Tag Archives: Abraham Lincoln

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 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
  • 2012  Mentally disturbed and unmedicated 20-year old Adam Lanza kills his mother and then attacks Sandy Hook Elementary School in Newtown, Connecticut; 20 children and 6 adults killed with illegally obtained firearms.  Coward commits suicide before police enter the school.

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
  • UPDATE:  2016  Death of American pilot, engineer, Mercury 7 astronaut, and US Senator John Herschel Glenn, Jr. (b. 1921); first American to orbit the Earth and later became the oldest person to fly in space.

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

Lost and Found – November 26th Edition

What to remember about November 26th…

    • 1776  Peyton Randolph, 1st president of the Continental Congress, is laid to rest at College of William and Mary
    • 1863  1st annual Thanksgiving Day is celebrated; established by President Lincoln’s Proclamation of Thanksgiving
    • 1922 British archaeologists Howard Carter and Lord Carnarvon are first to enter Tutankhamen’s tomb in Egypt’s Valley of the Kings in over 3000 years
    • 1942  Oscar-winning World War II film Casablanca opens in New York City; stars Humphrey Bogart and Ingrid Bergman
    • 1950  Hundreds of thousands of Chinese troops counter-attack in support of North Korean allies; Korean War enters new phase
    • 1968  Instead of returning after his last mission, Air Force helicopter pilot James P. Fleming diverts and rescues Army Green Berets pinned down by heavy fire; his actions are later recognized with the presentation of the Medal of Honor
    • 1998  Wrestling star Hulk Hogan announces he is retiring and will run for President in 2000; later revealed as publicity stunt
    • 2008  Pakistani Islamist terrorists launch 10 coordinated bombings and shootings in Mumbai, India; 164 killed and 300 wounded

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Thanksgivings of the Past (Repost)

For those that would argue that our Founders and this nation were secularists that intended to keep God and faith out of the public square, I invite you to read some of their own words on the occasion of Thanksgiving.

George Washington’s Thanksgiving Proclamation – October 3, 1789

Abraham Lincoln’s Proclamation of Thanksgiving – October 3, 1863

I would argue that their greatest concern was that NO faith or become the officially endorsed religion of this country.  The right to practice your beliefs, s long as they caused no harm to another,was to be sacrosanct and inviolable.  Their intent was not to prevent one from speaking of religion, hearing of religion or being offended by another’s religion.  The Founders saw America as a moral nation whose various faiths gave them the strength and values to surmount any challenge and strive towards the greatness in every individual… no matter their creed.  Stop trying to get God out of the public square.  He has the right to free speech too.

Lost and Found – November 19th Edition

What to remember about November 19th…

    • 1794  U.S. and Great Britain sign Jay’s Treaty to resolve issues still creating tension after end of the Revolutionary War
    • 1831  Future President James A. Garfield is born near Cleveland, Ohio (d. 1881)
    • 1863  President Lincoln delivers Gettysburg Address at dedication for military cemetery in Pennsylvania
    • 1942  Soviets begin counterattack at Battle of Stalingrad; by January this battle will turn the tide in the Allies favor
    • 1967  For heroism on the battlefield this day U.S. Army Chaplain Charles Watters will receive Medal of Honor (posthumously)
    • 1977  Egyptian President Anwar Sadat is 1st Arab leader to set foot in Israel; peace process moves forward
    • 1985  President Reagan and Soviet leader Mikhail Gorbachev meet for 1st time at summit in Geneva
    • 1998  Judiciary Committee of the House of Representatives begins impeachment hearings for President Clinton
    • 2002  Cameras capture King of Pop Michael Jackson dangling his infant son from a hotel balcony in Berlin
    • 2006  Nintendo releases their 7th generation gaming console the Wii

Lost and Found – November 4th Edition

What to remember about November 4th…

  • 1842  Abraham Lincoln marries Mary Todd in Springfield, Illinois
  • 1864  Confederate raiders destroy millions in supplies with bombardment of supply base at Battle of Johnsonville
  • 1879  American Humourist Will Rogers is born in Oklahoma
  • 1922  Howard Carter discovers entry of the lost tomb of Pharaoh Tutankhamen in Egypt
  • 1924  Nellie Tayloe Ross is wins election in Wyoming; becomes 1st elected female governor of a U.S. state
  • 1946  Former First Lady Laura Lane Welch Bush is born in Midland, Texas
  • 1956  Soviet tanks and troops invade Hungary; thousands of protesters killed as revolution is crushed
  • 1979  Hundreds of Iranians storm U.S. Embassy in Teheran, Iran; 52 of the hostages taken will not be released for 444 days
  • 1995  Israeli Prime Minister Yitzhak Rabin is assassinated by Jewish student opposed to concessions with Arabs
  • 2008  Barack Hussein Obama II becomes the 1st half African-American to be elected President of the United States

Lost and Found – October 15th Edition

What to remember about October 15th…

    • 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
    • 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 – 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)