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Lost and Found – January 3rd Edition

What to remember about January 3rd…

  • 106 BC  Roman philosopher and statesman Cicero is born (d. 43 BC)
  • 1521  Pope Leo X excommunicates Martin Luther from the Catholic Church, declares Luther an outlaw and heretic
  • 1777  While evading a superior British force, Patriot troops ambush straggling rear guard at Battle of Princeton
  • 1834  Founder of Texas colonies Stephen Austin is imprisoned by President Santa Ana after delivering their new Constitution
  • 1861  Vote to secede from the Union fails in Delaware
  • 1892  English author J.R.R. Tolkien is born (d. 1973), creator of Lord of the Rings and The Hobbit
  • 1919  Emir Faisal and Chaim Weizmann sign agreement at the Paris Peace Conference to develop a Jewish homeland
  • 1938  President Franklin D. Roosevelt creates National Foundation for Infantile Paralysis; later renamed the March of Dimes foundation
  • 1959  President Eisenhower signs proclamation admitting Alaska as the 49th state in the Union
  • 1987 Aretha Franklin becomes 1st woman inducted into the Rock and Roll Hall of Fame
  • 1990  During invasion of Panama, dictator Manuel Noriega surrenders to U.S. forces after 10-day standoff
  • 1999  NASA launches Mars Polar Lander atop Delta II rocket

the hobbit first edition dust jacket book cover

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

Vaccines work so don’t be stupid. Protect your kids.

Lost and Found – October 2nd Edition

What to remember about October 2nd…

    • 1780  British officer John Andre is hanged as a spy for his role on the Benedict Arnold treason plot
    • 1835  1st shots are fired in the Texas Revolution when Mexican army tries to disarm settlers at Gonzales (see flag below)
    • 1919  President Woodrow Wilson suffers a massive stroke; he is left nearly incapacitated for the remainder of his term
    • 1950  Charles Shultz publishes the comic strip Peanuts in newspapers for the 1st time
    • 1967  Thurgood Marshall is sworn in as the 1st African-American justice of the Supreme Court of the United States
    • 1985  American movie star Rock Hudson dies of AIDS in Beverly Hills, California
    • 2002  John Allen Muhammad and Lee Boyd Malvo open fire in the 1st attack of their 3-week sniper spree in the areas around Washington, D.C.
    • 2006  Charles Roberts takes hostages at Amish schoolhouse in Nickel Mines, Pennsylvania; he shoots 10 young girls, killing 5 before taking his own life

“Gonzales Flag” fashioned by settlers determined to resist Mexican attempts to disarm the town

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 – 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
  • 2004  Grand jury indicts pop singer Michael Jackson on charges of child molestation

Lost and Found – April 10th Edition

What to remember about April 10th…

  • 1778  Commander John Paul Jones and crew of USS Ranger set sail from France to begin raids on British warships
  • 1796 American pioneer, adventurer and soldier James “Jim” Bowie is born in Kentucky (d. 1836); dies at Battle of the Alamo in Texas
  • 1865  General Robert E. Lee gives farewell address to his troops the day after surrendering Confederate Army of Northern Virginia
  • 1866  American Society for the Prevention of Cruelty to Animals (ASPCA) is founded in New York City by philanthropist Henry Bergh
  • 1933  President Franklin D. Roosevelt’s New Deal program creates Civilian Conservation Corps to put young, unmarried men to work
  • 1942  75,000 captured U.S. and Filipino troops begin 6-day overland trek to Japanese POW camp; hundreds die on 85-mile Bataan Death March
  • 1963  Nuclear submarine USS Thresher (SSN-593) sinks during drills off the coast of Cape Cod; all 129 passengers and crew are lost
  • 1970  Paul McCartney interviews self and tells the world that the Beatles have broken up
  • 1972  74 nations sign Biological Weapons Convention banning development, production, and stockpiling of bio-weapons
  • 2010  President and First Lady of Poland die along with 94 others when their plane crashes in dense fog at Russian airfield

First salute to a US Warship

Lost and Found – February 24th Edition

What to remember about February 24th…

  • 1803  Supreme Court, led by Chief Justice John Marshall, issues decision in William Marbury v. James Madison; power of judicial review confirmed
  • 1836  Colonel Travis sends messengers carrying call for aid for troops besieged at the Alamo by General Santa Ana
  • 1840  Former President John Quincy Adams begins arguments before Supreme Court in Amistad case defending rights of would-be slaves
  • 1868  President Andrew Johnson becomes 1st president impeached; attempted dismissal of Secretary of War Edwin M. Stanton is reason
  • 1917  U.S. Ambassador to Mexico receives copy of “Zimmerman Note”; cable from Germany offers to Mexico the territories of Texas, New Mexico, and Arizona if they enter WWI as an ally against America
  • 1944  “Merrill’s Marauders” Rangers begin guerilla campaign against Japanese in northern Burma after 1000-mile march into occupied territory
  • 1991  After 6-week bombing campaign, coalition ground forces invade Iraq and Kuwait; Operation Desert Shield becomes Desert Storm
  • 2008  Communist dictator Fidel Castro retires after almost 50 years

Merrill's Marauders on the march

Lost and Found – February 23rd Edition

What to remember about February 23rd…

  • 1778  Prussian born Barron von Steuben arrives at Valley Forge to begin training of Continental troops to become professional soldiers
  • 1836  Mexican army arrives, siege begins at Battle of the Alamo, Texas
  • 1848  Former 6th President of the United States John Quincy Adams dies from stroke inside U.S. Capitol Building (b. 1757)
  • 1861  President elect Lincoln foils assassination attempt with last-minute change of his itinerary; arrives in Washington, D.C vs Baltimore
  • 1870  Mississippi is readmitted to the Union; military governance ends
  • 1943  Japanese submarine bombards Elwood, California

submarine launched float plane attacks oregon wwii

  • 1945  U.S. flag is raised by Marines on Mt. Suribaci on Iwo Jima
  • 1954  Polio vaccine invented by Dr. Jonas Salk is given to children for 1st time; incidence of disease has dropped from peak of hundreds of thousands infected each year to around 1000
  • 1991  Coalition ground forces cross the border from Saudi Arabia to begin liberation of Kuwait during the Gulf War
  • 1997  Palestinian teacher Ali Hassan Abu Kamal opens fire on observation deck of Empire State Building; 2 killed 6 wounded

Lost and Found – January 3rd Edition

What to remember about January 3rd…

  • 106 BC  Roman philosopher and statesman Cicero is born (d. 43 BC)
  • 1521  Pope Leo X excommunicates Martin Luther from the Catholic Church, declares Luther an outlaw and heretic
  • 1777  While evading a superior British force, Patriot troops ambush straggling rear guard at Battle of Princeton
  • 1834  Founder of Texas colonies Stephen Austin is imprisoned by President Santa Ana after delivering their new Constitution
  • 1861  Vote to secede from the Union fails in Delaware
  • 1892  English author J.R.R. Tolkien is born (d. 1973), creator of Lord of the Rings and The Hobbit
  • 1919  Emir Faisal and Chaim Weizmann sign agreement at the Paris Peace Conference to develop a Jewish homeland
  • 1938  President Franklin D. Roosevelt creates National Foundation for Infantile Paralysis; later renamed the March of Dimes foundation
  • 1959  President Eisenhower signs proclamation admitting Alaska as the 49th state in the Union
  • 1987 Aretha Franklin becomes 1st woman inducted into the Rock and Roll Hall of Fame
  • 1990  During invasion of Panama, dictator Manuel Noriega surrenders to U.S. forces after 10-day standoff
  • 1999  NASA launches Mars Polar Lander atop Delta II rocket

the hobbit first edition dust jacket book cover

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

Vaccines work so don’t be stupid. Protect your kids.