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Lost and Found – September 3rd Edition

What to remember about September 3rd…

  • 1777  The “Stars and Stripes” American flag was flown in battle for the very 1st time; skirmish at Cooch’s Bridge, Delaware
  • 1783  American Revolution officially comes to an end as the United States, Great Britain, Spain and France sign the Treaty of Paris
  • 1838  Abolitionist Frederick Douglas successfully escapes from slavery by boarding train to Maryland while dressed as a sailor
  • 1861  Forces under Confederate General Polk invade Kentucky causing  state legislature to request Union assistance
  • 1919  President Wilson begins 8000-mile train tour across the nation to promote American membership in the League of Nations
  • 1925  1st U.S. Navy airship USS Shenandoah (ZR-1) crashes in storm over Caldwell,Ohio; 14 crew killed
  • 1939  Australia, France, Great Britain, and New Zealand declare war on Germany following invasion of Poland; naval blockade of Germany begins that will last through the war
  • 1944  Anne Frank and her family are put on a transport from Westerbork to the Auschwitz concentration camp
  • 1970  American football coach Vincent Thomas “Vince” Lombardi dies of cancer
  • 1976  Viking 2 Lander successfully arrives on the surface of Mars
  • 2004  Beslan school hostage crisis ends on day 3 with the deaths of over 300, more than half are children

Lost and Found – September 1st Edition

What to remember about September 1st…

  • 1775  Representatives of the Continental Congress Richard Penn and Arthur Lee present the Olive Branch Petition; King George III refuses reconciliation with the rebellious colonies
  • 1807  Former vice president Aaron Burr is acquitted of treason charges because there was no “overt act” to overthrow the government
  • 1838  American explorer and soldier William Clark dies in St. Louis while serving as Superintendent of Indian Affairs
  • 1864  Siege of Atlanta ends as Confederates withdraw from the city
  • 1914  Last known passenger pigeon dies in Cincinnati Zoo
  • 1939  Over 1 million German troops invade Poland
  • 1969  27-year-old Libyan army captain Muammar al-Qaddafi leads successful military coup against King Idris I of Libya
  • 1974  SR-71 “Blackbird” sets record for flying from New York to London; distance 3,508 miles at 1,435 mph and elapsed time of 1 hour 54 minutes and 56.4 seconds
  • 1982  United States Air Force Space Command is founded
  • 1983  Soviet fighters shoot down Korean Airlines jet travelling from U.S. killing all 269 aboard, Cold War tensions heighten
  • 1985  73 years after ship sank, wreck of the RMS Titanic is located
  • 2004  Islamic terrorists seize 1100 hostages at a school in Beslan, North Osetia, Russia; among the 334 killed are 186 children

Lost and Found – August 23rd Edition

What to remember about August 23rd…

  • 1784  Four counties in North Carolina declare independence as the State of Franklin; becomes Tennessee
  • 1814  First Lady Dolley Madison saves a portrait of George Washington from being looted by British troops
  • 1861  Confederate spy Rose O’Neal Greenhow is arrested by Allan Pinkerton; head of the new Secret Service Agency
  • 1927  Italian-born anarchists Nicola Sacco and Bartolomeo Vanzetti are executed for murder in Massachusetts
  • 1979  Soviet ballet star Aleksandr Godunov defects to the U.S. after New York performance of the Bolshoi Ballet
  • 1989  Cincinnati Reds manager Pete Rose receives a lifetime ban for betting on baseball
  • 1996  Osama bin Laden posts message entitled “A declaration of war against the Americans occupying the land of the two holy places.”

Lost and Found – August 21st Edition

What to remember about August 21st…

  • 1858  The first of seven debates between Stephen Douglas and Abraham Lincoln is held
  • 1863  Rebel guerillas raid Lawrence Kansas; Quantrill’s men murder 192 and burn almost 200 buildings and homes
  • 1912  Arthur Aldred becomes 1st American boy to earn the rank of Eagle Scout; award presentation is delayed to September 2nd as medal design was not yet  finished
  • 1959  President Eisenhower signs proclamation admitting Hawaii to the Union as the 50th state
  • 1968  Private James Anderson, Jr. is the 1st African-American Marine to be awarded the Medal of Honor
  • 1992  U.S. Marshalls are caught scouting Randy Weaver’s farm in Idaho; ambush fails and 10-day siege at Ruby ridge begins
  • 1995  Hamas suicide bomber targets bus in Ramat Eshkol area of Jerusalem; 4 killed and over 100 wounded

Eagle Scout Medal

Lost and Found – August 20th Edition

What to remember about August 20th…

  • 1794  American troops under General”Mad Anthony” Wayne defeat Shawnee and British forces at Battle of Fallen Timbers
  • 1833  23rd President of the United States Benjamin Harrison is born; grandson of 9th President William Henry Harrison
  • 1862  Horace Greeley writes to Lincoln the “Prayer of the Twenty Millions” arguing that abolition should be the goal of the Union in the Civil War
  • 1866  President Johnson formally declares Civil War is over
  • 1920  Professional football is born at a meeting in Ohio
  • 1968  Soviet troops invade Czechoslovakia to crush the “Prague Spring”
  • 1975  Viking I planetary probe is launched towards Mars
  • 1986 Mail carrier  Patrick Henry Sherrill goes on shooting spree in Edmund, Oklahoma killing 14; in the aftermath the phrase “going postal” is coined
  • 1989  Lyle and Erik Menendez shoot and kill their parents in the den of the family’s Beverly Hills home
  • 1998  President Clinton orders cruise missile strikes on  Afghanistan and Sudan in retaliation for Osama bin Laden’s involvement in August embassy bombings in Kenya and Tanzania

going postal

Lost and Found – August 15th Edition

What to remember about August 15th…

  • 1780  Irregulars led by LTC Frances “Swamp Fox” Marion rout crown loyalists at Port’s Ferry, South Carolina
  • 1914  Opening of the American-built Panama Canal is inaugurated with the transit of the U.S. ship Ancon, President Carter signs canal over to Panamanian control December 31, 1977
  • 1935  Famed aviator Wiley Post and celebrated actor and journalist Will Rogers die in plane crash in Alaska
  • 1939  Classic film The Wizard of Oz premiers at Grauman’s Chinese Theater
  • 1945  Emperor Hirohito announces to his people that Japan has surrendered to the Allies
  • 1947  200 years of English rule ends and the nations of India and Pakistan become independent
  • 1969  The Woodstock Music Festival opens in upstate New York; performers includes Jimi Hendrix, the Who, the Grateful Dead, Janis Joplin, CCR and more
  • 1971  President Nixon imposes a 90-day freeze on wages and prices; ends the convertibility of U.S. dollars into gold
  • 1979  Francis Ford Coppola film Apocalypse Now opens in U.S.
  • 2003  Libya formally accepts responsibility for 1988 bombing of Pan Am Flight 103 over Lockerbie, Scotland; express no remorse and admit no guilt

Panama Canal

Lost and Found – August 14th Edition

What to remember about August 14th…

  • 1848  An act of Congress establishes the Oregon Territory
  • 1935  President Roosevelt signs into law the Social Security Act
  • 1945  American actor and comedian Steve Martin is born (L.A. Story and Roxanne are my favorites)
  • 1965  7th Marines land in Chu Lai to begin combat operations in South Vietnam
  • 1980  Lech Walesa leads strikes at Gdansk shipyards leading to strikes across Poland; Solidarity movement takes hold
  • 1994  International terrorist Ilich Ramírez Sánchez aka Carlos the Jackal is captured in Sudan
  • 2003  Massive blackout in northeast U.S. and parts of Canada leave an estimated 55 million without power
  • 2006  Journalists Steve Centani and Olaf Wiig kidnapped by Palestinian Hamas gunmen; they are released only after they convert to Islam under threat of death
  • 2010  President Barak Hussein Obama states his support for the building of a mosque at Ground Zero in New York

Lost and Found – August 7th Edition

What to remember about August 7th…

  • 1742  Patriot Nathanael Green born in South Carolina (d. 1786); joins Continental Army as a private and rises to rank of Major General
  • 1782  General George Washington creates the “Badge of Military Merit”; reinstituted by General MacArthur as the “Purple Heart”
  • 1942  U.S. Marines attack; Battle Guadalcanal begins 1st American offensive operation of World War II
  • 1964  Congress passes the Gulf of Tonkin Resolution giving President Johnson authorization to act against Vietnam
  • 1978  President Carter announces that Love Canal, New York has become a federal health emergency due to toxic waste dumping
  • 1990  President Bush orders the organization of Operation Desert Shield in response to the invasion of Kuwait
  • 1998  Muslim terrorists bomb U.S. embassies in Dar es Salaam, Tunisia, and Nairobi, Kenya; over 300 killed; Osama bin Laden placed on FBI’s Ten Most Wanted list
  • 2004  Famed oilfield firefighter Red Adair dies(b. 1915)

Lost and Found – August 2nd Edition

What to remember about August 2nd…

  • 1776  Declaration of Independence is finally signed by the delegates to the Continental Congress
  • 1865  CSS Shenandoah prowling the Pacific learns that the Civil War is over; sails non-stop to England to surrender
  • 1923  29th President of the United States Warren G. Harding dies of a stroke in San Francisco, California (b. 1865)
  • 1934  President Hindenburg of the Weimar Republic dies
  • 1934  Chancellor Adolf Hitler becomes absolute dictator of Germany; assumes the title of Führer
  • 1939  Albert Einstein and Leó Szilárd send a letter to President Roosevelt urging that the U.S. develop a nuclear weapon
  • 1964  North Vietnamese torpedo boats attack destroyers USS Maddox (DD 731) and USS Turner Joy in the Tonkin Gulf Incident
  • 1990  Iraq invades its southern neighbor Kuwait; leads to Gulf War
  • 1998  American puppeteer and children’s television host Shari Lewis dies of cancer in California (b. 1933)
  • 2006  Hezbollah ends temporary cease-fire and launches over 200 rockets into Israel in one day; 1 killed and 16 wounded
  • 2009 Remains of Navy Pilot Michael Scott Speicher recovered in Iraq; 1st combat casualty of Gulf War; shot down January 17, 1991
  • 2010  Ethics Committee of the House of Representatives charges Maxine Waters (D – CA) of multiple ethical violations

Lost and Found – July 26th Edition

What to remember about July 26th…

  • 1775  Congress establishes department to operate a postal system; Benjamin Franklin is the 1st Postmaster General
  • 1788  New York becomes 11th state with vote to ratify the Constitution
  • 1797  John Quincy Adams marries Louisa Johnson; she will become the 1st and only foreign-born first-lady
  • 1861  Major General George B. McClellan appointed new commander of Army of the Potomac after disastrous First Battle of Bull Run
  • 1908  Office of the Chief Examiner hires a group of investigators; in 1935 this group becomes the Federal Bureau of Investigation (FBI)
  • 1941  In response to invasion of French Indochina, President Franklin Roosevelt orders the seizure of all Japanese assets in U.S.
  • 1945  Cruiser USS Indianapolis departs carrying critical pieces for Little Boy atomic bomb that will be dropped on Hiroshima
  • 1947  President Truman signs National Security Act creating Department of Defense, National Security Council, and Central Intelligence Agency (CIA)
  • 1971  Apollo 15 launches carrying the Lunar Rover
  • 1990  President George H. W. Bush signs into law the Americans with Disabilities Act
  • 2008 Islamic militants set off 21 bombs in 70 minutes in Ahmedabad, India; 56 killed and over 200 injured

Benjamin Franklin appears on the first postage stamp issued in the United States