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Lost and Found – November 23rd Edition

What to remember about November 23rd…

    • 1749  Edward Rutledge, reluctant signer of the Declaration of Independence, is born in Charleston, South Carolina (d. 1800)
    • 1804  14th President Franklin Pierce is born in Hillsborough, New Hampshire (d. 1869)
    • 1814  Elbridge Gerry ,Vice President to James Madison, dies of heart failure while still serving in office (b. 1744)
    • 1863  General Grant’s Union troops counter-attack; Battle of Chattanooga begins
    • 1943  Islands of Tarawa and Makin fall to U.S. forces
    • 1981  President Reagan signs secret order ordering CIA to organize and recruit Nicaraguan Contra rebels
    • 1985  Palestinian terrorists hijack Egyptian airliner; 60 hostages die either at captors hands or during botched rescue attempt
    • 2004  World of Warcraft MMORPG is released
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Lost and Found – November 3rd Edition

What to remember about November 3rd…

  • 1777  George Washington learns of cabal led by General Conway intent on discrediting him with Congress
  • 1783  Continental Army is disbanded after Washington has his Farewell Orders to the Army published on November 2nd
  • 1793  Founder of Texas Steven F. Austin is born (d. 1836)
  • 1941  Japanese Fleet receives Top Secret Order No. 1 directing them to attack Pearl Harbor in 34 days
  • 1957  Soviet Union launches Sputnik 2 spacecraft; stray dog named Laika from the streets of Moscow is 1st animal in space
  • 1964  Washington, D.C. residents vote able to vote in a presidential election for the 1st time
  • 1979  5 Communist Workers Party and union protesters killed by Ku Klux Klan and American Nazis during march in Greensboro, North Carolina; no police present at the rally
  • 1986  Reports surface in Lebanon of American secretly selling arms to Iran to secure release of 7 hostages; Iran-Contra Affair
  • 2010  San Francisco passes law banning McDonald’s from giving free toys with “unhealthy” meals

Lost and Found – October 5th Edition

What to remember about October 5th…

    • 1829  President Chester A. Arthur is born in North Fairfield, Vermont
    • 1864  Confederate forces under General hood fail to sever Union supply lines at Battle of Allatoona
    • 1902  American restaurant entrepreneur Ray Kroc is born; bought out McDonald brothers and took the company global
    • 1945  After 6-months on strike, workers outside Warner Brother’s Studios begin a week of violent clashes with police and non-union employees
    • 1969  Cuban MiG-17 fighter eludes radar to land undetected at Homestead AFB in Florida; pilot defects
    • 1974  American David Kunst completes the 1st around-the-world journey on foot; takes 4 years and 21 pairs of shoes
    • 1982  Johnson & Johnson initiate nationwide recall of Tylenol because of cyanide deaths due to product tampering
    • 1986  American Eugene Hasenfus is captured by Sandinistas after his plane is shot down delivering supplies to Contra rebels; his capture exposes the Iran-Contra affair
    • 2001  Robert Stevens becomes 1st fatality in the 2001 anthrax attacks
    • 2011  American businessman, technological innovator, and co-founder of Apple, Inc. Steven Paul “Steve” Jobs dies of cancer

Lost and Found – July 5th Edition

What to remember about July 5th…

  • 1775 – Continental Congress adopts “Olive Branch” petition by John Dickinson; appeals for reconciliation with Great Britain
  • 1864 – Union forces win Battle of Paces Ferry near Atlanta
  • 1865 – President Andrew Johnson signs order confirming the sentences given to the conspirators tried for Lincoln’s assassination
  • 1865 – William Booth founds Salvation Army in London, England
  • 1865  U.S. Secret Service is commissioned to suppress counterfeiting
  • 1891  Phineas Taylor “P.T.” Barnum born in Bethel, Connecticut; founder of Ringling Brothers & Barnum and Bailey Circus
  • 1947 – Larry Doby becomes 1st African-American player in baseball’s American League
  • 1950  Israeli Knesset enacts Law of Return granting rights of return, settlement, and citizenship to Jews
  • 1989 – Oliver North sentenced to 3 years jail (suspended), 2 years probation, and a $150,000 fine; conviction overturned on appeal

Lost and Found – May 5th Edition

What to remember about May 5th…

  • 1821  Former French emperor Napoleon Bonaparte dies in exile on island of St. Helena (b. 1769)
  • 1862  Small force of Mexican troops led by Ignacio Zaragoza halt French invasion in Battle of Puebla, recognized as Cinco de Mayo – this is NOT Mexico’s Independence Day
  • 1887  Medal of Honor recipient Captain Mervyn Sharp Bennion (USN) is born in Utah (d. Dec.7, 1941); destroyer named in his honor
  • 1891  With Tchaikovsky as guest conductor, the Music Hall in New York City (later known as Carnegie Hall) has its grand opening and first public performance
  • 1934  Women Haters is 1st short film released starring The Three Stooges; they will go on to do more than 190
  • 1945  Canadian and UK troops liberate the Netherlands and Denmark when German troops surrender
  • 1946  International Military Tribunal for the Far East begins in Tokyo, 28 Japanese military and government officials are accused of war crimes and crimes against humanity
  • 1961  Aboard Mercury-Redstone 3, Alan Sheppard becomes 1st American in space
  • 1987  Congress begins televised hearings in the Iran-Contra Affair

USS Mervyn S. Bennion

Lost and Found – May 4th Edition

What to remember about May 4th…

Star Wars Day (May the fourth be with you.)

  • 1776  Rhode Island is 1st colony to declare independence
  • 1863  Though numerically superior, Union Army is forced into retreat after disastrous Battle of Chancellorsville
  • 1864  Union forces leave their winter encampments and cross the Rapidan River in Virginia to begin new phase of the war
  • 1865  President Lincoln is laid to rest in his hometown of Springfield, Illinois; body of son who died 2 years before moved and buried with him
  • 1886  Labor protest and demonstration in Haymarket Square in Chicago ends with 100 wounded and 8 dead after bomb blast and rioting
  • 1932  Notorious mobster Al Capone begins 11-year prison term for tax evasion at federal penitentiary in Atlanta, Georgia
  • 1946  U.S. Marines land on Alcatraz Island to put down prison riot
  • 1961  13 “Freedom Riders” depart Washington, D.C. with plans to challenge segregation as the travel across the southern U.S.
  • 1970  4 anti-war protestors are shot and killed when National Guard troops open fire in response to rock throwing at Kent State University
  • 1979  Margaret Thatcher, the “Iron Lady”, is sworn in as Britain’s 1st female Prime Minister; responsible for dismantling socialism in the country
  • 1982  Argentinian fighters attack HMS Sheffield with sea-skimming missiles; ship is mortally wounded and 20 sailors lose their lives
  • 1989  Former White House aide Oliver North is convicted of three crimes and acquitted of nine in Iran-Contra Affair; convictions later overturned
  • 1994  Israeli Prime Minister Yitzhak Rabin and PLO leader Yasser Arafat sign a peace accord granting self-rule for Palestinians in Gaza Strip and Jericho

Lost and Found – October 5th Edition

What to remember about October 5th…

  • 1829  President Chester A. Arthur is born in North Fairfield, Vermont
  • 1864  Confederate forces under General hood fail to sever Union supply lines at Battle of Allatoona
  • 1902  American restaurant entrepreneur Ray Kroc is born; bought out McDonald brothers and took the company global
  • 1945  After 6-months on strike, workers outside Warner Brother’s Studios begin a week of violent clashes with police and non-union employees
  • 1969  Cuban MiG-17 fighter eludes radar to land undetected at Homestead AFB in Florida; pilot defects
  • 1974  American David Kunst completes the 1st around-the-world journey on foot; takes 4 years and 21 pairs of shoes
  • 1982  Johnson & Johnson initiate nationwide recall of Tylenol because of cyanide deaths due to product tampering
  • 1986  American Eugene Hasenfus is captured by Sandinistas after his plane is shot down delivering supplies to Contra rebels; his capture exposes the Iran-Contra affair
  • 2001  Robert Stevens becomes 1st fatality in the 2001 anthrax attacks
  • 2011  American businessman, technological innovator, and co-founder of Apple Steven Paul “Steve” Jobs dies of cancer (b. 1955)

Lost and Found – July 5th Edition

What to remember about July 5th…

  • 1775 – Continental Congress adopts “Olive Branch” petition by John Dickinson; appeals for reconciliation with Great Britain
  • 1864 – Union forces win Battle of Paces Ferry near Atlanta
  • 1865 – President Andrew Johnson signs order confirming the sentences given to the conspirators tried for Lincoln’s assassination
  • 1865 – William Booth founds Salvation Army in London, England
  • 1865  U.S. Secret Service is commissioned to suppress counterfeiting
  • 1891  Phineas Taylor “P.T.” Barnum born in Bethel, Connecticut; founder of Ringling Brothers & Barnum and Bailey Circus
  • 1947 – Larry Doby becomes 1st African-American player in baseball’s American League
  • 1950  Israeli Knesset enacts Law of Return granting rights of return, settlement, and citizenship to Jews
  • 1989 – Oliver North sentenced to 3 years jail (suspended), 2 years probation, and a $150,000 fine; conviction overturned on appeal

Lost and Found – May 5th Edition

What to remember about May 5th…

  • 1821  Former French emperor Napoleon Bonaparte dies in exile on island of St. Helena (b. 1769)
  • 1862  Small force of Mexican troops led by Ignacio Zaragoza halt French invasion in Battle of Puebla, recognized as Cinco de Mayo – this is NOT Mexico’s Independence Day
  • 1887  Medal of Honor recipient Captain Mervyn Sharp Bennion (USN) is born in Utah (d. Dec.7, 1941); destroyer named in his honor
  • 1891  With Tchaikovsky as guest conductor, the Music Hall in New York City (later known as Carnegie Hall) has its grand opening and first public performance
  • 1934  Women Haters is 1st short film released starring The Three Stooges; they will go on to do more than 190
  • 1945  Canadian and UK troops liberate the Netherlands and Denmark when German troops surrender
  • 1946  International Military Tribunal for the Far East begins in Tokyo, 28 Japanese military and government officials are accused of war crimes and crimes against humanity
  • 1961  Aboard Mercury-Redstone 3, Alan Sheppard becomes 1st American in space
  • 1987  Congress begins televised hearings in the Iran-Contra Affair
  • UPDATE:  2015  Muslim roommates attempt a mass shooting at the Curtis Culwell Center in Garland, TX.  Seeking to disrupt the “First Annual Muhammad Art Exhibit and Contest”, both perpetrators were killed before they could enter the packed auditorium.

USS Mervyn S. Bennion

Lost and Found – May 4th Edition

What to remember about May 4th…

Star Wars Day (May the fourth be with you.)

  • 1776  Rhode Island is 1st colony to declare independence
  • 1863  Though numerically superior, Union Army is forced into retreat after disastrous Battle of Chancellorsville
  • 1864  Union forces leave their winter encampments and cross the Rapidan River in Virginia to begin new phase of the war
  • 1865  President Lincoln is laid to rest in his hometown of Springfield, Illinois; body of son who died 2 years before moved and buried with him
  • 1886  Labor protest and demonstration in Haymarket Square in Chicago ends with 100 wounded and 8 dead after bomb blast and rioting
  • 1932  Notorious mobster Al Capone begins 11-year prison term for tax evasion at federal penitentiary in Atlanta, Georgia
  • 1946  U.S. Marines land on Alcatraz Island to put down prison riot
  • 1961  13 “Freedom Riders” depart Washington, D.C. with plans to challenge segregation as the travel across the southern U.S.
  • 1970  4 anti-war protestors are shot and killed when National Guard troops open fire in response to rock throwing at Kent State University
  • 1979  Margaret Thatcher, the “Iron Lady”, is sworn in as Britain’s 1st female Prime Minister; responsible for dismantling socialism in the country
  • 1982  Argentinian fighters attack HMS Sheffield with sea-skimming missiles; ship is mortally wounded and 20 sailors lose their lives
  • 1989  Former White House aide Oliver North is convicted of three crimes and acquitted of nine in Iran-Contra Affair; convictions later overturned
  • 1994  Israeli Prime Minister Yitzhak Rabin and PLO leader Yasser Arafat sign a peace accord granting self-rule for Palestinians in Gaza Strip and Jericho