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Lost and Found – June 9th Edition

What to remember about June 9th…

  • 68      Roman Emperor Nero commits suicide (b. 37)
  • 1732  James Oglethorpe granted royal charter for Province of Georgia
  • 1772  Colonists angered by rising taxes capture and burn British customs vessel Gaspee that ran ashore off Rhode Island
  • 1856  500 Mormon pioneers set out from Iowa for Salt Lake City carrying all they owned in handcarts; similar groups follow through 1860
  • 1863  Though losing the day, Union cavalry shows that they are now a force to be reckoned with at Battle of Brandy Station
  • 1891  Composer/songwriter Cole Porter born – I’ve got you under my skin, Kiss Me Kate, Anything Goes
  • 1898  Britain obtains 99-year lease to Hong Kong from China
  • 1915  Secretary of State William Jennings Bryan resigns over President Wilson’s aggressive handling of Lusitania sinking fearing war could result
  • 1942  Nazis order the extermination of the entire town of Lidice Czechoslovakia in retaliation for death of Reinhard Heydrich
  • 1954  Attorney Joseph Welch confronts Senator Joseph McCarthy at hearings investigating the Army saying “Have you no sense of decency, sir?”
  • 1967  Israeli troops assault and capture Golan Heights from Syria
  • 1973  Secretariat becomes 1st horse to win Triple Crown since 1948
  • 1993  “Hollywood Madam” Heidi Fleiss arrested in LAPD sting

Lost and Found – June 7th Edition

What to remember about June 7th…

  • 1776  At Continental Congress in Philadelphia, Richard Henry Lee of Virginia introduces resolution for independence; John Adams seconds the motion
  • 1863  Rebel effort to relieve siege of Vicksburg fails at Battle of Milliken’s Bend despite severe losses amongst new African-American regiments
  • 1917  In Battle of Messines Ridge, British forces detonate over 1 million pounds of explosives in tunnels under German positions to end stalemate
  • 1929  Vatican City becomes sovereign state with signing of Lateran Treaty
  • 1939  King George VI becomes 1st British monarch to visit the U.S.; entering at Niagara Falls he goes on to visit New York and Washington, D.C.
  • 1942  Fierce fighting that began June 4th ends today with U.S. victory over Imperial Japanese Navy at Battle of Midway
  • 1965  SCOTUS rules in Griswold v. Connecticut that “penumbras” and “emanations” of other constitutional protections constitute a right to privacy; lays groundwork for result of 1973 Roe v. Wade abortion ruling
  • 1965  NASA’s Gemini IV mission ends after 1st successful American space walk
  • 1966  Former Democrat and actor Ronald Reagan is elected as Governor of California; later elected 40th President of the United States
  • 1967  Israeli paratroopers enter and capture Jerusalem ahead of U.N. cease-fire in Six-Day War; Bethlehem also liberated
  • 1981  Israeli Air Force conducts Operation Opera destroying Iraqi Osiraq nuclear power plant and weapons facility
  • 1998  3 white supremacists in Texas drag James Byrd, Jr. to death behind their pickup truck; attack leads to “hate crime” legislation in U.S.
  • 2008  Senator Hillary Clinton D-NY) formally ends her presidential campaign and endorses Barack Hussein Obama II

Lost and Found – June 6th Edition

What to remember about June 6th…

  • 1639 General Court of Massachusetts grants 500 acres for the establishment of the first gunpowder mill in America
  • 1664 New Amsterdam transferred to British and is renamed New York City
  • 1755 Nathan Hale born ; hanged by British September 22, 1776; states “I only regret that I have but one life to give for my country.” before
  • 1775  Marinus Willett and Sons of Liberty confront evacuating British soldiers in New York and seize five wagon loads of weapons
  • 1862  Battle of Memphis; Confederate fleet destroyed and Union takes effective control of Memphis and the Mississippi River
  • 1892  Benjamin Harrison becomes 1st sitting president to attend a professional baseball game and throw out the 1st pitch
  • 1918  US Marines begin Battle of Belleau Wood; for his heroic actions, Gunnery Sergeant Ernest A Janson earns 1st Medal of Honor awarded in WWI
  • 1921  William “Big Bill” Gatewood pitches the first no-hitter in the Negro National League beating the Cincinnati Cuban Stars
  • 1932  1st federal gasoline tax created by Revenue Act of 1932
  • 1933  1st drive-in theater opens; Camden, New Jersey
  • 1942  Japanese invade Kiska Island in the Aleutians (Alaska) taking U.S. Navy weather detachment prisoner
  • 1944  Operation Overlord (D-Day) begins; 6000 ships and landing craft carrying 176,000 troops, 822 aircraft carrying paratroopers, 13,000 other aircraft provide support and air cover; Baseball cancels all games to honor the troops
  • 1949  George Orwell’s classic dark futurist novel “1984″ is published
  • 1966  Republican civil rights activist James Meredith shot and wounded by a white supremacist during March Against Fear
  • 1977  SCOTUS rules in Coker v. Georgia that imposition of the death penalty for rape constitutes cruel and unusual punishment
  • 1982 Operation Peace For Galilee (First Lebanon War) begins with IDF invasion of southern Lebanon, attack is in response to over 200 PLO attacks in pervious year and assassination of Israeli diplomat
  • 1984  Tetris is released; one of the best-selling video games of all time

Lost and Found – June 5th Edition

What to remember about June 5th…

  • 1723 Scottish economist and author of Wealth of Nations Adam Smith baptized (d. 1790); inspiration for American Founding Fathers
  • 1805  1st recorded tornado in “Tornado Alley” – Illinois
  • 1833 Ada Lovelace introduced to Charles Babbage – 1st computer programmer meets 1st computer maker
  • 1851  Publication of Harriet Beecher Stowe’s Uncle Tom’s Cabin begins in abolitionist newspaper
  • 1884  William Tecumseh Sherman refuses Republican presidential nomination famously saying “I will not accept if nominated and will not serve if elected”
  • 1917  1st of 10 million men begin registering for the draft (WWI)
  • 1933  United States goes off of the gold standard; American currency no longer backed by gold and citizens prohibited from owning more than $100
  • 1942 US declares war on Bulgaria, Hungary, and Romania
  • 1944  Field-marshal Erwin Rommel goes on vacation
  • 1950 SCOTUS rules in McLaurin v. Oklahoma State Regents “separate but equal” unconstitutional in education
  • 1967 Arab-Israeli War (Six-Day War) begins; pre-emptive strike by Israel defused Egyptian and Syrian threat while unifying Jerusalem
  • 1968 Palestinian Sirhan-Sirhan assassinates presidential candidate Bobby Kennedy; brother of President John F. Kennedy
  • 2004  Former 40th President of the United States Ronald Reagan dies at home in Bel Aire, California (b. 1911)

Lost and Found – May 31st Edition

What to remember about May 31st…

  • 1859  Big Ben clock tower rings out over British Houses of Parliament for the 1st time
  • 1879  In New York city Gilmore’s Garden is renamed Madison Square Garden and opened to the public as an entertainment venue
  • 1913  17th Amendment to the United States Constitution goes into effect; requires popular election of Senators eliminating check on federal power
  • 1916  British and German navies begin Battle of Jutland; over 100,000 men and 250 ships will see combat in WWI’s greatest sea battle
  • 1929  Ford Motor Company signs agreement to oversee production of factories and manufacture automobiles in the Soviet Union
  • 1930 Oscar-winning American actor and filmmaker Clint Eastwood is born in San Francisco, California
  • 1962  In Tel Aviv, Israel, Adolf Eichmann, Nazi organizer of Adolf Hitler’s “final solution of the Jewish question,” is hanged
  • 1997  Ila Borders becomes 1st woman to pitch in a minor league baseball game; she enters as relief for the St. Paul Saints
  • 2003  Fugitive bomber of 1996 Atlanta Olympics and several abortion clinics captured; Eric Robert Rudolph found dumpster diving behind a Save-A-Lot store in Murphy, North Carolina
  • 2005  Identity of Watergate scandal source “Deep Throat” is revealed to be formed FBI assistant director W. Mark Felt

Lost and Found – May 29th Edition

What to remember about May 29th…

  • 1780  Patriots defeated at Battle of Waxhaws in South Carolina; troops surrendering to Colonel Tarelton’s cavalry are murdered on his orders
  • 1790  Rhode Island is the last of original 13 colonies to ratify U.S. Constitution; becomes 13th state in the Union
  • 1848  Wisconsin enters the Union as 30th state
  • 1917  Future 35th President of the United States John Fitzgerald Kennedy is born in Brookline, Massachusetts
  • 1922  Supreme court rules unanimously in Federal Baseball Club v. National League that Major League Baseball did not violate anti-trust laws and that baseball was not “interstate commerce”; games are state affairs
  • 1932  Over 1000 World War I veterans arrive in Washington, D.C. as part of “Bonus Expeditionary Force”; protesting to receive payments promised for their service in the war
  • 1942  Adolf Hitler orders that all Jews in occupied Paris must wear a yellow Star of David on the left side of their coats
  • 1953  Sir Edmund Hillary of New Zealand and Nepalese Shepra Tenzing Norgay become 1st to reach summit of Mount Everest
  • 1954  In the Netherlands, 1st annual meeting of the influential members of the Bilderberg Group is held
  • 1998  U.S. Senator (R-AZ) and presidential candidate Barry Goldwater dies (b. 1909); responsible for rise of modern conservative movement
  • 1999 NASA Space Shuttle Discovery completes the 1st successful docking at the International Space Station (ISS)
  • 2003 English-born American actor, comedian, and USO icon Bob Hope celebrates his 100th birthday in Hollywood revelry
  • 2004  President George W. Bush dedicates U.S. National World War II Memorial; critics from Boston Herald call it “vainglorious”
  • 2005  Danica Patrick becomes 1st woman driver to lead a lap at Indianapolis 500; 4th female to participate in that race and highest finish at 4th

Lost and Found – May 28th Edition

What to remember about May 28th…

  • 1754  Virginia militia led by 22-year-old Lieutenant Colonel George Washington defeats French and Indian patrol at Battle of Jumonville Glen; attempt to claim Pennsylvania territory begins French and Indian War
  • 1830  President Andrew Jackson signs Indian Removal Act; allows for relocation of Indian tribes to territory west of the Mississippi
  • 1863  Led by Colonel Robert Shaw, African-American 54th Massachusetts Infantry departs Boston to join the war
  • 1892  Naturalist and author John Muir organizes the Sierra Club in San Francisco; early environmental group aims to preserve wilderness
  • 1908  English author, Naval Intelligence Officer and creator of fictional spy character James Bond,  Ian Flemming is born (d. 1964)
  • 1918  U.S. troops under General Pershing capture village of Cantigny in France in 1st American assault; Germans retaliate with poison gas
  • 1937  State-owned German car company Volkswagen is formed
  • 1964  Charter is issued creating the Palestinian Liberation Organization (PLO) terrorist group; renounced violence in 1993
  • 1969  After searching the captured tunnel complex, 101st Airborne troops abandon recently captured “Hamburger Hill” in the A Shau valley
  • 1982  British forces attack Argentinians at Battle of Goose Green winning 1st major ground combat of the Falklands War
  • 1987  19-year-old West German amateur pilot violates 400 miles of Soviet airspace and lands his Cessna outside the Kremlin in Moscow
  • 2002  NASA’s Mars Odyssey spacecraft discovers large deposits of ice on the surface of the planet

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 7th Edition

What to remember about May 7th…

  • 1789  President Washington attends ball held in his honor; event becomes model for inaugural balls
  • 1847  American Medical Association is founded in Philadelphia
  • 1864  Union forces under General Grant break off from Battle of the Wilderness to move southward
  • 1915  British ocean liner Lusitania is torpedoed without warning by German submarine off the coast of Ireland; 128 of 1198 dead are American
  • 1945  Near Reims, France, German general signs unconditional surrender of all German forces after conferring with Hitler’s successor
  • 1954  Ho Chi Minh’s communist Viet Minh forces defeat French at Dien Bien Phu after 57 days of siege
  • 1960  Premier Nikita Khrushchev announces that Soviet Union is holding American U-2 pilot Gary Powers
  • 1992  27th Amendment to the Constitution ratified with final passage in Michigan; prevents salary changes for Congressmen from taking effect during the current term; amendment originally submitted in 1789
  • 1998  German auto manufacturer Daimler-Benz announces $36 billion merger with the U.S. based Chrysler Corporation
  • 2000  Former KGB officer Vladimir Putin is inaugurated as president of Russia
  • 2004  American businessman Nick Berg is beheaded by Islamic terrorists in Iraq; murder is videotaped and released on the Internet


Lost and Found – May 1st Edition

What to remember about May 1st…

International Workers Day / May Day / Law Day

  • 1863  Vastly outnumbered Confederate forces under Robert E. Lee are attacked as Battle of Chancellorsville begins in Virginia
  • 1898  Squadron of 7 U.S. warships destroy or capture 10 Spanish warships at Battle of Manilla Bay; Admiral Dewey opens city to invasion
  • 1915  RMS Lusitania departs New York City for voyage to Liverpool, England with 1959 souls aboard; vessel will never arrive at her destination
  • 1931  Empire State Building is dedicated in New York City
  • 1956  Polio vaccine is made available to the public
  • 1958  President Eisenhower declares May 1st as Law Day; day celebrates America as nation of laws in opposition to communist May Day
  • 1960  Lockheed U-2 spy plane operated by the CIA and flown by Francis Gary Powers is shot down over the Soviet Union
  • 1961  Prime Minister Fidel Castro proclaims Cuba a socialist nation and abolishes elections
  • 1963 James Whittaker becomes the 1st American to reach the summit of Mt. Everest
  • 1982  British bombers fly 8,000 miles to strike at Argentinian forces during Falklands War; Operation Black Buck begins with strike on Port Stanley
  • 1992  On 3rd day of rioting after acquittal of 4 LAPD officers, Rodney King appears at press conference and appeals to public “People, I just want to say, you know, can we all get along?”
  • 2003  President George W. Bush gives speech aircraft carrier USS Abraham Lincoln; declares that “major combat operations in Iraq have ended”
  • 2011  President Barack Hussein Obama II announces that Osama bin Laden was killed by U.S. forces in Pakistan