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Lost and Found – May 18th Edition

What to remember about May 18th…

  • 1783  Torry refugees arrive in Saint John, Nova Scotia (now New Brunswick) after Treaty of Paris ends Revolutionary War in patriot’s favor
  • 1860  Republican Party nominates Abraham Lincoln as their candidate for the presidency at convention in Chicago, Illinois
  • 1863  After successfully cutting off the city, Union forces lay siege to Vicksburg, Mississippi; last Confederate stronghold on the river
  • 1896  Supreme Court rules in Plessy v. Ferguson that “equal but separate accommodations for the white and colored races” is constitutional; overturned 1954 in Brown v. Board of Education of Topeka
  • 1917  President Wilson asks for and Congress passes Selective Service Act granting him the power to draft soldiers
  • 1974  Message to Prime Minister Ghandi “Budda has smiled” announces that India has become the worlds sixth nuclear power
  • 1980  Volcanic eruption of Mount St. Helen’s in Washington kills 57 and devastates hundreds of miles of wilderness
  • 1989  Over one million pro-democracy protesters take to streets in Beijing, China; Government response increasingly harsh in coming weeks
  • 1995  Unemployed plumber and Army veteran Shawn Nelson steals an M60 Patton tank from a National Guard armory and takes it on a 23-minute rampage on the streets of San Diego, California

Lost and Found – May 9th Edition

What to remember about May 9th…

  • 1791  Founding Father, musician, and Signer of the Declaration of Independence Francis Hopkins dies suddenly in Philadelphia (b. 1737)
  • 1864  Union troops take Snake Creek Gap, Georgia; crucial pass for General Sherman’s troops on their way to capture Atlanta
  • 1914  President Woodrow Wilson issues presidential proclamation officially establishing 1st national Mother’s Day holiday
  • 1955  West Germany formally joins the North Atlantic Treaty Organization (NATO); Cold War face off escalates
  • 1960  Food and Drug Administration (FDA) approves the world’s first commercially produced birth-control pill
  • 1974  House of Representatives Judiciary Committee begins impeachment hearings against President Nixon over Watergate scandal
  • 1980  Liberian freighter collides with Sunshine Skyway Bridge over Tampa Bay, Florida; 1400-ft. section collapses killing 35
  • 1997  1st U.S. ambassador to Vietnam appointed since end of the war is former Air Force POW and Representative Pete Peterson

Lost and Found – April 2nd Edition

What to remember about April 2nd…

  • 1513  Spanish explorer Juan Ponce de Leon comes ashore on the Florida; 1st recorded landing and exploration of the peninsula
  • 1863  Food riots break out in Confederate city of Richmond, Virginia
  • 1917  Jeannette Pickering Rankin (R-MO) becomes 1st woman to be seated as a member of the House of Representatives
  • 1917  President Wilson asks Congress for a declaration of war
  • 1979  Anthrax epidemic breaks out in Russian town killing 62; outbreak caused by human error at nearby biological weapons plant
  • 1982  Argentinian forces begin full-scale invasion of British colony on the Falkland Islands; British war response will take weeks
  • 1992  Mafia boss John “The Teflon Don” Gotti is convicted of murder and racketeering; assassin turned informant credited for conviction
  • 2005  Pope John Paul II dies (b. 1920)

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Lost and Found – February 26th Edition

What to remember about February 26th…

  • 1813  Founding father Robert R. (The Chancellor) Livingston dies (b. 1746), administered Washington’s oath of office and negotiated Treaty of Paris; aided Robert Fulton’s construction of 1st functional steamboat
  • 1815  Napoleon Bonaparte escapes Island of Elba to begin second conquest of France
  • 1846  American soldier, showman, and Medal of Honor recipient William Frederick “Buffalo Bill” Cody is born in Iowa (d. 1917)
  • 1919  President Wilson declares Grand Canyon a National Park
  • 1932  American singer, song writer, and actor John R. “Johnny” Cash is born in Kingsland, Arkansas (d. 2003)
  • 1935  In violation of Treaty of Versailles; Hitler signs secret order to create a German air force – the Luftwaffe
  • 1949  B-50 bomber Lucky Lady II takes off from Arizona to make 1st non-stop flight around the world
  • 1993  Islamic terrorists detonate truck bomb in parking garage below World Trade Center; 6 killed over 1000 injured
  • 1995  Britain’s oldest investment bank Barings Bank collapses after rogue trader Nick Leeson loses $1.4 billion on Singapore markets
  • 2009  President Obama’s administration reverses military policy of prohibiting media coverage of returning war dead

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 – February 3rd Edition

What to remember about February 3rd…

  • 1781  General Nathanael Greene’s troops evade Cornwallis’ army by crossing Yadkin River with help of polish engineer Thaddeus Kosciusko
  • 1865  President Lincoln meets with Confederate delegation at Hampton Roads, Virginia to discuss peace; reunification is his demand
  • 1870  15th Amendment to the U.S. Constitution is ratified; right to vote shall not be abridged for “race, color, or condition of servitude”
  • 1913  16th Amendment to the U.S. Constitution is ratified; grants Federal government right to impose an income tax
  • 1924  Former 28th President of the United States Woodrow Wilson dies in Washington, D.C. from complications of a stroke (b. 1856)
  • 1943  U.S. troop transport Dorchester sunk by U-boat; 230 of 900 survive; “Four Chaplains” rescue hundreds before giving up own life jackets and lifeboat seat; go down with the ship while praying for the troops
  • 1950  German atomic scientist Klaus Fuchs arrested for passing secrets of the bomb to Soviets; leads to arrest of Julius and Ethel Rosenberg
  • 1959 Rock stars Buddy Holly, J.P. “Big Bopper” Richardson, and Ritchie Valens killed in plane crash; memorialized as “Day The Music Died”
  • 1966  Soviets achieve 1st controlled, non-crash landing on the Moon with Lunik 9; photos and television images sent back to Earth
  • 1971  NYPD officer Frank Serpico is shot during drug bust; survives to testify against police corruption on the force
  • 2003  Radical Muslim Cleric Abu Hamza al-Masri claims Space Shuttle Columbia disaster is “punishment from God”

Lost and Found – January 28th Edition

What to remember about January 28th…

  • 1777  British General Burgoyne develops plan to invade colonies and cut New England off from the south; poor planning leads to Patriot victory at Saratoga
  • 1902  Carnegie Institution of Washington is founded with gift of $10 million from Scottish-American industrialist Andrew Carnegie
  • 1915  German cruiser sinks unarmed American freighter because they fail to jettison “contraband” cargo of wheat bound for England
  • 1915  President Wilson signs act merging Revenue Cutter Service with Life-Saving Service to create the modern United States Coast Guard
  • 1959  Football great Vince Lombardi is signed to coach the Green Bay Packers
  • 1973  Cease-fire goes into effect in Vietnam as U.S. pulls out
  • 1980  USCGC Blackthorn collides with tanker Capricorn in Tampa Bay; though lightly damaged, entangled Blackthorn capsizes and 23 of 50 aboard are killed
  • 1985  45 pop music icons gather in one studio to record “We Are The World”; charity album will raise millions to alleviate African famine
  • 1986  NASA’s Space Shuttle Challenger explodes 73-seconds after launch, astronauts Jarvis, McAuliffe, McNair, Onizuka, Resnik, Smith, and Scobee are all killed

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Lost and Found – January 25th Edition

What to remember about January 25th…

  • 1863  Union General Ambrose Burnside removed from command of Army of the Potomac after only 2 months
  • 1919  Peace conference delegates establish commission to create League of Nations; President Wilson insists on chairmanship
  • 1924  1st Winter Olympics begin; called “International Winter Sports Week” until IOC recognized in 1928
  • 1949  Notorious Chicago gangster Al Capone dies at home in bed from complications of neurosyphilis (b. 1899)
  • 1949  Emmy Awards ceremony held for 1st time; gala takes place at Hollywood Athletic Club
  • 1971  Charles Manson and 3 followers are convicted for murders of 7 people while attempting to spark a “race war”
  • 1971   Idi Amin leads coup and takes control of Uganda
  • 1980  After 9-days in jail, former Beatles member Paul McCartney is released from Japanese prison and deported for drug smuggling
  • 1993  Pakistani gunman Aimal Kasi goes on shooting spree outside CIA headquarters in Virginia killing 2 and wounding 3 before escaping the country; convicted and later executed by lethal injection
  • 2011  “Day of Revolt” demonstrations break out in Egypt protesting government of Hosni Mubarak; Arab Spring begins

Lost and Found – January 22nd Edition

What to remember about January 22nd…

  • 1740  Patriot General and spy Noah Phelps is born in Simsbury, Connecticut; infiltrated Ft. Ticonderoga alone to help plan its capture
  • 1840  1st British settlers arrive in New Zealand near Auckland
  • 1879  Battle of Rorke’s Drift; 139 British troops hold off over 4000 Zulu warriors
  • 1890  United Mine Workers of America is founded in Ohio
  • 1901  Queen Victoria of Great Britain dies ending her 63-year reign
  • 1917  In his address to the U.S. Senate, President Woodrow Wilson proposes “peace without victory” in effort to end World War I
  • 1957  George P. “Mad Bomber” Metesky arrested in Connecticut; planted more than 30 bombs in New York area over 16 years
  • 1970  Boeing 747 “jumbo jet” makes 1st scheduled commercial flight
  • 1973  Supreme Court rules to decriminalize abortion with their decision in Roe v. Wade; over 50 million abortions since this decision
  • 1973  Former President Lyndon B. Johnson dies at home in Texas (b. 1908)
  • 1998  Murderer and serial bomber Theodore “Ted” J. Kaczynski pleads guilty to 17 years of Unabomber attacks; sentenced to life in prison
  • 2008  Australian-born, Oscar-nominated actor Heath Ledger dies abusing prescription medications
  • 2009  President Barack Obama announces he will sign an order to close Guantanamo Bay detention center for terrorist suspects within the year

Lost and Found – January 19th Edition

What to remember about January 19th…

  • 1807  Confederate commanding general Robert E. Lee born in Virginia (d. 1870); formerly superintendent of  U.S. Military Academy
  • 1809  American poet and author Edgar Allen Poe is born in Boston, Massachusetts (d. 1849)
  • 1861  Georgia joins other Southern states in seceding from the Union
  • 1915  German zeppelins bomb Britain; 1st major bombing of civilian targets kill 20 people
  • 1920  Despite President Wilson’s efforts, United States Senate votes against America joining the League of Nations
  • 1978  Last Volkswagen Beetle made in Germany rolls off production line; some minor production continues at South American facilities until 2003
  • 1981  Agreement is signed securing release of 52 hostages taken from American Embassy in Teheran, Iran
  • 1983  Klaus Barbie, “butcher of Lyon”and Former Nazi Gestapo chief, is arrested in Bolivia for crimes against humanity
  • 2006  NASA launches New Horizons probe; 1st mission destined to examine Pluto

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