Tag Archives: Islam

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

Lost and Found – April 13th Edition

What to remember about April 13th…

  • 1360  During the Hundred Years War, as many as 1000 English soldiers are killed by hail and lightning in Chartres, France
  • 1743  Future 3rd President of the United States and author of Declaration of Independence Thomas Jefferson is born in Virginia(d. 1826)
  • 1861  Union forces at Fort Sumter, South Carolina surrender
  • 1870  Metropolitan Museum of Art is incorporated in New York City
  • 1943  Jefferson Memorial in Washington, D.C. is dedicated
  • 1948  Medical relief convoy is ambushed en route to hospital in Jerusalem; 79 doctors, medical personnel and bodyguards massacred
  • 1964  Sidney Poitier becomes 1st African-American to win Best Actor Academy Award for performance in Lilies of the Field 
  • 1970  “Houston, we’ve had a problem here”; oxygen tank explodes aboard Apollo 13; 3rd manned Lunar mission becomes fight for survival
  • 1976  U.S. Treasury introduces 2-dollar bill featuring Thomas Jefferson as part of America’s bicentennial celebration
  • 1997  21-year-old Eldrick “Tiger” Woods wins the prestigious Masters Tournament by a record 12 strokes in Augusta, Georgia
  • 2012  North Korean attempted launch of long-range missile ends in failure as rockets breaks up shortly after take-off

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)

Lost and Found – March 22nd Edition

What to remember about March 22nd…

  • 1622  In Jamestown massacre, Algonquian Indians kill 347 English settlers around the settlement; a third of the colony’s population is lost
  • 1723  Founding Father and delegate to Continental Congress Charles Carrol is born in Annapolis, Maryland (d. 1783)
  • 1871  North Carolina Governor William Woods Holden becomes the first governor of a U.S. state to be removed from office by impeachment
  • 1908  American author Louis Dearborn L’Amour is born in Jamestown, North Dakota; one of the world’s favorites he penned over 100 novels
  • 1945  The Arab League is formed when Charter approved by Egypt, Iraq, Lebanon, Saudi Arabia, Syria, Jordan, and Yemen
  • 1972  Congress sends the Equal Rights Amendment to the states for ratification; effort fails to gain required number of state passages in time allotted
  • 1984  McMartin preschool staff are charged with ritual, satanic abuse of children; charges dropped when accusations revealed as false
  • 1997  Comet Hale-Bopp has its closest approach to Earth

pass the ERA buttons

Lost and Found – March 18th Edition

What to remember about March 18th…

  • 1766  Too late to assuage American resentment, Parliament repeals Stamp Act taxes; protests of Act galvanize revolutionary sentiments
  • 1837  Future 22nd and 24th President of the United States Grover Cleveland is born in Caldwell, New Jersey (d. 1908)
  • 1845  American nurseryman and folk hero John “Johnny Appleseed” Chapman dies near Fort Wayne, Indiana (b. 1774)
  • 1852  Henry Wells and William G. Fargo form their namesake shipping and banking company
  • 1865  Congress of the Confederate States adjourns for the final time
  • 1942  War Relocation Authority is created to manage internment of Japanese, German, and Italian Americans during WWII
  • 1962  After 7 years of Muslim rebellion and over 100,000 casualties, France signs truce agreement with rebels ending 130 years of French rule in Algeria
  • 1965  Soviet Cosmonaut Aleksei Leonov becomes 1st person to take a “spacewalk”
  • 1968  Congress repeals the Gold Standard that had required gold reserves to back U.S. currency
  • 1969  American Air Force B-52 bombers strike at targets inside Cambodia for the 1st time in the Vietnam War
  • 1994  Representatives of warring Croatian Republic of Herzeg-Bosnia and the Republic of Bosnia and Herzegovina sign Washington Agreement ending hostilities and forming Federation of Bosnia and Herzegovina