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Lost and Found – October 18th Edition

What to remember about October 18th…

    • 1767  Mason and Dixon finish their survey of the boundary between Pennsylvania and Maryland
    • 1779  British forces defeat month-long siege  by colonial forces attempting to retake the city of Savannah, Georgia
    • 1867  U.S. takes possession of Alaska after paying $7.2 million to Russia; price is less than 2 cents per acre
    • 1898  U.S. formally takes control of island of Puerto Rico
    • 1931  American industrialist and inventor Thomas Alva Edison dies at home in New Jersey (b. 1847)
    • 1954  Texas instruments announces the 1st transistor radio
    • 1982  Former First Lady of the United States Bess Truman dies (b. 1885)

Lost and Found – April 9th Edition

What to remember about April 9th…

  • 1859  23-year old Mark Twain receives steamboat pilot’s license; experience leads to world-renowned writing career
  • 1865  Generals Robert E. Lee and Ulysses S. Grant meet at McLean home in Appomattox, Virginia to settle surrender terms for Confederate Army
  • 1867  Seward’s Folly passes the Senate; purchase of Alaska Territory from Russia for $7.2 million is approved – about 2 cents per acre
  •  1940  Germany stages simultaneous invasions of Norway and Denmark
  • 1942  U.S. forces surrender on Bataan Peninsula in the Philippines
  • 1959  NASA introduces America’s 1st astronauts at press conference: Scott Carpenter, L. Gordon Cooper Jr., John H. Glenn Jr., Virgil “Gus” Grissom, Walter Schirra Jr., Alan Shepard Jr., and Donald Slayton
  • 2009  Honda Motors hydrogen fuel-cell powered car wins World Green Car award, FCX Clarity is 1st mass-produced fuel-cell car

Lost and Found – October 18th Edition

What to remember about October 18th…

  • 1767  Mason and Dixon finish their survey of the boundary between Pennsylvania and Maryland
  • 1779  British forces defeat month-long siege  by colonial forces attempting to retake the city of Savannah, Georgia
  • 1867  U.S. takes possession of Alaska after paying $7.2 million to Russia; price is less than 2 cents per acre; celebrated as Alaska Day
  • 1898  During Spanish-American War, U.S. forces formally take control of the island of Puerto Rico
  • 1931  American industrialist and inventor Thomas Alva Edison dies at home in New Jersey (b. 1847)
  • 1939  Lee Harvey Oswald, assassin of President John F. Kennedy, is born in New Orleans, Louisiana (d. 1963)
  • 1954  Texas instruments announces the 1st transistor radio
  • 1982  Former First Lady of the United States Bess Truman dies (b. 1885)
  • 2011  Spaceport America, the world’s 1st commercial purpose-built spaceport’ officially opens in New Mexico

Lost and Found – August 24th Edition

What to remember about August 24th…

  • 1814  British march into, capture, and then burn Washington D.C.; have dinner in White house before setting it on fire
  • 1857  Financial Panic of 1857 begins; widespread failures of insurance, land, and railroad businesses cause financial crises that isn’t resolved until the beginning of the Civil War
  • 1912  Congress passes the Second Organic Act of 1912 forming the Territory of Alaska
  • 1954  U.S. Congress passes the Communist Control Act; falls short of outlawing communism or the party
  • 1955  Mike Huckabee, American pastor, politician and author is born in Hope, Arkansas
  • 1970  Vietnam War protestors set off 2000 pound bomb at Sterling Hall on the University of Wisconsin–Madison campus
  • 1981  Mark David Chapman is sentenced to 20 years to life for the murder of John Lennon
  • 1992  Category 5 hurricane Andrew strikes Florida; 3rd most devastating storm in U.S. history
  • 2006  The International Astronomical Union votes to strip Pluto of its status as a planet

University of Wisconsin–Madison Sterling Hall Bombing Aftermath

Lost and Found – April 9th Edition

What to remember about April 9th…

  • 1859  23-year old Mark Twain receives steamboat pilot’s license; experience leads to world-renowned writing career
  • 1865  Generals Robert E. Lee and Ulysses S. Grant meet at McLean home in Appomattox, Virginia to settle surrender terms for Confederate Army
  • 1867  Seward’s Folly passes the Senate; purchase of Alaska Territory from Russia for $7.2 million is approved – about 2 cents per acre
  •  1940  Germany stages simultaneous invasions of Norway and Denmark
  • 1942  U.S. forces surrender on Bataan Peninsula in the Philippines
  • 1959  NASA introduces America’s 1st astronauts at press conference: Scott Carpenter, L. Gordon Cooper Jr., John H. Glenn Jr., Virgil “Gus” Grissom, Walter Schirra Jr., Alan Shepard Jr., and Donald Slayton
  • 2009  Honda Motors hydrogen fuel-cell powered car wins World Green Car award, FCX Clarity is 1st mass-produced fuel-cell car

Lost and Found – March 30th Edition

What to remember about March 30th…

  • 1822  United States merges East Florida with West Florida to create the Florida Territory; William Pope Duval becomes 1st governor
  • 1867  United States Secretary of State William H. Seward concludes purchase of Alaska from Russia for roughly 2 cents per acre or $7.2 million
  • 1870  Texas readmitted to the Union following the Civil War and Reconstruction
  • 1944  Britain dispatches 795 aircraft for bombing run on Nuremberg; 95 planes downed are the single greatest loss for Bomber Command in the war
  • 1972  North Vietnamese forces move South across the DMZ beginning the Easter Offensive
  • 1981  President Ronald Reagan is shot outside a Washington, D.C. hotel by John Hinckley, Jr.; 2 others wounded
  • 1982  Space Shuttle Columbia lands after 8-day mission STS-3; 1st and only shuttle landing at White Sands Missile Range, New Mexico

hinkley assassination attempt on ronald reagan

Lost and Found – January 3rd Edition

What to remember about January 3rd…

  • 106 BC  Roman philosopher and statesman Cicero is born (d. 43 BC)
  • 1521  Pope Leo X excommunicates Martin Luther from the Catholic Church, declares Luther an outlaw and heretic
  • 1777  While evading a superior British force, Patriot troops ambush straggling rear guard at Battle of Princeton
  • 1834  Founder of Texas colonies Stephen Austin is imprisoned by President Santa Ana after delivering their new Constitution
  • 1861  Vote to secede from the Union fails in Delaware
  • 1892  English author J.R.R. Tolkien is born (d. 1973), creator of Lord of the Rings and The Hobbit
  • 1919  Emir Faisal and Chaim Weizmann sign agreement at the Paris Peace Conference to develop a Jewish homeland
  • 1938  President Franklin D. Roosevelt creates National Foundation for Infantile Paralysis; later renamed the March of Dimes foundation
  • 1959  President Eisenhower signs proclamation admitting Alaska as the 49th state in the Union
  • 1987 Aretha Franklin becomes 1st woman inducted into the Rock and Roll Hall of Fame
  • 1990  During invasion of Panama, dictator Manuel Noriega surrenders to U.S. forces after 10-day standoff
  • 1999  NASA launches Mars Polar Lander atop Delta II rocket

the hobbit first edition dust jacket book cover

Lost and Found – March 30th Edition

What to remember about March 30th…

  • 1822  United States merges East Florida with West Florida to create the Florida Territory; William Pope Duval becomes 1st governor
  • 1867  United States Secretary of State William H. Seward concludes purchase of Alaska from Russia for roughly 2 cents per acre or $7.2 million
  • 1870  Texas readmitted to the Union following the Civil War and Reconstruction
  • 1944  Britain dispatches 795 aircraft for bombing run on Nuremberg; 95 planes downed are the single greatest loss for Bomber Command in the war
  • 1972  North Vietnamese forces move South across the DMZ beginning the Easter Offensive
  • 1981  President Ronald Reagan is shot outside a Washington, D.C. hotel by John Hinckley, Jr.; 2 others wounded
  • 1982  Space Shuttle Columbia lands after 8-day mission STS-3; 1st and only shuttle landing at White Sands Missile Range, New Mexico

hinkley assassination attempt on ronald reagan

Lost and Found – January 3rd Edition

What to remember about January 3rd…

  • 106 BC  Roman philosopher and statesman Cicero is born (d. 43 BC)
  • 1521  Pope Leo X excommunicates Martin Luther from the Catholic Church, declares Luther an outlaw and heretic
  • 1777  While evading a superior British force, Patriot troops ambush straggling rear guard at Battle of Princeton
  • 1834  Founder of Texas colonies Stephen Austin is imprisoned by President Santa Ana after delivering their new Constitution
  • 1861  Vote to secede from the Union fails in Delaware
  • 1892  English author J.R.R. Tolkien is born (d. 1973), creator of Lord of the Rings and The Hobbit
  • 1919  Emir Faisal and Chaim Weizmann sign agreement at the Paris Peace Conference to develop a Jewish homeland
  • 1938  President Franklin D. Roosevelt creates National Foundation for Infantile Paralysis; later renamed the March of Dimes foundation
  • 1959  President Eisenhower signs proclamation admitting Alaska as the 49th state in the Union
  • 1987 Aretha Franklin becomes 1st woman inducted into the Rock and Roll Hall of Fame
  • 1990  During invasion of Panama, dictator Manuel Noriega surrenders to U.S. forces after 10-day standoff
  • 1999  NASA launches Mars Polar Lander atop Delta II rocket

the hobbit first edition dust jacket book cover

Lost and Found – November 16th Edition

What to remember about November 16th…

  • 1776  Fort Washington falls to Redcoats; deserter William Dermot had delivered defense details to the British
  • 1907  Oklahoma enters the Union as the 46th state
  • 1940  Nazis close off access to the Warsaw Ghetto trapping Jews inside
  • 1945  U.S. secretly brings 88 former Nazi rocket scientists to America to assist in military research and development
  • 1973  President Nixon signs legislation allowing construction of Alaskan oil pipeline from North Slope to Valdez
  • 1973  NASA launches Skylab 4; this will be the final manned mission to the station
  • 2000  Bill Clinton becomes 1st U.S. President to visit Vietnam since end of hostilities there
  • 2001  J.K. Rowling’s Harry Potter and the Sorcerer’s Stone opens in theaters across America
  • 2012  82-year old Hostess Brand Corporation announces it is going out of business due to demands of unions