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Lost and Found – January 19th Edition

What to remember about January 19th…

  • 1807  Confederate commanding general Robert E. Lee born in Virginia (d. 1870); formerly superintendent of  U.S. Military Academy
  • 1809  American poet and author Edgar Allen Poe is born in Boston, Massachusetts (d. 1849)
  • 1861  Georgia joins other Southern states in seceding from the Union
  • 1915  German zeppelins bomb Britain; 1st major bombing of civilian targets kill 20 people
  • 1920  Despite President Wilson’s efforts, United States Senate votes against America joining the League of Nations
  • 1978  Last Volkswagen Beetle made in Germany rolls off production line; some minor production continues at South American facilities until 2003
  • 1981  Agreement is signed securing release of 52 hostages taken from American Embassy in Teheran, Iran
  • 1983  Klaus Barbie, “butcher of Lyon”and Former Nazi Gestapo chief, is arrested in Bolivia for crimes against humanity
  • 2006  NASA launches New Horizons probe; 1st mission destined to examine Pluto

herbie the love bug volkwagen beetle

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Lost and Found – January 16th Edition

What to remember about January 16th…

  • 1861  Crittenden Compromise amendments to the Constitution are defeated in the U.S. Senate ending last effort to prevent the Civil War
  • 1919  Ratification of the 19th Amendment to the Constitution is certified; era of Prohibition begins in the United States
  • 1945  Adolf Hitler moves into bunker for 105 days; Hitler will marry Eva Braun and commit suicide while underground
  • 1970  American inventor and designer Buckminster Fuller is awarded Gold Medal of the American Institute of Architects for developing the geodesic dome
  • 1979  Violent demonstrations by Islamic radicals and a possible military mutiny force Shah of Iran flees the country; eventually arrives in America
  • 1991  After U.N. deadline passes, U.S. and coalition forces launch 1st air attacks of the Persian Gulf War; ground offensive will begin February 24th
  • 2003  Space Shuttle Columbia launches on what will be her last voyage; craft will disintegrate on re-entry February 1st
  • UPDATE:2017  Eugene Cernan, US Navy pilot and NASA Astronaut, dies in Houston, TX (b. 1934); he was the last man to have walked on the Moon

Lost and Found – January 12th Edition

What to remember about January 12th…

  • 1876  American author and journalist Jack London is born (d. 1916)
  • 1932  Democrat Ophelia “Hattie” Wyatt Caraway of Arkansas becomes the first woman to be elected to the U.S. Senate
  • 1942  President Franklin D. Roosevelt re-establishes National War Labor Board to regulate business-labor relations
  • 1943  Soviet forces penetrate the year-and-a-half long German siege of Leningrad
  • 1951  American talk show personality and political commentator Rush Hudson Limbaugh III is born in Cape Girardeau, Missouri
  • 1986  Bill Nelson (D-FL) is second sitting Congressman (now Senator) legislator to take flight aboard Space Shuttle as a mission specialist
  • 1991  U.S. House of Representatives and Senate both approve a resolution authorizing use of force against Iraq to liberate Kuwait
  • 2010  7.0 magnitude earthquake strikes the island of Haiti; estimates of 200,000 dead and over 800,000 homeless

Lost and Found – January 5th Edition

What to remember about January 5th…

  • 1779  American explorer and army general Zebulon Montgomery Pike Jr. is born in Lamberton, New Jersey (d. 1813)
  • 1781  Traitor Benedict Arnold, now a General in British army, leads loyalist troops to capture and destroy Richmond, Virginia
  • 1920  New York Yankees announce the purchase of Babe Ruth from Boston Red Sox; worst baseball deal in history?
  • 1933  Construction begins on the Great Depression delayed Golden Gate Bridge; most popular suicide location in the world
  • 1949  President Truman gives “Fair Deal” State of the Union speech outlining national health insurance, public housing, and more
  • 1967  U.S. Marines begin amphibious operations in Mekong Delta
  • 1970  United Mine Workers (UMW) leader Jock Yablonski and his family found murdered in their home; investigation reveals that UMW leadership had paid for their murders for disputing election
  • 1972  President Nixon signs bill authorizing Space Shuttle program
  • 1976  Pol Pot, murderous, communist dictator of the Khmer Rouge in Cambodia, renames the country Democratic Kampuchea
  • 1993  Serial killer and  child molester Westley Allen Dodd is executed; last execution by hanging in the U.S.
  • 1996  Palestinian master bomb maker is killed by Israel’s Shin Bet with bomb placed in his cell phone

Lost and Found – January 4th Edition

What to remember about January 4th…

  • 1847  Texas Rangers order 1000 .44 revolvers from Samuel Colt for use in Mexican-American War; Colt Firearms born
  • 1865  New York Stock Exchange moves into its 1st permanent home at 10–12 Broad Street in New York City
  • 1884  Fabian Society founded in London; socialist society promoting internationalism, eugenics, and infiltration of governments
  • 1896  Utah is admitted to the Union as the 46th state
  • 1951  Communist forces of China and North Korea capture Seoul
  • 1965 President Lyndon Johnson unveils his plan for a Great Society at State of the Union address
  • 1974  President Nixon refuses to turn over materials subpoenaed by Senate committee investigating Watergate
  • 1995  104th Congress begins when Newt Gingrich becomes Speaker; 1st Republican Congress since Eisenhower
  • 1999  Resulting from 1992 Maastricht Treaty on European union, the Euro debuts as universal currency in 11 nations
  • 2004  NASA’s MER-A Spirit rover explorer lands on Mars
  • 2007  110th Congress elects Nancy Pelosi (D – Ca) as the 1st female Speaker of the House

colt model 1847 walker revolver

Lost and Found – January 3rd Edition

What to remember about January 3rd…

  • 106 BC  Roman philosopher and statesman Cicero is born (d. 43 BC)
  • 1521  Pope Leo X excommunicates Martin Luther from the Catholic Church, declares Luther an outlaw and heretic
  • 1777  While evading a superior British force, Patriot troops ambush straggling rear guard at Battle of Princeton
  • 1834  Founder of Texas colonies Stephen Austin is imprisoned by President Santa Ana after delivering their new Constitution
  • 1861  Vote to secede from the Union fails in Delaware
  • 1892  English author J.R.R. Tolkien is born (d. 1973), creator of Lord of the Rings and The Hobbit
  • 1919  Emir Faisal and Chaim Weizmann sign agreement at the Paris Peace Conference to develop a Jewish homeland
  • 1938  President Franklin D. Roosevelt creates National Foundation for Infantile Paralysis; later renamed the March of Dimes foundation
  • 1959  President Eisenhower signs proclamation admitting Alaska as the 49th state in the Union
  • 1987 Aretha Franklin becomes 1st woman inducted into the Rock and Roll Hall of Fame
  • 1990  During invasion of Panama, dictator Manuel Noriega surrenders to U.S. forces after 10-day standoff
  • 1999  NASA launches Mars Polar Lander atop Delta II rocket

the hobbit first edition dust jacket book cover

Lost and Found – December 7th Edition

What to remember about December 7th…

  • 43 BC  Famed Roman orator and politician Marcus Tullius “Tully” Cicero is assassinated by servants of Mark Antony; he dies stating “there is nothing proper about what you are doing, soldier, but do try to kill me properly”
  • 1776  Silas Deane, an American agent in Paris, arranges for the Marquis de La Fayette to enter colonial service as a major-general
  • 1787  Delaware votes unanimously to ratify Constitution of the United States; it is the 1st state to ratify
  • 1941  In surprise attack, 300 Japanese planes bomb American fleet while anchored at Pearl Harbor in Hawaii; America enters WWII
  • 1972 NASA launches Apollo 17 mission; it is the last manned mission to Earth’s Moon to date
  • 1982  Charlie Brooks, Jr. becomes the 1st person to be executed in the United States by lethal injection
  • 1993 Colin Ferguson opens fire on Long Island Railroad train killing 5 and wounding 19; seeks revenge for imagined racism

Lost and Found – November 13th Edition

What to remember about November 13th…

    • 1775  Patriot forces under General Montgomery capture Montreal, Canada
    • 1927  In New York City, the Holland Tunnel opens to traffic; 1st vehicle tunnel passing under the Hudson River
    • 1940  Walt Disney animated film Fantasia makes theatrical debut
    • 1945  President Truman announces panel to investigate settling Jewish refugees who survived Holocaust in British Palestine
    • 1969  2-day “March Against Death” begins in Washington, D.C. to protest the war in Vietnam
    • 1982  Vietnam Veterans Memorial is dedicated in Washington, D.C.
    • 2001  President Bush signs order establishing military tribunals for foreigners captured as part of the War on Terror
    • 2009  NASA announces that impact of LCROSS satellite on the Moon has revealed the presence water

Lost and Found – November 12th Edition

What to remember about November 12th…

    • 1790  First Lady Letitia Christian Tyler, wife of President John Tyler is born in New Kent County, Virginia (d. 1842)
    • 1892  William “Pudge” Heffelfinger becomes the 1st paid professional football player
    • 1927  Leon Trotsky is expelled from Soviet Communist Party leaving Joseph Stalin undisputed leader of the Soviet Union
    • 1948  War crimes tribunal in Tokyo sentences 30 for violations of laws of war; 7 are to be put to death
    • 1954  After serving as gateway for over 12 million immigrants, Ellis Island immigration facility is closed
    • 1969  Independent journalist Seymour Hersh breaks story of My Lai Massacre and Army investigation of Lt. William Calley
    • 1979  President Carter ends oil imports from Iran in response to take over of Embassy in Iran and kidnapping of 66 Americans
    • 1981  NASA launches Space Shuttle Columbia on mission STS-2; 1st time a manned spacecraft sent to space more than once
    • 2004  After months-long trial, Scott Peterson is found guilty in the murder of his wife Laci and their unborn child

Lost and Found – October 29th Edition

What to remember about October 29th…

  • 1777  After an extended illness John Hancock resigns his post as president of the Continental Congress
  • 1863  18 national delegations at meeting in Geneva, Switzerland agree to form the International Red Cross
  • 1901  Leon Czolgosz, assassin of President McKinley’ is executed less than 2 months after the shooting in Buffalo, New York
  • 1956  In response to Egyptian seizure and nationalization of the Suez Canal, Israel invades Sinai Peninsula
  • 1969  1st computer-to-computer link is established, 1st message is sent on ARPANET, precursor of the internet
  • 1998  Senator John Glenn returns to space at age 77 aboard shuttle Discovery; in 1962 was 1st American to orbit Earth
  • 2004  Al-Jazeera broadcasts tape of Osama bin Laden admitting direct responsibility for attacks of September 11, 2001