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Lost and Found – February 26th Edition

What to remember about February 26th…

  • 1813  Founding father Robert R. (The Chancellor) Livingston dies (b. 1746), administered Washington’s oath of office and negotiated Treaty of Paris; aided Robert Fulton’s construction of 1st functional steamboat
  • 1815  Napoleon Bonaparte escapes Island of Elba to begin second conquest of France
  • 1846  American soldier, showman, and Medal of Honor recipient William Frederick “Buffalo Bill” Cody is born in Iowa (d. 1917)
  • 1919  President Wilson declares Grand Canyon a National Park
  • 1932  American singer, song writer, and actor John R. “Johnny” Cash is born in Kingsland, Arkansas (d. 2003)
  • 1935  In violation of Treaty of Versailles; Hitler signs secret order to create a German air force – the Luftwaffe
  • 1949  B-50 bomber Lucky Lady II takes off from Arizona to make 1st non-stop flight around the world
  • 1993  Islamic terrorists detonate truck bomb in parking garage below World Trade Center; 6 killed over 1000 injured
  • 1995  Britain’s oldest investment bank Barings Bank collapses after rogue trader Nick Leeson loses $1.4 billion on Singapore markets
  • 2009  President Obama’s administration reverses military policy of prohibiting media coverage of returning war dead

Lost and Found – February 23rd Edition

What to remember about February 23rd…

  • 1778  Prussian born Barron von Steuben arrives at Valley Forge to begin training of Continental troops to become professional soldiers
  • 1836  Mexican army arrives, siege begins at Battle of the Alamo, Texas
  • 1848  Former 6th President of the United States John Quincy Adams dies from stroke inside U.S. Capitol Building (b. 1757)
  • 1861  President elect Lincoln foils assassination attempt with last-minute change of his itinerary; arrives in Washington, D.C vs Baltimore
  • 1870  Mississippi is readmitted to the Union; military governance ends
  • 1943  Japanese submarine bombards Elwood, California

submarine launched float plane attacks oregon wwii

  • 1945  U.S. flag is raised by Marines on Mt. Suribaci on Iwo Jima
  • 1954  Polio vaccine invented by Dr. Jonas Salk is given to children for 1st time; incidence of disease has dropped from peak of hundreds of thousands infected each year to around 1000
  • 1991  Coalition ground forces cross the border from Saudi Arabia to begin liberation of Kuwait during the Gulf War
  • 1997  Palestinian teacher Ali Hassan Abu Kamal opens fire on observation deck of Empire State Building; 2 killed 6 wounded

Lost and Found – February 21st Edition

What to remember about February 21st…

  • 1848  Former 6th President John Quincy Adams suffers stroke during heated debate in U.S. House of Representatives
  • 1849  Karl Marx and Friedrich Engels publish The Communist Manifesto; leads to millions of deaths worldwide
  • 1885  Washington Monument is dedicated after almost 50 years in works
  • 1916  10-month Battle of Verdun begins with massive bombardment
  • 1948  National Association for Stock Car Racing (NASCAR) is incorporated
  • 1965  African-American activist Malcolm X (aka El-Hajj Malik El-Shabazz) is assassinated by members of Nation of Islam after leaving group (b. 1925)
  • 1970  Secret peace negotiations begin between Vietnamese representatives and Henry Kissinger
  • 1972  President Nixon arrives in China to open diplomatic relations talks
  • 1994  CIA employee Aldrich Ames is arrested for selling secrets to Soviet Union; at least 10 agents murdered because of his leaks
  • 1995  American businessman and adventurer Steve Fossett completes 1st solo balloon flight across the Pacific

Lost and Found – February 17th Edition

What to remember about February 17th…

  • 1621  Miles Standish is elected by Pilgrim’s as 1st commander of Plymouth Colony
  • 1801  After 35 unsuccessful votes in Electoral College, Thomas Jefferson is elected 3rd President of the United States
  • 1864  Confederate submarine H.L. Hunley is 1st combat sub to sink an enemy warship with attack on USS Housatonic off Charleston, S.C.
  • 1865  After wintering in Savannah, Sherman’s army moves into South Carolina capturing and burning city of Columbia
  • 1947  Voice of America radio program begins broadcasting into Soviet Union; brings taste of U.S.A. to the dark side of “Iron Curtain”
  • 1974  Army private Robert K. Preston steals UH-1 helicopter to hover over White House as protest; he lands on the south lawn
  • 1979  China invades Vietnam in response to overthrow of Pol Pot’s Cambodian regime by Vietnamese forces
  • 2011  “Day of Rage” protest in Libya and around the world mark beginning of civil war; some police forces join demonstrators

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 14th Edition

What to remember about February 14th…

  • 278   Priest named Valentine is beaten to death and then beheaded for continuing to perform marriages despite Emperor Claudius II’s ban
  • 1779  Outnumbered and divided Patriots surprise Georgia loyalists at Kettle Creek; Colonel Andrew Pickens and Colonel John Dooly lead them to 1st significant victory in the colony
  • 1779  British Explorer James Cook is killed by native mob on Hawaiian Island of Kealakekua
  • 1818  American Author, abolitionist, and former slave Frederick Douglas is born in Maryland (d. 1895)
  • 1835  Joseph Smith’s Three Witnesses choose 12 men to be anointed as “apostles” creating the Quorum of Twelve of the Mormon church
  • 1859  Oregon is admitted to the Union as 33rd state
  • 1912  Arizona is admitted to the Union as 48th state
  • 1920  League of Women Voters is founded in Chicago, Illinois
  • 1929  At headquarters of Chicago gangster “Bugs” Moran, 4 men dressed as police line up 7 employees against a wall and shoot them
  • 1945  President Franklin Roosevelt meets with King Ibn Saud aboard USS Quincy to establish diplomatic ties with Saudi Arabia, secure weapons for oil agreement, and support for Jewish homeland in Palestine
  • 1979  U.S. Ambassador to Afghanistan Adolph Dubs is kidnapped by muslim terrorists in Kabul; he is killed during rescue attempt
  • 1989  Iranian Ayatola issues fatwa instructing muslims to murder British author Salman Rushdie for heresy and apostacy

Lost and Found – February 11th Edition

What to remember about February 11th…

  • 1812  Massachusetts Governor Elbridge Gerry redistricts his state to favor his party; “gerrymandering” is born
  • 1847  American inventor and entrepreneur 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 parliament 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 accidentally shoots Texas attorney Harry Whittington and wounds him while they hunt quail together
  • 2012  American singer and actress Whitney Houston dies in hotel bathtub in Beverly Hills (b. 1963)
  • 2013  Pope Benedict XVI resigns suddenly; 78-year old former Cardinal Joseph Ratzinger of Germany is 1st Pontiff to resign since 1415

margaret thatcher the iron lady

Lost and Found – February 3rd Edition

What to remember about February 3rd…

  • 1781  General Nathanael Greene’s troops evade Cornwallis’ army by crossing Yadkin River with help of polish engineer Thaddeus Kosciusko
  • 1865  President Lincoln meets with Confederate delegation at Hampton Roads, Virginia to discuss peace; reunification is his demand
  • 1870  15th Amendment to the U.S. Constitution is ratified; right to vote shall not be abridged for “race, color, or condition of servitude”
  • 1913  16th Amendment to the U.S. Constitution is ratified; grants Federal government right to impose an income tax
  • 1924  Former 28th President of the United States Woodrow Wilson dies in Washington, D.C. from complications of a stroke (b. 1856)
  • 1943  U.S. troop transport Dorchester sunk by U-boat; 230 of 900 survive; “Four Chaplains” rescue hundreds before giving up own life jackets and lifeboat seat; go down with the ship while praying for the troops
  • 1950  German atomic scientist Klaus Fuchs arrested for passing secrets of the bomb to Soviets; leads to arrest of Julius and Ethel Rosenberg
  • 1959 Rock stars Buddy Holly, J.P. “Big Bopper” Richardson, and Ritchie Valens killed in plane crash; memorialized as “Day The Music Died”
  • 1966  Soviets achieve 1st controlled, non-crash landing on the Moon with Lunik 9; photos and television images sent back to Earth
  • 1971  NYPD officer Frank Serpico is shot during drug bust; survives to testify against police corruption on the force
  • 2003  Radical Muslim Cleric Abu Hamza al-Masri claims Space Shuttle Columbia disaster is “punishment from God”

Lost and Found – January 31st Edition

What to remember about January 31st…

  • 1606  Guy Fawkes, chief conspirator in the “Gunpowder Plot” to blow up parliament and the king, jumps to his death on the way to his execution
  • 1752  Founding Father, lawmaker, and “Penman of the Constitution”  Gouverneur Morris is born in New York City (d. 1816)
  • 1865  13th Amendment to the Constitution in passed by Congress; it will be ratified and adopted by December; outlaws slavery in America
  • 1915  Germany attempts 1st large-scale use of chemical weapons on the battlefield; freezing temperatures and wind render poison gas ineffective – this time
  • 1945  Private Eddie Slovik becomes 1st and only U.S. soldier executed for desertion during WWII; Civil War was last time deserters executed
  • 1950  President Truman announces that U.S. will develop a new generation of atomic weapons now that Soviets have the bomb; hydrogen bomb is coming
  • 1958  NASA successfully launches its 1st satellite into orbit; Explorer 1
  • 1971  NASA launches Apollo 14 from Cape Canaveral beginning 3rd mission to land men on the Moon; Shepard, Roosa, and Mitchell aboard
  • 1995  President Clinton authorizes $20 billion loan to Mexico in attempt to prevent economic collapse that could impact U.S. markets
  • 2001  Libyan terrorist Abdelbaset al-Megrahi is convicted by Scottish court for role in 1988 bombing of Pan Am flight 103 that killed 270; “terminally ill” and facing imminent death he is released on compassionate grounds in 2009; still alive as of this writing

guy fawkes and the gunpowder plot

Lost and Found – January 25th Edition

What to remember about January 25th…

  • 1863  Union General Ambrose Burnside removed from command of Army of the Potomac after only 2 months
  • 1919  Peace conference delegates establish commission to create League of Nations; President Wilson insists on chairmanship
  • 1924  1st Winter Olympics begin; called “International Winter Sports Week” until IOC recognized in 1928
  • 1949  Notorious Chicago gangster Al Capone dies at home in bed from complications of neurosyphilis (b. 1899)
  • 1949  Emmy Awards ceremony held for 1st time; gala takes place at Hollywood Athletic Club
  • 1971  Charles Manson and 3 followers are convicted for murders of 7 people while attempting to spark a “race war”
  • 1971   Idi Amin leads coup and takes control of Uganda
  • 1980  After 9-days in jail, former Beatles member Paul McCartney is released from Japanese prison and deported for drug smuggling
  • 1993  Pakistani gunman Aimal Kasi goes on shooting spree outside CIA headquarters in Virginia killing 2 and wounding 3 before escaping the country; convicted and later executed by lethal injection
  • 2011  “Day of Revolt” demonstrations break out in Egypt protesting government of Hosni Mubarak; Arab Spring begins