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Lost and Found – December 18th Edition

What to remember about December 18th…

  • 1620  After scouting a suitable location for settlement and signing Compact, Pilgrims anchor Mayflower in Plymouth Harbor
  • 1777  Declared by Continental Congress after victory at Battle of Saratoga, America celebrates 1st national day of thanksgiving
  • 1865   Secretary of State Seward certifies that enough states have ratified Republican proposed 13th Amendment to the Constitution; slavery is finally abolished in America
  • 1915  Woodrow Wilson marries his second wife Edith Bolling Galt at her home while still serving as President; after his stroke, she will assume power and act as secret president
  • 1946  American filmmaker Steven Spielberg is born in Cincinnati, Ohio; one of the most prominent directors in history
  • 1973  Islamic Development Bank is established to support and promote worldwide Sharia banking standards
  • 1996  Oakland, California school board officially recognizes “Ebonics” as a language
  • 2011  Playwright, anti-communist dissident, and 1st President of the Czech Republic Vaclav Havel dies (b. 1936)

Edith Wilson poses a parylized President Wilson so public will think that the nation is still led by its elected leadership.

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Lost and Found – September 10th Edition

What to remember about September 10th…

  • 1608  John Smith is elected president of Jamestown; the 1st permanent English settlement in North America
  • 1776  Nathan Hale responds to George Washington’s call for volunteers to gather intelligence behind enemy lines
  • 1813  Oliver Hazard Perry leads U.S. forces to defeat British fleet in Battle of Lake Erie; after victory Perry sends message “We have met the enemy, and they are ours.”
  • 1833  President Andrew Jackson announces closure of the Bank of the United States; believed the institution to be unconstitutional
  • 1897  London taxi driver George Smith is 1st person ever arrested for drunk driving
  • 1918  German Shepard pup is rescued from bombed out kennel in France by American serviceman Lee Duncan; given the name Rin Tin Tin he later becomes a movie star
  • 1939  Canada joins the Allies; declares war on Germany
  • 1946  Riding train to Darjeeling, Sister Teresa Bojaxhiu hears the call of God directing her “to leave the convent and help the poor while living among them”; becomes known as Mother Teresa
  • 1979  President Carter gives clemency to 4 Puerto Rican nationalists convicted of assassination attempt on President Truman and attack on the U.S. House of Representatives
  • 2002  Switzerland becomes 190th member of the United Nations
  • 2008  Large Hadron Collider at CERN performs 1st successful high energy experiments; world is NOT destroyed

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 – August 14th Edition

What to remember about August 14th…

  • 1848  An act of Congress establishes the Oregon Territory
  • 1935  President Roosevelt signs into law the Social Security Act
  • 1945  American actor and comedian Steve Martin is born (L.A. Story and Roxanne are my favorites)
  • 1965  7th Marines land in Chu Lai to begin combat operations in South Vietnam
  • 1980  Lech Walesa leads strikes at Gdansk shipyards leading to strikes across Poland; Solidarity movement takes hold
  • 1994  International terrorist Ilich Ramírez Sánchez aka Carlos the Jackal is captured in Sudan
  • 2003  Massive blackout in northeast U.S. and parts of Canada leave an estimated 55 million without power
  • 2006  Journalists Steve Centani and Olaf Wiig kidnapped by Palestinian Hamas gunmen; they are released only after they convert to Islam under threat of death
  • 2010  President Barak Hussein Obama states his support for the building of a mosque at Ground Zero in New York

Lost and Found – July 30th Edition

What to remember about July 30th…

  • 1619  The first elected legislative assembly in the New World is held in Jamestown, Virginia
  • 1780  600 Colonials led by Colonel Isaac Shelby capture Ft. Thicketty in South Carolina
  • 1864  Union forces fail to break Confederate lines at Battle of the Crater in after setting off massive bomb in tunnel
  • 1866  Constitutional Convention of blacks and whites in New Orleans is attacked by armed Democrats and anti-abolitionists; 40 killed and over 150 injured
  • 1945 USS Indianapolis is sunk by a Japanese submarine after having delivered the components the for atomic bomb to be dropped on Hiroshima
  • 1947  Actor and politician Arnold Schwarzenegger born
  • 1956  President Eisenhower signs law making “In God We Trust” the official motto of the United States
  • 1975  Teamsters union president Jimmy Hoffa disappears from suburban Detroit; never seen again

Lost and Found – July 28th Edition

What to remember about July 28th…

  • 1746  Thomas Heyward, Jr is born in South Carolina; signer of the Declaration of Independence
  • 1776  Colonial forces from Massachusetts arrive to fortify Horn’s Hook, New York
  • 1864  Battle of Ezra Church in Georgia; General Sherman’s hold on Atlanta remains unbroken
  • 1868  Ratification of the 14th amendment to the U.S. Constitution is certified by Secretary of State Seward; due process and citizenship affirmed
  • 1914  Austria-Hungary declares war on Serbia; World War I begins
  • 1929  Jacqueline Lee Bouvier is born in Southampton, New York; marries John F. Kennedy in 1953
  • 1932  President Herbert Hoover orders the army to forcibly remove demonstrating veterans from Washington, D.C.
  • 1935  1st flight of the Boeing B-17 Flying Fortress
  • 1945  U.S. Senate approves the charter of the United Nations
  • 1945  B-25 bomber crashes into the Empire State Building
  • 1978  National Lampoon’s Animal House is released
  • 1998  Monica Lewinsky granted blanket immunity by Special Prosecutor about her relationship with President Bill Clinton

animal house cast

Lost and Found – July 27th Edition

What to remember about July 27th…

  • 1775  Benjamin Rush begins his term as the 1st Surgeon General of the Continental Army
  • 1929  Convention relative to the Treatment of Prisoners of War is signed by 53 countries; known as Geneva Convention
  • 1938  American author and game designer Ernest Gary Gygax is born in Chicago (d. 2008); co-creator of Dungeons & Dragons
  • 1940  The first Bugs Bunny cartoon “A Wild Hare” is released
  • 1953 Armistice is signed ending the Korean War, memorial in Washington D.C. dedicated on same day in 1995
  • 1974  U.S. House of Representatives begins impeachment proceedings against President Nixon
  • 1981  6-year-old Adam Walsh is abducted and killed; his father John Walsh becomes victims rights advocate and later hosts America’s Most Wanted television show
  • 1996  Eric Robert Rudolph sets off a bomb at Centennial Olympic Park in Atlanta, Georgia
  • 2003  American actor and comedian Bob Hope dies at 100 (b. 1903)
  • 2004  Barack Hussein Obama give keynote address at Democratic National Convention; launches national political career

Lost and Found – July 20th Edition

What to remember about July 20th…

  • 1864  Confederates attack in Battle of Peachtree Creek outside Atlanta; fail to drive Union from river crossing
  • 1934  Teamsters violence during strike in Minneapolis leads to shooting by police; 2 strikers die and 67 wounded
  • 1938  Department of Justice files suit against motion picture studios vor violation of anti-trust laws; leads to break-up of industry in 1948
  • 1944  Claus von Stauffenberg’s plot to assassinate Hitler fails
  • 1949  Syria and Israel sign armistice; final step to ending 1948 Arab-Israeli War
  • 1951  Palestinian nationalist murders King Abdulla I of Jordan while attending Friday prayers in Jerusalem
  • 1968  1st Special Olympic Games begin in Chicago
  • 1969  Command module of Apollo 11 lands on the moon; Neil Armstrong and Buzz Aldrin will become 1st humans to walk on Moon
  • 1973 American martial-arts film actor Bruce Lee dies (b. 1940)
  • 1979  NASA’s Viking I makes 1st landing on another planet; sends back 1st photos and data from Martian surface
  • 1993  Former Clinton White House counsel Vincent Foster found dead in Fort Marcy Park, VA of apparent suicide
  • 1997  Completely restored USS Constitution sets sail to celebrate her 200th birthday; 1st voyage in 116 years
  • 2012  In Aurora, Colorado a shooter opens fire at midnight showing of new Batman movie The Dark Night Rises ; 12 dead and 50 wounded

Lost and Found – July 15th Edition

What to remember about July 15th…

  • 1783 The first successful steamboat Pyroscaphe sails in France on the River Saône; built by Claude-François-Dorothée de Jouffroy
  • 1799  The Rosetta Stone is found in an Egyptian village during Napoleon’s Egyptian Campaign; allows translation of hieroglyphics
  • 1862  Confederate ironclad CSS Arkansas attacks Admiral Farragut’s Union fleet damaging more than a dozen vessels
  • 1870  Georgia is readmitted to the Union; it is that last state to rejoin after the end of the Civil War
  • 1933  American Wiley Post begins first solo flight around the world
  • 1964  Barry Goldwater nominated for President by Republican Party
  • 1975  In simultaneous launches, Apollo 18 and Soyuz 19 are launched to begin joint Apollo-Soyuz Test Project
  • 1979  President Jimmy Carter gives speech on television about our national “crisis of confidence”; misquoted as the “malaise” speech
  • 1988  Movie “Die Hard” opens; actor Bruce Willis rises to stardom
  • 2002  “American Taliban” John Walker Lindh accepts plea bargain of 20-years; he was captured fighting for the Afghan Taliban

 

Lost and Found – July 9th Edition

What to remember about July 9th…

  • 1776  Declaration of Independence read aloud to George Washington’s troops in New York
  • 1850  President Zachary Taylor dies unexpectedly and is succeeded by Vice President Millard Fillmore
  • 1868  14th Amendment to the United States Constitution is adopted; guarantees citizenship to African-Americans
  • 1900  Commonwealth of Australia Constitution Act becomes law; will go into effect the following January 1
  • 1943  Allied forces begin invasion of Sicily; Operation Husky
  • 1945  American author Dean Koontz born in Everett, Pennsylvania
  • 1947  Florence Blanchfield is appointed lieutenant colonel in the U.S. Army; 1st American women to hold permanent military rank
  • 1956  American actor Tom Hanks born in Concord, California
  • 1971  U.S. hands responsibility for the DMZ to Vietnamese troops
  • 1981  Nintendo releases to the public its Donkey Kong video game

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