History Buzz: December 2006

History Buzz

By Bonnie K. Goodman

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

December 18, 2006

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

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

December 11, 2006

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

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

December 4, 2006

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

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

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