History Buzz: February 2007

History Buzz

By Bonnie K. Goodman

Ms. Goodman is the Editor/Features Editor at HNN. She has a Masters in Library and Information Studies from McGill University, and has done graduate work in history at Concordia University.

February 26, 2007

PRESIDENTIAL CAMPAIGN 2008 WATCH:
    Presidential Campaign 2008 Watch

  • B. Carmon Hardy on “Polygamy A Feature In Romney Family Tree Great-Grandfather Had 5 Wives”: polygamy was “a very important part of Miles Park Romney’s family. Now, very gradually, as you moved farther away from it, it became less a part of it. But during the time of Miles Park Romney, it was an essential principle of the Romney family life.” – Boston Channel.com, 2-25-07
BLACK HISTORY MONTH:
BIGGEST STORIES:
HNN STATS THIS WEEK:
THIS WEEK IN HISTORY:
  • 26/02/1732 – 1st mass celebrated in 1st American Catholic church, Philadelphia
  • 26/02/1848 – Marx and Engels publish “Communist Manifesto”
  • 26/02/1869 – 15th Amendment guaranteeing right to vote sent to states
  • 26/02/1870 – 1st NYC subway line opens (pneumatic powered)
  • 26/02/1933 – Golden Gate Bridge ground-breaking ceremony held at Crissy Field
  • 26/02/1962 – US Supreme court disallows race separation on public transportation
  • 27/02/1670 – Jews expelled from Austria by order of Leopold I
  • 27/02/1801 – Washington DC placed under Congressional jurisdiction
  • 27/02/1827 – 1st Mardi Gras celebration in New Orleans
  • 27/02/1864 – 6th and last day of battle at Dalton, Georgia (about 600 casualties)
  • 27/02/1864 – Near Andersonville GA, rebels open a new POW camp “Camp Sumpter”
  • 27/02/1869 – John Menard is 1st black to make a speech in Congress
  • 27/02/1872 – Charlotte Ray, 1st Black woman lawyer, graduated Harvard U
  • 27/02/1877 – US Electoral College declares R Hayes winner presidential election
  • 27/02/1900 – Boer General Cronj‚ surrenders to English in Pardenberg, South-Africa
  • 27/02/1922 – Supreme Court unanimously upheld 19th amend woman’s right to vote
  • 27/02/1942 – 1st transport of French Jews to nazi-Germany
  • 27/02/1949 – Chaim Weizmann becomes 1st Israeli president
  • 27/02/1950 – General Chiang Kai-shek elected president of Nationalist China
  • 27/02/1951 – 22nd amendment ratified, limiting president to 2 terms
  • 27/02/1972 – Pres Nixon and Chinese Premier Chou En-lai issued Shanghai Communique
  • 27/02/1998 – Britain’s House of Lords agree’s to end 1,000 years of male preference by giving a monarch’s first-born daughter the same claim to the throne as any first born son
  • 28/02/1692 – Salem witch hunt begins
  • 28/02/1704 – Indians attack Deerfield, Mass, kill 40, kidnap 100
  • 28/02/1708 – Slave revolt, Newton, Long Island NY, 11 die
  • 28/02/1778 – Rhode Island General Assembly authorizes enlistment of slaves
  • 28/02/1847 – US defeats Mexico in battle of Sacramento
  • 28/02/1854 – Republican Party formally organized at Ripon, Wisc
  • 28/02/1879 – “Exodus of 1879″ southern blacks flee political/economic exploitation
  • 28/02/1961 – JFK names Henry Kissinger special advisor
  • 28/02/1972 – Pres Richard Nixon ends historic week-long visit to China
  • 01/03/1562 – Blood bath at Vassy: Gen de Guise allows 1200 huguenots murder
  • 01/03/1692 – Sarah Goode, Sarah Osborne, and Tituba arrest for witchcraft (Salem, MA)
  • 01/03/1780 – Penn becomes 1st US state to abolish slavery (for new-borns only)
  • 01/03/1781 – Continental Congress adopts Articles of Confederation
  • 01/03/1845 – President Tyler signs a resolution annexing the Republic of Texas
  • 01/03/1864 – Rebecca Lee (US) becomes 1st black woman to receive a medical degree
  • 01/03/1875 – Congress passes Civil Rights Act; invalidated by Supreme Ct, 1883
  • 01/03/1932 – Charles Lindbergh Jr (20 months), kidnapped in NJ; found dead May 12
  • 01/03/1940 – 12th Academy Awards – “Gone with the Wind,” R Donat and V Leigh win
  • 01/03/1945 – FDR announces success of Yalta Conference
  • 01/03/1961 – President Kennedy establishes the Peace Corp
  • 01/03/1974 – Watergate grand jury indicts 7 presidential aides
  • 02/03/1776 – Americans begin shelling British troops in Boston
  • 02/03/1807 – Congress bans slave trade effective January 1, 1808
  • 02/03/1836 – Republic of Texas declares independence from Mexico
  • 02/03/1853 – Territory of Washington organized after separating from Oregon Ter
  • 02/03/1855 – Aleksandr Romanov becomes tsar of Russia
  • 02/03/1865 – Freedman’s Bureau founded for Black Education, 1865
  • 02/03/1867 – Congress passed the 1st Reconstruction Act
  • 02/03/1877 – Rutherford B Hayes (R) declared president despite Samuel J Tilden (D) winning the popular vote, but is 1 electoral vote shy of victory
  • 02/03/1915 – Vladmir Jabotinsky forms a Jewish military force to fight in Palestine
  • 02/03/1923 – Time magazine debuts
  • 02/03/1974 – Grand jury concludes Pres Nixon is involved in Watergate cover-up
  • 02/03/1991 – UN votes in favor of US resolutions for cease fire with Iraq
  • 03/03/1801 – 1st US Jewish governor, David Emanuel, takes office in Georgia
  • 03/03/1803 – 1st impeachment trial of a federal judge, John Pickering, begins
  • 03/03/1805 – Louisiana-Missouri Territory forms
  • 03/03/1817 – Mississippi Territory is divided into Alabama Territory and Mississippi
  • 03/03/1820 – Missouri Compromise passes, allowing slavery in Missouri
  • 03/03/1837 – US president Andrew Jackson and Congress recognizes Republic of Texas
  • 03/03/1845 – 1st time, US Senate overrides presidential (Tyler) veto
  • 03/03/1849 – Territory of Minnesota organizes
  • 03/03/1862 – Battle of New Madrid MO-captured by Union forces
  • 03/03/1865 – Bureau of Refugees, Freedmen, and Abandoned Lands established
  • 03/03/1869 – University of South Carolina opens to all races
  • 03/03/1871 – Congress changes Indian tribes status from independent to dependent
  • 03/03/1877 – Rutherford B Hayes is sworn in as the 19th president
  • 03/03/1885 – Congress passes Indian Appropriations Act (Indians wards of fed govt)
  • 03/03/1887 – Anne Sullivan begins teaching 6 year old blind-deaf Helen Keller
  • 03/03/1911 – 1st US federal cemetery with Union and Rebel graves opens, Missouri
  • 03/03/1913 – Ida B Wells-Barnett demonstrates for female suffrage in Washington DC
  • 03/03/1918 – Treaty of Brest-Litovsk: Germany, Austria and Russia sign
  • 03/03/1923 – US Senate rejects membership in Intl Court of Justice, The Hague
  • 03/03/1931 – “Star Spangled Banner” officially becomes US national anthem
  • 03/03/1972 – Sculpted figures of Jefferson Davis, Robert E Lee, and Stonewall Jackson are completed at Stone Mountain Georgia
  • 03/03/1992 – Pres Bush apologizes for raising taxes after pledging not to
IN THE NEWS:
REVIEWED AND FIRST CHAPTERS:
  • JOHN LEWIS GADDIS on Margaret MacMillan: Great Leap Forward NIXON AND MAO The Week That Changed the WorldNYT, 2-25-07
  • Orville Schell on Margaret MacMillan: Nixon’s Balancing Act A realist president’s bold trip brought America and China together to counter the Soviets – NIXON AND MAO The Week That Changed the World, First Chapter – NYT, 2-25-07
  • Kenneth T. Jackson, Robert Caro: Making No Little Plans – NYT, 2-25-07
  • Margaret MacMillan: NIXON AND MAO The Week That Changed the World WaPo, 2-25-07
  • David A. Clary: Writer explores Lafayette’s bonds Adopted Son: Washington, Lafayette, and the Friendship That Saved the RevolutionFayObserver.com, Fayetteville NC, 2-26-07
  • John Patrick Diggins: Revisits the legacy of The Great Communicator Ronald Reagan: Fate, Freedom, and the Making of HistoryExaminer.com, 2-23-07
  • Andrew Roberts: Newsweek celebrates his history of English-speaking peoples – Evan Thomas in a two-page spread in Newsweek, 2-26-07
OP-ED:
PROFILED:
INTERVIEWED:
  • Doris Kearns Goodwin: Deconstructing Abraham Lincoln’s Administration – NPR, 2-19-07
FEATURE:
  • Underground Railroad may be resurrected UD grad students hope to make the route taken by runaway slaves a historic highway – The News Journal, DE, 2-24-07
QUOTED:
  • Joseph McCartin on “Union choice may have a chance”: “The Democratic majorities make this a very different environment. Last year, it was more symbolic. This year, there are some real possibilities…. In order to bring any heat to bear on the Senate, you have to get the bill through the House,” he said. “In order to hold the Democratic presidential candidates’ feet to the fire, you have to get it through the House. Ultimately, this is preparation for the fight which is going on down the road. I believe the labor movement looks at this as a two-year project.” – Philadelphia Inquirer, PA, 2-26-07
  • James Hoopes on “As the times have changed, so has the need for a watch”: “It’s that we live in an increasingly synchronized world. You don’t really relieve all the stress unless you get out of the world where time synchronization is so important.” – Houston Chronicle, TX, 2-25-07
SPOTTED & SPEAKING EVENTS CALENDAR:
HONORED, AWARDED, AND APPOINTMENTS:
ON TV:
  • C-Span2, Book TV : Book TV presents Jeffrey Rosen, “The Supreme Court” & Jan Crawford Greenburg, “Supreme Conflict”, Sunday, February 25 at at 10:00 pm – C-Span2, BookTV
  • PBS: The American Experience: “RACE TO THE MOON” Monday, February 27, 2007 at 9pm ET – PBS
  • History Channel: “Star Wars: Empire of Dreams,” Sunday, February 25, @ 10pm ET/PT
  • History Channel: “Little Ice Age: Big Chill :Little Ice Age: Big Chill,” Monday, February 26, @ 2pm ET/PT
  • History Channel: “The Wrath Of God :Blizzards: Whiteout!,” Monday, February 26, @ 4pm ET/PT
  • History Channel: “Digging For The Truth :Ramesses: Visions of Greatness,” Monday, February 26, @ 9pm ET/PT
  • History Channel: “Engineering An Empire :The Maya: Death Empire,” Monday, February 26, @ 10pm ET/PT
  • History Channel: “USS Constellation: Battling for Freedom,” Tuesday, February 27, @ 2pm ET/PT
  • History Channel: “Deep Sea Detectives :Slave Ship Uncovered!,” Tuesday, February 27, @ 4pm ET/PT
  • History Channel: “Man, Moment, Machine :Hunting Bonnie & Clyde,” Tuesday, February 27, @ 10pm ET/PT
  • History Channel: “Nixon: A Presidency Revealed” Wednesday, February 28, @ 2pm ET/PT
  • History Channel: “Man, Moment, Machine :JFK & the Crisis Crusader” Wednesday, February 28, @ 6pm ET/PT
  • History Channel: “Return of the Pirates,” Thursday, March 1, @ 2pm ET/PT
  • History Channel: “History’s Mysteries :The Mysteries of Devil’s Triangles.,” Thursday, March 1, @ 5pm ET/PT
  • History Channel: “History’s Mysteries :Ship of Gold,” Thursday, March 1, @ 7pm ET/PT
  • History Channel: “Decoding The Past :Doomsday 2012: The End of Days,” Thursday, March 1, @ 9pm ET/PT
  • History Channel: “Dogfights: The Greatest Air Battles,” Friday, March2, @ 2pm ET/PT
  • History Channel: “Digging For The Truth,” Marathon Saturday, March 3, @ 8-11pm ET/PT
  • History Channel: “Star Trek: Beyond the Final Frontier,” Saturday, March 3, @ 5pm ET/PT
  • History Channel: “History of Sex,” Marathon Saturday, March 3, @ 8-11pm ET/PT
SELLING BIG (NYT):
  • Michael B. Oren: POWER, FAITH, AND FANTASY #11 (5 weeks on list) – 3-04-07
  • Dinesh D’Souza: THE ENEMY AT HOME, #18 – 3-04-07
NEW ON THE WEB:
  • Follow the Drinking Gourd: A Cultural History : This website presents ongoing research into the song “Follow the Drinking Gourd” and its cultural history. The song was supposedly used by an Underground Railroad operative to encode escape instructions and a map. The song has also p layed an important role in the Civil Rights and folk revival movements of the 1950s and 1960s, and in contemporary elementary school education.
  • SoldierStudies.org: New online database archive for the preservation of Civil War correspondences, is a searchable database of soldiers and their correspondences.
EXHIBITIONS:
  • Echoes in the Ice: Collages of Polar Explorers by Rik van Glintenkamp: In recognition of International Polar Year, the Harvard Museum of Natural History (HMNH) announces a unique exhibition celebrating intrepid explorers and their travels to the farthest “ends” of the Earth. Opens January 26, 2007 – Harvard Museum of Natural History, Harvard University
FUTURE RELEASES:
  • Chalmers Johnson: Nemesis: The Last Days of the American Republic [American Empire Project], (Henry Holt & Company, Incorporated), February 6, 2007
  • Geoffrey Perret: Commander in Chief: How Truman, Johnson, and Bush Turned a Presidential Power into a Threat to America’s Future (Farrar, Straus and Giroux), February 6, 2007
  • Benton Rain Patterson: With the Heart of a King: Elizabeth I of England, Philip II of Spain, and the Fight for a Nation’s Soul and Crown (St. Martin’s Press), February 6, 2007
  • Andrew Roberts: History of the English-Speaking Peoples since 1900, HarperCollins Publishers), February 6, 2007
  • Margaret MacMillan: Nixon in China: The Week That Changed the World, (Random House Adult Trade Publishing Group), February 13, 2007
  • John McManus: Alamo in the Ardennes: The Untold Story of the American Soldiers Who Made the Defense of Bastogne Possible, (Wiley, John & Sons, Incorporated), March 2007
DEPARTED:

Posted on Sunday, February 25, 2007 at 8:16 PM

February 19, 2007

PRESIDENTIAL CAMPAIGN 2008 WATCH:
    Presidential Campaign 2008 Watch

  • Allan Lichtman on “Obama Set For Big Jewish Push”: “There’s no Democrat who has locked in the Jewish vote, It’s wide open…. He’s well educated, he has sterling intellectual credentials and he seems to have struck the right note on a lot of issues…. The winner in this race is going to be the last person to make a mistake. First-time candidates are mistake-prone.” – NY Jewish Week, 2-16-07
BLACK HISTORY MONTH:
BIGGEST STORIES:
HNN STATS THIS WEEK:
THIS WEEK IN HISTORY:
  • 19/02/1807 – VP Aaron Burr arrested in Alabama for treason; later found innocent
  • 19/02/1878 – Thomas Alva Edison patents gramophone (phonograph)
  • 19/02/1881 – Kansas becomes 1st state to prohibit all alcoholic beverages
  • 19/02/1919 – Pan-African Congress, organized by W E B Du Bois (Paris)
  • 19/02/1941 – Nazi raid Amsterdam and round up 429 young Jews for deportation
  • 19/02/1942 – FDR orders detention and internment of all west-coast Japanese-Americans
  • 19/02/1945 – US 5th Fleet launches invasion of Iwo Jima against the Japanese
  • 19/02/1963 – USSR informs JFK it’s withdrawing several thousand troops from Cuba
  • 19/02/1986 – US Senate ratifies UN’s anti-genocide convention 37 years later
  • 20/02/1547 – King Edward VI of England was enthroned following death of Henry VIII
  • 20/02/1792 – US postal service created; postage 6›-12«›, depending on distance
  • 20/02/1809 – Supreme Court rules federal govt power greater than any state
  • 20/02/1839 – Congress prohibits dueling in District of Columbia
  • 20/02/1861 – Dept of Navy of Confederacy forms
  • 20/02/1869 – Tenn Gov W C Brownlow declares martial law in Ku Klux Klan crisis
  • 20/02/1933 – House of Reps completes congressional action to repeal Prohibition
  • 20/02/1941 – 1st transport of Jews to concentration camps leave Plotsk Poland
  • 20/02/1953 – US Court of Appeals rules that Organized Baseball is a sport and not a business, affirming the 25-year-old Supreme Court ruling
  • 20/02/1962 – John Glenn is 1st American to orbit Earth (Friendship 7)
  • 21/02/1764 – John Wilkes thrown out of Engl House of Commons for “Essay on Women”
  • 21/02/1792 – Congress passes Pres Succession Act
  • 21/02/1804 – 1st locomotive, Richard Trevithick’s, runs for 1st time, in Wales
  • 21/02/1857 – Congress outlaws foreign currency as legal tender in US
  • 21/02/1862 – Confederate Constitution and presidency are declared permanent
  • 21/02/1862 – Texas Rangers win Confederate victory at Battle of Val Verde, NM
  • 21/02/1874 – Benjamin Disraeli replaces William Gladstone as English premier
  • 21/02/1885 – Washington Monument dedicated (Wash DC)
  • 21/02/1895 – NC Legislature, adjourns for day to mark death of Frederick Douglass
  • 21/02/1916 – Battle of Verdun in WW I begins (1 million casualties)
  • 21/02/1943 – Dutch RC bishops protest against persecution of Jews
  • 21/02/1965 – Black nationalist leader Malcolm X is assassinated.
  • 21/02/1972 – Richard Nixon becomes 1st US president to visit China
  • 22/02/1495 – French King Charles VIII enters Naples to claim crown
  • 22/02/1630 – Indians introduce pilgrims to popcorn, at Thanksgiving
  • 22/02/1819 – Spain renounces claims to Oregon Country, Florida (Adams-On¡s Treaty)
  • 22/02/1821 – Spain sells (east) Florida to United States for $5 million
  • 22/02/1854 – 1st meeting of Republican Party (Michigan)
  • 22/02/1856 – 1st national meeting of Republican Party (Pittsburgh)
  • 22/02/1861 – On a bet Edward Weston leaves Boston to walk to Lincoln’s inauguration
  • 22/02/1864 – -27] Battle at Dalton Georgia
  • 22/02/1889 – Pres Cleveland signs bill to admit Dakotas, Montana and Washington state
  • 22/02/1900 – Hawaii became a US territory
  • 22/02/1924 – 1st presidential radio address (Calvin Coolidge)
  • 22/02/1967 – 25,000 US and S Vietnamese troops launched Operation Junction City, offensive to smash Viet Cong stronghold near Cambodian border
  • 23/02/1455 – Johannes Gutenberg prints 1st book, Bible (estimated date)
  • 23/02/1836 – Alamo besieged by Santa Anna; entire garrison eventually killed
  • 23/02/1861 – Pres-elect Lincoln arrives secretly in Wash DC to take office
  • 23/02/1861 – By popular referendum, Texas becomes 7th state to secede from US
  • 23/02/1883 – Alabama becomes 1st US state to enact an antitrust law
  • 23/02/1945 – US Marines raise flag on Iwo Jima, famous photo and statue
  • 23/02/1947 – Gen Eisenhower opens drive to raise $170M in aid for European Jews
  • 23/02/1967 – US troops begin largest offensive of Vietnam War
  • 23/02/1997 – Scientists in Scotland announced they succeeded in cloning an adult mammal, producing a lamb named “Dolly”
  • 24/02/1803 – Supreme Court 1st rules a law unconstitutional (Marbury v Madison)
  • 24/02/1836 – 3,000 Mexicans attack 182 Texans at Alamo, lasts 13 days
  • 24/02/1848 – King Louis-Philippe abdicates, 2nd French republic declared
  • 24/02/1864 – -Feb 25] Battle of Tunnel Hill, GA (Buzzard’s Roost)
  • 24/02/1868 – 1st US parade with floats (Mardi Gras-Mobile Alabama)
  • 24/02/1868 – House of Reps vote 126 to 47, to impeach President Andrew Johnson
  • 24/02/1944 – Argentina coup by Juan Peron minister of war
  • 24/02/1949 – Israel and Egypt sign an armistice agreement
  • 24/02/1991 – US and allies begin a ground war assault on Iraqi troops
  • 25/02/1793 – 1st cabinet meeting (At George Washington’s home)
  • 25/02/1804 – Jefferson nominated for president at Democratic-Republican caucus
  • 25/02/1862 – Paper currency (greenbacks) introduced in US by Pres Abraham Lincoln
  • 25/02/1870 – Hiram Revels, is sworn in as 1st black member of Congress (Sen-R-MS)
  • 25/02/1919 – League of Nations set up by Paris Treaty
  • 25/02/1941 – February strike against persecution of Jews, in Amsterdam
IN THE NEWS:
REVIEWED AND FIRST CHAPTERS:
  • Harriet A. Washington: Unequal treatment The Dark History of Medical Experimentation on Black Americans From Colonial Times to the PresentNYT, 2-18-07
  • Harriet A. Washington: The Dark History of Medical Experimentation on Black Americans From Colonial Times to the Present, First Chapter – NYT, 2-18-07
  • Marcus Rediker: New book shows that pirate ships could be a refuge for slaves – http://www.jdnews.com, 2-13-07
  • Alexander Rose: The Setauket Spies see the light of day Washington’s Spies: The Story of America’s First Spy RingNewsday, NY, 2-16-07
  • David A. Bell: The idealistic origins of total war – Adam Gopnik in the New Yorker, 2-5-07
OP-ED:
PROFILED:
INTERVIEWED:
FEATURE:
QUOTED:
  • Donald Ritchie, associate Senate historian on “A Divided House Denounces Plan for More Troops”: “There is a long tradition of Congressional dissent during wartime, but I don’t know that it’s ever formalized itself the way this is shaping up. Taking a stand in opposition to a commander in chief’s decision on a war policy, that’s unusual.” – NYT, 2-17-07
SPOTTED & SPEAKING EVENTS CALENDAR:
  • David McCollough: Prize winning historian visits ISU – WJBC News, IL, 2-16-07
  • Thomas G. Alexander: Historian discusses 1857 massacre – Deseret News, UT, 2-17-07
  • February 25, 2007:James McPherson, a Civil War historian and the Pulitzer Prize-win ning author of “Battle Cry of Freedom: The Civil War Era,” will be the speaker Feb. 25 during the annual benefit dinner for the Westminster Foundation at Princeton, the Presbyterian Campus Ministry at Princeton University. The evening will begin at 6 with a reception, followed by dinner and program at 6:30. – Trenton Times, NJ, 2-15-07
  • February 25, 2007: William Leuchtenburg “The White House Looks South: Franklin D. Roosevelt, Harry S. Truman, Lyndon B. Johnson” at 5 PM – http://www.unctv.org/ncbookwatch/
  • February 14, 2007: Eric Foner, “American Reconstruction (1865-1877)” Time to be announced, McLain Auditorium, MHS – Larchmont Gazette, NY, 11-29-06
  • March 20, 2007: Alan Brinkley, The Harlem Renaissance, Time to be announced, McLain Auditorium, MHS – Larchmont Gazette, NY, 11-29-06
  • Feb. 23 to 25, 2007: John Gillingham: Camden Conference marks its 20th anniversary, Feb. 23 to 25, 2007, at the Camden Opera House – 8-15-06 – Sold-out Camden Conference offers satellite seating at Strand knox.VillageSoup.com, ME, 10-29-06
HONORED, AWARDED, AND APPOINTMENTS:
ON TV:
  • C-Span2, Book TV : General Assignment: Robert Caro, Reflections on Robert Moses, Sunday, February 18 at 10 pm – C-Span2, BookTV
  • C-Span2, Book TV : Andrew Roberts, author of “A History of the English-Speaking Peoples Since 1900″ and Chalmers Johnson, author of “Nemesis: The Last Days of the American Republic “, Author Call-In Programs with Andrew Roberts and Chalmers Johnson, Sunday, February 19 at 12 am – C-Span2, BookTV
  • C-Span2, Book TV : John Barletta, Riding with Reagan: From the White House to the Ranch, Sunday, February 19 at 2:30 am – C-Span2, BookTV
  • PBS: The American Experience: “NEW YORK UNDERGROUND” Monday, February 19, 2007 at 9pm ET – PBS
  • History Channel: “Star Trek Tech,” Sunday, February 18, @ 9pm ET/PT
  • History Channel: “Star Wars: Empire of Dreams,” Sunday, February 18, @ 10pm ET/PT
  • History Channel: “How William Shatner Changed the World ,” Monday, February 19, @ 9pm ET/PT
  • History Channel: “Star Trek: Beyond the Final Frontier,” Monday, February 19, @ 9pm ET/PT
  • History Channel: “Fort Knox: Secrets Revealed,” Tuesday, February 20, @ 2pm ET/PT
  • History Channel: “Man, Moment, Machine :Hunting Bonnie & Clyde,” Tuesday, February 20, @ 10pm ET/PT
  • History Channel: “Godfathers” Wednesday, February 21, @ 2pm ET/PT
  • History Channel: “Weird Weapons :The Allies” Wednesday, February 21, @ 8pm ET/PT
  • History Channel: ” Weird Weapons :The Axis” Wednesday, February 21, @ 9pm ET/PT
  • History Channel: “Modern Marvels :Weapons of Mass Destruction” Wednesday, February 21, @ 10pm ET/PT
  • History Channel: “Comets: Prophets of Doom,” Thursday, February 22, @ 5pm ET/PT
  • History Channel: “The Lost Dinosaurs of Egypt,” Thursday, February 22, @ 5pm ET/PT
  • History Channel: “Lost Worlds :Braveheart’s Scotland,” Thursday, February 22, @ 7pm ET/PT
  • History Channel: “Secret Societies,” Thursday, February 22, @ 8pm ET/PT
  • History Channel: “Decoding The Past :Nazi Prophecies,” Thursday, February 22, @ 9pm ET/PT
  • History Channel: “Rumrunners, Moonshiners and Bootleggers,” Friday, February 23, @ 2pm ET/PT
  • History Channel: “Dogfights: The Greatest Air Battles,” Friday, February 23, @ 9pm ET/PT
  • History Channel: “Star Trek: Beyond the Final Frontier,” Saturday, February 24, @ 8pm ET/PT
  • History Channel: “Quest for Dragons,” Saturday, February 24, @ 10pm ET/PT
SELLING BIG (NYT):
  • Michael B. Oren: POWER, FAITH, AND FANTASY #5 (3 weeks on list) – 2-18-07
  • Dore Gold: THE FIGHT FOR JERUSALEM, #17 – 2-18-07
  • Dinesh D’Souza: THE ENEMY AT HOME, #32 – 2-18-07
NEW ON THE WEB:
  • Follow the Drinking Gourd: A Cultural History : This website presents ongoing research into the song “Follow the Drinking Gourd” and its cultural history. The song was supposedly used by an Underground Railroad operative to encode escape instructions and a map. The song has also p layed an important role in the Civil Rights and folk revival movements of the 1950s and 1960s, and in contemporary elementary school education.
  • SoldierStudies.org: New online database archive for the preservation of Civil War correspondences, is a searchable database of soldiers and their correspondences.
EXHIBITIONS:
  • Echoes in the Ice: Collages of Polar Explorers by Rik van Glintenkamp: In recognition of International Polar Year, the Harvard Museum of Natural History (HMNH) announces a unique exhibition celebrating intrepid explorers and their travels to the farthest “ends” of the Earth. Opens January 26, 2007 – Harvard Museum of Natural History, Harvard University
FUTURE RELEASES:
  • Chalmers Johnson: Nemesis: The Last Days of the American Republic [American Empire Project], (Henry Holt & Company, Incorporated), February 6, 2007
  • Geoffrey Perret: Commander in Chief: How Truman, Johnson, and Bush Turned a Presidential Power into a Threat to America’s Future (Farrar, Straus and Giroux), February 6, 2007
  • Benton Rain Patterson: With the Heart of a King: Elizabeth I of England, Philip II of Spain, and the Fight for a Nation’s Soul and Crown (St. Martin’s Press), February 6, 2007
  • Andrew Roberts: History of the English-Speaking Peoples since 1900, HarperCollins Publishers), February 6, 2007
  • Margaret MacMillan: Nixon in China: The Week That Changed the World, (Random House Adult Trade Publishing Group), February 13, 2007
  • John McManus: Alamo in the Ardennes: The Untold Story of the American Soldiers Who Made the Defense of Bastogne Possible, (Wiley, John & Sons, Incorporated), March 2007

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February 12, 2007

PRESIDENTIAL CAMPAIGN 2008 WATCH:
    Presidential Campaign 2008 Watch

  • Richard Norton Smith on “Obama will announce candidacy at historic venue”: “Lincoln came out of the wilderness, figuratively and politically, and to some degree the same can be said of Obama. Somebody who looked at his resume in 1860 might well have questioned the experience he had, particularly given the perilous times that were ahead. But he had a genius for advocacy. He had a voice.” – Chicago Tribune, 2-10-07
  • Timothy Walch on “Bush keeps away from trail White House focuses on end-of-term goals”: “It’s very hard, I think, psychologically and politically, for somebody who has been the most powerful person in the world to begin gradually to detach themselves from power.” – Concord Monitor, NH, 2-8-07
BLACK HISTORY MONTH:
BIGGEST STORIES:
HNN STATS THIS WEEK:
THIS WEEK IN HISTORY:
  • 12/02/1733 – Georgia founded by James Oglethorpe, at site of Savannah
  • 12/02/1793 – 1st US fugitive slave law passed; requires return of escaped slaves
  • 12/02/1825 – Creek Indian treaty signed. Tribal chiefs agree to turn over all their land in Georgia to the government and migrate west by Sept 1, 1826
  • 12/02/1865 – Henry Highland Garnet, is 1st black to speak in US House of Reps
  • 12/02/1873 – Congress abolishes bimetallism and authorizes $1 and $3 gold coins
  • 12/02/1909 – National Assn for the Advancement of Colored People (NAACP) forms
  • 12/02/1915 – Cornerstone laid for Lincoln Memorial in Wash DC
  • 12/02/1924 – President Calvin Coolidge makes 1st presidential radio speech
  • 12/02/1950 – Sen Joe McCarthy claims to have list of 205 communist govt employees
  • 12/02/1962 – Bus boycott starts in Macon, Georgia
  • 13/02/1566 – St Augustine, Florida founded
  • 13/02/1635 – Oldest US public institution, Boston Latin School founded
  • 13/02/1861 – Abraham Lincoln declared president
  • 13/02/1864 – Miridian Campaign fighting at Chunky Creek and Wyatt, Mississippi
  • 13/02/1895 – Moving picture projector patented
  • 13/02/1907 – English suffragettes storm British Parliament and 60 women are arrested
  • 13/02/1957 – Southern Christian Leadership Conference organizes in New Orleans
  • 13/02/1968 – US sends 10,500 additional soldiers to Vietnam
  • 14/02/1130 – Jewish Cardinal Pietro Pierleone elected as anti-pope Anacletus II
  • 14/02/1689 – English parliament places Mary Stuart/Prince Willem III on the throne
  • 14/02/1848 – James K Polk became 1st pres photographed in office (Matthew Brady)
  • 14/02/1876 – A G Bell and Elisha Gray apply separately for telephone patents Supreme Court eventually rules Bell rightful inventor
  • 14/02/1896 – Theodor Herzl publishes “Der Judenstaat”
  • 14/02/1949 – 1st session of Knesset (Jerusalem Israel)
  • 14/02/1962 – 1st lady Jacqueline Kennedy conducts White House tour on TV
  • 14/02/1971 – Richard Nixon installs secret taping system in White House
  • 15/02/1851 – Black abolitionists invade Boston courtroom rescueing a fugitive slave
  • 15/02/1861 – Ft Point completed and garrisoned (but has never fired cannon in anger)
  • 15/02/1862 – Grant’s major assault on Ft Donelson, Tennessee
  • 15/02/1879 – Congress authorizes women lawyers to practice before Supreme Ct
  • 15/02/1903 – 1st Teddy Bear introduced in America, made by Morris and Rose Michtom
  • 15/02/1918 – 1st WW I US army troop ship torpedoed and sunk by Germany, off Ireland
  • 15/02/1929 – St Valentine’s Day massacre (Chicago)
  • 15/02/1933 – Pres-elect Franklin Roosevelt survives assassination attempt
  • 15/02/1965 – Canada replaces Union Jack flag with Maple Leaf
  • 16/02/1741 – Benjamin Franklin’s General Magazine (2nd US Mag) begins publishing
  • 16/02/1760 – Native American hostages killed in Ft Prince George SC
  • 16/02/1864 – Battle of Mobile, AL – operations by Union Army
  • 16/02/1914 – 1st airplane flight (LA to SF)
  • 16/02/1917 – 1st synagogue in 425 years opens in Madrid
  • 16/02/1959 – Fidel Castro named himself Cuba’s premier after overthrowing Batista
  • 17/02/1621 – Miles Standish appointed 1st commander of Plymouth colony
  • 17/02/1801 – House breaks electoral college tie, chooses Jefferson pres over Burr
  • 17/02/1865 – -18] Battle of Charleston SC
  • 17/02/1865 – Columbia SC burns down during Civil War
  • 17/02/1870 – Mississippi becomes 9th state readmitted to US after Civil War
  • 17/02/1915 – Edward Stone, 1st US combatant to die in WW I, is mortally wounded
  • 17/02/1933 – US Senate accept Blaine Act: ending prohibition
  • 17/02/1933 – 1st issue of “Newsweek” magazine published
  • 17/02/1938 – 1st public experimental demonstration of Baird color TV (London)
  • 17/02/1943 – Dutch churches protest at Seyss-Inquart against persecution of Jews
  • 17/02/1949 – Chaim Weitzman elected 1st president of Israel
  • 17/02/1964 – US House of Reps accept Law on the civil rights
  • 17/02/1969 – Golda Meir sworn in as Israel’s 1st female prime minister
  • 17/02/1972 – President Nixon leaves Washington DC for China
  • 18/02/1503 – Henry Tudor created Prince of Wales (later Henry VIII)
  • 18/02/1688 – Quakers conduct 1st formal protest of slavery in Germantown, Pa
  • 18/02/1861 – Confederate President Jefferson Davis inaugurated at Montgomery Ala
  • 18/02/1865 – Union troops force Confederates to abandon Ft Anderson, NC
  • 18/02/1865 – Evacuation of Charleston, SC; Sherman’s troops burn city
  • 18/02/1927 – US and Canada begin diplomatic relations
  • 18/02/1970 – US president Nixon launches “Nixon-doctrine”
  • 18/02/1988 – Anthony M Kennedy, sworn in as Supreme Court Justice
IN THE NEWS:
REVIEWED AND FIRST CHAPTERS:
OP-ED:
PROFILED:
INTERVIEWED:
FEATURE:
QUOTED:
  • Douglas Brinkley: New Orleans’ future bleak, historian says – Hattiesburg American, MS, 2-11-07
  • Douglas Brinkley “New Orleans’ future bleak”: “The act of not doing enough is a policy; it’s a decision….(The government’s) answer is, ‘Don’t live below sea level. Don’t live in the Lower Ninth (Ward), don’t rebuild – move to Hattiesburg. It’s an unfortunate confluence that when New Orleans needs a great leader, there’s a void…. The reason you would do it (rebuild) is because you believe the heritage places like Gulfport and Biloxi and New Orleans are important … and that if the Italians can save Venice, surely the United States can save these places, but you have to believe in culture to make that happen.” – Hattiesburg American, MS, 2-11-07
SPOTTED & SPEAKING EVENTS CALENDAR:
  • Doris Kearns Goodwin: Historian gives audience reasons why Lincoln was great leader – http://www.venturacountystar.com, 2-7-07
  • February 13, 2007: Paul F. Boller Jr.: Historian takes a playful look at our country’s leaders Scholar nudges politics aside to examine how U.S. presidents spent their free time at 7:30 p.m., Eureka College – Peoria Journal Star, IL, 2-11-07
  • February 25, 2007: William Leuchtenburg “The White House Looks South: Franklin D. Roosevelt, Harry S. Truman, Lyndon B. Johnson” at 5 PM – http://www.unctv.org/ncbookwatch/
  • February 14, 2007: Eric Foner, “American Reconstruction (1865-1877)” Time to be announced, McLain Auditorium, MHS – Larchmont Gazette, NY, 11-29-06
  • March 20, 2007: Alan Brinkley, The Harlem Renaissance, Time to be announced, McLain Auditorium, MHS – Larchmont Gazette, NY, 11-29-06
  • Feb. 23 to 25, 2007: John Gillingham: Camden Conference marks its 20th anniversary, Feb. 23 to 25, 2007, at the Camden Opera House – 8-15-06 – Sold-out Camden Conference offers satellite seating at Strand knox.VillageSoup.com, ME, 10-29-06
HONORED, AWARDED, AND APPOINTMENTS:
  • Asif A. Siddiqi: His book “Challenge To Apollo” (National Aeronautics and Space Administration, 2000), was named one of the “Five Best” books on outer space in the Wall Street Journal (WSJ) in its Dec. 30th issue. – Fordham University, 2-9-07
  • Philip Nicolosi: Teacher wins Paul Gagnon Prize – AHA Blog, 2-8-07
ON TV:
  • C-Span2, Book TV : 2006 Miami Book Fair: Thomas Evans “The Education of Ronald Reagan,” Sunday, February 11 at 8:10 pm – C-Span2, BookTV
  • PBS: The American Experience: “AMERICAN EXPERIENCE Visits NEW ORLEANS” Monday, February 12, 2007 at 9pm ET – PBS
  • History Channel: “Alaska: Dangerous Territory, ” Sunday, February 11, @ 10pm ET/PT
  • History Channel: “Digging For The Truth :New Maya Revelations,” Monday, February 12, @ 9pm ET/PT
  • History Channel: “Engineering An Empire :The Aztecs,” Monday, February 12, @ 10pm ET/PT
  • History Channel: “The Saint Valentine’s Day Massacre” Wednesday, February 14, @ 8pm ET/PT
  • History Channel: “Nixon: A Presidency Revealed,” Thursday, February 15, @ 8pm ET/PT
  • History Channel: “The Kennedy Assassination: Beyond Conspiracy,” Thursday, February 15, @ 10pm ET/PT
  • History Channel: “The Presidents,” Marathon 1789-1945 Saturday, February 17, @ 11am-5pm ET/PT
  • History Channel: “Nixon: A Presidency Revealed,” Saturday, February 17, @ 5pm ET/PT
  • History Channel: “Special :An Alien History of Planet Earth,” Saturday, February 17, @ 8pm ET/PT
  • History Channel: “Save Our History :The Search for George Washington,” Saturday, February 17, @ 10pm ET/PT
SELLING BIG (NYT):
  • Michael B. Oren: POWER, FAITH, AND FANTASY #5 (3 weeks on list) – 2-18-07
  • Dore Gold: THE FIGHT FOR JERUSALEM, #17 – 2-18-07
  • Dinesh D’Souza: THE ENEMY AT HOME, #32 – 2-18-07
NEW ON THE WEB:
  • Follow the Drinking Gourd: A Cultural History : This website presents ongoing research into the song “Follow the Drinking Gourd” and its cultural history. The song was supposedly used by an Underground Railroad operative to encode escape instructions and a map. The song has also p layed an important role in the Civil Rights and folk revival movements of the 1950s and 1960s, and in contemporary elementary school education.
  • SoldierStudies.org: New online database archive for the preservation of Civil War correspondences, is a searchable database of soldiers and their correspondences.
EXHIBITIONS:
  • Echoes in the Ice: Collages of Polar Explorers by Rik van Glintenkamp: In recognition of International Polar Year, the Harvard Museum of Natural History (HMNH) announces a unique exhibition celebrating intrepid explorers and their travels to the farthest “ends” of the Earth. Opens January 26, 2007 – Harvard Museum of Natural History, Harvard University
FUTURE RELEASES:
  • Chalmers Johnson: Nemesis: The Last Days of the American Republic [American Empire Project], (Henry Holt & Company, Incorporated), February 6, 2007
  • Geoffrey Perret: Commander in Chief: How Truman, Johnson, and Bush Turned a Presidential Power into a Threat to America’s Future (Farrar, Straus and Giroux), February 6, 2007
  • Benton Rain Patterson: With the Heart of a King: Elizabeth I of England, Philip II of Spain, and the Fight for a Nation’s Soul and Crown (St. Martin’s Press), February 6, 2007
  • Andrew Roberts: History of the English-Speaking Peoples since 1900, HarperCollins Publishers), February 6, 2007
  • Margaret MacMillan: Nixon in China: The Week That Changed the World, (Random House Adult Trade Publishing Group), February 13, 2007
  • John McManus: Alamo in the Ardennes: The Untold Story of the American Soldiers Who Made the Defense of Bastogne Possible, (Wiley, John & Sons, Incorporated), March 2007
DEPARTED:
  • Nelson W. Polsby: 72, Author and a Scholar of Politics, Dies – NYT (2-9-07)
  • J. Merton England: National Science Foundation Historian Was 91 – WaPo, 2-5-07

Posted on Sunday, February 11, 2007 at 9:15 PM

February 5, 2007

PRESIDENTIAL CAMPAIGN 2008 WATCH:
    Presidential Campaign 2008 Watch

  • Tom Schwartz on “Sources Say Obama Will Announce 2008 Bid February 10″: “Lincoln was able to use that space to accept the Republican nomination to run for the Senate, and eventually that led to a series of debates which have become the gold standard for political discourse in this country. There’s symbolism everywhere.” – All Headline News, 2-1-07
BLACK HISTORY MONTH:
HNN STATS THIS WEEK:
THIS WEEK IN HISTORY:
  • 05/02/1649 – Prince of Wales becomes king Charles II
  • 05/02/1778 – Articles of Confederation ratified by 1st state, South Carolina
  • 05/02/1861 – Louisiana delegation except Mr Bouligny withdraws from Congress
  • 05/02/1865 – Battle of Hatcher’s Run, VA (Armstrong’s Mill, Dabney’s Mill)
  • 05/02/1930 – 5th Aliyah to Israel begins
  • 05/02/1937 – FDR proposes enlarging Supreme Court, “court packing” plan failed
  • 05/02/1969 – US population reaches 200 million
  • 06/02/1862 – Gen Ulysses S Grant captures Fort Henry in Tennessee
  • 06/02/1862 – Ulysses S Grant begins military campaign in Mississippi
  • 06/02/1865 – Robert E Lee appointed Confederate General in Chief
  • 06/02/1899 – Spanish-American War ends, peace treaty ratified by Senate
  • 06/02/1918 – Britain grants women (30 and over) vote
  • 06/02/1933 – 20th Amendment goes into effect: Pres term begins in Jan not March
  • 06/02/1956 – U of Alabama refuses admission to Autherine Lucy (because he’s black)
  • 06/02/1974 – US House of Reps begins determining grounds for impeachment of Nixon
  • 06/02/1978 – Muriel, wife of late Hubert Humphrey (Sen-D-Minn) takes his office
  • 07/02/1569 – King Philip II forms inquistion in South America
  • 07/02/1795 – 11th Amendment to US Constitution ratified, affirms power of states
  • 07/02/1839 – Henry Clay declares in Senate “I had rather be right than president”
  • 07/02/1862 – Federal fleet attack on Roanoke Island NC
  • 07/02/1864 – Federal troops occupy Jacksonville, Florida
  • 07/02/1950 – Sen Joe McCarthy finds “communists” in US Ministry of Foreign Affairs
  • 07/02/1956 – Autherine Lucy, 1st black admitted to U of Alabama, is expelled
  • 07/02/1962 – President Kennedy begins blockade of Cuba
  • 07/02/1964 – Beatles land at NY’s JFK airport, for 1st US tour
  • 07/02/1973 – Senate creates Select Committee on Presidential Campaign Activities
  • 07/02/1983 – 1st female secretary of transportation sworn-in (Elizabeth Dole)
  • 08/02/1622 – King James I disbands the English parliament
  • 08/02/1690 – French and Indian troops set Schenectady settlement NY on fire
  • 08/02/1837 – 1st VP chosen by Senate, Richard Johnson (Van Buren admin)
  • 08/02/1861 – Confederate States of America organizes in Montgomery, Ala
  • 08/02/1865 – 1st black major in US army, Martin Robinson Delany
  • 08/02/1887 – Dawes Act passed (indians living apart from tribe granted citizenship)
  • 08/02/1894 – Enforcement Act repealed, making it easier to disenfranchise blacks
  • 08/02/1904 – Russo-Japanese War begins
  • 08/02/1915 – “Birth of a Nation” opens at Clune’s Auditorium in LA
  • 08/02/1940 – Lodtz, 1st large ghetto established by Nazis in Poland
  • 08/02/1942 – Congress advises FDR that, Americans of Japanese descent should be locked up en masse so they wouldn’t oppose the US war effort
  • 08/02/1944 – 1st black reporter accredited to White House, Harry McAlpin
  • 08/02/1969 – Last edition of Saturday Evening Post
  • 08/02/1971 – South Vietnamese troops invade Laos
  • 08/02/1973 – Senate names 7 members to investigate Watergate scandal
  • 09/02/1775 – English Parliament declares Mass colony is in rebellion
  • 09/02/1825 – House of Representatives elects John Quincy Adams 6th US president
  • 09/02/1861 – Tennessee votes against secession
  • 09/02/1861 – Jefferson Davis and Alexander Stephens elected president and VP of CSA
  • 09/02/1942 – Daylight Savings War Time goes into effect in US
  • 09/02/1943 – FDR orders minimal 48 hour work week in war industry
  • 09/02/1950 – Sen Joseph McCarthy charges State Dept infested with 205 communists
  • 09/02/1964 – 1st appearance of Beatles on “Ed Sullivan Show” (73.7 million viewers)
  • 10/02/1676 – Wampanoag Indians under King Philip kill all men in Lancaster Mass
  • 10/02/1763 – Treaty of Paris ends French-Indian War, surrendering Canada to England
  • 10/02/1840 – British queen Victoria marries her cousin Albert von Saksen-Coburg
  • 10/02/1855 – US citizenship laws amended all children of US parents born abroad granted US citizenship
  • 10/02/1890 – Around 11M acres, ceded to US by Sioux Indians opens for settlement
  • 10/02/1934 – 1st Jewish immigrant ship to break the English blockade in Palestine
  • 10/02/1954 – Eisenhower warns against US intervention in Vietnam
  • 10/02/1967 – 25th Amendment (Presidential Disability and Succession) in effect
  • 10/02/1989 – Ron Brown chosen 1st black chairman of a major US party (Democrats)
  • 11/02/1531 – Henry VIII recognized as supreme head of Church in England
  • 11/02/1752 – Pennsylvania Hospital, the 1st hospital in the US, opened
  • 11/02/1768 – Samuel Adams letter, circulates around American colonies, opposing Townshend Act taxes
  • 11/02/1790 – Society of Friends petitions Congress for abolition of slavery
  • 11/02/1811 – Pres Madison prohibits trade with Britain for 3rd time in 4 years
  • 11/02/1861 – US House unanimously passes resolution guaranteeing noninterference with slavery in any state
  • 11/02/1861 – President-elect Lincoln takes train from Spingfield IL to Wash DC
  • 11/02/1945 – Yalta agreement signed by FDR, Churchill and Stalin
  • 11/02/1953 – Pres Eisenhower refuses clemency appeal for Rosenberg couple
IN THE NEWS:
REVIEWED AND FIRST CHAPTERS:
  • DAVID OSHINSKY on Arthur Allen: Preventive Medicine VACCINE The Controversial Story of Medicine’s Greatest LifesaverNYT, 2-4-07
  • NIALL FERGUSON on Rupert Smith: Ameliorate, Contain, Coerce, Destroy THE UTILITY OF FORCE The Art of War in the Modern WorldNYT, 2-4-07
  • Rupert Smith: THE UTILITY OF FORCE The Art of War in the Modern World, First Chapter – NYT, 2-4-07
  • Andrew Hussey: Paris Confidential PARIS The Secret HistoryNYT, 2-4-07
  • Maya Jasanoff on Robert and Isabelle Tombs: The Love-Hate Relationship Britain and France have loathed each other and learned from each other – THAT SWEET ENEMY The French and the British From the Sun King to the Present Wa Po, 2-4-07
  • David Laskin on Gary Krist: Blood on the Tracks In 1910, scores of people died when a wave of snow crushed two stuck trains THE WHITE CASCADE The Great Northern Railway Disaster And America’s Deadliest AvalancheWa Po, 2-4-07
  • Wesley K. Clark on Evan Thomas: The Battle for the Pacific A thrilling new history of an epic 1944 clash SEA OF THUNDER Four Commanders and the Last Great Naval Campaign 1941-1945Wa Po, 2-4-07
  • Olivier Wieviorka: Whites-only liberation of Paris – New Zealand Herald, 2-1-07
OP-ED:
PROFILED:
INTERVIEWED:
FEATURE:
  • Diary of Saad Eskander, Director of the Iraq National Library and Archive, posted online by British library – http://www.bl.uk, 1-29-07
QUOTED:
  • Daniel Pipes “Professor says radical Islam is the threat”: “Like the Fascists we defeated in 1945 and the Communists we disempowered in ’91, radical Islamists draw from the best of their society in terms of good families, wealth and education. Their frustration now is with their position in the world. They used to be at the forefront of world society in scholarship, money and respect. And they believe that the only way they can achieve that again is to impose Sharia law across the world.” – Malibu Times, CA, 1-31-07
SPOTTED & SPEAKING EVENTS CALENDAR:
  • Douglas Brinkley: Lauded historian to speak at USM, Thursday, Feb. 8 at 7 p.m. in the R.C. Cook University Union, Rooms B and C on the Southern Miss Hattiesburg campus – Hattiesburg American,MS, 2-2-07
  • February 25, 2007: William Leuchtenburg “The White House Looks South: Franklin D. Roosevelt, Harry S. Truman, Lyndon B. Johnson” at 5 PM – http://www.unctv.org/ncbookwatch/
  • February 14, 2007: Eric Foner, “American Reconstruction (1865-1877)” Time to be announced, McLain Auditorium, MHS – Larchmont Gazette, NY, 11-29-06
  • March 20, 2007: Alan Brinkley, The Harlem Renaissance, Time to be announced, McLain Auditorium, MHS – Larchmont Gazette, NY, 11-29-06
  • Feb. 23 to 25, 2007: John Gillingham: Camden Conference marks its 20th anniversary, Feb. 23 to 25, 2007, at the Camden Opera House – 8-15-06 – Sold-out Camden Conference offers satellite seating at Strand knox.VillageSoup.com, ME, 10-29-06
HONORED, AWARDED, AND APPOINTMENTS:
ON TV:
  • C-Span2, Book TV : Book TV presents After Words: Eric Klinenberg, author of “Fighting for Air: The Battle to Control America’s Media” interviewed by Ben Scott, Sunday, February 4 at 9:00 pm – C-Span2, BookTV
  • PBS: The American Experience: “THE LIVING WEAPON” Monday, February 5, 2007 at 9pm ET – PBS
  • History Channel: “Who Wrote The Bible?, ” Sunday, February 4, @ 8pm ET/PT
  • History Channel: “Sex in The Bible, ” Sunday, February 4, @ 9:30pm ET/PT
  • History Channel: “Saddam and the Third Reich” Monday, February 5, @ 2pm ET/PT
  • History Channel: “Digging For The Truth :King Tut: Secrets Revealed,” Monday, February 5, @ 9pm ET/PT
  • History Channel: “Iran: The Next Iraq?,” Monday, February 5, @ 11pm ET/PT
  • History Channel: “Special :Eighty Acres of Hell” Wednesday, February 7, @ 2pm ET/PT
  • History Channel: “Weird U.S. :Roadside Distractions” Wednesday, February 7, @ 5pm ET/PT
  • History Channel: “Modern Marvels :Guns of the Civil War.” Wednesday, February 7, @ 6pm ET/PT
  • History Channel: “Slave Catchers, Slave Resisters :Slave Catchers, Slave Resisters,” Thursday, February 8, @ 2pm ET/PT
  • History Channel: ” Tales of the FBI :The Bureau vs. the Klan,” Thursday, February 8, @ 4pm ET/PT
  • History Channel: “Wild West Tech :The Gunslingers,” Thursday, February 8, @ 6pm ET/PT
  • History Channel: “Decoding The Past :Exorcism: Driving Out the Devil.,” Thursday, February 8, @ 8pm ET/PT
  • History Channel: “American Vesuvius,” Friday, February 9, @ 2pm ET/PT
  • History Channel: “Iran: The Next Iraq?,” Friday, February 9, @ 4pm ET/PT
  • History Channel: “The Lost Evidence :Sicily,” Friday, February 10, @ 8pm ET/PT
  • History Channel: “USS Constellation: Battling for Freedom,” Saturday, February 10, @ 8pm ET/PT
  • History Channel: “True Caribbean Pirates,” Saturday, February 10, @ 10pm ET/PT
SELLING BIG (NYT):
  • Michael B. Oren: POWER, FAITH, AND FANTASY #6 (2 weeks on list) – 2-11-07
  • Dinesh D’Souza: THE ENEMY AT HOME, #19 – 2-11-07
  • Evan Thomas: SEA OF THUNDER, #30 – 2-11-07
NEW ON THE WEB:
  • SoldierStudies.org: New online database archive for the preservation of Civil War correspondences, is a searchable database of soldiers and their correspondences.
EXHIBITIONS:
  • Echoes in the Ice: Collages of Polar Explorers by Rik van Glintenkamp: In recognition of International Polar Year, the Harvard Museum of Natural History (HMNH) announces a unique exhibition celebrating intrepid explorers and their travels to the farthest “ends” of the Earth. Opens January 26, 2007 – Harvard Museum of Natural History, Harvard University
FUTURE RELEASES:
  • Chalmers Johnson: Nemesis: The Last Days of the American Republic [American Empire Project], (Henry Holt & Company, Incorporated), February 6, 2007
  • Geoffrey Perret: Commander in Chief: How Truman, Johnson, and Bush Turned a Presidential Power into a Threat to America’s Future (Farrar, Straus and Giroux), February 6, 2007
  • Benton Rain Patterson: With the Heart of a King: Elizabeth I of England, Philip II of Spain, and the Fight for a Nation’s Soul and Crown (St. Martin’s Press), February 6, 2007
  • Andrew Roberts: History of the English-Speaking Peoples since 1900, HarperCollins Publishers), February 6, 2007
  • Margaret MacMillan: Nixon in China: The Week That Changed the World, (Random House Adult Trade Publishing Group), February 13, 2007
  • John McManus: Alamo in the Ardennes: The Untold Story of the American Soldiers Who Made the Defense of Bastogne Possible, (Wiley, John & Sons, Incorporated), March 2007
DEPARTED:

Posted on Sunday, February 4, 2007 at 8:42 PM

History Buzz: January 2007

History Buzz

By Bonnie K. Goodman

Ms. Goodman is the Editor/Features Editor at HNN. She has a Masters in Library and Information Studies from McGill University, and has done graduate work in history at Concordia University.

January 29, 2007

PRESIDENTIAL CAMPAIGN 2008 WATCH:
    Presidential Campaign 2008 Watch

  • Robert Dallek on “Rush of Entries Gives ’08 Contest Early Intensity”: “If Bush were doing well and had a continuing ability to get things done and command the national stage, I think there would be far less focus on the campaign.” – NYT, 1-22-07
STATE OF THE UNION:
  • Robert Dallek on “Tone not as bold as a year ago”: “Energy is very hard to focus” during war, he says. “War, especially a war that’s going badly, is an all-encompassing concern.” – 1-24-2007
  • Robert Dallek on the LBJ-Bush parallel: “The two presidents’ wartime predicaments represent a strange convergence of two men with vastly different backgrounds and political philosophies.” – MSNBC, 1-25-07
  • Why Bush is no Lyndon Johnson In the midst of a war, can an unpopular leader get anything done? Yes – MSNBC, 1-25-07
BLACK HISTORY MONTH:
  • Adrienne Israel: The History of Black History Month – Guilfordian, NC, 1-26-07
  • Thomas Sugrue: Black History Month Programming on Emmy Award-Winning WQED tv13 – Earthtimes.org, 1-24-07
  • Black History Month Tells Story of Determination and Triumph – Media Newswire, NY, 1-29-07
  • Plenty of ways to mark Black History Month – Annapolis Capital, MD, 1-28-07
  • David Blight: 2007 Marion Thompson Wright Lecture Examines “Slavery and the Memory Boom: Why, and Why Now?” free public program will be held in the Paul Robeson Campus Center, Rutgers-Newark, from 9:30 a.m. to 3:30 p.m. on Feb. 17. The campus center is at 350 Dr. Martin Luther King Jr. Blvd. – R-N Online Campus News, NJ, 1-25-07
BIGGEST STORIES:
HNN STATS THIS WEEK:
THIS WEEK IN HISTORY:
  • 29/01/1834 – Pres Jackson orders 1st use of US troops to suppress a labor dispute
  • 29/01/1850 – Henry Clay introduces a comprise bill on slavery to US Senate
  • 29/01/1861 – Kansas becomes 34th state
  • 29/01/1863 – Battle at Bear River, Washington: US army vs indians
  • 29/01/1864 – Battle of Moorefield, WV (Rosser’s Raid)
  • 29/01/1879 – Custer Battlefield National Monument, Mont established
  • 29/01/1916 – 1st bombings of Paris by German Zeppelins takes place
  • 29/01/1919 – Secretary of state proclaims 18th amendment (prohibition)
  • 29/01/1944 – 285 German bombers attack London
  • 29/01/1980 – 6 Iranian held US hostages escape with help of Canadians
  • 29/01/1984 – Pres Reagan formally announces he will seek a 2nd term
  • 30/01/1349 – Jews of Freilsburg Germany are massacred
  • 30/01/1487 – Bell chimes invented
  • 30/01/1647 – King Charles I handed over to English parliament
  • 30/01/1781 – Articles of Confederation ratified by 13th state, Maryland
  • 30/01/1797 – Congress refuses to accept 1st petitions from American blacks
  • 30/01/1798 – Rep Matthew Lyon (Vt) spits in face of Rep Roger Griswold (Ct) in US House of Representatives, after an argument
  • 30/01/1800 – US population: 5,308,483; Black population 1,002,037 (18.9%)
  • 30/01/1815 – Burned Library of Congress reestablished with Jefferson’s 6500 vols
  • 30/01/1835 – Richard Lawrence misfires at Pres Andrew Jackson in Washington DC
  • 30/01/1913 – House of Lords rejects Irish Home Rule Bill
  • 30/01/1933 – Adolph Hitler named German Chancellor, forms govt with Von Papen
  • 30/01/1939 – Hitler calls for extermination of European Jews
  • 30/01/1956 – Martin Luther King Jr’s home bombed
  • 30/01/1957 – US Congress accepts “Eisenhower-doctrine”
  • 30/01/1961 – JFK asks for an Alliance for Progress and Peace Corp
  • 30/01/1972 – Bloody Sunday: Brit soldiers shoot on catholics in Londonderry, 13 die
  • 30/01/1973 – Jury finds Watergate defendants Liddy and McCord guilty on all counts
  • 30/01/1976 – George Bush becomes 11th director of CIA (until 1977)
  • 30/01/1989 – 5 pharoah sculptures from 1470 BC found at temple of Luxor
  • 31/01/1863 – 1st black Civil War regiment, SC Volunteers, mustered into US army
  • 31/01/1865 – Congress passes 13th Amendment, abolishing slavery in America (121-24)
  • 31/01/1865 – Gen Robert E Lee named Commander-in-Chief of Confederate Armies
  • 31/01/1871 – Millions of birds fly over western SF, darkens sky
  • 31/01/1950 – Pres Truman OKs building of hydrogen bomb
  • 31/01/1968 – Viet Cong’s Tet offensive begins
  • 01/02/1587 – English queen Elizabeth I signs Mary Stuarts death sentence
  • 01/02/1790 – Supreme Court convenes for 1st time (NYC)
  • 01/02/1810 – US Population: 7,239,881, Black population: 1,377,808 (19%)
  • 01/02/1860 – 1st rabbi to open House of Representatives, Morris Raphall of NYC
  • 01/02/1861 – Texas becomes 7th state to secede
  • 01/02/1862 – Julia Howe publishes “Battle Hymn of Republic”
  • 01/02/1865 – 13th amendment approved (National Freedom Day)
  • 01/02/1865 – General Sherman’s march through South Carolina begins
  • 01/02/1871 – Jefferson Long of Georgia is 1st black to make an official speech in House of Reps (opposing leniency to former Confederates)
  • 01/02/1887 – Harvey Wilcox of Ks subdivides 120 acres he owned in Southern Calif and starts selling it off as a real estate development (Hollywood)
  • 01/02/1892 – Mrs William Astor invites 400 guests to a grand ball at her mansion thus beginning use of “400” to describe socially elite
  • 01/02/1893 – Thomas Edison complete’s worlds 1st movie studio (West Orange NJ)
  • 01/02/1951 – 1st telecast of atomic explosion
  • 01/02/1953 – “General Electric Theater” premieres on CBS TV; Reagan later hosts
  • 01/02/1953 – “You Are There” with Walter Cronkite premieres on CBS television
  • 01/02/1960 – 4 students stage 1st civil rights sit-in, at Greensboro NC Woolworth
  • 01/02/1965 – Martin Luther King Jr and 700 demonstrators arrested in Selma Ala
  • 01/02/1965 – Peter Jennings, 26, becomes anchor of ABC’s nightly news
  • 01/02/1968 – Former VP Richard Nixon announces candidacy for president
  • 01/02/1968 – Famous photo: Saigon police chief Nguyen Ngoc Loan executes a Viet Cong officer with a pistol shot to head
  • 01/02/1978 – Harriet Tubman is 1st black woman honored on a US postage stamp
  • 01/02/1979 – Ayatollah Ruhollah Khomeini returns to Iran after 15 yrs in exile
  • 02/02/1536 – Pedro de Mendoza finds Argentine city of Buenos Aires
  • 02/02/1550 – English Edward Seymour duke of Somerset, freed
  • 02/02/1843 – US and British settlers in Oregon Country choose govt committee
  • 02/02/1848 – Treaty of Guadalupe Hidalgo ends Mexican War; US acquires Texas California, New Mexico and Arizona for $15 million
  • 02/02/1848 – 1st ship load of Chinese arrive in SF
  • 02/02/1863 – Samuel Clemens becomes Mark Twain for 1st time
  • 02/02/1876 – Baseball’s National League forms with teams in Boston, Chicago, Cincinnati, Hartford, Louisville, New York, Philadelphia, St Louis
  • 02/02/1913 – NYC’s Grand Central Terminal opens
  • 02/02/1942 – LA Times urges security measures against Japanese-Americans
  • 02/02/1948 – President Truman urges congress to adopt a civil rights program
  • 02/02/1954 – Pres Eisenhower reports detonation of 1st H-bomb (done in 1952)
  • 02/02/1955 – 1st presidential news conference on network TV-Eisenhower on ABC
  • 03/02/1690 – 1st paper money in America issued (colony of Mass)
  • 03/02/1740 – Charles de Bourbon, King of Naples, invites Jews to return to Sicily
  • 03/02/1783 – Spain recognizes US independence
  • 03/02/1836 – Whig Party holds its 1st national convention (Albany NY)
  • 03/02/1855 – Wisconsin Supreme Ct declares US Fugitive Slave Law unconstitutional
  • 03/02/1860 – Thomas Clemson takes office as 1st US superintendent of agriculture
  • 03/02/1864 – Sherman’s march through Mississippi
  • 03/02/1865 – Hampton Roads Peace Conference, Lincoln and Stephens reach an impasse
  • 03/02/1870 – 15th Amendment (Black suffrage) passed
  • 03/02/1908 – Supreme Court rules a union boycott violates Sherman Antitrust Act
  • 03/02/1916 – Canada’s original Parliament buildings, in Ottawa, burns down
  • 03/02/1917 – US liner Housatonic sunk by German sub and diplomatic relations severed
  • 03/02/1919 – League of Nations 1st meeting (Paris)
  • 03/02/1930 – William Howard Taft, resigns as chief justice for health reasons
  • 03/02/1947 – 1st black reporter in Congressional press gallery (Percival Prattis)
  • 03/02/1962 – Pres Kennedy bans all trade with Cuba except for food and drugs
  • 03/02/1994 – Pres Bill Clinton lifts US trade embargo against Vietnam
  • 04/02/1586 – Robert Dudley, earl of Leicester, becomes governor of Neth
  • 04/02/1787 – Shays’ Rebellion (of debt-ridden Massachusetts farmers) fails
  • 04/02/1789 – 1st electoral college chooses Washington and Adams as Pres and VP
  • 04/02/1822 – Free American Blacks settle Liberia, West Africa
  • 04/02/1847 – 1st US telegraph co established in Maryland
  • 04/02/1854 – Alvan Bovay proposes name “Republican Party,” Ripon, Wisc
  • 04/02/1855 – Soldiers shoot Jewish families in Coro, Venezuela
  • 04/02/1861 – Confederate constitutional convention meets for 1st time, Montgomery Ala, Ga, Fla, La, Miss and SC elect Jefferson Davis pres of Confederacy
  • 04/02/1864 – 24th Amendment abolishes Poll tax
  • 04/02/1887 – Interstate Commerce Act authorizes federal regulation of railroads
  • 04/02/1914 – US Congress approves Burnett-anti-immigration law
  • 04/02/1942 – Clinton Pierce becomes 1st US general wounded in action in WW II
  • 04/02/1945 – FDR, Churchill and Stalin meet at Yalta
  • 04/02/1997 – Sec of State Margaret Albright announces she just discovered that her grandparents were Jewish
IN THE NEWS:
REVIEWED AND FIRST CHAPTERS:
  • Marc Fisher: Radio Days SOMETHING IN THE AIR Radio, Rock, and the Revolution That Shaped a GenerationNYT, 1-28-07
  • Michael B. Oren: Midnight at the Oasis POWER, FAITH, AND FANTASY America in the Middle East, 1776 to the PresentNYT, 1-28-07
  • Jan Crawford Greenburg: ‘Supreme Conflict’ SUPREME CONFLICT The Inside Story of the Struggle for Control of the United States Supreme Court NYT, 1-23-07
  • Michael B. Oren: America and the Mideast, long before the Bushes POWER, FAITH, AND FANTASY America in the Middle East, 1776 to the PresentSan Francisco Chronicle, CA, 1-28-07
  • Sarah E. Igo: Inventing a ‘norm': Sociologists, sexologists and pollsters painting America by numbers Averaged American: Surveys, Citizens, and the Making of a Mass Public AdvertisementBaltimore Sun, MD, 1-28-07
  • MARTIN GOODMAN: Sacrifice at the altar of empire Rome & Jerusalem – The Clash of Ancient CivilisationsScotsman, UK, 1-26-07
OP-ED:
PROFILED:
INTERVIEWED:
FEATURE:
QUOTED:
  • Robert Dallek on ” Is Bush already a lame duck?”: “A lame duck president is someone who in our recent history is in his second term. … He doesn’t have the clout to influence the Congress, to assert himself that effectively, even in the conduct of foreign policy, because people know he is only going to be there another two years.” – CNN, 1-23-07
  • John Kitchens on “Dozens in Charlotte protest Iraq war”: “It’s created more terrorists than it’s gotten rid of.” – Sarasota Herald-Tribune, FL, 1-28-07
SPOTTED & SPEAKING EVENTS CALENDAR:
  • February 2, 2007: Archie P. McDonald will speak Friday at an event hosted by Tyler Junior College’s School of University Studies, A Dutch-treat buffet will begin 6 p.m. Friday in the Piano Room at Traditions restaurant, 6206 S. Broadway Ave. The program will begin at 6:45 p.m – Tyler Morning Telegraph, TX, 1-25-07
  • February 25, 2007: William Leuchtenburg “The White House Looks South: Franklin D. Roosevelt, Harry S. Truman, Lyndon B. Johnson” at 5 PM – http://www.unctv.org/ncbookwatch/
  • February 14, 2007: Eric Foner, “American Reconstruction (1865-1877)” Time to be announced, McLain Auditorium, MHS – Larchmont Gazette, NY, 11-29-06
  • March 20, 2007: Alan Brinkley, The Harlem Renaissance, Time to be announced, McLain Auditorium, MHS – Larchmont Gazette, NY, 11-29-06
  • Feb. 23 to 25, 2007: John Gillingham: Camden Conference marks its 20th anniversary, Feb. 23 to 25, 2007, at the Camden Opera House – 8-15-06 – Sold-out Camden Conference offers satellite seating at Strand knox.VillageSoup.com, ME, 10-29-06
  • North Gate Professional Seminar Reconstructing the Past: When History and Journalism Meet, The Graduate School of Journalism, University of California at Berkley, Saturday, April 21, 2007, 8:30 am — 4:30 pm, North Gate Library, Hearst at Euclid Avenue, Berkeley – Event Details
HONORED, AWARDED, AND APPOINTED:
ON TV:
  • C-Span2, Book TV : Christopher Hitchens, Francine Prose, Edmund Morris, James Atlas, 2006 Miami Book Fair: Biography Panel, Sunday, January 28 at 8:10 pm – C-Span2, BookTV
  • PBS: The American Experience: “The Berlin Airlift” Monday, January 29, 2007 at 9pm ET – PBS
  • History Channel: “Fort Knox: Secrets Revealed,” Sunday, January 28, @ 8pm ET/PT
  • History Channel: “The Plague” Monday, January 29, @ 2pm ET/PT
  • History Channel: “Bloodlines: The Dracula Family Tree, ” Monday, January 29, @ 4pm ET/PT
  • History Channel: “Digging For The Truth :Lost Empire of Genghis Khaan,” Monday, January 29, @ 9pm ET/PT
  • History Channel: “Alaska: Dangerous Territory” Tuesday, January 29, @ 2pm ET/PT
  • History Channel: “Lost Worlds :Braveheart’s Scotland” Tuesday, January 30, @ 9pm ET/PT
  • History Channel: “The Exodus Decoded” Wednesday, January 31, @ 2pm ET/PT
  • History Channel: “Tsunami 2004: Waves of Death” Wednesday, January 31, @ 4pm ET/PT
  • History Channel: “Giganto: The Real King Kong,” Thursday, February 1, @ 8pm ET/PT
  • History Channel: “The History of Sex :From Don Juan to Queen Victoria,” Thursday, February 1, @ 11pm ET/PT
  • History Channel: “Jonestown Paradise Lost :,” Friday, February 2, @ 2pm ET/PT
  • History Channel: “The Lost Evidence :18 – Battle of the Bulge,” Friday, February 2, @ 8pm ET/PT
  • History Channel: “Dogfights,” Marathon Saturday, January 27 @ 1-5pm ET/PT
  • History Channel: “The True Story of Black Hawk Down,” Saturday, January 20 @ 5pm ET/PT
  • History Channel: “Digging For The Truth,” Marathon Saturday, February 3, @ 1-5pm ET/PT
  • History Channel: “Fort Knox: Secrets Revealed,” Saturday, February 3, @ 5pm ET/PT
SELLING BIG (NYT):
  • Michael B. Oren: POWER, FAITH, AND FANTASY #10 (1 week on list) – 2-4-07
  • Evan Thomas: SEA OF THUNDER, #20 – 2-4-07
NEW ON THE WEB:
  • SoldierStudies.org: New online database archive for the preservation of Civil War correspondences, is a searchable database of soldiers and their correspondences.
EXHIBITIONS:
  • Echoes in the Ice: Collages of Polar Explorers by Rik van Glintenkamp: In recognition of International Polar Year, the Harvard Museum of Natural History (HMNH) announces a unique exhibition celebrating intrepid explorers and their travels to the farthest “ends” of the Earth. Opens January 26, 2007 – Harvard Museum of Natural History, Harvard University
FUTURE RELEASES:
  • James M. McPherson: This Mighty Scourge: Perspectives on the Civil War (Oxford University Press), January 2007
  • Dominic Green: Three Empires on the Nile: The Victorian Jihad, 1869-1898 (Simon & Schuster Adult Publishing Group), January 2007
  • Geoffrey Roberts: Stalin’s Wars: From World War to Cold War, 1939-1953 (Yale University Press), January 2007
  • David A. Bell: The First Total War: Napoleon’s Europe and the Birth of Warfare as We Know It, (Houghton Mifflin Company), January 2007
  • Dinesh D’Souza: Enemy at Home: The Cultural Left and Its Responsibilty for 9/11 (Doubleday Publishing), January 16, 2007
  • Edward Luce: In Spite of the Gods: The Rise of Modern India (Doubleday Publishing), January 16, 2007
  • Chalmers Johnson: Nemesis: The Last Days of the American Republic [American Empire Project], (Henry Holt & Company, Incorporated), February 6, 2007
  • Geoffrey Perret: Commander in Chief: How Truman, Johnson, and Bush Turned a Presidential Power into a Threat to America’s Future (Farrar, Straus and Giroux), February 6, 2007
  • Benton Rain Patterson: With the Heart of a King: Elizabeth I of England, Philip II of Spain, and the Fight for a Nation’s Soul and Crown (St. Martin’s Press), February 6, 2007
  • Andrew Roberts: History of the English-Speaking Peoples since 1900, HarperCollins Publishers), February 6, 2007
  • Margaret MacMillan: Nixon in China: The Week That Changed the World, (Random House Adult Trade Publishing Group), February 13, 2007
  • John McManus: Alamo in the Ardennes: The Untold Story of the American Soldiers Who Made the Defense of Bastogne Possible, (Wiley, John & Sons, Incorporated), March 2007
DEPARTED:
  • Portuguese historian Antonio de Oliveira Marques dies at 73 – AP, 1-24-07

Posted on Sunday, January 28, 2007 at 7:27 PM

January 22, 2007

PRESIDENTIAL CAMPAIGN 2008 WATCH:
    Presidential Campaign 2008 Watch

  • Andrew Polsky on “Hillary Clinton launches trailblazing presidential bid”: “A woman candidate could find it easier to run in peacetime, rather than wartime, but Sen. Clinton’s tried to position herself as a serious person on national security. But that means she’s staked out difficult position on the war that won’t make it easy for her to get Democratic nomination.” – AP, 1-20-07
  • Richard Norton Smith: Says it would be better “for Obama’s sake, not to mention for the country’s” if he had more experience. It would also be better if the campaign season were long enough for voters to fully gauge his character and aptitude for the presidency, Smith says. As Obama’s supporters often point out, Lincoln was a former member of the Illinois Legislature who had served briefly in Congress before becoming president. But the parallels in the men’s careers are no indication of success for Obama, Smith says. Sometimes the election of inexperienced candidates whose charisma is their greatest asset “produced great presidents, and sometimes it produced decidedly mediocre ones,” he says. – USA Today, 1-16-07
  • Garry Wills “Are Voters Ready For A Woman Or African American In The White House?”: “They talk about ‘judicial temperament ,’ somebody who’s able to weigh things fairly, I think he probably has that, perhaps more than she does. She has, a reputation anyway, of having very strong emotional reactions to people.” – CBS2 Chicago, IL, 1-16-07
  • Jonathan Sarna on “Does a McCain-Lieberman ticket make sense?”: “The 2006 election in Connecticut demonstrated that Lieberman still commands a significant Jewish following, but not as strong a following as he enjoyed in 2000. Lieberman’s support of the Iraq war, his views on religion in public life, and his endorsement of Republican efforts to prevent the removal of Terri Schiavo’s feeding tube distanced him from some Jewish voters.” – MSNBC 1-8-07
  • Julian Zelizer and Robert Dallek: Talkin’ ‘Bout My New Generation – U.S. News & World Report, DC, 12-31-06
  • Robert Dallek: He’s making a connection to Kennedy, and Kennedy also represented a new generation–young, vital, dynamic, very bright, articulate, and upbeat, a new face on the scene. What also serves Obama well is the tremendous frustration and disappointment with Bush.” – U.S. News & World Report, DC, 12-31-06
BIGGEST STORIES:
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THIS WEEK IN HISTORY:
  • 22/01/1371 – King Robert II Stuart of Scotland crowned
  • 22/01/1814 – 1st Knights Templar grand encampment in US held, NYC
  • 22/01/1863 – Union Gen Burnside’s “Mud March”
  • 22/01/1905 – Bloody Sunday: Russian demonstrators fired on by tsarist troops
  • 22/01/1944 – During World War II, Allied forces begin landing at Anzio Italy
  • 22/01/1945 – Heavy US air raid on Okinawa
  • 22/01/1946 – US president sets up CIA, Central Intelligence Agency
  • 22/01/1973 – Roe vs Wade: US Supreme Court legalizes some abortions
  • 22/01/1973 – US, North and South Vietnam and Vietcong sign boundary accord
  • 23/01/1492 – “Pentateuch” (Jewish holy book) 1st printed
  • 23/01/1552 – 2nd version of Book of Common Prayer becomes manditory in England
  • 23/01/1556 – Most deadly earthquake kills 830,000 in Shensi Province, China
  • 23/01/1571 – Queen Elizabeth I opens Royal Exchange in London
  • 23/01/1793 – Humane Society of Philadelphia (1st aid society) organized
  • 23/01/1845 – Uniform US election day for president and VP authorized
  • 23/01/1849 – Mrs Elizabeth Blackwell becomes 1st woman physician in US
  • 23/01/1907 – Charles Curtis of Kansas becomes 1st Native American US senator
  • 23/01/1933 – 20th amendment changes date of presidential inaugurations to 1/20
  • 23/01/1950 – Israeli Knesset resolves Jerusalem is capital of Israel
  • 23/01/1961 – Supreme Court rules cities and states have right to censor films
  • 23/01/1964 – 24th Amendment ratified, barring poll tax in federal elections
  • 23/01/1973 – Pres Nixon announces an accord has been reached to end Vietnam War
  • 24/01/1656 – 1st Jewish doctor in US, Jacob Lumbrozo, arrives in Maryland
  • 24/01/1847 – 1,500 New Mexican Indians and Mexicans defeated by US Col Price
  • 24/01/1964 – 24th Amendment to US Constitution goes into effect and states voting rights could not be denied due to failure to pay taxes
  • 25/01/1327 – King Edward III accedes to British throne
  • 25/01/1533 – England’s King Henry VIII marries Anne Boleyn (approximate date)
  • 25/01/1554 – Sir Thomas Wyatt gathers an army in Kent, rebels against Queen Mary
  • 25/01/1721 – Czar Peter the Great ends Russian-orthodox patriarchy
  • 25/01/1775 – Americans drag cannon up hill to fight British (Gun Hill Road, Bronx)
  • 25/01/1787 – Shays’ Rebellion suffers a setback when debt-ridden farmers, led by Capt Daniel Shays, fail to capture an arsenal at Springfield, Mass
  • 25/01/1851 – Sojourner Truth addresses 1st Black Women’s Rights Convention (Akron)
  • 25/01/1858 – Mendelssohn’s “Wedding March” 1st played, at wedding of Queen Victoria’s daughter Princess Victoria, to crown prince of Prussia
  • 25/01/1863 – General Joseph Hooker replaces Burnside as head of Army of Potomac
  • 25/01/1877 – Congress determines presidential election between Hayes-Tilden
  • 25/01/1882 – Bilu, a Russian Zionist organization, forms
  • 25/01/1890 – National Afro-American League forms in Chicago
  • 25/01/1905 – Largest diamond, Cullinan (3106 carets), found in South Africa
  • 25/01/1907 – Julia Ward Howe is 1st woman elected to Natl Inst of Arts and Letters
  • 25/01/1919 – Founding of League of Nations, 1st meeting 1 year later
  • 25/01/1961 – 1st live, nationally televised presidential news conference (JFK)
  • 25/01/1969 – US-North Vietnamese peace talks begin in Paris
  • 25/01/1988 – VP Bush and Dan Rather clash on “CBS Evening News” as Rather attempts to question Bush about his role in Iran-Contra affair
  • 26/01/1784 – Ben Franklin expresses unhappiness over eagle as America’s symbol
  • 26/01/1802 – Congress passes an act calling for a US Capitol library
  • 26/01/1861 – Louisiana becomes 6th state to secede
  • 26/01/1862 – Lincoln issues General War Order #1, calling for a Union offensive McClellan ignores order
  • 26/01/1863 – 54th Regiment (Black) infantry forms — War Dept authorizes Mass governor to recruit black troops
  • 26/01/1870 – Virginia rejoins US
  • 26/01/1907 – 1st federal corrupt election practices law passed
  • 26/01/1926 – Television 1st demonstrated (J L Baird, London)
  • 26/01/1939 – Filming begins on “Gone With the Wind”
  • 26/01/1942 – 1st US force in Europe during WW II go ashore in Northern Ireland
  • 26/01/1948 – Executive Order 9981, end segregation in US Armed Forces signed
  • 26/01/1980 – Israel and Egypt establish diplomatic relations
  • 26/01/1998 – Pres Clinton says “I want to say one thing to the American people I did not have sexual relations with that woman, Miss Lewinsky”
  • 27/01/1785 – 1st US state university chartered, Athens Georgia
  • 27/01/1823 – Pres Monroe appoints 1st US ambassadors to South America
  • 27/01/1870 – After accepting 15th amendment, VA is readmitted to Union
  • 27/01/1880 – Thomas Edison patents electric incandescent lamp
  • 27/01/1888 – National Geographic Society organizes (Wash DC)
  • 27/01/1926 – US Senate agrees to join World Court
  • 27/01/1941 – Peruvian agent Rivera-Schreiber warns of Jap assault on Pearl Harbor
  • 27/01/1944 – Leningrad liberated from Germany in 880 days with 600,000 killed
  • 27/01/1945 – Russia liberates Auschwitz and Birkenau Concentration Camp (Poland)
  • 27/01/1973 – US and Vietnam sign cease-fire, ending longest US war and milt draft — William Rogers and Nguyen Duy Trinh sign US-N Vietnam treaty
  • 27/01/1977 – Pres Carter pardons most Vietnam War draft evaders (10,000)
  • 27/01/1977 – 1st broadcast of “Roots” mini-series on ABC TV
  • 27/01/1988 – Senate Judiciary Committee unanimously approves nomination of Judge Anthony M Kennedy to US Supreme Court
  • 27/01/1992 – Pres candidate Bill Clinton (D) and Genifer Flowers accuse each other of lying over her assertion they had a 12-year affair
  • 28/01/1547 – 9-year-old Edward VI succeeds Henry VIII as king of England
  • 28/01/1581 – James VI signs 2nd Confession of Faith in Scotland
  • 28/01/1858 – John Brown organized raid on Arsenal at Harper’s Ferry
  • 28/01/1865 – Pres Jefferson Davis names 3 peace commissioners
  • 28/01/1878 – Yale Daily News published, 1st college daily newspaper
  • 28/01/1915 – 1st US ship lost in WW I, William P Frye (carrying wheat to UK)
  • 28/01/1915 – US Pres Wilson refuses to prohibit immigration of illiterates
  • 28/01/1916 – 1st Jewish Supreme Court justice, Louis Brandeis, appointed by Wilson
IN THE NEWS:
REVIEWED AND FIRST CHAPTERS:
  • Dinesh D’Souza: None (but Me) Dare Call It Treason THE ENEMY AT HOME The Cultural Left and Its Responsibility for 9/11NYT, 1-22-07
  • Dinesh D’Souza: THE ENEMY AT HOME The Cultural Left and Its Responsibility for 9/11, First Chapter – NYT, 1-22-07
  • Robert Kagan on Michael B. Oren: How America Met the Mideast The U.S. encounter with the Middle East began centuries before the Iraq War, propelled by idealists eager to tranform the region in their own image POWER, FAITH, AND FANTASY America in the Middle East, 1776 to the Present Wa Po, 1-21-07
  • H.W. Brands on David Greenberg: Silent Cal The taciturn Coolidge’s term spoke volumes about the modern presidency CALVIN COOLIDGEWa Po, 1-21-07
  • Gary Mormino: The Panhandle’s evolution, as seen through a historian’s eyes Land of Sunshine, State of Dreams: A Social History of FloridaWalton Sun, FL, 1-27-07
OP-ED:
PROFILED:
INTERVIEWED:
  • Michael Honey: ‘Going Down Jericho Road:’ MLK’s Last Fight – NPR, 1-15-07
  • Michael Oren: Video of his appearance on Jon Stewart’s Daily Show – Daily Show, 1-17-07
FEATURE:
QUOTED:
  • W. Fitzhugh Brundage on “Confederate general’s legacy gets new look on his 200th birthday”: “Now there are all sorts of other ways in which Southerners identify themselves — Salvadorans, Mexicans, Asians — (and) the politics and economics of the region are no longer based on white supremacy. It makes all the sense in the world that for more and more Southerners, Robert E. Lee is just a footnote.” – Houston Chronicle, TX, 1-20-07
  • Leo Ribuffo at the University of Georgia’s Carter Conference”: “You can argue he was Clinton without too much sex appeal.” – Online Athens, GA, 1-20-07
SPOTTED & SPEAKING EVENTS CALENDAR:
  • David Hackett Fischer: To introduce former President Carter at Brandeis, Jan. 23 in the Gosman Gymnasium, for a speech open only for members of the Brandeis community – The Brandeis Hoot, 1-19-07
  • February 25, 2007: William Leuchtenburg “The White House Looks South: Franklin D. Roosevelt, Harry S. Truman, Lyndon B. Johnson” at 5 PM – http://www.unctv.org/ncbookwatch/
  • February 14, 2007: Eric Foner, “American Reconstruction (1865-1877)” Time to be announced, McLain Auditorium, MHS – Larchmont Gazette, NY, 11-29-06
  • March 20, 2007: Alan Brinkley, The Harlem Renaissance, Time to be announced, McLain Auditorium, MHS – Larchmont Gazette, NY, 11-29-06
  • Feb. 23 to 25, 2007: John Gillingham: Camden Conference marks its 20th anniversary, Feb. 23 to 25, 2007, at the Camden Opera House – 8-15-06 – Sold-out Camden Conference offers satellite seating at Strand knox.VillageSoup.com, ME, 10-29-06
HONORED, AWARDED, AND APPOINTED:
ON TV:
  • C-Span2, Book TV : 2006 Miami Book Fair: Thomas Evans “The Education of Ronald Reagan” Sunday, January 22 at 8:25 pm – C-Span2, BookTV
  • C-Span2, Book TV : 2006 Miami Book Fair: Charles Shields “Mockingbird: A Portrait of Harper Lee” Sunday, January 22 at 8:40 pm – C-Span2, BookTV
  • C-Span2, Book TV : General Assignment: Michael Oren, “Power, Faith, and Fantasy: America in the Middle East: 1776 to the Present” Sunday, January 22 at 10 pm – C-Span2, BookTV
  • PBS: The American Experience: “JOHN AND ABIGAIL ADAMS” Monday, January 22, 2007 at 9pm ET – PBS
  • History Channel: “Ancient Discoveries :Heron of Alexandria,” Sunday, January 21, @ 10pm ET/PT
  • History Channel: “Ancient Discoveries :Ships,” Sunday, January 21, @ 11pm ET/PT
  • History Channel: “Digging For The Truth,” Marathon Monday, January 22, @ 3-8pm ET/PT
  • History Channel: “Digging For The Truth :Atlantis: New Revelations,” Monday, January 22, @ 9pm ET/PT
  • History Channel: “Special :Rome: Engineering an Empire” Tuesday, January 23, @ 2pm ET/PT
  • History Channel: “Ancient Discoveries :11 – Siege of Troy” Tuesday, January 23, @ 9pm ET/PT
  • History Channel: “Man Moment Machine :Alexander the Great and the Devastating Catapult” Tuesday, January 23, @ 10pm ET/PT
  • History Channel: “Last Days on Earth” Wednesday, January 17, @ 2pm ET/PT
  • History Channel: “Decoding The Past :Tibetan Book of the Dead,” Thursday, January 25, @ 9pm ET/PT
  • History Channel: “Decoding The Past :Mysteries of the Bermuda Triangle,” Friday, January 26, @ 2pm ET/PT
  • History Channel: “Shootout :Okinawa: The Last Battle of WWII,” Friday, January 26, @ 9pm ET/PT
  • History Channel: “Dogfights,” Marathon Saturday, January 27 @ 1-5pm ET/PT
  • History Channel: “The True Story of Black Hawk Down,” Saturday, January 20 @ 5pm ET/PT
  • History Channel: “Digging For The Truth :Atlantis: New Revelations,” Saturday, January 27, @ 8pm ET/PT
  • History Channel: “Digging For The Truth :Atlantis: New Revelations,” Saturday, January 27, @ 8pm ET/PT
SELLING BIG (NYT):
  • Hampton Sides: BLOOD AND THUNDER An Epic of the American West #12 (3 weeks on list) – 1-28-07
  • Evan Thomas: SEA OF THUNDER, #14 (2 weeks on list) – 1-28-07
  • Nathaniel Philbrick: Mayflower, # 35 – 1-28-07
FUTURE RELEASES:
  • James M. McPherson: This Mighty Scourge: Perspectives on the Civil War (Oxford University Press), January 2007
  • Dominic Green: Three Empires on the Nile: The Victorian Jihad, 1869-1898 (Simon & Schuster Adult Publishing Group), January 2007
  • Geoffrey Roberts: Stalin’s Wars: From World War to Cold War, 1939-1953 (Yale University Press), January 2007
  • David A. Bell: The First Total War: Napoleon’s Europe and the Birth of Warfare as We Know It, (Houghton Mifflin Company), January 2007
  • Dinesh D’Souza: Enemy at Home: The Cultural Left and Its Responsibilty for 9/11 (Doubleday Publishing), January 16, 2007
  • Edward Luce: In Spite of the Gods: The Rise of Modern India (Doubleday Publishing), January 16, 2007
  • Chalmers Johnson: Nemesis: The Last Days of the American Republic [American Empire Project], (Henry Holt & Company, Incorporated), February 6, 2007
  • Geoffrey Perret: Commander in Chief: How Truman, Johnson, and Bush Turned a Presidential Power into a Threat to America’s Future (Farrar, Straus and Giroux), February 6, 2007
  • Benton Rain Patterson: With the Heart of a King: Elizabeth I of England, Philip II of Spain, and the Fight for a Nation’s Soul and Crown (St. Martin’s Press), February 6, 2007
  • Andrew Roberts: History of the English-Speaking Peoples since 1900, HarperC
  • ollins Publishers), February 6, 2007

  • Margaret MacMillan: Nixon in China: The Week That Changed the World, (Random House Adult Trade Publishing Group), February 13, 2007
  • John McManus: Alamo in the Ardennes: The Untold Story of the American Soldiers Who Made the Defense of Bastogne Possible, (Wiley, John & Sons, Incorporated), March 2007

Posted on Sunday, January 21, 2007 at 6:45 PM

January 15, 2007

AHA ARREST:
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THIS WEEK IN HISTORY: This Week in History:

  • 15/01/1535 – Henry VIII declares himself head of English Church
  • 15/01/1777 – People of New Connecticut (Vermont) declare independence from England
  • 15/01/1780 – Continental Congress establishes court of appeals
  • 15/01/1870 – Donkey 1st used as symbol of Democratic Party, in Harper’s Weekly
  • 15/01/1942 – FDR asks commissioner to continue baseball during WW II
  • 15/01/1943 – World’s largest office building, Pentagon, completed
  • 15/01/1950 – 4,000 attend National Emergency Civil Rights Conference in Wash DC
  • 15/01/1973 – 4 Watergate burglars plead guilty in federal court
  • 15/01/1976 – Sara Jane Moore sentenced to life for attempting to shoot Pres Ford
  • 16/01/1581 – English parliament passes laws against Catholicism
  • 16/01/1776 – Continental Congress approves enlistment of free blacks
  • 16/01/1777 – Vermont declares independence from NY
  • 16/01/1865 – Gen Wm Sherman issues Field Order #15 (land for blacks)
  • 16/01/1870 – Virginia becomes 8th state readmitted to US after Civil War
  • 16/01/1883 – Pendleton Act creates basis of US Civil Service system
  • 16/01/1920 – 1st assembly of League of Nations (Paris)
  • 16/01/1920 – 18th Amendment, prohibition, goes into effect; repealed in 1933
  • 16/01/1938 – Benny Goodman refuses to play Carnegie Hall when black members of his band were barred from performing
  • 16/01/1944 – Gen Eisenhower took command of Allied Invasion Force in London
  • 17/01/1821 – Mexico permits Moses Austin and 300 US families to settle in Texas
  • 17/01/1874 – Armed Democrats seize Texas govt ending Radical Reconstruction
  • 17/01/1893 – Queen Liliuokalani deposed, Kingdom of Hawaii becomes a republic
  • 17/01/1911 – Failed assassination attempt on premier Briand in French Assembly
  • 17/01/1945 – Swedish diplomat Raoul Wallenberg, credited with saving tens of thousands of Jews from the Nazis, arrested by secret police in Hungary
  • 17/01/1945 – Liberation of Warsaw by Soviet troops (end of Nazi occupation)
  • 17/01/1945 – Auschwitz concentration camp begins evacuation
  • 17/01/1946 – United Nations Security Council holds its 1st meeting
  • 17/01/1948 – Trial of 11 US Communist party members begins in NYC
  • 17/01/1961 – Eisenhower allegedly orders assassination of Congo’s Lumumba
  • 17/01/1966 – Martin Luther King Jr opens campaign in Chicago
  • 17/01/1983 – Alabama Gov George C Wallace, becomes governor for record 4th time
  • 17/01/1987 – Pres Reagan signs secret order permitting covert sale of arms to Iran
  • 17/01/1991 – Operation Desert Storm begins-US led allies vs Iraq
  • 17/01/1991 – Operation Desert Storm: 1st US pilot shot down (Jeffrey Zahn)
  • 17/01/1998 – Pres Clinton faces sexual harrament charges from Paula Jones
  • 18/01/1486 – King Henry VII of England marries Elizabeth, daughter of Edward IV
  • 18/01/1671 – Pirate Henry Morgan defeats Spanish defenders, captures Panam
  • 18/01/1778 – Capt James Cook stumbles over Sandwich Islands (Hawaiian Islands)
  • 18/01/1817 – San Mart¡n leads a revolutionary army over Andes
  • 18/01/1854 – Filibuster William Walker proclaims Republic of Sonora in NW Mexico
  • 18/01/1862 – Confederate Territory of Arizona forms
  • 18/01/1871 – 2nd German Empire proclaimed by Kaiser Wilhelm I and Bismarck
  • 18/01/1919 – WW I Peace Congress opens in Versailles, France
  • 18/01/1943 – Jews in Warsaw Ghetto begin resistance of Nazis
  • 18/01/1944 – 1st Chinese naturalized US citizen since repeal of exclusion acts
  • 18/01/1945 – Warsaw freed by Soviet army
  • 18/01/1991 – Iraq launches SCUD missiles against Israel
  • 18/01/1993 – Martin Luther King Jr holiday observed in all 50 states for 1st time
  • 19/01/1419 – French city of Rouen surrenders to Henry V in Hundred Years War
  • 19/01/1793 – French King Louis XVI sentenced to death
  • 19/01/1840 – Antarctica discovered, Charles Wilkes expedition (US claim)
  • 19/01/1861 – Georgia becomes 5th state to secede
  • 19/01/1861 – MS troops take Ft Massachusetts an Ship Island
  • 19/01/1865 – Union occupies Fort Anderson, NC
  • 19/01/1871 – 1st Negro lodge of US Masons approved, New Jersey
  • 19/01/1920 – US Senate votes against membership in League of Nations
  • 19/01/1955 – 1st presidential news conference filmed for TV (Eisenhower)
  • 19/01/1981 – US and Iran sign agreement to release 52 American hostages
  • 19/01/1987 – Guy Hunt becomes Alabama’s 1st Republican governor since 1874
  • 19/01/1989 – Pres Reagan pardons George Steinbrenner for illegal funds for Nixon
  • 20/01/1778 – 1st American military court martial trial begins, Cambridge, Mass
  • 20/01/1785 – Samuel Ellis advertises to sell Oyster Island (Ellis Is), no takers
  • 20/01/1788 – Pioneer African Baptist church organizes in Savannah, Ga
  • 20/01/1801 – John Marshall appointed US chief justice
  • 20/01/1807 – Napoleon convenes great Sanhedrin, Paris
  • 20/01/1868 – Florida constitutional convention meets in Tallahassee
  • 20/01/1869 – Elizabeth Cady Stanton becomes 1st woman to testify before Congress
  • 20/01/1937 – 1st Inauguration day on Jan 20th, (held every 4th years there-after)
  • 20/01/1939 – Hitler proclaims to German parliament to exterminate all European Jews
  • 20/01/1945 – FDR sworn-in for an unprecedented 4th term as president
  • 20/01/1949 – Pres Truman announces his point 4 program
  • 20/01/1953 – 1st live coast-to-coast inauguration address (Eisenhower)
  • 20/01/1961 – Robert Frost recites “Gift Outright” at JFK’s inauguration
  • 20/01/1969 – Richard M Nixon inaugurated as president
  • 20/01/1981 – 52 Americans held hostage in Iran for 444 days freed
  • 20/01/1981 – Ronald Reagan inaugurated as president
  • 20/01/1989 – Bush inaugurated as 41st president and Quayle becomes 44th vice pres — Reagan becomes 1st pres elected in a “0” year, since 1840, to leave office alive
  • 20/01/1993 – Bill Clinton inaugurated as 42nd president
  • 21/01/1789 – 1st American novel, WH Brown’s “Power of Sympathy,” is published
  • 21/01/1861 – Jefferson Davis of Mississippi and 4 other southern senators resign
  • 21/01/1950 – NY jury finds former State Dept official Alger Hiss guilty of perjury
  • 21/01/1953 – John Foster Dulles appointed as Secretary of State
  • 21/01/1977 – Pres Jimmy Carter pardons almost all Vietnam War draft evaders
IN THE NEWS:
REVIEWED AND FIRST CHAPTERS:
  • Caroline Elkins on Rachel Holmes : A Life Exposed AFRICAN QUEEN The Real Life of the Hottentot VenusNYT, 1-14-07
  • Kevin Boyle on Michael K. Honey: King’s Last Mission The civil rights movement was changed forever by a 1968 showdown that ended in tragedy GOING DOWN JERICHO ROAD The Memphis Strike, Martin Luther King’s Last CampaignWa Po, 1-14-07
  • Brian S. Wills: UVa-Wise historian examines Hollywood’s portrayal of Civil War – Kingsport Times News, TN, 1-15-07
  • Roberta Wohlstetter: WSJ celebrates her work on Pearl Harbor – WSJ editorial, 1-9-07
  • Jonathan Petropoulos: Reveals Fateful History of Nazi Princes Bloomberg News, 1-8-07
  • New Richard Posner book deals with plagiarism – Charles McGrath in the NYT, 1-7-07
  • Conrad Black & Margaret MacMillan: Black apologizes for tone of review of Nixon book by MacMillan – NYT, 1-8-07
OP-ED:
  • David Greenberg: Admitting Failure, Without Being a Failure … President’s Dilemma NYT, 1-15-07
PROFILED:
INTERVIEWED:
  • Howard Zinn: Interviewed about his new book – Znet, 1-7-06
  • John Hope Franklin: Miles to Go Before He Sleeps Historian and civil rights activist John Hope Franklin explains how the movement toward Martin Luther King’s dream has been significant—that we can expect a black president ‘soon’—but ‘not nearly as effective as it should be.’ – Newsweek, 1-13-07
FEATURE:
QUOTED:
  • Historian Lenworth Gunther: “Dr. King is slowly being taken out of his holiday, much like Christ has been taken out of Christmas. Unfortunately, the American phenomenon of commercialism has impacted this holiday. Like many others, it is a day to shop, a day off, a day to be cool. Bling-bling and bang-bang have taken over belief-belief. Coretta Scott King’s death is a flash point that we are losing the greatest generation of the modern civil rights movement, and the question now is who is going to pick up the baton? The fact that she is no longer with us frees people from the burden of having to be reminded of how she said the holiday should be observed. So, we can’t stop; we have to keep teaching.” – Akron Beacon Journal, OH, 1-14-07
SPOTTED & SPEAKING EVENTS CALENDAR:
  • John Hope Franklin: Guest Sunday on UNC-TV’s “North Carolina Bookwatch,” Franklin discussed his memoir, “Mirror to America.” – http://www.unctv.org/ncbookwatch/
  • January 15, 2007: Robert A. Pratt Noted Author and Civil Rights Historian to Speak at Young Harris College at 7:00 pm in the Susan B. Harris Chapel – Union Sentinel, GA, 1-11-07
  • February 25, 2007: William Leuchtenburg “The White House Looks South: Franklin D. Roosevelt, Harry S. Truman, Lyndon B. Johnson” at 5 PM – http://www.unctv.org/ncbookwatch/
  • February 14, 2007: Eric Foner, “American Reconstruction (1865-1877)” Time to be announced, McLain Auditorium, MHS – Larchmont Gazette, NY, 11-29-06
  • March 20, 2007: Alan Brinkley, The Harlem Renaissance, Time to be announced, McLain Auditorium, MHS – Larchmont Gazette, NY, 11-29-06
  • Feb. 23 to 25, 2007: John Gillingham: Camden Conference marks its 20th anniversary, Feb. 23 to 25, 2007, at the Camden Opera House – 8-15-06 – Sold-out Camden Conference offers satellite seating at Strand knox.VillageSoup.com, ME, 10-29-06
HONORED, AWARDED, AND APPOINTED:
ON TV: History Listings This Week:

  • C-Span2, Book TV : History on Book TV: James Hornfischer, “Ship of Ghosts: The Story of the USS Houston, FDR’s Legendary Lost Cruiser, and the Epic Saga of her Survivors” Sunday, January 14 at 8:00 pm – C-Span2, BookTV
  • C-Span2, Book TV : After Words: After Words: Gabor Boritt, author of “The Gettysburg Gospel: The Lincoln Speech That Nobody Knows” interviewed by James Swanson Sunday, January 14 at 9:00 pm – C-Span2, BookTV
  • C-Span2, Book TV : History on Book TV: Timothy Naftali, Co-author, “Khrushchev’s Cold War: The Inside Story of an American Adversary” Sunday, January 14 at 9:55 pm – C-Span2, BookTV
  • PBS: The American Experience: “Eyes on the Prize” Part 4 Monday, January 15, 2007 at 9pm ET – PBS
  • History Channel: “The Kennedy Assassination: Beyond Conspiracy,” Sunday, January 14, @ 8pm ET/PT
  • History Channel: “Last Days on Earth,” Sunday, January 14, @ 10pm ET/PT
  • History Channel: “Martin Luther King Jr. Day: The Making of a Dream,” Monday, January 15, @ 2pm ET/PT
  • History Channel: “Our Generation :Martin Luther King Assassination,” Monday, January 15, @ 2:30pm ET/PT
  • History Channel: “Conspiracy? :Who Killed Martin Luther King Jr.?,” Monday, January 15, @ 3pm ET/PT
  • History Channel: “Conspiracy? :RFK Assassination,” Monday, January 15, @ 4pm ET/PT
  • History Channel: “Houdini: Unlocking the Mystery,” Monday, January 15, @ 5pm ET/PT
  • History Channel: “Decoding The Past :Cults: Dangerous Devotion,” Monday, January 15, @ 8pm ET/PT
  • History Channel: “Jonestown Paradise Lost,” Monday, January 15, @ 9pm ET/PT
  • History Channel: “Man, Moment, Machine :JFK & the Crisis Crusader.” Tuesday, January 16, @ 10pm ET/PT
  • History Channel: “Targeted :Osama bin Laden” Wednesday, January 17, @ 2pm ET/PT
  • History Channel: “The War against al Qaeda” Wednesday, January 17, @ 4pm ET/PT
  • History Channel: “Special :Da Vinci & the Code He Lived By,” Thursday, January 18, @ 2pm ET/PT
  • History Channel: “Special :Behind The Da Vinci Code,” Thursday, January 18, @ 4pm ET/PT
  • History Channel: “Decoding The Past :Vampires Secrets,” Thursday, January 18, @ 9pm ET/PT
  • History Channel: “Breaking Vegas,” Friday, January 19, @ 2pm ET/PT
  • History Channel: “Man, Moment, Machine,” Marathon Saturday, January 20 @ 1-5pm ET/PT
  • History Channel: “The True Story of Black Hawk Down,” Saturday, January 20 @ 5pm ET/PT
  • History Channel: “Jonestown Paradise Lost,” Saturday, January 20, @ 8pm ET/PT
  • History Channel: “Decoding The Past :Cults: Dangerous Devotion,” Saturday, January 20, @ 10pm ET/PT
SELLING BIG (NYT):
  • Evan Thomas: SEA OF THUNDER, #28 – 1-21-07
  • Nathaniel Philbrick: Mayflower, # 31 – 1-21-07
  • Hampton Sides: BLOOD AND THUNDER An Epic of the American West #32 – 1-21-07
FUTURE RELEASES:
  • James M. McPherson: This Mighty Scourge: Perspectives on the Civil War (Oxford University Press), January 2007
  • Dominic Green: Three Empires on the Nile: The Victorian Jihad, 1869-1898 (Simon & Schuster Adult Publishing Group), January 2007
  • Geoffrey Roberts: Stalin’s Wars: From World War to Cold War, 1939-1953 (Yale University Press), January 2007
  • David A. Bell: The First Total War: Napoleon’s Europe and the Birth of Warfare as We Know It, (Houghton Mifflin Company), January 2007
  • Dinesh D’Souza: Enemy at Home: The Cultural Left and Its Responsibilty for 9/11 (Doubleday Publishing), January 16, 2007
  • Edward Luce: In Spite of the Gods: The Rise of Modern India (Doubleday Publishing), January 16, 2007
  • Chalmers Johnson: Nemesis: The Last Days of the American Republic [American Empire Project], (Henry Holt & Company, Incorporated), February 6, 2007
  • Geoffrey Perret: Commander in Chief: How Truman, Johnson, and Bush Turned a Presidential Power into a Threat to America’s Future (Farrar, Straus and Giroux), February 6, 2007
  • Benton Rain Patterson: With the Heart of a King: Elizabeth I of England, Philip II of Spain, and the Fight for a Nation’s Soul and Crown (St. Martin’s Press), February 6, 2007
  • Andrew Roberts: History of the English-Speaking Peoples since 1900, HarperC
  • ollins Publishers), February 6, 2007

  • Margaret MacMillan: Nixon in China: The Week That Changed the World, (Random House Adult Trade Publishing Group), February 13, 2007
  • John McManus: Alamo in the Ardennes: The Untold Story of the American Soldiers Who Made the Defense of Bastogne Possible, (Wiley, John & Sons, Incorporated), March 2007
DEPARTED:
  • Roberta Wohlstetter, 94, Military Policy Analyst, Dies – NYT, 1-11-07

Posted on Sunday, January 14, 2007 at 7:54 PM

January 8, 2007

BIGGEST STORIES:
  • Gerald R. Ford, 1913-2006: History Buzz Special Edition – HNN, 1-2-07
  • Highlights from the 2007 Annual Meeting of the American Historical Association – Rick Shenkman, HNN
HNN STATS THIS WEEK:
THIS WEEK IN HISTORY:
  • 08/01/1790 – George Washington delivers 1st state of union address (or Jan 4)
  • 08/01/1815 – Battle of New Orleans-War of 1812 ended 12/24/1814 but nobody knew
  • 08/01/1853 – 1st US bronze equestrian statue (of Andrew Jackson) unveiled, Wash
  • 08/01/1867 – Legislation gives suffrage to DC blacks, despite Pres Johnson’s veto
  • 08/01/1918 – Mississippi becomes 1st state to ratify 18th amendment (prohibition)
  • 08/01/1918 – Pres Wilson outlines his 14 points for peace after WW I
  • 08/01/1925 – 1st all-female US state supreme court appointed, Texas
  • 08/01/1958 – Cuban revolutionary forces capture Havana
  • 08/01/1964 – President Lyndon B Johnson declares “War on Poverty”
  • 08/01/1975 – Judge Sirica orders release of Watergate’s John W Dean III, Herbert W Kalmbach and Jeb Stuart Magruder from prison
  • 09/01/1349 – 700 Jews of Basel Switzerland, burned alive in their houses
  • 09/01/1570 – Tsar Ivan the terrible kills 1000-2000 residents of Novgorod
  • 09/01/1839 – Daguerrotype photo process announced at French Academy of Science
  • 09/01/1861 – Mississippi becomes 2nd state to secede
  • 09/01/1861 – 1st hostile act of Civil War; Star of West fired on, Sumter, SC
  • 09/01/1905 – Bloody Sunday-demonstrators fired on by tsarist troops (1/22 NS)
  • 09/01/1945 – US soldiers led by Gen Douglas MacArthur invades Philippines
  • 10/01/1776 – “Common Sense” by Thomas Paine, published
  • 10/01/1811 – Louisiana slaves rebell in 2 parishes
  • 10/01/1861 – Florida becomes 3rd state to secede from US
  • 10/01/1863 – 1st underground railway opens in London
  • 10/01/1878 – US Senate proposes female suffrage
  • 10/01/1920 – League of Nations established
  • 10/01/1928 – Soviet Union orders exile of Leon Trotsky
  • 10/01/1943 – 1st US pres to visit a foreign country in wartime-FDR leaves for Casablanca, Morocco
  • 10/01/1946 – UN General Assembly meets for 1st time (London)
  • 10/01/1966 – Julian Bond denied seat in Ga legislature for opposing Vietnam War
  • 10/01/1967 – PBS (the National Educational TV) begins as a 70 station network
  • 11/01/1785 – Continental Congress convenes in NYC
  • 11/01/1803 – Monroe and Livingston sail for Paris to buy New Orleans; they buy La
  • 11/01/1861 – Alabama becomes 4th state to secede
  • 11/01/1897 – M H Cannon becomes 1st woman state senator in US (Utah)
  • 11/01/1986 – 1st black gov since reconstruction sworn in (Douglas Wilder of Va)
  • 11/01/1991 – Congress empowers Bush to order attack on Iraq
  • 12/01/1863 – President Davis delivers his “State of Confederacy” address
  • 12/01/1915 – House of Reps rejects proposal to give women right to vote
  • 12/01/1944 – Churchill and de Gaulle begin a 2-day wartime conference in Marrakesh
  • 13/01/1559 – Elizabeth I crowned queen of England in Westminster Abbey
  • 13/01/1630 – Patent to Plymouth Colony issued
  • 13/01/1733 – James Oglethorpe and 130 English colonists arrive at Charleston, SC
  • 13/01/1794 – Congress changes US flag to 15 stars and 15 stripes
  • 13/01/1869 – Colored National Labor Union, 1st Black labor convention
  • 13/01/1888 – National Geographic Society founded (Washington, DC)
  • 13/01/1898 – Emile Zola publishes his open letter (J’accuse) in defense of Dreyfus
  • 14/01/1601 – Church authorities burn Hebrew books in Rome
  • 14/01/1699 – Massachusetts holds day of fasting for wrongly persecuting “witches”
  • 14/01/1784 – Revolutionary War ends; Congress ratifies Treaty of Paris
  • 14/01/1864 – General Sherman begins his march to the South
  • 14/01/1878 – US Supreme court rules race separation on trains unconstitutional
  • 14/01/1943 – FDR and Winston Churchill confer in Casablanca concerning WW II
IN THE NEWS:
REVIEWED AND FIRST CHAPTERS:
  • Evan Thomas: Sea of Thunder, First Chapter – NYT, 1-7-07
  • Alondra Nelson on Harriet A. Washington: Unequal Treatment How African Americans have often been the unwitting victims of medical experiments MEDICAL APARTHEID The Dark History of Medical Experimentation on Black Americans From Colonial Times to the PresentWa Po, 1-7-07
  • Brian S. Wills: Combines two passions — history and movies — in his book, Gone with the Glory: The Civil War in CinemaSuffolk News-Herald, VA, 1-4-07
  • Gil Troy on Neill Ferguson: Flashpoints How local conflicts, pitting neighbor against neighbor, fuel worldwide violence The War of the WorldNews & Observer, NC, 12-30-06
OP-ED:
  • Jon Wiener: You’re mistaken if you think declassifying government documents means making them available – LAT, 1-4-07
  • Arthur Schlesinger, Jr.: Folly’s Antidote – NYT, 1-1-07
  • Juan Cole: Saddam … The death of a dictator Salon, 12-30-06
  • Joseph Ellis: How would four of the greatest war leaders in history have handled Iraq? – LAT, 12-29-06
  • William H. Chafe: Reflects on his experience in post-Katrina New Orleans WaPo, 12-27-06
PROFILED:
INTERVIEWED:
  • Jason Sokol: Book Looks at Integration’s Impact on White South There Goes My EverythingNPR, 1-6-06
  • Frederick Kagan: Boost Troop Levels, Says Alternative Iraq Report – NPR, 1-5-06
  • Douglas Brinkley: Writing a book about Gerald Ford to be Released in February – CBS News, 12-27-06
FEATURE:
  • Conrad Crane: With Iraq in flames, a historian rethinks the way we fight the enemy Newsweek, 1-1-07
  • Jon Wiener: FBI files on John Lennon have been released to a US academic, ending a 25 year battle for access to the documents – UKTV, UK, 12-22-06
QUOTED:
  • Paul Light on “Bush fights to stay relevant”: “There’s a reason why you don’t read any books about the last two years of a two-term president. The last years are focused almost entirely on the upcoming election. By the last year, he’s almost completely irrelevant. It’s gloomy, but it’s realistic.” – AP, 1-4-07
SPOTTED & SPEAKING EVENTS CALENDAR:
  • February 14, 2007: Eric Foner, “American Reconstruction (1865-1877)” Time to be announced, McLain Auditorium, MHS – Larchmont Gazette, NY, 11-29-06
  • March 20, 2007: Alan Brinkley, The Harlem Renaissance, Time to be announced, McLain Auditorium, MHS – Larchmont Gazette, NY, 11-29-06
  • Feb. 23 to 25, 2007: John Gillingham: Camden Conference marks its 20th anniversary, Feb. 23 to 25, 2007, at the Camden Opera House – 8-15-06 – Sold-out Camden Conference offers satellite seating at Strand knox.VillageSoup.com, ME, 10-29-06
HONORED, AWARDED, AND APPOINTED:
ON TV:
  • C-Span2, Book TV : Book TV presents After Words: Anthony Weller, author of “First Into Nagasaki: The Censored Eyewitness Dispatches on Post-Atomic Japan and its Prisoners of War” interviewed by Norman Hatch, Sunday, January 7 at 6:00 pm – C-Span2, BookTV
  • C-Span2, Book TV : History on Book TV: Evan Thomas, “Sea of Thunder: Four Commanders and the Last Great Naval Campaign 1941-1945″ Sunday, January 7 at 10:00 pm – C-Span2, BookTV
  • PBS: The American Experience: “The Alaska Pipeline” Monday, January 8, 2007 at 9pm ET – PBS
  • History Channel: “Caligula: Reign of Madness,” Sunday, January 7, @ 10pm ET/PT
  • History Channel: “Lost Worlds :The Pagans,” Monday, January 8, @ 10pm ET/PT
  • History Channel: “The Flag-Raisers of Iwo Jima” Tuesday, January 9, @ 2pm ET/PT
  • History Channel: “Pacific: The Lost Evidence :Okinawa” Tuesday, January 9, @ 4pm ET/PT
  • History Channel: “Pacific: The Lost Evidence :Iwo Jima” Tuesday, January 9, @ 5pm ET/PT
  • History Channel: “Pacific: The Lost Evidence :Saipan” Tuesday, January 9, @ 6pm ET/PT
  • History Channel: “Man, Moment, Machine :Galileo & the Sinful Spyglass” Tuesday, January 9, @ 10pm ET/PT
  • History Channel: “True Caribbean Pirates” Wednesday, January 10, @ 2pm ET/PT
  • History Channel: “Return of the Pirates” Wednesday, January 10, @ 4pm ET/PT
  • History Channel: “Modern Marvels :Walt Disney World” Wednesday, January 10, @ 9pm ET/PT
  • History Channel: “Skeletons on the Sahara,” Thursday, January 11, @ 2pm ET/PT
  • History Channel: “Street Gangs: A Secret History,” Friday, January 12, @ 2pm ET/PT
  • History Channel: “The Plague,” Saturday, January 13 @ 2pm ET/PT
  • History Channel: “Mega Disasters :San Francisco Earthquake,” Saturday, January 13 @ 6pm ET/PT
SELLING BIG (NYT):
  • Nathaniel Philbrick: Mayflower, # 21 – 1-14-07
  • Evan Thomas: SEA OF THUNDER, #27 – 1-14-07
  • Hampton Sides: BLOOD AND THUNDER An Epic of the American West #28 – 1-14-07
FUTURE RELEASES:
  • James M. McPherson: This Mighty Scourge: Perspectives on the Civil War (Oxford University Press), January 2007
  • Dominic Green: Three Empires on the Nile: The Victorian Jihad, 1869-1898 (Simon & Schuster Adult Publishing Group), January 2007
  • Geoffrey Roberts: Stalin’s Wars: From World War to Cold War, 1939-1953 (Yale University Press), January 2007
  • David A. Bell: The First Total War: Napoleon’s Europe and the Birth of Warfare as We Know It, (Houghton Mifflin Company), January 2007
  • Dinesh D’Souza: Enemy at Home: The Cultural Left and Its Responsibilty for 9/11 (Doubleday Publishing), January 16, 2007
  • Edward Luce: In Spite of the Gods: The Rise of Modern India (Doubleday Publishing), January 16, 2007
  • Chalmers Johnson: Nemesis: The Last Days of the American Republic [American Empire Project], (Henry Holt & Company, Incorporated), February 6, 2007
  • Geoffrey Perret: Commander in Chief: How Truman, Johnson, and Bush Turned a Presidential Power into a Threat to America’s Future (Farrar, Straus and Giroux), February 6, 2007
  • Benton Rain Patterson: With the Heart of a King: Elizabeth I of England, Philip II of Spain, and the Fight for a Nation’s Soul and Crown (St. Martin’s Press), February 6, 2007
  • Andrew Roberts: History of the English-Speaking Peoples since 1900, HarperC
  • ollins Publishers), February 6, 2007

  • Margaret MacMillan: Nixon in China: The Week That Changed the World, (Random House Adult Trade Publishing Group), February 13, 2007
  • John McManus: Alamo in the Ardennes: The Untold Story of the American Soldiers Who Made the Defense of Bastogne Possible, (Wiley, John & Sons, Incorporated), March 2007
DEPARTED:

Posted on Sunday, January 7, 2007 at 4:19 PM

History Buzz: December 2006

History Buzz

By Bonnie K. Goodman

Ms. Goodman is the Editor/Features Editor at HNN. She has a Masters in Library and Information Studies from McGill University, and has done graduate work in history at Concordia University.

December 18, 2006

HNN STATS THIS WEEK:
THIS WEEK IN HISTORY:
  • 18/12/1777 – 1st national Thanksgiving Day, commemorating Burgoyne’s surrender
  • 18/12/1787 – New Jersey becomes 3rd state to ratify constitution
  • 18/12/1799 – George Washington’s body interred at Mount Vernon
  • 18/12/1813 – British take Ft Niagara in War of 1812
  • 18/12/1859 – South Carolina declared an “independent commonwealth”
  • 18/12/1862 – Battle at Lexington, Tennessee (Forrest’s Second Raid)
  • 18/12/1865 – 13th Amendment ratified, slavery abolished
  • 18/12/1892 – “Nutcracker Suite,” Peter Ilyich Tchaikovsky’s ballet, premieres
  • 18/12/1915 – Pres Wilson, widowed the year before, marries Edith Bolling Galt
  • 18/12/1966 – Dr Seuss’ “How the Grinch Stole Christmas” airs for 1st time on CBS
  • 19/12/1732 – Benjamin Franklin under the name Richard Saunders begins publication of “Poor Richard’s Almanack”
  • 19/12/1776 – Thomas Paine published his 1st “American Crisis” essay, in which he wrote, “These are the times that try men’s souls”
  • 19/12/1777 – Washington settles his troops at Valley Forge, Pa for winter
  • 19/12/1828 – South Carolina declares right of states to nullify federal laws
  • 19/12/1843 – Charles Dickens publishes “A Christmas Carol,” in England
  • 19/12/1861 – Battle of Black Water
  • 19/12/1930 – James Weldon Johnson resigns as executive secretary of NAACP
  • 19/12/1946 – War breaks out in Indochina as Ho Chi Minh attacks French in Hanoi
  • 20/12/1606 – Virginia Company settlers leave London to establish Jamestown Va
  • 20/12/1669 – 1st jury trial in Delaware; Marcus Jacobson condemned for insurrection and sentenced to flogging, branding and slavery
  • 20/12/1803 – Louisiana Purchase formally transferred from France to US for $27M
  • 20/12/1860 – SC votes 169-0 for Ordinace of Secession, 1st state to secede
  • 20/12/1862 – -Jan 3rd] Vicksburg campaign
  • 20/12/1864 – -Dec 27th] Battle of Ft Fisher, NC
  • 20/12/1893 – 1st state anti-lynching statue approved, in Georgia
  • 20/12/1919 – US House of Representatives restricts immigration
  • 20/12/1922 – 14 republics form Union of Soviet Socialistic Republics (USSR)
  • 20/12/1956 – Montgomery, Ala, removed race-based seat assignments on its buses
  • 20/12/1989 – US troops invade Panama and oust Manuel Noriega, but don’t catch him
  • 21/12/1620 – 103 Mayflower pilgrims land at Plymouth Rock [OS=Dec 11]
  • 21/12/1784 – John Jay becomes 1st US secretary of state (foreign affairs)
  • 21/12/1864 – Gen Sherman conquers Savannah
  • 21/12/1866 – Cheyennes, Arapho’s, Sioux, Fetterman Massacre
  • 21/12/1919 – J Edgar Hoover deports anarchists/feminist Emma Goldman to Russia
  • 21/12/1946 – Frank Capra’s “It’s a Wonderful Life,” premieres
  • 21/12/1954 – Dr Sam Sheppard’s wife Marilyn is murdered (he is accused of crime)
  • 21/12/1962 – US and Cuba accord, releases bay of pigs captive
  • 22/12/1783 – Washington resigns his military commission [or 12-23?]
  • 22/12/1807 – Congress passes Embargo Act, to force peace between Britain and France
  • 22/12/1882 – 1st string of Christmas tree lights created by Thomas Edison
  • 22/12/1941 – Winston Churchill arrives in Washington for a wartime conference
  • 22/12/1943 – WEB Du Bois elected 1st black member, Natl Inst of Arts and Letters
  • 22/12/1980 – Pres-elect Reagan appoints J Kirkpatrick (UN) and James Watt (Interior)
  • 23/12/1776 – Thomas Paine writes “These are the times that try men’s souls”
  • 23/12/1779 – Benedict Arnold court-martialed for improper conduct
  • 23/12/1788 – Maryland votes to cede a 10ý mile area for Dist of Columbia
  • 23/12/1793 – Thomas Jefferson warned of slave revolts in West Indies
  • 23/12/1862 – Union Gen Ben “Beast” Butler is proclaimed a “felon, outlaw and common enemy of mankind” by Jefferson Davis
  • 23/12/1888 – Dutch painter Vincent van Gogh cuts off his left ear
  • 23/12/1913 – President Woodrow Wilson signs Federal Reserve Act into law
  • 23/12/1943 – Gen Montgomery told he is appointed commandant for D-day
  • 23/12/1961 – Fidel Castro announces Cuba will release 1,113 prisoners from failed 1961 Bay of Pigs Invasion for $62M worth of food and medical supplies
  • 24/12/1818 – “Silent Night” composed by Franz Joseph Gruber; 1st sung next day
  • 24/12/1851 – Fire devastates Library of Congress in Wash, destroys 35,000 volumes
  • 24/12/1865 – Several Confederate veterans form Ku Klux Klan in Pulaski, Tn
  • 24/12/1935 – National Council of Negro Women forms
  • 24/12/1943 – FDR appoints Gen Eisenhower supreme commander of Allied forces
  • 24/12/1992 – Pres Bush pardons Caspar Weinberger of Iran-contra affair
  • 24/12/1997 – 1st time a Channukah candle is officially lit in Vatican City
  • 25/12/0001 – 1st Christmas, according to calendar-maker Dionysus Exiguus
  • 25/12/0337 – Earliest possible date that Christmas was celebrated on Dec 25th
  • 25/12/0352 – 1st definite date Christmas was celebrated on Dec 25th
  • 25/12/1621 – Gov William Bradford of Plymouth forbids game playing on Christmas
  • 25/12/1651 – Massachusetts General Court ordered a fine (five shillings) for “observing any such day as Christmas”
  • 25/12/1776 – Washington crosses Delaware and surprises and defeats 1,400 Hessians
  • 25/12/1818 – 1st known Christmas carol (“Silent Night, Holy Night”) sung (Austria)
  • 25/12/1837 – Battle of Okeechobee-US forces defeat Seminole Indians
  • 25/12/1862 – 40,000 watch Union army men play baseball at Hilton Head, SC
  • 25/12/1868 – Despite bitter opposition, Pres A Johnson grants unconditional pardon to all persons involved in Southern rebellion (Civil War)
  • 25/12/1896 – “Stars and Stripes Forever” written by John Philip Sousa
  • 25/12/1914 – Legendary/unofficial “Christmas Truce” takes place (Brits and Germans)
  • 25/12/1938 – George Cukor announces Vivien Leigh will play Scarlett O’Hara
  • 25/12/1939 – Montgomery Ward introduces Rudolph the 9th reindeer
  • 25/12/1977 – Israeli PM Menachem Begin meets Egyptian Pres Sadat in Egypt
  • 25/12/1983 – 1st live telecast of Christmas Parade
  • 25/12/1991 – Mikhail Gorbachev formally resigned as Pres of USSR
BIGGEST STORIES:
IN THE NEWS:
REVIEWED AND FIRST CHAPTERS:
  • Robert Kagan: Manifest Destinies DANGEROUS NATIONNYT, 12-17-06
  • Robert Kagan: DANGEROUS NATION, First Chapter – NYT, 12-17-06
  • Ian W. Toll: In Harm’s Way SIX FRIGATES The Epic History of the Founding of the U.S. NavyNYT, 12-17-06
  • ROBERT D. RICHARDSON: ‘William James’, First Chapter – NYT, 12-17-06
  • James McPherson: INTO THE WEST From Reconstruction to the Final Days of the American FrontierNYT, 12-17-06
  • Max Boot: Killing Machines WAR MADE NEW Technology, Warfare, and the Course of History, 1500 to TodayNYT, 12-17-06
  • Douglas Brinkley on A.J. Langguth: Manifest Destiny A new look at the conflict with Britain that staked America’s claim to the continent UNION 1812 The Americans Who Fought the Second War of IndependenceWa Po, 12-17-06
  • Judy Daubenmier: Historian explores the landscape of the new media Project RewireAnn Arbor News, MI, 12-18-06
  • David Greenberg: The WSJ Likes His Coolidge – John Derbyshire in the WSJ, 12-13-06
  • Gabor Boritt: Taking on Garry Wills over the Gettysburg Address Harold Holzer in American Heritage, 12-1-06
OP-ED:
PROFILED:
INTERVIEWED:
FEATURE:
QUOTED:
  • Allen Weinstein “Arranges for new immigrants to take the oath in front of Bill of Rights”: “It sends chills up my spine. It seems to me there could be no more appropriate setting for the reaffirmation of the values that this country has always lived by and will continue to live by.” – AP, 12-14-06
SPOTTED & SPEAKING EVENTS CALENDAR:
  • February 14, 2007: Eric Foner, “American Reconstruction (1865-1877)” Time to be announced, McLain Auditorium, MHS – Larchmont Gazette, NY, 11-29-06
  • March 20, 2007: Alan Brinkley, The Harlem Renaissance, Time to be announced, McLain Auditorium, MHS – Larchmont Gazette, NY, 11-29-06
  • Feb. 23 to 25, 2007: John Gillingham: Camden Conference marks its 20th anniversary, Feb. 23 to 25, 2007, at the Camden Opera House – 8-15-06 – Sold-out Camden Conference offers satellite seating at Strand knox.VillageSoup.com, ME, 10-29-06
HONORED, AWARDED, AND APPOINTED:
ON TV:
  • C-Span2, Book TV : History on Book TV: Hampton Sides, “Blood and Thunder: An Epic of the American West”, Sunday, December 17 at 8:00 pm – C-Span2, BookTV
  • C-Span2, Book TV : Public Lives: David Nasaw, Andrew Carnegie, Sunday, December 17 at 10:00 pm – C-Span2, BookTV
  • History Channel: “The Passion: Religion and the Movies,” Sunday, December 17, @ 8pm ET/PT
  • History Channel: “Beyond The Da Vinci Code :Part 1.,” Sunday, December 17, @ 10pm ET/PT
  • History Channel: “Modern Marvels :Icebreakers,” Sunday, December 10, @ 11pm ET/PT
  • History Channel: “Special :The Real Tomb Hunters: Snakes, Curses, and Booby Traps,” Monday, December 18, @ 2pm ET/PT
  • History Channel: “Lost Worlds :Jesus’ Jerusalem,” Monday, December 18, @ 10pm ET/PT
  • History Channel: “Quest for Dragons” Wednesday, December 20, @ 2pm ET/PT
  • History Channel: “Modern Marvels :Christmas Tech” Wednesday, December 20, @ 9pm ET/PT
  • History Channel: “Banned from The Bible,” Thursday, December 21, @ 2pm ET/PT
  • History Channel: “Decoding The Past :Resurrection,” Thursday, December 21, @ 5pm ET/PT
  • History Channel: “The Christmas Truce,” Thursday, December 21, @ 7pm ET/PT
  • History Channel: “Decoding The Past :The Spear of Christ,” Thursday, December 21, @ 9pm ET/PT
  • History Channel: “Christmas Unwrapped: The History of Christmas,” Thursday, December 23 @ 11pm ET/PT
  • History Channel: “In Search of Christmas,” Friday, December 22, @ 2pm ET/PT
  • History Channel: “American Eats :Holiday Foods,” Saturday, December 23 @ 5pm ET/PT
  • History Channel: “Modern Marvels :Toys,” Saturday, December 23 @ 6pm ET/PT
  • History Channel: “Christmas Unwrapped: The History of Christmas,” Saturday, December 23 @ 7pm ET/PT
  • History Channel: “Vampires Secrets,” Saturday, December 23, @ 11pm ET/PT
SELLING BIG (NYT):
  • Nathaniel Philbrick: Mayflower, # 18 – 12-24-06
  • Hampton Sides: BLOOD AND THUNDER An Epic of the American West #23 – 12-24-06
  • Evan Thomas: SEA OF THUNDER, #27 – 12-24-06
FUTURE RELEASES:
  • Melton A. McLaurin: First black Marines to get scholarly treatment in book The Marines of Montford Point: America’s First Black Marines, Feb. 26, 2007 (University of North Carolina Press) – Wilmington Morning Star, NC, 12-10-06
  • Stella Tillyard: Royal Affair: George III and His Scandalous Siblings (Random House Publishing Group), December 2006
  • Jeremy Black: George III: America’s Last King, (Yale University Press), December 2006
  • Andrew L. Slap: The Doom of Reconstruction: The Liberal Republicans and the Election of 1872, (Fordham University Press), December 2006
  • Gill Bennett: Churchill’s Mystery Man, (Taylor & Francis, Inc.), December 2006
  • David Greenberg: Calvin Coolidge: The 30th President, 1923-1929 (Henry Holt & Company, Incorporated), December 26, 2006
  • James M. McPherson: This Mighty Scourge: Perspectives on the Civil War (Oxford University Press), January 2007
  • Dominic Green: Three Empires on the Nile: The Victorian Jihad, 1869-1898 (Simon & Schuster Adult Publishing Group), January 2007
  • Geoffrey Roberts: Stalin’s Wars: From World War to Cold War, 1939-1953 (Yale University Press), January 2007
  • David A. Bell: The First Total War: Napoleon’s Europe and the Birth of Warfare as We Know It, (Houghton Mifflin Company), January 2007
  • Dinesh D’Souza: Enemy at Home: The Cultural Left and Its Responsibilty for 9/11 (Doubleday Publishing), January 16, 2007
  • Edward Luce: In Spite of the Gods: The Rise of Modern India (Doubleday Publishing), January 16, 2007
  • Chalmers Johnson: Nemesis: The Last Days of the American Republic [American Empire Project], (Henry Holt & Company, Incorporated), February 6, 2007
  • Geoffrey Perret: Commander in Chief: How Truman, Johnson, and Bush Turned a Presidential Power into a Threat to America’s Future (Farrar, Straus and Giroux), February 6, 2007
  • Benton Rain Patterson: With the Heart of a King: Elizabeth I of England, Philip II of Spain, and the Fight for a Nation’s Soul and Crown (St. Martin’s Press), February 6, 2007
  • Andrew Roberts: History of the English-Speaking Peoples since 1900, HarperC
  • ollins Publishers), February 6, 2007
  • Margaret MacMillan: Nixon in China: The Week That Changed the World, (Random House Adult Trade Publishing Group), February 13, 2007
  • John McManus: Alamo in the Ardennes: The Untold Story of the American Soldiers Who Made the Defense of Bastogne Possible, (Wiley, John & Sons, Incorporated), March 2007
DEPARTED:

Posted on Sunday, December 17, 2006 at 7:36 PM

December 11, 2006

HNN STATS THIS WEEK:
THIS WEEK IN HISTORY:
  • 11/12/1620 – 103 Mayflower pilgrims land at Plymouth Rock (12/21 NS)
  • 11/12/1792 – France’s King Louis XVI went on trial, accused of treason
  • 11/12/1816 – Indiana becomes 19th state
  • 11/12/1901 – Marconi sends 1st transatlantic radio signal, Cornwall to Nfld
  • 11/12/1906 – US president Roosevelt attacks abuses in the Congo
  • 11/12/1909 – Colored moving pictures demonstrated at Madison Square Garden, NYC
  • 11/12/1916 – David Lloyd George forms British war govt
  • 11/12/1917 – 13 black soldiers hanged for alleged participation in Houston riot
  • 11/12/1931 – Brit Statute of Westminster gives complete legislative independence to Canada, Australia, NZ, South Africa, Ireland, Newfoundland
  • 11/12/1936 – King Edward VIII marries Mrs Wallis Simpson; abdicates throne Duke of York becomes King George VI
  • 11/12/1941 – Japanese attack Wake Island (only failed WW II-landing)
  • 11/12/1961 – JFK provides US miltary helicopters and crews to South Vietnam
  • 11/12/1961 – Adolf Eichmann is found guilty of war crimes, in Israel
  • 13/12/1577 – Sir Francis Drake sets sail from England to go around world
  • 13/12/1769 – Dartmouth College in New Hampshire received its charter
  • 13/12/1774 – 1st incident of Revolution-400 attack Ft William and Mary, NH
  • 13/12/1843 – “A Christmas Carol” by Charles Dickens published, 6,000 copies sold
  • 13/12/1862 – Battle of Fredericksburg, VA (Marye’s Heights)
  • 13/12/1903 – Wright Bros make 1st flight at Kittyhawk
  • 13/12/1918 – Wilson, becomes 1st to make a foreign visit as president (France)
  • 13/12/1920 – League of nations establishes Intl Court of Justice in The Hague
  • 13/12/1949 – Knesset votes to transfer Israel’s capital to Jerusalem
  • 13/12/1966 – 1st US bombing of Hanoi
  • 14/12/1774 – Mass militiamen successfully attacked arsenal of Ft William and Mary
  • 14/12/1819 – Alabama admitted to Union as 22nd state
  • 14/12/1863 – Battle of Bean’s Station-Confederacy repulses Union in Tenn
  • 15/12/1791 – Bill of Rights ratified when Virginia gave its approval
  • 15/12/1791 – 1st US law school established at University of Pennsylvania
  • 15/12/1874 – 1st reigning king to visit US (of Hawaii) received by Pres Grant
  • 15/12/1877 – Thomas Edison patents phonograph
  • 15/12/1916 – French defeat Germans in WW I Battle of Verdun
  • 15/12/1938 – Groundbreaking begins for Jefferson Memorial in Wash DC
  • 15/12/1939 – “Gone With the Wind” premieres in Atlanta
  • 15/12/1948 – Former state dept official Alger Hiss indicted in NYC for perjury
  • 15/12/1964 – Canada adopts maple leaf flag
  • 16/12/1431 – King Henry VI of England crowned king of France
  • 16/12/1631 – Mount Vesuvious, Italy erupts, destroys 6 villages and kills 4,000
  • 16/12/1653 – Oliver Cromwell sworn in as English Lord Protector
  • 16/12/1689 – English Parliament adopts Bill of Rights after Glorious Revolution
  • 16/12/1773 – Big tea party in Boston harbor-indians welcome (Boston Tea Party)
  • 16/12/1864 – Battle of Nashville ends after 4400 casualities
  • 16/12/1905 – “Variety,” covering all phases of show business, 1st published
  • 16/12/1944 – Battle of Bulge begins in Belgium
  • 16/12/1950 – Truman proclaims state of emergency against “Communist imperialism”
  • 16/12/1971 – Don McLean’s 8+ minute version of “American Pie” released
  • 16/12/1980 – Pres-elect Reagan announces Alexander Haig as secretary of state
  • 17/12/1728 – Congregation Shearith Israel of NY purchases a lot on Mill Street in lower Manhattan, to build NY’s 1st synagogue
  • 17/12/1777 – George Washingtons army returns to Valley Forge Pa, France recognizes independence of English colonies in America
  • 17/12/1792 – Opening of 1st legislative assembly of Lower Canada in Quebec city
  • 17/12/1798 – 1st impeachment trial against a US senator (Wm Blount, TN) begins
  • 17/12/1862 – Gen US Grant issues order #11, expelling Jews from Tennessee
  • 17/12/1900 – New Ellis Island Immigration station completed costing $1.5 million
  • 17/12/1944 – US Army announces end of excluding Jap-Americans from West Coast
  • 17/12/1975 – Lynette Fromme sentenced to life for attempt on Pres Ford’s life
  • 17/12/1975 – John Paul Stevens appointed to Supreme Court
ROBERT GATES CONFIRMATION:
  • John Prados: “The danger in the Gates nomination” is that he wasn’t “willing to give the president an objective unbiased view.” – 12-4-06
  • Anna Nelson on Robert Gates Vs. Rumsfeld: “Anyone who runs the CIA, spends his career in the CIA, is discreet.”… “I think it’s not an uncommon thing, for the President to seek out someone they can trust, someone whose loyalty they can be assured of, and who will in fact, help change direction.” – Voice of America, 11-10-06
BIGGEST STORIES:
IN THE NEWS:
REVIEWED AND FIRST CHAPTERS:
  • Victoria Glendinning: The Husband LEONARD WOOLF A BiographyNYT, 12-10-06
  • Victoria Glendinning: LEONARD WOOLF A Biography, First Chapter – NYT, 12-10-06
  • Robin Lane Fox: The Dawn of the West An Oxford scholar brings ancient Greece and Rome back to life THE CLASSICAL WORLD An Epic History From Homer to HadrianWa Po, 12-10-06
  • Deborah Lipstadt on Robert Satloff: The Schindlers of the Middle East Can learning that some Arabs saved Jews from genocide in the 1940s heal wounds today? AMONG THE RIGHTEOUS Lost Stories from the Holocaust’s Long Reach into Arab LandsWa Po, 12-7-06
  • Mark M. Smith: The South Continues to “Make” Race: Will the Supreme Court Follow? A Review of How Race is Made: Slavery, Segregation, and the SensesOpEdNews, PA, 12-10-06
  • John D.W. Guice: Meriwether’s mystery By His Own Hand? The Mysterious Death of Meriwether LewisSunHerald.com, MS, 12-10-06
  • Roger Osborne: Writes a 500 page history of all of civilization – NYT, 12-7-06
  • Grady McWhiney: Capstone to a Prominent Southern Historian’s Career – Barton A. Myers at the website of H-CivilWar, 12-6-06
OP-ED:
PROFILED:
INTERVIEWED:
  • Robert Kagan: Interviewed about his new book, which claims Americans were never isolationists – FrontpageMag.com, 12-8-06
FEATURE:
QUOTED:
  • Michael B. Oren quoting Yitzhak Rabin from 1993 on “Israel Is Not Linked to Iraq, Except That It Is”: “He said to the group, ‘Why am I embarking on this, taking a risk of talking to Arafat? The answer is Iran. We have to stabilize our relations with the Arab world in order to deal with the real threat, which is Iran.’ So already then, Israel understood that the peace process with the Palestinians begins with Iran.” – NYT, 12-10-06
  • Ronald Lansing: Oregon’s first full-time judge often was injudicious Orville Pratt – One historian calls him “incurably covetous” and “slippery as a greased eel” – OregonLive.com, OR, 12-10-06
SPOTTED & SPEAKING EVENTS CALENDAR:
  • December 15, 2006: James and Lois Horton, “Slavery and the Making of America” at 10am, McLain Auditorium, MHS Mamaroneck High School – Larchmont Gazette, NY, 11-29-06
  • February 14, 2007: Eric Foner, “American Reconstruction (1865-1877)” Time to be announced, McLain Auditorium, MHS – Larchmont Gazette, NY, 11-29-06
  • March 20, 2007: Alan Brinkley, The Harlem Renaissance, Time to be announced, McLain Auditorium, MHS – Larchmont Gazette, NY, 11-29-06
  • Feb. 23 to 25, 2007: John Gillingham: Camden Conference marks its 20th anniversary, Feb. 23 to 25, 2007, at the Camden Opera House – 8-15-06 – Sold-out Camden Conference offers satellite seating at Strand knox.VillageSoup.com, ME, 10-29-06
HONORED, AWARDED, AND APPOINTED:
ON TV:
  • C-Span2, Book TV : After Words: Larry Kahaner, author of “AK-47: The Weapon That Changed the Face of War,” interviewed by Peter Singer Sunday, December 10 at 9:00 pm – C-Span2, BookTV
  • History Channel: “Alaska: Dangerous Territory,” Sunday, December 10, @ 8pm ET/PT
  • History Channel: “Modern Marvels :Snow,” Sunday, December 10, @ 10pm ET/PT
  • History Channel: “Modern Marvels :Icebreakers,” Sunday, December 10, @ 11pm ET/PT
  • History Channel: “Modern Marvels :Las Vegas,” Monday, December 11, @ 2pm ET/PT
  • History Channel: “Lost Worlds :The First Christians,” Monday, December 11, @ 10pm ET/PT
  • History Channel: “Where Did It Come From? :The Ancient Maya: Power Centers,” Monday, December 11, @ 11pm ET/PT
  • History Channel: “The World Trade Center: Rise and Fall of an American Icon,” Tuesday, December 12, @ 2pm ET/PT
  • History Channel: “Grounded on 9/11,” Tuesday, December 12, @ 4pm ET/PT
  • History Channel: “The Russian Navy,” Tuesday, December 12, @ 8pm ET/PT
  • History Channel: “Man, Moment, Machine :The Red Baron & The Wings of Death,” Tuesday, December 12, @ 10pm ET/PT
  • History Channel: “Special :Washington the Warrior” Wednesday, December 13, @ 2pm ET/PT
  • History Channel: “Mysteries of the Freemasons :America” Wednesday, December 13, @ 4pm ET/PT
  • History Channel: “Our Generation :Martin Luther King Assassination,” Thursday, December 14, @ 6pm ET/PT
  • History Channel: “Engineering An Empire :Britain: Blood and Steel,” Thursday, December 14, @ 8pm ET/PT
  • History Channel: “Decoding The Past :Secrets of Kabbalah,” Thursday, December 14, @ 9pm ET/PT
  • History Channel: “Sex in the 20th Century :The Politics of Pleasure,” Thursday, December 14, @ 11pm ET/PT
  • History Channel: “Godfathers,” Friday, December 14, @ 2pm ET/PT
  • History Channel: “Godfathers,” Friday, December 15, @ 2pm ET/PT
  • History Channel: “Declassified :Godfathers of Havana” Friday, December 15, @ 4pm ET/PT
  • History Channel: “Man Moment Machine” Marathon, Saturday, December 16, @ 1-5pm ET/PT
  • History Channel: “Vietnam: Homecoming,” Saturday, December 16 @ 6:30pm ET/PT
  • History Channel: “Alaska: Big America.,” Saturday, December 16, @ 10pm ET/PT
SELLING BIG (NYT):
  • Evan Thomas: SEA OF THUNDER, #20 – 12-17-06
  • Nathaniel Philbrick: Mayflower, #25 – 12-17-06
  • Hampton Sides: BLOOD AND THUNDER An Epic of the American West #34 – 12-17-06
FUTURE RELEASES:
  • Melton A. McLaurin: First black Marines to get scholarly treatment in book The Marines of Montford Point: America’s First Black Marines, Feb. 26, 2007 (University of North Carolina Press) – Wilmington Morning Star, NC, 12-10-06
  • Stella Tillyard: Royal Affair: George III and His Scandalous Siblings (Random House Publishing Group), December 2006
  • Jeremy Black: George III: America’s Last King, (Yale University Press), December 2006
  • Andrew L. Slap: The Doom of Reconstruction: The Liberal Republicans and the Election of 1872, (Fordham University Press), December 2006
  • Gill Bennett: Churchill’s Mystery Man, (Taylor & Francis, Inc.), December 2006
  • David Greenberg: Calvin Coolidge: The 30th President, 1923-1929 (Henry Holt & Company, Incorporated), December 26, 2006
  • James M. McPherson: This Mighty Scourge: Perspectives on the Civil War (Oxford University Press), January 2007
  • Dominic Green: Three Empires on the Nile: The Victorian Jihad, 1869-1898 (Simon & Schuster Adult Publishing Group), January 2007
  • Geoffrey Roberts: Stalin’s Wars: From World War to Cold War, 1939-1953 (Yale University Press), January 2007
  • David A. Bell: The First Total War: Napoleon’s Europe and the Birth of Warfare as We Know It, (Houghton Mifflin Company), January 2007
  • Dinesh D’Souza: Enemy at Home: The Cultural Left and Its Responsibilty for 9/11 (Doubleday Publishing), January 16, 2007
  • Edward Luce: In Spite of the Gods: The Rise of Modern India (Doubleday Publishing), January 16, 2007
  • Chalmers Johnson: Nemesis: The Last Days of the American Republic [American Empire Project], (Henry Holt & Company, Incorporated), February 6, 2007
  • Geoffrey Perret: Commander in Chief: How Truman, Johnson, and Bush Turned a Presidential Power into a Threat to America’s Future (Farrar, Straus and Giroux), February 6, 2007
  • Benton Rain Patterson: With the Heart of a King: Elizabeth I of England, Philip II of Spain, and the Fight for a Nation’s Soul and Crown (St. Martin’s Press), February 6, 2007
  • Andrew Roberts: History of the English-Speaking Peoples since 1900, HarperCollins Publishers), February 6, 2007
  • Margaret MacMillan: Nixon in China: The Week That Changed the World, (Random House Adult Trade Publishing Group), February 13, 2007
  • John McManus: Alamo in the Ardennes: The Untold Story of the American Soldiers Who Made the Defense of Bastogne Possible, (Wiley, John & Sons, Incorporated), March 2007
DEPARTED:
  • George Tindall: 85, Historian Who Charted the New South, Dies (NYT Obit) – NYT, 12-8-06
  • Papiya Ghosh: Historian and professor of Patna University was brutally stabbed to death – Times of India, 12-4-06

Posted on Sunday, December 10, 2006 at 6:44 PM

December 4, 2006

PEARL HARBOR 65TH ANNIVERSARY:
RATING PRESIDENT BUSH:
HNN STATS THIS WEEK:
THIS WEEK IN HISTORY:
  • 04/12/1563 – Council of Trent holds last session, after 18 years
  • 04/12/1619 – America’s 1st Thanksgiving Day (Va)
  • 04/12/1783 – Gen Washington bids officers farewell at Fraunce’s Tavern, NYC
  • 04/12/1816 – James Monroe (VA), elected 5th pres, defeating Federalist Rufus King
  • 04/12/1833 – American Anti-Slavery Society formed by Arthur Tappan in Phila
  • 04/12/1836 – Whig party holds its 1st national convention, Harrisburg, Pa
  • 04/12/1844 – James K Polk elected 11th president of US
  • 04/12/1851 – Pres Louis Napolean Boaparte forces crush a coup d’etat in France
  • 04/12/1918 – Pres Wilson sails for Versailles Peace Conference in France, 1st chief executive to travel outside US while in office
  • 04/12/1943 – -Dec 6] 2nd conference of Cairo: FDR, Churchill and Turkish pres Inonu
  • 04/12/1943 – -Dec 6] 2nd conference of Cairo: FDR, Churchill and Turkish pres Inonu
  • 04/12/1981 – Pres Reagan allows CIA to engage in domestic counter-intelligence, Executive Order on Intelligence (No 12333)
  • 04/12/1985 – Pres Reagan appoints Vice Adm John Poindexter as security adviser
  • 05/12/1349 – 500 Jews of Nuremberg massacre during Black Death riots
  • 05/12/1496 – Jews are expelled from Portugal by order of King Manuel I
  • 05/12/1792 – George Washington re-elected US pres
  • 05/12/1804 – Thomas Jefferson re-elected US pres/George Clinton vice-pres
  • 05/12/1831 – Former Pres John Q Adams takes his seat as member of House of Reps
  • 05/12/1832 – Andrew Jackson re-elected president of US
  • 05/12/1837 – Uprising under William Lyon Mackenzie in Canada
  • 05/12/1935 – National Council of Negro Women forms by Mary McLeod Bethune (NYC)
  • 05/12/1935 – National Council of Negro Women forms by Mary McLeod Bethune (NYC)
  • 05/12/1955 – Historic bus boycott begins in Montgomery Alabama by Rosa Parks
  • 06/12/1768 – 1st edition of “Encyclopedia Brittanica” published (Scotland)
  • 06/12/1820 – US president James Monroe re-elected
  • 06/12/1849 – Harriet Tubman escapes from slavery in Maryland
  • 06/12/1862 – Pres Lincoln orders hanging of 39 Santee Sioux indians
  • 06/12/1865 – 13th Amendment is ratified, abolishing slavery
  • 06/12/1876 – US Electorial College picks Rep Hayes as pres (although Tilden won)
  • 06/12/1877 – Washington Post publishes 1st edition
  • 06/12/1904 – Theodore Roosevelt confirms Monroe-doctrine (Roosevelt Corollary)
  • 06/12/1923 – 1st presidential address broadcast on radio (Pres Calvin Coolidge)
  • 06/12/1973 – Gerald Ford sworn-in as 1st unelected VP, succeeds Spiro T Agnew
  • 07/12/1787 – Delaware becomes 1st state to ratify constitution
  • 07/12/1808 – James Madison elected US pres/George Clinton vice-pres
  • 07/12/1836 – Martin Van Buren elected 8th president
  • 07/12/1877 – Thomas A Edison demonstrates the gramophone
  • 07/12/1917 – US becomes 13th country to declare war on Austria during World War I
  • 07/12/1941 – Japanese attack Pearl Harbor (a date that will live in infamy)
  • 07/12/1987 – Gorbachev arrives in US for a summit meeting
  • 07/12/1988 – Mikhail Gorbachev cheered by Wall St crowds upon arrival in NYC, Gorbachev announces 10% unilateral Soviet troop reductions at UN
  • 08/12/1776 – George Washington’s retreating army crosses Delaware River from NJ
  • 08/12/1863 – Abraham Lincoln announces plan for Reconstruction of South
  • 08/12/1863 – Pres Lincoln offers amnesty for confederate deserters
  • 08/12/1886 – American Federation of Labor (AFL) formed by 26 craft unions Samuel Gompers elected AFL president
  • 08/12/1987 – President Reagan and Soviet General Secretary Gorbachev sign a treaty eliminating medium range nuclear missiles
  • 09/12/1762 – British parliament accept Treaty of Paris
  • 09/12/1958 – Robert H W Welch Jr and 11 other men meet in Indianapolis to form anti-Communist John Birch Society
  • 09/12/1961 – SS Col Adolf Eichmann found guilty of war crimes in Israel
  • 10/12/1520 – Martin Luther publicly burned papal edict demands he recant
  • 10/12/1864 – General Shermans armies reach Savannah and 12 day siege begins
  • 10/12/1869 – Women suffrage (right to vote) granted in Wyoming Territory (US 1st)
  • 10/12/1898 – Spanish-American War ends; US acquires Philippines, PR and Guam
  • 10/12/1906 – Pres Theodore Roosevelt (1st American) awarded Nobel Peace Prize
  • 10/12/1915 – Pres Woodrow Wilson marries Edith Galt
  • 10/12/1919 – Nobel peace prize awarded to US president Wilson
  • 10/12/1931 – Jane Addams (1st US woman) named co-recipient of Nobel Peace Prize
  • 10/12/1936 – King Edward VIII abdicates throne to marry Mrs Wallis Simpson
  • 10/12/1978 – In Oslo, Menachem Begin and Anwar Sadat accept 1978 Nobel Peace Prize
BIGGEST STORIES:
  • Nathaniel Philbrick: “MAYFLOWER A Story of Courage, Community, and War” Named One of The 10 Best Books of 2006 by NYT – NYT, 12-10-06
  • Robin Lane Fox’s “The Classical World: An Epic History from Homer to Hadrian” and Thomas E. Ricks’ “Fiasco: The American Military Adventure in Iraq” Named as part of Wa Po’s Book World’s 10 Best of the Year – Wa Po, 12-3-06
IN THE NEWS:
REVIEWED AND FIRST CHAPTERS:
OP-ED:
  • Charlie Savage: Cheney has storied history behind scenes Since Nixon he has pushed for more executive powers – Boston Globe, 12-3-06
  • Robert N. Proctor: In op ed in the NYT says the tobacco industry has much to fear from the case of the former agent killed by Polonium – NYT op ed page, 12-1-06
  • Thomas Powers: The War Last Time – NYT, 11-30-06
  • Rick Perlstein: Whistling Past Dixie – New Republic, 11-29-06
  • Niall Ferguson: Some civil wars never end – LAT, 11-27-06
PROFILED:
INTERVIEWED:
  • Edwin Bearss: Confederate Navy’s New Historical Site Is in England – NPR, 12-3-06
FEATURE:
QUOTED:
  • Eric Foner ‘He’s The Worst Ever': “Historians are loath to predict the future. It is impossible to say with certainty how Bush will be ranked in, say, 2050. But somehow, in his first six years in office he has managed to combine the lapses of leadership, misguided policies and abuse of power of his failed predecessors. I think there is no alternative but to rank him as the worst president in U.S. history.” – Wa Po, 12-3-06
  • David Greenberg: What Will History Say? At Least He’s Not Nixon: “Bush has two years left in his presidency and we don’t know what they’ll hold. They may be as dismal as the first six. Future investigations may bear out many people’s worst fears about this administration’s violations of civil liberties. And it’s conceivable that the consequences of the invasion of Iraq may prove more destructive than those of Nixon’s stubborn continuation of the Vietnam War. Should those things happen, Bush will be able to lay a claim to the mantle of U.S. history’s worst president. For now, though, I’m sticking with Dick.” – Wa Po, 12-3-06
  • Douglas Brinkley What Will History Say? Move Over, Hoover: “This last point is crucial. Though Bush may be viewed as a laughingstock, he won’t have the zero-integrity factors that have kept Nixon and Harding at the bottom in the presidential sweepstakes. Oddly, the president whom Bush most reminds me of is Herbert Hoover, whose name is synonymous with failure to respond to the Great Depression. When the stock market collapsed, Hoover, for ideological reasons, did too little. When 9/11 happened, Bush did too much, attacking the wrong country at the wrong time for the wrong reasons. He has joined Hoover as a case study on how not to be president.” – Wa Po, 12-3-06
  • Vincent J. Cannato TIME’S ON HIS SIDE Time’s On His Side: “No one expects historians to be perfectly objective. But history should at least teach us humility. Time will cool today’s political passions. As years pass, more documents will be released, more insights gleaned and the broader picture of this era will be painted. Only then will we begin to see how George W. Bush fares in the pantheon of U.S. presidents. I don’t know how history will judge him. My guess is that, like most presidents, he will bequeath a mixed record. We can debate policies and actions now, but honesty should force us to acknowledge that real judgments will have to wait.” – Wa Po, 12-3-06
SPOTTED & SPEAKING EVENTS CALENDAR:
HONORED, AWARDED, AND APPOINTED:
  • The Historians picked by the Atlantic to compile a list of the 100 most influential Americans – Atlantic Monthly, 12-1-06
  • Tim Tyson: Winner of the 2007 University of Louisville Grawemeyer Award in Religion, given by the university and Louisville Presbyterian Theological Seminary – Durham Herald Sun, NC, 12-2-06
ON TV:
  • C-Span2, Book TV : Book TV presents After Words: Karen DeYoung, author of “Soldier: The Life of Colin Powell” interviewed by Brigadier General Charles “Casey” Brower, Sunday, December 3 at 6:00 pm and at 9:00 pm – C-Span2, BookTV
  • C-Span2, BookTV: William Daugherty, Executive Secrets: Covert Action and the Presidency Sunday, December 3 at 10:00 pm – C-Span2, BookTV
  • History Channel: “Inside the Volcano,” Sunday, December 3, @ 8pm ET/PT
  • History Channel: “American Vesuvius,” Sunday, December 3, @ 10pm ET/PT
  • History Channel: “Civil War Terror,” Monday, December 4, @ 2pm ET/PT
  • History Channel: “Engineering An Empire :The Persians” Monday, December 4, @ 9pm ET/PT
  • History Channel: “Lost Worlds :Palenque,” Monday, December 4, @ 10pm ET/PT
  • History Channel: “The True Story of Alexander the Great,” Tuesday, December 5, @ 2pm ET/PT
  • History Channel: “Violent Earth :Little Ice Age: Big Chill,” Tuesday, December 5, @ 8pm ET/PT
  • History Channel: “The Lincoln Assassination” Wednesday, December 6, @ 2pm ET/PT
  • History Channel: “Wild West Tech :Civil War in the West” Wednesday, December 6, @ 4pm ET/PT
  • History Channel: “Where Did It Come From? :The Ancient Maya: The Tools of Astronomy” Wednesday, December 6, @ 11pm ET/PT
  • History Channel: “Tora, Tora, Tora: The Real Story of Pearl Harbor,” Thursday, December 7, @ 5pm ET/PT
  • History Channel: “Conspiracy? :FDR and Pearl Harbor,” Thursday, December 7, @ 5pm ET/PT
  • History Channel: “The Other Tragedy at Pearl Harbor,” Thursday, December 7, @ 6pm ET/PT
  • History Channel: “Decoding The Past :Seven Wonders of the World,” Thursday, December 7, @ 9pm ET/PT
  • History Channel: “Shootout :Tet Offensive” Friday, December 8, @ 9pm ET/PT
  • History Channel: “Shootout” Marathon, Saturday, December 9, @ 1-5pm ET/PT
  • History Channel: “Inside the Volcano,” Saturday, December 9 @ 5pm ET/PT
  • History Channel: “Race to the South Pole :Part 2,” Saturday, December 9 @ 8pm ET/PT
  • History Channel: “Alaska: Big America.,” Saturday, December 9, @ 10pm ET/PT
SELLING BIG (NYT):
  • Evan Thomas: SEA OF THUNDER, #18 – 12-10-06
  • Thomas E. Ricks: FIASCO The American Military Adventure in Iraq, #26 – 12-10-06
  • Nathaniel Philbrick: Mayflower, #31 – 12-10-06
  • Hampton Sides: BLOOD AND THUNDER An Epic of the American West #34 – 12-10-06
FUTURE RELEASES:
  • Stella Tillyard: Royal Affair: George III and His Scandalous Siblings (Random House Publishing Group), December 2006
  • Jeremy Black: George III: America’s Last King, (Yale University Press), December 2006
  • Andrew L. Slap: The Doom of Reconstruction: The Liberal Republicans and the Election of 1872, (Fordham University Press), December 2006
  • Gill Bennett: Churchill’s Mystery Man, (Taylor & Francis, Inc.), December 2006
  • David Greenberg: Calvin Coolidge: The 30th President, 1923-1929 (Henry Holt & Company, Incorporated), December 26, 2006
  • James M. McPherson: This Mighty Scourge: Perspectives on the Civil War (Oxford University Press), January 2007
  • Dominic Green: Three Empires on the Nile: The Victorian Jihad, 1869-1898 (Simon & Schuster Adult Publishing Group), January 2007
  • Geoffrey Roberts: Stalin’s Wars: From World War to Cold War, 1939-1953 (Yale University Press), January 2007
  • David A. Bell: The First Total War: Napoleon’s Europe and the Birth of Warfare as We Know It, (Houghton Mifflin Company), January 2007
  • Dinesh D’Souza: Enemy at Home: The Cultural Left and Its Responsibilty for 9/11 (Doubleday Publishing), January 16, 2007
  • Edward Luce: In Spite of the Gods: The Rise of Modern India (Doubleday Publishing), January 16, 2007
  • Chalmers Johnson: Nemesis: The Last Days of the American Republic [American Empire Project], (Henry Holt & Company, Incorporated), February 6, 2007
  • Geoffrey Perret: Commander in Chief: How Truman, Johnson, and Bush Turned a Presidential Power into a Threat to America’s Future (Farrar, Straus and Giroux), February 6, 2007
  • Benton Rain Patterson: With the Heart of a King: Elizabeth I of England, Philip II of Spain, and the Fight for a Nation’s Soul and Crown (St. Martin’s Press), February 6, 2007
  • Andrew Roberts: History of the English-Speaking Peoples since 1900, HarperCollins Publishers), February 6, 2007
  • Margaret MacMillan: Nixon in China: The Week That Changed the World, (Random House Adult Trade Publishing Group), February 13, 2007
  • John McManus: Alamo in the Ardennes: The Untold Story of the American Soldiers Who Made the Defense of Bastogne Possible, (Wiley, John & Sons, Incorporated), March 2007
DEPARTED:

Posted on Sunday, December 3, 2006 at 7:04 PM

History Buzz: November 2006

History Buzz

By Bonnie K. Goodman

Ms. Goodman is the Editor/Features Editor at HNN. She has a Masters in Library and Information Studies from McGill University, and has done graduate work in history at Concordia University.

November 27, 2006

HNN STATS THIS WEEK:
THIS WEEK IN HISTORY:
  • 27/11/1863 – -29] Battle at Fort Esperanza Texas
  • 27/11/1868 – Battle at Washita-Gen Custer defeats Cheyennes
  • 27/11/1972 – Pierre Trudeau forms Canadian government
  • 27/11/1990 – Britain’s conservatives chose John Major to succeed Margaret Thatcher
  • 28/11/1745 – -29] French troops attack indians of Saratoga, NY
  • 28/11/1775 – 2nd Continental Congress formally establishes US Navy
  • 28/11/1776 – Washington and his troops cross Delaware River
  • 28/11/1795 – US pays $800,000 and a frigate as tribute to Algiers and Tunis
  • 28/11/1861 – Confederate congress officially admits Missouri to Confederate Army
  • 28/11/1862 – Battle at Cane Hill, Arkansas (475 casualties)
  • 28/11/1864 – 3rd day of Battles at Waynesboro/Jones’s Plantation, Georgia — Battle of New Creek, WV (Rosser’s Raid, Ft Kelly)
  • 28/11/1871 – Ku Klux Klan trials began in Federal District Court in SC
  • 28/11/1916 – 1st (German) air attack on London
  • 28/11/1943 – FDR, Churchill and Stalin met at Tehran to map out strategy
  • 28/11/1986 – Reagan administration exceeds SALT II arms limitations for 1st time
  • 28/11/1990 – Margaret Thatcher resigns as Britain’s PM, replaced by John Majors
  • 29/11/1349 – Jews of Augsburg Germany massacred
  • 29/11/1803 – Dessalines and Christophe declare St Domingue (Haiti) independent
  • 29/11/1812 – Napoleon’s Grand Army crosses Berezina River in retreat from Russia
  • 29/11/1847 – Indians kill Marcus and Narcissa Whitman, 11 settle in Walla Walla Ore
  • 29/11/1863 – Battle of Ft Sanders, TN (Ft Loudon), 8-900 casualities
  • 29/11/1864 – Battle of Spring Hill, TN (Thomason’s Station)
  • 29/11/1877 – Thomas Edison demonstrates hand-cranked phonograph
  • 29/11/1887 – US receives rights to Pearl Harbor, on Oahu, Hawaii
  • 29/11/1916 – US declares martial law in Dominican Republic
  • 29/11/1932 – France signs non-agression pact with Soviet Union
  • 29/11/1933 – 1st state liquor stores authorized (Pennsylvania)
  • 29/11/1963 – LBJ sets up Warren Comm to investigate assassination of JFK
  • 30/11/1630 – 16,000 inhabitants of Venice died this month of plague
  • 30/11/1678 – Roman Catholics banned from English parliament
  • 30/11/1782 – Britain signs agreement recognizing US independence
  • 30/11/1803 – Spain cedes her claims to Louisiana Territory to France
  • 30/11/1804 – Impeachment trial of Supreme Court Justice Samuel Chase begins
  • 30/11/1864 – Battle of Franklin Tenn: Confederate attack fails, 7,700 casualities
  • 30/11/1864 – Battle of Honey Hill SC (Broad River) 96 dead/665 wounded
  • 30/11/1947 – Day after UN decree for Israel, Jewish settlements attacked
  • 30/11/1967 – Sen Eugene McCarthy begins run for US presidency
  • 01/12/1641 – Mass becomes 1st colony to give statutory recognition to slavery
  • 01/12/1824 – House of Reps begins to end election deadlock between JQ Adams
  • 01/12/1864 – Raid at Stoneman: Knoxville, TN to Saltville, VA
  • 01/12/1878 – 1st White House telephone installed
  • 01/12/1909 – 1st Israeli kibbutz founded, Deganya Alef
  • 01/12/1919 – Lady Nancy Astor sworn-in as 1st female member of British Parliament
  • 01/12/1943 – FDR, Churchill and Stalin agree to Operation Overlord (D-Day)
  • 01/12/1969 – US govt holds its 1st draft lottery since WW II
  • 02/12/1804 – Napoleon Bonaparte crowned emperor of France in Paris by Pope Pius VII
  • 02/12/1812 – James Madison re-elected president of US, E Gerry vice-pres
  • 02/12/1823 – President James Monroe declares his “Monroe Doctrine”
  • 02/12/1840 – William H Harrison elected president of US
  • 02/12/1848 – Franz Josef I becomes emperor of Austria and King of Hungary
  • 02/12/1852 – 2nd French empire established; Louis Napoleon becomes emperor
  • 02/12/1961 – Fidel Castro declares he’s a Marxist, and will lead Cuba to Communism
  • 02/12/1968 – Pres Nixon names Henry Kissinger security advisor
  • 03/12/1775 – 1st official US flag raising (aboard naval vessel Alfred)
  • 03/12/1828 – Andrew Jackson elected 7th president of US
  • 03/12/1847 – Frederick Douglass publishes 1st issue of his newspaper “North Star”
  • 03/12/1868 – Trial of Jefferson Davis starts; 1st blacks on US trial jury
  • 03/12/1878 – Settlers arrive at Petach Tikvah Israel
  • 03/12/1948 – “Pumpkin Papers” come to light (claimed to be from Alger Hiss)
  • 03/12/1953 – Eisenhower criticizes McCarthy for saying communists are in Rep party
  • 03/12/1962 – Edith Spurlock Sampson sworn-in as 1st US black female judge
  • 03/12/1992 – UN Security Council votes unanimous for US led forces to enter Somalia
BIGGEST STORIES:
  • G. Robert Blakey: JFK killing: A conspiracy, asserts Notre Dame professor – The Tidings, CA, 11-22-06
  • Holocaust records open up painful past Millions of pages documenting the persecution of Jews will soon be available to victims, families – AP, 11-26-06
IN THE NEWS:
REVIEWED AND FIRST CHAPTERS:
  • Historians make NYT’s 100 Notable Books of the Year – NYT, 11-26-06
  • Karen DeYoung: Reluctant Warrior SOLDIER The Life of Colin PowellNYT, 11-26-06
  • Gore Vidal: Leave-Taking POINT TO POINT NAVIGATION A Memoir, 1964 to 2006NYT, 11-26-06
  • Roger Friedland and Harold Zellman: The Apprentices THE FELLOWSHIP The Untold Story of Frank Lloyd Wright and the Taliesin FellowshipNYT, 11-26-06
  • Gene Roberts and Hank Klibanoff: Two journalists recall the reporters who covered some of the nation’s most hard-fought battles THE RACE BEAT The Press, the Civil Rights Struggle, and the Awakening of a NationWa Po, 11-26-06
  • Christian Alfonsi: A Tale of Two Bushes The GOP’s views about marching on Baghdad changed sharply from the 41st president to the 43rd CIRCLE IN THE SAND Why We Went Back to IraqWa Po, 11-26-06
  • Godfrey Hodgson: Feathers ruffled by book claiming to debunk ‘myths’ of first Thanksgiving – Charles Burress in the San Francisco Chronicle, 11-22-06
OP-ED:
  • Carolyn Eisenberg: Nixon tried it in Vietnam, once most agreed the war was lost, and it cost 20,000 U.S. lives – Newsday, 11-26-06
  • Tom Palaima: Moral courage, free speech and open debate: Essentials of our democracy: The lessons of MLK and RFK – Austin-American Statesman, 11-23-06
  • Robert Dallek: In Letter to Editor of the NYT Says We Couldn’t Have Won Vietnam and Can’t Win Iraq – NYT, 11-23-06
  • John Keegan: Lessons from history suggest that Iraq, though in chaos, has not yet reached civil war – American Prospect, 12-1-06
PROFILED:
INTERVIEWED:
FEATURE:
QUOTED:
  • MARK MOYAR on “Differences Between Vietnam, Iraq”: “The forces are much less well-organized than was the case in Vietnam. In Vietnam, you have communist forces operating in division strength. At the same time, the South Vietnamese government is pretty effective, by the standards of Iraq today. Iraqi insurgents right now are operating in very small groups. At the same time, the Iraqi government is not as cohesive, and it’s not even able to maintain order in the cities, which is something the South Vietnamese government could do. – PBS, 11-24-06
  • G. Robert Blakey on JFK killing: A conspiracy”: “History will probably say that the Warren Commission found a single assassin, and that the controversy continues. And there may, if they do their homework, be a footnote saying a congressional committee disagreed with the Warren Commission. But the tendency is to take the official explanation. And the official explanation is really the Warren Commission. It’s not us. We just disagreed.” – The Tidings, CA, 11-22-06
SPOTTED & SPEAKING EVENTS CALENDAR:
  • Feb. 23 to 25, 2007: John Gillingham: Camden Conference marks its 20th anniversary, Feb. 23 to 25, 2007, at the Camden Opera House – 8-15-06 – Sold-out Camden Conference offers satellite seating at Strand knox.VillageSoup.com, ME, 10-29-06
HONORED, AWARDED, AND APPOINTED:
ON TV:
  • C-Span2, Book TV presents David Nasaw “Andrew Carnegie,” Sunday, November 26 at 7:00 pm – C-Span2, BookTV
  • C-Span2, BookTV: Max Boot, War Made New: Technology, Warfare, and the Course of History, 1500 to Today,” Sunday, November 26 at 10:00 pm – C-Span2, BookTV
  • C-Span2, BookTV: Greg Grandin, Empire’s Workshop: Latin America, the United States, and the Rise of the New Imperialism, Monday, November 21 at 1:15 am – C-Span2, BookTV
  • PBS: American Experience “RFK”, Monday November 27, @ 9pm ET – PBS
  • History Channel: “Native Americans in the Civil War,” Sunday, November 26, @ 7pm ET/PT
  • History Channel: “Banned from The Bible,” Sunday, November 26, @ 8pm ET/PT
  • History Channel: “Special :Beyond The Da Vinci Code,” Sunday, November 26, @ 10pm ET/PT
  • History Channel: “Rolling Thunder: The True Story of the 3rd Armored Division,” Monday, November 27, @ 2pm ET/PT
  • History Channel: “Battlefield Detectives :6-Day War” Monday, November 27, @ 8pm ET/PT
  • History Channel: “Engineering An Empire :Britain: Blood and Steel,” Monday, November 27, @ 10pm ET/PT
  • History Channel: “Texas: Big America,” Tuesday, November 28, @ 2pm ET/PT
  • History Channel: “Alaska: Big America,” Tuesday, November 28, @ 4pm ET/PT
  • History Channel: “First Invasion: The War of 1812″ Wednesday, November 29, @ 2pm ET/PT
  • History Channel: “Modern Marvels :Castles & Dungeons” Wednesday, November 29, @ 5pm ET/PT
  • History Channel: “Battlefield Detectives :Stalingrad” Wednesday, November 29, @ 6pm ET/PT
  • History Channel: “History’s Mysteries :Ship of Gold.” Wednesday, November 29, @ 7pm ET/PT
  • History Channel: ” Exorcism: Driving Out the Devil,” Thursday, November 30, @ 2pm ET/PT
  • History Channel: “History’s Mysteries :Amityville: Horror or Hoax?,” Thursday, November 30, @ 4pm ET/PT
  • History Channel: “Engineering An Empire :The Maya: Death Empire,” Thursday, November 30, @ 8pm ET/PT
SELLING BIG (NYT):
  • Evan Thomas: SEA OF THUNDER, #16 (1 week on list) – 12-03-06
  • Hampton Sides: BLOOD AND THUNDER An Epic of the American West #29 – 12-03-06
FUTURE RELEASES:
  • Stanley Weintraub: 11 Days in December: Christmas at the Bulge, 1944 (Simon & Schuster Adult Publishing Group), November 2006
  • David M. Glantz: Red Storm over the Balkans: The Failed Soviet Invasion of Romania, Spring 1944 (University Press of Kansas), November 2006
  • Adam LeBor: “Complicity With Evil”: The United Nations in the Age of Modern Genocide, November 2006
  • A. J. Langguth: Union 1812: The Americans Who Fought the Second War of Independence (Simon & Schuster Adult Publishing Group) November 2006
  • Graeme Fife: The Terror: The Shadow of the Guillotine: France 1792–1794, November 2006
  • Robert M. Collins: Transforming America: Politics and Culture During the Reagan Years, November 2006
  • Judith Lissauer Cromwell: Dorothea Lieven: A Russian Princess in London and Paris, 1785-1857, (McFarland & Company, Incorporated Publishers), November 2006
  • Stella Tillyard: Royal Affair: George III and His Scandalous Siblings (Random House Publishing Group), December 2006
  • Jeremy Black: George III: America’s Last King, (Yale University Press), December 2006
  • Gill Bennett: Churchill’s Mystery Man, (Taylor & Francis, Inc.), December 2006
  • David Greenberg: Calvin Coolidge: The 30th President, 1923-1929 (Henry Holt & Company, Incorporated), December 26, 2006
  • Geoffrey Perret: Commander in Chief: How Truman, Johnson, and Bush Turned a Presidential Power into a Threat to America’s Future (Farrar, Straus and Giroux), February 6, 2007
  • Margaret MacMillan: Nixon in China: The Week That Changed the World, (Random House Adult Trade Publishing Group), February 13, 2007
DEPARTED:
  • Curtis Cate: 82, a Biographer and Historian, Dies – NYT, 11-22-06

Posted on Sunday, November 26, 2006 at 6:54 PM

November 20, 2006

THANKSGIVING:
  • Talking turkey about the REAL 1st Thanksgiving – Chicago Tribune, 11-19-06
  • Holiday Might Be Serving Up Myth Was the first Thanksgiving meal a bountiful celebration? – The Ledger, 11-19-06
  • Thanksgiving story more myth than history – UAA Northern Light, AK, 11-15-06
  • Kathleen Curtin on “Then: revisiting the feasts of yore”: “The first Thanksgiving was probably celebrated by native people thousands of years before Europeans arrived. We seem to have this Eurocentrist stance.” – NorthJersey.com, 11-19-06
  • ‘Desperate’ measures: History Channel reveals truth behind Pilgrims’ journey – Boston Herald, 11-19-06
  • Jeremy Bangs: Pilgrims’ homeland before The Mayflower – News & Observer, NC, 11-19-06
  • History Channel coming in November 2006: Desperate Crossing: the Untold Story of the Mayflower – yahoo.com
HNN STATS THIS WEEK:
THIS WEEK IN HISTORY:
  • 20/11/1789 – New Jersey is 1st state to ratify Bill of Rights
  • 20/11/1815 – Russia, Prussia, Austria and England signs Great Alliance
  • 20/11/1862 – Armies of Mississippi/Kentucky merge as Army of Tennessee under Gen Braxton Bragg
  • 20/11/1866 – Howard University founded (Wash, DC)
  • 20/11/1866 – 1st natl convention of Grand Army of Republic (veterans’ org)
  • 20/11/1910 – Revolution broke out in Mexico, led by Francisco I Madero
  • 20/11/1920 – Nobel Peace Prize awarded to US president W Wilson
  • 20/11/1938 – 1st documented anti-semitic remarks over US radio (by Father Coughlin)
  • 20/11/1945 – 24 Nazi leaders put on trial at Nuremberg, German
  • 20/11/1947 – Britain’s Princess Elizabeth, marries Duke Philip Mountbatten
  • 20/11/1949 – Jewish population of Israel reaches 1,000,000
  • 20/11/1959 – UN adopts Universal Declaration of Children’s Rights
  • 20/11/1975 – Ronald Reagan announced candidacy for Rep nomination for president
  • 21/11/1620 – Pilgrim Fathers reach America: Provincetown Harbor, Mass
  • 21/11/1620 – Mayflower Compact signed by Pilgrims in Cape Cod
  • 21/11/1789 – North Carolina ratifies constitution, becomes 12th US state
  • 21/11/1824 – 1st Jewish Reform congregation forms, Charleston, SC
  • 21/11/1852 – Duke U, founded in 1838 as Union Institute chartered as Normal College
  • 21/11/1877 – Tom Edison announces his “talking machine” invention (phonograph)
  • 21/11/1946 – Harry Truman becomes 1st US president to travel in a submerged sub
  • 21/11/1959 – Jack Benny (violin) and Richard Nixon (piano) play their famed duet
  • 21/11/1963 – JFK flies to Texas
  • 21/11/1973 – Pres Nixon’s attorney, J Fred Buzhardt, reveals presence of 18 minute gap in a White House tape recording related to Watergate
  • 21/11/1974 – Freedom of Information Act passed by Congress over Pres Ford’s veto
  • 22/11/1864 – Battle at Griswoldville, Georgia, ends after 650 casualties
  • 22/11/1930 – 1st US football game broadcast to England (Harvard 13, Yale 0)
  • 22/11/1930 – Elijah Muhammad forms Nation of Islam in Detroit
  • 22/11/1943 – FDR, Churchill and Chiang Kai-shek meet to discuss ways to defeat Japan
  • 22/11/1963 – John F. Kennedy is assassinated while travelling through Dallas, Texas in an open-top convertible
  • 22/11/1963 – Lyndon Baines Johnson sworn in as 36th US president
  • 22/11/1990 – Margaret Thatcher announces her resignation as British Prime Minister
  • 22/11/1992 – Wash Post reports Ore Senator Bob Packwood sexually harassed 10 women
  • 22/11/1996 – OJ Simpson takes stand as hostile witness in the wrongful death lawsuit filed against him, saying it is “absolutely not true”
  • 23/11/1765 – People of Frederick County Md refuse to pay England’s Stamp tax
  • 23/11/1783 – Annapolis Maryland, becomes US capital (until June 1784)
  • 23/11/1863 – Battle of Chattanooga and Orchard Knob, TN begins
  • 23/11/1864 – -25] Battle at Ball’s Ferry Georgia (30 casualties)
  • 23/11/1909 – Wright Brothers forms million dollar corp to manufacture airplanes
  • 23/11/1921 – Pres Harding signs Willis Campell Act (anti-beer bill) forbidding doctors prescribing beer or liquor for medicinal purposes
  • 23/11/1936 – 1st issue of Life, picture magazine created by Henry R Luce
  • 23/11/1939 – Nazi Gov of Poland Hans Frank requires Jews to wear a blue star
  • 23/11/1942 – German 4th and 6th Army surrounded at Stalingrad
  • 23/11/1963 – JFK’s body, lay in repose in East Room of White House
  • 23/11/1963 – LBJ proclaims Nov 25 a day of national mourning (for JFK)
  • 24/11/1105 – Rabbi Nathan ben Yehiel of Rome completes Talmudic dictionary
  • 24/11/1863 – Battle of Chattanooga, Columbia and Lookout Mt begins in Tennessee
  • 24/11/1869 – American Woman’s Suffrage Association forms (Cleveland)
  • 24/11/1941 – “Life Certificates” issued to some Jews of Vilna, rest exterminated
  • 24/11/1944 – US bombers based on Saipan, begin 1st attack on Tokyo
  • 24/11/1948 – Ireland votes for independence from UK
  • 24/11/1950 – UN troops begin an assault intending to end Korean War by Christmas
  • 24/11/1963 – 1st live murder on TV-Jack Ruby shoots Lee Harvey Oswald
  • 24/11/1974 – Gerald Ford and Leonid Brezhnev signs SALT-2-treaty
  • 25/11/1783 – Britain evacuates NYC, their last military position in US
  • 25/11/1792 – Farmer’s Almanac 1st published
  • 25/11/1864 – Confederate plot to burn NYC, fails
  • 25/11/1864 – Confederate retreat at Sandersville, Georgia
  • 25/11/1867 – US Congress commission looks into “impeachment” of Pres Andrew Johnson
  • 25/11/1913 – Woodrow Wilson’s daughter Jessie marries in White House
  • 25/11/1920 – 1st Thanksgiving Parade (Phila)
  • 25/11/1941 – German Jews in Netherlands declared stateless (lose of nationality)
  • 25/11/1955 – Race segregation forbidden on trains and buses between US states
  • 25/11/1957 – Pres Eisenhower suffers a mild stroke, impairing his speech
  • 25/11/1963 – JFK laid to rest at Arlington National Cemetery
  • 25/11/1986 – Oliver North’s sect, Fawn Hill, smuggles documents out of his office
  • 25/11/1986 – Iran-Contra affair erupts, Pres Reagan reveals secret arm deal
  • 26/11/1789 – 1st national Thanksgiving
  • 26/11/1861 – West Virginia created as a result of dispute over slavery with Virg
  • 26/11/1863 – -Dec 2] Mine Run campaign, VA
  • 26/11/1864 – Confederate troops vacate Sandersville Georgia
  • 26/11/1898 – -27) Snow/ice storm over US; 455 die
  • 26/11/1940 – Nazi Germany began walling off the Jewish Ghetto in Warsaw
  • 26/11/1969 – Lottery for Selective Service draftees bill signed by President Nixon
  • 26/11/1973 – Nixon’s personal sec, Rose Mary Woods, tells a federal court she accidentally caused part of 18«-minute gap in a key Watergate tape
  • 26/11/1985 – Random House buys Richard Nixons memoires for $3,000,000
  • 27/11/1863 – -29] Battle at Fort Esperanza Texas
  • 27/11/1868 – Battle at Washita-Gen Custer defeats Cheyennes
  • 27/11/1972 – Pierre Trudeau forms Canadian government
  • 27/11/1990 – Britain’s conservatives chose John Major to succeed Margaret Thatcher
BIGGEST STORIES:
IN THE NEWS:
REVIEWED AND FIRST CHAPTERS:
  • James MacGregor Burns: Splendid Isolation How uncoupling presidents from their parties has given us less dynamic leaders RUNNING ALONE Presidential Leadership — JFK to Bush II: Why It Has Failed and How We Can Fix ItWa Po, 11-19-06
  • Robert K. Brigham: Is Iraq Another Vietnam? – Wa Po, 11-19-06
  • Alistair Horne: Aftershocks A classic on France’s losing fight against Arab rebels contains troubling echoes of Iraq today A SAVAGE WAR OF PEACE Algeria 1954-1962Wa Po, 11-19-06
  • Books of the battleground Horror and hopelessness of the Great War revived in republished novels – The State, SC, 11-19-06
OP-ED:
PROFILED:
  • Lisa Wilson, a professor of American history at Connecticut College, is featured as a commentator in the History Channel’s original documentary, “Desperate Crossing: The Untold Story of the Mayflower,” which will debut on the History Channel at 8 p.m. Sunday – TheDay, CT, 11-15-06
INTERVIEWED:
  • Michael Oren: Gaza Rockets Challenge Israeli Security – NPR, 11-17-06
  • Eliot Cohen: Weighing Options for the Best Exit from Iraq – 11-13-06
FEATURE:
  • Timothy B. Tyson: The Ghosts of 1898 Duke historian Tyson explains how prominent North Carolinians seized power and altered the state’s history.- News and Observer
  • Marilyn Lake: Anti-Americanism in Australia have predictably hit the headlines this week -
  • A Northern City’s Southern Shame: “New York Divided: Slavery and the Civil War,” a well-designed, richly informative exhibition opening at the New-York Historical Society – New York Sun, 11-16-06
  • Gabor Boritt: Lincoln’s Hanover speech helped shape his legend – http://www.eveningsun.com, 11-12-06
QUOTED:
  • Cynthia Harrison on “National Organization for Women at 40″: “They concluded, quite sensibly, that they needed to form organization that wasn’t sponsored by the government, so that they would have a completely free hand. It was at this convention that this group of women sat down at a table. Betty Freidan famously wrote the letters NOW on a napkin, and they formed the National Organization for Women.” – NPR, 11-18-06
  • Levon Panos Dabagian Armenian historian rejects “Armenian genocide”: “Turkish history has never had genocide against Armenians” – NGO ‘Right of Choice’, Azerbaijan, 11-14-06
SPOTTED & SPEAKING EVENTS CALENDAR:
  • Nov. 20, 2006: Henry Louis Gates, Jr., W.E.B. DuBois Professor of Humanities and chair of African American Studies at Harvard, will discuss and show clips from his new PBS documentary, “African American Lives,” during a Nov. 20 event at UNLV – UNLV The Rebel Yell, NV, 11-16-06
  • Nov. 20, 2006: Sucheta Mazumdar: Duke Historian to Discuss U.S.-China Trade at at noon Monday, Nov. 20, in Room 229 of the Carr Building on Duke’s East Campus – Duke University, NC, 11-16-06
  • Nov. 26, 2006: Gary D. Joiner will sign copies of his books from 2 to 4 p.m. at the Barnes & Noble at 6646 Youree Drive in Shreveport, LA – Shreveport Times, LA, 11-17-06
  • Feb. 23 to 25, 2007: John Gillingham: Camden Conference marks its 20th anniversary, Feb. 23 to 25, 2007, at the Camden Opera House – 8-15-06 – Sold-out Camden Conference offers satellite seating at Strand knox.VillageSoup.com, ME, 10-29-06
HONORED, AWARDED, AND APPOINTED:
ON TV:
  • C-Span2, BookTV: 2006 National Book Awards Ceremony, Sunday, November 19 at 7:00 pm – C-Span2, BookTV
  • C-Span2, BookTV: History on Book TV Timothy Egan, “The Worst Hard Time: The Untold Story of Those Who Survived the Great American Dust Bowl,” Sunday, November 19 at 8:30 pm – C-Span2, BookTV
  • PBS: American Experience “RFK”, Monday November 27, @ 9pm ET – PBS
  • History Channel: “Home for the Holidays: The History of Thanksgiving,” Sunday, November 19, @ 7pm ET/PT
  • History Channel: “Desperate Crossing: The Untold Story of The Mayflower” Sunday, November 19, @ 8pm ET/PT
  • History Channel: “Decoding The Past :Presidential Prophecies,” Monday, November 20, @ 5pm ET/PT
  • History Channel: “True Story of the Bridge on the River Kwai,” Tuesday, November 21, @ 2pm ET/PT
  • History Channel: “The Presidents :1789-1825,” Tuesday, November 21, @ 8pm ET/PT
  • History Channel: “The Presidents :1825-1849,” Tuesday, November 21, @ 9pm ET/PT
  • History Channel: “Battlefield Detectives :Native American Wars: The Apache” Wednesday, November 22, @ 2pm ET/PT
  • History Channel: “Battlefield Detectives :Custer at Little Big Horn” Wednesday, November 22, @ 3pm ET/PT
  • History Channel: “History’s Mysteries :The First Americans” Wednesday, November 22, @ 5pm ET/PT
  • History Channel: “Inside Macy’s Thanksgiving Day Parade” Wednesday, November 22, @ 7pm ET/PT
  • History Channel: “American Eats :Holiday Foods” Wednesday, November 22, @ 8pm ET/PT
  • History Channel: “The Presidents :1849-1865,” Wednesday, November 22, @ 9pm ET/PT
  • History Channel: “The Presidents :1865-1885,” Wednesday, November 22, @ 10pm ET/PT
  • History Channel: “The Presidents :1885-1913,” Wednesday, November 22, @ 11pm ET/PT
  • History Channel: “Desperate Crossing: The Untold Story of The Mayflower,” Thursday, November 23, @ 8pm ET/PT
  • History Channel: “Home for the Holidays: The History of Thanksgiving,” Thursday, November 23, @ 11pm ET/PT
  • History Channel: “Shootout :Okinawa: The Last Battle of WWII” Friday, November 24, @ 8pm ET/PT
  • History Channel: “Special : The Kennedy Assassination: Beyond Conspiracy,” Saturday, November 25, @ 8pm ET/PT
  • History Channel: “Kennedys: The Curse of Power,” Saturday, November 25, @ 10pm ET/PT
  • History Channel: “Engineering An Empire” Marathon, Saturday, November 25, @ 1-5pm ET/PT
  • History Channel: “Native Americans in the Civil War,” Sunday, November 26, @ 7pm ET/PT
  • History Channel: “Banned from The Bible,” Sunday, November 26, @ 8pm ET/PT
  • History Channel: “Special :Beyond The Da Vinci Code,” Sunday, November 26, @ 10pm ET/PT
SELLING BIG (NYT):
  • Evan Thomas: SEA OF THUNDER, #19 – 11-26-06
  • Hampton Sides: BLOOD AND THUNDER An Epic of the American West #27 – 11-26-06
  • David Nasaw: ANDREW CARNEGIE, #30 – 11-26-06
FUTURE RELEASES:
  • Stanley Weintraub: 11 Days in December: Christmas at the Bulge, 1944 (Simon & Schuster Adult Publishing Group), November 2006
  • David M. Glantz: Red Storm over the Balkans: The Failed Soviet Invasion of Romania, Spring 1944 (University Press of Kansas), November 2006
  • Adam LeBor: “Complicity With Evil”: The United Nations in the Age of Modern Genocide, November 2006
  • A. J. Langguth: Union 1812: The Americans Who Fought the Second War of Independence (Simon & Schuster Adult Publishing Group) November 2006
  • Graeme Fife: The Terror: The Shadow of the Guillotine: France 1792–1794, November 2006
  • Robert M. Collins: Transforming America: Politics and Culture During the Reagan Years, November 2006
  • Judith Lissauer Cromwell: Dorothea Lieven: A Russian Princess in London and Paris, 1785-1857, (McFarland & Company, Incorporated Publishers), November 2006
  • Stella Tillyard: Royal Affair: George III and His Scandalous Siblings (Random House Publishing Group), December 2006
  • Jeremy Black: George III: America’s Last King, (Yale University Press), December 2006
  • Gill Bennett: Churchill’s Mystery Man, (Taylor & Francis, Inc.), December 2006
  • David Greenberg: Calvin Coolidge: The 30th President, 1923-1929 (Henry Holt & Company, Incorporated), December 26, 2006
  • Geoffrey Perret: Commander in Chief: How Truman, Johnson, and Bush Turned a Presidential Power into a Threat to America’s Future (Farrar, Straus and Giroux), February 6, 2007
  • Margaret MacMillan: Nixon in China: The Week That Changed the World, (Random House Adult Trade Publishing Group), February 13, 2007
DEPARTED:

Posted on Sunday, November 19, 2006 at 5:22 PM

November 13, 2006

ELECTION 2006 SPECIAL:
    ELECTION 2006: HISTORIANS’ COMMENTS

    RESULTS:
    SENATE: DEM 51 (+6) — GOP 49 (-6)
    HOUSE: DEM 229 (+29) — GOP 196 (-28) (10 UNDECIDED)
    GOVERNOR: DEM 28 (+6)– GOP 21 (-6)
    CNN

  • Rick Perlstein: “we are forced to reckon with an uncomfortable question. Republicans cheat” – American Prospect, 11-10-06
  • Julian Zelizer: We Won! Now What The Heck Do We Do? A rousing congressional victory fraught with traps – U.S. News & World Report, 11-12-06
  • Julian Zelizer: We Won! Now What The Heck Do We Do? A rousing congressional victory fraught with traps – U.S. News & World Report, 11-12-06
  • Julian Zelizer on “Social Security at roots of shift Democrats set groundwork in reform fight”: “Now it’s on their back to put together one, two, three big issues for them to go on. People are not as united once you’re in the power of governing. That’s when the disputes will start to come out.” – Boston Globe, 11-12-06
  • Allan Lichtman on “Trend toward centrist candidates may transform both parties”: “We knew people were disgusted with the war. The surprise was the extent to which people responded to the corruption and how tired they are of sold-out government. People want a government that works for them, not one that is sold-out, and on the Republican side, that works for John McCain.” – San Jose Mercury News, 11-12-06
  • Douglas Brinkley about “Democrats Gain Control Of Congress” on CBS’ The Early Show: “I think history will mark it as the death of the Neocon movement and the beginning of a realist foreign policy that comes from both Democrats and Republicans. The days of the Bush doctrine of pre-striking an enemy, I think, are over.” – CBS News, 11-10-06
  • Robin Gerber on “Women Bring New Power, Perspective to Congress”: “The power of the mirror is huge. What we see, we believe we can become. And so that’s why Nancy Pelosi’s sitting in that speaker’s chair is huge. For women, that is definitely the most significant thing that happened…. She had five children before she came into politics. And that old ‘four cookies, five children’ problem is a similar problem that she’s going to have to solve as speaker.” – NPR, 11-10-06
  • Historians rate America’s worst presidents: The Republican performance in this week’s midterm elections has led many commentators to describe Bush as the most disastrous leader in US history. But what about the competition? We asked the experts to cast their votes – Independent, UK, 11-10-06
  • Gil Troy: Dems should walk softly Party would be wise not to repeat mistakes that led to GOP’s downfall – The Montreal Gazette, 11-9-06
  • Scholars Put Historical Frame Around Current Governmental Shift: Presidential historian Michael Beschloss; Ellen Fitzpatrick, professor of American history at the University of New Hampshire; and Richard Norton Smith, presidential historian, scholar in residence at George Mason University Scholars discuss how history will view the events of the week, from the Democratic takeover of Congress to Defense Secretary Donald Rumsfeld’s resignation in response to the administration’s handling of the Iraq war – Newshour with Jim Lehrer, 11-9-06
  • Julian Zelizer on “America’s first Madam Speaker Nancy Pelosi plans to drive a ‘100-hour’ agenda through the House”: “Pelosi has been able to maintain unity among Democrats, keep legislators on the same page and on message, count votes effectively, and cause problems for House Republicans. She clearly inherited her father’s political skills. Now, she will have no choice but to focus on keeping the Democratic machine intact, pushing her party to focus on politically effective issues and finding policies that will attract some Republican support.” – Christian Science Monitor, 11-9-06
  • Allan Lichtman on “Democrats win majority in Senate” on CTV Newsnet: “This was a president who has lost the confidence of the American people. “His approval rating was much lower than Bill Clinton’s was when the Republicans took over the Congress in 1994. They don’t believe that the course we’re on in Iraq is going to lead to a successful end any time soon. Americans and Iraqis seem to be dying to no end. They seemed to be endemic to a Republican party that has grown arrogant and that seemed much too sold-out to the interests of its big business clients.” – CTV News, 11-8-06
  • Julian Zelizer on “In House, Democrats vow aggressive agenda”: “Once they have power, the spotlight’s on them, not on the GOP, They have to switch from opposition mode to governing mode, and they have to do it with a Republican president who’s not going to want to work with them.” – Boston Globe, 11-8-06
  • Robert Dallek, Douglas Brinkley: How Will a Midterm Sweep for Democrats Affect Bush’s Legacy? – NPR, 11-8-06
  • Lee Edwards on “Bush, Stung By Election Loss, May Need to Change Style, Agenda”: “Much like Reagan, Bush will wind up thinking about his place in history, He doesn’t want the last two years to be total gridlock.” – Bloomberg, 11-7-06
HNN STATS THIS WEEK:
THIS WEEK IN HISTORY:
  • 13/11/1553 – English Lady Jane Grey/bishop Cranmer accused of high treason
  • 13/11/1775 – American Revolutionary forces capture Montreal
  • 13/11/1789 – Ben Franklin writes “Nothing . . . certain but death and taxes”
  • 13/11/1839 – 1st US anti-slavery party, Liberty Party, convenes in NY
  • 13/11/1875 – Harvard-Yale game is 1st college football contest with uniforms
  • 13/11/1921 – US, France, Japan and British Empire sign a Pacific Treaty
  • 13/11/1922 – Black Renaissance begins Harlem NY
  • 13/11/1933 – 1st modern sit-down strike, Hormel meat packers, Austin, Minn
  • 13/11/1956 – Supreme Court strikes down segregation of races on public buses
  • 13/11/1979 – Ronald Reagan in NY announces his candidacy for president
  • 13/11/1986 – US president Reagan confesses weapon sales to Iran
  • 14/11/1732 – 1st US professional librarian, Louis Timothee, hired in Phila
  • 14/11/1832 – 1st streetcar (horse-drawn) (John Mason) debuts in NYC; fare 12 cents rode on 4th Avenue between Prince and 14th Sts
  • 14/11/1906 – Roosevelt becomes 1st US pres to visit a foreign country (Panama)
  • 14/11/1908 – Albert Einstein presents quantum theory of light
  • 14/11/1935 – Nazi’s deprive German Jews of their citizenship
  • 14/11/1942 – -Nov 15th) Japanese/US sea battle at Savo-Island in Guadalcanal)
  • 14/11/1960 – Riot due to school integration in New Orleans
  • 14/11/1968 – Yale University announces it is going co-educational
  • 14/11/1968 – “National Turn in Your Draft Card Day” features draft card burning
  • 15/11/1532 – Pope Clemens VII tells Henry VIII to end relationship with Anna Boleyn
  • 15/11/1660 – 1st kosher butcher (Asser Levy) licensed in NYC (New Amsterdam)
  • 15/11/1763 – Charles Mason and Jeremiah Dixon begin surveying Mason-Dixon Line between Pennsylvania and Maryland
  • 15/11/1777 – Articles of Confederation adopted by Continental Congress
  • 15/11/1791 – 1st Catholic college in US, Georgetown, opens
  • 15/11/1864 – Union Major General Sherman burns Atlanta
  • 15/11/1881 – American Federation of Labor (AFL) founded (Pittsburgh)
  • 15/11/1920 – League of Nations holds 1st meeting, in Geneva
  • 15/11/1936 – Nazi-Germany and Japan sign Anti-Komintern pact
  • 15/11/1939 – FDR lays cornerstone of Jefferson Memorial in Wash DC
  • 15/11/1939 – Nazis begin mass murder of Warsaw Jews
  • 15/11/1969 – 250,000 peacefully demonstrate in Wash DC against Vietnam War
  • 16/11/1764 – Native Americans surrender to British in Indian War of Chief Pontiac
  • 16/11/1776 – British troops captured Fort Washington during American Revolution
  • 16/11/1798 – Kentucky becomes 1st state to nullify an act of Congress
  • 16/11/1811 – Earthquake in Missouri caused the Mississippi River to flow backwards
  • 16/11/1824 – NY City’s Fifth Avenue opens for business
  • 16/11/1864 – Union Gen William T Sherman begins march to sea during Civil War
  • 16/11/1907 – Oklahoma becomes 46th state
  • 16/11/1933 – Roosevelt establishes diplomatic relations with USSR
  • 16/11/1945 – Yeshiva College (Univesity), chartered in NY, 1st US Jewish College
  • 16/11/1948 – Operation Magic Carpet – 1st plane from Yemen carrying Jews to Israel
  • 16/11/1950 – US pres Truman proclaims emergency crisis caused by communist threat
  • 16/11/1973 – Pres Nixon authorizes construction of Alaskan pipeline
  • 17/11/1558 – Elizabeth I ascends English throne upon death of Queen Mary
  • 17/11/1798 – -21) Snow storms in New England, 100s die
  • 17/11/1800 – John Adams is 1st pres to move into the White House
  • 17/11/1800 – Congress held 1st session in Wash DC in incompleted Capitol building
  • 17/11/1863 – Lincoln begins 1st draft of his Gettysburg Address
  • 17/11/1863 – -Dec 4th) Battle of Knoxville, TN
  • 17/11/1869 – Suez Canal (Egypt) opens, links Mediterranean and Red seas
  • 17/11/1937 – Britains Lord Halifax visits Germany, beginning of appeasement
  • 17/11/1938 – Italy passes their own version of anti-Jewish Nuremberg laws
  • 17/11/1962 – Pres Kennedy dedicates Dulles Intl Airport outside Wash DC
  • 17/11/1969 – SALT-discussions open in Helsinki Finland
  • 17/11/1973 – Pres Nixon tells AP “…people have got to know whether or not their pres is a crook. Well, I’m not a crook”
  • 17/11/1993 – US House of Representatives approve Nafta
  • 18/11/1793 – Louvre officially opens in Paris
  • 18/11/1805 – Lewis and Clark reach Pacific Ocean, 1st Americans to cross continent
  • 18/11/1805 – Female Charitable Society, first woman’s club in America
  • 18/11/1961 – JFK sends 18,000 military advisors to South Vietnam
  • 19/11/1620 – Mayflower reaches Cape Cod and explores the coast
  • 19/11/1794 – Jay Treaty, 1st US extradition treaty, signed with Great Britain
  • 19/11/1861 – Julia Ward Howe committed “Battle Hymn of the Republic” to paper
  • 19/11/1863 – Lincoln delivers his address in Gettysburg; “4 score and 7 years…”
  • 19/11/1874 – William Marcy “Boss” Tweed, of Tammany Hall (NYC) convicted of defrauding city of $6M, sentenced to 12 years’ imprisonment
  • 19/11/1919 – US Senate rejects (55-39) Treaty of Versailles and League of Nations
  • 19/11/1950 – US General Eisenhower becomes supreme commander of NATO-Europe
  • 19/11/1985 – Pres Reagan and Soviet leader Mikhail Gorbachev meet for 1st time
IN THE NEWS:
REVIEWED AND FIRST CHAPTERS:
  • Bob Woodward: Now What? STATE OF DENIALNYT, 11-12-06
  • Bob Woodward: STATE OF DENIAL, First Chapter – NYT, 11-12-06
  • Historians raise intriguing ideas in imaginary visits to favorite events – Buffalo News, 11-12-06
  • Michael Lind: Postwar An early attempt to chart America’s course in the world after Iraq THE AMERICAN WAY OF STRATEGY U.S. Foreign Policy and the American Way of Life Wa Po, 11-9-06
  • Jonathan Kirsch: Judgment Day Why Revelation remains the most incendiary chapter of the New Testament A HISTORY OF THE END OF THE WORLD How the Most Controversial Book of the Bible Changed the Course of Western CivilizationWa Po, 11-12-06
  • Bettina Aptheker: A critique of her memoir by conservative David Horowitz – David Horowitz at FrontPageMag.com, 11-10-06
  • Edward Said: Subject of a new book that takes Orientalism to task – NYT, 11-1-06
  • Andrew Roberts: Roasted by a reviewer in the Economist – Economist, 11-4-06
  • Gil Troy: What’s the dish on Hillary? HILLARY RODHAM CLINTON POLARIZING FIRST LADYChicago Sun-Times, 10-29-06
OP-ED:
PROFILED:
INTERVIEWED:
FEATURE:
QUOTED:
  • Douglas Brinkley on “‘Bobby': A Labor Of Love Those Involved With Emilio Estevez’s Film on RFK Say It Sends An Important Message”: “The hard-boiled political operative of 1961, say, to 1964, changes. It becomes from ’65 to ’68 the champion of the underdog. The myth of Robert Kennedy and the emotional aspect of his persona [is] the man who dared to care about the poor and the forgotten people. Bobby Kennedy entered the other America — people of barrios, people of ghettos — and was embraced by them. And that’s the Robert Kennedy that gets celebrated. – CBS News, 11-12-06
  • Robert Allison: Quoted in Out of the Shadows In a region of higher education giants, little Emerson College has quietly built an alumni list that’s a who’s who of Hollywood, invested millions in revitalizing Boston’s Theater District, and emerged as a player on the national scene of performing arts schools -
SPEAKING EVENTS CALENDAR:
  • Nov. 12, 13, 2006: Dr. Christopher Browning will present two talks during the annual Einspruch Holocaust Lecture Series Nov. 12-13 at the University of Texas at Dallas – Dallas Morning News, 11-6-06
  • Nov. 19, 2006: Historian, author, and Middlebury College Professor Ron Powers will appear on Nov. 19. Powers is the author of “Mark Twain,” considered as a definitive biography, and he is co-author of the book that forms the basis of director Clint Eastwood’s film current film about Iwo Jima, “Flags of Our Fathers.” – Rutland Herald, VT, 11-6-06
  • Feb. 23 to 25, 2007: John Gillingham: Camden Conference marks its 20th anniversary, Feb. 23 to 25, 2007, at the Camden Opera House – 8-15-06 – Sold-out Camden Conference offers satellite seating at Strand knox.VillageSoup.com, ME, 10-29-06
HONORED, AWARDED, AND APPOINTED:
ON TV:
  • History Channel coming in November 2006: Desperate Crossing: the Untold Story of the Mayflower -
  • C-Span2, BookTV: Book TV presents After Words: Nicholas Lemann, author of “Redemption: The Last Battle of the Civil War” interviewed by Herman Belz, a professor of history at the University of Maryland, Sunday, November 12 at 6:00 pm and at 9:00 pm – C-Span2, BookTV
  • PBS: American Experience “Annie Oakley”, Monday October 30, @ 9pm ET – PBS
  • History Channel: “Engineering an Empire :The Aztecs”, Sunday, November 12, @ 11pm ET/PT
  • History Channel: “Brothers in Arms: The Untold Story of The 502 :D-Day,” Monday, November 13, @ 2pm ET/PT
  • History Channel: “Investigating History :The JFK Assassination,” Monday, November 13, @ 6pm ET/PT
  • History Channel: “Modern Marvels :The Manhattan Project” Monday, November 13, @ 7pm ET/PT
  • History Channel: “Engineering an Empire :The Maya: Death Empire,” Monday, November 13, @ 9pm ET/PT
  • History Channel: “Lost Worlds :Secret Cities of the A-Bomb,” Monday, November 13, @ 10pm ET/PT
  • History Channel: ” Conspiracy? :Lincoln Assassination,” Tuesday, November 14, @ 6pm ET/PT
  • History Channel: “Days That Shook The World :Assassination of Archduke Ferdinand/Last Day in Hitler’s Bunker” Wednesday, November 15, @ 6pm ET/PT
  • History Channel: “Nuremberg: Goering’s Last Stand” Thursday, November 16, @ 2pm ET/PT
  • History Channel: “Conspiracy? :Who Killed Martin Luther King Jr.?,” Thursday, November 16, @ 6pm ET/PT
  • History Channel: “Conspiracy? :RFK Assassination” Friday, November 17, @ 6pm ET/PT
  • History Channel: “Modern Marvels,” Marathon Saturday, November 18, @ 1-5pm ET/PT
  • History Channel: “Civil War Terror” Saturday, November 18, @ 4pm ET/PT
  • History Channel: “Modern Marvels :Civil War Tech” Saturday, November 18, @ 7pm ET/PT
  • History Channel: “Prostitution: Sex in the City,” Saturday, November 18, @ 8pm ET/PT
  • History Channel: “The History of Sex :Ancient Civilizations,” Saturday, November 18, @ 9pm ET/PT
  • History Channel: “The History of Sex :The Eastern World,” Saturday, November 18, @ 10pm ET/PT
  • History Channel: “The History of Sex :The Middle Ages,” Saturday, November 18, @ 10pm ET/PT
SELLING BIG (NYT):
  • Frank Rich: THE GREATEST STORY EVER SOLD The Decline and Fall of Truth From 9/11 to Katrina, #21 – 11-11-06
  • Hampton Sides: BLOOD AND THUNDER An Epic of the American West #25 – 11-11-06
FUTURE RELEASES:
  • Evan Thomas: Sea of Thunder: Four Commanders and the Last Great Naval Campaign 1941-1945 (Simon & Schuster Adult Publishing Group), November 2006
  • Stanley Weintraub: 11 Days in December: Christmas at the Bulge, 1944 (Simon & Schuster Adult Publishing Group), November 2006
  • David M. Glantz: Red Storm over the Balkans: The Failed Soviet Invasion of Romania, Spring 1944 (University Press of Kansas), November 2006
  • Adam LeBor: “Complicity With Evil”: The United Nations in the Age of Modern Genocide, November 2006
  • A. J. Langguth: Union 1812: The Americans Who Fought the Second War of Independence (Simon & Schuster Adult Publishing Group) November 2006
  • Graeme Fife: The Terror: The Shadow of the Guillotine: France 1792–1794, November 2006
  • Robert M. Collins: Transforming America: Politics and Culture During the Reagan Years, November 2006
  • Stella Tillyard: Royal Affair: George III and His Scandalous Siblings (Random House Publishing Group), December 2006
  • David Greenberg: Calvin Coolidge: The 30th President, 1923-1929 (Henry Holt & Company, Incorporated), December 26, 2006
  • Geoffrey Perret: Commander in Chief: How Truman, Johnson, and Bush Turned a Presidential Power into a Threat to America’s Future (Farrar, Straus and Giroux), February 6, 2007
DEPARTED:

Posted on Sunday, November 12, 2006 at 7:04 PM

November 6, 2006

HNN STATS THIS WEEK:
BIGGEST STORIES:
ELECTION 2006:
  • Julian E. Zelizer on Election 2006 Scandals: “So many different kinds of scandals going on at the same time, that’s pretty unique. There were scandals throughout the ’70s, multiple scandals, but the number of stories now are almost overwhelming.” – San Antonio Express, TX, 11-5-06
THIS WEEK IN HISTORY:
  • 06/11/1860 – Abraham Lincoln (Rep-R-Ill) elected 16th pres
  • 06/11/1861 – Jefferson Davis elected to 6 year term as Confederate pres
  • 06/11/1864 – Battle of Droop Mountain, WV (Averell’s Raid)
  • 06/11/1871 – Pres Grant re-elected
  • 06/11/1879 – Canada celebrates 1st Thanksgiving Day
  • 06/11/1888 – Benjamin Harrison (R-Sen-Ind) beats Pres Grover Cleveland (D), 233 electoral votes to 168, Cleveland received slightly more votes
  • 06/11/1900 – Pres William McKinley (R) re-elected, beating William Jennings Bryan
  • 06/11/1917 – Bolshevik revolution begins with capture of Winter Palace
  • 06/11/1928 – Herbert Hoover (R) beats Alfred E Smith (D) for pres
  • 06/11/1940 – Franklin D Roosevelt re-elected president
  • 06/11/1941 – USA lends Soviet Union $1 million
  • 06/11/1941 – Japanese fleet readies assault on Pearl Harbor
  • 06/11/1956 – Pres Eisenhower (R) re-elected defeating Adlai E Stevenson (D)
  • 06/11/1962 – Nixon tells press he won’t be available to kick around any more
  • 06/11/1962 – Edward M Kennedy 1st elected (Sen-D-Mass)
  • 06/11/1968 – Nixon elected 37th pres of US, defeating Hubert Humphrey
  • 06/11/1973 – Abe Beame elected 1st Jewish mayor on NYC
  • 06/11/1986 – Reagan signs landmark immigration reform bill
  • 07/11/1637 – Anne Hutchinson banished from Mass bay colony as a heretic
  • 07/11/1805 – Lewis and Clark 1st sights Pacific Ocean
  • 07/11/1811 – Battle of Tippecanoe, gave Harrison a presidential slogan
  • 07/11/1820 – James Monroe elected 5th US president
  • 07/11/1848 – General Zachary Taylor elected as president of US
  • 07/11/1864 – 2nd session of congress of Confederate States of America reconvenes
  • 07/11/1876 – Pres Rutherford B Hayes and Samuel J Tilden claim presidential victory Tilden (D) wins election but Electoral college selects Hayes (R)
  • 07/11/1916 – Woodrow Wilson (D) re-elected president
  • 07/11/1917 – October Revolution (Oct 26 OS) in Russia, Lenin seizes power
  • 07/11/1928 – Herbert Hoover (R) elected president
  • 07/11/1944 – FDR wins 4th term in office, defeating Thomas E Dewey (R)
  • 07/11/1955 – Supreme Court of Balt bans segregation in public recreational areas
  • 07/11/1967 – LBJ signs a bill establishing Corporation for Public Broadcasting
  • 07/11/1972 – Pres Nixon (R) re-elected defeating George McGovern (D)
  • 07/11/1989 – NYC elects it’s 1st black mayor (Dinkins)
  • 08/11/1701 – William Penn presents Charter of Priviliges
  • 08/11/1731 – In Philadelphia, Benjamin Franklin opens 1st US library
  • 08/11/1837 – Mount Holyoke Seminary in Mass-1st US college founded for women
  • 08/11/1861 – US removes Confederate officials from British steamer Trent
  • 08/11/1864 – Abraham Lincoln (R) elected to his 2nd term as president
  • 08/11/1892 – Grover Cleveland (D) elected president
  • 08/11/1904 – Pres Theodore Roosevelt (R) defeats Alton B Parker (D)
  • 08/11/1910 – 1st Washington State election in which women could vote
  • 08/11/1929 – NYC Museum of Modern Art opens in Hecksher Building
  • 08/11/1938 – 1st black woman legislator, Crystal Bird Fauset of Phila
  • 08/11/1960 – JFK (Sen-D-Mass) beats VP Richard Nixon (R) for 35th US president
  • 08/11/1966 – Movie actor Ronald Reagan elected governor of California
  • 08/11/1988 – George Bush (R) beats Mike Dukakis (D) for presidency
  • 09/11/1494 – Family de’ Medici become rulers of Florence
  • 09/11/1799 – Napoleon becomes dictator (1st consul) of France
  • 09/11/1862 – US Grant issues orders to bar Jews from serving under him
  • 09/11/1864 – Sherman issues preliminary plans for his “March to the Sea”
  • 09/11/1906 – T Roosevelt is 1st pres to visit other countries (P Rico and Panama)
  • 09/11/1924 – Miriam (Ma) Ferguson becomes 1st elected woman governor (of Texas)
  • 09/11/1938 – Kristallnacht, (Crystal Night) – Germans break windows owned by Jews, Jews forced to wear Star of David
  • 09/11/1984 – Vietnam Veterans Memorial (“3 Servicemen”) completed
  • 10/11/1891 – 1st Woman’s Christian Temperance Union meeting held (in Boston)
  • 10/11/1911 – Andrew Carnegie forms Carnegie Corp (for scholarly and charitable works)
  • 10/11/1933 – Black Blizzard snowstorm-duststorm rages from SD to Atlantic
  • 10/11/1954 – Iwo Jima Memorial (servicemen raising US flag) dedicated in Arlington
  • 11/11/1620 – 41 pilgrims land in Mass, sign Mayflower Compact (just and equal laws)
  • 11/11/1640 – John Pym, earl of Strafford locked in Tower of London
  • 11/11/1647 – Massachusetts passes 1st US compulsory school attendance law
  • 11/11/1778 – Iroquois Indians in NY kill 40 in Cherry Valley Massacre
  • 11/11/1790 – Chrysanthemums are introduced into England from China
  • 11/11/1860 – 1st Jewish wedding in Buenos Aires Argentina
  • 11/11/1864 – Sherman’s troops destroy Rome, Georgia
  • 11/11/1865 – Mary Edward Walker, 1st Army female surgeon, awarded Medal of Honor
  • 11/11/1918 – Armistice Day-WW I ends (at 11 AM on Western Front)
  • 11/11/1921 – Pres Harding dedicates Tomb of Unknown Soldier (Arlington Cemetary)
  • 11/11/1939 – Kate Smith 1st sings Irving Berlin’s “God Bless America”
  • 11/11/1987 – Judge Anthony M Kennedy nominated to Supreme Court
IN THE NEWS:
REVIEWED AND FIRST CHAPTERS:
  • Election Day (Review of various books on elections and politics) – NYT, 11-5-06
  • Richard Parker on David Cannadine and David Nasaw: Pittsburgh Pirates MELLON An American Life and ANDREW CARNEGIE NYT, 11-5-06
  • David Cannadine: MELLON An American Life, First Chapter – NYT, 11-5-06
  • Jeff Broadwater: A founding father insisted that the Constitution wasn’t worth ratifying without a bill of rights GEORGE MASON Forgotten FounderWa Po, 11-5-06
  • Kate Williams: Wicked How a poor girl used her beauty to ascend Britain’s social heights ENGLAND’S MISTRESS The Infamous Life of Emma HamiltonWa Po, 11-5-06
  • Niall Ferguson: The Cruelest Century A scholar blames history’s bloodiest era on volatile economies, divided societies and fading empires – THE WAR OF THE WORLD Twentieth-Century Conflict and the Descent of the WestWa Po, 11-5-06
  • James C. Klotter: State historian’s book a balanced look at life in early 20th century – Bowling Green Daily News, 11-5-06
  • Andrew C. Delos: A Noted Historian Reveals the True Story of Jesus and Paul Myths We Live By: From the Life and Times of Jesus and PaulPR Web (press release), 11-5-06
  • Robert Scales: Review of Max Boot’s War Made New – WSJ, 10-31-06
  • H. W. Brands: The Money Men – Newsweek, 11-5-06
  • David S. Brown: Middle Man Richard Hofstadter: An Intellectual BiographyCommentary, NY, 11-1-06
OP-ED:
PROFILED:
INTERVIEWED:
FEATURE:
QUOTED:
  • Michael Kazin on “stark moral choices” of the 1960s in “Where’s the protest?” : “Either you were on the side of moral equality, of treating everyone decently in the world, or you were on the side of imperialism and racism.” – Boston Globe, 11-5-06
  • Jack Granatstein on “Pearson and the myth of neutrality”: “Because Pearson won the Nobel Peace Prize, every Canadian came to believe that all we did was peacekeep. ‘We don’t fight wars. The Americans fight wars. We keep the peace. We’re the world’s pre-eminent middlemen. We’re almost neutral.’ Well, of course, this was nonsense.” – Toronto Star, Canada, 11-5-06
  • Victor Davis Hanson on “Must a ‘Democracy’ Fight Against Terror?”: “Do you encourage democracy, even though an illiberal party may take power and have one vote, one time?” – NPR, 11-3-06
SPOTTED:
SPEAKING EVENTS CALENDAR::
  • Nov. 7, 2006: Melvin I. Urofsky: Death, Suicide, Morality and the Law Hartman Hotz lecturer and leading historian Melvin I. Urofsky will discuss legal, istorical, ethical and medical issues related to right-to-die arguments in the E. J. Ball Courtroom at 6 p.m. Tuesday, Nov. 7. – University of Arkansas Daily Headlines, 10-30-06
  • Nov. 8, 2006: Thomas Renna, professor of history at SVSU, will be holding a lecture entitled “Fundamentalisms in Conflict on Temple Mount: A Historian’s Perspective” Wednesday, Nov. 8 at 7 p.m. in the Rhea Miller Recital Hall – Valley Vanguard, MI, 11-6-06
  • Nov. 8, 2006: Historian and scholar Edward Kissi will speak about his new book, “Revolution and Genocide in Ethiopia and Cambodia: Some Lessons for Comparative Theoretical Study of Genocide,” at 4 p.m. Wednesday in the Rose Library of the Cohen-Lasry House, 11 Hawthorne St., at Clark University – Worcester Telegram, MA, 11-6-06
  • Nov. 9, 2006: Urban historian Kenneth Jackson will discuss New Jersey’s history and future — and its potential as a role model for other states — in a lecture set for 8 p.m. Thursday, Nov. 9, in McCosh 50 – Princeton University, 11-1-06
  • Nov. 12, 13, 2006: Dr. Christopher Browning will present two talks during the annual Einspruch Holocaust Lecture Series Nov. 12-13 at the University of Texas at Dallas – Dallas Morning News, 11-6-06
  • Nov. 19, 2006: Historian, author, and Middlebury College Professor Ron Powers will appear on Nov. 19. Powers is the author of “Mark Twain,” considered as a definitive biography, and he is co-author of the book that forms the basis of director Clint Eastwood’s film current film about Iwo Jima, “Flags of Our Fathers.” – Rutland Herald, VT, 11-6-06
  • Feb. 23 to 25, 2007: John Gillingham: Camden Conference marks its 20th anniversary, Feb. 23 to 25, 2007, at the Camden Opera House – 8-15-06 – Sold-out Camden Conference offers satellite seating at Strand knox.VillageSoup.com, ME, 10-29-06
HONORED, AWARDED, AND APPOINTED:
ON TV:
  • History Channel coming in November 2006: Desperate Crossing: the Untold Story of the Mayflower -
  • C-Span2, BookTV: Book TV presents After Words: Mark Updegrove, author of “Second Acts: Presidential Lives and Legacies After the White House” interviewed by Marc Pachter, director of the Smithsonian’s National Portrait Gallery, Sunday, November 5 at 6:00 pm and at 9:00 pm – C-Span2, BookTV
  • PBS: American Experience “The Gold Rush”, Monday October 30, @ 9pm ET – PBS
  • History Channel: “Nostradamus: 500 Years Later” Sunday, November 5, @ 8pm ET/PT
  • History Channel: “Sex in World War II :The European Front”, Sunday, November 5, @ 11pm ET/PT
  • History Channel: “Egypt: Engineering an Empire,” Monday, November 6, @ 2pm ET/PT
  • History Channel: “Digging For The Truth :Nefertiti: The Mummy Returns,” Monday, November 6, @ 4pm ET/PT
  • History Channel: “Engineering an Empire :The Aztecs,” Monday, November 6, @ 9pm ET/PT
  • History Channel: “Lost Worlds :Athens-Ancient Supercity,” Monday, November 6, @ 10pm ET/PT
  • History Channel: “Viking Raiders,” Tuesday, November 7, @ 2pm ET/PT
  • History Channel: “Barbarians : Vikings,” Tuesday, November 7, @ 4pm ET/PT
  • History Channel: “Special :Nazi America: A Secret History” Wednesday, November 8, @ 2pm ET/PT
  • History Channel: “Conspiracy? :CIA and the Nazis” Wednesday, November 9, @ 4pm ET/PT
  • History Channel: “The Saint Valentine’s Day Massacre,” Thursday, November 9, @ 2pm ET/PT
  • History Channel: “Faith of My Fathers” Friday, November 10, @ 2pm ET/PT
  • History Channel: “One Time Only :Battle of the Bulge” Friday, November 10, @ 8pm ET/PT
  • History Channel: “The Lost Evidence :11 – Battle of Britain” Friday, November 10, @ 9pm ET/PT
  • History Channel: “Trapped in the Towers: The Elevators of 9/11,” Saturday, November 11, @ 9pm ET/PT
  • History Channel: “Civil War Terror,” Saturday, November 11, @ 9pm ET/PT
  • History Channel: “Sex in the Civil War,” Saturday, November 11, @ 9pm ET/PT
SELLING BIG (NYT):
  • Frank Rich: THE GREATEST STORY EVER SOLD The Decline and Fall of Truth From 9/11 to Katrina, #21 – 11-11-06
  • Hampton Sides: BLOOD AND THUNDER An Epic of the American West #25 – 11-11-06
FUTURE RELEASES:
  • Evan Thomas: Sea of Thunder: Four Commanders and the Last Great Naval Campaign 1941-1945 (Simon & Schuster Adult Publishing Group), November 2006
  • Stanley Weintraub: 11 Days in December: Christmas at the Bulge, 1944 (Simon & Schuster Adult Publishing Group), November 2006
  • David M. Glantz: Red Storm over the Balkans: The Failed Soviet Invasion of Romania, Spring 1944 (University Press of Kansas), November 2006
  • Adam LeBor: “Complicity With Evil”: The United Nations in the Age of Modern Genocide, November 2006
  • A. J. Langguth: Union 1812: The Americans Who Fought the Second War of Independence (Simon & Schuster Adult Publishing Group) November 2006
  • Graeme Fife: The Terror: The Shadow of the Guillotine: France 1792–1794, November 2006
  • Robert M. Collins: Transforming America: Politics and Culture During the Reagan Years, November 2006
  • Stella Tillyard: Royal Affair: George III and His Scandalous Siblings (Random House Publishing Group), December 2006
  • David Greenberg: Calvin Coolidge: The 30th President, 1923-1929 (Henry Holt & Company, Incorporated), December 26, 2006
  • Geoffrey Perret: Commander in Chief: How Truman, Johnson, and Bush Turned a Presidential Power into a Threat to America’s Future (Farrar, Straus and Giroux), February 6, 2007
DEPARTED:

Posted on Sunday, November 5, 2006 at 7:52 PM

History Buzz: October 2006

History Buzz

By Bonnie K. Goodman

Ms. Goodman is the Editor/Features Editor at HNN. She has a Masters in Library and Information Studies from McGill University, and has done graduate work in history at Concordia University.

October 30, 2006

HNN STATS THIS WEEK:
BIGGEST STORIES:
ELECTION 2006:
THIS WEEK IN HISTORY:
  • 30/10/1270 – 8th and last crusade is launched
  • 30/10/1697 – Germany signs French/English/Spanish/Neth/Brandenburgs peace treaty ending 9 year War
  • 30/10/1864 – The city of Helena, Montana, is founded after miners discover gold
  • 30/10/1893 – Senate approves repealing Sherman Silver Purchase Act of 1890
  • 30/10/1896 – Martha Hughes Cannon of Utah becomes 1st female senator
  • 30/10/1905 – “October Manifesto” Russian Tsar Nicholas II grants civil liberties
  • 30/10/1914 – Allied offensive at Ypres (Belgium) begins
  • 30/10/1941 – FDR approves Lend-Lease aid to the USSR
  • 30/10/1954 – US Armed Forces end segregation of races
  • 31/10/0834 – 1st All Hallows Eve (Halloween) observed to honor the saints
  • 31/10/1517 – Luther posts 95 theses on Wittenberg church-Protestant Reformation
  • 31/10/1541 – Michelangelo Buonarroti’s paints “last judgement” in 16th Chapel
  • 31/10/1846 – Donner party, unable to cross the Donner Pass, construct a winter camp
  • 31/10/1918 – Spanish flu-virus kills 21,000 in US in 1 week
  • 31/10/1922 – Benito Mussolini (Il Duce) becomes premier of Italy
  • 31/10/1940 – Battle of Britain: Germany and Britain control of English Channel, ends
  • 31/10/1941 – Prior to US in WW II, Germany torpedoes US destroyer Reuben James
  • 31/10/1963 – Ed Sullivan witnesses Beatles and their fans at London Airport
  • 31/10/1968 – President Johnson orders a halt to all bombing of North Vietnam
  • 01/11/1512 – Michelangelo’s paintings on ceiling of Sistine Chapel, 1st exhibited
  • 01/11/1765 – Stamp Act goes into effect in British colonies
  • 01/11/1783 – Continental Army dissolved; George Washington’s “Farewell Address”
  • 01/11/1800 – 1st president to live in white house (John Adams)
  • 01/11/1861 – Gen George B McClellan made general in chief of Union armies
  • 01/11/1866 – 1st Civil Rights Bill passes
  • 01/11/1878 – Edward Scripps and John Sweeney found Penny Press (Cleveland Press)
  • 01/11/1917 – In WW I, the 1st US soldiers are killed in combat
  • 01/11/1954 – US Senate admonishes Joseph Mccarthy because of slander campaign
  • 01/11/1962 – Cuban missile crisis ends, JFK says USSR is dismantling missile bases
  • 01/11/1983 – Pres Reagan established Dr Martin Luther King Jr holiday
  • 02/11/1772 – Boston: anti-English Committee of Correspondence forms
  • 02/11/1811 – Battle of Tippecanoe: Gen Jackson vs indians
  • 02/11/1824 – Popular presidential vote 1st recorded; Jackson beats J Q Adams
  • 02/11/1852 – Franklin Pierce elected as president of US
  • 02/11/1917 – Balfour Declaration proclaims support for a Jewish state in Palestine
  • 02/11/1948 – Pres Truman re-elected in an upset over Republican Thomas Dewey
  • 02/11/1954 – JS Thurmond is 1st senator elected by write-in vote (SC)
  • 02/11/1962 – JFK announces Cuban missile bases were being dismantled
  • 03/11/1394 – Jews are expelled from France by Charles VI
  • 03/11/1529 – London] 1st sitting of the Reformation Parliament
  • 03/11/1796 – John Adams elected president
  • 03/11/1868 – Ulysses Grant (R) wins presidential election over Horatio Seymour (D)
  • 03/11/1868 – 1st black elected to Congress (John W Menard, Louisiana)
  • 03/11/1883 – US Supreme Court decides Native Americans can’t be Americans
  • 03/11/1883 – US Supreme Court decides Native Americans can’t be Americans
  • 03/11/1936 – President FDR (D) wins landslide victory over Alfred M Landon (R)
  • 03/11/1948 – Chicago Tribune reports: “Dewey beats Truman”
  • 03/11/1964 – LBJ (D) soundly defeats Barry Goldwater (R) for pres
  • 03/11/1970 – Pres Nixon promises gradual troop removal of Vietnam
  • 03/11/1992 – Bill Clinton (D) wins US presidential election over Pres Bush (R)
  • 04/11/1841 – 1st wagon train arrives in California
  • 04/11/1864 – Confederate assault on Johnsonville, Tennessee
  • 04/11/1939 – US allows “cash and carry” arms sales during WW II
  • 04/11/1952 – Eisenhower (R) elected 34th pres beating Adlai Stevenson (D)
  • 04/11/1956 – Israel captures Straits of Tiran and reach Suez Canal Egypt
  • 04/11/1980 – Ronald Reagan (R) defeats Pres Jimmy Carter (D)
  • 05/11/1639 – 1st post office in the colonies is set up in Massachusetts
  • 05/11/1854 – Crimean War: British and French defeat Russian force of 50,000
  • 05/11/1871 – Susan B Anthony arrested in Rochester NY and fined $100 for trying to vote for Ulysses S Grant
  • 05/11/1872 – Ulysses S Grant re-elected US president
  • 05/11/1895 – US state Utah accepts female suffrage
  • 05/11/1912 – Woodrow Wilson (D) defeats Theodore Roosevelt (Prog) and Pres Taft (R)
  • 05/11/1917 – Supreme Court decision (Buchanan v Warley) strikes down Lousiville Ky ordiance requiring blacks and whites to live in separate areas
  • 05/11/1940 – Pres FDR (D) wins unprecedented 3rd term beating Wendell Willkie (R)
  • 05/11/1946 – John F Kennedy (D-Mass) elected to House of Representatives
  • 05/11/1968 – Nixon (R) beats VP Humphrey (D) and George C Wallace for presidency
IN THE NEWS:
REVIEWED AND FIRST CHAPTERS:
  • Hampton Sides: Cowboys and Indians BLOOD AND THUNDER An Epic of the American WestNYT, 10-29-06
  • Hampton Sides: BLOOD AND THUNDER An Epic of the American West, First Chapter – NYT, 10-29-06
  • David M. Kennedy on Robert Kagan: Rogue State A pundit argues that the United States has always been an engine of expansion, not a quiet city on a hill. DANGEROUS NATION America’s Place in the World From Its Earliest Days to the Dawn of the Twentieth CenturyWa Po, 10-29-06
  • Jon Wiener on Wolfgang Schivelbusch: Following the leaders Three New Deals Reflections on Roosevelt’s America, Mussolini’s Italy, and Hitler’s Germany, 1933-1939 LAT, 10-29-06
OP-ED:
PROFILED:
INTERVIEWED:
FEATURE:
QUOTED:
  • Robert Dallek in “WINNING ISN’T EVERYTHING If Dems win, they should take care” Bush Campaigning for Rep.: “It would hurt Republicans if he fights Democrats tooth and nail. You have a failed administration going from bad to worse. That’s the way the public sees it. They want greater balance.” – Chicago Tribune, 10-29-06
SPOTTED AND EVENTS CALENDAR:
HONORED, AWARDED, AND APPOINTED:
ON TV:
  • History Channel coming in November 2006: Desperate Crossing: the Untold Story of the Mayflower -
  • C-Span2, BookTV: Robert Kagan, “Dangerous Nation: America’s Place in the World from Its Earliest Days to the Dawn of the Twentieth Century,” Sunday, October 29 at 10:00 pm – C-Span2, BookTV
  • PBS: American Experience “The Great Fever”, Monday October 30, @ 9pm ET – PBS
  • History Channel: “Decoding The Past :In Search of the Real Frankenstein” Sunday, October 29, @ 6pm ET/PT
  • History Channel: “The Haunted History of Halloween” Sunday, October 29, @ 7pm ET/PT
  • History Channel: “Vampires Secrets”, Sunday, October 29, @ 8pm ET/PT
  • History Channel: “Bloodlines: The Dracula Family Tree”, Sunday, October 29, @ 9pm ET/PT
  • History Channel: “Witch Hunt,” Monday, October 30, @ 2pm ET/PT
  • History Channel: “Special :Voodoo Secrets.,” Monday, October 30, @ 4pm ET/PT
  • History Channel: “Engineering an Empire :The Aztecs,” Monday, October 30, @ 9pm ET/PT
  • History Channel: “Lost Worlds :Ramses’ Egyptian Empire,” Monday, October 30, @ 10pm ET/PT
  • History Channel: ” Vampires Secrets,” Tuesday, October 31, @ 2pm ET/PT
  • History Channel: “Bloodlines: The Dracula Family Tree, ” Tuesday, October 31, @ 4pm ET/PT
  • History Channel: “The Haunted History of Halloween :The Haunted History of Halloween” Tuesday, October 31, @ 7pm ET/PT
  • History Channel: “Exorcism: Driving Out the Devil” Tuesday, October 31, @ 8pm ET/PT
  • History Channel: “Man Moment Machine :Alexander the Great and the Devastating Catapult” Tuesday, October 31, @ 10pm ET/PT
  • History Channel: “D-Day: The Lost Evidence :D-Day: The Lost Evidence,” Thursday, November 2, @ 2pm ET/PT
  • History Channel: “Shootout :Iwo Jima: Fight to the Death.” Friday, November 3, @ 8pm ET/PT
  • History Channel: “Ku Klux Klan: A Secret History :Ku Klux Klan: A Secret History,” Saturday, November 4, @ 8pm ET/PT
SELLING BIG (NYT):
  • Frank Rich: THE GREATEST STORY EVER SOLD The Decline and Fall of Truth From 9/11 to Katrina, #12, (5 weeks on list)- 11-5-06
  • Hampton Sides: BLOOD AND THUNDER An Epic of the American West #23 – 11-5-06
FUTURE RELEASES:
  • Aleksandr Fursenko: Khrushchev’s Cold War: The Inside Story of an American Adversary, October 2006
  • James L. Swanson: Lincoln’s Assassins: Their Trial and Execution (HarperCollins Publishers), October 31, 2006
  • Thomas Keneally: A Commonwealth of Thieves: The Improbable Birth of Australia, October 2006
  • Mark Puls: Samuel Adams: Father of the American Revolution, October 2006
  • Mark Halperin: Way to Win: Clinton, Bush, Rove, and the Trade Secrets for Taking the White House in 2008 (Random House Adult Trade Publishing Group), October 2006
  • Norman J. Goda: Tales from Spandau: Nazi Criminals and the Cold War, October 2006
  • Ronald J. Olive: Capturing Jonathan Pollard : How One of the Most Notorious Spies in American History Was Brought to Justice, October 2006
  • Thomas J. McGuire: The Philadelphia Campaign (Stackpole Books), October 2006
  • Judith Summers: Casanova’s Women: The Great Seducer and the Women He Loved (Bloomsbury USA), November 1, 2006
  • Evan Thomas: Sea of Thunder: Four Commanders and the Last Great Naval Campaign 1941-1945 (Simon & Schuster Adult Publishing Group), November 2006
  • Stanley Weintraub: 11 Days in December: Christmas at the Bulge, 1944 (Simon & Schuster Adult Publishing Group), November 2006
  • David M. Glantz: Red Storm over the Balkans: The Failed Soviet Invasion of Romania, Spring 1944 (University Press of Kansas), November 2006
  • Adam LeBor: “Complicity With Evil”: The United Nations in the Age of Modern Genocide, November 2006
  • A. J. Langguth: Union 1812: The Americans Who Fought the Second War of Independence (Simon & Schuster Adult Publishing Group) November 2006
  • Graeme Fife: The Terror: The Shadow of the Guillotine: France 1792–1794, November 2006
  • Robert M. Collins: Transforming America: Politics and Culture During the Reagan Years, November 2006
  • Stella Tillyard: Royal Affair: George III and His Scandalous Siblings (Random House Publishing Group), December 2006
  • David Greenberg: Calvin Coolidge: The 30th President, 1923-1929 (Henry Holt & Company, Incorporated), December 26, 2006
  • Geoffrey Perret: Commander in Chief: How Truman, Johnson, and Bush Turned a Presidential Power into a Threat to America’s Future (Farrar, Straus and Giroux), February 6, 2007
DEPARTED:

Posted on Sunday, October 29, 2006 at 7:39 PM

October 23, 2006

HNN STATS THIS WEEK:
BIGGEST STORIES:
THIS WEEK IN HISTORY:
  • 23/10/1684 – Colony Massachusetts under authority of English crown mounted
  • 23/10/1760 – 1st Jewish prayer books printed in US
  • 23/10/1775 – Continental Congress approves resolution barring blacks from army
  • 23/10/1864 – Battle of Westport, Missouri
  • 23/10/1915 – 25,000 women march in NYC, demanding right to vote
  • 23/10/1917 – 1st Infantry division “Big Red One” shoots 1st US shot in WW I
  • 23/10/1947 – NAACP petition on racism, “An Appeal to the World” presented to UN
  • 23/10/1962 – Adlai Stevenson speaks at UN about Cuba crisis
  • 23/10/1973 – Nixon agrees to turn over White House tape recordings to Judge Sirica
  • 23/10/1987 – Robert Bork’s supreme court nomination rejected by US Senate
  • 24/10/1492 – 24 Jews are burned at stake in Mecklenburg Germany
  • 24/10/1861 – 1st US transcontinental telegram is sent (from SF to Wash DC)
  • 24/10/1861 – West Virginia seceded from Virginia
  • 24/10/1939 – Nazi require wearing of star of David
  • 24/10/1945 – UN charter comes into effect
  • 24/10/1948 – Bernard M Baruch introduces term “Cold War”
  • 24/10/1956 – Soviet troops invade Hungary, Imre Nagy becomes PM of Hungary
  • 24/10/1962 – In Cuban missile crisis, the US blockade of Cuba begins
  • 24/10/1973 – Yom Kippur War ends, Israel 65 miles from Cairo, 26 from Damascus
  • 25/10/1492 – Christopher Columbus and ship Santa Maria land in Dominican Republic
  • 25/10/1825 – Erie Canal opens, linking Great Lakes and Atlantic Ocean
  • 25/10/1881 – Wyatt Earp, Doc Holliday and Clanton engage in “Shootout at OK Corral”
  • 25/10/1923 – Senate committee publishes 1st report on Teapot Dome scandal
  • 25/10/1940 – US Army Gen Benjamin Davis becomes 1st black general
  • 25/10/1951 – Peace talks aimed at ending Korean War resumed in Panmunjom
  • 25/10/1963 – Anti-Kennedy “WANTED FOR TREASON” pamphlets scattered in Dallas
  • 25/10/1983 – US invades Grenada, a country 1/2,000 its population (US Wins)
  • 26/10/1682 – William Penn accepts area around Delaware River from Duke of York
  • 26/10/1749 – Georgia Colony reverses itself and rules slavery is legal
  • 26/10/1774 – 1st Continental Congress adjourns in Philadelphia
  • 26/10/1774 – Minute Men organized in colonies
  • 26/10/1787 – “Federalist Papers” published, calls for ratification of Constitution
  • 26/10/1795 – Pinckney’s Treaty between Spain and US is signed, establishing southern boundary of US and giving Americans right to send goods down Mississippi
  • 26/10/1810 – US annexes western Florida
  • 26/10/1863 – Worldwide Red Cross organized in Geneva
  • 26/10/1881 – Gunfight at OK Corral, in Tombstone, Az
  • 26/10/1900 – After 4 years of work, 1st section of NY subway opens
  • 26/10/1916 – Margaret Sanger arrested for obscenity (advocating birth control)
  • 26/10/1919 – President Wilson’s veto of Prohibition Enforcement Bill is overridden
  • 26/10/1950 – Mother Teresa found her Mission of Charity in Calcutta, India
  • 26/10/1955 – Ngo Dinh Diem proclaims Vietnam a republic with himself as pres
  • 26/10/1962 – Nikita Khrushchev sends note to JFK offering to withdraw his missiles from Cuba if US closed its bases in Turkey offer is rejected
  • 26/10/1962 – JFK warns Russia US will not allow Soviet missiles to remain in Cuba
  • 26/10/1972 – Henry Kissinger declares “Peace is at hand” in Vietnam
  • 26/10/1973 – President Nixon released 1st White House tapes on Watergate scandal
  • 26/10/1994 – Jordan and Israel sign peace accord
  • 27/10/1864 – Siege of Petersburg, VA
  • 27/10/1871 – Boss Tweed (William Macy Tweed), Democratic leader of Tammany Hall, arrested after NY Times exposed his corruption
  • 27/10/1913 – Pres Wilson says US will never attack another country
  • 27/10/1920 – League of Nations moves headquarters in Geneva
  • 27/10/1954 – Pres Eisenhower offers aid to S Vietnam pres Ngo Dinh Diem
  • 27/10/1962 – Black Saturday – Russian nuclear missile crisis in Cuba
  • 28/10/1636 – Harvard University (Cambridge Mass) founded
  • 28/10/1776 – Battle of White Plains; Washington retreats to NJ
  • 28/10/1793 – Eli Whitney applies for a patent on cotton gin
  • 28/10/1858 – Macy’s Dept store opens in NYC
  • 28/10/1863 – Battle at Wauhatchie Georgia: 865 killed or injured
  • 28/10/1864 – Battle at Fair Oaks, Virginia, ends after 1554 casualties
  • 28/10/1867 – Maimonides College in Penns is 1st Jewish college in the US
  • 28/10/1886 – Statue of Liberty dedicated by Pres Grover Cleveland, it is celebrated by 1st confetti (ticker tape) parade in NYC
  • 28/10/1919 – Volstead Act passed by Congress, start prohibition over Wilson’s veto
  • 28/10/1936 – FDR rededicates Statue of Liberty on its 50th anniversary
  • 28/10/1948 – Flag of Israel is adopted
  • 28/10/1949 – Eugenie Anderson is 1st woman US ambassador (to Denmark)
  • 28/10/1962 – Khrushchev orders withdrawal of missiles from Cuba, ending crisis
  • 29/10/1929 – “Black Tuesday,” Stock Market crashes triggers “Great Depression”
  • 29/10/1956 – Israeli paratroopers drop into Sinai to open Straits of Tiran
  • 29/10/1966 – National Organization of Women founded
  • 29/10/1969 – Supreme Court orders end to all school desegregation “at once”
IN THE NEWS:
REVIEWED AND FIRST CHAPTERS:
  • Andrew Sullivan: Where the Right Went Wrong THE CONSERVATIVE SOUL How We Lost It, How to Get It Back - NYT, 10-22-06
  • Andrew Sullivan: THE CONSERVATIVE SOUL How We Lost It, How to Get It Back , First Chapter – NYT, 10-22-06
  • Hampton Sides: A Real-Life Wild West Show, With Kit Carson as Star BLOOD AND THUNDER An Epic of the American West10-11-06
OP-ED:
PROFILED:
INTERVIEWED:
FEATURE:
QUOTED:
  • Ron Chernow on “A Looking Glass Marie Antoinette, Citoyenne”: :”Never underestimate our historical illiteracy. Unburdened by an existing context through which to view her life, it becomes much easier to see her simply as a captive of the monarchy and a captive of her own celebrity.” – NYT, 10-22-06
SPOTTED AND EVENTS CALENDAR:
  • William Brackney: Baptists rejecting modernism, historian tells Golden Gate Baptist Theological Seminary during the annual Deere Lecture Series – BP News, TN, 10-20-06
  • Jeremy Johnston: Historian says Cody, Roosevelt created ‘friendship’ – Cody Enterprise, WY, 10-17-06
  • Oct. 26, 2006: Elaine Pagels: Religion scholar to speak on early Christian church as part of the Betsy K. McCreight Lecture series, at 7:30 p.m. on Thursday, at the Cultural Center – Charleston Gazette, WV, 10-22-06
  • Feb. 23 to 25, 2007: John Gillingham: Camden Conference marks its 20th anniversary, Feb. 23 to 25, 2007, at the Camden Opera House – 8-15-06
HONORED, AWARDED, AND APPOINTED:
ON TV:
  • History Channel coming in November 2006: Desperate Crossing: the Untold Story of the Mayflower -
  • C-Span2, BookTV: History on Book TV Rodric Braithwaite, Moscow 1941: A City and its People at War, Monday, October 23 at 3:15 am – C-Span2, BookTV
  • PBS: American Experience “Test Tube Babies”, Monday October 23, @ 9pm ET – PBS
  • History Channel: “The Flag-Raisers of Iwo Jima,” Sunday, October 22, @ 8pm ET/PT
  • History Channel: “Inside the Great Battles,” Sunday, October 22, @ 9pm ET/PT
  • History Channel: ” Unsung Heroes of WWII : Dateline Tarawa: Correspondents from Hell,” Sunday, October 22, @ 11pm ET/PT
  • History Channel: “Engineering an Empire :Greece: Age of Alexander,” Monday, October 23, @ 9pm ET/PT
  • History Channel: “Lost Worlds :The Real Dracula” Monday, October 23, @ 10pm ET/PT
  • History Channel: ” Mini-Series :Lost Worlds” Tuesday, October 24, @ 9pm ET/PT
  • History Channel: “Man Moment Machine :Patton and the Desperate Tank Attack” Tuesday, October 24, @ 10pm ET/PT
  • History Channel: “Mini-Series :Prophecies, Miracles & Mystics,” Wednesday, October 25, @ 9pm ET/PT
  • History Channel: “History in Focus : Flags of Our Fathers,” Thursday, October 19, @ 11pm ET/PT
  • History Channel: “Our Generation :Kent State & “Our Generation :The Sexual Revolution” Friday, October 27, @ 7pm ET/PT
  • History Channel: “The Haunted History of Halloween” Friday, October 27, @ 8pm ET/PT
  • History Channel: “Pacific: The Lost Evidence :Pearl Harbor,” Friday, October 27, @ 9pm ET/PT
  • History Channel: “Decoding The Past,” Marathon Saturday, October 28, @ 1-5pm ET/PT
  • History Channel: “Quest for Dragons,” Saturday, October 28, @ 10pm ET/PT
  • History Channel: “Skeletons on the Sahara,” Saturday, October 28, @ 8pm ET/PT
  • History Channel: “Decoding The Past :In Search of the Real Frankenstein” Sunday, October 29, @ 6pm ET/PT
  • History Channel: “The Haunted History of Halloween” Sunday, October 29, @ 7pm ET/PT
  • History Channel: “Vampires Secrets”, Sunday, October 29, @ 8pm ET/PT
  • History Channel: “Bloodlines: The Dracula Family Tree”, Sunday, October 29, @ 9pm ET/PT
SELLING BIG (NYT):
  • Frank Rich: THE GREATEST STORY EVER SOLD The Decline and Fall of Truth From 9/11 to Katrina, #6, (4 weeks on list)- 10-29-06
  • Hampton Sides: BLOOD AND THUNDER An Epic of the American West #12 (2 weeks on list) – 10-29-06
  • Thomas E. Ricks: FIASCO The American Military Adventure in Iraq, #35 – 10-29-06
FUTURE RELEASES:
  • Antonia Fraser: Love and Louis XIV: The Women in the Life of the Sun King (Doubleday Publishing), October 24, 2006
  • Thomas Cahill: Mysteries of the Middle Ages: The Rise of Feminism, Science and Art from the Cults of Catholic Europe (Doubleday Publishing), October 24, 2006
  • Hampton Sides: Blood and Thunder: An Epic of the American West (Bantam Books), October 2006
  • Aleksandr Fursenko: Khrushchev’s Cold War: The Inside Story of an American Adversary, October 2006
  • James L. Swanson: Lincoln’s Assassins: Their Trial and Execution (HarperCollins Publishers), October 31, 2006
  • Thomas Keneally: A Commonwealth of Thieves: The Improbable Birth of Australia, October 2006
  • Mark Puls: Samuel Adams: Father of the American Revolution, October 2006
  • Mark Halperin: Way to Win: Clinton, Bush, Rove, and the Trade Secrets for Taking the White House in 2008 (Random House Adult Trade Publishing Group), October 2006
  • Norman J. Goda: Tales from Spandau: Nazi Criminals and the Cold War, October 2006
  • Ronald J. Olive: Capturing Jonathan Pollard : How One of the Most Notorious Spies in American History Was Brought to Justice, October 2006
  • Thomas J. McGuire: The Philadelphia Campaign (Stackpole Books), October 2006
  • Judith Summers: Casanova’s Women: The Great Seducer and the Women He Loved (Bloomsbury USA), November 1, 2006
  • Evan Thomas: Sea of Thunder: Four Commanders and the Last Great Naval Campaign 1941-1945 (Simon & Schuster Adult Publishing Group), November 2006
  • Stanley Weintraub: 11 Days in December: Christmas at the Bulge, 1944 (Simon & Schuster Adult Publishing Group), November 2006
  • David M. Glantz: Red Storm over the Balkans: The Failed Soviet Invasion of Romania, Spring 1944 (University Press of Kansas), November 2006
  • Adam LeBor: “Complicity With Evil”: The United Nations in the Age of Modern Genocide, November 2006
  • A. J. Langguth: Union 1812: The Americans Who Fought the Second War of Independence (Simon & Schuster Adult Publishing Group) November 2006
  • Graeme Fife: The Terror: The Shadow of the Guillotine: France 1792–1794, November 2006
  • Robert M. Collins: Transforming America: Politics and Culture During the Reagan Years, November 2006
  • Stella Tillyard: Royal Affair: George III and His Scandalous Siblings (Random House Publishing Group), December 2006
  • David Greenberg: Calvin Coolidge: The 30th President, 1923-1929 (Henry Holt & Company, Incorporated), December 26, 2006
  • Geoffrey Perret: Commander in Chief: How Truman, Johnson, and Bush Turned a Presidential Power into a Threat to America’s Future (Farrar, Straus and Giroux), February 6, 2007
DEPARTED:
  • Michael A. Ogorzaly: A Life Story Historian waged crusade against bullfighting -
  • Winifred Bennett, Jefferson historian – Pioneer Press, MN, 10-17-06

Posted on Sunday, October 22, 2006 at 8:22 PM

October 16, 2006

HNN STATS THIS WEEK:
BIGGEST STORIES:
THIS WEEK IN HISTORY:
  • 16/10/1710 – British troops occupies Port Royal, Nova Scotia
  • 16/10/1781 – Washington takes Yorktown
  • 16/10/1813 – Battle at Leipzig (Napoleon vs Prussia, Austria and Russia)
  • 16/10/1859 – John Brown leads 20 in raid on federal arsenal, Harper’s Ferry, Va
  • 16/10/1861 – Confederacy starts selling postage stamps
  • 16/10/1863 – Grant is given command of Union forces in West
  • 16/10/1916 – Margaret Sanger opens 1st birth control clinic (46 Amboy St, Bkln)
  • 16/10/1940 – Warsaw Ghetto forms
  • 16/10/1943 – Jewish quarter of Rome surrounded by Nazis, they are sent to Auschwitz
  • 16/10/1962 – Cuban missile crisis began as JFK becomes aware of missiles in Cuba
  • 16/10/1966 – Joan Baez and 123 other ani-draft protestors arrested in Oakland
  • 16/10/1973 – Kissinger and Le Duc Tho jointly awarded Nobel peace prize
  • 17/10/1415 – Jewish autonomy in Palestine ends, as Raban Gamliel leaves office
  • 17/10/1469 – Crown prince Fernando of Aragon marries princess Isabella of Castile
  • 17/10/1691 – New royal charter for Massachusetts, now including Maine, Plymouth
  • 17/10/1787 – Boston blacks, petition legislature for equal school facilities
  • 17/10/1808 – Political rights of Jews suspended in Duchy of Warsaw
  • 17/10/1815 – Napoleon arrives in St Helena
  • 17/10/1871 – President Grant suspends writ of habeas corpus
  • 17/10/1894 – Ohio national guard kills 3 lynchers while rescuing a black man
  • 17/10/1945 – Juan Peron becomes dictator of Argentina
  • 17/10/1975 – UN passes resolution saying “Zionism is a form of racism”
  • 17/10/1978 – Pres Carter signs bill restoring Jefferson Davis citizenship
  • 17/10/1986 – Yitzak Rabin forms Israeli government
  • 18/10/1685 – Louis XIV revokes Edict of Nantes, outlaws Protestantism
  • 18/10/1748 – Treaty of Aix-la-Chapelle, ends War of Austrian Succession
  • 18/10/1867 – US takes formal possession of Alaska from Russia ($7.2 million)
  • 18/10/1898 – American flag raised in Puerto Rico
  • 18/10/1945 – Nazi war crime trial opens in Nuremberg
  • 18/10/1962 – JFK meets Russian minister of Foreign affairs Andrei Gromyko
  • 19/10/1765 – Stamp Act Congress met in NY, wrote decl of rights and liberties
  • 19/10/1781 – Cornwallis surrenders at Yorktown at 2 PM; Revolutionary War ends
  • 19/10/1849 – Elizabeth Blackwell becomes 1st woman in US to receive medical degree
  • 19/10/1864 – Approx 25 Confederates make surprise attack on St Albans, Vermont
  • 19/10/1864 – Battle of Cedar Creek, Virginia, Union beats back Conf attackers
  • 19/10/1888 – Moshav Gederah is attacked by Arabs
  • 19/10/1914 – US post office 1st used an automobile to collect and deliver mail
  • 19/10/1951 – Pres Harry S Truman formally ends state of war with Germany
  • 19/10/1960 – Martin Luther King Jr arrested in Atlanta sit-in
  • 19/10/1987 – “Black Monday”-Dow Jones down 508.32, 4« times previous record
  • 20/10/1803 – US Senate ratifies Louisiana Purchase
  • 20/10/1817 – 1st Mississippi “Showboat,” leaves Nashville on maiden voyage
  • 20/10/1818 – 49th parallel forms as border between US and Canada, US and Britain agree to joint control of Oregon country
  • 20/10/1820 – Spain sells part of Florida to US for $5 million
  • 20/10/1864 – Lincoln formaly establishes Thanksgiving as a natl holiday
  • 20/10/1883 – Max Bruch’s “Kol Nidre,” 1st performed
  • 20/10/1903 – US wins disputed boundary between District of Alaska and Canada
  • 20/10/1930 – British White Paper restricts Jews from buying Arab land
  • 20/10/1935 – Mao Tse Tung and his Communist forces ended their “Long March” at Yan’an, in Shaanxi China
  • 20/10/1945 – Supreme Court Justice Geoffrey Lawrence opens trial of Nurenberg
  • 20/10/1957 – Walter Cronkite begins hosting weekly documentary
  • 20/10/1967 – All white fed jury convicts 7 in murder of 3 civil rights workers
  • 20/10/1968 – Jacqueline Kennedy marries Aristotle Onassis
  • 20/10/1973 – US president Nixon fires Watergate accuser Archibald Cox
  • 20/10/1975 – Supreme Court rules teachers could spank their pupils after warning
  • 21/10/1492 – Columbus’ discovers America (Oct 12, 1492 Julian calender)
  • 21/10/1797 – US Navy frigate Constitution, Old Ironsides, launched in Boston
  • 21/10/1879 – Thomas Edison perfects carbonized cotton filament light bulb
  • 21/10/1917 – 1st Americans to see action on front lines of WW I
  • 21/10/1944 – During WW II, US troops capture Aachen, 1st large German city to fall
  • 21/10/1960 – JFK and Nixon clashed in 4th and final presidential debate (NYC)
  • 21/10/1971 – William H Rehnquist and Lewis F Powell nominated to US Supreme Court by Nixon, following resignations of Justices Hugo Black and John Harlan
  • 21/10/1987 – Senate debate begins rejecting Robert Bork’s Supreme Ct nomination
  • 21/10/1997 – Elton John’s tribute to Diana breaks world record, 318 million dist
  • 22/10/1746 – Princeton University (NJ) received its charter
  • 22/10/1836 – Sam Houston inaugurated as 1st elected pres of Republic of Texas
  • 22/10/1861 – 1st telegraph line linking West and East coasts completed
  • 22/10/1906 – 3000 blacks demonstrate and riot in Philadelphia
  • 22/10/1928 – Pres Hoover speaks of “American system of rugged individualism”
  • 22/10/1962 – JFK imposes naval blockade on Cuba, beginning missile crisis, JFK addresses TV about Russian missile bases in Cuba
  • 22/10/1963 – 225,000 students boycot Chicago schools in Freedom Day protest
  • 22/10/1978 – Pope John Paul II installed
IN THE NEWS:
REVIEWED AND FIRST CHAPTERS:
  • Henry A. Kissinger on Robert L. Beisner: Cold Warrior DEAN ACHESON A Life in the Cold WarNYT, 10-15-06
  • Antonia Fraser: The King’s Bed LOVE AND LOUIS XIV The Women in the Life of the Sun KingNYT, 10-15-06
  • Caroline Weber: The Queen’s Wardrobe QUEEN OF FASHION What Marie Antoinette Wore to the Revolution NYT, 10-15-06
  • David Nasaw: How an ambitious Scottish immigrant rose from hardscrabble roots to the pinnacle of industry ANDREW CARNEGIEWa Po, 10-15-06
  • David Cannadine: How a shy yet ruthless banker made a fortune and showered it on art MELLON An American LifeWa Po, 10-15-06
  • Hampton Sides: A Real-Life Wild West Show, With Kit Carson as Star BLOOD AND THUNDER An Epic of the American WestNYT, 10-11-06
  • Karen DeYoung: Tracing Colin Powell’s Journey, Both in and Out of Step With Those Around Him SOLDIER The Life of Colin Powell NYT, 10-10-06
OP-ED:
  • Bettina Aptheker: My Father the Icon; My Father the Molester Daughter of Communist leader Herbert Aptheker recalls the pain and reconciliation that led to writing about her childhood abuse – LA Times, 10-15-06
  • Eric Alterman: Tony Judt Paying a price for going too far in criticizing Israel? – The Guardian, 10-12-06
PROFILED:
INTERVIEWED:
  • Gil Troy: Book follows Clinton from White House to Senate – CTV, 10-10-06
  • Robert Dallek, Clayborne Carson: ‘I Wish I’d Been There…’ – NPR, 10-9-06
  • Walid Phares: Tells Iraqi academics … You need to address your American colleagues on democracy and US efforts – Phareswire.com, 10-10-06
FEATURE:
QUOTED:
  • Joseph Ellis on “Who cares about civil liberties?”: The historical pattern is extremely clear, it does not require some microscopic assessment. And if you look up any of those incidents in a standard college history textbook they will all be described as embarrassments, as regretted moments.” – Boston Globe, 10-15-06
  • Arthur Schlesinger Jr. on “Shooting Bobby”: “JFK was a realist disguised as a romantic; Robert Kennedy was a romantic disguised as a realist. JFK was an ironist, Robert Kennedy was an activist. Their legacies have converged – I think that Robert Kennedy was executing his brother’s legacy.” – The Observer, UK, 10-15-06
SPOTTED AND EVENTS CALENDAR:
HONORED, AWARDED, AND APPOINTED:
ON TV:
  • History Channel coming in November 2006: Desperate Crossing: the Untold Story of the Mayflower -
  • PBS: American Experience “Eyes on the Prize”, 16 hour series on the civil rights movement, re-airing Oct. 2, Oct. 9, and Oct. 16 @ 9pm ET – PBS
  • C-Span2, BookTV: After Words: After Words: John Danforth, author of “Faith & Politics: How the Moral Values Debate Divides America and How to Move Forward Together” interviewed by Charles Haynes, senior scholar at The First Amendment Center, Sunday, October 15 at 9:00 pm – C-Span2, BookTV
  • History Channel: “Egypt: Engineering an Empire,” Sunday, October 15, @ 8pm ET/PT
  • History Channel: “Days That Shook The World : The Rosetta Stone/The Discovery of Tutankhamun’s Tomb,” Monday, October 16, @ 4pm ET/PT
  • History Channel: “Engineering an Empire : Greece” Monday, October 16, @ 9pm ET/PT
  • History Channel: “Lost Worlds : Atlantis” Monday, October 16, @ 10pm ET/PT
  • History Channel: “Man, Moment, Machine : Apollo 13: Triumph on the Dark Side” Tuesday, October 17, @ 10pm ET/PT
  • History Channel: “Declassified : The Tet Offensive,” Thursday, October 19, @ 6pm ET/PT
  • History Channel: “History in Focus : Flags of Our Fathers,” Thursday, October 19, @ 11pm ET/PT
  • History Channel: ” Vietnam: On The Frontlines,” Marathon Friday, October 20, @ 2-6pm ET/PT
  • History Channel: “Pacific: The Lost Evidence : Iwo Jima,” Friday, October 20, @ 8pm ET/PT
  • History Channel: ” Man, Moment, Machine,” Marathon Saturday, October 21, @ 1-5pm ET/PT
  • History Channel: “Nuremberg: Goering’s Last Stand”, Saturday, October 21, @ 8pm ET/PT
  • History Channel: “Standing Tall at Auschwitz”, Saturday, October 21, @ 10pm ET/PT
  • History Channel: “Auschwitz: The Forgotten Evidence”, Saturday, October 21, @ 11pm ET/PT
SELLING BIG (NYT):
  • Frank Rich: THE GREATEST STORY EVER SOLD The Decline and Fall of Truth From 9/11 to Katrina, #7, (3 weeks on list)- 10-22-06
  • Thomas E. Ricks: FIASCO The American Military Adventure in Iraq, #11 (10 weeks on list) – 10-22-06
  • Hampton Sides: BLOOD AND THUNDER An Epic of the American West #14 (1 week on list) – 10-22-06
FUTURE RELEASES:
  • Paul Kengor: The Crusader: Ronald Reagan and the Fall of Communism, October 17, 2006
  • Antonia Fraser: Love and Louis XIV: The Women in the Life of the Sun King (Doubleday Publishing), October 24, 2006
  • Thomas Cahill: Mysteries of the Middle Ages: The Rise of Feminism, Science and Art from the Cults of Catholic Europe (Doubleday Publishing), October 24, 2006
  • Hampton Sides: Blood and Thunder: An Epic of the American West (Bantam Books), October 2006
  • Aleksandr Fursenko: Khrushchev’s Cold War: The Inside Story of an American Adversary, October 2006
  • James L. Swanson: Lincoln’s Assassins: Their Trial and Execution (HarperCollins Publishers), October 31, 2006
  • Thomas Keneally: A Commonwealth of Thieves: The Improbable Birth of Australia, October 2006
  • Mark Puls: Samuel Adams: Father of the American Revolution, October 2006
  • Mark Halperin: Way to Win: Clinton, Bush, Rove, and the Trade Secrets for Taking the White House in 2008 (Random House Adult Trade Publishing Group), October 2006
  • Norman J. Goda: Tales from Spandau: Nazi Criminals and the Cold War, October 2006
  • Ronald J. Olive: Capturing Jonathan Pollard : How One of the Most Notorious Spies in American History Was Brought to Justice, October 2006
  • Thomas J. McGuire: The Philadelphia Campaign (Stackpole Books), October 2006
  • Judith Summers: Casanova’s Women: The Great Seducer and the Women He Loved (Bloomsbury USA), November 1, 2006
  • Evan Thomas: Sea of Thunder: Four Commanders and the Last Great Naval Campaign 1941-1945 (Simon & Schuster Adult Publishing Group), November 2006
  • Stanley Weintraub: 11 Days in December: Christmas at the Bulge, 1944 (Simon & Schuster Adult Publishing Group), November 2006
  • David M. Glantz: Red Storm over the Balkans: The Failed Soviet Invasion of Romania, Spring 1944 (University Press of Kansas), November 2006
  • Adam LeBor: “Complicity With Evil”: The United Nations in the Age of Modern Genocide, November 2006
  • A. J. Langguth: Union 1812: The Americans Who Fought the Second War of Independence (Simon & Schuster Adult Publishing Group) November 2006
  • Graeme Fife: The Terror: The Shadow of the Guillotine: France 1792–1794, November 2006
  • Robert M. Collins: Transforming America: Politics and Culture During the Reagan Years, November 2006
  • Stella Tillyard: Royal Affair: George III and His Scandalous Siblings (Random House Publishing Group), December 2006
  • David J. Greenberg: Calvin Coolidge: The 30th President, 1923-1929 (Henry Holt & Company, Incorporated), December 26, 2006
  • Geoffrey Perret: Commander in Chief: How Truman, Johnson, and Bush Turned a Presidential Power into a Threat to America’s Future (Farrar, Straus and Giroux), February 6, 2007
DEPARTED:

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October 9, 2006

HNN STATS THIS WEEK:
BIGGEST STORIES:
THIS WEEK IN HISTORY:
  • 09/10/0768 – Charles the Great and Charlamagne II divide French republic
  • 09/10/1290 – Last of 16,000 English Jews expelled by King Edward I, leaves
  • 09/10/1635 – Religious dissident Roger Williams banished from Mass Bay Colony
  • 09/10/1701 – Collegiate School of Ct (Yale U), chartered in New Haven
  • 09/10/1864 – Battle of Tom’s Brook-Confederate cavalry that harassed Sheridan’s campaign is wipped by Custer and Merrit’s cavalry divisions
  • 09/10/1876 – 1st 2-way telephone conversation, 1st over outdoor wires
  • 09/10/1888 – Washington Monument opens for public admittanc
  • 09/10/1915 – Woodrow Wilson becomes 1st pres to attend a World Series game
  • 09/10/1944 – British PM Winston Churchill arrives in Russia for talks with Stalin
  • 10/10/1802 – 1st non indian settlement in Oklahoma
  • 10/10/1954 – Ho Chi Minh enters Hanoi after French troops pulled out
  • 10/10/1957 – Pres Eisenhower apologizes to finance minister of Ghana, Komla Agbeli Gbdemah, after he is refused service in a Dover, Del, restaurant
  • 10/10/1973 – VP Spiro T Agnew pleads no contest to tax evasion and resigns
  • 10/10/1975 – Israel formally signs Sinai accord with Egypt
  • 10/10/1982 – Pope John Paul II canonizes Rev M Kolbe, who volunteered to die in place of another inmate at Auschwitz concentration camp, a saint
  • 10/10/1995 – Israel begins W Bank pullback, frees hundreds of Palestinian prisoners
  • 12/10/1165 – Rambam reaches Jerusalem
  • 12/10/1285 – 180 Jews refuse baptism in Munich Germany, they are set on fire
  • 12/10/1492 – Columbus arrives in Bahamas [real Columbus Day]
  • 12/10/1692 – Massachusetts Bay discontinues witch trials
  • 12/10/1792 – Columbus Day is 1st celebrated
  • 12/10/1861 – Confederate ironclad Manassas attack Union’s Richmond on Mississippi
  • 12/10/1862 – JEB Stuart completes his “2nd ride around McClellan”
  • 12/10/1871 – Pres Grant condemns Ku Klux Klan
  • 12/10/1892 – Pledge of Allegiance 1st recited in public schools
  • 12/10/1899 – South Africa Boer Republic declares war on England
  • 12/10/1914 – 1st battle at Ypres, begins
  • 12/10/1915 – Theodore Roosevelt criticizes US citzens who identify themselves, with dual nationalities
  • 12/10/1915 – Ford Motor Company manufactures its 1 millionth Model T automobile
  • 12/10/1940 – Hitler begins operation-Seel”we (invasion of England)
  • 12/10/1957 – Canadian Prime Minister Lester Bowles Pearson wins Nobel Peace Prize
  • 12/10/1960 – JFK and Richard Nixon’s 3rd presidential debate
  • 12/10/1963 – Archaeological digs begin at Masada, Israel
  • 12/10/1973 – Nixon nominates Gerald Ford to replace Spiro Agnew as VP
  • 12/10/2002 – Terrorists explode two bombs in Bali’s nightclub district killing 202 and injuring 209 mostly foreign tourists
  • 13/10/1483 – Rabbi Issac Abarbanel starts his exegesis on Bible
  • 13/10/1775 – Continental Congress orders construction of a naval fleet
  • 13/10/1792 – “Old Farmer’s Almanac” is 1st published
  • 13/10/1792 – Washington lays cornerstone of Executive Mansion (White House)
  • 13/10/1812 – Battle of Queenstown Heights, Brit beats US attempt to invade Canada
  • 13/10/1843 – B’nai B’rith founded (NY)
  • 13/10/1845 – Texas ratifies a state constitution
  • 13/10/1864 – Maryland voters adopt new constitution, including abolition of slavery
  • 13/10/1864 – Battle of Harpers Ferry, WV (Mosby’s Raid)
  • 13/10/1864 – Battle at Darbytown Road Virginia (337 casualties)
  • 13/10/1881 – Revival of Hebrew language as Eliezer Ben-Yehuda and friends agree to use Hebrew exclusively in their conversations
  • 13/10/1943 – Italy declares war on former Axis partner Germany
  • 13/10/1988 – Shroud of Turin, revered by many Christians as Christ’s burial cloth, is shown by carbon-dating tests to be a fake from the Middle Ages
  • 14/10/1586 – Mary Queen of Scots goes on trial for conspiracy against Elizabeth
  • 14/10/1774 – 1st Continental Congress is 1st to declare colonial rights (Phila)
  • 14/10/1834 – George Eastman patented paper-strip photographic film
  • 14/10/1912 – Bull Moose Teddy Roosevelt shot while campaigning in Milwaukee
  • 14/10/1938 – Nazis plan Jewish ghettos for all major cities
  • 14/10/1941 – 1st mass deportation of Kowno, Lodz, Minsk and Riga
  • 14/10/1943 – 400 Jews escape in uprising at Sobibor extermination Camp in Poland
  • 14/10/1947 – Dutch Queen Wilhelmina gives golden award to general Eisenhower
  • 14/10/1953 – Ike promises to fire as Red any federal worker taking 5th amendment
  • 14/10/1964 – Martin Luther King Jr wins Nobel Peace Prize
  • 14/10/1966 – 175 US airplanes bomb North Vietnam
  • 14/10/1980 – Pres nominee Ronald Reagan promises to name a woman to Supreme Court
  • 14/10/1982 – Pres Reagan proclaims war against drugs
  • 14/10/1994 – Nobel Prize awarded to Yasser Arafat, Yitzhak Rabin and Shimon Peres
  • 15/10/1655 – Jews of Lublin are massacred
  • 15/10/1789 – 1st presidental tour-George Washington in New England
  • 15/10/1815 – Napoleon Bonaparte exiled on Island of St Helena
  • 15/10/1860 – 11-year-old Grace Bedell writes to Lincoln, tells him to grow a beard
  • 15/10/1866 – Great fire in Quebec destroys 2,500 houses
  • 15/10/1883 – Supreme Court declares Civil Rights Act of 1875 unconstitutional
  • 15/10/1894 – Capt Alfred Dreyfus arrested accused of espionage
  • 15/10/1924 – Pres Coolidge declares Statue of Liberty a national monument
  • 15/10/1939 – Yeshiva of Mir closes after 124 years
  • 15/10/1949 – Billy Graham begins his ministry
  • 15/10/1969 – Vietnam Moratorium Day; millions nationwide protest the war
  • 15/10/1990 – Soviet President Mikhail Gorbachev wins Nobel Peace Prize
  • 15/10/1993 – Nelson Mandela and S Afr Pres F W de Klerk awarded Nobel Peace Prize
IN THE NEWS:
REVIEWED AND FIRST CHAPTERS:
  • Fritz Stern: Can It Happen Here? FIVE GERMANYS I HAVE KNOWNNYT, 10-8-06
  • Fritz Stern: FIVE GERMANYS I HAVE KNOWN, First Chapter – NYT, 10-8-06
  • Gary Mormino: A worthy look at Florida’s raucous history – Ocala.com, FL, 10-8-06
  • John David Smith on Nicholas Lemann: A brief flash of freedom Reconstruction’s night riders used terror to seize liberty from newly freed blacks REDEMPTION: The Last Battle of the Civil WarCharlotte Observer, NC, 10-8-06
  • Larry Burgess: A Gift for the U of R – Press-Enterprise, CA, 10-5-06
  • Ilan Pappe: New book argues that Israel displaced a million Palestinians at founding – Znet, 10-1-06
OP-ED:
PROFILED:
  • David Quammen: New Stegner professor to hit the ground running – Montana State University, 10-5-06
  • Caroline Elkins: Wiry and energetic, the Hugo K. Foster Associate Professor of African Studies at Harvard University coils in her chair and speaks with rapid force about her book that recently won the 2006 Pulitzer Prize – Infoshop News, 10-6-06
  • Dr. Kalikinkar Datta and Dr Radharani Choudhury: Rare academicians LOOKING BACK – The Statesman – Kolkata,India, 10-7-06
INTERVIEWED:
FEATURE:
QUOTED:
  • Michael Fry on “All aboard the Scotland independence bandwagon”: “I have changed my mind. Devolution has proved to be completely hopeless, if anything making Scotland a worse country rather than a better country. We have to do something different.” – Scotsman, United Kingdom, 10-8-06
  • John Cooper on “Stephen Ambrose in thick of UW fight”: “The chair remains vacant, however, and Wisconsin is not currently trying to fill it. ‘We won’t search for a candidate this school year. But we’re committed to doing it eventually.’ The ostensible reason for the delay is that the university wants to raise even more money, so that it can attract a top-notch senior scholar. There may be another factor as well: Wisconsin doesn’t actually want a military historian on its faculty.” – The Capital Times – Madison,WI, 10-8-06
  • Gil Troy on “STORY of SURVIVAL Elizabeth Edwards talks frankly about her son’s death, breast cancer and the challenges of modern-day politics”: “She’s positioning herself as a role model on the American landscape. She’s positioning herself to be able to go out onto the campaign trail and testify. She can come across as a strong, powerful role model to women.” – Buffalo News, 10-8-06
SPOTTED AND EVENTS CALENDAR:
  • Oct. 9, 2006: Douglas W. Bostick will present “The Final Journey of Robert E. Lee” @ the Lee Chapel and Museum in the Lee Chapel auditorium, 3 p.m, Staunton, VA – Staunton News Leader, VA, 9-30-06
  • Oct. 11, 2006: Kathryn Holland Braund: Will speak at Florida Southern College’s Florida Lecture Series on Thursday. She will discuss “Living off the Land: William Bartram’s Description of Late Eighteenth Century Florida Foodways” at 7 p.m. in the William M. Hollis Seminar Room at FSC – The Ledger, FL, 10-8-06
  • Oct. 12, 2006: William J. Cooper, noted historian and author of “Jefferson Davis, American,” will deliver the 5th Annual Vaughn Lecture in the Humanities at Williams Baptist College, October 12, 2006, at 7:00 p.m. in the WBC Chapel – Williams Baptist College News, AR, 9-12-06
  • Oct. 13, 2006:Raymond Callahan: Will talk on the topic of “Why We Remember Winston Churchill” at 1 p.m. in 105 Arsht Hall on UD’s Wilmington campus, 2700 Pennsylvania Ave – UDaily – Newark, DE, 10-4-06
  • Feb. 23 to 25, 2007: John Gillingham: Camden Conference marks its 20th anniversary, Feb. 23 to 25, 2007, at the Camden Opera House – 8-15-06
HONORED, AWARDED, AND APPOINTED:
ON TV:
  • History Channel coming in November 2006: Desperate Crossing: the Untold Story of the Mayflower -
  • PBS: American Experience “Eyes on the Prize”, 16 hour series on the civil rights movement, re-airing Oct. 2, Oct. 9, and Oct. 16 @ 9pm ET – PBS
  • C-Span2, BookTV: Book TV presents After Words: Lawrence Otis Graham, author of “The Senator and the Socialite: The True Story of America’s First Black Dynasty” interviewed by Adam Clayton Powell III, director of the Integrated Media Systems Center at the University of Southern California, Sunday, October 8 at 6:00 pm and at 9:00 pm – C-Span2, BookTV
  • History Channel: “Flight 93,” Sunday, October 8, @ 8pm ET/PT
  • History Channel: “The Antichrist : Part 1,” Sunday, October 8, @ 10pm ET/PT
  • History Channel: “The Antichrist : Zero Hour,” Sunday, October 8, @ 11pm ET/PT
  • History Channel: “Digging For The Truth,” Marathon Monday, October 9, @ 3-6pm ET/PT
  • History Channel: “Egypt: Engineering an Empire, Part 1″ Monday, October 9, @ 7pm ET/PT
  • History Channel: “Egypt: Engineering an Empire, Part 2″ Monday, October 9, @ 8pm ET/PT
  • History Channel: “The Mexican-American War,” Friday, October 13, @ 2pm ET/PT
  • History Channel: “Into the Fire,” Friday, October 13, @ 8pm ET/PT
  • History Channel: “Sex in The Bible,” Friday, October 13, @ 9:30pm ET/PT
  • History Channel: “Where Did It Come From?,” Marathon Saturday, October 14, @ 1-5pm ET/PT
  • History Channel: “The Mexican Revolution”, Saturday, October 14, @ 5pm ET/PT
SELLING BIG (NYT):
  • Frank Rich: THE GREATEST STORY EVER SOLD The Decline and Fall of Truth From 9/11 to Katrina, #2, (2 weeks on list)- 10-15-06
  • Thomas E. Ricks: FIASCO The American Military Adventure in Iraq, #16 – 10-15-06
  • Daniel Mendelsohn: THE LOST A Search for Six of Six Million, #18 – 10-15-06
FUTURE RELEASES:
  • Paul Kengor: The Crusader: Ronald Reagan and the Fall of Communism, October 17, 2006
  • Aleksandr Fursenko: Khrushchev’s Cold War: The Inside Story of an American Adversary, October 2006
  • Thomas Keneally: A Commonwealth of Thieves: The Improbable Birth of Australia, October 2006
  • Mark Puls: Samuel Adams: Father of the American Revolution, October 2006
  • Norman J. Goda: Tales from Spandau: Nazi Criminals and the Cold War, October 2006
  • Ronald J. Olive: Capturing Jonathan Pollard : How One of the Most Notorious Spies in American History Was Brought to Justice, October 2006
  • Graeme Fife: The Terror: The Shadow of the Guillotine: France 1792–1794, November 2006
  • Robert M. Collins: Transforming America: Politics and Culture During the Reagan Years, November 2006
  • Adam LeBor: “Complicity With Evil”: The United Nations in the Age of Modern Genocide, November 2006
DEPARTED:

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October 2, 2006

HNN STATS THIS WEEK:
BIGGEST STORIES:
THIS WEEK IN HISTORY:
  • 01/10/1791 – 1st session of new French legislative assembly
  • 01/10/1768 – English troops under general Gauge lands in Boston
  • 01/10/1867 – Karl Marx’ “Das Kapital,” published
  • 01/10/1948 – Calif Supreme Court voids state statue banning interracial marriages
  • 01/10/1958 – Inauguration of NASA
  • 02/10/1187 – Sultan Saladin captures Jerusalem from Crusaders
  • 02/10/1535 – Jacques Cartier discovers Mount Royal (Montreal)
  • 02/10/1833 – NY Anti-Slavery Society organized
  • 02/10/1861 – Former VP John C Breckinridge flees Kentucky
  • 02/10/1870 – Italy annexes Rome and Papal States; Rome made Italian capital
  • 02/10/1967 – Thurgood Marshall sworn in as 1st black Supreme Court Justice
  • 03/10/1789 – Washington proclaims 1st national Thanksgiving Day on Nov 26
  • 03/10/1863 – Lincoln designates last Thursday in November as Thanksgiving Day
  • 03/10/1922 – Rebecca Felton of Georgia becomes 1st woman in Senate
  • 03/10/1941 – Nazi’s blow up 6 synagoges in Paris
  • 03/10/1942 – FDR forms Office of Economic Stabilization
  • 03/10/1974 – Watergate trial begins
  • 03/10/1990 – East Germany and West Germany merge to become Germany
  • 04/10/1636 – In Massachusetts the Plymouth Colony’s 1st law drafted
  • 04/10/1648 – Peter Stuyvesant establishes Americas 1st volunteer firemen
  • 04/10/1777 – Gen George Washington’s troops attacked British at Germantown Pa
  • 04/10/1854 – Abraham Lincoln made his 1st political speech at Illinois State Fair
  • 04/10/1864 – National black convention meets (Syracuse NY)
  • 04/10/1864 – New Orleans Tribune, 1st black daily newspaper, forms
  • 04/10/1880 – University of California founded in Los Angeles
  • 05/10/1582 – Gregorian calendar introduced in Italy, other Catholic countries
  • 05/10/1796 – Spain declares war on England
  • 05/10/1813 – Battle of Thames in Canada; Americans defeat British
  • 05/10/1862 – Federal fleet occupies Galveston, Texas
  • 05/10/1947 – 1st Presidential address televised from White House-HS Truman
  • 05/10/1953 – Earl Warren sworn in as 14th chief justice of US
  • 05/10/1970 – Quebec separatists kidnap British trade commissioner James Cross
  • 06/10/1683 – 13 Mennonite families from Germany found Germantown Pa (Phila)
  • 06/10/1781 – Americans and French begin siege of Cornwallis at Yorktown; last battle of Revolutionary War
  • 06/10/1944 – Canadians free Austria
  • 06/10/1945 – Gen Eisenhower welcomed in Hague (on Hitler’s train)
  • 06/10/1949 – Pres Truman signs Mutual Defense Assistance Act (for NATO)
  • 06/10/1961 – JFK advises Americans to build fallout shelters
  • 06/10/1973 – Yom Kippur War begins as Syria and Egypt attack Israel
  • 06/10/1976 – Pres Ford says there is “no Soviet domination in Eastern Europe”
  • 06/10/1996 – Bob Dole and Pres Bill Clinton meet in their 1st debate
  • 07/10/1579 – English royal marriage of queen Elizabeth I to duke of Anjou
  • 07/10/1690 – English attack Quebec under Louis de Buade
  • 07/10/1763 – George III of Great Britain issues Proclamation of 1763, closing lands in North America north and west of Alleghenies to white settlement
  • 07/10/1765 – Stamp Act Congress convenes in NY
  • 07/10/1777 – Americans beat Brits in 2nd Battle of Saratoga and Battle of Bemis Hts
  • 07/10/1780 – British defeated by American militia near Kings Mountain, SC
  • 07/10/1868 – Cornell University (Ithaca NY) open
  • 07/10/1886 – Spain abolishes slavery in Cuba
  • 07/10/1944 – Uprising at Birkenau concentration camp, Uprising at Auschwitz, Jews burn down crematoriums
  • 07/10/1960 – 2nd JFK and Richard Nixon debate
  • 07/10/1963 – JFK signs ratification for nuclear test ban treaty
  • 07/10/1991 – Law Professor Anita Hill accuses Supreme nominee Clarence Thomas of making sexually inappropriat comments to her
IN THE NEWS:
REVIEWED AND FIRST CHAPTERS:
  • David Kamp: The Hunger Artists THE UNITED STATES OF ARUGULA How We Became a Gourmet NationNYT, 10-1-06
  • David Kamp: THE UNITED STATES OF ARUGULA How We Became a Gourmet Nation, First Chapter – NYT, 10-1-06
  • THOMAS F. SCHALLER: ‘Whistling Past Dixie’ NYT, 10-1-06
  • Myra MacPherson: The Watchdog “ALL GOVERNMENTS LIE” The Life and Times of Rebel Journalist I. F. StoneNYT, 10-1-06
  • Myra MacPherson: “ALL GOVERNMENTS LIE” The Life and Times of Rebel Journalist I. F. Stone, First Chapter – NYT, 10-1-06
  • Paul George: A History Lesson: School’s past captured by historian AUTHOR AND LOCAL HISTORIAN PAUL GEORGE HAS CHRONICLED THE HISTORY OF THE CUSHMAN SCHOOL IN NORTHEAST MIAMI IN A NEWLY PUBLISHED BOOK THAT LOOKS AT THE SCHOOL’S FIRST 80 YEARS – Miami Herald, FL, 10-1-06
OP-ED:
  • Rashid Khalidi: Unwritten history The challenges of writing Palestinian history reflect the larger challenges facing the Palestinians’ quest for statehood – Boston Globe, 10-01-06
  • Mark A. Noll: Where We Are and How We Got Here 50 years ago, evangelicals were a sideshow of American culture. Since then, it’s been a long, strange trip. Here’s a look at the influences that shaped the movement – Christianity Today, 9-29-06
  • David Nirenberg: What Benedict really said. Paleologus and Us – New Republic, 9-28-06
PROFILED:
  • Virginia Scharff: UNM Historian Contributes to ‘History Now’ Issue on the American West – UNM Today, NM, 9-27-06
  • Clement Alexander Price: Check Your Misconceptions At The Door: New Film Offers An Eye-Opening Look At New Jersey’s Largest City – R-N Online Campus News, NJ, 9-18-06
INTERVIEWED:
FEATURE:
  • Jon D. Levenson: The Case for What ‘Comes as a Shock to Most Jews and Christians Alike’ – NYT, 9-30-06
  • Mark McGowan: What lies beneath the red carpet On the site of the film fest’s new home, archaeologists are digging up Toronto’s fevered history – Globe and Mail, Canada, 9-30-06
  • Jan Gross: ‘Fear’ in postwar Poland – Jerusalem Post, 9-28-06
  • John Kendrick, Marvin Lyons: A 90-year-old imperial mystery continues Is a man buried in a Burnaby graveyard the son of the last czar of Russia? – Globe and Mail, Canada, 9-29-06
  • The Conspiratorial Mind – NY Sun, 9-29-06
QUOTED:
  • David Garrow on “Scalia Begins Third Decade on Court”: “Scalia may find himself with a new conservative chief justice who agrees with him in the abstract but as a matter of judicial discretion and judicial philosophy believes the court should always pull its punches rather than go to the mat.” – AP, 9-29-06
  • Brad Gregory on “Panel: Pope quote misunderstood ND scholars say reaction to statement shows need for dialogue”: “It seems to me, as a historian of Christianity, (the) decentralized character of the Muslim world is quite unlike the Catholic church. … The Islamic world is more like Protestant Christianity with a huge spectrum of traditions,” which makes communication “much more daunting. ” – South Bend Tribune, IN, 9-30-06
SPOTTED AND EVENTS CALENDAR:
  • Howard Zinn: “Americans should scrutinize government actions” at U Conn lecture – UConn Advance, CT, 9-29-06
  • Bruce Tapp, Stephen Taafee: Massachusetts School of Law hosts Civil War symposium – Andover Townsman, MA, 9-28-06
  • Randy Buchman: Banquet to honor Defiance historian – Fort Wayne Journal Gazette, IN, 9-29-06
  • Oct. 3, 2006: Thomas Sugrue: Will present “Jim Crow’s Last Stand: Detroit and America’s Unfinished Struggle for Racial Equality,” on Tuesday at the University of Michigan-Dearborn, the free lecture is open to the public and is to be from 6 to 9 p.m. in Room 1500 of the Social Sciences Building on campus – Detroit Free Press, 10-1-06
  • Oct. 6, 2006: Colin A. Palmer: Will give the eighth annual Eric E. Williams Memorial Lecture at Florida International University’s University Park campus in West Miami-Dade as part of the African-New World Studies Program’s Distinguished Africana Scholars Lecture Series on Oct. 6 at 6:30 p.m. on “Eric Williams and the Continuing Challenges of a Diverse Caribbean” – Miami Herald, 9-24-06
  • Oct. 9, 2006: Douglas W. Bostick will present “The Final Journey of Robert E. Lee” @ the Lee Chapel and Museum in the Lee Chapel auditorium, 3 p.m, Staunton, VA – Staunton News Leader, VA, 9-30-06
  • Oct. 12, 2006: William J. Cooper, noted historian and author of “Jefferson Davis, American,” will deliver the 5th Annual Vaughn Lecture in the Humanities at Williams Baptist College, October 12, 2006, at 7:00 p.m. in the WBC Chapel – Williams Baptist College News, AR, 9-12-06
  • Feb. 23 to 25, 2007: John Gillingham: Camden Conference marks its 20th anniversary, Feb. 23 to 25, 2007, at the Camden Opera House – 8-15-06
HONORED, AWARDED, AND APPOINTED:
ON TV:
  • History Channel coming in November 2006: Desperate Crossing: the Untold Story of the Mayflower -
  • PBS: American Experience “Eyes on the Prize”, 16 hour series on the civil rights movement, re-airing Oct. 2, Oct. 9, and Oct. 16 @ 9pm ET – PBS
  • C-Span2, BookTV: Book TV presents In Depth: John Hope Franklin, Sunday, October 1 at 12:00 pm and at 12:00 am – C-Span2, BookTV
  • History Channel: “The Last Days of World War II,” Sunday, October 1, @ 1:30pm ET/PT
  • History Channel: “Violent Earth : Nature’s Fury: Storm of the Century,” Sunday, October 1, @ 8pm ET/PT
  • History Channel: “Lost Worlds : The Pagans,” Sunday, October 1, @ 10pm ET/PT
  • History Channel: “Iran: The Next Iraq?,” Sunday, October 1, @ 11pm ET/PT
  • History Channel: “X Day–The Invasion of Japan,” Monday, October 2, @ 2pm ET/PT
  • History Channel: “USS Bowfin: Pearl Harbor Avenger,” Monday, October 2, @ 4pm ET/PT
  • History Channel: “History’s Mysteries : The True Story of the Philadelphia Experiment,” Monday, October 2, @ 5pm ET/PT
  • History Channel: “UFO Files : Texas’ Roswell,” Monday, October 2, @ 8pm ET/PT
  • History Channel: “Lost Worlds : Knights Templar,” Monday, October 2, @ 9pm ET/PT
  • History Channel: “Digging For The Truth : Giants of Patagonia,” Monday, October 2, @ 10pm ET/PT
  • History Channel: “D-Day to Berlin : The Battle for France,” Wednesday, October 3, @ 2pm ET/PT
  • History Channel: “D-Day to Berlin : The Struggle toward Germany,” Wednesday, October 3, @ 3pm ET/PT
  • History Channel: “D-Day to Berlin : Last Days of the Reich,” Wednesday, October 3, @ 4pm ET/PT
  • History Channel: “Decoding The Past : Mysteries of the Bermuda Triangle” Thursday, October 5, @ 2pm ET/PT
  • History Channel: “Decoding The Past : The Templar Code: The Quest for Templar Treasure,” Thursday, October 5, @ 9pm ET/PT
  • History Channel: ” Special : High Hitler,” Friday, October 6, @ 8pm ET/PT
  • History Channel: “Night of the Long Knives,” Friday, October 6, @ 9pm ET/PT
  • History Channel: “Hitler’s Family,” Friday, October 6, @ 10pm ET/PT
  • History Channel: “Viking Raiders,” Saturday, October 7, @ 3pm ET/PT
  • History Channel: “Violent Earth : Nature’s Fury: Storm of the Century”, Saturday, October 7,, @ 5pm ET/PT
SELLING BIG (NYT):
  • Frank Rich: THE GREATEST STORY EVER SOLD The Decline and Fall of Truth From 9/11 to Katrina, #2, (1 week on list)- 10-8-06
  • Thomas E. Ricks: FIASCO The American Military Adventure in Iraq, #13, (9 weeks on list) – 10-8-06
  • Daniel Mendelsohn: THE LOST A Search for Six of Six Million, #16, (1 week on list)- 10-8-06
  • Nathaniel Philbrick: Mayflower, #28 – 10-8-06
FUTURE RELEASES:
  • David Bodanis: Passionate Minds: The Great Love Affair of the Enlightenment, Featuring the Scientist Emilie du Chatelet, the Poet Voltaire, Swordfights, Bookburnings, Assorted Kings, Seditiou, October 3, 2006
  • Gil Troy: Hillary Rodham Clinton: Polarizing First Lady, October 4, 2006
  • Anthony Everitt: Augustus: The Life of Rome’s First Emperor, October 10, 2006
  • Paul Kengor: The Crusader: Ronald Reagan and the Fall of Communism, October 17, 2006
  • Aleksandr Fursenko: Khrushchev’s Cold War: The Inside Story of an American Adversary, October 2006
  • Thomas Keneally: A Commonwealth of Thieves: The Improbable Birth of Australia, October 2006
  • Mark Puls: Samuel Adams: Father of the American Revolution, October 2006
  • Norman J. Goda: Tales from Spandau: Nazi Criminals and the Cold War, October 2006
  • Ronald J. Olive: Capturing Jonathan Pollard : How One of the Most Notorious Spies in American History Was Brought to Justice, October 2006
  • Graeme Fife: The Terror: The Shadow of the Guillotine: France 1792–1794, November 2006
  • Robert M. Collins: Transforming America: Politics and Culture During the Reagan Years, November 2006
  • Adam LeBor: “Complicity With Evil”: The United Nations in the Age of Modern Genocide, November 2006
DEPARTED:
  • Frederic E. Wakeman Jr: 68; Historian Was Expert on China – LAT, 9-28-06

Posted on Sunday, October 1, 2006 at 1:29 PM

History Buzz: September 2006

History Buzz

By Bonnie K. Goodman

Ms. Goodman is the Editor/Features Editor at HNN. She has a Masters in Library and Information Studies from McGill University, and has done graduate work in history at Concordia University.

September 25, 2006

HNN STATS THIS WEEK:
BIGGEST STORIES:
THIS WEEK IN HISTORY:
  • 25/09/1639 – 1st printing press in America
  • 25/09/1775 – American Revolutionary War hero Ethan Allen captured
  • 25/09/1789 – Congress proposes Bill of Rights (10 of 12 will ratify)
  • 25/09/1804 – 12th amendment to US constitution, regulating judicial power
  • 25/09/1846 – US troops under Gen Taylor occupies Monterey Mexico
  • 25/09/1867 – Congress creates 1st all-black university, Howard U in Wash DC
  • 25/09/1919 – President Woodrow Wilson is paralyzed by a stroke
  • 25/09/1926 – Henry Ford announces 8 hour, 5-day work week
  • 25/09/1926 – Canadian govt of MacKenzie King forms
  • 25/09/1956 – 1st transatlantic telephone cable goes into operation (Scot-Canada)
  • 25/09/1957 – 300 US Army troops guard 9 black kids return to Central HS in Ark
  • 25/09/1981 – Sandra Day O’Connor sworn in as 1st female supreme court justice
  • 26/09/1789 – Jefferson appointed 1st Sec of State; John Jay 1st chief justice; Samuel Osgood 1st Postmaster and Edmund J Randolph 1st Attorney Genl
  • 26/09/1941 – Nazi’s slaughter about 34,000 Jews of Kiev
  • 27/09/0070 – Walls of upper city of Jerusalem battered down by Romans
  • 27/09/1777 – Battle of Germantown; Washington defeated by British [NS=Oct 6]; English General William Howe occupies Philadelphia
  • 27/09/1779 – John Adams negotiates Revolutionary War peace terms with Britain
  • 27/09/1787 – Constitution submitted to states for ratification
  • 27/09/1916 – 1st Native American Day celebrated, honoring American Indians
  • 27/09/1919 – Democratic National Committee voted to allow female members
  • 27/09/1940 – Nazi-Germany, Italy and Japan sign 10 year formal alliance (Axis)
  • 27/09/1954 – School integration begins in Wash DC and Baltimore Md public schools
  • 27/09/1964 – Warren Commission released, finds Lee Harvey Oswald acted alone in JFK Assasination
  • 27/09/1979 – Congress’ final approval to create Dept of Education
  • 28/09/1678 – “Pilgrim’s Progress” published
  • 28/09/1745 – Bonnie Prince Charlie becomes king of Scotland
  • 28/09/1928 – US acknowledge Chinese govt of Chiang Kai-shek
  • 29/09/1789 – 1st congress adjourns
  • 29/09/1789 – US War Dept established a regular army
  • 29/09/1906 – US intervenes in Cuba ousts dictator Estrada Palma
  • 29/09/1907 – Construction begins on Washington National Cathedral
  • 29/09/1943 – Eisenhower and Italian Marshal Pietro Badoglio sign an armistice
  • 29/09/1953 – US govt gives France $385 million for combat in Indo-China
  • 29/09/1962 – JFK authorized use of federal troops to integrate U of Mississippi
  • 30/09/1199 – Rambam (Maimonides) authorizes Samuel Ibn Tibbon to translate Guide of Perplexed from Arabic into Hebrew
  • 30/09/1452 – 1st book published, Johann Guttenberg’s Bible
  • 30/09/1777 – Congress, flees to York Pa, as British forces advance
  • 30/09/1787 – 1st US voyage around the world – Columbia leaves Boston
  • 30/09/1805 – Napoleons army draws into the Rhine
  • 30/09/1864 – Black Soldiers given Medal of Honor
  • 30/09/1946 – 22 Nazi leaders found guilty of war crimes at Nuremberg
  • 30/09/1953 – Earl Warren appointed Chief Justice of the Supreme Court
  • 30/09/1962 – James Meredith registers for classes at University of Mississippi; JFK routes 3,000 federal troops to Mississippi
IN THE NEWS:
REVIEWED AND FIRST CHAPTERS:
  • Thomas Fleming: Writes children’s history book – HNN Staff, 9-22-06
  • RON ROSENBAUM on Daniel Mendelsohn: Giving Death a Face THE LOST A Search for Six of Six Million NYT, 9-24-06
  • An Interview With Daniel Mendelsohn (From This Week’s Book Review Podcast) – NYT, 9-24-06
  • Daniel Mendelsohn: Recovering Lost Relatives From Holocaust Oblivion THE LOST A Search for Six of Six MillionNYT, 9-20-06
  • Sidney Blumenthal: Taking Aim HOW BUSH RULES Chronicles of a Radical Regime9-24-06
  • Sidney Blumenthal: HOW BUSH RULES Chronicles of a Radical Regime, First Chapter – 9-24-06
  • David Greenberg on Frank Rich: Spin Doctors A columnist accuses the Bush administration of replacing facts with public relations gambits THE GREATEST STORY EVER SOLD The Decline and Fall of Truth from 9/11 to KatrinaWa Po, 9-24-06
  • Garrett Epps: Professor reaches way back for engaging story of how we got our civil rights Democracy Reborn: The Fourteenth Amendment and the Fight for Equal Rights in Post-Civil War AmericaOregonLive.com, OR, 9-24-06
  • David Thomson: ‘Nicole Kidman’ Biography Gives Film Historian a Platform for Alternative Takes on Movies – HNN Huntingtonnews.net, 9-24-06
  • David Greenberg: The History of White House Doodles Spontaneous Art or Psychological Insight – ABC News, 9-22-06
  • Walter Berns: Democracy and the ConstitutionAmerican Enterprise Institute, 9-21-06
  • Thomas B. Edsall: The Republican Collapse May Not Be So Imminent BUILDING RED AMERICA The New Conservative Coalition and the Drive for Permanent Power - NYT, 9-12-06
OP-ED:
PROFILED:
INTERVIEWED:
FEATURE:
QUOTED:
SPOTTED AND EVENTS CALENDAR:
  • Sept. 25, 2006: Seth Bramson: Book captures Gables’ early history A South Florida historian and memorabilia collector will present his book on the history of Coral Gables at 6:30 p.m. Monday at Books & Books, 265 Aragon Ave – Miami Herald, FL, 9-24-06
  • Sept. 27, 2006: Daniel Blatman: Holocaust historian to discuss Nazi genocide, the lecture “Disintegration, Fear, and Massacre: Germany 1945,” will take place in the Martin Institute Auditorium on Wednesday, Sept. 27 at 7:30 p.m – Easton Journal, MA, 9-22-06
  • Sept. 29, 2006: Walter Berns: Burns along with syndicated columnist George Will and legal scholar Robert Bork, will discuss Democracy and the Constitution at AEI (1150–17th Street, NW, 12th floor, Washington, DC) from 10:00 to 11:30 a.m. – American Enterprise Institute, 9-21-06
  • Oct. 6, 2006: Colin A. Palmer: Will give the eighth annual Eric E. Williams Memorial Lecture at Florida International University’s University Park campus in West Miami-Dade as part of the African-New World Studies Program’s Distinguished Africana Scholars Lecture Series on Oct. 6 at 6:30 p.m. on “Eric Williams and the Continuing Challenges of a Diverse Caribbean” – Miami Herald, 9-24-06
  • Oct. 12, 2006: William J. Cooper, noted historian and author of “Jefferson Davis, American,” will deliver the 5th Annual Vaughn Lecture in the Humanities at Williams Baptist College, October 12, 2006, at 7:00 p.m. in the WBC Chapel – Williams Baptist College News, AR, 9-12-06
  • Feb. 23 to 25, 2007: John Gillingham: Camden Conference marks its 20th anniversary, Feb. 23 to 25, 2007, at the Camden Opera House – 8-15-06
  • October 2006: Geoffrey Blainey: To speak at a $250 a head dinner to raise funds for The Courier Community Fund at Craig’s Royal Hotel next month (Australia) – Ballarat Courier, Australia, 9-22-06
HONORED, AWARDED, AND APPOINTED:
ON TV:
  • History Channel coming in November 2006: Desperate Crossing: the Untold Story of the Mayflower -
  • History Channel: “Sharp Shooters,” Sunday, September 24, @ 8pm ET/PT
  • History Channel: “Lost Worlds : The First Christians,” Sunday, September 24, @ 10pm ET/PT
  • History Channel: “Special : The Kings: From Babylon to Baghdad,” Monday, September 25, @ 2pm ET/PT
  • History Channel: “Lost Worlds : The Pagans,” Monday, September 25, @ 9pm ET/PT
  • History Channel: “Digging For The Truth : The Vikings: Voyage to America.,” Monday, September 25, @ 10pm ET/PT
  • History Channel: “Modern Marvels : Guns of the Civil War,” Wednesday, September 27, @ 1pm ET/PT
  • History Channel: “Special : Eighty Acres of Hell,” Wednesday, September 27, @ 2pm ET/PT
  • History Channel: “Tales of the FBI : The Bureau vs. the Klan.,” Wednesday, September 27, @ 4pm ET/PT
  • History Channel: ” History’s Mysteries : Ghost Ships,” Wednesday, September 27, @ 5pm ET/PT
  • History Channel: “Violent Earth : Comets: Prophets of Doom,” Wednesday, September 27, @ 8pm ET/PT
  • History Channel: “Mega Disasters : Asteroid Apocalypse,” Wednesday, September 27, @ 9pm ET/PT
  • History Channel: “The Lost Evidence : D-Day: The Lost Evidence” Thursday, September 28, @ 2pm ET/PT
  • History Channel: ” History’s Mysteries : Nazi Ghost Train,” Thursday, September 28, @ 5pm ET/PT
  • History Channel: “Decoding The Past : The Templar Code: Crusade of Secrecy,” Thursday, September 28, @ 9pm ET/PT
  • History Channel: “Return of the Pirates,” Friday, September 29, @ 2pm ET/PT
  • History Channel: “Modern Marvels : Pirate Tech,” Friday, September 29, @ 4pm ET/PT
  • History Channel: “The Mexican-American War,” Friday, September 29, @ 8pm ET/PT
  • History Channel: “Horrors at Andersonville Prison: The Trial of Henry Wirz,” Friday, September 29, @ 10pm ET/PT
  • History Channel: “The Mexican-American War,” Saturday, September 30, @ 5pm ET/PT
  • History Channel: “Violent Earth” Marathon, Saturday, September 30,, @ 1-5pm ET/PT
  • PBS: American Experience “Eyes on the Prize”, 16 hour series on the civil rights movement, re-airing Oct. 2, Oct. 9, and Oct. 16 @ 9pm ET – PBS
SELLING BIG (NYT):
  • Thomas E. Ricks: FIASCO The American Military Adventure in Iraq, #7, (8 weeks on list) – 10-1-06
  • Nathaniel Philbrick: Mayflower, #28 – 10-1-06
FUTURE RELEASES:
  • Edward P. Crapol: John Tyler: The Accidental President, September 2006
  • Marion V. Creekmore: A Moment of Crisis: The Inside Story of Jimmy Carter in North Korea, September 2006
  • Charles W. Calhoun: Conceiving a New Republic: The Republican Party and the Southern Question, 1869-1900, September 2006
  • Greil Marcus: The Shape of Things to Come: Prophecy and the American Voice September 2006
  • Wilson D. Miscamble: From Roosevelt to Truman: Potsdam, Hiroshima, and the Cold War, September 2006
  • Eva Plach: Clash of Moral Nations: Cultural Politics in Pilsudski’s Poland, 1926-1935, September 2006
  • Ryan Sager: The Elephant in the Room: Libertarians, the Christian Right, and the Looming Battle for the Soul of the Republican Party, September 2006
  • James E. Wise: Women at War: Iraq, Afghanistan, and Other Conflicts, September 2006
  • Rodric Braithwaite: Moscow 1941: A City and Its People at War, September 26, 2006
  • Aleksandr Fursenko: Khrushchev’s Cold War: The Inside Story of an American Adversary, October 2006
  • Thomas Keneally: A Commonwealth of Thieves: The Improbable Birth of Australia, October 2006
  • Mark Puls: Samuel Adams: Father of the American Revolution, October 2006
  • Norman J. Goda: Tales from Spandau: Nazi Criminals and the Cold War, October 2006
  • Ronald J. Olive: Capturing Jonathan Pollard : How One of the Most Notorious Spies in American History Was Brought to Justice, October 2006
  • David Bodanis: Passionate Minds: The Great Love Affair of the Enlightenment, Featuring the Scientist Emilie du Chatelet, the Poet Voltaire, Swordfights, Bookburnings, Assorted Kings, Seditiou, October 3, 2006
  • Anthony Everitt: Augustus: The Life of Rome’s First Emperor, October 10, 2006
  • Paul Kengor: The Crusader: Ronald Reagan and the Fall of Communism, October 17, 2006
  • Graeme Fife: The Terror: The Shadow of the Guillotine: France 1792–1794, November 2006
  • Robert M. Collins: Transforming America: Politics and Culture During the Reagan Years, November 2006
  • Adam LeBor: “Complicity With Evil”: The United Nations in the Age of Modern Genocide, November 2006
DEPARTED:

Posted on Monday, September 25, 2006 at 12:20 PM

September 17, 2006

HNN STATS THIS WEEK:
BIGGEST STORIES:
THIS WEEK IN HISTORY:
  • 18/09/1502 – Christopher Columbus lands at Costa Rica on his 4th and last voyage
  • 18/09/1759 – Battle of Quebec ends, French surrender to British
  • 18/09/1793 – Pres Washington lays cornerstone of Capitol building
  • 18/09/1812 – Fire in Moscow destroys 90% of houses and 1,000 churchs
  • 18/09/1850 – Congress passes Fugitive Slave Law as part of Compromise of 1850
  • 18/09/1851 – NY Times starts publishing (2› a copy)
  • 18/09/1862 – General Read army pulls out of Antietam Creek Virginia
  • 18/09/1895 – Booker T Washington delivera “Atlanta Compromise” address
  • 18/09/1914 – Battle of Aisne ends with Germans beating French during WW I
  • 18/09/1945 – 1000 whites walk out of Gary Ind schools to protest integration
  • 18/09/1947 – National Security Act, passes
  • 18/09/1987 – US and Russia sign accord to remove mid range missiles
  • 19/09/1676 – Rebels under Nathaniel Bacon set Jamestown Va on fire
  • 19/09/1777 – Battle of Freeman’s Farm (Bemis Heights) or 1st Battle of Saratoga
  • 19/09/1796 – George Washington’s farewell address as president
  • 19/09/1863 – Battle of Chickamauga GA (near Chattanooga) begins; Union retreat
  • 19/09/1873 – Black Friday: Jay Cooke and Co fails, causing a securities panic
  • 19/09/1911 – Red Tuesday-20,000 protest for universal rights
  • 19/09/1941 – Nazi’s force German Jews, 6 and over to wear Jewish stars
  • 20/09/1530 – Luther advises protestant monarch compromise
  • 20/09/1664 – Maryland passes 1st anti-amalgamation law to stop intermarriage of English women and black men
  • 20/09/1797 – US frigate Constitution (Old Ironsides) launched in Boston
  • 20/09/1850 – Slave trade abolished in DC, but slavery allowed to continue
  • 20/09/1861 – Battle of Lexington, MI-captured by Union
  • 20/09/1863 – Battle of Shepardstown VA
  • 20/09/1863 – Civil War Battle of Chickamauga, near Chattanooga Tenn, ends
  • 20/09/1881 – Chester A Arthur sworn in as 21st president
  • 20/09/1961 – James Meredith refused access as a student in Mississippi
  • 20/09/1963 – JFK proposes a joint US-Soviet voyage to the moon
  • 20/09/1976 – Playboy releases Jimmy Carter’s interview that he lusts for women
  • 20/09/1990 – Saddam Hussein demands US networks broadcast his message
  • 21/09/1621 – King James of England gives Canada to Sir Alexander Sterling
  • 21/09/1745 – Battle at Preston Pans: Bonnie Prince Charles beats English army
  • 21/09/1776 – 5 days after British take NY – Great fire in NY
  • 21/09/1784 – Pennsylvania Packet and Daily Advertiser 1st success US daily newspaper
  • 21/09/1792 – Proposal by Collot D’Herbois, to abolish the monarchy in France – 1st French Republic forms
  • 21/09/1814 – “Star Spangled Banner” published as a poem
  • 21/09/1863 – Union forces retreat to Chattanooga after defeat at Chickamauga
  • 21/09/1897 – NY Sun runs famous “Yes, Virginia there is a Santa Claus,” editorial
  • 21/09/1922 – Pres Warren G Harding signs a joint resolution of approval to establish a Jewish homeland in Palestine
  • 21/09/1981 – Sandra Day O’Conner becomes 1st female Supreme Court Justice
  • 22/09/1692 – Last (8) person hanged for witchcraft in US (Salem Mass)
  • 22/09/1817 – John Quincy Adams becomes secretary of State
  • 22/09/1862 – President Lincoln, says he will free slaves in all states on Jan 1
  • 22/09/1893 – 1st auto built in US (by Duryea brothers) runs in Springfield
  • 22/09/1970 – Pres Nixon requests 1,000 new FBI agents for college campuses
  • 22/09/1973 – Henry Kissinger, sworn in as America’s 1st Jewish Secretary of State
  • 22/09/1975 – Sara Jane Moore tries to assassinate President Ford in SF Calif
  • 23/09/1642 – Harvard College in Cambridge, Mass, 1st commencement
  • 23/09/1780 – Brit Maj John Andr‚ reveals Benedict Arnold’s plot to betray West Pt
  • 23/09/1806 – Lewis and Clark return to St Louis from Pacific Northwest
  • 23/09/1862 – Lincoln’s Emancipation is published in Northern Newspapers
  • 23/09/1863 – Confederate siege of Chattanooga begins
  • 23/09/1941 – General de Gaulle forms govt in exile in London
  • 23/09/1949 – Truman announces evidence of USSR’s 1st nuclear device detonation
  • 23/09/1952 – Richard Nixon makes his “Checker’s” speech
  • 23/09/1957 – White mob forces 9 black students who had entered a Little Rock high school in Arkansas to withdraw
  • 23/09/1976 – Ford-Carter TV debate
  • 23/09/1979 – Jane Fonda and 200,000 attend anti-nuke rally in Battery Park, NYC
  • 23/09/1979 – Jane Fonda and 200,000 attend anti-nuke rally in Battery Park, NYC
  • 24/09/1789 – President George Washington appointed John Jay the 1st Chief Justice
  • 24/09/1789 – Federal Judiciary Act is passed and creates a six-person Supreme Court
  • 24/09/1789 – Congress creates Post Office
  • 24/09/1845 – 1st baseball team is organized
  • 24/09/1862 – Confederate Congress adopts confederacy seal
  • 24/09/1890 – Pres of Mormon Church in Salt Lake City issues a manifesto advising members that teaching and practice of polygamy should be abandoned
  • 24/09/1950 – “Operation Magic Carpet”-All Jews from Yemen move to Israel
  • 24/09/1957 – Eisenhower orders US troops to desegregate Little Rock schools
  • 24/09/1976 – Newspaper heiress Patricia Hearst sentenced to 7 years for her part in a 1974 bank robbery. Released after 22 months by Pres Carter
IN THE NEWS:
REVIEWED AND FIRST CHAPTERS:
  • Frank Rich: Theater of War THE GREATEST STORY EVER SOLD The Decline and Fall of Truth From 9/11 to KatrinaNYT, 9-17-06
  • An Interview With Frank Rich – NYT, 9-17-06
  • Fritz Stern: The Persistence of Memory A great historian offers a memoir about a life marked by the shadow of Nazism – FIVE GERMANYS I HAVE KNOWNWa Po, 9-17-06
  • Randall Woods: Sympathetic look at Johnson includes flaws LBJ: Architect of American AmbitionCleveland Plain Dealer, OH, 9-17-06
OP-ED:
PROFILED:
INTERVIEWED:
FEATURE:
QUOTED:
  • Edward Luck on “World leaders face a U.N. overloaded with crises”: “It is a very subtle, very deep, very divisive issue. I don’t think anyone is going to come away as the great savior of the Middle East. We are just not at that point.” – Reuters AlertNet, UK, 9-17-06
  • Kevin Starr on Thomas Starr King “California diminishes its shining Starr”: “Is he suddenly chopped liver? When you’re building up a frontier commonwealth, deeply ethical public and religious figures are extremely important, and from that point of view he enlarged the definition of what it means to be a Californian. He helped transform California from a frontier to a province.” – Toledo Blade, OH, 9-17-06
SPOTTED AND EVENTS CALENDAR:
  • Howard Lamar: Will discuss his new book “Charlie Siringo’s West: An Interpretive Biography” at 6 p.m. Monday at St. Francis Auditorium in the New Mexico Museum of Fine Arts – Santa Fe New Mexican, NM, 9-17-06
  • Kathleen Neils Conzen: Will deliver the 22nd annual O. Truman Driggs Distinguished Lecture at the University of Minnesota, Morris on “Why They Fought: Immigrant Colonists and Minnesota’s Civil War,” at 7:30 p.m. Tuesday, Sept. 19, in Humanities Fine Arts Recital Hall – UMM News, Sports & Events, Minnesota, 9-8-06
  • Howard Segal: Will present a talk about his book, “Recasting the Machine Age: Henry Ford’s Village Industries,” at 4:30 p.m. Sept. 20 in Room 1030 of the College of Arts, Sciences and Letters Building on the University of Michigan-Dearborn campus – Detroit Free Press, 9-10-06
  • William J. Cooper, noted historian and author of “Jefferson Davis, American,” will deliver the 5th Annual Vaughn Lecture in the Humanities at Williams Baptist College, October 12, 2006, at 7:00 p.m. in the WBC Chapel – Williams Baptist College News, AR, 9-12-06
  • John Gillingham: Camden Conference marks its 20th anniversary, Feb. 23 to 25, 2007, at the Camden Opera House – 8-15-06
HONORED, AWARDED, AND APPOINTED:
ON TV:
  • History Channel coming in November 2006: Desperate Crossing: the Untold Story of the Mayflower -
  • C-Span2, BookTV: Book TV presents After Words: Joe Mathews, author of “The People’s Machine: Arnold Schwarzenegger and the Rise of Blockbuster Democracy” interviewed by Rachel Smolkin, managing editor for the American Journalism Review, Sunday, September 17 at 6:00 pm and at 9:00 pm- C-Span2, BookTV
  • C-Span2, BookTV: B Book TV presents Simon Schama Rough Crossings: Britain, the Slaves and the American Revolution, Sunday, September 17 at 7:00 pm – C-Span2, BookTV
  • C-Span2, BookTV: Book TV presents W. Joseph Campbell, The Year That Defined American Journalism: 1897 and the Clash of Paradigms, Sunday, September 17 at 10:00 pm – C-Span2, BookTV
  • History Channel: ” The Revolution : 02 – Rebellion to Revolution,” Sunday, September 17, @ 10pm ET/PT
  • History Channel: ” Lost Worlds : Braveheart’s Scotland,” Sunday, September 18, @ 11pm ET/PT
  • History Channel: “American Vesuvius,” Monday, September 18, @ 2pm ET/PT
  • History Channel: “Lost Worlds : The First Christians,” Monday, September 18, @ 9pm ET/PT
  • History Channel: “Digging For The Truth : The Da Vinci Code: Bloodlines,” Monday, September 18, @ 10pm ET/PT
  • History Channel: “Violent Earth : Nature’s Fury: New England’s Killer Hurricane,” Tuesday, September 19, @ 2pm ET/PT
  • History Channel: ” Mega Disasters : California’s Katrina,” Tuesday, September 19, @ 10pm ET/PT
  • History Channel: “Days That Shook The World : War of the Worlds and the Hitler Diaries,” Tuesday, September 19, @ 5pm ET/PT
  • History Channel: “The True Story of Black Hawk Down,” Wednesday, September 20, @ 2pm ET/PT
  • History Channel: “Days That Shook The World : The War to End All Wars.,” Wednesday, September 20, @ 5pm ET/PT
  • History Channel: “Digging For The Truth,” Marathon Thursday, September 21, @ 8am-7pm ET/PT
  • History Channel: “Where Did It Come From? : Ancient Egypt: Iconic Structures.,” Thursday, September 21, @ 8pm ET/PT
  • History Channel: “Behind the Mask of Zorro,” Friday, September 21, @ 2pm ET/PT
  • History Channel: ” Weird U.S. : Rebels and Traitors,” Friday, September 22, @ 5pm ET/PT
  • History Channel: “Modern Marvels” Marathon, Saturday, September 23, @ 1-5pm ET/PT
SELLING BIG (NYT):
  • Thomas E. Ricks: FIASCO The American Military Adventure in Iraq, #5, (7 weeks on list) – 9-24-06
  • Nathaniel Philbrick: Mayflower, #11, (18 weeks on list) – 9-24-06
  • Ron Suskind: THE ONE PERCENT DOCTRINE Deep Inside America’s Pursuit of Its Enemies Since 9/11, #28 – 9-24-06
FUTURE RELEASES:
  • Edward P. Crapol: John Tyler: The Accidental President, September 2006
  • Marion V. Creekmore: A Moment of Crisis: The Inside Story of Jimmy Carter in North Korea, September 2006
  • Charles W. Calhoun: Conceiving a New Republic: The Republican Party and the Southern Question, 1869-1900, September 2006
  • Greil Marcus: The Shape of Things to Come: Prophecy and the American Voice September 2006
  • Wilson D. Miscamble: From Roosevelt to Truman: Potsdam, Hiroshima, and the Cold War, September 2006
  • Eva Plach: Clash of Moral Nations: Cultural Politics in Pilsudski’s Poland, 1926-1935, September 2006
  • Ryan Sager: The Elephant in the Room: Libertarians, the Christian Right, and the Looming Battle for the Soul of the Republican Party, September 2006
  • James E. Wise: Women at War: Iraq, Afghanistan, and Other Conflicts, September 2006
  • Rodric Braithwaite: Moscow 1941: A City and Its People at War, September 26, 2006
  • Aleksandr Fursenko: Khrushchev’s Cold War: The Inside Story of an American Adversary, October 2006
  • Thomas Keneally: A Commonwealth of Thieves: The Improbable Birth of Australia, October 2006
  • Mark Puls: Samuel Adams: Father of the American Revolution, October 2006
  • Norman J. Goda: Tales from Spandau: Nazi Criminals and the Cold War, October 2006
  • Ronald J. Olive: Capturing Jonathan Pollard : How One of the Most Notorious Spies in American History Was Brought to Justice, October 2006
  • David Bodanis: Passionate Minds: The Great Love Affair of the Enlightenment, Featuring the Scientist Emilie du Chatelet, the Poet Voltaire, Swordfights, Bookburnings, Assorted Kings, Seditiou, October 3, 2006
  • Anthony Everitt: Augustus: The Life of Rome’s First Emperor, October 10, 2006
  • Paul Kengor: The Crusader: Ronald Reagan and the Fall of Communism, October 17, 2006
  • Graeme Fife: The Terror: The Shadow of the Guillotine: France 1792–1794, November 2006
  • Robert M. Collins: Transforming America: Politics and Culture During the Reagan Years, November 2006
  • Adam LeBor: “Complicity With Evil”: The United Nations in the Age of Modern Genocide, November 2006
DEPARTED:

Posted on Sunday, September 17, 2006 at 5:41 PM

September 11, 2006

HNN STATS THIS WEEK:
9/11 5TH ANNIVERSARY:
  • 11/09/2001 – Terrorists hijack two passenger planes crashing them into New York’s World Trade Towers causing the collapse of both and death of 2,752 people
  • 11/09/2001 – Terrorists hijack a passenger plane and crash it into the Pentagon causing the death of 125 people
  • 11/09/2001 – Attempt by passengers and crew of United Airlines Flight 93 to retake control of their hijacked plane from terrorists causes plane to crash in Pennsylvania field killing all 64 people onboard
  • History Teachers: Bringing 9/11 into classroom Today’s students lived it and are studying it – Chicago Tribune, 9-10-06
  • Peter Bergen, Jack Granatstein: What if 9/11 had not happened? – Toronto Star, 9-10-06
  • Ken Burns: Born on 9/11: Life at five In 2001, USA WEEKEND introduced six babies, symbols of hope born on that dark day. Today, we catch up with them as they turn 5 – USA Weekend, 9-10-06
  • 9/11 books follow different paths – Indianapolis Star, 9-9-06
  • Arthur Schlesinger: Joined the chorus of Democrat voices demanding ABC be stopped from airing their 9/11 mini-series – The Conservative Voice, 9-9-06
  • Joanne Meyerowitz, Thomas Bender, Stephen Thernstrom, Joyce Appleby, Jan Lewis: 9/11 Leaves Its Mark on History Classes – NYT, 9-6-06
  • Daniel Pipes: Improvising after 9/11 – American Daily, 9-6-06
  • John Spencer: 9/11 in the Classroom: A Valuable Teaching Moment – Newswise (press release), 9-7-06
KATRINA 1 YEAR LATER:
  • Leonard Moore, Edward Haas: Roundtable: New Orleans’ Race Relations – 9-1-06
  • Charles L. Sullivan: Historian tells the stories of Gulf Coast hurricanes – Biloxi Sun Herald, 8-26-06
THIS WEEK IN HISTORY:
  • 11/09/1557 – Catholic and Lutheran theology debated in Worm
  • 11/09/1649 – Massacre of Drogheda, Ireland, Oliver Cromwell kills 3,000 royalists
  • 11/09/1773 – Benjamin Franklin writes “There never was a good war or bad peace”
  • 11/09/1789 – Alexander Hamilton appointed 1st Secretary of Treasury
  • 11/09/1940 – Buckingham Palace in London destroyed by German bombs
  • 11/09/1943 – Jewish ghettos of Minsk and Lida Belorussia liquidated
  • 11/09/1944 – FDR and Churchill meet in Canada at 2nd Quebec Conference
  • 12/09/1695 – NY Jews petition governor Dongan for religious liberties
  • 12/09/1862 – Battle of Harpers Ferry VA
  • 12/09/1953 – Sen John F Kennedy, 36, marries Jacqueline Bouvier, 24
  • 12/09/1958 – US Supreme Court orders Little Rock Ark high school to integrate
  • 13/09/1556 – Charles V and Maria of Hungary march into Spain
  • 13/09/1663 – 1st serious slave conspiracy in colonial America (Virginia)
  • 13/09/1788 – NY City becomes 1st capital of US
  • 13/09/1847 – American-Mexican war: US Gen Winfield Scott captures Mexico City
  • 13/09/1861 – 1st naval battle of Civil War, Union frigate “Colorado” sinks privateer “Judah” off Pensacola, Fla
  • 13/09/1906 – 1st airplane flight in Europe
  • 13/09/1943 – Chiang Kai-shek became president of China
  • 13/09/1948 – Margaret Chase Smith (R-Me) elected senator, 1st woman to serve in both houses of Congress
  • 13/09/1953 – Nikita Khrushchev appointed 1st secretary-general of USSR
  • 13/09/1993 – Israeli min of Foreign affairs Peres and PLO-Abu Mazen sign peace accord
  • 14/09/1862 – Federal troops escape from beleaguered Harpers Ferry West Virginia
  • 14/09/1872 – Britain pays US $15« M for damages during Civil War
  • 14/09/1917 – Provisional government of Russia forms, Republic proclaimed
  • 14/09/1940 – Congress passes 1st peace-time conscription bill (draft law)
  • 14/09/1948 – Ground breaking ceremony for UN world headquarters
  • 14/09/1948 – Gerald Ford upsets Rep Bartel J Jonkman in Mich 5th Dist Rep primary
  • 14/09/1983 – US House of Representatives votes, 416 to 0, in favor of a resolution condemning Russia for shooting down a Korean jetliner
  • 15/09/1620 – Mayflower departs from Plymouth England with 102 pilgrims [OS May 8]
  • 15/09/1656 – England and France sign peace treaty
  • 15/09/1776 – British forces capture Kip’s Bay Manhattan during Revolution
  • 15/09/1862 – Confederates conquer Union-weapon arsenal at Harpers Ferry WV
  • 15/09/1914 – Battle of Aisne begins between Germans and French during WW I
  • 15/09/1923 – Gov Walton of Oklahoma declares state of siege because of KKK terror
  • 15/09/1935 – Nuremberg Laws deprives German Jews of citizenship and makes swastika official symbol of Nazi Germany
  • 15/09/1941 – Nazis kill 800 Jewish women at Shkudvil Lithuania
  • 15/09/1959 – Soviet Premier Khrushchev arrives in US to begin a 13-day visit
  • 15/09/1963 – 4 children killed in bombing of a black Baptist church in Birmingham
  • 15/09/1981 – US Senate Judiciary Committee unanimously approves Sandra Day O’Connor
  • 16/09/1630 – Mass village of Shawmut changes name to Boston
  • 16/09/1782 – Great Seal of US used for 1st time
  • 16/09/1848 – Slavery abolished in all French territories
  • 16/09/1908 – Carriage-maker, William Durant, founded General Motors Corp
  • 16/09/1940 – Luftwaffe attacks center of London
  • 16/09/1940 – FDR signs Selective Training and Service Act (1st peacetime draft)
  • 16/09/1941 – Jews of Vilna Poland confined to Ghetto
  • 16/09/1968 – Richard Nixon appears on “Laugh-in”
  • 16/09/1971 – 6 Klansmen arrested in connection with bombing of 10 school buses
  • 16/09/1974 – Pres Ford announces conditional amnesty for US, Vietnam War deserters
  • 17/09/1562 – Council of Trente takes ecclesiastical canon
  • 17/09/1691 – Colony Massachusetts Bay gets new charter
  • 17/09/1787 – US constitution adopted by Philadelphia convention
  • 17/09/1796 – Pres George Washington delivers his farewell address
  • 17/09/1850 – Great fire in San Francisco
  • 17/09/1862 – Battle of Sharpsburg (Antietam)-bloodiest day of Civil War, 23,110 die
  • 17/09/1900 – Commonwealth of Australia proclaimed
  • 17/09/1952 – “I am an American Day” and “Constitution Day” renamed “Citizenship Day”
  • 17/09/1986 – US Senate confirms William Rehnquist as 16th chief justice
IN THE NEWS:
REVIEWED AND FIRST CHAPTERS:
  • Sean Wilentz on Nicholas Lemann: A Less Perfect Union REDEMPTION The Last Battle of the Civil WarNYT, 9-10-06
  • Nicholas Lemann: REDEMPTION The Last Battle of the Civil War, First Chapter – NYT, 9-10-06
  • An Interview With Nicholas Lemann with Sam Tanenhaus, the editor of The New York Times Book Review. (MP3 format)
  • Flores A. Forbes: By Any Means Necessary WILL YOU DIE WITH ME? My Life and the Black Panther PartyNYT, 9-10-06
  • Flores A. Forbes: WILL YOU DIE WITH ME? My Life and the Black Panther Party, First Chapter – NYT, 9-10-06
  • James Goodman on Jason Sokol: Across the Great Divide THERE GOES MY EVERYTHING White Southerners in the Age of Civil RightsNYT, 9-10-06
  • Nicholas Lemann: After the War Between the States, the South set out to rise again — by any means necessary REDEMPTION The Last Battle of the Civil WarWA Po, 9-10-06
  • Louis Fisher: Writes new book about state secrets – Secrecy News, written by Steven Aftergood, is published by the Federation of American Scientists, 9-5-06
  • Frank Argote-Freyre: Author relates life story of Cuban leader Batista – Holmdel Independent, NJ, 9-6-06
OP-ED:
  • Niall Ferguson: Did the U.S. overreact to Sept. 11? – Time, 9-3-06
  • David Rosner and Gerald Markowitz: 9/11: Katrina Started at Ground Zero – TomDispatch.com. 9-5-06
  • Juan Cole: Shiite vs. Shiite – HNN
PROFILED:
INTERVIEWED:
  • Michael Kazin: A History Both Global and Personal – NPR, 9-1-06
FEATURE:
QUOTED:
  • Juan Cole on “Was government in on Sept. 11? Internet helps to add fuel to belief by some that terrorists weren’t behind attacks”: “When you have irrational allegations being made, it raises the question of what is underlying that irrationality. It just seems to me that it’s a manifestation of extreme anxiety about the degree to which the U.S. government is not leveling with people.” – Detroit News, 9-9-06
  • Joyce Appleby on “9/11: Is there any more to say?”: “It was an attack on a whole range of values in America. Here were two buildings that represented modernity, success, power. Then you have those pictures. They’re going to be powerful for a long time.” – Christian Science Monitor, MA, 9-7-06
  • Leo Braudy on “ABC Stands By Its 9/11 Story — Almost”: “The 9/11 commission comes out with one narrative, which no one reads. Then movies take a piece of it — there’s ‘United 93′ and ‘World Trade Center.’ The Bush administration is pushing its own narrative of the meaning of 9/11 as justification for its policies. And now a miniseries comes into being that creates a narrative in a semi-documentary, fictionalized manner, which is very persuasive. Suddenly people who felt they know what really happened are being preempted by this fiction. Naturally they are going to be upset about it. Narrative creates closure.” – calendarlive.com, CA, 9-9-06
  • Roy Rosenzweig on “Google opens up 200 years of news “: “As a scholar and historian I want as much information as possible, accessible to as many people as possible at the least cost, and the extent to which Google is doing that is compelling.” – Trade Arabia, Bahrain, 9-6-06
SPOTTED AND EVENTS CALENDAR:
  • James Oliver Horton will present the 27th Annual R. Gerald McMurtry Lecture “Naturally Anti-Slavery: Lincoln, Race and the Complexity of American Liberty, at 7:30 p.m., Sept. 16 at the Lincoln Museum – Frost Illustrated, IN, 9-5-06
  • Kathleen Neils Conzen: Will deliver the 22nd annual O. Truman Driggs Distinguished Lecture at the University of Minnesota, Morris on “Why They Fought: Immigrant Colonists and Minnesota’s Civil War,” at 7:30 p.m. Tuesday, Sept. 19, in Humanities Fine Arts Recital Hall – UMM News, Sports & Events, Minnesota, 9-8-06
  • Howard Segal: Will present a talk about his book, “Recasting the Machine Age: Henry Ford’s Village Industries,” at 4:30 p.m. Sept. 20 in Room 1030 of the College of Arts, Sciences and Letters Building on the University of Michigan-Dearborn campus – Detroit Free Press, 9-10-06
  • R. David Edmunds and Brian Hosmer: Will speak during the 10th annual Susan B. Horton Cone Family Distinguished Lecture entitled “35 Years of American Indian History” Wednesday, Sept. 13, from 5-7 p.m. in the College of Agriculture auditorium at the University of Wyoming – University of Wyoming News, WY, 9-8-06
HONORED, AWARDED, AND APPOINTED:
ON TV:
  • History Channel coming in November 2006: Desperate Crossing: the Untold Story of the Mayflower -
  • C-Span2, BookTV: Book TV presents David Brion Davis Inhuman Bondage: The Rise and Fall of Slavery in the New World, Sunday, September 10 at 4:00 pm – C-Span2, BookTV
  • C-Span2, BookTV: Book TV presents After Words: Lawrence Wright, author of “The Looming Tower: Al-Qaeda and the Road to 9/11,” interviewed by James Zogby, Sunday, September 10 at 6:00 pm and at 9:00 pm – C-Span2, BookTV
  • C-Span2, BookTV: Book TV presents Brian Jenkins Unconquerable Nation: Knowing Our Enemy Strengthening Ourselves, Sunday, September 10 at 10:00 pm – C-Span2, BookTV
  • History Channel: “The 9/11 Hijackers: Inside the Hamburg Cell,” Sunday, September 10, @ 4pm ET/PT
  • History Channel: ” Zero Hour : The Last Hour of Flight 11,” Sunday, September 10, @ 5pm ET/PT
  • History Channel: “World War III? Beyond Lebanon,” Sunday, September 10, @ 6pm ET/PT
  • History Channel: “Grounded on 9/11,” Sunday, September 10, @ 7pm ET/PT
  • History Channel: “American Vesuvius,” Sunday, September 10, @ 8pm ET/PT
  • History Channel: “The Revolution : 01 – Boston, Bloody Boston,” Sunday, September 10, @ 10pm ET/PT
  • History Channel: “The World Trade Center: Rise and Fall of an American Icon,” Monday, September 11, @ 2pm ET/PT
  • History Channel: “The Day the Towers Fell,” Monday, September 11, @ 4pm ET/PT
  • History Channel: “The 9/11 Commission Report,” Monday, September 11, @ 5pm ET/PT
  • History Channel: ” The Man Who Predicted 9/11,” Monday, September 11, @ 7pm ET/PT
  • History Channel: “The Miracle of Stairway B,” Monday, September 11, @ 8pm ET/PT
  • History Channel: ” Lost Worlds : Braveheart’s Scotland,” Monday, September 11, @ 9pm ET/PT
  • History Channel: “Countdown to Ground Zero : Countdown to Ground Zero,” Monday, September 11, @ 11pm ET/PT
  • History Channel: “Where Did It Come From? : Ancient Rome: The Rise of Apartments,” Thursday, September 14, @ 8pm ET/PT
  • History Channel: “Special : The Real Tomb Hunters: Snakes, Curses, and Booby Traps.,” Friday, September 15, @ 2pm ET/PT
  • History Channel: “Lost Worlds” Marathon, Saturday, September 16, @ 1-5pm ET/PT
  • History Channel: “American Vesuvius,” Saturday, September 16, @ 5pm ET/PT
SELLING BIG (NYT):
  • Thomas E. Ricks: FIASCO The American Military Adventure in Iraq, #4, (6 weeks on list) – 9-17-06
  • Nathaniel Philbrick: Mayflower, #14, (17 weeks on list) – 9-17-06
  • Ron Suskind: THE ONE PERCENT DOCTRINE Deep Inside America’s Pursuit of Its Enemies Since 9/11, #31 – 9-17-06
  • Thomas H. Kean and Lee H. Hamilton: Without Precedent The Inside Story of the 9/11 Commission, #33 9-17-06
FUTURE RELEASES:
  • Edward P. Crapol: John Tyler: The Accidental President, September 2006
  • Marion V. Creekmore: A Moment of Crisis: The Inside Story of Jimmy Carter in North Korea, September 2006
  • Charles W. Calhoun: Conceiving a New Republic: The Republican Party and the Southern Question, 1869-1900, September 2006
  • Nicholas Lemann: Redemption: The Last Battle of the Civil War, September 2006
  • Greil Marcus: The Shape of Things to Come: Prophecy and the American Voice September 2006
  • Wilson D. Miscamble: From Roosevelt to Truman: Potsdam, Hiroshima, and the Cold War, September 2006
  • Eva Plach: Clash of Moral Nations: Cultural Politics in Pilsudski’s Poland, 1926-1935, September 2006
  • Ryan Sager: The Elephant in the Room: Libertarians, the Christian Right, and the Looming Battle for the Soul of the Republican Party, September 2006
  • James E. Wise: Women at War: Iraq, Afghanistan, and Other Conflicts, September 2006
  • Rodric Braithwaite: Moscow 1941: A City and Its People at War, September 26, 2006
  • Aleksandr Fursenko: Khrushchev’s Cold War: The Inside Story of an American Adversary, October 2006
  • Thomas Keneally: A Commonwealth of Thieves: The Improbable Birth of Australia, October 2006
  • Mark Puls: Samuel Adams: Father of the American Revolution, October 2006
  • Norman J. Goda: Tales from Spandau: Nazi Criminals and the Cold War, October 2006
  • Ronald J. Olive: Capturing Jonathan Pollard : How One of the Most Notorious Spies in American History Was Brought to Justice, October 2006
  • David Bodanis: Passionate Minds: The Great Love Affair of the Enlightenment, Featuring the Scientist Emilie du Chatelet, the Poet Voltaire, Swordfights, Bookburnings, Assorted Kings, Seditiou, October 3, 2006
  • Anthony Everitt: Augustus: The Life of Rome’s First Emperor, October 10, 2006
  • Paul Kengor: The Crusader: Ronald Reagan and the Fall of Communism, October 17, 2006
  • Graeme Fife: The Terror: The Shadow of the Guillotine: France 1792–1794, November 2006
  • Robert M. Collins: Transforming America: Politics and Culture During the Reagan Years, November 2006
  • Adam LeBor: “Complicity With Evil”: The United Nations in the Age of Modern Genocide, November 2006
DEPARTED:
  • John Munroe: One of Delaware’s best-known historians and a member of the UD faculty for more than 60 years, died Sept. 6. He was 92. – UDaily, DE, 9-7-06
  • Leonard W. Levy: Distinguished constitutional historian who won the Pulitzer Prize for History in 1969 and who taught at Brandeis University and the Claremont Graduate School, died on 24 August 2006 in Ashland, Oregon, at the age of 83 (H-OIEAHC)

Posted on Sunday, September 10, 2006 at 4:10 PM

History Buzz: August 2006

History Buzz

By Bonnie K. Goodman

Ms. Goodman is the Editor/Features Editor at HNN. She has a Masters in Library and Information Studies from McGill University, and has done graduate work in history at Concordia University.

August 20, 2006

HNN STATS THIS WEEK:
THIS WEEK IN HISTORY:
  • 21/08/1321 – 160 Jews of Chincon France, burned at stake
  • 21/08/1831 – Nat Turner slave revolt kills 55 (Southampton County, Virginia)
  • 21/08/1858 – 1st Lincoln-Douglas debate (Illinois)
  • 21/08/1863 – Raid at Lawrence KS by William Quantrill
  • 21/08/1864 – Battle of Summit Point, VA
  • 21/08/1945 – Pres Truman ends Lend-Lease program
  • 22/08/0565 – St Columba reported seeing monster in Loch Ness
  • 22/08/1138 – English defeated Scots at Cowton Moor Banners of various saints were carried into battle which led to being called Battle of the Standard
  • 22/08/1454 – Jews are expelled from Brunn Moravia by order of King Ladislaus
  • 22/08/1642 – Civil War in England began between Royalists and Parliament
  • 22/08/1654 – 1st Jewish immigrant to US, Jacob Barsimson arrives in New Amsterdam
  • 22/08/1762 – 1st female (Ann Franklin) US newspaper editor, Newport RI, Mercury
  • 22/08/1791 – Haitian Slave Revolution begins under voodoo priest Boukman
  • 22/08/1846 – US annexes New Mexico
  • 22/08/1902 – Pres Teddy Roosevelt became 1st US chief executive to ride in a car
  • 22/08/1945 – Vietnam conflict begins as Ho Chi Minh leads a successful coup
  • 22/08/1956 – Pres Eisenhower and VP Nixon renominated by Rep convention in SF
  • 22/08/1975 – Assassination attempt on president Gerald Ford
  • 23/08/1833 – Britain abolishes slavery in colonies; 700,000 slaves freed
  • 23/08/1850 – 1st national women’s rights convention convenes in Worcester Mass
  • 23/08/1866 – Treaty of Prague ends Austro-Prussian war
  • 23/08/1903 – 6th Zionist Congress, Theodor Herzl declares Jewish state
  • 23/08/1914 – Japan declares war on Germany in World War I
  • 23/08/1939 – Molotov-Ribbentrop pact: East Europe divided between Hitler and Stalin
  • 23/08/1942 – Battle of Stalingrad: 600 Luftwaffers bomb Stalingrad (40,000 die)
  • 23/08/1972 – Republican convention (Miami Beach, Fla) renominates VP Agnew but not unanimous-1 vote went to NBC newsman David Brinkley
  • 23/08/1978 – Iranian students occupies Iranian embassy at Wassenaar
  • 23/08/1990 – US begins call up of 46,000 reservists to the Persian Gulf
  • 24/08/0079 – Mt Vesuvius erupts, buries Pompeii and Herculaneum, 15,000 die
  • 24/08/0410 – Rome overrun by Visigoths, symbolized fall of Western Roman Empire
  • 24/08/1349 – Jews
  • 24/08/1349 – 6,000 Jews, blamed for the Plague, are killed in Mainz
  • 24/08/1891 – Thomas Edison patents motion picture camera
  • 24/08/1936 – FDR gives FBI authority to pursuit fascists and communists
  • 24/08/1949 – North Atlantic Treaty Organization (NATO) goes into effect
  • 24/08/1954 – Eisenhower signs Communist Control Act, outlawing the Communist Party, at height of McCarthyism
  • 24/08/1991 – Gorbachev resigns as head of USSR Communist Party
  • 25/08/1814 – British forces destroy Library of Congress, containing 3,000 books
  • 25/08/1862 – Secretary of War authorizes Gen Rufus Saxton to arm 5,000 slaves
  • 25/08/1864 – Petersburg Campaign-Battle of Ream’s Station
  • 25/08/1921 – US signs peace treaty with Germany
  • 25/08/1944 – Paris liberated from Nazi occupation (Freedom Tuesday)
  • 26/08/1629 – Cambridge Agreement, Mass Bay Co stockholders agree to emigrate
  • 26/08/1920 – 19th amendment passes-women’s suffrage granted
  • 26/08/1964 – LBJ nominated at Democratic convention in Atlantic City, NJ
  • 27/08/1667 – Earliest recorded hurricane in US (Jamestown Virginia)
  • 27/08/1928 – Kellogg-Briand Pact, where 60 nations agree to outlaw war
BIGGEST STORIES:
IN THE NEWS:
REVIEWED AND FIRST CHAPTERS:
  • Alan Brinkley on Randall B. Woods: The Making of a War President LBJ Architect of American AmbitionNYT, 8-20-06
  • Randall B. Woods: LBJ Architect of American Ambition, First Chapter – NYT, 8-20-06
  • Randall Woods: A rave for UA prof – Arkansas Times, 8-20-06
  • Jason Sokol: A young historian explores what the struggle for freedom meant for white neighbors of Southern blacks THERE GOES MY EVERYTHING White Southerners in the Age of Civil Rights, 945-1975Wa Po, 8-20-06
  • James Bowman: In Brief: Honor Bound Honor: A HistoryWa Po, 8-20-06
  • Douglas Brinkley, Jed Horne: Storm surge Three books recount how a hurricane called Katrina became a national disaster – The State, SC, 8-20-06
  • Sir Martin Gilbert on David G. Dalin: Hitler’s Pope? The Myth of Hitler’s Pope: How Pope Pius XII Rescued Jews From the NazisAmerican Spectator, 8-16-06
  • Paul Kennedy on the U.N.: It’s Imperfect, but Consider the Alternative – NYT, 8-16-06
OP-ED:
PROFILED:
INTERVIEWED:
FEATURE:
  • Douglas Brinkley, Charles Reagan Wilson, John Hope Franklin: Reflecting on lessons storm taught about race and poverty – AP, 8-19-06
  • Dale Walde: Archeologist re-writing accepted Plains Indian history – Star Phoenix, 8-16-06
  • Dan Snow: Culloden defeat should be celebrated, says historian – The Sunday Times, UK, 8-20-06
QUOTED:
  • John Hope Franklin “Reflecting on lessons storm taught about race and poverty”: “As far as race in America is concerned, Katrina was just another example of the failure of the people of the United States to come to terms with a centuries-old problem … and make a forthright effort to solve it. Thus, it ranks with the failure of our schools to serve the needs of blacks and whites alike. … It is a bed-mate with the disparities in housing, not only in New Orleans but across the nation.” – AP, 8-19-06
  • Jonathan Sarna on “Trends 101: The New Jewish Life on Campus”: “It’s much more common to see college students wearing yarmulkes, and outwardly displaying other Jewish symbols. Like other cultural groups, there’s been a coming out.” – Reform Judaism, NY, 8-17-06
SPOTTED AND EVENTS CALENDAR:
ON TV:
  • History Channel coming in November 2006: Desperate Crossing: the Untold Story of the Mayflower -
  • C-Span2, BookTV: Book TV presents After Words: Thomas Kean and Lee Hamilton, authors of “Without Precedent,” interviewed by Marvin Kalb, Sunday, August 20 at 6:00 pm and at 9:00 pm – C-Span2, BookTV
  • C-Span2, BookTV: Book TV presents Public Lives: Debby Applegate, The Most Famous Man in America: The Biography of Henry Ward Beecher, Monday, August 21 at 1:00 am – C-Span2, BookTV
  • C-Span2, BookTV: History on Book TV: Eric Burns, Infamous Scribblers: The Founding Fathers and the Rowdy Beginnings of American Journalism, Monday, August 13 at 3:50 pm – C-Span2, BookTV
  • History Channel: “The Revolution 12 – Road to the Presidency,” Sunday, August 20, @ 10pm ET/PT
  • History Channel: “The Miracle of Stairway B,” Sunday, August 20, @ 11pm ET/PT
  • History Channel: “Hitler and Stalin: Roots of Evil,” Monday, August 21, @ 5pm ET/PT
  • History Channel: “Lost Worlds Jesus’ Jerusalem,” Monday, August 21, @ 9pm ET/PT
  • History Channel: “Life and Death in Rome Capital of the World ,” Monday, August 21, @ 11pm ET/PT
  • History Channel: “Rommel,” Marathon Monday, August 21, @ 2-5pm ET/PT
  • History Channel: “The Egyptian Book of the Dead,” Tuesday, August 22, @ 8pm ET/PT
  • History Channel: “Strange Egypt, August 16, @ 9pm ET/PT
  • History Channel: “Life and Death in Rome Capital of the World,” Tuesday, August 22, @ 11pm ET/PT
  • History Channel: “Infamous Murders Political Assassinations,” Wednesday, August 16, @ 4pm ET/PT
  • History Channel: “The World Trade Center,” Wednesday, August 16, @ 8pm ET/PT
  • History Channel: “Life and Death in Rome Sex and the Imperial City,” Wednesday, August 23, @ 11pm ET/PT
  • History Channel: “The Exodus Decoded,” Thursday, August 24, @ 8pm ET/PT
  • History Channel: “Life and Death in Rome Gladiators and Slaves,” Thursday, August 24, @ 11pm ET/PT
  • History Channel: “Rome: Engineering an Empire,” Friday, August 25, @ 8pm ET/PT
  • History Channel: “Life and Death in Rome Chaos,” Friday, August 25, @ 10pm ET/PT
  • History Channel: “Life and Death in Rome Doom?,” Friday, August 25, @ 11pm ET/PT
  • History Channel: “Ottoman Empire: The War Machine,” Saturday, August 26, @ 8pm ET/PT
SELLING BIG (NYT):
  • Thomas E. Ricks: FIASCO The American Military Adventure in Iraq, #3, (3 weeks on list) – 8-27-06
  • Nathaniel Philbrick: Mayflower, #8, (14 weeks on list) – 8-27-06
  • Ron Suskind: THE ONE PERCENT DOCTRINE Deep Inside America’s Pursuit of Its Enemies Since 9/11, #12, (8 weeks on list) – 8-27-06
FUTURE RELEASES:
  • Mark Schleifstein: Path of Destruction: The Destruction of New Orleans and the Coming Age of Superstorms, August 2006
  • Judith Hicks Stiehm: Champions for Peace: Women Winners of the Nobel Peace Prize, August 2006
  • Mark Grotelueschen: AEF Way of War: The American Army and Combat in World War I, August 2006
  • John Botte: Aftermath: Unseen 9/11 Photos by a New York City Cop, August 22, 2006
  • Zahi A. Hawass: Mountains of the Pharaohs: The Untold Story of the Pyramid Builders, August 22, 2006
  • Robert Young Pelton: Licensed to Kill: Hired Guns in the War on Terror, August 29, 2006
  • Edward P. Crapol: John Tyler: The Accidental President, September 2006
  • Marion V. Creekmore: A Moment of Crisis: The Inside Story of Jimmy Carter in North Korea, September 2006
  • Charles W. Calhoun: Conceiving a New Republic: The Republican Party and the Southern Question, 1869-1900, September 2006
  • Nicholas Lemann: Redemption: The Last Battle of the Civil War, September 2006
  • Greil Marcus: The Shape of Things to Come: Prophecy and the American Voice September 2006
  • Wilson D. Miscamble: From Roosevelt to Truman: Potsdam, Hiroshima, and the Cold War, September 2006
  • Eva Plach: Clash of Moral Nations: Cultural Politics in Pilsudski’s Poland, 1926-1935, September 2006
  • Ryan Sager: The Elephant in the Room: Libertarians, the Christian Right, and the Looming Battle for the Soul of the Republican Party, September 2006
  • James E. Wise: Women at War: Iraq, Afghanistan, and Other Conflicts, September 2006
  • Rodric Braithwaite: Moscow 1941: A City and Its People at War, September 26, 2006
  • Aleksandr Fursenko: Khrushchev’s Cold War: The Inside Story of an American Adversary, October 2006
  • Thomas Keneally: A Commonwealth of Thieves: The Improbable Birth of Australia, October 2006
  • Mark Puls: Samuel Adams: Father of the American Revolution, October 2006
  • Norman J. Goda: Tales from Spandau: Nazi Criminals and the Cold War, October 2006
  • Ronald J. Olive: Capturing Jonathan Pollard : How One of the Most Notorious Spies in American History Was Brought to Justice, October 2006
  • David Bodanis: Passionate Minds: The Great Love Affair of the Enlightenment, Featuring the Scientist Emilie du Chatelet, the Poet Voltaire, Swordfights, Bookburnings, Assorted Kings, Seditiou, October 3, 2006
  • Gil Troy: Hillary Rodham Clinton: Polarizing First Lady, October 4, 2006
  • Anthony Everitt: Augustus: The Life of Rome’s First Emperor, October 10, 2006
  • Paul Kengor: The Crusader: Ronald Reagan and the Fall of Communism, October 17, 2006
  • Graeme Fife: The Terror: The Shadow of the Guillotine: France 1792–1794, November 2006
  • Robert M. Collins: Transforming America: Politics and Culture During the Reagan Years, November 2006
  • Adam LeBor: “Complicity With Evil”: The United Nations in the Age of Modern Genocide, November 2006
DEPARTED:

Posted on Sunday, August 20, 2006 at 6:23 PM

August 14, 2006

HNN STATS THIS WEEK:
THIS WEEK IN HISTORY:
  • 14/08/1457 – Oldest known exactly dated printed book “Mainz Psalter” (c 3 years after Gutenberg)
  • 14/08/1765 – Mass colonists challenge British rule by an Elm (Liberty Tree)
  • 14/08/1842 – Seminole War ends; Indians removed from Florida to Oklahoma
  • 14/08/1862 – Lincoln receives 1st group of blacks to confer with US president
  • 14/08/1900 – 2,000 marines land to capture Beijing, ending Boxer rebellion
  • 14/08/1912 – 2,500 US marines invade Nicaragua; US remains until 1925
  • 14/08/1937 – China declares war on Japan
  • 14/08/1942 – Dwight D Eisenhower named commander for invasion of North Africa
  • 14/08/1945 – V-J Day; Japan surrenders unconditionally to end WW II
  • 14/08/1973 – US ends secret bombing of Cambodia
  • 15/08/1534 – Ignatius of Loyola forms society of Jesus/Jesuits
  • 15/08/1620 – Mayflower sets sail from Southampton with 102 Pilgrims
  • 15/08/1824 – Freed American slaves forms country of Liberia
  • 15/08/1867 – 2nd Reform Bill extends suffrage in England
  • 15/08/1870 – Transcontinental Railway actually completed in Colorado
  • 15/08/1944 – Operation Dragoon: Allied troops land in Provence
  • 15/08/1944 – Operation Anvil: Allies land on French Mediterranean sea coast
  • 15/08/1960 – UFO is sighted by 3 California patrolmen
  • 15/08/1969 – Woodstock Music and Art Fair opens in NY State (Max Yasgur’s Dairy Farm)
  • 16/08/1777 – Americans defeat British in Battle of Bennington, Vt
  • 16/08/1858 – Britain’s Queen Victoria telegraphs President James Buchanan
  • 16/08/1861 – Pres Lincoln prohibits Union states from trading with Confederacy
  • 16/08/1863 – Emancipation Proclamation signed
  • 16/08/1961 – Martin L. King, Jr. protests for black voting right in Miami
  • 16/08/1969 – Woodstock rock festival begins in NY
  • 17/08/1590 – John White returns to Roanoke, VA and found no trace of colonist’s he had left there 3 yrs earlier [or Aug 18, 1591]
  • 17/08/1808 – Napoleon asks King Louis for Holland brigade towards Spain
  • 17/08/1862 – Confederate troops under Kirby Smith enter Kentucky
  • 17/08/1870 – Mrs Esther Morris becomes 1st woman magistrate (South Pass, Wyoming)
  • 17/08/1903 – Joe Pulitzer donated $1 million to Columbia U and begins Pulitzer Prizes
  • 17/08/1915 – Mob lynches Jewish businessman Leo Frank in Cobb County, Ga after death sentence for murder of 13-year-old girl commuted to life
  • 17/08/1948 – Alger Hiss denies ever being a Communist agent
  • 17/08/1961 – Building of Berlin Wall begins
  • 17/08/1969 – -18] Hurricane Camille, kills 256 in Miss and Louisiana
  • 17/08/1988 – Republicans nominate George Bush for president
  • 18/08/1564 – Spanish King Philip II joins Council of Trente
  • 18/08/1864 – Petersburg Campaign-Battle of Weldon Railroad day 1 of 3 days
  • 18/08/1914 – Pres Wilson issues “Proclamation of Neutrality”
  • 18/08/1920 – Tennessee ratifies 19th Amendment, guarantees women voting right
  • 18/08/1958 – TV game show scandal investigation starts
  • 19/08/1561 – Mary Queen of Scots arrives in Leith Scotland to assume throne after spending 13 years in France
  • 19/08/1692 – 5 women executed for witchcraft in Salem Mass
  • 19/08/1698 – Russian czar Peter the Great begins term
  • 19/08/1849 – NY Herald reports gold discovery in California
  • 19/08/1934 – Hitler elected Fuhrer (95.7% of German voters)
  • 19/08/1942 – 1st American offensive in Pacific in WW2, Guadalcanal, Solomon Is
  • 19/08/1942 – 4,000 Canadian and British soldiers killed raiding Dieppe, France
  • 19/08/1955 – Hurricane Diane kills 200 and 1st billion $ damage storm (N.E. US)
  • 19/08/1958 – NAACP Youth Council begin sit-ins at Oklahoma City Lunch counters
  • 19/08/1960 – Sputnik 5 carries 2 dogs, 3 mice into orbit (later recovered alive)
  • 19/08/1965 – Auschwitz trials end with 6 life sentences
  • 19/08/1984 – Republican convention in Houston nominates Ronald Reagan for pres
  • 19/08/1988 – Iran-Iraq begin a cease-fire in their 8-year-old war (11 PM EDT)
  • 20/08/1619 – 1st Black slaves brought by Dutch to colony of Jamestown Virginia
  • 20/08/1781 – George Washington begins to move his troops south to fight Cornwallis
  • 20/08/1864 – 8th/last day of battle at Deep Bottom Run Va (about 3900 casualties)
  • 20/08/1865 – Pres Johnson proclaims an end to “insurrection” in Tx
  • 20/08/1866 – Pres Andrew Johnson formally declares Civil War over
  • 20/08/1896 – Dial telephone patented
  • 20/08/1910 – US supported opposition brings down Madriz in Nicaragua
  • 20/08/1918 – Britain opens offensive on Western front during WW I
  • 20/08/1974 – Pres Gerald Ford, assumes office after Richard Nixon’s resignation
BIGGEST STORIES:
  • Jabotinsky’s ghost Beyond the war in Lebanon lies the ultimate question of Israel’s coexistence with a Palestinian state. To confront it, Ehud Olmert knows he must break with the political tradition into which he was born – Boston Globe, 8-13-06
  • Michael Oren: “This may be the first war that Israel does not win” – LA Times, 8-13-06
  • Tom Segev on “Israeli left divided over Lebanon clashes”: “Amir Peretz is the real surprise of Israeli politics, and everybody believed him that he is a man of peace. Maybe he is, but he is too weak. He started the wide-scale operations against the Palestinians and he led the army to this war in Lebanon.” – Christian Science Monitor, 8-11-06
  • Michael B. Oren: Israel could lose the war but win the peace – WSJ, 8-8-06
  • Gershom Gorenberg on “Israeli Citizens Continue to Support Military Action”: “It’s dependent on the military campaign providing clear gains of the sort that he’s claiming, of leaving Hezbollah defanged or significantly weaker, of Israel making political strategic gains that will make this whole military operation worthwhile….. There’s also a serious chance that precisely because Olmert and Peretz were people known for their civilian background, that they felt that to legitimize themselves, they had to act very strong, and that inclined them to take the military suggestions without proper considerations of the long-term policy impact.” – NPR, 30-7-06
IN THE NEWS:
REVIEWED AND FIRST CHAPTERS:
  • Paul Kennedy: Bad Company THE PARLIAMENT OF MAN The Past, Present, and Future of the United NationsNYT, 8-13-06
  • Paul Kennedy: THE PARLIAMENT OF MAN The Past, Present, and Future of the United Nations, First Chapter – NYT, 8-13-06
  • Shaul Bakhash on Ali Gheissari and Vali Nasr: Reading Jefferson in Tehran One member of President Bush’s “axis of evil” has a surprising democratic heritage DEMOCRACY IN IRAN History and the Quest for LibertyWa Po, 8-13-06
  • Richard Labunski: You can thank James Madison The U.S. Constitution’s unlikely hero – Lexington Herald Leader, KY, 8-13-06
  • Douglas Brinkley: Katrina inspires varied works – News & Observer, NC, 8-11-06
  • James Sullivan: Jeans Now Need Their Own Specialist Scholars: Call It Jeanitics JEANS A Cultural History of an American IconNYT, 8-8-06
  • David S. Brown: Rave reviews for his bio of Hofstadter – Ralph Luker at HNN blog, Cliopatria (8-7-06)
  • Sheldon Rothblatt on William Clark: The Professor Comes of Age Academic Charisma and the Origins of the Research UniversityAmerican Scientist, 8-9-06
OP-ED:
PROFILED:
INTERVIEWED:
FEATURE:
QUOTED:
  • Mark Grimsley on “Atrocities are a fact of all wars, even ours It’s not just evil empires whose soldiers go amok”: “It’s difficult to get through to cadets, officers and (enlisted) men the importance of targeting only enemy combatants, taking prisoners and not just shooting anybody.”Some officers are very concerned about these things, and do a good job of training their men. Others are more slipshod about it.” – San Francisco Chronicle, 8-13-06
EVENTS CALENDAR:
HONORED, AWARDED, AND APPOINTED:
ON TV:
  • History Channel coming in November 2006: Desperate Crossing: the Untold Story of the Mayflower -
  • C-Span2, BookTV: Book TV presents After Words: Juan Williams, author of “Enough,” interviewed by Michael Eric Dyson, Sunday, August 13 at 9:00 pm – C-Span2, BookTV
  • C-Span2, BookTV: Book TV presents Bruce Knecht Hooked: Pirates, Poaching, and the Perfect Fish, Sunday, August 13 at 7:00 pm and Monday, August 14 at 12:00 am – C-Span2, BookTV
  • C-Span2, BookTV: Book TV presents Chad Millman The Detonators: The Secret Plot to Destroy America and an Epic Hunt for Justice, Sunday, August 13 at 8:00 pm – C-Span2, BookTV
  • History Channel: “Ku Klux Klan: A Secret History,” Sunday, August 13, @ 6pm ET/PT
  • History Channel: “Countdown to Ground Zero,” Sunday, August 13, @ 8pm ET/PT
  • History Channel: “The Revolution 11 – Becoming a Nation,” Sunday, August 13, @ 10pm ET/PT
  • History Channel: “Conspiracy? FDR and Pearl Harbor,” Monday, August 14, @ 5pm ET/PT
  • History Channel: “The Miracle of Stairway B,” Monday, August 14, @ 8pm ET/PT
  • History Channel: “Digging for the Truth City of the Gods,” Monday, August 14, @ 11pm ET/PT
  • History Channel: “The Three Wars of the Battleship Missouri,” Tuesday, August 14, @ 6pm ET/PT
  • History Channel: “The Man Who Predicted 9/11,” Tuesday, August 15, @ 8pm ET/PT
  • History Channel: “The Lincoln Assassination,” Wednesday, August 16, @ 2pm ET/PT
  • History Channel: “Infamous Murders Political Assassinations,” Wednesday, August 16, @ 4pm ET/PT
  • History Channel: “The World Trade Center,” Wednesday, August 16, @ 8pm ET/PT
  • History Channel: “Decoding The Past 666: The Sign of Evil,” Wednesday, August 16, @ 11pm ET/PT
  • History Channel: “Grounded on 9/11,” Thursday, August 17, @ 8pm ET/PT
  • History Channel: “History’s Mysteries Ghost Ships,” Thursday, August 17, @ 11pm ET/PT
  • History Channel: “Countdown to Ground Zero,” Friday, August 18, @ 8pm ET/PT
  • History Channel: “Decoding The Past The Bible Code: Predicting Armageddon,” Friday, August 18, @ 8pm ET/PT
  • History Channel: “Modern Marvels,” Marathon Saturday, August 19, @ 1-5pm ET/PT
  • History Channel: “The True Story of Black Hawk Down,” Saturday, August 12, @ 5pm ET/PT
SELLING BIG (NYT):
  • Thomas E. Ricks: FIASCO The American Military Adventure in Iraq, #1, (2 weeks on list) – 8-20-06
  • Ron Suskind: THE ONE PERCENT DOCTRINE Deep Inside America’s Pursuit of Its Enemies Since 9/11, #8, (7 weeks on list) – 8-20-06
  • Nathaniel Philbrick: Mayflower, #11, (13 weeks on list) – 8-20-06
FUTURE RELEASES:
  • Mark Schleifstein: Path of Destruction: The Destruction of New Orleans and the Coming Age of Superstorms, August 2006
  • Judith Hicks Stiehm: Champions for Peace: Women Winners of the Nobel Peace Prize, August 2006
  • Mark Grotelueschen: AEF Way of War: The American Army and Combat in World War I, August 2006
  • John Botte: Aftermath: Unseen 9/11 Photos by a New York City Cop, August 22, 2006
  • Zahi A. Hawass: Mountains of the Pharaohs: The Untold Story of the Pyramid Builders, August 22, 2006
  • Robert Young Pelton: Licensed to Kill: Hired Guns in the War on Terror, August 29, 2006
  • Edward P. Crapol: John Tyler: The Accidental President, September 2006
  • Marion V. Creekmore: A Moment of Crisis: The Inside Story of Jimmy Carter in North Korea, September 2006
  • Charles W. Calhoun: Conceiving a New Republic: The Republican Party and the Southern Question, 1869-1900, September 2006
  • Nicholas Lemann: Redemption: The Last Battle of the Civil War, September 2006
  • Greil Marcus: The Shape of Things to Come: Prophecy and the American Voice September 2006
  • Wilson D. Miscamble: From Roosevelt to Truman: Potsdam, Hiroshima, and the Cold War, September 2006
  • Eva Plach: Clash of Moral Nations: Cultural Politics in Pilsudski’s Poland, 1926-1935, September 2006
  • Ryan Sager: The Elephant in the Room: Libertarians, the Christian Right, and the Looming Battle for the Soul of the Republican Party, September 2006
  • James E. Wise: Women at War: Iraq, Afghanistan, and Other Conflicts, September 2006
  • Rodric Braithwaite: Moscow 1941: A City and Its People at War, September 26, 2006
  • Aleksandr Fursenko: Khrushchev’s Cold War: The Inside Story of an American Adversary, October 2006
  • Thomas Keneally: A Commonwealth of Thieves: The Improbable Birth of Australia, October 2006
  • Mark Puls: Samuel Adams: Father of the American Revolution, October 2006
  • Norman J. Goda: Tales from Spandau: Nazi Criminals and the Cold War, October 2006
  • Ronald J. Olive: Capturing Jonathan Pollard : How One of the Most Notorious Spies in American History Was Brought to Justice, October 2006
  • David Bodanis: Passionate Minds: The Great Love Affair of the Enlightenment, Featuring the Scientist Emilie du Chatelet, the Poet Voltaire, Swordfights, Bookburnings, Assorted Kings, Seditiou, October 3, 2006
  • Gil Troy: Hillary Rodham Clinton: Polarizing First Lady, October 4, 2006
  • Anthony Everitt: Augustus: The Life of Rome’s First Emperor, October 10, 2006
  • Paul Kengor: The Crusader: Ronald Reagan and the Fall of Communism, October 17, 2006
  • Graeme Fife: The Terror: The Shadow of the Guillotine: France 1792–1794, November 2006
  • Robert M. Collins: Transforming America: Politics and Culture During the Reagan Years, November 2006
  • Adam LeBor: “Complicity With Evil”: The United Nations in the Age of Modern Genocide, November 2006
DEPARTED:

Posted on Sunday, August 13, 2006 at 6:56 PM

August 7, 2006

HNN STATS THIS WEEK:
THIS WEEK IN HISTORY:
  • 07/08/1782 – George Washington creates Order of Purple Heart
  • 07/08/1934 – US Court of Appeals upheld lower court ruling striking down govt’s attempt to ban controversial James Joyce novel “Ulysses”
  • 07/08/1942 – 1st American offensive in Pacific in WW2, Guadalcanal, Solomon Is
  • 07/08/1964 – US Congress approves Gulf of Tonkin resolution
  • 07/08/1990 – Desert Shield begins – US deploys troops to Saudi Arabia
  • 08/08/1864 – Red Cross forms in Geneva
  • 08/08/1876 – Thomas Edison patents mimeograph
  • 08/08/1890 – Daughters of American Revolution organizes
  • 08/08/1945 – USSR establishes a communist government in North Korea
  • 08/08/1945 – US, USSR, England and France sign Treaty of London
  • 08/08/1945 – Pres Harry S Truman signs UN Charter
  • 08/08/1953 – US and South Korea initial a mutual security pact
  • 08/08/1968 – Republican convention in Miami Beach nominates Nixon for pres
  • 08/08/1973 – VP Spiro T Agnew says reports he took kickbacks are “damned lies” from govt contracts in Maryland. He vowed not to resign
  • 08/08/1974 – Pres Richard M Nixon announces he’ll resign his office 12PM Aug 9
  • 09/08/1638 – Jonas Bronck of Holland becomes 1st European settler in Bronx
  • 09/08/1842 – US-Canada border defined by Webster-Ashburton Treaty
  • 09/08/1655 – Lord Protector Cromwell divides England into 11 districts
  • 09/08/1673 – Dutch recapture NY from English; regained by English in 1674
  • 09/08/1790 – Columbia returns to Boston after 3 year journey, 1st ship to carry US flag around the world
  • 09/08/1842 – US-Canada border defined by Webster-Ashburton Treaty
  • 09/08/1848 – Barnburners (anti-slavery) party merges with Free Soil Party nominateing Martin Van Buren for president
  • 09/08/1941 – Winston Churchill reaches Newfoundland for 1st talk with FDR
  • 09/08/1974 – Richard Nixon resigns presidency, VP Gerald Ford becomes 38th pres
  • 10/08/0070 – “2nd Temple” of Jews is set aflame (approx)
  • 10/08/1497 – John Cabot tells King Henry VII of his trip to “Asia”
  • 10/08/1831 – Former slave Nat Turner leads uprising against slavery
  • 10/08/1846 – Congress charters “nation’s attic,” Smithsonian Institution
  • 10/08/1941 – FDR and Churchill’s 2nd meeting at Placentia Newfoundland
  • 11/08/1924 – US presidential candidates make 1st film for bio-scoop news
  • 11/08/1941 – FDR and PM Winston Churchill sign Atlantic Charter
  • 12/08/1676 – 1st war between American colonists and Indians ends in New England
  • 12/08/1867 – Pres A Johnson defies Congress suspending Sec of War Edwin Stanton
  • 12/08/1898 – Hawaii formally annexed to US
  • 12/08/1898 – Peace protocol ends Spanish-American War, signed
  • 12/08/1990 – Iraq President Saddam Hussein says he is ready to resolve Gulf crisis if Israel withdraws from occupied territories
  • 12/08/1994 – Stephen G Breyer, sworn in as Supreme Court Justice
  • 13/08/1608 – John Smith’s story of Jamestown’s 1st days submitted for publication
  • 13/08/1792 – Revolutionaries imprison French royals including Marie Antoinette
  • 13/08/1906 – Black soldiers raid Brownsville Texas
  • 13/08/1961 – Construction on Berlin Wall begins in East Germany (Dark day)
BIGGEST STORIES:
IN THE NEWS:
REVIEWED AND FIRST CHAPTERS:
  • David S. Brown: The Education of Richard Hofstadter RICHARD HOFSTADTER An Intellectual BiographyNYT, 8-6-03
  • David S. Brown: RICHARD HOFSTADTER An Intellectual Biography, First Chapter – NYT, 8-6-03
  • SAM TANENHAUS: Reading List Richard Hofstadter (with orignal NYT reviews) – NYT, 8-6-03
  • Lawrence Wright: The Plot Against America THE LOOMING TOWER Al-Qaeda and the Road to 9/11NYT, 8-6-06
  • Lawrence Wright: The Plot Against America THE LOOMING TOWER Al-Qaeda and the Road to 9/11, First Chapter – NYT, 8-6-06
  • Brooke A. Masters: The Contender New York’s wildly ambitious attorney general took on Wall Street corruption — and isn’t done yet SPOILING FOR A FIGHT The Rise of Eliot SpitzerWa Po, 8-6-06
  • R. Stephen Humphreys on Fouad Ajami: The Iraqi Predicament One of America’s foremost Arab intellectuals explores the souring of a war he supported The Iraqi Predicament One of America’s foremost Arab intellectuals explores the souring of a war he supported. Wa Po, 8-6-06
  • Joe Speakman: Honor Thy Father A Historian’s Account Of The CCC – Evening Bulletin, PA, 7-31-06
OP-ED:
PROFILED:
INTERVIEWED:
FEATURE:
QUOTED:
  • David M. Kennedy on “The competence candidate Can Mitt Romney make competence sell?”: “Obviously you don’t want someone who can’t balance his checkbook. But the people we remember as truly effective presidents, it’s not primarily for their administrative competency. There’s something else, a dimension X. Mere administrative competence is surely not sufficient, and it may not even be necessary.” – Boston Globe, 8-6-06
  • Michael Kazin on “The competence candidate Can Mitt Romney make competence sell?”: “When people are voting for governors, they are in a sense electing the CEO of their state,” someone whose job is to manage the government. There are a lot of very uncharismatic guys elected governor. Romney, isn’t one of them.” – Boston Globe, 8-6-06
  • Bruce Schulman on “The competence candidate Can Mitt Romney make competence sell?” “Those presidencies don’t work well when they are true to their campaign mottos. Partly what presidential leadership is about is convincing large bodies of people to move in a certain direction, and managerial-style leaders have a harder time doing that.” Schulman, author of a recent history of the 1970s, points to Jimmy Carter as a president plagued by a sort of “engineer-manager” mind-set. If you look at every problem individually and analyze it on the merits, that makes for a good professor, but it makes for lousy leadership.” – Boston Globe, 8-6-06
SPOTTED:
  • David M. Oshinsky: Makes President Bush’s Summer Reading List – KWTX, TX, 8-6-06
EVENTS CALENDAR:
  • James C. Klotter: The Clark County Public Library will host “Is Kentucky Southern?” – Kentucky.com, 8-2-06
HONORED:
ON TV:
  • History Channel coming in November 2006: Desperate Crossing: the Untold Story of the Mayflower -
  • C-Span2, BookTV: Book TV presents In Depth: Gary Gallagher, Sunday, August 6 at 12:00 pm and Monday, August 7 at 12:00 am – C-Span2, BookTV
  • C-Span2, BookTV: Book TV presents After Words: Tom Tancredo, author of “In Mortal Danger: The Battle for America’s Border and Security,” interviewed by Anne Mulkern, National Writer for The Denver Post, Sunday, August 6 at 6:00 pm and at 9:00 pm – C-Span2, BookTV
  • C-Span2, BookTV: Book TV presents Ann Coulter Godless: The Church of Liberalism, Sunday, August 6 at 7:00 pm – C-Span2, BookTV
  • History Channel: “The Revolution 10 – The End Game,” Sunday, August 6, @ 10pm ET/PT
  • History Channel: “Lost Worlds Athens-Ancient Supercity,” Sunday, August 6, @ 11pm ET/PT
  • History Channel: “America’s Lost Bombs: The True Story of Broken Arrows,” Monday, August 7, @ 2pm ET/PT
  • History Channel: “Digging for the Truth Lost Cities of the Amazon,” Monday, August 7, @ 10pm ET/PT
  • History Channel: “Declassified Castro – The Survivor,” Tuesday, August 8, @ 5pm ET/PT
  • History Channel: “Band of Brothers Currahee,” Tuesday, August 8, @ 8pm ET/PT
  • History Channel: “Band of Brothers Day of Days,” Tuesday, August 8, @ 9pm ET/PT
  • History Channel: “Band of Brothers Carentan,” Wednesday, August 9, @ 8pm ET/PT
  • History Channel: “Band of Brothers Replacements,” Wednesday, August 9, @ 8pm ET/PT
  • History Channel: “The Little Big Horn: The Untold Story,” Thursday, August 10, @ 2pm ET/PT
  • History Channel: “Band of Brothers Crossroads,” Thursday, August 10, @ 8pm ET/PT
  • History Channel: “Band of Brothers Bastogne,” Thursday, August 10, @ 8pm ET/PT
  • History Channel: “Band of Brothers The Breaking Point,” Friday, August 11, @ 8pm ET/PT
  • History Channel: “Band of Brothers The Patrol,” Friday, August 11, @ 8pm ET/PT
  • History Channel: “American Eats,” Marathon Saturday, August 11, @ 1-5pm ET/PT
  • History Channel: “Band of Brothers Why We Fight,” Saturday, August 12, @ 8pm ET/PT
  • History Channel: “Band of Brothers Points,” Saturday, August 12, @ 9pm ET/PT
  • History Channel: “Decoding The Past Mysteries of the Bermuda Triangle,” Saturday, August 12, @ 10pm ET/PT
SELLING BIG (NYT):
  • Thomas E. Ricks: FIASCO The American Military Adventure in Iraq, #1, (1 week on list) – 8-13-06
  • Ron Suskind: THE ONE PERCENT DOCTRINE Deep Inside America’s Pursuit of Its Enemies Since 9/11, #8, (6 weeks on list) – 8-13-06
  • Nathaniel Philbrick: Mayflower, #9, (12 weeks on list) – 8-13-06
  • James L. Swanson: Manhunt The 12-Day Chase for Lincoln’s Killer, #30 – 8-13-06
  • Douglas Brinkley: THE GREAT DELUGE Hurricane Katrina, New Orleans, and the Mississippi Gulf Coast, #35 – 8-13-06
FUTURE RELEASES:
  • Lawrence Wright: The Looming Tower: Al-Qaeda and the Road to 9/11, August 8, 2006
  • Mark Schleifstein: Path of Destruction: The Destruction of New Orleans and the Coming Age of Superstorms, August 2006
  • Judith Hicks Stiehm: Champions for Peace: Women Winners of the Nobel Peace Prize, August 2006
  • Mark Grotelueschen: AEF Way of War: The American Army and Combat in World War I, August 2006
  • Jim Powell: Bully Boy: The Truth about Theodore Roosevelt’s Legacy, August 8, 2006
  • John Botte: Aftermath: Unseen 9/11 Photos by a New York City Cop, August 22, 2006
  • Zahi A. Hawass: Mountains of the Pharaohs: The Untold Story of the Pyramid Builders, August 22, 2006
  • Robert Young Pelton: Licensed to Kill: Hired Guns in the War on Terror, August 29, 2006
  • Edward P. Crapol: John Tyler: The Accidental President, September 2006
  • Marion V. Creekmore: A Moment of Crisis: The Inside Story of Jimmy Carter in North Korea, September 2006
  • Charles W. Calhoun: Conceiving a New Republic: The Republican Party and the Southern Question, 1869-1900, September 2006
  • Nicholas Lemann: Redemption: The Last Battle of the Civil War, September 2006
  • Greil Marcus: The Shape of Things to Come: Prophecy and the American Voice September 2006
  • Wilson D. Miscamble: From Roosevelt to Truman: Potsdam, Hiroshima, and the Cold War, September 2006
  • Eva Plach: Clash of Moral Nations: Cultural Politics in Pilsudski’s Poland, 1926-1935, September 2006
  • Ryan Sager: The Elephant in the Room: Libertarians, the Christian Right, and the Looming Battle for the Soul of the Republican Party, September 2006
  • James E. Wise: Women at War: Iraq, Afghanistan, and Other Conflicts, September 2006
  • Rodric Braithwaite: Moscow 1941: A City and Its People at War, September 26, 2006
  • Aleksandr Fursenko: Khrushchev’s Cold War: The Inside Story of an American Adversary, October 2006
  • Thomas Keneally: A Commonwealth of Thieves: The Improbable Birth of Australia, October 2006
  • Mark Puls: Samuel Adams: Father of the American Revolution, October 2006
  • Norman J. Goda: Tales from Spandau: Nazi Criminals and the Cold War, October 2006
  • Ronald J. Olive: Capturing Jonathan Pollard : How One of the Most Notorious Spies in American History Was Brought to Justice, October 2006
  • David Bodanis: Passionate Minds: The Great Love Affair of the Enlightenment, Featuring the Scientist Emilie du Chatelet, the Poet Voltaire, Swordfights, Bookburnings, Assorted Kings, Seditiou, October 3, 2006
  • Anthony Everitt: Augustus: The Life of Rome’s First Emperor, October 10, 2006
  • Paul Kengor: The Crusader: Ronald Reagan and the Fall of Communism, October 17, 2006
  • Graeme Fife: The Terror: The Shadow of the Guillotine: France 1792–1794, November 2006
  • Robert M. Collins: Transforming America: Politics and Culture During the Reagan Years, November 2006
  • Adam LeBor: “Complicity With Evil”: The United Nations in the Age of Modern Genocide, November 2006
DEPARTED:

Posted on Sunday, August 6, 2006 at 7:34 PM

History Buzz: July 2006

History Buzz

By Bonnie K. Goodman

Ms. Goodman is the Editor/Features Editor at HNN. She has a Masters in Library and Information Studies from McGill University, and has done graduate work in history at Concordia University.

July 31, 2006

HNN STATS THIS WEEK:
THIS WEEK IN HISTORY:
  • 31/07/1620 – Pilgrim Fathers depart (through England) to America
  • 31/07/1777 – Marquis de Lafayette, 19, made major-general of Continental Army
  • 31/07/1864 – Ulysses S Grant is named General of Volunteers
  • 31/07/1914 – German Emperor Wilhelm II threatens war, orders Russia to demobilize
  • 01/08/1619 – 1st black Americans (20) land at Jamestown, Virginia
  • 01/08/1790 – 1st US census (population of 3,939,214; 697,624 are slaves)
  • 01/08/1794 – Whiskey Rebellion begins
  • 01/08/1834 – Slavery abolished through out the British Empire
  • 01/08/1855 – Castle Clinton in NYC opens as 1st US receiving station for immigrants
  • 01/08/1863 – Cavalry action near Brandy Station-End of Gettysburg Campaign
  • 01/08/1867 – Blacks vote for 1st time in a state election in South (Tenn
  • 01/08/1914 – Emperor Wilhelm II declares war on his nephew tsar Nicolas II (WW I)
  • 01/08/1944 – Uprising in Warsaw ghetto
  • 01/08/1982 – Heavy Israeli air bombardment on Beirut
  • 02/08/1492 – Jews are expelled from Spain by King Ferdinand and Queen Isabella
  • 02/08/1776 – Formal signing of Declaration of Independence
  • 02/08/1802 – Napoleon declared “Counsel for Life”
  • 02/08/1920 – Marcus Garvey presents his “Back To Africa” program in NYC
  • 02/08/1943 – Lt John F Kennedy’s PT-boat 109 sinks at Solomon islands
  • 02/08/1945 – Potsdam Conference ended, with Stalin, Truman and Churchill
  • 02/08/1965 – Morley Safer’s sends 1st Vietnam report indicating we are losing
  • 03/08/1676 – Nathaniel Bacon publishes “Declaration of People of Virginia”
  • 03/08/1923 – VP Calvin Coolidge becomes 30th president
  • 03/08/1948 – FDR advisor Alger Hiss accused to be a “communist”
  • 03/08/1990 – US announces commitment of Naval forces to Gulf regions
  • 04/08/1558 – 1st printing of Zohar (Jewish Kabbalah)
  • 04/08/1789 – French National Meeting ending feudal system
  • 04/08/1914 – US declares neutrality in WW I
  • 04/08/1914 – Germany declares war on Belgium; Britain declares war on Germany
  • 04/08/1964 – Civil rights workers Michael Schwerner, Andrew Goodman and James E Chaney, bodies discovered in an earthen Mississippi dam
  • 04/08/1977 – Pres Carter establishes Dept of Energy
  • 05/08/1391 – Jews are massacred in Toledo and Barcelona Spain
  • 05/08/1846 – Oregon country divided between US and Britain at 49th parallel
  • 05/08/1921 – Treaty of Berlin: US and Germany sign separate peace treaty
  • 05/08/1945 – Atom Bomb dropped on Hiroshima (Aug 6th in Japan)
  • 05/08/1963 – Britain, US and USSR sign nuclear test ban treaty
  • 05/08/1964 – US begins bombing North Vietnam
  • 05/08/1974 – Pres Nixon admits he withheld information about Watergate break-in
  • 05/08/1981 – Pres Regan fires 11,500 air traffic controllers who struck 2 days ago
  • 05/08/1986 – US Senate votes for SDI-project (Star Wars)
  • 06/08/1787 – Constitutional Convention in Phila begans debate
  • 06/08/1806 – Holy Roman Empire ends; it was neither holy, Roman, nor an empire
  • 06/08/1815 – US flotilla ends piracy by Algiers, Tunis and Tripoli
  • 06/08/1945 – Hiroshima Peace Day-atom bomb dropped on Hiroshima by “Enola Gay”
  • 06/08/1965 – LBJ signs Voting Rights Act, guaranteeing voting rights for blacks
  • 06/08/1990 – UN Security Council votes 13-0 (2 abstensions Cuba and Yemen) to place economic sanctions against Iraq
BIGGEST STORIES:
IN THE NEWS:
REVIEWED AND FIRST CHAPTERS:
  • Peter W. Galbraith and Fouad Ajami: Out of One, Many – NYT, 7-30-06
  • Peter W. Galbraith: THE END OF IRAQ How American Incompetence Created a War Without End, First Chapter – NYT, 7-30-06
  • Fouad Ajami: THE FOREIGNER’S GIFT The Americans, the Arabs, and the Iraqis in Iraq. First Chapter – NYT, 7-30-06
  • Thomas E. Ricks: The March of Folly A damning new book by a Post Pentagon reporter shows how Iraq fell into chaos FIASCO The American Military Adventure in IraqWashington Post, 7-30-06
  • Jed Horne: The Drowning A New Orleans newspaper editor chronicles the devastation of his hometown. BREACH OF FAITH Hurricane Katrina and the Near Death of a Great American CityWashington Post, 7-30-06
  • Douglas Brinkley, Jed Horne: REVIEW, Three Hurricane Katrina books Catastrophe in the Crescent City Writers view what went wrong from unique vantage points – Kansas City Star, 7-30-06
  • Randall Woods’ ‘LBJ: Architect of American Ambition’ – Austin American-Statesman, 7-30-06
  • Odd Lovoll: Book explores Norwegian pride in small town Minnesota – Grand Forks Herald, 7-29-06
  • Jonathan Wright: ‘Ambassadors’, Tracing the History of Diplomacy – NPR, 7-26-06
  • James Bowman: Importance of honor in the Middle East – John Tierney in the NYT, 7-25-06
  • Christopher Phelps: Back into “The Jungle” – Scott McLemee at HNN blog, Cliopatria, 7-23-06
OP-ED:
  • David Greenberg: Why the villain of The History Boys is the better teacher – Slate, 7-24-06
PROFILED:
INTERVIEWED:
FEATURE:
  • David Garrow: A shameful racist pattern along the Mason-Dixon Line – 7-29-06 Milwaukee Journal Sentinel, 7-29-06
QUOTED:
  • John Gomez on “85 years before Sept. 11, there was Black Tom Island”: “There was no question about Black Tom being an act of terror, and I believe the Germans were responsible . . . but the case has never truly been solved. I think the real answers are still in Germany.” – AP, 7-30-06
SPOTTED:
EVENTS CALENDAR:
ON TV:
  • History Channel coming in November 2006: Desperate Crossing: the Untold Story of the Mayflower -
  • C-Span2, BookTV: Book TV presents Anthony Arthur Radical Innocent: Upton Sinclair, Sunday, July 30 at 6:45 pm – C-Span2, BookTV
  • C-Span2, BookTV: Book TV presents After Words: Thomas Ricks, author of “Fiasco: The American Military Adventure in Iraq,” interviewed by Col. Jeffrey McCausland (US Army-retired), Sunday, July 30 at 5:50 pm and at 8:55 pm – C-Span2, BookTV
  • C-Span2, BookTV: Book TV presents Mark Danner The Secret Way to War: The Downing Street Memo and the Iraq War’s Buried History, Sunday, July 30 at 12:00 pm and at 11:00 pm and Monday, July 31 at 5:00 am – C-Span2, BookTV
  • C-Span2, BookTV: Book TV presents Ramesh Ponnuru with Eric Cohen The Party of Death: The Democrats, the Media, the Courts, and the Disregard for Human Life, Sunday, July 30 at 4:00 pm and Monday, July 31 at 6:30 am – C-Span2, BookTV
  • History Channel: “Mega Disasters San Francisco Earthquake: Part 1,” Sunday, July 30, @ 7pm ET/PT
  • History Channel: “The Antichrist Part 1,” Sunday, July 30, @ 8pm ET/PT
  • History Channel: “The Antichrist Zero Hour,” Sunday, July 30, @ 9pm ET/PT
  • History Channel: “The Revolution 09 – A Hornet’s Nest,” Sunday, July 30, @ 10pm ET/PT
  • History Channel: “Lost Worlds Ramses’ Egyptian Empire,” Sunday, July 30, @ 11pm ET/PT
  • History Channel: “Declassified The Taliban,” Tuesday, August 1, @ 5pm ET/PT
  • History Channel: “The Greensboro Massacre,” Wednesday, August 2, @ 4pm ET/PT
  • History Channel: “The Search for Atlantis,” Thursday, August 3, @ 2m ET/PT
  • History Channel: “Deep Sea Detectives Great Lakes Ghost Ship,” Thursday, August 3, @ 6pm ET/PT
  • History Channel: “Ancient Marvels Ancient Discoveries: Heron of Alexandria,” Thursday, August 3, @ 8pm ET/PT
  • History Channel: “Decoding The Past Mayan Doomsday Prophecy,” Thursday, August 3, @ 9pm ET/PT
  • History Channel: “History’s Mysteries Secret Brotherhood of Freemasons,” Friday, August 4, @ 5pm ET/PT
  • History Channel: “Lost Worlds,” Marathon Saturday, August 5, @ 12-3pm ET/PT
  • History Channel: “The Real Tomb Hunters: Snakes, Curses, and Booby Traps,” Saturday, August 5, @ 5pm ET/PT
SELLING BIG (NYT):
  • Ron Suskind: THE ONE PERCENT DOCTRINE Deep Inside America’s Pursuit of Its Enemies Since 9/11, #4, (5 weeks on list) – 8-6-06
  • Nathaniel Philbrick: Mayflower, #7, (11 weeks on list) – 8-6-06
  • James L. Swanson: Manhunt The 12-Day Chase for Lincoln’s Killer, #23 – 8-6-06
  • William J. Bennett: America: The Last Best Hope, Vol. I, #28 – 8-6-06
  • David Maraniss: Clemente: The Passion and Grace of Baseball’s Last Hero, #34 – 8-6-06
FUTURE RELEASES:
  • Juan Williams: Enough: The Phony Leaders, Dead-End Movements, and Culture of Failure That Are Undermining Black America–and What We Can Do about It, August 1, 2006
  • Lawrence Wright: The Looming Tower: Al-Qaeda and the Road to 9/11, August 8, 2006
  • Mark Schleifstein: Path of Destruction: The Destruction of New Orleans and the Coming Age of Superstorms, August 2006
  • Judith Hicks Stiehm: Champions for Peace: Women Winners of the Nobel Peace Prize, August 2006
  • Mark Grotelueschen: AEF Way of War: The American Army and Combat in World War I, August 2006
  • Jim Powell: Bully Boy: The Truth about Theodore Roosevelt’s Legacy, August 8, 2006
  • John Botte: Aftermath: Unseen 9/11 Photos by a New York City Cop, August 22, 2006
  • Zahi A. Hawass: Mountains of the Pharaohs: The Untold Story of the Pyramid Builders, August 22, 2006
  • Robert Young Pelton: Licensed to Kill: Hired Guns in the War on Terror, August 29, 2006
  • Edward P. Crapol: John Tyler: The Accidental President, September 2006
  • Marion V. Creekmore: A Moment of Crisis: The Inside Story of Jimmy Carter in North Korea, September 2006
  • Charles W. Calhoun: Conceiving a New Republic: The Republican Party and the Southern Question, 1869-1900, September 2006
  • Nicholas Lemann: Redemption: The Last Battle of the Civil War, September 2006
  • Greil Marcus: The Shape of Things to Come: Prophecy and the American Voice September 2006
  • Wilson D. Miscamble: From Roosevelt to Truman: Potsdam, Hiroshima, and the Cold War, September 2006
  • Eva Plach: Clash of Moral Nations: Cultural Politics in Pilsudski’s Poland, 1926-1935, September 2006
  • Ryan Sager: The Elephant in the Room: Libertarians, the Christian Right, and the Looming Battle for the Soul of the Republican Party, September 2006
  • James E. Wise: Women at War: Iraq, Afghanistan, and Other Conflicts, September 2006
  • Rodric Braithwaite: Moscow 1941: A City and Its People at War, September 26, 2006
  • Aleksandr Fursenko: Khrushchev’s Cold War: The Inside Story of an American Adversary, October 2006
  • Thomas Keneally: A Commonwealth of Thieves: The Improbable Birth of Australia, October 2006
  • Mark Puls: Samuel Adams: Father of the American Revolution, October 2006
  • Norman J. Goda: Tales from Spandau: Nazi Criminals and the Cold War, October 2006
  • Ronald J. Olive: Capturing Jonathan Pollard : How One of the Most Notorious Spies in American History Was Brought to Justice, October 2006
  • David Bodanis: Passionate Minds: The Great Love Affair of the Enlightenment, Featuring the Scientist Emilie du Chatelet, the Poet Voltaire, Swordfights, Bookburnings, Assorted Kings, Seditiou, October 3, 2006
  • Anthony Everitt: Augustus: The Life of Rome’s First Emperor, October 10, 2006
  • Paul Kengor: The Crusader: Ronald Reagan and the Fall of Communism, October 17, 2006
  • Graeme Fife: The Terror: The Shadow of the Guillotine: France 1792–1794, November 2006
  • Robert M. Collins: Transforming America: Politics and Culture During the Reagan Years, November 2006
  • Adam LeBor: “Complicity With Evil”: The United Nations in the Age of Modern Genocide, November 2006
HONORED:
  • Craig Symonds: Sea battle book earns prize for professor Retired Naval Academy educator’s work on ‘crucial engagements’ captures award – Baltimore Sun, 7-30-06
DEPARTED:

Posted on Sunday, July 30, 2006 at 7:30 PM

July 24, 2006

HNN STATS THIS WEEK:
THIS WEEK IN HISTORY:
  • 07-24-1534 – Jacques Cartier, lands in Canada, claims it for France
  • 07-24-1866 – Tennessee becomes 1st Confederate state readmitted to Union
  • 07-24-1929 – President Hoover proclaims Kellogg-Briand Pact which renounces war
  • 07-24-1937 – Alabama drops charges against 5 blacks accused of rape in Scottsboro
  • 07-24-1948 – Soviets blockades Berlin from west
  • 07-24-1959 – VP Nixon argues with Khrushchev, known as “Kitchen Debate”
  • 07-24-1974 – Supreme Court unanimously rules Nixon must turn over Watergate tapes
  • 07-25-1729 – North Carolina becomes a royal colony
  • 07-25-1799 – French-Egyptian forces under Napolean I beat Turks at Battle of Abukir
  • 07-25-1861 – Washington DC – Crittenden resolution is passed stating that the war is to be fought to preserve union and uphold the Constitution, not to alter slavery
  • 07-25-1866 – US Grant named 1st general of Army
  • 07-25-1952 – Puerto Rico becomes a self-governing US commonwealth
  • 07-25-1960 – US Republican convention nominates Nixon as presidential candidate
  • 07-25-1962 – House passes bill requiring equal pay for equal work regardless of sex
  • 07-25-1963 – US, Russia and England sign nuclear Test ban treaty
  • 07-25-1994 – Jordan and Israeli end 46 year state of war (Wash DC)
  • 07-26-1758 – British battle fleet under gen James Wolfe conquerors Louisbourg
  • 07-26-1775 – 1st Postmaster General: Benjamin Franklin of Pa takes office
  • 07-26-1945 – Winston Churchill resigns as Britain’s PM
  • 07-26-1945 – Declaration of Potsdam: US/Brit/China demands Japanese surrender
  • 07-26-1946 – President Truman orders desegregation of all US forces
  • 07-26-1953 – Fidel Castro begins rebellion, the “26th of July Movement,” against Fulgenico Batista’s regime
  • 07-26-1956 – Egypt seizes Suez Canal
  • 07-27-1809 – Battle at Talavera: British/Spanish army vs French army
  • 07-27-1816 – US troops destroy Ft Apalachicola, a Seminole fort, to punish Indians for harboring runaway slaves
  • 07-27-1861 – Union Gen George McClellan takes command from McDowell of Potamic Army
  • 07-27-1919 – Chicago race riot (15 whites and 23 blacks killed, 500 injured)
  • 07-27-1955 – Austria regains full independence after 4-power occupation
  • 07-27-1974 – House Judiciary Committee votes 27-11 recommends Nixon impeachment
  • 07-28-1864 – Battle of Atlanta GA (Ezra Church)
  • 07-28-1868 – 14th Amendment ratified, grants citizenship to ex-slaves
  • 07-28-1914 – World War I began when Austria-Hungary declares war on Serbia
  • 07-28-1915 – 10,000 blacks march on 5th Ave (NYC) protesting lynchings
  • 07-28-1965 – LBJ sends 50,000 more soldiers to Vietnam (total of 125,000)
  • 07-29-1588 – Attacking Spanish Armada defeated and scattered by English defenders
  • 07-29-1676 – Nathaniel Bacon declared a rebel for assembling frontiersmen to protect settlers from Indians
  • 07-29-1974 – 2nd impeachment vote against Nixon by House Judiciary Committee
  • 07-29-1975 – Ford became 1st US pres to visit Nazi concentration camp Auschwitz
  • 07-30-1619 – House of Burgesses Virginia forms, 1st elective US governing body
  • 07-30-1626 – Earthquake hits Naples; 10,000 die
  • 07-30-1839 – Slave rebels, take over slaver Amistad
  • 07-30-1863 – Pres Lincoln issues “eye-for-eye” order to shoot a rebel prisoner for every black prisoner shot
  • 07-30-1909 – Wright Brothers deliver 1st military plane to the army
  • 07-30-1956 – US motto “In God We Trust” authorized
  • 07-30-1965 – LBJ signs Medicare bill, which goes into effect in 1966
  • 07-30-1974 – House Judiciary Committee votes on 3rd and last charge of “high crimes and misdemeanors” to impeach President Nixon in the Watergate cover-up
BIGGEST STORIES:
IN THE NEWS:
REVIEWED AND FIRST CHAPTERS:
  • Jan T. Gross: Fear: Anti-Semitism in Poland After Auschwitz Postwar Pogromm – NYT, 7-23-06
  • Jan T. Gross: Fear: Anti-Semitism in Poland After Auschwitz, First Chapter – NYT, 7-23-06
  • Paul Kennedy: Last Best Hope? A bestselling historian pens a history of the United Nations THE PARLIAMENT OF MAN The Past, Present, and Future of the United NationsWashington Post, 7-23-06
  • John Lynch: The great liberator of S. America Masterly new biography of Bolívar is the first in English in half a century Simón Bolívar A LifeSan Francisco Chronicle, 7-23-06
  • Hugh Trevor-Roper: His published letters LETTERS FROM OXFORD: Hugh Trevor-Roper to Bernard BerensonChristopher Silvester in Times Online (UK), 7-16-06
OP-ED:
PROFILED:
INTERVIEWED:
  • Illan Pappe: Israeli Professor in Haifa Blasts “Reckless” Assault on Lebanon in Interview – Democracy Now, 7-20-06
FEATURE:
  • Timuel Black, Jr.: 40th anniversary of Chicago Freedom Movement explored at Washington cultural center – Chicago Defender, 7-21-06
  • Daniel J. Boorstin, Paul Boyer and Others: History repeats itself — in textbooks An ‘F’ to publishers, authors for originality NYT, 7-18-06
  • Ralph Luker: A short history of the Pledge of Allegiance – AP, 7-19-06
  • John Kaminski: Federalism 101 – The Conservative Voice, 7-21-06
QUOTED:
  • Julian Zelizer on Bush’s Record: One Veto, Many No’s: “President Bush has vetoed things without vetoing them. He’s kind of found alternative ways in which he can basically say no to Congress without publicly saying no, or publicly having the confrontation.” – NYT, 7-23-06
SPOTTED:
  • Gretchen Eick: Long-ignored early sit-ins recognized at civil rights convention – AP, 7-22-06
  • Patricia Limerick: Energy eclipses politics at forum – Durango Herald, 7-22-06
  • Larry Schweikart: Invited “with a few other historians” to a meeting with President Bush in the Oval Office on Aug. 3.
EVENTS CALENDER:
ON TV:
  • History Channel coming in November 2006: Desperate Crossing: the Untold Story of the Mayflower -
  • C-Span2, BookTV: Book TV presents After Words: Simon Schama, author of “Rough Crossings: Britain, the Slaves, and the American Revolution” interviewed by Edna Medford, Howard University history professor, Sunday, July 23 at 6:00 pm and at 9:00 pm – C-Span2, BookTV
  • C-Span2, BookTV: Book TV presents Ron Steinman Women in Vietnam: The Oral History, Sunday, July 23 at 5:00 pm – C-Span2, BookTV
  • History Channel: “True Caribbean Pirates,” Sunday, July 16, @ 6pm ET/PT
  • History Channel: “Return of the Pirates,” Sunday, July 16, @ 8pm ET/PT
  • History Channel: “The Revolution 08 – The War Heads South,” Sunday, July 23, @ 10pm ET/PT
  • History Channel: “Lost Worlds Knights Templar,” Sunday, July 16, @ 11pm ET/PT
  • History Channel: “Declassified Ayatollah Khomeini,” Monday, July 24, @ 5pm ET/PT
  • History Channel: “Lost Worlds Ramses’ Egyptian Empire,” Monday, July 24, @ 9pm ET/PT
  • History Channel: “Digging for the Truth Cleopatra: The Last Pharaoh,” Monday, July 24, @ 10pm ET/PT
  • History Channel: “Who Was the Real Boston Strangler?,” Tuesday, July 18, @ 4pm ET/PT
  • History Channel: “Mega Disasters San Francisco Earthquake: Part 1,” Tuesday, July 25, @ 9pm ET/PT
  • History Channel: “Days That Shook the World The OK Corral and the St. Valentine’s Day Massacre.,” Wednesday, July 26, @ 5pm ET/PT
  • History Channel: “Mega Movers,” Marathon Saturday, July 22, @ 12-3pm ET/PT
  • History Channel: “Nostradamus: 500 Years Later,” Saturday, July 29, @ 8pm ET/PT
  • History Channel: “Behind The Da Vinci Code,” Saturday, July 29, @ 10pm ET/PT
  • History Channel: “Mysteries of the Freemasons The Beginning,” Saturday, July 29, @ 11pm ET/PT
  • C-Span2, BookTV: Encore Booknotes: James Bradley, Flags of Our Fathers, Saturday, July 29 at 6:00 pm – C-Span2, BookTV
  • C-Span2, BookTV: Book TV presents After Words: Thomas Ricks, author of “Fiasco: The American Military Adventure in Iraq,” interviewed by Col. Jeffrey McCausland (US Army-retired), Saturday, July 29 at 9:00 pm and on Sunday, July 30 at 6:00 pm and on Sunday, July 30 at 9:00 pm – C-Span2, BookTV
SELLING BIG (NYT):
  • Ron Suskind: THE ONE PERCENT DOCTRINE Deep Inside America’s Pursuit of Its Enemies Since 9/11, #3, (4 weeks on list) – 7-30-06
  • Nathaniel Philbrick: Mayflower, #7, (10 weeks on list) – 7-30-06
  • James L. Swanson: Manhunt The 12-Day Chase for Lincoln’s Killer, #21 – 7-30-06
  • William J. Bennett: America: The Last Best Hope, Vol. I, #23 – 7-30-06
  • Douglas Brinkley: The Great Deluge, #26 – 7-30-06
  • David Maraniss: Clemente: The Passion and Grace of Baseball’s Last Hero, #33 – 7-30-06
FUTURE RELEASES:
  • Peter Wallsten: One Party Country: The Republican Plan for Dominance in the 21st Century, July 2006
  • Mark A. Graber: Dred Scott and the Problem of Constitutional Evil, July 2006
  • David B. Magleby, editor: Dancing Without Partners: How Candidates, Parties, and Interest Groups Interact in the Presidential Campaign, July 2006
  • Wayne Curtis: And a Bottle of Rum: A History of the New World in Ten Cocktails, July 25, 2006
  • Thomas E. Ricks: Fiasco: The American Military Adventure in Iraq, July 25, 2006
  • Nigel Bagnall: Peloponnesian War: Athens, Sparta and the Struggle for Greece, July 25, 2006
  • Juan Williams: Enough: The Phony Leaders, Dead-End Movements, and Culture of Failure That Are Undermining Black America–and What We Can Do about It, August 1, 2006
  • Lawrence Wright: The Looming Tower: Al-Qaeda and the Road to 9/11, August 8, 2006
  • Mark Schleifstein: Path of Destruction: The Destruction of New Orleans and the Coming Age of Superstorms, August 2006
  • Judith Hicks Stiehm: Champions for Peace: Women Winners of the Nobel Peace Prize, August 2006
  • Mark Grotelueschen: AEF Way of War: The American Army and Combat in World War I, August 2006
  • Jim Powell: Bully Boy: The Truth about Theodore Roosevelt’s Legacy, August 8, 2006
  • John Botte: Aftermath: Unseen 9/11 Photos by a New York City Cop, August 22, 2006
  • Zahi A. Hawass: Mountains of the Pharaohs: The Untold Story of the Pyramid Builders, August 22, 2006
  • Robert Young Pelton: Licensed to Kill: Hired Guns in the War on Terror, August 29, 2006
  • Edward P. Crapol: John Tyler: The Accidental President, September 2006
  • Marion V. Creekmore: A Moment of Crisis: The Inside Story of Jimmy Carter in North Korea, September 2006
  • Charles W. Calhoun: Conceiving a New Republic: The Republican Party and the Southern Question, 1869-1900, September 2006
  • Nicholas Lemann: Redemption: The Last Battle of the Civil War, September 2006
  • Greil Marcus: The Shape of Things to Come: Prophecy and the American Voice September 2006
  • Wilson D. Miscamble: From Roosevelt to Truman: Potsdam, Hiroshima, and the Cold War, September 2006
  • Eva Plach: Clash of Moral Nations: Cultural Politics in Pilsudski’s Poland, 1926-1935, September 2006
  • Ryan Sager: The Elephant in the Room: Libertarians, the Christian Right, and the Looming Battle for the Soul of the Republican Party, September 2006
  • James E. Wise: Women at War: Iraq, Afghanistan, and Other Conflicts, September 2006
  • Rodric Braithwaite: Moscow 1941: A City and Its People at War, September 26, 2006
APPOINTED:
  • Joshua Micah Marshall: Blogger with history background becomes Time columnist – HNN, 7-20-06
  • Daryl Black: Assumes Duties As History Museum Curator at the Chattanooga Regional History Museum – The Chattanoogan, TN, 7-17-06
HONORED:
DEPARTED:

Posted on Sunday, July 23, 2006 at 6:45 PM

July 17. 2006

HNN STATS THIS WEEK:
THIS WEEK IN HISTORY:
  • 07-17-1821 – Spain cedes Florida to US
  • 07-17-1861 – Congress authorizes paper money
  • 07-17-1898 – Spanish American War-Spaniards surrender to US at Santiago Cuba
  • 07-17-1929 – USSR drops diplomatic relations with China
  • 07-17-1936 – Military uprising under Gen Franco/begins Spanish civil war
  • 07-17-1945 – Potsdam Conference (FDR, Stalin, Churchill) holds 1st meeting
  • 07-17-1980 – Ronald Reagan formally accepts Republican nomination for president
  • 07-17-1981 – Israeli bombers destroy PLO/al-Fatah headquarters in Beirut
  • 07-18-1768 – Boston Gazette publishes “Liberty Song,” America’s 1st patriotic song
  • 07-18-1853 – Completion of Grand Trunk Line, trains begin running over 1st North American railroad between Portland, Maine and Montreal
  • 07-18-1864 – President Lincoln asks for 500,000 volunteers for milt service
  • 07-18-1940 – Democratic Convention nominates FDR for a 3rd term
  • 07-18-1947 – President Truman signs Presidential Succession Act
  • 07-18-1947 – British seize “Exodus 1947″ ship of Jewish immigrants to Palestine
  • 07-18-1964 – Race riot in Harlem (NYC); riots spread to Bedford-Stuyvesant (Bkln)
  • 07-19-1866 – Tennessee is 1st to ratify 14th Amendment, guaranteeing civil rights
  • 07-19-1867 – Reconstruction enacted
  • 07-19-1941 – British PM Winston Churchill launched his “V for Victory” campaign
  • 07-20-1749 – Earl of Chesterfield says “Idleness is only refuge of weak minds”
  • 07-20-1861 – Confederate state’s congress began holding sessions in Richmond, Va
  • 07-20-1944 – Pres FDR nominated for an unprecedented 4th term at Democratic convention
  • 07-20-1949 – Israel’s 19 month war of independence ends
  • 07-20-1982 – Bombs planted by Irish Republican Army explode in 2 London parks
  • 07-21-1588 – English fleet defeats Spanish armada
  • 07-21-1669 – John Lockes Constitution of English colony Carolina approved
  • 07-21-1861 – 1st major battle of Civil War ends (Bull Run), Va-South wins
  • 07-21-1925 – Monkey Trial ends-John Scopes found guilty of teaching Darwinism
  • 07-21-1949 – Senate ratifies North Atlantic Treaty by a vote of 82-13 (NATO)
  • 07-21-1962 – 160 civil right activists jailed after demonstration in Albany Ga
  • 07-22-1587 – 2nd English colony forms on Roanoke Island off NC
  • 07-22-1775 – George Washington takes command of US troops
  • 07-22-1893 – Katharine Lee Bates writes “America the Beautiful,” in Colorado
  • 07-22-1937 – Senate rejects FDR proposal to enlarge Supreme Court
  • 07-22-1942 – Warsaw Ghetto Jews (300,000) are sent to Treblinka extermination Camp
  • 07-22-1943 – US forces led by Gen George Patton liberate Palermo Sicily
  • 07-22-1975 – House of Reps votes to restore citizenship to Gen Robert E Lee
  • 07-23-1664 – 4 British ships to drive Dutch out of NY, arrive in Boston
  • 07-23-1840 – Union Act passed by British Parliament, uniting Upper and Lower Canada
  • 07-23-1840 – Union Act passed by British Parliament, uniting Upper and Lower Canada
  • 07-23-1940 – “Blitz” all-night air raid by German bombers on London begins
  • 07-23-1959 – VP Richard Nixon begins visit on USSR
BIGGEST STORIES:
  • Michael Oren: Lebanon conflict a perilous gamble Israel-Hezbollah fight may draw in new combatants – Chicago Tribune, 7-16-06
IN THE NEWS:
REVIEWED AND FIRST CHAPTERS:
  • Michael Kazin on Debby Applegate: The Gospel of Love The Most Famous Man in AmericaNYT, 7-16-06
  • Debby Applegate: The Most Famous Man in America, First Chapter – NYT, 7-16-06
  • John Strausbaugh: The All-American Skin Game Americans’ racial obsessions, on page, stage and screen BLACK LIKE YOU Blackface, Whiteface, Insult & Imitation in American Popular CultureWashington post, 7-16-06
  • Rodney Bolt: Lorenzo’s Toil How the son of an impoverished leatherworker came to write Mozart’s libretti THE LIBRETTIST OF VENICE Washington post, 7-16-06
  • Douglas Brinkley, Jed Horne: Witnesses of Katrina Three books examine the wrath and the aftermath – Biloxi Sun Herald,, 7-16-06
  • Yosef Gorny: Which Jewish State? Converging Alternatives: The Bund and the Zionist Labor Movement, 1897-1985 - Forward, 7-14-06
  • Linda Colley: Empire as a Way of Life – The nation, 7-13-06
OP-ED:
  • Andrew Stephen: Georgetown’s Hidden History First, it was a slave port. Later, it was a thriving center of black life. Today, it’s a virtually all-white enclave. Why? – Washington Post, 7-16-06
  • Gil Troy: Israeli attacks followed months, even years, of provocation Jewish state deserves praise for its restraint not condemnation for its actions – The Montreal Gazette, 7-15-06
  • Sean Wilentz on Richard Hofstadter: His strong engagement in politics – the New Republic, 7-10-06
  • Daniel Pipes vs. Michael Massing – Daniel Pipes’s blog, 7-13-06
  • David N. Myers: The Middle East’s Symbolic Slugfest – LA Times, 7-14-06
PROFILED:
  • Fernando Arcas Cubero: HISTORIAN AND PROFESSOR OF HISTORY AT MALAGA UNIVERSITY – Sur, Spain, 7-16-06
  • Kevin Krause: Suburbia a rich source of scholarship for Princeton historian – 7-10-06
  • George Hofmann: Award-winning historian releases fourth book – Community Press, 7-12-06
INTERVIEWED:
FEATURE:
QUOTED:
  • Don Ritchie, an associate historian for the U.S. Senate on Deborah Pryce May Pay a Price for Her Role as a House Republican Leader: “It’s the problem you have as a party leader: The nation is watching you, and contributions are flowing to your opponent from people who don’t like you and want to remove you. It can be an extra burden rather than an extra glory.” – Bllomberg, 7-13-06
  • Michael Dugan on Mike Huckabee contemplating a run for the Republican presidential nomination: “The advantage of Huckabee was that he did not come from northwest Arkansas. The regionalization of the party could be its undoing once Huckabee and Rockefeller are no longer on the scene. The Republican Party from northwest Arkansas may be singing to its Taliban choir up there, but it’s not going to carry extensively around the state.” – Arkansas News, 7-16-06
SPOTTED:
EVENTS CALENDER:
ON TV:
  • History Channel coming in November 2006: Desperate Crossing: the Untold Story of the Mayflower -
  • C-Span2, BookTV: Book TV presents Colby Buzzell and Yasmine El-Shamayleh On the Ground in Iraq, Sunday, July 16 at 10:00 pm – C-Span2, BookTV
  • History Channel: “True Caribbean Pirates,” Sunday, July 16, @ 6pm ET/PT
  • History Channel: “Return of the Pirates,” Sunday, July 16, @ 8pm ET/PT
  • History Channel: “The Revolution 07 – Treason & Betrayal,” Sunday, July , @ 10pm ET/PT
  • History Channel: “Lost Worlds Knights Templar,” Sunday, July 16, @ 11pm ET/PT
  • History Channel: “Lost Worlds Atlantis,” Monday, July 17, @ 9pm ET/PT
  • History Channel: “Deep Sea Detectives Loch Ness: Great Monster Mystery,” Monday, July 17, @ 11pm ET/PT
  • History Channel: “Stalin: Man of Steel,” Tuesday, July 18, @ 3pm ET/PT
  • History Channel: “Mega Disasters Tornado Alley Twister,” Tuesday, July 18, @ 5pm ET/PT
  • Discovery Channel: “Decisions that Shook the World: LBJ and the Civil Rights Movement,” July 19, @ 8pm ET/PT
  • History Channel: “Alaska: Dangerous Territory,” Wednesday, July 19, @ 9pm ET/PT
  • History Channel: “Alaska: Big America,” Wednesday, July 19, @ 10pm ET/PT
  • History Channel: “Mega Disasters,” Marathon Saturday, July 22, @ 1-7pm ET/PT
SELLING BIG (NYT):
  • Ron Suskind: THE ONE PERCENT DOCTRINE Deep Inside America’s Pursuit of Its Enemies Since 9/11, #3, (3 weeks on list) – 7-23-06
  • Nathaniel Philbrick: Mayflower, #6, (7 weeks on list) – 7-23-06
  • Jon Meacham: American Gospel, #15, (3 weeks on list) – 7-23-06
  • James L. Swanson: Manhunt The 12-Day Chase for Lincoln’s Killer, #18 – 7-23-06
  • David Maraniss: Clemente: The Passion and Grace of Baseball’s Last Hero, #30 – 7-23-06
  • Mark Bowden: Guests of the Ayatollah, #31 – 7-23-06
  • William J. Bennett: America: The Last Best Hope, Vol. I, #35 – 7-23-06
FUTURE RELEASES:
  • Peter Wallsten: One Party Country: The Republican Plan for Dominance in the 21st Century, July 2006
  • Mark A. Graber: Dred Scott and the Problem of Constitutional Evil, July 2006
  • David B. Magleby, editor: Dancing Without Partners: How Candidates, Parties, and Interest Groups Interact in the Presidential Campaign, July 2006
  • Wayne Curtis: And a Bottle of Rum: A History of the New World in Ten Cocktails, July 25, 2006
  • Thomas E. Ricks: Fiasco: The American Military Adventure in Iraq, July 25, 2006
  • Nigel Bagnall: Peloponnesian War: Athens, Sparta and the Struggle for Greece, July 25, 2006
  • Juan Williams: Enough: The Phony Leaders, Dead-End Movements, and Culture of Failure That Are Undermining Black America–and What We Can Do about It, August 1, 2006
  • Lawrence Wright: The Looming Tower: Al-Qaeda and the Road to 9/11, August 8, 2006
  • Mark Schleifstein: Path of Destruction: The Destruction of New Orleans and the Coming Age of Superstorms, August 2006
  • Judith Hicks Stiehm: Champions for Peace: Women Winners of the Nobel Peace Prize, August 2006
  • Mark Grotelueschen: AEF Way of War: The American Army and Combat in World War I, August 2006
  • Jim Powell: Bully Boy: The Truth about Theodore Roosevelt’s Legacy, August 8, 2006
  • John Botte: Aftermath: Unseen 9/11 Photos by a New York City Cop, August 22, 2006
  • Zahi A. Hawass: Mountains of the Pharaohs: The Untold Story of the Pyramid Builders, August 22, 2006
  • Robert Young Pelton: Licensed to Kill: Hired Guns in the War on Terror, August 29, 2006
  • Edward P. Crapol: John Tyler: The Accidental President, September 2006
  • Marion V. Creekmore: A Moment of Crisis: The Inside Story of Jimmy Carter in North Korea, September 2006
  • Charles W. Calhoun: Conceiving a New Republic: The Republican Party and the Southern Question, 1869-1900, September 2006
  • Nicholas Lemann: Redemption: The Last Battle of the Civil War, September 2006
  • Greil Marcus: The Shape of Things to Come: Prophecy and the American Voice September 2006
  • Wilson D. Miscamble: From Roosevelt to Truman: Potsdam, Hiroshima, and the Cold War, September 2006
  • Eva Plach: Clash of Moral Nations: Cultural Politics in Pilsudski’s Poland, 1926-1935, September 2006
  • Ryan Sager: The Elephant in the Room: Libertarians, the Christian Right, and the Looming Battle for the Soul of the Republican Party, September 2006
  • James E. Wise: Women at War: Iraq, Afghanistan, and Other Conflicts, September 2006
  • Rodric Braithwaite: Moscow 1941: A City and Its People at War, September 26, 2006
APPOINTED:
HONORED:
DEPARTED:
  • Thomas Clark: History through historian’s memoirs Luncheon today will celebrate launch of late Thomas Clark’s last book – Kentucky.com, 7-14-06

Posted on Sunday, July 16, 2006 at 7:56 PM

July 10, 2006

HNN STATS THIS WEEK:
THIS WEEK IN HISTORY:
  • 07-10-1040 Lady Godiva rides naked on horseback to force her husband, the Earl of Mercia, to lower taxes
  • 07-10-1460 Wars of Roses: Richard of York defeats King Henry VI at Northampton
  • 07-10-1775 Horatio Gates, issues order excluding blacks from Continental Army
  • 07-10-1832 Andrew Jackson battles Biddle’s Bank of the United States
  • 07-10-1919 Pres Wilson personally delivers Treaty of Versailles to Senate
  • 07-10-1925 Jury selection took place in John T. Scopes evolution trial
  • 07-10-1940 Battle of Britain began as Nazi forces attacked by air (114 days)
  • 07-10-1943 Allies land on Sicily
  • 07-11-1656 First Quaker colonists land at Boston
  • 07-11-1864 Confederate forces led by Gen J Early begin invasion of Wash DC
  • 07-11-1804 Aaron Burr slays Alexander Hamiliton in duel
  • 07-11-1905 Niagara Movement founded by WEB Dubois
  • 07-11-1945 Soviets agree to hand over power in West Berlin
  • 07-11-1944 FDR says he would run for a 4th term
  • 07-11-1952 Gen Eisenhower nominated as Republican presidential candidate
  • 07-11-1974 House Judiciary Committee releases evidence on Watergate inquiry
  • 07-11-1977 Medal of Freedom awarded posthumously to Rev Martin Luther King Jr
  • 07-12-1290 Jews are expelled from England by order of King Edward I
  • 07-12-1812 US forces led by Gen Hull invade Canada (War of 1812)
  • 07-12-1862 Congress authorizes Medal of Honor
  • 07-12-1920 Panama Canal opens
  • 07-12-1944 US govt recognizes authority of General De Gaulle
  • 07-12-1957 US Surgeon Gen Leroy Burney connects smoking with lung cancer
  • 07-12-1966 Race riot in Chicago
  • 07-12-1967 Blacks in Newark, riot, 26 killed, 1500 injured and over 1000 arrested
  • 07-12-1974 John Ehrlichman convicted of violating Daniel Ellsberg’s rights
  • 07-12-1984 Geraldine Ferraro, NY becomes 1st woman major-party VP candidate
  • 07-13-1643 Battle at Roundway Down: Royalists beat parliamentary armies
  • 07-13-1787 Congress establishes Northwest Territory (excludes slavery)
  • 07-13-1863 Anti-draft mobs lynch blacks in NYC; about 1,000 die
  • 07-13-1930 Sarnoff reports in NY Times “TV would be a theater in every home”
  • 07-13-1943 Greatest tank battle in history ends with Russia’s defeat of Germany at Kursk, almost 6,000 tanks take part, 2,900 were lost by Germany
  • 07-13-1977 NYC experiences 25 hr black-out
  • 07-13-1985 “Live Aid” concert raises over $70 million for African famine relief
  • 07-14-1822 Slave revolt in SC under Denmark Vesey/Peter Poyas
  • 07-14-1845 Fire in NYC destroys 1,000 homes and kills many
  • 07-14-1945 Battleship USS South Dakota is 1st US ship to bombard Japan
  • 07-14-1946 Mass murder on Jews in Kielce Poland
  • 07-14-1976 Jimmy Carter wins Democratic pres nomination in NYC
  • 07-14-1987 Lt Col Oliver North concludes 6 days of Congressional testimony
  • 07-15-1099 1st Crusaders capture, plunder Jerusalem
  • 07-15-1662 England’s King Charles II charters Royal Society in London
  • 07-15-1815 Napoleon captured and surrendered and is later exiled on St Helena
  • 07-15-1830 3 Indian tribes, Sioux, Sauk and Fox, signs a treaty giving the US most of Minnesota, Iowa and Missouri
  • 07-15-1870 Hudson’s Bay and Northwest Territories transferred to Canada
  • 07-15-1948 Pres Truman nominated for another term (Phila)
  • 07-15-1958 Pres Eisenhower sends US troops to Lebanon; they stay 3 months
  • 07-15-1971 Pres Nixon announces he would visit People’s Rep of China
  • 07-15-1987 John Poindexter testifies at Iran-Contra hearings
  • 07-15-1991 US troops leave northern Iraq
  • 07-16-1429 Joan of Arc leads French army in Battle of Orleans
  • 07-16-1790 Congress establishes District of Columbia
  • 07-16-1861 Battle of Bull Run, the 1st major battle of the Civil War, is fought
  • 07-16-1945 1st atomic bomb detonated, Trinity Site, Alamogordo, New Mexico
  • 07-16-1969 Apollo 11, carrying 1st men to land on Moon, launched
  • 07-16-1980 Ronald Reagan nominated for Pres by Republicans in Detroit
BIGGEST STORIES:
IN THE NEWS:
REVIEWED AND FIRST CHAPTERS:
  • David Oshinsky on Douglas Brinkley and Jed Horne: Hurricane Katrina Books Hell and High Water – NYT, 7-9-06
  • Douglas Brinkley: The Great Deluge, First Chapter – NYT, 7-9-06
  • Debby Applegate: The Gospel of Love By the 1850s, an inspiring Brooklyn preacher was breaking new ground in celebrity and faith THE MOST FAMOUS MAN IN AMERICA The Biography of Henry Ward BeecherWashington Post, 7-9-06
  • Jeffrey Rosen: Majority Rules A scholar argues that the judiciary should hew toward mainstream opinions THE MOST DEMOCRATIC BRANCH How the Courts Serve AmericaWashington Post, 7-9-06
  • Geoffrey Hosking: Professor looks at the dilemma of Soviet Union RULERS AND VICTIMS: The Russians in the Soviet UnionCharleston Post Courier, 7-2-06
  • James Green: Haymarket historian Putting labor movement riot into context 120 years later Death in The Haymarket: A Story of Chicago, the First Labor Movement and the Bombing That Divided Gilded Age Americanwitimes.com, 7-5-06
OP-ED:
PROFILED:
  • Robert Skidelsky: Profiled as he leaves academia for big business – Guardian, 7-4-06
INTERVIEWED:
FEATURE:
QUOTED:
  • Gil Troy on Open Race Raises Names For Election 2008: “What makes 2008 so interesting is that we have a completely wide-open field in the age of totally democratized primaries….To have that kind of chaos on both sides is really quite destabilizing.” – AP, 7-5-06
EVENTS CALENDER:
  • July 11, 2006: The city of Negaunee will be holding its 27th annual Pioneer Days Russell Magnaghi presents “History of food origins in Marquette County” and John Anderton presents “Native Americans and the discovery of Iron Ore in Negaunee” at the Negaunee History Museum – Marquette Mining Journal, MI, 7-9-06
  • July 25, 2006: Richard Labunski speaking about his new book James Madison and the Struggle for the Bill of Rights @ Joseph-Beth Booksellers in Lexington at 7 p.m – UK News – Kentucky, 6-20-06
ON TV:
  • C-Span2, BookTV: Book TV presents David Oshinsky Polio: An American Story, Sunday, July 9 at 7:00 pm and Monday, July 10 at 5:00 am – C-Span2, BookTV
  • C-Span2, BookTV: Book TV presents Ronald Kessler Laura Bush: An Intimate Portrait of the First Lady, Monday, July 10 at 12:30 am – C-Span2, BookTV
  • History Channel: “True Caribbean Pirates,” Sunday, July 9, @ 8pm ET/PT
  • History Channel: “The Revolution Forging an Army,” Sunday, July 9, @ 10pm ET/PT
  • History Channel: “Modern Marvels Pirate Tech,” Sunday, July 9, @ 11pm ET/PT
  • History Channel: “Modern Marvels The Colosseum,” Monday, June 10, @ 1 and 7pm ET/PT
  • History Channel: “Lost Worlds Knights Templar,” Monday, June 10, @ 9pm ET/PT
  • History Channel: “Digging for the Truth The Da Vinci Code: Bloodlines,” Monday, June 10, @ 10pm ET/PT
  • History Channel: “Deep Sea Detectives Blackbeard’s Mystery Ship,” Monday, June 10, @ 11pm ET/PT
  • History Channel: “Digging for the Truth Hunt for the Lost Ark,” Wednesday, July 12, @ 12 and 6pm ET/PT
  • History Channel: “Weird U.S. History or Hoax?,” Wednesday, July 12, @ 5pm ET/PT
  • History Channel: “True Caribbean Pirates,” Wednesday, July 12, @ 9pm ET/PT
  • History Channel: “Shootout Hunt for Bin Laden,” Thursday, July 13, @ 2pm ET/PT
  • History Channel: “Ancient Discoveries Ancient Discoveries: Ancient Computer?,” Thursday, July 13, @ 8pm ET/PT
  • History Channel: “Tales of the FBI The Kansas City Massacre,” Friday, July 14, @ 4pm ET/PT
  • History Channel: “Illuminating Angels & Demons,” Friday, July 14, @ 6pm ET/PT
  • History Channel: “Decoding The Past,” Marathon Saturday, July 15, @ 1-5pm ET/PT
  • History Channel: “Modern Marvels Ben Franklin Tech,” Saturday, July 15, @ 7pm ET/PT
  • History Channel: “Decoding The Past Ten Commandments, Part 1,” Saturday, July 8, @ 6pm ET/PT
SELLING BIG (NYT):
  • Ron Suskind: THE ONE PERCENT DOCTRINE Deep Inside America’s Pursuit of Its Enemies Since 9/11, #3, (2 weeks on list) – 7-16-06
  • Nathaniel Philbrick: Mayflower, #7, (8 weeks on list) – 7-16-06
  • Mark Bowden: Guests of the Ayatollah, #18 – 7-16-06
  • James L. Swanson: Manhunt The 12-Day Chase for Lincoln’s Killer, #19 – 7-16-06
  • William J. Bennett: America: The Last Best Hope, Vol. I, #22 – 7-16-06
  • David Maraniss: Clemente: The Passion and Grace of Baseball’s Last Hero, #29 – 7-16-06
  • Douglas Brinkley: The Great Deluge, #33 – 7-16-06
FUTURE RELEASES:
  • Peter W. Galbraith: End of Iraq: How the United States Unintentionally Broke Up Iraq and Changed the Middle East, July 2006
  • Richard Labunski: James Madison and the Struggle for the Bill of Rights, July 2006
  • Peter Wallsten: One Party Country: The Republican Plan for Dominance in the 21st Century, July 2006
  • Jed Horne: Breach of Faith: Hurricane Katrina and the Near Death of a Great American City, July 11, 2006
  • Orhan Pamuk: Istanbul: Memories and the City, July 11, 2006
  • John Man: Attila: The Barbarian King Who Challenged Rome, July 11, 2006
  • Sally Denton: Faith and Betrayal: A Pioneer Woman’s Passage in the American West, July 11, 2006
  • John Dean: Conservatives Without Conscience, July 11, 2006
  • Thomas E. Ricks: Fiasco: The American Military Adventure in Iraq, July 25, 2006
  • Mark A. Graber: Dred Scott and the Problem of Constitutional Evil, July 2006
  • Ryan Sager: The Elephant in the Room: Libertarians, the Christian Right, and the Looming Battle for the Soul of the Republican Party, September 2006
  • Nicholas Lemann: Redemption: The Last Battle of the Civil War, September 2006
  • David Bodanis: Passionate Minds: The Great Love Affair of the Enlightenment, Featuring the Scientist Emilie du Chatelet, the Poet Voltaire, Swordfights, Bookburnings, Assorted Kings, Seditiou, October 3, 2006
APPOINTED:
  • Adam Goodheart: New director of the C.V. Starr Center for the Study of the American Experience – Press Release, 7-5-06
HONORED:
  • Francis C. Oakley: Received an Honorary Doctor of Laws degree from the University of Notre Dame – Berkshire Eagle, 7-9-06
DEPARTED:

Posted on Sunday, July 9, 2006 at 7:23 PM

July 3, 2006

HNN STATS THIS WEEK:
THIS WEEK IN HISTORY:
  • 07-03-1775 Washington assumes command
  • 07-03-1863 Pickett leads his infamous charge at Gettysburg
  • 07-03-1863 Lee defeated at Gettysburg
  • 07-04-1776 U.S. approves Declaration of Independence
  • 07-04-1826 Death of the founding fathers, John Adams and Thomas Jefferson
  • 07-04-1863 Surrender of Vicksburg
  • 07-04-1914 Griffith begins filming Birth of a Nation
  • 07-05-1865 Salvation Army founded
  • 07-05-1950 First U.S. fatality in the Korean War
  • 07-05-1959 U.S. visitors to Soviet exhibition in New York express their feelings
  • 07-06-1955 Diem says South Vietnam not bound by Geneva Agreements
  • 07-06-1967 Civil war in Nigeria
  • 07-07-1797 The impeachment of Senator Blount
  • 07-07-1863 Kit Carson’s campaign against the Indians
  • 07-07-1896 Democrats take on gold standard
  • 07-07-1981 Sandra Day O’Connor nominated to Supreme Court
  • 07-07-2005 Terrorists attack London transit system at rush hour
  • 07-08-1776 The Liberty Bell rings out from the tower of the Pennsylvania State House summoning citizens to the first public reading of the Declaration of Independence, by Colonel John Nixon
  • 07-08-1853 Commodore Perry sails into Tokyo Bay
  • 07-08-1950 MacArthur named Korean commander
  • 07-09-1846 U.S. takes San Francisco
  • 07-09-1850 President Taylor dies of cholera
  • 07-09-1960 Khrushchev and Eisenhower trade threats over Cuba
  • 07-09-1993 Romanov remains identified
BIGGEST STORIES:
  • Sean Wilentz: Worst President In History? Bush’s most dangerous legacy is the erosion of America’s vaunted traditions of civil rights and liberties – Reading Little India, 7-1-06
  • Timothy Naftali: The road from Guantanamo – Boston Globe, 6-30-06
  • Ward Churchill: Colorado chancellor “fire professor” – CNN, 6-26-06
IN THE NEWS:
REVIEWED AND FIRST CHAPTERS:
OP-ED:
  • Mary Beth Norton: History Under Construction in Florida – NYT, 7-2-06
  • Jane Mayer: The Hidden Power The legal mind behind the White House’s war on terror – New Yorker, 7-03-06
  • Theodore L. Gatchel: Democrats’ ‘metrics’ — Who decides that a war is lost? – Providence Journal, 7-2-06
PROFILED:
INTERVIEWED:
FEATURE:
  • RICHARD LACAYO: The 20th Century Express At home and abroad, Theodore Roosevelt was the locomotive President, the man who drew his flourishing nation into the future – Time, 07-3-06
  • Christopher Phelps: Sets the record straight about Upton Sinclair’s The Jungle – Scott McLemee in Inside Higher Ed, 6-28-06
QUOTED:
  • David Garrow on the Early Supreme Court Consensus Fades: “We’re almost certain to see next term an emphasis on those areas, namely abortion and race, where Kennedy is measurably more conservative than O’Connor in ways that likely will be utterly decisive.” – AP, 7-02-06
SPOTTED:
EVENTS CALENDER:
  • July 4, 2006: Historical Society of PA, the National Archives July 4th panel on Thomas Paine’s legacy Robins Bookstore
  • July 25, 2006: Richard Labunski speaking about his new book James Madison and the Struggle for the Bill of Rights @ Joseph-Beth Booksellers in Lexington at 7 p.m – UK News – Kentucky, 6-20-06
ON TV:
  • C-Span2, BookTV: Book TV presents In Depth: Joyce Appleby, Monday, July 3 at 12:00 am – C-Span2, BookTV
  • History Channel: “The Revolution Boston, Bloody Boston,” Sunday, July 2, @ 6pm ET/PT
  • History Channel: “The Revolution Rebellion to Revolution,” Sunday, July 2, @ 7pm ET/PT
  • History Channel: “The Revolution Declaring Independence,” Sunday, July 2, @ 8pm ET/PT
  • History Channel: “The Revolution American Crisis,” Sunday, July 2, @ 9pm ET/PT
  • History Channel: “The Revolution Path to World War,” Sunday, July 2, @ 10pm ET/PT
  • History Channel: “Deep Sea Detectives Great Lakes Ghost Ship,” Monday, June 3, @ 10pm ET/PT
  • History Channel: “The Revolution Boston, Bloody Boston,” Monday, July 3, @ 11pm ET/PT
  • History Channel: “Washington the Warrior,” Tuesday, July 4, @ 12 and 6pm ET/PT
  • History Channel: “The Revolution Rebellion to Revolution,” Tuesday, July 4, @ 11pm ET/PT
  • History Channel: “Modern Marvels Ben Franklin Tech.,” Wednesday, July 5, @ 9pm ET/PT
  • History Channel: “The Revolution Declaring Independence,” Wednesday, July 5, @ 11pm ET/PT
  • History Channel: “The Irish in America,” Thursday, July 6, @ 2pm ET/PT
  • History Channel: “The Revolution American Crisis,” Thursday, July 6, @ 11pm ET/PT
  • History Channel: “Shootout WWII: The Pacific,” Friday, July 7, @ 12 and 6pm ET/PT
  • History Channel: “The Revolution Path to World War,” Friday, July 7, @ 11pm ET/PT
  • History Channel: “Ancient Marvels,” Marathon Saturday, July 8, @ 1-5pm ET/PT
  • History Channel: “Decoding The Past Ten Commandments, Part 1,” Saturday, July 8, @ 6pm ET/PT
SELLING BIG (NYT):
  • Ron Suskind: THE ONE PERCENT DOCTRINE Deep Inside America’s Pursuit of Its Enemies Since 9/11, #5, (1 week on list) – 7-09-06
  • Nathaniel Philbrick: Mayflower, #7, (7 weeks on list) – 7-09-06
  • William J. Bennett: America: The Last Best Hope, Vol. I, #18 – 7-09-06
  • Mark Bowden: Guests of the Ayatollah, #24 – 7-09-06
  • James L. Swanson: Manhunt The 12-Day Chase for Lincoln’s Killer, #25 – 7-09-06
  • David Maraniss: Clemente: The Passion and Grace of Baseball’s Last Hero, #26 – 7-09-06
FUTURE RELEASES:
  • Peter W. Galbraith: End of Iraq: How the United States Unintentionally Broke Up Iraq and Changed the Middle East, July 2006
  • Richard Labunski: James Madison and the Struggle for the Bill of Rights, July 2006
  • Peter Wallsten: One Party Country: The Republican Plan for Dominance in the 21st Century, July 2006
  • Ryan Sager: The Elephant in the Room: Libertarians, the Christian Right, and the Looming Battle for the Soul of the Republican Party, September 2006
  • Nicholas Lemann: Redemption: The Last Battle of the Civil War, September 2006
  • David Bodanis: Passionate Minds: The Great Love Affair of the Enlightenment, Featuring the Scientist Emilie du Chatelet, the Poet Voltaire, Swordfights, Bookburnings, Assorted Kings, Seditiou, October 3, 2006
HONORED:
DEPARTED:

Posted on Sunday, July 2, 2006 at 7:17 PM

History Buzz: June 2006

History Buzz

By Bonnie K. Goodman

Ms. Goodman is the Editor/Features Editor at HNN. She has a Masters in Library and Information Studies from McGill University, and has done graduate work in history at Concordia University.

June 26, 2006

HNN STATS THIS WEEK:
THIS WEEK IN HISTORY:
  • 06-28-1541 Conqueror of the Incas assassinated
  • 06-28-1917 First U.S. troops arrive in France
  • 06-28-1965 Westmoreland given authority to commit U.S. forces
  • 06-28-1993 Clinton punishes Iraq for plot to kill Bush
  • 06-27-1950 Truman orders U.S. Forces to Kores
  • 06-27-1963 JFK visits Ireland
  • 06-27-1968 U.S. forces begin to evacuate Khe Sanh
  • 06-28-1519 Charles elected Holy Roman emperor
  • 06-28-1914 Archduke Ferdinand assassinated
  • 06-28-1919 John Maynard Keynes predicts economic chaos
  • 06-28-1969 The Stonewall Riot
  • 06-29-1835 Texan William Travis prepares for war with Mexico
  • 06-29-1966 Vietnam air war escalates
  • 06-29-1970 U.S. ground troops return from Cambodia
  • 06-29-1974 Isabela Peron takes office as Argentine president
  • 06-29-1989 Congress votes new sanctions against China
  • 06-30-1520 Spanish retreat from Aztec capital
  • 06-30-1775 Congress impugns Parliament and adopts Articles of War
  • 06-30-1876 Soldiers are evacuated from the Little Big Horn by steamboat
  • 06-30-1936 Gone with the Wind is published
  • 06-30-1950 Truman orders U.S. forces to Korea
  • 07-01-1863 The Battle of Gettysburg begins
  • 07-01-1867 Canadian Independence Day
  • 07-01-1916 Battle of the Somme begins
  • 07-01-1997 Hong Kong returned to China
  • 07-02-1839 Mutiny on the Amistad slave ship
  • 07-02-1863 The second day of battle at Gettysburg
  • 07-02-1881 President Garfield shot
  • 07-02-1937 Amelia Earhart Disappears
  • 07-02-1964 Johnson signs Civil Rights Act
BIGGEST STORIES:
IN THE NEWS:
REVIEWED AND FIRST CHAPTERS:
  • Barbara Leaming: A Special Relationship Jack Kennedy: The Education of a Statesman6-25-06
  • Steven B. Smith: Neocon or Not? Reading Leo Strauss Politics, Philosophy, JudaismNYT, 6-25-06
  • Steven B. Smith: Reading Leo Strauss Politics, Philosophy, Judaism First Chapter – NYT, 6-25-06
  • Nicholas Faith: Whiskey Chasers The Bronfmans The Rise and Fall of the House of SeagramNYT, 6-25-06
  • Elie Wiesel on Jan T. Gross: The Killing After the Killing FEAR Anti-Semitism in Poland After AuschwitzWashington Post, 6-25-06
  • Geoffrey Hosking: The Bear’s Embrace RULERS AND VICTIMS The Russians in the Soviet UnionWashington Post, 6-25-06
  • Michael R. Marrus on Martin Gilbert: Darkness Falling KRISTALLNACHT Prelude to DestructionWashington Post, 6-25-06
  • Mark Bowden: Imprisoned by violence, then and now Guests of the Ayatollah: The First Battle in America’s War With Militant IslamBoston Globe, 6-25-06
  • Edwin M. Yoder Jr. on Gordon S. Wood: The Spirits of ’76 Revolutionary Characters What Made the Founders DifferentWashington (The Weekly Standard), 7-3-06
  • Catherine Allgor: Former first lady Dolley Madison is a lot more than a snack cake name A Perfect UnionFlint Journal, MI, 6-25-06
  • Frank Argote-Freyre of Freehold: FROM FARM BOY TO DICTATOR Fulgencio Batista: Volume 1, From Revolutionary to StrongmanAsbury Park Press, 6-25-06
  • Historians: Encyclopedia of American Conservatism pulls together threads of right’s thinking – NYT, 6-25-06
  • Richard Labunski: Professor’s Book Sheds Light on the Bill of Rights James Madison and the Struggle for the Bill of RightsUK News – Kentucky, 6-20-06
  • LOUIS MENAND: ACID REDUX The life and high times of Timothy Leary – New Yorker, 6-19-06
  • Wolfram Wette, translated by Deborah Lucas Schneider: Historian concludes racism in Germany had deep roots The Wehrmacht History, Myth, Reality - San Francisco Chronicle, 6-19-06
OP-ED:
PROFILED:
INTERVIEWED:
QUOTED:
  • John Hope Franklin: “When the N-word is used, it’s not a sign of sophistication or advancement. It’s a sign from my point of view of degradation. It’s a sign that you don’t have any respect for yourself and don’t have any respect for anybody else.” – Chicago Sun-Times, 6-25-06
  • John F. Marszalek on the meaning of ‘Band of Brothers’ on a new Civil War marker at the Oktibbeha county courthouse honoring Union troops: “The meaning is pretty clear to any Civil War historian. It’s pro-Confederate.” – Biloxi Sun Herald, AP, 6-21-06
  • Erik Eggers on Finally, Germans can freely admit, ‘I love my country': “”They’re far larger, and the outpouring of emotion is much greater. There’s never been anything like this before since World War II.” – The Christian Science Monitor, 6-22-06
SPOTTED:
EVENTS CALENDER:
  • July 4, 2006: Historical Society of PA, the National Archives July 4th panel on Thomas Paine’s legacy Robins Bookstore
  • June 25, 2006: “Abolition: Long Road to Freedom” a series of programs on slavery and anti slavery activity in the region south of Boston – Boston Globe, 6-22-06
  • July 1, 2006: Peter Nabokov will lecture on Native American sacred spaces at the Huntington Library – LA Times, 6-19-06
  • July 25, 2006: Richard Labunski speaking about his new book James Madison and the Struggle for the Bill of Rights @ Joseph-Beth Booksellers in Lexington at 7 p.m – UK News – Kentucky, 6-20-06
  • Howard Zinn: You Can’t be Neutral on a Moving Train on Book Television – Channel Canada, 6-22-06
ON TV:
  • C-Span2, BookTV: Book TV presents Charles Murray In Our Hands: A Plan To Replace The Welfare State, Sunday, June 25 at 7:30 pm – C-Span2, BookTV
  • C-Span2, BookTV: Book TV presents Al Gore An Inconvenient Truth: The Planetary Emergency of Global Warming and What We Can Do About It, Sunday, June 25 at 7:00 pm and Monday, June 26 at 7:45 am – C-Span2, BookTV
  • C-Span2, BookTV: Book TV presents Senator Edward Kennedy My Senator and Me: A Dogs-Eye View of Washington, D.C., Sunday, June 25 at 8:30 pm – C-Span2, BookTV
  • C-Span2, BookTV: Book TV presents Peter Beinart, William Kristol, Jeffery Goldberg, Lawrence Korb The Good Fight: Why Liberals – and Only Liberals – Can Win the War on Terror and Make America Great Again, Sunday, June 25 at 10:00 pm – C-Span2, BookTV
  • C-Span2, BookTV: Mayflower: A Story of Courage, Community, and War Nathaniel Philbrick, Monday, June 26 at 4:30 am – C-Span2, BookTV
  • History Channel: “The Revolution Declaring Independence,” Sunday, June 25, @ 7pm ET/PT
  • History Channel: “Rome: Engineering an Empire,” Sunday, June 25, @ 8pm ET/PT
  • History Channel: “The Revolution American Crisis,” Sunday, June 25, @ 10pm ET/PT
  • History Channel: “Modern Marvels Guns of the Civil War,” Monday, June 26, @ 7pm ET/PT
  • History Channel: “Deep Sea Detectives Disaster of Napoleon’s Fleet,” Monday, June 26, @ 10pm ET/PT
  • History Channel: “The Crusades: Crescent & the Cross #1,” Tuesday, June 27, @ 2pm ET/PT
  • History Channel: “Decoding The Past Prophecies of Israel,” Tuesday, June 27, @ 5pm ET/PT
  • History Channel: “The Crusades: Crescent & the Cross #2,” Wednesday, June 28, @ 2pm ET/PT
  • History Channel: “Decoding The Past Relics of The Passion,” Wednesday, June 28, @ 5pm ET/PT
  • History Channel: “Brothers in Arms: The Untold Story of The 502 Part 1: D-Day,” Wednesday, June 28, @ 12 and 6pm ET/PT
  • History Channel: “Brothers in Arms: The Untold Story of The 502 Part 2: The Road to Carentan,” Thursday, June 29, @ 12 and 6pm ET/PT
  • History Channel: “Behind The Da Vinci Code,” Thursday, June 29, @ 5pm ET/PT
  • History Channel: “The Presidents,” Marathon Saturday, July 1, @ 9am-5pm ET/PT
  • History Channel: “Ben Franklin,” Saturday, July 1, @ 5pm ET/PT
  • History Channel: “Kennedys: The Curse of Power,” Saturday, July 1, @ 8pm ET/PT
  • History Channel: “The Kennedy Assassination: Beyond Conspiracy,” Saturday, July, @ 10pm ET/PT
SELLING BIG (NYT):
  • Nathaniel Philbrick: Mayflower, #6, (5 weeks on list) – 7-02-06
  • David Maraniss: Clemente: The Passion and Grace of Baseball’s Last Hero, #10, (5 week on list) – 6-25-06
  • James L. Swanson: Manhunt The 12-Day Chase for Lincoln’s Killer, #11, (13 week on list) – 6-25-06
  • William J. Bennett: America: The Last Best Hope, Vol. I, #23 – 7-02-06
  • Mark Bowden: Guests of the Ayatollah, #27 – 7-02-06
  • Douglas Brinkley: The Great Deluge, #30 – 6-25-06
  • Kevin Phillips: American Theocracy, #31 – 6-25-06
FUTURE RELEASES:
  • Lawrence Otis Graham: The Senator and the Socialite: The True Story of America’s First Black Dynasty, June 27, 2006
  • Martin Gilbert: The Somme: Herosim and Horror in the First World War, June 27, 2006
  • John Dunn: Democracy : A History, June 28, 2006 Amazon.com
  • Nick Bryant: The Bystander: John F. Kennedy and Struggle for Black Equality , June 30, 2006 – Amazon.com
  • Peter W. Galbraith: End of Iraq: How the United States Unintentionally Broke Up Iraq and Changed the Middle East, July 2006
  • Richard Labunski: James Madison and the Struggle for the Bill of Rights, July 2006
  • Peter Wallsten: One Party Country: The Republican Plan for Dominance in the 21st Century, July 2006
  • Ryan Sager: The Elephant in the Room: Libertarians, the Christian Right, and the Looming Battle for the Soul of the Republican Party, September 2006
  • Nicholas Lemann: Redemption: The Last Battle of the Civil War, September 2006
  • David Bodanis: Passionate Minds: The Great Love Affair of the Enlightenment, Featuring the Scientist Emilie du Chatelet, the Poet Voltaire, Swordfights, Bookburnings, Assorted Kings, Seditiou, October 3, 2006
APPOINTED:
  • Barry Bergdoll: Museum of Modern Art Chooses Columbia Professor as Architecture Curator – NYT, 6-21-06
HONORED:
  • Francis Robinson: Appointed a Commander of the Order of the British Empire (CBE) – Staines Guardian, UK, 6-22-06
  • Tsuyoshi Hasegawa: UCSB Historian Wins Prestigious Japanese Book Prize for Acclaimed Book About the Role of the Atomic Bomb in Japan’s Surrender in WWII – 6-13-06
DEPARTED:

Posted on Sunday, June 25, 2006 at 7:11 PM

June 19, 2006

HNN STATS THIS WEEK:
THIS WEEK IN HISTORY:
  • 06-19-1856 First Republican national convention ends
  • 06-19-1864 CSS Alabama sunk off France during the Civil War
  • 06-19-1885 Statue of Liberty arrives in New York Harbor
  • 06-19-1917 Britain’s King George V changes royal surname
  • 06-20-1782 Congress adopts the Great Seal of the United States
  • 06-20-1863 West Virginia enters the Union
  • 06-20-1963 United States and Soviet Union will establish a “hot line”
  • 06-20-1964 Westmoreland becomes Commander of MACV in Vietnam
  • 06-21-1788 U.S. Constitution ratified
  • 06-21-1864 General Grant extends the Petersburg line during the Civil War
  • 06-21-1942 Allies surrender at Tobruk, Libya
  • 06-21-1964 The KKK kills three civil rights activists: Michael Schwerner, Andrew Goodman and James Chaney.
  • 06-22-1775 Congress issues Continental currency
  • 06-22-1944 FDR signs GI bill
  • 06-23-1956 Gamal Abdel Nasser elected as the first president of the Republic of Egypt.
  • 06-24-1675 King Philip’s War begins
  • 06-24-1812 Napoleon’s Grande Armee invades Russia
  • 06-24-1970 Senate repeals Tonkin Gulf Resolution
  • 06-25-1876 Indians defeat Custer at Little Big Horn
  • 06-25-1942 Major General Dwight D. Eisenhower takes command of U.S. forces in Europe.
  • 06-25-1950 Korean War begins
  • 06-24-1993 Kim Campbell takes office as Canada’s first female Prime Minister
BIGGEST STORIES:
IN THE NEWS:
REVIEWED AND FIRST CHAPTERS:
  • Rebecca Goldstein: The Heretic Jew BETRAYING SPINOZA The Renegade Jew Who Gave Us ModernityNYT, 6-18-06
  • Rebecca Goldstein: BETRAYING SPINOZA The Renegade Jew Who Gave Us Modernity, First Chapter – NYT, 6-18-06Morris Berman: Grim View of a Nation at the End of Days Dark Ages America: The Final Phase of Empire- NYT, 6-16-06
  • Niall Ferguson: It’s long, Niall, but actually, it’s too short – The Observer, UK, 6-18-06
  • Patricia Nelson Limerick on Rita Williams: Treacherous territory If the Creek Don’t Rise My Life Out West With the Last Black Widow of the Civil Warcalendarlive.com, 6-18-06
OP-ED:
PROFILED:
INTERVIEWED:
  • John Hope Franklin: Civil Rights Activist, Historian Discusses New Autobiography on Newshour – PBS, 6-15-06
  • Fernando Arcas Cubero HISTORIAN AND PROFESSOR OF HISTORY AT MALAGA UNIVERSITY – Sur, Spain, 6-06
QUOTED:
  • Bob Wilson: Touring Sites That Survived Sherman’s March Union Troops Razed Military, Commercial Infrastructure But Left Much Of Georgia’s Antebellum Beauty Unscathed – Chicago Tribune, 6-18-06
  • Keith Watenpaugh: Expert Sources on the Iraq War – UC Davis, CA, 6-15-06
APPEARANCES & SPOTTED:
ON TV:
  • History Channel: “The Revolution Rebellion to Revolution,” Sunday, June 18, @ 7pm ET/PT
  • History Channel: “The Revolution Declaring Independence,” Sunday, June 18, @ 10pm ET/PT
  • History Channel: “Modern Marvels The Alaskan Oil Pipeline” Monday, June 19, @ 7pm ET/PT
  • History Channel: “UFO Files Mexico’s Roswell,” Monday, June 19, @ 8pm ET/PT
  • History Channel: “Digging for the Truth Roanoke: The Lost Colony,” Monday, June 19, @ 9pm ET/PT
  • History Channel: “Battlefield Detectives 6-Day War,” Tuesday, June 20, @ 6pm ET/PT
  • History Channel: “Ottoman Empire: The War Machine,” Thursday, June 22, @ 8pm ET/PT
  • History Channel: “History Rocks #1,” Thursday, June 22, @ 11pm ET/PT
  • History Channel: “Modern Marvels,” Marathon Saturday, June 17, @ 1-5pm ET/PT
  • C-Span2, BookTV: Encore Booknotes: Jane Holtz Kay, Asphalt Nation: How the Automobile Took Over America and How We Can Take it Back, Saturday, June 24 @ 6pm – C-Span2, BookTV
  • C-Span2, BookTV: After Words: After Words: Mark Smith interviewed by Nan Aron Saturday, June 24 @ 9pm, Sunday 25 @ 6pm and 9pm – C-Span2, BookTV
SELLING BIG (NYT):
  • Nathaniel Philbrick: Mayflower, #6, (5 weeks on list) – 6-25-06
  • William J. Bennett: America: The Last Best Hope, Vol. I, #13, (3 week on list) – 6-25-06
  • David Maraniss: Clemente: The Passion and Grace of Baseball’s Last Hero, #15, (4 week on list) – 6-25-06
  • Douglas Brinkley: The Great Deluge, #24 – 6-25-06
  • James L. Swanson: Manhunt The 12-Day Chase for Lincoln’s Killer, #25 – 6-25-06
  • Kevin Phillips: American Theocracy, #30 – 6-25-06
FUTURE RELEASES:
  • George Lakoff: Whose Freedom? The Battle Over America’s Most Important Idea, June 2006 -
  • John Lynch: Simon Bolivar: A Life, June 2006
  • Rita A. Scotti: Basilica: The Splendor and the Scandal: Building St. Peter’s, June 2006
  • Paul M. Kennedy: The Parliament of Man: The past, Present, and Future of the United Nations, June 20, 2006
  • Ron Suskind: The One Percent Doctrine: Deep Inside America’s Pursuit of Its Enemies Since 9/11, June 20, 2006
  • Lawrence Otis Graham: The Senator and the Socialite: The True Story of America’s First Black Dynasty, June 27, 2006
  • Martin Gilbert: The Somme: Herosim and Horror in the First World War , June 27, 2006
  • John Dunn: Democracy : A History, June 28, 2006 Amazon.com
  • Nick Bryant: The Bystander: John F. Kennedy and Struggle for Black Equality , June 30, 2006 – Amazon.com
  • Peter W. Galbraith: End of Iraq: How the United States Unintentionally Broke Up Iraq and Changed the Middle East, July 2006
  • Richard Labunski: James Madison and the Struggle for the Bill of Rights, July 2006
  • Peter Wallsten: One Party Country: The Republican Plan for Dominance in the 21st Century, July 2006
  • Ryan Sager: The Elephant in the Room: Libertarians, the Christian Right, and the Looming Battle for the Soul of the Republican Party, September 2006
  • Nicholas Lemann: Redemption: The Last Battle of the Civil War, September 2006
  • David Bodanis: Passionate Minds: The Great Love Affair of the Enlightenment, Featuring the Scientist Emilie du Chatelet, the Poet Voltaire, Swordfights, Bookburnings, Assorted Kings, Seditiou, October 3, 2006
HONORED:
  • Tsuyoshi Hasegawa: UCSB Historian Wins Prestigious Japanese Book Prize for Acclaimed Book About the Role of the Atomic Bomb in Japan’s Surrender in WWII – 6-13-06
DEPARTED:

Posted on Sunday, June 18, 2006 at 8:47 PM

June 12, 2006

HNN STATS THIS WEEK:
THIS WEEK IN HISTORY:
  • 06-12-1776 Virginia adopts George Mason’s Declaration of Rights
  • 06-12-1898 Philippine Independence Declared
  • 06-12-1963 Medgar Evers assassinated
  • 06-12-1987 Reagan challenges Gorbachev to tear down the Berlin Wall
  • 06-13-1807 Thomas Jefferson subpoenaed in Aaron Burr’s treason trial
  • 06-13-1914 Kaiser Wilhelm concludes meeting with Archduke Franz Ferdinand
  • 06-13-1967 Thurgood Marshall appointed to Supreme Court
  • 06-13-1971 The New York Times publishes the “Pentagon Papers”
  • 06-14-1777 Continental Congress chooses national flag
  • 06-14-1917 U.S. President Woodrow Wilson gives Flag Day address
  • 06-14-1922 Harding becomes first president to be heard on the radio
  • 06-15-1215 Magna Carta Sealed
  • 06-15-1775 George Washington assigned to lead the Continental Army
  • 06-15-1846 U.S.-Canadian border established
  • 06-15-1864 Battle of Petersburg begins
  • 06-15-1964 Johnson decides against submitting Vietnam resolution to Congress
  • 06-16-1858 Lincoln warns that America is becoming a “house divided”
  • 06-16-1862 Battle of Secessionville
  • 06-16-1961 Kennedy agrees to send instructors to train troops
  • 06-17-1579 Drake claims California for England
  • 06-17-1775 Battle of Bunker Hill begins
  • 06-17-1930 Hoover signs Smoot-Hawley Tariff
  • 06-17-1972 Watetgate Burglars Arrested
  • 06-18-1798 Adams passes first of Alien and Sedition Acts
  • 06-18-1812 Second Anglo-American War begins
  • 06-18-1815 Napoleon Defeated at Waterloo
  • 06-18-1979 Carter and Brezhnev sign the SALT-II treaty
BIGGEST STORIES:
IN THE NEWS:
REVIEWED AND FIRST CHAPTERS:
OP-ED:
PROFILED:
INTERVIEWED:
QUOTED:
  • Michal R. Belknap on Military Justice & Iraq Killings: “The big question, is whether any of those who will be charged will be high ranking officers, or whether somebody of comparatively low rank will be stuck with responsibility.” – Newswise (press release), 6-9-06
APPEARANCES & SPOTTED:
  • Josh Freeman, NY Historians: Conference on New York State History and Association of Public Historians of New York State, June 2-4, 2006- NY Sun, 6-5-06
  • David McCullough: Delivers commencement address at Bates College – Bates College website, 5-28-06
ON TV:
  • History Channel: “The Revolution Boston, Bloody Boston,” Sunday, June 11, @ 7pm ET/PT
  • History Channel: “The Revolution Rebellion to Revolution,” Sunday, June 11, @ 10pm ET/PT
  • C-Span2, BookTV: History on Book TV: Michael Sallah & Mitch Weiss, Tiger Force: A True Story of Men and War Sunday, June 11 @ 7:00 pm C-Span2, BookTV
  • C-Span2, BookTV: William Hogeland, The Whiskey Rebellion: George Washington, Alexander Hamilton, and the Frontier Rebels Who Challenged America’s Newfound Sovereignty, Sunday, June 11 @ 8:10 pm – C-Span2, BookTV
  • C-Span2, BookTV: Alexander Polikoff, Waiting for Gautreaux: A Story of Segregation, Housing, and the Black Ghetto, Monday, June 12 @ 12:10am ET/PT C-Span2, BookTV
  • C-Span2, BookTV: Bob Zeller, The Blue and Gray in Black and White: A History of Civil War Photography, Monday, June 12 @ 1:00am ET/PT C-Span2, BookTV
  • History Channel: “The True Story of Black Hawk Down,” Monday, June 12, @ 2pm ET/PT
  • History Channel: “Digging for the Truth The Vikings: Voyage to America,” Monday, June 12, @ 9pm ET/PT
  • History Channel: “Nostradamus: 500 Years Later,” Tuesday, June 13, @ 2pm ET/PT
  • History Channel: “Iran: The Next Iraq?,” Friday, June 16, @ 11pm ET/PT
  • History Channel: “Deep Sea Detectives Disaster of Napoleon’s Fleet,” Friday, June 16, @ 6pm ET/PT
  • History Channel: “Mega Movers,” Marathon Saturday, June 17, @ 1-5pm ET/PT
  • History Channel: “Save Our History Jefferson’s Other Revolution,” Saturday, June 17, @ 8pm ET/PT –
SELLING BIG (NYT):
  • Nathaniel Philbrick: Mayflower, #5, (4 weeks on list) – 6-18-06
  • William J. Bennett: America: The Last Best Hope, Vol. I, #11, (1 week on list) – 6-18-06
  • David Maraniss: Clemente: The Passion and Grace of Baseball’s Last Hero, #18 – 6-18-06
  • Kevin Phillips: American Theocracy, #23 – 6-18-06
  • Douglas Brinkley: The Great Deluge, #25 – 6-18-06
  • James L. Swanson: Manhunt The 12-Day Chase for Lincoln’s Killer, #26 – 6-18-06
  • Gordon Wood: Revolutionary Characters, #33 – 6-18-06
FUTURE RELEASES:
  • Juliet Barker: Agincourt: Henry V and the Battle That Made England, June 2006
  • George Lakoff: Whose Freedom? The Battle Over America’s Most Important Idea, June 2006 -
  • John Lynch: Simon Bolivar: A Life, June 2006
  • Rita A. Scotti: Basilica: The Splendor and the Scandal: Building St. Peter’s, June 2006
  • Paul M. Kennedy: The Parliament of Man: The past, Present, and Future of the United Nations, June 20, 2006
  • Ron Suskind: The One Percent Doctrine: Deep Inside America’s Pursuit of Its Enemies Since 9/11, June 20, 2006
  • Lawrence Otis Graham: The Senator and the Socialite: The True Story of America’s First Black Dynasty, June 27, 2006
  • Martin Gilbert: The Somme: Herosim and Horror in the First World War , June 27, 2006
  • John Dunn: Democracy : A History, June 28, 2006
  • Nick Bryant: The Bystander: John F. Kennedy and Struggle for Black Equality , June 30, 2006 -
  • Peter W. Galbraith: End of Iraq: How the United States Unintentionally Broke Up Iraq and Changed the Middle East, July 2006
  • Richard Labunski: James Madison and the Struggle for the Bill of Rights, July 2006
  • Peter Wallsten: One Party Country: The Republican Plan for Dominance in the 21st Century, July 2006
  • Ryan Sager: The Elephant in the Room: Libertarians, the Christian Right, and the Looming Battle for the Soul of the Republican Party, September 2006
  • Nicholas Lemann: Redemption: The Last Battle of the Civil War, September 2006
  • David Bodanis: Passionate Minds: The Great Love Affair of the Enlightenment, Featuring the Scientist Emilie du Chatelet, the Poet Voltaire, Swordfights, Bookburnings, Assorted Kings, Seditiou, October 3, 2006
APPOINTED:
HONORED:
DEPARTED:

Posted on Sunday, June 11, 2006 at 7:12 PM

June 5, 2006

HNN STATS THIS WEEK:
THIS WEEK IN HISTORY:
  • 06-05-1805 – 1st recorded tornado in “Tornado Alley” (Southern Illinois)
  • 06-05-1884 – William Sherman refuses Republican presidential nomination saying “I will not accept if nominated & will not serve if elected”
  • 06-05-1899 – Alfred Dreyfus’ acquitted
  • 06-05-1940 – Battle of France begins in WW II
  • 06-05-1947 – Sec. of State George C Marshall outlines “Marshall Plan”
  • 06-05-1950 – US Supreme Court undermines legal foundations of segregation
  • 06-06-1536 – Mexico begins it’s inquisition
  • 06-06-1664 – New Amsterdam renamed NYC
  • 06-06-1716 – 1st slaves arrive in Louisiana
  • 06-06-1813 – US invasion of Canada halted at Stoney Creek (Ont)
  • 06-06-1816 – 10″ snowfall in New England, “year without a summer” (Krakatoa)
  • 06-06-1944 – D-Day: 150,000 Allied Expeditionary Force lands in Normandy, France
  • 06-06-1966 – Stokely Carmichael launches “Black Power” movement
  • 06-06-1972 – US bombs Haiphong, North-Vietnam; 1000s killed
  • 06-07-1099 – 1st Crusaders arrive in Jerusalem
  • 06-07-1775 – United Colonies change name to United States
  • 06-07-1776 – Richard Lee (VA) moves Declaration of Independence in Continental Congress
  • 06-07-1863 – Battle of Milliken’s Bend, LA-Jefferson Davis’ home burnt
  • 06-07-1864 – Abe Lincoln renominated for President by Republican Party
  • 06-07-1929 – Vatican City becomes a sovereign state
  • 06-07-1942 – Battle of Midway ends, 1st WW II naval defeat of Japan
  • 06-07-1965 – Supreme Court rules 1879 CT law ban of contraceptives unconstitutional
  • 06-07-1982 – Pres Reagan meets Pope John Paul II & Queen Elizabeth
  • 06-08-1861 – People of Tennessee vote to succeed from Union
  • 06-08-1886 – 1st Civil Rights Act passes
  • 06-08-1965 – US troops ordered to fight offensively in Vietnam
  • 06-08-1982 – Reagan addresses joint session of British Parliament
  • 06-08-1987 – Oliver North’s secretary Fawn Hall tesifies at Iran-Contra hearing
  • 06-09-1534 – Jacques Cartier 1st sails into mouth of St Lawrence River
  • 06-09-1549 – Book of Common Prayer is adopted by the Church of England
  • 06-09-1732 – Royal charter for Georgia granted to James Oglethorpe
  • 06-09-1802 – US Academy at West Point founded
  • 06-09-1967 – Israeli troops reach Suez Canal
  • 06-09-1983 – Margret Thatcher’s Conservative Party wins British parliamentary election
  • 06-10-1752 – Ben Franklin’s kite is struck by lightning
  • 06-10-1793 – Washington replaced Philadelphia as US capital
  • 06-10-1850 – Millard Fillmore sworn-in as president of US (replacing Taylor)
  • 06-10-1943 – FDR becomes 1st US pres to visit a foreign country during wartime
  • 06-11-1578 – England grants Sir Humphrey Gilbert a patent to explore & colonize US
  • 06-11-1942 – US & USSR sign Lend-Lease agreement during WW II
BIGGEST STORIES:
IN THE NEWS:
REVIEWED AND FIRST CHAPTERS:
  • Nathaniel Philbrick: Pilgrims and Indians Mayflower: A Story of Courage, Community, and War.NYT, 6-4-06
  • Simon Schama: Give Us Liberty Rough Crossings: Britain, the Slaves and the American RevolutionNYT, 6-4-06<
  • Simon Schama: Rough Crossings: Britain, the Slaves and the American Revolution First Chapter – NYT, 6-4-06<
  • Stanley Weintraub on Simon Schama: Breaking Away If you were a slave at the time of the American Revolution, which side would you root for? Rough Crossings: Britain, the Slaves and the American RevolutionWashington Post, 5-8-06
  • Michael Kazin: A Godly Hero Makes Valiant Attempt to Revamp Reputation of Democratic Presidential Candidate William Jennings Bryan – Huntington News Network, 6-2-06
  • Antony Beevor: THE BATTLE FOR SPAIN The Spanish Civil War 1936-1939Times Online, 5-31-06
OP-ED:
PROFILED:
INTERVIEWED:
QUOTED:
  • Richard Holt on England’s tribal rivalry with Germany takes centre stage ahead of World Cup: “This anti-Germanism should have been evident in the 1950s. But when England played Germany, there was no chanting … (no one) put their arms out and pretended to be (RAF) bombers in the 1950s.” – AP, 6-4-06
  • Jacques Barzun on Why the teachers are angry : “Teaching is not a lost art, but the regard for it is a lost tradition.” Manila Times, 6-5-06
  • Hatta Ikuhiko, Japan’s pre-eminent historian of the modern dynasty on for the first time in centuries a girl stands to inherit the Japanese throne: :This was a deliberate strategy by the Imperial family. I have heard that Princess Akishino [Kiko] consulted doctors, and that new medical technology allows for a 70% probability of a boy. We expect rumours to that effect to be spread by the household this summer.” – The Sunday Times, 6-4-06
  • Arthur M. Schlesinger Jr. on John Kenneth Galbraith: “He was the republic’s most valuable subversive. Underneath his joy in combat, he was a do-gooder in the dark of night.” – NYT, 6-1-06
  • David McCullough to Bates College Graduates: “Choose work you love. Work hard. Take your work seriously, not yourself. Don’t let setbacks or skeptics get you down. And when, as is bound to happen, some supposedly all-knowing somebody says to you