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Lost and Found – January 1st Edition

What to remember about January 1st…

  • 1781  1500 Patriot troops under General Anthony Wayne mutiny over not being paid; they march off on their own to capture Princeton
  • 1808  As the 20-year constitutional prohibition against legislation in relation to slavery expires, Act Prohibiting Importation of Slaves goes into effect in any U.S. jurisdiction
  • 1863  As promised, President Lincoln signs the Emancipation Proclamation freeing all slaves in rebellious America; Union army is instructed to liberate any they find
  • 1892  Federal immigration receiving station opens on Ellis Island
  • 1934  Law for the Prevention of Genetically Diseased Offspring goes into effect in Nazi Germany; court ordered sterilization
  • 1942  President Roosevelt and Minister Churchill issue proclamation at end of the Arcadia Conference vowing to create United Nations
  • 1958  At San Quentin Johnny Cash plays his 1st prison performance; inmate Mearle Haggard is inspired to change his life
  • 1959  Communist led by Fidel Castro force Cuban dictator Fulgencio Batista to flee the country for the Dominican Republic
  • 1962  United States Navy’s Sea, Air, and Land Teams (SEALs) are established
  • 1966  Advance units of 1st Marine Division arrive in Vietnam; by march 20,000 Marines will be in country
  • 1984  As a result of 1974 anti-trust lawsuit brought by Justice Department, AT&T is broken into 7 holding companies known as “Baby Bells”
  • 2004  Roman Catholic and Protestant Boy Scout organizations reunite after almost a century of division

Lost and Found – December 21st Edition

What to remember about December 21st…

    • 1620  Mayflower’s 1st landing parties of Pilgrims go ashore at Plymouth to begin construction of permanent settlement
    • 1761  Patriot soldier and statesman Robert Barnwell is born in Beaufort, SC; wounded in battle, left for dead, taken prisoner by British, delegate to Continental Congress and US Representative (d. 1814)
    • 1861  President Lincoln signs Senate Bill 82 and establishes Medal of Honor for Navy personnel, Army bill passes the next year
    • 1945  In a freak car accident, General George S. “Blood and Guts” Patton, Jr. dies outside Mannheim, Germany (b. 1885)
    • 1968  NASA successfully launches Apollo 8 on 1st manned mission to leave Earth’s orbit and visit the Moon
    • 1970  Elvis visits President Nixon in the White House to offer his help in administration’s anti-drug campaign; Secret Service forgets to search him allowing Presley to bring gun gift to Oval Office
    • 1978  Police serve search warrant on home of “killer clown” John Wayne Gacy and arrest him for marijuana possession; they will discover over 26 bodies buried under his house
    • 1988  Terrorist bomb detonates aboard Pan Am Flight 103 over Lockerbie, Scotland killing all 259 aboard and 11 on the ground; pressured by Obama administration, convicted Libyan bomber is released in 2009 on compassionate grounds

Lost and Found – December 14th Edition

What to remember about December 14th…

  • 1777  Irish-American patriot Thomas Conway is appointed Inspector General of United States by Continental Congress
  • 1799  America mourns; General George Washington, 1st American president, dies at home in Mount Vernon (b. 1732)
  • 1896  USAF General and Medal of Honor recipient James Harold “Jimmy” Doolittle is born in Alameda, California (d. 1993)
  • 1819  Alabama admitted to the Union as 22nd state
  • 1863  President Lincoln grants amnesty to his sister-in-law Emilie Todd Helm; widow of Confederate General Benjamin Helm
  • 1903  Orville Wright’s 1st attempt at powered flight fails; crash damages aircraft and delays next attempt by 3 days
  • 1911  Team led by Norwegian Roald Amundsen becomes 1st to reach South Pole
  • 1972  Astronaut Eugene Cernan is last human to walk on the moon as Apollo 17 mission prepares to return to Earth
  • 2008  During press conference, Iraqi journalist Muntadhar al-Zaidi shouts “This is a farewell kiss from the Iraqi people, you dog” and throws his shoes at President George W. Bush

Lost and Found – December 8th Edition

What to remember about December 8th…

  • 1775  Colonial troops under Benedict Arnold and General Montgomery begin siege of Quebec; disaster awaits American forces
  • 1863  Looking ahead to reunification after the war, President Lincoln issues Proclamation of Amnesty and Reconciliation
  • 1941  Congress votes to declare war on Japan; Representative Jeanette Rankin is sole vote against going to war
  • 1980  English musician and former member of the Beatles John Lennon is murdered in New York City by Mark David Chapman
  • 1987  President Reagan and Soviet Leader Gorbachev sign 1st treaty agreeing to reductions in both nation’s nuclear arsenals
  • 1993  President Clinton signs into law North American Free Trade Agreement (NAFTA); creates worlds largest free-trade zone
  • 2010  SpaceX Dragon spacecraft is launched; 1st commercially developed spacecraft to orbit Earth and return

Mark David Chapman reads Catcher in he Rye while waiting to assassinate John Lennon in New York City.

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