History Buzz: October 2006

History Buzz

By Bonnie K. Goodman

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

October 30, 2006

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

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

October 23, 2006

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

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

October 16, 2006

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

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

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

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

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