Tag Archives: Smithsonian Institute

Lost and Found – June 27th Edition

What to remember about June 27th…

  • 1829  James Smithson dies leaving his estate to the United States of America; leads to establishment of the Smithsonian Institution
  • 1844  Founder and leader of the Mormon religion Joseph Smith Jr. and his brother Hyrum are murdered by a mob in Carthage, Illinois
  • 1864  Battle of Kennesaw Mountain; Union forces defeated but Confederate forces must withdraw towards Atlanta once more
  • 1880  Author/activist/lecturer Hellen Keller born in Alabama
  • 1923  American aviators Capt. Lowell H. Smith and Lt. John P. Richter successfully complete 1st aerial refueling of a plane
  • 1927  Bob “Captain Kangaroo” Keeshan born in Lynbrook, New York
  • 1942  FBI arrests the last of 8 Nazi saboteurs sent to the U.S.
  • 1950  President Truman announces U.S. forces will move in support of a U.N. resolution to aid South Korea repel invasion by North Korea
  • 1973  John Dean tells Senate Watergate Committee about the “enemies” lists kept by the Nixon White House
  • 2005  Serial killer Dennis Rader pleads guilty and confesses to 10 murders in the “BTK” case; sentence is 175 years without parole

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Lost and Found – August 10th Edition

What to remember about August 10th…

  • 1776  Declaration of Independence arrives in England
  • 1821  Missouri enters the Union as 24th state
  • 1846  President James Polk signs the Smithsonian Institution Act; created with money gifted by English scientist James Smithson
  • 1874  Herbert Hoover is born in West Branch, Iowa (d. 1964); he will become the 31st President of the United States
  • 1877  Presbyterian missionary Amanda McFarland is first white women to settle in Ft.Wrangle, Alaska; takes charge of school
  • 1945  Japan sends word to Allies that they will surrender with one condition – Emperor Hirohito must remain the hereditary monarch
  • 1961  Agent Orange used for the 1st time by the U.S. in Vietnam
  • 1969  Manson cult members continue killing spree with murders of Leno and Rosemary LaBianca
  • 1977  New York City police arrest David Berkowitz for “Son of Sam” murders
  • 1988  President Reagan signs act authorizing compensation for Japanese Americans interred or relocated during WWII
  • 1995  Terry Nichols and Timothy McVeigh indicted for Oklahoma City Bombing; Michael Fortier makes a deal and testifies against them
  • 2011  China begins sea-trials of their 1st aircraft carrier ex-Varyag

Lost and Found – June 27th Edition

What to remember about June 27th…

  • 1829  James Smithson dies leaving his estate to the United States of America; leads to establishment of the Smithsonian Institution
  • 1844  Founder and leader of the Mormon religion Joseph Smith Jr. and his brother Hyrum are murdered by a mob in Carthage, Illinois
  • 1864  Battle of Kennesaw Mountain; Union forces defeated but Confederate forces must withdraw towards Atlanta once more
  • 1880  Author/activist/lecturer Hellen Keller born in Alabama
  • 1923  American aviators Capt. Lowell H. Smith and Lt. John P. Richter successfully complete 1st aerial refueling of a plane
  • 1927  Bob “Captain Kangaroo” Keeshan born in Lynbrook, New York
  • 1942  FBI arrests the last of 8 Nazi saboteurs sent to the U.S.
  • 1950  President Truman announces U.S. forces will move in support of a U.N. resolution to aid South Korea repel invasion by North Korea
  • 1973  John Dean tells Senate Watergate Committee about the “enemies” lists kept by the Nixon White House
  • 2005  Serial killer Dennis Rader pleads guilty and confesses to 10 murders in the “BTK” case; sentence is 175 years without parole

Lost and Found – April 17th Edition

What to remember about April 17th…

  • 1790  American patriot and Founding Father Benjamin Franklin dies in Philadelphia, Pennsylvania (b. 1706)
  • 1820  Father of modern baseball Alexander Joy Cartwright, Jr. is born (d. 1892); inventor of baseball “diamond” and author of Knickerbocker Rules
  • 1897  In Aurora, Texas an unidentified flying object supposedly crashes leaving “pilot” dead; supposedly buried in local cemetery
  • 1941  11 days after invasion of Kingdom of Yugoslavia, leaders sign armistice and surrender to Germany
  • 1961  CIA financed and trained Cuban refugees land on Cuba to overthrow Castro and oppressive communist regime; Bay of Pigs attack fails
  • 1964  Ford Mustang  debuts at World’s Fair in New York
  • 1968  Jordanian Sirhan Bishara Sirhan convicted for the assassination of United States Senator Robert F. Kennedy
  • 1970  Apollo 13 spacecraft returns safely to Earth 4 days after explosion cripples the ship and forces mission to be aborted
  • 1975  Troops of communist Khmer Rouge capture Phnom Penh; Cambodia falls to insurgents; 2 million will die in killing fields
  • 2012  Retiring space shuttle Discovery is flown on the back of converted 747 to join Smithsonian Air and Space Museum to become an exhibit

Lost and Found – November 10th Edition

What to remember about November 10th…

  • 1775  Birth of the U.S. Marine Corps; Continental Congress authorizes the raising of 2 battalions to assist navy
  • 1865  Commander of Andersonville prison camp is hanged for murder of Union soldiers in his care; poet Walt Whitman wrote of the condition of prisoners he saw “There are deeds, crimes that may be forgiven, but this is not among them.”
  • 1898  Armed Democrat white supremacists violently overthrow elected government of Wilmington, North Carolina
  • 1958  Harry Winston donates the Hope Diamond to the Smithsonian
  • 1969  Sesame Street show makes its television debut
  • 1975  Freighter SS Edmund Fitzgerald sinks on Lake Superior; tragedy is memorialized in folk song by Gordon Lightfoot
  • 1975  United Nations passes Resolution 3379 declaring that Zionism equates to racism and discrimination
  • 1997  Pakistani muslim Mir Aimal Kasi is convicted of murdering 2 CIA employees and wounding 3 others in Virginia
  • 2009  Beltway sniper John Allen Muhammad is executed in Virginia

Lost and Found – August 10th Edition

What to remember about August 10th…

  • 1776  Declaration of Independence arrives in England
  • 1821  Missouri enters the Union as 24th state
  • 1846  President James Polk signs the Smithsonian Institution Act; created with money gifted by English scientist James Smithson
  • 1874  Herbert Hoover is born in West Branch, Iowa (d. 1964); he will become the 31st President of the United States
  • 1877  Presbyterian missionary Amanda McFarland is first white women to settle in Ft.Wrangle, Alaska; takes charge of school
  • 1945  Japan sends word to Allies that they will surrender with one condition – Emperor Hirohito must remain the hereditary monarch
  • 1961  Agent Orange used for the 1st time by the U.S. in Vietnam
  • 1969  Manson cult members continue killing spree with murders of Leno and Rosemary LaBianca
  • 1977  New York City police arrest David Berkowitz for “Son of Sam” murders
  • 1988  President Reagan signs act authorizing compensation for Japanese Americans interred or relocated during WWII
  • 1995  Terry Nichols and Timothy McVeigh indicted for Oklahoma City Bombing; Michael Fortier makes a deal and testifies against them
  • 2011  China begins sea-trials of their 1st aircraft carrier ex-Varyag

Lost and Found – April 17th Edition

What to remember about April 17th…

  • 1790  American patriot and Founding Father Benjamin Franklin dies in Philadelphia, Pennsylvania (b. 1706)
  • 1820  Father of modern baseball Alexander Joy Cartwright, Jr. is born (d. 1892); inventor of baseball “diamond” and author of Knickerbocker Rules
  • 1897  In Aurora, Texas an unidentified flying object supposedly crashes leaving “pilot” dead; supposedly buried in local cemetery
  • 1941  11 days after invasion of Kingdom of Yugoslavia, leaders sign armistice and surrender to Germany
  • 1961  CIA financed and trained Cuban refugees land on Cuba to overthrow Castro and oppressive communist regime; Bay of Pigs attack fails
  • 1964  Ford Mustang  debuts at World’s Fair in New York
  • 1968  Jordanian Sirhan Bishara Sirhan convicted for the assassination of United States Senator Robert F. Kennedy
  • 1970  Apollo 13 spacecraft returns safely to Earth 4 days after explosion cripples the ship and forces mission to be aborted
  • 1975  Troops of communist Khmer Rouge capture Phnom Penh; Cambodia falls to insurgents; 2 million will die in killing fields
  • 2012  Retiring space shuttle Discovery is flown on the back of converted 747 to join Smithsonian Air and Space Museum to become an exhibit

Lost and Found – November 10th Edition

What to remember about November 10th…

  • 1775  Birth of the U.S. Marine Corps; Continental Congress authorizes the raising of 2 battalions to assist navy
  • 1865  Commander of Andersonville prison camp is hanged for murder of Union soldiers in his care; poet Walt Whitman wrote of the condition of prisoners he saw “There are deeds, crimes that may be forgiven, but this is not among them.”
  • 1898  Armed Democrat white supremacists violently overthrow elected government of Wilmington, North Carolina
  • 1958  Harry Winston donates the Hope Diamond to the Smithsonian
  • 1969  Sesame Street show makes its television debut
  • 1975  Freighter SS Edmund Fitzgerald sinks on Lake Superior; tragedy is memorialized in folk song by Gordon Lightfoot
  • 1975  United Nations passes Resolution 3379 declaring that Zionism equates to racism and discrimination
  • 1997  Pakistani muslim Mir Aimal Kasi is convicted of murdering 2 CIA employees and wounding 3 others in Virginia
  • 2009  Beltway sniper John Allen Muhammad is executed in Virginia