History Buzz: January 2007

History Buzz

By Bonnie K. Goodman

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

January 29, 2007

PRESIDENTIAL CAMPAIGN 2008 WATCH:
    Presidential Campaign 2008 Watch

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

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

January 22, 2007

PRESIDENTIAL CAMPAIGN 2008 WATCH:
    Presidential Campaign 2008 Watch

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

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

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

January 15, 2007

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

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

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

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

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

January 8, 2007

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

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

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

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