Tag Archives: Gerald Ford

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?

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 – 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
    • 1943  General Eisenhower announces that Italy has surrendered to the lies
    • 1966  1st episode of Star Trek airs on national television
    • 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 – Gerald Ford

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:  Gerald Rudolph “Jerry” Ford, Jr. (born Leslie Lynch King, Jr.), 38th President of the United States

  • Born July 14, 1913 in Omaha, Nebraska
  • Died December 26, 2006 in Rancho Mirage, California
  • Height: 6’0″
  • Childhood and school activities:  Boy Scout and Eagle Scout; captain of high school football team; member of the National Honor Society; member of 1932 and 1933 University of Michigan Wolverines national champion football team; member 1935 Collegiate All-Star football team
  • Education:  University of Michigan Bachelor of Arts degree in economics 1935; LL.B. and J.D. from Yale Law School 1941
  • Military Service:  United States Navy 1942-1946, final rank Lieutenant Commander
  • Civilian profession: Lawyer
  • Married to Elizabeth Ann “Betty” Bloomer (April 8, 1918 – July 8, 2011) on October 15, 1948 in Grand Rapids, Michigan
  • Children: Michael, John, Steven, Susan
  • Political Party – Republican
  • Term of office:  August 9, 1974 – January 20, 1977
  • Only President or Vice President  to never be elected.  Appointed to the Vice Presidency upon the resignation of Spiro Agnew.  Assumed the Presidency upon the resignation of Richard Nixon.
  • At the 1964 Republican National Convention, Gerald Ford put forward George Romney (father of Mitt Romney) as the Republican Presidential nominee.  Barry Goldwater won the nomination.
  • Assassination attempts:  two; follower of Charles Manson Lynette “Squeaky” Fromme on September 5, 1975, FBI informant Sara Jane Moore on September 22, 1975
  • Ford was a member of the Warren Commission investigating assassination of President Kennedy
  • Turned down contracts to play football for both the Detroit Lions and Green Bay Packers
  • Worked as a male model; his picture was featured on the cover of Cosmopolitan Magazine in 1942
  • Only President to have been a Park Ranger; served at Yellowstone
  • Hobbies:  golf, stamp collecting
  • Famous quote: “A government big enough to give you everything you want is a government big enough to take from you everything you have.”

Lost and Found – July 14th Edition

What to remember about July 14th…

  • 1099  Jerusalem captured during the First Crusade
  • 1779  George Ross dies; member of Continental Congress, signer of the Declaration of Independence, and militia colonel
  • 1789  French revolutionaries and mutinous troops storm the Bastille; recognized later as French holiday “Bastille Day”
  • 1789  Congress passes the unconstitutional Sedition Act
  • 1881  Outlaw Billy the Kid (William Henry McCarty) killed by Sheriff Pat Garrett near Fort Sumner, New Mexico
  • 1913  Future 38th President of the United States Gerald Ford is born in Omaha, Nebraska (d. 2006)
  • 1933  Germany passes “Law against the establishment of political parties”; ends organized opposition to Nazi Party
  • 1933  Germany enacts Law for the Prevention of Hereditarily Diseased Offspring; compulsory sterilization of persons suffering from alleged genetic disorders
  • 1965  Mariner 4 makes flyby taking first close up photos of Mars
  • 1968  Hank Aaron hits his 500th home run
  • 2003  Washington Post columnist Robert Novak reveals Valerie Plame might be a CIA Operative

Lost and Found – February 19th Edition

What to remember about February 19th…

  • 1674  Treaty is signed to end war between England and  Netherlands; New Amsterdam is transferred to English and renamed New York
  • 1777  Continental Congress promotes 5  to rank of Major General; Brigadier Benedict Arnold threatens to resign having been passed over
  • 1807  Former Vice President Aaron Burr is arrested for treason in Alabama; conspired to establish new country from  annexed Spanish territory
  • 1847  Rescuers arrive at camp of starving Donner Party; settlers stranded by early snow in mountains had resorted to cannibalism
  • 1878  American inventor Thomas Edison is awarded patent for phonograph
  • 1942  President Franklin Roosevelt signs Executive Order 9066; authorized removal of people deemed undesirable from military areas; by June more than 100,000 Japanese on West Coast will be in internment camps
  • 1945 30,000  U.S. Marines begin invasion of Iwo Jima in South Pacific
  • 1976  President Ford revokes FDR’s Executive Order 9066
  • 1986  Soviet Union successfully launches Mir; 1st section of 1st modular space station to orbit the Earth
  • 2005 USS Jimmy Carter is christened; last Seawolf class fast attack sub

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Lost and Found – December 26th Edition

What to remember about December 26th…

    • 1610  Investigator for King Matthias discovers Countess Elizabeth Bathory directing torture session of young girls; believed most prolific female serial killer and part inspiration for Vampire mythology
    • 1776  America’s 1st real victory; after bringing his army across the Delaware River at night, General Washington’s troops capture Trenton, NJ and nearly 1000 Hessian mercenaries
    • 1862  4 volunteer nuns board USS Red Rover; 1st female nurses aboard U.S. Navy hospital ship; forerunners of Navy Nurses Corps
    • Winston Churchill is 1st foreign leader to address Congress
    • 1944  General George Patton turns his 3rd Army 90 degrees and races to Bastogne relieving the beleaguered 101st Airborne
    • 1956  Visionary automaker Preston Tucker dies (b. 1903); though unable to produce his dream car, his ideas change the industry
    • 1966  Holiday designed by California black studies professor Maulana Karenga is 1st celebrated; Kwanzaa is born from amalgamaton of many nations harvest festivals
    • 1972  Former President Harry S. Truman dies (b.1884)
    • 1996  JonBenét Ramsey case switches gears when her body is found beaten and strangled in basement of her family home
    • 2004  Underwater earthquake spawns 500-mph Pacific tsunami that will leave 230,000 dead; effects felt from Sumatra to Somalia
    • 2006 Former President Gerald Ford dies at home California (b. 1913); only office holder never elected president or vice-president

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

UPDATE:  2011  U.S. announces that the last troops have left Iraq; War is over?

UPDATE 2 :  2011  Supreme Leader of North Korea Kim Jung-il dies

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 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 – September 22nd Edition

What to remember about September 22nd…

  • 1776  Connecticut schoolteacher and captain in the Continental Army, Nathan Hale is executed in New York City by the British for spying
  • 1862  President Lincoln announces he will issue an Emancipation Proclamation on January 1, 1863
  • 1961  President Kennedy signs legislation making the Peace Corps a permanent government agency
  • 1975  President Gerald Ford survives 2nd assassination attempt in 17 days; his life saved this time by a former Marine and Vietnam veteran
  • 1985  1st “Farm Aid” concert is held in Champaign, Illinois to help save family farms in America
  • 1991  The Dead Sea Scrolls are made available to the public for the 1st time at the Huntington Library
  • 1994  1st episode of Friends airs on NBC
  • 1999  American actor George C. Scott dies; famously portrayed General George Patton in the award-winning movie

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