Category Archives: Terrorism

Lost and Found – September 11th Edition

What to remember about September 11th…

  • 1565  Crusader Knights of the Sovereign Order of Saint John of Jerusalem of Rhodes and of Malta defeat a vastly superior Muslim force of the Ottoman Empire to lift the Siege of Malta
  • 1609  Explorer Henry Hudson sails into the upper bay discovering Manhattan Island and the Hudson River
  • 1777  British forces use heavy morning in attempt to surround General Washington’s forces at Battle of Brandywine
  • 1789  Alexander Hamilton appointed as 1st Secretary of the Treasury of the United States
  • 1857   Mountain Meadows Massacre; Mormon militia and Paiute allies murder 120 settlers during the Utah War
  • 1941  Groundbreaking ceremony for construction of the Pentagon
  • 1965  1st Cavalry Division (Airmobile) begins to arrive in South Vietnam
  • 1998  Starr Report is released; investigative account of President Clinton by Independent Council Kenneth Starr
  • 2001  19 Muslim hijackers take control of 4 airliners; planes are crashed into Towers 1 and 2 of the World Trade Center in New York City and the Pentagon in Washington, D.C.; 4th plane is brought down by the heroic efforts of passengers to prevent another attack
  • 2012  Armed mob attacks and sets fire to U.S. consulate in Benghazi, Libya; Obama administration falsely blames internet video instead of radical Islamist terrorists commemorating attacks of September 11, 2001

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Lost and Found – July 27th Edition

What to remember about July 27th…

  • 1775  Benjamin Rush begins his term as the 1st Surgeon General of the Continental Army
  • 1929  Convention relative to the Treatment of Prisoners of War is signed by 53 countries; known as Geneva Convention
  • 1938  American author and game designer Ernest Gary Gygax is born in Chicago (d. 2008); co-creator of Dungeons & Dragons
  • 1940  The first Bugs Bunny cartoon “A Wild Hare” is released
  • 1953 Armistice is signed ending the Korean War, memorial in Washington D.C. dedicated on same day in 1995
  • 1974  U.S. House of Representatives begins impeachment proceedings against President Nixon
  • 1981  6-year-old Adam Walsh is abducted and killed; his father John Walsh becomes victims rights advocate and later hosts America’s Most Wanted television show
  • 1996  Eric Robert Rudolph sets off a bomb at Centennial Olympic Park in Atlanta, Georgia
  • 2003  American actor and comedian Bob Hope dies at 100 (b. 1903)
  • 2004  Barack Hussein Obama give keynote address at Democratic National Convention; launches national political career

Lost and Found – July 26th Edition

What to remember about July 26th…

  • 1775  Congress establishes department to operate a postal system; Benjamin Franklin is the 1st Postmaster General
  • 1788  New York becomes 11th state with vote to ratify the Constitution
  • 1797  John Quincy Adams marries Louisa Johnson; she will become the 1st and only foreign-born first-lady
  • 1861  Major General George B. McClellan appointed new commander of Army of the Potomac after disastrous First Battle of Bull Run
  • 1908  Office of the Chief Examiner hires a group of investigators; in 1935 this group becomes the Federal Bureau of Investigation (FBI)
  • 1941  In response to invasion of French Indochina, President Franklin Roosevelt orders the seizure of all Japanese assets in U.S.
  • 1945  Cruiser USS Indianapolis departs carrying critical pieces for Little Boy atomic bomb that will be dropped on Hiroshima
  • 1947  President Truman signs National Security Act creating Department of Defense, National Security Council, and Central Intelligence Agency (CIA)
  • 1971  Apollo 15 launches carrying the Lunar Rover
  • 1990  President George H. W. Bush signs into law the Americans with Disabilities Act
  • 2008 Islamic militants set off 21 bombs in 70 minutes in Ahmedabad, India; 56 killed and over 200 injured

Benjamin Franklin appears on the first postage stamp issued in the United States

Lost and Found – July 23rd Edition

What to remember about July 23rd…

  • 1793  American patriot Roger Sherman dies; only signer of  – the Declaration of Independence, the Articles of Confederation and the Constitution
  • 1862  Abraham Lincoln appoints Henry W. Halleck as General-in-Chief of all Union armies
  • 1885  President Ulysses S. Grant dies in New York
  • 1952  King Farouk I of Egypt overthrown in military coup led by Gamal Abdel Nasser
  • 1958  USS Nautilus sets sail from Pearl Harbor for historic first submerged voyage under the North Pole
  • 1967  Beginning with raid on illegal bar, 12th Street Riots begin in Detroit; 43 die and 2000 buildings destroyed by time the Army arrives
  • 1984  Miss America Vanessa Williams resigns title after Penthouse Magazine plans to print nude photos of her
  • 2005  Islamic Muslim Brotherhood terrorists kill 88 and wound over 200 in multiple bombings in resort town of Sharm el-Sheikh, Egypt
  • 2012  Astronaut and physicist Dr. Sally Kristen Ride dies of cancer (b. 1951); 1st American woman in space

Sally Ride (Season 15, 1983)

Lost and Found – July 21st Edition

What to remember about July 21st…

  • 1861  1st Battle of Bull Run begins at Manassas Junction, Virginia; Union suffers “surprising” defeat
  • 1873  Jesse James and the James-Younger Gang pull off 1st successful train robbery in the American West
  • 1918  German U-Boat opens fire on town of Orleans, Massachusetts and several nearby ships
  • 1925  “Monkey Trial” of John Thomas Scopes ends in conviction and $100 fine; Darwin’s Theory of Evolution versus creationism
  • 1944  Claus von Stauffenberg and his co-conspirators are executed one day after their failed attempt to assassinate Adolf Hitler
  • 1944  U.S. invasion to recapture Guam begins; fighting will continue through to August 10
  • 1959  Boston Red Sox are final Major League Baseball team to integrate
  • 1969  American astronauts Neil Armstrong and Edwin “Buzz” Aldrin become 1st humans to walk on the moon (July 20th in North America)
  • 1973  Israeli Mossad agents mistakenly kill Moroccan waiter in Norway believing him to be one of the 1972 Munich Olympic terrorists
  • 2005  Muslim terrorists attempt to detonate 4 more bombs in the London transit system (see 7/7 bombings)
  • 2007  Last book in the Harry Potter series is released
  • 2011  NASA’s Space Shuttle program comes to an end with completion of mission STS-135 and successful landing of Atlantis

space shuttle program ends

Lost and Found – July 17th Edition

What to remember about July 17th…

  • 1744  Elbridge Gerry born (d. 1814); signer of the Declaration of Independence and Vice President to James Madison; inventor of “gerrymandering” of electoral districts for political advantage
  • 1815 Napoleon Bonaparte surrenders to the British at Rochefort
  • 1938  Douglas “Wrong Way” Corrigan makes non-stop flight across the Atlantic “accidentally”
  • 1945  Potsdam Conference convenes with President Truman, Prime Minister Churchill, and Secretary Stalin; determine fate of Germany
  • 1955  Disneyland unveiled to the public; opens the next day
  • 1975  Apollo and Soyuz spacecraft launch for rendezvous to be made in orbit 2 days later; last manned spaceflight until Space Shuttle
  • 1989  1st flight of the B-2 Spirit Stealth Bomber
  • 2007  Atlanta Falcon’s football quarterback Michael Vick and 3 others indicted by federal grand jury for dog-fighting and gambling enterprise
  • 2009 Jemaah Islamiyah, an al-Qaeda-linked group detonates 2 suicide bombs in Jakarta, Indonesia; 9 killed and over 50 wounded

Lost and Found – June 30th Edition

What to remember about June 30th…

  • 1775  Continental Congress establishes 69 Articles of War
  • 1859  Charles Blondin 1st person to cross Niagra Falls on a tightrope
  • 1908  Huge atmospheric explosion above Tunguska region of Russia
  • 1943  MacArthur launches Operation Cartwheel in the South Pacific
  • 1953  1st production Chevy Corvette driven off the assembly line
  • 1971  All 3 cosmonauts of Soyuz 11 mission die on re-entry
  • 1985  Remaining 39 hostages released from TWA flight 847; passenger and U.S. Navy diver Robert D. Stethem was tortured and murdered by the Hezbollah / Islamic Jihad hijackers on June 15th
  • 1997  United Kingdom transfers sovereignty over Hong Kong to People’s Republic of China (PRC)
  • 1998  Defense Department announces that Vietnam War service member buried in the Tomb of Unknowns has now been identified as USAF 1lt Michael J. Blassie; his remains are returned to his family

Lost and Found – June 3rd Edition

What to remember about June 3rd…

  • 1539  Spanish explorer Hernando de Soto claims Florida for Spain
  • 1781 “Paul Revere of the South” John “Jack” Jouett, Jr. makes his late night ride to warn Thomas Jefferson and the Virginia legislature of coming British cavalry led by Lieutenant Colonel Banastre Tarleton
  • 1808  Future president of the Confederacy Jefferson Finis Davis is born in Christian County, Kentucky (d. 1889)
  • 1861  Union forces rout Confederate troops in Barbour County, West Virginia at Battle of Philippi; 1st land battle of the War
  • 1889  1st long distance power line is completed; 14-mile line runs from a generator at Willamette Falls to downtown Portland, Oregon
  • 1940  Battle of Dunkirk ends as last British troops are evacuated by boat back to England; less than half French troops will evacuate the next day
  • 1965  NASA launches Gemini IV in preparation for the 1st spacewalk by an American
  • 1982  3 Palestinian Liberation Organization (PLO) terrorists attempt to assassinate Israeli ambassador on a London street
  • 1989  Chinese government orders troops to Tiananmen Square to forcibly remove pro-democracy demonstrators
  • UPDATE – 2016 Boxing legend Muhammad Ali dies at age 74 (b.1942) “The man who views the world at 50 the same as he did at 20 has wasted 30 years of his life.”

British troops lifeboat evacuation of dunkerque

Lost and Found – January 7th Edition

What to remember about January 7th…

  • 1718  Revolutionary War general and member of Rogers’ Rangers Israel Putnam is born in Salem village, Massachusetts (d. 1790)
  • 1785  American John Jeffries and Frenchman Jean-Pierre Blanchard are 1st to cross the English Channel by air; do it in a balloon
  • 1789  1st presidential election under the newly ratified U.S. Constitution is held; George Washington wins as expected
  • 1800  Future 13th President Millard Fillmore is born in New York (d. 1874)
  • 1953  President Truman announces in State of the Union address that the U.S. has successfully developed a hydrogen bomb
  • 1980  President Carter signs bill authorizing $1.5 billion in bail out loans for Chrysler Corporation
  • 1999  President Clinton’s impeachment trial begins in the Senate for lying under oath and obstructing justice
  • 2010  Muslim gunmen open fire on Christians leaving midnight Christmas mass in Egypt; 9 killed and 11 wounded
  • UPDATE:  2015 2 brothers attack offices of satirical magazine Charlie Hebdo for blasphemy against Islam.  12 people are killed and 11 wounded as the attack to moves other locations.

rogers rangers standing orders

Lost and Found – September 20th Edition

What to remember about September 20th…

  • 1519  Expedition led by Portuguese navigator Ferdinand Magellan sets sail from Spain; Vittoria completes 1st circumnavigation of the globe nearly 3 years later
  • 1863  Confederate forces win bloody victory at Battle of Chickamauga
  • 1881  Chester A. Arthur is sworn in as president after the death of James Garfield; he is 3rd person to serve as president that year
  • 1893  Duryea brothers road test the 1st American made gasoline powered automobile
  • 1958  Izola Ware Curry attempts to assassinate civil rights leader Martin Luther King, Jr in New York City
  • 1977  Socialist Republic of Vietnam is admitted to the United Nations
  • 2001  President George W. Bush addresses Congress stating “Our ‘war on terror’ begins with Al Qaeda, but it does not end there.”
  • 2011  “Don’t ask, don’t tell” policy ends in the U.S. military
  • 2014  Liberian national Thomas Eric Duncan arrives in Dallas, TX.  Infected with Ebola, he becomes “patient zero” in 1st outbreak of the disease in US.