History Buzz: April 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.

April 30, 2007

PRESIDENTIAL CAMPAIGN 2008 WATCH:
    Presidential Campaign 2008 Watch

  • Are we ready for a woman president? U.S. lags rest of world in putting women in positions of real political power – San Francisco Chronicle, 4-29-07
BIGGEST STORIES:
HNN STATS THIS WEEK:
THIS WEEK IN HISTORY: This Week in History:

  • 04-30-1803 – France sold Louisiana and adjoining lands to the United States as part of the Louisiana Purchase.
  • 04-30-1812 – Louisiana became the 18th state in the United States.
  • 04-30-1939 – U.S. commercial television made its official debut at the New York World’s Fair.The signal was transmitted from the Empire State Building.
  • 04-30-1945 – Adolf Hitler and his newly married mistress Eva Braun committed suicide.
  • 04-30-1975 – The Vietnam War ended with South Vietnam’s surrender to North Vietnam.
  • 04-30-2003 – Libya accepted responsibility for the 1998 bombing of Pan Am Flight 103 over Lockerbie, Scotland.
  • 05-01-1707 – The Act of Union joined England and Scotland to form Great Britain.
  • 05-01-1931 – The Empire State Building opened in New York City. At 102 stories, it would be the world’s tallest building for the next 41 years.
  • 05-01-1941 – Orson Welles’s Citizen Kane, considered by many the greatest film ever made, premiered in New York.
  • 05-01-1948 – The Democratic People’s Republic of Korea (North Korea) was established with Kim Il Sung as president.
  • 05-01-1960 – The Soviet Union shot down an American U-2 reconnaissance plane over Soviet territory.
  • 05-01-2003 – President Bush made a speech aboard an aircraft carrier proclaiming “major combat operations in Iraq have ended.”
  • 05-02-1945 – The Soviet Union announced the fall of Berlin.
  • 05-02-1955 – Tennessee Williams won the Pulitzer Prize in Drama for Cat on a Hot Tin Roof.
  • 05-02-1994 – Nelson Mandela was victorious in South Africa’s first multiracial election.
  • 05-02-1997 – The Labour Party’s Tony Blair became Prime Minister of Britain, ending 18 years of conservative rule. At 44, he was the youngest prime minister in 185 years.
  • 05-03-1937 – Margaret Mitchell won the Pulitzer Prize in fiction for Gone With the Wind.
  • 05-03-1948 – The Shelley v. Kraemer Supreme Court decision stated that it is unconstitutional for a court to enforce a restrictive covenant which prevents people of a certain race from owning or occupying property.
  • 05-03-1979 – Margaret Thatcher became the first woman elected prime minister of England.
  • 05-03-2001 – The United States, a member of the UN Human Rights Commission since its inception, lost its seat. It would be restored the following year.
  • 05-04-1626 – Peter Minuit landed in Manhattan, which he later bought for $24 worth of cloth and brass buttons.
  • 05-04-1886 – The Haymarket Square riot broke out as a result of a labor demonstration.
  • 05-04-1932 – Public Enemy Number One, Al Capone, was jailed for tax evasion.
  • 05-04-1961 – Civil rights activists, called “freedom riders,” left Washington, DC for New Orleans.
  • 05-04-1970 – Four Kent State University students were shot down by National Guard members during an anti-Vietnam War demonstration.
  • 05-04-1998 – The Unabomber, Ted Kaczynski, was sentenced to four life terms plus 30 years for his series of bombings that killed three and injured 23.
  • 05-05-1809 – Mary Kies of South Killingly, Conn., became the first woman to be granted a patent. The patent was for the rights to a technique for weaving straw with silk and thread.
  • 05-05-1821 – Napoleon Bonaparte died on the island of St. Helena.
  • 05-05-1891 – Carnegie Hall (then known as Music Hall) opened in New York City. Peter Tchaikovsky was the guest conductor.
  • 05-05-1925 – John Scopes was arrested in Tennessee for teaching Darwinism.
  • 05-05-1961 – Alan Shepard became the first American in space.
  • 05-05-2004 – Pablo Picasso’s “Boy with a Pipe” became the most expensive painting ever sold.
  • 05-06-1882 – Congress passed the Chinese Exclusion Act over President Chester A. Arthur’s veto.
  • 05-06-1889 – The Universal Exposition opened in Paris, marking the completion and dedication of the Eiffel Tower.
  • 05-06-1937 – The German airship Hindenburg blew up and burst into flames at Lakehurst, N.J.
  • 05-06-1941 – Dictator Joseph Stalin became the premier of Russia.
  • 05-06-1999 – Scotland elected its first separate parliament in three centuries.
IN THE NEWS:
REVIEWED AND FIRST CHAPTERS:
  • John Lukacs: Who Put the ‘Cold’ in Cold War? GEORGE KENNAN A Study of CharacterNYT, 4-29-07
  • John Lukacs: GEORGE KENNAN A Study of Character, First Chapter – NYT, 4-29-07
  • Hermione Lee: Portrait of a Lady EDITH WHARTONNYT, 4-29-07
  • George F. Kennan: Subject of a short biography by John Lukacs – National Interest, 4-26-07
  • Hermione Lee: An American Original A comprehensive life of Edith Wharton, the sharp-eyed chronicler of high society EDITH WHARTONWaPo, 4-29-07
  • Darrin M. McMahon on Jennifer Michael Hecht: Ah, the Good Life A historian’s skeptical view of how we find satisfaction in life THE HAPPINESS MYTH Why What We Think Is Right Is Wrong: A History of What Really Makes Us HappyWaPo, 4-29-07
  • Andrew Schocket: Corporations part of U.S. ‘policy DNA,’ says BGSU historian – Press Release — Bowling Green, 4-25-07
  • Robert Dallek: Bush compared with Nixon & Kissinger – NYT, 4-24-07
OP-ED:
INTERVIEWED:
FEATURE:
QUOTED:
  • Fredrik Logevall quoted in “Iraq War Called Riskier Than Vietnam”: He hears the argument frequently from both supporters and opponents of the Iraq war, but he doesn’t buy it, because it rests on predictions rather than facts. Although both conflicts were “wars of choice” that frustrated and angered Americans, Vietnam caused far more death and destruction, he said. “It’s hard to see how it’s worse at present,” he concluded. – Free Internet Press, NY, 4-29-07
  • Andrew J. Bacevich on “Iraq War Called Riskier Than Vietnam”: “Those who argue about Iraq being worse than Vietnam tend to make those worst-case assumptions.” – Free Internet Press, NY, 4-29-07
SPOTTED & SPEAKING EVENTS CALENDAR:
HONORED, AWARDED, AND APPOINTMENTS:
  • Award-winning historian Michael Beschloss will deliver the commencement address at Lafayette College and receive an honorary Doctor of Letters degree – The Express Times, PA, 4-26-07
ON TV: History Listings This Week:

  • C-Span2, Book TV : Walter Isaacson, Einstein: His Life and Universe on Sunday, April 29 at 8:00 pm C-Span2, BookTV
  • C-Span2, Book TV : Encore Booknotes: David Halberstam, The Fifties on Monday, April 23 at 2:00 am C-Span2, BookTV
  • PBS: The American Experience: “The Mormons” Monday, April 30, 2007 at 9pm ET – PBS
  • History Channel: “Countdown to Armageddon :Countdown to Armageddon.” Sunday, April 29, @ 8pm ET/PT
  • History Channel: “The Antichrist :Part 1″ Sunday, April 29, @ 10pm ET/PT
  • History Channel: “Organized Crime: A World History :Russia.” Monday, April 30, @ 3pm ET/PT
  • History Channel: “Organized Crime: A World History :China.,” Monday, April 30, @ 4pm ET/PT
  • History Channel: “Organized Crime: A World History :Colombia,” Monday, April 30, @ 5pm ET/PT
  • History Channel: “Cities Of The Underworld :01 – Hitler’s Underground Lair,” Monday, April 30, @ 9pm ET/PT
  • History Channel: “Digging For The Truth :King Tut: Secrets Revealed,” Monday, April 30, @ 10pm ET/PT
  • History Channel: “Digging For The Truth :Atlantis: New Revelations,” Tuesday, May 1, @ 2pm ET/PT
  • History Channel: “Digging For The Truth :The Real Temple of Doom.,” Tuesday, May 1, @ 4pm ET/PT
  • History Channel: “History’s Mysteries :Mysteries on the High Seas,” Tuesday, May 1, @ 5pm ET/PT
  • History Channel: “Man, Moment, Machine :Hunting Bonnie & Clyde.,” Tuesday, May 1, @ 10pm ET/PT
  • History Channel: “Barbarians II :Vandals,” Wednesday, May 2, @ 2pm ET/PT
  • History Channel: “Barbarians II :Saxons,” Wednesday, May 3, @ 3pm ET/PT
  • History Channel: “Modern Marvels :Pirate Tech,” Wednesday, May 2, @ 6pm ET/PT
  • History Channel: “Modern Marvels :Deep Sea Salvage,” Wednesday, May 2, @ 10pm ET/PT
  • History Channel: “Special :Eighty Acres of Hell,” Thursday, May 3, @ 2pm ET/PT
  • History Channel: “Horrors at Andersonville Prison: The Trial of Henry Wirz,” Thursday, May 3, @ 5pm ET/PT
  • History Channel: “Modern Marvels :Guns of the Civil War,” Thursday, May 3, @ 6pm ET/PT
  • History Channel: “Spider-Man Tech,” Thursday, May 3, @ 8pm ET/PT
  • History Channel: “Night of the Long Knives,” Friday, May 4, @ 6pm ET/PT
  • History Channel: “Julius Caesar’s Greatest Battle,” Friday, May 4, @ 8pm ET/PT
  • History Channel: “Dogfights :10 – Hunt for The Bismarck,” Friday, May 4, @ 9pm ET/PT
  • History Channel: “Modern Marvels” Marathon, Saturday, May 5, @ 1-5pm ET/PT
  • History Channel: “Sherman’s March,” Saturday, May 5, @ 5pm ET/PT
  • History Channel: “Quest for Dragons,” Saturday, May 5, @ 8pm ET/PT
  • History Channel: “The States :03 – New York, Louisiana, Oregon, New Mexico, Vermont,” Saturday, May 5, @ 10pm ET/PT
SELLING BIG (NYT):
  • Walter Isaacson: EINSTEIN HIS LIFE AND UNIVERSE #1 (2 weeks on list) – 5-6-07
NEW ON THE WEB:
FUTURE RELEASES:
  • Peter Heather: The Fall of the Roman Empire: A New History of Rome and the Barbarians, (Oxford University Press), May 2007
  • Nancy Isenberg: Fallen Founder: The Life of Aaron Burr, (Penguin Group (USA)), May 10, 2007
  • Jean Edward Smith, FDR, (Random House Publishing Group), May 15, 2007
  • Robert Service: Comrades!: A History of World Communism, (Harvard University Press), May 15, 2007
  • Kieran Doherty: Sea Venture: Shipwreck, Survival, and the Salvation of the First English Colony in the New World, (St. Martin’s Press), May 15 2007
  • Susan Dunn: Dominion of Memories: Jefferson, Madison, and the Decline of Virginia, (Perseus Publishing), May 2007
  • Ronald Reagan: The Reagan Diaries, (HarperCollins Publishers), May 22, 2007
  • Elizabeth Drew: Richard M. Nixon: The 37th President, 1969-1974, (Times Books), May 28, 2007
  • Kevin P. Spicer: Antisemitism, Christian Ambivalence, and the Holocaust (Indiana University Press), May 28, 2007
  • Gabor Boritt (Editor): Slavery, Resistance, Freedom, (Oxford University Press, USA), June 2007
  • William C. Davis: Virginia at War 1862 (Editor) (University Press of Kentucky), June 2007
  • Jack Valenti: This Time, This Place: My Life in War, the White House, and Hollywood, (Crown Publishing Group), June 5, 2007
  • Steve Vogel: The Pentagon: A History, (Random House Publishing Group), June 5, 2007
  • Amity Shlaes: The Forgotten Man: A New History of the Great Depression, HarperCollins Publishers, June 12, 2007
  • Orville Vernon Burton: The Age of Lincoln, (Farrar, Straus and Giroux), June 12, 2007
  • Brian K. Bugge: The Mystique of Conspiracy: Oswald, Castro, and the CIA, (Provocative Ideas), June 28, 2007
  • Kathryn C. Statler: Replacing France: The Origins of American Intervention in Vietnam, (University Press of Kentucky) July 28, 2007
DEPARTED:

Posted on Sunday, April 29, 2007 at 9:46 PM

April 23, 2007

BIGGEST STORIES:
    Ken Burns: PBS clarifies that Burns won’t re-cut ‘The War’ – WaPo, 4-19-07

  • Ken Burns: Library of Congress, PBS, and Ken Burns Team Up to Gather Oral Histories – AHA Blog, 4-19-07
  • Ken Burns: Agrees To Expand Documentary – WaPo, 4-18-07
  • Ken Burns: Hispanic filmmaker to join Burns’ ‘The War’ – AP/MSNBC, 4-17-07
HNN STATS THIS WEEK:
THIS WEEK IN HISTORY:
  • 04-23-1616 – Playwright William Shakespeare died in Stratford-on-Avon, England.
  • 04-23-1969 – Sirhan Sirhan was sentenced to death (later reduced to a life sentence) for the assassination of Robert F. Kennedy.
  • 04-23-2004 – The U.S. resumed diplomatic relations with Libya.
  • 04-24-1800 – Library of Congress was established.
  • 04-24-1898 – Spain declared war on the U.S..
  • 04-24-1915 – Turks began deportation of Armenians that led to the massacre of between 600,000 and 1.5 million Armenians.
  • 04-24-1916 – The Easter Rebellion begins in Dublin, Ireland. Although unsuccessful, the uprising was an important symbolic event leading to the establishment of the Republic of Ireland.
  • 04-24-1953 – Winston Churchill was knighted by Queen Elizabeth II.
  • 04-25-1901 – New York became the first state to require license plates on cars.
  • 04-25-1915 – British, Australian, and New Zealand forces landed at Gallipoli.
  • 04-25-1928 – The first seeing eye dog was presented to Morris S. Frank.
  • 04-25-1945 – Delegates met in San Francisco to organize the United Nations.
  • 04-25-1953 – The Francis Crick and James Watson article describing the double helix of DNA is published in the magazine Nature.
  • 04-25-1992 – Islamic forces took over most of Kabul, Afghanistan after the Soviet-controlled government collapsed.
  • 04-25-2003 – The Georgia legislature voted to scrap the “Confederate flag” design from its state flag.
  • 04-26-1607 – Colonists land at Cape Henry, Va., They would found Jamestown the next month.
  • 04-26-1865 – John Wilkes Booth, Lincoln’s assassin, was surrounded by federal troops in a barn in Virginia. He was shot and killed, either by the soldiers or by his own hand.
  • 04-26-1937 – The German Luftwaffe (air force) destroyed the Spanish town of Guernica.
  • 04-26-1986 – The worst nuclear power plant accident in history occurred at Chernobyl, near Kiev, U.S.S.R.
  • 04-26-1994 – The first multi-racial elections were held in South Africa.
  • 04-26-2000 – Vermont Governor Howard Dean signed the nation’s first bill allowing same-sex couples to form civil unions.
  • 04-27-1521 – Portuguese explorer Ferdinand Magellan was killed in a fight with natives of the Philippines.
  • 04-27-1865 – The worst steamship disaster in the history of the United States occurred when there was an explosion aboard the Sultana; more than 1,400 people were killed.
  • 04-28-1788 – Maryland became the 7th state in the United States.
  • 04-28-1789 – Fletcher Christian led the mutiny aboard the British ship Bounty against Captain William Bligh.
  • 04-28-1945 – Benito Mussolini was executed.
  • 04-28-2004 – The Abu Ghraib prison abuse scandal first comes to light when graphic photos of U.S. soldiers physically abusing and humiliating Iraqi prisoners were shown on CBS’s 60 Minutes II.
  • 04-29-1429 – Joan of Arc entered the city of Orléans. She would end its months-long siege and would become known as the “Maid of Orléans.”
  • 04-29-1916 – The Easter rebellion in Ireland ended with the surrender of Irish nationalists.
  • 04-29-1945 – American soldiers liberated the Dachau concentration cam
  • 04-29-1992 – A Los Angeles jury acquitted four police officers accused of beating Rodney King. Massive rioting and looting ensued.
IN THE NEWS:
REVIEWED AND FIRST CHAPTERS:
  • Marilyn Nissenson: Tabloid Queen THE LADY UPSTAIRS Dorothy Schiff and The New York PostNYT, 4-22-07
  • David Cannadine on Lynne Olson: Their Finest Hour How a group of upstart Tories toppled Neville Chamberlain TROUBLESOME YOUNG MEN The Rebels Who Brought Churchill to Power And Helped Save EnglandWaPo, 4-22-07
  • The Blind Prisoner How a Polish noble survived World War II when other prisoners of war didn’t MICHELANGELO IN RAVENSBRUCK One Woman’s War Against the NazisWaPo, 4-22-07Walter Isaacson on John Lukacs: Cold War Realist GEORGE KENNAN A Study of Character WaPo, 4-22-07
  • Amanda Vaill on Virginia Rounding: Mother Russia A new book focuses on the personal life of the magnificent 18th-century empress CATHERINE THE GREAT Love, Sex,and Power WaPo, 4-22-07
  • Maya Jasanoff on Lynn Hunt: Revolutionary Thought How “all men were created equal” became “self-evident” INVENTING HUMAN RIGHTS A History WaPo, 4-22-07
  • David O. Stewart: The Long Hot Summer and the More Perfect Union THE SUMMER OF 1787: The Men Who Invented the Constitution NYT, 4-20-07
  • Robert Dallek: Parsing the Nixon and Kissinger Pas de Deux Nixon and Kissinger: Partners in PowerNYT, 4-17-07
OP-ED:
PROFILED:
INTERVIEWED:
  • Robert Satloff: A ‘Righteous’ Honor for an Arab Who Saved Jews – NPR, 4-19-07
  • New Set of MLK Papers Sparks Controversy – NPR, 4-7-07
FEATURE:
QUOTED:
SPOTTED & SPEAKING EVENTS CALENDAR:
HONORED, AWARDED, AND APPOINTMENTS:
ON TV:
  • C-Span2, Book TV : History on Book TV: Michael Lerner, “Dry Manhattan: Prohibition in New York City” on Sunday, April 22 at 12:00 pm C-Span2, BookTV
  • C-Span2, Book TV : After Words: After Words: David Pietrusza, author of “1920: The Year of the Six Presidents” interviewed by Ann Compton on Saturday, April 21 at 9:00 pm and Sunday, April 22 at 6:00 pm and at 9:00 pm C-Span2, BookTV
  • C-Span2, Book TV : Public Lives: Debby Applegate, “The Most Famous Man in America: The Biography of Henry Ward Beecher” on Sunday, April 22 at 4:25 pm and Monday, April 23 at 12:45 am C-Span2, BookTV
  • PBS: The American Experience: “Summer of Love” Monday, April 23, 2007 at 9pm ET – PBS
  • History Channel: “Sherman’s March” Sunday, April 22, @ 9pm ET/PT
  • History Channel: “Digging For The Truth :Hunt for the Lost Ark” Monday, April 23, @ 2pm ET/PT
  • History Channel: “Digging For The Truth :The Real Sin City: Sodom & Gomorrah,” Monday, April 23, @ 3pm ET/PT
  • History Channel: “Lost Worlds :Ramses’ Egyptian Empire,” Monday, April 23, @ 4pm ET/PT
  • History Channel: “Lost Worlds :Braveheart’s Scotland,” Monday, April 23, @ 5pm ET/PT
  • History Channel: “Lost Worlds :Hitler’s Supercity,” Monday, April 23, @ 6pm ET/PT
  • History Channel: “Lost Worlds :Knights Templar,” Monday, April 23, @ 7pm ET/PT
  • History Channel: “Cities Of The Underworld :04 – Scotland’s Sin City,” Monday, April 23, @ 9pm ET/PT
  • History Channel: “Digging For The Truth :Atlantis: New Revelation,” Monday, April 23, @ 10pm ET/PT
  • History Channel: “Cities of the Underworld,” Monday, April 16, @ 10pm ET/PT
  • History Channel: “Exorcism: Driving Out the Devil,” Tuesday, April 24, @ 2pm ET/PT
  • History Channel: “Witch Hunt,” Tuesday, April 24, @ 4pm ET/PT
  • History Channel: “Lost Worlds :The Real Dracula,” Tuesday, April 24, @ 6pm ET/PT
  • History Channel: “Modern Marvels :The Alaskan Oil Pipeline,” Tuesday, April 24, @ 7pm ET/PT
  • History Channel: “Ancient Discoveries :15 – Machines of The East,” Tuesday, April 24, @ 9pm ET/PT
  • History Channel: “Man Moment Machine :Alexander the Great and the Devastating Catapult,” Tuesday, April 24, @ 10pm ET/PT
  • History Channel: “Caligula: Reign of Madness,” Tuesday, April 24, @ 11pm ET/PT
  • History Channel: “Gestapo :The Sword Unsheathed,” Wednesday, April 18, @ 2pm ET/PT
  • History Channel: “Barbarians II :Franks,” Wednesday, April 25, @ 3pm ET/PT
  • History Channel: “Barbarians II :Lombards,” Wednesday, April 25, @ 3pm ET/PT
  • History Channel: “Engineering An Empire :The Persians,” Wednesday, April 25, @ 6pm ET/PT
  • History Channel: “Cities Of The Underworld :04 – Scotland’s Sin City,” Wednesday, April 25, @ 11pm ET/PT
  • History Channel: “Ku Klux Klan: A Secret History : Ku Klux Klan: A Secret History,” Thursday, April 26, @ 2pm ET/PT
  • History Channel: “Tales of the FBI :The Bureau vs. the Klan,” Thursday, April 26, @ 4pm ET/PT
  • History Channel: “Shootout :Tet Offensive,” Thursday, April 19, @ 6pm ET/PT
  • History Channel: “Special :Boneyard: Where Machines End Their Lives,” Thursday, April 26, @ 10pm ET/PT
  • History Channel: “Rumrunners, Moonshiners and Bootleggers : Rumrunners, Moonshiners and Bootleggers,” Friday, April 28, @ 2pm ET/PT
  • History Channel: “The Legacy of Al Capone,” Friday, April 20, @ 4pm ET/PT
  • History Channel: “Dogfights :11 – Dogfights of the Middle East,” Friday, April 28, @ 8pm ET/PT
  • History Channel: “Man Moment Machine :Patton and the Desperate Tank Attack,” Friday, April 28, @ 9pm ET/PT
  • History Channel: “Mega Movers” Marathon, Saturday, April 29, @ 1-5pm ET/PT
  • History Channel: “Dogfights: The Greatest Air Battles,” Saturday, April 29, @ 5pm ET/PT
  • History Channel: “Sherman’s March,” Saturday, April 29, @ 8pm ET/PT
  • History Channel: “The States :02 – Texas, Massachusetts, Arkansas, Iowa, Delaware,” Saturday, April 29, @ 10pm ET/PT
SELLING BIG (NYT):
  • Walter Isaacson: EINSTEIN HIS LIFE AND UNIVERSE #1 (1 week on list) – 4-29-07
  • Michael B. Oren: POWER, FAITH, AND FANTASY #33 – 4-29-07
NEW ON THE WEB:
FUTURE RELEASES:
  • Taylor Branch: Book on Bill Clinton Emerges From 8 Years of Tapes – NYT, 3-21-07
  • Jonathan M. Elukin: Living Together, Living Apart: Rethinking Jewish- Christian Relations in the Middle Ages, (Princeton University Press), April 2007
  • Philip Morgan: The Fall of Mussolini: Italians and the War, 1940-1945, (Oxford University Press), April 2007
  • Richard Croker: The Boomer Century 1946-2046: How America’s Most Influential Generation Changed Everything, (Springboard Press), April 2007
  • R. Emmett Tyrrell: The Clinton Crack-Up: The Boy President’s Life After the White House, (Nelson Current), April 2007
  • Stephen F. Hayes: Cheney: A Revealing Portrait of America’s Most Powerful Vice President, (HarperCollins Publishers), April 3, 2007
  • Michael Stephenson: Patriot Battles: How the War of Independence Was Fought (HarperCollins Publishers), April 3, 2007
  • Saul Friedlander: Years of Extermination: Nazi Germany and the Jews, 1939-1945, Vol. 2, (HarperCollins Publishers), April 10, 2007
  • Georgina Howell: Gertrude Bell: Queen of the Desert, Shaper of Nations (Farrar, Straus and Giroux), April 17, 2007
  • Lynne Olson: Troublesome Young Men: The Rebels Who Brought Churchill to Power and Helped Save England, (Farrar, Straus and Giroux), April 17, 2007
  • Robert Dallek: Nixon and Kissinger: Partners in Power, (HarperCollins Publishers), April 24, 2007
  • Orville Vernon Burton: The Age of Lincoln, (Farrar, Straus and Giroux), June 2007
  • Gabor Boritt (Editor): Slavery, Resistance, Freedom, (Oxford University Press, USA), June 2007
  • William C. Davis: Virginia at War 1862 (Editor) (University Press of Kentucky), June 2007
DEPARTED:

Posted on Saturday, April 21, 2007 at 8:54 PM

April 16, 2007

BIGGEST STORIES:
HNN STATS THIS WEEK:
THIS WEEK IN HISTORY:
  • 04-16-1746 – The Jacobite uprising in England ends when Charles “Bonnie Prince Charlie” Stuart is defeated by the Duke of Cumberland.
  • 04-16-1917 – Lenin returned to Russia after 10 years in exile in Switzerland.
  • 04-16-1947 – Financier Bernard Baruch coined the term “cold war” in a speech in South Carolina.
  • 04-16-1972 – China sent President Nixon two giant pandas as a gift.
  • 04-17-1790 – Benjamin Franklin, U.S. patriot, diplomat, and a signer of the Declaration of Independence, died in Philadelphia.
  • 04-17-1895 – The Sino-Japanese War ended with the signing of the Treaty of Shimonoseki.
  • 04-17-1961 – Supported by the U.S. government, 1,500 exiles made the unsuccessful Bay of Pigs invasion in Cuba.
  • 04-17-1969 – Sirhan Sirhan was convicted for the murder of Robert F. Kennedy.
  • 04-17-1970 – The Apollo 13 astronauts safely splashed down after their near-disastrous flight.
  • 04-17-1975 – Phnom Penh fell to the Khmer Rouge, ending the five year Cambodian war.
  • 04-18-1775 – Paul Revere rode from Charlestown to Lexington to warn Massachusetts colonists of the arrival of British troops during the American Revolution.
  • 04-18-1906 – The Great San Francisco Earthquake destroyed over 4 sq mi. and killed over 500 people.
  • 04-18-1978 – The U.S. Senate voted to hand over the Panama Canal to Panamanian control on Dec. 31, 1999.
  • 04-18-2002 – Afghanistan’s former king, Mohammad Zahir Shah, returned after 29 years in exile.
  • 04-19-1775 – The “shot heard around the world” was fired. Colonial Minute Men took on British Army regulars at Lexington and Concord, Mass., starting the American Revolution.
  • 04-19-1824 – Lord Byron died of a fever while helping the Greeks fight the Turks.
  • 04-19-1882 – Naturalist Charles Darwin, developer of the theory of evolution, died.
  • 04-19-1933 – The United States went off the gold standard.
  • 04-19-1943 – The Warsaw ghetto uprising began, one of the first mass rebellions against the Nazis.
  • 04-19-1993 – The siege at Waco, Texas, ended when FBI moved into the Branch Davidian compound with tear gas and cult members set fire to the compound killing over 80 people.
  • 04-19-1995 – The Alfred P. Murrah Federal Building in Oklahoma City, Okla., was destroyed by a car bomb. 168 people, including 19 children were killed in the worst terrorist attack in U.S. history up to that time.
  • 04-19-2005 – Germany’s Cardinal Joseph Ratzinger became Pope Benedict XVI.
  • 04-20-1769 – Ottawa Indian chief Pontiac murdered.
  • 04-20-1841 – The first detective story, Edgar Allen Poe’s Murders in the Rue Morgue was published.
  • 04-20-1971 – The U.S. Supreme Court upheld the practice of busing for racial desegregation.
  • 04-20-1999 – Eric Harris and Dylan Klebold went on a shooting spree at Columbine High School in Littleton, Colo. 14 students (including the shooters) and 1 teacher were killed; 23 others were wounded.
  • 04-21-1836 – Texan army under Sam Houston defeated Mexicans in the Battle of San Jacinto.
  • 04-21-1918 -Baron Manfred von Richthofen, the notorious World War I German flying ace known as the “Red Baron,” was killed in action.
  • 04-21-1975 – South Vietnamese President Nguyen Van Thieu resigned.
  • 04-21-1995 – Timothy McVeigh was arrested in connection with the Oklahoma City bombing.
  • 04-22-1500 – Pedro Alvares Cabral discovered Brazil and claimed it for Portugal.
  • 04-22-1509 – Henry VIII became king of England.
  • 04-22-1864 – Congress authorized the inscription “In God We Trust” on coins minted as U.S. currency.
  • 04-22-1889 – The land rush in Oklahoma began when it was opened to settlers.
  • 04-22-1970 – The first Earth Day was observed.
  • 04-22-1994 – Richard M. Nixon died of a stroke at the age of 81.
  • 04-22-2000 – Armed immigration agents took Elian Gonzalez from the Miami home of his relatives to reunite him with his father.
IN THE NEWS:
REVIEWED AND FIRST CHAPTERS:
  • Edward L. Ayers on Heather Cox Richardson: Inventing the American Mainstream A historian finds the roots of today’s politics in the post-Civil War era WEST FROM APPOMATTOX The Reconstruction of America After the Civil WarWaPo, 4-15-07
  • Hanne Blank: Virgin Territory Is virginity a real condition or was it invented to control women and their sexuality? – VIRGIN The Untouched History WaPo, 4-15-07
  • Chandra Manning: How Civil War soldiers saw slavery From the beginning, men on both sides regarded it as the reason they were fighting, says an impressive history What This Cruel War Was Over Soldiers, Slavery, and the Civil WarPhiladelphia Inquirer, PA, 4-15-07
  • Robert James Maddox: In new book he and others take on the Hiroshima revisionists – Press Release for the Hiroshima in History: The Myths of Revisionism, ed. Robert James Maddox, 4-11-07
  • Historians criticized for writing the book, “How Green Were the Nazis?” – Alex Beam in the Boston Globe (4-10-07)
  • Matthew Sutton: Book by Oakland University historian and a PBS show examine a 20th-Century evangelist’s visual appeal and vast power – Detroit Free Press, 3-31-07
OP-ED:
PROFILED:
INTERVIEWED:
FEATURE:
QUOTED:
  • Titus Brown on “Robinson affected American society Ballplayer’s efforts led to changes across the country”: “Robinson created a sort of picture that all society should be integrated. That’s why we could see a shifting and changing in society in the mid-1950s. Breaking the color barrier did say, ‘Maybe it’s not so bad that you can have an African- American athlete participate in the so-called American sport. I think people started to rethink it after they saw Robinson.” – MLB.com, 4-14-07
  • Julius Thompson on “Robinson affected American society Ballplayer’s efforts led to changes across the country”: “If you break down barriers in one field, it directly impacts others, particularly economic, political and social. So for me, it had implications in all these other areas in advancing civil rights and general human rights in the United States and other countries.” – MLB.com, 4-14-07
  • Warren M. Billing on “Judge-judging commission keeps busy”: John Fournet “really grew into his black robes once he got on the bench in the 1930s. He became one of the foremost advocates in the country for judical reforms. By the time he retired in 1970, the Louisiana Supreme Court was one of the most efficient, well-managed in the nation.” – AP, 4-15-07
  • Robert Friedel on “Night, light: Bulb faces a dim future But don’t flip the switch just yet, even as technology pursues more energy- and cost-efficient forms to brighten our world”: “It’s pretty hard to imagine a world without electric light. In a sense, Edison’s technology spread astonishingly quickly. The electric lights spread more quickly than the digital computer did. We think of the computer accelerating technological change, but, in fact, when it comes to important stuff, not just the marvel of the iPod, the electric light moved much more rapidly.” – Orlando Sentinel, FL, 4-14-07
SPOTTED & SPEAKING EVENTS CALENDAR:
  • Alan Brinkley: Historian Gets Rock Star Treatment at MHS – Larchmont Gazette, NY, 4-12-07
  • Mary Beth Norton: Historian speaks about Salem witch trials – http://www.knoxnews.com, 4-6-07
  • May 2, 2007: James McPherson, Pulitzer prize-winning Civil War historian to speak at Vanderbilt University at 4:30 p.m. in Ingram Hall, is titled “When Will This Cruel War Be Over? The Failure of Peace Negotiations, 1864-1865.” – Vanderbilt University News, TN, 4-4-07
  • April 16, 2007: Pulitzer Prize-Winner Richard Ford at Depauw University for Crain Lecture – DePauw University, IN, 3-23-07
  • April 17, 2007: Peter Gay: To Deliver Klutznick Lecture at Northwestern University – http://www.juf.org, 3-26-07
  • April 18, 2007: Outstanding efforts honored with Heritage Awards the evening’s lecture will be presented by Mark David Hall, a professor at George Fox University’s Department of History and Political Science, Salem Oregon -
  • April 29, 2007: Jerry Apps: The Two Rivers Historical Society invites members and the public to take a look at “The Lighter Side of Life in the Country” during its annual meeting and “hoedown,” starting at 2 p.m. Sunday, April 29, at the Lighthouse Inn, 1515 Memorial Drive, Two Rivers – Herald Times Reporter, WI, 4-12-07
  • Harvey Mansfield: Picked to deliver the 2007 Jefferson Lecture in the Humanities – Website of the National Endowment for the Humanities, 3-22-07
HONORED, AWARDED, AND APPOINTMENTS:
ON TV:
  • C-Span2, Book TV : 2007 Abraham Lincoln Institute Symposium Panel Discussion at Sunday, April 15 at 11:10 pm C-Span2, BookTV
  • PBS: The American Experience: “Jonestown: The Life and Death of Peoples Temple” Monday, April 16, 2007 at 9pm ET – PBS
  • History Channel: “The Kennedy Assassination: Beyond Conspiracy” Sunday, April 15, @ 8pm ET/PT
  • History Channel: “Fort Knox: Secrets Revealed” Sunday, April 15, @ 10pm ET/PT
  • History Channel: “The True Story of Alexander the Great,” Monday, April 16, @ 2pm ET/PT
  • History Channel: “Lost Worlds :The Real Dracula,” Monday, April 16, @ 8pm ET/PT
  • History Channel: “Digging For The Truth :The Aztecs: Of Blood and Sacrifice,” Monday, April 16, @ 9pm ET/PT
  • History Channel: “Digging For The Truth :Lost Empire of Genghis Khaan,” Monday, April 16, @ 10pm ET/PT
  • History Channel: “Cities of the Underworld,” Monday, April 16, @ 10pm ET/PT
  • History Channel: “Decoding The Past : Mysteries of the Bermuda Triangle,” Tuesday, April 17, @ 2pm ET/PT
  • History Channel: “Decoding The Past :Earth’s Black Hole,” Tuesday, April 17, @ 4pm ET/PT
  • History Channel: “Deep Sea Detectives :Great Lakes Ghost Ship,” Tuesday, April 16, @ 6pm ET/PT
  • History Channel: “Decoding The Past :The Other Nostradamus,” Tuesday, April 16, @ 8pm ET/PT
  • History Channel: “Man, Moment, Machine :JFK & the Crisis Crusader,” Tuesday, April 16, @ 10pm ET/PT
  • History Channel: “Gestapo :The Sword Unsheathed,” Wednesday, April 18, @ 2pm ET/PT
  • History Channel: “Gestapo :The Sword Is Shattered,” Wednesday, April 18, @ 4pm ET/PT
  • History Channel: “The Other Tragedy at Pearl Harbor,” Wednesday, April 18, @ 5pm ET/PT
  • History Channel: “Man, Moment, Machine :Doolittle’s Daring Raid.,” Wednesday, April 18, @ 6pm ET/PT
  • History Channel: “The True Story of Killing Pablo,” Thursday, April 19, @ 2pm ET/PT
  • History Channel: “Heroes Under Fire :Escape from Liberia,” Thursday, April 19, @ 5pm ET/PT
  • History Channel: “Shootout :Tet Offensive,” Thursday, April 19, @ 6pm ET/PT
  • History Channel: “Modern Marvels :Tunnels of Vietnam.,” Thursday, April 19, @ 7pm ET/PT
  • History Channel: “Countdown to Armageddon,” Friday, April 20, @ 2pm ET/PT
  • History Channel: “Special: Sodom and Gemorrah,” Friday, April 20, @ 4pm ET/PT
  • History Channel: “Decoding The Past :The Holy Grail,” Friday, April 20, @ 5pm ET/PT
  • History Channel: “The Lost Evidence :19 – Battle of Berlin,” Friday, April 20, @ 8pm ET/PT
  • History Channel: “Band Of Brothers” Marathon, Saturday, April 21, @ 2-5pm ET/PT
  • History Channel: “Jonestown Paradise Lost,” Saturday, April 21, @ 8pm ET/PT
  • History Channel: “The States :01 – California, North Carolina, Kansas, New Hampshire, West Virginia,” Saturday, April 21, @ 10pm ET/PT
  • History Channel: “Sex in the Civil War,” Saturday, April 21, @ 11pm ET/PT
SELLING BIG (NYT):
  • Walter Isaacson: EINSTEIN #24 – 4-22-07
NEW ON THE WEB:
EXHIBITIONS:
  • “The White House Meets the Bulldozer:” A traveling exhibit from the White House Historical Association, on display through April 22 at the Greensboro Public Library gallery. The exhibit covers the Truman restoration. – Greensboro News Record, NC, 3-17-07
FUTURE RELEASES:
  • Taylor Branch: Book on Bill Clinton Emerges From 8 Years of Tapes – NYT, 3-21-07
  • Jonathan M. Elukin: Living Together, Living Apart: Rethinking Jewish- Christian Relations in the Middle Ages, (Princeton University Press), April 2007
  • Philip Morgan: The Fall of Mussolini: Italians and the War, 1940-1945, (Oxford University Press), April 2007
  • Richard Croker: The Boomer Century 1946-2046: How America’s Most Influential Generation Changed Everything, (Springboard Press), April 2007
  • R. Emmett Tyrrell: The Clinton Crack-Up: The Boy President’s Life After the White House, (Nelson Current), April 2007
  • Stephen F. Hayes: Cheney: A Revealing Portrait of America’s Most Powerful Vice President, (HarperCollins Publishers), April 3, 2007
  • Michael Stephenson: Patriot Battles: How the War of Independence Was Fought (HarperCollins Publishers), April 3, 2007
  • Saul Friedlander: Years of Extermination: Nazi Germany and the Jews, 1939-1945, Vol. 2, (HarperCollins Publishers), April 10, 2007
  • Georgina Howell: Gertrude Bell: Queen of the Desert, Shaper of Nations (Farrar, Straus and Giroux), April 17, 2007
  • Lynne Olson: Troublesome Young Men: The Rebels Who Brought Churchill to Power and Helped Save England, (Farrar, Straus and Giroux), April 17, 2007
  • Robert Dallek: Nixon and Kissinger: Partners in Power, (HarperCollins Publishers), April 24, 2007
  • Orville Vernon Burton: The Age of Lincoln, (Farrar, Straus and Giroux), June 2007
  • Gabor Boritt (Editor): Slavery, Resistance, Freedom, (Oxford University Press, USA), June 2007
  • William C. Davis: Virginia at War 1862 (Editor) (University Press of Kentucky), June 2007
DEPARTED:

Posted on Sunday, April 15, 2007 at 6:58 PM

April 9, 2007

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

  • 04-02-1513 – Spanish explorer Juan Ponce de Leon landed in Florida.
  • 04-02-1792 – Congress authorized the first U.S. mint, in Philadelphia.
  • 04-02-1865 – Confederate president Jefferson Davis and most of his cabinet fled the Confederate capital of Richmond, Va.
  • 04-02-1870 – Victoria Claflin Woodhull announced her candidacy for president of the United States.
  • 04-02-1917 – President Woodrow Wilson asked Congress to declare war against Germany.
  • 04-02-1932 – Charles Lindbergh paid a $50,000 ransom for the return of his kidnapped son.
  • 04-02-1982 – Argentina seized the Falkland Islands from Britain
  • 04-02-2005 – Pope John Paul II died.
  • 04-03-1882 – Outlaw Jesse James was shot in the back by Bob Ford, one of his own gang members, reportedly for a $10,000 reward.
  • 04-03-1936 – Bruno Hauptmann was electrocuted for the kidnapping and murder of the Lindbergh baby.
  • 04-03-1948 – President Truman signed the Marshall Plan, which would foster the recovery of war-torn Europe.
  • 04-04-1818 – Congress adopted a U.S. flag with one star for each state.
  • 04-04-1841 – President William Henry Harrison died from pneumonia, one month after his inauguration.
  • 04-04-1945 – The Ohrdruf death camp was liberated from Nazi occupation.
  • 04-04-1949 – The treaty establishing the North Atlantic Treaty Organization (NATO) was signed.
  • 04-04-1968 – Martin Luther King, Jr., was assassinated.
  • 04-04-1973 – The ribbon was cut to open the World Trade Center in New York City.
  • 04-05-1614 – Pocahontas married John Rolfe.
  • 04-05-1792 – George Washington cast the first presidential veto.
  • 04-05-1887 – Anne Sullivan makes the breakthrough to Helen Keller by spelling “water” in the manual alphabet.
  • 04-05-1951 – Julius and Ethel Rosenberg were sentenced to death for giving away atomic secrets to the Russians.
  • 04-05-1955 – Winston Churchill resigned as prime minister of Britain.
  • 04-06-1862 – The Battle of Shiloh in the American Civil War began.
  • 04-06-1896 – First modern Olympic Games opened in Athens, Greece.
  • 04-06-1917 – U.S. declared war on Germany and entered World War I.
  • 04-06-1994 – The presidents of Rwanda and Burundi were killed in a plane crash.
  • 04-07-1862 – Gen. Ulysses S. Grant defeated the Confederates at the battle of Shiloh.
  • 04-07-1913 – 5,000 suffragists march to the Capitol in Washington, D.C. , seeking the vote for women.
  • 04-07-1927 – U.S. secretary of commerce Herbert Hoover’s Washington speech was seen and heard in New York in the first long-distance television transmission.
  • 04-07-1948 – The World Health Organization, a UN agency, was founded.
  • 04-07-1994 – Hutu extremists in Rwanda began massacring ethnic Tutsis and politically moderate Hutus. In 100 days of killing, an estimated 800,000 are murdered.
  • 04-08-1513 – Ponce de León claimed Florida for Spain.
  • 04-08-1913 – The 17th Amendment was ratified, requiring the direct election of U.S. senators by popular vote rather than by the state legislators.
  • 04-08-1935 – The Works Progress Administration (WPA) was approved by Congress to help alleviate joblessness during the Great Depression.
  • 04-08-1946 – The League of Nations assembled for the last time.
  • 04-09-1731 – Robert Jenkins’s ear was cut off, sparking the War of Jenkins’s Ear between Spain and England.
  • 04-09-1865 – Gen. Robert E. Lee surrendered to Gen. Ulysses S. Grant at Appomattox Court House.
  • 04-09-1942 – American and Philippine troops on Bataan were overwhelmed by Japanese forces during World War II. The “Bataan Death March” began soon after.
  • 04-09-1959 – NASA announced the selection of America’s first astronauts, including Alan Shepard and John Glenn.
  • 04-09-1963 – Winston Churchill became the first honorary U.S. citizen.
  • 04-09-1992 – Former Panamanian ruler Manuel Noriega was convicted of drug and racketeering charges.
  • 04-09-2003 – American Marines pulled down Saddam Hussein’s statue in Baghdad after U.S. commanders declared his rule ended.
  • 04-10-1790 – The U.S. patent system was formed.
  • 04-10-1866 – The American Society for Prevention of Cruelty to Animals (ASPCA) was chartered.
  • 04-10-1912 – Titanic set sail on its fateful voyage.
  • 04-10-1970 – Paul McCartney announced the official split of the Beatles.
  • 04-10-1974 – Israeli prime minister Golda Meir announced her resignation.
  • 04-10-1998 – The Northern Ireland “Good Friday Accord” was reached.
  • 04-11-1814 – Napoleon was exiled to the island of Elba.
  • 04-11-1899 – The treaty ending the Spanish-American War took effect.
  • 04-11-1945 – Allies liberated Buchenwald concentration camp.
  • 04-11-1951 – President Harry Truman fired General Douglas McArthur.
  • 04-11-1968 – President Lyndon B. Johnson signed the 1968 Civil Rights Act.
  • 04-11-1979 – Ugandan dictator Idi Amin was overthrown.
  • 04-11-1981 – President Ronald Reagan returned to the White House after he was shot in an assassination attempt.
  • 04-12-1861 – The Civil War began when Fort Sumter was attacked.
  • 04-12-1862 – James J. Andrews led the raiding party that stole the Confederate locomotive “The General,” inspiring the 1926 Buster Keaton movie.
  • 04-12-1945 – President Franklin Roosevelt died.
  • 04-12-1961 – Soviet cosmonaut Yuri A. Gagarin became the first human in space and also the first human to orbit the earth in a spacecraft.
  • 04-12-1999 – Arkansas federal judge Susan Webber Wright found President Clinton in contempt of court for lying about his relationship with Monica Lewinsky.
  • 04-13-1598 – The Edict of Nantes gave religious tolerance to the Huguenots in France.
  • 04-13-1964 – Sidney Poitier became the first African American to win the Academy Award for best actor.
  • 04-13-1970 – Apollo 13 announced “Houston, we’ve got a problem,” when an oxygen tank burst on the way to the Moon.
  • 04-13-1975 – Civil War began in Lebanon when gunmen killed 4 Christian Phalangists who retaliated by killing 27 Palestinians.
  • 04-14-1775 – Benjamin Rush was among those who founded the first American antislavery society.
  • 04-14-1828 – Noah Webster copyrighted the first edition of his dictionary.
  • 04-14-1860 – The first pony express rider reached his destination of San Francisco. He left St. Joseph, Mo., on April 3.
  • 04-14-1865 – Abraham Lincoln was assassinated by John Wilkes Booth.
  • 04-14-1912 – Titanic hit the iceberg that would sink her the next morning.
  • 04-15-1861 – In response to the attack on Fort Sumter three days earlier, President Abraham Lincoln declared a state of insurrection and called out Union troops.
  • 04-15-1912 – Titanic sank off the coast of Newfoundland on its maiden voyage after it struck an iceberg.
  • 04-15-1920 – A paymaster and guard were murdered in Braintree, Mass. Sacco and Vanzetti were accused of the crime.
  • 04-15-1945 – Nazi concentration camp Bergen-Belsen was liberated by Canadian and British forces.
IN THE NEWS:
REVIEWED AND FIRST CHAPTERS:
  • JEFFREY FELDMAN: Framing the Debate, First Chapter – NYT 4-8-07
  • JEFFREY FELDMAN: Magic Words Framing the DebateNYT 4-8-07
  • Kevin Boyle on Elliot Jaspin: Ethnic Cleansing, American Style A reporter explores forgotten expulsions of blacks from their hometowns BURIED IN THE BITTER WATERS The Hidden History of Racial Cleansing in America WaPo, 4-8-07
  • Joseph J. Ellis on Hugh Brogan: Democracy’s Prophet How a young 19th-century French aristocrat grasped America’s character ALEXIS DE TOCQUEVILLE A LifeWaPo, 4-1-07
  • James T. Campbell on Karolyn Smardz Frost, Mary Kay Ricks: Bound for Freedom Celebrating the courage and ingenuity of the Underground Railroad – WaPo, 4-1-07
  • Robert Dallek: New book says Kissinger kept Nixon in the dark on Yom Kippur War – Reuters, 4-2-07
  • Morton Smith: Did the late historian make-up a fake “secret gospel”? – Peter Steinfels in the NYT, 3-31-07
OP-ED:
PROFILED:
INTERVIEWED:
FEATURE:
QUOTED:
  • Frederick Kagan Says US is undermining the Mahdi militia: “Sure, those guys are going to get out of the line of fire. They’ll wait and see what happens and then design a way to come back and attack the U.S. position with tactics more favorable to them.We have not been allowing (the al-Mahdi Army) to lay low. We have been picking off the leaders in their senior organization. We have established a joint security station. That means we are operating on their home turf and tripping their networks.” – Fox News, 3-26-07
  • Bruce Cumings: U.S. historian says Korean unification unlikely while Kim Jong-il is in power – Yonhap News, South Korea, 3-27-07
SPOTTED & SPEAKING EVENTS CALENDAR:
HONORED, AWARDED, AND APPOINTMENTS:
ON TV: History Listings This Week:

  • C-Span2, Book TV : Book TV presents James McPherson “This Mighty Scourge: Perspectives on the Civil War” at Sunday, April 8 at 7:00 pm and Monday, April 9 at 2:00 am C-Span2, BookTV
  • C-Span2, Book TV : Book TV presents William Marvel “Mr. Lincoln Goes to War” at Sunday, April 8 at 8:00 pm and Monday, April 9 at 3:00 am C-Span2, BookTV
  • C-Span2, Book TV : Book TV presents Presidential Biography Panel with David Greenberg, “Calvin Coolidge”; Ira Rutkow, “James Garfield”; and Sean Wilentz, “Andrew Jackson” at Sunday, April 8 at 10:25 pm C-Span2, BookTV
  • PBS: The American Experience: “Jonestown: The Life and Death of Peoples Temple” Monday, April 16, 2007 at 9pm ET – PBS
  • History Channel: “Jesus of Nazareth” Sunday, April 8, @ 11am-7pm ET/PT
  • History Channel: “Banned from The Bible Part 1 and 2″ Sunday, April 8, @ 7pm ET/PT
  • History Channel: “Banned from The Bible II” Sunday, April 8, @ 9pm ET/PT
  • History Channel: “Breaking Vegas,” Monday, April 9, @ 2pm ET/PT
  • History Channel: “Dead Reckoning :Tracings in Blood,” Monday, April 9, @ 4pm ET/PT
  • History Channel: “Digging For The Truth :Lost Treasures of the Copper Scroll,” Monday, April 9, @ 9pm ET/PT
  • History Channel: “Decoding The Past :Mayan Doomsday Prophecy,” Monday, April 9, @ 10pm ET/PT
  • History Channel: “Street Gangs: A Secret History,” Tuesday, April 10, @ 2pm ET/PT
  • History Channel: “The Big House :Attica Prison,” Tuesday, April 10, @ 4pm ET/PT
  • History Channel: “Special :Meteors: Fire in the Sky,” Tuesday, April 10, @ 8pm ET/PT
  • History Channel: “Civil War Terror,” Wednesday, April 11, @ 2pm ET/PT
  • History Channel: “Investigating History :Billy the Kid,” Wednesday, April 11, @ 4pm ET/PT
  • History Channel: “Inside the Volcano,” Thursday, April 12, @ 2pm ET/PT
  • History Channel: “Modern Marvels :Walt Disney World,” Friday, April 13, @ 2pm ET/PT
  • History Channel: “Dpgfights” Marathon, Saturday, April 14, @ 2-5pm ET/PT
  • History Channel: “Tora, Tora, Tora: The Real Story of Pearl Harbor,” Saturday, April 14, @ 5pm ET/PT
SELLING BIG (NYT):
  • Walter Isaacson: EINSTEIN #34 – 4-15-07
NEW ON THE WEB:
  • U.S. Intellectual History blog: The editors of the weblog post news and information, short essays, book reviews and provocative conversation-starting questions, all in the area of U.S. intellectual history. – http://www.us-intellectual-history.blogspot.com
EXHIBITIONS:
  • “The White House Meets the Bulldozer:” A traveling exhibit from the White House Historical Association, on display through April 22 at the Greensboro Public Library gallery. The exhibit covers the Truman restoration. – Greensboro News Record, NC, 3-17-07
FUTURE RELEASES:
  • Taylor Branch: Book on Bill Clinton Emerges From 8 Years of Tapes – NYT, 3-21-07
  • Jonathan M. Elukin: Living Together, Living Apart: Rethinking Jewish- Christian Relations in the Middle Ages, (Princeton University Press), April 2007
  • Philip Morgan: The Fall of Mussolini: Italians and the War, 1940-1945, (Oxford University Press), April 2007
  • Richard Croker: The Boomer Century 1946-2046: How America’s Most Influential Generation Changed Everything, (Springboard Press), April 2007
  • R. Emmett Tyrrell: The Clinton Crack-Up: The Boy President’s Life After the White House, (Nelson Current), April 2007
  • Stephen F. Hayes: Cheney: A Revealing Portrait of America’s Most Powerful Vice President, (HarperCollins Publishers), April 3, 2007
  • Michael Stephenson: Patriot Battles: How the War of Independence Was Fought (HarperCollins Publishers), April 3, 2007
  • Saul Friedlander: Years of Extermination: Nazi Germany and the Jews, 1939-1945, Vol. 2, (HarperCollins Publishers), April 10, 2007
  • Georgina Howell: Gertrude Bell: Queen of the Desert, Shaper of Nations (Farrar, Straus and Giroux), April 17, 2007
  • Lynne Olson: Troublesome Young Men: The Rebels Who Brought Churchill to Power and Helped Save England, (Farrar, Straus and Giroux), April 17, 2007
  • Robert Dallek: Nixon and Kissinger: Partners in Power, (HarperCollins Publishers), April 24, 2007
  • Orville Vernon Burton: The Age of Lincoln, (Farrar, Straus and Giroux), June 2007
  • Gabor Boritt (Editor): Slavery, Resistance, Freedom, (Oxford University Press, USA), June 2007
  • William C. Davis: Virginia at War 1862 (Editor) (University Press of Kentucky), June 2007
DEPARTED:

Posted on Sunday, April 8, 2007 at 3:21 PM

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