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Lost and Found – August 2nd Edition

What to remember about August 2nd…

  • 1776  Declaration of Independence is finally signed by the delegates to the Continental Congress
  • 1865  CSS Shenandoah prowling the Pacific learns that the Civil War is over; sails non-stop to England to surrender
  • 1923  29th President of the United States Warren G. Harding dies of a stroke in San Francisco, California (b. 1865)
  • 1934  President Hindenburg of the Weimar Republic dies
  • 1934  Chancellor Adolf Hitler becomes absolute dictator of Germany; assumes the title of Führer
  • 1939  Albert Einstein and Leó Szilárd send a letter to President Roosevelt urging that the U.S. develop a nuclear weapon
  • 1964  North Vietnamese torpedo boats attack destroyers USS Maddox (DD 731) and USS Turner Joy in the Tonkin Gulf Incident
  • 1990  Iraq invades its southern neighbor Kuwait; leads to Gulf War
  • 1998  American puppeteer and children’s television host Shari Lewis dies of cancer in California (b. 1933)
  • 2006  Hezbollah ends temporary cease-fire and launches over 200 rockets into Israel in one day; 1 killed and 16 wounded
  • 2009 Remains of Navy Pilot Michael Scott Speicher recovered in Iraq; 1st combat casualty of Gulf War; shot down January 17, 1991
  • 2010  Ethics Committee of the House of Representatives charges Maxine Waters (D – CA) of multiple ethical violations

Lost and Found – August 1st Edition

What to remember about August 1st…

  • 1779  Francis Scott Key is born (d. 1843); lawyer and lyricist who wrote poem that becomes “Star Spangled Banner
  • 1819  American novelist Herman Melville born (d. 1891); author of Moby Dick
  • 1834  Slavery is abolished in the British Empire
  • 1864  Ulysses S. Grant appoints General Phillip Sheridan commander of the Army of the Shenandoah
  • 1876  Colorado admitted to the Union as 38th state
  • 1907  1st Scout camp on Brownsea Island begins; celebrated as origin of the worldwide Scouting movement
  • 1943  Patrol boat PT-109 commanded by Lieutenant John F. Kennedy destroyed; surviving crew shipwrecked and adrift
  • 1944  Polish resistance begins Warsaw uprising; hope to liberate the city before Soviet army arrives and gives power to communists
  • 1966  Sniper Charles Whitman opens fire from the top of a tower at the University of Texas; 14 killed and 31 wounded
  • 1981  MTV broadcasts its first show
  • 2007  I-35W bridge crossing the Mississippi River at Minneapolis, Minnesota collapses during rush hour

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 30th Edition

What to remember about July 30th…

  • 1619  The first elected legislative assembly in the New World is held in Jamestown, Virginia
  • 1780  600 Colonials led by Colonel Isaac Shelby capture Ft. Thicketty in South Carolina
  • 1864  Union forces fail to break Confederate lines at Battle of the Crater in Vicksburg, Mississippi after setting off massive bomb in tunnel
  • 1866  Constitutional Convention of blacks and whites in New Orleans is attacked by armed Democrats and anti-abolitionists; 40 killed and over 150 injured
  • 1945 USS Indianapolis is sunk by a Japanese submarine after having delivered the components the for atomic bomb to be dropped on Hiroshima
  • 1947  Actor and politician Arnold Schwarzenegger born
  • 1956  President Eisenhower signs law making “In God We Trust” the official motto of the United States
  • 1975  Teamsters union president Jimmy Hoffa disappears from suburban Detroit; never seen again

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 28th Edition

What to remember about July 28th…

  • 1746  Thomas Heyward, Jr is born in South Carolina; signer of the Declaration of Independence
  • 1776  Colonial forces from Massachusetts arrive to fortify Horn’s Hook, New York
  • 1864  Battle of Ezra Church in Georgia; General Sherman’s hold on Atlanta remains unbroken
  • 1868  Ratification of the 14th amendment to the U.S. Constitution is certified by Secretary of State Seward; due process and citizenship affirmed
  • 1914  Austria-Hungary declares war on Serbia; World War I begins
  • 1929  Jacqueline Lee Bouvier is born in Southampton, New York; marries John F. Kennedy in 1953
  • 1932  President Herbert Hoover orders the army to forcibly remove demonstrating veterans from Washington, D.C.
  • 1935  1st flight of the Boeing B-17 Flying Fortress
  • 1945  U.S. Senate approves the charter of the United Nations
  • 1945  B-25 bomber crashes into the Empire State Building
  • 1978  National Lampoon’s Animal House is released
  • 1998  Monica Lewinsky granted blanket immunity by Special Prosecutor about her relationship with President Bill Clinton

animal house cast

Lost and Found – July 27th Edition

What to remember about July 27th…

  • 1775  Benjamin Rush begins his term as the 1st Surgeon General of the Continental Army
  • 1929  Convention relative to the Treatment of Prisoners of War is signed by 53 countries; known as Geneva Convention
  • 1938  American author and game designer Ernest Gary Gygax is born in Chicago (d. 2008); co-creator of Dungeons & Dragons
  • 1940  The first Bugs Bunny cartoon “A Wild Hare” is released
  • 1953 Armistice is signed ending the Korean War, memorial in Washington D.C. dedicated on same day in 1995
  • 1974  U.S. House of Representatives begins impeachment proceedings against President Nixon
  • 1981  6-year-old Adam Walsh is abducted and killed; his father John Walsh becomes victims rights advocate and later hosts America’s Most Wanted television show
  • 1996  Eric Robert Rudolph sets off a bomb at Centennial Olympic Park in Atlanta, Georgia
  • 2003  American actor and comedian Bob Hope dies at 100 (b. 1903)
  • 2004  Barack Hussein Obama give keynote address at Democratic National Convention; launches national political career

Lost and Found – July 26th Edition

What to remember about July 26th…

  • 1775  Congress establishes department to operate a postal system; Benjamin Franklin is the 1st Postmaster General
  • 1788  New York becomes 11th state with vote to ratify the Constitution
  • 1797  John Quincy Adams marries Louisa Johnson; she will become the 1st and only foreign-born first-lady
  • 1861  Major General George B. McClellan appointed new commander of Army of the Potomac after disastrous First Battle of Bull Run
  • 1908  Office of the Chief Examiner hires a group of investigators; in 1935 this group becomes the Federal Bureau of Investigation (FBI)
  • 1941  In response to invasion of French Indochina, President Franklin Roosevelt orders the seizure of all Japanese assets in U.S.
  • 1945  Cruiser USS Indianapolis departs carrying critical pieces for Little Boy atomic bomb that will be dropped on Hiroshima
  • 1947  President Truman signs National Security Act creating Department of Defense, National Security Council, and Central Intelligence Agency (CIA)
  • 1971  Apollo 15 launches carrying the Lunar Rover
  • 1990  President George H. W. Bush signs into law the Americans with Disabilities Act
  • 2008 Islamic militants set off 21 bombs in 70 minutes in Ahmedabad, India; 56 killed and over 200 injured

Benjamin Franklin appears on the first postage stamp issued in the United States

Lost and Found – July 25th Edition

What to remember about July 25th…

  • 1780  General Horatio Gates takes command of southern Continental forces
  • 1861  Congress passes Crittendon-Johnson Resolution stating that the war is for reunion not to end slavery
  • 1866  Future president Ulysses S. Grant promoted to the rank of General of the Army; 1st to hold that rank
  • 1868  Wyoming becomes a U.S. territory
  • 1897  American author Jack London takes sail for Klondike gold rush
  • 1898  U.S. forces begin invasion of Puerto Rico during that Spanish-American War
  • 1943  Benito Mussolini voted out of power and arrested
  • 1985  American actor Rock Hudson is 1st celebrity to announce that he has AIDS
  • 1994   Israel and Jordan sign Washington Declaration formally ending the state of war begun in 1948
  • 2000  1st and only crash of a supersonic Concorde Jet
  • 2010  Wikileaks releases over 75,000 classified U.S. military documents from the 2004-2009 period of the war in Afghanistan

Lost and Found – July 24th Edition

What to remember about July 24th…

  • 1832  Benjamin Bonneville leads the first wagon train across the South Pass of the Rocky Mountains
  • 1847  Mormon pioneers led by Brigham Young arrive in Salt Lake Valley; celebrated as Pioneer Day in Utah
  • 1862  8th President Martin Van Buren dies in New York (b. 1782)
  • 1866  Tennessee becomes the first state to be re-admitted to the Union after the Civil War
  • 1897  American aviator Amelia Earhart is born (d. 1897)
  • 1901  American author William “O Henry” Porter is released from prison; begins writing career
  • 1911  Expedition led by American archeologist Hiram Bingham discovers ruins of Machu Pichu in Peru
  • 1943  Allied air forces begin Operation Gomorrah; at least 40,000 killed in strikes city of Hamburg, Germany, 1 million civilians flee
  • 1969  Apollo 11 astronauts splash-down safely in Pacific; returns to Earth the 1st men to Walk on the Moon
  • 1974  SCOTUS rules unanimously in United States v. Nixon that White House claims of executive privilege over Watergate tapes were void
  • 1998  WWII film Saving Private Ryan opens in theaters
  • 2002  Democrat James Traficant is expelled from U.S. House of Representatives after convictions for taking bribes, tax fraud, racketeering