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Lost and Found – October 26th Edition

What to remember about October 26th…

  • 1775  King George III speaks to parliament declaring the American colonies to be in rebellion; authorizes military force to end it
  • 1776  Benjamin Franklin sets sail from Philadelphia for France to negotiate aid and an alliance
  • 1825  360 mile Erie Canal is completed after 4 years
  • 1861  The Pony Express officially ends operations; replaced by modern transcontinental telegraph system
  • 1881  In Tombstone, Arizona the Earp brothers confront the Clanton-McLaury gang in a legendary gunfight at the OK Corral
  • 1940  Maiden flight of the P-51 Mustang fighter
  • 1944  At the end of 4 days of air-naval conflict, Battle of Leyte gulf leaves Japanese fleet devastated and on the run
  • 1966  President Johnson makes surprise visit to troops in Vietnam
  • 2001  In response to 9/11/01 attacks, President George W. Bush signs controversial anti-terrorism law; The USA Patriot Act
  • 2002  Moscow theater siege ends with 50 Chechen terrorists and 150 hostages killed during Russian commando assault

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Lost and Found – May 7th Edition

What to remember about May 7th…

  • 1789  President Washington attends ball held in his honor; event becomes model for inaugural balls
  • 1847  American Medical Association is founded in Philadelphia
  • 1864  Union forces under General Grant break off from Battle of the Wilderness to move southward
  • 1915  British ocean liner Lusitania is torpedoed without warning by German submarine off the coast of Ireland; 128 of 1198 dead are American
  • 1945  Near Reims, France, German general signs unconditional surrender of all German forces after conferring with Hitler’s successor
  • 1954  Ho Chi Minh’s communist Viet Minh forces defeat French at Dien Bien Phu after 57 days of siege
  • 1960  Premier Nikita Khrushchev announces that Soviet Union is holding American U-2 pilot Gary Powers
  • 1992  27th Amendment to the Constitution ratified with final passage in Michigan; prevents salary changes for Congressmen from taking effect during the current term; amendment originally submitted in 1789
  • 1998  German auto manufacturer Daimler-Benz announces $36 billion merger with the U.S. based Chrysler Corporation
  • 2000  Former KGB officer Vladimir Putin is inaugurated as president of Russia
  • 2004  American businessman Nick Berg is beheaded by Islamic terrorists in Iraq; murder is videotaped and released on the Internet

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Lost and Found – February 2nd Edition

What to remember about February 2nd…

  • 1653  City of New Amsterdam is incorporated; later renamed New York City
  • 1887  In Gobblers Knob, Pennsylvania a newspaper declares “Punxsutawney Phil” is America’s only weather predicting groundhog; holiday born
  • 1812  Russia attempts to lay claim to territory north of San Francisco by establishing Fort Ross; abandoned and empty by 1841
  • 1848  Treaty of Guadalupe Hidalgo ends Mexican-American War; agreement grants half-million square miles to U.S.; area includes parts of Texas, California, Nevada, Utah, New Mexico, Arizona, and parts of Colorado and Wyoming
  • 1876  National League of Professional Baseball Clubs is formed; later named the National League
  • 1942  German collaborator Vidkun Quisling becomes prime minister of puppet government in Norway; his name now synonymous with “traitor”
  • 1974  1st planned flight of the U.S. Air Force F-16 Flying Falcon; accidental flight taken January 20th to avoid accident
  • 1980  FBI reveals details of ABSCAM undercover corruption investigation; 31 public officials caught up in bribery scandal
  • 1989  Last Soviet armored column leaves Kabul, Afghanistan after 9-year occupation; cease-fire allows last troops out of country by February 15th

Lost and Found – October 28th Edition

What to remember about October 28th…

  • 1775  British Major General Howe issues proclamation forbidding residents from leaving the city
  • 1818  Abigail Adams, First Lady and wife of President John Adams dies in Quincy, Massachusetts (b. 1744)
  • 1886  President Grover Cleveland dedicates Statue of Liberty
  • 1918  Sailors of the German High Seas Fleet mutiny instead of attack British fleet with armistice in the works
  • 1922  Benito Mussolini leads Italian fascists in March on Rome; takes over the Italian government
  • 1929  Black Monday stock market crash
  • 1962  Cuban Missile Crisis ends as Soviet leader Nikita Khrushchev agrees to remove Russian missiles from the island
  • 1965  In St. Louis, Missouri the 630-foot Gateway Arch portion of the Jefferson National Expansion Memorial is completed
  • 1971  Britain launches Prospero; it is their 1st satellite
  • 2005  Iran launches its 1st satellite in joint effort with Russia

Lost and Found – October 26th Edition

What to remember about October 26th…

  • 1775  King George III speaks to parliament declaring the American colonies to be in rebellion; authorizes military force to end it
  • 1776  Benjamin Franklin sets sail from Philadelphia for France to negotiate aid and an alliance
  • 1825  360 mile Erie Canal is completed after 4 years
  • 1861  The Pony Express officially ends operations; replaced by modern transcontinental telegraph system
  • 1881  In Tombstone, Arizona the Earp brothers confront the Clanton-McLaury gang in a legendary gunfight at the OK Corral
  • 1940  Maiden flight of the P-51 Mustang fighter
  • 1944  At the end of 4 days of air-naval conflict, Battle of Leyte gulf leaves Japanese fleet devastated and on the run
  • 1966  President Johnson makes surprise visit to troops in Vietnam
  • 2001  In response to 9/11/01 attacks, President George W. Bush signs controversial anti-terrorism law; The USA Patriot Act
  • 2002  Moscow theater siege ends with 50 Chechen terrorists and 150 hostages killed during Russian commando assault

Lost and Found – October 18th Edition

What to remember about October 18th…

  • 1767  Mason and Dixon finish their survey of the boundary between Pennsylvania and Maryland
  • 1779  British forces defeat month-long siege  by colonial forces attempting to retake the city of Savannah, Georgia
  • 1867  U.S. takes possession of Alaska after paying $7.2 million to Russia; price is less than 2 cents per acre; celebrated as Alaska Day
  • 1898  During Spanish-American War, U.S. forces formally take control of the island of Puerto Rico
  • 1931  American industrialist and inventor Thomas Alva Edison dies at home in New Jersey (b. 1847)
  • 1939  Lee Harvey Oswald, assassin of President John F. Kennedy, is born in New Orleans, Louisiana (d. 1963)
  • 1954  Texas instruments announces the 1st transistor radio
  • 1982  Former First Lady of the United States Bess Truman dies (b. 1885)
  • 2011  Spaceport America, the world’s 1st commercial purpose-built spaceport’ officially opens in New Mexico

Lost and Found – May 7th Edition

What to remember about May 7th…

  • 1789  President Washington attends ball held in his honor; event becomes model for inaugural balls
  • 1847  American Medical Association is founded in Philadelphia
  • 1864  Union forces under General Grant break off from Battle of the Wilderness to move southward
  • 1915  British ocean liner Lusitania is torpedoed without warning by German submarine off the coast of Ireland; 128 of 1198 dead are American
  • 1945  Near Reims, France, German general signs unconditional surrender of all German forces after conferring with Hitler’s successor
  • 1954  Ho Chi Minh’s communist Viet Minh forces defeat French at Dien Bien Phu after 57 days of siege
  • 1960  Premier Nikita Khrushchev announces that Soviet Union is holding American U-2 pilot Gary Powers
  • 1992  27th Amendment to the Constitution ratified with final passage in Michigan; prevents salary changes for Congressmen from taking effect during the current term; amendment originally submitted in 1789
  • 1998  German auto manufacturer Daimler-Benz announces $36 billion merger with the U.S. based Chrysler Corporation
  • 2000  Former KGB officer Vladimir Putin is inaugurated as president of Russia
  • 2004  American businessman Nick Berg is beheaded by Islamic terrorists in Iraq; murder is videotaped and released on the Internet

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Lost and Found – April 21st Edition

What to remember about April 21st…

  • 753 B.C.  Twin brothers Romulus and Remus found Rome (traditional)
  • 1836  Sam Houston leads Texas militia in surprise attack on Mexican troops along San Jacinto River capturing General Santa Anna himself
  • 1838  Scottish naturalist and conservationist John Muir is born (d. 1914); co-founder of the Sierra Club
  • 1865  Funeral train bearing Abraham Lincoln departs Washington, D.C.
  • 1910  American author and humorist Samuel “Mark Twain” Clemens dies as predicted at the departure of Halley’s Comet (b. 1835)
  • 1918  Notorious German flying ace Manfred von Richthofen is shot down and killed; 25-year-old “Red Baron” had shot down 80 enemy aircraft
  • 1975  Vietnamese President Nguyen Van Thieu resigns as communist forces approach the capital; he then flees the country
  • 1986  Journalist Geraldo Rivera opens vault belonging to notorious mobster Al Capone; after much build up and self promotion, nothing is found
  • 1989  100,000 Chinese students gather in Tiananmen Square to protest oppressive communist government
  • 1996  Dzhokhar Musayevich Dudaev, 1st President of newly independent Chechen Republic, is assassinated by 2 Russian laser-guided missiles when recon aircraft triangulate his phone call (b. 1944)
  • 2004  Grand jury indicts pop singer Michael Jackson on charges of child molestation

Lost and Found – April 16th Edition

What to remember about April 16th…

  • 1818  Rush-Bagot Treaty is ratified by U.S. Senate; establishes border between America and British Canada
  • 1859  French political thinker and historian Alexis de Tocqueville dies of tuberculosis (b. 1805); famous for his 2 volume Democracy in America
  • 1862  Slavery ends in Washington, D.C.; celebrated as Emancipation Day
  • 1863  Union fleet braves barrage of artillery from Confederates entrenched at Vicksburg; only one ship lost as they pass along the Mississippi
  • 1889  Silent film star Charlie Chaplin is born (d. 1977)
  • 1917  Vladimir Ilyich Lenin returns from a decade of exile; takes command of growing Russian Revolution
  • 1963  Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr. writes Letter from Birmingham Jail while incarcerated for protesting segregation in Birmingham, Alabama
  • 1972  NASA’s Apollo 16 mission to the moon launches successfully
  • 1987  U.S. Patent Office began allowing the patenting of new animals and life-forms created by genetic engineering
  • 2003  Treaty is signed to allow Czech Republic, Estonia, Cyprus, Latvia, Lithuania, Hungary, Malta, Poland, Slovenia, and Slovakia to join European Union
  • 2007  32 students and teachers at Virginia Polytechnic Institute and State University are shot dead in spree shooting by student Seung Hui Cho

Lost and Found – March 8th Edition

What to remember about March 8th…

  • 1775  Anonymous pamphlet called African Slavery In America is published, 1st public call for emancipation; believed to be work of Thomas Paine
  • 1817  Informal group of stock brokers draft constitution and organize to form New York Stock and Exchange Board
  • 1841  Future Associate Justice of the Supreme Court Oliver Wendell Holmes is born (d. 1935)
  • 1862  Ironclad CSS Virginia (formerly USS Merrimack) attacks at Hampton Roads damaging or destroying 3 Union ships
  • 1917  Strikes and riots spread across Russia as February Revolution begins; defection of military units to protests leads to end of Czars
  • 1964  U.S. Marines make amphibious landing to secure Da Nang airbase; 1st combat troops deployed to Vietnam
  • 1983  President Reagan calls Soviet Union “evil empire” in televised speech
  • 1999  Baseball legend Joseph Paul “Joe” DiMaggio dies in Hollywood, Florida (b. 1914)
  • 1999  SCOTUS upholds murder convictions and death sentence of Oklahoma City bomber Timothy McVeigh
  • 2008  Minister of Agriculture in Vietnam announced ban on possession of hamsters; fine for violation equals almost 2 years average income