Tag Archives: Thomas Jefferson

Lost and Found – January 18th Edition

What to remember about January 18th…

  • 1776  Council of Safety in Savannah, Georgia issues arrest warrant for royal governor James Wright; Patriots place him under house arrest
  • 1778  English explorer Captain James Cook is 1st European to discover Hawaiian Islands; landfall is in 2 days
  • 1803  President Jefferson sends secret message to Congress requesting $2500 to fund exploratory mission of Lewis and Clark
  • 1862  Former 10th President and Confederate congressman-elect from Virginia John Tyler dies (b. 1790)
  • 1911  Pilot Eugee B. Ely is 1st to land an aircraft on a ship when he flew onto the deck of USS Pennsylvania in San Francisco Harbor
  • 1944  Soviet forces liberate Leningrad (modern Day St. Petersburg) from nearly three-year Nazi siege
  • 1964  Plans are unveiled for the World Trade Center to be built in New York City
  • 1990  Mayor of Washington, D.C. Marion Barry arrested for drug possession in FBI sting; after completing prison term, Barry returns to politics
  • 1993  Martin Luther King holiday is celebrated in all 50 states for the 1st time

world trade center concept plan drawing

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Lost and Found – July 4th Edition

What to remember about July 4th…

  • 1776  In Philadelphia, the Continental Congress formally adopts the Declaration of Independence
  • 1826 – Presidents John Adams and Thomas Jefferson both die today
  • 1831 – President James Monroe dies in New York, New York
  • 1863 – Vicksburg surrenders to Union General Ulysses S. Grant
  • 1872  Future 30th President Calvin Coolidge is born in Vermont
  • 1917 – U.S. troops march through Paris; ending at Lafayette’s tomb
  • 1939 – Lou Gehrig number “4” is retired by the New York Yankees
  • 1976 – Israeli troops rescue 248 passengers from Palestinian terrorists in “Raid on Entebbe” ; Operation Thunderbolt
  •  1997 – Mars Pathfinder lands on Mars carrying the Sojourner rover
  • 2009 – Crown of Statue of Liberty re-opened to visitors; the iconic symbol of New York had been closed since 2001

Lost and Found – June 13th Edition

What to remember about June 13th…

  • 1777  19-year old Marquis de Lafayette arrives in South Carolina to join General George Washington and the Continental Army
  • 1798  Mission San Luis Rey founded in what will become California
  • 1807  President Thomas Jefferson subpoenaed in treason trial of Aaron Burr;  Jefferson refuses citing executive privilege
  • 1942  President Roosevelt authorizes the establishment of the Office of Strategic Services (OSS) – predecessor of the CIA
  • 1944  1st German V-1 rockets launched at London
  • 1966  SCOTUS hands down decision in Miranda v. Arizona; established practice for police to “read you your rights”
  • 1967  Thurgood Marshall appointed to SCOTUS; 1st African-American to be seated on the highest court in the land
  • 1983  World’s 1st outer-planetary probe NASA’s Pioneer 10 leaves the solar system; in roughly 30,000 years it will reach constellation Taurus
  • 1994  Ryne Sandberg (Chicago Cubs 2nd baseman) retires as a player; forfeits 15 million dollar contract
  • 1997   Jury recommends the death penalty for Timothy McVeigh in the 1995  bombing of the Murrah Federal Building in Oklahoma City
  • 2005  Pop singer Michael Jackson is acquitted on all 14 counts in case alleging child molestation and conspiracy

Lost and Found – June 11th Edition

What to remember about June 11th…

  • 1776  Continental Congress appoints Committee of Five to draft the Declaration of Independence; members are Thomas Jefferson (VA), Benjamin Franklin(PA), Robert R. Livingston(NY), Roger Sherman(CT), and John Adams (MA)
  • 1927  Charles Lindbergh awarded Distinguished Flying Cross for his nonstop transatlantic flight from New York to Paris
  • 1943  Britain invades Sicily beginning Operation Corkscrew
  • 1963  University of Alabama desegregated by President John F. Kennedy’s federalization of Alabama National Guard
  • 1979  American actor John Wayne dies of cancer at age 72 (b. 1907); discovered that he was a “right-wing, conservative, extremist” late in life
  • 1986  Movie classic Ferris Beuller’s Day Off opens in theaters
  • 2001  Convicted terrorist Timothy McVeigh is executed for bombing of Alfred P. Murrah Building in Oklahoma City on April 19, 1995
  • 2004  President Ronald Reagan’s state funeral held at Washington National Cathedral

Lost and Found – June 3rd Edition

What to remember about June 3rd…

  • 1539  Spanish explorer Hernando de Soto claims Florida for Spain
  • 1781 “Paul Revere of the South” John “Jack” Jouett, Jr. makes his late night ride to warn Thomas Jefferson and the Virginia legislature of coming British cavalry led by Lieutenant Colonel Banastre Tarleton
  • 1808  Future president of the Confederacy Jefferson Finis Davis is born in Christian County, Kentucky (d. 1889)
  • 1861  Union forces rout Confederate troops in Barbour County, West Virginia at Battle of Philippi; 1st land battle of the War
  • 1889  1st long distance power line is completed; 14-mile line runs from a generator at Willamette Falls to downtown Portland, Oregon
  • 1940  Battle of Dunkirk ends as last British troops are evacuated by boat back to England; less than half French troops will evacuate the next day
  • 1965  NASA launches Gemini IV in preparation for the 1st spacewalk by an American
  • 1982  3 Palestinian Liberation Organization (PLO) terrorists attempt to assassinate Israeli ambassador on a London street
  • 1989  Chinese government orders troops to Tiananmen Square to forcibly remove pro-democracy demonstrators
  • UPDATE – 2016 Boxing legend Muhammad Ali dies at age 74 (b.1942) “The man who views the world at 50 the same as he did at 20 has wasted 30 years of his life.”

British troops lifeboat evacuation of dunkerque

Lost and Found – April 13th Edition

What to remember about April 13th…

  • 1360  During the Hundred Years War, as many as 1000 English soldiers are killed by hail and lightning in Chartres, France
  • 1743  Future 3rd President of the United States and author of Declaration of Independence Thomas Jefferson is born in Virginia(d. 1826)
  • 1861  Union forces at Fort Sumter, South Carolina surrender
  • 1870  Metropolitan Museum of Art is incorporated in New York City
  • 1943  Jefferson Memorial in Washington, D.C. is dedicated
  • 1948  Medical relief convoy is ambushed en route to hospital in Jerusalem; 79 doctors, medical personnel and bodyguards massacred
  • 1964  Sidney Poitier becomes 1st African-American to win Best Actor Academy Award for performance in Lilies of the Field 
  • 1970  “Houston, we’ve had a problem here”; oxygen tank explodes aboard Apollo 13; 3rd manned Lunar mission becomes fight for survival
  • 1976  U.S. Treasury introduces 2-dollar bill featuring Thomas Jefferson as part of America’s bicentennial celebration
  • 1997  21-year-old Eldrick “Tiger” Woods wins the prestigious Masters Tournament by a record 12 strokes in Augusta, Georgia
  • 2012  North Korean attempted launch of long-range missile ends in failure as rockets breaks up shortly after take-off

Lost and Found – February 17th Edition

What to remember about February 17th…

  • 1621  Miles Standish is elected by Pilgrim’s as 1st commander of Plymouth Colony
  • 1801  After 35 unsuccessful votes in Electoral College, Thomas Jefferson is elected 3rd President of the United States
  • 1864  Confederate submarine H.L. Hunley is 1st combat sub to sink an enemy warship with attack on USS Housatonic off Charleston, S.C.
  • 1865  After wintering in Savannah, Sherman’s army moves into South Carolina capturing and burning city of Columbia
  • 1947  Voice of America radio program begins broadcasting into Soviet Union; brings taste of U.S.A. to the dark side of “Iron Curtain”
  • 1974  Army private Robert K. Preston steals UH-1 helicopter to hover over White House as protest; he lands on the south lawn
  • 1979  China invades Vietnam in response to overthrow of Pol Pot’s Cambodian regime by Vietnamese forces
  • 2011  “Day of Rage” protest in Libya and around the world mark beginning of civil war; some police forces join demonstrators

Lost and Found – January 18th Edition

What to remember about January 18th…

  • 1776  Council of Safety in Savannah, Georgia issues arrest warrant for royal governor James Wright; Patriots place him under house arrest
  • 1778  English explorer Captain James Cook is 1st European to discover Hawaiian Islands; landfall is in 2 days
  • 1803  President Jefferson sends secret message to Congress requesting $2500 to fund exploratory mission of Lewis and Clark
  • 1862  Former 10th President and Confederate congressman-elect from Virginia John Tyler dies (b. 1790)
  • 1911  Pilot Eugee B. Ely is 1st to land an aircraft on a ship when he flew onto the deck of USS Pennsylvania in San Francisco Harbor
  • 1944  Soviet forces liberate Leningrad (modern Day St. Petersburg) from nearly three-year Nazi siege
  • 1964  Plans are unveiled for the World Trade Center to be built in New York City
  • 1990  Mayor of Washington, D.C. Marion Barry arrested for drug possession in FBI sting; after completing prison term, Barry returns to politics
  • 1993  Martin Luther King holiday is celebrated in all 50 states for the 1st time

world trade center concept plan drawing

Lost and Found – December 24th Edition

What to remember about December 24th…

  • 1814  War of 1812 ends when representatives of Britain and America sign treaty in Belgium; hostilities continue for months due to slow travelling news
  • 1851  Fire spreads quickly through Library of Congress; two-thirds of Thomas Jefferson’s personal literary collection is lost
  • 1865  Confederate war veterans found Ku Klux Klan in Pulaski, Tennessee; Republican militias form soon after to combat KKK violence against blacks
  • 1923  President Coolidge presses a button and lights 1st national Christmas tree
  • 1943  General Dwight D. Eisenhower is appointed Supreme Allied Commander
  • 1979  Soviet Union invades Afghanistan with almost 10,000 troops to “protect” Soviet-Afghan Friendship Treaty of 1978
  • 1997  International terrorist Ilich Ramirez Sanchez (aka The Jackal) is sentenced by French court to life in prison

Lost and Found – October 28th Edition

What to remember about October 28th…

  • 1775  British Major General Howe issues proclamation forbidding residents from leaving the city
  • 1818  Abigail Adams, First Lady and wife of President John Adams dies in Quincy, Massachusetts (b. 1744)
  • 1886  President Grover Cleveland dedicates Statue of Liberty
  • 1918  Sailors of the German High Seas Fleet mutiny instead of attack British fleet with armistice in the works
  • 1922  Benito Mussolini leads Italian fascists in March on Rome; takes over the Italian government
  • 1929  Black Monday stock market crash
  • 1962  Cuban Missile Crisis ends as Soviet leader Nikita Khrushchev agrees to remove Russian missiles from the island
  • 1965  In St. Louis, Missouri the 630-foot Gateway Arch portion of the Jefferson National Expansion Memorial is completed
  • 1971  Britain launches Prospero; it is their 1st satellite
  • 2005  Iran launches its 1st satellite in joint effort with Russia