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Lost and Found – January 1st Edition

What to remember about January 1st…

  • 1781  1500 Patriot troops under General Anthony Wayne mutiny over not being paid; they march off on their own to capture Princeton
  • 1808  As the 20-year constitutional prohibition against legislation in relation to slavery expires, Act Prohibiting Importation of Slaves goes into effect in any U.S. jurisdiction
  • 1863  As promised, President Lincoln signs the Emancipation Proclamation freeing all slaves in rebellious America; Union army is instructed to liberate any they find
  • 1892  Federal immigration receiving station opens on Ellis Island
  • 1934  Law for the Prevention of Genetically Diseased Offspring goes into effect in Nazi Germany; court ordered sterilization
  • 1942  President Roosevelt and Minister Churchill issue proclamation at end of the Arcadia Conference vowing to create United Nations
  • 1958  At San Quentin Johnny Cash plays his 1st prison performance; inmate Mearle Haggard is inspired to change his life
  • 1959  Communist led by Fidel Castro force Cuban dictator Fulgencio Batista to flee the country for the Dominican Republic
  • 1962  United States Navy’s Sea, Air, and Land Teams (SEALs) are established
  • 1966  Advance units of 1st Marine Division arrive in Vietnam; by march 20,000 Marines will be in country
  • 1984  As a result of 1974 anti-trust lawsuit brought by Justice Department, AT&T is broken into 7 holding companies known as “Baby Bells”
  • 2004  Roman Catholic and Protestant Boy Scout organizations reunite after almost a century of division

Lost and Found – December 9th Edition

What to remember about December 9th…

  • 1775  Colonial militia defeat British Ethiopian regiment of slaves and redcoats at Norfolk; Patriots now control Virginia
  • 1803  Congress votes to send 12th Amendment to the Constitution to the states for ratification; changes process for electing President and Vice President due to difficulties in elections of 1796 and 1800
  • 1835  Army of Texas captures San Antonio from Mexican troops
  • 1979  Eradication of smallpox is certified; no known cases since this date; 1st and only successful elimination of a human disease
  • 1981  Philadelphia Police officer Daniel Faulkner is murdered during routine traffic stop by former Black Panther Mumia Abu-Jamal
  • 1987  After months of escalating incidents on both sides, violence explodes as Palestinian Intifada begins against Israel
  • 1990  Founder of the Solidarity trade union Lech Walesa becomes 1st directly elected leader of Poland
  • 1992  1800 U.S. Marines arrive in Mogadishu, Somalia as part of U.N. force; safeguarding relief supplies and refugees the stated goals
  • 2008  Illinois Governor Rod Blagojevich is arrested for corruption including attempted sale of Senate seat of Barack Obama

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Lost and Found – December 6th Edition

What to remember about December 6th…

  • 1790  U.S. Congress moves, seat of American government transferred from New York City to Philadelphia
  • 1865  With Georgia vote, 13th Amendment to the United States Constitution is ratified; slavery officially abolished
  • 1884  Crowning pyramid is placed atop the Washington monument; federal law ensures that it will remain the tallest building in the capital
  • 1889  Jefferson Davis dies in New Orleans (b. 1808); infamous 1st and only president of the Confederate States of America
  • 1947  Everglades National Park is dedicated in Florida by President Truman
  • 1957  America’s 1st attempt to put a satellite into orbit ends when launch vehicle explodes on the pad
  • 1969  Altamont Music Festival ends marred by death Meredith Hunter, Hells Angels “security guard” claims self-defense
  • 1973  House of Representatives votes in agreement with Senate confirmation of Gerald Ford as Vice President
  • 1998  After coming to power six years earlier in bloody military coup, Hugo Chavez is elected president of Venezuela
  • 2004  Al Qaeda terrorists detonate bomb in attempt to assault U.S. consulate in Jedda, Saudi Arabia

everglades national park

Lost and Found – October 30th Edition

What to remember about October 30th…

  • 1735  Founding Father and 2nd President of the United States John Adams is born in Braintree, Massachusetts (d. 1826)
  • 1831  Escaped slave Nat Turner is captured after bloody slave rebellion that killed over 60; after a trial he hangs on November 11
  • 1938  Orson Welles radio broadcast of “War of the Worlds” causes nationwide panic
  • 1941  President Franklin Roosevelt approves $1 billion Lend Lease aid program for Soviet Union; hopes to stay out of the war
  • 1944  Anne Frank and her sister are moved from Auschwitz to the Bergen-Belsen concentration camp
  • 1961  Soviet Union test 50 megaton hydrogen bomb; still the largest explosive device ever detonated
  • 1974  Muhammad Ali wins the Rumble in the Jungle
  • 1995  Vote for establishing an independent Quebec fails in Canada

Lost and Found – July 29th Edition

What to remember about July 29th…

  • 1805  French historian Alexis de Tocqueville is born; author of the famous Democracy in America
  • 1833  English abolitionist William Wilberforce dies
  • 1862  Confederate spy Marie Isabella “Belle” Boyd is arrested by Union troops; detained in Washington, D.C.
  • 1907  Sir Robert Baden-Powell establishes Brownsea Island Scout Camp
  • 1921  Adolf Hitler becomes leader of the National Socialist German Workers Party (NAZI Party)
  • 1958  President Eisenhower signs legislation creating National Aeronautics and Space Administration (NASA)
  • 1965  Soldiers from the 101st Airborne Division begin arriving in Vietnam
  • 1976  Serial killer David “Son of Sam” Berkowitz begins his killing spree in New York City

Lost and Found – July 25th Edition

What to remember about July 25th…

  • 1780  General Horatio Gates takes command of southern Continental forces
  • 1861  Congress passes Crittendon-Johnson Resolution stating that the war is for reunion not to end slavery
  • 1866  Future president Ulysses S. Grant promoted to the rank of General of the Army; 1st to hold that rank
  • 1868  Wyoming becomes a U.S. territory
  • 1897  American author Jack London takes sail for Klondike gold rush
  • 1898  U.S. forces begin invasion of Puerto Rico during that Spanish-American War
  • 1943  Benito Mussolini voted out of power and arrested
  • 1985  American actor Rock Hudson is 1st celebrity to announce that he has AIDS
  • 1994   Israel and Jordan sign Washington Declaration formally ending the state of war begun in 1948
  • 2000  1st and only crash of a supersonic Concorde Jet

Lost and Found – July 13th Edition

What to remember about July 13th…

  • 1787  Congress passes the Northwest Ordinance; creates a structure for settling western territories and creating new states, limits slavery
  • 1863  3-day New York City Draft Riots begin protesting the draft and $300 exemption for the wealthy; many working-class people felt that emancipated slaves would compete for their jobs
  • 1886  Father Edward Joseph Flanagan born; founder of Boys Town
  • 1919  British airship R-34 lands in Norfolk, England; completes 1st round trip journey across the Atlantic and back
  • 1923  On Mount Lee in Los Angeles, the Hollywood sign is dedicated; 1st read “HOLLYWOODLAND” to advertise housing development
  • 1942  American actor and producer Harrison Ford is born in Chicago
  • 1943  Battle of Kursk ends; largest tank battle in history
  • 1978  Lee Iacocca is fired from post as President of Ford Motor Corp.
  • 1985  Live Aid charity mega-concert held in London and Philadelphia simultaneously, raises nearly $50 million
  • 2005  Deal is reached to end year-long lockout of National Hockey League
  • 2010  George Steinbrenner, longtime owner of New York Yankees dies in Tampa, Florida
  • UPDATE:  2013  Hispanic neighborhood watchman George Zimmerman is acquitted of all charges in self-defense shooting death of 17-year old Trayvon Martin

Lost and Found – July 2nd Edition

What to remember about July 2nd…

  • 1776  Continental Congress adopts Richard Henry Lee’s resolution for independence from Great Britain; vote is unanimous
  • 1839  Africans aboard Spanish slave ship Amistad free themselves and take over the ship
  • 1881  President James Garfield shot by assassin; dies September 19
  • 1937  Amelia Earhart and navigator Frederick Noonan reported missing and presumed lost during attempt to fly around the world
  • 1964  President Lyndon B. Johnson signs Civil Rights Act into law
  • 1980  President Jimmy Carter signs act re-establishing the Selective Service (draft) registration requirement for men 18-26 years old
  • 1990  1,426 pilgrims die in stampede during Hajj to Mecca
  • 1993  Muslim mob sets fire to hotel in Sivas, Turkey killing 37 to protest the appearance of the translator of Salman Rushdie’s works
  • 1997  Oscar-winning Actor and retired Air Force Major General James “Jimmy” Stewart dies at age 89 in Beverly Hills, CA
  • 1992  1 millionth Chevy Corvette is built

Lost and Found – June 16th Edition

What to remember about June 16th…

  • 1755  British defeat French at Fort Beausejour during French and indian War; renamed Fort Cumberland
  • 1775  Continental forces begin fortifying Bunker Hill outside Boston
  • 1858  Abraham Lincoln gives “House Divided” speech
  • 1884  1st roller coaster in America opens at Coney Island
  • 1903  Ford Motor Company incorporates
  • 1961  Soviet ballet superstar Rudolf Nureyev defects to the West
  • 1963  1st woman in space, Soviet Cosmonaut Valentina Tereshkova
  • 1979  Muslim Brotherhood murders 32 students and wounds 54 others at military school in Aleppo, Syria
  • 1987  Bernard Goetz acquitted of all but gun possession charges after shooting 4 black youths attempt to rob him in New York subway
  • 2011  Representative Anthony Weiner (D-NY) announces that he will resign over scandal created by his tweeting sexually suggestive messages explicit photos to numerous women

Lost and Found – June 5th Edition

What to remember about June 5th…

  • 1723 Scottish economist and author of Wealth of Nations Adam Smith baptized (d. 1790); inspiration for American Founding Fathers
  • 1805  1st recorded tornado in “Tornado Alley” – Illinois
  • 1833 Ada Lovelace introduced to Charles Babbage – 1st computer programmer meets 1st computer maker
  • 1851  Publication of Harriet Beecher Stowe’s Uncle Tom’s Cabin begins in abolitionist newspaper
  • 1884  William Tecumseh Sherman refuses Republican presidential nomination famously saying “I will not accept if nominated and will not serve if elected”
  • 1917  1st of 10 million men begin registering for the draft (WWI)
  • 1933  United States goes off of the gold standard; American currency no longer backed by gold and citizens prohibited from owning more than $100
  • 1942 US declares war on Bulgaria, Hungary, and Romania
  • 1944  Field-marshal Erwin Rommel goes on vacation
  • 1950 SCOTUS rules in McLaurin v. Oklahoma State Regents “separate but equal” unconstitutional in education
  • 1967 Arab-Israeli War (Six-Day War) begins; pre-emptive strike by Israel defused Egyptian and Syrian threat while unifying Jerusalem
  • 1968 Palestinian Sirhan-Sirhan assassinates presidential candidate Bobby Kennedy; brother of President John F. Kennedy
  • 2004  Former 40th President of the United States Ronald Reagan dies at home in Bel Aire, California (b. 1911)