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Lost and Found – December 8th Edition

What to remember about December 8th…

  • 1775  Colonial troops under Benedict Arnold and General Montgomery begin siege of Quebec; disaster awaits American forces
  • 1863  Looking ahead to reunification after the war, President Lincoln issues Proclamation of Amnesty and Reconciliation
  • 1941  Congress votes to declare war on Japan; Representative Jeanette Rankin is sole vote against going to war
  • 1980  English musician and former member of the Beatles John Lennon is murdered in New York City by Mark David Chapman
  • 1987  President Reagan and Soviet Leader Gorbachev sign 1st treaty agreeing to reductions in both nation’s nuclear arsenals
  • 1993  President Clinton signs into law North American Free Trade Agreement (NAFTA); creates worlds largest free-trade zone
  • 2010  SpaceX Dragon spacecraft is launched; 1st commercially developed spacecraft to orbit Earth and return
  • UPDATE:  2016  Death of American pilot, engineer, Mercury 7 astronaut, and US Senator John Herschel Glenn, Jr. (b. 1921); first American to orbit the Earth and later became the oldest person to fly in space.

Mark David Chapman reads Catcher in he Rye while waiting to assassinate John Lennon in New York City.

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Lost and Found – December 7th Edition

What to remember about December 7th…

  • 43 BC  Famed Roman orator and politician Marcus Tullius “Tully” Cicero is assassinated by servants of Mark Antony; he dies stating “there is nothing proper about what you are doing, soldier, but do try to kill me properly”
  • 1776  Silas Deane, an American agent in Paris, arranges for the Marquis de La Fayette to enter colonial service as a major-general
  • 1787  Delaware votes unanimously to ratify Constitution of the United States; it is the 1st state to ratify
  • 1941  In surprise attack, 300 Japanese planes bomb American fleet while anchored at Pearl Harbor in Hawaii; America enters WWII
  • 1972 NASA launches Apollo 17 mission; it is the last manned mission to Earth’s Moon to date
  • 1982  Charlie Brooks, Jr. becomes the 1st person to be executed in the United States by lethal injection
  • 1993 Colin Ferguson opens fire on Long Island Railroad train killing 5 and wounding 19; seeks revenge for imagined racism

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

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Lost and Found – December 3rd Edition

What to remember about December 3rd…

    • 1818  Illinois is admitted to the Union as 21st state
    • 1833  Oberlin College opens in Ohio; 1st co-ed college in America
    • 1964  Over 800 students arrested at sit-in of University of California at Berkley; protest of Regents new no protest policy
    • 1967  In South Africa, 1st human heart transplant is performed
    • 1973  NASA’s Pioneer 10 probe sends back 1st ever close-up images of Jupiter
    • 1984  Explosion at Union Carbide pesticide plant in Bhopal, India kills at least 2000; 200,000 injured by release of poison gas
    • 1997  Over 120 countries sign the Ottawa Treaty banning manufacturing and use of anti-personnel landmines
    • 2010  U.S. Air Force X-37 unmanned Orbital Test Vehicle returns to Earth after 7-and-a-half month secret mission

Lost and Found – November 28th Edition

What to remember about November 28th…

    • 1777  John Adams is appointed commissioner to France by Continental Congress
    • 1785  Signer of the Declaration of Independence for New Hampshire, William Whipple dies riding circuit as a judge (b. 1730)
    • 1925  Country and western music goes national with 1st radio broadcast of the Grand Ole Opry
    • 1943  President Franklin Roosevelt, Prime Minister Churchill, and Soviet leader Joseph Stalin meet at Teheran Conference
    • 1964  NASA launches Mariner IV spacecraft to perform 1st successful flyby of the planet Mars
    • 1987  New York teenager Tawana Brawley falsely claims she was kidnapped, held for 4 days, and raped by 4 whites, 1 a policeman
    • 1994  Cannibal and serial killer Jeffrey Dahmer is beaten to death by a fellow inmate claiming God told him to do it
    • 2002  Palestinian terrorists detonate suicide bomb targeting hotel for Israeli tourists; 13 killed and 80 injured
    • 2010  Canadian-born American comedian and actor Leslie Nielson dies of pneumonia in Florida (b. 1926)

Lost and Found – November 20th Edition

What to remember about November 20th…

    • 1789  New Jersey becomes 1st states to ratify the Bill of Rights amendments to the United States Constitution
    • 1945  War crimes trials of 24 Nazis begin at Nuremberg
    • 1947  Princess Elizabeth marries Philip Mountbatten at Westminster Abbey; in 1957 becomes Queen Elizabeth II of United Kingdom
    • 1962  After removal of Soviet weapons, Cuban Missile Crisis ends with lifting of quarantine of the island
    • 1979  Islamic militants seize Grand Mosque at Mecca, days of clashes with Saudi and French troops leave at least 250 dead and 500 wounded
    • 1985  Microsoft releases Windows 1.0 operating system
    • 1998  Zarya is the 1st module of the International Space Station launched into orbit

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Lost and Found – November 14th Edition

What to remember about November 14th…

    • 1765  American inventor Robert Fulton is born (d. 1815); developed 1st commercial steamboat and 1st practical submarine
    • 1888  American journalist Elizabeth Jane “Nellie Bly” Cochran begins her successful attempt to travel around the world in 80 days
    • 1896  First Lady Mamie Geneva Doud Eisenhower is born in Boone, Iowa (d. 1979)
    • 1914  Islamic holy war is declared by leader of Ottoman Empire bringing Jihad to World War I on the side of Germany
    • 1915  American educator and activist Booker T. Washington dies in Tuskegee, Alabama (b. 1856)
    • 1965  1st Cavalry Division engages Vietcong in Battle of Ia Drang Valley; 1st major engagement of the war
    • 1969  NASA launches Apollo 12 mission to the Moon; 36-seconds after launch module is struck by lightning but mission continues
    • 1970  Plane crash kills 75 football players, staff and boosters of Marshall University, small town is devastated by loss
    • 1991  Fired postal worker Thomas McIlvane kills 4 then commits suicide in shooting at Royal Oak, Michigan post office

Lost and Found – November 12th Edition

What to remember about November 12th…

    • 1790  First Lady Letitia Christian Tyler, wife of President John Tyler is born in New Kent County, Virginia (d. 1842)
    • 1892  William “Pudge” Heffelfinger becomes the 1st paid professional football player
    • 1927  Leon Trotsky is expelled from Soviet Communist Party leaving Joseph Stalin undisputed leader of the Soviet Union
    • 1948  War crimes tribunal in Tokyo sentences 30 for violations of laws of war; 7 are to be put to death
    • 1954  After serving as gateway for over 12 million immigrants, Ellis Island immigration facility is closed
    • 1969  Independent journalist Seymour Hersh breaks story of My Lai Massacre and Army investigation of Lt. William Calley
    • 1979  President Carter ends oil imports from Iran in response to take over of Embassy in Iran and kidnapping of 66 Americans
    • 1981  NASA launches Space Shuttle Columbia on mission STS-2; 1st time a manned spacecraft sent to space more than once
    • 2004  After months-long trial, Scott Peterson is found guilty in the murder of his wife Laci and their unborn child

Lost and Found – November 11th Edition

What to remember about November 11th…

    • 1620  Mayflower Compact is signed near Cape Cod, Massachusetts
    • 1744  Future First Lady and wife of John Adams, Abigail Smith Adams is born in Weymouth, Massachusetts (d. 1818)
    • 1778  Loyalists and Native American allies surprise Colonial forces at Cooperstown, New York in Cherry Valley Massacre
    • 1831  Leader of bloody slave revolt that killed 60, Nat Turner is hanged in Virginia
    • 1834  Future President Franklin Pierce marries Jane Appleton
    • 1858  Future President James Garfield marries Lucretia Rudolph
    • 1885  WWII General George Smith Patton, Jr. is born (d. 1945)
    • 1921  President Harding dedicates Tomb of the Unknowns
    • 1966  NASA launches Gemini 12; America’s 18th manned flight and last flight of the Gemini program
    • 1993  Vietnam Women’s Memorial is dedicated in Washington, D.C.
    • 2004  Yasser Arafat, chairman of the PLO terrorist group dies in Paris; cause of death is suspected to be complications of AIDS or possibly food poisoning
    • 2011  “Nerd New Year”; last binary date of 21st century

Lost and Found – November 9th Edition

What to remember about November 9th…

    • 1620  Pilgrims aboard Mayflower sight land at Cape Cod, Massachusetts far from their intended destination
    • 1780  British ambush of General Sumpter’s forces fails leading to capture of hated British commander Major James Wemyss
    • 1872  Fire destroys hundreds of buildings in Boston, Massachusetts
    • 1901  President Teddy Roosevelt establishes Subic Naval Base on Phillipine Islands after victory in Spanish-American War
    • 1938  Kristalnacht terror campaign by Nazis in Germany presages the Holocaust; businesses vandalized and Jews beaten
    • 1967  NASA launches 1st Saturn V rocket; carries unmanned Apollo 4 test module
    • 1989  East Germany opens Berlin wall allowing free travel from East to West
    • 1990  IRS seizes assets of country music star Willie Nelson
    • 2005  Islamic al Qaeda suicide bombers attack 3 hotels in Aman, Jordan killing 60 and wounding ove 100