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Lost and Found – January 6th Edition

What to remember about January 6th…

  • 1759  George Washington marries widow Martha Dandridge Custis
  • 1777  General Washington sets Morristown, New Jersey as winter quarters for his army after victories at Trenton
  • 1838  American inventor Samuel Morse publicly demonstrates telegraph for 1st time
  • 1853  President-elect Franklin Pierce and family are in train accident near Boston; 11-year old son Benjamin dies in wreck
  • 1893  President Benjamin Harrison signs charter for Washington National Cathedral
  • 1912  New Mexico enters the Union as the 47th State
  • 1919  26th president Theodore Roosevelt dies in New York (b. 1858)
  • 1946 Future 41st President George Herbert Walker Bush marries Barbara Pierce
  • 1994  Olympic hopeful Nancy Kerrigan is attacked at practice session before Olympic skating trials; teammate Tonya Harding hired attacker to ensure her place on team
  • 2000  Congress certifies 2000 election; George Bush will become 43rd President with 271 electoral votes to Al Gore’s 266

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Lost and Found – November 15th Edition

What to remember about November 15th…

November 15th is America Recycles Day – celebration of education and motivation promote recycling in communities across America

    • 1777  Continental Congress approves Articles of Confederation; precursor to the U.S. Constitution
    • 1806  American explorer Zebulon Pike observes high mountaintop later known as Pike’s Peak
    • 1859  Athens holds 1st modern revival of the Olympic Games
    • 1864  Sherman begins his March to the Sea by stripping Atlanta of supplies and setting hundreds of buildings on fire
    • 1867  The 1st stock ticker is unveiled in New York City
    • 1939  Franklin D. Roosevelt lays cornerstone of Jefferson Memorial in Washington, D.C.
    • 1943  Heinrich Himmler publishes order that Gypsies be treated like Jews and sent to concentration camps
    • 1956  Elvis Presley makes his film debut in Love Me Tender
    • 1977  President Carter plays host to Shah of Iran during state visit to the United States; hold talks on energy and regional peace issues
    • 1988  Palestinian National Council proclaims the establishment of an independent Palestinian state
    • 2011   Just after midnight, NYPD begins evicting Occupy Wall Street protesters from Zuccotti park citing public health; 70 arrested

Lost and Found – September 6th Edition

What to remember about September 6th…

  • 1757  French general and hero of the American Revolution Marquis de La Fayette is born
  • 1847  American author and abolitionist Henry David Thoreau leaves Walden Pond and moves in with Ralph Waldo Emerson
  • 1901  President William McKinley is shot by anarchist Leon Czolgosz in Boston; he dies September 14th from infection
  • 1972  9 more Israeli athletes and a German police officer are murdered by Palestinian terrorists as the Munich Olympic hostage taking ends
  • 1976  Soviet air force pilot Lt. Viktor Belenko lands a MiG-25 jet fighter at Hakodate, Japan to defect to the U.S.
  • 1995  Cal Ripken played his 2,131st consecutive professional baseball game beating the record previously held by Lou Gehrig
  • 1997  Billions watch the funeral of Diana, Princess of Wales; Sir Elton John performs “Candle in the Wind”

Lost and Found – September 5th Edition

What to remember about September 5th…

  • 1774  Continental Congress meets for the 1st time; begins work on Declaration of Rights and Grievances
  • 1836  After leading fight for independence from Mexico, Sam Houston is elected 1st president of Republic of Texas
  • 1847  Infamous outlaw Jesse James is born in Missouri (d. 1882)
  • 1882  1st big Labor Day observance in America; event organized by the Central Labor Union of New York
  • 1942  Japanese forces forced to retreat from their attack on Milne Bay; 1st decisive defeat of the war for Japanese military
  • 1960 Cassius Clay (later Muhammad Ali) wins Olympic gold medal as light-heavywieght boxer
  • 1972  Palestinian muslim terrorists attack olympic village in Munich; 2 israeli athletes killed and 9 taken hostage; remaining hostages will be murdered during rescue attempt
  • 1975  Charles Manson follower Lynette “Squeaky” Fromme attempts to assassinate President Gerald Ford
  • 1977  NASA launches Voyager space probe on a “grand tour” of our outer solar system
  • 1997  Nobel laureate and Catholic nun Mother Teresa dies in Calcutta, India (b. 1910 as Agnes Gonxha Bojaxhiu)

Lost and Found – September 4th Edition

What to remember about September 4th…

  • 1864  Confederate cavalry raider Colonel John Hunt Morgan dies during Union attack
  • 1886  Apache chief Geronimo surrenders to U.S. forces; end of the Indian Wars in the Southwest
  • 1923  America’s 1st Navy rigid airship, USS Shenandoah, begns her maiden voyage
  • 1940  Submarine U-652 fires on USS Greer near Iceland; 1st hostilities by Germany against the United States
  • 1957  Democrat Governor Orval Faubus of Arkansas orders National Guard troops to prevent desegregation of Little Rock public schools
  • 1957  Ford’s Edsel arrives in showrooms across America;
  • 1972  In Berlin, American swimmer Mark Spitz wins record 7th gold medal at a single Olympic Games
  • 1998  Stanford University students Larry Page and Sergey Brin found Google
  • 2002  Kelly Clarkson wins the 1st American Idol competition
  • 2006  Australian wildlife expert and conservationist Stephen Robert “Crocodile Hunter Steve” Irwin dies in diving accident

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 21st Edition

What to remember about July 21st…

  • 1861  1st Battle of Bull Run begins at Manassas Junction, Virginia; Union suffers “surprising” defeat
  • 1873  Jesse James and the James-Younger Gang pull off 1st successful train robbery in the American West
  • 1918  German U-Boat opens fire on town of Orleans, Massachusetts and several nearby ships
  • 1925  “Monkey Trial” of John Thomas Scopes ends in conviction and $100 fine; Darwin’s Theory of Evolution versus creationism
  • 1944  Claus von Stauffenberg and his co-conspirators are executed one day after their failed attempt to assassinate Adolf Hitler
  • 1944  U.S. invasion to recapture Guam begins; fighting will continue through to August 10
  • 1959  Boston Red Sox are final Major League Baseball team to integrate
  • 1969  American astronauts Neil Armstrong and Edwin “Buzz” Aldrin become 1st humans to walk on the moon (July 20th in North America)
  • 1973  Israeli Mossad agents mistakenly kill Moroccan waiter in Norway believing him to be one of the 1972 Munich Olympic terrorists
  • 2005  Muslim terrorists attempt to detonate 4 more bombs in the London transit system (see 7/7 bombings)
  • 2007  Last book in the Harry Potter series is released
  • 2011  NASA’s Space Shuttle program comes to an end with completion of mission STS-135 and successful landing of Atlantis

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Lost and Found – May 14th Edition

What to remember about May 14th…

  • 1787  Delegates to the Constitutional Convention begin assembling in Philadelphia in preparation for major change in American government
  • 1804  One year after the Louisiana Purchase, Lewis and Clark expedition leaves St. Louis, Missouri, on mission of exploration
  • 1864  Union troops begin 1st skirmishes of Atlanta campaign at Battle of Resaca; General Sherman’s “March to the Sea” proceeds
  • 1904  Olympic Games open for 1st time in America at St. Louis, Missouri
  • 1948  After British troops withdraw, Chairman David Ben-Gurion proclaims the State of Israel now exists; gunfire can be heard in the distance
  • 1955  Soviet Union and 7 communist satellite countries sign Warsaw Pact to counter NATO’s acceptance of West Germany as a member
  • 1961  Bus carrying Freedom Rider civil rights protesters is firebombed near Anniston, Alabama, demonstrators beaten by mob
  • 1973  NASA successfully launches America’s 1st space station into orbit; crew ofSkylab One will board 11-days later
  • 1998  American singer and actor Francis Albert “Frank” Sinatra dies in a Los Angeles hospital (b. 1915); lights of Las Vegas dimmed in his memory

Lost and Found – May 8th Edition

What to remember about May 8th…

  • 1541  Expedition led by Spanish conquistador Hernando de Soto reaches the Mississippi River near modern-day Memphis
  • 1792  Congress passes the second portion of the Militia Act; requires every free able-bodied white male citizen be enrolled in the militia
  • 1846  Future President Zachary Taylor leads small force in victory over numerically superior Mexican force in Battle of Palo Alto
  • 1884  Future 33rd President of the United States Harry S. Truman is born in Lamar, Missouri (d. 1972)
  • 1886  Pharmacist John Styth Pemberton sells carbonated beverage named “Coca-Cola” as a patent medicine
  • 1945  German troops throughout Europe lay down their weapons;  United States and Great Britain celebrate V-E Day
  • 1973  71-day standoff ends at Pine Ridge Reservation at Wounded Knee, South Dakota when between militant members of American Indian Movement surrender to federal authorities
  • 1984  Soviets announce they will not participate in the Los Angeles Olympics; boycott is response to U.S. absence from 1980 Moscow games
  • 2007  Archaeologist Ehud Netzer announces discovery of tomb of Herod the Great at Herodium outside Jerusalem

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)