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Lost and Found – October 15th Edition

What to remember about October 15th…

White Cane Safety Day – United States

  • 1860  11-year old Grace Bedell writes to presidential candidate Abraham Lincoln to recommend that he grow a beard
  • 1863  Confederate submarine sinks killing inventor and crew
  • 1917 Dutch dancer Mata Hari is executed by firing squad outside Paris as a spy for Germany
  • 1946  Nazi head of the Gestapo Herman Goering commits suicide before he can be hanged for war crimes
  • 1951  I Love Lucy television show premiers on CBS
  • 1966  Huey Newton and Bobby Seale found the Black Panther Party
  • 1991  Clarence Thomas is confirmed to replace the retiring Thurgood Marshall on the Supreme Court
  • 2003  China launches its 1st manned space mission Shenzhou 5

Lost and Found – October 3rd Edition

What to remember about October 3rd…

  • 1789  President Washington issues the 1st Presidential proclamation; declares a national day of Thanksgiving be held on November 26th, 1789
  • 1863  President Lincoln proclaims that the 4th Thursday in November the nation would observe a Thanksgiving holiday; in 1939 FDR would move it to 3rd Thursday to encourage shoppers
  • 1895  Stephen Crane’s novel depicting the life of a civil war soldier The Red Badge of Courage is published
  • 1922  Rebecca L. Felton is appointed to the United States Senate, she is the 1st woman to ever hold that office
  • 1942  German scientists launch a V-2 rocket at Peenemünde, Germany; it is the 1st man-made object to reach space
  • 1974 Frank Robinson is named as new manager for Cleveland Indians.; 1st African-American baseball manager in major leagues
  • 1985  Space shuttle Atlantis makes her maiden voyage into space
  • 1990  Less than a year after the destruction of the Berlin Wall, East and West Germany unite as a single nation
  • 1995  Orenthal James “O.J.” Simpson is acquitted of the murders of his wife Nicole Brown Simpson and her friend Ron Goldman
  • 2008  “O.J.” Simpson is convicted of armed robbery and kidnapping in the attack on sports memorabilia dealer Bruce Fromong

Lost and Found – September 22nd Edition

What to remember about September 22nd…

  • 1776  Connecticut schoolteacher and captain in the Continental Army, Nathan Hale is executed in New York City by the British for spying
  • 1862  President Lincoln announces he will issue an Emancipation Proclamation on January 1, 1863
  • 1961  President Kennedy signs legislation making the Peace Corps a permanent government agency
  • 1975  President Gerald Ford survives 2nd assassination attempt in 17 days; his life saved this time by a former Marine and Vietnam veteran
  • 1985  1st “Farm Aid” concert is held in Champaign, Illinois to help save family farms in America
  • 1991  The Dead Sea Scrolls are made available to the public for the 1st time at the Huntington Library
  • 1994  1st episode of Friends airs on NBC
  • 1999  American actor George C. Scott dies; famously portrayed General George Patton in the award-winning movie

execution of Nathan_Hale

Lost and Found – September 2nd Edition

What to remember about September 2nd…

  • 1666  London’s Great Fire breaks out; three-quarters of the city destroyed and 100,000 left homeless
  • 1775  George Washington hires the schooner Hannah to be the 1st armed American warship, founding vessel of the U.S. Navy
  • 1789  Congress establishes the United States Treasury Department to restore the economy post-war
  • 1862  After disaster at second Battle of Bull Run, Lincoln reluctantly puts McClellan in charge of Union forces
  • 1864  Union forces Atlanta after yesterday’s withdrawal of Confederate forces
  • 1885  In Rock Springs, Wyoming, striking miners attempting to unionize riot and kill 28 Chinese laborers and chase away hundreds more
  • 1901  “Speak softly and carry a big stick”; Theodore Roosevelt used the slogan for the 1st time at the Minnesota State Fair
  • 1945  V-J Day; Japan formally surrenders to the Allies at ceremony aboard battleship USS Missouri
  • 1969  Worlds 1st ATM debuts at Chemical Bank in New York
  • 1973  J.R.R. Tolkien dies in Bournemouth, England; author of The Hobbit and The Lord of the Rings trilogy
  • 2011  UN issues report finding Israel acted legitimately when it enforced its blockade of Gaza against flotilla of activists

Time Magazine cover VJ Day

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

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 12th Edition

What to remember about July 12th…

  • 1804  Alexander Hamilton dies a day after being shot in a duel by Vice President Aaron Burr
  • 1812  American forces invade near Ontario, Canada in War of 1812
  • 1817  American author, abolitionist, and philosopher Henry David Thoreau is born in Concord, Massachusetts
  • 1862  President Abraham Lincoln signs law establishing the Medal of Honor
  • 1864  Attack on Washington, D.C by Confederate forces is repelled
  • 1895  American inventor, engineer, and futurist Richard Buckminster “Bucky” Fuller is born in Milton, Massachusetts (d. 1983)
  • 1909  16th Amendment to the United States Constitution is proposed, allows the federal government to collect income tax
  • 1937  American actor and comedian William Henry Bill Cosby is born in Philadelphia, Pennsylvania
  • 1962  Rolling Stones play their first gig, Marquee Club in London
  • 1984  Walter Mondale chooses Geraldine Ferraro as his running-mate , 1st women to become candidate for Vice President
  • 2006  Hezbollah forces launch missiles as a diversion to allow kidnapping of Israeli soldiers; incident sparks 2006 Lebanon War

Lost and Found – July 11th Edition

What to remember about July 11th…

  • 1765  Future 6th President John Quincy Adams born in Massachusetts
  • 1782  British officers surrender Savannah, effectively ending Georgia’s involvement in the American Revolution (H/T David)
  • 1798  United States Marine Corps is reestablished in preparation for Quasi-War with France; USMC originally formed November 10, 1775
  • 1804  Alexander Hamilton mortally wounded in duel with Vice President Aaron Burr at Weehawken, New Jersey
  • 1864  Confederate forces begin 2-day assault on Fort Stevens; President Lincoln attends as defenders repel invaders from Capitol
  • 1914  “Babe” Ruth plays his first game in the Major Leagues; pitches for the Boston Red Sox in victory over Cleveland Indians 4-3
  • 1921  Former 27th President William Howard Taft is sworn in as Chief Justice of the Supreme Court; only person to hold both offices
  • 1945  Soviet Union announces that it will turn over civilian and military control of West Berlin to the Allies
  • 1947  Exodus 1947, former U.S. transport ship, departs France with 4515 Jewish passengers in attempt to run blockade and reach Palestine
  • 1955  1st class of cadets sworn is in at temporary site of the United States Air Force Academy, Lowery Air Force Base in Colorado
  • 1977  President Jimmy Carter presents posthumous award of Presidential Medal of Freedom to Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr.
  • 1979  Skylab, the first successful U.S. space station, re-enters the atmosphere; debris falls in Australia and Indian Ocean
  • 2007  Former First Lady Claudia Alta “Lady Bird” Taylor Johnson dies (b. 1912)

NASA Skylab One

Lost and Found – July 7th Edition

What to remember about July 7th…

  • 1798  Congress rescinds treaties with France in response to raids on American shipping; “Quasi-War” begins between France and U.S.
  • 1846  U.S. forces occupy Monterey, California unopposed during Mexican-American War; begins annexation of California
  • 1863  America’s first military draft begins; exemption costs $300
  • 1865  Marry Surrat is 1st woman executed in the United States; convicted as conspirator in assassination of President Lincoln
  • 1907  Science fiction author Robert Heinlein born; Stranger in a Strange Land, Starship Troopers, The Moon is a Harsh Mistress
  • 1942  Heinrich Himmler orders that medical experiments be performed on Jews at Auschwitz; Hitler approves
  • 1946  Future President James Earl “Jimmy” Carter marries Eleanor Rosalynn Smith in Plains, Georgia
  • 1981  Sandra Day O’Connor is nominated as an associate Justice to the Supreme Court of the United States by Ronald Reagan
  • 1981  Solar Challenger piloted by Stephen Ptacek makes first solar-powered flight over the English Channel
  • 2003  NASA Opportunity rover launched towards Mars aboard a Delta II rocket
  • 2005  In London 3 subway trains and 1 bus are attacked by Muslim suicide bombers; the 4 attacks kill 56 and injure another 700