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Lost and Found – January 11th Edition

What to remember about January 11th…

  • 630  Muhammad leads army of 10,000 to conquer city of Mecca
  • 1755  Founding Father, soldier, and 1st United States Secretary of the Treasury Alexander Hamilton is born (d. 1804)
  • 1861  Alabama secedes from the Union ahead of the Civil War
  • 1863  Union forces capture crucial fortifications at confluence of Mississippi and Arkansas Rivers; secures supply lines for coming offensive at Vicksburg
  • 1908  President Theodore Roosevelt bypasses Congress’ power to designate national parks by declaring Grand Canyon a national monument
  • 1935  American aviator Emilia Earhart becomes 1st to fly solo from Hawaii to North America; 18 hour flight wins her $10,000
  • 1949  Cornerstone is laid for the 1st major mosque in the United States; 160-foot minaret rises above Connecticut Avenue in Washington, D.C.
  • 1973  Baseball’s American League adopts the designated hitter rule
  • 1989  President Reagan delivers his farewell address as his second term comes to a close; declares America “respected again in the world”
  • 2003  Illinois Governor George Ryan commutes sentences of 167 death row inmates as a result of investigation into illegal police interrogations

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Lost and Found – January 6th Edition

What to remember about January 6th…

  • 1759  George Washington marries widow Martha Dandridge Custis
  • 1777  General Washington sets Morristown, New Jersey as winter quarters for his army after victories at Trenton
  • 1838  American inventor Samuel Morse publicly demonstrates telegraph for 1st time
  • 1853  President-elect Franklin Pierce and family are in train accident near Boston; 11-year old son Benjamin dies in wreck
  • 1893  President Benjamin Harrison signs charter for Washington National Cathedral
  • 1912  New Mexico enters the Union as the 47th State
  • 1919  26th president Theodore Roosevelt dies in New York (b. 1858)
  • 1946 Future 41st President George Herbert Walker Bush marries Barbara Pierce
  • 1994  Olympic hopeful Nancy Kerrigan is attacked at practice session before Olympic skating trials; teammate Tonya Harding hired attacker to ensure her place on team
  • 2000  Congress certifies 2000 election; George Bush will become 43rd President with 271 electoral votes to Al Gore’s 266

Theodore Roosevelt on Immigration

Theodore Roosevelt on Immigrants and being an American – January 3, 1919

“In the first place we should insist that if the immigrant who comes here in good faith becomes an American and assimilates himself to us, he shall be treated on an exact equality with everyone else, for it is an outrage to discriminate against any such man because of creed, or birthplace, or origin. But this is predicated upon the man’s becoming in very fact an American, and nothing but an American. If he tries to keep segregated with men of his own origin and separated from the rest of America, then he isn’t doing his part as an American. There can be no divided allegiance here. Any man who says he is an American, but something else also, isn’t an American at all. We have room for but one flag, the American flag, and this excludes the red flag, which symbolizes all wars against liberty and civilization, just as much as it excludes any foreign flag of a nation to which we are hostile. We have room for but one language here, and that is the English language for we intend to see that the crucible turns our people out as Americans, and American nationality, and not as dwellers in a polyglot boarding house; and we have room for but one soul[sic] loyalty and that is a loyalty to the American people.”

This quote made the rounds as an e-mail a while back and I hadn’t gotten around to sharing it.  Well, I finally got around to researching it and just needed to correct a couple minor mistakes so that it be taken in the proper context.  First, the quote is NOT from a 1907 speech made by Roosevelt while still in office.  The text actually comes from a letter he wrote in 1919 just days before his death.  I also restored a couple lines that had been edited out.  If you would like to see the original document from the Manuscript Division of the Library of Congress, it can be viewed here.

During my research on this I found some other quotes by Teddy Roosevelton along similar lines.  Here are a couple.

“Let us say to the immigrant not that we hope he will learn English, but that he has got to learn it.  Let the immigrant who does not learn it go back.  He has got to consider the interest of the United States or he should not stay here.  He must be made to see that his opportunities in this country depend on his knowing English and observing American standards.  the employer cannot be permitted to regard him only as an industrial asset.

We must in every way possible encourage the immigrant to rise, help him up, give him a chance to help himself.  If we try to carry him he may well prove not well worth carrying.  We must in turn insist upon his showing the same standard of fealty to this country and to join us in raising the level of our common American citizenship.”

Excerpted from a speach by former President Roosevelt from The New York Times of February 2, 1916.

“I appeal to all our citizens no matter what land their forefathers came from, to keep this ever in mind, and to shun with scorn and contempt the sinister intrigues and mischiefmakers who would seek to divide them along lines of creed, or birthplace or of national origin…  The effort to keep our citizenship divided against itself by the use of the hyphen and along the lines of national origin is certain to breed a spirit of bitterness and prejudice and dislike between great bodies of our citizens.  If some citizens band together as German-Americans or Irish-Americans, then after a while others are certain to band together as English-Americans or Scandanavian-Americans, and every such banding together, means down at the bottom an effort against the interest of straight-out American citizenship, an effort to bring into our nation the bitter Old World rivalries and jealousies and hatreds.”

Memorial Day speech by former President Roosevelt from The Washington Post of June 1, 1916.

Now, I am not a big fan of either Roosevelt.  But Teddy, despite being the first progressive president, was still able to recognize the exceptional nature of America and that it needed to be protected from enemies both foreign and domestic.

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

Lost and Found – October 27th Edition

What to remember about October 27th…

    • 1659  Massachusetts executes 2 Quakers for their beliefs
    • 1787  1st essay of the Federalist Papers is published
    • 1810  United States annexes former Spanish colony of West Florida
    • 1858  Future President Theodore Roosevelt is born in New York City
    • 1904 1st Subway opens in New York City
    • 1962  America pilot becomes only casualty of the Cuban Missile Crisis when his U-2 reconnaissance plane is shot down by Soviet missile
    • 1964  Ronald Reagan gives “A Time For Choosing” speech on behalf of Barry Goldwater; launches his political career
    • 1988  President Reagan decides to demolish the new U.S. Embassy in Moscow after discovery of built-in Soviet listening devices
    • 2004  Boston Red Sox win 1st World series since 1918

Lost and Found – October 14th Edition

What to remember about October 14th…

    • 1066  Norman forces under William the Conqueror defeat the English forces at the Battle of Hastings; Anglo-Saxon rule ends in England with the death of King Harold II
    • 1780  Heavily outnumbered patriot force ambushes loyalists to win Battle of Shallow Ford in North Carolina
    • 1890  President Dwight D. Eisenhower is born in Texas
    • 1908  Chicago Cubs defeat Detroit Tigers to win the World Series; team has won no championship since
    • 1912  Candidate Theodore Roosevelt is shot during campaign appearance in Milwaukee, Wisconsin
    • 1947  American test pilot Captain Chuck Yerger is 1st to fly faster than the speed of sound
    • 1962  Cuban Missile Crises begins when aerial reconnaissance photos show Soviet missiles stationed on the island
    • 1964  Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr. is awarded Nobel Peace Prize
    • 2003  Steve Bartman catches foul ball leading to Cubs loss and continuation of the “Billy Goat Curse”

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Lost and Found – September 2nd Edition

What to remember about September 2nd…

    • 1666  London’s Great Fire breaks out; three-quarters of the city destroyed and 100,000 left homeless
    • 1775  George Washington hires the schooner Hannah to be the 1st armed American warship, founding vessel of the U.S. Navy
    • 1789  Congress establishes the United States Treasury Department to restore the economy post-war
    • 1862  After disaster at second Battle of Bull Run, Lincoln reluctantly puts McClellan in charge of Union forces
    • 1885  In Rock Springs, Wyoming, striking miners attempting to unionize riot and kill 28 Chinese laborers and chase away hundreds more
    • 1901  “Speak softly and carry a big stick”; Theodore Roosevelt used the slogan for the 1st time at the Minnesota State Fair
    • 1945  V-J Day; Japan formally surrenders to the Allies at ceremony aboard battleship USS Missouri
    • 1969  Worlds 1st ATM debuts at Chemical Bank in New York
    • 1973  J.R.R. Tolkien dies in Bournemouth, England; author of The Hobbit and The Lord of the Rings trilogy

Lost and Found – February 15th Edition

What to remember about February 15th…

  • 1726  Founding father Abraham Clark is born in New Jersey; signer of Declaration of Independence and U.S. Representative
  • 1764  French fur traders Pierre Laclède and Auguste Chouteau build fort on site of what is now St. Louis, Missouri
  • 1879  President Rutherford Hayes signs bill allowing female attorneys to argue cases before Supreme Court of the United States
  • 1898  Battleship USS Maine explodes and sinks in harbor at Havana, Cuba; investigation reveals mine as cause; attacker unknown but incident heightens tensions that lead to Spanish-American War
  • 1903 Toy shop owner places 1st stuffed “Teddy bears” in his window for sale; he wrote to Roosevelt to get permission to use his nickname
  • 1933 Giuseppe Zangara attempts to assassinate President-elect Franklin Roosevelt during speech in Miami, Florida; missed and kills Chicago mayor Anton Cermak; he is executed just 10 days after conviction
  • 1942  British forces surrender Singapore to Japanese forces after week-long siege; 60,000 troops captured and sent to prison camps
  • 1946  World’s 1st general purpose computer is dedicated at University of Pennsylvania; ENIAC heralds new frontier in technology
  • 1965  Canada adopts maple leaf design for its national flag
  • 1998  After more than 2 decades of attempts, Dale Earnhardt, Sr. wins his 1st Daytona 500 NASCAR race

Lost and Found – February 13th Edition

What to remember about February 13th…

  • 1633  Italian astronomer and mathematician Gallileo Gallilei arrives in Rome to face the inquisition on charges of heresy
  • 1861  Army surgeon Colonel Bernard J.D. Irwin begins rescue mission that will earn him Medal of Honor; 1st military action for which the award will be given
  • 1905  President Theodore Roosevelt gives speech announcing plan to improve race relations and civil rights; Wilson administration will reverse these and codify segregation in government and the military
  • 1945  Dresden, German is destroyed when hundreds of British bombers drop thousands of incendiaries; thousands killed and city destroyed
  • 1960  France joins the nuclear fraternity with atmospheric detonation of their 1st atomic bomb in Algerian desert
  • 1965  President Lyndon Johnson authorizes Operation Rolling Thunder; massive bombing campaign that will last for years
  • 1970  Black Sabbath releases their debut album of the same name; 1st heavy metal album produced
  • 2007  Former Massachusetts governor Mitt Romney announces candidacy for the 2008 presidential race
  • 2008  Major League Baseball pitcher Roger Clemens testifies before Congress and denies usiog performance enhancing drugs

Lost and Found – January 29th Edition

What to remember about January 29th…

  • 1843  Future 25th President William McKinley is born Miles, Ohio (d. 1901); succeeded by Theodore Roosevelt after his assassination
  • 1845  Edgar Allen Poe’s poem “The Raven” is 1st published
  • 1861  Kansas enters the Union as the 34th state; slave-free state
  • 1886  Karl Benz, founder of Mercedes-Benz, patents the 1st successful gasoline powered automobile
  • 1891  Last monarch of Hawaii, Queen Liliuokalani ascends to the throne
  • 1936  Baseball Hall of Fame in Cooperstown, New York inducts 1st members: Ty Cobb, Babe Ruth, Honus Wagner, Christy Matthewson and Walter Johnson
  • 1954  American actress, talk show host, and philanthropist Orpah Gail “Oprah” Winfrey is born in Kosciusko, Mississippi
  • 1991  Battle of Khafji is 1st major ground engagement of the Persian Gulf War; Iraqi forces invade Saudi Arabia but are beaten off by coalition forces
  • 1998  Bomb explodes at abortion clinic in Birmingham, Alabama; Centennial Olympic Park bomber Eric Robert Rudolf kills 1 and wounds 2
  • 2002  President George W. Bush makes “Axis of Evil” State of the Union Address; declares Iraq, Iran, and North Korea major threats to world security

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