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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

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 – June 10th Edition

What to remember about June 10th…

  • 1692  Bridget Bishop is the 1st to be hung for witchcraft in Salem, Massachusetts
  • 1752  Benjamin Franklin flies a kite during a thunderstorm
  • 1775  John Adams suggests to Continental Congress that forces surrounding Boston become Continental Army
  • 1850  Millard Fillmore sworn-in as 13th President of the United States after sudden death of President Zachary Taylor on June 9th
  • 1854  1st class graduates from United States Naval Academy
  • 1898  U.S. Marines invade Cuba unopposed and raise the American flag over Guantanamo Bay during Spanish-American War
  • 1915  Girls Scouts formed in Washington, D.C.
  • 1935  Alcoholics Anonymous founded in Akron, Ohio
  • 1943  FDR signs bill allowing tax withholding
  • 1940  Italy declares war on France and Great Britain; Norway surrenders to Germany
  • 1953  President Eisenhower rejects isolationism in speech declaring U.S. commitment to combating communism worldwide
  • 1964  Cloture invoked for 1st time on any civil rights bill; Senator Everett Dirksen (R-IL) ends 57-day filibuster by Democrats opposed to Act
  • 1967  Israel and Syria agree to a cease-fire; Six-Days War ends
  • 1977  Assassin convicted in death of Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr. James Earl Ray escapes from Brushy Mountain Penitentiary
  • 1988  American author of Western fiction Louis L’Amour dies(b. 1908)
  • 2003  NASA launches a Delta II rocket carrying Mars rover Spirit
  • 2004 Musician/singer/songwriter Ray Charles dies in Beverly Hills (b. 1930)

Lost and Found – June 9th Edition

What to remember about June 9th…

  • 68      Roman Emperor Nero commits suicide (b. 37)
  • 1732  James Oglethorpe granted royal charter for Province of Georgia
  • 1772  Colonists angered by rising taxes capture and burn British customs vessel Gaspee that ran ashore off Rhode Island
  • 1856  500 Mormon pioneers set out from Iowa for Salt Lake City carrying all they owned in handcarts; similar groups follow through 1860
  • 1863  Though losing the day, Union cavalry shows that they are now a force to be reckoned with at Battle of Brandy Station
  • 1891  Composer/songwriter Cole Porter born – I’ve got you under my skin, Kiss Me Kate, Anything Goes
  • 1898  Britain obtains 99-year lease to Hong Kong from China
  • 1915  Secretary of State William Jennings Bryan resigns over President Wilson’s aggressive handling of Lusitania sinking fearing war could result
  • 1942  Nazis order the extermination of the entire town of Lidice Czechoslovakia in retaliation for death of Reinhard Heydrich
  • 1954  Attorney Joseph Welch confronts Senator Joseph McCarthy at hearings investigating the Army saying “Have you no sense of decency, sir?”
  • 1967  Israeli troops assault and capture Golan Heights from Syria
  • 1973  Secretariat becomes 1st horse to win Triple Crown since 1948
  • 1993  “Hollywood Madam” Heidi Fleiss arrested in LAPD sting

Lost and Found – May 30th Edition

What to remember about May 30th…

  • 1806  Future President Andrew Jackson kills Charles Dickenson in a duel; the men fought over libelous statements made about Jackson’s wife
  • 1868  Decoration Day is declared to honor Civil War dead; this is the 1st observance of what will become Memorial Day
  • 1909  American musician, songwriter, and band leader Benjamin David “Benny” Goodman is born in Chicago (d. 1986)
  • 1911  Indianapolis 500 race is held for 1st time; Ray Harroun wins out of a field of 40 cars with an average speed of 74.59 miles per hour
  • 1922  Chief Justice of the Supreme Court and former President William Howard Taft dedicates Lincoln Memorial on the Washington Mall
  • 1966  NASA successfully launches Surveyor 1 spacecraft; 1st soft landing of an american probe on an extraterrestrial body
  • 1989  Pro-democracy demonstrators in Beijing’s Tiananmen Square erect 33-foot high “Goddess of Democracy” statue

Lost and Found – May 13th Edition

What to remember about May 13th…

  • 1607  100 colonists land on the James River in Virginia to found 1st permanent English colony in North America; Jamestown will be its name
  • 1861  Queen Victoria of the United Kingdom issues proclamation declaring neutrality and recognizing rebellious states
  • 1863  General Grant splits his army to win control of the Mississippi; half advance to take Jackson while the rest pin defenders in Vicksburg
  • 1865  More than a month after surrender of the Confederacy, last skirmish of the civil war ends with rebel victory in Battle of Palmito Ranch in Texas
  • 1940  In accepting position as Prime Minister, Winston Churchill declares Britain will “wage war, by sea, land and air, with all our might and with all the strength that God can give us; to wage war against a monstrous tyranny”
  • 1963  SCOTUS rules in Brady v. Maryland that the prosecution in a criminal trial must reveal exculpatory evidence; “Brady disclosure” is established
  • 1971  11-year-old Steveland Hardaway Morris signs contract with Tamla Records; “Stevie Wonder” will become Motown Records defining artist
  • 1981  Turkish assassin attempts to murder Pope John Paul II
  • 1985  Police confront radical cult MOVE in Philadelphia dropping bomb on building roof to end siege; ensuing fire kills 11 and destroys a city block
  • 2010  State of Hawaii enacts law permitting officials to ignore requests to view the birth certificate of  President Barack Hussein Obama II



Lost and Found – May 5th Edition

What to remember about May 5th…

  • 1821  Former French emperor Napoleon Bonaparte dies in exile on island of St. Helena (b. 1769)
  • 1862  Small force of Mexican troops led by Ignacio Zaragoza halt French invasion in Battle of Puebla, recognized as Cinco de Mayo – this is NOT Mexico’s Independence Day
  • 1887  Medal of Honor recipient Captain Mervyn Sharp Bennion (USN) is born in Utah (d. Dec.7, 1941); destroyer named in his honor
  • 1891  With Tchaikovsky as guest conductor, the Music Hall in New York City (later known as Carnegie Hall) has its grand opening and first public performance
  • 1934  Women Haters is 1st short film released starring The Three Stooges; they will go on to do more than 190
  • 1945  Canadian and UK troops liberate the Netherlands and Denmark when German troops surrender
  • 1946  International Military Tribunal for the Far East begins in Tokyo, 28 Japanese military and government officials are accused of war crimes and crimes against humanity
  • 1961  Aboard Mercury-Redstone 3, Alan Sheppard becomes 1st American in space
  • 1987  Congress begins televised hearings in the Iran-Contra Affair

USS Mervyn S. Bennion

Lost and Found – April 29th Edition

What to remember about April 29th…

  • 1776  General Nathanael Greene takes command of Continental troops to set up defenses against British attack on Long Island, New York
  • 1854  Ashmun Institute in Pennsylvania is 1st college founded solely for African-American students; named for U.S. agent that helped establish Liberia
  • 1861  Other than Delaware, Maryland is the only other slave-holding state to vote against secession
  • 1899  African-American jazz pianist, composer, and band leader Edward “Duke” Ellington is born in Washington, D.C. (d. 1974)
  • 1945  Eva Braun and Adolf Hitler are married in a bunker beneath the German chancellery as Soviet troops approach; Hitler appoints a successor
  • 1945  Dachau concentration camp is liberated by the Allies
  • 1953  3D-TV technology is tested on network television for the 1st time with a broadcast of Space Patrol
  • 1974  President Nixon announces release of transcripts of 46 taped White House conversations in response to House Judiciary committee subpoena regarding Watergate break-in investigation
  • 1975  Operation Frequent Wind begins; 1300 Americans and 5500 Vietnamese are evacuated from Saigon by helicopter as communists approach city
  • 1992  Jury in Simi Valley, California acquits 4 police officers charged with excessive force in beating of Rodney King; rioting breaks out in Los Angeles; 3-days of violence will leave 53 dead and hundreds of buildings destroyed
  • 2004  National World War II Memorial opens in Washington, D.C.
  • 2004  Last Oldsmobile rolls off assembly line after 107 years

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 – April 8th Edition

What to remember about April 8th…

  • 1778  John Adams arrives in Paris to join diplomatic mission
  • 1884  Confederate forces halt Union’s Red River campaign to invade Texas from Louisiana with rout at Battle of Mansfield
  • 1895  Supreme Court of the United States declares unapportioned income tax to be unconstitutional in Pollock v. Farmers’ Loan & Trust Co.
  • 1913  With passage in Connecticut, 17th Amendment to the Constitution is ratified; direct election of Senators required by all states
  • 1935  Works Progress Administration is created as Congress passes President Roosevelt’s “New Deal”
  • 1945  Dietrich Bonhoeffer, Lutheran minister and vocal opponent of Hitler, is hanged just days before Flossenberg prison camp liberated by Allies
  • 1954  President Truman orders seizure of all steel mills to avoid strike
  • 1974  African-American baseball player Hank Aaron breaks Babe Ruth’s home run record with his 715th career home run
  • 1994  Body of Nirvana lead singer Kurt Cobain is found of apparent suicide in his home; many fans blame girlfriend Courtney Love for his death
  • 2005  Serial bomber Eric Robert Rudolph agrees to plead guilty in exchange for 4 life sentences; placed bombs at Atlanta Olympics, abortion clinics, and nightclubs and then eluded police for eight years
  • 2013 Baroness Margaret Hilda Thatcher, the “Iron Lady”, Britain’s 1st female Prime Minister dies of a stroke (b. 1925)