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Lost and Found – November 2nd Edition

What to remember about November 2nd…

    • 1777  USS Ranger under command of John Paul Jones sets sail from Portsmouth, New Hampshire to hunt British warships
    • 1795  James Knox Polk is born in Mecklenburg County, North Carolina (d. 1849); he will be America’s 11th president
    • 1865  Warren Gamaliel Harding is born in Corsica, Ohio (d. 1923); he will be 29th America’s president
    • 1899  North and South Dakota are admitted to the Union as the 39th and 40th states
    • 1917  British foreign Secretary sends declaration of intent to establish a Jewish homeland; League of Nations will approve
    • 1921  American Birth Control League was founded by Margaret Sanger; becomes Planned Parenthood in 1942
    • 1947  Howard Hughes’ Spruce Goose makes maiden and only flight; it is still the largest aircraft ever built
    • 1963  South Vietnamese President Ngo Dinh Diem is assassinated i coup; America is drawn deeper into the war
    • 1983  President Reagan signs bill declaring 3rd Monday in January be observed as Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr. Day
    • 2004  Dutch film maker Theo Van Gogh is murdered in broad daylight by a muslim after making film critical of Islam’s treatment of women
    • UPDATE: 2016  In game 7, the Chicago Cubs defeat the Cleveland Indians 8-7 in extra innings to win their first World Series Championship in 108 years

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Lost and Found – June 29th Edition

What to remember about June 29th…

  • 1613  Shakespeare’s Globe Theatre is destroyed by fire
  • 1776  Constitution of Virginia is adopted
  • 1861  Victorian poet Elizabeth Barrett Browning dies
  • 1886  Famed African-American photographer James Van Der Zee is born in Lenox, MA; leading figure in the Harlem Renaissance
  • 1897  Chicago Colts (Cubs) set record for most runs scored in a single game; 36-7 vs. Louisville
  • 1927  U.S. Army Air Corps Bird of Paradise completes 1st flight from U.S. mainland to Hawaiian Islands
  • 1967  Israel removes barricades in Jerusalem reuniting the city
  • 1972  SCOTUS rules in Furman v. Georgia that the death penalty unconstitutional; in 1977 new guidelines make it legal once again
  • 1974  World-renowned ballet star Mikhail Baryshnikov defects from Soviet Union while touring with Bolshoi Ballet
  • 2003  Actress Katharine Hepburn dies at 96 in Connecticut

Lost and Found – June 13th Edition

What to remember about June 13th…

  • 1777  19-year old Marquis de Lafayette arrives in South Carolina to join General George Washington and the Continental Army
  • 1798  Mission San Luis Rey founded in what will become California
  • 1807  President Thomas Jefferson subpoenaed in treason trial of Aaron Burr;  Jefferson refuses citing executive privilege
  • 1942  President Roosevelt authorizes the establishment of the Office of Strategic Services (OSS) – predecessor of the CIA
  • 1944  1st German V-1 rockets launched at London
  • 1966  SCOTUS hands down decision in Miranda v. Arizona; established practice for police to “read you your rights”
  • 1967  Thurgood Marshall appointed to SCOTUS; 1st African-American to be seated on the highest court in the land
  • 1983  World’s 1st outer-planetary probe NASA’s Pioneer 10 leaves the solar system; in roughly 30,000 years it will reach constellation Taurus
  • 1994  Ryne Sandberg (Chicago Cubs 2nd baseman) retires as a player; forfeits 15 million dollar contract
  • 1997   Jury recommends the death penalty for Timothy McVeigh in the 1995  bombing of the Murrah Federal Building in Oklahoma City
  • 2005  Pop singer Michael Jackson is acquitted on all 14 counts in case alleging child molestation and conspiracy

Lost and Found – April 20th Edition

What to remember about April 20th…

  • 1775  Following battles at Lexington and Concord, British troops begin siege of Boston, Massachusetts
  • 1861  Colonel Robert E. Lee resigns from the U.S. army after his home state of Virginia secedes; refuses offer of command of the Union army
  • 1871  Congress authorizes President Ulysses S. Grant to declare martial law and use military force to suppress the Ku Klux Klan (KKK) and other terrorist groups with passage of the Third Force Act
  • 1889  Murderous, national-socialist dictator Adolf Hitler is born in Austria (d. 1945)
  • 1898  President William McKinley asks Congress for declaration of war against Spain; U.S. to aid rebels in Cuba and Puerto Rico
  • 1916  Chicago Cubs defeat Cincinnati Reds 7-6 in 1st game played at Weeghman Park; renamed Wrigley Field in 1918
  • 1980  Castro announces that Cubans who wish to emigrate to America are free to find passage; Mariel Boatlift will carry 125,000 refugees
  • 1999  Teenage gunmen Dylan Klebold and Eric Harris kill 13 people in a shooting spree at Columbine High School in Littleton, Colorado
  • 2008  26-year-old Danica Patrick becomes 1st woman to win an Indy race with victory at Japan 300
  • 2010  British Petroleum’s Deepwater Horizon oil platform explodes in Gulf of Mexico causing oil spill that lasts 6-months

Lost and Found – October 14th Edition

What to remember about October 14th…

  • 1066  Norman forces under William the Conqueror defeat the English forces at the Battle of Hastings; Anglo-Saxon rule ends in England with the death of King Harold II
  • 1780  Heavily outnumbered patriot force ambushes loyalists to win Battle of Shallow Ford in North Carolina
  • 1890  34th President Dwight D. Eisenhower is born in Texas (d. 1969)
  • 1908  Chicago Cubs defeat Detroit Tigers to win the World Series; team has won no championship since
  • 1912  Candidate Theodore Roosevelt is shot during campaign appearance in Milwaukee, Wisconsin
  • 1947  American test pilot Captain Chuck Yeager is 1st to fly faster than the speed of sound
  • 1962  Cuban Missile Crises begins when aerial reconnaissance photos show Soviet missiles stationed on the island
  • 1964  Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr. is awarded Nobel Peace Prize
  • 2003  Steve Bartman catches foul ball leading to Cubs loss and continuation of the “Billy Goat Curse”

Lost and Found – September 23rd Edition

What to remember about September 23rd…

  • 1779  John Paul Jones captains U.S. ship Bonhomme Richard to victory over 2 British warships, when asked to surrender he says famously “I have not yet begun to fight
  • 1780 British Major John André is arrested as a spy by American soldiers, Benedict Arnold’s exposed as a traitor
  • 1806  Lewis and Clark expedition returns from their two and a half year exploration of the Louisiana Purchase
  • 1908  Chicago Cubs win pennant versus New York Giants with controversial call at second base
  • 1941  The first gas chamber experiments are conducted at Auschwitz
  • 1949  American singer and songwriter Bruce Springsteen is born
  • 1969  Trial of the “Chicago 8” begins over the violent protests at the Democratic National Convention
  • 2009  Fidel Castro praises President Barack Obama for his apology before the United Nations over global climate change

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Lost and Found – August 8th Edition

What to remember about August 8th…

  • 1863  General Robert E. Lee sends a letter of resignation to Confederate President Jefferson Davis after the defeat at Gettysburg
  • 1879  Bob Smith is born in St. Johnsbury, Vermont (d. 1950); American surgeon and founder of Alcoholics Anonymous
  • 1929  Airship Graf Zeppelin departs New Jersey to begin 1st circumnavigation of the globe; also 1st non-stop crossing of Pacific
  • 1942  6 German saboteurs, captured after being delivered to the U.S. by U-Boat, are executed in Washington, D.C.
  • 1945  President Truman signs the Charter of the United Nations
  • 1974  In a televised address to the nation, Richard Nixon becomes the 1st President of the United States to resign from office
  • 1988  The Chicago Cubs baseball team host the first night game ever played in Wrigley Field’s 58 year history; game called on account of rain
  • 2000  Confederate submarine H.L. Hunley is raised after 136 years; was the 1st submarine to ever sink another warship
  • 2008  Former presidential candidate and U.S. Senator John Edwards admits to fathering a child in an adulterous affair

Lost and Found – June 29th Edition

What to remember about June 29th…

  • 1613  Shakespeare’s Globe Theatre is destroyed by fire
  • 1776  Constitution of Virginia is adopted
  • 1861  Victorian poet Elizabeth Barrett Browning dies
  • 1886  Famed African-American photographer James Van Der Zee is born in Lenox, MA; leading figure in the Harlem Renaissance
  • 1897  Chicago Colts (Cubs) set record for most runs scored in a single game; 36-7 vs. Louisville
  • 1927  U.S. Army Air Corps Bird of Paradise completes 1st flight from U.S. mainland to Hawaiian Islands
  • 1967  Israel removes barricades in Jerusalem reuniting the city
  • 1972  SCOTUS rules in Furman v. Georgia that the death penalty unconstitutional; in 1977 new guidelines make it legal once again
  • 1974  World-renowned ballet star Mikhail Baryshnikov defects from Soviet Union while touring with Bolshoi Ballet
  • 2003  Actress Katharine Hepburn dies at 96 in Connecticut

Lost and Found – June 13th Edition

What to remember about June 13th…

  • 1777  19-year old Marquis de Lafayette arrives in South Carolina to join General George Washington and the Continental Army
  • 1798  Mission San Luis Rey founded in what will become California
  • 1807  President Thomas Jefferson subpoenaed in treason trial of Aaron Burr;  Jefferson refuses citing executive privilege
  • 1942  President Roosevelt authorizes the establishment of the Office of Strategic Services (OSS) – predecessor of the CIA
  • 1944  1st German V-1 rockets launched at London
  • 1966  SCOTUS hands down decision in Miranda v. Arizona; established practice for police to “read you your rights”
  • 1967  Thurgood Marshall appointed to SCOTUS; 1st African-American to be seated on the highest court in the land
  • 1983  World’s 1st outer-planetary probe NASA’s Pioneer 10 leaves the solar system; in roughly 30,000 years it will reach constellation Taurus
  • 1994  Ryne Sandberg (Chicago Cubs 2nd baseman) retires as a player; forfeits 15 million dollar contract
  • 1997   Jury recommends the death penalty for Timothy McVeigh in the 1995  bombing of the Murrah Federal Building in Oklahoma City
  • 2005  Pop singer Michael Jackson is acquitted on all 14 counts in case alleging child molestation and conspiracy

Lost and Found – April 20th Edition

What to remember about April 20th…

  • 1775  Following battles at Lexington and Concord, British troops begin siege of Boston, Massachusetts
  • 1861  Colonel Robert E. Lee resigns from the U.S. army after his home state of Virginia secedes; refuses offer of command of the Union army
  • 1871  Congress authorizes President Ulysses S. Grant to declare martial law and use military force to suppress the Ku Klux Klan (KKK) and other terrorist groups with passage of the Third Force Act
  • 1889  Murderous, national-socialist dictator Adolf Hitler is born in Austria (d. 1945)
  • 1898  President William McKinley asks Congress for declaration of war against Spain; U.S. to aid rebels in Cuba and Puerto Rico
  • 1916  Chicago Cubs defeat Cincinnati Reds 7-6 in 1st game played at Weeghman Park; renamed Wrigley Field in 1918
  • 1980  Castro announces that Cubans who wish to emigrate to America are free to find passage; Mariel Boatlift will carry 125,000 refugees
  • 1999  Teenage gunmen Dylan Klebold and Eric Harris kill 13 people in a shooting spree at Columbine High School in Littleton, Colorado
  • 2008  26-year-old Danica Patrick becomes 1st woman to win an Indy race with victory at Japan 300
  • 2010  British Petroleum’s Deepwater Horizon oil platform explodes in Gulf of Mexico causing oil spill that lasts 6-months