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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.

Lost and Found – January 7th Edition

What to remember about January 7th…

  • 1718  Revolutionary War general and member of Rogers’ Rangers Israel Putnam is born in Salem village, Massachusetts (d. 1790)
  • 1785  American John Jeffries and Frenchman Jean-Pierre Blanchard are 1st to cross the English Channel by air; do it in a balloon
  • 1789  1st presidential election under the newly ratified U.S. Constitution is held; George Washington wins as expected
  • 1800  Future 13th President Millard Fillmore is born in New York (d. 1874)
  • 1953  President Truman announces in State of the Union address that the U.S. has successfully developed a hydrogen bomb
  • 1980  President Carter signs bill authorizing $1.5 billion in bail out loans for Chrysler Corporation
  • 1999  President Clinton’s impeachment trial begins in the Senate for lying under oath and obstructing justice
  • 2010  Muslim gunmen open fire on Christians leaving midnight Christmas mass in Egypt; 9 killed and 11 wounded
  • 2015  Muslim terrorists storm offices of French Satirical newspaper Charlie Hebdo in Paris killing 12 and wounding 11 for the “blasphemy” of making fun of Islam and Muhammad; rampage continues for 2-more days until another 5 killed an 11 wounded in associated attacks

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Lost and Found – January 2nd Edition

What to remember about January 2nd…

  • 1776  Congress publishes Tory Act to advise colonies on how to deal with persons remaining loyal to Britain
  • 1788  Georgia becomes 4th state in the Union by voting to ratify the U.S. Constitution
  • 1909 Father of modern conservatism and 5-term U.S. Senator Barry Morris Goldwater is born in Phoenix, Arizona (d. 1998)
  • 1923  Albert Fall, Secretary of the Interior under President Harding resigns over corruption charges in Teapot Dome scandal
  • 1935  Bruno Hauptman goes on trial for the murder of the infant son of aviation hero Charles Lindbergh
  • 1974  President Nixon signs Emergency Highway Energy Conservation Act to establish a national speed limit during oil crisis
  • 1980  President Carter reacts to Soviet invasion of Afghanistan by delaying implementation of SALT-II Treaty; Soviets unimpressed

Warbirds – B-1B Lancer

Today’s installment of Warbirds brings us to the supersonic, swingwing marvel the B-1B Lancer.  Unofficially known as the “Bone” (from B-one), the development and deployment of this strategic bomber increased pressure on the Soviets and helped shorten the Cold War.  The B-1’s first flight took place on December 23, 1974.

b-1b lancer wireframe

Envisioned in the 60’s as a Mach 2 replacement for the B-52, it was hoped that the Lancer would have the range and payload capacity to meet or exceed her predecessor.  Actual development of the aircraft didn’t start until the 1970’s and the design changed many times as political views of what her mission would be were revised.  President Carter actually cancelled the B-1A program after 4 aircraft were built in another misguided attempt to placate the Soviet Union.  But, the Reagan administration resurrected the project in 1981 to counter mounting worldwide Soviet adventurism.  Subsequently, Rockwell received a contract in 1982 and B-1B became operational with the U.S. Air Force October 1st, 1986.

b-1b munitions layout

It was known early on that the Lancer would not be able to take the place of the Venerable B-52.  What was envisioned was a strategic bomber that had the ability to elude Soviet radar and strike without warning deep within enemy territory.  Many viewed this capability as destabilizing in a Nuclear world.  However, the necessity of countering the perceived threat of the B-1B forced the Soviets into ever more unsustainable research, development, and defense spending.   Without ever delivering a nuclear weapon, the Lancer helped shorten the war.

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In the 90’s, further development proceeded on the “Advanced Technology Bomber” (which became the B-2 Spirit), leading to a role change for the B-1B.  Part of the fleet was converted over to a fledgling conventional munitions capability.  However, engine issues prevented the Lancer’s participation in the Gulf War.  It would be 1998 before B-1Bs would take part in Operation Desert Fox and undertake conventional combat operations.  That successful mission against Saddam Hussein’s regime would presage deployments in Kosovo, the invasion of Iraq, Operation Enduring Freedom, and they continue to perform “armed overwatch” in support of ground forces in Afghanistan today.

B-1B Lancer bombing run

Of the original 100 built, only 93 remain in the inventory and a good portion of those are in reserve storage.  Without the refits and upgrades that the Obama administration has placed on hold, the aging B-1Bs are looking ahead to retirement in the 2030s.  Debate continues over the true effectiveness of the Lancer as further deployment of the B-2 Spirit Stealth Bomber continues.

Further information on “Bone” can be found on the U.S. Air Force website on the B-1B Lancer Fact Sheet or in the Air Force documentary below.

 

b-1b bomber takes off over vegas at night

Lost and Found – December 15th Edition

What to remember about December 15th…

  • 1791  With passage in Virginia, the Bill of Rights is ratified and forms the 1st 10 amendments to the U.S. Constitution
  • 1864  2-day Battle of Nashville begins; Confederate Army of Tennessee under General Hood eliminated as fighting force
  • 1939  Film classic “Gone with the Wind” premiers in Atlanta, Georgia
  • 1960  Richard Paul Pavlick is arrested in Palm Beach before he can make 2nd attempt on life of President-elect John F. Kennedy
  • 1961  Nazi war criminal and organizer of Hitler’s “final solution to the Jewish Question” Adolf Eichmann is sentenced to death by Israeli court
  • 1966  American entertainer and entrepreneur Walter Elias “Walt” Disney dies of cancer in California (b. 1901)
  • 1973  American Psychiatric Association votes 13-0 to remove homosexuality from official list of psychiatric disorders
  • 1978  President Carter announces that U.S. will formally recognize the communist People’s Republic of China (PRC) and sever relations with neighboring U.S. ally Taiwan
  • 1998  House of Representatives’ Committee on the Judiciary releases 265-page report recommending impeachment of President Clinton for high crimes and misdemeanors
  • 2005  USAF announces the F-22 Raptor fighter now in service

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Lost and Found – November 15th Edition

What to remember about November 15th…

November 15th is America Recycles Day – celebration of education and motivation promote recycling in communities across America

    • 1777  Continental Congress approves Articles of Confederation; precursor to the U.S. Constitution
    • 1806  American explorer Zebulon Pike observes high mountaintop later known as Pike’s Peak
    • 1859  Athens holds 1st modern revival of the Olympic Games
    • 1864  Sherman begins his March to the Sea by stripping Atlanta of supplies and setting hundreds of buildings on fire
    • 1867  The 1st stock ticker is unveiled in New York City
    • 1939  Franklin D. Roosevelt lays cornerstone of Jefferson Memorial in Washington, D.C.
    • 1943  Heinrich Himmler publishes order that Gypsies be treated like Jews and sent to concentration camps
    • 1956  Elvis Presley makes his film debut in Love Me Tender
    • 1977  President Carter plays host to Shah of Iran during state visit to the United States; hold talks on energy and regional peace issues
    • 1988  Palestinian National Council proclaims the establishment of an independent Palestinian state
    • 2011   Just after midnight, NYPD begins evicting Occupy Wall Street protesters from Zuccotti park citing public health; 70 arrested

Lost and Found – November 12th Edition

What to remember about November 12th…

    • 1790  First Lady Letitia Christian Tyler, wife of President John Tyler is born in New Kent County, Virginia (d. 1842)
    • 1892  William “Pudge” Heffelfinger becomes the 1st paid professional football player
    • 1927  Leon Trotsky is expelled from Soviet Communist Party leaving Joseph Stalin undisputed leader of the Soviet Union
    • 1948  War crimes tribunal in Tokyo sentences 30 for violations of laws of war; 7 are to be put to death
    • 1954  After serving as gateway for over 12 million immigrants, Ellis Island immigration facility is closed
    • 1969  Independent journalist Seymour Hersh breaks story of My Lai Massacre and Army investigation of Lt. William Calley
    • 1979  President Carter ends oil imports from Iran in response to take over of Embassy in Iran and kidnapping of 66 Americans
    • 1981  NASA launches Space Shuttle Columbia on mission STS-2; 1st time a manned spacecraft sent to space more than once
    • 2004  After months-long trial, Scott Peterson is found guilty in the murder of his wife Laci and their unborn child

Lost and Found – October 17th Edition

What to remember about October 17th…

    • 1777  British surrender 5000 troops after losing 2nd Battle of Sarasota; 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
    • 1968  Olympic medalists Tommie Smith and John Carlos are stripped of their medals for executing the black-power salute during medal awards ceremony
    • 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 World Series is about to begin

Lost and Found – October 11th Edition

What to remember about October 11th…

    • 1779  Polish noble and general in the Continental Army Casimir Pulaski dies from wounds after Battle of Savannah
    • 1809  Meriwether Lewis dies under suspicious circumstances along the Natchez Trace in Tennessee
    • 1890  Daughters of the American Revolution organization is founded in Washington, D.C.
    • 1958  Pioneer 1 is 1st spacecraft launched by NASA
    • 1975  Future president Bill Clinton marries Hillary Rodham
    • 1975  Saturday Night Live comedy show premiers on NBC
    • 2002  Former president Jimmy Carter is awarded Nobel Peace Prize
    • 2008  Luc Costermans sets new land speed record for un-sighted (blind) drivers at 192 mph in a Lamborghini Gallardo

Lost and Found – October 1st Edition

What to remember about October 1st…

  • 1730  American jurist, legislator, and signer of the Declaration of Independence Richard Stockton is born near Princeton, New Jersey
  • 1781  American naval officer James Lawrence is born; famously gave dying command “Don’t give up the ship!” during War of 1812
  • 1864  Washington, D.C. socialite and Confederate spy Rose O’Neal Greenhow drowns while smuggling gold to the South
  • 1890  Congress establishes Yosemite National Park
  • 1903  Pittsburgh Pirates and the Boston Americans play the 1st game of the 1st World Series ; game is held at the Huntington Avenue Baseball Grounds in Boston, Massachusetts
  • 1908  Ford Motor Corporation unveils the 1st production Model T in Detroit, Michigan
  • 1924  President James Earl “Jimmy” Carter is born in Plains, Georgia
  • 1949  Mao Zedong proclaims the creation of the People’s Republic of China
  • 1958  NASA begins operations; replaces the 46-year-old NACA (National Advisory Committee for Aeronautics)
  • 1975  Muhammad Ali defeats Joe Frazier at the Thrilla in Manila boxing match in the Philippines
  • 1981  EPCOT (Experimental Prototype Community Of Tomorrow) Center opens at Walt Disney World in Orlando, Florida
  • 2005  University of Oklahoma student Joel “Joe” Henry Hinrichs III detonates backpack bomb outside Oklahoma Memorial Stadium there were no other casualties