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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

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Lost and Found – July 19th Edition

What to remember about July 19th…

  • 1692  Sarah Good and 4 other women hung for witchcraft after witchcraft trials in Salem, Mass.
  • 1814  American inventor and businessman Samuel Colt is born in Connecticut (d. 1862); legendary maker of firearms
  • 1848  1st women’s rights convention held near Seneca Falls, New York; Frederick Douglas attends
  • 1881  Sioux Chief Sitting Bull surrenders to U.S. Army
  • 1884  President Chester Arthur asserts power to quarantine immigrants for health reasons
  • 1943  Over 200 American bombers hit rail yards in Rome shaking the citizen’s confidence in Mussolini
  • 1963  NASA test pilot Captain Joe walker flies an X-15 experimental aircraft to 347,800 feet; qualifies as 1st human spaceflight
  • 1968  1st International Special Olympics open; games begin next day
  • 1984  Democrat Convention nominates Geraldine Ferraro for Vice President; She is the 1st woman and 1st Italian-American ever selected
  • 1985  NASA selects Christa McAuliffe for Teacher in Space Project; she will die in the 1986 crash of Space Shuttle Challenger

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Lost and Found – July 17th Edition

What to remember about July 17th…

  • 1744  Elbridge Gerry born (d. 1814); signer of the Declaration of Independence and Vice President to James Madison; inventor of “gerrymandering” of electoral districts for political advantage
  • 1815 Napoleon Bonaparte surrenders to the British at Rochefort
  • 1938  Douglas “Wrong Way” Corrigan makes non-stop flight across the Atlantic “accidentally”
  • 1945  Potsdam Conference convenes with President Truman, Prime Minister Churchill, and Secretary Stalin; determine fate of Germany
  • 1955  Disneyland unveiled to the public; opens the next day
  • 1975  Apollo and Soyuz spacecraft launch for rendezvous to be made in orbit 2 days later; last manned spaceflight until Space Shuttle
  • 1989  1st flight of the B-2 Spirit Stealth Bomber
  • 2007  Atlanta Falcon’s football quarterback Michael Vick and 3 others indicted by federal grand jury for dog-fighting and gambling enterprise
  • 2009 Jemaah Islamiyah, an al-Qaeda-linked group detonates 2 suicide bombs in Jakarta, Indonesia; 9 killed and over 50 wounded

Lost and Found – July 16th Edition

What to remember about July 16th…

  • 1779  American General “Mad” Anthony Wayne captures British fort at Stoney Point, New York in surprise midnight bayonet attack
  • 1790  Congress declares Washington,D.C. to become nations capital
  • 1941  New York Yankee Joe DiMaggio hits in his 56th consecutive game; still stands as longest hitting streak in baseball history
  • 1942  French police begin round-up of 13,000 Jews for detention and eventual shipment to the death camp at Auschwitz
  • 1945  First atomic bomb is successfully tested in New Mexico
  • 1948  Israeli forces capture Nazareth in 1948 Arab-Israeli War
  • 1951  J.D. Salinger’s novel “Catcher in the Rye” first published
  • 1969  Apollo 11 launches from Florida carrying the first humans to the Moon; “Buzz” Aldrin and Neil Armstrong will land on July 20th
  • 1999  John F. Kennedy, Jr., wife Carolyn Bessette, and her sister Lauren Bessette die in plane crash off of Martha’s Vineyard
  •  2015  Muslim immigrant and naturalized citizen Muhammad Youssef Abdulazeez goes on shooting spree at 2 Navy facilities in Chattanooga, Tennessee; 4 Marines and 1 Sailor killed.  Terrorist killed by local police because service members worked in “gun-free” zones.

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 11th Edition

What to remember about July 11th…

  • 1765  Future 6th President John Quincy Adams born in Massachusetts
  • 1782  British officers surrender Savannah, effectively ending Georgia’s involvement in the American Revolution (H/T David)
  • 1798  United States Marine Corps is reestablished in preparation for Quasi-War with France; USMC originally formed November 10, 1775
  • 1804  Alexander Hamilton mortally wounded in duel with Vice President Aaron Burr at Weehawken, New Jersey
  • 1864  Confederate forces begin 2-day assault on Fort Stevens; President Lincoln attends as defenders repel invaders from Capitol
  • 1914  “Babe” Ruth plays his first game in the Major Leagues; pitches for the Boston Red Sox in victory over Cleveland Indians 4-3
  • 1921  Former 27th President William Howard Taft is sworn in as Chief Justice of the Supreme Court; only person to hold both offices
  • 1945  Soviet Union announces that it will turn over civilian and military control of West Berlin to the Allies
  • 1947  Exodus 1947, former U.S. transport ship, departs France with 4515 Jewish passengers in attempt to run blockade and reach Palestine
  • 1955  1st class of cadets sworn is in at temporary site of the United States Air Force Academy, Lowery Air Force Base in Colorado
  • 1977  President Jimmy Carter presents posthumous award of Presidential Medal of Freedom to Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr.
  • 1979  Skylab, the first successful U.S. space station, re-enters the atmosphere; debris falls in Australia and Indian Ocean
  • 2007  Former First Lady Claudia Alta “Lady Bird” Taylor Johnson dies (b. 1912)
NASA Skylab, America’s First Space Station

Lost and Found – July 10th Edition

What to remember about July 10th…

  • 1777  British General Richard Prescott captured by Colonials… again
  • 1850  Millard Fillmore sworn in as 13th President of the United States after sudden death of President Zachary Taylor
  • 1856  American inventor and electrical engineer Nikola Tesla is born
  • 1890  Wyoming becomes 44th state in the Union
  • 1925  Science teacher John Scopes is found guilty of violating Tennessee’s Butler Act prohibiting teaching of evolution
  • 1938  American businessman, aviator, and engineer Howard Hughes completes flight around the world in record 91 hours
  • 1940  Germans launch campaign of aerial bombing raids against Great Britain; Battle of Britain begins lasting 114 days
  • 1962  NASA launches Telstar 1; AT&T satellite is worlds first orbital communications relay; allows for TV, fax, and phone transmission
  • 1985  Coca-Cola gives up on New Coke and resumes old formula
  • 1985  Two French agents plant a bomb sinking Greenpeace ship Rainbow Warrior docked in New Zealand; photojournalist dies
  • 1989  Mel Blanc the “man of a thousand voices” dies in L.A. (b. 1908); known as voice of Bugs Bunny, Daffy Duck, Porky Pig, and more

Mel Blanc – man of a thousand voices

Lost and Found – July 8th Edition

What to remember about July 8th…

  • 1654  Jacob Barsimson departs Holland for New Amsterdam (New York); first known Jewish settler to arrive in the colonies
  •  1776  Liberty Bell is rung at Pennsylvania State House (later Independence Hall) to announce the Declaration of Independence
  • 1853  Commodore Perry sails into Tokyo Bay with 4 Black Ships, ends 200 years of Japanese isolationism
  • 1863  Confederate forces surrender Port Hudson, Louisiana
  • 1876  Hamburg Massacre; 7 black Republicans murdered by white mob in Democrat campaign for South Carolina’s “Redemption”
  • 1891  Future President Warren G. Harding marries divorcee Florence Mabel King DeWolfe in Marion, Ohio
  • 1947  U.S. Air Force releases statement that a “flying disk” had crashed and was recovered near Roswell, New Mexico; opinions vary
  • 1960  U-2 Pilot Francis Gary Powers is charged with espionage after being shot down over the USSR
  • 1960  Havana Sugar Kings baseball team moves to New Jersey because of Cuban nationalization of all U.S.-owned enterprises
  • 2010  Solar Impulse piloted by André Borschberg completes 1st 24-hour flight by a solar-powered aircraft
  • 2011  NASA launches Atlantis on the final mission of the Space Shuttle program

Lost and Found – July 7th Edition

What to remember about July 7th…

  • 1798  Congress rescinds treaties with France in response to raids on American shipping; “Quasi-War” begins between France and U.S.
  • 1846  U.S. forces occupy Monterey, California unopposed during Mexican-American War; begins annexation of California
  • 1863  America’s first military draft begins; exemption costs $300
  • 1865  Marry Surrat is 1st woman executed in the United States; convicted as conspirator in assassination of President Lincoln
  • 1907  Science fiction author Robert Heinlein born; Stranger in a Strange Land, Starship Troopers, The Moon is a Harsh Mistress
  • 1942  Heinrich Himmler orders that medical experiments be performed on Jews at Auschwitz; Hitler approves
  • 1946  Future President James Earl “Jimmy” Carter marries Eleanor Rosalynn Smith in Plains, Georgia
  • 1981  Sandra Day O’Connor is nominated as an associate Justice to the Supreme Court of the United States by Ronald Reagan
  • 1981  Solar Challenger piloted by Stephen Ptacek makes first solar-powered flight over the English Channel
  • 2003  NASA Opportunity rover launched towards Mars aboard a Delta II rocket
  • 2005  In London 3 subway trains and 1 bus are attacked by Muslim suicide bombers; the 4 attacks kill 56 and injure another 700
  • UPDATE: 2016  Racist, African-American Army veteran Micah Xavier Johnson attacks police protecting a Dallas “Black Lives Matter” rally.  5 officers killed, 7 more injured, and 2 civilians wounded in sniper-style attack.  After hours of gunfire, bomb threats, and racial taunts by the murderer, Dallas police use a remotely piloted deliver an explosive device to end the standoff.  The perpetrator dies.

Lost and Found – July 4th Edition

What to remember about July 4th…

  • 1776  In Philadelphia, the Continental Congress formally adopts the Declaration of Independence
  • 1826 – Presidents John Adams and Thomas Jefferson both die today
  • 1831 – President James Monroe dies in New York, New York
  • 1863 – Vicksburg surrenders to Union General Ulysses S. Grant
  • 1872  Future 30th President Calvin Coolidge is born in Vermont
  • 1917 – U.S. troops march through Paris; ending at Lafayette’s tomb
  • 1939 – Lou Gehrig number “4” is retired by the New York Yankees
  • 1976 – Israeli troops rescue 248 passengers from Palestinian terrorists in “Raid on Entebbe” ; Operation Thunderbolt
  •  1997 – Mars Pathfinder lands on Mars carrying the Sojourner rover
  • 2009 – Crown of Statue of Liberty re-opened to visitors; the iconic symbol of New York had been closed since 2001