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Lost and Found – January 19th Edition

What to remember about January 19th…

  • 1807  Confederate commanding general Robert E. Lee born in Virginia (d. 1870); formerly superintendent of  U.S. Military Academy
  • 1809  American poet and author Edgar Allen Poe is born in Boston, Massachusetts (d. 1849)
  • 1861  Georgia joins other Southern states in seceding from the Union
  • 1915  German zeppelins bomb Britain; 1st major bombing of civilian targets kill 20 people
  • 1920  Despite President Wilson’s efforts, United States Senate votes against America joining the League of Nations
  • 1978  Last Volkswagen Beetle made in Germany rolls off production line; some minor production continues at South American facilities until 2003
  • 1981  Agreement is signed securing release of 52 hostages taken from American Embassy in Teheran, Iran
  • 1983  Klaus Barbie, “butcher of Lyon”and Former Nazi Gestapo chief, is arrested in Bolivia for crimes against humanity
  • 2006  NASA launches New Horizons probe; 1st mission destined to examine Pluto

herbie the love bug volkwagen beetle

Lost and Found – January 16th Edition

What to remember about January 16th…

  • 1861  Crittenden Compromise amendments to the Constitution are defeated in the U.S. Senate ending last effort to prevent the Civil War
  • 1919  Ratification of the 19th Amendment to the Constitution is certified; era of Prohibition begins in the United States
  • 1945  Adolf Hitler moves into bunker for 105 days; Hitler will marry Eva Braun and commit suicide while underground
  • 1970  American inventor and designer Buckminster Fuller is awarded Gold Medal of the American Institute of Architects for developing the geodesic dome
  • 1979  Violent demonstrations by Islamic radicals and a possible military mutiny force Shah of Iran flees the country; eventually arrives in America
  • 1991  After U.N. deadline passes, U.S. and coalition forces launch 1st air attacks of the Persian Gulf War; ground offensive will begin February 24th
  • 2003  Space Shuttle Columbia launches on what will be her last voyage; craft will disintegrate on re-entry February 1st
  • UPDATE:2017  Eugene Cernan, US Navy pilot and NASA Astronaut, dies in Houston, TX (b. 1934); he was the last man to have walked on the Moon

Lost and Found – November 4th Edition

What to remember about November 4th…

  • 1842  Abraham Lincoln marries Mary Todd in Springfield, Illinois
  • 1864  Confederate raiders destroy millions in supplies with bombardment of supply base at Battle of Johnsonville
  • 1879  American Humourist Will Rogers is born in Oklahoma
  • 1922  Howard Carter discovers entry of the lost tomb of Pharaoh Tutankhamen in Egypt
  • 1924  Nellie Tayloe Ross is wins election in Wyoming; becomes 1st elected female governor of a U.S. state
  • 1946  Former First Lady Laura Lane Welch Bush is born in Midland, Texas
  • 1956  Soviet tanks and troops invade Hungary; thousands of protesters killed as revolution is crushed
  • 1979  Hundreds of Iranians storm U.S. Embassy in Teheran, Iran; 52 of the hostages taken will not be released for 444 days
  • 1995  Israeli Prime Minister Yitzhak Rabin is assassinated by Jewish student opposed to concessions with Arabs
  • 2008  Barack Hussein Obama II becomes the 1st half African-American to be elected President of the United States

Lost and Found – July 3rd Edition

What to remember about July 3rd…

  • 1754  George Washington surrenders Fort Necessity during the French and Indian War
  • 1775  George Washington rides before troops in Cambridge, MA; takes command of the Continental Army
  • 1863  Pickett’s Charge fails;  Battle of Gettysburg ends in Confederate defeat and subsequent withdrawal; General Lee declares “It’s all my fault… Upon my shoulders rests the blame.”
  • 1890  Idaho is admitted to the union as the 43rd state
  • 1954  WWII food rationing finally ends in Britain
  • 1986  President Ronald Reagan rededicated the Statue of Liberty; in his speech he states “We are the keepers of the flame of liberty; we hold it high for the world to see.”
  • 1988  USS Vincennes mistakenly shoots down Iranian airliner over the Persian Gulf; 290 killed
  • 2012  American actor, singer and writer Andrew Samuel “Andy” Griffith dies in at home in North Carolina (b. 1926)

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 – April 18th Edition

What to remember about April 18th…

  • 1521  Martin Luther defies Holy Roman Emperor Charles V by refusing to recant his writings during his trial for heresy
  • 1775  British troops march out of Boston to confiscate the American arsenal at Concord and to capture Patriot leaders at Lexington; Patriots Paul Revere and William Dawes set out on horseback from the city to warn Samuel Adams and John Hancock
  • 1864  Confederate troops overwhelm Union supply train guarded by all black 1st Kansas Infantry; no black soldier left alive by rebel troops
  • 1906  At 5:13 a.m., an 8.0 earthquake strikes San Francisco, California; 3000 will die in from subsequent fires and 30,000 buildings lost
  • 1912  705 survivors of lost RMS Titanic arrive back in New York
  • 1923  Yankee Stadium opens in New York City; the “house that Ruth built” will be home to the team until 2008
  • 1942  Lieutenant Colonel James “Jimmy” Doolittle leads raid 1st ever raid of Japanese mainland; 16 B-25 Mitchell bombers launched secretly from aircraft carrier USS Hornet; all bombers lost afterwards and 3 crew killed
  • 1945  Pulitzer Prize winning American war correspondent Ernie Pyle is killed by Japanese machine gun fire on Le Shima, Okinawa in the Pacific (b. 1900)
  • 1955  While preparing speech to celebrate 7th anniversary of State of Israel, German-American physicist Albert Einstein dies (b. 1879)
  • 1961  President Kennedy denies U.S. involvement in failed Bay of Pigs invasion of communist Cuba
  • 1983  Muslim homicide bomber kills 63 in attack on U.S. embassy in Beirut, Lebanon; pro-Iranian Islamic Jihad branch of Hezbollah responsible
  • 1988  In response to Iranian mining of Persian Gulf and damage to USS Roberts, U.S. Navy begins Operation Praying Mantis as retaliation
  • 2007  Supreme Court of the United States upholds Partial-Birth Abortion Ban Act of 2003 in Gonzales v. Carhart

Lost and Found – April 11th Edition

What to remember about April 11th…

  • 1803  French Foreign Minister Talleyrand offers to sell all of Louisiana Territory to the United States
  • 1814  Emperor of France Napoleon Bonaparte abdicates throne and is banished to the island of Elba as part of Treaty of Fontainebleau
  • 1862  Confederates surrender Fort Pulaski on Savannah River after Union artillery bombardment proves defenses cannot hold
  • 1945  U.S. troops liberate Buchenwald concentration camp
  • 1951  President Truman relieves General Douglas MacArthur of his command for making statements contradicting administration’s policies
  • 1970  NASA’s ill-fated Apollo 13 mission is launched from Cape Canaveral carrying James A. Lovell, John L. Swigert, and Fred W. Haise
  • 1979  Brutal Ugandan dictator Idi Amin flees country as rebels near
  • 1981  President Reagan leaves hospital for the White House to recover from March 30th assassination attempt by John Hinckley, Jr.
  • 2006  Iranian President Mahmoud Ahmadinejad announces that his country has successfully enriched uranium

Lost and Found – February 16th Edition

What to remember about February 16th…

  • 1786  Future 5th President of the U.S. James Monroe marries Elizabeth Kortright despite her family lack of money
  • 1804  Navy Lieutenant Stephen Decatur and 80 volunteers enter Tripoli harbour in disguised vessel to board the captured USS Philadelphia; they retake and burn her to deny Muslim pirates the prize
  • 1862  General Ulysses S. Grant earns nickname “Unconditional Surrender” Grant with capture of Fort Donelson in Tennessee
  • 1920  Army Brigadier General Anna Mae Hays is born; 1st woman in the U.S. Military to be promoted to general officer rank
  • 1923  After more than 5 years searching, British archaeologist Howard Carter finally enters burial chamber of King Tutankhamen
  • 1959  Communist guerilla Fidel Castro sworn in as president of Cuba
  • 1960  Nuclear-powered submarine USS Triton leaves Groton, Connecticut to begin worlds 1st submerged circumnavigation of the globe
  • 1985  Sheik Ibrahim al-Amin issues manifesto of Hezbollah; Iranian-sponsored terrorist group is officially born after years of secrecy
  • 1997  25-year-old Jeff Gordon becomes youngest NASCAR driver to win Daytona 500 race
  • 2005  Kyoto Protocols global warming agreement goes into effect after Russian ratification puts number of signatories over the top

Lost and Found – February 11th Edition

What to remember about February 11th…

  • 1812  Massachussets Governor Elbridge Gerry redistricts his state to favor his party; “gerrymandering” is born
  • 1847  American inventer and entreprenuer Thomas Alva Edison is born in Milan, Ohio (d. 1931) – celebrated as National Inventor’s Day
  • 1916  Anarchist, abortion proponent Emma Goldman is arrested for violating Comstock Act; mentor of Planned Parenthood founder Margaret Sanger
  • 1942  2 German battleships and a heavy cruiser escape French port and British aircraft in “channel dash” to reach a safe port
  • 1970  Japan becomes the world’s 4th “space power” with successful launch of satellite into orbit
  • 1975  Margaret Thatcher becomes 1st woman to head a political party in England when she is elected to lead the Conservatives
  • 1979  Iranian revolutionaries topple monarchy and parliment to establish theocratic Islamic Republic under Ayatollah Khomeini
  • 1990  South African civil rights activist Nelson Mandella is released after 27 years in prison
  • 2006  Vice-President Dick Cheney accidently shoots Texas attorney Harry Whittington and wounds him while they hunt quail together
  • UPDATE:  2012  American singer and actress Whitney Houston dies in hotel bathtub in Berevly Hills (b. 1963)

Lost and Found – February 1st Edition

What to remember about February 1st…

  • 1790  Supreme Court of the United states meets for 1st time; 6 Justices gather in New York with John Jay presiding as Chief Justice
  • 1861  Texas secedes from the Union as Civil War approaches; Governor Sam Houston opposes and predicts defeat for the South
  • 1862  American  abolitionist writer Julia Ward Howe has her work “The Battle Hymn of the Republic” published
  • 1942  Voice of America begins live transmissions into Axis territory
  • 1948  President Truman signs bill establishing February 1 as National Freedom Day; honors signing of 13th Amendment by President Lincoln
  • 1960  4 African-American college students begin sit-in at Woolworth’s in Greensboro, N.C. when they are refused service at “white’s only” counter
  • 1978  French film director Roman Polanski flees U.S. after pleading guilty in drugging and sexual assault of 13-year old girl; Switzerland refuses to extradite
  • 1979  Debutant bank robber Patty Hearst is released after President Carter commutes her sentence; she will later be pardoned by President Clinton
  • 1979  Ayatollah Khomeini returns to Iran after 15 years in exile
  • 2003  Space Shuttle Columbia breaks up while reentering Earth’s atmosphere; all 7 crew are lost – Husband, McCool, Anderson, Brown, Chawla, Clark, Ramon