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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

cubs-world-series

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Lost and Found – July 18th Edition

What to remember about July 18th…

  • 64  Fire breaks out in Nero’s Rome;  city nearly destroyed
  • 1792  American Revolution War naval hero John Paul Jones dies in Paris, France (b. 1747); famously said “I have not yet begun to fight!”
  • 1863  First formal African-American Regiment 54th Massachusetts  assaults Fort Wagner, S.C.; Colonel Robert Gould Shaw killed
  • 1918  Allies counterattack during Battle of the Marne, turning point in World War I
  • 1921  American astronaut, U.S. Senator, and Marine Corps pilot John Herschel Glenn, Jr is born in Cambridge, Ohio; 1st American to orbit the Earth
  • 1924  Muslim mob murders American diplomat Robert Whitney Imbrie in Teheran, Iran (then Persia); buried at Arlington National Cemetary
  • 1925  Adolf Hitler publishes 1st volume of his personal manifesto Mein Kampf
  • 1969  Senator Edward “Ted” Kennedy drives his car off a bridge near Chappaquiddick; leaves the car and Mary Jo Kopechne drowns
  • 1994  Iranian-backed Hezbollah terrorists detonate vehicle bomb outside Jewish community center in Buenos Aires; 85 dead and hundreds wounded in retribution for Argentinian refusal to continue transferring nuclear technology

Lost and Found – July 6th Edition

What to remember about July 6th…

  • 1699 – Pirate William “Captain” Kidd arrested in Boston
  • 1747 – John Paul Jones is born (d. 1792); naval hero of the American Revolution that famously said “I have not yet begun to fight!”
  • 1777 – British troops take Fort Ticonderoga in New York
  • 1908 – American explorer Robert Peary sets sail from New York for his successful attempt to reach the North Pole
  • 1919  British dirigible R-34 completes 1st transatlantic crossing by an airship; lands on Long Island, New York
  • 1942 – Family of Anne Frank go into hiding to escape the Nazis
  • 1945 – President Harry S. Truman authorizes Medal of Freedom, America’s highest civilian award
  • 1946 – George Walker Bush born in New Haven, Connecticut; future 43rd President of the United States
  • 1971 – Louis “Satchmo” Armstrong, jazz trumpeter, musician, and singer, dies in New York, New York
  • 1976  U.S. Naval Academy admits its first female midshipmen
  • 1989  In Israel a Palestinian Islamic Jihad terrorist seizes control of commuter bus and drives it over a cliff killing 16 and wounding 27

Medal of Freedom

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 10th Edition

What to remember about April 10th…

  • 1778  Commander John Paul Jones and crew of USS Ranger set sail from France to begin raids on British warships
  • 1796 American pioneer, adventurer and soldier James “Jim” Bowie is born in Kentucky (d. 1836); dies at Battle of the Alamo in Texas
  • 1865  General Robert E. Lee gives farewell address to his troops the day after surrendering Confederate Army of Northern Virginia
  • 1866  American Society for the Prevention of Cruelty to Animals (ASPCA) is founded in New York City by philanthropist Henry Bergh
  • 1933  President Franklin D. Roosevelt’s New Deal program creates Civilian Conservation Corps to put young, unmarried men to work
  • 1942  75,000 captured U.S. and Filipino troops begin 6-day overland trek to Japanese POW camp; hundreds die on 85-mile Bataan Death March
  • 1963  Nuclear submarine USS Thresher (SSN-593) sinks during drills off the coast of Cape Cod; all 129 passengers and crew are lost
  • 1970  Paul McCartney interviews self and tells the world that the Beatles have broken up
  • 1972  74 nations sign Biological Weapons Convention banning development, production, and stockpiling of bio-weapons
  • 2010  President and First Lady of Poland die along with 94 others when their plane crashes in dense fog at Russian airfield

First salute to a US Warship

Lost and Found – September 23rd Edition

What to remember about September 23rd…

  • 1779  John Paul Jones captains U.S. ship Bonhomme Richard to victory over 2 British warships, when asked to surrender he says famously “I have not yet begun to fight
  • 1780 British Major John André is arrested as a spy by American soldiers, Benedict Arnold’s exposed as a traitor
  • 1806  Lewis and Clark expedition returns from their two and a half year exploration of the Louisiana Purchase
  • 1908  Chicago Cubs win pennant versus New York Giants with controversial call at second base
  • 1941  The first gas chamber experiments are conducted at Auschwitz
  • 1949  American singer and songwriter Bruce Springsteen is born
  • 1969  Trial of the “Chicago 8” begins over the violent protests at the Democratic National Convention
  • 2009  Fidel Castro praises President Barack Obama for his apology before the United Nations over global climate change

castro loves obama

Lost and Found – July 18th Edition

What to remember about July 18th…

  • 64  Fire breaks out in Nero’s Rome;  city nearly destroyed
  • 1792  American Revolution War naval hero John Paul Jones dies in Paris, France (b. 1747); famously said “I have not yet begun to fight!”
  • 1863  First formal African-American Regiment 54th Massachusetts  assaults Fort Wagner, S.C.; Colonel Robert Gould Shaw killed
  • 1918  Allies counterattack during Battle of the Marne, turning point in World War I
  • 1921  American astronaut, U.S. Senator, and Marine Corps pilot John Herschel Glenn, Jr is born in Cambridge, Ohio; 1st American to orbit the Earth
  • 1924  Muslim mob murders American diplomat Robert Whitney Imbrie in Teheran, Iran (then Persia); buried at Arlington National Cemetary
  • 1925  Adolf Hitler publishes 1st volume of his personal manifesto Mein Kampf
  • 1969  Senator Edward “Ted” Kennedy drives his car off a bridge near Chappaquiddick; leaves the car and Mary Jo Kopechne drowns
  • 1994  Iranian-backed Hezbollah terrorists detonate vehicle bomb outside Jewish community center in Buenos Aires; 85 dead and hundreds wounded in retribution for Argentinian refusal to continue transferring nuclear technology

Lost and Found – July 6th Edition

What to remember about July 6th…

  • 1699 – Pirate William “Captain” Kidd arrested in Boston
  • 1747 – John Paul Jones is born (d. 1792); naval hero of the American Revolution that famously said “I have not yet begun to fight!”
  • 1777 – British troops take Fort Ticonderoga in New York
  • 1908 – American explorer Robert Peary sets sail from New York for his successful attempt to reach the North Pole
  • 1919  British dirigible R-34 completes 1st transatlantic crossing by an airship; lands on Long Island, New York
  • 1942 – Family of Anne Frank go into hiding to escape the Nazis
  • 1945 – President Harry S. Truman authorizes Medal of Freedom, America’s highest civilian award
  • 1946 – George Walker Bush born in New Haven, Connecticut; future 43rd President of the United States
  • 1971 – Louis “Satchmo” Armstrong, jazz trumpeter, musician, and singer, dies in New York, New York
  • 1976  U.S. Naval Academy admits its first female midshipmen
  • 1989  In Israel a Palestinian Islamic Jihad terrorist seizes control of commuter bus and drives it over a cliff killing 16 and wounding 27

Medal of Freedom

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 10th Edition

What to remember about April 10th…

  • 1778  Commander John Paul Jones and crew of USS Ranger set sail from France to begin raids on British warships
  • 1796 American pioneer, adventurer and soldier James “Jim” Bowie is born in Kentucky (d. 1836); dies at Battle of the Alamo in Texas
  • 1865  General Robert E. Lee gives farewell address to his troops the day after surrendering Confederate Army of Northern Virginia
  • 1866  American Society for the Prevention of Cruelty to Animals (ASPCA) is founded in New York City by philanthropist Henry Bergh
  • 1933  President Franklin D. Roosevelt’s New Deal program creates Civilian Conservation Corps to put young, unmarried men to work
  • 1942  75,000 captured U.S. and Filipino troops begin 6-day overland trek to Japanese POW camp; hundreds die on 85-mile Bataan Death March
  • 1963  Nuclear submarine USS Thresher (SSN-593) sinks during drills off the coast of Cape Cod; all 129 passengers and crew are lost
  • 1970  Paul McCartney interviews self and tells the world that the Beatles have broken up
  • 1972  74 nations sign Biological Weapons Convention banning development, production, and stockpiling of bio-weapons
  • 2010  President and First Lady of Poland die along with 94 others when their plane crashes in dense fog at Russian airfield

First salute to a US Warship