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Lost and Found – October 6th Edition

What to remember about October 6th…

  • 1536  Translator for much of the 1st printed English language Bible, William Tyndale is strangled and burned for heresy
  • 1683  America’s 1st Mennonite settlers arrive aboard Concord; 1st major German emigration to America
  • 1777  British forces capture 2 American forts while moving to support besieged troops at Saratoga
  • 1866  Reno brothers stage 1st train robbery in U.S. history; steal $13,000 in Jackson County, Indiana
  • 1890  Mormon leaders vote to outlaw polygamy in the church
  • 1973  Egypt and Syria launch surprise attack on Israel during Yom Kippur holy day; 4th Arab-Israeli War begins
  • 1981  Libyan sponsored terrorists assassinate Egyptian President Sadat during anniversary observances for Yom Kippur War
  • 1995  Astronomers discover the 1st planet orbiting a Sun-like star outside Earth’s solar system
  • 2010  Green Beret Staff Sergeant Robert James Miller is posthumously awarded the Medal of Honor for his actions in Afghanistan in 2008
  • 2012  U.S. Navy commissions guided-missile destroyer USS Michael Murphy (DDG-112) honoring 1st Medal of Honor recipient of Afghan War

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Lost and Found – September 12th Edition

What to remember about September 12th…

  • 1847  General Santa Anna’s troops defeated at Battle of Chapultepec in Mexican-American War; opens Mexico City to attack
  • 1857  SS Central America sinks off North Carolina; 426 passengers and crew perish; ship was carrying 15 tons of gold from the San Francisco Gold Rush.
  • 1953  John F. Kennedy, future 35th president of the United States, marries Jacqueline Bouvier in Newport, Rhode Island
  • 1954  Television drama “Lassie” makes its debut on CBS
  • 1990  U.S., Great Britain, France, and Soviet Union agree to give up all occupation rights in Germany; clears the way for East and West Germany to reunite
  • 1992  Endeavor launches on 50th Space Shuttle mission; Dr. Mae Carol Jemison becomes 1st African-American woman in space
  • 1994 Frank Eugene Corder attempts to crash a stolen Cessna aircraft into the White House
  • 2003  United Nations lifts sanctions in place on Libya since accepting responsibility for 1988 bombing of Pan Am flight 103
  • 2005  Michael D. Brown resigns as the head of the FEMA over his handling of the disaster following Hurricane Katrina

Lost and Found – September 11th Edition

What to remember about September 11th…

  • 1565  Crusader Knights of the Sovereign Order of Saint John of Jerusalem of Rhodes and of Malta defeat a vastly superior Muslim force of the Ottoman Empire to lift the Siege of Malta
  • 1609  Explorer Henry Hudson sails into the upper bay discovering Manhattan Island and the Hudson River
  • 1777  British forces use heavy morning in attempt to surround General Washington’s forces at Battle of Brandywine
  • 1789  Alexander Hamilton appointed as 1st Secretary of the Treasury of the United States
  • 1857   Mountain Meadows Massacre; Mormon militia and Paiute allies murder 120 settlers during the Utah War
  • 1941  Groundbreaking ceremony for construction of the Pentagon
  • 1965  1st Cavalry Division (Airmobile) begins to arrive in South Vietnam
  • 1998  Starr Report is released; investigative account of President Clinton by Independent Council Kenneth Starr
  • 2001  19 Muslim hijackers take control of 4 airliners; planes are crashed into Towers 1 and 2 of the World Trade Center in New York City and the Pentagon in Washington, D.C.; 4th plane is brought down by the heroic efforts of passengers to prevent another attack
  • 2012  Armed mob attacks and sets fire to U.S. consulate in Benghazi, Libya; Obama administration falsely blames internet video instead of radical Islamist terrorists commemorating attacks of September 11, 2001

Lost and Found – September 1st Edition

What to remember about September 1st…

  • 1775  Representatives of the Continental Congress Richard Penn and Arthur Lee present the Olive Branch Petition; King George III refuses reconciliation with the rebellious colonies
  • 1807  Former vice president Aaron Burr is acquitted of treason charges because there was no “overt act” to overthrow the government
  • 1838  American explorer and soldier William Clark dies in St. Louis while serving as Superintendent of Indian Affairs
  • 1864  Siege of Atlanta ends as Confederates withdraw from the city
  • 1914  Last known passenger pigeon dies in Cincinnati Zoo
  • 1939  Over 1 million German troops invade Poland
  • 1969  27-year-old Libyan army captain Muammar al-Qaddafi leads successful military coup against King Idris I of Libya
  • 1974  SR-71 “Blackbird” sets record for flying from New York to London; distance 3,508 miles at 1,435 mph and elapsed time of 1 hour 54 minutes and 56.4 seconds
  • 1982  United States Air Force Space Command is founded
  • 1983  Soviet fighters shoot down Korean Airlines jet travelling from U.S. killing all 269 aboard, Cold War tensions heighten
  • 1985  73 years after ship sank, wreck of the RMS Titanic is located
  • 2004  Islamic terrorists seize 1100 hostages at a school in Beslan, North Osetia, Russia; among the 334 killed are 186 children

Lost and Found – August 15th Edition

What to remember about August 15th…

  • 1780  Irregulars led by LTC Frances “Swamp Fox” Marion rout crown loyalists at Port’s Ferry, South Carolina
  • 1914  Opening of the American-built Panama Canal is inaugurated with the transit of the U.S. ship Ancon, President Carter signs canal over to Panamanian control December 31, 1977
  • 1935  Famed aviator Wiley Post and celebrated actor and journalist Will Rogers die in plane crash in Alaska
  • 1939  Classic film The Wizard of Oz premiers at Grauman’s Chinese Theater
  • 1945  Emperor Hirohito announces to his people that Japan has surrendered to the Allies
  • 1947  200 years of English rule ends and the nations of India and Pakistan become independent
  • 1969  The Woodstock Music Festival opens in upstate New York; performers includes Jimi Hendrix, the Who, the Grateful Dead, Janis Joplin, CCR and more
  • 1971  President Nixon imposes a 90-day freeze on wages and prices; ends the convertibility of U.S. dollars into gold
  • 1979  Francis Ford Coppola film Apocalypse Now opens in U.S.
  • 2003  Libya formally accepts responsibility for 1988 bombing of Pan Am Flight 103 over Lockerbie, Scotland; express no remorse and admit no guilt

Panama Canal

Lost and Found – May 10th Edition

What to remember about May 10th…

  • 1775  Patriot forces under Ethan Allen and Benedict Arnold capture Fort Ticonderoga; captured cannon give Continental Army artillery they lacked
  • 1801  Pasha of Tripoli declares war on the United States after President Thomas Jefferson refuses to pay $225,000 in tribute
  • 1865  Confederate President Jefferson Davis is captured in Georgia while attempting to flee the country
  • 1869  Golden spike is driven to ceremonially connect final segment of the 1st transcontinental railroad at Promontory, Utah
  • 1872  Suffragette Victoria Woodhull is nominated for President of the United States by the newly formed Equal Rights Party
  • 1877  President Rutherford B. Hayes has the White House’s first telephone installed; the phone number was “1”
  • 1940  Winston Churchill is selected to replace Neville Chamberlain as prime minister of Great Britain
  • 1960  Nuclear submarine USS Triton completes 1st underwater circumnavigation of the earth
  • 1994  Convicted serial killer John Wayne Gacy is executed by lethal injection in Illinois for the murders of 33 young men and boys
  • 2002  F.B.I. agent Robert Hanssen is sentenced to life in prison for selling secrets to Russia for $1.4 million in cash and diamonds

Lost and Found – April 27th Edition

What to remember about April 27th…

  • 1773  British Parliament passes Tea Act hoping to save failing East India Company; new monopoly leads to smuggling and rebellion
  • 1791  American painter and inventor Samuel Morse is born in Massachusetts (d. 1872); creator of Morse Code and the telegraph
  • 1805  After 500 mile march from Egypt, First Lieutenant Presley O’Bannon leads U.S. Marines and mercenary allies to victory over Barbary pirates at Battle of Derna; “to the shores of Tripoli” references this day
  • 1813  American forces overcome British defenders during Battle of York in Canada; provincial capital of York (now Toronto) is captured and looted
  • 1822  Future 18th President of the United States and Civil War General Ulysses S. Grant is born in Point Pleasant, Ohio (d. 1885)
  • 1861  President Lincoln suspends writ of habeas corpus
  • 1968  Following President Johnson’s announcement that he would not seek reelection, Vice President Hubert Humphry announces his candidacy
  • 1978  Pro-communist rebels capture and kill Afghan president; government is overthrown and resulting turbulence will lead to Soviet invasion
  • 2006  Construction begins on Freedom Tower located on the former site of the World Trade Center; later renamed One World Trade Center
  • 2009  General Motors announces that it will phase out 80-year-old Pontiac brand as money-saving strategy; bankruptcy still lies ahead

Lost and Found – April 14th Edition

What to remember about April 14th…

  • 1775  1st abolition society in America is founded in Philadelphia, Pennsylvania by Benjamin Franklin and Benjamin Rush
  • 1846  Donner Party of pioneers departs Springfield, Illinois, for California; year-long expedition ends with sorrow, cannibalism, and death
  • 1865  Actor and Confederate sympathizer John Wilkes Booth fatally shoots President Abraham Lincoln at a play at Ford’s Theater in Washington, D.C.
  • 1865  Lewis Powell attempts unsuccessfully to assassinate U.S. Secretary of State William H. Seward at home as part of John Wilkes Booth’s plot
  • 1912  Famous first and last voyage of RMS Titanic ends in tragedy when she strikes an iceberg and sinks; over 1500 souls lost
  • 1975  American airlift code-named Operation Baby Lift ends after transporting over 2600 orphans from Vietnam to America
  • 1981  NASA’s Space Shuttle Columbia returns safely to Earth after her maiden flight and 1st mission in orbit
  • 1986  In response to terrorist bombing against U.S. troops and civilians, American warplanes bomb Libyan capital of Tripoli
  • 2003  Human Genome Project finishes work on complete map of human genome sequence

Lost and Found – April 5th Edition

What to remember about April 5th…

  • 1614  John Rolfe of Jamestown, Virginia marries Matoaka “Pocahontas”, daughter of chief of Powhatan Indian confederacy
  • 1774  Writing from London, Benjamin Franklin publishes satirical work “An Open Letter to Lord North”; government unfortunately liked the ideas
  • 1792  Presidential veto is exercised for 1st time; Washington vetoes bill on apportionment of representatives he considers unconstitutional
  • 1862  Union forces land behind Confederate lines on James Peninsula to begin Siege of Yorktown in Virginia
  • 1922  American Birth Control League is incorporated in New York by Margaret Sanger; later reformed into Planned Parenthood
  • 1933  President Franklin D. Roosevelt signs Executive Order 6102 criminalizing possession of more than $100 in gold currency
  • 1951   Julius and Ethel Rosenberg are sentenced to death for their roles in running a spy ring and passing nuclear secrets to the Soviets
  • 1955  Winston Churchill retires as Prime Minister; remains in Parliament until 1964
  • 1986  Libyan terrorists bomb West Berlin Discotheque killing 3 and wounding 230; U.S. planes will bomb Triploi in response on April 15
  • 1994  Pop rock icon and Nirvana lead singer Kurt Cobain commits suicide in Seattle, Washington (b. 1967); many fans blame his wife Courtney Love
  • 2008  Tough-guy actor, civil rights proponent, and NRA president Charlton Heston dies (b. 1923)

Lost and Found – February 17th Edition

What to remember about February 17th…

  • 1621  Miles Standish is elected by Pilgrim’s as 1st commander of Plymouth Colony
  • 1801  After 35 unsuccessful votes in Electoral College, Thomas Jefferson is elected 3rd President of the United States
  • 1864  Confederate submarine H.L. Hunley is 1st combat sub to sink an enemy warship with attack on USS Housatonic off Charleston, S.C.
  • 1865  After wintering in Savannah, Sherman’s army moves into South Carolina capturing and burning city of Columbia
  • 1947  Voice of America radio program begins broadcasting into Soviet Union; brings taste of U.S.A. to the dark side of “Iron Curtain”
  • 1974  Army private Robert K. Preston steals UH-1 helicopter to hover over White House as protest; he lands on the south lawn
  • 1979  China invades Vietnam in response to overthrow of Pol Pot’s Cambodian regime by Vietnamese forces
  • 2011  “Day of Rage” protest in Libya and around the world mark beginning of civil war; some police forces join demonstrators