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Lost and Found – May 12th Edition

What to remember about May 12th…

  • 1780  Patriot forces suffer worst defeat of the revolution when 3000 troops surrender to British at siege of Charleston, South Carolina
  • 1907  Academy Award-winning actress Katharine Hepburn is born in Hartford, Connecticut (d. 2003)
  • 1932  Body of baby Lindbergh is found less than a mile from home 2 months after he is kidnapped
  • 1933  Agricultural Adjustment Act becomes law; restricted food production by paying farmers to let their fields lie fallow and to kill off livestock
  • 1949  Blockade of West Berlin by Soviet forces is lifted after 11-months because of massive U.S. and British airlifts to supply and defend the city
  • 1971  Major fighting breaks out in the A Shau valley in Vietnam; some of the bloodiest battles of the war will happen in the next few days
  • 1978  National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration (NOAA) announces that hurricanes will no longer exclusively be named after women
  • 2002  Jimmy Carter becomes 1st president to visit Cuba since the bloody communist revolution in 1959
  • 2003  Detonation of 4 simultaneous car bombs in Riyadh, Saudi Arabia kills 35 and wounds 160

Lost and Found – May 10th Edition

What to remember about May 10th…

Military Spouse Appreciation Day (US)

  • 1775  Patriot forces under Ethan Allen and Benedict Arnold capture Fort Ticonderoga; captured cannon give Continental Army artillery they lacked
  • 1801  Pasha of Tripoli declares war on the United States after President Thomas Jefferson refuses to pay $225,000 in tribute
  • 1865  Confederate President Jefferson Davis is captured in Georgia while attempting to flee the country
  • 1869  Golden spike is driven to ceremonially connect final segment of the 1st transcontinental railroad at Promontory, Utah
  • 1872  Suffragette Victoria Woodhull is nominated for President of the United States by the newly formed Equal Rights Party
  • 1877  President Rutherford B. Hayes has the White House’s first telephone installed; the phone number was “1”
  • 1940  Winston Churchill is selected to replace Neville Chamberlain as prime minister of Great Britain
  • 1960  Nuclear submarine USS Triton completes 1st underwater circumnavigation of the earth
  • 1994  Convicted serial killer John Wayne Gacy is executed by lethal injection in Illinois for the murders of 33 young men and boys
  • 2002  F.B.I. agent Robert Hanssen is sentenced to life in prison for selling secrets to Russia for $1.4 million in cash and diamonds

Lost and Found – May 7th Edition

What to remember about May 7th…

  • 1789  President Washington attends ball held in his honor; event becomes model for inaugural balls
  • 1847  American Medical Association is founded in Philadelphia
  • 1864  Union forces under General Grant break off from Battle of the Wilderness to move southward
  • 1915  British ocean liner Lusitania is torpedoed without warning by German submarine off the coast of Ireland; 128 of 1198 dead are American
  • 1945  Near Reims, France, German general signs unconditional surrender of all German forces after conferring with Hitler’s successor
  • 1954  Ho Chi Minh’s communist Viet Minh forces defeat French at Dien Bien Phu after 57 days of siege
  • 1960  Premier Nikita Khrushchev announces that Soviet Union is holding American U-2 pilot Gary Powers
  • 1992  27th Amendment to the Constitution ratified with final passage in Michigan; prevents salary changes for Congressmen from taking effect during the current term; amendment originally submitted in 1789
  • 1998  German auto manufacturer Daimler-Benz announces $36 billion merger with the U.S. based Chrysler Corporation
  • 2000  Former KGB officer Vladimir Putin is inaugurated as president of Russia
  • 2004  American businessman Nick Berg is beheaded by Islamic terrorists in Iraq; murder is videotaped and released on the Internet

Lusitania

Lost and Found – April 28th Edition

What to remember about April 28th…

  • 1758  Founding Father,  U.S. Senator, Governor of Virginia, and future 5th President James Monroe is born in Virginia (d. 1831)
  • 1788  Maryland becomes 7th state to Ratify the U.S. Constitution
  • 1789  Captain William Bligh and 18 loyal crew of HMS Bounty set adrift in small, open boat in middle of the Pacific; Fletcher Christian leads mutiny
  • 1945  Fascist dictator of Italy Benito “Il Duce” Mussolini and his mistress are caught and killed by partisans while they flee for Switzerland
  • 1952  United States ends its post-WWII occupation of Japan in accordance with 1951 Treaty of San Francisco
  • 1965  President Lyndon Johnson orders 22,000 troops to join forces from Organization of American States in installing stable government in chaotic Dominican Republic amid fears nation could go the way of Cuba
  • 1967  Muhammad Ali refuses to be drafted into the U.S. Army and is stripped of heavyweight title; cites Muslim faith in objection to service
  • 2001  American engineer Dennis Tito becomes 1st “space tourist” when he goes into orbit with Soyuz TM-32; spends 8 days aboard International Space Station for bargain price of $20 million
  • 2011  Phillip and Nancy Garrido plead guilty in kidnapping of 11-year-old Jaycee Dugard; she was held captive in their back yard for 18 years

Lost and Found – April 25th Edition

What to remember about April 25th…

  • 1846  70 U.S. cavalry troops encounter 2,000 Mexican troops that had crossed the Rio Grane into Texas; skirmish leads to Mexican-American War
  • 1859  Ground is broken for the Suez Canal; beginning at Port Said, Egypt is stretches 101 miles east to connect Mediterranean Sea to Red Sea
  • 1862  Union Admiral David Farragut demands surrender of Confederate city of New Orleans after fleet defeats forts protecting the city
  • 1915  British, French, Australian and New Zealander troops land on Gallipoli Peninsula; well prepared Turkish troops prevent Allies from advancing
  • 1939  DC Comics Batman character makes his premier appearance in Detective Comics issue #27
  • 1945  American and Soviet forces link up near Torgau; Germany now cut in two by advancing Allied forces
  • 1947  President Truman officially opens the 1st bowling alley installed in the White House
  • 1953  Francis Crick and James D. Watson publish paper describing the double helix structure of DNA; celebrated as “DNA Day”
  • 1960  U.S. Navy submarine USS Triton completes the first submerged circumnavigation of the globe
  • 1964  President Lyndon Johnson appoints controversial figure General William Westmoreland as Commander of U.S. forces in Vietnam
  • 1982  In compliance with the Camp David Accords, Israel completes its withdrawal from the Sinai peninsula
  • 1992  Radical Islamic Taliban forces take control of Kabul, Afghanistan after Soviet withdrawal and collapse of communist government
  • 2011  At least 300 killed in massive tornado outbreak across southern United States

Lost and Found – April 24th Edition

What to remember about April 24th…

  • 1781  British General Benedict Arnold leads attack on Virginia militia near Petersburg; traitor Arnold was once an American General
  • 1800  President John Adams signs legislation to appropriate $5,000 for books to establish Library of Congress
  • 1863  Union Army issues 1st code of battlefield conduct in the modern era; later used as basis for Geneva Convention
  • 1918  British Mark IV and German A7V tanks clash at Villers-Bretonneux, France; 1st armor battle in history
  • 1945  President Truman is briefed on the Manhattan Project and details of projects to develop an atomic bomb
  • 1955  Afro-Asian Conference held in Bandung, Indonesia; 29 non-aligned nations including China and India declare they will take no side in cold war; refuse to take a stand against communism and totalitarianism
  • 1967  Soviet Soyuz 1 crashes when parachute fails to open; Cosmonaut Vladimir Komarov is 1st human to die during a space mission
  • 1980  Operation Eagle Claw ends in disaster and deaths of 8 servicemen; hostages remain in hands of Iranian captors
  • 1990  On mission STS-31, Space Shuttle Discovery launches Hubble Space Telescope into orbit; initial flaws later repaired during other shuttle missions
  • 2005  Cardinal Joseph Ratzinger of Germany is inaugurated as Pope Benedict XVI; 265th Pope of the Roman Catholic Church

Lost and Found – April 23rd Edition

What to remember about April 23rd…

  • 1564  English poet and dramatist William Shakespeare is born in Stratford-on-Avon (traditional); dies on same date in 1616
  • 1778  John Paul Jones leads 30 volunteers from USS Ranger on raid of British port of Whitehaven, England; fire consumes the town in only American raid on British soil during the revolution
  • 1791  Future 15th President James Buchanan is born in Cove Gap near Mercersburg, Pennsylvania (d. 1868)
  • 1872  In Washington, D.C., Charlotte E. Ray becomes 1st African-American female lawyer admitted to the Bar
  • 1969  Palestinian immigrant Sirhan Sirhan is sentenced to death after conviction in the assassination of politician Robert F. Kennedy
  • 1985  Coca-Cola changes formula and releases New Coke; product changed back less than 3 months later after overwhelming negative response
  • 1998  Convicted assassin of Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr. dies in prison; James Earl Ray had confessed to the crime and then recanted
  • 2005  “Me at the zoo” is 1st video ever uploaded to YouTube

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 17th Edition

What to remember about April 17th…

  • 1790  American patriot and Founding Father Benjamin Franklin dies in Philadelphia, Pennsylvania (b. 1706)
  • 1820  Father of modern baseball Alexander Joy Cartwright, Jr. is born (d. 1892); inventor of baseball “diamond” and author of Knickerbocker Rules
  • 1897  In Aurora, Texas an unidentified flying object supposedly crashes leaving “pilot” dead; supposedly buried in local cemetery
  • 1941  11 days after invasion of Kingdom of Yugoslavia, leaders sign armistice and surrender to Germany
  • 1961  CIA financed and trained Cuban refugees land on Cuba to overthrow Castro and oppressive communist regime; Bay of Pigs attack fails
  • 1964  Ford Mustang  debuts at World’s Fair in New York
  • 1968  Jordanian Sirhan Bishara Sirhan convicted for the assassination of United States Senator Robert F. Kennedy
  • 1970  Apollo 13 spacecraft returns safely to Earth 4 days after explosion cripples the ship and forces mission to be aborted
  • 1975  Troops of communist Khmer Rouge capture Phnom Penh; Cambodia falls to insurgents; 2 million will die in killing fields
  • 2012  Retiring space shuttle Discovery is flown on the back of converted 747 to join Smithsonian Air and Space Museum to become an exhibit

Lost and Found – April 14th Edition

What to remember about April 14th…

  • 1775  1st abolition society in America is founded in Philadelphia, Pennsylvania by Benjamin Franklin and Benjamin Rush
  • 1846  Donner Party of pioneers departs Springfield, Illinois, for California; year-long expedition ends with sorrow, cannibalism, and death
  • 1865  Actor and Confederate sympathizer John Wilkes Booth fatally shoots President Abraham Lincoln at a play at Ford’s Theater in Washington, D.C.
  • 1865  Lewis Powell attempts unsuccessfully to assassinate U.S. Secretary of State William H. Seward at home as part of John Wilkes Booth’s plot
  • 1912  Famous first and last voyage of RMS Titanic ends in tragedy when she strikes an iceberg and sinks; over 1500 souls lost
  • 1975  American airlift code-named Operation Baby Lift ends after transporting over 2600 orphans from Vietnam to America
  • 1981  NASA’s Space Shuttle Columbia returns safely to Earth after her maiden flight and 1st mission in orbit
  • 1986  In response to terrorist bombing against U.S. troops and civilians, American warplanes bomb Libyan capital of Tripoli
  • 2003  Human Genome Project finishes work on complete map of human genome sequence