Tag Archives: China

Lost and Found – January 20th Edition

What to remember about January 20th…

  • 1732  American Patriot and statesman Richard Henry Lee is born in Virginia; President of  Continental Congress and Senator
  • 1783  Gret Britain signs peace treaty with France and Spain ending last hostilities of the American Revolution
  • 1801  President John Adams nominates John Marshall to be Chief Justice of the Supreme Court; establishes Court role and tradition
  • 1841  China cedes Hong Kong to Britain in bid to end 1st Opium War; in 1898 2nd Convention of Peking grants 99 more years of British rule; Hong Kong turned back over to China in 1997
  • 1920  American Civil Liberties Union (ACLU) is founded
  • 1942  Wansee Conference is held to inform senior Nazi officials of Hitler’s “final solution to the Jewish question” and their roles in it
  • 1945  Franklin D. Roosevelt becomes 1st and only President elected to 4 terms in office; in 1947 22nd Amendment to the Constitution is passed limiting office holders to 2 terms
  • 1981  20 minutes after Ronald Reagan is sworn in as the 40th President Iran releases American hostages it has held for 444 days
  • 1996  Terrorist and founder of Palestinian Liberation Organization (PLO) Yasser Arafat elected president of Palestinian National Council

Lost and Found – October 25th Edition

What to remember about October 25th…

  • 1415  On St. Crispin’s Day, small force led by Henry V defeats numerically superior French army at Battle of Agincourt in Hundred Years’ War; English longbows prove highly effective
  • 1764  Future President John Adams and Abigail Smith marry in Massachusetts
  • 1774  Continental Congress petitions king of England to address the Intolerable Acts
  • 1854  Confusion leads to Charge of the Light Brigade during Crimean War; inspires Tennyson’s famous poem
  • 1861  Keel is lain for the 1st Union ironclad USS Monitor
  • 1962  U.S. Ambassador Adlai Stevenson presents photographic evidence to U.N. of Soviet missile bases in Cuba
  • 1971  United Nations votes to admit Peoples Republic of China and expel Republic of China (Taiwan)
  • 1983  President Reagan orders Marines to invade island of Grenada to protect American students and tourists; now celebrated as Thanksgiving Day
  • 1994  Susan Smith reports her car was hijacked with her 2 children in the back; this lie is to cover her murder of the kids

Lost and Found – October 19th Edition

What to remember about October 19th…

    • 1781  Formal British surrender at Yorktown; Cornwallis sends his second-in-command to surrender his sword
    • 1789  John Jay is sworn in as the 1st Chief Justice of the Supreme Court of the United States
    • 1864  Union forces avert disaster after surprise Confederate attack at Battle of Cedar Creek in Virginia
    • 1935  Fascist Italy invades Ethiopia; League of Nations votes for ineffective sanctions while hoping for peace
    • 1950  Chinese Peoples Liberation Army invades Tibet to capture city of Chamdo and annex the nation
    • 1965  Thousands of North Vietnamese troops attack Camp Plei Me; a dozen Green Berets and 400 Montagnards repel attacks for almost a week
    • 1982  Automaker John DeLorean is arrested in $24 million cocaine deal
    • 1987  Black Monday; stock market loses 22% in one day
    • 2005  Former Iraqi dictator Saddam Hussein goes on trial for crimes against humanity

Lost and Found – August 13th Edition

What to remember about August 13th…

  • 1818  American suffragette and abolitionist Lucy Stone is born in Massachusetts; inspired Susan B. Anthony to join the cause
  • 1878  First death in the Memphis, Tennessee yellow-fever epidemic; in next few months 20,000 will die
  • 1910  Florence Nightingale dies; founder of professional nursing and the school at St. Thomas’ Hospital in London
  • 1912  Famed American golfer Ben Hogan is born in Stephenville, Texas
  • 1918  Opha May Johnson becomes 1st woman to enlist in the United States Marine Corps
  • 1926  Cuban communist dictator Fidel Castro is born; responsible for the deaths of thousands of dissidents
  • 1937  3-month Battle of Shanghai begins between China’s National Revolutionary Army and the Imperial Japanese Army
  • 1995  New York Yankees baseball legend Mickey Mantle dies
  • 2004  American chef, author, and television personality Julia Child dies; WWII veteran of the Office of Strategic Services (OSS) – that agency later becomes the CIA

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

Lost and Found – June 9th Edition

What to remember about June 9th…

  • 68      Roman Emperor Nero commits suicide (b. 37)
  • 1732  James Oglethorpe granted royal charter for Province of Georgia
  • 1772  Colonists angered by rising taxes capture and burn British customs vessel Gaspee that ran ashore off Rhode Island
  • 1856  500 Mormon pioneers set out from Iowa for Salt Lake City carrying all they owned in handcarts; similar groups follow through 1860
  • 1863  Though losing the day, Union cavalry shows that they are now a force to be reckoned with at Battle of Brandy Station
  • 1891  Composer/songwriter Cole Porter born – I’ve got you under my skin, Kiss Me Kate, Anything Goes
  • 1898  Britain obtains 99-year lease to Hong Kong from China
  • 1915  Secretary of State William Jennings Bryan resigns over President Wilson’s aggressive handling of Lusitania sinking fearing war could result
  • 1942  Nazis order the extermination of the entire town of Lidice Czechoslovakia in retaliation for death of Reinhard Heydrich
  • 1954  Attorney Joseph Welch confronts Senator Joseph McCarthy at hearings investigating the Army saying “Have you no sense of decency, sir?”
  • 1967  Israeli troops assault and capture Golan Heights from Syria
  • 1973  Secretariat becomes 1st horse to win Triple Crown since 1948
  • 1993  “Hollywood Madam” Heidi Fleiss arrested in LAPD sting

Lost and Found – June 4th Edition

What to remember about June 4th…

  • 1783  The Montgolfier brothers complete 1st successful public demonstration of their hot-air balloon
  • 1794  Congress passes Neutrality Act, bans Americans from waging war against any country at peace with the United States
  • 1896  Henry takes his 1st Ford through streets of Detroit
  • 1919  Senate passes 19th Amendment to US Constitution (Women’s Suffrage) and sent to the states; ratified April 18,1920
  • 1939  MS St Louis is refused landing in U.S.; 963 Jewish refugees forced to return to Europe; many will die in death camps
  • 1940  Winston Churchill speech “We shall not flag or fail”
  • 1942  Battle of Midway begins; Japan’s 1st major defeat in WW II; USS Yorktown abandoned – sinks June 7
  • 1944  US 5th Army liberates Rome; U-505 captured by US Navy
  • 1982  “Star Trek II: The Wrath of Khan” released in USA
  • 1989 People’s Liberation Army opens fire on peaceful protestors to end pro-democracy demonstrations in Tiananmen Square; hundreds killed and foreign press banned from China
  • 1998  Terry Nichols is sentenced to life in prison for his role in the Oklahoma City bombing of the Alfred P. Murrah Building
  • 2010  SpaxeX launched Falcon 9 rocket on maiden flight

Lost and Found – June 3rd Edition

What to remember about June 3rd…

  • 1539  Spanish explorer Hernando de Soto claims Florida for Spain
  • 1781 “Paul Revere of the South” John “Jack” Jouett, Jr. makes his late night ride to warn Thomas Jefferson and the Virginia legislature of coming British cavalry led by Lieutenant Colonel Banastre Tarleton
  • 1808  Future president of the Confederacy Jefferson Finis Davis is born in Christian County, Kentucky (d. 1889)
  • 1861  Union forces rout Confederate troops in Barbour County, West Virginia at Battle of Philippi; 1st land battle of the War
  • 1889  1st long distance power line is completed; 14-mile line runs from a generator at Willamette Falls to downtown Portland, Oregon
  • 1940  Battle of Dunkirk ends as last British troops are evacuated by boat back to England; less than half French troops will evacuate the next day
  • 1965  NASA launches Gemini IV in preparation for the 1st spacewalk by an American
  • 1982  3 Palestinian Liberation Organization (PLO) terrorists attempt to assassinate Israeli ambassador on a London street
  • 1989  Chinese government orders troops to Tiananmen Square to forcibly remove pro-democracy demonstrators
  • UPDATE – 2016 Boxing legend Muhammad Ali dies at age 74 (b.1942) “The man who views the world at 50 the same as he did at 20 has wasted 30 years of his life.”

British troops lifeboat evacuation of dunkerque

Lost and Found – May 30th Edition

What to remember about May 30th…

  • 1806  Future President Andrew Jackson kills Charles Dickenson in a duel; the men fought over libelous statements made about Jackson’s wife
  • 1868  Decoration Day is declared to honor Civil War dead; this is the 1st observance of what will become Memorial Day
  • 1909  American musician, songwriter, and band leader Benjamin David “Benny” Goodman is born in Chicago (d. 1986)
  • 1911  Indianapolis 500 race is held for 1st time; Ray Harroun wins out of a field of 40 cars with an average speed of 74.59 miles per hour
  • 1922  Chief Justice of the Supreme Court and former President William Howard Taft dedicates Lincoln Memorial on the Washington Mall
  • 1966  NASA successfully launches Surveyor 1 spacecraft; 1st soft landing of an american probe on an extraterrestrial body
  • 1989  Pro-democracy demonstrators in Beijing’s Tiananmen Square erect 33-foot high “Goddess of Democracy” statue

Lost and Found – May 20th Edition

What to remember about May 20th…

  • 1506  Italian explorer Christopher Columbus dies of heart attack in Valladolid, Spain (b. 1451)
  • 1778  Patriot and Oneida indian allies led by Marquis de Lafayette evade entrapment by British troops at Battle of Barren Hill, Pennsylvania
  • 1861  North Carolina becomes the last state to secede from the Union
  • 1873  Levi Strause and Jaco Davis get their patent for blue jeans
  • 1927  American aviator Charles Lindbergh takes off from Long Island, New York on the world’s first solo, nonstop flight across the Atlantic Ocean
  • 1932  Amelia Earhart begins the world’s first succesful solo, nonstop flight across the Atlantic Ocean by a woman
  • 1940  German forces reach the English Channel near Abbeville, France
  • 1940  1st prisoners arrive at Death Camp at Auschwitz n Poland
  • 1969  10 days and 10 assaults finally win U.S. and South Vietnamese troops Battle for Hill 937; “Hamburger Hill” is won
  • 1989  Chinese authorities declare martial law as pro-democracy demonstrations gather momentum