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Lost and Found – July 12th Edition

What to remember about July 12th…

  • 1804  Alexander Hamilton dies a day after being shot in a duel by Vice President Aaron Burr
  • 1812  American forces invade near Ontario, Canada in War of 1812
  • 1817  American author, abolitionist, and philosopher Henry David Thoreau is born in Concord, Massachusetts
  • 1862  President Abraham Lincoln signs law establishing the Medal of Honor
  • 1864  Attack on Washington, D.C by Confederate forces is repelled
  • 1895  American inventor, engineer, and futurist Richard Buckminster “Bucky” Fuller is born in Milton, Massachusetts (d. 1983)
  • 1909  16th Amendment to the United States Constitution is proposed, allows the federal government to collect income tax
  • 1937  American actor and comedian William Henry Bill Cosby is born in Philadelphia, Pennsylvania
  • 1962  Rolling Stones play their first gig, Marquee Club in London
  • 1984  Walter Mondale chooses Geraldine Ferraro as his running-mate , 1st women to become candidate for Vice President
  • 2006  Hezbollah forces launch missiles as a diversion to allow kidnapping of Israeli soldiers; incident sparks 2006 Lebanon War

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Lost and Found – March 16th Edition

What to remember about March 16th…

  • 1751  Drafter of the Constitution, Founding Father, and 4th President of the United States James Madison is born in Virginia (d. 1836)
  •  1802  Congress authorizes founding of the United States Military Academy at West Point, New York; nations 1st military academy
  • 1926  American scientist Robert H. Goddard successfully launches worlds 1st liquid-fueled rocket; founding pioneer of the Space Age
  • 1945  After months of intense fighting, American forces secure island of Iwo Jima
  • 1968  Army troops led by Lt. William Calley massacre villagers in My Lai, Vietnam; rampage ends when helicopter pilot Warrant Officer Hugh Thompson lands his aircraft between soldiers and fleeing villagers
  • 1985  American journalist Terry Anderson is kidnapped by Muslim Hezbollah terrorists in Beirut, Lebanon; they hold him for 2,455 days
  • 1988  Iraqi forces are ordered by Saddam Hussein to use poison gas and nerve agents against Kurdish town; over 5,000 killed and 10,000 injured
  • 1995  Mississippi ratifies 13th Amendment to the U.S. Constitution; amendment formally ratified in 1865 abolished slavery in America

Lost and Found – December 23rd Edition

What to remember about December 23rd…

  • 1832  Anonymous poem “A Visit from St. Nicholas” is 1st published; popularly known as “The night before Christmas
  • 1888  In a fit of despair, Dutch painter Vincent van Gogh cuts off part of his own ear; later he paints self-portrait with bandages in place
  • 1919  USS Relief (AH-1) is launched; 1st purpose-built hospital ship
  • 1948  Japanese premier Hideki Tojo and 7 other leaders hanged in Tokyo following war crimes trials
  • 1986  Burt Rutan and Jenna Yeager complete 1st non-stop flight around the world on one tank of gas aboard  Voyager
  • 1991  Body of Lt. Col. William R. Higgins, USMC is found along a highway in Lebanon after being kidnapped, tortured, and murdered by Iranian-backed Hezbollah terrorists
  • 2009  Medal of Honor recipient Col. Robert L. Howard dies  in Waco, Texas (b. 1939); maybe most decorated soldiers in American history

Lost and Found – October 23rd Edition

What to remember about October 23rd…

  • 1777  A British fleet is defeated with 2 ships destroyed at Fort Mifflin, Pennsylvania
  • 1835  Vice President Adlai Stevenson is born in Christian County, Kentucky (d. 1914)
  • 1890  President Benjamin Harrison extends borders of Nebraska to include Dakota territory ending indian territorial claims
  • 1921  Body of Americas 1st Unknown Soldier is selected in France
  • 1942  American author and director Michael Crichton is born in Chicago, Illinois; best known for medical thrillers and sci-fi
  • 1944  4-day Battle of Leyte Gulf begins in the Philippine Sea; largest naval engagement in history leads to Allied victory
  • 1965  Operation Silver Bayonet begun by 1st Cavalry Division in Pleiku Province of Vietnam
  • 1983  Muslim suicide bomber attacks peacekeepers barracks in Beirut, Lebanon; 220 U.S. Marines, 18 sailors, and 3 soldiers killed by the 2000-pound truck bomb
  • 1996  Civil trial of O.J. Simpson begins; jury will find him liable in the deaths of Nicole Simpson and Ron Goldman
  • 2002  Chechen Muslim terrorists seize over 800 hostages at a theater in Moscow; siege ends with more than 120 dead on the 26th

Lost and Found – April 18th Edition

What to remember about April 18th…

  • 1521  Martin Luther defies Holy Roman Emperor Charles V by refusing to recant his writings during his trial for heresy
  • 1775  British troops march out of Boston to confiscate the American arsenal at Concord and to capture Patriot leaders at Lexington; Patriots Paul Revere and William Dawes set out on horseback from the city to warn Samuel Adams and John Hancock
  • 1864  Confederate troops overwhelm Union supply train guarded by all black 1st Kansas Infantry; no black soldier left alive by rebel troops
  • 1906  At 5:13 a.m., an 8.0 earthquake strikes San Francisco, California; 3000 will die in from subsequent fires and 30,000 buildings lost
  • 1912  705 survivors of lost RMS Titanic arrive back in New York
  • 1923  Yankee Stadium opens in New York City; the “house that Ruth built” will be home to the team until 2008
  • 1942  Lieutenant Colonel James “Jimmy” Doolittle leads raid 1st ever raid of Japanese mainland; 16 B-25 Mitchell bombers launched secretly from aircraft carrier USS Hornet; all bombers lost afterwards and 3 crew killed
  • 1945  Pulitzer Prize winning American war correspondent Ernie Pyle is killed by Japanese machine gun fire on Le Shima, Okinawa in the Pacific (b. 1900)
  • 1955  While preparing speech to celebrate 7th anniversary of State of Israel, German-American physicist Albert Einstein dies (b. 1879)
  • 1961  President Kennedy denies U.S. involvement in failed Bay of Pigs invasion of communist Cuba
  • 1983  Muslim homicide bomber kills 63 in attack on U.S. embassy in Beirut, Lebanon; pro-Iranian Islamic Jihad branch of Hezbollah responsible
  • 1988  In response to Iranian mining of Persian Gulf and damage to USS Roberts, U.S. Navy begins Operation Praying Mantis as retaliation
  • 2007  Supreme Court of the United States upholds Partial-Birth Abortion Ban Act of 2003 in Gonzales v. Carhart

Lost and Found – April 18th Edition

What to remember about April 18th…

  • 1521  Martin Luther defies Holy Roman Emperor Charles V by refusing to recant his writings during his trial for heresy
  • 1775  British troops march out of Boston to confiscate the American arsenal at Concord and to capture Patriot leaders at Lexington; Patriots Paul Revere and William Dawes set out on horseback from the city to warn Samuel Adams and John Hancock
  • 1864  Confederate troops overwhelm Union supply train guarded by all black 1st Kansas Infantry; no black soldier left alive by rebel troops
  • 1906  At 5:13 a.m., an 8.0 earthquake strikes San Francisco, California; 3000 will die in from subsequent fires and 30,000 buildings lost
  • 1912  705 survivors of lost RMS Titanic arrive back in New York
  • 1923  Yankee Stadium opens in New York City; the “house that Ruth built” will be home to the team until 2008
  • 1942  Lieutenant Colonel James “Jimmy” Doolittle leads raid 1st ever raid of Japanese mainland; 16 B-25 Mitchell bombers launched secretly from aircraft carrier USS Hornet; all bombers lost afterwards and 3 crew killed
  • 1945  Pulitzer Prize winning American war correspondent Ernie Pyle is killed by Japanese machine gun fire on Le Shima, Okinawa in the Pacific (b. 1900)
  • 1955  While preparing speech to celebrate 7th anniversary of State of Israel, German-American physicist Albert Einstein dies (b. 1879)
  • 1961  President Kennedy denies U.S. involvement in failed Bay of Pigs invasion of communist Cuba
  • 1983  Muslim homicide bomber kills 63 in attack on U.S. embassy in Beirut, Lebanon; pro-Iranian Islamic Jihad branch of Hezbollah responsible
  • 1988  In response to Iranian mining of Persian Gulf and damage to USS Roberts, U.S. Navy begins Operation Praying Mantis as retaliation
  • 2007  Supreme Court of the United States upholds Partial-Birth Abortion Ban Act of 2003 in Gonzales v. Carhart

Lost and Found – December 23rd Edition

What to remember about December 23rd…

    • 1832  Anonymous poem “A Visit from St. Nicholas” is 1st published; popularly known as “The night before Christmas
    • 1888  In a fit of despair, Dutch painter Vincent van Gogh cuts off part of his own ear; later he paints self-portrait with bandages in place
    • 1919  USS Relief (AH-1) is launched; 1st purpose-built hospital ship
    • 1948  Japanese premier Hideki Tojo and 7 other leaders hanged in Tokyo following war crimes trials
    • 1986  Burt Rutan and Jenna Yeager complete 1st non-stop flight around the world on one tank of gas aboard  Voyager
    • 1991  Body of Lt. Col. William R. Higgins, USMC is found along a highway in Lebanon after being kidnapped, tortured, and murdered by Iranian-backed Hezbollah terrorists
    • 2009  Medal of Honor recipient Col. Robert L. Howard dies  in Waco, Texas (b. 1939); maybe most decorated soldiers in American history