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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 – November 3rd Edition

What to remember about November 3rd…

  • 1777  George Washington learns of cabal led by General Conway intent on discrediting him with Congress
  • 1783  Continental Army is disbanded after Washington has his Farewell Orders to the Army published on November 2nd
  • 1793  Founder of Texas Steven F. Austin is born (d. 1836)
  • 1941  Japanese Fleet receives Top Secret Order No. 1 directing them to attack Pearl Harbor in 34 days
  • 1957  Soviet Union launches Sputnik 2 spacecraft; stray dog named Laika from the streets of Moscow is 1st animal in space
  • 1964  Washington, D.C. residents vote able to vote in a presidential election for the 1st time
  • 1979  5 Communist Workers Party and union protesters killed by Ku Klux Klan and American Nazis during march in Greensboro, North Carolina; no police present at the rally
  • 1986  Reports surface in Lebanon of American secretly selling arms to Iran to secure release of 7 hostages; Iran-Contra Affair
  • 2010  San Francisco passes law banning McDonald’s from giving free toys with “unhealthy” meals

Lost and Found – October 17th Edition

What to remember about October 17th…

    • 1777  British surrender 5000 troops after losing 2nd Battle of Sarasota; French recognize American independence
    • 1781  British forces request ceasefire at Yorktown
    • 1814  Brewery flood of 300,000 gallons of beer destroys 2 homes and drowns 8 in London, England
    • 1835  Voters pass resolution establishing Texas Rangers
    • 1968  Olympic medalists Tommie Smith and John Carlos are stripped of their medals for executing the black-power salute during medal awards ceremony
    • 1973  OPEC announces it is cutting oil exports to nations that assisted Israel during the Yom Kippur War; energy crisis
    • 1978  President Carter signs bill restoring citizenship of Confederate President Jefferson Davis
    • 1979  Law creating Department of Education is signed
    • 1989  Deadliest earthquake in 80 years strikes San Francisco as World Series is about to begin

Lost and Found – October 13th Edition

What to remember about October 13th…

    • 1775  Continental Congress orders establishment of the Continental Navy; will become the United States Navy
    • 1792  Cornerstone of the White House is laid
    • 1812  U.S. invasion of Canada is halted at Queenstown Heights
    • 1845  By a large margin, voters of the Republic of Texas elect to join the United States of America
    • 1943  Italy declares war on former ally Germany
    • 1967  American Basketball Association holds inaugural game; Oakland Oaks defeat Anaheim Amigos 134-129
    • 2010  Last of 33 Chilean miners is rescued after 69 days underground

Lost and Found – October 4th Edition

What to remember about October 4th…

  • 1535  Coverdale Bible is published; the 1st complete and modern English-language translation of the Bible
  • 1777  Though Continental forces lost, Battle of Germantown demonstrates American strategic abilities to potential allies
  • 1822  President Rutherford B. Hayes is born in Delaware, Ohio (d. 1893)
  • 1876  Classes begin at Texas A&M University; 1st public institution of higher education in Texas
  • 1918  Germany sends telegraph a message to President Wilson requesting an armistice with the Allied powers
  • 1927  Sculpting begins on the face of Mount Rushmore
  • 1957  Soviet Union surprises the world by launching the world’s 1st artificial satellite – Sputnik; the “Space Race” begins
  • 1970  Rock-and-roll icon Janis Joplin dies of heroin overdose
  • 1997  Hundreds of thousands of Christian men gather as Promise Keepers hold their Stand in the Gap assembly in Washington, D.C.
  • 2003  Palestinian Islamic Jihad suicide bombing of Maxim restaurant in Haifa, Israel kills 21 and injures 51 more
  • 2004  SpaceShipOne wins the $10 million Ansari X Prise by reaching 100km in altitude twice in a two-week period

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)

Presidential Trivia – Lyndon Baines Johnson

Think you know a lot about the President of the United States?  Let us dig down into the dustbin of history and see what we can find.

Our candidate today is:  Lyndon Baines Johnson, 36th President of the United States

  • Born: August 27, 1908 near Stonewall, Texas
  • Died: January 22, 1973 of a heart attack; he died on a plane flying to a San Antonio hospital from the same LBJ family ranch he was born on
  • Height: 6’0″
  • Childhood and school activities:  baseball, public speaking
  • Education:  Graduated from Southwest Texas State Teachers’ College in 1930, edited the college newspaper
  • Military Service:  United States Navy 1941-1942, final rank Lieutenant Commander, awarded the Silver Star
  • Civilian profession: Teacher, Congressional aide, politician
  • Married to Claudia Alta “Lady Bird” Taylor (December 22, 1912 – July 11, 2007) on November 17, 1934, at St. Mark’s Episcopal Church in San Antonio, Texas
  • The ring that LBJ gave Mrs. Johnson on their wedding day was bought at Sears for $2.50
  • Children: daughters Lynda and Luci
  • Political Party – Democrat
  • Term of office:  November 22, 1963 – January 20, 1969
  • Became Vice-President to President John F. Kennedy in a compromise to win southern “Dixie-crats” despite the acrimony with all the Kennedy family
  • As Vice-President, Kennedy kept LBJ busy making him head of the President’s Committee on Equal Employment Opportunities and as Chairman of the National Aeronautics Space Council
  • Sworn in as President aboard Air Force One in Dallas, Texas just 2 hours after the assassination of President Kennedy

Lyndon B. Johnson taking oath of office November 1963

  • President Johnson was the only President to take Oath of Office on an airplane (Air Force One)
  • He was the only President to be administered the oath by a woman (Federal Judge Sarah T. Hughes)
  • He was the only President to take the oath with a woman serving as his witness (Jacqueline Kennedy).
  • Johnson steadily escalated U.S. military involvement in Vietnam, increasing the number of American troops from 16,000 when he first took office in 1963 to over 500,000
  • Famous quote: “Just like the Alamo, somebody damn well needed to go to their aid. Well, by God, I’m going to Vietnam’s aid.”
  • Despite passing massive civil rights legislation racial unrest, riots, and violent demonstrations were commonplace throughout his presidency
  • President and Mrs. Johnson received the first Medicare cards upon his signing of the enacting legislation
  • Despite his Christian upbringing, LBJ was famous for his profanity, streams of cursing could often be heard through the oval office door during meetings
  • Not only were President Johnson’s initials LBJ, so were the initials of his wife and both daughters
  • Famous quotes:

You do not examine legislation in the light of the benefits it will convey if properly administered, but in the light of the wrongs it would do and the harms it would cause if improperly administered.

Yesterday is not ours to recover, but tomorrow is ours to win or lose.

There are no favorites in my office. I treat them all with the same general inconsideration.

The fact that a man is a newspaper reporter is evidence of some flaw of character.

The men who have guided the destiny of the United States have found the strength for their tasks by going to their knees. This private unity of public men and their God is an enduring source of reassurance for the people of America.

Official Presidential portrait of Lyndon Baines Johnson

Lost and Found – June 23rd Edition

What to remember about June 23rd…

  • 1845  Congress of Texas votes in favor of annexation by U.S.
  • 1862  Confederate General Robert E. Lee meets with his corps commanders to plan his assault on the Army of the Potomac
  • 1865  In Oklahoma Territory, General Watie surrenders last Confederate Army almost two months after the War ended
  • 1931  Wiley Post and navigator Harold Gatty begin first flight around the world in a single engine aircraft
  • 1940  Hitler tours Paris; orders destruction of WWI monuments
  • 1956  Gamal Abdel Nasser elected 1st president of Egypt; Egyptian constitution ratified and Islam becomes official state religion
  • 1961  Antarctic Treaty designates continent as non-territorial scientific preserve; bans military activity
  • 1972  Title IX of the Higher Education Act is signed by President Nixon; requires “fair and equal treatment of sexes” even in sports
  • 1989  Tim Burton’s movie “Batman” released; Michael Keaton stars
  • 1993  Lorena Bobbitt “mutilates” her husband after alleged assault
  • 2005  SCOTUS rules in Kelo v. New London that local governments can seize property for private development under the 5th Amendment

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 – February 1st Edition

What to remember about February 1st…

  • 1790  Supreme Court of the United states meets for 1st time; 6 Justices gather in New York with John Jay presiding as Chief Justice
  • 1861  Texas secedes from the Union as Civil War approaches; Governor Sam Houston opposes and predicts defeat for the South
  • 1862  American  abolitionist writer Julia Ward Howe has her work “The Battle Hymn of the Republic” published
  • 1942  Voice of America begins live transmissions into Axis territory
  • 1948  President Truman signs bill establishing February 1 as National Freedom Day; honors signing of 13th Amendment by President Lincoln
  • 1960  4 African-American college students begin sit-in at Woolworth’s in Greensboro, N.C. when they are refused service at “white’s only” counter
  • 1978  French film director Roman Polanski flees U.S. after pleading guilty in drugging and sexual assault of 13-year old girl; Switzerland refuses to extradite
  • 1979  Debutant bank robber Patty Hearst is released after President Carter commutes her sentence; she will later be pardoned by President Clinton
  • 1979  Ayatollah Khomeini returns to Iran after 15 years in exile
  • 2003  Space Shuttle Columbia breaks up while reentering Earth’s atmosphere; all 7 crew are lost – Husband, McCool, Anderson, Brown, Chawla, Clark, Ramon