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Lost and Found – January 21st Edition

What to remember about January 21st…

  • 1738  American patriot, Revolutionary War hero, and founder of Vermont, Ethan Allen is born in Litchfield, Connecticut (d. 1789)
  • 1855  (21st or 23rd) American firearms designer and inventor John Moses Browning is born in Ogden, Utah (d. 1926); known as father of modern firearms
  • 1861  Jefferson Davis delivers farewell speech and then resigns from the senate; will become president of the Confederate States of America
  • 1924  Architect of the Bolshevik Revolution and 1st leader of the Soviet Union Vladimir Lenin dies (b. 1870); replaced by Joseph Stalin
  • 1950  Former State Department official and Soviet spy Algier Hiss is convicted of perjury
  • 1954  USS Nautilus is launched; worlds 1st operational nuclear powered submarine
  • 1968  Initial engagements of the 66-day long Battle for Khe Sanh
  • 1976  Concorde SST aircraft carries its 1st commercial passengers with simultaneous departures from London and Paris
  • 1977  President Carter unconditionally pardons thousands who dodged the draft during the Vietnam War
  • 1985  Ronald Reagan inaugurated to second term as president; ceremony delayed as the 20th fell on a Sunday
  • 2003  U.S. Census bureau announces that Hispanic population outnumbers African-American population in U.S. for the 1st time
  • 2010  Supreme Court rules in Citizens United v. FEC that portions of McCain-Feingold Act are unconstitutional; 1st Amendment prohibits limits on campaign spending by corporations and unions

From beginning in this humble shop in the old West, J.M. Browning went on to bring the world such important weapons as the M1911 pistol, the Browning M2 .50 caliber machine gun, the Browning Hi-Power pistol, the Browning Automatic Rifle, and the Browning Auto-5, and the Ithaca Model 37 semi-automatic shotgun.

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Lost and Found – December 6th Edition

What to remember about December 6th…

  • 1790  U.S. Congress moves, seat of American government transferred from New York City to Philadelphia
  • 1865  With Georgia vote, 13th Amendment to the United States Constitution is ratified; slavery officially abolished
  • 1884  Crowning pyramid is placed atop the Washington monument; federal law ensures that it will remain the tallest building in the capital
  • 1889  Jefferson Davis dies in New Orleans (b. 1808); infamous 1st and only president of the Confederate States of America
  • 1947  Everglades National Park is dedicated in Florida by President Truman
  • 1957  America’s 1st attempt to put a satellite into orbit ends when launch vehicle explodes on the pad
  • 1969  Altamont Music Festival ends marred by death Meredith Hunter, Hells Angels “security guard” claims self-defense
  • 1973  House of Representatives votes in agreement with Senate confirmation of Gerald Ford as Vice President
  • 1998  After coming to power six years earlier in bloody military coup, Hugo Chavez is elected president of Venezuela
  • 2004  Al Qaeda terrorists detonate bomb in attempt to assault U.S. consulate in Jedda, Saudi Arabia

everglades national park

Lost and Found – June 3rd Edition

What to remember about June 3rd…

  • 1539  Spanish explorer Hernando de Soto claims Florida for Spain
  • 1781 “Paul Revere of the South” John “Jack” Jouett, Jr. makes his late night ride to warn Thomas Jefferson and the Virginia legislature of coming British cavalry led by Lieutenant Colonel Banastre Tarleton
  • 1808  Future president of the Confederacy Jefferson Finis Davis is born in Christian County, Kentucky (d. 1889)
  • 1861  Union forces rout Confederate troops in Barbour County, West Virginia at Battle of Philippi; 1st land battle of the War
  • 1889  1st long distance power line is completed; 14-mile line runs from a generator at Willamette Falls to downtown Portland, Oregon
  • 1940  Battle of Dunkirk ends as last British troops are evacuated by boat back to England; less than half French troops will evacuate the next day
  • 1965  NASA launches Gemini IV in preparation for the 1st spacewalk by an American
  • 1982  3 Palestinian Liberation Organization (PLO) terrorists attempt to assassinate Israeli ambassador on a London street
  • 1989  Chinese government orders troops to Tiananmen Square to forcibly remove pro-democracy demonstrators
  • UPDATE – 2016 Boxing legend Muhammad Ali dies at age 74 (b.1942) “The man who views the world at 50 the same as he did at 20 has wasted 30 years of his life.”

British troops lifeboat evacuation of dunkerque

Lost and Found – February 22nd Edition

What to remember about February 22nd…

  • 1732  George Washington, 1st President of the United States, is born in Virginia (d. 1799)
  • 1819  Representatives of United States and Spain sign Florida Purchase Treaty; U.S. assumes $5 million in Spanish debt
  • 1847  5,000 U.S. troops led by future 12th president Zachary Taylor defeat 15,000 under General Santa Anna at Battle of Buena Vista
  • 1856  Republican Party holds 1st national convention in Philadelphia, Pennsylvania
  • 1862  Jefferson Davis inaugurated President of Confederate States of America
  • 1864  Outnumbered 3-to-1, Confederates led by Nathan Bedford Forrest rout Yankees at Battle of West Point, Mississippi
  • 1942  President Franklin Roosevelt orders General Douglas MacArthur to evacuate from the Philippines in face of Japanese invasion
  • 1943  Nazis execute by guillotine college student leaders of White Rose resistance movement at University of Munich
  • 1968  American and South Vietnamese forces deal communists massive losses as Tet Offensive comes to a close
  • 1980  U.S. hockey team scores miraculous victory over reigning gold medal winning Soviets at Lake Placid Winter Olympics
  • 1990  Fraudulent musical act Milli Vanilli wins Grammy award as Best New Artist

Lost and Found – February 18th Edition

What to remember about February 18th…

  • 1856  The American Party, also called the “Know-Nothing Party” hold 1st convention in Philadelphia to nominate presidential candidate
  • 1861  Jefferson Davis in inaugurated provisional President of the Confederacy; he will be 1st and last to hold that office
  • 1885  Samuel Clemens writing as Mark Twain publishes his novel The Adventures of Huckleberry Finn
  • 1929  1st winners of the Academy Awards are announced; without ceremony the list is published in newsletter and page 7 of Variety
  • 1930  American astronomer Clyde W. Tombaugh discovers the dwarf planet Pluto using new techniques at the Lowell Observatory in Arizona
  • 1942  Japanese forces begin systematic extermination of “undesirable elements” in recently captured Singapore; tens-of-thousands killed
  • 1977  NASA test vehicle Space Shuttle Enterprise makes maiden “piggy back” flight atop converted Boeing 747
  • 2001  FBI agent Robert Hanssen is arrested for selling secrets to Russia and the Soviet Union over 22 years; he was paid 1.4 million in cash and diamonds; guilty plea results in life in prison with no possibility of parole
  • 2001  Legendary NASCAR driver Dale Earnhardt, Sr. dies in crash at Daytona 500 race (b. 1951)
  • 2010  President Obama meets with Dalai Lama at the White House to send strong message to China over human rights – see photo below

Lost and Found – February 9th Edition

What to remember about February 9th…

  • 1773  Future 9th President William Henry Harrison is born in Virginia (d. 1841), will die in office after 1 month after inauguration
  • 1825 As neither has enough electoral votes, House of Representatives chooses John Quincy Adams to be President over Andrew Jackson
  • 1861  Jefferson Davis is elected President of the Confederate States of America by Provisional Congress in Montgomery, Alabama
  • 1942  Daylight saving time is instituted to conserve fuel for the war
  • 1950  Senator Joseph McCarthy becomes national figure with speech claiming he has a list of over 200 communists inside Department of State
  • 1964  Beatles appear on American television for 1st time with performance on The Ed Sullivan Show
  • 1965  1st American ground combat troops are deployed to Vietnam
  • 1971  Pitcher Satchel Paige is 1st Negro League player inducted into the Baseball Hall of Fame; rookie year at age 42
  • 1997  FOX’s show The Simpsons becomes the longest running animated series in American television; surpasses The Flintstones

Lost and Found – January 21st Edition

What to remember about January 21st…

  • 1738  American patriot, Revolutionary War hero, and founder of Vermont, Ethan Allen is born in Litchfield, Connecticut (d. 1789)
  • 1855  (21st or 23rd) American firearms designer and inventor John Moses Browning is born in Ogden, Utah (d. 1926); known as father of modern firearms
  • 1861  Jefferson Davis delivers farewell speech and then resigns from the senate; will become president of the Confederate States of America
  • 1924  Architect of the Bolshevik Revolution and 1st leader of the Soviet Union Vladimir Lenin dies (b. 1870); replaced by Joseph Stalin
  • 1950  Former State Department official and Soviet spy Algier Hiss is convicted of perjury
  • 1954  USS Nautilus is launched; worlds 1st operational nuclear powered submarine
  • 1968  Initial engagements of the 66-day long Battle for Khe Sanh
  • 1976  Concorde SST aircraft carries its 1st commercial passengers with simultaneous departures from London and Paris
  • 1977  President Carter unconditionally pardons thousands who dodged the draft during the Vietnam War
  • 1985  Ronald Reagan inaugurated to second term as president; ceremony delayed as the 20th fell on a Sunday
  • 2003  U.S. Census bureau announces that Hispanic population outnumbers African-American population in U.S. for the 1st time
  • 2010  Supreme Court rules in Citizens United v. FEC that portions of McCain-Feingold Act are unconstitutional; 1st Amendment prohibits limits on campaign spending by corporations and unions

From beginning in this humble shop in the old West, J.M. Browning went on to bring the world such important weapons as the M1911 pistol, the Browning M2 .50 caliber machine gun, the Browning Hi-Power pistol, the Browning Automatic Rifle, and the Browning Auto-5, and the Ithaca Model 37 semi-automatic shotgun.

Lost and Found – December 6th Edition

What to remember about December 6th…

  • 1790  U.S. Congress moves, seat of American government transferred from New York City to Philadelphia
  • 1865  With Georgia vote, 13th Amendment to the United States Constitution is ratified; slavery officially abolished
  • 1884  Crowning pyramid is placed atop the Washington monument; federal law ensures that it remain the tallest building in the capital
  • 1889  Jefferson Davis dies in New Orleans (b. 1808); infamous 1st and only president of the Confederate States of America
  • 1947  Everglades National Park is dedicated in Florida by President Truman
  • 1957  America’s 1st attempt to put a satellite into orbit ends when launch vehicle explodes on the pad
  • 1969  Altamont Music Festival ends marred by death Meredith Hunter, Hells Angels “security guard” claims self-defense
  • 1973  House of Representatives votes in agreement with Senate confirmation of Gerald Ford as Vice President
  • 1998  After coming to power six years earlier in bloody military coup, Hugo Chavez is elected president of Venezuela
  • 2004  Al Qaeda terrorists detonate bomb in attempt to assault U.S. consulate in Jedda, Saudi Arabia

everglades national park

Lost and Found – October 17th Edition

What to remember about October 17th…

  • 1777  British surrender 5000 troops after losing 2nd Battle of Saratoga; French recognize American independence
  • 1781  British forces request ceasefire at Yorktown
  • 1814  Brewery flood of 300,000 gallons of beer destroys 2 homes and drowns 8 in London, England
  • 1835  Voters pass resolution establishing Texas Rangers
  • 1931  Chicago gangster boss Al Capone is convicted of tax evasion; sentenced to 11 years in prison
  • 1968  Olympic medalists Tommie Smith and John Carlos are stripped of their medals for executing the black-power salute during medal awards ceremony; white athlete also stripped of medal and banned from future Olympic competition
  • 1973  OPEC announces it is cutting oil exports to nations that assisted Israel during the Yom Kippur War; energy crisis
  • 1978  President Carter signs bill restoring citizenship of Confederate President Jefferson Davis
  • 1979  Law creating Department of Education is signed
  • 1989  Deadliest earthquake in 80 years strikes San Francisco as Baseball’s World Series is about to begin

Lost and Found – August 8th Edition

What to remember about August 8th…

  • 1863  General Robert E. Lee sends a letter of resignation to Confederate President Jefferson Davis after the defeat at Gettysburg
  • 1879  Bob Smith is born in St. Johnsbury, Vermont (d. 1950); American surgeon and founder of Alcoholics Anonymous
  • 1929  Airship Graf Zeppelin departs New Jersey to begin 1st circumnavigation of the globe; also 1st non-stop crossing of Pacific
  • 1942  6 German saboteurs, captured after being delivered to the U.S. by U-Boat, are executed in Washington, D.C.
  • 1945  President Truman signs the Charter of the United Nations
  • 1974  In a televised address to the nation, Richard Nixon becomes the 1st President of the United States to resign from office
  • 1988  The Chicago Cubs baseball team host the first night game ever played in Wrigley Field’s 58 year history; game called on account of rain
  • 2000  Confederate submarine H.L. Hunley is raised after 136 years; was the 1st submarine to ever sink another warship
  • 2008  Former presidential candidate and U.S. Senator John Edwards admits to fathering a child in an adulterous affair