Tag Archives: Florida

Lost and Found – January 10th Edition

What to remember about January 10th…

  • 1776  Exiled loyalist and Governor of North Carolina calls for subjects to rise up against patriot “Insurrection”, only 1500 answer the call
  • 1861  Florida secedes from the Union ahead of the Civil War
  • 1862  Pioneering firearms manufacturer and businessman Samuel Colt dies of gout in Hartford, Connecticut (b. 1814)
  • 1917  Medal of Honor recipient, hunter, and showman William Frederick “Buffalo Bill” Cody dies in bed in Denver, Colorado (b. 1846)
  • 1920  Covenant of the League of Nations goes into effect; formally establishes the League of Nations even without U.S. membership
  • 1941  President Franklin D. Roosevelt introduces lend-lease program to support allies without direct military confrontation with the Axis
  • 1946  General Assembly of the United Nations convenes for 1st time meeting at Westminster Central Hall in London; 51 nations represented
  • 1984  United States and Vatican City establish full diplomatic relations
  • 2016  Musician, actor, songwriter, and cultural icon David Bowie (David Robert Jones) dies from liver cancer at home in New York City (b. 1947)

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Lost and Found – June 25th Edition

What to remember about June 25th…

  • 1788  Virginia becomes 10th state to ratify the U.S. Constitution
  • 1868  Florida conditionally re-admitted to the United States
  • 1876  Battle of Little Bighorn;   Native American forces led by Chiefs Crazy Horse and Sitting Bull defeat Custer led forces in Montana
  • 1900  English Admiral Lord Louis Mountbatten is born
  • 1910  Congress passes the Mann Act; makes it illegal to transport any girl or woman across state lines for “any immoral purpose”
  • 1942  Lt. Gen Dwight D. Eisenhower takes command of U.S. forces in Europe; later becomes commander of all allied forces for D-Day
  • 1950  North Korean Peoples (KPA) army crosses the 38th parallel and invades South Korea; Korean War begins
  • 1991  Slovenia and Croatia both declare their independence and secede from the formerly Soviet controlled Yugoslavia
  • 1993  Kim Campbell sworn in as 1st female Canadian prime minister
  • 1996  Islamic terrorists from Hezbollah detonate truck bomb outside barracks at Khobar Towers in Saudi Arabia; 19 killed and 372 injured
  • 2006  Hamas terrorists kidnap Israeli Defense Force Corporal Gilad Shalit near Gaza border; held hostage until October 18, 2011
  • 2009  Singer Michael Jackson dies at age 50 in Los Angeles

Remembering Custer’s Last Stand – Encyclopedia Britannica

Lost and Found – June 3rd Edition

What to remember about June 3rd…

  • 1539  Spanish explorer Hernando de Soto claims Florida for Spain
  • 1781 “Paul Revere of the South” John “Jack” Jouett, Jr. makes his late night ride to warn Thomas Jefferson and the Virginia legislature of coming British cavalry led by Lieutenant Colonel Banastre Tarleton
  • 1808  Future president of the Confederacy Jefferson Finis Davis is born in Christian County, Kentucky (d. 1889)
  • 1861  Union forces rout Confederate troops in Barbour County, West Virginia at Battle of Philippi; 1st land battle of the War
  • 1889  1st long distance power line is completed; 14-mile line runs from a generator at Willamette Falls to downtown Portland, Oregon
  • 1940  Battle of Dunkirk ends as last British troops are evacuated by boat back to England; less than half French troops will evacuate the next day
  • 1965  NASA launches Gemini IV in preparation for the 1st spacewalk by an American
  • 1982  3 Palestinian Liberation Organization (PLO) terrorists attempt to assassinate Israeli ambassador on a London street
  • 1989  Chinese government orders troops to Tiananmen Square to forcibly remove pro-democracy demonstrators
  • UPDATE – 2016 Boxing legend Muhammad Ali dies at age 74 (b.1942) “The man who views the world at 50 the same as he did at 20 has wasted 30 years of his life.”

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Lost and Found – April 2nd Edition

What to remember about April 2nd…

  • 1513  Spanish explorer Juan Ponce de Leon comes ashore on the Florida; 1st recorded landing and exploration of the peninsula
  • 1863  Food riots break out in Confederate city of Richmond, Virginia
  • 1917  Jeannette Pickering Rankin (R-MO) becomes 1st woman to be seated as a member of the House of Representatives
  • 1917  President Wilson asks Congress for a declaration of war
  • 1979  Anthrax epidemic breaks out in Russian town killing 62; outbreak caused by human error at nearby biological weapons plant
  • 1982  Argentinian forces begin full-scale invasion of British colony on the Falkland Islands; British war response will take weeks
  • 1992  Mafia boss John “The Teflon Don” Gotti is convicted of murder and racketeering; assassin turned informant credited for conviction
  • 2005  Pope John Paul II dies (b. 1920)

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Lost and Found – February 22nd Edition

What to remember about February 22nd…

  • 1732  George Washington, 1st President of the United States, is born in Virginia (d. 1799)
  • 1819  Representatives of United States and Spain sign Florida Purchase Treaty; U.S. assumes $5 million in Spanish debt
  • 1847  5,000 U.S. troops led by future 12th president Zachary Taylor defeat 15,000 under General Santa Anna at Battle of Buena Vista
  • 1856  Republican Party holds 1st national convention in Philadelphia, Pennsylvania
  • 1862  Jefferson Davis inaugurated President of Confederate States of America
  • 1864  Outnumbered 3-to-1, Confederates led by Nathan Bedford Forrest rout Yankees at Battle of West Point, Mississippi
  • 1942  President Franklin Roosevelt orders General Douglas MacArthur to evacuate from the Philippines in face of Japanese invasion
  • 1943  Nazis execute by guillotine college student leaders of White Rose resistance movement at University of Munich
  • 1968  American and South Vietnamese forces deal communists massive losses as Tet Offensive comes to a close
  • 1980  U.S. hockey team scores miraculous victory over reigning gold medal winning Soviets at Lake Placid Winter Olympics
  • 1990  Fraudulent musical act Milli Vanilli wins Grammy award as Best New Artist

Lost and Found – January 10th Edition

What to remember about January 10th…

  • 1776  Exiled loyalist and Governor of North Carolina calls for subjects to rise up against patriot “Insurrection”, only 1500 answer the call
  • 1861  Florida secedes from the Union ahead of the Civil War
  • 1862  Pioneering firearms manufacturer and businessman Samuel Colt dies of gout in Hartford, Connecticut (b. 1814)
  • 1917  Medal of Honor recipient, hunter, and showman William Frederick “Buffalo Bill” Cody dies in bed in Denver, Colorado (b. 1846)
  • 1920  Covenant of the League of Nations goes into effect; formally establishes the League of Nations even without U.S. membership
  • 1941  President Franklin D. Roosevelt introduces lend-lease program to support allies without direct military confrontation with the Axis
  • 1946  General Assembly of the United Nations convenes for 1st time meeting at Westminster Central Hall in London; 51 nations represented
  • 1984  United States and Vatican City establish full diplomatic relations

Lost and Found – October 27th Edition

What to remember about October 27th…

  • 1659  Massachusetts executes 2 Quakers for their beliefs
  • 1787  1st essay of the Federalist Papers is published
  • 1810  United States annexes former Spanish colony of West Florida
  • 1858  Future President Theodore Roosevelt is born in New York City (d. 1919)
  • 1904 1st Subway opens in New York City
  • 1962  America pilot becomes only casualty of the Cuban Missile Crisis when his U-2 reconnaissance plane is shot down by Soviet missile
  • 1964  Ronald Reagan gives “A Time For Choosing” speech on behalf of Barry Goldwater; launches his political career
  • 1988  President Reagan decides to demolish the new U.S. Embassy in Moscow after discovery of built-in Soviet listening devices
  • 2004  Boston Red Sox win 1st World series since 1918

Lost and Found – September 8th Edition

What to remember about September 8th…

  • 1565  St. Augustine, Florida founded; Spaniards arrive with the 1st African slaves in North America
  • 1900  Devastating hurricane destroys Galveston, Texas; more than 6000 people die
  • 1915  German Zeppelin successfully bombs London; 22 killed in the massive fire that develops
  • 1925  British film actor, comedian and singer Peter Sellers is born (d. 24 July 1980) in Southsea, Portsmouth; famous for roles as the “Pink Panther” and “Dr. Strangelove
  • 1943  General Eisenhower announces that Italy has surrendered to the Allies
  • 1966  1st episode of Star Trek airs on national television; stars William Shatner and Leonard Nimoy
  • 1974  President Ford pardons his predecessor, President Nixon
  • 2003  Recording Industry Association of America (RIAA) begins suing individuals that share copyrighted music files online
  • 2004  CBS News releases forged documents that claim to show President George Bush’s military record is tainted

Presidential Trivia – John Quincy Adams

Think you know a lot about the President of the United States?  Let us dig down into the dustbin of history and see what we can find.

Our candidate today is:  John Quincy Adams, 6th President of the United States

  • Born July 11, 1767 in Braintree, Massachusetts
  •  Died February 23, 1848 inside the Capitol Building in Washington, D.C.
  • Height: 5’7″
  • Education:  Graduated Phi Beta Kappa with a Bachelor of Arts from Harvard in 1787, A.M. from Harvard in 1790
  • Civilian profession: Professor of Rhetoric at Harvard
  • Married to Louisa Catherine Johnson in 1797.  She is the first and only foreign-born First Lady.
  • Children: Louisa, George Washington, John, Charles
  • Political Party – Whig (1838–1848), Federalist (Before 1808), Democratic-Republican (1808–1830), National Republican (1830-1834)
  • One of only 8 Presidents to be born British subjects: Washington, J. Adams, Jefferson, Madison, Monroe, J. Q. Adams, Jackson, W. Harrison
  • First son of a President to become President.  George H.W. Bush is the only other.
  • Refused to take his oath of office upon a Bible stating that the Holy Book was for religious purposes only.
  • First to President without having won either the popular vote or most electoral college votes.  He was elected by the House of Representatives.
  • Weather permitting, he swam nude in the Potomac River every day.  A female reporter one day came down to the river and stole his clothes until he agreed to give her the first Presidential interview.
  • When he was Secretary of State, he negotiated the Adams-Onis Treaty that transferred Florida from Spain to the United States.
  • Only President to have silkworms or an alligator (kept in the bathroom) in the White House.  Also had installed the first pool table.
  • First President to be photographed
  • Adams spoke on behalf of the slaves of the Amistad before the U.S. Supreme Court.  As a thank you gift they gave him the Mendi Bible.
  • Famous quote:  “The four most miserable years of my life were my four years in the presidency.”

Lost and Found – June 25th Edition

What to remember about June 25th…

  • 1788  Virginia becomes 10th state to ratify the U.S. Constitution
  • 1868  Florida conditionally re-admitted to the United States
  • 1876  Battle of Little Bighorn;   Native American forces led by Chiefs Crazy Horse and Sitting Bull defeat Custer led forces in Montana
  • 1900  English Admiral Lord Louis Mountbatten is born
  • 1910  Congress passes the Mann Act; makes it illegal to transport any girl or woman across state lines for “any immoral purpose”
  • 1942  Lt. Gen Dwight D. Eisenhower takes command of U.S. forces in Europe; later becomes commander of all allied forces for D-Day
  • 1950  North Korean Peoples (KPA) army crosses the 38th parallel and invades South Korea; Korean War begins
  • 1991  Slovenia and Croatia both declare their independence and secede from the formerly Soviet controlled Yugoslavia
  • 1993  Kim Campbell sworn in as 1st female Canadian prime minister
  • 1996  Islamic terrorists from Hezbollah detonate truck bomb outside barracks at Khobar Towers in Saudi Arabia; 19 killed and 372 injured
  • 2006  Hamas terrorists kidnap Israeli Defense Force Corporal Gilad Shalit near Gaza border; held hostage until October 18, 2011
  • 2009  Singer Michael Jackson dies at age 50 in Los Angeles

Remembering Custer’s Last Stand – Encyclopedia Britannica