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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

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Lost and Found – January 13th Edition

What to remember about January 13th…

  • 1776  British marines raid Rhode Island to steal sheep and supplies; ambushed by Minutemen, redcoats go home empty-handed
  • 1842  Lone British survivor reaches friendly guard post; 16,000 British and allied troops were ambushed and slaughtered in Afghanistan
  • 1847  Treaty of Cahuenga ends hostilities in Mexican-American War; Treaty of Hidalgo will cede California in 1848
  • 1910  Opera performance at the Metropolitan Opera House in New York becomes first public radio broadcast
  • 1966  President Lyndon Johnson appoints Robert C. Weaver as head of Department of Housing and Urban Development; 1st African-American cabinet member
  • 1968  Johnny Cash performs live at Folsom Prison; the recording is an unexpected smash hit
  • 1990  Douglas Wilder becomes takes office in Virginia as 1st African-American governor
  • 1999  Legendary basketball player Michael Jordan retires for the second time; he’ll return to the sport in 2001
  • 2002  President George W. Bush chokes on a pretzel and passes out while watching Miami Dolphins-Baltimore Ravens game

Johnny Cash at Folsom Prison Album

Lost and Found – January 8th Edition

What to remember about January 8th…

  • 1642  Italian astronomer and scientist Galileo Galilei dies (b. 1564); considered by many the “Father of Modern Science”
  • 1790  In New York City, President Washington delivers the nations 1st State of the Union speech to Congress
  • 1815  2-weeks after end of the War of 1812, Andrew Jackson’s militia defeat British forces at Battle of New Orleans
  • 1867  Republican Congress overrides President Andrew Johnson’s veto; 1st law in nation granting African-American men the right to vote is passed
  • 1964  President Lyndon Johnson announces his “war on poverty” at State of the Union address; birth of the American welfare state
  • 1973  Watergate trial begins for 7 men accused of breaking into and bugging Democrat Party headquarters
  • 2002  President George W. Bush signs “No Child Left Behind Act”
  •  2011  Jared Lee Loughner goes on shooting rampage in Arizona; 6 killed and 13 wounded including Congresswoman Gabrielle Giffords

Lost and Found – December 10th Edition

What to remember about December 10th…

  • 1778  John Jay, delegate from New York, is elected president of the Continental Congress
  • 1817  Mississippi is admitted as the 20th state in the Union
  • 1830  American poet Emily Dickenson is born in Amherst, Massachusetts (d. 1886)
  • 1864  General Sherman’s March to the Sea ends when he arrives outside Savannah, Georgia; low on supplies he lays siege to the city
  • 1869  Wyoming territory votes to grant women the right to vote
  • 1898  Spanish-American war ends with signing of Treaty of Paris
  • 1901  1st ever Nobel Prizes are awarded in Stockholm, Sweden
  • 1904  Pi Kappa Phi Fraternity is founded at College of Charleston; founders of Push America service organization
  • 1941  Imperial Japanese troops invade Philippine mainland
  • 1948  United Nations adopts the Universal Declaration of Rights; anniversary is International Human Rights Day
  • 1999  Wen Ho Lee is arrested for stealing nuclear secrets from Los Alamos weapons laboratory and providing them to China
  • 2009  President Barack Hussein Obama accepts Nobel Peace Prize after less than one year in office

Pi Kappa Phi fraternity crest

Lost and Found – December 6th Edition

What to remember about December 6th…

  • 1790  U.S. Congress moves, seat of American government transferred from New York City to Philadelphia
  • 1865  With Georgia vote, 13th Amendment to the United States Constitution is ratified; slavery officially abolished
  • 1884  Crowning pyramid is placed atop the Washington monument; federal law ensures that it will remain the tallest building in the capital
  • 1889  Jefferson Davis dies in New Orleans (b. 1808); infamous 1st and only president of the Confederate States of America
  • 1947  Everglades National Park is dedicated in Florida by President Truman
  • 1957  America’s 1st attempt to put a satellite into orbit ends when launch vehicle explodes on the pad
  • 1969  Altamont Music Festival ends marred by death Meredith Hunter, Hells Angels “security guard” claims self-defense
  • 1973  House of Representatives votes in agreement with Senate confirmation of Gerald Ford as Vice President
  • 1998  After coming to power six years earlier in bloody military coup, Hugo Chavez is elected president of Venezuela
  • 2004  Al Qaeda terrorists detonate bomb in attempt to assault U.S. consulate in Jedda, Saudi Arabia

everglades national park

Lost and Found – December 3rd Edition

What to remember about December 3rd…

    • 1818  Illinois is admitted to the Union as 21st state
    • 1833  Oberlin College opens in Ohio; 1st co-ed college in America
    • 1964  Over 800 students arrested at sit-in of University of California at Berkley; protest of Regents new no protest policy
    • 1967  In South Africa, 1st human heart transplant is performed
    • 1973  NASA’s Pioneer 10 probe sends back 1st ever close-up images of Jupiter
    • 1984  Explosion at Union Carbide pesticide plant in Bhopal, India kills at least 2000; 200,000 injured by release of poison gas
    • 1997  Over 120 countries sign the Ottawa Treaty banning manufacturing and use of anti-personnel landmines
    • 2010  U.S. Air Force X-37 unmanned Orbital Test Vehicle returns to Earth after 7-and-a-half month secret mission

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 – November 14th Edition

What to remember about November 14th…

    • 1765  American inventor Robert Fulton is born (d. 1815); developed 1st commercial steamboat and 1st practical submarine
    • 1888  American journalist Elizabeth Jane “Nellie Bly” Cochran begins her successful attempt to travel around the world in 80 days
    • 1896  First Lady Mamie Geneva Doud Eisenhower is born in Boone, Iowa (d. 1979)
    • 1914  Islamic holy war is declared by leader of Ottoman Empire bringing Jihad to World War I on the side of Germany
    • 1915  American educator and activist Booker T. Washington dies in Tuskegee, Alabama (b. 1856)
    • 1965  1st Cavalry Division engages Vietcong in Battle of Ia Drang Valley; 1st major engagement of the war
    • 1969  NASA launches Apollo 12 mission to the Moon; 36-seconds after launch module is struck by lightning but mission continues
    • 1970  Plane crash kills 75 football players, staff and boosters of Marshall University, small town is devastated by loss
    • 1991  Fired postal worker Thomas McIlvane kills 4 then commits suicide in shooting at Royal Oak, Michigan post office

Lost and Found – November 10th Edition

What to remember about November 10th…

    • 1775  Birth of the U.S. Marine Corps; Continental Congress authorizes the raising of 2 battalions to assist navy
    • 1865  Commander of Andersonville prison camp is hanged for murder of Union soldiers in his care; poet Walt Whitman wrote of the condition of prisoners he saw “There are deeds, crimes that may be forgiven, but this is not among them.”
    • 1898  Armed Democrat white supremacists violently overthrow elected government of Wilmington, North Carolina
    • 1958  Harry Winston donates the Hope Diamond to the Smithsonian
    • 1969  Sesame Street show makes its television debut
    • 1975  Freighter SS Edmund Fitzgerald sinks on Lake Superior; tragedy is memorialized in folk song by Gordon Lightfoot
    • 1975  United Nations passes Resolution 3379 declaring that Zionism equates to racism and discrimination
    • 1997  Pakistani muslim Mir Aimal Kasi is convicted of murdering 2 CIA employees and wounding 3 others in Virginia
    • 2009  Beltway sniper John Allen Muhammad is executed in Virginia

Lost and Found – November 7th Edition

What to remember about November 7th…

    • 1811  Surprise attack by Native American Confederation is repulsed by forces of Indiana Territory at Battle of Tippecanoe
    • 1872  “Ghost ship” Mary Celeste sets sail from New York; she will be found deserted at sea still under sail
    • 1874  Cartoon in Harper’s Weekly by Thomas Nast is 1st use of the elephant as a symbol for the Republican Party (pic below)
    • 1916  Jeannette Rankin of Montana becomes 1st woman elected to the U.S. House of Representatives
    • 1917  British forces defeat forces of Ottoman Empire at 3rd Battle of Gaza taking control of the province
    • 1917  Bolshevik revolutionaries overthrow Kerensky’s provisional government; Leninists come to power in Russian Revolution
    • 1944  Franklin D. Roosevelt wins 4th term as president
    • 1973  Congress overrides President Nixon’s veto of War Powers Resolution
    • 1980 Hollywood leading man Steve McQueen dies of mesothelioma; cancer may have come from asbestos in his racing suits
    • 1983  Bomb detonated inside U.S. Senate by May 19th Communist Movement to protest policies of the government
    • 1991  NBA star Magic Johnson announces he is infected with HIV and will be retiring from basketball