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Lost and Found – December 17th Edition

What to remember about December 17th…

  • 1777  France formally recognizes the United States as an independent nation; victory at Saratoga convinces them we have a chance
  • 1862  Enraged by black market profiteering and speculation, General U.S. Grant orders all Jews to leave Military district under his authority; later he admits decision rash and criticism justified
  • 1903  Orville and Wilbur Wright make the 1st powered flight of a heavier-than-air craft in history near Kitty Hawk, North Carolina
  • 1935  Douglas DC-3 (military C-47) makes its 1st flight; many of these aviation workhorses are still in service today
  • 1941  Rear Admiral Husband E. Kimmel is relieved of command of U.S. Pacific Fleet following Pearl Harbor attack; no more at fault than many others,FDR makes him a scapegoat
  • 1944  Public Proclamation 21 declares that internment of Japanese Americans is ending and that evacuees can return to their homes
  • 1944  1st of Malmedy massacres is committed by SS Kampfgruppe Peiper; hundreds of U.S. POWs and Belgians executed
  • 1969  USAF closes Project Blue Book; study of purported UFO sightings concludes there is no evidence of extraterrestrial activity
  • 1975  Charles Manson devotee Lynette Alice “Squeaky” Fromme is sentenced to life for attempted assassination of President Ford
  • 1997  Firearms Act of 1997 goes into effect in Great Britain; extends gun ban to include all but antique and show weapons; through 2008 firearms crimes and deaths have doubled in the UK
  • 2003  Privately owned and developed SpaceShipOne makes 1st supersonic flight; piloted by Brian Binnie
  • 2011  U.S. announces that the last troops have left Iraq; War is over?

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Lost and Found – December 15th Edition

What to remember about December 15th…

  • 1791  With passage in Virginia, the Bill of Rights is ratified and forms the 1st 10 amendments to the U.S. Constitution
  • 1864  2-day Battle of Nashville begins; Confederate Army of Tennessee under General Hood eliminated as fighting force
  • 1939  Film classic “Gone with the Wind” premiers in Atlanta, Georgia
  • 1960  Richard Paul Pavlick is arrested in Palm Beach before he can make 2nd attempt on life of President-elect John F. Kennedy
  • 1961  Nazi war criminal and organizer of Hitler’s “final solution to the Jewish Question” Adolf Eichmann is sentenced to death by Israeli court
  • 1966  American entertainer and entrepreneur Walter Elias “Walt” Disney dies of cancer in California (b. 1901)
  • 1973  American Psychiatric Association votes 13-0 to remove homosexuality from official list of psychiatric disorders
  • 1978  President Carter announces that U.S. will formally recognize the communist People’s Republic of China (PRC) and sever relations with neighboring U.S. ally Taiwan
  • 1998  House of Representatives’ Committee on the Judiciary releases 265-page report recommending impeachment of President Clinton for high crimes and misdemeanors
  • 2005  USAF announces the F-22 Raptor fighter now in service

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Lost and Found – December 13th Edition

What to remember about December 13th…

    • 1577  Expedition of 5 ships led by Francis Drake sets sail from England to explore Pacific and beyond
    • 1862  Confederates deal decisive blow to Army of the Potomac as well as Union morale at Battle of Fredericksburg
    • 1887  Medal of Honor recipient Sergeant Alvin York is born near Pall Mall, Tennessee (d. 1964)
    • 1918  Woodrow Wilson arrives in France becoming 1st sitting president to visit Europe
    • 1942  Nazi propaganda minister Joseph Goebbels records his contempt for the Italians’ treatment of Jews stating “The Italians are extremely lax in their treatment of Jews.
    • 1949  Israeli Knesset votes to move nation’s capital to Jerusalem
    • 2000  Al Gore concedes defeat in presidential election after Supreme Court rules a 7th recount would violate Equal Protection Clause
    • 2003  Former Iraqi dictator Saddam Hussein is captured hiding in a 6’x8′ hole near his hometown of Tikrit

Lost and Found – December 11th Edition

What to remember about December 11th…

    • 1725  George Mason IV is born in Virginia (d. 1792); patriot, Constitutional Convention delegate, and “Father of the Bill of Rights”
    • 1777  General Washington halts march to Valley Forge as American and British forces stumble upon each other at river crossing
    • 1816  Indiana is admitted to the Union as 19th state
    • 1862  Union troops cross river into Fredericksburg, Virginia hoping to take the city from Army of Northern Virginia
    • 1941  Hitler’s Germany declares war on United States; Italy follows suit
    • 1972  Landing module of Apollo 17 touches down; last human visit to the Moon begins
    • 2008  Financier con man Bernie Madoff is arrested in New York City for $65 billion Ponzi Scheme
    • 2008  Police recover remains of murdered 2-year-old Caylee Anthony in a garbage bag near the family home in Orlando, Florida

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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

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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 – 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

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Lost and Found – November 30th Edition

What to remember about November 30th…

    • 1804   Signer of the Declaration of Independence Samuel Chase is 1st and only Supreme Court Justice to be impeached; acquitted of all charges in 1805
    • 1835  American author and humorist Samuel “Mark Twain” Clemens is born in Florida, Missouri (d. 1910)
    • 1864  Assault by General Hood’s Army of Tennessee at Battle of Franklin leave Confederates with disastrous losses
    • 1874  Nobel laureate and British WWII Prime Minister Winston Leonard Spencer Churchill is born (d. 1965)
    • 1947  Civil War breaks out in British controlled Palestine with escalating Arab attacks on Jewish settlers, Brittain prepares to withdraw
    • 1954  In Sylacauga, Alabama a sleeping woman is struck by the Hodges Meteorite; only documented case of human hit by object from space
    • 1993  President Clinton signs Brady Handgun Violence Prevention Bill into law
    • 2001  Green River Killer is arrested in Reston, Washington; Gary Ridgeway believed to have murdered more than 70 women

Lost and Found – November 27th Edition

What to remember about November 27th…

    • 1746  American founding father Robert R. “R.R.” Livingston is born in New York; negotiator of Louisiana Purchase (d. 1813)
    • 1863  Confederate cavalry raider John Hunt Morgan breaks out of Ohio state prison and escapes to the South
    • 1924  1st Macy’s Thanksgiving Day Parade is held in New York City
    • 1940  Martial-arts expert and actor Bruce Lee is born in San Francisco, California (d. 1973)
    • 1942  American guitarist Jimi Hendrix is born in Seattle, Washington (d. 1970)
    • 1942  French Admiral Jean de Laborde orders French fleet scuttled in Toulon harbor in order to keep it out of German hands
    • 1945 After almost 4 years in prison for perjury, suspected Soviet spy Alger Hiss is released
    • 1978  Angry over the loss of his job, Dan White murders San Francisco Mayor George Moscone and Supervisor Harvey Milk

Lost and Found – November 25th Edition

What to remember about November 25th…

    • 1783  3 months after the signing of the Treaty of Paris, the last British troops withdraw from New York
    • 1863  Union troops crush Rebels at Battle of Missionary Ridge; Confederates forced to withdraw from Chattanooga, Tennessee
    • 1864  Confederate “Copperhead” sympathizers start over 20 fires in attempt to burn down New York City
    • 1947  After being cited for contempt of Congress, the “Hollywood 10” are blacklisted by the major studios
    • 1963  Johnson proclamation declares a day of national mourning as President Kennedy is buried in Arlington Cemetary
    • 1985  Former National Security Agency (NSA) employee Ronald W. Pelton is arrested for attempting to sell secrets to the Soviets
    • 1986  Attorney General Edwin Meese reveals that profits from arms sales to Iran used to supply arms to Nicaraguan Contra rebels
    • 1999  International Day for the Elimination of Violence against Women established by the United Nations
    • 2002  President Bush signs bill creating Department of Homeland Security
    • UPDATE:  2016  Murderous communist dictator Fidel Castro dies in Havana, Cuba (b. 1926); celebrations break out in communities of Cuban exiles and refugees – especially in Miami, Florida