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Lost and Found – November 21st Edition

What to remember about November 21st…

    • 1729  Josiah Bartlett is born in Amesbury, Massachusetts; signer of Declaration of Independence, delegate to Continental Congress, physician, and 1st governor of New Hampshire
    • 1783  2 Frenchmen make the 1st untethered flight in a hot air balloon; conquest of the skies begins
    • 1789  North Carolina votes to ratify the United States Constitution; admitted as 12th state in the Union
    • 1877  Thomas Edison announces invention of the phonograph
    • 1975  Congressional report charges that U.S. government had instigated assassinations of Fidel Castro and other leaders
    • 1976  In New York City, boxing film Rocky debuts; Sylvester Stallone becomes one of Hollywood’s biggest stars
    • 1985  Navy analyst Johnathan Pollard is arrested for espionage; delivered classified info to Israel on Arab nations
    • 1995  Dayton Peace Agreement is initialed near Dayton, Ohio, ending three years of war in Bosnia and Herzegovina
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Lost and Found – February 19th Edition

What to remember about February 19th…

  • 1674  Treaty is signed to end war between England and  Netherlands; New Amsterdam is transferred to English and renamed New York
  • 1777  Continental Congress promotes 5  to rank of Major General; Brigadier Benedict Arnold threatens to resign having been passed over
  • 1807  Former Vice President Aaron Burr is arrested for treason in Alabama; conspired to establish new country from  annexed Spanish territory
  • 1847  Rescuers arrive at camp of starving Donner Party; settlers stranded by early snow in mountains had resorted to cannibalism
  • 1878  American inventor Thomas Edison is awarded patent for phonograph
  • 1942  President Franklin Roosevelt signs Executive Order 9066; authorized removal of people deemed undesirable from military areas; by June more than 100,000 Japanese on West Coast will be in internment camps
  • 1945 30,000  U.S. Marines begin invasion of Iwo Jima in South Pacific
  • 1976  President Ford revokes FDR’s Executive Order 9066
  • 1986  Soviet Union successfully launches Mir; 1st section of 1st modular space station to orbit the Earth
  • 2005 USS Jimmy Carter is christened; last Seawolf class fast attack sub

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Lost and Found – February 11th Edition

What to remember about February 11th…

  • 1812  Massachussets Governor Elbridge Gerry redistricts his state to favor his party; “gerrymandering” is born
  • 1847  American inventer and entreprenuer Thomas Alva Edison is born in Milan, Ohio (d. 1931) – celebrated as National Inventor’s Day
  • 1916  Anarchist, abortion proponent Emma Goldman is arrested for violating Comstock Act; mentor of Planned Parenthood founder Margaret Sanger
  • 1942  2 German battleships and a heavy cruiser escape French port and British aircraft in “channel dash” to reach a safe port
  • 1970  Japan becomes the world’s 4th “space power” with successful launch of satellite into orbit
  • 1975  Margaret Thatcher becomes 1st woman to head a political party in England when she is elected to lead the Conservatives
  • 1979  Iranian revolutionaries topple monarchy and parliment to establish theocratic Islamic Republic under Ayatollah Khomeini
  • 1990  South African civil rights activist Nelson Mandella is released after 27 years in prison
  • 2006  Vice-President Dick Cheney accidently shoots Texas attorney Harry Whittington and wounds him while they hunt quail together
  • UPDATE:  2012  American singer and actress Whitney Houston dies in hotel bathtub in Berevly Hills (b. 1963)

Lost and Found – October 18th Edition

What to remember about October 18th…

  • 1767  Mason and Dixon finish their survey of the boundary between Pennsylvania and Maryland
  • 1779  British forces defeat month-long siege  by colonial forces attempting to retake the city of Savannah, Georgia
  • 1867  U.S. takes possession of Alaska after paying $7.2 million to Russia; price is less than 2 cents per acre; celebrated as Alaska Day
  • 1898  During Spanish-American War, U.S. forces formally take control of the island of Puerto Rico
  • 1931  American industrialist and inventor Thomas Alva Edison dies at home in New Jersey (b. 1847)
  • 1939  Lee Harvey Oswald, assassin of President John F. Kennedy, is born in New Orleans, Louisiana (d. 1963)
  • 1954  Texas instruments announces the 1st transistor radio
  • 1982  Former First Lady of the United States Bess Truman dies (b. 1885)
  • 2011  Spaceport America, the world’s 1st commercial purpose-built spaceport’ officially opens in New Mexico

Lost and Found – February 11th Edition

What to remember about February 11th…

  • 1812  Massachusetts Governor Elbridge Gerry redistricts his state to favor his party; “gerrymandering” is born
  • 1847  American inventor and entrepreneur Thomas Alva Edison is born in Milan, Ohio (d. 1931) – celebrated as National Inventor’s Day
  • 1916  Anarchist, abortion proponent Emma Goldman is arrested for violating Comstock Act; mentor of Planned Parenthood founder Margaret Sanger
  • 1942  2 German battleships and a heavy cruiser escape French port and British aircraft in “channel dash” to reach a safe port
  • 1970  Japan becomes the world’s 4th “space power” with successful launch of satellite into orbit
  • 1975  Margaret Thatcher becomes 1st woman to head a political party in England when she is elected to lead the Conservatives
  • 1979  Iranian revolutionaries topple monarchy and parliament to establish theocratic Islamic Republic under Ayatollah Khomeini
  • 1990  South African civil rights activist Nelson Mandella is released after 27 years in prison
  • 2006  Vice-President Dick Cheney accidentally shoots Texas attorney Harry Whittington and wounds him while they hunt quail together
  • 2012  American singer and actress Whitney Houston dies in hotel bathtub in Beverly Hills (b. 1963)
  • 2013  Pope Benedict XVI resigns suddenly; 78-year old former Cardinal Joseph Ratzinger of Germany is 1st Pontiff to resign since 1415

margaret thatcher the iron lady

Lost and Found – December 31st Edition

What to remember about December 31st…

  • 1695  Britain passes a “window tax”; consequently may britons just brick up their windows to avoid paying
  • 1775  Attack on Quebec during snowstorm by Patriot forces is repulsed; Colonel Benedict Arnold wounded during fighting
  • 1862  Confederate General Nathan Bedford Forrest pretends to surrender at Parker’s Crossroads in order to  escape
  • 1879  Thomas Edison puts on 1st demonstration of public incandescent lighting on streets of Menlo Park, New Jersey
  • 1943  American musician and songwriter John Denver (John Deutschendorf, Jr.) is born in Roswell, New Mexico (d. 1997)
  • 1968  1st test flight by Soviet TU-144 supersonic airliner; nicknamed “Konkordski” for fact that design mostly stolen from european Concord
  • 1974  U.S. citizens are allowed to buy or own gold again after more than 40 years
  • 1999  Treaty signed by President Carter goes into effect and the United States gives away control of the Panama Canal
  • 1999 In surprise announcement, Russia’s 1st President Boris Yeltsin resigns and puts former KGB colonel Vladimir Putin in office
  • 2006  Islamic terror group Jemaah Islamiyah detonates 8 of 9 bombs planted to target New Years celebrations in Bangkok, Thailand
  • 1999  People around the world await the “Y2K Millennium Bug” to crash computers everywhere; disruptions are scattered and mostly minor
  • 2008  In Aspen, Colorado James Chester Blanning Jr. places 4 bombs at banks in extortion attempt and protest against Bush war policies

2014 Happy New Year

Lost and Found – February 19th Edition

What to remember about February 19th…

  • 1674  Treaty is signed to end war between England and  Netherlands; New Amsterdam is transferred to English and renamed New York
  • 1777  Continental Congress promotes 5  to rank of Major General; Brigadier Benedict Arnold threatens to resign having been passed over
  • 1807  Former Vice President Aaron Burr is arrested for treason in Alabama; conspired to establish new country from  annexed Spanish territory
  • 1847  Rescuers arrive at camp of starving Donner Party; settlers stranded by early snow in mountains had resorted to cannibalism
  • 1878  American inventor Thomas Edison is awarded patent for phonograph
  • 1942  President Franklin Roosevelt signs Executive Order 9066; authorized removal of people deemed undesirable from military areas; by June more than 100,000 Japanese on West Coast will be in internment camps
  • 1945 30,000  U.S. Marines begin invasion of Iwo Jima in South Pacific
  • 1976  President Ford revokes FDR’s Executive Order 9066
  • 1986  Soviet Union successfully launches Mir; 1st section of 1st modular space station to orbit the Earth
  • 2005 USS Jimmy Carter is christened; last Seawolf class fast attack sub

(click image for larger view)

Lost and Found – February 11th Edition

What to remember about February 11th…

  • 1812  Massachusetts Governor Elbridge Gerry redistricts his state to favor his party; “gerrymandering” is born
  • 1847  American inventor and entrepreneur Thomas Alva Edison is born in Milan, Ohio (d. 1931) – celebrated as National Inventor’s Day
  • 1916  Anarchist, abortion proponent Emma Goldman is arrested for violating Comstock Act; mentor of Planned Parenthood founder Margaret Sanger
  • 1942  2 German battleships and a heavy cruiser escape French port and British aircraft in “channel dash” to reach a safe port
  • 1970  Japan becomes the world’s 4th “space power” with successful launch of satellite into orbit
  • 1975  Margaret Thatcher becomes 1st woman to head a political party in England when she is elected to lead the Conservatives
  • 1979  Iranian revolutionaries topple monarchy and parliament to establish theocratic Islamic Republic under Ayatollah Khomeini
  • 1990  South African civil rights activist Nelson Mandella is released after 27 years in prison
  • 2006  Vice-President Dick Cheney accidentally shoots Texas attorney Harry Whittington and wounds him while they hunt quail together
  • 2012  American singer and actress Whitney Houston dies in hotel bathtub in Beverly Hills (b. 1963)
  • 2013  Pope Benedict XVI resigns suddenly; 78-year old former Cardinal Joseph Ratzinger of Germany is 1st Pontiff to resign since 1415

margaret thatcher the iron lady

Lost and Found – December 31st Edition

What to remember about December 31st…

  • 1695  Britain passes a “window tax”; consequently may britons just brick up their windows to avoid paying
  • 1775  Attack on Quebec during snowstorm by Patriot forces is repulsed; Colonel Benedict Arnold wounded during fighting
  • 1862  Confederate General Nathan Bedford Forrest pretends to surrender at Parker’s Crossroads in order to  escape
  • 1879  Thomas Edison puts on 1st demonstration of public incandescent lighting on streets of Menlo Park, New Jersey
  • 1943  American musician and songwriter John Denver (John Deutschendorf, Jr.) is born in Roswell, New Mexico (d. 1997)
  • 1968  1st test flight by Soviet TU-144 supersonic airliner; nicknamed “Konkordski” for fact that design mostly stolen from european Concord
  • 1974  U.S. citizens are allowed to buy or own gold again after more than 40 years
  • 1999  Treaty signed by President Carter goes into effect and the United States gives away control of the Panama Canal
  • 1999 In surprise announcement, Russia’s 1st President Boris Yeltsin resigns and puts former KGB colonel Vladimir Putin in office
  • 2006  Islamic terror group Jemaah Islamiyah detonates 8 of 9 bombs planted to target New Years celebrations in Bangkok, Thailand
  • 1999  People around the world await the “Y2K Millennium Bug” to crash computers everywhere; disruptions are scattered and mostly minor
  • 2008  In Aspen, Colorado James Chester Blanning Jr. places 4 bombs at banks in extortion attempt and protest against Bush war policies

2014 Happy New Year

Lost and Found – November 21st Edition

What to remember about November 21st…

  • 1729  Josiah Bartlett is born in Amesbury, Massachusetts; signer of Declaration of Independence, delegate to Continental Congress, physician, and 1st governor of New Hampshire
  • 1783  2 Frenchmen make the 1st untethered flight in a hot air balloon; conquest of the skies begins
  • 1789  North Carolina votes to ratify the United States Constitution; admitted as 12th state in the Union
  • 1877  Thomas Edison announces invention of the phonograph
  • 1975  Congressional report charges that U.S. government had instigated assassinations of Fidel Castro and other leaders
  • 1976  In New York City, boxing film Rocky debuts; Sylvester Stallone becomes one of Hollywood’s biggest stars
  • 1985  Navy analyst Johnathan Pollard is arrested for espionage; delivered classified info to Israel on Arab nations
  • 1995  Dayton Peace Agreement is initialed near Dayton, Ohio, ending three years of war in Bosnia and Herzegovina