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Lost and Found – January 14th Edition

What to remember about January 14th…

  • 1639  Fundamental Orders are adopted in Connecticut; 1st written constitution in the colonies
  • 1741  American General turned traitor Benedict Arnold is born in Norwich, Connecticut (d. 1801)
  • 1784  War for Independence ends officially as Continental Congress ratifies second Treaty of Paris; Britain acknowledges colonies now as United States; known in U.S. as Ratification Day
  • 1875  Nobel Prize-winning physician, theologian, and musician Dr. Albert Schweitzer is born (d. 1965)
  • 1942  President Franklin D. Roosevelt issues Presidential Proclamation No. 2537, persons from Axis nations of Italy, Germany and Japan required to register with Department of Justice; opened door to full-scale internment
  • 1950  1st flight of the Soviet Union’s MiG-17 jet fighter
  • 1963  George Wallace is inaugurated as Democrat governor of Alabama; ran on platform of  “Segregation now, segregation tomorrow, segregation forever!”
  • 1969  Accidental explosion aboard the USS Enterprise kills 27 and injures over 300; serious safety flaws revealed aboard the 1st nuclear aircraft carrier
  • 2005  World Health Organization reports that worldwide polio cases have doubled since Islamic boycott on vaccines began; Muslims claim an American plot
  • 2008  Bobby Jindal is sworn in as the 56th Governor of Louisiana; 1st Indian-American governor elected in the U.S.

USS Enterprise fire 14 January 1969

Lost and Found – January 5th Edition

What to remember about January 5th…

  • 1779  American explorer and army general Zebulon Montgomery Pike Jr. is born in Lamberton, New Jersey (d. 1813)
  • 1781  Traitor Benedict Arnold, now a General in British army, leads loyalist troops to capture and destroy Richmond, Virginia
  • 1920  New York Yankees announce the purchase of Babe Ruth from Boston Red Sox; worst baseball deal in history?
  • 1933  Construction begins on the Great Depression delayed Golden Gate Bridge; most popular suicide location in the world
  • 1949  President Truman gives “Fair Deal” State of the Union speech outlining national health insurance, public housing, and more
  • 1967  U.S. Marines begin amphibious operations in Mekong Delta
  • 1970  United Mine Workers (UMW) leader Jock Yablonski and his family found murdered in their home; investigation reveals that UMW leadership had paid for their murders for disputing election
  • 1972  President Nixon signs bill authorizing Space Shuttle program
  • 1976  Pol Pot, murderous, communist dictator of the Khmer Rouge in Cambodia, renames the country Democratic Kampuchea
  • 1993  Serial killer and  child molester Westley Allen Dodd is executed; last execution by hanging in the U.S.
  • 1996  Palestinian master bomb maker is killed by Israel’s Shin Bet with bomb placed in his cell phone

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 – October 2nd Edition

What to remember about October 2nd…

    • 1780  British officer John Andre is hanged as a spy for his role on the Benedict Arnold treason plot
    • 1835  1st shots are fired in the Texas Revolution when Mexican army tries to disarm settlers at Gonzales (see flag below)
    • 1919  President Woodrow Wilson suffers a massive stroke; he is left nearly incapacitated for the remainder of his term
    • 1950  Charles Shultz publishes the comic strip Peanuts in newspapers for the 1st time
    • 1967  Thurgood Marshall is sworn in as the 1st African-American justice of the Supreme Court of the United States
    • 1985  American movie star Rock Hudson dies of AIDS in Beverly Hills, California
    • 2002  John Allen Muhammad and Lee Boyd Malvo open fire in the 1st attack of their 3-week sniper spree in the areas around Washington, D.C.
    • 2006  Charles Roberts takes hostages at Amish schoolhouse in Nickel Mines, Pennsylvania; he shoots 10 young girls, killing 5 before taking his own life

“Gonzales Flag” fashioned by settlers determined to resist Mexican attempts to disarm the town

Lost and Found – September 29th Edition

What to remember about September 29th…

  • 1780  John André, British spy and accomplice of Benedict Arnold is convicted and sentenced to hang
  • 1902  Cornerstone of Washington National Cathedral is laid; construction is finally completed on same date in 1990
  • 1918  Allied forces breach the Hindenburg Line; last of the German defenses on the Western Front
  • 1939  After the invasion of Poland, Germany and the Soviet Union agree to divide control of the country between them
  • 1966  The Chevrolet Camaro officially goes on sale at dealerships
  • 1982  The 1st of 7 victims dies in the Chicago Tylenol poisonings
  • 1988  Mountain climber Stacy Allison becomes 1st American woman to reach the summit of Mt. Everest
  • 1988  Space Shuttle program resumes after Challenger disaster with launch of Discovery
  • 1990  American F-22 Raptor flies for the 1st time
  • 2005  Senate confirms John Roberts as Chief Justice of the Supreme Court of the United States
  • 2006  U.S. Navy SEAL Michael A. Monsoor dies in Iraq; he will be recognized with the Medal of Honor for his selfless actions

Lost and Found – August 30th Edition

What to remember about August 30th…

    • 1780  Benedict Arnold sends letter to General Clinton agreeing to terms; for £20,000 Arnold would betray his country and deliver West Point and the Hudson to the British
    • 1862  Rebels rout Union forces at Battle of Richmond
    • 1918  Soviet leader Vladimir Lenin shot by Fanya Kaplan but survives; millions will die in the years to follow in pogroms and gulags
    • 1963  “Hotline” is established between Soviet Union and United States to allow crisis communication between their leaders
    • 1967  Thurgood Marshall is confirmed as 1st African-American Associate Justice of the United States Supreme Court
    • 1983  On space shuttle Challenger, Lieutenant Colonel Guion S. Bluford (USAF) becomes 1st African-American in space
    • 2003 American tough-guy actor Charles Bronson dies in L.A.
    • 2005  Following Hurricane Katrina, Lake Ponchartrain levees break causing widespread flooding in New Orleans

Lost and Found – June 1st Edition

What to remember about June 1st…

  • 1779  Court martial convenes in Philadelphia for Benedict Arnold on 13 counts of misbehavior including misusing finds and equipment
  • 1792  Kentucky is admitted to the Union as 15th state
  • 1796  Tennessee  is admitted to the Union as 16th state
  • 1812  President James Madison asks Congress for declaration of war against the United Kingdom
  • 1864  Union and Confederate forces clash over crossroads; Battle of Cold Harbor has begun
  • 1868  Former 15th President James Buchanan dies (b. 1791)
  • 1900  Future President Herbert Hoover and his wife are trapped in China as Boxer Rebellion breaks out
  • 1926  Norma Jeane Mortenson Baker is born in Los Angeles (d. 1962); “Marilyn Monroe” goes on to success as singer and actress
  • 1941  After 20,000 German paratroopers drop on island to spearhead invasion, Allied troops evacuate and Crete falls to the Axis
  • 1942  News of the gassing of Jews at Nazi death camps in Poland is revealed in the press for the 1st time
  • 1968  American author and activist Helen Keller dies (b. 1880); deaf and blind she learned to communicate and set example of achievement
  • 1990  President George H.W. Bush and Soviet leader Mikhail Gorbachev sign agreement in Washington, D.C. to end production of chemical weapons and begin the destruction of stockpiles
  • 2001  Islamic Palestinian terrorist of Hamas kills 21 teens and injures 132 in homicide bombing attack on nightclub in Tel Aviv, Israel
  • 2009  General Motors files for Chapter 11 Bankruptcy becoming the largest U.S. industrial company to enter bankruptcy protection
  • 2011  NASA Space Shuttle Endeavor completes its final mission and lands before decommissioning

Lost and Found – May 10th Edition

What to remember about May 10th…

  • 1775  Patriot forces under Ethan Allen and Benedict Arnold capture Fort Ticonderoga; captured cannon give Continental Army artillery they lacked
  • 1801  Pasha of Tripoli declares war on the United States after President Thomas Jefferson refuses to pay $225,000 in tribute
  • 1865  Confederate President Jefferson Davis is captured in Georgia while attempting to flee the country
  • 1869  Golden spike is driven to ceremonially connect final segment of the 1st transcontinental railroad at Promontory, Utah
  • 1872  Suffragette Victoria Woodhull is nominated for President of the United States by the newly formed Equal Rights Party
  • 1877  President Rutherford B. Hayes has the White House’s first telephone installed; the phone number was “1”
  • 1940  Winston Churchill is selected to replace Neville Chamberlain as prime minister of Great Britain
  • 1960  Nuclear submarine USS Triton completes 1st underwater circumnavigation of the earth
  • 1994  Convicted serial killer John Wayne Gacy is executed by lethal injection in Illinois for the murders of 33 young men and boys
  • 2002  F.B.I. agent Robert Hanssen is sentenced to life in prison for selling secrets to Russia for $1.4 million in cash and diamonds

Lost and Found – April 24th Edition

What to remember about April 24th…

  • 1781  British General Benedict Arnold leads attack on Virginia militia near Petersburg; traitor Arnold was once an American General
  • 1800  President John Adams signs legislation to appropriate $5,000 for books to establish Library of Congress
  • 1863  Union Army issues 1st code of battlefield conduct in the modern era; later used as basis for Geneva Convention
  • 1918  British Mark IV and German A7V tanks clash at Villers-Bretonneux, France; 1st armor battle in history
  • 1945  President Truman is briefed on the Manhattan Project and details of projects to develop an atomic bomb
  • 1955  Afro-Asian Conference held in Bandung, Indonesia; 29 non-aligned nations including China and India declare they will take no side in cold war; refuse to take a stand against communism and totalitarianism
  • 1967  Soviet Soyuz 1 crashes when parachute fails to open; Cosmonaut Vladimir Komarov is 1st human to die during a space mission
  • 1980  Operation Eagle Claw ends in disaster and deaths of 8 servicemen; hostages remain in hands of Iranian captors
  • 1990  On mission STS-31, Space Shuttle Discovery launches Hubble Space Telescope into orbit; initial flaws later repaired during other shuttle missions
  • 2005  Cardinal Joseph Ratzinger of Germany is inaugurated as Pope Benedict XVI; 265th Pope of the Roman Catholic Church

Lost and Found – February 19th Edition

What to remember about February 19th…

  • 1674  Treaty is signed to end war between England and  Netherlands; New Amsterdam is transferred to English and renamed New York
  • 1777  Continental Congress promotes 5  to rank of Major General; Brigadier Benedict Arnold threatens to resign having been passed over
  • 1807  Former Vice President Aaron Burr is arrested for treason in Alabama; conspired to establish new country from  annexed Spanish territory
  • 1847  Rescuers arrive at camp of starving Donner Party; settlers stranded by early snow in mountains had resorted to cannibalism
  • 1878  American inventor Thomas Edison is awarded patent for phonograph
  • 1942  President Franklin Roosevelt signs Executive Order 9066; authorized removal of people deemed undesirable from military areas; by June more than 100,000 Japanese on West Coast will be in internment camps
  • 1945 30,000  U.S. Marines begin invasion of Iwo Jima in South Pacific
  • 1976  President Ford revokes FDR’s Executive Order 9066
  • 1986  Soviet Union successfully launches Mir; 1st section of 1st modular space station to orbit the Earth
  • 2005 USS Jimmy Carter is christened; last Seawolf class fast attack sub

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