|PRESIDENTIAL CAMPAIGN 2008 WATCH:
Presidential Campaign 2008 Watch
- Andrew Polsky on “Campaign tunes not so simple in US campaigns”: “This is a mistake waiting to happen in New York. Some campaign adviser who cooked up this scheme may be updating his resume if it blows up in her face.” – Stuff.co.nz, New Zealand, 5-28-07
- Edward Widmer on “Things U.S. presidential hopefuls would rather forget”: “There’s always a tension between what can be said, what should be said and what must be said. The first candidate to calibrate this tension may move to the head of the pack.” – International Herald Tribune, 5-27-07
- Douglas Brinkley: On Reagan’s Incredibly Personal Account – FoxNews, 5-23-07
- Douglas Brinkley: Interviewed on Meet the Press about the Reagan diaries – Meet the Press, 5-20-07
- Douglas Brinkley: The pure Reagan emerges from diaries ‘The Reagan Diaries’ reveals a president who’s thoroughly comfortable with himself – Los Angeles Times, CA, 5-23-07
|HNN STATS THIS WEEK:
|THIS WEEK IN HISTORY:
||This Week in History:
- 05-28-1754 – Lieutenant Colonel George Washington begins the Seven Years’ War
- 05-28-1863 – Robert Gould Shaw, leading the first northern all-black regiment, leaves Boston for the Civil War.
- 05-28-1918 – U.S. troops score victory at Cantigny
- 05-28-1937 – Golden Gate Bridge opens
- 05-28-1940 – Belgium surrenders unconditionally
- 05-28-1969 – U.S. troops abandon “Hamburger Hill”
- 05-28-1987 – Mathias Rust, a 19-year-old pilot from West Germany, landed his private plane in Moscow’s Red Square. He was arrested and sentenced to four years in a labor camp, but was released after just one.
- 05-28-2003 – Pres. Bush signed a $350 billion tax cut into law; the third largest tax cut in U.S. history.
- 05-29-1780 – Tarleton gives “quarter” in South Carolina
- 05-28-1765 – Patrick Henry bitterly denounced the Stamp Act in the Virginia House of Burgesses.
- 05-28-1790 – Rhode Island became the 13th state in the United States, the last of the original colonies to ratify the Constitution.
- 05-29-1843 – Fremont begins his second western expedition
- 05-29-1848 – Wisconsin became the 30th state in the United States.
- 05-29-1864 – Union troops reach Totopotomoy Creek, Virginia
- 05-29-1865 – President Andrew Johnson issues general amnesty for all Confederates
- 05-29-1917 – John F. Kennedy was born in Brookline, Mass.
- 05-29-1942 – Jews in Paris are forced to sew a yellow star on their coats
- 05-29-1942 – Bing Crosby recorded his version of “White Christmas.” It would go on to sell over 30 million copies.
- 05-29-1988 – Reagan arrives in Moscow for summit talks
- 05-29-1990 – Boris Yeltsin was elected president of the Russian republic by the parliament.
- 05-30-1431 – Joan of Arc was burned at the stake as a heretic.
- 05-30-1536 – King Henry VIII of England married his 3rd wife, Jane Seymour, 11 days after he had his 2nd wife, Anne Boleyn executed.
- 05-30-1806 – Patriot and future President Andrew Jackson kills Charles Dickinson in a duel
- 05-30-1861 – Union troops occupy Grafton, Virginia
- 05-30-1862 – Confederates evacuate Corinth, Mississippi
- 05-30-1864 – Confederates attack at Bethesda Church, Virginia
- 05-30-1922 – The Lincoln Memorial in Washington, DC, was dedicated by Chief Justice William Howard Taft.
- 05-31-1775 – Mecklenburg Resolutions reject the power of the British in North Carolina
- 05-31-1790 – The first U.S. Copyright Law was enacted, protecting books, maps, and other original materials.
- 05-31-1859 – Big Ben goes into operation in London
- 05-31-1889 – Heavy rains caused the South Fork Dam to collapse, sending 20 million tons of water into Johnstown, Pa. Over 2,200 people were killed and the town was nearly destroyed.
- 05-31-1911 – The hull of the Titanic was launched in Belfast. At the ceremony, a White Star Line employee claimed, “Not even God himself could sink this ship.”
- 05-31-1962 – Former Gestapo official Adolf Eichmann was hanged in Israel.
- 05-31-2004 – Alberta Martin, 97, one of the last widows of a U.S. Civil War veteran, died. She had married Confederate veteran William Martin in 1927 when she was 21 and he was 81.
- 06-01-1792 – Kentucky became the 15th state in the United States.
- 06-01-1796 – Tennessee became the 16th state in the United States.
- 06-01-1958 – General Charles De Gaulle became the premier of France.
- 06-01-1980 – Cable News Network (CNN) debuted.
- 06-02-1886 – Grover Cleveland became the first U.S. president to get married in the White House.
- 06-01-1924 – Congress granted U.S. citizenship to all American Indians.
- 06-01-1941 – Baseball great, Lou Gehrig died of Amyotrophic Lateral Sclerosis, ALS, a rare type of paralysis now referred to as Lou Gehrig’s disease.
- 06-01-1946 – In Italy, a plebiscite rejected the monarchy in favor of a republic. 1953
- 06-02-1953 – Queen Elizabeth II of Britain was crowned in Westminster Abbey.
- 06-03-1861 – Stephen Douglas, U.S. politician, died.
- 06-03-1937 – The Duke of Windsor (formerly Edward VIII) married Wallis Simpson.
- 06-03-1965 – Maj. Edward White became the first U.S. astronaut to walk in space, during the Gemini 4 mission.
- 06-01-1989 – Chinese army troops head to Beijing to crush student-led pro-democracy demonstrations.
|IN THE NEWS:
- Maggie Rivas-Rodriguez: UT professor has a way of getting nation’s ear – San Antonio Express, TX, 5-27-07
- Michael Oren: Reflections on the 6 Day War 40 years later – Amy K. Rosenthal at the website of the Weekly Standard, 5-24-07
- Karen Armstrong: Accused of ignoring history and mouthing platitudes – Raymond Ibrahim in National Review Online, 5-16-07
- Turkish historian denies Armenian mass grave claims – BBC, 5-23-07
- Historians Urged to Contribute to Africa’s Development – Ethiopian Herald, 5-23-07
- Layoff of full-time local historian in Rochester, NY called “incomprehensible” – http://www.democratandchronicle.com, 5-22-07
- Bruce Cole: Official History Scold … The head of the National Endowment for the Humanities stands up for American exceptionalism – Judith Dobrzynski in the WSJ, 5-22-07
- Shaul Bakhash: Scholars rallying to defense of his wife, detained by Iran – Juan Cole at Informed Comment (blog), 5-22-07
|REVIEWED AND FIRST CHAPTERS:
- Jean Edward Smith: A careful scholar explores the life of an aristocratic man of the people – FDR – WaPo, 5-27-07
- Douglas Brinkley: The Contender A historian argues that Gerald Ford came close to being a great president GERALD R. FORD – WaPo, 5-27-07
- Vincent Bugliosi: Goodbye, Grassy Knoll A famously effective prosecutor tries to prove that Lee Harvey Oswald acted alone RECLAIMING HISTORY The Assassination of President John F. Kennedy – WaPo, 5-27-07
- Andrew Burstein: Uncovering an American Legend For almost 200 years, his reputation has been trapped in “Sleepy Hollow.” THE ORIGINAL KNICKERBOCKER The Life of Washington Irving – WaPo, 5-27-07
- Gil Troy on Conrad Black: Conrad Black reflects on Nixon Conrad Black reflects on Nixon – Canada.com, 5-26-07
- Rival Books on Hillary Clinton Play Leapfrog on Debut Dates – NYT, 5-22-07
- Smithsonian, Congress Share a Turbulent History – NPR, 5-20-07
- Lee Edwards on “Carter, with his slam at Bush, breaks code of ex-presidents”: “Mr. Carter is bending, if not breaking, a century-long tradition. You’d have to go back to Theodore Roosevelt, who was so upset about William Taft that he ran for president against him in 1912.” – Financial Express.bd, Bangladesh, 5-24-07
- Robert Dallek on “Carter, with his slam at Bush, breaks code of ex-presidents”: “Harry Truman didn’t like Eisenhower much, but he kind of kept his tongue about Ike.” – Financial Express.bd, Bangladesh, 5-24-07
- Julian Zelizer on “Carter, with his slam at Bush, breaks code of ex-presidents”: “Former presidents are extremely cautious, avoiding big, dramatic public declarations” – Financial Express.bd, Bangladesh, 5-24-07
- Michael Beschloss, Tim Naftali: When Former Presidents Assail the Chief – NYT, 5-22-07
|SPOTTED & SPEAKING EVENTS CALENDAR:
|HONORED, AWARDED, AND APPOINTMENTS:
- Robert C. Darnton: Princeton Historian To Head Harvard’s Libraries Darnton will replace Sidney Verba as libaries chief, University professor – TheHarvard crimson, 5-22-07
- Taylor Branch: King history award from Robert F. Kennedy Memorial – Baltimore Sun, 5-23-07
- Charles Rappleye: Wins $50,000 Washington Prize for Book on Slave Trade – WaPo, 5-23-07
- Tim Brooks: TV historian Announces Retirement – PRNewswire, 5-22-07
||History Listings This Week:
- C-Span2, Book TV : Featured Program: Douglas Brinkley, editor, “The Reagan Diaries” on Sunday, May 28 at 6:55pm C-Span2, BookTV
- PBS: The American Experience: “The Berlin Airlift” Monday, May 28, 2007 at 9pm ET – PBS
- History Channel: “True Caribbean Pirates” Sunday, May 27, @ 8pm ET/PT
- History Channel: “Star Trek: Beyond the Final Frontier” Sunday, May 27, @ 10pm ET/PT
- History Channel: “Band Of Brothers :The Breaking Point,” Monday, May 28, @ 2:30pm ET/PT
- History Channel: “Band Of Brothers :The Last Patrol,” Monday, May 28, @ 4pm ET/PT
- History Channel: “Band Of Brothers :Why We Fight,” Monday, May 28, @ 5:30pm ET/PT
- History Channel: “Band Of Brothers :Points,” Monday, May 28, @ 7pm ET/PT
- History Channel: “Star Wars Tech,” Monday, May 28, @ 8pm ET/PT
- History Channel: “Star Wars: The Legacy Revealed,” Monday, May 28, @ 9pm ET/PT
- History Channel: “UFO Files :Alien Engineering, Part 1,” Tuesday, May 29, @ 2pm ET/PT
- History Channel: “The Universe :Secrets of the Sun,” Tuesday, May 29, @ 9pm ET/PT
- History Channel: “Special :The Kings: From Babylon to Baghdad,” Wednesday, May 30, @ 2pm ET/PT
- History Channel: “History Rocks: The 70′s :Part 1,” Wednesday, May 30, @ 10pm ET/PT
- History Channel: “Mega Movers :Moving the Impossible,” Thursday, May 31, @ 2pm ET/PT
- History Channel: “History’s Mysteries :Ancient Monster Hunters,” Thursday, May 31, @ 4pm ET/PT
- History Channel: “Man, Moment, Machine :Apollo 13: Triumph on the Dark Side,” Thursday, May 31, @ 8pm ET/PT
- History Channel: “History Rocks: The 70′s :Part 2,” Thursday, May 31, @ 10pm ET/PT
- History Channel: “Special : Da Vinci & the Code He Lived By,” Friday, June 1, @ 4pm ET/PT
- History Channel: “Special : Da Vinci & the Code He Lived By,” Friday, June 1, @ 4pm ET/PT
- History Channel: “Man, Moment, Machine :Da Vinci & the Handgun,” Friday, June 1, @ 4pm ET/PT
- History Channel: “Modern Marvels :Castles & Dungeons,” Friday, June 1, @ 5pm ET/PT
- History Channel: “Modern Marvels :Walt Disney World,” Friday, June 1, @ 8pm ET/PT
- History Channel: “Jonestown Paradise Lost,” Friday, June 1, @ 10pm ET/PT
- History Channel: “True Crime,” Marathon Saturday, June 2, @ 1-5pm ET/PT
- History Channel: “True Caribbean Pirates,” Saturday, June 2, @ 8pm ET/PT
- History Channel: “The States :07 – Illinois, Connecticut, Nevada, Mississippi, Wyoming,” Saturday, June 2, @ 10pm ET/PT
|SELLING BIG (NYT):
- Walter Isaacson: EINSTEIN HIS LIFE AND UNIVERSE #2 (5 weeks on list) – 6-03-07
- Michael Beschloss: PRESIDENTIAL COURAGE, #7 (2 weeks on list) – 6-03-07
- Robert Dallek: NIXON AND KISSINGER #34 – 6-03-07
- Elizabeth Drew: Richard M. Nixon: The 37th President, 1969-1974, (Times Books), May 28, 2007
- Kevin P. Spicer: Antisemitism, Christian Ambivalence, and the Holocaust (Indiana University Press), May 28, 2007
- Gabor Boritt (Editor): Slavery, Resistance, Freedom, (Oxford University Press, USA), June 2007
- William C. Davis: Virginia at War 1862 (Editor) (University Press of Kentucky), June 2007
- Jack Valenti: This Time, This Place: My Life in War, the White House, and Hollywood, (Crown Publishing Group), June 5, 2007
- Steve Vogel: The Pentagon: A History, (Random House Publishing Group), June 5, 2007
- Amity Shlaes: The Forgotten Man: A New History of the Great Depression, HarperCollins Publishers, June 12, 2007
- Orville Vernon Burton: The Age of Lincoln, (Farrar, Straus and Giroux), June 12, 2007
- Brian K. Bugge: The Mystique of Conspiracy: Oswald, Castro, and the CIA, (Provocative Ideas), June 28, 2007
- Kathryn C. Statler: Replacing France: The Origins of American Intervention in Vietnam, (University Press of Kentucky) July 28, 2007
- Eugen Weber; UCLA Historian, PBS Host – WaPo, 5-27-07
- Karen Hess Put Food on America’s Academic Table – NPR, 5-26-07
- Vicki Kaye Heilig: Historian of the United Daughters of the Confederacy, dies – WaPo, 5-25-07
- Richard Whelan: Cultural historian, dead – NYT, 5-25-07
- Kenneth L. Sokoloff: Economics historian, dies at 54 – NYT, 5-24-07
- Baruch Kimmerling: Sociologist and ‘new historian,’ dies at age 67 – Haaretz, 5-21-07