Tag Archives: James Madison

Lost and Found – November 23rd Edition

What to remember about November 23rd…

    • 1749  Edward Rutledge, reluctant signer of the Declaration of Independence, is born in Charleston, South Carolina (d. 1800)
    • 1804  14th President Franklin Pierce is born in Hillsborough, New Hampshire (d. 1869)
    • 1814  Elbridge Gerry ,Vice President to James Madison, dies of heart failure while still serving in office (b. 1744)
    • 1863  General Grant’s Union troops counter-attack; Battle of Chattanooga begins
    • 1943  Islands of Tarawa and Makin fall to U.S. forces
    • 1981  President Reagan signs secret order ordering CIA to organize and recruit Nicaraguan Contra rebels
    • 1985  Palestinian terrorists hijack Egyptian airliner; 60 hostages die either at captors hands or during botched rescue attempt
    • 2004  World of Warcraft MMORPG is released
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Lost and Found – July 17th Edition

What to remember about July 17th…

  • 1744  Elbridge Gerry born (d. 1814); signer of the Declaration of Independence and Vice President to James Madison; inventor of “gerrymandering” of electoral districts for political advantage
  • 1815 Napoleon Bonaparte surrenders to the British at Rochefort
  • 1938  Douglas “Wrong Way” Corrigan makes non-stop flight across the Atlantic “accidentally”
  • 1945  Potsdam Conference convenes with President Truman, Prime Minister Churchill, and Secretary Stalin; determine fate of Germany
  • 1955  Disneyland unveiled to the public; opens the next day
  • 1975  Apollo and Soyuz spacecraft launch for rendezvous to be made in orbit 2 days later; last manned spaceflight until Space Shuttle
  • 1989  1st flight of the B-2 Spirit Stealth Bomber
  • 2007  Atlanta Falcon’s football quarterback Michael Vick and 3 others indicted by federal grand jury for dog-fighting and gambling enterprise
  • 2009 Jemaah Islamiyah, an al-Qaeda-linked group detonates 2 suicide bombs in Jakarta, Indonesia; 9 killed and over 50 wounded

Lost and Found – June 28th Edition

What to remember about June 28th…

  • 1776  Thomas Hickey convicted and executed for mutiny, sedition, and conspiring with the enemy; Washington signs the death warrant
  • 1778  Mary “Molly Pitcher” Hays replaces her wounded husband on the battlefield as cannon crew helping win the Battle of Monmouth
  • 1836  James Madison dies; 4th President of the United States, “father” of the Constitution; husband of Dolley Madison
  • 1914  Archduke Franz Ferdinand of Austria is shot to death beginning a chain of events leading to World War I
  • 1919  Future 33rd President of the United States Harry S. Truman marries Bess Wallace; afterward they lived in her mother’s house
  • 1919  Treaty of Versailles is signed; ends World War I
  • 1953  Assembly begins in Flint, MI on the 1st Chevrolet Corvette
  • 1965  3000 troops from the 173rd Airborne assault Viet Cong positions north of Saigon; 1st major offensive of the Vietnam War
  • 1978  SCOTUS rules in University of California v. Bakke that he be admitted to the medical school; ruled against reverse discrimination
  • 1997 Boxer Mike Tyson bites off ear of Evander Holyfield’s ear
  • 2000  6-year old Elián González sent back to Cuba
  • 2004  Sovereign power is transferred from the Coalition Provisional Authority to Iraq’s interim government
  • 2005  Navy Lt. Michael Patrick Murphy is killed in Afghanistan calling in support for his surrounded unit; he will receive the Medal of Honor
  • 2012  SCOTUS rules that Patient Protection and Affordable Care Act (aka Obamacare) is constitutional as a tax and not under Commerce Clause; largest tax increase in history of the world goes forward

INS Border Patrol agents take 6-year old into “protective custody”

Lost and Found – June 18th Edition

What to remember about June 18th…

  • 1778  British troops abandon their almost nine month occupation of Philadelphia after French entry into war made city indefensible
  • 1798  President John Adams signs Naturalization act – part of the Alien and Sedition Acts; so controversial that Adams never enforces
  • 1812  President James Madison signs Declaration of War passed by Congress, War of 1812 with Britain begins
  • 1815  Wellington defeats Napoleon at Waterloo; forces his final abdication
  • 1873  Susan B. Anthony fined $100 for voting in 1872 Presidential election; she vows to and never does pay the fine
  • 1940  Hitler and Mussolini meet in Munich to discuss plans and the late entry of Italy into the war; Mussolini leaves berated and dissatisfied
  • 1953  8 day struggle to hold Outpost Harry ends; 4 American and 1 Greek infantry companies hold off over 13,000 Chinese troops
  • 1965  Strategic Air Command (SAC) B-52 bombers are used in Vietnam for 1st time; Operation Arc Light is under way
  • 1981  1st flight of Lockheed F-117 Nighthawk stealth fighter
  • 1983  1st female American Astronaut – Dr. Sally K. Ride – is launched into space aboard the Space Shuttle Challenger (STS-7)
  • 2009  NASA launches Lunar Reconnaissance Orbiter to create 3D map of the lunar surface, identify potential resources and landing sites

Lost and Found – June 1st Edition

What to remember about June 1st…

  • 1779  Court martial convenes in Philadelphia for Benedict Arnold on 13 counts of misbehavior including misusing finds and equipment
  • 1792  Kentucky is admitted to the Union as 15th state
  • 1796  Tennessee  is admitted to the Union as 16th state
  • 1812  President James Madison asks Congress for declaration of war against the United Kingdom
  • 1864  Union and Confederate forces clash over crossroads; Battle of Cold Harbor has begun
  • 1868  Former 15th President James Buchanan dies (b. 1791)
  • 1900  Future President Herbert Hoover and his wife are trapped in China as Boxer Rebellion breaks out
  • 1926  Norma Jeane Mortenson Baker is born in Los Angeles (d. 1962); “Marilyn Monroe” goes on to success as singer and actress
  • 1941  After 20,000 German paratroopers drop on island to spearhead invasion, Allied troops evacuate and Crete falls to the Axis
  • 1942  News of the gassing of Jews at Nazi death camps in Poland is revealed in the press for the 1st time
  • 1968  American author and activist Helen Keller dies (b. 1880); deaf and blind she learned to communicate and set example of achievement
  • 1990  President George H.W. Bush and Soviet leader Mikhail Gorbachev sign agreement in Washington, D.C. to end production of chemical weapons and begin the destruction of stockpiles
  • 2001  Islamic Palestinian terrorist of Hamas kills 21 teens and injures 132 in homicide bombing attack on nightclub in Tel Aviv, Israel
  • 2009  General Motors files for Chapter 11 Bankruptcy becoming the largest U.S. industrial company to enter bankruptcy protection
  • 2011  NASA Space Shuttle Endeavor completes its final mission and lands before decommissioning

Lost and Found – February 24th Edition

What to remember about February 24th…

  • 1803  Supreme Court, led by Chief Justice John Marshall, issues decision in William Marbury v. James Madison; power of judicial review confirmed
  • 1836  Colonel Travis sends messengers carrying call for aid for troops besieged at the Alamo by General Santa Ana
  • 1840  Former President John Quincy Adams begins arguments before Supreme Court in Amistad case defending rights of would-be slaves
  • 1868  President Andrew Johnson becomes 1st president impeached; attempted dismissal of Secretary of War Edwin M. Stanton is reason
  • 1917  U.S. Ambassador to Mexico receives copy of “Zimmerman Note”; cable from Germany offers to Mexico the territories of Texas, New Mexico, and Arizona if they enter WWI as an ally against America
  • 1944  “Merrill’s Marauders” Rangers begin guerilla campaign against Japanese in northern Burma after 1000-mile march into occupied territory
  • 1991  After 6-week bombing campaign, coalition ground forces invade Iraq and Kuwait; Operation Desert Shield becomes Desert Storm
  • 2008  Communist dictator Fidel Castro retires after almost 50 years

Merrill's Marauders on the march

Lost and Found – September 15th Edition

What to remember about September 15th…

  • 1779  French fleet blockading Savannah, Georgia captures 2 British frigates and 2 supply ships
  • 1794  James Madison marries Dolly Payne Todd
  • 1835  Naturalist Charles Darwin reaches the Galapagos Islands aboard the HMS Beagle
  • 1857  President William Howard Taft is born in Cincinnati, Ohio
  • 1862  Confederate General “Stonewall” Jackson captures Harpers Ferry, Virginia and 12,000 Union troops
  • 1916  Tanks are used in battle for the 1st time by Britain at the Battle of the Somme
  • 1935  Nuremberg Laws are passed in Germany; Jews are stripped of their civil rights; Nazis adopt the swastika for their flag
  • 1950  U.S. forces under General MacArthur  make surprise amphibious assault at Inchon and capture the city
  • 1981  Senate Judiciary Committee approves Sandra Day O’Connor to become the 1st female justice of the Supreme Court of the United States
  • 2008  158-year old financial firm Lehman Brothers files for Chapter 11 bankruptcy, largest bankruptcy filing in U.S. history

British Mark IV Tank

Lost and Found – August 25th Edition

What to remember about August 25th…

  • 0325  Convened by Roman Emperor Constantine I, the Council of Nicaea concludes 1st ecumenical debate of the early Christian church
  • 1776  Political philosopher David Hume dies; his essay “Idea of a Perfect Commonwealth” inspires James Madison and others about ideal government
  • 1835 New York Sun newspaper publishes series of articles detailing discovery of life on the moon; known as The Great Moon Hoax
  • 1914  German troops loot and burn Catholic University of Louvain, the town, and its priceless renaissance library
  • 1918  American conductor, composer, and musician Leonard Bernstein is born in Lawrence, Massachusetts
  • 1939  Classic American movie The Wizard of Oz opens in theater
  • 1944  After 4 years of Nazi occupation, Paris is liberated by American and French forces; formal German surrender of city the next day
  • 1945  American missionary and liaison to chinese resistance fighters  in China, John Birch, is murdered by communists; considered “the first casualty of the cold war”
  • 1950  President Truman orders the U.S. Army to take control of railroads ahead of a planned strike by workers
  • 2009  Senator Edward “Ted” Kennedy, “liberal lion of the Senate”, dies of brain cancer at home in Massachusetts
  • 2012  Apollo 11 aastronaut , test pilot, and U.S. Naval Aviator Neil Armstrong dies (b. 1930), 1st man to walk on the moon

Lost and Found – July 17th Edition

What to remember about July 17th…

  • 1744  Elbridge Gerry born (d. 1814); signer of the Declaration of Independence and Vice President to James Madison; inventor of “gerrymandering” of electoral districts for political advantage
  • 1815 Napoleon Bonaparte surrenders to the British at Rochefort
  • 1938  Douglas “Wrong Way” Corrigan makes non-stop flight across the Atlantic “accidentally”
  • 1945  Potsdam Conference convenes with President Truman, Prime Minister Churchill, and Secretary Stalin; determine fate of Germany
  • 1955  Disneyland unveiled to the public; opens the next day
  • 1975  Apollo and Soyuz spacecraft launch for rendezvous to be made in orbit 2 days later; last manned spaceflight until Space Shuttle
  • 1989  1st flight of the B-2 Spirit Stealth Bomber
  • 2007  Atlanta Falcon’s football quarterback Michael Vick and 3 others indicted by federal grand jury for dog-fighting and gambling enterprise
  • 2009 Jemaah Islamiyah, an al-Qaeda-linked group detonates 2 suicide bombs in Jakarta, Indonesia; 9 killed and over 50 wounded

Lost and Found – June 28th Edition

What to remember about June 28th…

  • 1776  Thomas Hickey convicted and executed for mutiny, sedition, and conspiring with the enemy; Washington signs the death warrant
  • 1778  Mary “Molly Pitcher” Hays replaces her wounded husband on the battlefield as cannon crew helping win the Battle of Monmouth
  • 1836  James Madison dies; 4th President of the United States, “father” of the Constitution; husband of Dolley Madison
  • 1914  Archduke Franz Ferdinand of Austria is shot to death beginning a chain of events leading to World War I
  • 1919  Future 33rd President of the United States Harry S. Truman marries Bess Wallace; afterward they lived in her mother’s house
  • 1919  Treaty of Versailles is signed; ends World War I
  • 1953  Assembly begins in Flint, MI on the 1st Chevrolet Corvette
  • 1965  3000 troops from the 173rd Airborne assault Viet Cong positions north of Saigon; 1st major offensive of the Vietnam War
  • 1978  SCOTUS rules in University of California v. Bakke that he be admitted to the medical school; ruled against reverse discrimination
  • 1997 Boxer Mike Tyson bites off ear of Evander Holyfield’s ear
  • 2000  6-year old Elián González sent back to Cuba
  • 2004  Sovereign power is transferred from the Coalition Provisional Authority to Iraq’s interim government
  • 2005  Navy Lt. Michael Patrick Murphy is killed in Afghanistan calling in support for his surrounded unit; he will receive the Medal of Honor
  • 2012  SCOTUS rules that Patient Protection and Affordable Care Act (aka Obamacare) is constitutional as a tax and not under Commerce Clause; largest tax increase in history of the world goes forward

INS Border Patrol agents take 6-year old into “protective custody”