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Lost and Found – January 19th Edition

What to remember about January 19th…

  • 1807  Confederate commanding general Robert E. Lee born in Virginia (d. 1870); formerly superintendent of  U.S. Military Academy
  • 1809  American poet and author Edgar Allen Poe is born in Boston, Massachusetts (d. 1849)
  • 1861  Georgia joins other Southern states in seceding from the Union
  • 1915  German zeppelins bomb Britain; 1st major bombing of civilian targets kill 20 people
  • 1920  Despite President Wilson’s efforts, United States Senate votes against America joining the League of Nations
  • 1978  Last Volkswagen Beetle made in Germany rolls off production line; some minor production continues at South American facilities until 2003
  • 1981  Agreement is signed securing release of 52 hostages taken from American Embassy in Teheran, Iran
  • 1983  Klaus Barbie, “butcher of Lyon”and Former Nazi Gestapo chief, is arrested in Bolivia for crimes against humanity
  • 2006  NASA launches New Horizons probe; 1st mission destined to examine Pluto

herbie the love bug volkwagen beetle

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Lost and Found – January 17th Edition

What to remember about January 17th…

  • 1706  American inventor, statesman, printer, and Founding Father Benjamin Franklin is born in Boston, Massachusetts (d. 1790)
  • 1781  Continental Army victory at Battle of Cowpens opens door for reconquest of South Carolina by Patriot forces; Tarleton and his Legion crushed
  • 1865  Pausing in Savannah after city’s capture, rains General Sherman’s Union forces from beginning their assault on the Carolinas
  • 1893  Civil War general and former 19th President of the United States Rutherford B. Hayes dies at home from a heart attack (b. 1822)
  • 1893  American sugar planters led by Sanford Dole overthrow Hawaiian monarchy; U.S. Marines arrive to protect American civilians
  • 1944  Operation Panther begins; Allies try to wrest control of Cassino region of Italy from the Germans
  • 1953  Chevrolet unveils the prototype for iconic Corvette
  • 1961  In his farewell address to American people, President Eisenhower warns of the rising “military-industrial complex”
  • 1966  In-flight collision of a B-52 bomber and a KC-135 tanker drops 4 hydrogen bombs on Spain and surrounding ocean waters; last bomb recovered April 7th
  • 1994  At 4:30am the 6.7 magnitude Northridge quake strikes San Fernando Valley area of Los Angeles; 54 die and billions in damage reported
  • 1994  Federal sexual harassment lawsuit is filed in Littlerock, Arkansas by Paula Jones accusing President Bill Clinton
  • 1991  Iraq fires 8 Scud missiles at Israel in an unsuccessful attempt to draw them into the Persian Gulf War
  • 1998  On his website The Drudge Report, Matt Drudge breaks the story of alleged affair between President Clinton and intern Monica Lewinsky

drudge report scoop on lewinsky

Lost and Found – January 7th Edition

What to remember about January 7th…

  • 1718  Revolutionary War general and member of Rogers’ Rangers Israel Putnam is born in Salem village, Massachusetts (d. 1790)
  • 1785  American John Jeffries and Frenchman Jean-Pierre Blanchard are 1st to cross the English Channel by air; do it in a balloon
  • 1789  1st presidential election under the newly ratified U.S. Constitution is held; George Washington wins as expected
  • 1800  Future 13th President Millard Fillmore is born in New York (d. 1874)
  • 1953  President Truman announces in State of the Union address that the U.S. has successfully developed a hydrogen bomb
  • 1980  President Carter signs bill authorizing $1.5 billion in bail out loans for Chrysler Corporation
  • 1999  President Clinton’s impeachment trial begins in the Senate for lying under oath and obstructing justice
  • 2010  Muslim gunmen open fire on Christians leaving midnight Christmas mass in Egypt; 9 killed and 11 wounded
  • 2015  Muslim terrorists storm offices of French Satirical newspaper Charlie Hebdo in Paris killing 12 and wounding 11 for the “blasphemy” of making fun of Islam and Muhammad; rampage continues for 2-more days until another 5 killed an 11 wounded in associated attacks

rogers rangers standing orders

Lost and Found – December 1st Edition

What to remember about December 1st…

  • 1824  Because no candidate received a majority of electoral votes, Congress determines that John Quincy Adams will become 6th President of the United States
  • 1913  Ford Motor Company installs the 1st moving assembly line; manufacturing time for Model T cars goes from 12 hours to just 2-and-a-half
  • 1941  Civil Air Patrol (United States Air Force Auxiliary) is formed by Administrative Order 9
  • 1955  Rosa Parks refuses to give up her bus seat to a white man violating Alabama segregation laws; her arrest sparks outrage and bus boycott
  • 1959  12 nations sign Antarctica Treaty banning military activity on the continent
  • 1969  U.S. holds 1st draft lottery since WWII
  • 1981  Centers for Disease Control officially recognizes AIDS as a disease; at that time known as GRID (Gay-Related Immune Deficiency
  • 1988  1st Annual World AIDS Day is observed; held every December 1st
  • 1990  Workers break through and connect 2 tunnels under the English Channel; 4 years later the “Chunnel” will connect France and England by rail

Lost and Found – October 1st Edition

What to remember about October 1st…

  • 1730  American jurist, legislator, and signer of the Declaration of Independence Richard Stockton is born near Princeton, New Jersey
  • 1781  American naval officer James Lawrence is born; famously gave dying command “Don’t give up the ship!” during War of 1812
  • 1864  Washington, D.C. socialite and Confederate spy Rose O’Neal Greenhow drowns while smuggling gold to the South
  • 1890  Congress establishes Yosemite National Park
  • 1903  Pittsburgh Pirates and the Boston Americans play the 1st game of the 1st World Series ; game is held at the Huntington Avenue Baseball Grounds in Boston, Massachusetts
  • 1908  Ford Motor Corporation unveils the 1st production Model T in Detroit, Michigan
  • 1924  President James Earl “Jimmy” Carter is born in Plains, Georgia
  • 1949  Mao Zedong proclaims the creation of the People’s Republic of China
  • 1958  NASA begins operations; replaces the 46-year-old NACA (National Advisory Committee for Aeronautics)
  • 1975  Muhammad Ali defeats Joe Frazier at the Thrilla in Manila boxing match in the Philippines
  • 1981  EPCOT (Experimental Prototype Community Of Tomorrow) Center opens at Walt Disney World in Orlando, Florida
  • 2005  University of Oklahoma student Joel “Joe” Henry Hinrichs III detonates backpack bomb outside Oklahoma Memorial Stadium there were no other casualties

Lost and Found – September 7th Edition

What to remember about September 7th…

  • 1776  World’s 1st submarine attack; American submersible Turtle attempts to destroy British flagship in New York harbor
  • 1813  Nickname Uncle Sam is coined for the United States; attributed to businessman Samuel Wilson
  • 1864  Union General William Tecumseh Sherman orders residents of Atlanta to evacuate the city
  • 1896  Electric car wins the 1st automobile race held in America
  • 1936  American musician and songwriter Charles Harden “Buddy” Holley is born in Lubbock, Texas
  • 1940  300 German aircraft bomb London for the 1st of 57 consecutive nights, the “blitz” has begun
  • 1977  President Carter signs treaty giving up American control of the Panama Canal
  • 1997  American F-22 Raptor flies for the 1st time
  • 2008  Mortgage giants Fannie Mae and Freddie Mac are taken over by the federal government

Lost and Found – September 4th Edition

What to remember about September 4th…

  • 1864  Confederate cavalry raider Colonel John Hunt Morgan dies during Union attack
  • 1886  Apache chief Geronimo surrenders to U.S. forces; end of the Indian Wars in the Southwest
  • 1923  America’s 1st Navy rigid airship, USS Shenandoah, begns her maiden voyage
  • 1940  Submarine U-652 fires on USS Greer near Iceland; 1st hostilities by Germany against the United States
  • 1957  Democrat Governor Orval Faubus of Arkansas orders National Guard troops to prevent desegregation of Little Rock public schools
  • 1957  Ford’s Edsel arrives in showrooms across America;
  • 1972  In Berlin, American swimmer Mark Spitz wins record 7th gold medal at a single Olympic Games
  • 1998  Stanford University students Larry Page and Sergey Brin found Google
  • 2002  Kelly Clarkson wins the 1st American Idol competition
  • 2006  Australian wildlife expert and conservationist Stephen Robert “Crocodile Hunter Steve” Irwin dies in diving accident

Lost and Found – July 13th Edition

What to remember about July 13th…

  • 1787  Congress passes the Northwest Ordinance; creates a structure for settling western territories and creating new states, limits slavery
  • 1863  3-day New York City Draft Riots begin protesting the draft and $300 exemption for the wealthy; many working-class people felt that emancipated slaves would compete for their jobs
  • 1886  Father Edward Joseph Flanagan born; founder of Boys Town
  • 1919  British airship R-34 lands in Norfolk, England; completes 1st round trip journey across the Atlantic and back
  • 1923  On Mount Lee in Los Angeles, the Hollywood sign is dedicated; 1st read “HOLLYWOODLAND” to advertise housing development
  • 1942  American actor and producer Harrison Ford is born in Chicago
  • 1943  Battle of Kursk ends; largest tank battle in history
  • 1978  Lee Iacocca is fired from post as President of Ford Motor Corp.
  • 1985  Live Aid charity mega-concert held in London and Philadelphia simultaneously, raises nearly $50 million
  • 2005  Deal is reached to end year-long lockout of National Hockey League
  • 2010  George Steinbrenner, longtime owner of New York Yankees dies in Tampa, Florida
  • UPDATE:  2013  Hispanic neighborhood watchman George Zimmerman is acquitted of all charges in self-defense shooting death of 17-year old Trayvon Martin

Lost and Found – July 2nd Edition

What to remember about July 2nd…

  • 1776  Continental Congress adopts Richard Henry Lee’s resolution for independence from Great Britain; vote is unanimous
  • 1839  Africans aboard Spanish slave ship Amistad free themselves and take over the ship
  • 1881  President James Garfield shot by assassin; dies September 19
  • 1937  Amelia Earhart and navigator Frederick Noonan reported missing and presumed lost during attempt to fly around the world
  • 1964  President Lyndon B. Johnson signs Civil Rights Act into law
  • 1980  President Jimmy Carter signs act re-establishing the Selective Service (draft) registration requirement for men 18-26 years old
  • 1990  1,426 pilgrims die in stampede during Hajj to Mecca
  • 1993  Muslim mob sets fire to hotel in Sivas, Turkey killing 37 to protest the appearance of the translator of Salman Rushdie’s works
  • 1997  Oscar-winning Actor and retired Air Force Major General James “Jimmy” Stewart dies at age 89 in Beverly Hills, CA
  • 1992  1 millionth Chevy Corvette is built

Lost and Found – June 30th Edition

What to remember about June 30th…

  • 1775  Continental Congress establishes 69 Articles of War
  • 1859  Charles Blondin 1st person to cross Niagra Falls on a tightrope
  • 1908  Huge atmospheric explosion above Tunguska region of Russia
  • 1943  MacArthur launches Operation Cartwheel in the South Pacific
  • 1953  1st production Chevy Corvette driven off the assembly line
  • 1971  All 3 cosmonauts of Soyuz 11 mission die on re-entry
  • 1985  Remaining 39 hostages released from TWA flight 847; passenger and U.S. Navy diver Robert D. Stethem was tortured and murdered by the Hezbollah / Islamic Jihad hijackers on June 15th
  • 1997  United Kingdom transfers sovereignty over Hong Kong to People’s Republic of China (PRC)
  • 1998  Defense Department announces that Vietnam War service member buried in the Tomb of Unknowns has now been identified as USAF 1lt Michael J. Blassie; his remains are returned to his family