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Lost and Found – October 24th Edition

What to remember about October 24th…

  • 1861  Western Union completes 1st transcontinental telegraph line
  • 1901  Annie Edson Taylor becomes the first person to survive a trip over Niagara Falls in a barrel; it is her 63rd birthday
  • 1929  “Black Thursday” begins a  stock market crash that starts the 12-year Great Depression
  • 1944  American Navy sinks Japanese aircraft carrier and battleship at the Battle of Leyte Gulf
  • 1945  United Nations is formally established with the ratification of the United Nations Charter
  • 1949  Cornerstone of the United Nations Headquarters in New York is lain; construction financed by $65 million loan from U.S.
  • 1951  President Truman proclaims that the war with Germany is officially over
  • 1992  Toronto Blue Jays become 1st team outside of the United States to win Major League Baseball’s World Series
  • 2003  Supersonic Concorde passenger jet makes its last commercial flight
  • 2005  Civil rights activist Rosa Louise McCauley Parks dies at home in Detroit, Michigan (b. 1913)

Lost and Found – October 22nd Edition

What to remember about October 22nd…

  • 1734  American pioneer and explorer Daniel Boone in Berks County, Pennsylvania (d. 1820)
  • 1775  1st president of the Continental Congress Peyton Manning of Virginia dies in Philadelphia
  • 1797  André-Jacques Garnerin is the first person to make a parachute jump; he descends from a hot air balloon 3200 feet above Paris
  • 1907  A run on New York banks leads to financial crisis and a 50% decline in the New York Stock Exchange
  • 1957  1st American casualties of the Vietnam War; 13 injured in terrorist bombing in Saigon
  • 1962  President Kennedy addresses nation on television to announce a blockade of Cuba in response to the installation of nuclear weapons on the island by the Soviet Union
  • 1968  Apollo 7 mission splashes down as the 1st successful manned mission of the Apollo series
  • 1986  President Reagan signs the Tax Reform Act of 1986
  • 2008  India launches their 1st unmanned lunar mission

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
  • 1983  Prime Minister of Grenada is assassinated in military coup; President Reagan will soon dispatch 6000 troops to liberate the island
  • 1987  Black Monday; stock market loses 22% in one day; largest percentage loss in history
  • 2005  Former Iraqi dictator Saddam Hussein goes on trial for crimes against humanity

Lost and Found – September 15th Edition

What to remember about September 15th…

  • 1779  French fleet blockading Savannah, Georgia captures 2 British frigates and 2 supply ships
  • 1794  James Madison marries Dolly Payne Todd
  • 1835  Naturalist Charles Darwin reaches the Galapagos Islands aboard the HMS Beagle
  • 1857  President William Howard Taft is born in Cincinnati, Ohio
  • 1862  Confederate General “Stonewall” Jackson captures Harpers Ferry, Virginia and 12,000 Union troops
  • 1916  Tanks are used in battle for the 1st time by Britain at the Battle of the Somme
  • 1935  Nuremberg Laws are passed in Germany; Jews are stripped of their civil rights; Nazis adopt the swastika for their flag
  • 1950  U.S. forces under General MacArthur  make surprise amphibious assault at Inchon and capture the city
  • 1981  Senate Judiciary Committee approves Sandra Day O’Connor to become the 1st female justice of the Supreme Court of the United States
  • 2008  158-year old financial firm Lehman Brothers files for Chapter 11 bankruptcy, largest bankruptcy filing in U.S. history

British Mark IV Tank

Lost and Found – September 2nd Edition

What to remember about September 2nd…

  • 1666  London’s Great Fire breaks out; three-quarters of the city destroyed and 100,000 left homeless
  • 1775  George Washington hires the schooner Hannah to be the 1st armed American warship, founding vessel of the U.S. Navy
  • 1789  Congress establishes the United States Treasury Department to restore the economy post-war
  • 1862  After disaster at second Battle of Bull Run, Lincoln reluctantly puts McClellan in charge of Union forces
  • 1864  Union forces Atlanta after yesterday’s withdrawal of Confederate forces
  • 1885  In Rock Springs, Wyoming, striking miners attempting to unionize riot and kill 28 Chinese laborers and chase away hundreds more
  • 1901  “Speak softly and carry a big stick”; Theodore Roosevelt used the slogan for the 1st time at the Minnesota State Fair
  • 1945  V-J Day; Japan formally surrenders to the Allies at ceremony aboard battleship USS Missouri
  • 1969  Worlds 1st ATM debuts at Chemical Bank in New York
  • 1973  J.R.R. Tolkien dies in Bournemouth, England; author of The Hobbit and The Lord of the Rings trilogy
  • 2011  UN issues report finding Israel acted legitimately when it enforced its blockade of Gaza against flotilla of activists

Time Magazine cover VJ Day

Lost and Found – August 24th Edition

What to remember about August 24th…

  • 1814  British march into, capture, and then burn Washington D.C.; have dinner in White house before setting it on fire
  • 1857  Financial Panic of 1857 begins; widespread failures of insurance, land, and railroad businesses cause financial crises that isn’t resolved until the beginning of the Civil War
  • 1912  Congress passes the Second Organic Act of 1912 forming the Territory of Alaska
  • 1954  U.S. Congress passes the Communist Control Act; falls short of outlawing communism or the party
  • 1955  Mike Huckabee, American pastor, politician and author is born in Hope, Arkansas
  • 1970  Vietnam War protestors set off 2000 pound bomb at Sterling Hall on the University of Wisconsin–Madison campus
  • 1981  Mark David Chapman is sentenced to 20 years to life for the murder of John Lennon
  • 1992  Category 5 hurricane Andrew strikes Florida; 3rd most devastating storm in U.S. history
  • 2006  The International Astronomical Union votes to strip Pluto of its status as a planet

University of Wisconsin–Madison Sterling Hall Bombing Aftermath

Lost and Found – August 16th Edition

What to remember about August 16th…

  • 1780  Continental forces led by General Horatio Gates suffer embarrassing loss at Camden, South Carolina
  • 1812  American General William Hull surrenders Detroit to British and Indian forces without a fight; he is later convicted of cowardice
  • 1841  President John Tyler is burned in effigy outside the White House for vetoing reestablishment of the Bank of the United States
  • 1896  George Carmack finds gold while fishing in the Yukon; “Klondike Fever” leads to the last great gold rush in America
  • 1948  Baseball legend Babe Ruth dies of cancer in New York City
  • 1974  The Ramones play their first public show in Manhattan; Punk Rock is born
  • 1977  Elvis Presley, the “King Of Rock and Roll” dies in Memphis, Tennessee of an apparent heart attack
  • 1984  Automaker John DeLorean is acquitted of drug trafficking charges
  • 2007  Student Seung-Hui Cho goes on shooting spree at Virginia Tech, he commits suicide after killing 32 and wounding 25

delorean showroom car

Lost and Found – July 31st Edition

What to remember about July 31st…

  • 1777  Continental Congress commissions Marquis de Lafayette as an unpaid Major General in the Continental Army
  • 1875  Former 17th President of the United States Andrew Johnson dies in Tennessee of a suspected stroke (b. 1808)
  • 1912  American economist and Nobel laureate Milton Friedman is born in Brooklyn, New York, the man that saved America from Jimmy Carter’s stagflation and saved capitalism
  • 1941  Herman Goering sends order to Heydrich to create a plan for a “final solution to the Jewish situation”; Holocaust planning begins
  • 1965  English author J.K. Rowling is born; creator of the Harry Potter books series
  • 1971  Astronauts from Apollo 15 take first ride aboard the Lunar Rover on the surface of the Moon
  • 2007  Operation Banner, the British occupation of Northern Ireland, ends after 38 years

milton friedman

Lost and Found – July 15th Edition

What to remember about July 15th…

  • 1783 The first successful steamboat Pyroscaphe sails in France on the River Saône; built by Claude-François-Dorothée de Jouffroy
  • 1799  The Rosetta Stone is found in an Egyptian village during Napoleon’s Egyptian Campaign; allows translation of hieroglyphics
  • 1862  Confederate ironclad CSS Arkansas attacks Admiral Farragut’s Union fleet damaging more than a dozen vessels
  • 1870  Georgia is readmitted to the Union; it is that last state to rejoin after the end of the Civil War
  • 1933  American Wiley Post begins first solo flight around the world
  • 1964  Barry Goldwater nominated for President by Republican Party
  • 1975  In simultaneous launches, Apollo 18 and Soyuz 19 are launched to begin joint Apollo-Soyuz Test Project
  • 1979  President Jimmy Carter gives speech on television about our national “crisis of confidence”; misquoted as the “malaise” speech
  • 1988  Movie “Die Hard” opens; actor Bruce Willis rises to stardom
  • 2002  “American Taliban” John Walker Lindh accepts plea bargain of 20-years; he was captured fighting for the Afghan Taliban


Lost and Found – December 27th Edition

What to remember about December 27th…

  • 1831  British naturalist Charles Darwin leaves England aboard HMS Beagle on surveying expedition of southern Atlantic and Pacific
  • 1836  American pioneer and “Father of Texas” Stephen Fuller Austin dies of pneumonia (b. 1793)
  • 1941  Rationing program begins in U.S. when federal Office of Price Administration mandates no driver can own more than five tires
  • 1944  FDR orders the National Guard to seize Montgomery Ward plants because of refusals to allow unionization
  • 1945  International Monetary Fund and World Bank are created; agreement to organize was signed in July at the Breton Woods Conference
  • 1968  Crew of Apollo 8 splashes down safely after becoming 1st humans to orbit the Moon
  • 1979  Soviets begin to send an additional 75,000 troops to Afghanistan in 10-year bid to support puppet communist regime
  • 2002  Raëlian bishop and Clonaid CEO Brigitte Boisselier announces 1st human reproductive cloning success with birth of baby Eve; scientists sceptical and no proof ever supplied
  • 2012  General H. Norman Schwarzkopf dies in Tampa, FL. (b. 1934); led coalition forces to victory during Gulf War in 1991

wwii rationing poster