History Buzz: May 2006

History Buzz

By Bonnie K. Goodman

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

May 29, 2006

HNN STATS THIS WEEK:
THIS WEEK IN HISTORY:
  • 05-29-1453 – Constantinople falls to Muhammad II (Turks); ends Byzantine Empire
  • 05-29-1849 – Lincoln says “You can fool some of the people all of the time, & of people some of time, but you can’t fool all of the people all of time”
  • 05-29-1905 – Pogrom against Jewish community in Brisk Lithuania
  • 05-30-1783 – Benjamin Tower of Phila publishes 1st daily newspaper in US
  • 05-30-1854 – Kansas-Nebraska Act repealed Missouri Compromise opens north slavery
  • 05-30-1868 – Memorial Day 1st observed when 2 women in Columbus Mississippi placed flowers on both Confederate & Union graves
  • 05-30-1922 – Lincoln Memorial dedicated
  • 05-30-1937 – Memorial Day Massacre – Chicago police shoot on union marchers, 10 die
  • 05-30-1965 – Viet Cong offensive against US base Da Nang, begins
  • 05-30-1965 – Vivian Malone, is 1st black to graduate from University of Alabama
  • 05-31-1531 – “Women’s Revolt” in Amsterdam: wool house in churchyard aborted
  • 05-31-1665 – Jerusalem’s rabbi Shabatai Tsvi proclaims himself Messiah
  • 05-31-1868 – 1st Memorial Day parade held in Ironton, Ohio
  • 05-31-1942 – Luftwaffe bombs Canterbury
  • 05-31-1955 – Supreme Court orders school integration “with all deliberate speed”
  • 06-01-1774 – Boston Port Bill: British govt orders Port of Boston closed
  • 06-01-1862 – Gen Lee assumes command after Joe Johnston is injured at 7 Pines
  • 06-01-1862 – Slavery abolished in all US possessions
  • 06-02-1851 – 1st US alcohol prohibition law enacted (Maine)
  • 06-02-1863 – Harriet Tubman leads Union guerrillas into Maryland, freeing slaves
  • 06-03-1621 – Dutch West India Company receives charter for “New Netherlands” (NY)
  • 06-03-1861 – 1st Civil War land battle-Union defeats Confederacy at Philippi, WV
  • 06-03-1946 – US Supreme court rules race separation on buses, unconstitutional
  • 06-03-1972 – Sally J. Priesand becomes 1st female US rabbi
  • 06-04-1845 – Mexican-US war starts
BIGGEST STORIES:
IN THE NEWS:
REVIEWED AND FIRST CHAPTERS:
OP-ED:
PROFILED:
INTERVIEWED:
  • Larry Schweikart: Interviewed about his new book … America’s Victories: Why the U.S. Wins Wars and Will Win the War on Terror – frontpagemag.com, 5-25-06
QUOTED:
  • Bruce Cumings at the UCLA Center for Korean Studies panel discussion on May 13, 2006: “U.S.-Korean relations are a “at a low. Right now, the Six Party Talks [among the United States, North Korea, South Korea, Japan, China, and Russia] are largely suspended….This administration has no consensus on how to treat North Korea.” – UCLA International Institute, 5-24-06
  • Julian Zelizer on US Rep. William Jefferson, accused of accepting bribes: “Like ABSCAM, the Jefferson case does seem to be an egregious case of corruption. Congress’s best response would probably be to police itself more effectively, rather than claim the executive is violating ‘balance of power,'” – Christian Science Monitor, 5-24-06
SPOTTED:
ON TV:
  • History Channel: “Band of Brothers” Marathon, Sunday, May 28, @ 4-11pm ET/PT
  • C-Span2, BookTV: After Words: Richard Brookhiser interviewed by John Splaine, Sunday, May 28 @ 6:00 pm
  • C-Span2, BookTV: General Assignment: Anthony Arthur Upton Sinclair’s The Jungle Sunday, May 28 @ 10:00 pm C-Span2, BookTV
  • C-Span2, BookTV: Robert Remini, Book Party for “The House: A History of the House of Representatives,” Monday, May 29 @ 6:30 am and Tuesday, May 30 @ 12:35 am C-Span2, BookTV
  • History Channel: “Band of Brothers” Marathon, Monday, May 29, @ 8:30am-1:30pm continuing 2pm-7:30pm ET/PT
  • C-Span2, BookTV: Michael Kazin, A Godly Hero: The Life of William Jennings Bryan, , Monday, May 29 @ 3:45pm C-Span2, BookTV
  • History Channel: “Behind The Da Vinci Code,” Monday, May 29, @ 7:30pm ET/PT
  • History Channel: “Washington the Warrior,” Monday, May 29, @ 9pm ET/PT — Warrior’ a fresh look at George Washington – AP, 5-29-06
  • PBS: American Experience, “Two Days in October,” Monday, May 29 @ 9pm – PBS
  • C-Span2, BookTV: Book TV: Noam Chomsky Failed States: The Abuse of Power and the Assault on Democracy, Monday, May 29 at 10:30 pm C-Span2, BookTV
  • C-Span2, BookTV: Thomas Desjardin, Through a Howling Wilderness: Benedict Arnold’s March to Quebec, 1775, Monday, May 29 at 11:30 pm C-Span2, BookTV
  • History Channel: “The Kennedy Assassination: Beyond Conspiracy,” Tuesday, May 30, @ 2pm ET/PT
  • History Channel: “Nazi America: A Secret History,” Friday, June 2, @ 2pm ET/PT
  • History Channel: “Secret Allied Aircraft of WWII,” Friday, June 2, @ 6pm ET/PT
  • History Channel: “Mega Disasters,” Marathon Saturday, June 3, @ 1-5pm ET/PT
  • History Channel: “Washington the Warrior,” Saturday, June 3, @ 8pm ET/PT
SELLING BIG (NYT):
  • Nathaniel Philbrick: Mayflower, #2, (2 weeks on list) – 6-4-06
  • Douglas Brinkley: The Great Deluge, #11, (2 weeks on list) – 6-4-06
  • David Maraniss: Clemente: The Passion and Grace of Baseball’s Last Hero, #14 (3 weeks on list) – 6-4-06
  • Kevin Phillips: American Theocracy, #15 (8 weeks on list) – 6-4-06
  • James L. Swanson: Manhunt The 12-Day Chase for Lincoln’s Killer, #24 – 6-4-06
FUTURE RELEASES:
  • Ira Rutkow: James A. Garfield (American Presidents Series), May 30, 2006
  • G. J. Meyer: A World Undone: The Story of the Great War, 1914-1918, May 30, 2006
  • Peter Beinart: The Good Fight: Why Liberals— and Only Liberals—Can Win the War on Terror and Make America Great Again, May 30, 2006
  • Richard Brookhiser: What Would the Founders Do?: Our Questions, Their Answers, May 31, 2006 – Amazon.com
  • Christopher Hibbert: Disraeli: The Victorian Dandy Who Became Prime Minister, May 2006
  • Juliet Barker: Agincourt: Henry V and the Battle That Made England, June 2006 – Amazon.com
  • George Lakoff: Whose Freedom? The Battle Over America’s Most Important Idea, June 2006 –
  • John Lynch: Simon Bolivar: A Life, June 2006
  • Rita A. Scotti: Basilica: The Splendor and the Scandal: Building St. Peter’s, June 2006
  • Martin Gilbert: Kristallnacht: Prelude to Destruction, June 13, 2006
  • Paul M. Kennedy: The Parliament of Man: The past, Present, and Future of the United Nations, June 20, 2006
  • John Dunn: Democracy : A History, June 28, 2006 Amazon.com
  • Nick Bryant: The Bystander: John F. Kennedy and Struggle for Black Equality , June 30, 2006 – Amazon.com
  • Richard Labunski: James Madison and the Struggle for the Bill of Rights, July 2006
  • Nicholas Lemann: Redemption: The Last Battle of the Civil War, September 2006
APPOINTED:
HONORED:
DEPARTED:

Posted on Sunday, May 28, 2006 at 7:02 PM

May 22, 2006

HNN STATS THIS WEEK:
THIS WEEK IN HISTORY:
  • 05-22-1863 – General Grant begins siege on Vicksburg
  • 05-22-1947 – “Truman Doctrine” goes into effect, aiding Turkey & Greece
  • 05-22-1964 – President Johnson presents “Great Society”
  • 05-22-1973 – President Nixon confesses his role in Watergate cover-up
  • 05-23-1618 – 2nd Defenestration of Prague; beginning of 30 Years War
  • 05-23-1939 – Hitler proclaims he wants to move into Poland
  • 05-23-1960 – Israel announces capture of Nazi Adolf Eichmann in Argentina
  • 05-24-1626 – Peter Minuet buys Manhattan from Indians for trinkets, valued at $24
  • 05-24-1689 – English Parliament guarantees freedom of religion for Protestants
  • 05-24-1818 – Gen Andrew Jackson captures Pensacola Florida
  • 05-24-1846 – Gen Zachary Taylor captures Monterey in Mexican War
  • 05-24-1856 – Pottawatomie Massacre took place in Kansas
  • 05-24-1883 – Brooklyn Bridge opened by President Arthur & Gov. Cleveland
  • 05-25-1810 – Argentina declares independence from Napoleonic Spain
  • 05-25-1961 – JFK sets goal of putting a man on Moon before the end of decade
  • 05-26-1521 – Edict of Worms outlaws Martin Luther & his followers
  • 05-26-1868 – President Andrew Johnson avoids impeachment by 1 vote
  • 05-26-1896 – Nicholas II, Last Czar of Russia crowned
  • 05-26-1937 – Golden Gate Bridge opens
  • 05-27-1529 – 30 Jews of Posing Hungary, charged with blood ritual, burned at stake
  • 05-27-1935 – Supreme Court declares FDR’s National Recovery Act unconstitutional
  • 05-28-1731 – All Hebrew books in Papal State are confiscated
  • 05-28-1851 – Sojourner Truth attends Women’s Rights Convention
  • 05-28-1863 – 1st black regiment (54 Mass) leaves Boston to fight in the Civil War
BIGGEST STORIES:
IN THE NEWS:
  • Historians: An Inconvenient Woman She witnessed the resurrection, then vanished, leaving popes and painters and now ‘The Da Vinci Code’ to tell her story. In search of the real Mary Magdalene – Newsweek, 5-29-06
  • Pierre Nora: ‘French Parliament Seized by Armenian Lobbyists’ – Zaman Online, 5-21-06
  • Ronald Huggins: Professor enjoys ‘Code’ – as a work of fiction – Salt Lake Tribune, 5-19-06
  • Stephen Walt and John Mearsheimer: Dogma over a hot paper muzzles academia – Houston Chronicle, 5-20-06
  • Stewart Evans: EXCLUSIVE: JILL THE RIPPER EXCLUSIVE Britain’s Greatest murder has been unsolved for more than 100 will DNA tests now prove that the frenzied killer was a WOMAN? – Mirror.co.uk, 5-20-06
  • David Herbert Donald, Guy Fraker, Joseph Medill: Memorial Day marks 150 years since Lincoln’s ‘Lost Speech’ – Bloomington Pantagraph, 5-20-06
  • Jacob Laksin and Kevin MacDonald: MacDonald A Professor of Anti-Semitism? – FrontPage Magazine, 5-18-06
  • Ward Churchill: CU Professor Hit With Another Allegation – cbs4denver.com, 5-16-06
  • Yuan Weishi: Chiang steps out of the darkness of Chinese history – The Age, Australia, 5-16-06
  • Yehuda Bauer: Court Depositon supporting Sudanese Refugees – Jerusalem Post, 5-16-06
REVIEWED AND FIRST CHAPTERS:
  • Tom Lutz: The slacker ethic Doing Nothing: A History of Loafers, Loungers, Slackers, and Bums in AmericaThe Boston Globe, 5-21-06
  • Douglas Brinkley: Apocalypse then New Orleans insider brings the horror of Katrina’s aftermath home to the rest of America The Great DelugePhiladelphia Inquirer, 5-21-06
  • Winston Groom: The British Are Coming PATRIOTIC FIRE Andrew Jackson and Jean Laffite at the Battle of New OrleansWashington Post, 5-21-06
  • Tom Calarco: Reissue of 1849 memoir sheds new light on upstate’s Underground Railroad Abel Brown, AbolitionistAlbany Times Union, 5-21-06
  • Douglas Brinkley: book about more than foul-ups The Great Deluge: Hurricane Katrina, New Orleans, and the Mississippi Gulf Coast Lafayette Daily Advertiser, 5-20-06
  • Douglas Brinkley: Portraits of the Catastrophe Known as Katrina The Great DelugeMichiko Kakutani in the NYT, 5-16-06
OP-ED:
  • David Greenberg: The choice As Democrats struggle to shape a post-9/11 foreign policy, two defining moments in their history, the dawn of the Cold War and the ’60s antiwar movement, present stark alternatives — and reflect a lasting rift within the party – The Boston Globe, 5-21-06
  • Fr. John Wauck: Laugh When You Watch That The Da Vinci Code’s shortcomings aside, at least Dan Brown can poke fun at himself – The National Review, 5-19-06
  • Juan Cole: George W. Nixon – Informed Comment (blog), 5-17-06
  • Scott Gac: Ph.D. in history decides that four years on the academic market without a tenure-track offer is long enough – Chronicle of Higher Education, 5-16-06
PROFILED:
INTERVIEWED:
QUOTED:
  • Manning Marable on Malcom X legacy on the 81st anniversary of his birth: “Malcolm was radical and that part of Malcolm is equally important. They’ve turned him into something he wasn’t. The embrace of the mainstream is gone to the extreme that there is a danger of losing what was original.” – Houston Chronicle, 5-19-06
SPOTTED:
  • David McCullough: Spoke at the California State University, Channel Islands commencement – Ventura County Star, 5-20-06
  • John Hope Franklin: Duke University’s 2006 Commencement Address May 14, 2006 – AScribe, 5-15-06
ON TV:
  • PBS: American Experience, “The Man Behind Hitler,” Monday, May 22 @ 9pm – PBS
  • History Channel: “Beyond The Da Vinci Code ,” Sunday, May. 22, @ 9pm ET/PT
  • History Channel: “Da Vinci & the Code He Lived By ,” Sunday, May. 22, @ 10pm ET/PT
  • History Channel: “Battle History of the Navy Born into War,” Monday, May. 22, @ 6pm ET/PT
  • History Channel: “Battle History of the Navy Fire and Water,” Tuesday, May 23, @ 6pm ET/PT
  • History Channel: “Kennedys: The Curse of Power,” Wednesday, May 24, @ 2pm ET/PT
  • History Channel: “Conspiracy? Jack Ruby,” Wednesday, May 24, @ 4pm ET/PT
  • History Channel: “The Battle History of the US Marines Born in Blood,” Wednesday, May 24, @ 6pm ET/PT
  • History Channel: “Mega Disasters New York City Hurricane,” Wednesday, May 24, @ 11pm ET/PT
  • History Channel: “The Battle History of the US Marines Tragedy to Triumph,” Thursday, May 25, @ 6pm ET/PT
  • History Channel: “The “Fighting I”: The Story of the USS Intrepid,” Friday, May 26, @ 6pm ET/PT
  • C-Span2, BookTV: History on Book TV: Richard Zachs, Patricia Brady, Douglas Brinkley, 20th Anniversary Tennessee Williams/New Orleans Literary Festival – Making of Presidents Panel, Sunday, May 21 @ 11:15 pm C-Span2, BookTV
  • C-Span2, BookTV: History on Book TV: William Leuchtenburg, The White House Looks South: Franklin D. Roosevelt, Harry S. Truman, Lyndon B. Johnson Monday, May 23 @ 1:45 am C-Span2, BookTV
  • C-Span2, BookTV: Encore Booknotes: John Keegan, A History of Warfare, Saturday, May 27 @ 6:00 pm C-Span2, BookTV
  • C-Span2, BookTV: After Words: Richard Brookhiser interviewed by John Splaine, Sunday, May 28 @ 6:00 pm
SELLING BIG (NYT):
  • Nathaniel Philbrick: Mayflower, #3, (1 week on list) – 5-28-06
  • Douglas Brinkley: The Great Deluge, #11, (1 week on list) – 5-28-06
  • David Maraniss: Clemente: The Passion and Grace of Baseball’s Last Hero, #16 – 5-28-06
  • Kevin Phillips: American Theocracy, #19 – 5-28-06
  • James L. Swanson: Manhunt The 12-Day Chase for Lincoln’s Killer, #26 – 5-28-06
  • Ronald Kessler: Laura Bush: An Intimate Portrait of the First Lady, #28 – 5-28-06
FUTURE RELEASES:
  • Barbara Leaming: Jack Kennedy: The Education of a Statesman, May 22, 2006 – Amazon.com
  • Alan Axelrod: Eisenhower on Leadership : Ike’s Enduring Lessons in Total Victory Management, May 22, 2006 Amazon.com
  • William J. Bennett: America: The Last Best Hope (Volume I), May 23, 2006 – Amazon.com
  • Ira Rutkow: James A. Garfield (American Presidents Series), May 30, 2006
  • G. J. Meyer: A World Undone: The Story of the Great War, 1914-1918, May 30, 2006
  • Peter Beinart: The Good Fight: Why Liberals— and Only Liberals—Can Win the War on Terror and Make America Great Again, May 30, 2006
  • Richard Brookhiser: What Would the Founders Do?: Our Questions, Their Answers, May 31, 2006 – Amazon.com
  • Christopher Hibbert: Disraeli: The Victorian Dandy Who Became Prime Minister, May 2006
  • Juliet Barker: Agincourt: Henry V and the Battle That Made England, June 2006 – Amazon.com
  • George Lakoff: Whose Freedom? The Battle Over America’s Most Important Idea, June 2006 –
  • John Lynch: Simon Bolivar: A Life, June 2006
  • Rita A. Scotti: Basilica: The Splendor and the Scandal: Building St. Peter’s, June 2006
  • Martin Gilbert: Kristallnacht: Prelude to Destruction, June 13, 2006
  • Paul M. Kennedy: The Parliament of Man: The past, Present, and Future of the United Nations, June 20, 2006
  • John Dunn: Democracy : A History, June 28, 2006 Amazon.com
  • Nick Bryant: The Bystander: John F. Kennedy and Struggle for Black Equality , June 30, 2006 – Amazon.com
  • Richard Labunski: James Madison and the Struggle for the Bill of Rights, July 2006
  • Nicholas Lemann: Redemption: The Last Battle of the Civil War, September 2006
HONORED:
DEPARTED:

Posted on Sunday, May 21, 2006 at 5:28 PM

May 15, 2006

HNN STATS THIS WEEK:
THIS WEEK IN HISTORY:
  • 05/15/1862 – Gen Benjamin F Butler delegates “Woman Order” of NO to be his whores
  • 05/15/1955 – Vienna Treaty: Brit, France, US & USSR restores Austria’s independence
  • 05/16/1804 – Senate & Tribune declare Napolean leader of France
  • 05/16/1868 – By one vote, Senate fails to impeach President Andrew Johnson
  • 05/16/1943 – Jewish resistance in the Warsaw ghetto ends after 30 days of fighting
  • 05/16/1948 – Chaim Weizmann elected 1st president of Israel
  • 05/17/1756 – Britain declares war on France (7 Years’ or French & Indian War)
  • 05/17/1792 – 24 merchants form NY Stock Exchange at 70 Wall Street
  • 05/17/1804 – Lewis & Clark begin exploration of Louisiana Purchase
  • 05/17/1954 – Supreme Court unanimously rules on Brown v Topeka Board of Education reversed 1896 “separate but equal” Plessy Vs Ferguson decision
  • 05/17/1973 – Senate Watergate Committee begins its hearings
  • 05/18/1631 – John Winthrop is elected 1st governor of Massachusetts
  • 05/18/1652 – Rhode Island enacts 1st law declaring slavery illegal
  • 05/18/1860 – Republican Party nominates Abraham Lincoln for president
  • 05/19/1643 – Massachusetts Bay, Plymouth, Connecticut & New Harbor form United Colonies of New England
  • 05/19/1865 – President Jefferson Davis is captured by Union Cavalry in Georgia
  • 05/19/1967 – US bombs Hanoi
  • 05/20/1861 – North Carolina becomes 11th & last state to secede from Union
  • 05/20/1862 – Homestead Act provides cheap land for settlement of West
  • 05/20/1961 – White mob attacks “Freedom Riders” in Montgomery, Alabama
  • 05/21/1856 – Lawrence Kansas captured, sacked by pro-slavery forces
BIGGEST STORY:
IN THE NEWS:
REVIEWED AND FIRST CHAPTERS:
OP-ED:
PROFILED:
INTERVIEWED:
QUOTED:
  • Bart Ehrman on truth and the Da Vinci Code: “In our experience, readers are taking it as true. Historians care about what happened in the past, and it’s important … to separate the fact from the fiction.” – Seattle Times, 5-13-06
  • David Montejano: Immigration issue is complex and requires bilateral solutions – San Antonio Express-News, 5-9-06
SPOTTED:
ON TV:
  • PBS: American Experience, “Golden Gate Bridge,” Monday, May 15 @ 9pm – PBS
  • History Channel: “Titanic’s Final Moments: Missing Pieces,” Sunday, May. 14, @ 8pm ET/PT
  • History Channel: “Beyond The Da Vinci Code,” Monday, May 15, @ 8pm ET/PT
  • History Channel: “Digging for the Truth The Da Vinci Code: Bloodlines,” Monday, May 15, @ 10pm ET/PT
  • History Channel: “Nostradamus: 500 Years Later,” Friday, May 19, @ 10pm ET/PT
  • History Channel: “Digging for the Truth The Da Vinci Code: Bloodlines,” Saturday, May 20, @ 8pm ET/PT
  • C-Span2, BookTV: History on Book TV: James Carroll, House of War: The Pentagon and the Disastrous Rise of American Power Sunday, May 14 @ 11:00 pm C-Span2, BookTV
  • C-Span2, BookTV: Chris Wallace Character: Profiles in Presidential Courage Saturday, May 20 @ 6:00 pm C-Span2, BookTV
SELLING BIG (NYT):
  • David Maraniss: Clemente: The Passion and Grace of Baseball’s Last Hero, #9, (2 week on list) – 5-21-06
  • Kevin Phillips: American Theocracy, #11 (7 weeks on list) 5-21-06
  • Jon Meacham: American Gospel: God, the Founding Fathers, and the Making of a Nation , #17 – 5-21-06
  • James L. Swanson: Manhunt The 12-Day Chase for Lincoln’s Killer, #19 – 5-21-06
  • Mark Bowden: Guests of the Ayatollah, #23 – 5-21-06
  • Jonathan Alter: The Defining Moment, #28 – 5-21-06
  • Karen Armstrong: The Great Transformation, #29 – 5-21-06
  • Ronald Kessler: Laura Bush: An Intimate Portrait of the First Lady, #30 – 5-21-06
FUTURE RELEASES:
  • Gordon Wood: Revolutionary Characters : What Made the Founders Different, May 18, 2006 – Amazon.com
  • Barbara Leaming: Jack Kennedy: The Education of a Statesman, May 22, 2006 – Amazon.com
  • Alan Axelrod: Eisenhower on Leadership : Ike’s Enduring Lessons in Total Victory Management, May 22, 2006 Amazon.com
  • William J. Bennett: America: The Last Best Hope (Volume I), May 23, 2006 – Amazon.com
  • Richard Brookhiser: What Would the Founders Do?: Our Questions, Their Answers, May 31, 2006 – Amazon.com
  • Juliet Barker: Agincourt: Henry V and the Battle That Made England, June 2006 – Amazon.com
  • John Dunn: Democracy : A History, June 28, 2006 Amazon.com
  • Nick Bryant: The Bystander: John F. Kennedy and Struggle for Black Equality , June 30, 2006 – Amazon.com
APPOINTED:
  • Eric Foner: New head of the Society of American Historians – Nation (5-22-06)
HONORED:
DEPARTED:

Posted on Sunday, May 14, 2006 at 6:30 PM

May 8, 2006

HNN STATS THIS WEEK:
THIS WEEK IN HISTORY:
  • 05/08/1861 – Richmond Va, is named the capital of the Confederacy
  • 05/08/1900 – Galveston Texas, hit by hurricane; about 6,000 die
  • 05/08/1945 – V-E Day; Germany signs unconditional surrender, WW II ends in Europe
  • 05/09/1689 – English King Willem III declares war on France
  • 05/09/1913 – 17th amendment provides for election of senators by popular vote
  • 05/09/1960 – US send U-2 over USSR
  • 05/10/1534 – French navigator Jacques Cartier reaches Newfoundland
  • 05/10/1752 – Benjamin Franklin 1st tests the lightning rod
  • 05/10/1775 – 2nd Continental Congress names George Washington, supreme commander
  • 05/10/1872 – Victoria Woodhull becomes 1st woman nominated for US president
  • 05/11/1949 – By a vote of 37-12, Israel becomes 59th member of UN
  • 05/12/1865 – Last land action of Civil war at Palmito Ranch, Texas
  • 05/12/1898 – Louisiana adopts new constitution with “grandfather clause” designed to eliminate black voters
  • 05/13/1568 – Mary Queen of Scots is defeated by English at battle of Langside
  • 05/13/1981 – Pope John Paul II shot, wounded by assailant in St Peter’s Square
  • 05/14/1787 – Delegates gather in Phila to draw up US constitution
  • 05/14/1948 – Israel declares independence from under British administration
BIGGEST STORY:
  • Douglas Brinkley: Governor Kathleen Blanco Calls Mayor Ray Nagin “A Total Void” During Katrina – Vanity Fair
IN THE NEWS:
REVIEWED AND FIRST CHAPTERS:
  • Nathaniel Philbrick: Pilgrims and Indians, the Forgotten Years MayflowerNYT, 5-7-06
  • Jonathan Alter: The Defining Moment First Chapter – NYT, 5-7-06
  • George F. Will on David Maraniss: Fielder of Dreams Clemente: The Passion and Grace of Baseball’s Last HeroNYT, 5-7-06
  • David Maraniss: Clemente: The Passion and Grace of Baseball’s Last Hero First Chapter – NYT, 5-7-06
  • Alonzo L. Hamby on Jonathan Alter: Freedom From Fear A journalistic take on how Franklin D. Roosevelt restored optimism to America The Defining MomentWashington Post, 4-7-06
  • Nathaniel Philbrick: The author of “In the Heart of the Sea” tackles the mythology surrounding the Pilgrims MayflowerWashington Post, 4-7-06
  • Lauren F. Winner on Karen Armstrong: Age of Compassion An accomplished historian finds empathy at the root of the world’s great faiths The Great TransformationWashington Post, 4-7-06
  • Nathaniel Philbrick: Pilgrim’s progress MayflowerBoston Globe, 5-7-06
  • Douglas Brinkley: Historian sizes up Nagin, Blanco conduct in ‘The Great Deluge’ – Shreveport Times, 5-7-06
  • Douglas Brinkley: Historian examines ‘Deluge’ – The Daily Advertiser, 5-7-06
  • David Gutzke: Serious about beer Pubs & Progressives: Reinventing the Public House in England, 1896-1960News Leader, 5-7-06
  • Douglas Brinkley: Drubs Nagin in Katrina account – Times Picayune, 5-3-06
OP-ED:
PROFILED:
INTERVIEWED:
QUOTED:
  • Gary Gerstle on the immigration debate: “There is nothing new about the issue of immigration becoming a hot political topic. There are points historically when it becomes a major issue and grabs the attention of the polity in a major way. From that viewpoint, it is not surprising that something like this is happening today.” – Baltimore Sun, 5-7-06
SPOTTED:
ON TV:
  • PBS: American Experience, “Annie Oakley,” Monday, May 8 @ 9pm – PBS
  • History Channel: “The 9/11 Commission Report,” Monday, May. 8, @ 9am ET/PT
  • History Channel: “The Wrath of God Tornadoes: Nature’s Deadly Spirals,” Monday, May. 8, @ 11am ET/PT
  • History Channel: “Engineering Disasters: New Orleans,” Monday, May. 8, @ 1pm ET/PT
  • History Channel: “Katrina: American Catastrophe,” Monday, May. 8, @ 6pm ET/PT
  • History Channel: “Mega Disasters: San Francisco Earthquake,” Monday, May. 8, @ 9pm ET/PT
  • History Channel: “Mega Disasters West Coast Tsunami,” Tuesday, May. 9, @ 9pm ET/PT
  • History Channel: “History’s Mysteries The True Story of the Philadelphia,” Thursday, May. 11, @ 11am ET/PT
  • History Channel: “Declassified The Taliban,” Thursday, May. 11, @ 10pm ET/PT
  • History Channel: “Iran: The Next Iraq?,” Thursday, May. 11, @ 11pm ET/PT
  • C-Span2, BookTV: After Words: Juliet Eilperin interviewed by Richard Cohen, Saturday, May 6 @ 9:00 pm and Sunday, May 7 @ 6:00 pm & 9:00 pm – C-Span2, BookTV
  • C-Span2, BookTV: In Depth: Robert Remini, Sunday, May 7 @ 12:00 pm and Monday, May 8 @ 12:00am – C-Span2, BookTV
SELLING BIG (NYT):
  • Kevin Phillips: American Theocracy, #7 (6 weeks on list) 5-14-06
  • James L. Swanson: Manhunt The 12-Day Chase for Lincoln’s Killer, #9, (12 weeks on list) – 5-14-06
  • David Maraniss: Clemente: The Passion and Grace of Baseball’s Last Hero, #10, (1 week on list) – 5-14-06
  • Jon Meacham: American Gospel: God, the Founding Fathers, and the Making of a Nation , #19 – 5-14-06
  • Karen Armstrong: The Great Transformation, #21 – 5-14-06
  • Ronald Kessler: Laura Bush: An Intimate Portrait of the First Lady, #22 – 5-14-06
  • Doris Kearns Goodwin: Team of Rivals: The Political Genius of Abraham Lincoln, #35 – 5-14-06
FUTURE RELEASES:
  • Douglas Brinkley: The Great Deluge : Hurricane Katrina, New Orleans, and the Mississippi Gulf Coast, May 9, 2006 – Amazon.com
  • Nathaniel Philbrick: Mayflower: A Story of Courage, Community, and War, May 9, 2006 – Amazon.com
  • Gordon Wood: Revolutionary Characters : What Made the Founders Different, May 18, 2006 – Amazon.com
  • Barbara Leaming: Jack Kennedy: The Education of a Statesman, May 22, 2006 – Amazon.com
  • Alan Axelrod: Eisenhower on Leadership : Ike’s Enduring Lessons in Total Victory Management, May 22, 2006 Amazon.com
  • William J. Bennett: America: The Last Best Hope (Volume I), May 23, 2006 – Amazon.com
  • Richard Brookhiser: What Would the Founders Do?: Our Questions, Their Answers, May 31, 2006 – Amazon.com
  • Juliet Barker: Agincourt: Henry V and the Battle That Made England, June 2006 – Amazon.com
  • John Dunn: Democracy : A History, June 28, 2006 Amazon.com
  • Nick Bryant: The Bystander: John F. Kennedy and Struggle for Black Equality , June 30, 2006 – Amazon.com
HONORED:
  • Thomas Fleming: Wins award for book about Valley Forge – HNN, 5-1-06
DEPARTED:
  • Grady McWhiney: 77, Historian of ‘Celtic’ South, Dies – NYT, 5-1-06

Posted on Sunday, May 7, 2006 at 4:21 PM

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