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Lost and Found – January 21st Edition

What to remember about January 21st…

  • 1738  American patriot, Revolutionary War hero, and founder of Vermont, Ethan Allen is born in Litchfield, Connecticut (d. 1789)
  • 1855  (21st or 23rd) American firearms designer and inventor John Moses Browning is born in Ogden, Utah (d. 1926); known as father of modern firearms
  • 1861  Jefferson Davis delivers farewell speech and then resigns from the senate; will become president of the Confederate States of America
  • 1924  Architect of the Bolshevik Revolution and 1st leader of the Soviet Union Vladimir Lenin dies (b. 1870); replaced by Joseph Stalin
  • 1950  Former State Department official and Soviet spy Algier Hiss is convicted of perjury
  • 1954  USS Nautilus is launched; worlds 1st operational nuclear powered submarine
  • 1968  Initial engagements of the 66-day long Battle for Khe Sanh
  • 1976  Concorde SST aircraft carries its 1st commercial passengers with simultaneous departures from London and Paris
  • 1977  President Carter unconditionally pardons thousands who dodged the draft during the Vietnam War
  • 1985  Ronald Reagan inaugurated to second term as president; ceremony delayed as the 20th fell on a Sunday
  • 2003  U.S. Census bureau announces that Hispanic population outnumbers African-American population in U.S. for the 1st time
  • 2010  Supreme Court rules in Citizens United v. FEC that portions of McCain-Feingold Act are unconstitutional; 1st Amendment prohibits limits on campaign spending by corporations and unions

From beginning in this humble shop in the old West, J.M. Browning went on to bring the world such important weapons as the M1911 pistol, the Browning M2 .50 caliber machine gun, the Browning Hi-Power pistol, the Browning Automatic Rifle, and the Browning Auto-5, and the Ithaca Model 37 semi-automatic shotgun.

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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

Lost and Found – November 21st Edition

What to remember about November 21st…

    • 1729  Josiah Bartlett is born in Amesbury, Massachusetts; signer of Declaration of Independence, delegate to Continental Congress, physician, and 1st governor of New Hampshire
    • 1783  2 Frenchmen make the 1st untethered flight in a hot air balloon; conquest of the skies begins
    • 1789  North Carolina votes to ratify the United States Constitution; admitted as 12th state in the Union
    • 1877  Thomas Edison announces invention of the phonograph
    • 1975  Congressional report charges that U.S. government had instigated assassinations of Fidel Castro and other leaders
    • 1976  In New York City, boxing film Rocky debuts; Sylvester Stallone becomes one of Hollywood’s biggest stars
    • 1985  Navy analyst Johnathan Pollard is arrested for espionage; delivered classified info to Israel on Arab nations
    • 1995  Dayton Peace Agreement is initialed near Dayton, Ohio, ending three years of war in Bosnia and Herzegovina

Lost and Found – November 6th Edition

What to remember about November 6th…

    • 1789  John Carroll is appointed the 1st Catholic Bishop in America; founder of Georgetown University
    • 1854  American composed and conductor John Phillip Souza is born in Washington, D.C. (d. 1932)
    • 1861  Jefferson Davis elected President of the Confederacy
    • 1944  Plutonium is 1st produced at Hanford Atomic Facility; it will be used in the bomb dropped on Nagasaki, Japan
    • 1965  U.S. begins Freedom Flights program that brings 250,000 refugees from communist Cuba
    • 1986  John A. Walker, Jr. is convicted of running spy ring for the Soviets; sentenced to life in prison
    • 1985  Press accounts reveal that President Reagan authorized arms sales to Iran; Iran-Contra Affair expands
    • 2003  President Bush signs Partial-Birth Abortion Ban Act

Lost and Found – October 1st Edition

What to remember about October 1st…

  • 1730  American jurist, legislator, and signer of the Declaration of Independence Richard Stockton is born near Princeton, New Jersey
  • 1781  American naval officer James Lawrence is born; famously gave dying command “Don’t give up the ship!” during War of 1812
  • 1864  Washington, D.C. socialite and Confederate spy Rose O’Neal Greenhow drowns while smuggling gold to the South
  • 1890  Congress establishes Yosemite National Park
  • 1903  Pittsburgh Pirates and the Boston Americans play the 1st game of the 1st World Series ; game is held at the Huntington Avenue Baseball Grounds in Boston, Massachusetts
  • 1908  Ford Motor Corporation unveils the 1st production Model T in Detroit, Michigan
  • 1924  President James Earl “Jimmy” Carter is born in Plains, Georgia
  • 1949  Mao Zedong proclaims the creation of the People’s Republic of China
  • 1958  NASA begins operations; replaces the 46-year-old NACA (National Advisory Committee for Aeronautics)
  • 1975  Muhammad Ali defeats Joe Frazier at the Thrilla in Manila boxing match in the Philippines
  • 1981  EPCOT (Experimental Prototype Community Of Tomorrow) Center opens at Walt Disney World in Orlando, Florida
  • 2005  University of Oklahoma student Joel “Joe” Henry Hinrichs III detonates backpack bomb outside Oklahoma Memorial Stadium there were no other casualties

Lost and Found – July 29th Edition

What to remember about July 29th…

  • 1805  French historian Alexis de Tocqueville is born; author of the famous Democracy in America
  • 1833  English abolitionist William Wilberforce dies
  • 1862  Confederate spy Marie Isabella “Belle” Boyd is arrested by Union troops; detained in Washington, D.C.
  • 1907  Sir Robert Baden-Powell establishes Brownsea Island Scout Camp
  • 1921  Adolf Hitler becomes leader of the National Socialist German Workers Party (NAZI Party)
  • 1958  President Eisenhower signs legislation creating National Aeronautics and Space Administration (NASA)
  • 1965  Soldiers from the 101st Airborne Division begin arriving in Vietnam
  • 1976  Serial killer David “Son of Sam” Berkowitz begins his killing spree in New York City

Lost and Found – July 8th Edition

What to remember about July 8th…

  • 1654  Jacob Barsimson departs Holland for New Amsterdam (New York); first known Jewish settler to arrive in the colonies
  •  1776  Liberty Bell is rung at Pennsylvania State House (later Independence Hall) to announce the Declaration of Independence
  • 1853  Commodore Perry sails into Tokyo Bay with 4 Black Ships, ends 200 years of Japanese isolationism
  • 1863  Confederate forces surrender Port Hudson, Louisiana
  • 1876  Hamburg Massacre; 7 black Republicans murdered by white mob in Democrat campaign for South Carolina’s “Redemption”
  • 1891  Future President Warren G. Harding marries divorcee Florence Mabel King DeWolfe in Marion, Ohio
  • 1947  U.S. Air Force releases statement that a “flying disk” had crashed and was recovered near Roswell, New Mexico; opinions vary
  • 1960  U-2 Pilot Francis Gary Powers is charged with espionage after being shot down over the USSR
  • 1960  Havana Sugar Kings baseball team moves to New Jersey because of Cuban nationalization of all U.S.-owned enterprises
  • 2010  Solar Impulse piloted by André Borschberg completes 1st 24-hour flight by a solar-powered aircraft
  • 2011  NASA launches Atlantis on the final mission of the Space Shuttle program

Lost and Found – June 19th Edition

What to remember about June 19th…

  • 1846  New York Base Ball Club defeats Knickerbockers 23-1 in 1st recorded official game of baseball; played on Elysian Field in Hoboken
  • 1864  CSS Alabama, the most successful Confederate commerce raider of the war, sunk off the coast of France by USS Kearsarge
  • 1886  Future 27th President William Howard Taft marries Hellen “Nellie” Herron in Cincinnati, Ohio
  • 1910  Father’s Day is celebrated for the 1st time
  • 1917  King George V changes royal family name to Windsor from the Germanic Saxe-Coburg-Gotha; all German titles eliminated as well
  • 1933  Exiled Communist leader Leon Trotsky given asylum in France
  • 1944  Battle of Philippine Sea begins; largest aircraft carrier battle in history; Japanese fleet irreparably damaged
  • 1953  Julius and Ethel Rosenberg executed in the electric chair at Sing Sing Prison for conspiracy to commit espionage
  • 1977  Guardian Angels leader Curtis Sliwa shot twice in Manhattan
  • 1978  Garfield comic strip first published in U.S.

Lost and Found – May 10th Edition

What to remember about May 10th…

  • 1775  Patriot forces under Ethan Allen and Benedict Arnold capture Fort Ticonderoga; captured cannon give Continental Army artillery they lacked
  • 1801  Pasha of Tripoli declares war on the United States after President Thomas Jefferson refuses to pay $225,000 in tribute
  • 1865  Confederate President Jefferson Davis is captured in Georgia while attempting to flee the country
  • 1869  Golden spike is driven to ceremonially connect final segment of the 1st transcontinental railroad at Promontory, Utah
  • 1872  Suffragette Victoria Woodhull is nominated for President of the United States by the newly formed Equal Rights Party
  • 1877  President Rutherford B. Hayes has the White House’s first telephone installed; the phone number was “1”
  • 1940  Winston Churchill is selected to replace Neville Chamberlain as prime minister of Great Britain
  • 1960  Nuclear submarine USS Triton completes 1st underwater circumnavigation of the earth
  • 1994  Convicted serial killer John Wayne Gacy is executed by lethal injection in Illinois for the murders of 33 young men and boys
  • 2002  F.B.I. agent Robert Hanssen is sentenced to life in prison for selling secrets to Russia for $1.4 million in cash and diamonds

Lost and Found – February 21st Edition

What to remember about February 21st…

  • 1848  Former 6th President John Quincy Adams suffers stroke during heated debate in U.S. House of Representatives
  • 1849  Karl Marx and Friedrich Engels publish The Communist Manifesto; leads to millions of deaths worldwide
  • 1885  Washington Monument is dedicated after almost 50 years in works
  • 1916  10-month Battle of Verdun begins with massive bombardment
  • 1948  National Association for Stock Car Racing (NASCAR) is incorporated
  • 1965  African-American activist Malcolm X (aka El-Hajj Malik El-Shabazz) is assassinated by members of Nation of Islam after leaving group (b. 1925)
  • 1970  Secret peace negotiations begin between Vietnamese representatives and Henry Kissinger
  • 1972  President Nixon arrives in China to open diplomatic relations talks
  • 1994  CIA employee Aldrich Ames is arrested for selling secrets to Soviet Union; at least 10 agents murdered because of his leaks
  • 1995  American businessman and adventurer Steve Fossett completes 1st solo balloon flight across the Pacific