Tag Archives: War of 1812

Lost and Found – January 15th Edition

What to remember about January 15th…

  • 1777  New Connecticut (Vermont) declares independence from Britain and the colony of New York
  • 1815  USS President is captured by British squadron during War of 1812
  • 1919  Storage tank holding 2.5 million gallons of boiling molasses ruptures in Boston killing 21 and injuring scores with 8-foot high molten wave
  • 1929  Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr. is born in Atlanta, Georgia (d. 1968)
  • 1943  Dedication of the United States Department of Defense headquarters in Arlington, Virginia; building popularly called “the Pentagon”
  • 1947  “Black Dahlia” investigation  begins with discovery of body of Elizabeth Short in Los Angeles, California; mystery remains unsolved today
  • 1951  Ilse Koch known as “Witch of Buchenwald”, wife of commandant of Buchenwald concentration camp is sentenced to life in prison
  • 1973  President Nixon suspends offensive military action in Vietnam to give peace process a better chance of success
  • 2009  Commercial airline pilot Captain “Sully” Sullenberger performs his Miracle on the Hudson; lands powerless Airbus 320 safely on the water; walks the flooding aircraft twice to ensure all 150 passengers escape safely

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Lost and Found – January 8th Edition

What to remember about January 8th…

  • 1642  Italian astronomer and scientist Galileo Galilei dies (b. 1564); considered by many the “Father of Modern Science”
  • 1790  In New York City, President Washington delivers the nations 1st State of the Union speech to Congress
  • 1815  2-weeks after end of the War of 1812, Andrew Jackson’s militia defeat British forces at Battle of New Orleans
  • 1867  Republican Congress overrides President Andrew Johnson’s veto; 1st law in nation granting African-American men the right to vote is passed
  • 1964  President Lyndon Johnson announces his “war on poverty” at State of the Union address; birth of the American welfare state
  • 1973  Watergate trial begins for 7 men accused of breaking into and bugging Democrat Party headquarters
  • 2002  President George W. Bush signs “No Child Left Behind Act”
  •  2011  Jared Lee Loughner goes on shooting rampage in Arizona; 6 killed and 13 wounded including Congresswoman Gabrielle Giffords

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 1st Edition

What to remember about October 1st…

  • 1730  American jurist, legislator, and signer of the Declaration of Independence Richard Stockton is born near Princeton, New Jersey
  • 1781  American naval officer James Lawrence is born; famously gave dying command “Don’t give up the ship!” during War of 1812
  • 1864  Washington, D.C. socialite and Confederate spy Rose O’Neal Greenhow drowns while smuggling gold to the South
  • 1890  Congress establishes Yosemite National Park
  • 1903  Pittsburgh Pirates and the Boston Americans play the 1st game of the 1st World Series ; game is held at the Huntington Avenue Baseball Grounds in Boston, Massachusetts
  • 1908  Ford Motor Corporation unveils the 1st production Model T in Detroit, Michigan
  • 1924  President James Earl “Jimmy” Carter is born in Plains, Georgia
  • 1949  Mao Zedong proclaims the creation of the People’s Republic of China
  • 1958  NASA begins operations; replaces the 46-year-old NACA (National Advisory Committee for Aeronautics)
  • 1975  Muhammad Ali defeats Joe Frazier at the Thrilla in Manila boxing match in the Philippines
  • 1981  EPCOT (Experimental Prototype Community Of Tomorrow) Center opens at Walt Disney World in Orlando, Florida
  • 2005  University of Oklahoma student Joel “Joe” Henry Hinrichs III detonates backpack bomb outside Oklahoma Memorial Stadium there were no other casualties

Lost and Found – September 13th Edition

What to remember about September 13th…

    • 1814  Francis Scott Key watches 25-hour bombardment of Ft. McHenry during War of 1812; writes poem that will become “The Star Spangled Banner
    • 1851  U.S. Amy physician Major Walter Reed is born; his discovery of transmission of Yellw Fever by mosquitos allowed completion of the Panama Canal
    • 1862  Union troops discover the Confederate battle plan for Antietam in trash of an evacuated campsite; General McClellan dawdles
    • 1922  Hottest day on record when the temperature at Al ‘Aziziyah, Libya reaches 136.0 °F (57.8 °C)
    • 1959  USSR reaches on the Moon with unmanned Luna 2 spacecraft
    • 1971  Prison riot at Attica, New York ends with 39 dead
    • 1993  Representatives of Israel and Palestine meet at the White House and sign “Declaration of Principles”; 1st agreement between the 2 sides towards ending their conflict
    • 1996  Hip hop star Tupac Shakur dies in a Las Vegas drive-by shooting

Fort Mchenry Flag at the Smithsonian

Lost and Found – September 10th Edition

What to remember about September 10th…

  • 1608  John Smith is elected president of Jamestown; the 1st permanent English settlement in North America
  • 1776  Nathan Hale responds to George Washington’s call for volunteers to gather intelligence behind enemy lines
  • 1813  Oliver Hazard Perry leads U.S. forces to defeat British fleet in Battle of Lake Erie; after victory Perry sends message “We have met the enemy, and they are ours.”
  • 1833  President Andrew Jackson announces closure of the Bank of the United States; believed the institution to be unconstitutional
  • 1897  London taxi driver George Smith is 1st person ever arrested for drunk driving
  • 1918  German Shepard pup is rescued from bombed out kennel in France by American serviceman Lee Duncan; given the name Rin Tin Tin he later becomes a movie star
  • 1939  Canada joins the Allies; declares war on Germany
  • 1946  Riding train to Darjeeling, Sister Teresa Bojaxhiu hears the call of God directing her “to leave the convent and help the poor while living among them”; becomes known as Mother Teresa
  • 1979  President Carter gives clemency to 4 Puerto Rican nationalists convicted of assassination attempt on President Truman and attack on the U.S. House of Representatives
  • 2002  Switzerland becomes 190th member of the United Nations
  • 2008  Large Hadron Collider at CERN performs 1st successful high energy experiments; world is NOT destroyed

Lost and Found – July 12th Edition

What to remember about July 12th…

  • 1804  Alexander Hamilton dies a day after being shot in a duel by Vice President Aaron Burr
  • 1812  American forces invade near Ontario, Canada in War of 1812
  • 1817  American author, abolitionist, and philosopher Henry David Thoreau is born in Concord, Massachusetts
  • 1862  President Abraham Lincoln signs law establishing the Medal of Honor
  • 1864  Attack on Washington, D.C by Confederate forces is repelled
  • 1895  American inventor, engineer, and futurist Richard Buckminster “Bucky” Fuller is born in Milton, Massachusetts (d. 1983)
  • 1909  16th Amendment to the United States Constitution is proposed, allows the federal government to collect income tax
  • 1937  American actor and comedian William Henry Bill Cosby is born in Philadelphia, Pennsylvania
  • 1962  Rolling Stones play their first gig, Marquee Club in London
  • 1984  Walter Mondale chooses Geraldine Ferraro as his running-mate , 1st women to become candidate for Vice President
  • 2006  Hezbollah forces launch missiles as a diversion to allow kidnapping of Israeli soldiers; incident sparks 2006 Lebanon War

Lost and Found – June 22nd Edition

What to remember about June 22nd…

  • 1775  Continental Congress authorizes issue of its 1st currency
  • 1807  British navy fires on and boards the USS Chesapeake; the  Chesapeake-Leopard Affair leads to U.S. declaration of war in 1812
  • 1911  Coronation of King George V held at Westminster Abbey
  • 1941  Germany invades Russia beginning Operation Barbarossa; more than 3 million men, 3000 tanks, and 2500 aircraft
  • 1944  President Franklin D. Roosevelt signs Servicemen’s Readjustment Act of 1944; G.I. Bill becomes law
  • 1945  Battle for Okinawa ends, all effective resistance is over
  • 1969  Actress/singer/movie-star Judy Garland dies at age 47
  • 1970  President Richard Nixon signs bill to lower voting age to 18; Congress later passes measure to make this the 26th Amendment
  • 1990  Checkpoint Charlie is dismantled in Berlin
  • 2008  Comedian/actor George Carlin dies

Lost and Found – June 18th Edition

What to remember about June 18th…

  • 1778  British troops abandon their almost nine month occupation of Philadelphia after French entry into war made city indefensible
  • 1798  President John Adams signs Naturalization act – part of the Alien and Sedition Acts; so controversial that Adams never enforces
  • 1812  President James Madison signs Declaration of War passed by Congress, War of 1812 with Britain begins
  • 1815  Wellington defeats Napoleon at Waterloo; forces his final abdication
  • 1873  Susan B. Anthony fined $100 for voting in 1872 Presidential election; she vows to and never does pay the fine
  • 1940  Hitler and Mussolini meet in Munich to discuss plans and the late entry of Italy into the war; Mussolini leaves berated and dissatisfied
  • 1953  8 day struggle to hold Outpost Harry ends; 4 American and 1 Greek infantry companies hold off over 13,000 Chinese troops
  • 1965  Strategic Air Command (SAC) B-52 bombers are used in Vietnam for 1st time; Operation Arc Light is under way
  • 1981  1st flight of Lockheed F-117 Nighthawk stealth fighter
  • 1983  1st female American Astronaut – Dr. Sally K. Ride – is launched into space aboard the Space Shuttle Challenger (STS-7)
  • 2009  NASA launches Lunar Reconnaissance Orbiter to create 3D map of the lunar surface, identify potential resources and landing sites

Lost and Found – June 1st Edition

What to remember about June 1st…

  • 1779  Court martial convenes in Philadelphia for Benedict Arnold on 13 counts of misbehavior including misusing finds and equipment
  • 1792  Kentucky is admitted to the Union as 15th state
  • 1796  Tennessee  is admitted to the Union as 16th state
  • 1812  President James Madison asks Congress for declaration of war against the United Kingdom
  • 1864  Union and Confederate forces clash over crossroads; Battle of Cold Harbor has begun
  • 1868  Former 15th President James Buchanan dies (b. 1791)
  • 1900  Future President Herbert Hoover and his wife are trapped in China as Boxer Rebellion breaks out
  • 1926  Norma Jeane Mortenson Baker is born in Los Angeles (d. 1962); “Marilyn Monroe” goes on to success as singer and actress
  • 1941  After 20,000 German paratroopers drop on island to spearhead invasion, Allied troops evacuate and Crete falls to the Axis
  • 1942  News of the gassing of Jews at Nazi death camps in Poland is revealed in the press for the 1st time
  • 1968  American author and activist Helen Keller dies (b. 1880); deaf and blind she learned to communicate and set example of achievement
  • 1990  President George H.W. Bush and Soviet leader Mikhail Gorbachev sign agreement in Washington, D.C. to end production of chemical weapons and begin the destruction of stockpiles
  • 2001  Islamic Palestinian terrorist of Hamas kills 21 teens and injures 132 in homicide bombing attack on nightclub in Tel Aviv, Israel
  • 2009  General Motors files for Chapter 11 Bankruptcy becoming the largest U.S. industrial company to enter bankruptcy protection
  • 2011  NASA Space Shuttle Endeavor completes its final mission and lands before decommissioning