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Lost and Found – January 18th Edition

What to remember about January 18th…

  • 1776  Council of Safety in Savannah, Georgia issues arrest warrant for royal governor James Wright; Patriots place him under house arrest
  • 1778  English explorer Captain James Cook is 1st European to discover Hawaiian Islands; landfall is in 2 days
  • 1803  President Jefferson sends secret message to Congress requesting $2500 to fund exploratory mission of Lewis and Clark
  • 1862  Former 10th President and Confederate congressman-elect from Virginia John Tyler dies (b. 1790)
  • 1911  Pilot Eugee B. Ely is 1st to land an aircraft on a ship when he flew onto the deck of USS Pennsylvania in San Francisco Harbor
  • 1944  Soviet forces liberate Leningrad (modern Day St. Petersburg) from nearly three-year Nazi siege
  • 1964  Plans are unveiled for the World Trade Center to be built in New York City
  • 1990  Mayor of Washington, D.C. Marion Barry arrested for drug possession in FBI sting; after completing prison term, Barry returns to politics
  • 1993  Martin Luther King holiday is celebrated in all 50 states for the 1st time

world trade center concept plan drawing

Lost and Found – January 15th Edition

What to remember about January 15th…

  • 1777  New Connecticut (Vermont) declares independence from Britain and the colony of New York
  • 1815  USS President is captured by British squadron during War of 1812
  • 1919  Storage tank holding 2.5 million gallons of boiling molasses ruptures in Boston killing 21 and injuring scores with 8-foot high molten wave
  • 1929  Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr. is born in Atlanta, Georgia (d. 1968)
  • 1943  Dedication of the United States Department of Defense headquarters in Arlington, Virginia; building popularly called “the Pentagon”
  • 1947  “Black Dahlia” investigation  begins with discovery of body of Elizabeth Short in Los Angeles, California; mystery remains unsolved today
  • 1951  Ilse Koch known as “Witch of Buchenwald”, wife of commandant of Buchenwald concentration camp is sentenced to life in prison
  • 1973  President Nixon suspends offensive military action in Vietnam to give peace process a better chance of success
  • 2009  Commercial airline pilot Captain “Sully” Sullenberger performs his Miracle on the Hudson; lands powerless Airbus 320 safely on the water; walks the flooding aircraft twice to ensure all 150 passengers escape safely

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

cubs-world-series

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  President Dwight D. Eisenhower is born in Texas
    • 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 Yerger 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”

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Lost and Found – July 11th Edition

What to remember about July 11th…

  • 1765  Future 6th President John Quincy Adams born in Massachusetts
  • 1782  British officers surrender Savannah, effectively ending Georgia’s involvement in the American Revolution (H/T David)
  • 1798  United States Marine Corps is reestablished in preparation for Quasi-War with France; USMC originally formed November 10, 1775
  • 1804  Alexander Hamilton mortally wounded in duel with Vice President Aaron Burr at Weehawken, New Jersey
  • 1864  Confederate forces begin 2-day assault on Fort Stevens; President Lincoln attends as defenders repel invaders from Capitol
  • 1914  “Babe” Ruth plays his first game in the Major Leagues; pitches for the Boston Red Sox in victory over Cleveland Indians 4-3
  • 1921  Former 27th President William Howard Taft is sworn in as Chief Justice of the Supreme Court; only person to hold both offices
  • 1945  Soviet Union announces that it will turn over civilian and military control of West Berlin to the Allies
  • 1947  Exodus 1947, former U.S. transport ship, departs France with 4515 Jewish passengers in attempt to run blockade and reach Palestine
  • 1955  1st class of cadets sworn is in at temporary site of the United States Air Force Academy, Lowery Air Force Base in Colorado
  • 1977  President Jimmy Carter presents posthumous award of Presidential Medal of Freedom to Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr.
  • 1979  Skylab, the first successful U.S. space station, re-enters the atmosphere; debris falls in Australia and Indian Ocean
  • 2007  Former First Lady Claudia Alta “Lady Bird” Taylor Johnson dies (b. 1912)
NASA Skylab, America’s First Space Station

Lost and Found – June 10th Edition

What to remember about June 10th…

  • 1692  Bridget Bishop is the 1st to be hung for witchcraft in Salem, Massachusetts
  • 1752  Benjamin Franklin flies a kite during a thunderstorm
  • 1775  John Adams suggests to Continental Congress that forces surrounding Boston become Continental Army
  • 1850  Millard Fillmore sworn-in as 13th President of the United States after sudden death of President Zachary Taylor on June 9th
  • 1854  1st class graduates from United States Naval Academy
  • 1898  U.S. Marines invade Cuba unopposed and raise the American flag over Guantanamo Bay during Spanish-American War
  • 1915  Girls Scouts formed in Washington, D.C.
  • 1935  Alcoholics Anonymous founded in Akron, Ohio
  • 1943  FDR signs bill allowing tax withholding
  • 1940  Italy declares war on France and Great Britain; Norway surrenders to Germany
  • 1953  President Eisenhower rejects isolationism in speech declaring U.S. commitment to combating communism worldwide
  • 1964  Cloture invoked for 1st time on any civil rights bill; Senator Everett Dirksen (R-IL) ends 57-day filibuster by Democrats opposed to Act
  • 1967  Israel and Syria agree to a cease-fire; Six-Days War ends
  • 1977  Assassin convicted in death of Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr. James Earl Ray escapes from Brushy Mountain Penitentiary
  • 1988  American author of Western fiction Louis L’Amour dies(b. 1908)
  • 2003  NASA launches a Delta II rocket carrying Mars rover Spirit
  • 2004 Musician/singer/songwriter Ray Charles dies in Beverly Hills (b. 1930)

Lost and Found – June 8th Edition

What to remember about June 8th…

  • 632    Muhammad, founder of Islam dies in Medina (traditional) (b. 570)
  • 1809  Patriot Thomas Paine dies (b. 1737); author of “Common Sense”
  • 1861  Vote on referendum of secession passes in Tennessee; they are the last state to leave the Union
  • 1867  American architect Frank Lloyd Wright is born (d. 1959)
  • 1896  President Cleveland orders federal departments to investigate how many immigrants work for the government; wants “aliens” purged
  • 1949  FBI report names Hollywood celebs as communists
  • 1959  Submarine USS Barbero launches Regulus cruise missile towards Mayport, Florida; America’s 1st and only official “missile mail”
  • 1967  Israeli forces attack USS Liberty during Six-Day War
  • 1968  Immigration officer at Heathrow Airport examines Canadian passport of “Ramon George Sneyd”; discovers that man is actually James Earl Ray who is wanted for murder of Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr.
  • 1984  1st Ghostbusters movie released
  • 1991  Victory Parade in Washington, D.C. for Persian Gulf War

Lost and Found – April 23rd Edition

What to remember about April 23rd…

  • 1564  English poet and dramatist William Shakespeare is born in Stratford-on-Avon (traditional); dies on same date in 1616
  • 1778  John Paul Jones leads 30 volunteers from USS Ranger on raid of British port of Whitehaven, England; fire consumes the town in only American raid on British soil during the revolution
  • 1791  Future 15th President James Buchanan is born in Cove Gap near Mercersburg, Pennsylvania (d. 1868)
  • 1872  In Washington, D.C., Charlotte E. Ray becomes 1st African-American female lawyer admitted to the Bar
  • 1969  Palestinian immigrant Sirhan Sirhan is sentenced to death after conviction in the assassination of politician Robert F. Kennedy
  • 1985  Coca-Cola changes formula and releases New Coke; product changed back less than 3 months later after overwhelming negative response
  • 1998  Convicted assassin of Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr. dies in prison; James Earl Ray had confessed to the crime and then recanted
  • 2005  “Me at the zoo” is 1st video ever uploaded to YouTube

Lost and Found – April 16th Edition

What to remember about April 16th…

Patriot’s Day – Commemorates Battles of Lexington and Concord

  • 1818  Rush-Bagot Treaty is ratified by U.S. Senate; establishes border between America and British Canada
  • 1859  French political thinker and historian Alexis de Tocqueville dies of tuberculosis (b. 1805); famous for his 2 volume Democracy in America
  • 1862  Slavery ends in Washington, D.C.; celebrated as Emancipation Day
  • 1863  Union fleet braves barrage of artillery from Confederates entrenched at Vicksburg; only one ship lost as they pass along the Mississippi
  • 1889  Silent film star Charlie Chaplin is born (d. 1977)
  • 1917  Vladimir Ilyich Lenin returns from a decade of exile; takes command of growing Russian Revolution
  • 1963  Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr. writes Letter from Birmingham Jail while incarcerated for protesting segregation in Birmingham, Alabama
  • 1972  NASA’s Apollo 16 mission to the moon launches successfully
  • 1987  U.S. Patent Office began allowing the patenting of new animals and life-forms created by genetic engineering
  • 2003  Treaty is signed to allow Czech Republic, Estonia, Cyprus, Latvia, Lithuania, Hungary, Malta, Poland, Slovenia, and Slovakia to join European Union
  • 2007  32 students and teachers at Virginia Polytechnic Institute and State University are shot dead in spree shooting by student Seung Hui Cho

Lost and Found – April 15th Edition

What to remember about April 15th…

  • 1783  Treaty to end war between United States and Great Britain is ratified by Continental Congress; will be signed in Paris in September
  • 1817  American School for the Deaf founded in Hartford, Connecticut by Thomas Gallaudet and Laurent Clerc; 1st school for deaf students in America
  • 1865  President Lincoln is pronounced dead at 7:22 am the morning after he is shot by Confederate sympathizer John Wilkes Booth
  • 1912  Just 3 hours after striking an Atlantic iceberg, RMS Titanic sinks at 2:20 am killing 1500 of 2200 passengers and crew
  • 1947  Jackie Robinson is becomes African-American player in Major League Baseball when he steps onto Ebbets Field for the Brooklyn Dodgers
  • 1952  Boeing B-52 Stratofortress makes its maiden flight
  • 1955  Ray Kroc opens his 1st McDonald’s store in Des Plaines, Illinois and incorporates McDonald’s Corporation
  • 1967  Massive anti-war protest in New York’s Central Park; speeches by Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr., Floyd McKissick, and Stokely Carmichael
  • 1994  Representatives of 124 countries sign Marrakesh Agreements creating World Trade Organization on January 1, 1995
  • 1998  Brutal communist dictator and leader of Khmer Rouge dies; responsible for deaths of over 2 million Cambodians and killing fields (b. 1925)