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Lost and Found – December 2nd Edition

What to remember about December 2nd…

  • 1777  Philadelphia nurse and housewife Lydia Darragh overhears British plans for surprise attack on General Washington’s forces; pretending to need flower, she slips out and passes a warning to Colonials
  • 1823  Monroe Doctrine becomes new U.S. foreign policy when unveiled at President’s annual address to Congress
  • 1845  President Polk reasserts Monroe doctrine announcing aggressive westward expansion as part of America’s “manifest destiny”
  • 1942  Enrico Fermi experiment produces 1st nuclear chain reaction; “atomic pile” was built and tested in a basement at University of Chicago
  • 1954  U.S. Senate votes to condemn Joseph R. McCarthy for “conduct that tends to bring the Senate into dishonor and disrepute”.
  • 1970  At the direction of President Nixon and with approval of Congress, Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) begins operations
  • 1976  Communist dictator Fidel Castro is becomes President of Cuba
  • 2001  Energy-trading corporation Enron files bankruptcy after fraud and mismanagement can no longer be concealed
  • 2015  Married Islamist terrorists Syed Rizwan Farook and Tashfeen Malik kill 14 and wound 22 in attack on office Christmas party in San Bernadino County, California

 Lydia Darragh meets George Washington

Lost and Found – November 2nd Edition

What to remember about November 2nd…

    • 1777  USS Ranger under command of John Paul Jones sets sail from Portsmouth, New Hampshire to hunt British warships
    • 1795  James Knox Polk is born in Mecklenburg County, North Carolina (d. 1849); he will be America’s 11th president
    • 1865  Warren Gamaliel Harding is born in Corsica, Ohio (d. 1923); he will be 29th America’s president
    • 1899  North and South Dakota are admitted to the Union as the 39th and 40th states
    • 1917  British foreign Secretary sends declaration of intent to establish a Jewish homeland; League of Nations will approve
    • 1921  American Birth Control League was founded by Margaret Sanger; becomes Planned Parenthood in 1942
    • 1947  Howard Hughes’ Spruce Goose makes maiden and only flight; it is still the largest aircraft ever built
    • 1963  South Vietnamese President Ngo Dinh Diem is assassinated i coup; America is drawn deeper into the war
    • 1983  President Reagan signs bill declaring 3rd Monday in January be observed as Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr. Day
    • 2004  Dutch film maker Theo Van Gogh is murdered in broad daylight by a muslim after making film critical of Islam’s treatment of women
    • UPDATE: 2016  In game 7, the Chicago Cubs defeat the Cleveland Indians 8-7 in extra innings to win their first World Series Championship in 108 years

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Lost and Found – May 11th Edition

What to remember about May 11th…

  • 1846  President James Polk receives Declaration of War from Congress; Mexican-American War officially begins
  • 1858  Minnesota enters the Union as the 32nd state
  • 1862  After Union troops occupy port of Norfolk, Virginia ironclad CSS Virginia is scuttled in James River to prevent her capture
  • 1864  Confederate General and cavalryman J.E.B. Stuart is mortally wounded north of Richmond, Virginia
  • 1934  Widespread drought leads to massive 2-day dust storm that covers Great Plains and creates a “Dust Bowl”; clouds of topsoil spread as far as Los Angeles and Atlanta
  • 1949  Israel become a member of the United Nations
  • 1960  Israeli operatives capture fugitive German war criminal Adolf Eichmann in Buenos Aires, Argentina
  • 1997  Reigning world chess champion Gary Kasparov loses tournament to IBM supercomputer “Big Blue”; 1st time a machine defeats a reigning champion

Lost and Found – December 2nd Edition

What to remember about December 2nd…

  • 1777  Philadelphia nurse and housewife Lydia Darragh overhears British plans for surprise attack on General Washington’s forces; pretending to need flower, she slips out and passes a warning to Colonials
  • 1823  Monroe Doctrine becomes new U.S. foreign policy when unveiled at President’s annual address to Congress
  • 1845  President Polk reasserts Monroe doctrine announcing aggressive westward expansion as part of America’s “manifest destiny”
  • 1942  Enrico Fermi experiment produces 1st nuclear chain reaction; “atomic pile” was built and tested in a basement at University of Chicago
  • 1954  U.S. Senate votes to condemn Joseph R. McCarthy for “conduct that tends to bring the Senate into dishonor and disrepute”.
  • 1970  At the direction of President Nixon and with approval of Congress, Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) begins operations
  • 2001  Energy-trading corporation Enron files bankruptcy after fraud and mismanagement can no longer be concealed
  • UPDATE:  2015 Married radical Islamist terrorists Syed Farook (USA) and Tashfeen Malik (Pakistan) murder 14 and wound 21 others at training session and holiday party for the San Bernadino County Health Department where Syed worked.  Couple dies in shootout with police.

Lost and Found – August 10th Edition

What to remember about August 10th…

  • 1776  Declaration of Independence arrives in England
  • 1821  Missouri enters the Union as 24th state
  • 1846  President James Polk signs the Smithsonian Institution Act; created with money gifted by English scientist James Smithson
  • 1874  Herbert Hoover is born in West Branch, Iowa (d. 1964); he will become the 31st President of the United States
  • 1877  Presbyterian missionary Amanda McFarland is first white women to settle in Ft.Wrangle, Alaska; takes charge of school
  • 1945  Japan sends word to Allies that they will surrender with one condition – Emperor Hirohito must remain the hereditary monarch
  • 1961  Agent Orange used for the 1st time by the U.S. in Vietnam
  • 1969  Manson cult members continue killing spree with murders of Leno and Rosemary LaBianca
  • 1977  New York City police arrest David Berkowitz for “Son of Sam” murders
  • 1988  President Reagan signs act authorizing compensation for Japanese Americans interred or relocated during WWII
  • 1995  Terry Nichols and Timothy McVeigh indicted for Oklahoma City Bombing; Michael Fortier makes a deal and testifies against them
  • 2011  China begins sea-trials of their 1st aircraft carrier ex-Varyag

Lost and Found – May 11th Edition

What to remember about May 11th…

  • 1846  President James Polk receives Declaration of War from Congress; Mexican-American War officially begins
  • 1858  Minnesota enters the Union as the 32nd state
  • 1862  After Union troops occupy port of Norfolk, Virginia ironclad CSS Virginia is scuttled in James River to prevent her capture
  • 1864  Confederate General and cavalryman J.E.B. Stuart is mortally wounded north of Richmond, Virginia
  • 1934  Widespread drought leads to massive 2-day dust storm that covers Great Plains and creates a “Dust Bowl”; clouds of topsoil spread as far as Los Angeles and Atlanta
  • 1949  Israel become a member of the United Nations
  • 1960  Israeli operatives capture fugitive German war criminal Adolf Eichmann in Buenos Aires, Argentina
  • 1997  Reigning world chess champion Gary Kasparov loses tournament to IBM supercomputer “Big Blue”; 1st time a machine defeats a reigning champion

Lost and Found – December 2nd Edition

What to remember about December 2nd…

  • 1777  Philadelphia nurse and housewife Lydia Darragh overhears British plans for surprise attack on General Washington’s forces; pretending to need flour, she slips out and passes a warning to Colonials
  • 1823  Monroe Doctrine becomes new U.S. foreign policy when unveiled at President’s annual address to Congress
  • 1845  President Polk reasserts Monroe doctrine announcing aggressive westward expansion as part of America’s “manifest destiny”
  • 1942  Enrico Fermi experiment produces 1st nuclear chain reaction; “atomic pile” was built and tested in a basement at University of Chicago
  • 1954  U.S. Senate votes to condemn Joseph R. McCarthy for “conduct that tends to bring the Senate into dishonor and disrepute”.
  • 1970  At the direction of President Nixon and with approval of Congress, Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) begins operations
  • 1976  Communist dictator Fidel Castro becomes President of Cuba
  • 2001  Energy-trading corporation Enron files bankruptcy after fraud and mismanagement can no longer be concealed

Lydia Darragh meets George Washington

Lost and Found – November 2nd Edition

What to remember about November 2nd…

  • 1777  USS Ranger under command of John Paul Jones sets sail from Portsmouth, New Hampshire to hunt British warships
  • 1795  James Knox Polk is born in Mecklenburg County, North Carolina (d. 1849); he will be America’s 11th president
  • 1865  Warren Gamaliel Harding is born in Corsica, Ohio (d. 1923); he will be 29th America’s president
  • 1899  North and South Dakota are admitted to the Union as the 39th and 40th states
  • 1917  British foreign Secretary sends declaration of intent to establish a Jewish homeland; League of Nations will approve
  • 1921  American Birth Control League was founded by Margaret Sanger; becomes Planned Parenthood in 1942
  • 1947  Howard Hughes’ Spruce Goose makes maiden and only flight; it is still the largest aircraft ever built
  • 1963  South Vietnamese President Ngo Dinh Diem is assassinated i coup; America is drawn deeper into the war
  • 1983  President Reagan signs bill declaring 3rd Monday in January be observed as Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr. Day
  • 2004  Dutch film maker Theo Van Gogh is murdered in broad daylight by a muslim after making film critical of Islam’s treatment of women

Lost and Found – August 10th Edition

What to remember about August 10th…

  • 1776  Declaration of Independence arrives in England
  • 1821  Missouri enters the Union as 24th state
  • 1846  President James Polk signs the Smithsonian Institution Act; created with money gifted by English scientist James Smithson
  • 1874  Herbert Hoover is born in West Branch, Iowa (d. 1964); he will become the 31st President of the United States
  • 1877  Presbyterian missionary Amanda McFarland is first white women to settle in Ft.Wrangle, Alaska; takes charge of school
  • 1945  Japan sends word to Allies that they will surrender with one condition – Emperor Hirohito must remain the hereditary monarch
  • 1961  Agent Orange used for the 1st time by the U.S. in Vietnam
  • 1969  Manson cult members continue killing spree with murders of Leno and Rosemary LaBianca
  • 1977  New York City police arrest David Berkowitz for “Son of Sam” murders
  • 1988  President Reagan signs act authorizing compensation for Japanese Americans interred or relocated during WWII
  • 1995  Terry Nichols and Timothy McVeigh indicted for Oklahoma City Bombing; Michael Fortier makes a deal and testifies against them
  • 2011  China begins sea-trials of their 1st aircraft carrier ex-Varyag

Lost and Found – May 11th Edition

What to remember about May 11th…

  • 1846  President James Polk receives Declaration of War from Congress; Mexican-American War officially begins
  • 1858  Minnesota enters the Union as the 32nd state
  • 1862  After Union troops occupy port of Norfolk, Virginia ironclad CSS Virginia is scuttled in James River to prevent her capture
  • 1864  Confederate General and cavalryman J.E.B. Stuart is mortally wounded north of Richmond, Virginia
  • 1934  Widespread drought leads to massive 2-day dust storm that covers Great Plains and creates a “Dust Bowl”; clouds of topsoil spread as far as Los Angeles and Atlanta
  • 1949  Israel become a member of the United Nations
  • 1960  Israeli operatives capture fugitive German war criminal Adolf Eichmann in Buenos Aires, Argentina
  • 1997  Reigning world chess champion Gary Kasparov loses tournament to IBM supercomputer “Big Blue”; 1st time a machine defeats a reigning champion