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Lost and Found – May 27th Edition

What to remember about May 27th…

  • 1813  U.S. Army and Navy forces conduct amphibious assault to capture fort and British troops in Battle of Fort George
  • 1863  Maryland Chief Justice Roger Taney issues Ex parte Merryman challenging authority of President Lincoln and the military to suspend the writ of habeas corpus
  • 1935  Supreme Court declares National Industrial Recovery Act to be unconstitutional in A.L.A. Schechter Poultry Corp. v. United States
  • 1937  After 4 years of construction and the deaths of 11 workers, the Golden Gate Bridge in San Francisco finally opens to the public
  • 1941  3-days after sinking the  HMS Hood and HMS Prince of Wales, German battleship Bismarck is sunk by Royal Navy off the coast of France
  • 1941  President Franklin D. Roosevelt announces a state of unlimited national emergency in response to military aggression of Nazi Germany
  • 1965  U.S. Navy warships begin bombardment of Viet Cong targets in central South Vietnam
  • 1967  Aircraft carrier USS John F. Kennedy is launched by widow Jacqueline Kennedy and her daughter Caroline
  • 1972  President Nixon and Soviet President Brezhnev meet in Moscow to sign the Strategic Arms Limitation Talks (SALT)agreements
  • 1998  Michael Fortier is sentenced to 12 years $200,000 fine for failing to warn authorities about Oklahoma City Bombing terrorist plot
  • 2005  Thousands of demonstrators gather in Pakistan, Egypt, Indonesia, Bangladesh, and the Middle East to protest reported “Quran abuse” by the U.S. military

Lost and Found – May 24th Edition

What to remember about May 24th…

  • 1543  Polish astronomer Nicolaus Copernicus dies after a stroke (b. 1473); discovered Earth revolved around the sun despite “facts” to the contrary
  • 1775  John Hancock is elected president of Second Continental Congress
  • 1844  Samuel Morse demonstrates his telegraph for Congress; message “What Hath God Wrought?” is sent to Baltimore and back
  • 1883  Brooklyn Bridge is dedicated by President Arthur and future President Cleveland while thousands of New Yorkers turn out to watch
  • 1935  Major League Baseball holds its 1st night game at recently lighted Crosley Field in Cincinnati; Reds beat Phillies 2-1
  • 1941  German battleship Bismarcksinks pride of the Royal Navy HMS Hood
  • 1943  Josef Mengele becomes doctor of Auschwitz concentration camp; “Angel of Death” will torture and murder thousands of Jews
  • 1961  In Jackson, Mississippi, activist Freedom Riders are arrested for disturbing the peace as they disembark from their vehicle
  • 1964  Presidential candidate and Senator Barry Goldwater (R-AZ) mentions possible use of atomic weapons in conflict in Vietnam
  • 1976  Concorde supersonic passenger service from London to Washington, D.C. begins
  • 1991  Israel begins Operation Solomon to evacuate by air more than 14,000 Ethiopian Jews threatened by civil war
  • 1994  4 Islamic terrorists are sentenced to life in prison for 1993 bombing of the north tower of the World Trade Center

Lost and Found – May 16th Edition

What to remember about May 16th…

  • 1777  Georgia Patriot and signer of the Declaration of Independence Button Gwinnett receives is wounded in a duel; dies 3 days later from infection
  • 1849  Amidst massive cholera outbreak, New York City Board of Health establishes a hospital to deal with epidemic; more than 5000 will die
  • 1863  Union victory at Battle of Champion Hill cuts off rebel city of Vicksburg, Mississippi; six-week siege to take the city begins
  • 1868  Senate votes against impeachment and acquits President Andrew Johnson of “high crimes and misdemeanors”
  • 1918  Sedition Act of 1918 is enacted; forbids “disloyal, profane, scurrilous, or abusive language” about the United States government, its flag, or its armed forces or that caused others to view the American government or its institutions with contempt; penalty is 5 to 20 years in prison
  • 1920  Joan of Arc is canonized as a Catholic saint by Pope Benedict XV
  • 1929  Dinner banquet is held to honor winners of the 1st Academy Awards; Wings is the 1st and only silent film to win an Oscar
  • 1943  Warsaw Ghetto uprising ends as Nazis blow up last remaining synagogue and begin mass deportation of remaining Jews to death camp
  • 1948  Chaim Weizmann is elected the first President of Israel
  • 1966  Cultural Revolution begins as Communist Party of China issues “May 16 Notice”; in it Mao Zedong justifies the coming bloodshed
  • 1991  Queen Elizabeth II becomes 1st British monarch to ever address a joint session of the U.S. Congress
  • 2005  National Assembly of Kuwait votes in favor of women’s suffrage subject to Islamic law
  • 2011  NASA’s Space Shuttle Endeavor is launched on its 25th and final mission

Lost and Found – May 15th Edition

What to remember about May 15th…

  • 1800  President John Adams orders the federal government to move from Philadelphia to the new capital in Washington, D.C.
  • 1864  Cadet volunteers from Virginia Military Institute join confederate forces in holding off Union offensive at Battle of New Market
  • 1869  Susan B. Anthony and Elizabeth Cady Stanton form the National Woman Suffrage Association in New York
  • 1928  Mickey Mouse premiers in his 1st motion picture, Plane Crazy
  • 1941  Gloster E.28/39 makes 1st flight; is 1st allied jet aircraft
  • 1942  Law establishing Women’s auxiliary Army Corps (WAACs)takes effect; females granted official military status
  • 1948  Egypt, Transjordan, Lebanon, Syria, Iraq and Saudi Arabia invade Israel after withdrawal of British troops; Arab-Israeli War begins
  • 1963  NASA launches Faith 7; final mission of the Mercury program takes Gordon Cooper into orbit
  • 1972  Governor George Wallace, segregationist Democrat candidate for the presidency, is shot and paralyzed by Arthur Bremer
  • 1973  Nolan Ryan throws 1st of his 7 no-hitters as a Major League pitcher
  • 1988  Soviet forces begin their withdrawal from Afghanistan
  • 2004  In Iraq an artillery shell used in an improvised explosive device releases a nerve agent injuring 2 U.S. soldiers
  • 2007  Evangelical preacher, televangelist, and founder of Liberty University Jerry Lamon Falwell, Sr. dies of a heart attack (b. 1933)

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 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


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 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 5th Edition

What to remember about April 5th…

  • 1614  John Rolfe of Jamestown, Virginia marries Matoaka “Pocahontas”, daughter of chief of Powhatan Indian confederacy
  • 1774  Writing from London, Benjamin Franklin publishes satirical work “An Open Letter to Lord North”; government unfortunately liked the ideas
  • 1792  Presidential veto is exercised for 1st time; Washington vetoes bill on apportionment of representatives he considers unconstitutional
  • 1862  Union forces land behind Confederate lines on James Peninsula to begin Siege of Yorktown in Virginia
  • 1922  American Birth Control League is incorporated in New York by Margaret Sanger; later reformed into Planned Parenthood
  • 1933  President Franklin D. Roosevelt signs Executive Order 6102 criminalizing possession of more than $100 in gold currency
  • 1951   Julius and Ethel Rosenberg are sentenced to death for their roles in running a spy ring and passing nuclear secrets to the Soviets
  • 1955  Winston Churchill retires as Prime Minister; remains in Parliament until 1964
  • 1986  Libyan terrorists bomb West Berlin Discotheque killing 3 and wounding 230; U.S. planes will bomb Triploi in response on April 15
  • 1994  Pop rock icon and Nirvana lead singer Kurt Cobain commits suicide in Seattle, Washington (b. 1967); many fans blame his wife Courtney Love
  • 2008  Tough-guy actor, civil rights proponent, and NRA president Charlton Heston dies (b. 1923)