History Buzz: February 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.

February 26, 2007

PRESIDENTIAL CAMPAIGN 2008 WATCH:
    Presidential Campaign 2008 Watch

  • B. Carmon Hardy on “Polygamy A Feature In Romney Family Tree Great-Grandfather Had 5 Wives”: polygamy was “a very important part of Miles Park Romney’s family. Now, very gradually, as you moved farther away from it, it became less a part of it. But during the time of Miles Park Romney, it was an essential principle of the Romney family life.” – Boston Channel.com, 2-25-07
BLACK HISTORY MONTH:
BIGGEST STORIES:
HNN STATS THIS WEEK:
THIS WEEK IN HISTORY:
  • 26/02/1732 – 1st mass celebrated in 1st American Catholic church, Philadelphia
  • 26/02/1848 – Marx and Engels publish “Communist Manifesto”
  • 26/02/1869 – 15th Amendment guaranteeing right to vote sent to states
  • 26/02/1870 – 1st NYC subway line opens (pneumatic powered)
  • 26/02/1933 – Golden Gate Bridge ground-breaking ceremony held at Crissy Field
  • 26/02/1962 – US Supreme court disallows race separation on public transportation
  • 27/02/1670 – Jews expelled from Austria by order of Leopold I
  • 27/02/1801 – Washington DC placed under Congressional jurisdiction
  • 27/02/1827 – 1st Mardi Gras celebration in New Orleans
  • 27/02/1864 – 6th and last day of battle at Dalton, Georgia (about 600 casualties)
  • 27/02/1864 – Near Andersonville GA, rebels open a new POW camp “Camp Sumpter”
  • 27/02/1869 – John Menard is 1st black to make a speech in Congress
  • 27/02/1872 – Charlotte Ray, 1st Black woman lawyer, graduated Harvard U
  • 27/02/1877 – US Electoral College declares R Hayes winner presidential election
  • 27/02/1900 – Boer General Cronj‚ surrenders to English in Pardenberg, South-Africa
  • 27/02/1922 – Supreme Court unanimously upheld 19th amend woman’s right to vote
  • 27/02/1942 – 1st transport of French Jews to nazi-Germany
  • 27/02/1949 – Chaim Weizmann becomes 1st Israeli president
  • 27/02/1950 – General Chiang Kai-shek elected president of Nationalist China
  • 27/02/1951 – 22nd amendment ratified, limiting president to 2 terms
  • 27/02/1972 – Pres Nixon and Chinese Premier Chou En-lai issued Shanghai Communique
  • 27/02/1998 – Britain’s House of Lords agree’s to end 1,000 years of male preference by giving a monarch’s first-born daughter the same claim to the throne as any first born son
  • 28/02/1692 – Salem witch hunt begins
  • 28/02/1704 – Indians attack Deerfield, Mass, kill 40, kidnap 100
  • 28/02/1708 – Slave revolt, Newton, Long Island NY, 11 die
  • 28/02/1778 – Rhode Island General Assembly authorizes enlistment of slaves
  • 28/02/1847 – US defeats Mexico in battle of Sacramento
  • 28/02/1854 – Republican Party formally organized at Ripon, Wisc
  • 28/02/1879 – “Exodus of 1879” southern blacks flee political/economic exploitation
  • 28/02/1961 – JFK names Henry Kissinger special advisor
  • 28/02/1972 – Pres Richard Nixon ends historic week-long visit to China
  • 01/03/1562 – Blood bath at Vassy: Gen de Guise allows 1200 huguenots murder
  • 01/03/1692 – Sarah Goode, Sarah Osborne, and Tituba arrest for witchcraft (Salem, MA)
  • 01/03/1780 – Penn becomes 1st US state to abolish slavery (for new-borns only)
  • 01/03/1781 – Continental Congress adopts Articles of Confederation
  • 01/03/1845 – President Tyler signs a resolution annexing the Republic of Texas
  • 01/03/1864 – Rebecca Lee (US) becomes 1st black woman to receive a medical degree
  • 01/03/1875 – Congress passes Civil Rights Act; invalidated by Supreme Ct, 1883
  • 01/03/1932 – Charles Lindbergh Jr (20 months), kidnapped in NJ; found dead May 12
  • 01/03/1940 – 12th Academy Awards – “Gone with the Wind,” R Donat and V Leigh win
  • 01/03/1945 – FDR announces success of Yalta Conference
  • 01/03/1961 – President Kennedy establishes the Peace Corp
  • 01/03/1974 – Watergate grand jury indicts 7 presidential aides
  • 02/03/1776 – Americans begin shelling British troops in Boston
  • 02/03/1807 – Congress bans slave trade effective January 1, 1808
  • 02/03/1836 – Republic of Texas declares independence from Mexico
  • 02/03/1853 – Territory of Washington organized after separating from Oregon Ter
  • 02/03/1855 – Aleksandr Romanov becomes tsar of Russia
  • 02/03/1865 – Freedman’s Bureau founded for Black Education, 1865
  • 02/03/1867 – Congress passed the 1st Reconstruction Act
  • 02/03/1877 – Rutherford B Hayes (R) declared president despite Samuel J Tilden (D) winning the popular vote, but is 1 electoral vote shy of victory
  • 02/03/1915 – Vladmir Jabotinsky forms a Jewish military force to fight in Palestine
  • 02/03/1923 – Time magazine debuts
  • 02/03/1974 – Grand jury concludes Pres Nixon is involved in Watergate cover-up
  • 02/03/1991 – UN votes in favor of US resolutions for cease fire with Iraq
  • 03/03/1801 – 1st US Jewish governor, David Emanuel, takes office in Georgia
  • 03/03/1803 – 1st impeachment trial of a federal judge, John Pickering, begins
  • 03/03/1805 – Louisiana-Missouri Territory forms
  • 03/03/1817 – Mississippi Territory is divided into Alabama Territory and Mississippi
  • 03/03/1820 – Missouri Compromise passes, allowing slavery in Missouri
  • 03/03/1837 – US president Andrew Jackson and Congress recognizes Republic of Texas
  • 03/03/1845 – 1st time, US Senate overrides presidential (Tyler) veto
  • 03/03/1849 – Territory of Minnesota organizes
  • 03/03/1862 – Battle of New Madrid MO-captured by Union forces
  • 03/03/1865 – Bureau of Refugees, Freedmen, and Abandoned Lands established
  • 03/03/1869 – University of South Carolina opens to all races
  • 03/03/1871 – Congress changes Indian tribes status from independent to dependent
  • 03/03/1877 – Rutherford B Hayes is sworn in as the 19th president
  • 03/03/1885 – Congress passes Indian Appropriations Act (Indians wards of fed govt)
  • 03/03/1887 – Anne Sullivan begins teaching 6 year old blind-deaf Helen Keller
  • 03/03/1911 – 1st US federal cemetery with Union and Rebel graves opens, Missouri
  • 03/03/1913 – Ida B Wells-Barnett demonstrates for female suffrage in Washington DC
  • 03/03/1918 – Treaty of Brest-Litovsk: Germany, Austria and Russia sign
  • 03/03/1923 – US Senate rejects membership in Intl Court of Justice, The Hague
  • 03/03/1931 – “Star Spangled Banner” officially becomes US national anthem
  • 03/03/1972 – Sculpted figures of Jefferson Davis, Robert E Lee, and Stonewall Jackson are completed at Stone Mountain Georgia
  • 03/03/1992 – Pres Bush apologizes for raising taxes after pledging not to
IN THE NEWS:
REVIEWED AND FIRST CHAPTERS:
  • JOHN LEWIS GADDIS on Margaret MacMillan: Great Leap Forward NIXON AND MAO The Week That Changed the WorldNYT, 2-25-07
  • Orville Schell on Margaret MacMillan: Nixon’s Balancing Act A realist president’s bold trip brought America and China together to counter the Soviets – NIXON AND MAO The Week That Changed the World, First Chapter – NYT, 2-25-07
  • Kenneth T. Jackson, Robert Caro: Making No Little Plans – NYT, 2-25-07
  • Margaret MacMillan: NIXON AND MAO The Week That Changed the World WaPo, 2-25-07
  • David A. Clary: Writer explores Lafayette’s bonds Adopted Son: Washington, Lafayette, and the Friendship That Saved the RevolutionFayObserver.com, Fayetteville NC, 2-26-07
  • John Patrick Diggins: Revisits the legacy of The Great Communicator Ronald Reagan: Fate, Freedom, and the Making of HistoryExaminer.com, 2-23-07
  • Andrew Roberts: Newsweek celebrates his history of English-speaking peoples – Evan Thomas in a two-page spread in Newsweek, 2-26-07
OP-ED:
PROFILED:
INTERVIEWED:
  • Doris Kearns Goodwin: Deconstructing Abraham Lincoln’s Administration – NPR, 2-19-07
FEATURE:
  • Underground Railroad may be resurrected UD grad students hope to make the route taken by runaway slaves a historic highway – The News Journal, DE, 2-24-07
QUOTED:
  • Joseph McCartin on “Union choice may have a chance”: “The Democratic majorities make this a very different environment. Last year, it was more symbolic. This year, there are some real possibilities…. In order to bring any heat to bear on the Senate, you have to get the bill through the House,” he said. “In order to hold the Democratic presidential candidates’ feet to the fire, you have to get it through the House. Ultimately, this is preparation for the fight which is going on down the road. I believe the labor movement looks at this as a two-year project.” – Philadelphia Inquirer, PA, 2-26-07
  • James Hoopes on “As the times have changed, so has the need for a watch”: “It’s that we live in an increasingly synchronized world. You don’t really relieve all the stress unless you get out of the world where time synchronization is so important.” – Houston Chronicle, TX, 2-25-07
SPOTTED & SPEAKING EVENTS CALENDAR:
HONORED, AWARDED, AND APPOINTMENTS:
ON TV:
  • C-Span2, Book TV : Book TV presents Jeffrey Rosen, “The Supreme Court” & Jan Crawford Greenburg, “Supreme Conflict”, Sunday, February 25 at at 10:00 pm – C-Span2, BookTV
  • PBS: The American Experience: “RACE TO THE MOON” Monday, February 27, 2007 at 9pm ET – PBS
  • History Channel: “Star Wars: Empire of Dreams,” Sunday, February 25, @ 10pm ET/PT
  • History Channel: “Little Ice Age: Big Chill :Little Ice Age: Big Chill,” Monday, February 26, @ 2pm ET/PT
  • History Channel: “The Wrath Of God :Blizzards: Whiteout!,” Monday, February 26, @ 4pm ET/PT
  • History Channel: “Digging For The Truth :Ramesses: Visions of Greatness,” Monday, February 26, @ 9pm ET/PT
  • History Channel: “Engineering An Empire :The Maya: Death Empire,” Monday, February 26, @ 10pm ET/PT
  • History Channel: “USS Constellation: Battling for Freedom,” Tuesday, February 27, @ 2pm ET/PT
  • History Channel: “Deep Sea Detectives :Slave Ship Uncovered!,” Tuesday, February 27, @ 4pm ET/PT
  • History Channel: “Man, Moment, Machine :Hunting Bonnie & Clyde,” Tuesday, February 27, @ 10pm ET/PT
  • History Channel: “Nixon: A Presidency Revealed” Wednesday, February 28, @ 2pm ET/PT
  • History Channel: “Man, Moment, Machine :JFK & the Crisis Crusader” Wednesday, February 28, @ 6pm ET/PT
  • History Channel: “Return of the Pirates,” Thursday, March 1, @ 2pm ET/PT
  • History Channel: “History’s Mysteries :The Mysteries of Devil’s Triangles.,” Thursday, March 1, @ 5pm ET/PT
  • History Channel: “History’s Mysteries :Ship of Gold,” Thursday, March 1, @ 7pm ET/PT
  • History Channel: “Decoding The Past :Doomsday 2012: The End of Days,” Thursday, March 1, @ 9pm ET/PT
  • History Channel: “Dogfights: The Greatest Air Battles,” Friday, March2, @ 2pm ET/PT
  • History Channel: “Digging For The Truth,” Marathon Saturday, March 3, @ 8-11pm ET/PT
  • History Channel: “Star Trek: Beyond the Final Frontier,” Saturday, March 3, @ 5pm ET/PT
  • History Channel: “History of Sex,” Marathon Saturday, March 3, @ 8-11pm ET/PT
SELLING BIG (NYT):
  • Michael B. Oren: POWER, FAITH, AND FANTASY #11 (5 weeks on list) – 3-04-07
  • Dinesh D’Souza: THE ENEMY AT HOME, #18 – 3-04-07
NEW ON THE WEB:
  • Follow the Drinking Gourd: A Cultural History : This website presents ongoing research into the song “Follow the Drinking Gourd” and its cultural history. The song was supposedly used by an Underground Railroad operative to encode escape instructions and a map. The song has also p layed an important role in the Civil Rights and folk revival movements of the 1950s and 1960s, and in contemporary elementary school education.
  • 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:
  • 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, February 25, 2007 at 8:16 PM

February 19, 2007

PRESIDENTIAL CAMPAIGN 2008 WATCH:
    Presidential Campaign 2008 Watch

  • Allan Lichtman on “Obama Set For Big Jewish Push”: “There’s no Democrat who has locked in the Jewish vote, It’s wide open…. He’s well educated, he has sterling intellectual credentials and he seems to have struck the right note on a lot of issues…. The winner in this race is going to be the last person to make a mistake. First-time candidates are mistake-prone.” – NY Jewish Week, 2-16-07
BLACK HISTORY MONTH:
BIGGEST STORIES:
HNN STATS THIS WEEK:
THIS WEEK IN HISTORY:
  • 19/02/1807 – VP Aaron Burr arrested in Alabama for treason; later found innocent
  • 19/02/1878 – Thomas Alva Edison patents gramophone (phonograph)
  • 19/02/1881 – Kansas becomes 1st state to prohibit all alcoholic beverages
  • 19/02/1919 – Pan-African Congress, organized by W E B Du Bois (Paris)
  • 19/02/1941 – Nazi raid Amsterdam and round up 429 young Jews for deportation
  • 19/02/1942 – FDR orders detention and internment of all west-coast Japanese-Americans
  • 19/02/1945 – US 5th Fleet launches invasion of Iwo Jima against the Japanese
  • 19/02/1963 – USSR informs JFK it’s withdrawing several thousand troops from Cuba
  • 19/02/1986 – US Senate ratifies UN’s anti-genocide convention 37 years later
  • 20/02/1547 – King Edward VI of England was enthroned following death of Henry VIII
  • 20/02/1792 – US postal service created; postage 6›-12«›, depending on distance
  • 20/02/1809 – Supreme Court rules federal govt power greater than any state
  • 20/02/1839 – Congress prohibits dueling in District of Columbia
  • 20/02/1861 – Dept of Navy of Confederacy forms
  • 20/02/1869 – Tenn Gov W C Brownlow declares martial law in Ku Klux Klan crisis
  • 20/02/1933 – House of Reps completes congressional action to repeal Prohibition
  • 20/02/1941 – 1st transport of Jews to concentration camps leave Plotsk Poland
  • 20/02/1953 – US Court of Appeals rules that Organized Baseball is a sport and not a business, affirming the 25-year-old Supreme Court ruling
  • 20/02/1962 – John Glenn is 1st American to orbit Earth (Friendship 7)
  • 21/02/1764 – John Wilkes thrown out of Engl House of Commons for “Essay on Women”
  • 21/02/1792 – Congress passes Pres Succession Act
  • 21/02/1804 – 1st locomotive, Richard Trevithick’s, runs for 1st time, in Wales
  • 21/02/1857 – Congress outlaws foreign currency as legal tender in US
  • 21/02/1862 – Confederate Constitution and presidency are declared permanent
  • 21/02/1862 – Texas Rangers win Confederate victory at Battle of Val Verde, NM
  • 21/02/1874 – Benjamin Disraeli replaces William Gladstone as English premier
  • 21/02/1885 – Washington Monument dedicated (Wash DC)
  • 21/02/1895 – NC Legislature, adjourns for day to mark death of Frederick Douglass
  • 21/02/1916 – Battle of Verdun in WW I begins (1 million casualties)
  • 21/02/1943 – Dutch RC bishops protest against persecution of Jews
  • 21/02/1965 – Black nationalist leader Malcolm X is assassinated.
  • 21/02/1972 – Richard Nixon becomes 1st US president to visit China
  • 22/02/1495 – French King Charles VIII enters Naples to claim crown
  • 22/02/1630 – Indians introduce pilgrims to popcorn, at Thanksgiving
  • 22/02/1819 – Spain renounces claims to Oregon Country, Florida (Adams-On¡s Treaty)
  • 22/02/1821 – Spain sells (east) Florida to United States for $5 million
  • 22/02/1854 – 1st meeting of Republican Party (Michigan)
  • 22/02/1856 – 1st national meeting of Republican Party (Pittsburgh)
  • 22/02/1861 – On a bet Edward Weston leaves Boston to walk to Lincoln’s inauguration
  • 22/02/1864 – -27] Battle at Dalton Georgia
  • 22/02/1889 – Pres Cleveland signs bill to admit Dakotas, Montana and Washington state
  • 22/02/1900 – Hawaii became a US territory
  • 22/02/1924 – 1st presidential radio address (Calvin Coolidge)
  • 22/02/1967 – 25,000 US and S Vietnamese troops launched Operation Junction City, offensive to smash Viet Cong stronghold near Cambodian border
  • 23/02/1455 – Johannes Gutenberg prints 1st book, Bible (estimated date)
  • 23/02/1836 – Alamo besieged by Santa Anna; entire garrison eventually killed
  • 23/02/1861 – Pres-elect Lincoln arrives secretly in Wash DC to take office
  • 23/02/1861 – By popular referendum, Texas becomes 7th state to secede from US
  • 23/02/1883 – Alabama becomes 1st US state to enact an antitrust law
  • 23/02/1945 – US Marines raise flag on Iwo Jima, famous photo and statue
  • 23/02/1947 – Gen Eisenhower opens drive to raise $170M in aid for European Jews
  • 23/02/1967 – US troops begin largest offensive of Vietnam War
  • 23/02/1997 – Scientists in Scotland announced they succeeded in cloning an adult mammal, producing a lamb named “Dolly”
  • 24/02/1803 – Supreme Court 1st rules a law unconstitutional (Marbury v Madison)
  • 24/02/1836 – 3,000 Mexicans attack 182 Texans at Alamo, lasts 13 days
  • 24/02/1848 – King Louis-Philippe abdicates, 2nd French republic declared
  • 24/02/1864 – -Feb 25] Battle of Tunnel Hill, GA (Buzzard’s Roost)
  • 24/02/1868 – 1st US parade with floats (Mardi Gras-Mobile Alabama)
  • 24/02/1868 – House of Reps vote 126 to 47, to impeach President Andrew Johnson
  • 24/02/1944 – Argentina coup by Juan Peron minister of war
  • 24/02/1949 – Israel and Egypt sign an armistice agreement
  • 24/02/1991 – US and allies begin a ground war assault on Iraqi troops
  • 25/02/1793 – 1st cabinet meeting (At George Washington’s home)
  • 25/02/1804 – Jefferson nominated for president at Democratic-Republican caucus
  • 25/02/1862 – Paper currency (greenbacks) introduced in US by Pres Abraham Lincoln
  • 25/02/1870 – Hiram Revels, is sworn in as 1st black member of Congress (Sen-R-MS)
  • 25/02/1919 – League of Nations set up by Paris Treaty
  • 25/02/1941 – February strike against persecution of Jews, in Amsterdam
IN THE NEWS:
REVIEWED AND FIRST CHAPTERS:
  • Harriet A. Washington: Unequal treatment The Dark History of Medical Experimentation on Black Americans From Colonial Times to the PresentNYT, 2-18-07
  • Harriet A. Washington: The Dark History of Medical Experimentation on Black Americans From Colonial Times to the Present, First Chapter – NYT, 2-18-07
  • Marcus Rediker: New book shows that pirate ships could be a refuge for slaves – http://www.jdnews.com, 2-13-07
  • Alexander Rose: The Setauket Spies see the light of day Washington’s Spies: The Story of America’s First Spy RingNewsday, NY, 2-16-07
  • David A. Bell: The idealistic origins of total war – Adam Gopnik in the New Yorker, 2-5-07
OP-ED:
PROFILED:
INTERVIEWED:
FEATURE:
QUOTED:
  • Donald Ritchie, associate Senate historian on “A Divided House Denounces Plan for More Troops”: “There is a long tradition of Congressional dissent during wartime, but I don’t know that it’s ever formalized itself the way this is shaping up. Taking a stand in opposition to a commander in chief’s decision on a war policy, that’s unusual.” – NYT, 2-17-07
SPOTTED & SPEAKING EVENTS CALENDAR:
  • David McCollough: Prize winning historian visits ISU – WJBC News, IL, 2-16-07
  • Thomas G. Alexander: Historian discusses 1857 massacre – Deseret News, UT, 2-17-07
  • February 25, 2007:James McPherson, a Civil War historian and the Pulitzer Prize-win ning author of “Battle Cry of Freedom: The Civil War Era,” will be the speaker Feb. 25 during the annual benefit dinner for the Westminster Foundation at Princeton, the Presbyterian Campus Ministry at Princeton University. The evening will begin at 6 with a reception, followed by dinner and program at 6:30. – Trenton Times, NJ, 2-15-07
  • 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 APPOINTMENTS:
ON TV:
  • C-Span2, Book TV : General Assignment: Robert Caro, Reflections on Robert Moses, Sunday, February 18 at 10 pm – C-Span2, BookTV
  • C-Span2, Book TV : Andrew Roberts, author of “A History of the English-Speaking Peoples Since 1900” and Chalmers Johnson, author of “Nemesis: The Last Days of the American Republic “, Author Call-In Programs with Andrew Roberts and Chalmers Johnson, Sunday, February 19 at 12 am – C-Span2, BookTV
  • C-Span2, Book TV : John Barletta, Riding with Reagan: From the White House to the Ranch, Sunday, February 19 at 2:30 am – C-Span2, BookTV
  • PBS: The American Experience: “NEW YORK UNDERGROUND” Monday, February 19, 2007 at 9pm ET – PBS
  • History Channel: “Star Trek Tech,” Sunday, February 18, @ 9pm ET/PT
  • History Channel: “Star Wars: Empire of Dreams,” Sunday, February 18, @ 10pm ET/PT
  • History Channel: “How William Shatner Changed the World ,” Monday, February 19, @ 9pm ET/PT
  • History Channel: “Star Trek: Beyond the Final Frontier,” Monday, February 19, @ 9pm ET/PT
  • History Channel: “Fort Knox: Secrets Revealed,” Tuesday, February 20, @ 2pm ET/PT
  • History Channel: “Man, Moment, Machine :Hunting Bonnie & Clyde,” Tuesday, February 20, @ 10pm ET/PT
  • History Channel: “Godfathers” Wednesday, February 21, @ 2pm ET/PT
  • History Channel: “Weird Weapons :The Allies” Wednesday, February 21, @ 8pm ET/PT
  • History Channel: ” Weird Weapons :The Axis” Wednesday, February 21, @ 9pm ET/PT
  • History Channel: “Modern Marvels :Weapons of Mass Destruction” Wednesday, February 21, @ 10pm ET/PT
  • History Channel: “Comets: Prophets of Doom,” Thursday, February 22, @ 5pm ET/PT
  • History Channel: “The Lost Dinosaurs of Egypt,” Thursday, February 22, @ 5pm ET/PT
  • History Channel: “Lost Worlds :Braveheart’s Scotland,” Thursday, February 22, @ 7pm ET/PT
  • History Channel: “Secret Societies,” Thursday, February 22, @ 8pm ET/PT
  • History Channel: “Decoding The Past :Nazi Prophecies,” Thursday, February 22, @ 9pm ET/PT
  • History Channel: “Rumrunners, Moonshiners and Bootleggers,” Friday, February 23, @ 2pm ET/PT
  • History Channel: “Dogfights: The Greatest Air Battles,” Friday, February 23, @ 9pm ET/PT
  • History Channel: “Star Trek: Beyond the Final Frontier,” Saturday, February 24, @ 8pm ET/PT
  • History Channel: “Quest for Dragons,” Saturday, February 24, @ 10pm ET/PT
SELLING BIG (NYT):
  • Michael B. Oren: POWER, FAITH, AND FANTASY #5 (3 weeks on list) – 2-18-07
  • Dore Gold: THE FIGHT FOR JERUSALEM, #17 – 2-18-07
  • Dinesh D’Souza: THE ENEMY AT HOME, #32 – 2-18-07
NEW ON THE WEB:
  • Follow the Drinking Gourd: A Cultural History : This website presents ongoing research into the song “Follow the Drinking Gourd” and its cultural history. The song was supposedly used by an Underground Railroad operative to encode escape instructions and a map. The song has also p layed an important role in the Civil Rights and folk revival movements of the 1950s and 1960s, and in contemporary elementary school education.
  • 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:
  • 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

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February 12, 2007

PRESIDENTIAL CAMPAIGN 2008 WATCH:
    Presidential Campaign 2008 Watch

  • Richard Norton Smith on “Obama will announce candidacy at historic venue”: “Lincoln came out of the wilderness, figuratively and politically, and to some degree the same can be said of Obama. Somebody who looked at his resume in 1860 might well have questioned the experience he had, particularly given the perilous times that were ahead. But he had a genius for advocacy. He had a voice.” – Chicago Tribune, 2-10-07
  • Timothy Walch on “Bush keeps away from trail White House focuses on end-of-term goals”: “It’s very hard, I think, psychologically and politically, for somebody who has been the most powerful person in the world to begin gradually to detach themselves from power.” – Concord Monitor, NH, 2-8-07
BLACK HISTORY MONTH:
BIGGEST STORIES:
HNN STATS THIS WEEK:
THIS WEEK IN HISTORY:
  • 12/02/1733 – Georgia founded by James Oglethorpe, at site of Savannah
  • 12/02/1793 – 1st US fugitive slave law passed; requires return of escaped slaves
  • 12/02/1825 – Creek Indian treaty signed. Tribal chiefs agree to turn over all their land in Georgia to the government and migrate west by Sept 1, 1826
  • 12/02/1865 – Henry Highland Garnet, is 1st black to speak in US House of Reps
  • 12/02/1873 – Congress abolishes bimetallism and authorizes $1 and $3 gold coins
  • 12/02/1909 – National Assn for the Advancement of Colored People (NAACP) forms
  • 12/02/1915 – Cornerstone laid for Lincoln Memorial in Wash DC
  • 12/02/1924 – President Calvin Coolidge makes 1st presidential radio speech
  • 12/02/1950 – Sen Joe McCarthy claims to have list of 205 communist govt employees
  • 12/02/1962 – Bus boycott starts in Macon, Georgia
  • 13/02/1566 – St Augustine, Florida founded
  • 13/02/1635 – Oldest US public institution, Boston Latin School founded
  • 13/02/1861 – Abraham Lincoln declared president
  • 13/02/1864 – Miridian Campaign fighting at Chunky Creek and Wyatt, Mississippi
  • 13/02/1895 – Moving picture projector patented
  • 13/02/1907 – English suffragettes storm British Parliament and 60 women are arrested
  • 13/02/1957 – Southern Christian Leadership Conference organizes in New Orleans
  • 13/02/1968 – US sends 10,500 additional soldiers to Vietnam
  • 14/02/1130 – Jewish Cardinal Pietro Pierleone elected as anti-pope Anacletus II
  • 14/02/1689 – English parliament places Mary Stuart/Prince Willem III on the throne
  • 14/02/1848 – James K Polk became 1st pres photographed in office (Matthew Brady)
  • 14/02/1876 – A G Bell and Elisha Gray apply separately for telephone patents Supreme Court eventually rules Bell rightful inventor
  • 14/02/1896 – Theodor Herzl publishes “Der Judenstaat”
  • 14/02/1949 – 1st session of Knesset (Jerusalem Israel)
  • 14/02/1962 – 1st lady Jacqueline Kennedy conducts White House tour on TV
  • 14/02/1971 – Richard Nixon installs secret taping system in White House
  • 15/02/1851 – Black abolitionists invade Boston courtroom rescueing a fugitive slave
  • 15/02/1861 – Ft Point completed and garrisoned (but has never fired cannon in anger)
  • 15/02/1862 – Grant’s major assault on Ft Donelson, Tennessee
  • 15/02/1879 – Congress authorizes women lawyers to practice before Supreme Ct
  • 15/02/1903 – 1st Teddy Bear introduced in America, made by Morris and Rose Michtom
  • 15/02/1918 – 1st WW I US army troop ship torpedoed and sunk by Germany, off Ireland
  • 15/02/1929 – St Valentine’s Day massacre (Chicago)
  • 15/02/1933 – Pres-elect Franklin Roosevelt survives assassination attempt
  • 15/02/1965 – Canada replaces Union Jack flag with Maple Leaf
  • 16/02/1741 – Benjamin Franklin’s General Magazine (2nd US Mag) begins publishing
  • 16/02/1760 – Native American hostages killed in Ft Prince George SC
  • 16/02/1864 – Battle of Mobile, AL – operations by Union Army
  • 16/02/1914 – 1st airplane flight (LA to SF)
  • 16/02/1917 – 1st synagogue in 425 years opens in Madrid
  • 16/02/1959 – Fidel Castro named himself Cuba’s premier after overthrowing Batista
  • 17/02/1621 – Miles Standish appointed 1st commander of Plymouth colony
  • 17/02/1801 – House breaks electoral college tie, chooses Jefferson pres over Burr
  • 17/02/1865 – -18] Battle of Charleston SC
  • 17/02/1865 – Columbia SC burns down during Civil War
  • 17/02/1870 – Mississippi becomes 9th state readmitted to US after Civil War
  • 17/02/1915 – Edward Stone, 1st US combatant to die in WW I, is mortally wounded
  • 17/02/1933 – US Senate accept Blaine Act: ending prohibition
  • 17/02/1933 – 1st issue of “Newsweek” magazine published
  • 17/02/1938 – 1st public experimental demonstration of Baird color TV (London)
  • 17/02/1943 – Dutch churches protest at Seyss-Inquart against persecution of Jews
  • 17/02/1949 – Chaim Weitzman elected 1st president of Israel
  • 17/02/1964 – US House of Reps accept Law on the civil rights
  • 17/02/1969 – Golda Meir sworn in as Israel’s 1st female prime minister
  • 17/02/1972 – President Nixon leaves Washington DC for China
  • 18/02/1503 – Henry Tudor created Prince of Wales (later Henry VIII)
  • 18/02/1688 – Quakers conduct 1st formal protest of slavery in Germantown, Pa
  • 18/02/1861 – Confederate President Jefferson Davis inaugurated at Montgomery Ala
  • 18/02/1865 – Union troops force Confederates to abandon Ft Anderson, NC
  • 18/02/1865 – Evacuation of Charleston, SC; Sherman’s troops burn city
  • 18/02/1927 – US and Canada begin diplomatic relations
  • 18/02/1970 – US president Nixon launches “Nixon-doctrine”
  • 18/02/1988 – Anthony M Kennedy, sworn in as Supreme Court Justice
IN THE NEWS:
REVIEWED AND FIRST CHAPTERS:
OP-ED:
PROFILED:
INTERVIEWED:
FEATURE:
QUOTED:
  • Douglas Brinkley: New Orleans’ future bleak, historian says – Hattiesburg American, MS, 2-11-07
  • Douglas Brinkley “New Orleans’ future bleak”: “The act of not doing enough is a policy; it’s a decision….(The government’s) answer is, ‘Don’t live below sea level. Don’t live in the Lower Ninth (Ward), don’t rebuild – move to Hattiesburg. It’s an unfortunate confluence that when New Orleans needs a great leader, there’s a void…. The reason you would do it (rebuild) is because you believe the heritage places like Gulfport and Biloxi and New Orleans are important … and that if the Italians can save Venice, surely the United States can save these places, but you have to believe in culture to make that happen.” – Hattiesburg American, MS, 2-11-07
SPOTTED & SPEAKING EVENTS CALENDAR:
  • Doris Kearns Goodwin: Historian gives audience reasons why Lincoln was great leader – http://www.venturacountystar.com, 2-7-07
  • February 13, 2007: Paul F. Boller Jr.: Historian takes a playful look at our country’s leaders Scholar nudges politics aside to examine how U.S. presidents spent their free time at 7:30 p.m., Eureka College – Peoria Journal Star, IL, 2-11-07
  • 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 APPOINTMENTS:
  • Asif A. Siddiqi: His book “Challenge To Apollo” (National Aeronautics and Space Administration, 2000), was named one of the “Five Best” books on outer space in the Wall Street Journal (WSJ) in its Dec. 30th issue. – Fordham University, 2-9-07
  • Philip Nicolosi: Teacher wins Paul Gagnon Prize – AHA Blog, 2-8-07
ON TV:
  • C-Span2, Book TV : 2006 Miami Book Fair: Thomas Evans “The Education of Ronald Reagan,” Sunday, February 11 at 8:10 pm – C-Span2, BookTV
  • PBS: The American Experience: “AMERICAN EXPERIENCE Visits NEW ORLEANS” Monday, February 12, 2007 at 9pm ET – PBS
  • History Channel: “Alaska: Dangerous Territory, ” Sunday, February 11, @ 10pm ET/PT
  • History Channel: “Digging For The Truth :New Maya Revelations,” Monday, February 12, @ 9pm ET/PT
  • History Channel: “Engineering An Empire :The Aztecs,” Monday, February 12, @ 10pm ET/PT
  • History Channel: “The Saint Valentine’s Day Massacre” Wednesday, February 14, @ 8pm ET/PT
  • History Channel: “Nixon: A Presidency Revealed,” Thursday, February 15, @ 8pm ET/PT
  • History Channel: “The Kennedy Assassination: Beyond Conspiracy,” Thursday, February 15, @ 10pm ET/PT
  • History Channel: “The Presidents,” Marathon 1789-1945 Saturday, February 17, @ 11am-5pm ET/PT
  • History Channel: “Nixon: A Presidency Revealed,” Saturday, February 17, @ 5pm ET/PT
  • History Channel: “Special :An Alien History of Planet Earth,” Saturday, February 17, @ 8pm ET/PT
  • History Channel: “Save Our History :The Search for George Washington,” Saturday, February 17, @ 10pm ET/PT
SELLING BIG (NYT):
  • Michael B. Oren: POWER, FAITH, AND FANTASY #5 (3 weeks on list) – 2-18-07
  • Dore Gold: THE FIGHT FOR JERUSALEM, #17 – 2-18-07
  • Dinesh D’Souza: THE ENEMY AT HOME, #32 – 2-18-07
NEW ON THE WEB:
  • Follow the Drinking Gourd: A Cultural History : This website presents ongoing research into the song “Follow the Drinking Gourd” and its cultural history. The song was supposedly used by an Underground Railroad operative to encode escape instructions and a map. The song has also p layed an important role in the Civil Rights and folk revival movements of the 1950s and 1960s, and in contemporary elementary school education.
  • 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:
  • 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:
  • Nelson W. Polsby: 72, Author and a Scholar of Politics, Dies – NYT (2-9-07)
  • J. Merton England: National Science Foundation Historian Was 91 – WaPo, 2-5-07

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

February 5, 2007

PRESIDENTIAL CAMPAIGN 2008 WATCH:
    Presidential Campaign 2008 Watch

  • Tom Schwartz on “Sources Say Obama Will Announce 2008 Bid February 10”: “Lincoln was able to use that space to accept the Republican nomination to run for the Senate, and eventually that led to a series of debates which have become the gold standard for political discourse in this country. There’s symbolism everywhere.” – All Headline News, 2-1-07
BLACK HISTORY MONTH:
HNN STATS THIS WEEK:
THIS WEEK IN HISTORY:
  • 05/02/1649 – Prince of Wales becomes king Charles II
  • 05/02/1778 – Articles of Confederation ratified by 1st state, South Carolina
  • 05/02/1861 – Louisiana delegation except Mr Bouligny withdraws from Congress
  • 05/02/1865 – Battle of Hatcher’s Run, VA (Armstrong’s Mill, Dabney’s Mill)
  • 05/02/1930 – 5th Aliyah to Israel begins
  • 05/02/1937 – FDR proposes enlarging Supreme Court, “court packing” plan failed
  • 05/02/1969 – US population reaches 200 million
  • 06/02/1862 – Gen Ulysses S Grant captures Fort Henry in Tennessee
  • 06/02/1862 – Ulysses S Grant begins military campaign in Mississippi
  • 06/02/1865 – Robert E Lee appointed Confederate General in Chief
  • 06/02/1899 – Spanish-American War ends, peace treaty ratified by Senate
  • 06/02/1918 – Britain grants women (30 and over) vote
  • 06/02/1933 – 20th Amendment goes into effect: Pres term begins in Jan not March
  • 06/02/1956 – U of Alabama refuses admission to Autherine Lucy (because he’s black)
  • 06/02/1974 – US House of Reps begins determining grounds for impeachment of Nixon
  • 06/02/1978 – Muriel, wife of late Hubert Humphrey (Sen-D-Minn) takes his office
  • 07/02/1569 – King Philip II forms inquistion in South America
  • 07/02/1795 – 11th Amendment to US Constitution ratified, affirms power of states
  • 07/02/1839 – Henry Clay declares in Senate “I had rather be right than president”
  • 07/02/1862 – Federal fleet attack on Roanoke Island NC
  • 07/02/1864 – Federal troops occupy Jacksonville, Florida
  • 07/02/1950 – Sen Joe McCarthy finds “communists” in US Ministry of Foreign Affairs
  • 07/02/1956 – Autherine Lucy, 1st black admitted to U of Alabama, is expelled
  • 07/02/1962 – President Kennedy begins blockade of Cuba
  • 07/02/1964 – Beatles land at NY’s JFK airport, for 1st US tour
  • 07/02/1973 – Senate creates Select Committee on Presidential Campaign Activities
  • 07/02/1983 – 1st female secretary of transportation sworn-in (Elizabeth Dole)
  • 08/02/1622 – King James I disbands the English parliament
  • 08/02/1690 – French and Indian troops set Schenectady settlement NY on fire
  • 08/02/1837 – 1st VP chosen by Senate, Richard Johnson (Van Buren admin)
  • 08/02/1861 – Confederate States of America organizes in Montgomery, Ala
  • 08/02/1865 – 1st black major in US army, Martin Robinson Delany
  • 08/02/1887 – Dawes Act passed (indians living apart from tribe granted citizenship)
  • 08/02/1894 – Enforcement Act repealed, making it easier to disenfranchise blacks
  • 08/02/1904 – Russo-Japanese War begins
  • 08/02/1915 – “Birth of a Nation” opens at Clune’s Auditorium in LA
  • 08/02/1940 – Lodtz, 1st large ghetto established by Nazis in Poland
  • 08/02/1942 – Congress advises FDR that, Americans of Japanese descent should be locked up en masse so they wouldn’t oppose the US war effort
  • 08/02/1944 – 1st black reporter accredited to White House, Harry McAlpin
  • 08/02/1969 – Last edition of Saturday Evening Post
  • 08/02/1971 – South Vietnamese troops invade Laos
  • 08/02/1973 – Senate names 7 members to investigate Watergate scandal
  • 09/02/1775 – English Parliament declares Mass colony is in rebellion
  • 09/02/1825 – House of Representatives elects John Quincy Adams 6th US president
  • 09/02/1861 – Tennessee votes against secession
  • 09/02/1861 – Jefferson Davis and Alexander Stephens elected president and VP of CSA
  • 09/02/1942 – Daylight Savings War Time goes into effect in US
  • 09/02/1943 – FDR orders minimal 48 hour work week in war industry
  • 09/02/1950 – Sen Joseph McCarthy charges State Dept infested with 205 communists
  • 09/02/1964 – 1st appearance of Beatles on “Ed Sullivan Show” (73.7 million viewers)
  • 10/02/1676 – Wampanoag Indians under King Philip kill all men in Lancaster Mass
  • 10/02/1763 – Treaty of Paris ends French-Indian War, surrendering Canada to England
  • 10/02/1840 – British queen Victoria marries her cousin Albert von Saksen-Coburg
  • 10/02/1855 – US citizenship laws amended all children of US parents born abroad granted US citizenship
  • 10/02/1890 – Around 11M acres, ceded to US by Sioux Indians opens for settlement
  • 10/02/1934 – 1st Jewish immigrant ship to break the English blockade in Palestine
  • 10/02/1954 – Eisenhower warns against US intervention in Vietnam
  • 10/02/1967 – 25th Amendment (Presidential Disability and Succession) in effect
  • 10/02/1989 – Ron Brown chosen 1st black chairman of a major US party (Democrats)
  • 11/02/1531 – Henry VIII recognized as supreme head of Church in England
  • 11/02/1752 – Pennsylvania Hospital, the 1st hospital in the US, opened
  • 11/02/1768 – Samuel Adams letter, circulates around American colonies, opposing Townshend Act taxes
  • 11/02/1790 – Society of Friends petitions Congress for abolition of slavery
  • 11/02/1811 – Pres Madison prohibits trade with Britain for 3rd time in 4 years
  • 11/02/1861 – US House unanimously passes resolution guaranteeing noninterference with slavery in any state
  • 11/02/1861 – President-elect Lincoln takes train from Spingfield IL to Wash DC
  • 11/02/1945 – Yalta agreement signed by FDR, Churchill and Stalin
  • 11/02/1953 – Pres Eisenhower refuses clemency appeal for Rosenberg couple
IN THE NEWS:
REVIEWED AND FIRST CHAPTERS:
  • DAVID OSHINSKY on Arthur Allen: Preventive Medicine VACCINE The Controversial Story of Medicine’s Greatest LifesaverNYT, 2-4-07
  • NIALL FERGUSON on Rupert Smith: Ameliorate, Contain, Coerce, Destroy THE UTILITY OF FORCE The Art of War in the Modern WorldNYT, 2-4-07
  • Rupert Smith: THE UTILITY OF FORCE The Art of War in the Modern World, First Chapter – NYT, 2-4-07
  • Andrew Hussey: Paris Confidential PARIS The Secret HistoryNYT, 2-4-07
  • Maya Jasanoff on Robert and Isabelle Tombs: The Love-Hate Relationship Britain and France have loathed each other and learned from each other – THAT SWEET ENEMY The French and the British From the Sun King to the Present Wa Po, 2-4-07
  • David Laskin on Gary Krist: Blood on the Tracks In 1910, scores of people died when a wave of snow crushed two stuck trains THE WHITE CASCADE The Great Northern Railway Disaster And America’s Deadliest AvalancheWa Po, 2-4-07
  • Wesley K. Clark on Evan Thomas: The Battle for the Pacific A thrilling new history of an epic 1944 clash SEA OF THUNDER Four Commanders and the Last Great Naval Campaign 1941-1945Wa Po, 2-4-07
  • Olivier Wieviorka: Whites-only liberation of Paris – New Zealand Herald, 2-1-07
OP-ED:
PROFILED:
INTERVIEWED:
FEATURE:
  • Diary of Saad Eskander, Director of the Iraq National Library and Archive, posted online by British library – http://www.bl.uk, 1-29-07
QUOTED:
  • Daniel Pipes “Professor says radical Islam is the threat”: “Like the Fascists we defeated in 1945 and the Communists we disempowered in ’91, radical Islamists draw from the best of their society in terms of good families, wealth and education. Their frustration now is with their position in the world. They used to be at the forefront of world society in scholarship, money and respect. And they believe that the only way they can achieve that again is to impose Sharia law across the world.” – Malibu Times, CA, 1-31-07
SPOTTED & SPEAKING EVENTS CALENDAR:
  • Douglas Brinkley: Lauded historian to speak at USM, Thursday, Feb. 8 at 7 p.m. in the R.C. Cook University Union, Rooms B and C on the Southern Miss Hattiesburg campus – Hattiesburg American,MS, 2-2-07
  • 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 APPOINTMENTS:
ON TV:
  • C-Span2, Book TV : Book TV presents After Words: Eric Klinenberg, author of “Fighting for Air: The Battle to Control America’s Media” interviewed by Ben Scott, Sunday, February 4 at 9:00 pm – C-Span2, BookTV
  • PBS: The American Experience: “THE LIVING WEAPON” Monday, February 5, 2007 at 9pm ET – PBS
  • History Channel: “Who Wrote The Bible?, ” Sunday, February 4, @ 8pm ET/PT
  • History Channel: “Sex in The Bible, ” Sunday, February 4, @ 9:30pm ET/PT
  • History Channel: “Saddam and the Third Reich” Monday, February 5, @ 2pm ET/PT
  • History Channel: “Digging For The Truth :King Tut: Secrets Revealed,” Monday, February 5, @ 9pm ET/PT
  • History Channel: “Iran: The Next Iraq?,” Monday, February 5, @ 11pm ET/PT
  • History Channel: “Special :Eighty Acres of Hell” Wednesday, February 7, @ 2pm ET/PT
  • History Channel: “Weird U.S. :Roadside Distractions” Wednesday, February 7, @ 5pm ET/PT
  • History Channel: “Modern Marvels :Guns of the Civil War.” Wednesday, February 7, @ 6pm ET/PT
  • History Channel: “Slave Catchers, Slave Resisters :Slave Catchers, Slave Resisters,” Thursday, February 8, @ 2pm ET/PT
  • History Channel: ” Tales of the FBI :The Bureau vs. the Klan,” Thursday, February 8, @ 4pm ET/PT
  • History Channel: “Wild West Tech :The Gunslingers,” Thursday, February 8, @ 6pm ET/PT
  • History Channel: “Decoding The Past :Exorcism: Driving Out the Devil.,” Thursday, February 8, @ 8pm ET/PT
  • History Channel: “American Vesuvius,” Friday, February 9, @ 2pm ET/PT
  • History Channel: “Iran: The Next Iraq?,” Friday, February 9, @ 4pm ET/PT
  • History Channel: “The Lost Evidence :Sicily,” Friday, February 10, @ 8pm ET/PT
  • History Channel: “USS Constellation: Battling for Freedom,” Saturday, February 10, @ 8pm ET/PT
  • History Channel: “True Caribbean Pirates,” Saturday, February 10, @ 10pm ET/PT
SELLING BIG (NYT):
  • Michael B. Oren: POWER, FAITH, AND FANTASY #6 (2 weeks on list) – 2-11-07
  • Dinesh D’Souza: THE ENEMY AT HOME, #19 – 2-11-07
  • Evan Thomas: SEA OF THUNDER, #30 – 2-11-07
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:
  • 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, February 4, 2007 at 8:42 PM

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