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Lost and Found – November 18th Edition

What to remember about November 18th…

    • 1493  Christopher Columbus 1st sights island of Puerto Rico
    • 1865  Mark Twain has 1st publishing success with printing of The Celebrated Jumping Frog of Calaveras County
    • 1886  Former President Chester A. Arthur dies in New York City from complications of Bright’s Disease (b. 1829)
    • 1928  Walt Disney animated film Steamboat Willie is released; 1st cartoon with synchronized sound
    • 1961  President Kennedy sends 18,000 military advisors to Vietnam
    • 1978  Over 900 die in mass murder-suicide in Guyana at cult leader Jim Jones’ order; most die from cyanide-laced Kool-aid
    • 1988  President Reagan signs bill authorizing death penalty for drug traffickers that kill
    • 2004  William J. Clinton Presidential Center and Park opens in Little Rock, Arkansas
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Lost and Found – November 17th Edition

What to remember about November 17th…

    • 1777  Articles of Confederation are submitted by the Continental Congress to the states for ratification
    • 1800  U.S. Congress holds 1st session in Washington, D.C.
    • 1856  U.S. establishes Fort Buchanan to assert control of territory acquired in Gadsden Purchase
    • 1871  National Rifle Association is founded when granted a charter by the state of New York
    • 1947  U.S. Screen Actors Guild implements anti-Communist loyalty oath for its members
    • 1965  Units of the 1st Cavalry (Airmobile) are ambushed during Battle of Ia Drang Valley; costly victory for U.S. forces
    • 1970  1st Lt. William Calley goes on trial for massacre at My Lai
    • 1973  Answering questions at a  press conference, President Nixon declares “I am not a crook”
    • 1997  Islamic terrorists murder 62 in Luxor Massacre at archaeological and tourist site at Deir el-Bahri, Egypt
    • 2003  John Muhammad is found guilty of murder while on trial for his role in the “Beltway sniper” attacks
    • 2003  Actor and former bodybuilder Arnold Schwarzenegger becomes 38th governor of California
    • 2009  Administrators at  University of East Anglia discover their servers are hacked and thousands of emails and files showing their falsification of global warming research data are made public

Lost and Found – November 16th Edition

What to remember about November 16th…

    • 1776  Fort Washington falls to Redcoats; deserter William Dermot had delivered defense details to the British
    • 1907  Oklahoma enters Union as 46th state
    • 1945  U.S. secretly brings 88 former Nazi rocket scientists to America to assist in military research and development
    • 1973  President Nixon signs legislation allowing construction of Alaskan oil pipeline from North Slope to Valdez
    • 2000  Bill Clinton becomes 1st U.S. President to visit Vietnam since end of hostilities there
    • 2001  J.K. Rowling’s Harry Potter and the Sorcerer’s Stone opens in theaters across America
    • 2006  American free market economist, author, and academic Milton Friedman dies in San Francisco, California (b. 1912)

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Lost and Found – November 14th Edition

What to remember about November 14th…

    • 1765  American inventor Robert Fulton is born (d. 1815); developed 1st commercial steamboat and 1st practical submarine
    • 1888  American journalist Elizabeth Jane “Nellie Bly” Cochran begins her successful attempt to travel around the world in 80 days
    • 1896  First Lady Mamie Geneva Doud Eisenhower is born in Boone, Iowa (d. 1979)
    • 1914  Islamic holy war is declared by leader of Ottoman Empire bringing Jihad to World War I on the side of Germany
    • 1915  American educator and activist Booker T. Washington dies in Tuskegee, Alabama (b. 1856)
    • 1965  1st Cavalry Division engages Vietcong in Battle of Ia Drang Valley; 1st major engagement of the war
    • 1969  NASA launches Apollo 12 mission to the Moon; 36-seconds after launch module is struck by lightning but mission continues
    • 1970  Plane crash kills 75 football players, staff and boosters of Marshall University, small town is devastated by loss
    • 1991  Fired postal worker Thomas McIlvane kills 4 then commits suicide in shooting at Royal Oak, Michigan post office

Lost and Found – November 13th Edition

What to remember about November 13th…

    • 1775  Patriot forces under General Montgomery capture Montreal, Canada
    • 1927  In New York City, the Holland Tunnel opens to traffic; 1st vehicle tunnel passing under the Hudson River
    • 1940  Walt Disney animated film Fantasia makes theatrical debut
    • 1945  President Truman announces panel to investigate settling Jewish refugees who survived Holocaust in British Palestine
    • 1969  2-day “March Against Death” begins in Washington, D.C. to protest the war in Vietnam
    • 1982  Vietnam Veterans Memorial is dedicated in Washington, D.C.
    • 2001  President Bush signs order establishing military tribunals for foreigners captured as part of the War on Terror
    • 2009  NASA announces that impact of LCROSS satellite on the Moon has revealed the presence water

Lost and Found – November 11th Edition

What to remember about November 11th…

    • 1620  Mayflower Compact is signed near Cape Cod, Massachusetts
    • 1744  Future First Lady and wife of John Adams, Abigail Smith Adams is born in Weymouth, Massachusetts (d. 1818)
    • 1778  Loyalists and Native American allies surprise Colonial forces at Cooperstown, New York in Cherry Valley Massacre
    • 1831  Leader of bloody slave revolt that killed 60, Nat Turner is hanged in Virginia
    • 1834  Future President Franklin Pierce marries Jane Appleton
    • 1858  Future President James Garfield marries Lucretia Rudolph
    • 1885  WWII General George Smith Patton, Jr. is born (d. 1945)
    • 1921  President Harding dedicates Tomb of the Unknowns
    • 1966  NASA launches Gemini 12; America’s 18th manned flight and last flight of the Gemini program
    • 1993  Vietnam Women’s Memorial is dedicated in Washington, D.C.
    • 2004  Yasser Arafat, chairman of the PLO terrorist group dies in Paris; cause of death is suspected to be complications of AIDS or possibly food poisoning
    • 2011  “Nerd New Year”; last binary date of 21st century

Lost and Found – November 2nd Edition

What to remember about November 2nd…

    • 1777  USS Ranger under command of John Paul Jones sets sail from Portsmouth, New Hampshire to hunt British warships
    • 1795  James Knox Polk is born in Mecklenburg County, North Carolina (d. 1849); he will be America’s 11th president
    • 1865  Warren Gamaliel Harding is born in Corsica, Ohio (d. 1923); he will be 29th America’s president
    • 1899  North and South Dakota are admitted to the Union as the 39th and 40th states
    • 1917  British foreign Secretary sends declaration of intent to establish a Jewish homeland; League of Nations will approve
    • 1921  American Birth Control League was founded by Margaret Sanger; becomes Planned Parenthood in 1942
    • 1947  Howard Hughes’ Spruce Goose makes maiden and only flight; it is still the largest aircraft ever built
    • 1963  South Vietnamese President Ngo Dinh Diem is assassinated i coup; America is drawn deeper into the war
    • 1983  President Reagan signs bill declaring 3rd Monday in January be observed as Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr. Day
    • 2004  Dutch film maker Theo Van Gogh is murdered in broad daylight by a muslim after making film critical of Islam’s treatment of women
    • UPDATE: 2016  In game 7, the Chicago Cubs defeat the Cleveland Indians 8-7 in extra innings to win their first World Series Championship in 108 years

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Lost and Found – October 26th Edition

What to remember about October 26th…

  • 1775  King George III speaks to parliament declaring the American colonies to be in rebellion; authorizes military force to end it
  • 1776  Benjamin Franklin sets sail from Philadelphia for France to negotiate aid and an alliance
  • 1825  360 mile Erie Canal is completed after 4 years
  • 1861  The Pony Express officially ends operations; replaced by modern transcontinental telegraph system
  • 1881  In Tombstone, Arizona the Earp brothers confront the Clanton-McLaury gang in a legendary gunfight at the OK Corral
  • 1940  Maiden flight of the P-51 Mustang fighter
  • 1944  At the end of 4 days of air-naval conflict, Battle of Leyte gulf leaves Japanese fleet devastated and on the run
  • 1966  President Johnson makes surprise visit to troops in Vietnam
  • 2001  In response to 9/11/01 attacks, President George W. Bush signs controversial anti-terrorism law; The USA Patriot Act
  • 2002  Moscow theater siege ends with 50 Chechen terrorists and 150 hostages killed during Russian commando assault

Lost and Found – October 22nd Edition

What to remember about October 22nd…

    • 1734  American pioneer and explorer Daniel Boone born in Berks County, Pennsylvania (d. 1820)
    • 1775  1st president of the Continental Congress Peyton Manning of Virginia dies in Philadelphia
    • 1797  André-Jacques Garnerin is the first person to make a parachute jump; he descends from a hot air balloon 3200 feet above Paris
    • 1907  A run on New York banks leads to financial crisis and a 50% decline in the New York Stock Exchange
    • 1957  1st American casualties of the Vietnam War; 13 injured in terrorist bombing in Saigon
    • 1962  President Kennedy addresses nation on television to announce a blockade of Cuba in response to the installation of nuclear weapons on the island by the Soviet Union
    • 1968  Apollo 7 mission splashes down as the 1st successful manned mission of the Apollo series
    • 1986  President Reagan signs the Tax Reform Act of 1986
    • 2008  India launches their 1st unmanned lunar mission

Lost and Found – September 11th Edition

What to remember about September 11th…

  • 1565  Crusader Knights of the Sovereign Order of Saint John of Jerusalem of Rhodes and of Malta defeat a vastly superior Muslim force of the Ottoman Empire to lift the Siege of Malta
  • 1609  Explorer Henry Hudson sails into the upper bay discovering Manhattan Island and the Hudson River
  • 1777  British forces use heavy morning in attempt to surround General Washington’s forces at Battle of Brandywine
  • 1789  Alexander Hamilton appointed as 1st Secretary of the Treasury of the United States
  • 1857   Mountain Meadows Massacre; Mormon militia and Paiute allies murder 120 settlers during the Utah War
  • 1941  Groundbreaking ceremony for construction of the Pentagon
  • 1965  1st Cavalry Division (Airmobile) begins to arrive in South Vietnam
  • 1998  Starr Report is released; investigative account of President Clinton by Independent Council Kenneth Starr
  • 2001  19 Muslim hijackers take control of 4 airliners; planes are crashed into Towers 1 and 2 of the World Trade Center in New York City and the Pentagon in Washington, D.C.; 4th plane is brought down by the heroic efforts of passengers to prevent another attack
  • 2012  Armed mob attacks and sets fire to U.S. consulate in Benghazi, Libya; Obama administration falsely blames internet video instead of radical Islamist terrorists commemorating attacks of September 11, 2001