomber Task Force

Lost and Found – June 23rd Edition

What to remember about June 23rd…

  • 1845  Congress of Texas votes in favor of annexation by U.S.
  • 1862  Confederate General Robert E. Lee meets with his corps commanders to plan his assault on the Army of the Potomac
  • 1865  In Oklahoma Territory, General Watie surrenders last Confederate Army almost two months after the War ended
  • 1931  Wiley Post and navigator Harold Gatty begin first flight around the world in a single engine aircraft
  • 1940  Hitler tours Paris; orders destruction of WWI monuments
  • 1956  Gamal Abdel Nasser elected 1st president of Egypt; Egyptian constitution ratified and Islam becomes official state religion
  • 1961  Antarctic Treaty designates continent as non-territorial scientific preserve; bans military activity
  • 1972  Title IX of the Higher Education Act is signed by President Nixon; requires “fair and equal treatment of sexes” even in sports
  • 1989  Tim Burton’s movie “Batman” released; Michael Keaton stars
  • 1993  Lorena Bobbitt “mutilates” her husband after alleged assault
  • 2005  SCOTUS rules in Kelo v. New London that local governments can seize property for private development under the 5th Amendment

Lost and Found – June 22nd Edition

What to remember about June 22nd…

  • 1775  Continental Congress authorizes issue of its 1st currency
  • 1807  British navy fires on and boards the USS Chesapeake; the  Chesapeake-Leopard Affair leads to U.S. declaration of war in 1812
  • 1911  Coronation of King George V held at Westminster Abbey
  • 1941  Germany invades Russia beginning Operation Barbarossa; more than 3 million men, 3000 tanks, and 2500 aircraft
  • 1944  President Franklin D. Roosevelt signs Servicemen’s Readjustment Act of 1944; G.I. Bill becomes law
  • 1945  Battle for Okinawa ends, all effective resistance is over
  • 1969  Actress/singer/movie-star Judy Garland dies at age 47
  • 1970  President Richard Nixon signs bill to lower voting age to 18; Congress later passes measure to make this the 26th Amendment
  • 1990  Checkpoint Charlie is dismantled in Berlin
  • 2008  Comedian/actor George Carlin dies

Lost and Found – June 21st Edition

What to remember about June 21st…

  • 1788  U.S. Constitution ratified by New Hampshire meaning that enough states had done so for it to go into effect (see article VII); New Hampshire admitted to the Union as 9th State
  • 1810  Future 12th President of the United States Zachary Taylor marries Margaret Smith in Kentucky
  • 1913  Georgia “Tiny” Broadwick becomes 1st woman to parachute from an airplane; later became 1st ever free-fall parachutist
  • 1939  Lou Gehrig retires from New York Yankees because of illness
  • 1940  Future 37th President of the United States Richard Nixon marries Pat Ryan in Riverside, California
  • 1942  Allied forces surrender at Tobruk, Libya
  • 1942  Japanese submarine I-25 shells Ft. Stevens in Oregon
  • 1965  Ku Klux Klan lynch mob kills 3 civil rights workers registering black voters in Meridian, Mississippi; Michael Schwerner, James Chaney, and Andrew Goodman
  • 1982 John Hinckley, Jr. found not guilty by reason of insanity in trial for the attempted assassination of President Ronald Reagan
  • 1989  SCOTUS rules that burning the American flag is protected by the First amendment to the U.S. Constitution
  • 2004  SpaceShipOne makes 1st privately funded human spaceflight and wins the Ansari X Prize; Pilot Mike Melvill becomes 1st non-government astronaut in history
  • 2005 Edgar Ray Killen convicted of the 1965 murders of  Schwermer, Goodman, and Chaney

Lost and Found – June 20th Edition

What to remember about June 20th…

  • 1782  After six years of debate Congress approves Great Seal of the United States of America
  • 1837  Queen Victoria ascends to British throne at age 18
  • 1863  West Virginia admitted to the Union as 35th state
  • 1892  Lizzie Borden acquitted of multiple murders
  • 1898  U.S. Navy seizes Guam during Spanish-American War
  • 1967  Muhammad Ali convicted for refusing the draft
  • 1980  Movie “The Blues Brothers” opens in the U.S.
  • 1994  O.J. Simpson pleads not guilty to murder of ex-wife and friend
  • 2001  Andrea Yates drowns her 5 children in a bathtub in Houston, Texas; found not guilty by reason of insanity July 26, 2006

Original Design of the Great Seal of the United States

Lost and Found – June 19th Edition

What to remember about June 19th…

  • 1846  New York Base Ball Club defeats Knickerbockers 23-1 in 1st recorded official game of baseball; played on Elysian Field in Hoboken
  • 1864  CSS Alabama, the most successful Confederate commerce raider of the war, sunk off the coast of France by USS Kearsarge
  • 1886  Future 27th President William Howard Taft marries Hellen “Nellie” Herron in Cincinnati, Ohio
  • 1910  Father’s Day is celebrated for the 1st time
  • 1917  King George V changes royal family name to Windsor from the Germanic Saxe-Coburg-Gotha; all German titles eliminated as well
  • 1933  Exiled Communist leader Leon Trotsky given asylum in France
  • 1944  Battle of Philippine Sea begins; largest aircraft carrier battle in history; Japanese fleet irreparably damaged
  • 1953  Julius and Ethel Rosenberg executed in the electric chair at Sing Sing Prison for conspiracy to commit espionage
  • 1977  Guardian Angels leader Curtis Sliwa shot twice in Manhattan
  • 1978  Garfield comic strip first published in U.S.