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Lost and Found – April 26th Edition

What to remember about April 26th…

  • 1607  English settlers land at Cape Henry, Virginia to establish Jamestown; 1st permanent English settlement in North America
  • 1865  John Wilkes Booth dies after an hours-long stand-off with Union soldiers; assassin had shot President Lincoln 12 days ago
  • 1933  Brutal secret police force of Nazi Germany is founded; the Gestapo terrorized German citizens into informing on each other
  • 1962  Failure to deploy solar panels leaves NASA’s Ranger 4 spacecraft powerless; mission ends when ship crashes on dark side of the moon
  • 1977 Infamous discotheque and nightclub Studio 54 opens its doors
  • 1986  Near Kiev in the former Soviet Union, explosions rock Chernobyl nuclear power plant; 31 die and tens-of-thousands exposed to radiation
  • 2011  Rep. Ron Paul announces that he will be seeking Republican nomination for President of the United States… again

Lost and Found – April 21st Edition

What to remember about April 21st…

  • 753 B.C.  Twin brothers Romulus and Remus found Rome (traditional)
  • 1836  Sam Houston leads Texas militia in surprise attack on Mexican troops along San Jacinto River capturing General Santa Anna himself
  • 1838  Scottish naturalist and conservationist John Muir is born (d. 1914); co-founder of the Sierra Club
  • 1865  Funeral train bearing Abraham Lincoln departs Washington, D.C.
  • 1910  American author and humorist Samuel “Mark Twain” Clemens dies as predicted at the departure of Halley’s Comet (b. 1835)
  • 1918  Notorious German flying ace Manfred von Richthofen is shot down and killed; 25-year-old “Red Baron” had shot down 80 enemy aircraft
  • 1975  Vietnamese President Nguyen Van Thieu resigns as communist forces approach the capital; he then flees the country
  • 1986  Journalist Geraldo Rivera opens vault belonging to notorious mobster Al Capone; after much build up and self promotion, nothing is found
  • 1989  100,000 Chinese students gather in Tiananmen Square to protest oppressive communist government
  • 1996  Dzhokhar Musayevich Dudaev, 1st President of newly independent Chechen Republic, is assassinated by 2 Russian laser-guided missiles when recon aircraft triangulate his phone call (b. 1944)
  • 2004  Grand jury indicts pop singer Michael Jackson on charges of child molestation

Lost and Found – April 15th Edition

What to remember about April 15th…

Income Tax Day

  • 1783  Treaty to end war between United States and Great Britain is ratified by Continental Congress; will be signed in Paris in September
  • 1817  American School for the Deaf founded in Hartford, Connecticut by Thomas Gallaudet and Laurent Clerc; 1st school for deaf students in America
  • 1865  President Lincoln is pronounced dead at 7:22 am the morning after he is shot by Confederate sympathizer John Wilkes Booth
  • 1912  Just 3 hours after striking an Atlantic iceberg, RMS Titanic sinks at 2:20 am killing 1500 of 2200 passengers and crew
  • 1947  Jackie Robinson is becomes African-American player in Major League Baseball when he steps onto Ebbets Field for the Brooklyn Dodgers
  • 1952  Boeing B-52 Stratofortress makes its maiden flight
  • 1955  Ray Kroc opens his 1st McDonald’s store in Des Plaines, Illinois and incorporates McDonald’s Corporation
  • 1967  Massive anti-war protest in New York’s Central Park; speeches by Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr., Floyd McKissick, and Stokely Carmichael
  • 1994  Representatives of 124 countries sign Marrakesh Agreements creating World Trade Organization on January 1, 1995
  • 1998  Brutal communist dictator and leader of Khmer Rouge dies; responsible for deaths of over 2 million Cambodians and killing fields (b. 1925)
  • UPDATE:  2013  On Patriots Day in Massachusetts, multiple bombs are detonated during the Boston Marathon; several fatalities and injuries

Lost and Found – April 14th Edition

What to remember about April 14th…

  • 1775  1st abolition society in America is founded in Philadelphia, Pennsylvania by Benjamin Franklin and Benjamin Rush
  • 1846  Donner Party of pioneers departs Springfield, Illinois, for California; year-long expedition ends with sorrow, cannibalism, and death
  • 1865  Actor and Confederate sympathizer John Wilkes Booth fatally shoots President Abraham Lincoln at a play at Ford’s Theater in Washington, D.C.
  • 1865  Lewis Powell attempts unsuccessfully to assassinate U.S. Secretary of State William H. Seward at home as part of John Wilkes Booth’s plot
  • 1912  Famous first and last voyage of RMS Titanic ends in tragedy when she strikes an iceberg and sinks; over 1500 souls lost
  • 1975  American airlift code-named Operation Baby Lift ends after transporting over 2600 orphans from Vietnam to America
  • 1981  NASA’s Space Shuttle Columbia returns safely to Earth after her maiden flight and 1st mission in orbit
  • 1986  In response to terrorist bombing against U.S. troops and civilians, American warplanes bomb Libyan capital of Tripoli
  • 2003  Human Genome Project finishes work on complete map of human genome sequence

Lost and Found – April 4th Edition

What to remember about April 4th…

  • 1776  General Washington marches his troops from recently liberated Boston towards New York; writes to Congress to get pay for his troops
  • 1841  9th President William Henry Harrison dies of pneumonia 1-month after inauguration (b. 1773); John Tyler becomes President
  • 1865  Day after Union forces capture Confederate capital of Richmond, Virginia, President Lincoln tours the city; that night Lincoln dreams of a presidential assassination
  • 1884  Japanese Admiral, strategist, and author of attack on Pearl Harbor Yamamoto Isoroku is born (d. 1943)
  • 1933  U.S. Navy airship USS Akron (ZRS-4) encounters bad weather and crashes due to commander error; 73 die in crash
  • 1949  United States and 11 other nations establish the North Atlantic Treaty Organization to oppose growing communist threats in Europe
  • 1968  Dr. Martin Luther King Jr. is assassinated in Memphis, Tennessee 1-day after giving I’ve Been To The Mountaintop speech that foreshadows his death; manhunt for shooter leads to James Earl Ray
  • 1969  Doctors Liotta and Cooley perform 1st clinical implantation of a mechanical heart in a human; device performs well until donor heart located and transplanted days later
  • 1973  World Trade Center is dedicated in New York City
  • 1975  Microsoft Corporation is founded in Albuquerque, New Mexico by Bill Gates and Paul Allen
  • 1983  NASA Space Shuttle Challenger makes maiden voyage with mission STS-6
  • 1984  President Reagan proposes international ban on chemical weapons
  • 2011  Al Jazeera announces that President Obama will seek a second term in office; releases video and sends e-mail to supporters

Lost and Found – March 27th Edition

What to remember about March 27th…

  • 1775  Future President Thomas Jefferson is elected to be a representative to the second Continental Congress
  • 1814  Future President Andrew Jackson leads 39th Infantry to defeat the “Red Stick” Creek at Battle of Horseshoe Bend; British allies in War of 1812
  • 1836  After becoming surrounded, band of Texans surrender to Mexican Army at Goliad; 417 are executed as rebels instead of being taken as prisoners of war
  • 1865  President Lincoln travels to Virginia to plot final strategies of the war with generals Grant and Sherman; discuss surrender terms for Lee’s army
  • 1912  Wives of President Taft and Japanese Ambassador plant in Washington, D.C. the first 2 of 3020 cherry trees gifted to America by Japan
  • 1915  “Typhoid Mary” is placed into lifetime quarantine; Marry Mallon is 1st identified healthy carrier of a disease found in United States
  • 1945  With only 1 launch site remaining, Germany fires its last wave of V-2 missiles against Britain and Belgium; almost 200 killed
  • 1990  United States begins broadcasting news and information to Cuba with TV Marti; brings wider audience than existing Radio Marti programs
  • 1998  FDA approves prescription drug Viagra; “little blue pill” is 1st medicine approved to treat male impotence
  • 2007  American chemist and Nobel Laureate Paul Christian Lauterbur dies in 2007 (b. 1929); work led to development of MRI technology

Lost and Found – March 4th Edition

What to remember about March 4th…

  • 1766  British Parliament repeals “Stamp Act” that had generated vocal opposition and some violent resistance in the colonies
  • 1776  Under cover of darkness, Continental artillery occupies Dorchester Heights to range on city; Siege of Boston continues
  • 1789  Congress meets in New York City for 1st session under newly ratified Constitution
  • 1791  Vermont becomes 14th state in the Union
  • 1861  Abraham Lincoln is inaugurated President of a not-so United States; 7 states have already seceded by this date; first shots of the Civil War will be fired at Ft. Sumter in just six weeks time; Confederate states adopt their 1st national flag this day
  • 1917  Jeannette Pickering Rankin (R – Montana) takes her seat as 1st woman Representative ever elected to serve in Congress
  • 1944  U.S. 8th Air Force conduct their 1st daylight bombing raids of Berlin
  • 1952  Future 40th President of the United States Ronald Wilson Reagan marries Nancy Davis in Los Angeles, California
  • 1991  Prime Minister of Kuwait Sheikh Saad Al-Abdallah Al-Salim Al-Sabah returns to his country for 1st time since Iraqi invasion
  • 1998  SCOTUS rules in Oncale v. Sundowner Offshore Services that sexual harassment on the job is illegal even between persons of the same sex
  • 2008  American writer and game designer Gary Gygax dies (b. 1938); co-creator of Dungeons and Dragons role-playing game

Lost and Found – March 3rd Edition

What to remember about March 3rd…

  • 1776  Connecticut delegate Silas Deane leaves for secret mission in France; negotiates for arms, ammunition and equipment
  • 1820  Congress passes Missouri Compromise; delays conflict over slavery until tensions force repeal with 1854 Kansas-Nebraska Act
  • 1845  Congress employs power to override Presidential veto for 1st time
  • 1845  Florida is admitted to the Union as the 27th state
  • 1847  Scientist, inventor, and entrepreneur Alexander Graham Bell is born in Edinburgh, Scotland (d. 1922)
  • 1863  Congress passes act creating the 1st wartime draft to be implemented in U.S. history; 1812 conscription act never put into effect
  • 1865  President Lincoln signs bill creating Bureau of Refugees, Freedmen, and Abandoned Lands; distributes relief to former slaves
  • 1887  Anne Sullivan begins teaching 6-year-old Hellen Keller;  “miracle worker” teaches deaf and blind girl to communicate
  • 1931  President Hoover signs bill making “The Star-Spangled Banner” the official national anthem of the United States

  • 1952  Supreme Court upholds New York law prohibiting persons who promote the overthrow of the federal government from teaching
  • 1980  Worlds 1st operational nuclear submarine USS Nautilus is decommissioned after nearly 30 years; now on display in Groton, Connecticut
  • 1991  After leading police on car chase, parolee Rodney King is stopped and beaten and taunted by Los Angeles police; incident is caught on film and leads to arrests, trial, lawsuits, and rioting
  • 2005  American businessman and adventurer Stephen Fossett completes 1st solo, nonstop, unrefueled, circumnavigation of the globe by a fixed-wing aircraft aboard Virgin Atlantic Global Flyer; flight began February 28th

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 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