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Lost and Found – May 24th Edition

What to remember about May 24th…

  • 1543  Polish astronomer Nicolaus Copernicus dies after a stroke (b. 1473); discovered Earth revolved around the sun despite “facts” to the contrary
  • 1775  John Hancock is elected president of Second Continental Congress
  • 1844  Samuel Morse demonstrates his telegraph for Congress; message “What Hath God Wrought?” is sent to Baltimore and back
  • 1883  Brooklyn Bridge is dedicated by President Arthur and future President Cleveland while thousands of New Yorkers turn out to watch
  • 1935  Major League Baseball holds its 1st night game at recently lighted Crosley Field in Cincinnati; Reds beat Phillies 2-1
  • 1941  German battleship Bismarck sinks pride of the Royal Navy HMS Hood
  • 1943  Josef Mengele becomes doctor of Auschwitz concentration camp; “Angel of Death” will torture and murder thousands of Jews
  • 1961  In Jackson, Mississippi, activist Freedom Riders are arrested for disturbing the peace as they disembark from their vehicle
  • 1964  Presidential candidate and Senator Barry Goldwater (R-AZ) mentions possible use of atomic weapons in conflict in Vietnam
  • 1976  Concorde supersonic passenger service from London to Washington, D.C. begins
  • 1991  Israel begins Operation Solomon to evacuate by air more than 14,000 Ethiopian Jews threatened by civil war
  • 1994  4 Islamic terrorists are sentenced to life in prison for 1993 bombing of the north tower of the World Trade Center

Lost and Found – May 23rd Edition

What to remember about May 23rd…

  • 1701  Scottish privateer Captain William Kidd is hanged for piracy and murder
  • 1777  170 patriot raiders begin Meigs Expedition that will capture British fort at Sag Harbor, Long Island, burn 24 ships, destroy tons of supplies, and capture 90 Redcoats before returning to Connecticut
  • 1788  South Carolina becomes 8th state to ratify the Constitution
  • 1873  Canadian parliament creates North-West Mounted Police; they will later become Royal Canadian Mounted Police or “Mounties”
  • 1900  Sergeant William Harvey Carney of the 54th Massachusetts Colored Infantry is awarded Medal of Honor for his bravery on July 18, 1863 at James Island, South Carolina; 1st African-American to receive this award
  • 1934  Notorious criminal couple Bonnie Parker and Clyde Barrow are shot to death by Texas and Louisiana state police near Sailes, Louisiana
  • 1967  Congressman sparks controversy over frequency of malfunctions in M-16 rifle recently made the standard U.S. infantry rifle
  • 1995  Damaged in the attack on April 19, remains of the Alfred P. Murrah building in Oklahoma City are imploded

Lost and Found – May 22nd Edition

What to remember about May 22nd…

  • 1802  America’s First Lady Martha Washington dies at her Mount Vernon home (b. 1731)
  • 1807  Former Vice President Aaron Burr is indicted for treason in plot to form his own country should war with Spain break out; he is acquitted
  • 1819  American packet ship SS Savannah begins 1st Atlantic crossing by a steam-powered vessel
  • 1856  Southern Congressman brutally beats Northern Senator in the Senate chambers over scathing abolitionist speech that vilified his cousin
  • 1859  Scottish author , physician, and creator of Sherlock Holmes Sir Arthur Conan Doyle is born (d. 1930)
  • 1939  Germany and Italy agree to “Pact of Steel”; Axis is born
  • 1942  Boston Red Sox left fielder Ted Williams leaves baseball to enlist as a Marine Corps pilot and flight instructor
  • 1972  President Richard Nixon arrives in Moscow for arms control and research summit with Soviet leadership
  • 1980  Namco’s influential video game Pac-Man is first released
  • 1992  Television host Johnny Carson ends his 30-year run as host of The Tonight Show;
  • 2002  Klu Klux Klan member Bobby Frank Cherry is convicted in 1963 bombing of Birmingham church and death of 4 girls age 11 to 14

Lost and Found – May 21st Edition

What to remember about May 21st…

  • 1863  Confederate forces at Port Hudson, Louisiana are ordered to evacuate as Union troops approach; stubborn refusal leads to capture of all
  • 1881  Clara Barton and Adolphus Solomons found American National Red Cross to provide humanitarian aid to victims of wars and disasters
  • 1924  Chicago prodigies Leopold and Loeb kidnap and kill 14-year-old Bobby Franks for a “thrill”; thought they could commit the perfect crime
  • 1927  American aviator Charles Lindbergh lands in Paris successfully completing the first solo, nonstop transatlantic flight; trip is 33 1/2 hours
  • 1932  American aviator Amelia Earhart lands in Ireland successfully completing the 1st solo, nonstop transatlantic flight by a woman; trip is 15 hours
  • 1942  German firm IG Farben opens factory outside Auschwitz death camp to take advantage of Jewish slave labor from the camp
  • 1945  Humphrey Bogart and Lauren Bacall marry in Ohio
  • 1979  White Night riots break out in San Francisco over light sentencing of assassin of Mayor George Moscone and Supervisor Harvey Milk
  • 1982  British forces begin amphibious invasion to retake Falkland Islands from Argentinian occupiers
  • 2010  Japanese space agency JAXA launches 1st interplanetary spacecraft equipped with a soalr-sail

Lost and Found – May 20th Edition

What to remember about May 20th…

  • 1506  Italian explorer Christopher Columbus dies of heart attack in Valladolid, Spain (b. 1451)
  • 1778  Patriot and Oneida Indian allies led by Marquis de Lafayette evade entrapment by British troops at Battle of Barren Hill, Pennsylvania
  • 1861  North Carolina becomes the last state to secede from the Union
  • 1873  Levi Strause and Jaco Davis get their patent for blue jeans
  • 1927  American aviator Charles Lindbergh takes off from Long Island, New York on the world’s first solo, nonstop flight across the Atlantic Ocean
  • 1932  Amelia Earhart begins the world’s first successful solo, nonstop flight across the Atlantic Ocean by a woman
  • 1940  German forces reach the English Channel near Abbeville, France
  • 1940  1st prisoners arrive at Death Camp at Auschwitz n Poland
  • 1969  U.S. and South Vietnamese troops win Battle for Hill 937 “Hamburger Hill” after 10 days and 10 assaults
  • 1989  Chinese authorities declare martial law as pro-democracy demonstrations gather momentum

Lost and Found – May 19th Edition

What to remember about May 19th…

  • 1795 American patriot, physician, and signer of the Declaration of Independence Josiah Bartlett dies in Kingston, New Hampshire (b. 1729)
  • 1795  American entrepreneur and philanthropist Johns Hopkins is born in Maryland (d. 1873); founder of hospitals, universities, and schools
  • 1848  Mexico ratifies Treaty of Hidalgo ending Mexican-American War; United States is ceded most of the Southwest for $15 million
  • 1864  President Lincoln writes to Congress urging that widows and orphans should be treated equally regardless of race
  • 1943  President Franklin Roosevelt and Prime Minister Churchill set May 1, 1944 as date for Allied invasion at Normandy; D-Day set in motion
  • 1962  Actress and singer Marilyn Monroe sings “Happy Birthday Mr. President” at gala celebrating upcoming 45th birthday of John F. Kennedy
  • 1986  President Reagan signs Firearms Owners Protection Act prohibiting federal government from keeping a registry of firearms owners
  • 1994  Former First Lady Jacqueline Kennedy Onassis dies at home of cancer (b. 1929); wife of President John F. Kennedy
  • 2001  The 1st Apple stores open their doors; they are located in Tysons Corner, Virginia and the same day in Glendale, California
  • 2011  President Obama gives speech stating that Israel must revert its borders back to the pre-1967 borders to resolve Israeli-Palestinian conflict

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Lost and Found – May 18th Edition

What to remember about May 18th…

  • 1783  Tory refugees arrive in Saint John, Nova Scotia (now New Brunswick) after Treaty of Paris ends Revolutionary War in patriot’s favor
  • 1860  Republican Party nominates Abraham Lincoln as their candidate for the presidency at convention in Chicago, Illinois
  • 1863  After successfully cutting off the city, Union forces lay siege to Vicksburg, Mississippi; last Confederate stronghold on the river
  • 1896  Supreme Court rules in Plessy v. Ferguson that “equal but separate accommodations for the white and colored races” is constitutional; overturned 1954 in Brown v. Board of Education of Topeka
  • 1917  President Wilson asks for and Congress passes Selective Service Act granting him the power to draft soldiers
  • 1974  Message to Prime Minister Ghandi “Budda has smiled” announces that India has become the worlds sixth nuclear power
  • 1980  Volcanic eruption of Mount St. Helen’s in Washington kills 57 and devastates hundreds of miles of wilderness
  • 1989  Over one million pro-democracy protesters take to streets in Beijing, China; Government response increasingly harsh in coming weeks
  • 1995  Unemployed plumber and Army veteran Shawn Nelson steals an M60 Patton tank from a National Guard armory and takes it on a 23-minute rampage on the streets of San Diego, California
  • 2012  Facebook holds its initial public offering of stock on the NASDAQ


Lost and Found – May 17th Edition

What to remember about May 17th…

  • 1792  New York Stock Exchange is founded when 24 brokers sign agreement under a buttonwood tree on Wall Street in New York
  • 1827  At 18 years of age, future 17th President Andrew Johnson marries 16-year-old Eliza McCardle
  • 1863  Union troops win Battle of Big Black River forcing Confederates into besieged Vicksburg, Mississippi
  • 1943  Flight crew of the Memphis Belle becomes the first B-17 Flying Fortress crew to complete 25 missions over Europe
  • 1954  Supreme Court rules in Brown v. Board of Education that racial segregation in public educational facilities is unconstitutional
  • 1970  Norwegian adventurer Thor Heyerdahl begins sailing a papyrus boat across the Atlantic; proves ancient Africans could have made the trip
  • 1974  500 LAPD officers lay siege to hideout of Symbionese Liberation Army (SLA); gun battle and fire leaves 6 terrorists dead; kidnapped heiress Patty Hearst is not found
  • 1987  Iraqi Mirage F1 fighter launches 2 Exocet anti-ship missiles at frigate USS Stark killing 37 and wounding 21 during Iran-Iraq War
  • 1996  President Clinton signs new “Megan’s Law” requiring states to notify communities when sex offenders move into their area

Lost and Found – May 16th Edition

What to remember about May 16th…

  • 1777  Georgia Patriot and signer of the Declaration of Independence Button Gwinnett receives is wounded in a duel; dies 3 days later from infection
  • 1849  Amidst massive cholera outbreak, New York City Board of Health establishes a hospital to deal with epidemic; more than 5000 will die
  • 1863  Union victory at Battle of Champion Hill cuts off rebel city of Vicksburg, Mississippi; six-week siege to take the city begins
  • 1868  Senate votes against impeachment and acquits President Andrew Johnson of “high crimes and misdemeanors”
  • 1918  Sedition Act of 1918 is enacted; forbids “disloyal, profane, scurrilous, or abusive language” about the United States government, its flag, or its armed forces or that caused others to view the American government or its institutions with contempt; penalty is 5 to 20 years in prison
  • 1920  Joan of Arc is canonized as a Catholic saint by Pope Benedict XV
  • 1929  Dinner banquet is held to honor winners of the 1st Academy Awards; Wings is the 1st and only silent film to win an Oscar
  • 1943  Warsaw Ghetto uprising ends as Nazis blow up last remaining synagogue and begin mass deportation of remaining Jews to death camp
  • 1948  Chaim Weizmann is elected the first President of Israel
  • 1966  Cultural Revolution begins as Communist Party of China issues “May 16 Notice”; in it Mao Zedong justifies the coming bloodshed
  • 1991  Queen Elizabeth II becomes 1st British monarch to ever address a joint session of the U.S. Congress
  • 2005  National Assembly of Kuwait votes in favor of women’s suffrage subject to Islamic law
  • 2011  NASA’s Space Shuttle Endeavor is launched on its 25th and final mission

Lost and Found – May 15th Edition

What to remember about May 15th…

  • 1800  President John Adams orders the federal government to move from Philadelphia to the new capital in Washington, D.C.
  • 1864  Cadet volunteers from Virginia Military Institute join confederate forces in holding off Union offensive at Battle of New Market
  • 1869  Susan B. Anthony and Elizabeth Cady Stanton form the National Woman Suffrage Association in New York
  • 1928  Mickey Mouse premiers in his 1st motion picture, Plane Crazy
  • 1941  Gloster E.28/39 makes 1st flight; is 1st allied jet aircraft
  • 1942  Law establishing Women’s auxiliary Army Corps (WAACs)takes effect; females granted official military status
  • 1948  Egypt, Transjordan, Lebanon, Syria, Iraq and Saudi Arabia invade Israel after withdrawal of British troops; Arab-Israeli War begins
  • 1963  NASA launches Faith 7; final mission of the Mercury program takes Gordon Cooper into orbit
  • 1972  Governor George Wallace, segregationist Democrat candidate for the presidency, is shot and paralyzed by Arthur Bremer
  • 1973  Nolan Ryan throws 1st of his 7 no-hitters as a Major League pitcher
  • 1988  Soviet forces begin their withdrawal from Afghanistan
  • 2004  In Iraq an artillery shell used in an improvised explosive device releases a nerve agent injuring 2 U.S. soldiers
  • 2007  Evangelical preacher, televangelist, and founder of Liberty University Jerry Lamon Falwell, Sr. dies of a heart attack (b. 1933)