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Lost and Found – February 28th Edition

What to remember about February 28th…

  • 1827  Baltimore & Ohio (B&O) Railroad is incorporated; becomes 1st in America to offer passenger and cargo transportation
  • 1854  Republican Party is born in Ripon, Wisconsin when 30 opponents of Kansas-Nebraska Act meet to form new political party
  • 1893  America’s 1st battleship is launched; USS Indiana (BB-1)
  • 1940  Legendary Italian American race car driver Mario Andretti is born
  • 1953  Scientists James D. Watson and Francis Crick 1st announce that they have discovered the chemical structure of DNA
  • 1983  After 11 seasons on television, M*A*S*H airs for last time
  • 1991  President Bush declares a ceasefire ending 1st Gulf War; ground war had lasted just 100 hours
  • 1993  Federal agents storm Branch Davidian compound outside Waco, Texas in attempt to arrest leader David Koresh; 10 killed in gun battle before beginning 50-day siege that will kill another 76 at the end
  • 1997  2 heavily armed and armored bank robbers engage police in firefight outside a Bank of America in North Hollywood; both shooters killed and 18 others injured
  • 1998  RQ-4 Global Hawk unmanned aerial vehicle takes maiden flight; 1st UAV certified for use in civilian airspace
  • 2005  American businessman and adventurer Stephen Fossett begins 1st nonstop, unrefueled, circumnavigation of the globe by a fixed-wing aircraft aboard Virgin Atlantic Global Flyer
  • 2009  American radio broadcaster Paul Harvey (Aurant) dies in Phoenix, Arizona (b. 1918); now you know “The Rest of the Story”

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Lost and Found – February 21st Edition

What to remember about February 21st…

  • 1848  Former 6th President John Quincy Adams suffers stroke during heated debate in U.S. House of Representatives
  • 1849  Karl Marx and Friedrich Engels publish The Communist Manifesto; leads to millions of deaths worldwide
  • 1885  Washington Monument is dedicated after almost 50 years in works
  • 1916  10-month Battle of Verdun begins with massive bombardment
  • 1948  National Association for Stock Car Racing (NASCAR) is incorporated
  • 1965  African-American activist Malcolm X (aka El-Hajj Malik El-Shabazz) is assassinated by members of Nation of Islam after leaving group (b. 1925)
  • 1970  Secret peace negotiations begin between Vietnamese representatives and Henry Kissinger
  • 1972  President Nixon arrives in China to open diplomatic relations talks
  • 1994  CIA employee Aldrich Ames is arrested for selling secrets to Soviet Union; at least 10 agents murdered because of his leaks
  • 1995  American businessman and adventurer Steve Fossett completes 1st solo balloon flight across the Pacific

Lost and Found – February 18th Edition

What to remember about February 18th…

  • 1856  The American Party, also called the “Know-Nothing Party” hold 1st convention in Philadelphia to nominate presidential candidate
  • 1861  Jefferson Davis in inaugurated provisional President of the Confederacy; he will be 1st and last to hold that office
  • 1885  Samuel Clemens writing as Mark Twain publishes his novel The Adventures of Huckleberry Finn
  • 1929  1st winners of the Academy Awards are announced; without ceremony the list is published in newsletter and page 7 of Variety
  • 1930  American astronomer Clyde W. Tombaugh discovers the dwarf planet Pluto using new techniques at the Lowell Observatory in Arizona
  • 1942  Japanese forces begin systematic extermination of “undesirable elements” in recently captured Singapore; tens-of-thousands killed
  • 1977  NASA test vehicle Space Shuttle Enterprise makes maiden “piggy back” flight atop converted Boeing 747
  • 2001  FBI agent Robert Hanssen is arrested for selling secrets to Russia and the Soviet Union over 22 years; he was paid 1.4 million in cash and diamonds; guilty plea results in life in prison with no possibility of parole
  • 2001  Legendary NASCAR driver Dale Earnhardt, Sr. dies in crash at Daytona 500 race (b. 1951)
  • 2010  President Obama meets with Dalai Lama at the White House to send strong message to China over human rights – see photo below

Lost and Found – February 16th Edition

What to remember about February 16th…

  • 1786  Future 5th President of the U.S. James Monroe marries Elizabeth Kortright despite her family lack of money
  • 1804  Navy Lieutenant Stephen Decatur and 80 volunteers enter Tripoli harbour in disguised vessel to board the captured USS Philadelphia; they retake and burn her to deny Muslim pirates the prize
  • 1862  General Ulysses S. Grant earns nickname “Unconditional Surrender” Grant with capture of Fort Donelson in Tennessee
  • 1920  Army Brigadier General Anna Mae Hays is born; 1st woman in the U.S. Military to be promoted to general officer rank
  • 1923  After more than 5 years searching, British archaeologist Howard Carter finally enters burial chamber of King Tutankhamen
  • 1959  Communist guerilla Fidel Castro sworn in as president of Cuba
  • 1960  Nuclear-powered submarine USS Triton leaves Groton, Connecticut to begin worlds 1st submerged circumnavigation of the globe
  • 1985  Sheik Ibrahim al-Amin issues manifesto of Hezbollah; Iranian-sponsored terrorist group is officially born after years of secrecy
  • 1997  25-year-old Jeff Gordon becomes youngest NASCAR driver to win Daytona 500 race
  • 2005  Kyoto Protocols global warming agreement goes into effect after Russian ratification puts number of signatories over the top

Lost and Found – February 15th Edition

What to remember about February 15th…

  • 1726  Founding father Abraham Clark is born in New Jersey; signer of Declaration of Independence and U.S. Representative
  • 1764  French fur traders Pierre Laclède and Auguste Chouteau build fort on site of what is now St. Louis, Missouri
  • 1879  President Rutherford Hayes signs bill allowing female attorneys to argue cases before Supreme Court of the United States
  • 1898  Battleship USS Maine explodes and sinks in harbor at Havana, Cuba; investigation reveals mine as cause; attacker unknown but incident heightens tensions that lead to Spanish-American War
  • 1903 Toy shop owner places 1st stuffed “Teddy bears” in his window for sale; he wrote to Roosevelt to get permission to use his nickname
  • 1933 Giuseppe Zangara attempts to assassinate President-elect Franklin Roosevelt during speech in Miami, Florida; missed and kills Chicago mayor Anton Cermak; he is executed just 10 days after conviction
  • 1942  British forces surrender Singapore to Japanese forces after week-long siege; 60,000 troops captured and sent to prison camps
  • 1946  World’s 1st general purpose computer is dedicated at University of Pennsylvania; ENIAC heralds new frontier in technology
  • 1965  Canada adopts maple leaf design for its national flag
  • 1998  After more than 2 decades of attempts, Dale Earnhardt, Sr. wins his 1st Daytona 500 NASCAR race

Lost and Found – February 28th Edition

What to remember about February 28th…

  • 1827  Baltimore & Ohio (B&O) Railroad is incorporated; becomes 1st in America to offer passenger and cargo transportation
  • 1854  Republican Party is born in Ripon, Wisconsin when 30 opponents of Kansas-Nebraska Act meet to form new political party
  • 1893  America’s 1st battleship is launched; USS Indiana (BB-1)
  • 1940  Legendary Italian American race car driver Mario Andretti is born
  • 1953  Scientists James D. Watson and Francis Crick 1st announce that they have discovered the chemical structure of DNA
  • 1983  After 11 seasons on television, M*A*S*H airs for last time
  • 1991  President Bush declares a ceasefire ending 1st Gulf War; ground war had lasted just 100 hours
  • 1993  Federal agents storm Branch Davidian compound outside Waco, Texas in attempt to arrest leader David Koresh; 10 killed in gun battle before beginning 50-day siege that will kill another 76 at the end
  • 1997  2 heavily armed and armored bank robbers engage police in firefight outside a Bank of America in North Hollywood; both shooters killed and 18 others injured
  • 1998  RQ-4 Global Hawk unmanned aerial vehicle takes maiden flight; 1st UAV certified for use in civilian airspace
  • 2005  American businessman and adventurer Stephen Fossett begins 1st nonstop, unrefueled, circumnavigation of the globe by a fixed-wing aircraft aboard Virgin Atlantic Global Flyer
  • 2009  American radio broadcaster Paul Harvey (Aurant) dies in Phoenix, Arizona (b. 1918); now you know “The Rest of the Story”

Lost and Found – February 21st Edition

What to remember about February 21st…

  • 1848  Former 6th President John Quincy Adams suffers stroke during heated debate in U.S. House of Representatives
  • 1849  Karl Marx and Friedrich Engels publish The Communist Manifesto; leads to millions of deaths worldwide
  • 1885  Washington Monument is dedicated after almost 50 years in works
  • 1916  10-month Battle of Verdun begins with massive bombardment
  • 1948  National Association for Stock Car Racing (NASCAR) is incorporated
  • 1965  African-American activist Malcolm X (aka El-Hajj Malik El-Shabazz) is assassinated by members of Nation of Islam after leaving group (b. 1925)
  • 1970  Secret peace negotiations begin between Vietnamese representatives and Henry Kissinger
  • 1972  President Nixon arrives in China to open diplomatic relations talks
  • 1994  CIA employee Aldrich Ames is arrested for selling secrets to Soviet Union; at least 10 agents murdered because of his leaks
  • 1995  American businessman and adventurer Steve Fossett completes 1st solo balloon flight across the Pacific

Lost and Found – February 18th Edition

What to remember about February 18th…

  • 1856  The American Party, also called the “Know-Nothing Party” hold 1st convention in Philadelphia to nominate presidential candidate
  • 1861  Jefferson Davis in inaugurated provisional President of the Confederacy; he will be 1st and last to hold that office
  • 1885  Samuel Clemens writing as Mark Twain publishes his novel The Adventures of Huckleberry Finn
  • 1929  1st winners of the Academy Awards are announced; without ceremony the list is published in newsletter and page 7 of Variety
  • 1930  American astronomer Clyde W. Tombaugh discovers the dwarf planet Pluto using new techniques at the Lowell Observatory in Arizona
  • 1942  Japanese forces begin systematic extermination of “undesirable elements” in recently captured Singapore; tens-of-thousands killed
  • 1977  NASA test vehicle Space Shuttle Enterprise makes maiden “piggy back” flight atop converted Boeing 747
  • 2001  FBI agent Robert Hanssen is arrested for selling secrets to Russia and the Soviet Union over 22 years; he was paid 1.4 million in cash and diamonds; guilty plea results in life in prison with no possibility of parole
  • 2001  Legendary NASCAR driver Dale Earnhardt, Sr. dies in crash at Daytona 500 race (b. 1951)
  • 2010  President Obama meets with Dalai Lama at the White House to send strong message to China over human rights – see photo below

Lost and Found – February 16th Edition

What to remember about February 16th…

  • 1786  Future 5th President of the U.S. James Monroe marries Elizabeth Kortright despite her family lack of money
  • 1804  Navy Lieutenant Stephen Decatur and 80 volunteers enter Tripoli harbour in disguised vessel to board the captured USS Philadelphia; they retake and burn her to deny Muslim pirates the prize
  • 1862  General Ulysses S. Grant earns nickname “Unconditional Surrender” Grant with capture of Fort Donelson in Tennessee
  • 1920  Army Brigadier General Anna Mae Hays is born; 1st woman in the U.S. Military to be promoted to general officer rank
  • 1923  After more than 5 years searching, British archaeologist Howard Carter finally enters burial chamber of King Tutankhamen
  • 1959  Communist guerilla Fidel Castro sworn in as president of Cuba
  • 1960  Nuclear-powered submarine USS Triton leaves Groton, Connecticut to begin worlds 1st submerged circumnavigation of the globe
  • 1985  Sheik Ibrahim al-Amin issues manifesto of Hezbollah; Iranian-sponsored terrorist group is officially born after years of secrecy
  • 1997  25-year-old Jeff Gordon becomes youngest NASCAR driver to win Daytona 500 race
  • 2005  Kyoto Protocols global warming agreement goes into effect after Russian ratification puts number of signatories over the top

Lost and Found – February 15th Edition

What to remember about February 15th…

  • 1726  Founding father Abraham Clark is born in New Jersey; signer of Declaration of Independence and U.S. Representative
  • 1764  French fur traders Pierre Laclède and Auguste Chouteau build fort on site of what is now St. Louis, Missouri
  • 1879  President Rutherford Hayes signs bill allowing female attorneys to argue cases before Supreme Court of the United States
  • 1898  Battleship USS Maine explodes and sinks in harbor at Havana, Cuba; investigation reveals mine as cause; attacker unknown but incident heightens tensions that lead to Spanish-American War
  • 1903 Toy shop owner places 1st stuffed “Teddy bears” in his window for sale; he wrote to Roosevelt to get permission to use his nickname
  • 1933 Giuseppe Zangara attempts to assassinate President-elect Franklin Roosevelt during speech in Miami, Florida; missed and kills Chicago mayor Anton Cermak; he is executed just 10 days after conviction
  • 1942  British forces surrender Singapore to Japanese forces after week-long siege; 60,000 troops captured and sent to prison camps
  • 1946  World’s 1st general purpose computer is dedicated at University of Pennsylvania; ENIAC heralds new frontier in technology
  • 1965  Canada adopts maple leaf design for its national flag
  • 1998  After more than 2 decades of attempts, Dale Earnhardt, Sr. wins his 1st Daytona 500 NASCAR race