History Buzz: December 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.

December 17 & 24, 2007

PRESIDENTIAL CAMPAIGN 2008 WATCH:
  • Leo Ribuffo on “Politicians fail History 101 Facts don’t always align with the point a contender hopes to make”: “I have lower expectations, I don’t think political speeches are expected to accurately represent the past. … One of the problems with real history is it’s too complicated to get into a political speech or a newspaper article.” – St. Petersburg Times, FL, 12-20-07
BIGGEST STORIES 2007:
  • Brendan Simms: Five bright ideas that illuminated 2007 Britain’s greatness was built on European engagement – The Observer, UK, 12-23-07
BIGGEST STORIES CHRISTMAS:
HNN STATS THIS WEEK:
THIS WEEK IN HISTORY: This Week in History:

  • 24/12/1814 – Treaty of Ghent (end of US-Britain’s War of 1812) signed
  • 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
  • 24/12/1864 – Battle of Gordonsville, VA
  • 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
  • 24/12/1997 – 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
  • 25/12/1066 – William the Conqueror, crowned king of England
  • 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
  • 25/12/1868 – Despite bitter opposition, Pres A Johnson grants unconditional pardon to all persons involved in Southern rebellion (Civil War)
  • 26/12/1620 – Pilgrims arrived at Plymouth, MA
  • 26/12/1776 – George Washington defeats Hessians at Trenton
  • 26/12/1848 – 1st gold seekers arrive in Panama en route to SF
  • 26/12/1862 – -Dec 28th) Battle of Dumfries, VA
  • 26/12/1947 – Heavy snow blankets Northeast, buries NYC under 25.8″ of snow in 16 hrs That same day, LA set a record high of 84ø F
  • 26/12/1982 – TIME’s Man of the Year is a computer
  • 27/12/1825 – 1st public railroad using steam locomotive completed in England
  • 27/12/1862 – Battle of Elizabethtown, KY
  • 27/12/1862 – Battle of Chickasaw Bluffs, MS (Chickasaw Bayou)
  • 28/12/1065 – Westminister Abbey opens in London
  • 28/12/1832 – John Calhoun becomes 1st VP to resign (differences with Pres Jackson)
  • 28/12/1864 – Battle of Egypt Station, MS
  • 29/12/1778 – English troops occupy Savannah, Georgia
  • 29/12/1845 – Texas admitted as 28th state
  • 29/12/1862 – Battle of Chichasaw Bayou: confederate armies defeat Gen Sherman
  • 29/12/1890 – US 7th Cavalry massacre 200+ captive Sioux at Wounded Knee, SD
  • 29/12/1944 – Gen Eisenhowers train returns to Versailles
  • 29/12/1947 – Ship carrying Jewish immigrants driven away from Palestine
  • 29/12/1948 – Canada recognizes Israel
  • 30/12/1835 – After gold discovery in Ga, Cherokees forced to move across Miss R
  • 30/12/1853 – Gadsden Purchase 45,000ý mi (120,000ý km) by Gila River from Mexico for $10 million, area is now southern Arizona and New Mexico
  • 30/12/1933 – -50øF (-46øC) in Bloomfield, Vermont (state record)
  • 30/12/1941 – Winston Churchill addresses Canadian parliament
  • 30/12/1963 – Congress authorizes Kennedy half dollar
  • 30/12/1972 – Pres Nixon halts bombing of North Vietnam and announces peace talks
  • 30/12/1977 – Carter holds 1st news conf by US pres in Eastern Europe (Warsaw)
IN THE NEWS:
REVIEWED AND FIRST CHAPTERS:
  • Martin Meredith: HISTORY SOUTH AFRICA Imperial Hubris A debilitating war and shocking betrayal created South Africa DIAMONDS, GOLD, AND WAR The British, The Boers, and The Making of South Africa - WaPo, 12-23-07
  • Jason Roberts on Tim Jeal: BIOGRAPHY EXPLORERS The Great Opportunist Don’t presume you know the strange truth about Henry Morton Stanley STANLEY The Impossible Life of Africa’s Greatest ExplorerWaPo, 12-23-07
  • Dear Diary, I Think I’m in Love The confessions of Arthur M. Schlesinger Jr – The Weekly Standard, 12-31-07
  • David Anthony: Prof explores mystery in book The Horse, the Wheel, and Language: How Bronze-Age Riders from the Eurasian Steppes Shaped the Modern WorldOneonta Daily Star, NY, 12-22-07
  • John J. DiIulio Jr.: Take It on Faith GODLY REPUBLIC A Centrist Blueprint for America’s Faith-Based FutureNYT, 12-16-07
  • John J. DiIulio Jr.: GODLY REPUBLIC A Centrist Blueprint for America’s Faith-Based Future, First Chapter – NYT, 12-16-07
  • Margaret A. Hogan and C. James Taylors: As a Nation Was Born, They Wrote and Wrote MY DEAREST FRIEND Letters of Abigail and John AdamsNYT, 12-11-07
OP-ED/LETTER TO THE EDITOR:
BLOGOSPHERE:
PROFILED:
FEATURE:
INTERVIEWED:
QUOTED:
HONORED, AWARDED, AND APPOINTMENTS:
EXHIBITIONS / NEW WEBSITES:
SPEAKING EVENTS CALENDAR:
  • Jan 10, 2008: National Archives Hosts Public Symposium on Slave Trade Act Thursday, January 10, 2008, 9 AM – 5:30 PM William G. McGowan Theater, National Archives Building Constitution Avenue between 7th and 9th Streets, NW, Washington, DC. – UrbanMecca.com, FL, 12-9-07
  • Jan 14, 2008:Timothy Naftali: Author of GEORGE H.W. BUSH, American Enterprise Institute Washington, DC, 5:30 PM
ON TV: History Listings This Week:

  • PBS: “Andrew Jackson: Good, Evil and the Presidency” Wednesday, Jan. 2 at 9 p.m.
  • C-Span2, BookTV: In Depth – Author Nell Painter, Sunday, January 6, from 12-3 PM ET – C-Span2, BookTV
  • History Channel: “The Hunt for John Wilkes Booth,” Sunday, December 23, @ 8pm ET/PT
  • History Channel: “The Kennedy Assassination: Beyond Conspiracy,” Sunday, December 23, @ 10pm ET/PT
  • History Channel: “Banned from The Bible II,” Monday, December 24, @ 2pm ET/PT
  • History Channel: “The Christmas Truce” Monday, December 24, @ 4pm ET/PT
  • History Channel: “American Eats :Holiday Foods” Monday, December 24, @ 6pm ET/PT
  • History Channel: “Modern Marvels :Bible Tech” Monday, December 24, @ 7pm ET/PT
  • History Channel: “Nostradamus: 500 Years Later” Monday, December 24, @ 9pm ET/PT
  • History Channel: “Decoding The Past :The Other Nostradamus.” Monday, December 24, @ 10pm ET/PT
  • History Channel: “UFO Files,” Marathon Tuesday, December 25, @ 2-6pm ET/PT
  • History Channel: “Modern Marvels :Christmas Tech,” Tuesday, December 25, @ 7pm ET/PT
  • History Channel: “Modern Marvels :Christmas Tech,” Tuesday, December 25, @ 7pm ET/PT
  • History Channel: “UFO Files,” Marathon Wednesday, December 26, @ 2-6pm ET/PT
  • History Channel: “Lost Worlds :Sin City of the West,” Wednesday, December 26, @ 0pm ET/PT
  • History Channel: “Modern Marvels : Walt Disney World,” Thursday, December 28, @ 2pm ET/PT
  • History Channel: “Engineering An Empire :Da Vinci’s World,” Thursday, December 13, @ 6pm ET/PT
  • History Channel: “The True Story of Charlie Wilson,” Friday, December 28, @ 2pm ET/PT
  • History Channel: “History’s Mysteries :The Mysteries of Devil’s Triangles,” Friday, December 28, @ 11pm ET/PT
  • History Channel: “1968 with Tom Brokaw,” Saturday, December 15, @ 5pm ET/PT
  • History Channel: “Modern Marvels :60′s Tech,” Saturday, December 15, @ 7pm ET/PT
  • History Channel: “Last Stand of The 300,” Saturday, December 29, @ 8pm ET/PT
  • History Channel: “Special :The True Story of Hannibal,” Saturday, December 29, @ 10pm ET/PT
SELLING BIG (NYT):
  • Tom Brokaw: BOOM! #2 — 5 weeks on list – 12-23-07
  • Geoffrey C. Ward: THE WAR #14 — 10 weeks on list – 12-23-07
  • Joseph J. Ellis: AMERICAN CREATION #15 — 6 weeks on list – 12-23-07
  • David Halberstam: THE COLDEST WINTER #26 – 12-23-07
  • Rick Atkinson: THE DAY OF BATTLE #30 – 12-23-07
FUTURE RELEASES:
  • Keith Boeckelman: Barack Obama, the New Face of American Politics, December 28, 2007
  • Judith Herrin: Byzantium: The Surprising Life of a Medieval Empire, December 28, 2007.
  • Rudy Tomedi: General Matthew Ridgway, December 30, 2007
  • The Great Experiment, by Strobe Talbott (S&S, Jan.). How mere tribes became great nations.
  • James J. Sheehan: Where Have All the Soldiers Gone?, (Houghton, Jan.). The rejection of violence after World War II redefined a continent. Europe chose material well-being over war.
  • John Dickie: Delizia!: The Epic History of the Italians and Their Food, January 8, 2008.
  • Mark Puls: Henry Knox: Visionary General of the American Revolution, February 5, 2008.
  • Fidel Castro: Fidel Castro: My Life: A Spoken Autobiography, February 5, 2008.
  • Brian McGinty: Lincoln and the Court, February 15, 2008.
  • H. David Stone: Vital Rails, February 28, 2008.
  • John Fea: The Way of Improvement Leads Home: Philip Vickers Fithian and the Rural Enlightenment in Early America ( U of Pennsylvania Press), February 29, 2008
  • James Donovan: A Terrible Glory: Custer and the Little Bighorn – the Last Great Battle of the American West (REV), March 24, 2008.
  • Scott McClellan: What Happened, April 28, 2008
DEPARTED:

Posted on Sunday, December 23, 2007 at 9:12 PM

December 10, 2007

PRESIDENTIAL CAMPAIGN 2008 WATCH:
  • Making Mormon history An influential religion struggles with how to tell the story of its past – Boston Globe, 12-8-07
  • Romney Seeks to Put the Mormon Question to Rest – NPR, 12-7-07
BIGGEST STORIES:
HNN STATS THIS WEEK:
THIS WEEK IN HISTORY: This Week in History:

  • 10/12/1520 – Martin Luther publicly burned papal edict demands he recant
  • 10/12/1864 – General Sherman’s 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
  • 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
  • 16/12/1944 – Battle of Bulge begins in Belgium
  • 16/12/1950 – Truman proclaims state of emergency against “Communist imperialism”
  • 16/12/1980 – Pres-elect Reagan announces Alexander Haig as secretary of state
IN THE NEWS:
REVIEWED AND FIRST CHAPTERS:
OP-ED/LETTER TO THE EDITOR:
PROFILED:
FEATURE:
INTERVIEWED:
QUOTED:
  • Michael Gannon: Pearl Harbor has lessons: “Pearl Harbor is a lesson in preparedness and it is a lesson, also, in . . . letting down its officers in the field,” Gannon said. “The tragedy . . . on 9/11 has been generally perceived by the American people as worse than what happened in Pearl Harbor. The destruction was greater than the military losses in Pearl Harbor. In terms of loss of life is concerned, they were pretty much the same.” – http://www.gainesville.com, 12-7-07
HONORED, AWARDED, AND APPOINTMENTS:
EXHIBITIONS / NEW WEBSITES:
SPOTTED:
SPEAKING EVENTS CALENDAR:
  • Jan 10, 2008: National Archives Hosts Public Symposium on Slave Trade Act Thursday, January 10, 2008, 9 AM – 5:30 PM William G. McGowan Theater, National Archives Building Constitution Avenue between 7th and 9th Streets, NW, Washington, DC. – UrbanMecca.com, FL, 12-9-07
ON TV: History Listings This Week:

  • History Channel: “1968 with Tom Brokaw,” Sunday, December 9, @ 2pm ET/PT
  • History Channel: “Andrew Jackson,” Monday, December 10, @ 2pm ET/PT
  • History Channel: “The Revolution :11 – Becoming a Nation” Monday, December 10, @ 4pm ET/PT
  • History Channel: “The Revolution :12 – Road to the Presidency” Monday, December 10, @ 5pm ET/PT
  • History Channel: “The Revolution :13 – A President and His Revolution” Monday, December 10, @ 6pm ET/PT
  • History Channel: “History Rocks :The ’60s” Monday, December 10, @ 10pm ET/PT
  • History Channel: “History Rocks :The ’60s” Monday, December 10, @ 11pm ET/PT
  • History Channel: “Modern Marvels : Engineering Disasters,” Tuesday, December 11, @ 2pm ET/PT
  • History Channel: “Aftershock: Beyond The Civil War,” Wednesday, December 12, @ 2pm ET/PT
  • History Channel: “Modern Marvels :Guns of the Civil War,” Wednesday, December 12, @ 4pm ET/PT
  • History Channel: “Conspiracy? :Lincoln Assassination,” Wednesday, December 12, @ 5pm ET/PT
  • History Channel: “Cities Of The Underworld :12 – Secret Pagan Underground,” Wednesday, December 12, @ 6pm ET/PT
  • History Channel: “1968 with Tom Brokaw,” Wednesday, December 12, @ 8pm ET/PT
  • History Channel: “Special : Beyond The Da Vinci Code,” Thursday, December 13, @ 2pm ET/PT
  • History Channel: “Engineering An Empire :Da Vinci’s World,” Thursday, December 13, @ 6pm ET/PT
  • History Channel: “Modern Marvels :Da Vinci Tech,” Thursday, December 13, @ 7pm ET/PT
  • History Channel: “1968 with Tom Brokaw,” Saturday, December 15, @ 5pm ET/PT
  • History Channel: “Modern Marvels :60′s Tech,” Saturday, December 15, @ 7pm ET/PT
  • History Channel: “The Plague,” Saturday, December 15, @ 8pm ET/PT
  • History Channel: “Vampires Secrets,” Saturday, December 15, @ 10pm ET/PT
SELLING BIG (NYT):
  • Tom Brokaw: BOOM! #3 — 3 weeks on list – 12-9-07
  • Joseph J. Ellis: AMERICAN CREATION #12 — 4 weeks on list – 12-9-07
  • Geoffrey C. Ward: THE WAR #13 — 8 weeks on list – 12-9-07
  • David Halberstam: THE COLDEST WINTER #27 – 12-9-07
  • Rick Atkinson: THE DAY OF BATTLE #30 – 12-9-07
FUTURE RELEASES:
  • Timothy Naftali: George H. W. Bush: The American Presidents Series: The 41st President, 1989-1993, December 10, 2007
  • Jessie Childs: Henry VIII’s Last Victim: The Life and Times of Henry Howard, Earl of Surrey, December 10, 2007
  • Keith Boeckelman: Barack Obama, the New Face of American Politics, December 28, 2007
  • Judith Herrin: Byzantium: The Surprising Life of a Medieval Empire, December 28, 2007.
  • Rudy Tomedi: General Matthew Ridgway, December 30, 2007
  • The Great Experiment, by Strobe Talbott (S&S, Jan.). How mere tribes became great nations.
  • James J. Sheehan: Where Have All the Soldiers Gone?, (Houghton, Jan.). The rejection of violence after World War II redefined a continent. Europe chose material well-being over war.
  • John Dickie: Delizia!: The Epic History of the Italians and Their Food, January 8, 2008.
  • Mark Puls: Henry Knox: Visionary General of the American Revolution, February 5, 2008.
  • Fidel Castro: Fidel Castro: My Life: A Spoken Autobiography, February 5, 2008.
  • Brian McGinty: Lincoln and the Court, February 15, 2008.
  • H. David Stone: Vital Rails, February 28, 2008.
  • James Donovan: A Terrible Glory: Custer and the Little Bighorn – the Last Great Battle of the American West (REV), March 24, 2008.
  • Scott McClellan: What Happened, April 28, 2008
DEPARTED:

Posted on Sunday, December 9, 2007 at 10:29 PM

December 3, 2007

PRESIDENTIAL CAMPAIGN 2008 WATCH:
BIGGEST STORIES:
  • Arthur Schlesinger Jr.: NY library acquires Schlesinger papers – Reuters, 11-26-07
HNN STATS THIS WEEK:
THIS WEEK IN HISTORY: This Week in History:

  • 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
  • 03/12/1953 – Eisenhower criticizes McCarthy for saying communists are in Rep party
  • 03/12/1992 – UN Security Council votes unanimous for US led forces to enter Somalia
  • 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
  • 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)
  • 05/12/1955 – 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
  • 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
  • 09/12/1958 – 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 Sherman’s 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
IN THE NEWS:
REVIEWED AND FIRST CHAPTERS:
OP-ED:
BLOGOSPHERE:
PROFILED:
  • Simon Schama: My secret recipe to bring the past to life Simon Schama brought the history of Britain to TV. Now, he is turning his focus on the US – as the nation prepares to vote – Independent, UK
  • John Ernst: Writer, teacher makes history come alive – MSU The Trail Blazer Online, KY, 11-29-07
FEATURE:
INTERVIEWED:
QUOTED:
  • Yoshimi Yoshiaki: Japanese historian says most “comfort women” were Korean: “The fact that Korean and Chinese women showed high rates for diseases attests to the fact that the soldiers mainly took advantage of women from colonized regions. It also shows there was sharp discrimination toward foreign woman especially.” http://www.kois.go.kr, 11-29-07
HONORED, AWARDED, AND APPOINTMENTS:
EXHIBITIONS / NEW WEBSITES:
  • 1887 Eldridge Street Synagogue: Return of a Long-Dormant Island of Grace – NYT, 12-1-07
SPOTTED:
SPEAKING EVENTS CALENDAR:
  • Dec 3, 2007: At 7 p.m. Monday, Dec. 3, Dr. Peter Kraemer, of the Office of the Historian at the U.S. State Department, will give a lecture in Sweet Briar College’s library Browsing Room. The lecture is titled, “The Foundations of Cold War Foreign Policy: How Philanthropy Fought (and Was Seen as) the Red Menace.” – SBC News, VA, 11-29-07
  • Dec 5, 2007: Joseph J. Ellis, will be the featured speaker in the Vermont Humanities Council’s next edition of its “First Wednesdays” program, which will take place Wednesday, Dec. 5 at the First Congregational Church in Manchester Village. – Manchester Journal, VT, 11-30-07
  • Dec 5, 2007: The fourth annual Joan Coffey Symposium will be held in the Olson Auditorium at Sam Houston State University at 7:30 p.m. on Wednesday. The speaker, Dr. David Tal from Syracuse University, will discuss past, present and future issues in the Arab-Israeli conflict in an address titled “Israel in the Middle East — an Historian Point of View.” – Huntsville Item, TX, 11-30-07
ON TV: History Listings This Week:

  • C-Span2, BookTV: After Words: Sir David Frost author of “Frost/Nixon: Behind the Scenes of the Nixon Interviews” interviewed by Timothy Naftali, Director of the Richard Nixon Presidential Library, Monday, December 3 at 3am – C-Span2, BookTV
  • C-Span2, BookTV: History Head and Heart: American Christianities Authors: Rev. Alan Jones; Garry Wills, Monday, December 3 at 5;45am – C-Span2, BookTV
  • History Channel: “Kennedys: The Curse of Power,” Monday, December 3, @ 2pm ET/PT
  • History Channel: “Lost Worlds :Building the Titanic” Monday, December 3, @ 5pm ET/PT
  • History Channel: “Hillbilly The Real Story,” Tuesday, December 3, @ 2pm ET/PT
  • History Channel: “Lost Worlds :Secret U.S. Bunkers,” Tuesday, December 4, @ 5pm ET/PT
  • History Channel: “Hell: The Devil’s Domain,” Wednesday, December 5, @ 2pm ET/PT
  • History Channel: “Lost Worlds :Lost City of Aphrodite,” Wednesday, December 5, @ 9pm ET/PT
  • History Channel: “Special : The Real Tomb Hunters: Snakes, Curses, and Booby Traps,” Thursday, December 6, @ 2pm ET/PT
  • History Channel: “Lost Worlds :Herod the Great,” Thursday, December 6, @ 5pm ET/PT
  • History Channel: “Cities Of The Underworld :07 – Catacombs of Death,” Thursday, December 6, @ 6pm ET/PT
  • History Channel: “Tora, Tora, Tora: The Real Story of Pearl Harbor,” Friday, December 7, @ 2pm ET/PT
  • History Channel: “The Other Tragedy at Pearl Harbor,” Friday, December 7, @ 4pm ET/PT
  • History Channel: “Conspiracy? :FDR and Pearl Harbor,” Friday, December 7, @ 5pm ET/PT
  • History Channel: “Our Generation :Woodstock,” Friday, December 7, @ 6:30pm ET/PT
  • History Channel: “Mega Disasters,” Marathon Saturday, December 8, @ 2-5pm ET/PT
  • History Channel: “The History of Sex,” Marathon Saturday, December 8, @ 8-11pm ET/PT
SELLING BIG (NYT):
  • Tom Brokaw: BOOM! #2 — 3 weeks on list – 12-9-07
  • Joseph J. Ellis: AMERICAN CREATION #12 — 4 weeks on list – 12-9-07
  • Geoffrey C. Ward: THE WAR #13 — 8 weeks on list – 12-9-07
  • David Halberstam: THE COLDEST WINTER #27 – 12-9-07
  • Rick Atkinson: THE DAY OF BATTLE #30 – 12-9-07
FUTURE RELEASES:
  • Thomas Keneally: A Commonwealth of Thieves: The Improbable Birth of Australia, Paperback, December 4, 2007
  • Timothy Naftali: George H. W. Bush: The American Presidents Series: The 41st President, 1989-1993, December 10, 2007
  • Jessie Childs: Henry VIII’s Last Victim: The Life and Times of Henry Howard, Earl of Surrey, December 10, 2007
  • Keith Boeckelman: Barack Obama, the New Face of American Politics, December 28, 2007
  • Judith Herrin: Byzantium: The Surprising Life of a Medieval Empire, December 28, 2007.
  • Rudy Tomedi: General Matthew Ridgway, December 30, 2007
  • The Great Experiment, by Strobe Talbott (S&S, Jan.). How mere tribes became great nations.
  • James J. Sheehan: Where Have All the Soldiers Gone?, (Houghton, Jan.). The rejection of violence after World War II redefined a continent. Europe chose material well-being over war.
  • John Dickie: Delizia!: The Epic History of the Italians and Their Food, January 8, 2008.
  • Mark Puls: Henry Knox: Visionary General of the American Revolution, February 5, 2008.
  • Fidel Castro: Fidel Castro: My Life: A Spoken Autobiography, February 5, 2008.
  • Brian McGinty: Lincoln and the Court, February 15, 2008.
  • H. David Stone: Vital Rails, February 28, 2008.
  • James Donovan: A Terrible Glory: Custer and the Little Bighorn – the Last Great Battle of the American West (REV), March 24, 2008.
  • Scott McClellan: What Happened, April 28, 2008
DEPARTED:

Posted on Sunday, December 2, 2007 at 10:06 PM

History Buzz: November 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.

November 26, 2007

PRESIDENTIAL CAMPAIGN 2008 WATCH:
  • How not to cover a campaign – IndyStar.com, 11-23-07
  • Taylor Pensoneau on “Obama Says He Has No Illinois Records”: “Most of those guys do keep this stuff, especially the favorable stuff. They’ve all got egos. It goes in scrapbooks or maybe boxes. I don’t think it’s normal practice to say it’s all discarded.” – AP, 11-14-07
  • See How They Ran – NYT, 11-11-07
BIGGEST STORIES:
HNN STATS THIS WEEK:
THIS WEEK IN HISTORY: This Week in History:

  • 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
  • 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
IN THE NEWS:
REVIEWED AND FIRST CHAPTERS:
  • NYT: Holiday Books 100 Notable Books of the Year – NYT, 12-2-07
  • Daniel Walker Howe: Reexamining a neglected era of invention and expansion WHAT HATH GOD WROUGHT The Transformation of America, 1815-1848 WaPo, 11-25-07
  • Charles Kaiser on Tom Brokaw: What Happened Here? Tom Brokaw tells the story of a tumultuous decade BOOM! Voices of the Sixties Personal Reflections on the ’60s and Today WaPo, 11-25-07
  • Benjamin J. Kaplan: A Revisionist Historian Looks at Religious Toleration – NYT, 11-24-07
  • Colin Tudge: Seeds, Roots and Leaves THE TREE A Natural History of What Trees Are, How They Live, and Why They MatterWaPo, 11-25-07
  • Review: ‘American Creation’ by Joseph Ellis – Chicago Tribune, 11-25-07
  • Joseph Ellis: Plotting the American Revolution while soused The author takes us back in time to the creation of the nation by hell-raisers. American Creation: Triumphs and Tragedies at the Founding of the RepublicMiami Herald, 11-25-07
  • Joseph Ellis: Our Founding Fascination American Creation: Triumphs and Tragedies at the Founding of the RepublicNY Sun, 11-23-07
OP-ED:
BLOGOSPHERE:
PROFILED:
FEATURE:
INTERVIEWED:
  • Tom Brokaw’s ‘Boom’ Tells Tales of the Sixties – NPR, 11-19-07
  • Alex Kurzem: Jewish Child Survived Holocaust as Nazi ‘Mascot’ – NPR, 11-19-07
  • Robert Dallek, Summing Up ‘Nixon and Kissinger’ – NPR, 11-16-07
QUOTED:
  • David McCullough on “In 250 years, Pittsburgh has reinvented itself many times”: It rebuilt after floods and adjusted to the decline of the steel industry, said historian David McCullough, who grew up in Point Breeze. “The city didn’t die,” he said. “Great cities don’t die.” – Pittsburgh Tribune-Review, PA, 11-25-07
  • Joshua B. Freeman on “To Resolve Strike, Mayor Prefers a Backstage Role”: “If Broadway is really put on long-term ice and he is seen as having failed to aggressively deal with this, there could be some political pressure.” NYT, 11-20-07
HONORED, AWARDED, AND APPOINTMENTS:
SPOTTED:
  • Andrew Cayton: ‘When Ohio was the Center of the World’ Professor talks about 19th century Ohio at Historical Society’s annual meeting – Port Clinton News Herald, 11-21-07
  • Michael Beschloss: Eisenhower Missed Opportunity To Address Civil Rights: “He had spent a lot of time in the South … and he had just come to believe that if America was going to change on civil rights it’s never going to come by force of law, it’s going to have to come by natural evolution or attitude.” – The Morning News North Arkansas, 11-19-07
  • Michael Beschloss: How to judge a president – McAlester News, 11-6-07
ON TV: History Listings This Week:

  • History Channel: “Decoding The Past : Mysteries of the Bermuda Triangle,” Monday, November 26, @ 2pm ET/PT
  • History Channel: “Cities Of The Underworld :08 – New York” Monday, November 26, @ 10pm ET/PT
  • History Channel: “A Global Warning?,” Tuesday, November 27, @ 2pm ET/PT
  • History Channel: “The Wrath Of God :Blizzards: Whiteout!,” Tuesday, November 27, @ 4pm ET/PT
  • History Channel: “The Wrath Of God :Buffalo Blizzard: Seige and Survival,” Tuesday, November 27, @ 5pm ET/PT
  • History Channel: “Mega Disasters :The Next Pompeii?,” Tuesday, November 27, @ 10pm ET/PT
  • History Channel: “Stalking Jihad,” Wednesday, November 28, @ 2pm ET/PT
  • History Channel: “Declassified :The Taliban,” Wednesday, November 28, @ 4pm ET/PT
  • History Channel: “Declassified :Ayatollah Khomeini,” Wednesday, November 28, @ 5pm ET/PT
  • History Channel: “Battlefield Detectives :6-Day War,” Wednesday, November 28, @ 6pm ET/PT
  • History Channel: “Lost Worlds :Taj Mahal,” Wednesday, November 28, @ 9pm ET/PT
  • History Channel: “Ku Klux Klan: A Secret History : Ku Klux Klan: A Secret History,” Thursday, November 29, @ 2pm ET/PT
  • History Channel: “Wild West Tech :Vigilante Tech,” Thursday, November 29, @ 4pm ET/PT
  • History Channel: “Tales of the FBI :The Bureau vs. the Klan.,” Thursday, November 29, @ 5pm ET/PT
  • History Channel: “The True Story of Killing Pablo,” Friday, November 30, @ 2pm ET/PT
  • History Channel: “Our Generation :1968 Democratic Convention,” Friday, November 30, @ 6:30pm ET/PT
  • History Channel: “Wild West Tech,” Marathon Saturday, December 1, @ 2-5pm ET/PT
SELLING BIG (NYT):
  • Tom Brokaw: BOOM! #2 — 2 weeks on list – 12-2-07
  • Joseph J. Ellis: AMERICAN CREATION #9 — 3 weeks on list – 12-2-07
  • Geoffrey C. Ward: THE WAR #12 — 7 weeks on list – 12-2-07
  • Rick Atkinson: THE DAY OF BATTLE #18 – 12-2-07
  • David Halberstam: THE COLDEST WINTER #19 – 12-2-07
FUTURE RELEASES:
  • Joseph Pierro: The Maryland Campaign of September 1862: Ezra A. Carman’s Definitive Study of the Union and Confederate Armies at Antietam, November 26, 2007
  • Suzanne Levine: Bella Abzug: How One Tough Broad from the Bronx Fought Jim Crow and Joe McCarthy, Pissed off Jimmy Carter, Battled for the Rights of Women and Workers, Rallied against War and for the Planet, and Shook up Politics along the Way, November 27, 2007
  • Thomas Keneally: A Commonwealth of Thieves: The Improbable Birth of Australia, Paperback, December 4, 2007
  • Timothy Naftali: George H. W. Bush: The American Presidents Series: The 41st President, 1989-1993, December 10, 2007
  • The Great Experiment, by Strobe Talbott (S&S, Jan.). How mere tribes became great nations.
  • James J. Sheehan: Where Have All the Soldiers Gone?, (Houghton, Jan.). The rejection of violence after World War II redefined a continent. Europe chose material well-being over war.
DEPARTED:
  • Harold J. Berman: 89, Who Altered Beliefs About Origins of Western Law, Dies – NYT, 11-18-07

Posted on Monday, November 26, 2007 at 4:50 PM

November 19, 2007

BIGGEST STORIES:
HNN STATS THIS WEEK:
THIS WEEK IN HISTORY: This Week in History:

  • 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
  • 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
IN THE NEWS:
REVIEWED AND FIRST CHAPTERS:
  • Charlie Savage, Eric Lane and Michael Oreskes: All the President’s Powers TAKEOVER The Return of the Imperial Presidency and the Subversion of American Democracy, THE GENIUS OF AMERICA How the Constitution Saved Our Country — and Why It Can Again.NYT, 11-18-07
  • Pauline Maier on Woody Holton: The Framers’ Real Motives A provocative claim that the Constitution was designed to limit democracy and protect investors UNRULY AMERICANS AND THE ORIGINS OF THE CONSTITUTION - WaPo, 11-18-07
  • Joseph J. Ellis: Book Looks at John and Abigail Adams My Dearest Friend: Letters of Abigail and John AdamsAP, 11-18-07
  • Tim Cook: Historian gives Canada its first readable history of WW I – Globe & Mail (11-10-07)
  • David Blight: Historian helps bring slave narratives to light – http://fredericksburg.com, 11-13-07
  • Historians writing about WW II find all the questions are about Iraq – Toronto Globe & Mail, 11-10-07
OP-ED:
BLOGOSPHERE:
PROFILED:
FEATURE:
INTERVIEWED:
QUOTED:
  • Harold Holzer on “Honestly, is that really Abe in 3-D?”: “I don’t see any reason to think it’s not Abraham Lincoln. I’m going to start the session by saying, ‘You may have seen the most important Lincoln photographic discovery in 40 years – what do you think?’” – USA Today, 11-17-07
HONORED, AWARDED, AND APPOINTMENTS:
EXHIBITIONS / NEW WEBSITES:
SPOTTED:
SPEAKING EVENTS CALENDAR:
  • Nov 19, 2007: 7 P.M. Journalist Tom Brokaw, a longtime anchor of the NBC Nightly News, discusses and signs his new book, Boom!: Voices of the Sixties: Personal Reflections on the ’60s and Today, at the Sixth & I Historic Synagogue, 600 I St. NW. Tickets are $6 each, or two free with purchase of the book at Politics and Prose Bookstore. – WaPo, 11-18-07
  • Nov 22, 2007: Jay Winik: The University Club of Washington, D.C. will hold its 18th annual “Meet the Author Night and Book Fair” on Thursday, Nov. 29, from 5:30 p.m. to 8 p.m. at 1135 16th St. NW. – WaPo, 11-18-07
ON TV: History Listings This Week:

  • History Channel: “Kennedys: The Curse of Power” Sunday, November 18, @ 10pm ET/PT
  • History Channel: “Cities Of The Underworld :04 – Scotland’s Sin City” Monday, November 19, @ 10pm ET/PT
  • History Channel: “Indian Warriors: The Untold Story of the Civil War,” Monday, November 19, @ 11pm ET/PT
  • History Channel: ” Violent Earth : Nature’s Fury: New England’s Killer Hurricane,” Tuesday, November 20, @ 2pm ET/PT
  • History Channel: “Mega Disasters :L.A.’s Killer Quake,” Tuesday, November 20, @ 10pm ET/PT
  • History Channel: “American Eats :Holiday Foods,” Tuesday, November 20, @ 11pm ET/PT
  • History Channel: “Battlefield Detectives :Native American Wars: The Apache,” Wednesday, November 21, @ 2pm ET/PT
  • History Channel: “Battlefield Detectives :Custer at Little Big Horn,” Wednesday, November 21, @ 3pm ET/PT
  • History Channel: “Mysteries of the Freemasons :America,” Wednesday, November 21, @ 5pm ET/PT
  • History Channel: “Cities Of The Underworld :08 – New York,” Wednesday, November 21, @ 6pm ET/PT
  • History Channel: “Lost Worlds :Pirates of the Caribbean,” Wednesday, November 21, @ 9pm ET/PT
  • History Channel: “Home for the Holidays: The History of Thanksgiving,” Wednesday, November 21, @ 7pm & 11pm ET/PT
  • History Channel: “American Eats: History on a Bun.,” Thursday, November 22, @ 2pm ET/PT
  • History Channel: “More American Eats,” Thursday, November 22, @ 4pm ET/PT
  • History Channel: “Inside Macy’s Thanksgiving Day Parade,” Thursday, November 22, @ 6pm ET/PT
  • History Channel: “Reel To Real : Forrest Gump,” Thursday, November 22, @ 8pm ET/PT
  • History Channel: “Modern Marvels :Chocolate,” Thursday, November 22, @ 11pm ET/PT
  • History Channel: “Decoding The Past :Presidential Prophecies,” Friday, November 23, @ 5pm ET/PT
  • History Channel: “Rumrunners, Moonshiners and Bootleggers,” Friday, November 23, @ 8pm ET/PT
  • History Channel: “Andrew Jackson,” Saturday, November 24, @ 4pm ET/PT
  • History Channel: “Kennedys: The Curse of Power,” Saturday, November 24, @ 8pm ET/PT
  • History Channel: “The Kennedy Assassination: Beyond Conspiracy,” Saturday, November 24, @ 10pm ET/PT
SELLING BIG (NYT):
  • Tom Brokaw: BOOM! #2 — 1 week on list – 11-25-07
  • Joseph J. Ellis: AMERICAN CREATION #8 — 2 weeks on list – 11-25-07
  • Geoffrey C. Ward: THE WAR #26 – 11-25-07
  • David Halberstam: THE COLDEST WINTER #27 – 11-25-07
  • Rick Atkinson: THE DAY OF BATTLE #33 – 11-25-07
FUTURE RELEASES:
  • Joseph Pierro: The Maryland Campaign of September 1862: Ezra A. Carman’s Definitive Study of the Union and Confederate Armies at Antietam, November 26, 2007
  • Suzanne Levine: Bella Abzug: How One Tough Broad from the Bronx Fought Jim Crow and Joe McCarthy, Pissed off Jimmy Carter, Battled for the Rights of Women and Workers, Rallied against War and for the Planet, and Shook up Politics along the Way, November 27, 2007
  • Thomas Keneally: A Commonwealth of Thieves: The Improbable Birth of Australia, Paperback, December 4, 2007
  • Timothy Naftali: George H. W. Bush: The American Presidents Series: The 41st President, 1989-1993, December 10, 2007
  • The Great Experiment, by Strobe Talbott (S&S, Jan.). How mere tribes became great nations.
  • James J. Sheehan: Where Have All the Soldiers Gone?, (Houghton, Jan.). The rejection of violence after World War II redefined a continent. Europe chose material well-being over war.
DEPARTED:
  • Gerald D. Feldman: Historian of the Nazis and Finances, Dies at 70 – NYT, 11-15-07
  • Frank Cass: Publisher who built a substantial scholarly publishing business from scratch after the war (Obit. UK) – Times (UK), 11-13-07

Posted on Sunday, November 18, 2007 at 10:41 PM

November 12, 2007

PRESIDENTIAL CAMPAIGN 2008 WATCH:
  • Presidential hopeful hasn’t ruled out giving speech about his faith Salt Lake Tribune, 11-11-07
  • Stanley Kutler on “Thompson’s Watergate Role Not as Advertised”: “By having Thompson ask the question, you’re having the president’s own people ask the embarrassing question. So it’s no great heroic task that Fred Thompson takes on. Is this a defining moment for Fred Thompson? Maybe it really was, because for the first time it put him in the public eye. And I think it’s safe to conclude that, having been in the public eye, he kind of liked it.” – NPR, 11-5-07
  • Election 2008 Why Do We Vote on Tuesdays? – NPR, 11-6-07
BIGGEST STORIES: NORMAN MAILER
VETERANS DAY/REMEMBERANCE DAY
HNN STATS THIS WEEK:
THIS WEEK IN HISTORY: 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:
  • JON MEACHAM on Joseph J. Ellis: Trust and Caution AMERICAN CREATION Triumphs and Tragedies at the Founding of the Republic NYT, 11-11-07
  • ALAN BRINKLEY on Ronald Brownstein: Extreme Politics THE SECOND CIVIL WAR How Extreme Partisanship Has Paralyzed Washington and Polarized AmericaNYT, 11-11-07
  • Bruce Miroff: McGovern Redux THE LIBERALS’ MOMENT The McGovern Insurgency and the Identity Crisis of the Democratic PartyNYT, 11-11-07
  • Kent State University publishes the final volume of papers from Robert A. Taft – Bedford Times Register, OH, 11-9-07
  • David Kennedy: Sean Wilentz and others complain about his negative review of Paul Krugman’s book – Letters to the Editor of the NYT Book Review, 11-4-07
  • Alan Kramer: His new book is about the birth of a killing culture (WW I) – International Herald Tribune, 11-2-07
OP-ED:
  • Ruth Wisse: American Jews too powerful? Hardly The truth is, they are politically weak: This is historical reason why – Houston Chronicle, 11-11-07
  • Susan Anderson: African-American clout isn’t going anywhere Some say L.A.’s demographics are weakening black influence. History says something else – LA Times, 11-11-07
  • Lisa D. Schrenk: Complains about the undeserved neglect of Chiacgo’s Century of Progress International Exposition – Chronicle of Higher Education (CHE), 11-9-07
  • Allan Lichtman: Crisis and Change in the Christian Right Movement (Part 1) – Britannica Blog, 11-9-07
  • James MacGregor Burns and Susan Dunn: How to win elections, FDR style – LAT, 11-8-07
BLOGOSPHERE:
PROFILED:
  • Ronald B. Frankum Jr.: Mission overlooked Until new book that shines light on veterans’ humanitarian efforts a half-century ago in Vietnam – Lancaster Newspapers, PA, 11-11-07
  • Bryan Pfaffenberger: University of Virginia Scholar Traces Voting Technology Controversy to the 1890s – Ascribe, 11-7-07
FEATURE:
INTERVIEWED:
QUOTED:
  • Michael Beschloss, Bush will be judged harshly if he used a pretext to attack Iraq: “But he told the American public they were going in for weapons of mass destruction, Beschloss said. If he really believed that, history will understand, he said. But if he only used that as a pretext, historians will judge him. ‘Only President Bush knows that, and that’s why we have to wait 30 or 40 years,’ Beschloss said.” – http://www.normantranscript.com/, 11-6-07
HONORED, AWARDED, AND APPOINTMENTS:
EXHIBITIONS / NEW WEBSITES:
SPOTTED:
SPEAKING EVENTS CALENDAR:
  • Nov 12, 2007: Lamar University’s J. Lee Thompson found fascination in British history – and now he’s a world-class scholar and author on the subject. On Monday, Nov. 12, he’ll share that expertise with campus and community as Lamar’s 2007 Distinguished Faculty Lecturer – Lamar University, TX, 11-1-07
  • Nov 13, 2007: Public historian Yolanda Chavez Leyva will present “Voces del Segundo Barrio,” her oral history project in an El Paso, Texas neighborhood where Mexicans and Mexican Americans have resided for several generations, on Tuesday, Nov. 13, from 4:30 – 6:30 p.m. in the Willard Reading Room in Zimmerman Library – University of New Mexico, UNM Today, 11-7-07
  • Nov 15, 2007: Paul Preston will deliver a talk entitled “We saw Spain die: Foreign correspondents of the Spanish Civil War” The annual Cunninghame Graham lecture will take place in Lecture Hall B of the David Hume tower on George Square on Thursday at 5.15pm at Edinburgh University. – Scotsman, United Kingdom, 11-10-07
ON TV: History Listings This Week:

  • History Channel: “A Global Warning?” Sunday, November 11, @ 9pm ET/PT
  • History Channel: “Wake Island: The Alamo of the Pacific,” Monday, November 12, @ 2pm ET/PT
  • History Channel: “Shootout :WWII Assault on Germany.,” Monday, November 12, @ 4pm ET/PT
  • History Channel: “Shootout :WWII: The Pacific.,” Monday, November 12, @ 5pm ET/PT
  • History Channel: “Cities Of The Underworld :01 – Hitler’s Underground Lair” Monday, November 12, @ 9pm ET/PT
  • History Channel: “Return of the Pirates,” Tuesday, November 13, @ 2pm ET/PT
  • History Channel: “Deep Sea Detectives :Great Lakes Ghost Ship,” Tuesday, November 13, @ 5pm ET/PT
  • History Channel: “A Global Warning?,” Tuesday, November 13, @ 9pm ET/PT
  • History Channel: “Las Vegas,” Wednesday, November 14, @ 2pm ET/PT
  • History Channel: “Lost Worlds :Ivan the Terrible’s Fortresses,” Wednesday, November 14, @ 9pm ET/PT
  • History Channel: “Comets: Prophets of Doom,” Friday, November 16, @ 2pm ET/PT
  • History Channel: “Lost Worlds :Braveheart’s Scotland,” Friday, November 16, @ 11pm ET/PT
  • History Channel: “Modern Marvels,” Marathon Saturday, November 17, @ 2-5pm ET/PT
  • History Channel: “Ku Klux Klan: A Secret History,” Saturday, November 17, @ 8pm ET/PT
  • History Channel: “Baghdad Diary,” Saturday, November 17, @ 10pm ET/PT
SELLING BIG (NYT):
  • Joseph J. Ellis: AMERICAN CREATION #4 — 1 week on list – 11-04-07
  • Rick Atkinson: THE DAY OF BATTLE #21 – 11-04-07
  • Geoffrey C. Ward: THE WAR #28 – 11-04-07
  • David Halberstam: THE COLDEST WINTER #31 – 11-04-07
FUTURE RELEASES:
  • David Lawday: Napoleon’s Master: A Life of Prince Talleyrand, November 13, 2007
  • Chad Alan Goldberg: Citizens and Paupers: Relief, Rights, and Race, from the Freedmen’s Bureau to Workfare, November 15, 2007
  • Joseph Pierro: The Maryland Campaign of September 1862: Ezra A. Carman’s Definitive Study of the Union and Confederate Armies at Antietam, November 26, 2007
  • Suzanne Levine: Bella Abzug: How One Tough Broad from the Bronx Fought Jim Crow and Joe McCarthy, Pissed off Jimmy Carter, Battled for the Rights of Women and Workers, Rallied against War and for the Planet, and Shook up Politics along the Way, November 27, 2007
  • Thomas Keneally: A Commonwealth of Thieves: The Improbable Birth of Australia, Paperback, December 4, 2007
  • Timothy Naftali: George H. W. Bush: The American Presidents Series: The 41st President, 1989-1993, December 10, 2007
  • The Great Experiment, by Strobe Talbott (S&S, Jan.). How mere tribes became great nations.
  • James J. Sheehan: Where Have All the Soldiers Gone?, (Houghton, Jan.). The rejection of violence after World War II redefined a continent. Europe chose material well-being over war.
DEPARTED:

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

November 5, 2007

PRESIDENTIAL CAMPAIGN 2008 WATCH:
  • Bruce Schulman: “One man’s flip-flop can be another man’s ‘admirable flexibility.’” – NYT, 11-4-07
  • Gil Troy on “EYE ON EDWARDS | A CAROLINAS NATIVE CAMPAIGNS FOR PRESIDENT Casting his vote for kid-friendly campaign” “‘In the age of the modern presidential campaign, the candidate is using anything to get traction.’ He said candidates invoke a one-way street of privacy, in which they invite media scrutiny of their children but only at the candidates’ choosing.” – Charlotte Observer, 11-4-07
BIGGEST STORIES:
HNN STATS THIS WEEK:
THIS WEEK IN HISTORY: This Week in History:

  • 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
  • 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:
  • Robert Draper, The Imperial Presidency DEAD CERTAIN The Presidency of George W. Bush, THE TERROR PRESIDENCY Law and Judgment Inside the Bush AdministrationNYT, 11-4-07
  • Jonathan D. Spence: Invasion and Occupation About 350 years ago, a gentleman’s quiet, happy life was suddenly upended RETURN TO DRAGON MOUNTAIN Memories of a Late Ming Man - WaPo, 11-4-07
  • Greg Behrman: Demise of a Metaphor Why the Marshall Plan’s success is not so easy to repeat THE MOST NOBLE ADVENTURE WaPo, 11-4-07
  • Simon Sebag Montefiore: The Young and the Ruthless Stalin was a precocious gangster, robber and arsonist YOUNG STALINWaPo, 11-4-07
  • ‘The Second Civil War: How Extreme Partisanship Has Paralyzed Washington and Polarized America’ by Ronald Brownstein – Los Angeles Times, CA, 11-4-07
  • Arthur M. Schlesinger, Jr.: Washington’s ultimate insider – Globe and Mail, Canada, 11-3-04
  • Dana Frank: Historian looks sideways at local landmarks – http://www.santacruzsentinel.com, 10-29-07
OP-ED:
BLOGOSPHERE:
PROFILED:
FEATURE:
INTERVIEWED:
  • Conversation with…Dr. Avinoam Patt Professor says Jewish GIs went beyond the call of duty to help Holocaust victims they liberated – Jewish Ledger, 10-31-07
QUOTED:
  • Frederick Kagan: Says America needs to be heartened by our success in Iraq, and seize a victory – Weekly Standard, 11-5-07
  • Andrew Cumming: Historian says Battle of Britain pilots ‘could not shoot straight’ – Telegraph (UK), 10-30-07
HONORED, AWARDED, AND APPOINTMENTS:
SPOTTED:
SPEAKING EVENTS CALENDAR:
  • Nov 6, 2007: Rennard Strickland noted legal scholar and astute historian will return to his hometown to present a lecture at 7 p.m. Tuesday at Muskogee Public Library – Muskogee Daily Phoenix, OK, 11-4-07
  • Nov 6, 2007: 6:30 P.M., J.H. Elliott, Regius Professor Emeritus of Modern History at the University of Oxford, discusses “Empires of the Atlantic World: Britain and Spain in America 1492-1830″ at the Inter-American Development Bank, Enrique V. Iglesias Conference Center, 1330 New York Ave. NW.
  • Nov 6, 2007: Jill Norgren: Historian to speak Tuesday about first woman presidential candidate at 7 p.m. Tuesday at the Gerald R. Ford Museum Auditorium, 303 Pearl St., Grand Rapids.- Grand Haven Tribune, MI, 11-2-07
  • Nov 7, 2007: Gerhard Weinberg: Scholar who discovered sequel to Main Kampf to give lecture “Hitler’s Lost Plan” will be shown at 2 p.m. on Wednesday, November 7 followed by a talk given by Weinberg at Linebaugh Public Library http://www.murfreesboropost.com (10-31-07)
  • Nov 12, 2007: Lamar University’s J. Lee Thompson found fascination in British history – and now he’s a world-class scholar and author on the subject. On Monday, Nov. 12, he’ll share that expertise with campus and community as Lamar’s 2007 Distinguished Faculty Lecturer – Lamar University, TX, 11-1-07
ON TV: History Listings This Week:

  • C-Span2, Book TV : Reese Erlich: The Iran Agenda: The Real Story of U.S. Policy and the Middle East Crisis Sunday, November 4 @ 7:00pm C-Span2, BookTV
  • History

  • C-Span2, Book TV : The American Idea: The Best of The Atlantic Monthly Authors: Mark Bowden; James Fallow; Christopher Hitchens; William Langewiesche; Robert Vare, Monday, November 5 @ 6:30am C-Span2, BookTV
  • History Channel: “MonsterQuest :America’s Loch Ness Monster” Sunday, November 4, @ 10pm ET/PT
  • History Channel: “Titanic’s Final Moments: Missing Pieces,” Monday, November 5, @ 2pm ET/PT
  • History Channel: “Titanic’s Achilles Heel,” Monday, November 5, @ 4pm ET/PT
  • History Channel: “Titanic’s Tragic Sister,” Monday, November 5, @ 6pm ET/PT
  • History Channel: “Modern Marvels :Titanic Tech,” Monday, November 5, @ 7pm ET/PT
  • History Channel: “Cities Of The Underworld :11 – Dracula’s Underground” Monday, October 29, @ 9pm ET/PT
  • History Channel: “Bloodlines: The Dracula Family Tree,” Monday, October 29, @ 10pm ET/PT
  • History Channel: “Digging For The Truth :Angkor Wat: The Eighth Wonder,” Monday, October 29, @ 11pm ET/PT
  • History Channel: “The Lincoln Assassination : The Lincoln Assassination,” Tuesday, November 6, @ 2pm ET/PT
  • History Channel: “Conspiracy? :Who Killed Martin Luther King Jr.?,” Tuesday, November 6, @ 4pm ET/PT
  • History Channel: “Conspiracy? :RFK Assassination,” Tuesday, November 6, @ 5pm ET/PT
  • History Channel: “Columbus: The Lost Voyage,” Wednesday, November 7, @ 2pm ET/PT
  • History Channel: “History’s Mysteries :The True Story of Mutiny on The Bounty,” Wednesday, November 7, @ 5pm ET/PT
  • History Channel: “The Big Build :Viking Longboat,” Wednesday, November 7, @ 6pm ET/PT
  • History Channel: “The Saint Valentine’s Day Massacre,” Thursday, November 8, @ 2pm ET/PT
  • History Channel: “Digging For The Truth :Pirates: Terror in the Mediterranean,” Thursday, November 8, @ 11pm ET/PT
  • History Channel: “Brothers in Arms: The Untold Story of The 502 : D-Day,” Friday, November 9, @ 2pm ET/PT
  • History Channel: “Human Weapon,” Marathon Saturday, November 10, @ 2-5pm ET/PT
  • History Channel: “The Universe : Beyond the Big Bang,” Saturday, November 10, @ 8pm ET/PT
  • History Channel: “How the Earth Was Made,” Saturday, November 10, @ 10pm ET/PT
SELLING BIG (NYT):
  • Rick Atkinson: THE DAY OF BATTLE #20 – 11-04-07
  • David Halberstam: THE COLDEST WINTER #23 – 11-04-07
  • Geoffrey C. Ward: THE WAR #28 – 11-04-07
FUTURE RELEASES:
  • Stephen William Berry: House of Abraham: Lincoln and the Todds, A Family Divided by War (Houghton Mifflin Company, November 5, 2007)
  • M. Stanton Evans: Blacklisted by History: The Real Story of Joseph McCarthy and His Fight against America’s Enemies, (Crown Publishing Group, November 6, 2007)
  • Chad Alan Goldberg: Citizens and Paupers: Relief, Rights, and Race, from the Freedmen’s Bureau to Workfare, November 15, 2007
  • Thomas Keneally: A Commonwealth of Thieves: The Improbable Birth of Australia, Paperback, December 4, 2007
  • The Great Experiment, by Strobe Talbott (S&S, Jan.). How mere tribes became great nations.
  • James J. Sheehan: Where Have All the Soldiers Gone?, (Houghton, Jan.). The rejection of violence after World War II redefined a continent. Europe chose material well-being over war.
DEPARTED:

Posted on Sunday, November 4, 2007 at 4:48 PM

History Buzz: October 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.

October 28, 2007

GERALD FORD & “Write It When I’m Gone”:
JACQUES BARZUN, 100TH BIRTHDAY:
PRESIDENTIAL CAMPAIGN 2008 WATCH:
  • Robert Dallek on “How Giuliani tried to control his NYC legacy”: “That’s always a problem. You have to ask, ‘Are they holding anything back?’ unless you can prove them wrong, you’ve just got to accept it at face value.” – Chicago Tribune, 10-28-07
  • Michael Wallace on “How Giuliani tried to control his NYC legacy”: “There should always be an asterisk next to any citation of the Giuliani papers, saying … ‘The chain of public custody of these documents was broken,’ He had to be sued repeatedly to get him to disclose even the most inoffensive material. Somebody with that kind of track record, you don’t want to turn over to him the task of archiving his papers.” – Chicago Tribune, 10-28-07
  • Daniel Pipes: Attracts notice as a Giuliani advisor – NYT, 10-25-07
HALLOWEEN:
BIGGEST STORIES:
HNN STATS THIS WEEK:
THIS WEEK IN HISTORY: This Week in History:

  • 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”
  • 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:
  • Alex Ross: Century’s Playlist THE REST IS NOISE Listening to the Twentieth CenturyNYT, 10-28-07
  • Alex Ross: THE REST IS NOISE Listening to the Twentieth Century, First Chapter – NYT, 10-28-07
  • Susan Tyler Hitchcock: It’s Alive! We’ve been remaking this monster since he first got off the table FRANKENSTEIN A Cultural History - WaPo, 10-28-07
  • Jill Lepore on Daniel Walker Howe, Charles Sellers, C. Vann Woodward: Was there or wasn’t there a market revolution in 19th century America? – New Yorker, 10-29-07
  • John J. Mearsheimer & Stephan M. Walt: Foreign Affairs review says their book gives comfort to anti-Semites – Walter Russell Mead in Foreign Affairs (Nov-Dec.), 11-1-07
OP-ED:
BLOGOSPHERE:
PROFILED:
FEATURE:
INTERVIEWED:
QUOTED:
HONORED, AWARDED, AND APPOINTMENTS:
EXHIBITIONS / NEW WEBSITES:
SPOTTED:
  • Laurel Thatcher Ulrich: Renaissance for women started in ’60s, speaker says – Deseret News, UT, 10-28-07
  • Correlli Barnett: Public school ‘indoctrination’ has led UK to war, says historian – Guardian, 10-25-07
  • John Hope Franklin and Romila Thapar: Two scholars share their views of the role of the historian and social change – Duke Press Release, 10-22-07
SPEAKING EVENTS CALENDAR:
  • Oct 29 & Nov 1, 2007: Robert E. Bonner: Acclaimed American Historian and Professor Emeritus Publishes New Book; Appearances Scheduled at Carleton College and River City Books. On Monday, October 29 from 4:30 p.m. to 6 p.m. in Carleton’s Gould Library Athenaeum, Bonner will discuss the process of writing the book in a presentation entitled “Getting to Know Buffalo Bill Cody;” a booksigning and refreshments will follow his lecture. Bonner will also appear and sign copies of the book on Thursday, November 1 from 7 p.m. to 8 p.m. at Carleton’s River City Books, 306 Division Street South in downtown Northfield – Carleton College News, 10-22-07
  • Nov 1, 2007: Jon Kukla will sign copies of his new book, “Mr. Jefferson’s Women,” at 4:30 on Thursday, November 1, 2007, at the Library of Virginia’s booth, no. 42-43, in the exhibition area at the Southern Historical Association annual convention in Richmond.
  • Nov 1, 2007: Ken Burns: A Modern history teacher Documentary maker who just finished ‘The War’ on PBS will speak on Thursday 7 p.m. during “An Evening with Ken Burns” in ISU’s Braden Auditorium and at 2 p.m. Thursday in IWU’s Hansen Student Center, 300 Beecher St. in Bloomington. – Peoria Journal Star, IL, 10-28-07
ON TV: History Listings This Week:

  • C-Span2, Book TV : 2007 Henry Paolucci/Walter Bagehot Award: Andrew Roberts, author “A History of the English- Speaking Peoples Since 1900″ Monday, October 29 @ 2:00am C-Span2, BookTV
  • History Channel: “Nostradamus: 500 Years Later Sunday, October 28, @ 7pm ET/PT
  • History Channel: “Lost Book of Nostradamus” Sunday, October 28, @ 9pm ET/PT
  • History Channel: “Decoding The Past :The Other Nostradamus.” Sunday, October 28, @ 11pm ET/PT
  • History Channel: “Last Stand of The 300,” Monday, October 29, @ 2pm ET/PT
  • History Channel: “Organized Crime: A World History :Russia,” Monday, October 22, @ 3pm ET/PT
  • History Channel: “Modern Marvels :The Colosseum,” Monday, October 29, @ 6pm ET/PT
  • History Channel: “Cities Of The Underworld :11 – Dracula’s Underground” Monday, October 29, @ 9pm ET/PT
  • History Channel: “Bloodlines: The Dracula Family Tree,” Monday, October 29, @ 10pm ET/PT
  • History Channel: “Digging For The Truth :Angkor Wat: The Eighth Wonder,” Monday, October 29, @ 11pm ET/PT
  • History Channel: “The Amazing Story of Superman,” Tuesday, October 30, @ 2pm ET/PT
  • History Channel: “Modern Marvels :Private Collections,” Tuesday, October 30, @ 4pm ET/PT
  • History Channel: “Modern Marvels :Cemeteries,” Tuesday, October 30, @ 6pm ET/PT
  • History Channel: “Lost Book of Nostradamus,” Tuesday, October 30, @ 8pm ET/PT
  • History Channel: “The Haunted History of Halloween,” Tuesday, October 30, @ 11pm ET/PT
  • History Channel: “Decoding The Past : Vampires Secrets,” Wednesday, October 31, @ 2pm ET/PT
  • History Channel: “History’s Mysteries :The Real Dracula,” Wednesday, October 31, @ 5pm ET/PT
  • History Channel: “The Haunted History of Halloween,” Wednesday, October 31, @ 6pm ET/PT
  • History Channel: “Modern Marvels :Chocolate,” Wednesday, October 31, @ 7pm ET/PT
  • History Channel: “Modern Marvels :Candy,” Wednesday, October 31, @ 8pm ET/PT
  • History Channel: “Lost Worlds :Jekyll &smp; Hyde,” Wednesday, October 31, @ 9pm ET/PT
  • History Channel: “MonsterQuest :America’s Loch Ness Monster,” Wednesday, October 31, @ 10pm ET/PT
  • History Channel: “Deep Sea Detectives :Loch Ness: Great Monster Mystery,” Wednesday, October 31, @ 11pm ET/PT
  • History Channel: “Street Gangs: A Secret History,” Thursday, November 1, @ 2pm ET/PT
  • History Channel: “Godfathers,” Thursday, November 1, @ 4pm ET/PT
  • History Channel: “History’s Mysteries :Ship of Gold,” Thursday, November 1, @ 7pm ET/PT
  • History Channel: “Lost Worlds :Al Capone’s Secret City,” Thursday, November 1, @ 10pm ET/PT
  • History Channel: “Man, Moment, Machine :Hunting Bonnie & Clyde,” Thursday, November 1, @ 11pm ET/PT
  • History Channel: “History’s Mysteries :Ancient Monster Hunters,” Friday, November 2, @ 5pm ET/PT
  • History Channel: “Mega Disasters,” Marathon Saturday, October 27, @ 2-5pm ET/PT
  • History Channel: “Lost Book of Nostradamus,” Saturday, November 3, @ 5pm ET/PT
SELLING BIG (NYT):
  • Geoffrey C. Ward: THE WAR #13 (6 weeks on list) – 11-04-07
  • Rick Atkinson: THE DAY OF BATTLE #14 (2 week on list) – 11-04-07
  • David Halberstam: THE COLDEST WINTER #24 – 11-04-07
  • Diane Ackerman: THE ZOOKEEPER’S WIFE #29 – 11-04-07
FUTURE RELEASES:
  • Joseph J. Ellis: American Creation: Triumphs and Tragedies at the Founding of the Republic, October 30, 2007
  • Ronald Reagan: The Reagan Diaries (Leatherbound Edition), October 30, 2007
  • David W. Blight: A Slave No More, (Harcourt, Nov.). The slave narratives of two Americans serve as eye-opening corridors to history.
  • Lady Bird Johnson: A White House Diary, November 1, 2007
  • Stephen William Berry: House of Abraham: Lincoln and the Todds, A Family Divided by War (Houghton Mifflin Company, November 5, 2007)
  • M. Stanton Evans: Blacklisted by History: The Real Story of Joseph McCarthy and His Fight against America’s Enemies, (Crown Publishing Group, November 6, 2007)
  • Chad Alan Goldberg: Citizens and Paupers: Relief, Rights, and Race, from the Freedmen’s Bureau to Workfare, November 15, 2007
  • Thomas Keneally: A Commonwealth of Thieves: The Improbable Birth of Australia, Paperback, December 4, 2007
  • The Great Experiment, by Strobe Talbott (S&S, Jan.). How mere tribes became great nations.
  • James J. Sheehan: Where Have All the Soldiers Gone?, (Houghton, Jan.). The rejection of violence after World War II redefined a continent. Europe chose material well-being over war.
DEPARTED:

Posted on Sunday, October 28, 2007 at 11:01 PM

October 22, 2007

PRESIDENTIAL CAMPAIGN 2008 WATCH:
  • Presidential historian Doris Kearns Goodwin said Hillary turning 60 helps lend gravitas as she seeks to be the first woman President: “The idea that she is older does help her to remind people of a lifetime spent in public service, fighting for issues she has cared about for four of her six decades. That is replacing the caricature of someone who feels like she is owed.” – New York Daily News, 10-21-07
BIGGEST STORIES:
HNN STATS THIS WEEK:
THIS WEEK IN HISTORY: This Week in History:

  • 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
  • 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:
OP-ED:
BLOGOSPHERE:
PROFILED:
FEATURE:
INTERVIEWED:
QUOTED:
  • Allan Lichtman on “Influencing Power in Washington”: “For example, John Ashcroft who was the Attorney General during the first George W. Bush term is now a lobbyist. He is a very important Republican lobbyist. On the other side, for example, John Breaux, who was a Democratic senator from Louisiana, is now a lobbyist. Studies have shown that when we look at the United States House of Representatives, about 40 percent of former Representatives go on to become lobbyists when they quit the Congress.” – VOA News, 10-19-07
  • James McPherson on “Communications lifelines serve troops, not history, researchers say”: “E-mails and phone calls from servicemen today probably won’t have that permanence and most probably won’t make it into any historical repository, so that future historians won’t have the richness of sources that Civil War historians have.” “I think that the instantaneous communications between soldiers and their families … back home is actually less effective in conveying their experiences and feelings than the letters home written by Civil War soldiers.” – Press-Enterprise, CA, 10-18-07
  • David Long on “Communications lifelines serve troops, not history, researchers say”: “No generation of fighters that went to war was as literate as the Civil War generation.” “The only release they have from loneliness of being away from home was written form. They wrote a lot. You didn’t have censorship like you would have later on in World War II. When I see the communication of my mother and father during (World War II), how incredibly limp they were in terms of what the censors had removed and what was left of it, you realize the tremendous record Civil War soldiers left for us.” – Press-Enterprise, CA, 10-18-07
  • John Hope Franklin: Freedom Award winner speaks out – http://www.commercialappeal.com (Memphis), 10-18-07
HONORED, AWARDED, AND APPOINTMENTS:
EXHIBITIONS / NEW WEBSITES:
SPOTTED:
SPEAKING EVENTS CALENDAR:
  • Oct. 22, 2007: Pulitzer Prize winner to speak at Memorial Union Stanford Professor Jack Rakove to discuss ‘Living With the Founders’ @ MU II from 4 to 6 p.m. as part of the Pulitzer Prize Winners in History Series – The California Aggie Online, CA, 10-18-07
  • Oct. 25, 2007: Deborah Lipstadt: Historian Who Challenges Holocaust Deniers to Speak at Ithaca College, will speak at Ithaca College on Thursday, Oct. 25. Lipstadt will present “Holocaust Denial: A New Form of Anti-Semitism” at 7:15 p.m. in the Klingenstein Lounge, Egbert Hall. – Ithaca College, NY, 10-4-07
  • The “New South Meets Old West” Symposium from 6 to 10 p.m. Oct. 26 in the Latture Conference Center on the University of Arkansas at Fort Smith campus – Fort Smith Times Record, AR, 10-2-07
  • Oct. 26-27, 2007: U of Buffalo Humanities Institute Presents Conference on Human Trafficking. The conference will be held Oct. 26-27 in the Center for the Arts on the UB North (Amherst) Campus – UB News Center, 10-15-07
  • Oct. 27, 2007: A symposium and dinner in late October will honor longtime Western Michigan University historian Dr. Ernst Breisach, professor emeritus of history and distinguished faculty scholar. The “Exploring History/Writing History” symposium begins at 1 p.m. in The Little Theatre on Oakland Drive followed by a reception and dinner beginning at 4:30 p.m. across the street in Walwood Hall on WMU’s East Campus. Pre-registration is required by Monday, Oct. 15 – Press Release–Western Michigan University, 10-10-07
ON TV: History Listings This Week:

  • History Channel: “The True Story of Black Hawk Down” Sunday, October 21, @ 3pm ET/PT
  • History Channel: “Return of the Pirates” Sunday, October 21, @ 5pm ET/PT
  • History Channel: “Last Stand of The 300″ Sunday, October 21, @ 8pm ET/PT
  • History Channel: “Organized Crime: A World History :Colombia,” Monday, October 22, @ 2pm ET/PT
  • History Channel: “Organized Crime: A World History :Russia,” Monday, October 22, @ 3pm ET/PT
  • History Channel: “Organized Crime: A World History :China,” Monday, October 22, @ 4pm ET/PT
  • History Channel: “Declassified :Godfathers of Havana,” Monday, October 22, @ 5pm ET/PT
  • History Channel: “The Antichrist/” Monday, October 22, @ 9pm ET/PT
  • History Channel: “Digging For The Truth :Timbuktu,” Monday, October 22, @ 11pm ET/PT
  • History Channel: “Hippies,” Tuesday, October 23, @ 2pm ET/PT
  • History Channel: “Mega Disasters :New York Earthquake,” Tuesday, October 23, @ 9pm ET/PT
  • History Channel: “Decoding The Past :Mayan Doomsday Prophecy,” Tuesday, October 23, @ 10pm ET/PT
  • History Channel: “The States :06 - Florida, Indiana, Washington, Utah, Rhode Island,” Wednesday, October 24, @ 2pm ET/PT
  • History Channel: “The States :07 – Illinois, Connecticut, Nevada, Mississippi, Wyoming,” Wednesday, October 24, @ 3pm ET/PT
  • History Channel: “The States :08 – Virginia, Ohio, Idaho, Alabama, North Dakota,” Wednesday, October 24, @ 4pm ET/PT
  • History Channel: “The States :09 – Michigan, Tennessee, Maine, Missouri, South Dakota,” Wednesday, October 24, @ 5pm ET/PT
  • History Channel: “The States :10 – Georgia, Colorado, Wisconsin, Nebraska, Maryland/DC,” Wednesday, October 24, @ 6pm ET/PT
  • History Channel: “Modern Marvels :Barbarian Battle Tech,” Wednesday, October 17, @ 7pm ET/PT
  • History Channel: “Lost Worlds :Stalin’s Supercity,” Wednesday, October 17, @ 9pm ET/PT
  • History Channel: “Inside the Volcano,” Thursday, October 24, @ 2pm ET/PT
  • History Channel: “History’s Mysteries :Japan’s Mysterious Pyramids,” Thursday, October 24, @ 5pm ET/PT
  • History Channel: “Tsunami 2004: Waves of Death,” Thursday, October 25, @ 10pm ET/PT
  • History Channel: “Breaking Vegas,” Friday, October 26, @ 2pm ET/PT
  • History Channel: “Countdown to Armageddon :,” Friday, October 26, @ 9pm ET/PT
  • History Channel: “Sex in the Real West,” Friday, October 19, @ 10pm ET/PT
  • History Channel: “The Universe,” Marathon Saturday, October 27, @ 2-5pm ET/PT
  • History Channel: “Vampires Secrets,” Saturday, October 27, @ 8pm ET/PT
  • History Channel: “Decoding The Past :Cults: Dangerous Devotion,” Saturday, October 27, @ 10pm ET/PT
SELLING BIG (NYT):
  • Rick Atkinson: THE DAY OF BATTLE #7 (1 week on list) – 10-28-07
  • Geoffrey C. Ward: THE WAR #10 (5 weeks on list) – 10-28-07
  • David Halberstam: THE COLDEST WINTER #13 (3 weeks on list) – 10-28-07
  • Arthur M. Schlesinger Jr.: JOURNALS #26 – 10-28-07
FUTURE RELEASES:
  • Alex Ross: The Rest Is Noise, (FSG, Oct.). A history of the 20th century through its remarkable music.
  • Aida D. Donald: Lion in the White House: A Life of Theodore Roosevelt, October 22, 2007
  • Richard Avedon, The Kennedys: Portrait of a Family, (HarperCollins Publishers, October 23, 2007)
  • Sally Bedell Smith: For Love of Politics: Bill and Hillary Clinton: The White House Years, October 23, 2007
  • Laurence Bergreen: Marco Polo: From Venice to Xanadu, October 23, 2007
  • Bill Sloan: The Ultimate Battle: Okinawa 1945–The Last Epic Struggle of World War II, October 23, 2007
  • Joseph J. Ellis: American Creation: Triumphs and Tragedies at the Founding of the Republic, October 30, 2007
  • Ronald Reagan: The Reagan Diaries (Leatherbound Edition), October 30, 2007
  • David W. Blight: A Slave No More, (Harcourt, Nov.). The slave narratives of two Americans serve as eye-opening corridors to history.
  • Lady Bird Johnson: A White House Diary, November 1, 2007
  • Stephen William Berry: House of Abraham: Lincoln and the Todds, A Family Divided by War (Houghton Mifflin Company, November 5, 2007)
  • M. Stanton Evans: Blacklisted by History: The Real Story of Joseph McCarthy and His Fight against America’s Enemies, (Crown Publishing Group, November 6, 2007)
  • Chad Alan Goldberg: Citizens and Paupers: Relief, Rights, and Race, from the Freedmen’s Bureau to Workfare, November 15, 2007
  • Thomas Keneally: A Commonwealth of Thieves: The Improbable Birth of Australia, Paperback, December 4, 2007
  • The Great Experiment, by Strobe Talbott (S&S, Jan.). How mere tribes became great nations.
  • James J. Sheehan: Where Have All the Soldiers Gone?, (Houghton, Jan.). The rejection of violence after World War II redefined a continent. Europe chose material well-being over war.
DEPARTED:
  • Judy Crichton: Producer of American Experience, Dies at 77 – NYT, 10-17-07

Posted on Sunday, October 21, 2007 at 9:17 PM

October 15, 2007

JACQUES BARZUN, 100TH BIRTHDAY:
THANKSGIVING:
PRESIDENTIAL CAMPAIGN 2008 WATCH:
  • Fred Siegel, a historian at Cooper Union on “To the Would-Be Presidents: Don’t Forget the City Issues”: Hillary’s more worried about Methodists in Ohio. Rudy is playing up his achievements in New York, he wants to cast himself as a national, not a local, figure.” – NYT, 10-12-07
  • Year of the Rat: A Campaign 2008 Diary – Rolling Stone, 10-9-07
BIGGEST STORIES:
HNN STATS THIS WEEK:
THIS WEEK IN HISTORY: This Week in History:

  • 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
  • 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:
  • STACY SCHIFF on Jon Kukla: Founding Chauvinist Pig? MR. JEFFERSON’S WOMENNYT, 10-14-07
  • Jon Kukla: MR. JEFFERSON’S WOMEN, First Chapter – NYT, 10-14-07
  • Ken Albala: Protein Pills BEANS A HistoryNYT, 10-14-07
  • Nancy Marie Brown: Girl of the North Country THE FAR TRAVELER Voyages of a Viking Woman. - NYT, 10-14-07
  • Idith Zertal and Akiva Eldar: Over the Line LORDS OF THE LAND The War Over Israel’s Settlements in the Occupied Territories, 1967-2007 - NYT, 10-14-07
  • Rick Atkinson: Bravery and Blunder Volume Two in a monumental history shows raw GIs and inexperienced generals in a schoolhouse of war THE DAY OF BATTLE The War in Sicily and Italy, 1943-1944WaPo, 10-14-07
  • Andrew Nagorski: Victory of Steel and Ice During the Battle of Moscow, Stalin turned his guns on his own people THE GREATEST BATTLE Stalin, Hitler, and the Desperate Struggle for Moscow That Changed the Course of World War II - WaPo, 10-14-07
  • Geoffrey C. Ward and Ken Burns: The Pity of War The War, an Intimate History 1941-45WaPo, 10-14-07
  • Saul Friedlander: Praised for his history of the holocaust and damned for his portrait of Hitler and the Nazis – Adam Tooze, in a review of The Years of Extermination: Nazi Germany And The Jews 1939-1945 by Saul Friedlander, in the Telegraph (UK), 10-11-07
  • Arthur Schlesinger, Jr.: Journals reviewed by Douglas Brinkley – LAT, 10-7-07
OP-ED:
BLOGOSPHERE:
PROFILED:
FEATURE:
INTERVIEWED:
  • Timothy Garton Ash: ‘A Clear European Voice is Missing in the World’ (Interview) – Spiegel, 10-11-07
  • Saul Friedlander: Interviewed about the Holocaust by Spiegel – Spiegel, 10-8-07
QUOTED:
HONORED, AWARDED, AND APPOINTMENTS:
EXHIBITIONS / NEW WEBSITES:
  • “In Their Words,” the interactive World War II exhibit now on display at AETN’s headquarters on the University of Central Arkansas campus, is just one facet of a comprehensive oral history project directed by UCA graduate Gabe Gentry. – UCA News, 10-5-07, www.intheirwords.org
SPOTTED:
SPEAKING EVENTS CALENDAR:
  • Oct. 16, 2007: Filmmaker and historian John Savage will give a DVD presentation on “Boss Tweed and President McKinley” at the Greenwich Library, CT on Tuesday, Oct. 16, at 10:30 a.m. – Greenwich Post, CT, 10-5-07
  • Oct. 17, 2007: Gil Troy: the Guggenheim will host “Reagen-Era America.” The panel’s titular topic will discuss the political and cultural climate of the late 70s and early 80s, and will be moderated by Johanna Burton; participating commentators will be critics Todd Gitlin, Isabelle Graw, Julia Bryan-Wilson, and Gil Troy @ 6:30 PM Peter B. Lewis Theater of the Sackler Center – guggenheim.org
  • Oct. 17, 2007: Archivist of the United States Allen Weinstein will host an “American Conversation” with Congressman Tom Lantos, Chair of the House of Representatives’ Committee on Foreign Affairs, on Wednesday, October 17, at 7 p.m. – PRNewswire-USNewswire, 10-2-07
  • Oct. 25, 2007: Deborah Lipstadt: Historian Who Challenges Holocaust Deniers to Speak at Ithaca College, will speak at Ithaca College on Thursday, Oct. 25. Lipstadt will present “Holocaust Denial: A New Form of Anti-Semitism” at 7:15 p.m. in the Klingenstein Lounge, Egbert Hall. – Ithaca College, NY, 10-4-07
  • The “New South Meets Old West” Symposium from 6 to 10 p.m. Oct. 26 in the Latture Conference Center on the University of Arkansas at Fort Smith campus – Fort Smith Times Record, AR, 10-2-07
  • Oct. 26-27, 2007: U of Buffalo Humanities Institute Presents Conference on Human Trafficking. The conference will be held Oct. 26-27 in the Center for the Arts on the UB North (Amherst) Campus – UB News Center, 10-15-07
  • Oct. 27, 2007: A symposium and dinner in late October will honor longtime Western Michigan University historian Dr. Ernst Breisach, professor emeritus of history and distinguished faculty scholar. The “Exploring History/Writing History” symposium begins at 1 p.m. in The Little Theatre on Oakland Drive followed by a reception and dinner beginning at 4:30 p.m. across the street in Walwood Hall on WMU’s East Campus. Pre-registration is required by Monday, Oct. 15 – Press Release–Western Michigan University, 10-10-07
ON TV: History Listings This Week:

  • History Channel: “Comic Book Superheroes Unmasked” Monday, October 15, @ 5pm ET/PT
  • History Channel: “History’s Mysteries :Devil’s Island: Hell on Earth” Monday, October 15, @ 5pm ET/PT
  • History Channel: “Digging For The Truth :God’s Gold, Part 2″ Monday, October 15, @ 9pm ET/PT
  • History Channel: “Tora, Tora, Tora: The Real Story of Pearl Harbor,” Tuesday, October 16, @ 2pm ET/PT
  • History Channel: “True Story of the Bridge on the River Kwai,” Tuesday, October 16, @ 4pm ET/PT
  • History Channel: “Modern Marvels :Civil War Tech,” Tuesday, October 16, @ 7pm ET/PT
  • History Channel: “Egypt: Engineering an Empire,” Wednesday, October 17, @ 2pm ET/PT
  • History Channel: “History’s Mysteries :Sodom & Gomorrah,” Wednesday, October 17, @ 4pm ET/PT
  • History Channel: “Mysteries of the Garden of Eden :Mysteries of the Garden of Eden,” Wednesday, October 17, @ 5pm ET/PT
  • History Channel: “Modern Marvels :Barbarian Battle Tech,” Wednesday, October 17, @ 7pm ET/PT
  • History Channel: “Lost Worlds :Stalin’s Supercity,” Wednesday, October 17, @ 9pm ET/PT
  • History Channel: “Special : Meteors: Fire in the Sky,” Thursday, October 18, @ 2pm ET/PT
  • History Channel: “History’s Mysteries :The Search for Life on Mars,” Thursday, October 18, @ 4pm ET/PT
  • History Channel: “History’s Mysteries :Monsters of the Sea,” Thursday, October 18, @ 5pm ET/PT
  • History Channel: “Modern Marvels :Howard Hughes Tech,” Friday, October 19, @ 9pm ET/PT
  • History Channel: “The History of Sex :From Don Juan to Queen Victoria,” Friday, October 19, @ 9pm ET/PT
  • History Channel: “Sex in the Real West,” Friday, October 19, @ 10pm ET/PT
  • History Channel: “Stalking Jihad,” Saturday, October 20, @ 8pm ET/PT
  • History Channel: “Bible Battles,” Saturday, October 20, @ 10pm ET/PT
SELLING BIG (NYT):
  • Rick Atkinson: THE DAY OF BATTLE #6 (1 week on list) – 10-21-07
  • Geoffrey C. Ward: THE WAR #7 (4 weeks on list) – 10-21-07
  • David Halberstam: THE COLDEST WINTER #8 (2 weeks on list) – 10-21-07
FUTURE RELEASES:
  • Alex Ross: The Rest Is Noise, (FSG, Oct.). A history of the 20th century through its remarkable music.
  • Daniel Walker Howe: What Hath God Wrought, (Oxford, Oct.). Three decades that transformed us, from the battle of New Orleans to the Mexican-American War.
  • Benjamin J. Kaplan: Divided by Faith: Religious Conflict and the Practice of Toleration in Early Modern Europe, (Harvard University Press, October 15, 2007)
  • Martin Gilbert: Churchill and the Jews: A Lifelong Friendship, October 16, 2007
  • Stacy A. Cordery: Alice: Alice Roosevelt Longworth, from White House Princess to Washington Power Broker, October 18, 2007
  • Aida D. Donald: Lion in the White House: A Life of Theodore Roosevelt, October 22, 2007
  • Richard Avedon, The Kennedys: Portrait of a Family, (HarperCollins Publishers, October 23, 2007)
  • Sally Bedell Smith: For Love of Politics: Bill and Hillary Clinton: The White House Years, October 23, 2007
  • Laurence Bergreen: Marco Polo: From Venice to Xanadu, October 23, 2007
  • Bill Sloan: The Ultimate Battle: Okinawa 1945–The Last Epic Struggle of World War II, October 23, 2007
  • Joseph J. Ellis: American Creation: Triumphs and Tragedies at the Founding of the Republic, October 30, 2007
  • Ronald Reagan: The Reagan Diaries (Leatherbound Edition), October 30, 2007
  • David W. Blight: A Slave No More, (Harcourt, Nov.). The slave narratives of two Americans serve as eye-opening corridors to history.
  • Lady Bird Johnson: A White House Diary, November 1, 2007
  • Stephen William Berry: House of Abraham: Lincoln and the Todds, A Family Divided by War (Houghton Mifflin Company, November 5, 2007)
  • M. Stanton Evans: Blacklisted by History: The Real Story of Joseph McCarthy and His Fight against America’s Enemies, (Crown Publishing Group, November 6, 2007)
  • Chad Alan Goldberg: Citizens and Paupers: Relief, Rights, and Race, from the Freedmen’s Bureau to Workfare, November 15, 2007
  • Thomas Keneally: A Commonwealth of Thieves: The Improbable Birth of Australia, Paperback, December 4, 2007
  • The Great Experiment, by Strobe Talbott (S&S, Jan.). How mere tribes became great nations.
  • James J. Sheehan: Where Have All the Soldiers Gone?, (Houghton, Jan.). The rejection of violence after World War II redefined a continent. Europe chose material well-being over war.
DEPARTED:

Posted on Monday, October 15, 2007 at 6:52 PM

October 8, 2007

JACQUES BARZUN, 100TH BIRTHDAY:
PRESIDENTIAL CAMPAIGN 2008 WATCH:
  • Gil Troy on “Kids on trail a balancing act Offspring can help buff candidates’ image, but deploying them poses political, personal risks”: “It’s a dangerous game, with young kids you have to be careful that you don’t appear to be exploiting them like a circus act.” – Chicago Tribune, 10-5-07
  • Obama camp claims JFK legacy – Chicago Tribune, 10-4-07
  • Doris Kearns Goodwin: “The difficulty is the age span is not as great as it was between [President Dwight] Eisenhower and Kennedy. This is sort of like a half-generational change.” – Chicago Tribune, 10-4-07
  • Myra Gutin on “What’s Real on the Campaign Trail?”: “We always take a certain measure of a candidate based on his or her spouse and certainly they will help to humanize.” – ABC News, 9-24-07
BIGGEST STORIES:
HNN STATS THIS WEEK:
THIS WEEK IN HISTORY: 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:
  • Arthur Schlesinger, Jr.: A Schmoozer Shares All – Jonathan Alter in Newsweek, 10-8-07
  • Scenes From a White House A handful of Camelot’s private, poignant moments, from the journals of the late Arthur M. Schlesinger Jr. by Arthur M. Schlesinger Jr. Excerpted from Journals: 1952–2000, by Arthur M. Schlesinger Jr., to be published this month by the Penguin Press; © 2007 by the Estate of Arthur M. Schlesinger Jr – Vanity Fair, November 2007
  • Arthur M. Schlesinger Jr. Edited by Andrew Schlesinger and Stephen Schlesinger: Social Historian JOURNALS 1952-2000NYT, 10-7-07
  • Arthur M. Schlesinger, Jr.: Martinis, Steak and History In his journals, Arthur Schlesinger, Jr. sings — and often sting JOURNALS, 1952-2000WaPo, 10-7-07
  • John J. Mearsheimer and Stephen M. Walt, Abraham H. Foxman: Conspiracy Theory Who really drives America’s policy toward the Middle East? THE ISRAEL LOBBY AND U.S. FOREIGN POLICY , THE DEADLIEST LIES The Israel Lobby and the Myth of Jewish Control - WaPo, 10-7-07
  • From JFK to Mick Jagger, the journals of Arthur M. Schlesinger Jr. – AP, 10-5-07
  • Jonathan D. Spence: China Passage RETURN TO DRAGON MOUNTAIN Memories of a Late Ming ManNYT, 10-7-07
  • Charles W. Dunn, Brian C. Anderson: Crisis on the Right – THE FUTURE OF CONSERVATISM Conflict and Consensus in the Post-Reagan Era, DEMOCRATIC CAPITALISM AND ITS DISCONTENTSNYT, 10-7-07
  • Brian C. Anderson: DEMOCRATIC CAPITALISM AND ITS DISCONTENTS, First Chapter – NYT, 10-7-07
  • James Wood: Historian Re-examines the Pacific Theater in WWII Japanese Military Strategy in the Pacific War: Was Defeat Inevitable?iBerkshires, 10-3-07
  • Arthur Schlesinger, Jr.: NYT raves about his journals – Janet Maslin in the NYT, 10-1-07
OP-ED:
PROFILED:
FEATURE:
  • The Sputnik revolution Fifty years ago tomorrow, Sputnik was launched and with it a new era for humanity – NYT, 10-3-07
  • Roy Rosensweig, James McPherson: Think history is boring? Try being part of it – NYT, 9-23-07
INTERVIEWED:
QUOTED:
  • Joshua Freeman on “Candidates Don’t Count Unions Out Though Membership Has Fallen, Democrats Still Court Labor”: “There aren’t that many institutions in American society that can do that” kind of mobilizing. “You’re basically talking about a 16, 17 million-person organization — what else is there out there on that scale that engages in politics?” – WaPo, 10-1-07
  • Marcus Rediker: Explains how captains recruited sailors on slave ships where conditions were awful – Pittsburgh Post-Gazette, 10-1-07
HONORED, AWARDED, AND APPOINTMENTS:
EXHIBITIONS / NEW WEBSITES:
  • “In Their Words,” the interactive World War II exhibit now on display at AETN’s headquarters on the University of Central Arkansas campus, is just one facet of a comprehensive oral history project directed by UCA graduate Gabe Gentry. – UCA News, 10-5-07, www.intheirwords.org
SPOTTED & SPEAKING EVENTS CALENDAR:
  • Conrad Crane: Decorated Colonel Conrad Crane speaks out on Iraq – Carlisle Sentinel, PA, 10-4-07
  • Garry Wills, at Zellerbach, on Lincoln, Bush, arrogance, and wisdom, UC Berkeley – Berkeleyan Online, CA, 10-3-07
  • Oct. 7, 2007: Brian Gratton: Immigration event launches humanities series, Arizona State University, 1 p.m., Oct. 7, at the Phoenix Art Museum, located at 1625 N. Central Ave., in Phoenix. – ASU News, 10-4-07
  • Oct. 9, 2007Paul Kramer, associate professor of history at the University of Iowa, will lecture on “Imperial Reconstructions: Racial Regimes and U.S. Globality in the 20th Century,” at 12:30 p.m., Tuesday, Oct. 9, in 203 Munroe Hall – UDaily, University of Delaware, 10-5-07
  • The Association of Latin American Historians (ADHILAC) announced their 8th Meeting to take place from October 10 to 12 in the host building of the Venezuelan Ministry of Culture – Prensa Latina, Cuba, 10-3-07
  • Oct. 16, 2007: Filmmaker and historian John Savage will give a DVD presentation on “Boss Tweed and President McKinley” at the Greenwich Library, CT on Tuesday, Oct. 16, at 10:30 a.m. – Greenwich Post, CT, 10-5-07
  • Oct. 17, 2007: Archivist of the United States Allen Weinstein will host an “American Conversation” with Congressman Tom Lantos, Chair of the House of Representatives’ Committee on Foreign Affairs, on Wednesday, October 17, at 7 p.m. – PRNewswire-USNewswire, 10-2-07
  • Oct. 25, 2007: Deborah Lipstadt: Historian Who Challenges Holocaust Deniers to Speak at Ithaca College, will speak at Ithaca College on Thursday, Oct. 25. Lipstadt will present “Holocaust Denial: A New Form of Anti-Semitism” at 7:15 p.m. in the Klingenstein Lounge, Egbert Hall. – Ithaca College, NY, 10-4-07
  • The “New South Meets Old West” Symposium from 6 to 10 p.m. Oct. 26 in the Latture Conference Center on the University of Arkansas at Fort Smith campus – Fort Smith Times Record, AR, 10-2-07
ON TV: History Listings This Week:

  • C-Span2, Book TV : History 2007 National Book Festival: Michael Oren, “Power, Faith and Fantasy: America in the Middle East – 1776 to Present” Monday, October 8 @ 4:00am C-Span2, BookTV
  • PBS: American Experience: “Race to the Moon” Monday, October 8 @ 9pm/EDT – PBS
  • History Channel: “The Saint Valentine’s Day Massacre,” Sunday, October 7, @ 3pm ET/PT
  • History Channel: “Godfathers,” Sunday, October 7, @ 5pm ET/PT
  • History Channel: “Columbus: The Lost Voyage” Monday, October 8, @ 9pm ET/PT
  • History Channel: “How the Earth Was Made,” Tuesday, October 9, @ 2pm ET/PT
  • History Channel: “Alaska: Dangerous Territory,” Tuesday, October 9, @ 4pm ET/PT
  • History Channel: “History’s Mysteries :Alaska’s Bermuda Triangle,” Tuesday, October 9, @ 6pm ET/PT
  • History Channel: “Modern Marvels :Silver Mines,” Wednesday, October 10, @ 7pm ET/PT
  • History Channel: “Lost Worlds :Lost Superpower of the Bible,” Wednesday, October 10, @ 9pm ET/PT
  • History Channel: “History’s Mysteries :The Mysteries of Devil’s Triangles,” Wednesday, October 11, @ 11pm ET/PT
  • History Channel: “The Samurai,” Thursday, October 11, @ 4pm ET/PT
  • History Channel: “Ancient Discoveries :Ships.,” Thursday, October 11, @ 10pm ET/PT
  • History Channel: “Hillbilly The Real Story,” Friday, October 12, @ 9pm ET/PT
  • History Channel: “Columbus: The Lost Voyage,” Saturday, October 13, @ 5pm ET/PT
  • History Channel: “Special : Meteors: Fire in the Sky,” Saturday, October 13, @ 8pm ET/PT
SELLING BIG (NYT):
  • David Halberstam: THE COLDEST WINTER #4 (1 week on list) – 10-14-07
  • Geoffrey C. Ward: THE WAR #8 (3 weeks on list) – 10-14-07
  • John J. Mearsheimer and M. Walt, by : THE ISRAEL LOBBY AND U.S. FOREIGN POLICY #20 – 10-14-07
  • Diane Ackerman: THE ZOOKEEPER’S WIFE #32 – 10-14-07
FUTURE RELEASES:
  • Alex Ross: The Rest Is Noise, (FSG, Oct.). A history of the 20th century through its remarkable music.
  • Daniel Walker Howe: What Hath God Wrought, (Oxford, Oct.). Three decades that transformed us, from the battle of New Orleans to the Mexican-American War.
  • Richard Rhodes: Arsenals of Folly: The Making of the Nuclear Arms Race, October 9, 2007
  • Benjamin J. Kaplan: Divided by Faith: Religious Conflict and the Practice of Toleration in Early Modern Europe, (Harvard University Press, October 15, 2007)
  • Martin Gilbert: Churchill and the Jews: A Lifelong Friendship, October 16, 2007
  • Stacy A. Cordery: Alice: Alice Roosevelt Longworth, from White House Princess to Washington Power Broker, October 18, 2007
  • Aida D. Donald: Lion in the White House: A Life of Theodore Roosevelt, October 22, 2007
  • Richard Avedon, The Kennedys: Portrait of a Family, (HarperCollins Publishers, October 23, 2007)
  • Sally Bedell Smith: For Love of Politics: Bill and Hillary Clinton: The White House Years, October 23, 2007
  • Laurence Bergreen: Marco Polo: From Venice to Xanadu, October 23, 2007
  • Bill Sloan: The Ultimate Battle: Okinawa 1945–The Last Epic Struggle of World War II, October 23, 2007
  • Joseph J. Ellis: American Creation: Triumphs and Tragedies at the Founding of the Republic, October 30, 2007
  • Ronald Reagan: The Reagan Diaries (Leatherbound Edition), October 30, 2007
  • David W. Blight: A Slave No More, (Harcourt, Nov.). The slave narratives of two Americans serve as eye-opening corridors to history.
  • Lady Bird Johnson: A White House Diary, November 1, 2007
  • Stephen William Berry: House of Abraham: Lincoln and the Todds, A Family Divided by War (Houghton Mifflin Company, November 5, 2007)
  • M. Stanton Evans: Blacklisted by History: The Real Story of Joseph McCarthy and His Fight against America’s Enemies, (Crown Publishing Group, November 6, 2007)
  • Chad Alan Goldberg: Citizens and Paupers: Relief, Rights, and Race, from the Freedmen’s Bureau to Workfare, November 15, 2007
  • Thomas Keneally: A Commonwealth of Thieves: The Improbable Birth of Australia, Paperback, December 4, 2007
  • The Great Experiment, by Strobe Talbott (S&S, Jan.). How mere tribes became great nations.
  • James J. Sheehan: Where Have All the Soldiers Gone?, (Houghton, Jan.). The rejection of violence after World War II redefined a continent. Europe chose material well-being over war.
DEPARTED:

Posted on Sunday, October 7, 2007 at 5:08 PM

History Buzz: September 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.

October 1, 2007

PRESIDENTIAL CAMPAIGN 2008 WATCH:
  • Lee Edwards on “Presidential candidates touting competence in appeal to voters”: “He won because everybody knew he was a competent guy and a good manager in World War II.”… Iraq is by far the biggest issue in this campaign and is inextricably linked to the competence debate, Edwards said. It also makes it “very tricky” for Republicans who want to promise to be more competent than Bush without alienating Republican voters still loyal to the president…. “They would not take kindly to what they would see as unfair criticism just for political purposes by someone who wants to succeed Bush.” Edwards said. – San Diego Union Tribune, 9-9-07
KEN BURNS:
BIGGEST STORIES:
  • Douglas Brinkley: Gives back advance for Kerouac book – AP, 9-28-07
THIS WEEK IN HISTORY: This Week in History:

  • 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
  • 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 inappropriate comments to her
IN THE NEWS:
REVIEWED AND FIRST CHAPTERS:
  • Joseph J. Ellis on Jay Winik: Revolutionary Road THE GREAT UPHEAVAL America and the Birth of the Modern World, 1788-1800NYT, 9-30-07
  • Jay Winik: THE GREAT UPHEAVAL America and the Birth of the Modern World, 1788-1800, First Chapter – NYT, 9-30-07
  • DOUGLAS BRINKLEY on Michael Korda: Overlord’s Overlord IKE An American HeroNYT, 9-30-07
  • Michael Korda: IKE An American Hero, First Chapter – NYT, 9-30-07
  • Rick Atkinson: The Italian Job THE DAY OF BATTLE The War in Sicily and Italy, 1943-1944. Volume Two of the Liberation TrilogyNYT, 9-30-07
  • Tim Jeal: Stanley, I Presume STANLEY The Impossible Life of Africa’s Greatest ExplorerNYT, 9-30-07
  • Tim Jeal: STANLEY The Impossible Life of Africa’s Greatest Explorer, First Chapter – NYT, 9-30-07
  • Frances Welch: Royal Pretender Was the woman pulled from a Berlin canal the daughter of the murdered Russian tsar? A ROMANOV FANTASY Life at the Court of Anna Anderson WaPo, 9-30-07
  • Janet Malcolm: Staying On How did two elderly Jewish writers living in occupied France survive the Nazis? TWO LIVES Gertrude and AliceWaPo, 9-30-07
  • Richard Lyman Bushman: Explains the challenge a Mormon faces in writing about Mormon history – HNN Staff, 9-26-07
  • Edward Larson: Fascinating account of dirty politics among our Founding Fathers – Seattle PI, 9-27-07
  • David Halberstam: Slate says he succumbs to the great man theory of history in his book about Korea – Stephen Sestanovich in Slate, 9-24-07
  • Stanley Weintraub on David Halberstam: A Most Dangerous Precedent In his final book, Halberstam indicts MacArthur for America’s ordeal in Korea. THE COLDEST WINTER America and the Korean War WaPo, 9-23-07
  • Mark Lilla: Urges the West to remember the religious fanaticism in its past – Salon, 9-24-07
  • John Mearsheimer & Stephen Walt: NYT publishes first chapter of their book From the first chapter of The Israel Lobby and U.S. Foreign Policy in the NYT, 9-23-07
  • Adam Hart-Davis: Tells the history of the world in 600 pages – Times (UK), 9-22-07
OP-ED:
PROFILED:
FEATURE:
INTERVIEWED:
QUOTED:
HONORED, AWARDED, AND APPOINTMENTS:
SPOTTED & SPEAKING EVENTS CALENDAR:
ON TV: History Listings This Week:

  • C-Span2, Book TV : Bart Jones: Hugo!: The Hugo Chavez Story from Mud Hut to Perpetual Revolution Monday, October 1 @ 1:00am C-Span2, BookTV
  • PBS: American Experience: “World War II” Monday, October 1 @ 9pm/EDT – PBS
  • History Channel: “Alaska: Dangerous Territory,” Sunday, September 30, @ 8pm ET/PT
  • History Channel: “Special :Nazi America: A Secret History,” Monday, October 1, @ 2pm ET/PT
  • History Channel: “Digging For The Truth :God’s Gold, Part 1″ Monday, October 1, @ 9pm ET/PT
  • History Channel: “Cities Of The Underworld :10 – Beneath Vesuvius” Monday, October 1, @ 10pm ET/PT
  • History Channel: “Lost Worlds :The Vikings” Monday, October 1, @ 11pm ET/PT
  • History Channel: “The Universe :Beyond the Big Bang,” Tuesday, October 2, @ 2pm ET/PT
  • History Channel: ” The Universe :The End of the Earth: Deep Space Threats to Our Planet,” Tuesday, October 2, @ 9pm ET/PT
  • History Channel: “Mysteries of the Garden of Eden,” Tuesday, October 2, @ 11pm ET/PT
  • History Channel: “Seven Wonders of the World,” Wednesday, October 3, @ 2pm ET/PT
  • History Channel: “Lost Worlds :Braveheart’s Scotland,” Wednesday, October 3, @ 4pm ET/PT
  • History Channel: “Lost Worlds :The Pagans,” Wednesday, October 3, @ 5pm ET/PT
  • History Channel: “Lost Worlds :Al Capone’s Secret City,” Wednesday, October 3, @ 9pm ET/PT
  • History Channel: “UFO Files :The Day after Roswell,” Wednesday, October 3, @ 10pm ET/PT
  • History Channel: “Egypt Decoded,” Wednesday, October 3, @ 11pm ET/PT
  • History Channel: “Rescue at Dawn: The Los Banos Raid,” Thursday, October 4, @ 2pm ET/PT
  • History Channel: “Hippies,” Thursday, October 4, @ 9pm ET/PT
  • History Channel: “Modern Marvels :Engineering Disasters,” Friday, October 5, @ 2pm ET/PT
  • History Channel: “Tsunami 2004: Waves of Death,” Friday, October 5, @ 4pm ET/PT
  • History Channel: “Modern Marvels,” Marathon Saturday, October 6, @ 2-5pm ET/PT
SELLING BIG (NYT):
  • Geoffrey C. Ward: THE WAR #8 (2 weeks on list) – 10-7-07
  • Robert Draper: DEAD CERTAIN #14 (3 weeks on list) – 10-7-07
  • John J. Mearsheimer and M. Walt, by : THE ISRAEL LOBBY AND U.S. FOREIGN POLICY #24 – 10-7-07
FUTURE RELEASES:
  • Alex Ross: The Rest Is Noise, (FSG, Oct.). A history of the 20th century through its remarkable music.
  • Daniel Walker Howe: What Hath God Wrought, (Oxford, Oct.). Three decades that transformed us, from the battle of New Orleans to the Mexican-American War.
  • Richard Rhodes: Arsenals of Folly: The Making of the Nuclear Arms Race, October 9, 2007
  • Benjamin J. Kaplan: Divided by Faith: Religious Conflict and the Practice of Toleration in Early Modern Europe, (Harvard University Press, October 15, 2007)
  • Martin Gilbert: Churchill and the Jews: A Lifelong Friendship, October 16, 2007
  • Stacy A. Cordery: Alice: Alice Roosevelt Longworth, from White House Princess to Washington Power Broker, October 18, 2007
  • Aida D. Donald: Lion in the White House: A Life of Theodore Roosevelt, October 22, 2007
  • Richard Avedon, The Kennedys: Portrait of a Family, (HarperCollins Publishers, October 23, 2007)
  • Sally Bedell Smith: For Love of Politics: Bill and Hillary Clinton: The White House Years, October 23, 2007
  • Laurence Bergreen: Marco Polo: From Venice to Xanadu, October 23, 2007
  • Bill Sloan: The Ultimate Battle: Okinawa 1945–The Last Epic Struggle of World War II, October 23, 2007
  • Joseph J. Ellis: American Creation: Triumphs and Tragedies at the Founding of the Republic, October 30, 2007
  • Ronald Reagan: The Reagan Diaries (Leatherbound Edition), October 30, 2007
  • David W. Blight: A Slave No More, (Harcourt, Nov.). The slave narratives of two Americans serve as eye-opening corridors to history.
  • Lady Bird Johnson: A White House Diary, November 1, 2007
  • Stephen William Berry: House of Abraham: Lincoln and the Todds, A Family Divided by War (Houghton Mifflin Company, November 5, 2007)
  • M. Stanton Evans: Blacklisted by History: The Real Story of Joseph McCarthy and His Fight against America’s Enemies, (Crown Publishing Group, November 6, 2007)
  • Chad Alan Goldberg: Citizens and Paupers: Relief, Rights, and Race, from the Freedmen’s Bureau to Workfare, November 15, 2007
  • Thomas Keneally: A Commonwealth of Thieves: The Improbable Birth of Australia, Paperback, December 4, 2007
  • The Great Experiment, by Strobe Talbott (S&S, Jan.). How mere tribes became great nations.
  • James J. Sheehan: Where Have All the Soldiers Gone?, (Houghton, Jan.). The rejection of violence after World War II redefined a continent. Europe chose material well-being over war.
DEPARTED:

Posted on Sunday, September 30, 2007 at 10:36 PM

September 10, 2007

9/11 6TH 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
  • 9/11 101: Professors try to put terrorist attacks in a broader context – Northeast Mississippi Daily Journal, 9-9-07
  • Zachary H. Alexander: “Specifically, the actions of one tragic day can have a long-term impact on people for several generations. As such, to be able to grasp the entire landscape of Sept. 11′s legacy, we must not shortchange any of its parts.” – Northeast Mississippi Daily Journal, 9-9-07
  • Randy Roberts: 9-11 now history – Ascribe, 9-4-07
PRESIDENTIAL CAMPAIGN 2008 WATCH:
  • James Pfiffner on “For next president, USA likely to call on lawyer”: “Hard-charging CEO deciders are very appealing to the American electorate. Saying ‘I can look at all sides of the issues’ is really important, but it doesn’t impress voters as much.” – USA Today, 9-5-07
  • Irwin Unger: Candidates’ Rhetoric Can Fail To Translate into Official Policy Even election win does not guarantee words will become deeds – US Department of State, DC, 9-6-07
BIGGEST STORIES:
THIS WEEK IN HISTORY: This Week in History:

  • 10/09/1349 – Jews who survived a massacre in Constance Germany are burned to death
  • 10/09/1547 – English demand Edward VI, 10, wed Mary Queen of Scots, 5
  • 10/09/1608 – John Smith elected president of Jamestown colony council, Va
  • 10/09/1776 – George Washington asks for a spy volunteer, Nathan Hale volunteers
  • 10/09/1861 – -15] Battle at Cheat Mountain, Elkwater West Virginia
  • 10/09/1861 – Battle of Carnifex Ferry VA, 170 casualities
  • 10/09/1939 – In WW II, Canada declared war on Germany
  • 10/09/1940 – Buckingham Palace hit by German bomb
  • 10/09/1942 – RAF drops 100,000 bombs on Dusseldorf
  • 10/09/1943 – German troops occupied Rome and took over the protection of Vatican City
  • 10/09/1993 – Israel and PLO sign joint recognition statements
  • 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:
OP-ED:
  • Eric Rauchway: Why John Edwards is the man to lead us out of the mortgage crisis New Republic, 9-5-07
  • Frederick Kagan: What the Jones Report really says – Weekly Standard, 9-6-07
  • Abigail Thernstrom: A stunning new book shows how elite culture made the Duke rape hoax possible – WSJ, 9-6-07
PROFILED:
FEATURE:
INTERVIEWED:
QUOTED:
  • Julian Zelizer on “Report Won’t End Debate”: “I don’t think there’ll be dramatic change. There are not many surprises left on Iraq. It’s a known quantity…. Iraq policy probably will move incrementally in the direction of an end strategy,” with Congress passing “vague legislative steps” toward withdrawal.” – Philadelphia Inquirer, 9-9-07
  • Stuart Butler: Cited by David Brooks in NYT column on health care – David Brooks in the NYT (9-7-07)
HONORED, AWARDED, AND APPOINTMENTS:
SPOTTED & SPEAKING EVENTS CALENDAR:
ON TV: History Listings This Week:

  • C-Span2, Book TV : History 2007 Roosevelt Reading Festival: Jean Edward Smith: “FDR” Sunday, September 9 @ 5:00pm C-Span2, BookTV
  • C-Span2, Book TV : History Juan Cole “Napoleon’s Egypt: Invading the Middle East” Sunday, September 9 @ 10:00pm C-Span2, BookTV
  • PBS: American Experience: “The Center of the World New York: A Documentary Film” Monday, September 10 @ 9pm/EDT – PBS
  • History Channel: “Digging For The Truth :Mummies of the Clouds,” Monday, September 9, @ 11pm ET/PT
  • History Channel: “American Vesuvius,” Monday, September 10, @ 2pm ET/PT
  • History Channel: “Shootout :Iraq’s Most Wanted: Terror at the Border,” Monday, September 10, @ 4pm ET/PT
  • History Channel: “Digging For The Truth :The Hunley: New Revelations” Monday, September 10, @ 9pm ET/PT
  • History Channel: “Cities Of The Underworld :02 – City of Caves” Monday, September 10, @ 10pm ET/PT
  • History Channel: “Lost Worlds :Herod the Great” Monday, September 10, @ 11pm ET/PT
  • History Channel: “Countdown to Ground Zero,” Tuesday, September 11, @ 2pm ET/PT
  • History Channel: “The 9/11 Commission Report,” Tuesday, September 11, @ 4pm ET/PT
  • History Channel: “Zero Hour :The Last Hour of Flight 11,” Tuesday, September 11, @ 6pm ET/PT
  • History Channel: “The Day the Towers Fell,” Tuesday, September 11, @ 7pm ET/PT
  • History Channel: “Grounded on 9/11,” Tuesday, September 11, @ 8pm ET/PT
  • History Channel: “Ground Zero Search and Recovery,” Tuesday, September 11, @ 9pm ET/PT
  • History Channel: “The Man Who Predicted 9/11,” Tuesday, September 11, @ 11pm ET/PT
  • History Channel: “Kennedys: The Curse of Power,” Wednesday, September 12, @ 2pm ET/PT
  • History Channel: “Shootout :Afghanistan’s Deadliest Snipers,”
  • History Channel: “Lost Worlds :Building the Titanic,” Wednesday, September 12, @ 9pm ET/PT
  • History Channel: “American Eats: History on a Bun,” Thursday, September 13, @ 2pm ET/PT
  • History Channel: “Blood Diamonds,” Friday, September 14, @ 2pm ET/PT
  • History Channel: “Our Generation :Son of Sam,” Friday, September 14, @ 6:30pm ET/PT
  • History Channel: “Human Weapon,” Marathon Saturday, September 15, @ 2-5pm ET/PT
  • History Channel: “The Universe : Beyond the Big Bang,” Saturday, September 15, @ 5pm ET/PT
SELLING BIG (NYT):
  • Michael Korda: IKE #9 (2 weeks on list) – 9-2-07
  • Tim Weiner: LEGACY OF ASHES #16 – 9-2-07
  • Nancy Gibbs and Michael Duffy: THE PREACHER AND THE PRESIDENTS #18 – 9-2-07
  • Walter Isaacson: EINSTEIN HIS LIFE AND UNIVERSE #31 – 9-2-07
WASIHNGTON POST FALL BOOK PREVIEW:
  • Churchill and the Jews, by Martin Gilbert (Henry Holt, Oct.). The prime minister’s lifelong commitment to Jewish rights.
  • The Coldest Winter: America and the Korean War, by David Halberstam (Hyperion, Sept.). Epic history from the late, lamented journalist.
  • The Day of Battle: The War in Sicily and Italy, 1943-1944, by Rick Atkinson (Holt, Oct.). The sequel to his award-winning An Army at Dawn.
  • The FBI, by Rhodri Jeffreys-Jones (Yale, Sept.). Splitting duties between the FBI and the CIA in 1947 was a big mistake, J. Edgar Hoover was not as important as you think, and other revelations.
  • The Great Experiment, by Strobe Talbott (S&S, Jan.). How mere tribes became great nations.
  • Red Moon Rising, by Matthew Brzezinski (Times, Sept.). The launch of Sputnik and the rise of the space age.
  • The Rest Is Noise, by Alex Ross (FSG, Oct.). A history of the 20th century through its remarkable music.
  • Return to Dragon Mountain, by Jonathan D. Spence (Viking, Sept.). The surprisingly modern era of Ming dynasty China, as seen through the life of a 17th-century intellectual.
  • The Siege of Mecca, by Yaroslav Trofimov (Doubleday, Sept.). The harrowing 1979 raid on Islam’s holiest shrine may have signaled the birth of al-Qaeda.
  • A Slave No More, by David W. Blight (Harcourt, Nov.). The slave narratives of two Americans serve as eye-opening corridors to history.
  • What Hath God Wrought, by Daniel Walker Howe (Oxford, Oct.). Three decades that transformed us, from the battle of New Orleans to the Mexican-American War.
  • Where Have All the Soldiers Gone?, by James J. Sheehan (Houghton, Jan.). The rejection of violence after World War II redefined a continent. Europe chose material well-being over war.
  • The Zookeeper’s Wife, by Diane Ackerman (Norton, Sept.). The Warsaw Zoo became a refuge for Jews during the height of Nazi fury.
FUTURE RELEASES:
  • Geoffrey C. Ward: The War: An Intimate History, 1941-1945, (Knopf Publishing Group, September 11, 2007)
  • Andrew Nagorski: Greatest Battle: Stalin, Hitler, and the Desperate Struggle for Moscow That Changed the Course of World War II, (Simon & Schuster Adult Publishing Group, September 18, 2007)
  • David Halberstam: Coldest Winter: America and the Korean War, (Hyperion, September 27, 2007)
  • John Kelin, Praise From a Future Generation: The Assassination of John F. Kennedy and the First Generation Critics of the Warren Report, (Wings Press TX), September 28, 2007
  • Maureen Waller: Sovereign Ladies: The Six Reigning Queens of England, (St. Martin’s Press, September 28, 2007)
  • Rick Atkinson: Day of Battle: The War in Sicily and Italy, 1943-1944, (Henry Holt & Company, Incorporated, October 2, 2007)
  • Benjamin J. Kaplan: Divided by Faith: Religious Conflict and the Practice of Toleration in Early Modern Europe, (Harvard University Press, October 15, 2007)
  • Richard Avedon, The Kennedys: Portrait of a Family, (HarperCollins Publishers), October 23, 2007
  • Stephen William Berry: House of Abraham: Lincoln and the Todds, A Family Divided by War (Houghton Mifflin Company, November 5, 2007)
  • M. Stanton Evans: Blacklisted by History: The Real Story of Joseph McCarthy and His Fight against America’s Enemies, (Crown Publishing Group, November 6, 2007)
DEPARTED:

Posted on Sunday, September 9, 2007 at 5:24 PM

History Buzz: August 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.

PRESIDENTIAL CAMPAIGN 2008 WATCH:
  • Robert Dallek on “When It Comes to Foreign Policy, What Counts as Experience?”: “I think experience is a terribly overrated idea when it comes to thinking about who should become president. Experience helped Richard Nixon, but it didn’t save him, and it certainly wasn’t a blanket endorsement. He blundered terribly in dealing with Vietnam…. That’s why I’m sympathetic to Obama. Does experience count? What really counts is judgment and what kind of judgment you have.” – NYT, 8-26-07
  • Steve Hess on “When It Comes to Foreign Policy, What Counts as Experience?”: “Nixon wandered the world sticking his head in American embassies. But even there, Kissinger gets a heap of credit for what happened during his presidency.” – NYT, 8-26-07
  • Richard Norton Smith on “When It Comes to Foreign Policy, What Counts as Experience?”: “There is this osmosis working for her, that she is seen as an extension of the first Clinton presidency. In lieu of more traditional experience, she benefits as being seen as the third Clinton term. There is an aura of competence about her.” – NYT, 8-26-07
  • Kenneth T. Jackson on “The Next President: Uniformly Civilian?”: “The torch is being passed to a new generation that’s never worn a uniform. It’s a significant change. It means people are now coming of age who are really the post-Vietnam generation.” – Washington Post, 8-23-07
  • Allan Lichtman on “Edwards pins his hopes on Iowa”: “Right now, it is a badly wounded campaign and the wounds have been largely self-inflicted. The paper qualities have been shredded by a poor campaign and dubious personal qualities. Unfortunately, Edwards has been pinned with the charge of hypocrisy — a populist campaign and spokesman for working people with a $400 haircut and a half-million-dollar consulting fee from a corporation foreclosing on Katrina victims. That is hard to overcome once you get pinned with that label.” – Charlotte Observer, NC, 8-23-07
BIGGEST STORIES:
THIS WEEK IN HISTORY: This Week in History:

  • 27/08/1667 – Earliest recorded hurricane in US (Jamestown Virginia)
  • 27/08/1928 – Kellogg-Briand Pact, where 60 nations agree to outlaw war
  • 28/08/0476 – West Roman Empire formally disbands/emperor Romulus August ousted
  • 28/08/1565 – Oldest city in the US, St Augustine Fla, established
  • 28/08/1609 – Henry Hudson, discovers and explores Delaware Bay
  • 28/08/1655 – New Amsterdam and Peter Stuyvesant bars Jews from military service
  • 28/08/1862 – Battle of Groveton, VA (Manassas Plains) [->AUG 19] US7000 CS7000
  • 28/08/1862 – Belle Boyd released from Old Capital Prison in Washington, DC
  • 28/08/1884 – 1st known photograph of a tornado is made near Howard SD
  • 28/08/1916 – Italy declares war against Germany during WW I
  • 28/08/1944 – Last German troops in Marseille surrendered and Toulon cleared
  • 28/08/1963 – Martin Luther King Jr’s “I have a dream speech” at Lincoln Memorial
  • 28/08/1968 – Police and anti-war demonstrators clash at Chicago’s Dem Natl Conven
  • 28/08/2005 – Hurricane Katrina hammers the south eastern United States, especially New Orleans, Louisiana, and coastal Mississippi
  • 29/08/1640 – English King Charles I signed a peace treaty with Scotland
  • 29/08/1756 – England and France meet in war
  • 29/08/1786 – Shay’s Rebellion in Springfield, Mass
  • 29/08/1862 – Battle of Bull Run, VA (Manassas, Gainesville, Bristoe Station)
  • 29/08/1916 – US Congress accept Jones Act: Philippines independence
  • 29/08/1939 – Chaim Weizmann informs England that Palestine Jews will fight in WW II
  • 29/08/1944 – 15,000 American troops liberating Paris march down Champs Elysees
  • 29/08/1945 – Gen MacArthur named Supreme Commander of Allied Powers in Japan
  • 29/08/1957 – Congress passes Civil Rights Act of 1957
  • 29/08/1968 – Democratics nominate Hubert H Humphrey for president (Chicago)
  • 30/08/1563 – Jewish community of Neutitschlin Moravia expelled
  • 30/08/1682 – William Penn left England to sail to New World
  • 30/08/1776 – US army evacuates Long Island/falls back to Manhattan, NYC
  • 30/08/1781 – French fleet of 24 ships under Comte de Grasse defeat British under Admiral Graves at battle of Chesapeake Capes in Revolutionary War
  • 30/08/1843 – 1st blacks participation in natl political convention (Liberty Party)
  • 30/08/1854 – John Fremont issues proclamation freeing slaves of Missouri rebels
  • 30/08/1862 – Battle of 2nd Manassas-Pope defeated by Lee-Battle of Richmond, KY
  • 30/08/1862 – Battle of Altamont-Confederates beat Union forces in Tennessee
  • 30/08/1862 – 2nd Battle of Bull Run – Confederates beat Union
  • 30/08/1945 – Gen MacArthur lands in Japan
  • 30/08/1967 – US Senate confirm Thurgood Marshall as 1st black justice
  • 31/08/1850 – Calif pioneers organized at Montgomery and Clay Streets
  • 31/08/1864 – Atlanta Campaign-Battle of Jonesboro Georgia, 1900 casualties
  • 31/08/1907 – England, Russia and France form Triple Entente
  • 31/08/1914 – Germany defeats Russia (battle at Tannenberg/30,000 Russians die)
  • 31/08/1935 – FDR signs an act prohibiting export of US arms to belligerents
  • 31/08/1963 – “Hot line” between Moscow-Washington, DC installed
  • 01/09/0069 – Traditional date of destruction of Jerusalem
  • 01/09/1267 – Rabbi Moses Ben Nachman establishes a Jewish community in Jerusalem
  • 01/09/1535 – French navigator Jacques Cartier reaches Hochelaga (Montreal)
  • 01/09/1666 – Great London Fire begins in Pudding Lane. 80% of London is destroyed
  • 01/09/1752 – Liberty Bell arrives in Phila
  • 01/09/1807 – Aaron Burr acquitted of charges of plotting to set up an empire
  • 01/09/1836 – Reconstruction begins on Synagogue of Rabbi Judah Hasid in Jerusalem
  • 01/09/1849 – California Constitutional Convention held in Monterey
  • 01/09/1864 – 2nd day of battle at Jonesboro Georgia, about 3,000 casualties
  • 01/09/1864 – Battle of Petersburg VA
  • 01/09/1939 – WW II starts, Germany invades Poland, takes Danzig
  • 01/09/1941 – Jews living in Germany are required to wear a yellow Jewish star
  • 01/09/1941 – Jews living in Germany are required to wear a yellow Jewish star
  • 01/09/1945 – Japan surrenders ending WW II (US date, 9/2 in Japan)
  • 01/09/1962 – UN announces Earth population has hit 3 billion
  • 02/09/1743 – England/Austria/Savoye-Sardinia sign Treaty of Worms
  • 02/09/1752 – Last Julian calender day in US and England (no Sept 3-Sept 13th)
  • 02/09/1796 – Jews of the Netherlands are emancipated
  • 02/09/1870 – Napoleon III surrenders to Prussian armies
  • 02/09/1901 – VP Theodore Roosevelt advises, “Speak softly and carry a big stick”
  • 02/09/1944 – During WW II, George Bush ejects from a burning plane
  • 02/09/1944 – Holocaust diarist Anne Frank was sent to Auschwitz
  • 02/09/1945 – V-J Day; formal surrender of Japan aboard USS Missouri (WW II ends)
  • 02/09/1945 – Ho Chi Minh declares Vietnam independence from France (National Day)
IN THE NEWS:
REVIEWED AND FIRST CHAPTERS:
  • AMITY SHLAES: No Free Lunch ‘The Forgotten Man: A New History of the Great Depression’NYT, 8-26-07
  • AMITY SHLAES: ‘The Forgotten Man: A New History of the Great Depression’, First Chapter – NYT, 8-26-07
  • RAMACHANDRA GUHA: All in the Family India After GandhiNYT, 8-26-07
  • RAMACHANDRA GUHA: India After Gandhi, First Chapter – NYT, 8-26-07
  • John Whiteclay Chambers II on Michael Korda: BIOGRAPHY Hero for Our Times A glowing portrait of Eisenhower’s fairness and pragmatism. IKE An American HeroWaPo, 8-26-07
  • Giles MacDonogh: HISTORY WORLD WAR II The Squall After the Whirlwind A British historian takes Americans to task for their role in the post-World War II occupation. AFTER THE REICH The Brutal History of the Allied OccupationWaPo, 8-26-07
  • Isabella Ginor and Gideon Remez: Russia confirms Soviet sorties over Dimona in ’67 – Jerusalem Post, 8-23-07
  • Book, DVD put spotlight on executions of Sacco and Vanzetti – PopMatters, IL, 8-23-07
  • New Book, Film Explore Sacco and Vanzetti Case – NPR, 8-23-07
  • Christopher Clark: His book is sparking a pro-Prussia movement in Germany – Reuters 8-21-07
  • Anthony Badger: How Liberal Southern Politicians Lost the South – http://dailyheadlines.uark.edu, 8-20-07
OP-ED:
PROFILED:
FEATURE:
INTERVIEWED:
QUOTED:
  • Daniel Blatman on “Historians dispute Holocaust ‘survivor’ and ‘refugee’ labels”: “The division into two circles is completely political and lacks any historical logic. Some of these refugees came to Israel aged and destitute. There is no doubt that these are people who were hurt by the war and the Nazi period. There is no difference between someone who lived in the ghetto and survived and someone who became a refugee and was exiled to Siberia. Who suffered more cannot be determined.” – Ha’aretz, Israel, 8-20-07
  • The CBS Evening News said, “Historian Douglas Brinkley says there’s no real parallel” between Iraq and Vietnam. Brinkley was shown saying, “You’re not going to be able to sell the lessons of Vietnam being we should have stayed a decade longer.” – U.S. News & World Report, 8-23-07
  • Allan Lichtman on President compares Vietnam, Iraq wars – Boston Globe, 8-22-07
  • Robert Dallek on “Bush calls quick troop pullout a disaster like Vietnam”: “We were in Vietnam for 10 years. … What is Bush suggesting? That we didn’t fight hard enough, stay long enough? That’s nonsense, it’s a distortion.” – Dallas Morning News, 8-22-07
HONORED, AWARDED, AND APPOINTMENTS:
  • Peter Cochrane: Triumph of Democracy with book of the year “Colonial Ambition: Foundations of Australian Democracy” was named The Age Book of the Year – The Age, Australia, 8-24-07
  • Ned Blackhawk: wins prize for best nonfiction book on the Southwest – SMU newspaper, 8-23-07
SPOTTED & SPEAKING EVENTS CALENDAR:
  • September 11, 2007: Geoffrey Ward: On Tuesday, September 11, at 7 p.m., Archivist of the United States Allen Weinstein will host an “American Conversation” with award-winning historian and biographer Geoffrey Ward – Press Release–National Archives, 8-14-07
  • October 4, 2007: Emmanuel K. Akyeampong: IDEAS Boston 2007 – Business Wire, 8-13-07
ON TV: History Listings This Week:

  • C-Span2, Book TV : 2007 Chicago Tribune Printers Row Book Fair: Robert Dallek “Nixon and Kissinger” Sunday, August 26 @ 10:35pm C-Span2, BookTV
  • C-Span2, Book TV : Jeremi Suri: Henry Kissinger and the American Century Sunday, August 26 @ 11:30pm C-Span2, BookTV
  • C-Span2, Book TV : After Words: Stanley Weintraub, author of “15 Stars: Eisenhower, MacArthur, Marshall – Three Generals Who Saved the American Century” interviewed by Max Boot, Sunday, August 19 @ 9:00pm C-Span2, BookTV
  • PBS: History Detectives, Monday, August 27 @ 9pm/EDT – PBS
  • History Channel: “Punishment,” Monday, August 27, @ 2pm ET/PT
  • History Channel: “Standing Tall at Auschwitz,” Monday, August 27, @ 5pm ET/PT
  • History Channel: “Cities Of The Underworld :06 – Rome’s Hidden Empire” Monday, August 27, @ 10pm ET/PT
  • History Channel: “Lost Worlds :Henry VIII’s Mega Structures,” Monday, August 27, @ 11pm ET/PT
  • History Channel: “Che,” Tuesday, August 28, @ 2pm ET/PT
  • History Channel: “Mega Disasters :Earthquake in the Heartland,” Tuesday, August 28, @ 11pm ET/PT
  • History Channel: “Violent Earth : Nature’s Fury: Storm of the Century,” Wednesday, August 29, @ 2pm ET/PT
  • History Channel: “Tsunami 2004: Waves of Death,” Wednesday, August 29, @ 5pm ET/PT
  • History Channel: “Special :Katrina: American Catastrophe,” Wednesday, August 29, @ 6pm ET/PT
  • History Channel: “Modern Marvels :’70′s Tech,” Wednesday, August 29, @ 8pm ET/PT
  • History Channel: “Lost Worlds :Secret U.S. Bunkers,” Wednesday, August 29, @ 9pm ET/PT
  • History Channel: “Modern Marvels :’80′s Tech,” Wednesday, August 29, @ 11pm ET/PT
  • History Channel: “Mega Disasters: San Francisco Earthquake,” Thursday, August 30, @ 2pm ET/PT
  • History Channel: “Modern Marvels :World War I Tech,” Thursday, August 30, @ 6pm ET/PT
  • History Channel: “Boneyard :Katrina,” Thursday, August 30, @ 9pm ET/PT
  • History Channel: “Dogfights :Gun Kills of Vietnam,” Thursday, August 30, @ 11pm ET/PT
  • History Channel: “Modern Marvels :B-2 Bomber,” Friday, August 31, @ 8pm ET/PT
  • History Channel: “Human Weapon :Krav Maga of the Israeli Commandos,” Friday, August 31, @ 10pm ET/PT
  • History Channel: “The States,” Marathon Saturday, September 1, @ 9am-7pm ET/PT
SELLING BIG (NYT):
  • Nancy Gibbs and Michael Duffy: THE PREACHER AND THE PRESIDENTS #9 (1 week on list) – 9-2-07
  • Tim Weiner: LEGACY OF ASHES #11 (6 weeks on list) – 9-2-07
  • Walter Isaacson: EINSTEIN HIS LIFE AND UNIVERSE #15 – 9-2-07
FUTURE RELEASES:
  • Geoffrey C. Ward: The War: An Intimate History, 1941-1945, (Knopf Publishing Group, September 11, 2007)
  • Andrew Nagorski: Greatest Battle: Stalin, Hitler, and the Desperate Struggle for Moscow That Changed the Course of World War II, (Simon & Schuster Adult Publishing Group, September 18, 2007)
  • David Halberstam: Coldest Winter: America and the Korean War, (Hyperion, September 27, 2007)
  • John Kelin, Praise From a Future Generation: The Assassination of John F. Kennedy and the First Generation Critics of the Warren Report, (Wings Press TX), September 28, 2007
  • Maureen Waller: Sovereign Ladies: The Six Reigning Queens of England, (St. Martin’s Press, September 28, 2007)
  • Rick Atkinson: Day of Battle: The War in Sicily and Italy, 1943-1944, (Henry Holt & Company, Incorporated, October 2, 2007)
  • Benjamin J. Kaplan: Divided by Faith: Religious Conflict and the Practice of Toleration in Early Modern Europe, (Harvard University Press, October 15, 2007)
  • Richard Avedon, The Kennedys: Portrait of a Family, (HarperCollins Publishers), October 23, 2007
  • Stephen William Berry: House of Abraham: Lincoln and the Todds, A Family Divided by War (Houghton Mifflin Company, November 5, 2007)
  • M. Stanton Evans: Blacklisted by History: The Real Story of Joseph McCarthy and His Fight against America’s Enemies, (Crown Publishing Group, November 6, 2007)
DEPARTED:
Posted on Sunday, August 26, 2007 at 4:57 PM
BIGGEST STORIES:
THIS WEEK IN HISTORY: This Week in History:

  • 08-20-1619 – 1st Black slaves brought by Dutch to colony of Jamestown Virginia
  • 08-20-1781 – George Washington begins to move his troops south to fight Cornwallis
  • 08-20-1864 – 8th/last day of battle at Deep Bottom Run Va (about 3900 casualties)
  • 08-20-1865 – Pres Johnson proclaims an end to “insurrection” in Tx
  • 08-20-1866 – Pres Andrew Johnson formally declares Civil War over
  • 08-20-1896 – Dial telephone patented
  • 08-20-1910 – US supported opposition brings down Madriz in Nicaragua
  • 08-20-1918 – Britain opens offensive on Western front during WW I
  • 08-20-1974 – Pres Gerald Ford, assumes office after Richard Nixon’s resignation
  • 08-21-1321 – 160 Jews of Chincon France, burned at stake
  • 08-21-1831 – Nat Turner slave revolt kills 55 (Southampton County, Virginia)
  • 08-21-1858 – 1st Lincoln-Douglas debate (Illinois)
  • 08-21-1863 – Raid at Lawrence KS by William Quantrill
  • 08-21-1864 – Battle of Summit Point, VA
  • 08-21-1945 – Pres Truman ends Lend-Lease program
  • 08-22-0565 – St Columba reported seeing monster in Loch Ness
  • 08-22-1138 – English defeated Scots at Cowton Moor Banners of various saints were carried into battle which led to being called Battle of the Standard
  • 08-22-1454 – Jews are expelled from Brunn Moravia by order of King Ladislaus
  • 08-22-1642 – Civil War in England began between Royalists and Parliament
  • 08-22-1654 – 1st Jewish immigrant to US, Jacob Barsimson arrives in New Amsterdam
  • 08-22-1762 – 1st female (Ann Franklin) US newspaper editor, Newport RI, Mercury
  • 08-22-1791 – Haitian Slave Revolution begins under voodoo priest Boukman
  • 08-22-1846 – US annexes New Mexico
  • 08-22-1902 – Pres Teddy Roosevelt became 1st US chief executive to ride in a car
  • 08-22-1945 – Vietnam conflict begins as Ho Chi Minh leads a successful coup
  • 08-22-1956 – Pres Eisenhower and VP Nixon renominated by Rep convention in SF
  • 08-22-1975 – Assassination attempt on president Gerald Ford
  • 08-23-1833 – Britain abolishes slavery in colonies; 700,000 slaves freed
  • 08-23-1850 – 1st national women’s rights convention convenes in Worcester Mass
  • 08-23-1866 – Treaty of Prague ends Austro-Prussian war
  • 08-23-1903 – 6th Zionist Congress, Theodor Herzl declares Jewish state
  • 08-23-1914 – Japan declares war on Germany in World War I
  • 08-23-1939 – Molotov-Ribbentrop pact: East Europe divided between Hitler and Stalin
  • 08-23-1942 – Battle of Stalingrad: 600 Luftwaffers bomb Stalingrad (40,000 die)
  • 08-23-1972 – Republican convention (Miami Beach, Fla) renominates VP Agnew but not unanimous-1 vote went to NBC newsman David Brinkley
  • 08-23-1978 – Iranian students occupies Iranian embassy at Wassenaar
  • 08-23-1990 – US begins call up of 46,000 reservists to the Persian Gulf
  • 08-24-0079 – Mt Vesuvius erupts, buries Pompeii and Herculaneum, 15,000 die
  • 08-24-0410 – Rome overrun by Visigoths, symbolized fall of Western Roman Empire
  • 08-24-1349 – Jews
  • 08-24-1349 – 6,000 Jews, blamed for the Plague, are killed in Mainz
  • 08-24-1891 – Thomas Edison patents motion picture camera
  • 08-24-1936 – FDR gives FBI authority to pursuit fascists and communists
  • 08-24-1949 – North Atlantic Treaty Organization (NATO) goes into effect
  • 08-24-1954 – Eisenhower signs Communist Control Act, outlawing the Communist Party, at height of McCarthyism
  • 08-24-1991 – Gorbachev resigns as head of USSR Communist Party
IN THE NEWS:
REVIEWED AND FIRST CHAPTERS:
  • Robert F. Dalzell Jr. and Lee Baldwin Dalzell: Total Manor Makeover THE HOUSE THE ROCKEFELLERS BUILT A Tale of Money, Taste, and Power in Twentieth-Century AmericaNYT, 8-19-07
  • Jack Kerouac. Edited by Howard Cunnell: On the Road Again ON THE ROAD The Original ScrollNYT, 8-19-07
  • Still Vital, ‘On the Road’ Turns 50 – NYT, 8-19-07
  • John Leland: You Don’t Know Jack WHY KEROUAC MATTERS The Lessons of ‘On the Road’ (They’re Not What You Think) NYT, 8-19-07
  • Susan Jacoby on Ruth R. Wisse: HISTORY DIASPORA What’s Good for the Jews A scholar wrestles with Jewish power and powerlessness JEWS AND POWERWaPo, 8-19-07
  • George Perkovich on Ramachandra Guha: HISTORY: INDIA Big Democracy Appreciating the miracle of India’s triumph over chaos INDIA AFTER GANDHI The History of the World’s Largest DemocracyWaPo, 8-19-07
  • Bruce Watson: Prejudice and Politics: Sacco, Vanzetti and Fear SACCO AND VANZETTI The Men, the Murders and the Judgment of MankindNYT, 8-15-07
  • Howard P. Chudacoff: Child’s Play Has Become Anything but Simple Children at Play: An American HistoryNYT, 8-14-07
  • Howard P. Chudacoff: Children at Play: An American History, First Chapter, (PDF) – NYT, 8-14-07
  • Richard Kluger: Reviewer can’t stand his prose – Richard Brookhiser in the NYT Book Review of Richard Kluger’s Seizing Destiny: How America Grew from Sea to Shining Sea, 8-12-07 –
  • Conrad Black: His apologia for Richard Nixon in new bio – Anthony Holden in the Times Literary Supplement, 8-8-07
OP-ED:
PROFILED:
FEATURE:
  • Rick Perlstein vs. David Horowitz: Who the enemy is – HNN
INTERVIEWED:
QUOTED:
  • Charles Patricoff: History and Morality Demand We Stay in Iraq: “Look at how we helped rebuild Germany and Japan after World War II. Because of the good we did there and are doing in Iraq, I don’t believe we should ever leave Iraq. If we stay and rebuild Iraq, we will demonstrate to the world that we remain the best force for good in the world. More importantly, we as Christians can better influence that region for the Kingdom of God.” – http://www.earnedmedia.org, 8-17-07
HONORED, AWARDED, AND APPOINTMENTS:
  • Thomas Gaehtgens: German art historian to head Getty library – AP, 8-14-07
NEW ON THE WEB:
  • Quintard Taylor: Debuts website devoted to African-American history – AHA Blog, 8-5-07
SPOTTED & SPEAKING EVENTS CALENDAR:
  • August 23, 2007: Thomas Fleming: 6:30 p.m. Fraunces Tavern for a talk on the Battle of Brooklyn ( This is where the American Revolution starts – Battle Week returns to Brooklyn with muskets blazin’) – 24/7 Arts, Dining and Entertainment, NY, 8-16-07
  • August 25, 2007: James McPherson: Featured at daylong colloquium in Andover, Massachusetts on August 25th – AHA Blog, 5-28-07
  • September 11, 2007: Geoffrey Ward: On Tuesday, September 11, at 7 p.m., Archivist of the United States Allen Weinstein will host an “American Conversation” with award-winning historian and biographer Geoffrey Ward – Press Release–National Archives, 8-14-07
  • October 4, 2007: Emmanuel K. Akyeampong: IDEAS Boston 2007 – Business Wire, 8-13-07
ON TV: History Listings This Week:

  • C-Span2, Book TV :History Isabella Ginor; Gideon Remez: “Foxbats Over Dimona: The Soviets’ Nuclear Gamble in the Six-Day War,” Sunday, August 19 @ 3:15pm C-Span2, BookTV
  • C-Span2, Book TV : History Stephen Mansfield: “Ten Tortured Words: How the Founding Fathers Tried to Protect Religion in America…and What’s Happened Since,” Sunday, August 19 @ 7:00pm C-Span2, BookTV
  • C-Span2, Book TV : After Words: Stanley Weintraub, author of “15 Stars: Eisenhower, MacArthur, Marshall – Three Generals Who Saved the American Century” interviewed by Max Boot, Sunday, August 19 @ 9:00pm C-Span2, BookTV
  • PBS: History Detectives, Monday, August 20 @ 9pm/EDT – PBS
  • History Channel: “Targeted : Osama bin Laden,” Monday, August 20, @ 2pm ET/PT
  • History Channel: “Shootout :Battle for Baghdad,” Monday, August 20, @ 4pm ET/PT
  • History Channel: “Declassified :The Taliban,” Monday, August 20, @ 5pm ET/PT
  • History Channel: “9/11 Conspiracies :Fact or Fiction” Monday, August 20, @ 9pm ET/PT
  • History Channel: “Lost Worlds :Secret A-Bomb Factories,” Monday, August 20, @ 11pm ET/PT
  • History Channel: “The Search for Atlantis,” Tuesday, August 21, @ 2pm ET/PT
  • History Channel: “Ancient Discoveries :Ships,” Tuesday, August 21, @ 5pm ET/PT
  • History Channel: “Wild West Tech :Outlaw Tech,” Tuesday, August 21, @ 6pm ET/PT
  • History Channel: “Civil War Terror,” Wednesday, August 22, @ 2pm ET/PT
  • History Channel: “USS Constellation: Battling for Freedom,” Wednesday, August 22, @ 4pm ET/PT
  • History Channel: “Wild West Tech :Law & Order Tech,” Wednesday, August 22, @ 6pm ET/PT
  • History Channel: “Lost Worlds :Henry VIII’s Mega Structures,” Wednesday, August 22, @ 9pm ET/PT
  • History Channel: “UFO Files :The Pacific Bermuda Triangle,” Wednesday, August 22, @ 10pm ET/PT
  • History Channel: “Mountain Men,” Thursday, August 23, @ 2pm ET/PT
  • History Channel: “Giganto: The Real King Kong,” Thursday, August 23, @ 4pm ET/PT
  • History Channel: “Decoding The Past :In Search of the Real Frankenstein,” Thursday, August 23, @ 5pm ET/PT
  • History Channel: “Wild West Tech :Vigilante Tech,” Thursday, August 23, @ 6pm ET/PT
  • History Channel: “Dogfights :The First Dogfighters,” Thursday, August 23, @ 10pm ET/PT
  • History Channel: “Our Generation :Woodstock,” Friday, August 24, @ 6:30pm ET/PT
  • History Channel: “Modern Marvels :60′s Tech,” Friday, August 24, @ 7pm ET/PT
  • History Channel: “Fort Knox: Secrets Revealed,” Saturday, August 25, @ 10pm ET/PT
SELLING BIG (NYT):
  • Tim Weiner: LEGACY OF ASHES #8 (5 weeks on list) – 8-26-07
  • Walter Isaacson: EINSTEIN HIS LIFE AND UNIVERSE #17 – 8-26-07
FUTURE RELEASES:
  • David Halberstam: Coldest Winter: America and the Korean War, (Hyperion, September 2007)
  • John Kelin, Praise From a Future Generation: The Assassination of John F. Kennedy and the First Generation Critics of the Warren Report, (Wings Press TX), September 28, 2007
  • Maureen Waller: Sovereign Ladies: The Six Reigning Queens of England, (St. Martin’s Press, September 28, 2007)
  • Rick Atkinson: Day of Battle: The War in Sicily and Italy, 1943-1944, (Henry Holt & Company, Incorporated, October 2, 2007)
  • Benjamin J. Kaplan: Divided by Faith: Religious Conflict and the Practice of Toleration in Early Modern Europe, (Harvard University Press, October 15, 2007)
  • Richard Avedon, The Kennedys: Portrait of a Family, (HarperCollins Publishers), October 23, 2007
  • M. Stanton Evans: Blacklisted by History: The Real Story of Joseph McCarthy and His Fight against America’s Enemies, (Crown Publishing Group, November 6, 2007)
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Posted on Sunday, August 19, 2007 at 4:12 PM
PRESIDENTIAL CAMPAIGN 2008 WATCH:
  • David Landes & Jared Diamond: Both Cited by Mitt Romney in interviews – David Brooks in the NYT, 8-10-07
  • Gil Troy on “Rudy Giuliani’s wife seen as liability in run for president”: “Rudy Giuliani is playing an extremely dangerous game. The more he goes on Barbara Walters and talks about them as a couple and them as a team, the more scrutiny there will be and the more of an emphasis there will be from people like [Republican rival] Mitt Romney’s camp in the most subtle of ways on the fact that he’s trying lead a family-values party with a wife who represents a dramatic departure from family values.” – National Post, 8-9-07
BIGGEST STORIES:
THIS WEEK IN HISTORY: This Week in History:

  • 08-13-1608 – John Smith’s story of Jamestown’s 1st days submitted for publication
  • 08-13-1792 – Revolutionaries imprison French royals including Marie Antoinette
  • 08-13-1906 – Black soldiers raid Brownsville Texas
  • 08-13-1961 – Construction on Berlin Wall begins in East Germany (Dark day)
  • 08-14-1765 – Mass colonists challenge British rule by an Elm (Liberty Tree)
  • 08-14-1842 – Seminole War ends; Indians removed from Florida to Oklahoma
  • 08-14-1862 – Lincoln receives 1st group of blacks to confer with US president
  • 08-14-1900 – 2,000 marines land to capture Beijing, ending Boxer rebellion
  • 08-14-1912 – 2,500 US marines invade Nicaragua; US remains until 1925
  • 08-14-1937 – China declares war on Japan
  • 08-14-1942 – Dwight D Eisenhower named commander for invasion of North Africa
  • 08-14-1945 – V-J Day; Japan surrenders unconditionally to end WW II
  • 08-14-1973 – US ends secret bombing of Cambodia
  • 08-15-1534 – Ignatius of Loyola forms society of Jesus/Jesuits
  • 08-15-1620 – Mayflower sets sail from Southampton with 102 Pilgrims
  • 08-15-1824 – Freed American slaves forms country of Liberia
  • 08-15-1867 – 2nd Reform Bill extends suffrage in England
  • 08-15-1870 – Transcontinental Railway actually completed in Colorado
  • 08-15-1944 – Operation Dragoon: Allied troops land in Provence
  • 08-15-1944 – Operation Anvil: Allies land on French Mediterranean sea coast
  • 08-15-1960 – UFO is sighted by 3 California patrolmen
  • 08-15-1969 – Woodstock Music and Art Fair opens in NY State (Max Yasgur’s Dairy Farm)
  • 08-16-1777 – Americans defeat British in Battle of Bennington, Vt
  • 08-16-1858 – Britain’s Queen Victoria telegraphs President James Buchanan
  • 08-16-1861 – Pres Lincoln prohibits Union states from trading with Confederacy
  • 08-16-1863 – Emancipation Proclamation signed
  • 08-16-1961 – Martin L. King, Jr. protests for black voting right in Miami
  • 08-16-1969 – Woodstock rock festival begins in NY
  • 08-17-1590 – John White returns to Roanoke, VA and found no trace of colonist’s he had left there 3 yrs earlier [or Aug 18, 1591]
  • 08-17-1808 – Napoleon asks King Louis for Holland brigade towards Spain
  • 08-17-1862 – Confederate troops under Kirby Smith enter Kentucky
  • 08-17-1870 – Mrs Esther Morris becomes 1st woman magistrate (South Pass, Wyoming)
  • 08-17-1903 – Joe Pulitzer donated $1 million to Columbia U and begins Pulitzer Prizes
  • 08-17-1915 – Mob lynches Jewish businessman Leo Frank in Cobb County, Ga after death sentence for murder of 13-year-old girl commuted to life
  • 08-17-1948 – Alger Hiss denies ever being a Communist agent
  • 08-17-1961 – Building of Berlin Wall begins
  • 08-17-1969 – -18] Hurricane Camille, kills 256 in Miss and Louisiana
  • 08-17-1988 – Republicans nominate George Bush for president
  • 08-18-1564 – Spanish King Philip II joins Council of Trente
  • 08-18-1864 – Petersburg Campaign-Battle of Weldon Railroad day 1 of 3 days
  • 08-18-1914 – Pres Wilson issues “Proclamation of Neutrality”
  • 18/08/1920 – Tennessee ratifies 19th Amendment, guarantees women voting right
  • 08-18-1958 – TV game show scandal investigation starts
  • 08-19-1561 – Mary Queen of Scots arrives in Leith Scotland to assume throne after spending 13 years in France
  • 08-19-1692 – 5 women executed for witchcraft in Salem Mass
  • 08-19-1698 – Russian czar Peter the Great begins term
  • 08-19-1849 – NY Herald reports gold discovery in California
  • 08-19-1934 – Hitler elected Fuhrer (95.7% of German voters)
  • 08-19-1942 – 1st American offensive in Pacific in WW2, Guadalcanal, Solomon Is
  • 08-19-1942 – 4,000 Canadian and British soldiers killed raiding Dieppe, France
  • 08-19-1955 – Hurricane Diane kills 200 and 1st billion $ damage storm (N.E. US)
  • 08-19-1958 – NAACP Youth Council begin sit-ins at Oklahoma City Lunch counters
  • 08-19-1960 – Sputnik 5 carries 2 dogs, 3 mice into orbit (later recovered alive)
  • 08-19-1965 – Auschwitz trials end with 6 life sentences
  • 08-19-1984 – Republican convention in Houston nominates Ronald Reagan for pres
  • 08-19-1988 – Iran-Iraq begin a cease-fire in their 8-year-old war (11 PM EDT)
IN THE NEWS:
REVIEWED AND FIRST CHAPTERS:
  • NATHANIEL PHILBRICK on Felipe Fernández-Armesto: God Bless Amerigo AMERIGO The Man Who Gave His Name to AmericaNYT, 8-12-07
  • Karen Abbott: Ladies of the Evening SIN IN THE SECOND CITY Madams, Ministers, Playboys, and the Battle for America’s SoulNYT, 8-12-07
  • Jon Meacham on John Ferling: Faint Echoes How Americans once waged an asymmetrical war against an imperial power ALMOST A MIRACLE The American Victory in the War of IndependenceWaPo, 8-12-07
  • Lesley Chamberlain: Russia’s Castaway Intellectuals in Revolution’s Wake LENIN’S PRIVATE WAR The Voyage of the Philosophy Steamer and the Exile of the Intelligentsia - NYT, 8-8-07
  • Gregory Clark: NYT highlights his theory that accounts for human progress – Nicholas Wade in the NYT, 8-7-07
  • John Lewis Gaddis: Literary Bomb Gets Readers’ Attention – http://www.courant.com, 8-7-07
  • Nancy Isenberg: Excerpt: ‘Fallen Founder’ – NPR, 8-6-07
  • Elizabeth Jacoway: Historian’s look at 1957 LR integration opens family secrets – Pine Bluff Commercial, 8-4-07
OP-ED:
PROFILED:
FEATURE:
INTERVIEWED:
QUOTED:
  • Andrew Polsky on “Giuliani’s Daughter Signals Obama Support, Backtracks”: “I don’t think that Americans expect anymore that presidential families are all sweetness and light,” he said. “We’ve haven’t had that for quite a long time.” – New York Sun, 8-6-07
HONORED, AWARDED, AND APPOINTMENTS:
NEW ON THE WEB:
  • Quintard Taylor: Debuts website devoted to African-American history – AHA Blog, 8-5-07
SPOTTED & SPEAKING EVENTS CALENDAR:
  • August 13, 2007: Chattanooga Civil War Round Table Meeting Monday, August 13 Confederate Alabama Colonel William C. Oates is Subject of Meeting – The Chattanoogan, TN, 8-11-07
  • August 25, 2007: James McPherson: Featured at daylong colloquium in Andover, Massachusetts on August 25th – AHA Blog, 5-28-07
  • Sept. 13-15, 2007: Dickinson State University to host symposium on Teddy Roosevelt – Bismarck Tribune, 8-6-07
ON TV: History Listings This Week:

  • C-Span2, Book TV : James Patterson “Restless Giant: The United States from Watergate to Bush V. Gore” Monday, August 13 @ 1:00am C-Span2, BookTV
  • PBS: History Detectives, Monday, August 13 @ 9pm/EDT – PBS
  • History Channel: “Blood Diamonds,” Sunday, August 12, @ 3pm ET/PT
  • History Channel: “Violent Earth : Nature’s Fury: New England’s Killer Hurricane,” Monday, August 13, @ 2pm ET/PT
  • History Channel: “Mega Disasters :Yellowstone Eruption,” Monday, August 13, @ 4pm ET/PT
  • History Channel: “Modern Marvels :Howard Hughes Tech,” Monday, August 13, @ 7pm ET/PT
  • History Channel: “Cities Of The Underworld :04 – Scotland’s Sin City” Monday, August 13, @ 9pm ET/PT
  • History Channel: “Egypt: Engineering an Empire,” Tuesday, August 14, @ 2pm ET/PT
  • History Channel: “The Big Build :The Fort,” Tuesday, August 14, @ 4pm ET/PT
  • History Channel: “Wake Island: The Alamo of the Pacific,” Wednesday, August 15, @ 2pm ET/PT
  • History Channel: “Tora, Tora, Tora: The Real Story of Pearl Harbor,” Wednesday, August 15, @ 4pm ET/PT
  • History Channel: “Deep Sea Detectives :Train Wreck in Lake Michigan.,” Wednesday, August 15, @ 6pm ET/PT
  • History Channel: “The Plague,” Thursday, August 16, @ 2pm ET/PT
  • History Channel: “Lost Worlds :The Pagans,” Thursday, August 16, @ 5pm ET/PT
  • History Channel: “Lost Worlds :Knights Templar,” Thursday, August 16, @ 6pm ET/PT
  • History Channel: “The Universe :Jupiter: The Giant Planet,” Friday, August 17, @ 2pm ET/PT
  • History Channel: “The Universe :The Inner Planets: Mercury & Venus,” Friday, August 17, @ 3pm ET/PT
  • History Channel: “The Universe :The Moon,” Friday, August 17, @ 4pm ET/PT
  • History Channel: “The Universe :Mars: The Red Planet,” Friday, August 17, @ 5pm ET/PT
  • History Channel: “Dogfights :The First Dogfighters,” Friday, August 17, @ 9pm ET/PT
  • History Channel: “10 Days That Unexpectedly Changed America :When America Was Rocked.,” Friday, August 17, @ 11pm ET/PT
  • History Channel: “An Alien History of Planet Earth,” Saturday, August 18, @ 1pm ET/PT
  • History Channel: “UFO Files,” Marathon Saturday, August 18, @ 3-5pm ET/PT
SELLING BIG (NYT):
  • Tim Weiner: LEGACY OF ASHES #6 (4 weeks on list) – 8-19-07
  • Walter Isaacson: EINSTEIN HIS LIFE AND UNIVERSE #16 – 8-19-07
  • Ronald Reagan. Edited by Douglas Brinkley: THE REAGAN DIARIES #19 – 8-19-07
FUTURE RELEASES:
  • David Halberstam: Coldest Winter: America and the Korean War, (Hyperion, September 2007)
  • John Kelin, Praise From a Future Generation: The Assassination of John F. Kennedy and the First Generation Critics of the Warren Report, (Wings Press TX), September 28, 2007
  • Maureen Waller: Sovereign Ladies: The Six Reigning Queens of England, (St. Martin’s Press, September 28, 2007)
  • Rick Atkinson: Day of Battle: The War in Sicily and Italy, 1943-1944, (Henry Holt & Company, Incorporated, October 2, 2007)
  • Benjamin J. Kaplan: Divided by Faith: Religious Conflict and the Practice of Toleration in Early Modern Europe, (Harvard University Press, October 15, 2007)
  • Richard Avedon, The Kennedys: Portrait of a Family, (HarperCollins Publishers), October 23, 2007
  • M. Stanton Evans: Blacklisted by History: The Real Story of Joseph McCarthy and His Fight against America’s Enemies, (Crown Publishing Group, November 6, 2007)
DEPARTED:

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August 6, 2007

PRESIDENTIAL CAMPAIGN 2008 WATCH:
  • Richard Reeves on “2008 Hopefuls & Heads Of State”: “personal relationships between leaders are tremendously important. It doesn’t matter if they met [the leaders] before they became president. It’s how they handle relationships when they get there.” – The Gate – National Journal, DC, 8-2-07
BIGGEST STORIES:
HNN STATS THIS WEEK:
THIS WEEK IN HISTORY: This Week in History:

  • 08-06-1787 – Constitutional Convention in Phila begans debate
  • 08-06-1806 – Holy Roman Empire ends; it was neither holy, Roman, nor an empire
  • 08-06-1815 – US flotilla ends piracy by Algiers, Tunis and Tripoli
  • 08-06-1945 – Hiroshima Peace Day-atom bomb dropped on Hiroshima by “Enola Gay”
  • 08-06-1965 – LBJ signs Voting Rights Act, guaranteeing voting rights for blacks
  • 08-06-1990 – UN Security Council votes 13-0 (2 abstensions Cuba and Yemen) to place economic sanctions against Iraq
  • 08-07-1782 – George Washington creates Order of Purple Heart
  • 08-07-1934 – US Court of Appeals upheld lower court ruling striking down govt’s attempt to ban controversial James Joyce novel “Ulysses”
  • 08-07-1942 – 1st American offensive in Pacific in WW2, Guadalcanal, Solomon Is
  • 08-07-1964 – US Congress approves Gulf of Tonkin resolution
  • 08-07-1990 – 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
  • 08-09-1638 – Jonas Bronck of Holland becomes 1st European settler in Bronx
  • 08-09-1842 – US-Canada border defined by Webster-Ashburton Treaty
  • 08-09-1655 – Lord Protector Cromwell divides England into 11 districts
  • 08-09-1673 – Dutch recapture NY from English; regained by English in 1674
  • 08-09-1790 – Columbia returns to Boston after 3 year journey, 1st ship to carry US flag around the world
  • 08-09-1842 – US-Canada border defined by Webster-Ashburton Treaty
  • 08-09-1848 – Barnburners (anti-slavery) party merges with Free Soil Party nominateing Martin Van Buren for president
  • 08-09-1941 – Winston Churchill reaches Newfoundland for 1st talk with FDR
  • 08-09-1974 – Richard Nixon resigns presidency, VP Gerald Ford becomes 38th pres
  • 08-10-0070 – “2nd Temple” of Jews is set aflame (approx)
  • 08-10-1497 – John Cabot tells King Henry VII of his trip to “Asia”
  • 08-10-1831 – Former slave Nat Turner leads uprising against slavery
  • 08-10-1846 – Congress charters “nation’s attic,” Smithsonian Institution
  • 08-10-1941 – FDR and Churchill’s 2nd meeting at Placentia Newfoundland
  • 08-11-1924 – US presidential candidates make 1st film for bio-scoop news
  • 08-11-1941 – FDR and PM Winston Churchill sign Atlantic Charter
  • 08-12-1676 – 1st war between American colonists and Indians ends in New England
  • 08-12-1867 – Pres A Johnson defies Congress suspending Sec of War Edwin Stanton
  • 08-12-1898 – Hawaii formally annexed to US
  • 08-12-1898 – Peace protocol ends Spanish-American War, signed
  • 08-12-1990 – Iraq President Saddam Hussein says he is ready to resolve Gulf crisis if Israel withdraws from occupied territories
  • 08-12-1994 – Stephen G Breyer, sworn in as Supreme Court Justice
IN THE NEWS:
REVIEWED AND FIRST CHAPTERS:
  • Michael Beschloss on Stanley Weintraub, Mark Perry: Not the President’s Men 15 STARS Eisenhower, MacArthur, Marshall: Three Generals Who Saved the American Century PARTNERS IN COMMAND George Marshall and Dwight Eisenhower in War and PeaceNYT, 8-5-07
  • Stanley Weintraub: 15 STARS Eisenhower, MacArthur, Marshall: Three Generals Who Saved the American Century, First Chapter – NYT, 8-5-07
  • John Ferling on Richard Kluger: HISTORY AMERICA The Long Land Grab A Pulitzer-winning social historian recounts America’s rapacious expansion – SEIZING DESTINY How America Grew from Sea to Shining Sea WaPo, 8-5-07
  • Ian Kershaw: HISTORY WORLD WAR II Turning Points A historian examines crucial decisions made during the Second World War FATEFUL CHOICES Ten Decisions That Changed the World, 1940-1941WaPo, 8-2-07
  • Jordana Dym: Politics, Economy, and Society in Bourbon Central America, 1759-1821, From Sovereign Villages to National States: City, State, and Federation in Central America, 1759-1839Skidmore College News, NY, 8-3-07
  • Frederick R. Davis: FSU professor documents work of Carr, “The Man Who Saved Sea Turtles” – Florida State University, 8-1-07
  • TOM SEGEV, ISABELLA GINOR AND GIDEON REMEZ : Six days that shook the world 1967: ISRAEL, THE WAR AND THE YEAR THAT TRANSFORMED THE MIDDLE EAST, FOXBATS OVER DIMONA: THE SOVIETS’ NUCLEAR GAMBLE IN THE SIX DAY WARThe Scotsman, 7-28-07
  • David Greenberg on Jeremi Suri: Oh, Henry! A historian’s examination of Kissinger’s realpolitik worldview HENRY KISSINGER AND THE AMERICAN CENTURYWaPo, 7-26-07
  • Benny Morris: Blasts Tom Segev, Gives Ginor & Remez benefit of the doubt – Benny Morris in a New Republic book review, 7-10-07
  • Robert Higgs: His collected essays praised – Hugh Rockoff, Department of Economics, Rutgers University, at the website of Economic History Services, 7-1-07
  • Isabella Ginor and Gideon Remez: The Soviets’ Nuclear Gamble in the Six-Day War Middle East Forum, 6-6-07
OP-ED:
PROFILED:
FEATURE:
INTERVIEWED:
QUOTED:
  • Michael Marrus on “Museum opens doors to Bergson – and debate”: “I would not like to see a situation where various interest groups seeking to establish their own interpretation as canonical can, through the mobilization of opinion and the collection of signatures, see the museum change. Museum professionals should be allowed to do their work professionally, without the kind of pressure that activists are sometimes brilliant at exerting.” – Canadian Jewish News, Canada, 8-3-07
  • Deborah Lipstadt on “Museum opens doors to Bergson – and debate”: “I don’t believe that you change things by petition. You don’t politicize museums, especially a federal museum.” Canadian Jewish News, Canada, 8-3-07
  • Jonathan Sarna on “Museum opens doors to Bergson – and debate”: “I think in retrospect, much more than at the time, we respect the kinds of tactics that the Bergsonites used. Indeed, later on they would become normative tactics of the Jewish community.” – Canadian Jewish News, Canada, 8-3-07
  • Gordon Brown: Says President Bush has great sense of history: “I enjoyed my discussions with him. I think what what I particularly enjoyed about my discussions is his sense of history.” – Interview broadcast on NBC Nightly News, 7-31-07
HONORED, AWARDED, AND APPOINTMENTS:
SPOTTED & SPEAKING EVENTS CALENDAR:
  • August 25, 2007:James McPherson: Featured at daylong colloquium in Andover, Massachusetts on August 25th – AHA Blog, 5-28-07
ON TV: History Listings This Week:

  • C-Span2, Book TV : History 2007 Roosevelt Reading Festival: Gary Scott Smith: “Faith and the Presidency” Sunday, August 5 @ 4:05pm C-Span2, BookTV
  • C-Span2, Book TV : History Sally Denton: “Passion And Principle: John and Jessie Fremont, The Couple Whose Power, Politics, And Love Shaped Nineteenth-Century America” Sunday, August 5 @ 5:00pm C-Span2, BookTV
  • PBS: History Detectives, Monday, August 6 @ 9pm/EDT – PBS
  • History Channel: “Lost Worlds :The Seven Wonders,” Sunday, August 5, @ 5pm ET/PT
  • History Channel: “Dogfights :Gun Kills of Vietnam,” Sunday, August 5, @ 11pm ET/PT
  • History Channel: ” Street Gangs: A Secret History,” Monday, August 6, @ 2pm ET/PT
  • History Channel: “Cities Of The Underworld :12 – Secret Pagan Underground,” Monday, August, @ 8pm ET/PT
  • History Channel: “Cities Of The Underworld :07 – Catacombs of Death” Monday, August 6, @ 9pm ET/PT
  • History Channel: “Shark Attack 1916″ Monday, August 6, @ 11pm ET/PT
  • History Channel: “Nostradamus: 500 Years Later,” Tuesday, August 7, @ 2pm ET/PT
  • History Channel: “Decoding The Past :Doomsday 2012: The End of Days,” Tuesday, August 7, @ 4pm ET/PT
  • History Channel: “Decoding The Past :Secrets of the Dollar Bill,” Tuesday, August 7, @7pm ET/PT
  • History Channel: “UFO Files : Alien Engineering,” Wednesday, August 8, @ 2pm ET/PT
  • History Channel: “Special :Meteors: Fire in the Sky,” Wednesday, August 8, @ 4pm ET/PT
  • History Channel: “History’s Mysteries :Mysteries on the High Seas,” Wednesday, August, @ 5pm ET/PT
  • History Channel: “UFO Files :Texas’ Roswell,” Wednesday, August, @ 11pm ET/PT
  • History Channel: “Lost Worlds : The Seven Wonders,” Thursday, August 9, @ 2pm ET/PT
  • History Channel: “Mysteries of the Garden of Eden,” Thursday, August 9, @ 4pm ET/PT
  • History Channel: “Decoding The Past :Mayan Doomsday Prophecy,” Thursday, August 9, @ 5pm ET/PT
  • History Channel: “History’s Mysteries :Ancient Monster Hunters,” Thursday, August 9, @ 6pm ET/PT
  • History Channel: “Dogfights :Kamikaze,” Thursday, August 9, @ 11pm ET/PT
  • History Channel: “Cities Of The Underworld :05 – Rome: The Rise,” Friday, August 10, @ 2pm ET/PT
  • History Channel: “Cities Of The Underworld :10 – Beneath Vesuvius,” Friday, August 10, @ 3pm ET/PT
  • History Channel: “Cities Of The Underworld :11 – Dracula’s Underground,” Friday, August 10, @ 4pm ET/PT
  • History Channel: “Cities Of The Underworld :09 – Freemason Underground,” Friday, August 10, @ 5pm ET/PT
  • History Channel: “Dogfights :Desert Aces,” Friday, August 10, @ 9pm ET/PT
  • History Channel: “Dogfights,” Marathon Saturday, August 11, @ 8-11pm ET/PT
SELLING BIG (NYT):
  • Tim Weiner: LEGACY OF ASHES #5 (3 weeks on list) – 8-12-07
  • Walter Isaacson: EINSTEIN HIS LIFE AND UNIVERSE #11 (16 weeks on list) – 8-12-07
  • Ronald Reagan. Edited by Douglas Brinkley: THE REAGAN DIARIES #21 – 8-12-07
FUTURE RELEASES:
  • Woody Holton: Unruly Americans and the Origins of the Constitution, (Hill and Wang, August 7, 2007)
  • David Halberstam: Coldest Winter: America and the Korean War, (Hyperion, September 2007)
  • John Kelin, Praise From a Future Generation: The Assassination of John F. Kennedy and the First Generation Critics of the Warren Report, (Wings Press TX), September 28, 2007
  • Maureen Waller: Sovereign Ladies: The Six Reigning Queens of England, (St. Martin’s Press, September 28, 2007)
  • Rick Atkinson: Day of Battle: The War in Sicily and Italy, 1943-1944, (Henry Holt & Company, Incorporated, October 2, 2007)
  • Benjamin J. Kaplan: Divided by Faith: Religious Conflict and the Practice of Toleration in Early Modern Europe, (Harvard University Press, October 15, 2007)
  • Richard Avedon, The Kennedys: Portrait of a Family, (HarperCollins Publishers), October 23, 2007
  • M. Stanton Evans: Blacklisted by History: The Real Story of Joseph McCarthy and His Fight against America’s Enemies, (Crown Publishing Group, November 6, 2007)
DEPARTED:

Posted on Sunday, August 5, 2007 at 4:22 PM

History Buzz: July 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.

July 23, 2007

PRESIDENTIAL CAMPAIGN 2008 WATCH:
  • Martin Kramer: Joins Giuliani Campaign – Sandstorm, the blog of Martin Kramer, 7-17-07
  • Carl Sferrazza Anthony: A historian of America’s first ladies, believes that without anyone paying much attention, Bill Clinton has been playing such a role in public and providing insight into what his potential tenure as “First Gent” would be like. Anthony points out that, while the U.S. has yet to elect a woman president, other countries have had women presidents and prime ministers. But the men who have pioneered the first spouse role were not themselves former presidents. – AP, 7-20-07
BIGGEST STORIES:
HNN STATS THIS WEEK:
THIS WEEK IN HISTORY: This Week in History:

  • 07-23-1829 – William Burt patented a forerunner of the typewriter.
  • 07-23-1885 – Ulysses S. Grant, the 18th president of the United States, died at Mount McGregor, N.Y., at age 63.
  • 07-23-1914 – Austria and Hungary issued an ultimatum to Serbia after the assassination of Archduke Ferdinand, precipitating World War I.
  • 07-23-1945 – Vichy government leader Marshal Henri Petain went on trial for treason.
  • 07-23-1952 – Revolution erupted in Egypt as the military took power in a bloodless coup. The following year the monarchy was abolished and, for the first time since the pharaohs, Egypt was again ruled by Egyptians.
  • 07-24-1847 – Brigham Young and the first members of the Church of Jesus Christ of Latter Day Saints (Mormons) arrived at the Great Salt Lake.
  • 07-24-1862 – Martin Van Buren, the eighth president of the United States, died in Kinderhook, N.Y.
  • 07-24-1866 – Tennessee became the first Confederate state to be readmitted to the Union.
  • 07-24-1937 – Charges against five black men accused of raping two white women in the Scottsboro case were dropped.
  • 07-24-1974 – The U.S. Supreme Court unanimously ruled that President Richard Nixon had to turn over White House tapes to the Watergate special prosecutor.
  • 07-25-1946 – The United States tested the first underwater atomic bomb at Bikini Atoll.
  • 07-25-1952 – Puerto Rico became a commonwealth of the United States.
  • 07-25-1978 – The world’s first test-tube baby, Louise Joy Brown, was born in Lancashire, England.
  • 07-25-1984 – Soviet cosmonaut Svetlana Savitskaya became the first woman to walk in space.
  • 07-26-1788 – New York became the 11th state in the United States.
  • 07-26-1847 – Liberia became Africa’s first republic.
  • 07-26-1908 – The Office of the Chief Examiner, which in 1935 became the Federal Bureau of Investigation (FBI), was created.
  • 07-26-1947 – President Harry S Truman signed the National Security Act, creating the Department of Defense, the National Security Council, the Central Intelligence Agency, and the Joint Chiefs of Staff.
  • 07-26-1952 – Argentina’s first lady, Eva Peron, died in Buenos Aires at age 33.
  • 07-26-1952 – King Farouk I of Egypt abdicated after a coup led by Gamal Abdal Nasser.
  • 07-26-1953 – Fidel Castro was among a group of rebelling anti-Batistas who unsuccessfully attacked an army barracks.
  • 07-27-1861 – Union general George B. McClellan was put in command of the Army of the Potomac during the Civil War.
  • 07-27-1953 – An armistice was signed ending the Korean War.
  • 07-27-1974 – The House Judiciary Committee voted to impeach Richard Nixon for obstructing justice in the Watergate case.
  • 07-27-1995 – The Korean War Veterans Memorial was dedicated in Washington, DC.
  • 07-27-1996 – A pipe bomb exploded in an Atlanta park during the Olympic Games.
  • 07-28-1540 – King Henry VIII of England’s chief minister, Thomas Cromwell, was executed and Henry married his fifth wife, Catherine Howard.
  • 07-28-1750 – The great baroque composer Johann Sebastian Bach died.
  • 07-28-1794 – Robespierre, one of the leading figures of the French Revolution, was sent to the guillotine.
  • 07-28-1821 – Peru declared its independence from Spain.
  • 07-28-1868 – The 14th Amendment to the Constitution, which established the citizenship of African Americans and guaranteed due process of law, was ratified.
  • 07-28-1914 – Austria-Hungary declared war on Serbia, precipitating the start of World War I.
  • 07-28-1932 – Herbert Hoover ordered Douglas MacArthur to evict the Bonus Marchers from their camps.
  • 07-28-2002 – Nine Pennsylvania coal miners were rescued after 77 hours of being trapped in a mine shaft.
  • 07-29-1890 – Artist Vincent van Gogh died of a self-inflicted gunshot wound in Auvers, France.
  • 07-29-1958 – President Eisenhower signed the congressional act that created the National Aeronautics and Space Administration (NASA) was authorized by Congress.
IN THE NEWS:
REVIEWED AND FIRST CHAPTERS:
  • Tim Weiner: Counter Intelligence LEGACY OF ASHES The History of the CIANYT, 7-22-07
  • Tim Weiner: LEGACY OF ASHES The History of the CIA, First Chapter – NYT, 7-22-07
  • David Wise on Tim Weiner: Covert Action Has the CIA ever been good at intelligence gathering? LEGACY OF ASHES The History of the CIAWaPo, 7-22-07
  • Frederick Taylor: What Goes Up . . . How a notorious symbol divided a city and its residents THE BERLIN WALL A World Divided, 1961-1989WaPo, 7-22-07
  • Robert Dallek: How he handles Nixon in Nixon and Kissinger book – Michael Nelson in the Chronicle of Higher Education (CHE), 7-20-07
  • Tom Segev: Six-Day War, in Revisionist History, Was Provoked by Israelis – Bloomberg News, 7-19-07
  • Jeffrey Wasserstrom: New Essay Collection Takes a Nuanced Look at Modern China – Ascribe, 7-17-07
  • Eric Arnesen on Jack Beatty: Revising the revisionists Re-examining political and economic corruption during the Gilded Age Age of Betrayal: The Triumph of Money in America, 1865-1900Chicago Tribune, 7-14-07
OP-ED:
PROFILED:
  • Saul Friedlander: Holocaust historian seeks the whole story – LAT, 7-15-07
FEATURE:
INTERVIEWED:
QUOTED:
  • Robert Allen on “Bill would make site of WWII explosion into a national park”: “Anyone who was close enough to see what happened didn’t survive. It was the worst home-front tragedy of World War II.” – AP, 7-20-07
  • Neville Kidd: Memorial a betrayal of Anzacs, says historian: “It is a travesty to the memory of nearly 2000 soldiers killed at Fromelles…. such a disgrace that the NSW Government is not prepared to add the name of our worst battle where so many Australians were slaughtered by a top German force…. Waves of soldiers mown down by machine-guns have been betrayed by bureaucrats who can’t be bothered making a simple change to the memorial.” – Sydney Morning Herald, 7-19-07
  • David Bercuson on “Homefront has more angst than usual”: “I think they’re out of step, generally speaking, when it comes to foreign-policy questions, out of step in the sense that they tend to be more cautious, they tend to come down more on the side of not using military forces. Part of it is that as a minority in this country that feels it has been burned in the past on major questions of national defence, it’s not in its own interest to support a vigorous, proactive military policy.” – National Post, Canada, 7-16-07
HONORED, AWARDED, AND APPOINTMENTS:
SPOTTED & SPEAKING EVENTS CALENDAR:
EXHIBITIONS:
  • Paul Hutton: Billy the Kid Still Rides in New Mexico – VOA, 7-14-07
ON TV: History Listings This Week:

  • C-Span2, Book TV : History Kim MacQuarrie: “The Last Days of the Incas”, Sunday, July 23 @ 9:00pm C-Span2, BookTV
  • C-Span2, Book TV : After Words: Larry Berman, author of “Perfect Spy: The Incredible Double Life of Pham Xuan An – Time Magazine Reporter & Vietnamese Communist Agent” interviewed by Robert Kaiser, Sunday, July 23 @ 10:00pm C-Span2, BookTV
  • History Channel: “Rumrunners, Moonshiners and Bootleggers,” Monday, July 23, @ 2pm ET/PT
  • History Channel: “Cities Of The Underworld :12 – Secret Pagan Underground,” Monday, July 23, @ 8pm ET/PT
  • History Channel: “Cities Of The Underworld :13 – Underground Bootleggers” Monday, July 23, @ 9pm ET/PT
  • History Channel: “Special : Da Vinci & the Code He Lived By,” Tuesday, July 24, @ 2pm ET/PT
  • History Channel: “Man, Moment, Machine :Galileo & the Sinful Spyglass,” Tuesday, July 24, @ 4pm ET/PT
  • History Channel: “Return of the Pirates,” Wednesday, July 25, @ 2pm ET/PT
  • History Channel: “Deep Sea Detectives :Secret Underwater Caves,” Wednesday, July 25, @ 4pm ET/PT
  • History Channel: “History’s Mysteries :Mysteries on the High Seas,” Wednesday, July 25, @ 5pm ET/PT
  • History Channel: “Modern Marvels :Gold Mines,” Wednesday, July 25, @ 9pm ET/PT
  • History Channel: “UFO Files :Texas’ Roswell,” Wednesday, July 25, @ 11pm ET/PT
  • History Channel: “Alaska: Dangerous Territory,” Friday, July 27, @ 2pm ET/PT
  • History Channel: “Special :Rogue Waves,” Friday, July 27, @ 4pm ET/PT
SELLING BIG (NYT):
  • Walter Isaacson: EINSTEIN HIS LIFE AND UNIVERSE #8 (14 weeks on list) – 7-29-07
  • Ronald Reagan. Edited by Douglas Brinkley: THE REAGAN DIARIES #12 (8 weeks on list) – 7-29-07
  • Tim Weiner: LEGACY OF ASHES #13 (1 week on list) – 7-29-07
  • Michael Beschloss: PRESIDENTIAL COURAGE, #21 – 7-29-07
FUTURE RELEASES:
  • Kathryn C. Statler: Replacing France: The Origins of American Intervention in Vietnam, (University Press of Kentucky) July 28, 2007
  • Richard B. Frank, MacArthur: A Biography, (Palgrave Macmillan), July 28, 2007
  • Woody Holton: Unruly Americans and the Origins of the Constitution, (Hill and Wang, August 7, 2007)
  • David Halberstam: Coldest Winter: America and the Korean War, (Hyperion, September 2007)
  • John Kelin, Praise From a Future Generation: The Assassination of John F. Kennedy and the First Generation Critics of the Warren Report, (Wings Press TX), September 28, 2007
  • Maureen Waller: Sovereign Ladies: The Six Reigning Queens of England, (St. Martin’s Press, September 28, 2007)
  • Rick Atkinson: Day of Battle: The War in Sicily and Italy, 1943-1944, (Henry Holt & Company, Incorporated, October 2, 2007)
  • Benjamin J. Kaplan: Divided by Faith: Religious Conflict and the Practice of Toleration in Early Modern Europe, (Harvard University Press, October 15, 2007)
  • Richard Avedon, The Kennedys: Portrait of a Family, (HarperCollins Publishers), October 23, 2007
  • M. Stanton Evans: Blacklisted by History: The Real Story of Joseph McCarthy and His Fight against America’s Enemies, (Crown Publishing Group, November 6, 2007)
DEPARTED:

Posted on Sunday, July 22, 2007 at 5:49 PM

July 16, 2007

LADY BIRD JOHNSON (1912-2007): Lady Bird JPG

Lady Bird JPG
Lady Bird JPG

  • Lady Bird Johnson Tribute Site
  • PBS NewsHour – Lady Bird Johnson
  • Michael Beschloss: historian Michael Beschloss reflected on her life and legacy on the NewsHour with Jim Lehrer. (mp3) – PBS NewsHour, 7-13-07
  • Lewis L. Gould: Remembering Lady Bird Johnson First Lady Recalled as Charming, Media Savvy and Deeply Connected to Nature – WaPo, 7-12-07
  • Robert A. Caro: “She conducted herself, often in the most difficult circumstances, with a graciousness and dignity and total devotion to her husband that was heroic.”… “She already had this dignity, no matter how he yelled at her, but she transformed herself from the shy young woman afraid of speaking in public into the poised, dignified, gracious first lady the American people would come to admire in later years. It’s an act of willpower and heroism that is very thrilling.” – WaPo, 7-12-07
  • Gil Troy: “She went one step further than her heroine and role model Eleanor Roosevelt by being more intimately involved in the president’s day to day life and political career. If Eleanor Roosevelt showed just how influential a first lady could be in advancing her own concerns, Lady Bird Johnson demonstrated just how influential a first lady could be in shaping and selling the president’s agenda…. She pushed him to invoke themes of self-sacrifice and patriotism, to work in references to World War II and to blame Congress squarely for failing to fund the Vietnam war properly. This intervention typified ‘Bird’s’ great influence and her role in protecting Lyndon and trying to position him on the grand historical stage.” – NPR, 7-12-07
BIGGEST STORIES:
HNN STATS THIS WEEK:
THIS WEEK IN HISTORY:
  • 07-16-1790 – The District of Columbia was established as the seat of the United States government.
  • 07-16-1918 – Russia’s Czar Nicholas II and his family were executed by the Bolsheviks.
  • 07-16-1945 – The first atomic bomb was tested in Alamogordo, N.M.
  • 07-16-1951 – J. D. Salinger’s novel Catcher in the Rye was published.
  • 07-16-1969 – Apollo 11 took off on the first manned flight to the moon.
  • 07-16-1979 – Saddam Hussein became president of Iraq.
  • 07-16-1999 – John F. Kennedy, Jr., his wife Carolyn Bessette, and her sister Lauren, died in a plane crash near Martha’s Vineyard, Massachusetts.
  • 07-17-1821 – Spain ceded Florida to the United States.
  • 07-17-1898 – Spain surrendered to the United States at Santiago, Cuba, ending the Spanish-American War.
  • 07-17-1917 – The British royal family changed its name from the House of Saxe-Coburg-Gotha to Windsor amid anti-German senitment during World War I.
  • 07-17-1945 – President Harry Truman, Soviet leader Joseph Stalin and British Prime Minister Winston Churchill meet at the opening of the Potsdam Conference.
  • 07-17-1955 – Disneyland opened in Anaheim, Calif.
  • 07-17-1975 – The American Apollo and Soviet Soyuz spacecraft linked up for the first time.
  • 07-17-1998 – The last Russian Czar Nicholas II was buried 80 years after he and his family were executed by the Bolsheviks.
  • 07-18-0064 – A great fire began that ultimately destroyed most of Rome. The emperor Nero blamed it on Christians and began the first Roman persecution of them.
  • 07-18-1936 – The Spanish Civil War began.
  • 07-18-1947 – President Harry S. Truman signed the Presidential Succession Act.
  • 07-19-1848 – The first women’s rights convention, called by Elizabeth Cady Stanton and Lucretia C. Mott, was held in Seneca Falls, New York.
  • 07-19-1870 – The Franco-Prussian war began.
  • 07-19-1941 – Winston Churchill was the first to use the two-finger “V is for Victory” sign.
  • 07-19-1984 – Geraldine Ferraro became the first woman nominated for the vice-presidency by a major political party.
  • 07-19-1993 – President Clinton announced the “Don’t ask, don’t tell” policy regarding gays in the military.
  • 07-20-1810 – Colombia declared independence from Spain.
  • 07-20-1881 – Fugitive Sioux Indian leader Sitting Bull surrendered to federal troops.
  • 07-20-1951 – King Abdullah I of Jordan was assassinated.
  • 07-20-1960 – Sirima Bandaranaike of Sri Lanka (then Ceylon) became the world’s first woman prime minister.
  • 07-20-1969 – Astronaut Neil A. Armstrong was the first man to walk on the Moon.
  • 07-20-1985 – Treasure hunters found the Spanish galleon Nuestra Senora de Atocha, which sank off the coast of Key West, Fla., in 1622 during a hurricane. The ship contained over $400 million in coins and silver ingots.
  • 07-21-1861 – Confederate forces won victory at Bull Run in the first major battle of the Civil War.
  • 07-21-1873 – The first train robbery west of the Mississippi was pulled off by Jesse James and his gang.
  • 07-21-1925 – In the “Monkey Trial,” John T. Scopes was found guilty of violating Tennessee state law by teaching evolution.
  • 07-21-1949 – The U.S. Senate ratified the North Atlantic Treaty.
  • 07-21-1970 – The Aswan High Dam was opened in Egypt.
  • 07-21-1998 – Astronaut Alan Shepard died.
  • 07-21-2002 – WorldCom filed for bankruptcy, the largest bankruptcy in U.S. history.
  • 07-22-1796 – Cleveland, Ohio, was founded by Gen. Moses Cleaveland.
  • 07-22-1933 – Wiley Post became the first person to fly solo around the world.
  • 07-22-1934 – John Dillinger was shot to death outside Chicago’s Biograph Theater.
  • 07-22-1937 – Franklin D. Roosevelt’s “court packing” scheme was rejected by the U.S. Senate.
  • 07-22-1975 – Congress restored Confederate general Robert E. Lee’s U.S. citizenship.
  • 07-22-2003 – Saddam Hussein’s sons, Uday and Ousay, were killed in a firefight.
IN THE NEWS:
REVIEWED AND FIRST CHAPTERS:
  • Carl Bernstein, Jeff Gerth and Don Van Natta Jr.: Good Hillary, Bad Hillary A WOMAN IN CHARGE The Life of Hillary Rodham Clinton HER WAY The Hopes and Ambitions of Hillary Rodham Clinton. - NYT, 7-15-07
  • Carl Bernstein: A WOMAN IN CHARGE The Life of Hillary Rodham Clinton, First Chapter – NYT, 7-15-07
  • Jeff Gerth and Don Van Natta Jr.: HER WAY The Hopes and Ambitions of Hillary Rodham Clinton, First Chapter – NYT, 7-15-07
  • Tom Segev: Peace for Land 1967 Israel, the War, and the Year That Transformed the Middle EastNYT, 7-15-07
  • Molly O’Neill, ed: The Gastronomical We – AMERICAN FOOD WRITING An Anthology With Classic RecipesNYT, 7-15-07
  • Bill Clinton: Mastering the Presidency (By Nigel Hamilton) The Seat-of-the-Pants Presidency Bill Clinton’s first term was a shaky enterprise – WaPo, 7-15-07
  • The Conviction of Richard Nixon: The Untold Story of the Frost/Nixon Interviews (By James Reston Jr.) Trial by Television – WaPo, 7-15-07Cheney: The Untold Story of America’s Most Powerful And Controversial Vice President (By Stephen F. Hayes) American Enigma A journalist attempts to plumb the depths of our secretive vice president – WaPo, 7-15-07
  • Tim Weiner: Beschloss says NYT reporter has written solid history of CIA – NYT Book Review, 7-12-07
  • Paul Moon: Historian Wades Into Auckland Treaty Claim Controversy – http://www.scoop.co.nz, 7-10-07
  • John Agresto: Mugged by reality in Iraq – David Forsmark at frontpagemag.com, 7-10-07
  • Oliver Pollak: Collaborates on history of the University of Nebraska – Press Release–UNO, 7-10-07
  • Ian Kershaw: Ten Decisions That Changed the World, 1940-1941 – Max Boot in the NYT Book Review 7-8-07
  • Gunter Grass: Friend John Irving in front page NYT Book Review praises his honesty about Nazi connections – NYT Book Review, 7-8-07
  • Tim Weiner: NYT reporter pens history of CIA – Seattle Times, 7-6-07
OP-ED:
PROFILED:
FEATURE:
INTERVIEWED:
QUOTED:
  • Timothy Naftali: “I’m a historian. I can’t sugar-coat things. History is messy, dramatic, exciting. There are good people and bad people and that’s what makes it interesting. You have to tell history with the bark off.”
  • Linda Colley on “Windows Open on Royal Family’s Wealth”: “What is different about Britain, its particular accident, is that it was a winner in the wars and, unlike other European states, it kept its monarchy and kept its residual state of glory and stature, this carapace of splendor. They have not yet become neutered.” – NYT, 7-15-07
HONORED, AWARDED, AND APPOINT-MENTS:
SPOTTED & SPEAKING EVENTS CALENDAR:
ON TV:
  • C-Span2, Book TV : After Words: Tim Weiner author of “Legacy of Ashes: The History of the CIA” interviewed by David Ignatius, Sunday, July 15 @ 9:00pm C-Span2, BookTV
  • History Channel: “Gestapo :The Sword Is Forged,” Monday, July 16, @ 2pm ET/PT
  • History Channel: “Gestapo :The Sword Unsheathed,” Monday, July 16, @ 3pm ET/PT
  • History Channel: “Gestapo :The Sword Is Shattered,” Monday, July 16, @ 4pm ET/PT
  • History Channel: “Cities Of The Underworld :11 – Dracula’s Underground,” Monday, July 16, @ 8pm ET/PT
  • History Channel: “Cities Of The Underworld :12 – Secret Pagan Underground” Monday, July 16, @ 9pm ET/PT
  • History Channel: “Digging For The Truth :Search for King David,” Monday, July 16, @ 10pm ET/PT
  • History Channel: “Mysteries of the Garden of Eden,” Monday, July 16, @ 11pm ET/PT
  • History Channel: “Hell: The Devil’s Domain,” Tuesday, July 17, @ 2pm ET/PT
  • History Channel: “Sharp Shooters,” Wednesday, July 18, @ 2pm ET/PT
  • History Channel: “Kennedys: The Curse of Power,” Thursday, July 19, @ 2pm ET/PT
  • History Channel: “The Other Tragedy at Pearl Harbor,” Thursday, July 19, @ 5pm ET/PT
  • History Channel: “Modern Marvels :Tunnels of Vietnam,” Thursday, July 19, @ 6pm ET/PT
  • History Channel: “Modern Marvels :Cotton,” Thursday, July 19, @ 7pm ET/PT
  • History Channel: “Star Wars: The Legacy Revealed,” Friday, July 20, @ 2pm ET/PT
  • History Channel: “Our Generation :Apollo 11: The Moon Landing,” Friday, July 20, @ 6pm ET/PT
  • History Channel: “Our Generation :Motown,” Friday, July 20, @ 6:30pm ET/PT
  • History Channel: “Mega Disasters: San Francisco Earthquake,” Saturday, July 21, @ 5pm ET/PT
  • History Channel: “Decoding The Past :Cults: Dangerous Devotion,” Saturday, July 21, @ 10pm ET/PT
SELLING BIG (NYT):
  • Ronald Reagan. Edited by Douglas Brinkley: THE REAGAN DIARIES #7 (7 weeks on list) – 7-22-07
  • Walter Isaacson: EINSTEIN HIS LIFE AND UNIVERSE #8 (13 weeks on list) – 7-22-07
  • Michael Beschloss: PRESIDENTIAL COURAGE, #13 (9 weeks on list) – 7-22-07
  • Carl Bernstein: A WOMAN IN CHARGE: THE LIFE OF HILLARY RODHAM CLINTON, #17 – 7-22-07
FUTURE RELEASES:
  • Kathryn C. Statler: Replacing France: The Origins of American Intervention in Vietnam, (University Press of Kentucky) July 28, 2007
  • Richard B. Frank, MacArthur: A Biography, (Palgrave Macmillan), July 28, 2007
  • Woody Holton: Unruly Americans and the Origins of the Constitution, (Hill and Wang, August 7, 2007)
  • David Halberstam: Coldest Winter: America and the Korean War, (Hyperion, September 2007)
  • John Kelin, Praise From a Future Generation: The Assassination of John F. Kennedy and the First Generation Critics of the Warren Report, (Wings Press TX), September 28, 2007
  • Maureen Waller: Sovereign Ladies: The Six Reigning Queens of England, (St. Martin’s Press, September 28, 2007)
  • Rick Atkinson: Day of Battle: The War in Sicily and Italy, 1943-1944, (Henry Holt & Company, Incorporated, October 2, 2007)
  • Benjamin J. Kaplan: Divided by Faith: Religious Conflict and the Practice of Toleration in Early Modern Europe, (Harvard University Press, October 15, 2007)
  • Richard Avedon, The Kennedys: Portrait of a Family, (HarperCollins Publishers), October 23, 2007
  • M. Stanton Evans: Blacklisted by History: The Real Story of Joseph McCarthy and His Fight against America’s Enemies, (Crown Publishing Group, November 6, 2007)
DEPARTED:

Posted on Sunday, July 15, 2007 at 9:23 PM

July 9, 2007

PRESIDENTIAL CAMPAIGN 2008 WATCH:
    • Fred Thompson Aided Nixon on Watergate – AP, 7-7-07
    • Michael Beschloss on “Divorce not a political deal-breaker”: “If candidates can’t bear up under full disclosure, they have no business being in politics.” – Contra Costa Times, 7-5-07
  • Presidential Campaign 2008 Watch

BIGGEST STORIES:
  • Felipe Fernandez-Armesto: Whatever Happened to the Investigation of His Arrest for Jaywalking by the Atlanta police? – HNN Staff, 7-5-07
HNN STATS THIS WEEK:
THIS WEEK IN HISTORY: This Week in History:

  • 07-09-1816 – Argentina formally declared independence from Spain.
  • 07-09-1850 – Zachary Taylor, the 12th president of the U.S., died after only 16 months in office.
  • 07-09-1872 – The doughnut cutter was patented by John F. Blondel of Thomaston, Me.
  • 07-09-1896 – William Jennings Bryan delivered his “cross of gold” speech at the Democratic National Convention.
  • 07-09-1900 – The British Parliament proclaimed that as of Jan. 1, 1901, the six Australian colonies would be united at the Commonwealth of Australia.
  • 07-09-1974 – Former U.S. chief justice Earl Warren died in Washington, DC.
  • 07-09-2002 – Baseball’s All-Star Game ended in a tie after 11 innings. Both sides had run out of pitchers.
  • 07-10-1890 – Wyoming became the 44th state in the United States.
  • 07-10-1940 – The Battle of Britain began.
  • 07-10-1951 – Armistice talks to end the Korean War began at Kaesong.
  • 07-10-1973 – The Bahamas became independent from Great Britain.
  • 07-10-1985 – The Coca-Cola Company announced that it was bringing back the original Coke and calling it Coca-Cola Classic.
  • 07-10-1991 – President Bush lifted economic sanctions against South Africa.
  • 07-10-1991 – Boris Yeltsin was sworn in as Russia’s first elected president.
  • 07-10-2003 – Spain opened its first mosque (in Granada) since the Moors were expelled in 1492.
  • 07-11-1533 – Pope Clement VII excommunicated England’s King Henry VIII.
  • 07-11-1804 – Former vice president Aaron Burr fatally wounded former secretary of the treasury Alexander Hamilton in a duel. Hamilton died the following afternoon.
  • 07-11-1864 – Confederate general Jubal A. Early and his troops attacked Washington, DC. They retreated the next day, ending the Confederate threat to occupy the capital.
  • 07-11-1914 – Babe Ruth made his major league baseball debut as a pitcher for the Boston Red Sox.
  • 07-11-1977 – The Rev. Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr., was posthumously awarded the Presidential Medal of Freedom for his work to advance civil rights.
  • 07-11-1995 – The United States and Vietnam established full diplomatic relations.
  • 07-12-1543 – England’s King Henry VIII married his sixth and last wife, Catherine Parr.
  • 07-12-1690 – Protestant William of Orange defeated Roman Catholic James II at the Battle of the Boyne in Ireland.
  • 07-12-1862 – Congress authorized the Medal of Honor.
  • 07-12-1984 – Democratic presidential nominee Walter Mondale became the first major-party candidate to choose a woman as a running mate when he announced his choice of Geraldine Ferraro.
  • 07-13-1793 – French revolutionary Jean Paul Marat was stabbed to death in his bath by royalist sympathizer Charlotte Corday.
  • 07-13-1863 – The draft riots, protesting unfair conscription in the Civil War, began in New York City.
  • 07-13-1865 – P. T. Barnum’s American Museum, which had featured Tom Thumb and the original Siamese twins Chang and Eng, was destroyed by fire.
  • 07-13-1930 – The first World Cup soccer competition began in Montevideo, Uruguay.
  • 07-13-1943 – The Battle of Kursk, the largest tank battle in history—involving some 6,000 tanks, 2,000,000 troops, and 4,000 aircraft—ended in German defeat.
  • 07-13-1977 – A 25-hour blackout hit New York City, engendering widespread rioting and looting.
  • 07-13-2003 – Iraq’s interim governing council was inaugurated.
  • 07-14-1789 – The storming and destruction of Bastille marked the beginning of the French Revolution.
  • 07-14-1798 – Congress passed the Sedition Act, making it a crime to publish false, scandalous, or malicious writing about the U.S. government.
  • 07-14-1881 – Billy the Kid was shot by Sheriff Pat Garrett in New Mexico.
  • 07-14-1921 – In one of the most controversial cases in U.S. history, anarchists Nicola Sacco and Bartolomeo Vanzetti were convicted of two murders and sentenced to death.
  • 07-14-1933 – In Germany, all political parties except the Nazi party were outlawed.
  • 07-14-1946 – Dr. Spock’s Common Sense Book of Baby & Child Care was published.
  • 07-14-1958 – A military coup overthrew the monarchy in Iraq, killing King Faisal II. General Abdul Karim Kassem becomes Iraq’s leader.
  • 07-15-1870 – Georgia became the last of the Confederate States to be readmitted to the Union.
  • 07-15-1918 – The Second Battle of the Marne began during World War I.
  • 07-15-1948 – John J. Pershing, whose leadership in World War I earned him the title General of the Armies of the United States, died in Washington, DC.
  • 07-15-1975 – The Russian Soyuz and the U.S. Apollo launched. The Apollo-Soyuz mission was the first international manned spaceflight.
IN THE NEWS:
REVIEWED AND FIRST CHAPTERS:
OP-ED:
PROFILED:
FEATURE:
INTERVIEWED:
QUOTED:
  • Stephen Hess on “‘Scooter’ Libby move helps seal Bush’s Iraq legacy”: “It closes one chapter of the sort of life-draining issue of George W Bush and Iraq. It’s totally in keeping with everything he’s done up to now, including his sense of loyalty to his people.” — Reuters, 7-3-07
  • David Greenberg on the Nixon Library: “Everybody who visited it, who knew the first thing about history, thought it was a joke. You didn’t know whether to laugh or cry.” – LAT, 7-8-07
  • Howard Zinn: Why we fly the flag – Boston Globe, 7-8-07
  • Theodore Roszak, William Seraile, Michael Kazin: Historians say where they were during the summer of love, 40 years ago – From a survey of 17 academics conducted by the Chronicle of Higher Ed, 7-2-07
  • Bill Gammage: Aussie historian lashes out at Turkey for putting a road through a cemetery for war dead – http://canberra.yourguide.com.au, 7-1-07
HONORED, AWARDED, AND APPOINTMENTS:
SPOTTED & SPEAKING EVENTS CALENDAR:
NEW ON THE WEB:
ON TV: History Listings This Week:

  • C-Span2, Book TV : History Joan Quigley “The Day The Earth Caved In: An American Mining Tragedy” @ Sunday, July 8 at 11:00pm C-Span2, BookTV
  • History Channel: “Cities Of The Underworld :07 – Catacombs of Death,” Sunday, July 8, @ 11pm ET/PT
  • History Channel: “Amazon Adventures,” Monday, July 9, @ 2pm ET/PT
  • History Channel: “Modern Marvels :George Washington Bridge,” Monday, July 8, @ 7pm ET/PT
  • History Channel: “Cities Of The Underworld :09 – Freemason Underground,” Monday, July 8, @ 8pm ET/PT
  • History Channel: “Cities Of The Underworld :11 – Dracula’s Underground” Monday, July 8, @ 9pm ET/PT
  • History Channel: “Bloodlines: The Dracula Family Tree,” Monday, July 8, @ 10pm ET/PT
  • History Channel: “Alaska: Big America,” Tuesday, July 10, @ 2pm ET/PT
  • History Channel: “Investigating History :Billy the Kid,” Tuesday, July 10, @ 4pm ET/PT
  • History Channel: “Modern Marvels :Statue of Liberty,” Tuesday, July 10, @ 7pm ET/PT
  • History Channel: “Special : Rome: Engineering an Empire,” Wednesday, July 11, @ 2pm ET/PT
  • History Channel: “Modern Marvels :The Chrysler Building,” Wednesday, July 11, @ 7pm ET/PT
  • History Channel: “Ku Klux Klan: A Secret History.,” Thursday, July 12, @ 2pm ET/PT
  • History Channel: “Modern Marvels :Empire State Building,” Thursday, July 12, @ 7pm ET/PT
  • History Channel: “Lost Worlds :Churchill’s Secret Bunkers,” Thursday, July 12, @ 11pm ET/PT
  • History Channel: “Dogfights,” Marathon Friday, July 13, @ 2-6pm ET/PT
  • History Channel: “The World Trade Center: Rise and Fall of an American Icon,” Friday, July 13, @ 6pm ET/PT
  • History Channel: “Dogfights :Kamikaze,” Friday, July 13, @ 9pm ET/PT
  • History Channel: “Dogfights: The Greatest Air Battles,” Saturday, July 14, @ 8pm ET/PT
  • History Channel: ” Cities Of The Underworld :01 – Hitler’s Underground Lair,” Saturday, July 14, @ 8pm ET/PT
  • History Channel: “Cities Of The Underworld :10 – Beneath Vesuvius,” Saturday, July 14, @ 9pm ET/PT
  • History Channel: “Cities Of The Underworld :11 – Dracula’s Underground,” Saturday, July 14, @ 10pm ET/PT
  • History Channel: “Cities Of The Underworld :04 – Scotland’s Sin City,” Saturday, July 14, @ 11pm ET/PT
SELLING BIG (NYT):
  • Ronald Reagan. Edited by Douglas Brinkley: THE REAGAN DIARIES #5 (6 weeks on list) – 7-15-07
  • Walter Isaacson: EINSTEIN HIS LIFE AND UNIVERSE #8 (12 weeks on list) – 7-15-07
  • Michael Beschloss: PRESIDENTIAL COURAGE, #11 (8 weeks on list) – 7-15-07
  • Carl Bernstein: A WOMAN IN CHARGE: THE LIFE OF HILLARY RODHAM CLINTON, #20 – 7-15-07 >
FUTURE RELEASES:
  • Bill Yenne: Rising Sons: The Japanese-American GIs Who Fought for the United States in World War II, (St. Martin’s Press, July 10, 2007)
  • Kathryn C. Statler: Replacing France: The Origins of American Intervention in Vietnam, (University Press of Kentucky) July 28, 2007
  • Richard B. Frank, MacArthur: A Biography, (Palgrave Macmillan), July 28, 2007
  • Woody Holton: Unruly Americans and the Origins of the Constitution, (Hill and Wang, August 7, 2007)
  • David Halberstam: Coldest Winter: America and the Korean War, (Hyperion, September 2007)
  • John Kelin, Praise From a Future Generation: The Assassination of John F. Kennedy and the First Generation Critics of the Warren Report, (Wings Press TX), September 28, 2007
  • Maureen Waller: Sovereign Ladies: The Six Reigning Queens of England, (St. Martin’s Press, September 28, 2007)
  • Rick Atkinson: Day of Battle: The War in Sicily and Italy, 1943-1944, (Henry Holt & Company, Incorporated, October 2, 2007)
  • Benjamin J. Kaplan: Divided by Faith: Religious Conflict and the Practice of Toleration in Early Modern Europe, (Harvard University Press, October 15, 2007)
  • Richard Avedon, The Kennedys: Portrait of a Family, (HarperCollins Publishers), October 23, 2007
  • M. Stanton Evans: Blacklisted by History: The Real Story of Joseph McCarthy and His Fight against America’s Enemies, (Crown Publishing Group, November 6, 2007)
DEPARTED:

Posted on Sunday, July 8, 2007 at 9:27 PM

July 2, 2007

AMERICAN INDEPENDENCE DAY:
  • Dinesh D’Souza: Ten Great Things About America – AOL, 7-1-07
PRESIDENTIAL CAMPAIGN 2008 WATCH:
    • Cal Jillson on “McCain’s Run For Presidential Candidacy In Trouble”: “He is crosswise to conservatives on immigration, and the people who were most excited about him in 2000 – the moderate Republicans – are mad at him on Iraq. The political base is just not there for him in nearly the same way it was in 2000, and he’s eight years older.” – NEWSPost India, 6-18-07
  • Presidential Campaign 2008 Watch

BIGGEST STORIES:
HNN STATS THIS WEEK:
THIS WEEK IN HISTORY: This Week in History:

  • 07-02-1881 – President James Garfield was shot by Charles Guiteau; he died on Sept. 19.
  • 07-02-1890 – Congress passed the Sherman Antitrust Act.
  • 07-02-1937 – Amelia Earhart and her co-pilot Fred Noonan disappeared over the Pacific Ocean while attempting to fly around the world.
  • 07-02-1964 – President Johnson signed the Civil Rights Act of 1964 into law.
  • 07-02-1976 – In Gregg v. Georgia, the Supreme Court ruled that the death penalty was not inherently cruel or unusual.
  • 07-03-1608 – Samuel de Champlain founded the city of Quebec.
  • 07-03-1775 – Commander in chief George Washington took command of the Continental Army at Cambridge, Mass.
  • 07-03-1863 – The Battle of Gettysburg ended.
  • 07-03-1890 – Idaho became the 43rd state in the United States.
  • 07-03-1930 – The U.S. Veterans Administration was created by Congress.
  • 07-03-1962 – Jackie Robinson became the first African-American to be inducted into the Baseball Hall of Fame.
  • 07-03-1962 – Algeria became independent after 132 years of French rule.
  • 07-04-1776 – The U.S. declared independence from Great Britain.
  • 07-04-1826 – Former presidents John Adams and Thomas Jefferson both died.
  • 07-04-1831 – Former president James Monroe died.
  • 07-04-1884 – The Statue of Liberty was presented to the United States in Paris.
  • 07-04-1895 – Katharine Lee Bates published America the Beautiful.
  • 07-04-1939 – Lou Gehrig, stricken with ALS, made his farewell at Yankee Stadium.
  • 07-04-1976 – The United States celebrated its bicentennial.
  • 07-05-1811 – Venezuela became the first South American country to declare independence from Spain.
  • 07-05-1865 – William Booth formed the Salvation Army in London, England.
  • 07-05-1946 – Larry Doby signed with the Cleveland Indians, becoming the first African American player in the American League.
  • 07-05-1954 – Elvis Presley recorded “That’s All Right,” his first commercial record.
  • 07-05-1975 – Cape Verde became independent after 500 years of Portuguese rule.
  • 07-05-1975 – Arthur Ashe became the first black man to win a Wimbledon singles title when he defeated Jimmy Connors.
  • 07-05-1996 – Dolly, the first sheep cloned from adult cells, was born.
  • 07-06-1535 – Sir Thomas More was beheaded after refusing to join Henry VIII’s Church of England.
  • 07-06-1885 – Louis Pasteur successfully treated a patient with a rabies vaccine.
  • 07-06-1942 – Anne Frank and her family sought refuge from the Nazis in Amsterdam.
  • 07-06-1944 – A fire caused by inept fire-eaters in the main tent of the Ringling Brothers Circus in Hartford, Conn., killed over 160 people.
  • 07-06-1957 – Althea Gibson won the Wimbledon women’s singles tennis title. She was the first black person to win the event.
  • 07-07-1456 – Twenty-five years after her execution, Pope Calixtus III annulled the heresy charges brought against Joan of Arc.
  • 07-07-1846 – Commodore John D. Sloat occupied Monterey and declared California annexed to the United States.
  • 07-07-1898 – The United States annexed Hawaii.
  • 07-07-1946 – Italian-born Mother Frances Xavier Cabrini was canonized, becoming the first American saint.
  • 07-07-1981 – President Ronald Reagan nominated Sandra Day O’Connor for the Supreme Court.
  • 07-07-2005 – 52 people were killed and hundreds injured in London when terrorists bombed subways and a bus.52 people were killed and hundreds injured in London when terrorists bombed subways and a bus.
  • 07-08-1776 – The first public reading of the Declaration of Independence was given in Philadelphia, Pa.
  • 07-08-1777 – Vermont became the first colony to abolish slavery.
  • 07-08-1889 – The Wall Street Journal began publication.
  • 07-08-1950 – General Douglas MacArthur was named commander-in-chief of the United Nations forces in Korea.
  • 07-08-1958 – The Recording Industry Association of America (RIAA) awarded the first official gold album. It was for the Oklahoma soundtrack.
IN THE NEWS:
REVIEWED AND FIRST CHAPTERS:
  • Marcus Mabry: Madame Secretary TWICE AS GOOD Condoleezza Rice and Her Path to Power NYT, 7-1-07
  • COVER REVIEWS: AMERICANA Born on the Fourth of July Three books look to the past for clues to our nation’s future – WaPo, 7-1-07
  • Cullen Murphy: COVER REVIEWS AMERICANA All Hail America? ARE WE ROME? The Fall of an Empire and the Fate of AmericaWaPo, 7-1-07
  • Jon Meacham on William W. Freehling: Before the Cannon Fired A scholar examines the forces and people that helped start the Civil War THE ROAD TO DISUNION Volume II: Secessionists Triumphant, 1854-1861WaPo, 7-1-07
  • Fergus M. Bordewich on Beverly Lowry: A Woman Called Moses The legendary exploits of a heroine who went from bondage to bravery HARRIET TUBMAN Imagining a Life
  • Saul Friedlander: Challenges the view that the Holocaust was simply the result of bureaucrats doing what they were told – Richard Evans in the NYT Book Review, 6-24-07
  • Gil Troy on Patrice Higonnet: History as an extended blog post – newsobserver.com, 6-17-07
OP-ED:
PROFILED:
FEATURE:
INTERVIEWED:
QUOTED:
  • Michael Klarman: Doubts Court ruling on schools will have much effect–says not even Brown did: “Just as Brown produced massive resistance in the South and therefore had little impact on desegregation for a decade, this decision is going to be similarly inconsequential. This affects only the tiny percentage of school districts that use race to assign students, and even in those districts, like Louisville and Seattle, it won’t be consequential because there are so many opportunities for committed school boards to circumvent it.” – NYT, 7-1-07
  • Gil Troy on “Attacks replace issues; politics turns poisonous”: “American politics has always had a nasty side, but there’s a sense that it has a darker edge, has become more venomous, because it’s pumped out 24/7. Now it’s all nastiness, all the time…. People have always used foils in politics. Through their excesses, Limbaugh, O’Reilly and Coulter provide liberals with made-to-order caricatures of what they consider the worst aspects of the Republicans; Franken and Olbermann are the perfect liberal foils for Republicans. They feed off each other, sadly distorting our politics.” – newsobserver.com, 7-1-07
HONORED, AWARDED, AND APPOINTMENTS:
SPOTTED & SPEAKING EVENTS CALENDAR:
NEW ON THE WEB:
  • Holly Cowan Shulman: Exploring Digital History – A new blog through the Virginia Center for Digital History on history and documentary editing and the electronic media.
ON TV: History Listings This Week:

  • C-Span2, Book TV : History Joseph Wheelan “Invading Mexico: America’s Continental Dream And The Mexican War, 1846-1848,” @ Sunday, July 1 at 8:00pm C-Span2, BookTV
  • C-Span2, Book TV : History Jules Witcover “Very Stange Bedfellows: The Short And Unhappy Marriage Of Richard Nixon And Spiro Agnew,” @ Sunday, July 1 at 11:00pm C-Span2, BookTV
  • History Channel: “The States” Marathon, Monday, July 2, @ 2-5pm ET/PT
  • History Channel: “Star Wars: The Legacy Revealed” Monday, July 2, @ 8pm ET/PT
  • History Channel: “Star Trek: Beyond the Final Frontier,” Monday, July 2, @ 10pm ET/PT
  • History Channel: “The Presidents” Marathon, Tuesday, July 3, @ 2-6pm ET/PT
  • History Channel: “The Revolution” Marathon, Wednesday, July 4, @ 10am-11pm ET/PT
  • History Channel: “American Eats: History on a Bun,” Thursday, July 5, @ 2pm ET/PT
  • History Channel: “American Eats :Ice Cream,” Thursday, July 5, @ 4pm ET/PT
  • History Channel: “UFO Files” Marathon, Friday, July 6, @ 2-6:30pm ET/PT
  • History Channel: “Band Of Brothers” Marathon, Saturday, July 7, @ 1:30-8pm ET/PT
SELLING BIG (NYT):
  • Ronald Reagan. Edited by Douglas Brinkley: THE REAGAN DIARIES #2 (5 weeks on list) – 7-08-07
  • Walter Isaacson: EINSTEIN HIS LIFE AND UNIVERSE #7 (11 weeks on list) – 7-08-07
  • Michael Beschloss: PRESIDENTIAL COURAGE, #9 (7 weeks on list) – 7-08-07
  • Carl Bernstein: A WOMAN IN CHARGE: THE LIFE OF HILLARY RODHAM CLINTON, #14 (3 weeks on list) – 7-08-07
FUTURE RELEASES:
  • Bill Yenne: Rising Sons: The Japanese-American GIs Who Fought for the United States in World War II, (St. Martin’s Press, July 10, 2007)
  • Kathryn C. Statler: Replacing France: The Origins of American Intervention in Vietnam, (University Press of Kentucky) July 28, 2007
  • Richard B. Frank, MacArthur: A Biography, (Palgrave Macmillan), July 28, 2007
  • Woody Holton: Unruly Americans and the Origins of the Constitution, (Hill and Wang, August 7, 2007)
  • David Halberstam: Coldest Winter: America and the Korean War, (Hyperion, September 2007)
  • John Kelin, Praise From a Future Generation: The Assassination of John F. Kennedy and the First Generation Critics of the Warren Report, (Wings Press TX), September 28, 2007
  • Maureen Waller: Sovereign Ladies: The Six Reigning Queens of England, (St. Martin’s Press, September 28, 2007)
  • Rick Atkinson: Day of Battle: The War in Sicily and Italy, 1943-1944, (Henry Holt & Company, Incorporated, October 2, 2007)
  • Benjamin J. Kaplan: Divided by Faith: Religious Conflict and the Practice of Toleration in Early Modern Europe, (Harvard University Press, October 15, 2007)
  • Richard Avedon, The Kennedys: Portrait of a Family, (HarperCollins Publishers), October 23, 2007
  • M. Stanton Evans: Blacklisted by History: The Real Story of Joseph McCarthy and His Fight against America’s Enemies, (Crown Publishing Group, November 6, 2007)
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Posted on Sunday, July 1, 2007 at 6:41 PM

History Buzz: June 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.

June 25, 2007

PRESIDENTIAL CAMPAIGN 2008 WATCH:
    Presidential Campaign 2008 Watch

  • Simon Schama on Hillary’s Chances of Becoming President: “Very poor. Which is a shame because she would make a great president and a much better one than her indecisive husband. She is astute and an excellent organiser…. She freezes on TV. Whenever the cameras go ‘click’, she gets transfixed. It’s like a form of lockjaw.” – Daily Mail, UK, 6-20-07
BIGGEST STORIES:
HNN STATS THIS WEEK:
THIS WEEK IN HISTORY:

This Week in History:

  • 06-24-1509 – Henry VIII was crowned king of England.
  • 06-24-1647 – Early American feminist Margaret Brent demanded a seat and vote in the Maryland Assembly, but was ejected from that body.
  • 06-24-1675 – King Philip’s War, the most devastating war between the colonists and Indians, began with Indians attacking the Swansea (Mass.) settlement.
  • 06-24-1908 – The 22nd and 24th president of the United States, Grover Cleveland, died in Princeton, N.J.
  • 06-24-1947 – Kenneth Arnold, an American pilot, reported seeing strange objects near Mt. Rainier, Washington. He described them as “saucers skipping across the water,” hence the term “flying saucers” was born.
  • 06-24-1948 – The Soviet Union began a blockade of Berlin. Allied forces responded with what would be known as the Berlin Airlift flying in more than 2 million tons of supplies over the next year.
  • 06-24-1997 – The U.S. Air Force released The Roswell Report, closing the case on the 1947 Roswell, N.M. incident concerning UFOs and alien bodies.
  • 06-25-1788 – Virginia became the 10th state in the Union.
  • 06-25-1876 – Lt. Col. George A. Custer and all his men were killed by Sioux and Cheyanne Indians at the Battle of Little Bighorn in Montana.
  • 06-25-1950 – Communist North Korean troops invaded South Korea, beginning the Korean War.
  • 06-25-1951 – The first commercial color TV program was transmitted by CBS from New York to Baltimore, Philadelphia, Boston, and Washington, DC.
  • 06-25-1991 – Croatia and Slovenia proclaimed their independence from Yugoslavia, beginning the Yugoslavian civil war.
  • 06-26-1819 – The bicycle was patented by W. K. Clarkson.
  • 06-26-1843 – Hong Kong was proclaimed a British crown colony.
  • 06-26-1906 – The first Grand Prix motor race was held in Le Mans, France.
  • 06-26-1959 – The St. Lawrence Seaway, connecting the Great Lakes and the Atlantic, was opened
  • 06-26-1963 – President John Kennedy gave his, “Ich bin ein Berliner” (I am a Berliner) speech in West Berlin.
  • 06-26-1976 – The CN tower in Toronto opened, the world’s tallest free-standing structure.
  • 06-27-1844 – Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints founder Joseph Smith was murdered by a mob in Carthage, Ill.
  • 06-27-1898 – Joshua Slocum became the first person to successfully circumnavigate the earth alone when he landed his sloop Spray in Newport, R.I., a 46,000-mile trip.
  • 06-27-1950 – President Harry S. Truman ordered the Air Force and Navy into the Korean War.
  • 06-27-1954 – The world’s first atomic power station opened at Obninsk, near Moscow.
  • 06-27-1969 – Police and gays clashed at the Stonewall Inn in New York City, fostering the gay rights movement.
  • 06-27-1985 – The legendary Route 66, running from Chicago to Santa Monica, Calif., was decertified, the victim of the Interstate Highway System.
  • 06-28-1836 – The fourth president of the United States, James Madison, died at Montpelier, his Virginia estate.
  • 06-28-1894 – Labor Day became a federal holiday by an act of Congress.
  • 06-28-1914 – Archduke Francis Ferdinand of Austria-Hungary and his wife were assassinated, setting off World War I.
  • 06-28-1919 – The Treaty of Versailles was signed in France, ending World War I.
  • 06-28-1978 – The Supreme Court ruled in Regents of the University of California v. Bakke that the use of quotas in affirmative action programs was not permissible.
  • 06-28-2000 – Elian Gonzalez was returned to his father in Cuba.
  • 06-28-2001 – Serbia handed over Slobodan Milosevic over to the UN war crimes tribunal.
  • 06-28-2004 – In Iraq, the United States transferred power back to the Iraqis two days earlier than planned.
  • 06-29-1613 – London’s Globe Theatre burned down during a performance of Shakespeare’s Henry VIII.
  • 06-29-1767 – The British Parliament approved the Townshend Acts.
  • 06-29-1972 – The Supreme Court ruled in Furman v. Georgia that the death penalty could constitute “cruel and unusual” prompting some states to revise their laws.
  • 06-30-1921 – President Warren G. Harding appointed former president William H. Taft chief justice of the United States.
  • 06-30-1934 – Adolf Hitler secured his position in the Nazi party by a “blood purge,” ridding the party of other leaders such as Ernst Roehm and Kurt von Schleicher.
  • 06-30-1936 – Margaret Mitchell’s Gone with the Wind was published.
  • 06-30-1971 – The 26th Amendment, which lowered the voting age to 18, was ratified by the states.
  • 06-30-1998 – The remains of a Vietnam War serviceman buried in the Tomb of the Unknown Soldiers were identified as those of Air Force pilot Michael J. Blassie.
  • 07-01-1863 – The Battle of Gettysburg, which marked the turning point in the Civil War, began.
  • 07-01-1867 – Canada became a self-governing dominion of Great Britain under the British North America Act.
  • 07-01-1898 – Theodore Roosevelt and his Rough Riders fought the battle of San Juan Hill in the Spanish-American War.
  • 07-01-1943 – Income tax withholding began in the United States.
  • 07-01-1962 – Burundi and Rwanda achieved independence.
  • 07-01-1963 – The U.S. Post Office inaugurated its five-digit ZIP (Zone Improvement Plan) codes.
  • 07-01-1968 – The United States, Britain, the Soviet Union, and 58 other nations signed the Nuclear Nonproliferation Treaty.
  • 07-01-1997 – After 156 years of British colonial rule, Hong Kong was returned to China.
  • 07-01-2000 – Vermont’s civil unions law went into effect.
  • 07-01-2000 – The Confederate flag was removed from the South Carolina statehouse.
IN THE NEWS:
  • Gary Gallagher on Custer’s flag, Grant’s sword among war relics in auction – AP, 6-23-07
  • Heinrichs Strods: Has been denied Russian visa – Latvian Abroad, 6-12-07
REVIEWED AND FIRST CHAPTERS:
  • RICHARD J. EVANS on Saul Friedländer: Whose Orders? THE YEARS OF EXTERMINATION Nazi Germany and the Jews, 1939-1945NYT, 6-24-07
  • Beverly Lowry: The Fugitive HARRIET TUBMAN Imagining a LifeNYT, 6-24-07
  • H.W. Brands on Michael Barone: HISTORY: ENGLAND A Glorious Beginning How the last invasion of England set the stage for American liberty OUR FIRST REVOLUTION The Remarkable British Upheaval That Inspired America’s Founding FathersWaPo, 6-24-07
  • Felicia Kornbluh: Sixties Welfare Debate Contains Lessons for 2008 Candidates In her new book, Duke historian Felicia Kornbluh chronicles the efforts of the National Welfare Rights Organization to advocate for a guaranteed income – Duke University, NC, 6-21-07
  • Andrew Ferguson: Land of Lincoln LAND OF LINCOLN Adventures in Abe’s AmericaNYT, 6-22-07
  • Kevin Merida and Michael A. Fletcher: Thomas Agonistes SUPREME DISCOMFORT The Divided Soul of Clarence ThomasNYT, 6-17-07
  • Kevin Merida and Michael A. Fletcher: SUPREME DISCOMFORT The Divided Soul of Clarence Thomas, First Chapter – NYT, 6-17-07
  • Douglas Brinkley: Reagan on Reagan THE REAGAN DIARIESNYT, 6-17-07
  • Douglas Brinkley: THE REAGAN DIARIES, First Chapter – NYT, 6-17-07
  • Graham Russell Gao Hodges: Curb Job TAXI! A Social History of the New York City CabdriverNYT, 6-17-07
  • Graham Russell Gao Hodges: TAXI! A Social History of the New York City Cabdriver, First Chapter – NYT, 6-17-07
  • Evan Thomas on Stanley Weintraub and Mark Perry: HISTORY: WORLD WAR II Band of Brothers, Team of Rivals Two books examine the American generals who won World War II – 15 STARS Eisenhower, MacArthur, Marshall Three Generals Who Saved the American Century and PARTNERS IN COMMAND George Marshall and Dwight Eisenhower in War and PeaceWaPo, 6-17-07
  • Steve Vogel: HISTORY: INSTITUTIONS The House That War Built The nation’s military headquarters, from blueprint to final construction THE PENTAGON A HistoryWaPo, 6-17-07
  • Harold Holzer on CULTURAL AFFAIRS: LINCOLNIANA What Would Abe Do? A former Lincoln buff introduces his children to the glories of the legacy LAND OF LINCOLN Adventures in Abe’s AmericaWaPo, 6-17-07
  • Matthew Dallek on David Talbot: HISTORY: JFK ASSASSINATION Beyond the Grassy Knoll Is the truth behind the Kennedy assassinations still unknown? BROTHERS The Hidden History of the Kennedy YearsWaPo, 6-17-07
OP-ED:
  • Sam Wineburg: Opening Up the Textbook And Offering Students a ‘Second Voice’ – edweek.org, 6-6-07
  • A Peculiar Responsibility American colleges and universities grapple with their ties to slavery – Campus Progress, DC, 6-22-07
PROFILED:
  • Charles M. Robinson: STC professor sees release of look at Louisiana’s history – Monitor, TX, 6-14-07
  • The Revisionist Drew Gilpin Faust has been called Harvard’s “safe” choice to succeed Larry Summers. Now, as she prepares to take office, no one knows what kind of president she will be. But we do know what kind of historian she is, and safe is not the word – Boston Globe, 6-10-07
FEATURE:
  • Dan Roberts: U. of Richmond professor wants his MTV – so he can teach Dan Roberts uses various media, including YouTube soon, to bring us “A Moment in Time.” – Daily Press, VA, 6-24-07
  • Evelyn Brooks Higginbotham quoted in Longer Version: The Harvard of Black Kentucky – Louisville Courier-Journal, KY, 6-24-07
INTERVIEWED:
QUOTED:
  • Marc Lamont Hill on “Ancestors of slaves, masters form unlikely bond”: “One of the things that has retarded the progress of race relations is our extraordinary ability to forget. We go to extravagant lengths to forget aspects of the past. We need to acknowledge the past as it really was. We don’t need to romanticize it.” – Atlanta Journal Constitution, 6-24-07
AWARDED, & APPOINT-MENTS:
SPOTTED & SPEAKING EVENTS CALENDAR:
ON TV:

History Listings This Week:

  • C-Span2, Book TV : History: Paul Starr “Freedom’s Power: The True Force Of Liberalism” Sunday, June 24 at 10:00am C-Span2, BookTV
  • C-Span2, Book TV : John Perkins: “The Secret History of the American Empire” Sunday, June 24 at 12:00pm C-Span2, BookTV
  • History Channel: “Nostradamus: 500 Years Later” Sunday, June 24, @ 5pm ET/PT
  • History Channel: “Titanic’s Final Moments: Missing Pieces :” Monday, June 25, @ 2pm ET/PT
  • History Channel: “Titanic’s Achilles Heel” Monday, June 25, @ 4pm ET/PT
  • History Channel: “Cities Of The Underworld :09 – Freemason Underground” Monday, June 25, @ 9pm ET/PT
  • History Channel: “Egypt Decoded,” Monday, June 25, @ 11pm ET/PT
  • History Channel: “Special : An Alien History of Planet Earth,” Tuesday, June 26, @ 2pm ET/PT
  • History Channel: “History’s Mysteries :Japan’s Mysterious Pyramids,” Tuesday, June 26, @ 4pm ET/PT
  • History Channel: “Weird U.S. :This Odd House,” Tuesday, June 26, @ 5pm ET/PT
  • History Channel: “History Rocks: The 70′s :Part 1,” Wednesday, June 27, @ 2pm ET/PT
  • History Channel: “History Rocks: The 70′s :Part 2,” Wednesday, June 27, @ 3pm ET/PT
  • History Channel: “Man, Moment, Machine :Apollo 13: Triumph on the Dark Side,” Wednesday, June 27, @ 6pm ET/PT
  • History Channel: “Cities Of The Underworld :09 – Freemason Underground,” Wednesday, June 27, @ 11pm ET/PT
  • History Channel: “Hurricane Warning,” Thursday, June 28, @ 2pm ET/PT
  • History Channel: “Mega Disasters :New York City Hurricane,” Thursday, June 28, @ 4pm ET/PT
  • History Channel: “Dogfights: The Greatest Air Battles,” Friday, June 29, @ 2pm ET/PT
  • History Channel: “Dogfights :04 – Flying Tigers,” Friday, June 29, @ 4pm ET/PT
  • History Channel: “Dogfights :05 – Guadalcanal,” Friday, June 29, @ 5pm ET/PT
  • History Channel: “Dogfights :08 – Death of the Japanese Navy,” Friday, June 29, @ 9pm ET/PT
  • History Channel: “Special : Meteors: Fire in the Sky,” Saturday, June 30, @ 6pm ET/PT
  • History Channel: “The Kennedy Assassination: Beyond Conspiracy,” Saturday, June 30, @ 8pm ET/PT
  • History Channel: “Kennedys: The Curse of Power :Kennedys: The Curse of Power,” Saturday, June 30, @ 10pm ET/PT
SELLING BIG (NYT):
  • Ronald Reagan. Edited by Douglas Brinkley: THE REAGAN DIARIES #1 (4 weeks on list) – 7-01-07
  • Walter Isaacson: EINSTEIN HIS LIFE AND UNIVERSE #4 (7 weeks on list) – 7-01-07
  • Michael Beschloss: PRESIDENTIAL COURAGE, #9 (6 weeks on list) – 7-01-07
  • Carl Bernstein: A WOMAN IN CHARGE: THE LIFE OF HILLARY RODHAM CLINTON, #7 (2 weeks on list) – 7-01-07
  • David Talbot: Brothers, #30 – 7-01-07
FUTURE RELEASES:
  • James Piereson, Camelot and the Cultural Revolution: How the Assassination of John F. Kennedy Shattered American Liberalism, (Encounter Books), June 25, 2007
  • Glenn Greenwald: Tragic Legacy: How a Good vs. Evil Mentality Destroyed the Bush Presidency, (Crown Publishing Group, June 26, 2007)
  • Eleanor Herman: Sex with the Queen: 900 Years of Vile Kings, Virile Lovers, and Passionate Politics, (HarperCollins Publishers, June 26, 2007)
  • Brian K. Bugge: The Mystique of Conspiracy: Oswald, Castro, and the CIA, (Provocative Ideas), June 28, 2007
  • Bill Yenne: Rising Sons: The Japanese-American GIs Who Fought for the United States in World War II, (St. Martin’s Press, July 10, 2007)
  • Kathryn C. Statler: Replacing France: The Origins of American Intervention in Vietnam, (University Press of Kentucky) July 28, 2007
  • Richard B. Frank, MacArthur: A Biography, (Palgrave Macmillan), July 28, 2007
  • Woody Holton: Unruly Americans and the Origins of the Constitution, (Hill and Wang, August 7, 2007)
  • David Halberstam: Coldest Winter: America and the Korean War, (Hyperion, September 2007)
  • John Kelin, Praise From a Future Generation: The Assassination of John F. Kennedy and the First Generation Critics of the Warren Report, (Wings Press TX), September 28, 2007
  • Maureen Waller: Sovereign Ladies: The Six Reigning Queens of England, (St. Martin’s Press, September 28, 2007)
  • Rick Atkinson: Day of Battle: The War in Sicily and Italy, 1943-1944, (Henry Holt & Company, Incorporated, October 2, 2007)
  • Benjamin J. Kaplan: Divided by Faith: Religious Conflict and the Practice of Toleration in Early Modern Europe, (Harvard University Press, October 15, 2007)
  • Richard Avedon, The Kennedys: Portrait of a Family, (HarperCollins Publishers), October 23, 2007
  • M. Stanton Evans: Blacklisted by History: The Real Story of Joseph McCarthy and His Fight against America’s Enemies, (Crown Publishing Group, November 6, 2007)

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June 11, 2007

PRESIDENTIAL CAMPAIGN 2008 WATCH:
    Presidential Campaign 2008 Watch

40TH ANNIVERSARY SIX DAYS WAR:
BIGGEST STORIES: LINCOLN LETTER FOUND
BIGGEST STORIES:
HNN STATS THIS WEEK:
THIS WEEK IN HISTORY:

This Week in History:

  • 06-11-1509 – King Henry VIII married his first wife, Katharine of Aragon.
  • 06-11-1770 – Capt. James Cook discovered the Great Barrier Reef off Australia .
  • 06-11-1919 – Sir Barton won the Belmont Stakes, becoming the first horse to capture the Triple Crown.
  • 06-11-1963 – Vivian Malone and James Hood successfully enrolled at the University of Alabama following Gov. George Wallace’s famous “stand in the schoolhouse door.”
  • 06-11-1977 – Seattle Slew won the Belmont Stakes, capturing the Triple Crown
  • 06-12-1880 – John Lee Richmond pitched baseball’s first perfect game. A perfect game occurs when no batter reaches a base during a complete game of at least nine innings.
  • 06-12-1898 – Emilio Aguinaldo, head of the Philippine nationalists, proclaimed independence from Spain.
  • 06-12-1939 – The Baseball Hall of Fame opened to the public in Cooperstown, New York.
  • 06-12-1942 – Anne Frank received a diary for her birthday.
  • 06-12-1963 – Civil rights leader Medgar Evers was fatally shot in front of his home in Jackson, Mississippi.
  • 06-12-1997 – Interleague play began in baseball, ending a 126-year tradition of separating the major leagues until the World Series.
  • 06-13-1900 – The Boxer Rebellion began in China.
  • 06-13-1966 – The U.S. Supreme Court set forth in Miranda v. Arizona that the police must advise suspects of their rights upon taking them into custody.
  • 06-13-1967 – Thurgood Marshall was nominated to become the first African American on the U.S. Supreme Court.
  • 06-13-1971 – The New York Times began publishing the “Pentagon Papers.”
  • 06-13-1983 – The U.S. space probe Pioneer 10, launched in 1972, became the first spacecraft to leave the solar system.
  • 06-13-2000 – The first meeting between Pres. Kim Jong Il of North Korea and Pres. Kim Dae Jung of South Korea occurred.
  • 06-14-1775 – The United States Army was founded.
  • 06-14-1777 – The Continental Congress adopted the Stars and Stripes as the official flag of the U.S.
  • 06-14-1922 – Warren Harding became the first president to be heard on the radio.
  • 06-14-1940 – German troops entered Paris. The Nazis opened the Auschwitz concentration camp in Poland.
  • 06-14-1951 – The first commercial computer, Univac I, was unveiled.
  • 06-14-1954 – President Eisenhower signed the order inserting the words “under God” into the Pledge of Allegiance.
  • 06-14-1982 – Argentine forces surrendered to British troops on the Falkland Islands.
  • 06-15-1215 – King John sealed the Magna Carta.
  • 06-15-1775 – George Washington was appointed head of the Continental Army by the Second Continental Congress.
  • 06-15-1836 – Arkansas became the 25th state in the United States.
  • 06-15-1844 – Charles Goodyear was granted a patent for rubber vulcanization.
  • 06-15-1849 – James Polk, the 11th president of the United States, died in Nashville, Tennessee.
  • 06-15-1923 – Lou Gehrig made his New York Yankee debut as a pinch runner.
  • 06-16-1487 – The Battle of Stoke ended the Wars of the Roses.
  • 06-16-1858 – Senate candidate Abraham Lincoln declared, “a house divided against itself cannot stand.”
  • 06-16-1904 – Events in James Joyce’s novel Ulysses took place on this day, which is celebrated as Bloomsday, for the main character, Leopold Bloom.
  • 06-16-1933 – President Franklin D. Roosevelt signed the National Industrial Recovery Act.
  • 06-16-1963 – Valentina Tereshkova of the USSR became the first woman in space.
  • 06-16-1996 – Russia voted in its first independent presidential election. Boris Yeltsin eventually won in a runoff.
  • 06-16-2004 – The 9/11 Commission determined that Saddam Hussein had no strong links to al-Qaeda, contradicting White House beliefs.
  • 06-17-1775 – The Battle of Bunker Hill took place during the American Revolution.
  • 06-17-1885 – The Statue of Liberty arrived in New York City aboard the French ship Isere.
  • 06-17-1928 – Amelia Earhart embarked on the first trans-Atlantic flight by a woman.
  • 06-17-1944 – The Republic of Iceland was established.
  • 06-17-1963 – U.S. Supreme Court ruled that no locality may require recitation of Lord’s Prayer or Bible verses in public schools.
  • 06-17-1972 – Burglary of Democratic Party headquarters in Washington, DC, started the Watergate political scandal.
  • 06-17-1994 – O. J. Simpson’s slow-speed chase by the police, watched by millions on TV, ended in his arrest.
  • 06-18-1812 – The War of 1812 began.
  • 06-18-1815 – Napoleon was defeated at the Battle of Waterloo by British, German, and Dutch forces.
  • 06-18-1873 – Suffragist Susan B. Anthony was fined $100 for attempting to vote in the 1872 presidential election.
  • 06-18-1928 – Aviator Amelia Earhart became the first woman to fly across the Atlantic Ocean. She completed the flight from Newfoundland to Wales in about 21 hours.
  • 06-18-1948 – The United Nations Commission on Human Rights adopted its International Declaration of Human Rights. The General Assembly would give it final approval on Dec. 10, 1948.
  • 06-18-1983 – Sally Ride became the first American woman in space.
IN THE NEWS:
REVIEWED AND FIRST CHAPTERS:
  • Brink Lindsey: Land of Plenty THE AGE OF ABUNDANCE How Prosperity Transformed America’s Politics and CultureNYT, 6-10-07
  • Brink Lindsey: THE AGE OF ABUNDANCE How Prosperity Transformed America’s Politics and Culture, First Chapter – NYT, 6-10-07
  • All in the Family Two books attempt to get at the real Hillary Clinton – WaPo, 6-10-07
  • Carl Bernstein: Today’s Managing Partner in Team Clinton & Clinton – NYT, 6-5-07
  • ROBERT DALLEK on Jeff Gerth and Don Van Natta Jr.: Shining a Halogen Light on a Senator’s Dark Corners HER WAY The Hopes and Ambitions of Hillary Rodham Clinton6-5-07
  • Rebecca Stott: English professor pens novel about history and Newton – USA Today, 6-7-07
  • Patrice Higonnet: Conservative newspaper blasts Harvard scholar for writing a Bush-bashing book – New York Sun, 6-6-07
  • Fritz Stern: Comes in for harsh commentary in London Review of Books – Thomas Laqueur in the London Review of Books (6-7-07)
  • Ian Kershaw: Past master – John Crace in the Guardian, 6-5-07
OP-ED:
PROFILED:
FEATURE:
INTERVIEWED:
QUOTED:
HONORED, AWARDED, AND APPOINTMENTS:
SPOTTED & SPEAKING EVENTS CALENDAR:
ON TV:

History Listings This Week:

  • C-Span2, Book TV : After Words: Kenneth Ackerman, author of “Young J. Edgar: Hoover, The Red Scare, And The Assault On Civil Liberties” interviewed by Joan Biskupic Sunday, June 10 at 6:00 and 9:00pm C-Span2, BookTV
  • History Channel: “Rumrunners, Moonshiners and Bootleggers” Sunday, June 10, @ 3pm ET/PT
  • History Channel: “Last Days on Earth” Sunday, June 10, @ 8pm ET/PT
  • History Channel: “The Universe :Mars: The Red Planet” Sunday, June 10, @ 10pm ET/PT
  • History Channel: “Blood Diamonds” Monday, June 11, @ 2pm ET/PT
  • History Channel: “Shootout :Iraq’s Most Wanted: Terror at the Border,” Monday, June 11, @ 4pm ET/PT
  • History Channel: “Cities Of The Underworld :03 – London’s Lost Cities,” Monday, June 11, @ 9pm ET/PT
  • History Channel: “Digging For The Truth :The Real Sin City: Sodom & Gomorrah.,” Monday, June 11, @ 10pm ET/PT
  • History Channel: “Houdini: Unlocking the Mystery,” Tuesday, June 12, @ 2pm ET/PT
  • History Channel: “Special :Voodoo Secrets,” Tuesday, June 12, @ 4pm ET/PT
  • History Channel: “Decoding The Past :666: The Sign of Evil,” Tuesday, June 12, @ 5pm ET/PT
  • History Channel: “Quest for Dragons,” Wednesday, June 13, @ 2pm ET/PT
  • History Channel: “Spider-Man Tech,” Wednesday, June 13, @ 4pm ET/PT
  • History Channel: “Bloodlines: The Dracula Family Tree,” Wednesday, June 13, @ 4pm ET/PT
  • History Channel: “Cities Of The Underworld :04 – Scotland’s Sin City,” Wednesday, June 13, @ 6pm ET/PT
  • History Channel: “Making a Buck,” Thursday, June 14, @ 2pm ET/PT
  • History Channel: “History’s Mysteries :Ship of Gold,” Thursday, June 14, @ 7pm ET/PT
  • History Channel: “Alaska: Big America,” Thursday, June 14, @ 9pm ET/PT
  • History Channel: “Special : Nazi America: A Secret History,” Friday, June 15, @ 2pm ET/PT
  • History Channel: “Hippies,” Friday, June 15, @ 8pm ET/PT
  • History Channel: “Dogfights :09 – Hell Over Hanoi,” Friday, June 15, @ 10pm ET/PT
  • History Channel: “Ku Klux Klan: A Secret History,” Saturday, June 16, @ 3pm ET/PT
  • History Channel: “The States :09 – Michigan, Tennessee, Maine, Missouri, South Dakota,” Saturday, June 16, @ 10pm ET/PT
SELLING BIG (NYT):
  • Ronald Reagan. Edited by Douglas Brinkley: THE REAGAN DIARIES #2 (2 weeks on list) – 6-17-07
  • Walter Isaacson: EINSTEIN HIS LIFE AND UNIVERSE #4 (7 weeks on list) – 6-17-07
  • Michael Beschloss: PRESIDENTIAL COURAGE, #7 (4 weeks on list) – 6-17-07
  • David Talbot: Brothers, #13 (2 weeks on list) – 6-17-07
  • Jean Edward Smith : FDR #28 – 6-17-07
FUTURE RELEASES:
  • Gabor Boritt (Editor): Slavery, Resistance, Freedom, (Oxford University Press, USA), June 2007
  • William C. Davis: Virginia at War 1862 (Editor) (University Press of Kentucky), June 2007
  • Amity Shlaes: The Forgotten Man: A New History of the Great Depression, HarperCollins Publishers, June 12, 2007
  • Orville Vernon Burton: The Age of Lincoln, (Farrar, Straus and Giroux), June 12, 2007
  • China Galland, Love Cemetery: Unburying the Secret History of Slaves, (HarperCollins Publishers), June 12, 2007
  • James Piereson, Camelot and the Cultural Revolution: How the Assassination of John F. Kennedy Shattered American Liberalism, (Encounter Books), June 25, 2007
  • Brian K. Bugge: The Mystique of Conspiracy: Oswald, Castro, and the CIA, (Provocative Ideas), June 28, 2007
  • Kathryn C. Statler: Replacing France: The Origins of American Intervention in Vietnam, (University Press of Kentucky) July 28, 2007
  • Richard B. Frank, MacArthur: A Biography, (Palgrave Macmillan), July 28, 2007
  • David Halberstam, Ho, (Rowman & Littlefield Publishers, Inc.), August 28, 2007
  • John Kelin, Praise From a Future Generation: The Assassination of John F. Kennedy and the First Generation Critics of the Warren Report, (Wings Press TX), September 28, 2007
  • Richard Avedon, The Kennedys: Portrait of a Family, (HarperCollins Publishers), October 23, 2007
DEPARTED:
  • Tom Pocock: Journalist and naval historian whose work focused on the life, times and contemporaries of Nelson (obit.) – Independent (UK), 6-6-07

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June 4, 2007

PRESIDENTIAL CAMPAIGN 2008 WATCH:
    Presidential Campaign 2008 Watch

  • Paul Boller Jr.on “Skeletons rattle in candidates’ closets”: “That’s kind of surprising. After all, people are living much longer these days. The public has got to get adjusted to this (on McCain’s Age) …. I honestly doubt that Americans are ready for a black president or a woman. It’s all very complicated for the Democrats right now. I’d hate to have to make a prediction.” – Capitol Hill Blue, VA, 5-30-07
BIGGEST STORIES:
  • Shaul Bakhash: Now Tom Friedman takes up the case of his wife, the imprisoned Iran scholar – NYT, 5-30-07
  • Md. bank freezes funds of historian Shaul Bakash – WaPo, 5-31-07
HNN STATS THIS WEEK:
THIS WEEK IN HISTORY:
  • 06-04-1892 – The Sierra Club, led by John Muir, was incorporated in San Francisco.
  • 06-04-1896 – Henry Ford took his first car out for a test drive.
  • 06-04-1942 – The Battle of Midway, a decisive Allied victory in World War II, began.
  • 06-04-1944 – The U.S. Fifth Army entered Rome, leading to the liberation of the city during World War II.
  • 06-04-1989 – People’s Army of China opened fire on crowds of prodemocracy demonstrators in Tiananmen Square, killing thousands.
  • 06-05-1783 – Joseph and Jacques Montgolfier gave the first successful balloon flight demonstration.
  • 06-05-1884 – Civil War hero Gen. William T. Sherman refused the Republican nomination for president with the words, “I will not accept if nominated and will not serve if elected.”
  • 06-05-1933 – The United States went off the gold standard.
  • 06-05-1947 – Sen. George Marshall proposed a plan (Marshall Plan) to help Europe recover financially from the effects of World War II.
  • 06-05-1967 – The Arab-Israeli Six-Day War began.
  • 06-05-1968 – Sen. Robert F. Kennedy was shot by an assassin and died the next day.
  • 06-05-1981 – The Centers for Disease Control published the first report about the disease that would later become known as AIDS.
  • 06-05-2004 – Former president Ronald Reagan died.
  • 06-06-1934 – The Securities and Exchange Commission (SEC) was established to protect investors and maintain the integrity of the securities markets.
  • 06-06-1944 – Thousands of Allied troops invaded the beaches of Normandy, France, on D-Day.
  • 06-06-1982 – Israel invaded Lebanon to drive out the Palestine Liberation Organization (PLO).
  • 06-06-2001 – Vermont Republican Senator James Jeffords left the party to become an independent, handing control of the Senate back to the Democrats.
  • 06-06-2002 – President Bush proposed a new Cabinet department: The Department of Homeland Security.
  • 06-07-1494 – Spain and Portugal signed the Treaty of Tordesillas, which divided the New World between the two countries.
  • 06-07-1654 – Louis XIV was crowned king of France.
  • 06-07-1776 – Richard Henry Lee of Virginia introduced a resolution in the Continental Congress proposing a Declaration of Independence.
  • 06-07-1892 – Homer Plessy was arrested for his refusal to move from a whites-only seat on a train. This led to the Plessy v. Ferguson Supreme Court decision.
  • 06-07-1929 – Vatican City became a sovereign state.
  • 06-07-1948 – President Eduard Beneš of Czechoslovakia resigned and the Communist takeover of the country was completed.
  • 06-08-0632 – The prophet Muhammad died.
  • 06-08-1845 – Andrew Jackson, the 7th president of the United States, died in Tennessee.
  • 06-08-1861 – Tennessee became the 11th and last state to secede from the Union.
  • 06-08-1968 – James Earl Ray, Martin Luther King, Jr.’s, assassin, was arrested.
  • 06-08-1982 – President Reagan became the first American president to address a joint session of Britain’s Parliament.
  • 06-08-2001 – Tony Blair and his Labour Party won a second term, overwhelming the opposition at the polls.
  • 06-09-1898 – China agreed to lease Hong Kong to Britain for 99 years.
  • 06-09-1973 – Secretariat won the Belmont Stakes and became the first Triple Crown winner in 25 years.
  • 06-10-1801 – The Tripolitan War, between the United States and the Barbary States, began.
  • 06-10-1942 – The entire male population of the Czech village of Lidice was massacred in retaliation for the death of Nazi official Reinhard Heydrich.
  • 06-10-1946 – Italy replaced its monarchy with a republic.
  • 06-10-1967 – The Six-Day War between Israel and Syria, Egypt, and Jordan ended.
  • 06-10-1978 – Affirmed won the Belmont Stakes and the Triple Crown.
  • 06-11-1509 – King Henry VIII married his first wife, Katharine of Aragon.
  • 06-11-1770 – Capt. James Cook discovered the Great Barrier Reef off Australia .
  • 06-11-1919 – Sir Barton won the Belmont Stakes, becoming the first horse to capture the Triple Crown.
  • 06-11-1963 – Vivian Malone and James Hood successfully enrolled at the University of Alabama following Gov. George Wallace’s famous “stand in the schoolhouse door.”
  • 06-11-1977 – Seattle Slew won the Belmont Stakes, capturing the Triple Crow
IN THE NEWS:
REVIEWED AND FIRST CHAPTERS:
  • JONATHAN EIG: A League of His Own Opening Day: The Story of Jackie Robinson’s First SeasonNYT, 6-3-07
  • JONATHAN EIG: Opening Day: The Story of Jackie Robinson’s First Season, First Chapter – NYT, 6-3-07
  • Alan Wolfe on Michael Beschloss: Of Myths and Men A historian shines a spotlight on moments of presidential greatness PRESIDENTIAL COURAGE Brave Leaders and How They Changed America, 1789-1989WaPo, 6-3-07
  • Jack Beatty: The Rise of the Plutocrats AGE OF BETRAYAL The Triumph of Money in America, 1865-1900WaPo, 6-3-07
  • Glenn C. Altschuler on Michael Beschloss: Presidential courage: This wasn’t it PRESIDENTIAL COURAGE Brave Leaders and How They Changed America, 1789-1989Baltimore Sun, 6-3-07
  • Michael Beschloss: Books: Nine U.S. presidents who finessed unpopular decisions PRESIDENTIAL COURAGE Brave Leaders and How They Changed America, 1789-1989Buffalo News, NY, 5-27-07
  • David Dorado Romo: The Nazis learned about Zyklon B from the US treatment of Mexicans – http://www.thefirstpost.co.uk, 6-1-07
  • Simon Sebag Montefiore: ‘I used to be the most shambolic person…’ – Telegraph (UK), 5-30-07
  • Douglas Brinkley: Reagan was a pragmatic conservative, says historian – Houston Chronicle, 5-28-07
  • Newt Gingrich and William R. Forstchen: An Assault on Hawaii. On Grammar Too. PEARL HARBOR A Novel of December 8thNYT, 5-24-07
  • Walter Issacson: New book on Einstein praised – Eric Alterman at his blog, Altercation (click on SOURCE for embedded links), 5-29-07
  • Larry Berman: His book on Vietnamese spy criticized by conservative website Perfect Spy: The Incredible Double Life of Pham Xuan An, Time Magazine Reporter & Vietnamese Communist Agent (Smithsonian Books) – Lloyd Billingsley at FrontpageMag.com, 5-29-07
OP-ED:
PROFILED:
INTER-VIEWED:
FEATURE:
QUOTED:
SPOTTED & SPEAKING EVENTS CALENDAR:
AWARDED & APPOINT-MENTS:
ON TV:
  • C-Span2, Book TV : After Words: After Words: Michael Beschloss, author of “Presidential Courage: Brave Leaders and How They Changed America 1789 – 1989″ interviewed by Alexis Simendinger Sunday, June 4 at 6:00 and 9:00pm C-Span2, BookTV
  • History Channel: “History Rocks: The 70′s :Part 1″ Sunday, June 3, @ 5pm ET/PT
  • History Channel: “History Rocks: The 70′s :Part 2″ Sunday, June 3, @ 6pm ET/PT
  • History Channel: “Star Wars: The Legacy Revealed” Sunday, June 3, @ 8pm ET/PT
  • History Channel: “The Universe :Secrets of the Sun” Sunday, June 3, @ 10pm ET/PT
  • History Channel: “The True Story of Killing Pablo” Monday, June 4, @ 2pm ET/PT
  • History Channel: “Cities Of The Underworld :Istanbul,” Monday, June 4, @ 8pm ET/PT
  • History Channel: “Cities Of The Underworld :08 – New York,” Monday, June 4, @ 9pm ET/PT
  • History Channel: “Cities Of The Underworld :02 – City of Caves,” Monday, June 4, @ 10pm ET/PT
  • History Channel: “True Caribbean Pirates,” Tuesday, June 5, @ 2pm ET/PT
  • History Channel: “Deep Sea Detectives :Blackbeard’s Mystery Ship,” Tuesday, June 5, @ 4pm ET/PT
  • History Channel: “The Universe :Secrets of the Sun,” Tuesday, June 5, @ 9pm ET/PT
  • History Channel: “D-Day: The Lost Evidence :D-Day: The Lost Evidence,” Wednesday, June 6, @ 2pm ET/PT
  • History Channel: “D-Day to Berlin :The Battle for France,” Wednesday, June 6, @ 2pm ET/PT
  • History Channel: “D-Day to Berlin :The Struggle toward Germany.,” Wednesday, June 6, @ 5pm ET/PT
  • History Channel: “D-Day to Berlin :Last Days of the Reich.,” Wednesday, June 6, @ 6pm ET/PT
  • History Channel: “Modern Marvels :D-Day Tech.,” Wednesday, June 6, @ 7pm ET/PT
  • History Channel: “Band Of Brothers :Points,” Wednesday, June 6, @ 7pm ET/PT
  • History Channel: “Targeted :Osama bin Laden,” Thursday, June 7, @ 2pm ET/PT
  • History Channel: “Special :Brotherhood of Terror.,” Thursday, June 7, @ 4pm ET/PT
  • History Channel: “Decoding The Past :The Other Nostradamus,” Thursday, June 7, @ 9pm ET/PT
  • History Channel: “Biblical Disasters.,” Friday, June 8, @ 2pm ET/PT
  • History Channel: “The Passion: Religion and the Movies,” Friday, June 8, @ 4pm ET/PT
  • History Channel: “Cities Of The Underworld :06 – Rome’s Hidden Empire,” Friday, June 8, @ 6pm ET/PT
  • History Channel: “Bible Battles,” Friday, June 8, @ 8pm ET/PT
  • History Channel: “Dogfights :05 – Guadalcanal,” Friday, June 8, @ 10pm ET/PT
  • History Channel: “The Naked Archaeologist :The Last Man Standing/What Killed Herod?,” Friday, June 8, @ 11pm ET/PT
  • History Channel: “Mega Movers,” Marathon Saturday, June 9, @ 1-5pm ET/PT
  • History Channel: “Vampires Secrets,” Saturday, June 9, @ 8pm ET/PT
  • History Channel: “The States :08 – Virginia, Ohio, Idaho, Alabama, North Dakota,” Saturday, June 9, @ 10pm ET/PT
SELLING BIG (NYT):
  • Ronald Reagan. Edited by Douglas Brinkley: THE REAGAN DIARIES #2 (1 week on list) – 6-10-07
  • Walter Isaacson: EINSTEIN HIS LIFE AND UNIVERSE #3 (6 weeks on list) – 6-10-07
  • Michael Beschloss: PRESIDENTIAL COURAGE, #5 (3 weeks on list) – 6-10-07
  • David Talbot: Brothers, #16 (1 week on list) – 6-10-07
  • Vincent Bugliosi: RECLAIMING HISTORY #29 – 6-10-07
FUTURE RELEASES:
  • Gabor Boritt (Editor): Slavery, Resistance, Freedom, (Oxford University Press, USA), June 2007
  • William C. Davis: Virginia at War 1862 (Editor) (University Press of Kentucky), June 2007
  • Jack Valenti: This Time, This Place: My Life in War, the White House, and Hollywood, (Crown Publishing Group), June 5, 2007
  • Steve Vogel: The Pentagon: A History, (Random House Publishing Group), June 5, 2007
  • Amity Shlaes: The Forgotten Man: A New History of the Great Depression, HarperCollins Publishers, June 12, 2007
  • Orville Vernon Burton: The Age of Lincoln, (Farrar, Straus and Giroux), June 12, 2007
  • Brian K. Bugge: The Mystique of Conspiracy: Oswald, Castro, and the CIA, (Provocative Ideas), June 28, 2007
  • Kathryn C. Statler: Replacing France: The Origins of American Intervention in Vietnam, (University Press of Kentucky) July 28, 2007
DEPARTED:

Posted on Sunday, June 3, 2007 at 4:56 PM

History Buzz: May 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.

May 28, 2007

PRESIDENTIAL CAMPAIGN 2008 WATCH:
    Presidential Campaign 2008 Watch

  • Andrew Polsky on “Campaign tunes not so simple in US campaigns”: “This is a mistake waiting to happen in New York. Some campaign adviser who cooked up this scheme may be updating his resume if it blows up in her face.” – Stuff.co.nz, New Zealand, 5-28-07
  • Edward Widmer on “Things U.S. presidential hopefuls would rather forget”: “There’s always a tension between what can be said, what should be said and what must be said. The first candidate to calibrate this tension may move to the head of the pack.” – International Herald Tribune, 5-27-07
BIGGEST STORIES:
  • Douglas Brinkley: On Reagan’s Incredibly Personal Account – FoxNews, 5-23-07
  • Douglas Brinkley: Interviewed on Meet the Press about the Reagan diaries – Meet the Press, 5-20-07
  • Douglas Brinkley: The pure Reagan emerges from diaries ‘The Reagan Diaries’ reveals a president who’s thoroughly comfortable with himself – Los Angeles Times, CA, 5-23-07
HNN STATS THIS WEEK:
THIS WEEK IN HISTORY: This Week in History:

  • 05-28-1754 – Lieutenant Colonel George Washington begins the Seven Years’ War
  • 05-28-1863 – Robert Gould Shaw, leading the first northern all-black regiment, leaves Boston for the Civil War.
  • 05-28-1918 – U.S. troops score victory at Cantigny
  • 05-28-1937 – Golden Gate Bridge opens
  • 05-28-1940 – Belgium surrenders unconditionally
  • 05-28-1969 – U.S. troops abandon “Hamburger Hill”
  • 05-28-1987 – Mathias Rust, a 19-year-old pilot from West Germany, landed his private plane in Moscow’s Red Square. He was arrested and sentenced to four years in a labor camp, but was released after just one.
  • 05-28-2003 – Pres. Bush signed a $350 billion tax cut into law; the third largest tax cut in U.S. history.
  • 05-29-1780 – Tarleton gives “quarter” in South Carolina
  • 05-28-1765 – Patrick Henry bitterly denounced the Stamp Act in the Virginia House of Burgesses.
  • 05-28-1790 – Rhode Island became the 13th state in the United States, the last of the original colonies to ratify the Constitution.
  • 05-29-1843 – Fremont begins his second western expedition
  • 05-29-1848 – Wisconsin became the 30th state in the United States.
  • 05-29-1864 – Union troops reach Totopotomoy Creek, Virginia
  • 05-29-1865 – President Andrew Johnson issues general amnesty for all Confederates
  • 05-29-1917 – John F. Kennedy was born in Brookline, Mass.
  • 05-29-1942 – Jews in Paris are forced to sew a yellow star on their coats
  • 05-29-1942 – Bing Crosby recorded his version of “White Christmas.” It would go on to sell over 30 million copies.
  • 05-29-1988 – Reagan arrives in Moscow for summit talks
  • 05-29-1990 – Boris Yeltsin was elected president of the Russian republic by the parliament.
  • 05-30-1431 – Joan of Arc was burned at the stake as a heretic.
  • 05-30-1536 – King Henry VIII of England married his 3rd wife, Jane Seymour, 11 days after he had his 2nd wife, Anne Boleyn executed.
  • 05-30-1806 – Patriot and future President Andrew Jackson kills Charles Dickinson in a duel
  • 05-30-1861 – Union troops occupy Grafton, Virginia
  • 05-30-1862 – Confederates evacuate Corinth, Mississippi
  • 05-30-1864 – Confederates attack at Bethesda Church, Virginia
  • 05-30-1922 – The Lincoln Memorial in Washington, DC, was dedicated by Chief Justice William Howard Taft.
  • 05-31-1775 – Mecklenburg Resolutions reject the power of the British in North Carolina
  • 05-31-1790 – The first U.S. Copyright Law was enacted, protecting books, maps, and other original materials.
  • 05-31-1859 – Big Ben goes into operation in London
  • 05-31-1889 – Heavy rains caused the South Fork Dam to collapse, sending 20 million tons of water into Johnstown, Pa. Over 2,200 people were killed and the town was nearly destroyed.
  • 05-31-1911 – The hull of the Titanic was launched in Belfast. At the ceremony, a White Star Line employee claimed, “Not even God himself could sink this ship.”
  • 05-31-1962 – Former Gestapo official Adolf Eichmann was hanged in Israel.
  • 05-31-2004 – Alberta Martin, 97, one of the last widows of a U.S. Civil War veteran, died. She had married Confederate veteran William Martin in 1927 when she was 21 and he was 81.
  • 06-01-1792 – Kentucky became the 15th state in the United States.
  • 06-01-1796 – Tennessee became the 16th state in the United States.
  • 06-01-1958 – General Charles De Gaulle became the premier of France.
  • 06-01-1980 – Cable News Network (CNN) debuted.
  • 06-02-1886 – Grover Cleveland became the first U.S. president to get married in the White House.
  • 06-01-1924 – Congress granted U.S. citizenship to all American Indians.
  • 06-01-1941 – Baseball great, Lou Gehrig died of Amyotrophic Lateral Sclerosis, ALS, a rare type of paralysis now referred to as Lou Gehrig’s disease.
  • 06-01-1946 – In Italy, a plebiscite rejected the monarchy in favor of a republic. 1953
  • 06-02-1953 – Queen Elizabeth II of Britain was crowned in Westminster Abbey.
  • 06-03-1861 – Stephen Douglas, U.S. politician, died.
  • 06-03-1937 – The Duke of Windsor (formerly Edward VIII) married Wallis Simpson.
  • 06-03-1965 – Maj. Edward White became the first U.S. astronaut to walk in space, during the Gemini 4 mission.
  • 06-01-1989 – Chinese army troops head to Beijing to crush student-led pro-democracy demonstrations.
IN THE NEWS:
REVIEWED AND FIRST CHAPTERS:
  • Jean Edward Smith: A careful scholar explores the life of an aristocratic man of the people – FDRWaPo, 5-27-07
  • Douglas Brinkley: The Contender A historian argues that Gerald Ford came close to being a great president GERALD R. FORDWaPo, 5-27-07
  • Vincent Bugliosi: Goodbye, Grassy Knoll A famously effective prosecutor tries to prove that Lee Harvey Oswald acted alone RECLAIMING HISTORY The Assassination of President John F. KennedyWaPo, 5-27-07
  • Andrew Burstein: Uncovering an American Legend For almost 200 years, his reputation has been trapped in “Sleepy Hollow.” THE ORIGINAL KNICKERBOCKER The Life of Washington IrvingWaPo, 5-27-07
  • Gil Troy on Conrad Black: Conrad Black reflects on Nixon Conrad Black reflects on NixonCanada.com, 5-26-07
  • Rival Books on Hillary Clinton Play Leapfrog on Debut Dates – NYT, 5-22-07
OP-ED:
PROFILED:
INTERVIEWED:
FEATURE:
  • Smithsonian, Congress Share a Turbulent History – NPR, 5-20-07
QUOTED:
  • Lee Edwards on “Carter, with his slam at Bush, breaks code of ex-presidents”: “Mr. Carter is bending, if not breaking, a century-long tradition. You’d have to go back to Theodore Roosevelt, who was so upset about William Taft that he ran for president against him in 1912.” – Financial Express.bd, Bangladesh, 5-24-07
  • Robert Dallek on “Carter, with his slam at Bush, breaks code of ex-presidents”: “Harry Truman didn’t like Eisenhower much, but he kind of kept his tongue about Ike.” – Financial Express.bd, Bangladesh, 5-24-07
  • Julian Zelizer on “Carter, with his slam at Bush, breaks code of ex-presidents”: “Former presidents are extremely cautious, avoiding big, dramatic public declarations” – Financial Express.bd, Bangladesh, 5-24-07
  • Michael Beschloss, Tim Naftali: When Former Presidents Assail the Chief – NYT, 5-22-07
SPOTTED & SPEAKING EVENTS CALENDAR:
HONORED, AWARDED, AND APPOINTMENTS:
  • Robert C. Darnton: Princeton Historian To Head Harvard’s Libraries Darnton will replace Sidney Verba as libaries chief, University professor – TheHarvard crimson, 5-22-07
  • Taylor Branch: King history award from Robert F. Kennedy Memorial – Baltimore Sun, 5-23-07
  • Charles Rappleye: Wins $50,000 Washington Prize for Book on Slave Trade – WaPo, 5-23-07
  • Tim Brooks: TV historian Announces Retirement – PRNewswire, 5-22-07
ON TV: History Listings This Week:

  • C-Span2, Book TV : Featured Program: Douglas Brinkley, editor, “The Reagan Diaries” on Sunday, May 28 at 6:55pm C-Span2, BookTV
  • PBS: The American Experience: “The Berlin Airlift” Monday, May 28, 2007 at 9pm ET – PBS
  • History Channel: “True Caribbean Pirates” Sunday, May 27, @ 8pm ET/PT
  • History Channel: “Star Trek: Beyond the Final Frontier” Sunday, May 27, @ 10pm ET/PT
  • History Channel: “Band Of Brothers :The Breaking Point,” Monday, May 28, @ 2:30pm ET/PT
  • History Channel: “Band Of Brothers :The Last Patrol,” Monday, May 28, @ 4pm ET/PT
  • History Channel: “Band Of Brothers :Why We Fight,” Monday, May 28, @ 5:30pm ET/PT
  • History Channel: “Band Of Brothers :Points,” Monday, May 28, @ 7pm ET/PT
  • History Channel: “Star Wars Tech,” Monday, May 28, @ 8pm ET/PT
  • History Channel: “Star Wars: The Legacy Revealed,” Monday, May 28, @ 9pm ET/PT
  • History Channel: “UFO Files :Alien Engineering, Part 1,” Tuesday, May 29, @ 2pm ET/PT
  • History Channel: “The Universe :Secrets of the Sun,” Tuesday, May 29, @ 9pm ET/PT
  • History Channel: “Special :The Kings: From Babylon to Baghdad,” Wednesday, May 30, @ 2pm ET/PT
  • History Channel: “History Rocks: The 70′s :Part 1,” Wednesday, May 30, @ 10pm ET/PT
  • History Channel: “Mega Movers :Moving the Impossible,” Thursday, May 31, @ 2pm ET/PT
  • History Channel: “History’s Mysteries :Ancient Monster Hunters,” Thursday, May 31, @ 4pm ET/PT
  • History Channel: “Man, Moment, Machine :Apollo 13: Triumph on the Dark Side,” Thursday, May 31, @ 8pm ET/PT
  • History Channel: “History Rocks: The 70′s :Part 2,” Thursday, May 31, @ 10pm ET/PT
  • History Channel: “Special : Da Vinci & the Code He Lived By,” Friday, June 1, @ 4pm ET/PT
  • History Channel: “Special : Da Vinci & the Code He Lived By,” Friday, June 1, @ 4pm ET/PT
  • History Channel: “Man, Moment, Machine :Da Vinci & the Handgun,” Friday, June 1, @ 4pm ET/PT
  • History Channel: “Modern Marvels :Castles & Dungeons,” Friday, June 1, @ 5pm ET/PT
  • History Channel: “Modern Marvels :Walt Disney World,” Friday, June 1, @ 8pm ET/PT
  • History Channel: “Jonestown Paradise Lost,” Friday, June 1, @ 10pm ET/PT
  • History Channel: “True Crime,” Marathon Saturday, June 2, @ 1-5pm ET/PT
  • History Channel: “True Caribbean Pirates,” Saturday, June 2, @ 8pm ET/PT
  • History Channel: “The States :07 – Illinois, Connecticut, Nevada, Mississippi, Wyoming,” Saturday, June 2, @ 10pm ET/PT
SELLING BIG (NYT):
  • Walter Isaacson: EINSTEIN HIS LIFE AND UNIVERSE #2 (5 weeks on list) – 6-03-07
  • Michael Beschloss: PRESIDENTIAL COURAGE, #7 (2 weeks on list) – 6-03-07
  • Robert Dallek: NIXON AND KISSINGER #34 – 6-03-07
FUTURE RELEASES:
  • Elizabeth Drew: Richard M. Nixon: The 37th President, 1969-1974, (Times Books), May 28, 2007
  • Kevin P. Spicer: Antisemitism, Christian Ambivalence, and the Holocaust (Indiana University Press), May 28, 2007
  • Gabor Boritt (Editor): Slavery, Resistance, Freedom, (Oxford University Press, USA), June 2007
  • William C. Davis: Virginia at War 1862 (Editor) (University Press of Kentucky), June 2007
  • Jack Valenti: This Time, This Place: My Life in War, the White House, and Hollywood, (Crown Publishing Group), June 5, 2007
  • Steve Vogel: The Pentagon: A History, (Random House Publishing Group), June 5, 2007
  • Amity Shlaes: The Forgotten Man: A New History of the Great Depression, HarperCollins Publishers, June 12, 2007
  • Orville Vernon Burton: The Age of Lincoln, (Farrar, Straus and Giroux), June 12, 2007
  • Brian K. Bugge: The Mystique of Conspiracy: Oswald, Castro, and the CIA, (Provocative Ideas), June 28, 2007
  • Kathryn C. Statler: Replacing France: The Origins of American Intervention in Vietnam, (University Press of Kentucky) July 28, 2007
DEPARTED:
  • Eugen Weber; UCLA Historian, PBS Host – WaPo, 5-27-07
  • Karen Hess Put Food on America’s Academic Table – NPR, 5-26-07
  • Vicki Kaye Heilig: Historian of the United Daughters of the Confederacy, dies – WaPo, 5-25-07
  • Richard Whelan: Cultural historian, dead – NYT, 5-25-07
  • Kenneth L. Sokoloff: Economics historian, dies at 54 – NYT, 5-24-07
  • Baruch Kimmerling: Sociologist and ‘new historian,’ dies at age 67 – Haaretz, 5-21-07

Posted on Sunday, May 27, 2007 at 8:25 PM

May 21, 2007

BIGGEST STORIES:
  • Holocaust Denier Expelled From Warsaw Book Fair British historian David Irving, a convicted holocaust denier, was escorted out of an international book fair in Warsaw – Javno.hr, Croatia, 5-19-07
  • Famed historian to help shine spotlight on Rice University’s think tank hopes Douglas Brinkley will spread its public policy proposals to the public – Houston Chronicle, TX, 5-17-07
HNN STATS THIS WEEK:
THIS WEEK IN HISTORY: This Week in History:

  • 05-21-1542 – Spanish explorer Hernando De Soto died while searching for gold on the banks of the Mississippi River.
  • 05-21-1881 – Clara Barton founded what became the American Red Cross.
  • 05-21-1927 – Charles Lindbergh became the first person to fly across the Atlantic (from New York to Paris) in his monoplane, The Spirit of St. Louis.
  • 05-21-1932 – Amelia Earhart became the first woman to fly solo across the Atlantic Ocean (from Newfoundland to Ireland).
  • 05-21-1956 – The first hydrogen bomb to be dropped by air exploded over the Bikini Atoll in the Pacific.
  • 05-21-1989 – In Hong Kong, approximately one million people took to the streets to show their support for students protesting for democratic reforms in China’s Tiananmen Square.
  • 05-22-1455 – The first battle in the 30-year War of Roses took place at St. Albans.
  • 05-22-1761 – The first life insurance policy in the United States was issued in Philadelphia.
  • 05-22-1849 – Abraham Lincoln received patent number 6469 for his floating dry dock.
  • 05-22-1947 – Harry S. Truman’s Doctrine brought aid to Greece and Turkey to combat the spread of Communism.
  • 05-22-1972 – Richard Nixon arrived in Moscow, becoming the first U.S. president to visit the Soviet Union.
  • 05-22-2003 – The UN Security Council approved a resolution lifting the economic sanctions against Iraq and supporting the U.S.-led administration in Iraq.
  • 05-23-1430 – Joan of Arc was captured by the Burgundians and subsequently sold to the English.
  • 05-23-1788 – South Carolina became the 8th state in United States.
  • 05-23-1830 – The Baltimore and Ohio Railroad began the first passenger service in the United States.
  • 05-23-1873 – The North West Mounted Police force was formed in Canada. It would later be known as the Royal Canadian Mounted Police.
  • 05-24-1911 – The New York Public Library, at the time the largest marble structure ever built in the United States, was dedicated by President Taft in New York City after 16 years of construction.
  • 05-24-1844 – Samuel Morse transmitted the first telegraph message, in which he asked, “What hath God wrought?”
  • 05-24-1883 – The Brooklyn Bridge, linking Manhattan and Brooklyn in New York City, opened to traffic.
  • 05-24-2000 – Israeli troops pulled out of Lebanon after 18 consecutive years of occupation.
  • 05-24-2001 – Vermont senator James Jeffords quit the Republican Party and became an Independent, giving Democrats control of the Senate.
  • 05-25-1787 – The Constitutional Convention convened in Philadelphia under the leadership of George Washington, in order to establish a new U.S. government.
  • 05-25-1925 – John Scopes was indicted for teaching Darwin’s theory of evolution.
  • 05-25-1979 – The worst air disaster in U.S. history (excluding the Sept. 11 attacks) occurred when a DC-10 crashed at Chicago’s O’Hare airport, killing over 270 people.
  • 05-26-1521 – Martin Luther’s writings were banned by the Edict of Worms.
  • 05-26-1868 – President Andrew Johnson avoided conviction for impeachment charges of “high crimes and misdemeanors” by one vote.
  • 05-26-1940 – Allied troops began the massive naval evacuation of troops from Dunkirk, France, during World War II.
  • 05-26-2003 – Rwandans voted to approve a new constitution that instituted a balance of power between Hutu and Tutsi.
  • 05-27-1647 – The first recorded execution of a witch reportedly took place in Massachusetts when Achsah Young was hanged.
  • 05-27-1703 – St. Petersburg was founded by Czar Peter the Great.
  • 05-27-1936 – The Queen Mary left England on its maiden voyage, arriving in France four hours later.
  • 05-27-1937 – Golden Gate Bridge in San Francisco opened.
  • 05-27-1941 – British ships sank the German battleship Bismarck off the coast of France, resulting in the loss of 2,300 lives.
  • 05-27-1996 – After a year and a half of bloodshed, Russian President Boris Yeltsin met with the leader of the Chechen rebels and negotiated a cease-fire.
  • 05-27-1999 – Slobodan Milosevic was indicted by the International War Crimes Tribunal at the Hague for crimes against humanity.
IN THE NEWS:
REVIEWED AND FIRST CHAPTERS:
  • ALAN BRINKLEY on David Talbot: Conspiracy? BROTHERS The Hidden History of the Kennedy Years5-20-07
  • Vincent Bugliosi: Or No Conspiracy? RECLAIMING HISTORY The Assassination of President John F. KennedyNYT, 5-20-07
  • Arnold Rampersad: Visible Man RALPH ELLISON A BiographyNYT, 5-20-07
  • Arnold Rampersad: RALPH ELLISON A Biography, First Chapter – NYT, 5-20-07
  • Arnold Rampersad: The Man Made Visible A revelatory biography of Ralph Ellison, a brilliant writer who lived a life of chaos RALPH ELLISON A Biography WaPo, 5-20-07
  • Jean Edward Smith: Historian skips FDR’s flaws but shows the appeal FDRBaltimore Sun, 5-20-07
  • Did Jane Austen have a lover? New book suggests author was not a solitary genius but a free spirit who had an ill-fated courtship – AP, 5-20-07
OP-ED:
PROFILED:
  • Famed historian to help shine spotlight on Rice University’s think tank hopes Douglas Brinkley will spread its public policy proposals to the public – Houston Chronicle, TX, 5-17-07
  • Studs Terkel: Still Humming at 95 – Alternet, 5-15-07
  • Studs Terkel turns 95, worries U.S. is losing its memory – Reuters, 5-16-07
INTERVIEWED:
FEATURE:
QUOTED:
  • Douglas Brinkley on “Former President Carter Blasts Bush”: “This is the most forceful denunciation President Carter has ever made about an American president. When you call somebody the worst president, that’s volatile. Those are fighting words.” – AP, 5-19-07
  • Professor Leo Braudy, a cultural historian at the University of Southern California, said pirates disappeared so long ago that they’ve become romanticized. “There’s always that kind of nostalgia for those rebels of the past because they’re safe.” – Charlotte Observer, NC, 5-20-07
SPOTTED & SPEAKING EVENTS CALENDAR:
HONORED, AWARDED, AND APPOINTMENTS:
  • Douglas Brinkley: Katrina Biographer Leaving New Orleans, Going to Rice – CBS, 5-16-07
  • David Nasaw: Honored at Weekend with History – AHA Blog, 5-17-07
  • Idaho history group replaces director who quit in payment flap – AP, 5-14-07
ON TV: History Listings This Week:

  • C-Span2, Book TV : History on Book TV: Ann Hagedorn, “Savage Peace: 1919 – Hope And Fear In America” on Sunday, May 20 at 11:45pm C-Span2, BookTV
  • PBS: The American Experience: “The Great Atlantic Cable” Monday, May 21, 2007 at 9pm ET – PBS
  • History Channel: “Earth’s Black Hole” Sunday, May 20, @ 9pm ET/PT
  • History Channel: “Siberian Apocalypse” Sunday, May 20, @ 10pm ET/PT
  • History Channel: “Special : Absolute Evel: The Evel Knievel Story” Monday, May 21, @ 2pm ET/PT
  • History Channel: ” Battle History of the Navy :Born into War.,” Monday, May 21, @ 6pm ET/PT
  • History Channel: “Modern Marvels :Pirate Tech,” Monday, May 21, @ 8pm ET/PT
  • History Channel: “Cities Of The Underworld :02 – City of Caves,” Monday, May 21, @ 9pm ET/PT
  • History Channel: “The Naked Archaeologist :Crucifixion/Biblical Epicentre,” Monday, May 21, @ 10pm ET/PT
  • History Channel: “The History of Sex :Ancient Civilizations.,” Monday, May 21, @ 11pm ET/PT
  • History Channel: “The Spanish-American War: First Intervention,” Tuesday, May 22, @ 2pm ET/PT
  • History Channel: “Julius Caesar’s Greatest Battle,” Tuesday, May 22, @ 2pm ET/PT
  • History Channel: “The Battle History of the US Marines :Tragedy to Triumph,” Tuesday, May 22, @ 6pm ET/PT
  • History Channel: “The History of Sex :The Eastern World,” Tuesday, May 22, @ 11pm ET/PT
  • History Channel: “Bible Battles,” Wednesday, May 23, @ 2pm ET/PT
  • History Channel: “The Samurai,” Wednesday, May 23, @ 4pm ET/PT
  • History Channel: “Dogfights :08 – Death of the Japanese Navy,” Wednesday, May 23, @ 6pm ET/PT
  • History Channel: “The History of Sex :The Middle Ages,” Wednesday, May 23, @ 11pm ET/PT
  • History Channel: “Last Stand of The 300,” Thursday, May 24, @ 8pm ET/PT
  • History Channel: “The History of Sex :From Don Juan to Queen Victoria.,” Thursday, May 24, @ 11pm ET/PT
  • History Channel: “Indian Warriors: The Untold Story of the Civil War,” Friday, May 25, @ 3pm ET/PT
  • History Channel: “Wild West Tech :Native American Tech,” Friday, May 25, @ 4pm ET/PT
  • History Channel: “Save Our History :Sherman’s Total War Tactics,” Friday, May 25, @ 8pm ET/PT
  • History Channel: “Dogfights: The Greatest Air Battles,” Friday, May 25, @ 9pm ET/PT
  • History Channel: “Special :Nazi America: A Secret History,” Saturday, May 26, @ 3pm ET/PT
  • History Channel: “The States :06 - Florida, Indiana, Washington, Utah, Rhode Island,” Saturday, May 26, @ 10pm ET/PT
SELLING BIG (NYT):
  • Walter Isaacson: EINSTEIN HIS LIFE AND UNIVERSE #1 (4 weeks on list) – 5-27-07
  • Michael Beschloss: PRESIDENTIAL COURAGE, #9 (1 week on list) – 5-27-07
  • Robert Dallek: NIXON AND KISSINGER #29 – 5-27-07
EXHIBITIONS:
FUTURE RELEASES:
  • Susan Dunn: Dominion of Memories: Jefferson, Madison, and the Decline of Virginia, (Perseus Publishing), May 2007
  • Ronald Reagan: The Reagan Diaries, (HarperCollins Publishers), May 22, 2007
  • Elizabeth Drew: Richard M. Nixon: The 37th President, 1969-1974, (Times Books), May 28, 2007
  • Kevin P. Spicer: Antisemitism, Christian Ambivalence, and the Holocaust (Indiana University Press), May 28, 2007
  • Gabor Boritt (Editor): Slavery, Resistance, Freedom, (Oxford University Press, USA), June 2007
  • William C. Davis: Virginia at War 1862 (Editor) (University Press of Kentucky), June 2007
  • Jack Valenti: This Time, This Place: My Life in War, the White House, and Hollywood, (Crown Publishing Group), June 5, 2007
  • Steve Vogel: The Pentagon: A History, (Random House Publishing Group), June 5, 2007
  • Amity Shlaes: The Forgotten Man: A New History of the Great Depression, HarperCollins Publishers, June 12, 2007
  • Orville Vernon Burton: The Age of Lincoln, (Farrar, Straus and Giroux), June 12, 2007
  • Brian K. Bugge: The Mystique of Conspiracy: Oswald, Castro, and the CIA, (Provocative Ideas), June 28, 2007
  • Kathryn C. Statler: Replacing France: The Origins of American Intervention in Vietnam, (University Press of Kentucky) July 28, 2007
DEPARTED:

Posted on Sunday, May 20, 2007 at 6:28 PM

May 14, 2007

BIGGEST STORIES: King Herod Discovered
BIGGEST STORIES: Jamestown 400th
  • Michael Beschloss: Jamestown, Virginia: How To Make History Cool – Newsweek, 4-30-07
  • Jamestown Uncovered Historian Michael Beschloss on the un-Disnyfied story behind Jamestown – Newsweek, 4-30-07
HNN STATS THIS WEEK:
THIS WEEK IN HISTORY: This Week in History:

  • 05-14-1796 – Edward Jenner administered the first smallpox vaccine to 8-year-old James Phipps.
  • 05-14-1804 – The Lewis and Clark expedition set out from St. Louis.
  • 05-14-1904 – The Olympic Games were held in the United States for the first time, in St. Louis, Missouri.
  • 05-14-1948 – British rule in Palestine came to an end as The Jewish National Council proclaimed the State of Israel. Within hours, Israel was under attack from Arab forces.
  • 05-14-1955 – The Warsaw Pact was signed by the Soviet Union and seven other Communist bloc countries. It finally dissolved in 1991.
  • 05-14-1973 – Skylab, the United States’ first space station, was launched into orbit.
  • 05-15-1862 – The U.S. Department of Agriculture was created by an act of Congress.
  • 05-15-1911 – The Standard Oil Company, headed by John D. Rockefeller, was ordered dissolved by the Supreme Court, under the Sherman Antitrust Act.
  • 05-15-1918 – The first air mail route in the U.S. was established between New York and Washington, DC, with a stop at Philadelphia.
  • 05-15-1972 – Alabama Governor George Wallace was shot and crippled as he campaigned for the presidency.
  • 05-15-1988 – The Soviet Union began to withdraw its estimated 115,000 troops from Afghanistan.
  • 05-16-1770 – Marie Antoinette married the future King Louis XVI of France.
  • 05-16-1868 – The first ballot on one of 11 articles of impeachment in the U.S. Senate failed to convict President Andrew Johnson.
  • 05-16-1929 – The first Academy Awards were given on this night. The term, Oscars, was not used to describe the statuettes given to actors and actresses until 1931.
  • 05-16-1991 – Queen Elizabeth II became the first British monarch to address the United States Congress.
  • 05-16-1997 – President Mobutu Sese Seko of Zaire ended 32 years of autocratic rule when rebel forces led by Laurent Kabila expelled him from the country.
  • 05-17-1792 – The New York Stock Exchange was established when a group of 24 brokers and merchants met by a tree on what is now Wall Street and signed the Buttonwood Agreement.
  • 05-17-1875 – The first Kentucky Derby was held at Churchill Downs, in Louisville, Kentucky.
  • 05-17-1954 – The Supreme Court ruled unanimously against segregation in schools in Brown v. Board of Education.
  • 05-17-1973 – Televised Watergate hearings opened, headed by North Carolina senator Sam Ervin.
  • 05-17-1987 – An Iraqi warplane attacked the U.S.S. Stark in the Persian Gulf, killing 37 American sailors and wounding 62.
  • 05-17-1997 – Laurent Kabila declared himself president of the Democratic Republic of the Congo.
  • 05-18-1642 – The city of Montreal was founded by the French.
  • 05-18-1804 – Napoleon Bonaparte was proclaimed Emperor of France by the French Senate.
  • 05-18-1896 – The Supreme Court affirmed racial segregation in Plessy v. Ferguson as “separate but equal.”
  • 05-18-1980 – Mount St. Helens, in Washington state, erupted after being dormant for 123 years.
  • 05-18-1994 – Israeli troops withdrew from the Gaza strip after three decades of occupation and Palestinians took over.
  • 05-18-2000 – A bill was finally passed that removed the Confederate flag from the South Carolina statehouse.
  • 05-18-2004 – Sonia Gandhi stunned her party, the Indian National Congress, by refusing to accept the prime ministership of India.
  • 05-19-1536 – Anne Boleyn, the second wife of King Henry VIII, was beheaded.
  • 05-19-1588 – The 130-ship-strong Spanish Armada set sail for England; it was defeated in August.
  • 05-19-1643 – The colonies of Massachusetts Bay, Plymouth, Connecticut, and New Harbor met to form the New England Confederation.
  • 05-19-1921 – Congress passed the Emergency Quota Act, establishing national quotas for immigrants.
  • 05-19-1935 – British author and soldier, T. E. Lawrence, also known as “Lawrence of Arabia,” died from injuries sustained in a motorcycle crash.
  • 05-19-1962 – Marilyn Monroe sang “Happy Birthday” to president John F. Kennedy.
  • 05-19-1992 – The 27th Amendment to the Constitution, which prohibited Congress from giving itself midterm pay raises, went into effect.
  • 05-19-1994 – Jacqueline Kennedy Onassis died in New York.
  • 05-20-1506 – Christopher Columbus died in Spain.
  • 05-20-1861 – North Carolina voted to secede from the Union.
  • 05-20-1927 – Charles Lindbergh began the first solo nonstop transatlantic flight, departing from Long Island aboard the Spirit of Saint Louis.
  • 05-20-1932 – Amelia Earhart took off from Newfoundland to become the first woman to fly solo across the Atlantic.
  • 05-20-1961 – A mob attacked a busload of “freedom riders” in Montgomery, Ala., setting the bus on fire.
  • 05-20-1996 – In a 6-3 vote, the Supreme Court rejected a Colorado measure banning laws that protect homosexuals from discrimination.
  • 05-20-2002 – East Timor became the newest nation.
IN THE NEWS:
REVIEWED AND FIRST CHAPTERS:
  • MARK ATWOOD LAWRENCE on Robert Dallek: The Odd Couple NIXON AND KISSINGER Partners in Power NYT, 5-13-07
  • E. Howard Hunt with Greg Aunapu. Foreword by William F. Buckley Jr.: Watergate Warrior AMERICAN SPY My Secret History in the CIA, Watergate, and BeyondNYT, 5-13-07
  • Margaret MacMillan on Robert Dallek: The World in Their Hands A historian examines a combative collaboration NIXON AND KISSINGER Partners in PowerWaPo, 5-13-07
  • Daniel Jonah Goldhagen on Saul Friedländer: The War Years A scholar who survived the Nazis completes his life’s work THE YEARS OF EXTERMINATION Nazi Germany and the Jews, 1939-1945 WaPo, 5-13-07
  • Molly O’Neill: A moveable feast of essays, memoirs, fiction — all focused on food AMERICAN FOOD WRITING An Anthology with Classic Recipes WaPo, 5-13-07
  • Various new publications on Slavery and Its Legacies WaPo, 5-13-07
  • Krisztian Ungvary: New book highlights WWII atrocities – http://www.budapestsun.com, 5-9-07
  • Lynn Hunt: Her new book on human rights is praised – Gary Bass in the New Republic, 5-3-07
OP-ED:
PROFILED:
INTERVIEWED:
FEATURE:
QUOTED:
SPOTTED & SPEAKING EVENTS CALENDAR:
HONORED, AWARDED, AND APPOINTMENTS:
ON TV: History Listings This Week:

  • C-Span2, Book TV : History on Book TV: Harriet Washington, “Medical Apartheid: The Dark History Of Medical Experimentation On Black Americans From Colonial Times To The Present” on Sunday, May 13 at 12:00pm C-Span2, BookTV
  • PBS: The American Experience: “ALEXANDER HAMILTON Revealed ” Monday, May 13, 2007 at 9pm ET – PBS
  • History Channel: “Hippies” Sunday, May 13, @ 8pm ET/PT
  • History Channel: “Cities Of The Underworld :04 – Scotland’s Sin City” Sunday, May 13, @ 10pm ET/PT
  • History Channel: “Cities Of The Underworld :06 – Rome’s Hidden Empire” Sunday, May 13, @ 11pm ET/PT
  • History Channel: “Save Our History :Secrets of Jamestown” Monday, May 14, @ 2pm ET/PT
  • History Channel: “Save Our History :Godspeed to Jamestown,” Monday, May 14, @ 3pm ET/PT
  • History Channel: “Decoding The Past :Presidential Prophecies,” Monday, May 14, @ 4pm ET/PT
  • History Channel: “Investigating History :The JFK Assassination,” Monday, May 14, @ 5pm ET/PT
  • History Channel: “Man, Moment, Machine :JFK & the Crisis Crusader,” Monday, May 14, @ 6pm ET/PT
  • History Channel: “Cities Of The Underworld :07 – Catacombs of Death,” Monday, May 14, @ 9pm ET/PT
  • History Channel: “Digging For The Truth :The Da Vinci Code: Bloodlines,” Monday, May 14, @ 10pm ET/PT
  • History Channel: “The Bible Code: Predicting Armageddon,” Monday, May 14, @ 11pm ET/PT
  • History Channel: “Fort Knox: Secrets Revealed,” Tuesday, May 15, @ 2pm ET/PT
  • History Channel: “Ku Klux Klan: A Secret History,” Tuesday, May 15, @ 8pm ET/PT
  • History Channel: “Godfathers,” Wednesday, May 16, @ 2pm ET/PT
  • History Channel: “Las Vegas,” Wednesday, May 16, @ 4pm ET/PT
  • History Channel: “Hell: The Devil’s Domain,” Thursday, May 17, @ 2pm ET/PT
  • History Channel: “History’s Mysteries :Alaska’s Bermuda Triangle,” Thursday, May 17, @ 4pm ET/PT
  • History Channel: “History’s Mysteries :The Mysteries of Devil’s Triangles,” Thursday, May 17, @ 5pm ET/PT
  • History Channel: “Modern Marvels :The Colosseum,” Thursday, May 17, @ 7pm ET/PT
  • History Channel: “Cities Of The Underworld :07 – Catacombs of Death,” Thursday, May 17, @ 3pm ET/PT
  • History Channel: “Deep Sea Detectives :The Death of the Edmund Fitzgerald,” Friday, May 18, @ 4pm ET/PT
  • History Channel: “Special : Warrior Queen Boudica,” Friday, May 18, @ 8pm ET/PT
  • History Channel: “Mega Movers,” Marathon Saturday, May 19, @ 2-7pm ET/PT
  • History Channel: “Special : The Templar Code,” Saturday, May 19, @ 8pm ET/PT
  • History Channel: ” The States :05 - Pennsylvania, Minnesota, Hawaii, South Carolina, Montana,” Saturday, May 19, @ 10pm ET/PT
SELLING BIG (NYT):
  • Walter Isaacson: EINSTEIN HIS LIFE AND UNIVERSE #1 (3 weeks on list) – 5-20-07
  • Robert Dallek: NIXON AND KISSINGER #19 – 5-20-07
  • Hermione Lee: EDITH WHARTON #32 – 5-20-07
FUTURE RELEASES:
  • Peter Heather: The Fall of the Roman Empire: A New History of Rome and the Barbarians, (Oxford University Press), May 2007
  • Jean Edward Smith, FDR, (Random House Publishing Group), May 15, 2007
  • Robert Service: Comrades!: A History of World Communism, (Harvard University Press), May 15, 2007
  • Kieran Doherty: Sea Venture: Shipwreck, Survival, and the Salvation of the First English Colony in the New World, (St. Martin’s Press), May 15 2007
  • Susan Dunn: Dominion of Memories: Jefferson, Madison, and the Decline of Virginia, (Perseus Publishing), May 2007
  • Ronald Reagan: The Reagan Diaries, (HarperCollins Publishers), May 22, 2007
  • Elizabeth Drew: Richard M. Nixon: The 37th President, 1969-1974, (Times Books), May 28, 2007
  • Kevin P. Spicer: Antisemitism, Christian Ambivalence, and the Holocaust (Indiana University Press), May 28, 2007
  • Gabor Boritt (Editor): Slavery, Resistance, Freedom, (Oxford University Press, USA), June 2007
  • William C. Davis: Virginia at War 1862 (Editor) (University Press of Kentucky), June 2007
  • Jack Valenti: This Time, This Place: My Life in War, the White House, and Hollywood, (Crown Publishing Group), June 5, 2007
  • Steve Vogel: The Pentagon: A History, (Random House Publishing Group), June 5, 2007
  • Amity Shlaes: The Forgotten Man: A New History of the Great Depression, HarperCollins Publishers, June 12, 2007
  • Orville Vernon Burton: The Age of Lincoln, (Farrar, Straus and Giroux), June 12, 2007
  • Brian K. Bugge: The Mystique of Conspiracy: Oswald, Castro, and the CIA, (Provocative Ideas), June 28, 2007
  • Kathryn C. Statler: Replacing France: The Origins of American Intervention in Vietnam, (University Press of Kentucky) July 28, 2007
DEPARTED:

Posted on Saturday, May 12, 2007 at 9:47 PM

May 7, 2007

BIGGEST STORIES:
HNN STATS THIS WEEK:
THIS WEEK IN HISTORY:
  • 05-07-1915 – The British ocean liner Lusitania was sunk by a German submarine in World War I off the coast of Ireland.
  • 05-07-1945 – Germany unconditionally surrendered to the allies in Rheims, France.
  • 05-07-1954 – The 56-day-long battle of Dienbienphu ended with Ho Chi Minh’s forces defeating the French, signaling the end of French power in Indochina.
  • 05-07-1992 – The 27th Amendment to the Constitution, prohibiting mid-term Congressional pay raises, was ratified.
  • 05-08-1794 – Antoine Laurent Lavoisier, the father of modern chemistry, was guillotined during the Reign of Terror.
  • 05-08-1902 – Mount Pelee on Martinique erupted, destroying the town of St. Pierre, and killing 40,000 people.
  • 05-08-1945 – V-E Day marks the European victory of the Allies in World War II.
  • 05-09-1914 – Mother’s Day became a public holiday.
  • 05-09-1926 – Explorers Richard E. Byrd and Floyd Bennett flew over the North Pole.
  • 05-09-1936 – Fascist Italy annexed Ethiopia.
  • 05-09-1994 – The South African parliament chose Nelson Mandela as president.
  • 05-09-2004 – Chechnya’s Moscow-backed leader, Akhmad Kadyrov, was killed in a bombing. Six others were killed and another 60 wounded.
  • 05-10-1775 – Ethan Allen and his Green Mountain Boys captured Fort Ticonderoga from the British.
  • 05-10-1863 – Confederate General Stonewall Jackson died after being accidentally shot by his own troops.
  • 05-10-1869 – The United States’ first transcontinental railroad was completed with a ceremony in Promontory Point, Utah.
  • 05-10-1924 – J. Edgar Hoover became director of the FBI.
  • 05-10-1940 – Winston Churchill succeeded Neville Chamberlain as British prime minister.
  • 05-10-1994 – Nelson Mandela was sworn in as South Africa’s first black president.
  • 05-11-1858 – Minnesota became the 32nd state in the United States.
  • 05-11-1894 – The Pullman Strike began.
  • 05-11-1949 – Siam changed its name to Thailand.
  • 05-11-1960 – Israeli agents captured Nazi Adolf Eichmann in Argentina.
  • 05-11-1973 – Charges against Daniel Ellsberg for his role in the Pentagon Papers case were dismissed.
  • 05-11-2003 – 91% of Lithuanian voters opted to join the European Union—the first former Soviet nation to do so.
  • 05-12-1870 – Manitoba became a province of Canada.
  • 05-12-1932 – The body of Charles and Anne Lindbergh’s kidnapped baby was found.
  • 05-12-1937 – Britain’s King George VI was crowned at Westminster Abbey in London.
  • 05-12-1949 – The Soviet blockade that prompted the Berlin airlift was ended.
  • 05-12-1970 – Harry A. Blackmun was confirmed as a Supreme Court justice.
  • 05-12-2002 – Former president Jimmy Carter became the first U.S. president (in or out of office) to visit Fidel Castro’s Cuba.
  • 05-13-1568 – Mary Queen of Scots was defeated at the Battle of Langside and immediately fled to North England.
  • 05-13-1846 – The United States formally declared war on Mexico after several days of fighting.
  • 05-13-1938 – Louis Armstrong and his orchestra recorded the New Orleans’s jazz classic, When the Saints Go Marching In, on Decca Records.
  • 05-13-1940 – Winston Churchill gave his first speech as prime minister: “I have nothing to offer but blood, toil, tears and sweat.”
  • 05-13-1981 – Pope John Paul II was shot and wounded by Mehmet Ali Agca as he drove through a crowd in St. Peter’s Square, Rome.
IN THE NEWS:
REVIEWED AND FIRST CHAPTERS:
  • Barbara Holland: Against Moderation THE JOY OF DRINKINGNYT, 5-6-07
  • Barbara Holland: THE JOY OF DRINKING, First Chapter – NYT, 5-6-07
  • Allan M. Brandt: Tobacco Road THE CIGARETTE CENTURY The Rise, Fall, and Deadly Persistence of the Product That Defined AmericaNYT, 5-6-07
  • CAMILLE PAGLIA on Jon Savage: The Young and the Restless TEENAGE The Creation of Youth Culture. NYT, 5-6-07
  • Robert Dallek: Secret service How the machinations of two unlikely allies defined — and deformed — an era – Nixon and Kissinger: Partners in PowerBoston Globe, 5-6-07
  • Azar Gat: A wide-ranging, stimulating treatise on the why of war The author examines history, philosophy and politics, but sides with biology as the motivation for human attainment by force War in Human CivilizationPhiladelphia Inquirer, PA, 5-6-07
  • Daniel Aaron: From scholar Daniel Aaron, the long view of civilization From scholar Daniel Aaron, the long view of civilization THE AMERICANIST WaPo, 5-3-07
  • George F. Kennan: Who Put the ‘Cold’ in Cold War? – James Traub in the course of a review of a short biography of Kennan by John Lukacs, 4-29-07
OP-ED:
PROFILED:
INTERVIEWED:
  • Robert Dallek, Summing Up ‘Nixon and Kissinger’ – NPR, 4-25-07
FEATURE:
QUOTED:
  • Robert Dallek on “A Sinking Presidency”: “He may come across to some people as a man of principle, but a great majority see him as stubborn and unyielding. … And everything he touches turns to dust.” – U.S. News & World Report, 5-6-07
  • Julian Zelizer on “Legislation a rare rebuke by Congress”: “Congress is not shy usually about attempting to create problems for a president when a war becomes unpopular. But I think the significance here is that in a big war, they were able to at least get the legislation to the president’s desk pretty early from a historical perspective.” – Hillsboro Times Gazette, OH, 5-3-07
  • Jack Granatstein: Disputed Canadian War Museum exhibit contains ‘true’ facts, historian argues: “They are subjects of hot debate that must be included, You cannot change facts by ignoring them.” – Canada.com, 5-3-07
  • Robert Tombs on Gaullist Sarkozy is no French Thatcher, says British historian – “There is an idea doing the rounds that Sarkozy is a kind of French Margaret Thatcher. But I don’t think such a creature exists. Not least because no-one in France wants a French Thatcher. If you contrast the positions of France today and Britain in the late 1970s, it’s clear that even though there is certainly a sense of crisis in France, it is nothing like as severe as what Britain was going through when Mrs Thatcher was elected in 1979.” – AFP, 5-2-07
  • Fredrick Kagan: We aren’t winning, we aren’t losing: “The al-Qaida surge is very serious. It is very significant. It is altering the situation in Iraq in unpredictable ways. It is clearly further eroding America’s will to stay the course here and continue to try to win this war. The basic conclusion that I would offer you is that victory is still up for grabs. Those who would say that the war is lost, definitively, I don’t think there is support for that statement in Iraq. I think it is hard. I think we may lose. I think we may win. I think it depends a lot on what we do and it depends a lot on what the enemy does. But I don’t think anyone can predict for certain the outcome of this fight at this point.” – Voice of America, 4-30-07
SPOTTED & SPEAKING EVENTS CALENDAR:
HONORED, AWARDED, AND APPOINTMENTS:
ON TV:
  • C-Span2, Book TV : After Words: Jabari Asim author of “The N Word: who can say it, who shouldn’t, and why” interviewed by Bakari Kitwana on Sunday, May 6 at 6:00 and 9:00 pm C-Span2, BookTV
  • C-Span2, Book TV : History on Book TV: Bob Deans, “The River Where America Began: A Journey Along The James” on Sunday, May 6 at 10:00 pm C-Span2, BookTV
  • PBS: The American Experience: “Earhart and Hamilton” Monday, May 6, 2007 at 9pm ET – PBS
  • History Channel: “Comic Book Superheroes Unmasked” Sunday, May 6, @ 5pm ET/PT
  • History Channel: “Star Trek Tech” Sunday, May 6, @ 8pm ET/PT
  • History Channel: “Spider-Man Tech” Sunday, May 6, @ 9pm ET/PT
  • History Channel: “The Amazing Story of Superman” Sunday, May 6, @ 10pm ET/PT
  • History Channel: “Sharp Shooters” Monday, May 7, @ 2pm ET/PT
  • History Channel: “UFO Files :The Pacific Bermuda Triangle,” Monday, May 7, @ 8pm ET/PT
  • History Channel: “Cities Of The Underworld :06 – Rome’s Hidden Empire,” Monday, May 7, @ 9pm ET/PT
  • History Channel: “Digging For The Truth :New Maya Revelations,” Monday, May 7, @ 10pm ET/PT
  • History Channel: “Secret Superpower Aircraft :Bombers,” Tuesday, May 8, @ 2pm ET/PT
  • History Channel: “Secret Superpower Aircraft :Fighters,” Tuesday, May 8, @ 3pm ET/PT
  • History Channel: “The Spanish-American War: First Intervention,” Tuesday, May 8, @ 10pm ET/PT
  • History Channel: “Saddam and the Third Reich :Saddam and the Third Reich,” Wednesday, May 9, @ 2pm ET/PT
  • History Channel: “The Antichrist,” Thursday, May 10, @ 2pm ET/PT
  • History Channel: “The Presidents :1789-1825,” Friday, May 11, @ 2pm ET/PT
  • History Channel: “The Presidents :1825-1849,” Friday, May 11, @ 3pm ET/PT
  • History Channel: “The Presidents :1849-1865,” Friday, May 11, @ 4pm ET/PT
  • History Channel: “The Presidents :1865-1885,” Friday, May 11, @ 5pm ET/PT
  • History Channel: “The Presidents :1885-1913,” Friday, May 11, @ 6pm ET/PT
  • History Channel: “Brothers in Arms: The Untold Story of The 502 :Part 1: D-Day,” Friday, May 11, @ 8pm ET/PT
  • History Channel: “The Spanish-American War: First Intervention,” Saturday, May 12, @ 4pm ET/PT
  • History Channel: “Nostradamus: 500 Years Later,” Saturday, May 12, @ 8pm ET/PT
  • History Channel: “The States :04 – New Jersey, Arizona, Kentucky, Oklahoma, Alaska,” Saturday, May 12, @ 10pm ET/PT
SELLING BIG (NYT):
  • Walter Isaacson: EINSTEIN HIS LIFE AND UNIVERSE #1 (2 weeks on list) – 5-13-07
  • Robert Dallek: NIXON AND KISSINGER #9 (1 week on list) – 5-13-07
FUTURE RELEASES:
  • Peter Heather: The Fall of the Roman Empire: A New History of Rome and the Barbarians, (Oxford University Press), May 2007
  • Nancy Isenberg: Fallen Founder: The Life of Aaron Burr, (Penguin Group (USA)), May 10, 2007
  • Jean Edward Smith, FDR, (Random House Publishing Group), May 15, 2007
  • Robert Service: Comrades!: A History of World Communism, (Harvard University Press), May 15, 2007
  • Kieran Doherty: Sea Venture: Shipwreck, Survival, and the Salvation of the First English Colony in the New World, (St. Martin’s Press), May 15 2007
  • Susan Dunn: Dominion of Memories: Jefferson, Madison, and the Decline of Virginia, (Perseus Publishing), May 2007
  • Ronald Reagan: The Reagan Diaries, (HarperCollins Publishers), May 22, 2007
  • Elizabeth Drew: Richard M. Nixon: The 37th President, 1969-1974, (Times Books), May 28, 2007
  • Kevin P. Spicer: Antisemitism, Christian Ambivalence, and the Holocaust (Indiana University Press), May 28, 2007
  • Gabor Boritt (Editor): Slavery, Resistance, Freedom, (Oxford University Press, USA), June 2007
  • William C. Davis: Virginia at War 1862 (Editor) (University Press of Kentucky), June 2007
  • Jack Valenti: This Time, This Place: My Life in War, the White House, and Hollywood, (Crown Publishing Group), June 5, 2007
  • Steve Vogel: The Pentagon: A History, (Random House Publishing Group), June 5, 2007
  • Amity Shlaes: The Forgotten Man: A New History of the Great Depression, HarperCollins Publishers, June 12, 2007
  • Orville Vernon Burton: The Age of Lincoln, (Farrar, Straus and Giroux), June 12, 2007
  • Brian K. Bugge: The Mystique of Conspiracy: Oswald, Castro, and the CIA, (Provocative Ideas), June 28, 2007
  • Kathryn C. Statler: Replacing France: The Origins of American Intervention in Vietnam, (University Press of Kentucky) July 28, 2007
DEPARTED:

Posted on Sunday, May 6, 2007 at 6:40 PM

History Buzz: April 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.

April 30, 2007

PRESIDENTIAL CAMPAIGN 2008 WATCH:
    Presidential Campaign 2008 Watch

  • Are we ready for a woman president? U.S. lags rest of world in putting women in positions of real political power – San Francisco Chronicle, 4-29-07
BIGGEST STORIES:
HNN STATS THIS WEEK:
THIS WEEK IN HISTORY: This Week in History:

  • 04-30-1803 – France sold Louisiana and adjoining lands to the United States as part of the Louisiana Purchase.
  • 04-30-1812 – Louisiana became the 18th state in the United States.
  • 04-30-1939 – U.S. commercial television made its official debut at the New York World’s Fair.The signal was transmitted from the Empire State Building.
  • 04-30-1945 – Adolf Hitler and his newly married mistress Eva Braun committed suicide.
  • 04-30-1975 – The Vietnam War ended with South Vietnam’s surrender to North Vietnam.
  • 04-30-2003 – Libya accepted responsibility for the 1998 bombing of Pan Am Flight 103 over Lockerbie, Scotland.
  • 05-01-1707 – The Act of Union joined England and Scotland to form Great Britain.
  • 05-01-1931 – The Empire State Building opened in New York City. At 102 stories, it would be the world’s tallest building for the next 41 years.
  • 05-01-1941 – Orson Welles’s Citizen Kane, considered by many the greatest film ever made, premiered in New York.
  • 05-01-1948 – The Democratic People’s Republic of Korea (North Korea) was established with Kim Il Sung as president.
  • 05-01-1960 – The Soviet Union shot down an American U-2 reconnaissance plane over Soviet territory.
  • 05-01-2003 – President Bush made a speech aboard an aircraft carrier proclaiming “major combat operations in Iraq have ended.”
  • 05-02-1945 – The Soviet Union announced the fall of Berlin.
  • 05-02-1955 – Tennessee Williams won the Pulitzer Prize in Drama for Cat on a Hot Tin Roof.
  • 05-02-1994 – Nelson Mandela was victorious in South Africa’s first multiracial election.
  • 05-02-1997 – The Labour Party’s Tony Blair became Prime Minister of Britain, ending 18 years of conservative rule. At 44, he was the youngest prime minister in 185 years.
  • 05-03-1937 – Margaret Mitchell won the Pulitzer Prize in fiction for Gone With the Wind.
  • 05-03-1948 – The Shelley v. Kraemer Supreme Court decision stated that it is unconstitutional for a court to enforce a restrictive covenant which prevents people of a certain race from owning or occupying property.
  • 05-03-1979 – Margaret Thatcher became the first woman elected prime minister of England.
  • 05-03-2001 – The United States, a member of the UN Human Rights Commission since its inception, lost its seat. It would be restored the following year.
  • 05-04-1626 – Peter Minuit landed in Manhattan, which he later bought for $24 worth of cloth and brass buttons.
  • 05-04-1886 – The Haymarket Square riot broke out as a result of a labor demonstration.
  • 05-04-1932 – Public Enemy Number One, Al Capone, was jailed for tax evasion.
  • 05-04-1961 – Civil rights activists, called “freedom riders,” left Washington, DC for New Orleans.
  • 05-04-1970 – Four Kent State University students were shot down by National Guard members during an anti-Vietnam War demonstration.
  • 05-04-1998 – The Unabomber, Ted Kaczynski, was sentenced to four life terms plus 30 years for his series of bombings that killed three and injured 23.
  • 05-05-1809 – Mary Kies of South Killingly, Conn., became the first woman to be granted a patent. The patent was for the rights to a technique for weaving straw with silk and thread.
  • 05-05-1821 – Napoleon Bonaparte died on the island of St. Helena.
  • 05-05-1891 – Carnegie Hall (then known as Music Hall) opened in New York City. Peter Tchaikovsky was the guest conductor.
  • 05-05-1925 – John Scopes was arrested in Tennessee for teaching Darwinism.
  • 05-05-1961 – Alan Shepard became the first American in space.
  • 05-05-2004 – Pablo Picasso’s “Boy with a Pipe” became the most expensive painting ever sold.
  • 05-06-1882 – Congress passed the Chinese Exclusion Act over President Chester A. Arthur’s veto.
  • 05-06-1889 – The Universal Exposition opened in Paris, marking the completion and dedication of the Eiffel Tower.
  • 05-06-1937 – The German airship Hindenburg blew up and burst into flames at Lakehurst, N.J.
  • 05-06-1941 – Dictator Joseph Stalin became the premier of Russia.
  • 05-06-1999 – Scotland elected its first separate parliament in three centuries.
IN THE NEWS:
REVIEWED AND FIRST CHAPTERS:
  • John Lukacs: Who Put the ‘Cold’ in Cold War? GEORGE KENNAN A Study of CharacterNYT, 4-29-07
  • John Lukacs: GEORGE KENNAN A Study of Character, First Chapter – NYT, 4-29-07
  • Hermione Lee: Portrait of a Lady EDITH WHARTONNYT, 4-29-07
  • George F. Kennan: Subject of a short biography by John Lukacs – National Interest, 4-26-07
  • Hermione Lee: An American Original A comprehensive life of Edith Wharton, the sharp-eyed chronicler of high society EDITH WHARTONWaPo, 4-29-07
  • Darrin M. McMahon on Jennifer Michael Hecht: Ah, the Good Life A historian’s skeptical view of how we find satisfaction in life THE HAPPINESS MYTH Why What We Think Is Right Is Wrong: A History of What Really Makes Us HappyWaPo, 4-29-07
  • Andrew Schocket: Corporations part of U.S. ‘policy DNA,’ says BGSU historian – Press Release — Bowling Green, 4-25-07
  • Robert Dallek: Bush compared with Nixon & Kissinger – NYT, 4-24-07
OP-ED:
INTERVIEWED:
FEATURE:
QUOTED:
  • Fredrik Logevall quoted in “Iraq War Called Riskier Than Vietnam”: He hears the argument frequently from both supporters and opponents of the Iraq war, but he doesn’t buy it, because it rests on predictions rather than facts. Although both conflicts were “wars of choice” that frustrated and angered Americans, Vietnam caused far more death and destruction, he said. “It’s hard to see how it’s worse at present,” he concluded. – Free Internet Press, NY, 4-29-07
  • Andrew J. Bacevich on “Iraq War Called Riskier Than Vietnam”: “Those who argue about Iraq being worse than Vietnam tend to make those worst-case assumptions.” – Free Internet Press, NY, 4-29-07
SPOTTED & SPEAKING EVENTS CALENDAR:
HONORED, AWARDED, AND APPOINTMENTS:
  • Award-winning historian Michael Beschloss will deliver the commencement address at Lafayette College and receive an honorary Doctor of Letters degree – The Express Times, PA, 4-26-07
ON TV: History Listings This Week:

  • C-Span2, Book TV : Walter Isaacson, Einstein: His Life and Universe on Sunday, April 29 at 8:00 pm C-Span2, BookTV
  • C-Span2, Book TV : Encore Booknotes: David Halberstam, The Fifties on Monday, April 23 at 2:00 am C-Span2, BookTV
  • PBS: The American Experience: “The Mormons” Monday, April 30, 2007 at 9pm ET – PBS
  • History Channel: “Countdown to Armageddon :Countdown to Armageddon.” Sunday, April 29, @ 8pm ET/PT
  • History Channel: “The Antichrist :Part 1″ Sunday, April 29, @ 10pm ET/PT
  • History Channel: “Organized Crime: A World History :Russia.” Monday, April 30, @ 3pm ET/PT
  • History Channel: “Organized Crime: A World History :China.,” Monday, April 30, @ 4pm ET/PT
  • History Channel: “Organized Crime: A World History :Colombia,” Monday, April 30, @ 5pm ET/PT
  • History Channel: “Cities Of The Underworld :01 – Hitler’s Underground Lair,” Monday, April 30, @ 9pm ET/PT
  • History Channel: “Digging For The Truth :King Tut: Secrets Revealed,” Monday, April 30, @ 10pm ET/PT
  • History Channel: “Digging For The Truth :Atlantis: New Revelations,” Tuesday, May 1, @ 2pm ET/PT
  • History Channel: “Digging For The Truth :The Real Temple of Doom.,” Tuesday, May 1, @ 4pm ET/PT
  • History Channel: “History’s Mysteries :Mysteries on the High Seas,” Tuesday, May 1, @ 5pm ET/PT
  • History Channel: “Man, Moment, Machine :Hunting Bonnie & Clyde.,” Tuesday, May 1, @ 10pm ET/PT
  • History Channel: “Barbarians II :Vandals,” Wednesday, May 2, @ 2pm ET/PT
  • History Channel: “Barbarians II :Saxons,” Wednesday, May 3, @ 3pm ET/PT
  • History Channel: “Modern Marvels :Pirate Tech,” Wednesday, May 2, @ 6pm ET/PT
  • History Channel: “Modern Marvels :Deep Sea Salvage,” Wednesday, May 2, @ 10pm ET/PT
  • History Channel: “Special :Eighty Acres of Hell,” Thursday, May 3, @ 2pm ET/PT
  • History Channel: “Horrors at Andersonville Prison: The Trial of Henry Wirz,” Thursday, May 3, @ 5pm ET/PT
  • History Channel: “Modern Marvels :Guns of the Civil War,” Thursday, May 3, @ 6pm ET/PT
  • History Channel: “Spider-Man Tech,” Thursday, May 3, @ 8pm ET/PT
  • History Channel: “Night of the Long Knives,” Friday, May 4, @ 6pm ET/PT
  • History Channel: “Julius Caesar’s Greatest Battle,” Friday, May 4, @ 8pm ET/PT
  • History Channel: “Dogfights :10 – Hunt for The Bismarck,” Friday, May 4, @ 9pm ET/PT
  • History Channel: “Modern Marvels” Marathon, Saturday, May 5, @ 1-5pm ET/PT
  • History Channel: “Sherman’s March,” Saturday, May 5, @ 5pm ET/PT
  • History Channel: “Quest for Dragons,” Saturday, May 5, @ 8pm ET/PT
  • History Channel: “The States :03 – New York, Louisiana, Oregon, New Mexico, Vermont,” Saturday, May 5, @ 10pm ET/PT
SELLING BIG (NYT):
  • Walter Isaacson: EINSTEIN HIS LIFE AND UNIVERSE #1 (2 weeks on list) – 5-6-07
NEW ON THE WEB:
FUTURE RELEASES:
  • Peter Heather: The Fall of the Roman Empire: A New History of Rome and the Barbarians, (Oxford University Press), May 2007
  • Nancy Isenberg: Fallen Founder: The Life of Aaron Burr, (Penguin Group (USA)), May 10, 2007
  • Jean Edward Smith, FDR, (Random House Publishing Group), May 15, 2007
  • Robert Service: Comrades!: A History of World Communism, (Harvard University Press), May 15, 2007
  • Kieran Doherty: Sea Venture: Shipwreck, Survival, and the Salvation of the First English Colony in the New World, (St. Martin’s Press), May 15 2007
  • Susan Dunn: Dominion of Memories: Jefferson, Madison, and the Decline of Virginia, (Perseus Publishing), May 2007
  • Ronald Reagan: The Reagan Diaries, (HarperCollins Publishers), May 22, 2007
  • Elizabeth Drew: Richard M. Nixon: The 37th President, 1969-1974, (Times Books), May 28, 2007
  • Kevin P. Spicer: Antisemitism, Christian Ambivalence, and the Holocaust (Indiana University Press), May 28, 2007
  • Gabor Boritt (Editor): Slavery, Resistance, Freedom, (Oxford University Press, USA), June 2007
  • William C. Davis: Virginia at War 1862 (Editor) (University Press of Kentucky), June 2007
  • Jack Valenti: This Time, This Place: My Life in War, the White House, and Hollywood, (Crown Publishing Group), June 5, 2007
  • Steve Vogel: The Pentagon: A History, (Random House Publishing Group), June 5, 2007
  • Amity Shlaes: The Forgotten Man: A New History of the Great Depression, HarperCollins Publishers, June 12, 2007
  • Orville Vernon Burton: The Age of Lincoln, (Farrar, Straus and Giroux), June 12, 2007
  • Brian K. Bugge: The Mystique of Conspiracy: Oswald, Castro, and the CIA, (Provocative Ideas), June 28, 2007
  • Kathryn C. Statler: Replacing France: The Origins of American Intervention in Vietnam, (University Press of Kentucky) July 28, 2007
DEPARTED:

Posted on Sunday, April 29, 2007 at 9:46 PM

April 23, 2007

BIGGEST STORIES:
    Ken Burns: PBS clarifies that Burns won’t re-cut ‘The War’ – WaPo, 4-19-07

  • Ken Burns: Library of Congress, PBS, and Ken Burns Team Up to Gather Oral Histories – AHA Blog, 4-19-07
  • Ken Burns: Agrees To Expand Documentary – WaPo, 4-18-07
  • Ken Burns: Hispanic filmmaker to join Burns’ ‘The War’ – AP/MSNBC, 4-17-07
HNN STATS THIS WEEK:
THIS WEEK IN HISTORY:
  • 04-23-1616 – Playwright William Shakespeare died in Stratford-on-Avon, England.
  • 04-23-1969 – Sirhan Sirhan was sentenced to death (later reduced to a life sentence) for the assassination of Robert F. Kennedy.
  • 04-23-2004 – The U.S. resumed diplomatic relations with Libya.
  • 04-24-1800 – Library of Congress was established.
  • 04-24-1898 – Spain declared war on the U.S..
  • 04-24-1915 – Turks began deportation of Armenians that led to the massacre of between 600,000 and 1.5 million Armenians.
  • 04-24-1916 – The Easter Rebellion begins in Dublin, Ireland. Although unsuccessful, the uprising was an important symbolic event leading to the establishment of the Republic of Ireland.
  • 04-24-1953 – Winston Churchill was knighted by Queen Elizabeth II.
  • 04-25-1901 – New York became the first state to require license plates on cars.
  • 04-25-1915 – British, Australian, and New Zealand forces landed at Gallipoli.
  • 04-25-1928 – The first seeing eye dog was presented to Morris S. Frank.
  • 04-25-1945 – Delegates met in San Francisco to organize the United Nations.
  • 04-25-1953 – The Francis Crick and James Watson article describing the double helix of DNA is published in the magazine Nature.
  • 04-25-1992 – Islamic forces took over most of Kabul, Afghanistan after the Soviet-controlled government collapsed.
  • 04-25-2003 – The Georgia legislature voted to scrap the “Confederate flag” design from its state flag.
  • 04-26-1607 – Colonists land at Cape Henry, Va., They would found Jamestown the next month.
  • 04-26-1865 – John Wilkes Booth, Lincoln’s assassin, was surrounded by federal troops in a barn in Virginia. He was shot and killed, either by the soldiers or by his own hand.
  • 04-26-1937 – The German Luftwaffe (air force) destroyed the Spanish town of Guernica.
  • 04-26-1986 – The worst nuclear power plant accident in history occurred at Chernobyl, near Kiev, U.S.S.R.
  • 04-26-1994 – The first multi-racial elections were held in South Africa.
  • 04-26-2000 – Vermont Governor Howard Dean signed the nation’s first bill allowing same-sex couples to form civil unions.
  • 04-27-1521 – Portuguese explorer Ferdinand Magellan was killed in a fight with natives of the Philippines.
  • 04-27-1865 – The worst steamship disaster in the history of the United States occurred when there was an explosion aboard the Sultana; more than 1,400 people were killed.
  • 04-28-1788 – Maryland became the 7th state in the United States.
  • 04-28-1789 – Fletcher Christian led the mutiny aboard the British ship Bounty against Captain William Bligh.
  • 04-28-1945 – Benito Mussolini was executed.
  • 04-28-2004 – The Abu Ghraib prison abuse scandal first comes to light when graphic photos of U.S. soldiers physically abusing and humiliating Iraqi prisoners were shown on CBS’s 60 Minutes II.
  • 04-29-1429 – Joan of Arc entered the city of Orléans. She would end its months-long siege and would become known as the “Maid of Orléans.”
  • 04-29-1916 – The Easter rebellion in Ireland ended with the surrender of Irish nationalists.
  • 04-29-1945 – American soldiers liberated the Dachau concentration cam
  • 04-29-1992 – A Los Angeles jury acquitted four police officers accused of beating Rodney King. Massive rioting and looting ensued.
IN THE NEWS:
REVIEWED AND FIRST CHAPTERS:
  • Marilyn Nissenson: Tabloid Queen THE LADY UPSTAIRS Dorothy Schiff and The New York PostNYT, 4-22-07
  • David Cannadine on Lynne Olson: Their Finest Hour How a group of upstart Tories toppled Neville Chamberlain TROUBLESOME YOUNG MEN The Rebels Who Brought Churchill to Power And Helped Save EnglandWaPo, 4-22-07
  • The Blind Prisoner How a Polish noble survived World War II when other prisoners of war didn’t MICHELANGELO IN RAVENSBRUCK One Woman’s War Against the NazisWaPo, 4-22-07Walter Isaacson on John Lukacs: Cold War Realist GEORGE KENNAN A Study of Character WaPo, 4-22-07
  • Amanda Vaill on Virginia Rounding: Mother Russia A new book focuses on the personal life of the magnificent 18th-century empress CATHERINE THE GREAT Love, Sex,and Power WaPo, 4-22-07
  • Maya Jasanoff on Lynn Hunt: Revolutionary Thought How “all men were created equal” became “self-evident” INVENTING HUMAN RIGHTS A History WaPo, 4-22-07
  • David O. Stewart: The Long Hot Summer and the More Perfect Union THE SUMMER OF 1787: The Men Who Invented the Constitution NYT, 4-20-07
  • Robert Dallek: Parsing the Nixon and Kissinger Pas de Deux Nixon and Kissinger: Partners in PowerNYT, 4-17-07
OP-ED:
PROFILED:
INTERVIEWED:
  • Robert Satloff: A ‘Righteous’ Honor for an Arab Who Saved Jews – NPR, 4-19-07
  • New Set of MLK Papers Sparks Controversy – NPR, 4-7-07
FEATURE:
QUOTED:
SPOTTED & SPEAKING EVENTS CALENDAR:
HONORED, AWARDED, AND APPOINTMENTS:
ON TV:
  • C-Span2, Book TV : History on Book TV: Michael Lerner, “Dry Manhattan: Prohibition in New York City” on Sunday, April 22 at 12:00 pm C-Span2, BookTV
  • C-Span2, Book TV : After Words: After Words: David Pietrusza, author of “1920: The Year of the Six Presidents” interviewed by Ann Compton on Saturday, April 21 at 9:00 pm and Sunday, April 22 at 6:00 pm and at 9:00 pm C-Span2, BookTV
  • C-Span2, Book TV : Public Lives: Debby Applegate, “The Most Famous Man in America: The Biography of Henry Ward Beecher” on Sunday, April 22 at 4:25 pm and Monday, April 23 at 12:45 am C-Span2, BookTV
  • PBS: The American Experience: “Summer of Love” Monday, April 23, 2007 at 9pm ET – PBS
  • History Channel: “Sherman’s March” Sunday, April 22, @ 9pm ET/PT
  • History Channel: “Digging For The Truth :Hunt for the Lost Ark” Monday, April 23, @ 2pm ET/PT
  • History Channel: “Digging For The Truth :The Real Sin City: Sodom & Gomorrah,” Monday, April 23, @ 3pm ET/PT
  • History Channel: “Lost Worlds :Ramses’ Egyptian Empire,” Monday, April 23, @ 4pm ET/PT
  • History Channel: “Lost Worlds :Braveheart’s Scotland,” Monday, April 23, @ 5pm ET/PT
  • History Channel: “Lost Worlds :Hitler’s Supercity,” Monday, April 23, @ 6pm ET/PT
  • History Channel: “Lost Worlds :Knights Templar,” Monday, April 23, @ 7pm ET/PT
  • History Channel: “Cities Of The Underworld :04 – Scotland’s Sin City,” Monday, April 23, @ 9pm ET/PT
  • History Channel: “Digging For The Truth :Atlantis: New Revelation,” Monday, April 23, @ 10pm ET/PT
  • History Channel: “Cities of the Underworld,” Monday, April 16, @ 10pm ET/PT
  • History Channel: “Exorcism: Driving Out the Devil,” Tuesday, April 24, @ 2pm ET/PT
  • History Channel: “Witch Hunt,” Tuesday, April 24, @ 4pm ET/PT
  • History Channel: “Lost Worlds :The Real Dracula,” Tuesday, April 24, @ 6pm ET/PT
  • History Channel: “Modern Marvels :The Alaskan Oil Pipeline,” Tuesday, April 24, @ 7pm ET/PT
  • History Channel: “Ancient Discoveries :15 – Machines of The East,” Tuesday, April 24, @ 9pm ET/PT
  • History Channel: “Man Moment Machine :Alexander the Great and the Devastating Catapult,” Tuesday, April 24, @ 10pm ET/PT
  • History Channel: “Caligula: Reign of Madness,” Tuesday, April 24, @ 11pm ET/PT
  • History Channel: “Gestapo :The Sword Unsheathed,” Wednesday, April 18, @ 2pm ET/PT
  • History Channel: “Barbarians II :Franks,” Wednesday, April 25, @ 3pm ET/PT
  • History Channel: “Barbarians II :Lombards,” Wednesday, April 25, @ 3pm ET/PT
  • History Channel: “Engineering An Empire :The Persians,” Wednesday, April 25, @ 6pm ET/PT
  • History Channel: “Cities Of The Underworld :04 – Scotland’s Sin City,” Wednesday, April 25, @ 11pm ET/PT
  • History Channel: “Ku Klux Klan: A Secret History : Ku Klux Klan: A Secret History,” Thursday, April 26, @ 2pm ET/PT
  • History Channel: “Tales of the FBI :The Bureau vs. the Klan,” Thursday, April 26, @ 4pm ET/PT
  • History Channel: “Shootout :Tet Offensive,” Thursday, April 19, @ 6pm ET/PT
  • History Channel: “Special :Boneyard: Where Machines End Their Lives,” Thursday, April 26, @ 10pm ET/PT
  • History Channel: “Rumrunners, Moonshiners and Bootleggers : Rumrunners, Moonshiners and Bootleggers,” Friday, April 28, @ 2pm ET/PT
  • History Channel: “The Legacy of Al Capone,” Friday, April 20, @ 4pm ET/PT
  • History Channel: “Dogfights :11 – Dogfights of the Middle East,” Friday, April 28, @ 8pm ET/PT
  • History Channel: “Man Moment Machine :Patton and the Desperate Tank Attack,” Friday, April 28, @ 9pm ET/PT
  • History Channel: “Mega Movers” Marathon, Saturday, April 29, @ 1-5pm ET/PT
  • History Channel: “Dogfights: The Greatest Air Battles,” Saturday, April 29, @ 5pm ET/PT
  • History Channel: “Sherman’s March,” Saturday, April 29, @ 8pm ET/PT
  • History Channel: “The States :02 – Texas, Massachusetts, Arkansas, Iowa, Delaware,” Saturday, April 29, @ 10pm ET/PT
SELLING BIG (NYT):
  • Walter Isaacson: EINSTEIN HIS LIFE AND UNIVERSE #1 (1 week on list) – 4-29-07
  • Michael B. Oren: POWER, FAITH, AND FANTASY #33 – 4-29-07
NEW ON THE WEB:
FUTURE RELEASES:
  • Taylor Branch: Book on Bill Clinton Emerges From 8 Years of Tapes – NYT, 3-21-07
  • Jonathan M. Elukin: Living Together, Living Apart: Rethinking Jewish- Christian Relations in the Middle Ages, (Princeton University Press), April 2007
  • Philip Morgan: The Fall of Mussolini: Italians and the War, 1940-1945, (Oxford University Press), April 2007
  • Richard Croker: The Boomer Century 1946-2046: How America’s Most Influential Generation Changed Everything, (Springboard Press), April 2007
  • R. Emmett Tyrrell: The Clinton Crack-Up: The Boy President’s Life After the White House, (Nelson Current), April 2007
  • Stephen F. Hayes: Cheney: A Revealing Portrait of America’s Most Powerful Vice President, (HarperCollins Publishers), April 3, 2007
  • Michael Stephenson: Patriot Battles: How the War of Independence Was Fought (HarperCollins Publishers), April 3, 2007
  • Saul Friedlander: Years of Extermination: Nazi Germany and the Jews, 1939-1945, Vol. 2, (HarperCollins Publishers), April 10, 2007
  • Georgina Howell: Gertrude Bell: Queen of the Desert, Shaper of Nations (Farrar, Straus and Giroux), April 17, 2007
  • Lynne Olson: Troublesome Young Men: The Rebels Who Brought Churchill to Power and Helped Save England, (Farrar, Straus and Giroux), April 17, 2007
  • Robert Dallek: Nixon and Kissinger: Partners in Power, (HarperCollins Publishers), April 24, 2007
  • Orville Vernon Burton: The Age of Lincoln, (Farrar, Straus and Giroux), June 2007
  • Gabor Boritt (Editor): Slavery, Resistance, Freedom, (Oxford University Press, USA), June 2007
  • William C. Davis: Virginia at War 1862 (Editor) (University Press of Kentucky), June 2007
DEPARTED:

Posted on Saturday, April 21, 2007 at 8:54 PM

April 16, 2007

BIGGEST STORIES:
HNN STATS THIS WEEK:
THIS WEEK IN HISTORY:
  • 04-16-1746 – The Jacobite uprising in England ends when Charles “Bonnie Prince Charlie” Stuart is defeated by the Duke of Cumberland.
  • 04-16-1917 – Lenin returned to Russia after 10 years in exile in Switzerland.
  • 04-16-1947 – Financier Bernard Baruch coined the term “cold war” in a speech in South Carolina.
  • 04-16-1972 – China sent President Nixon two giant pandas as a gift.
  • 04-17-1790 – Benjamin Franklin, U.S. patriot, diplomat, and a signer of the Declaration of Independence, died in Philadelphia.
  • 04-17-1895 – The Sino-Japanese War ended with the signing of the Treaty of Shimonoseki.
  • 04-17-1961 – Supported by the U.S. government, 1,500 exiles made the unsuccessful Bay of Pigs invasion in Cuba.
  • 04-17-1969 – Sirhan Sirhan was convicted for the murder of Robert F. Kennedy.
  • 04-17-1970 – The Apollo 13 astronauts safely splashed down after their near-disastrous flight.
  • 04-17-1975 – Phnom Penh fell to the Khmer Rouge, ending the five year Cambodian war.
  • 04-18-1775 – Paul Revere rode from Charlestown to Lexington to warn Massachusetts colonists of the arrival of British troops during the American Revolution.
  • 04-18-1906 – The Great San Francisco Earthquake destroyed over 4 sq mi. and killed over 500 people.
  • 04-18-1978 – The U.S. Senate voted to hand over the Panama Canal to Panamanian control on Dec. 31, 1999.
  • 04-18-2002 – Afghanistan’s former king, Mohammad Zahir Shah, returned after 29 years in exile.
  • 04-19-1775 – The “shot heard around the world” was fired. Colonial Minute Men took on British Army regulars at Lexington and Concord, Mass., starting the American Revolution.
  • 04-19-1824 – Lord Byron died of a fever while helping the Greeks fight the Turks.
  • 04-19-1882 – Naturalist Charles Darwin, developer of the theory of evolution, died.
  • 04-19-1933 – The United States went off the gold standard.
  • 04-19-1943 – The Warsaw ghetto uprising began, one of the first mass rebellions against the Nazis.
  • 04-19-1993 – The siege at Waco, Texas, ended when FBI moved into the Branch Davidian compound with tear gas and cult members set fire to the compound killing over 80 people.
  • 04-19-1995 – The Alfred P. Murrah Federal Building in Oklahoma City, Okla., was destroyed by a car bomb. 168 people, including 19 children were killed in the worst terrorist attack in U.S. history up to that time.
  • 04-19-2005 – Germany’s Cardinal Joseph Ratzinger became Pope Benedict XVI.
  • 04-20-1769 – Ottawa Indian chief Pontiac murdered.
  • 04-20-1841 – The first detective story, Edgar Allen Poe’s Murders in the Rue Morgue was published.
  • 04-20-1971 – The U.S. Supreme Court upheld the practice of busing for racial desegregation.
  • 04-20-1999 – Eric Harris and Dylan Klebold went on a shooting spree at Columbine High School in Littleton, Colo. 14 students (including the shooters) and 1 teacher were killed; 23 others were wounded.
  • 04-21-1836 – Texan army under Sam Houston defeated Mexicans in the Battle of San Jacinto.
  • 04-21-1918 -Baron Manfred von Richthofen, the notorious World War I German flying ace known as the “Red Baron,” was killed in action.
  • 04-21-1975 – South Vietnamese President Nguyen Van Thieu resigned.
  • 04-21-1995 – Timothy McVeigh was arrested in connection with the Oklahoma City bombing.
  • 04-22-1500 – Pedro Alvares Cabral discovered Brazil and claimed it for Portugal.
  • 04-22-1509 – Henry VIII became king of England.
  • 04-22-1864 – Congress authorized the inscription “In God We Trust” on coins minted as U.S. currency.
  • 04-22-1889 – The land rush in Oklahoma began when it was opened to settlers.
  • 04-22-1970 – The first Earth Day was observed.
  • 04-22-1994 – Richard M. Nixon died of a stroke at the age of 81.
  • 04-22-2000 – Armed immigration agents took Elian Gonzalez from the Miami home of his relatives to reunite him with his father.
IN THE NEWS:
REVIEWED AND FIRST CHAPTERS:
  • Edward L. Ayers on Heather Cox Richardson: Inventing the American Mainstream A historian finds the roots of today’s politics in the post-Civil War era WEST FROM APPOMATTOX The Reconstruction of America After the Civil WarWaPo, 4-15-07
  • Hanne Blank: Virgin Territory Is virginity a real condition or was it invented to control women and their sexuality? – VIRGIN The Untouched History WaPo, 4-15-07
  • Chandra Manning: How Civil War soldiers saw slavery From the beginning, men on both sides regarded it as the reason they were fighting, says an impressive history What This Cruel War Was Over Soldiers, Slavery, and the Civil WarPhiladelphia Inquirer, PA, 4-15-07
  • Robert James Maddox: In new book he and others take on the Hiroshima revisionists – Press Release for the Hiroshima in History: The Myths of Revisionism, ed. Robert James Maddox, 4-11-07
  • Historians criticized for writing the book, “How Green Were the Nazis?” – Alex Beam in the Boston Globe (4-10-07)
  • Matthew Sutton: Book by Oakland University historian and a PBS show examine a 20th-Century evangelist’s visual appeal and vast power – Detroit Free Press, 3-31-07
OP-ED:
PROFILED:
INTERVIEWED:
FEATURE:
QUOTED:
  • Titus Brown on “Robinson affected American society Ballplayer’s efforts led to changes across the country”: “Robinson created a sort of picture that all society should be integrated. That’s why we could see a shifting and changing in society in the mid-1950s. Breaking the color barrier did say, ‘Maybe it’s not so bad that you can have an African- American athlete participate in the so-called American sport. I think people started to rethink it after they saw Robinson.” – MLB.com, 4-14-07
  • Julius Thompson on “Robinson affected American society Ballplayer’s efforts led to changes across the country”: “If you break down barriers in one field, it directly impacts others, particularly economic, political and social. So for me, it had implications in all these other areas in advancing civil rights and general human rights in the United States and other countries.” – MLB.com, 4-14-07
  • Warren M. Billing on “Judge-judging commission keeps busy”: John Fournet “really grew into his black robes once he got on the bench in the 1930s. He became one of the foremost advocates in the country for judical reforms. By the time he retired in 1970, the Louisiana Supreme Court was one of the most efficient, well-managed in the nation.” – AP, 4-15-07
  • Robert Friedel on “Night, light: Bulb faces a dim future But don’t flip the switch just yet, even as technology pursues more energy- and cost-efficient forms to brighten our world”: “It’s pretty hard to imagine a world without electric light. In a sense, Edison’s technology spread astonishingly quickly. The electric lights spread more quickly than the digital computer did. We think of the computer accelerating technological change, but, in fact, when it comes to important stuff, not just the marvel of the iPod, the electric light moved much more rapidly.” – Orlando Sentinel, FL, 4-14-07
SPOTTED & SPEAKING EVENTS CALENDAR:
  • Alan Brinkley: Historian Gets Rock Star Treatment at MHS – Larchmont Gazette, NY, 4-12-07
  • Mary Beth Norton: Historian speaks about Salem witch trials – http://www.knoxnews.com, 4-6-07
  • May 2, 2007: James McPherson, Pulitzer prize-winning Civil War historian to speak at Vanderbilt University at 4:30 p.m. in Ingram Hall, is titled “When Will This Cruel War Be Over? The Failure of Peace Negotiations, 1864-1865.” – Vanderbilt University News, TN, 4-4-07
  • April 16, 2007: Pulitzer Prize-Winner Richard Ford at Depauw University for Crain Lecture – DePauw University, IN, 3-23-07
  • April 17, 2007: Peter Gay: To Deliver Klutznick Lecture at Northwestern University – http://www.juf.org, 3-26-07
  • April 18, 2007: Outstanding efforts honored with Heritage Awards the evening’s lecture will be presented by Mark David Hall, a professor at George Fox University’s Department of History and Political Science, Salem Oregon -
  • April 29, 2007: Jerry Apps: The Two Rivers Historical Society invites members and the public to take a look at “The Lighter Side of Life in the Country” during its annual meeting and “hoedown,” starting at 2 p.m. Sunday, April 29, at the Lighthouse Inn, 1515 Memorial Drive, Two Rivers – Herald Times Reporter, WI, 4-12-07
  • Harvey Mansfield: Picked to deliver the 2007 Jefferson Lecture in the Humanities – Website of the National Endowment for the Humanities, 3-22-07
HONORED, AWARDED, AND APPOINTMENTS:
ON TV:
  • C-Span2, Book TV : 2007 Abraham Lincoln Institute Symposium Panel Discussion at Sunday, April 15 at 11:10 pm C-Span2, BookTV
  • PBS: The American Experience: “Jonestown: The Life and Death of Peoples Temple” Monday, April 16, 2007 at 9pm ET – PBS
  • History Channel: “The Kennedy Assassination: Beyond Conspiracy” Sunday, April 15, @ 8pm ET/PT
  • History Channel: “Fort Knox: Secrets Revealed” Sunday, April 15, @ 10pm ET/PT
  • History Channel: “The True Story of Alexander the Great,” Monday, April 16, @ 2pm ET/PT
  • History Channel: “Lost Worlds :The Real Dracula,” Monday, April 16, @ 8pm ET/PT
  • History Channel: “Digging For The Truth :The Aztecs: Of Blood and Sacrifice,” Monday, April 16, @ 9pm ET/PT
  • History Channel: “Digging For The Truth :Lost Empire of Genghis Khaan,” Monday, April 16, @ 10pm ET/PT
  • History Channel: “Cities of the Underworld,” Monday, April 16, @ 10pm ET/PT
  • History Channel: “Decoding The Past : Mysteries of the Bermuda Triangle,” Tuesday, April 17, @ 2pm ET/PT
  • History Channel: “Decoding The Past :Earth’s Black Hole,” Tuesday, April 17, @ 4pm ET/PT
  • History Channel: “Deep Sea Detectives :Great Lakes Ghost Ship,” Tuesday, April 16, @ 6pm ET/PT
  • History Channel: “Decoding The Past :The Other Nostradamus,” Tuesday, April 16, @ 8pm ET/PT
  • History Channel: “Man, Moment, Machine :JFK & the Crisis Crusader,” Tuesday, April 16, @ 10pm ET/PT
  • History Channel: “Gestapo :The Sword Unsheathed,” Wednesday, April 18, @ 2pm ET/PT
  • History Channel: “Gestapo :The Sword Is Shattered,” Wednesday, April 18, @ 4pm ET/PT
  • History Channel: “The Other Tragedy at Pearl Harbor,” Wednesday, April 18, @ 5pm ET/PT
  • History Channel: “Man, Moment, Machine :Doolittle’s Daring Raid.,” Wednesday, April 18, @ 6pm ET/PT
  • History Channel: “The True Story of Killing Pablo,” Thursday, April 19, @ 2pm ET/PT
  • History Channel: “Heroes Under Fire :Escape from Liberia,” Thursday, April 19, @ 5pm ET/PT
  • History Channel: “Shootout :Tet Offensive,” Thursday, April 19, @ 6pm ET/PT
  • History Channel: “Modern Marvels :Tunnels of Vietnam.,” Thursday, April 19, @ 7pm ET/PT
  • History Channel: “Countdown to Armageddon,” Friday, April 20, @ 2pm ET/PT
  • History Channel: “Special: Sodom and Gemorrah,” Friday, April 20, @ 4pm ET/PT
  • History Channel: “Decoding The Past :The Holy Grail,” Friday, April 20, @ 5pm ET/PT
  • History Channel: “The Lost Evidence :19 – Battle of Berlin,” Friday, April 20, @ 8pm ET/PT
  • History Channel: “Band Of Brothers” Marathon, Saturday, April 21, @ 2-5pm ET/PT
  • History Channel: “Jonestown Paradise Lost,” Saturday, April 21, @ 8pm ET/PT
  • History Channel: “The States :01 – California, North Carolina, Kansas, New Hampshire, West Virginia,” Saturday, April 21, @ 10pm ET/PT
  • History Channel: “Sex in the Civil War,” Saturday, April 21, @ 11pm ET/PT
SELLING BIG (NYT):
  • Walter Isaacson: EINSTEIN #24 – 4-22-07
NEW ON THE WEB:
EXHIBITIONS:
  • “The White House Meets the Bulldozer:” A traveling exhibit from the White House Historical Association, on display through April 22 at the Greensboro Public Library gallery. The exhibit covers the Truman restoration. – Greensboro News Record, NC, 3-17-07
FUTURE RELEASES:
  • Taylor Branch: Book on Bill Clinton Emerges From 8 Years of Tapes – NYT, 3-21-07
  • Jonathan M. Elukin: Living Together, Living Apart: Rethinking Jewish- Christian Relations in the Middle Ages, (Princeton University Press), April 2007
  • Philip Morgan: The Fall of Mussolini: Italians and the War, 1940-1945, (Oxford University Press), April 2007
  • Richard Croker: The Boomer Century 1946-2046: How America’s Most Influential Generation Changed Everything, (Springboard Press), April 2007
  • R. Emmett Tyrrell: The Clinton Crack-Up: The Boy President’s Life After the White House, (Nelson Current), April 2007
  • Stephen F. Hayes: Cheney: A Revealing Portrait of America’s Most Powerful Vice President, (HarperCollins Publishers), April 3, 2007
  • Michael Stephenson: Patriot Battles: How the War of Independence Was Fought (HarperCollins Publishers), April 3, 2007
  • Saul Friedlander: Years of Extermination: Nazi Germany and the Jews, 1939-1945, Vol. 2, (HarperCollins Publishers), April 10, 2007
  • Georgina Howell: Gertrude Bell: Queen of the Desert, Shaper of Nations (Farrar, Straus and Giroux), April 17, 2007
  • Lynne Olson: Troublesome Young Men: The Rebels Who Brought Churchill to Power and Helped Save England, (Farrar, Straus and Giroux), April 17, 2007
  • Robert Dallek: Nixon and Kissinger: Partners in Power, (HarperCollins Publishers), April 24, 2007
  • Orville Vernon Burton: The Age of Lincoln, (Farrar, Straus and Giroux), June 2007
  • Gabor Boritt (Editor): Slavery, Resistance, Freedom, (Oxford University Press, USA), June 2007
  • William C. Davis: Virginia at War 1862 (Editor) (University Press of Kentucky), June 2007
DEPARTED:

Posted on Sunday, April 15, 2007 at 6:58 PM

April 9, 2007

BIGGEST STORIES:
HNN STATS THIS WEEK:
THIS WEEK IN HISTORY: This Week in History:

  • 04-02-1513 – Spanish explorer Juan Ponce de Leon landed in Florida.
  • 04-02-1792 – Congress authorized the first U.S. mint, in Philadelphia.
  • 04-02-1865 – Confederate president Jefferson Davis and most of his cabinet fled the Confederate capital of Richmond, Va.
  • 04-02-1870 – Victoria Claflin Woodhull announced her candidacy for president of the United States.
  • 04-02-1917 – President Woodrow Wilson asked Congress to declare war against Germany.
  • 04-02-1932 – Charles Lindbergh paid a $50,000 ransom for the return of his kidnapped son.
  • 04-02-1982 – Argentina seized the Falkland Islands from Britain
  • 04-02-2005 – Pope John Paul II died.
  • 04-03-1882 – Outlaw Jesse James was shot in the back by Bob Ford, one of his own gang members, reportedly for a $10,000 reward.
  • 04-03-1936 – Bruno Hauptmann was electrocuted for the kidnapping and murder of the Lindbergh baby.
  • 04-03-1948 – President Truman signed the Marshall Plan, which would foster the recovery of war-torn Europe.
  • 04-04-1818 – Congress adopted a U.S. flag with one star for each state.
  • 04-04-1841 – President William Henry Harrison died from pneumonia, one month after his inauguration.
  • 04-04-1945 – The Ohrdruf death camp was liberated from Nazi occupation.
  • 04-04-1949 – The treaty establishing the North Atlantic Treaty Organization (NATO) was signed.
  • 04-04-1968 – Martin Luther King, Jr., was assassinated.
  • 04-04-1973 – The ribbon was cut to open the World Trade Center in New York City.
  • 04-05-1614 – Pocahontas married John Rolfe.
  • 04-05-1792 – George Washington cast the first presidential veto.
  • 04-05-1887 – Anne Sullivan makes the breakthrough to Helen Keller by spelling “water” in the manual alphabet.
  • 04-05-1951 – Julius and Ethel Rosenberg were sentenced to death for giving away atomic secrets to the Russians.
  • 04-05-1955 – Winston Churchill resigned as prime minister of Britain.
  • 04-06-1862 – The Battle of Shiloh in the American Civil War began.
  • 04-06-1896 – First modern Olympic Games opened in Athens, Greece.
  • 04-06-1917 – U.S. declared war on Germany and entered World War I.
  • 04-06-1994 – The presidents of Rwanda and Burundi were killed in a plane crash.
  • 04-07-1862 – Gen. Ulysses S. Grant defeated the Confederates at the battle of Shiloh.
  • 04-07-1913 – 5,000 suffragists march to the Capitol in Washington, D.C. , seeking the vote for women.
  • 04-07-1927 – U.S. secretary of commerce Herbert Hoover’s Washington speech was seen and heard in New York in the first long-distance television transmission.
  • 04-07-1948 – The World Health Organization, a UN agency, was founded.
  • 04-07-1994 – Hutu extremists in Rwanda began massacring ethnic Tutsis and politically moderate Hutus. In 100 days of killing, an estimated 800,000 are murdered.
  • 04-08-1513 – Ponce de León claimed Florida for Spain.
  • 04-08-1913 – The 17th Amendment was ratified, requiring the direct election of U.S. senators by popular vote rather than by the state legislators.
  • 04-08-1935 – The Works Progress Administration (WPA) was approved by Congress to help alleviate joblessness during the Great Depression.
  • 04-08-1946 – The League of Nations assembled for the last time.
  • 04-09-1731 – Robert Jenkins’s ear was cut off, sparking the War of Jenkins’s Ear between Spain and England.
  • 04-09-1865 – Gen. Robert E. Lee surrendered to Gen. Ulysses S. Grant at Appomattox Court House.
  • 04-09-1942 – American and Philippine troops on Bataan were overwhelmed by Japanese forces during World War II. The “Bataan Death March” began soon after.
  • 04-09-1959 – NASA announced the selection of America’s first astronauts, including Alan Shepard and John Glenn.
  • 04-09-1963 – Winston Churchill became the first honorary U.S. citizen.
  • 04-09-1992 – Former Panamanian ruler Manuel Noriega was convicted of drug and racketeering charges.
  • 04-09-2003 – American Marines pulled down Saddam Hussein’s statue in Baghdad after U.S. commanders declared his rule ended.
  • 04-10-1790 – The U.S. patent system was formed.
  • 04-10-1866 – The American Society for Prevention of Cruelty to Animals (ASPCA) was chartered.
  • 04-10-1912 – Titanic set sail on its fateful voyage.
  • 04-10-1970 – Paul McCartney announced the official split of the Beatles.
  • 04-10-1974 – Israeli prime minister Golda Meir announced her resignation.
  • 04-10-1998 – The Northern Ireland “Good Friday Accord” was reached.
  • 04-11-1814 – Napoleon was exiled to the island of Elba.
  • 04-11-1899 – The treaty ending the Spanish-American War took effect.
  • 04-11-1945 – Allies liberated Buchenwald concentration camp.
  • 04-11-1951 – President Harry Truman fired General Douglas McArthur.
  • 04-11-1968 – President Lyndon B. Johnson signed the 1968 Civil Rights Act.
  • 04-11-1979 – Ugandan dictator Idi Amin was overthrown.
  • 04-11-1981 – President Ronald Reagan returned to the White House after he was shot in an assassination attempt.
  • 04-12-1861 – The Civil War began when Fort Sumter was attacked.
  • 04-12-1862 – James J. Andrews led the raiding party that stole the Confederate locomotive “The General,” inspiring the 1926 Buster Keaton movie.
  • 04-12-1945 – President Franklin Roosevelt died.
  • 04-12-1961 – Soviet cosmonaut Yuri A. Gagarin became the first human in space and also the first human to orbit the earth in a spacecraft.
  • 04-12-1999 – Arkansas federal judge Susan Webber Wright found President Clinton in contempt of court for lying about his relationship with Monica Lewinsky.
  • 04-13-1598 – The Edict of Nantes gave religious tolerance to the Huguenots in France.
  • 04-13-1964 – Sidney Poitier became the first African American to win the Academy Award for best actor.
  • 04-13-1970 – Apollo 13 announced “Houston, we’ve got a problem,” when an oxygen tank burst on the way to the Moon.
  • 04-13-1975 – Civil War began in Lebanon when gunmen killed 4 Christian Phalangists who retaliated by killing 27 Palestinians.
  • 04-14-1775 – Benjamin Rush was among those who founded the first American antislavery society.
  • 04-14-1828 – Noah Webster copyrighted the first edition of his dictionary.
  • 04-14-1860 – The first pony express rider reached his destination of San Francisco. He left St. Joseph, Mo., on April 3.
  • 04-14-1865 – Abraham Lincoln was assassinated by John Wilkes Booth.
  • 04-14-1912 – Titanic hit the iceberg that would sink her the next morning.
  • 04-15-1861 – In response to the attack on Fort Sumter three days earlier, President Abraham Lincoln declared a state of insurrection and called out Union troops.
  • 04-15-1912 – Titanic sank off the coast of Newfoundland on its maiden voyage after it struck an iceberg.
  • 04-15-1920 – A paymaster and guard were murdered in Braintree, Mass. Sacco and Vanzetti were accused of the crime.
  • 04-15-1945 – Nazi concentration camp Bergen-Belsen was liberated by Canadian and British forces.
IN THE NEWS:
REVIEWED AND FIRST CHAPTERS:
  • JEFFREY FELDMAN: Framing the Debate, First Chapter – NYT 4-8-07
  • JEFFREY FELDMAN: Magic Words Framing the DebateNYT 4-8-07
  • Kevin Boyle on Elliot Jaspin: Ethnic Cleansing, American Style A reporter explores forgotten expulsions of blacks from their hometowns BURIED IN THE BITTER WATERS The Hidden History of Racial Cleansing in America WaPo, 4-8-07
  • Joseph J. Ellis on Hugh Brogan: Democracy’s Prophet How a young 19th-century French aristocrat grasped America’s character ALEXIS DE TOCQUEVILLE A LifeWaPo, 4-1-07
  • James T. Campbell on Karolyn Smardz Frost, Mary Kay Ricks: Bound for Freedom Celebrating the courage and ingenuity of the Underground Railroad – WaPo, 4-1-07
  • Robert Dallek: New book says Kissinger kept Nixon in the dark on Yom Kippur War – Reuters, 4-2-07
  • Morton Smith: Did the late historian make-up a fake “secret gospel”? – Peter Steinfels in the NYT, 3-31-07
OP-ED:
PROFILED:
INTERVIEWED:
FEATURE:
QUOTED:
  • Frederick Kagan Says US is undermining the Mahdi militia: “Sure, those guys are going to get out of the line of fire. They’ll wait and see what happens and then design a way to come back and attack the U.S. position with tactics more favorable to them.We have not been allowing (the al-Mahdi Army) to lay low. We have been picking off the leaders in their senior organization. We have established a joint security station. That means we are operating on their home turf and tripping their networks.” – Fox News, 3-26-07
  • Bruce Cumings: U.S. historian says Korean unification unlikely while Kim Jong-il is in power – Yonhap News, South Korea, 3-27-07
SPOTTED & SPEAKING EVENTS CALENDAR:
HONORED, AWARDED, AND APPOINTMENTS:
ON TV: History Listings This Week:

  • C-Span2, Book TV : Book TV presents James McPherson “This Mighty Scourge: Perspectives on the Civil War” at Sunday, April 8 at 7:00 pm and Monday, April 9 at 2:00 am C-Span2, BookTV
  • C-Span2, Book TV : Book TV presents William Marvel “Mr. Lincoln Goes to War” at Sunday, April 8 at 8:00 pm and Monday, April 9 at 3:00 am C-Span2, BookTV
  • C-Span2, Book TV : Book TV presents Presidential Biography Panel with David Greenberg, “Calvin Coolidge”; Ira Rutkow, “James Garfield”; and Sean Wilentz, “Andrew Jackson” at Sunday, April 8 at 10:25 pm C-Span2, BookTV
  • PBS: The American Experience: “Jonestown: The Life and Death of Peoples Temple” Monday, April 16, 2007 at 9pm ET – PBS
  • History Channel: “Jesus of Nazareth” Sunday, April 8, @ 11am-7pm ET/PT
  • History Channel: “Banned from The Bible Part 1 and 2″ Sunday, April 8, @ 7pm ET/PT
  • History Channel: “Banned from The Bible II” Sunday, April 8, @ 9pm ET/PT
  • History Channel: “Breaking Vegas,” Monday, April 9, @ 2pm ET/PT
  • History Channel: “Dead Reckoning :Tracings in Blood,” Monday, April 9, @ 4pm ET/PT
  • History Channel: “Digging For The Truth :Lost Treasures of the Copper Scroll,” Monday, April 9, @ 9pm ET/PT
  • History Channel: “Decoding The Past :Mayan Doomsday Prophecy,” Monday, April 9, @ 10pm ET/PT
  • History Channel: “Street Gangs: A Secret History,” Tuesday, April 10, @ 2pm ET/PT
  • History Channel: “The Big House :Attica Prison,” Tuesday, April 10, @ 4pm ET/PT
  • History Channel: “Special :Meteors: Fire in the Sky,” Tuesday, April 10, @ 8pm ET/PT
  • History Channel: “Civil War Terror,” Wednesday, April 11, @ 2pm ET/PT
  • History Channel: “Investigating History :Billy the Kid,” Wednesday, April 11, @ 4pm ET/PT
  • History Channel: “Inside the Volcano,” Thursday, April 12, @ 2pm ET/PT
  • History Channel: “Modern Marvels :Walt Disney World,” Friday, April 13, @ 2pm ET/PT
  • History Channel: “Dpgfights” Marathon, Saturday, April 14, @ 2-5pm ET/PT
  • History Channel: “Tora, Tora, Tora: The Real Story of Pearl Harbor,” Saturday, April 14, @ 5pm ET/PT
SELLING BIG (NYT):
  • Walter Isaacson: EINSTEIN #34 – 4-15-07
NEW ON THE WEB:
  • U.S. Intellectual History blog: The editors of the weblog post news and information, short essays, book reviews and provocative conversation-starting questions, all in the area of U.S. intellectual history. – http://www.us-intellectual-history.blogspot.com
EXHIBITIONS:
  • “The White House Meets the Bulldozer:” A traveling exhibit from the White House Historical Association, on display through April 22 at the Greensboro Public Library gallery. The exhibit covers the Truman restoration. – Greensboro News Record, NC, 3-17-07
FUTURE RELEASES:
  • Taylor Branch: Book on Bill Clinton Emerges From 8 Years of Tapes – NYT, 3-21-07
  • Jonathan M. Elukin: Living Together, Living Apart: Rethinking Jewish- Christian Relations in the Middle Ages, (Princeton University Press), April 2007
  • Philip Morgan: The Fall of Mussolini: Italians and the War, 1940-1945, (Oxford University Press), April 2007
  • Richard Croker: The Boomer Century 1946-2046: How America’s Most Influential Generation Changed Everything, (Springboard Press), April 2007
  • R. Emmett Tyrrell: The Clinton Crack-Up: The Boy President’s Life After the White House, (Nelson Current), April 2007
  • Stephen F. Hayes: Cheney: A Revealing Portrait of America’s Most Powerful Vice President, (HarperCollins Publishers), April 3, 2007
  • Michael Stephenson: Patriot Battles: How the War of Independence Was Fought (HarperCollins Publishers), April 3, 2007
  • Saul Friedlander: Years of Extermination: Nazi Germany and the Jews, 1939-1945, Vol. 2, (HarperCollins Publishers), April 10, 2007
  • Georgina Howell: Gertrude Bell: Queen of the Desert, Shaper of Nations (Farrar, Straus and Giroux), April 17, 2007
  • Lynne Olson: Troublesome Young Men: The Rebels Who Brought Churchill to Power and Helped Save England, (Farrar, Straus and Giroux), April 17, 2007
  • Robert Dallek: Nixon and Kissinger: Partners in Power, (HarperCollins Publishers), April 24, 2007
  • Orville Vernon Burton: The Age of Lincoln, (Farrar, Straus and Giroux), June 2007
  • Gabor Boritt (Editor): Slavery, Resistance, Freedom, (Oxford University Press, USA), June 2007
  • William C. Davis: Virginia at War 1862 (Editor) (University Press of Kentucky), June 2007
DEPARTED:

Posted on Sunday, April 8, 2007 at 3:21 PM

History Buzz: March 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.

March 26, 2007

PRESIDENTIAL CAMPAIGN 2008 WATCH:
    Presidential Campaign 2008 Watch

  • Robert Dallek on “Revealing All Before Anyone Else Can”: “The public has greater sympathy now for someone in politics who is struggling with health concerns. People in this country: they go through divorces, they have their psychological and health problems. They want to see that in their candidates, too.” – NYT, 3-25-07
  • Matthew Dallek on “Nowadays, a Candidate Can Seem Too Experienced”: “You would think that post-9/11, there would be this almost World War II idea of the federal government as functional and wise, protecting us with its focus on the greatest threats. But people still have that general anti-Washington feeling, and the sense that Washington still doesn’t work.” – NYT, 3-18-07
  • Joan Hoff on “Romney birthday shows GOP age spread”: “I think we’re expecting people to run for president in their 50s and 60s. By that time, they’ve had other life experiences that make people think they’re seasoned and experienced. McCain is past that mark, and by the same token, age may be a factor against Barack Obama, although a lot of other things go along with his age, including his relative lack of experience.” – AP, 3-11-07
  • Steve Gillon on “Presidential candidates reflect changing face of America”: “Presidential elections won’t lead the way; they’ll follow the change. In our presidential elections, we tend to elect figures who are reassuring. . The election of a woman president or an African-American president will be the last hurdle, not the first.” – USA Today, 3-12-07
  • Douglas Brinkley on “Family Strains: Do They Really Effect Presidential Candidates?”: “It’s a real first strike against the candidate, puts them in a deep dark hole right off the bat.” – ABC News, 3-6-07
  • Gil Troy on “Senator Clinton wants to be known simply as ‘Hillary’”: “There are very few people in our popular culture universe who are defined by one name — Cher, Oprah, Madonna. If you are up in that stratosphere, like Hillary Clinton is, why not play to your strength and exploit that for all its worth. I think it emphasizes the fact that — let’s not kid ourselves — hers has been a celebrity candidacy from the start. She is very much cashing in her celebrity chips and running.” – Canada.com, 3-1-07
BIGGEST STORIES:
  • Theodore C. Sorensen: Arthur M. Schlesinger, Jr., 1917-2007 An appreciation of the historian, activist and writer who played a central role in defining modern American liberalism – American Prospecf, 04-04-07
HNN STATS THIS WEEK:
THIS WEEK IN HISTORY: This Week in History:

  • 03-26-1945 – The battle of Iwo Jima ended; about 22,000 Japanese troops were killed or captured in the fighting and more than 4,500 U.S. troops were killed.
  • 03-26-1979 – In a ceremony at the White House, President Sadat of Egypt and Prime Minister Begin of Israel signed a peace treaty ending 30 years of war between the two countries.
  • 03-26-1982 – Groundbreaking ceremonies for the Vietnam Veterans Memorial took place in Washington, DC.
  • 03-26-2000 – Vladimir Putin was elected president of Russia.
  • 03-27-1794 – Congress authorizes the construction of six frigates, including the Constitution (Old Ironsides), for the U.S. Navy.
  • 03-27-1866 – President Andrew Johnson vetoed a civil rights bill which later became the 14th amendment.
  • 03-27-1958 – Nikita Khrushchev became Soviet premier and first secretary of the Communist Party.
  • 03-28-1797 – Nathaniel Briggs patented a washing machine.
  • 03-28-1939 – The Spanish Civil War ended.
  • 03-29-1867 – The North America Act was passed by the British parliament, creating the dominion of Canada.
  • 03-29-1951 – Julius and Ethel Rosenberg were found guilty of passing atomic secrets to the Russians and were sentenced to death.
  • 03-29-1971 – Lt. William Calley was convicted of murdering 22 Vietnamese civilians in the My Lai massacre.
  • 03-29-1973 – The last U.S. troops left South Vietnam.
  • 03-30-1856 – The Treaty of Paris was signed, ending the Crimean War.
  • 03-30-1867 – A treaty for the purchase of Alaska from Russia for the sum of $7.2 million, approximately two cents an acre, was submitted to the U.S. Senate.
  • 03-30-1870 – The 15th Amendment to the U.S. Constitution went into effect, guaranteeing the right to vote regardless of race.
  • 03-30-1981 – President Ronald Reagan was shot in the chest by John Hinckley as he left a Washington hotel.
  • 03-31-1492 – Queen Isabella and King Ferdinand of Spain expelled Jews who would not accept Christianity.
  • 03-31-1889 – The Eiffel Tower in Paris officially opened.
  • 03-31-1917 – The United States took possession of the Virgin Islands.
  • 03-31-1918 – Daylight Saving Time went into effect in the United States.
  • 03-31-1949 – Newfoundland became Canada’s tenth province.
  • 03-31-1959 – The Dalai Lama, fleeing Chinese repression of an uprising in Tibet, arrived at the Indian border and was granted political asylum.
  • 03-31-1968 – President Lyndon Johnson announced that he would not run for re-election
  • 04-01-1789 – Frederick Muhlenberg of Pennsylvania was elected the first Speaker of the House of Representatives.
  • 04-01-1933 – The Nazi persecution of Jews began in Germany with a boycott of Jewish businesses.
  • 04-01-1945 – American forces landed on Okinawa during World War II.
  • 04-01-1970 – President Nixon signed a bill into law banning cigarette ads from radio and television.
  • 04-01-1979 – Ayatollah Khomeini proclaimed the establishment of the Islamic Republic of Iran.
  • 04-01-2003 – Pvt. Jessica Lynch was rescued by U.S. commandos in a raid on an Iraqi hospital.
  • 04-01-2004 – President Bush signed the “Laci Peterson” bill making it a separate federal crime to harm a fetus during an attack on the mother.
IN THE NEWS:
REVIEWED AND FIRST CHAPTERS:
OP-ED:
  • Eric Alterman: In a spat with a name-calling Joe Klein –