History Buzz: August 2008

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.

August 25, 2008

CAMPAIGN 2008 WATCH:

PRESIDENTIAL CAMPAIGN 2008 WATCH:

  • Campaign 2008 Highlights: : A complete roundup of what Historians are saying about the campaign this week.
  • Sean Wilentz A Liberal’s Lament To win, Obama must convince the country that he is a man of substance, not just style. History suggests this won’t be easy: “But will Obama, amid the pulsating theatrics, also attempt the less glamorous and more difficult task of explaining specifically where he wants to move the country, and how he proposes to move it, above and beyond reciting his policy positions?” Wilentz asks. “History, as well as recent public-opinion polls, suggests that he badly needs to do so.” – Newsweek, 8-23-08
  • Laura McCall on “The first time around: A look at the 1908 DNC”: “Everybody in 1908 thought Denver was kind of a cow town,” said Denver historian Dr. Laura McCall. “Denver wanted to give an impression that it was sophisticated and had culture. I think there’s still something of an inferiority complex here that is totally undeserved.” – 9NEWS.com, CO, 8-25-08
CHICAGO 1968:

Chicago 1968: 40 years Later:

  • Essay: Norman Mailer’s Great American Meltdown – NYT, 8-24-08
  • Jeremi Suri on “Inouye’s 1968 speech was look at future”: Jeremi Suri, a history professor at the University of Wisconsin-Madison, said the 1968 convention showed how much the Democratic Party, split by race and the Vietnam War, was changing. Inouye had endorsed Humphrey and was aligned with the establishment, but Suri said Inouye — as a symbol — did not represent the Democratic political machine or the majority of delegates inside the International Amphitheatre. “It didn’t tell people where the party was then. It told them where the party was going,” said Suri, author of the book “Power and Protest: Global Revolution and the Rise of Detente,” which examined the 1960s. – Honolulu Advertiser, 8-25-08
  • Michael Kazin on “Inouye’s 1968 speech was look at future”: Michael Kazin, a history professor at Georgetown University in Washington, D.C., who was arrested at the Chicago protests, said Inouye’s speech did not have much impact on those outside the convention. “I don’t think he was all that visible,” he said. “Clearly, he was a symbol of a nonwhite Democrat who had been a war hero despite what had happened to Japanese-Americans during the war.” The bitterness over Humphrey’s nomination in 1968 led the party to give more weight to the primary system, Kazin said, and opened up the nomination process to politicians from outside the establishment like Jimmy Carter — a populist Georgia governor — in 1976 and Obama this year. “If you want to look at one event that made it quite public that the Democratic Party was not the same party which had won all these elections and really controlled the political dialogue, this is the event to look to,” said Kazin, the co-author of “America Divided: The Civil War of the 1960s.” – Honolulu Advertiser, 8-25-08
BIGGEST STORIES:

BIGGEST STORIES: LBJ Centenniel

  • Robert Caro speaks of the LBJ centennial: “I want to remember him in his days of just undiluted glory,” says Caro, a Pulitzer Prize winner currently in the middle of his fourth and final Johnson volume, which will cover his vice presidency and presidency…. “You listen to the ones who were concerned with what Lyndon Johnson did on the domestic side, and you say, ‘There never was a surer touch. There never was more of an understanding of what exactly needed to be done to get this legislation passed,’” Caro says. “Then you turn to Vietnam, reading the minutes of the meetings, talking to people. You have a sense of a man who didn’t know what to do. … If I write this book correctly, that contrast will emerge.”…. “I see Barack Obama as the apex of the Lyndon Johnson legacy,” Caro believes, saying that his presumed nomination would not have been possible without the civil rights legislation that enabled millions of blacks to vote. “But you can’t talk about Iraq without talking about Vietnam,” he adds. “You can’t leave that out. His presidency did not end in triumph.” AP, 8-24-08
  • Michael Beschloss on “Robert Caro speaks of the LBJ centennial”: “Every generation pays very close attention to the major controversies of the time and when Johnson left office, in 1969, Vietnam was still raging and a lot of Americans were furious at Johnson,” Beschloss says. “They weren’t thinking about a lot of things they had liked about him, like civil rights. And in 1969 people were not as aware as historians are now of the efforts he made to get the country out of the war.” – AP, 8-24-08
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THIS WEEK IN HISTORY:

THIS WEEK IN HISTORY:

    On This Day in History….

  • 25/08/1485 – Battle at Bosworth Fields: Henry Tudor beats king Richard III
  • 25/08/1609 – Galileo demonstrates his 1st telescope to Venetian lawmakers
  • 25/08/1718 – Hundreds of French colonists arrive in Louisiana; New Orleans was founded by French settlers and named after the Duke of Orleans.
  • 25/08/1768 – Capt James Cook departs from Plymouth with Endeavour to Pacific Ocean
  • 25/08/1814 – British forces destroy Library of Congress, containing 3,000 books
  • 25/08/1829 – Pres Jackson makes an offer to buy Texas, but Mexican govt refuses
  • 25/08/1862 – Secretary of War authorizes Gen Rufus Saxton to arm 5,000 slaves
  • 25/08/1915 – Hurricane kills 275 in Galveston, Texas with $50 million damage
  • 25/08/1944 – Paris was liberated from Nazi occupation by Allied forces.
  • 25/08/1945 – Jewish immigrants are permitted to leave Mauritius for Palestine
  • 26/08/1846 – W A Bartlett appointed 1st US mayor of Yerba Buena (SF)
  • 26/08/1874 – 16 blacks lynched in Tennessee
  • 26/08/1920 – 19th amendment passes-women’s suffrage granted
  • 26/08/1942 – 7,000 Jews are rounded up in Vichy-France
  • 26/08/1945 – Japanese diplomats board Missouri to receive instructions on Japan’s surrender at the end of WW II
  • 26/08/1964 – LBJ nominated at Democratic convention in Atlantic City, NJ
  • 27/08/1667 – Earliest recorded hurricane in US (Jamestown Virginia)
  • 27/08/1928 – Kellogg-Briand Pact, where 60 nations agree to outlaw war
  • 28/08/0476 – West Roman Empire formally disbands/emperor Romulus August ousted
  • 28/08/1565 – Oldest city in the US, St Augustine Fla, established
  • 28/08/1609 – Henry Hudson, discovers and explores Delaware Bay
  • 28/08/1655 – New Amsterdam and Peter Stuyvesant bars Jews from military service
  • 28/08/1862 – Battle of Groveton, VA (Manassas Plains) [->AUG 19] US7000 CS7000
  • 28/08/1862 – Belle Boyd released from Old Capital Prison in Washington, DC
  • 28/08/1884 – 1st known photograph of a tornado is made near Howard SD
  • 28/08/1916 – Italy declares war against Germany during WW I
  • 28/08/1944 – Last German troops in Marseille surrendered and Toulon cleared
  • 28/08/1963 – Martin Luther King Jr’s “I have a dream speech” at Lincoln Memorial
  • 28/08/1968 – Police and anti-war demonstrators clash at Chicago’s Dem Nationall Convention
  • 28/08/2005 – Hurricane Katrina hammers the south eastern United States, especially New Orleans, Louisiana, and coastal Mississippi
  • 29/08/1640 – English King Charles I signed a peace treaty with Scotland
  • 29/08/1756 – England and France meet in war
  • 29/08/1786 – Shay’s Rebellion in Springfield, Mass
  • 29/08/1862 – Battle of Bull Run, VA (Manassas, Gainesville, Bristoe Station)
  • 29/08/1916 – US Congress accept Jones Act: Philippines independence
  • 29/08/1939 – Chaim Weizmann informs England that Palestine Jews will fight in WW II
  • 29/08/1944 – 15,000 American troops liberating Paris march down Champs Elysees
  • 29/08/1945 – Gen MacArthur named Supreme Commander of Allied Powers in Japan
  • 29/08/1957 – Congress passes Civil Rights Act of 1957
  • 29/08/1968 – Democratics nominate Hubert H Humphrey for president (Chicago)
  • 30/08/1563 – Jewish community of Neutitschlin Moravia expelled
  • 30/08/1682 – William Penn left England to sail to New World
  • 30/08/1776 – US army evacuates Long Island/falls back to Manhattan, NYC
  • 30/08/1781 – French fleet of 24 ships under Comte de Grasse defeat British under Admiral Graves at battle of Chesapeake Capes in Revolutionary War
  • 30/08/1843 – 1st blacks participation in natl political convention (Liberty Party)
  • 30/08/1854 – John Fremont issues proclamation freeing slaves of Missouri rebels
  • 30/08/1862 – Battle of 2nd Manassas-Pope defeated by Lee-Battle of Richmond, KY
  • 30/08/1862 – Battle of Altamont-Confederates beat Union forces in Tennessee
  • 30/08/1862 – 2nd Battle of Bull Run – Confederates beat Union
  • 30/08/1945 – Gen MacArthur lands in Japan
  • 30/08/1967 – US Senate confirm Thurgood Marshall as 1st black justice
  • 31/08/1850 – Calif pioneers organized at Montgomery and Clay Streets
  • 31/08/1864 – Atlanta Campaign-Battle of Jonesboro Georgia, 1900 casualties
  • 31/08/1907 – England, Russia and France form Triple Entente
  • 31/08/1914 – Germany defeats Russia (battle at Tannenberg/30,000 Russians die)
  • 31/08/1935 – FDR signs an act prohibiting export of US arms to belligerents
  • 31/08/1963 – “Hot line” between Moscow-Washington, DC installed
IN THE NEWS:

IN THE NEWS:

REVIEWED AND FIRST CHAPTERS:

REVIEWED AND FIRST CHAPTERS:

  • Phillip N. Raccine: Letters tell first-hand accounts of Southern life Gentlemen Merchants : A Charleston Family’s Odyssey, 1828-1870North Florida NewsDaily, FL, 8-25-08
  • Kenneth M. Pollack: War and Peace A PATH OUT OF THE DESERT A Grand Strategy for America in the Middle EastNYT, 8-24-08
  • Kenneth M. Pollack: A PATH OUT OF THE DESERT A Grand Strategy for America in the Middle East, First Chapter – NYT, 8-24-08
  • Brenda Wineapple: Emily’s Tryst WHITE HEAT The Friendship of Emily Dickinson and Thomas Wentworth HigginsonNYT, 8-24-08
  • Quil Lawrence: Friends in Unfriendly Places INVISIBLE NATION How the Kurds’ Quest for Statehood Is Shaping Iraq and the Middle EastNYT, 8-24-08
  • Tom Gjelten: Rum and Revolution How the Bacardi family mixed business and politics to build a liquor empire BACARDI AND THE LONG FIGHT FOR CUBA The Biography of a Cause WaPo, 8-24-08
  • Andrew Meier: Liquidated The grisly fate of a true believer THE LOST SPY An American in Stalin’s Secret ServiceWaPo, 8-24-08
  • Simon Baatz: Jonathan Yardley on ‘For the Thrill of It: Leopold, Loeb, and the Murder That Shocked Chicago’ This infamous crime was committed by teenagers, killing for kicks FOR THE THRILL OF IT Leopold, Loeb and the Murder That Shocked ChicagoWaPo, 8-24-08
  • Robert Dallek: Historian to offer short bio on Harry S Truman – St. Louis Post-Dispatch, 8-19-08
OP-EDs:

OP-EDs & LETTERS :

BLOGS:

BLOGS:

PROFILED:

PROFILED:

INTERVIEWS:

INTERVIEWS:

FEATURES:

FEATURES:

  • Dorothy West: House Proud in Historic Enclave – NYT, 8-18-08
QUOTED:

QUOTED:

  • Don Wright on “Panel reflects on Iraq transition”: “That was our job to make sense of,” said Don Wright, a historian at the Army Combat Studies Institute at Fort Leavenworth, who co-authored the book. The book was not intended to place blame. “Explain what happened but let the reader decide,” Wright said. Download the book On Point II, Transition to the New CampaignLawrence Journal World, KS, 8-26-08
HONORED / AWARDED / APPOINTED:

HONORED, AWARDED, APPOINTED:

SPOTTED:

SPOTTED:

  • Dane Kennedy & Wm. Roger Lewis: Deliver lectures on decolonization at the Library of Congress – AHA Blog, 8-18-08
  • Andrew Bacevich: Interviewed by Bill Moyers – PBS, 8-15-08
CALENDAR:

CALENDAR:

  • September 4, 2008: Nautical Archaeologist and Historian David C. Switzer will speak at Portland Harbor Museum on Thursday, September 4, 2008, at 7:00 p.m. Dr. Switzer’s illustrated talk is entitled, “The Submarine O-9: Lost and Found in the Gulf of Maine in 1941.” – MaineToday.com, ME, 8-16-08
  • September 6, 2008: Morristown New Jersey Fall museum programs begin with spooky history – Dailyrecord.com, NJ, 8-16-08
  • September 15, 2008: Douglas Brinkley at Open VISIONS Forum (OVF) season at Fairfield University. OVF, the lecture series presented by University College at Fairfield University, which presents political pundits, historians, actresses and activists with diverse, provocative and lively views of current and historical topics, will start out with historian Douglas Brinkley on Sept. 15 at 8 p.m. – Redding Pilot, CT, 8-2-08
ON TV:

    ON TV: History Listings This Week

  • Ken Burns: PBS to air his national parks series next year – AP, 7-13-08
  • History Channel: “Secret Access: Air Force One,” Monday, August 25, @ 8pm ET/PT
  • History Channel: “Prehistoric Monsters Revealed,” Tuesday, August 26, @ 2pm ET/PT
  • History Channel: “Ancient Ink,” Wednesday, August 27, @ 2pm ET/PT
  • History Channel: “Jurassic Fight Club: Deep Sea Killers TV14 ,” Wednesday, August 27, @ 10pm ET/PT
  • History Channel: “JFK: A Presidency Revealed,” Thursday, August 28, @ 2pm ET/PT
  • History Channel: “The Presidents: 1945-1977,” Thursday, August 28, @ 5pm ET/PT
  • History Channel: “The Presidents: 1977-Present,” Thursday, August 28, @ 6pm ET/PT
  • History Channel: “Crime Wave: 18 Months of Mayhem,” Friday, August 29, @ 2pm ET/PT
  • History Channel: “Special: Katrina: American Catastrophe,” Friday, August 29, @ 4pm ET/PT
  • History Channel: “Cities Of The Underworld: Katrina,” Friday, August 29, @ 5pm ET/PT
  • History Channel: “Modern Marvels: Engineering Disasters: New Orleans,” Friday, August 29, @ 6pm ET/PT
  • History Channel: “Rome: Rise and Fall of an Empire: The First Barbarian War,” Friday, August 29, @ 10pm ET/PT
SELLING BIG (NYT):

SELLING BIG (NYT):

  • Jerome R. Corsi: THE OBAMA NATION #1 — (3 weeks on list) – 8-31-08
  • David Freddoso: THE CASE AGAINST BARACK OBAMA #6 — (2 weeks on list) – 8-31-08
  • Andrew Bacevich: THE LIMITS OF POWER #9 — (1 week on list) – 8-31-08
  • T. J. English: HAVANA NOCTURNE #14 — (4 weeks on list) – 8-31-08
FUTURE RELEASES:

FUTURE RELEASES:

  • Robert Dallek: Harry S. Truman (REV), September 2, 2008
  • Mary C. Henderson: The Story of 42nd Street: The Theatres, Shows, Characters, and Scandals of the World’s Most Notorious Street (First Edition), September 2, 2008
  • Paul Douglas Lockhart: The Drillmaster of Valley Forge: The Baron de Steuben and the Making of the American Army, September 9, 2008
  • Jeffry D. Wert: Cavalryman of the Lost Cause: A Biography of J. E. B. Stuart, September 23, 2008
  • Harold Holzer: Lincoln: President-Elect: Abraham Lincoln and the Winter of Secession, 1860-1861, October 7, 2008
  • David Hackett Fischer: Champlain’s Dream, October 14, 2008
  • Carlo D’Este: Warlord: A Life of Winston Churchill at War, 1874-1945, November 11, 2008
DEPARTED:

DEPARTED:

Posted on Monday, August 25, 2008 at 9:14 PM

August 18, 2008

CAMPAIGN 2008 WATCH:

PRESIDENTIAL CAMPAIGN 2008 WATCH:

BIGGEST STORIES:

BIGGEST STORIES:

HNN STATS THIS WEEK:

HNN STATS THIS WEEK:

THIS WEEK IN HISTORY:

THIS WEEK IN HISTORY:

    On This Day in History….

  • 08-18-1564 – Spanish King Philip II joins Council of Trente
  • 08-18-1864 – Petersburg Campaign-Battle of Weldon Railroad day 1 of 3 days
  • 08-18-1914 – Pres Wilson issues “Proclamation of Neutrality”
  • 18-08=1920 – Tennessee ratifies 19th Amendment, guarantees women voting right
  • 08-18-1958 – TV game show scandal investigation starts
  • 08-19-1561 – Mary Queen of Scots arrives in Leith Scotland to assume throne after spending 13 years in France
  • 08-19-1692 – 5 women executed for witchcraft in Salem Mass
  • 08-19-1698 – Russian czar Peter the Great begins term
  • 08-19-1849 – NY Herald reports gold discovery in California
  • 08-19-1934 – Hitler elected Fuhrer (95.7% of German voters)
  • 08-19-1942 – 1st American offensive in Pacific in WW2, Guadalcanal, Solomon Is
  • 08-19-1942 – 4,000 Canadian and British soldiers killed raiding Dieppe, France
  • 08-19-1955 – Hurricane Diane kills 200 and 1st billion $ damage storm (N.E. US)
  • 08-19-1958 – NAACP Youth Council begin sit-ins at Oklahoma City Lunch counters
  • 08-19-1960 – Sputnik 5 carries 2 dogs, 3 mice into orbit (later recovered alive)
  • 08-19-1965 – Auschwitz trials end with 6 life sentences
  • 08-19-1984 – Republican convention in Houston nominates Ronald Reagan for pres
  • 08-19-1988 – Iran-Iraq begin a cease-fire in their 8-year-old war (11 PM EDT)
  • 08-20-1619 – 1st Black slaves brought by Dutch to colony of Jamestown Virginia
  • 08-20-1781 – George Washington begins to move his troops south to fight Cornwallis
  • 08-20-1864 – 8th/last day of battle at Deep Bottom Run Va (about 3900 casualties)
  • 08-20-1865 – Pres Johnson proclaims an end to “insurrection” in Tx
  • 08-20-1866 – Pres Andrew Johnson formally declares Civil War over
  • 08-20-1896 – Dial telephone patented
  • 08-20-1910 – US supported opposition brings down Madriz in Nicaragua
  • 08-20-1918 – Britain opens offensive on Western front during WW I
  • 08-20-1974 – Pres Gerald Ford, assumes office after Richard Nixon’s resignation
  • 08-21-1321 – 160 Jews of Chincon France, burned at stake
  • 08-21-1831 – Nat Turner slave revolt kills 55 (Southampton County, Virginia)
  • 08-21-1858 – 1st Lincoln-Douglas debate (Illinois)
  • 08-21-1863 – Raid at Lawrence KS by William Quantrill
  • 08-21-1864 – Battle of Summit Point, VA
  • 08-21-1945 – Pres Truman ends Lend-Lease program
  • 08-22-0565 – St Columba reported seeing monster in Loch Ness
  • 08-22-1138 – English defeated Scots at Cowton Moor Banners of various saints were carried into battle which led to being called Battle of the Standard
  • 08-22-1454 – Jews are expelled from Brunn Moravia by order of King Ladislaus
  • 08-22-1642 – Civil War in England began between Royalists and Parliament
  • 08-22-1654 – 1st Jewish immigrant to US, Jacob Barsimson arrives in New Amsterdam
  • 08-22-1762 – 1st female (Ann Franklin) US newspaper editor, Newport RI, Mercury
  • 08-22-1791 – Haitian Slave Revolution begins under voodoo priest Boukman
  • 08-22-1846 – US annexes New Mexico
  • 08-22-1902 – Pres Teddy Roosevelt became 1st US chief executive to ride in a car
  • 08-22-1945 – Vietnam conflict begins as Ho Chi Minh leads a successful coup
  • 08-22-1956 – Pres Eisenhower and VP Nixon renominated by Rep convention in SF
  • 08-22-1975 – Assassination attempt on president Gerald Ford
  • 08-23-1833 – Britain abolishes slavery in colonies; 700,000 slaves freed
  • 08-23-1850 – 1st national women’s rights convention convenes in Worcester Mass
  • 08-23-1866 – Treaty of Prague ends Austro-Prussian war
  • 08-23-1903 – 6th Zionist Congress, Theodor Herzl declares Jewish state
  • 08-23-1914 – Japan declares war on Germany in World War I
  • 08-23-1939 – Molotov-Ribbentrop pact: East Europe divided between Hitler and Stalin
  • 08-23-1942 – Battle of Stalingrad: 600 Luftwaffers bomb Stalingrad (40,000 die)
  • 08-23-1972 – Republican convention (Miami Beach, Fla) renominates VP Agnew but not unanimous-1 vote went to NBC newsman David Brinkley
  • 08-23-1978 – Iranian students occupies Iranian embassy at Wassenaar
  • 08-23-1990 – US begins call up of 46,000 reservists to the Persian Gulf
  • 08-24-0079 – Mt Vesuvius erupts, buries Pompeii and Herculaneum, 15,000 die
  • 08-24-0410 – Rome overrun by Visigoths, symbolized fall of Western Roman Empire
  • 08-24-1349 – Jews
  • 08-24-1349 – 6,000 Jews, blamed for the Plague, are killed in Mainz
  • 08-24-1891 – Thomas Edison patents motion picture camera
  • 08-24-1936 – FDR gives FBI authority to pursuit fascists and communists
  • 08-24-1949 – North Atlantic Treaty Organization (NATO) goes into effect
  • 08-24-1954 – Eisenhower signs Communist Control Act, outlawing the Communist Party, at height of McCarthyism
  • 08-24-1991 – Gorbachev resigns as head of USSR Communist Party
IN THE NEWS:

IN THE NEWS:

REVIEWED AND FIRST CHAPTERS:

REVIEWED AND FIRST CHAPTERS:

  • G. Calvin Mackenzie and Robert Weisbrot: The ’60s: Once Upon an Optimistic Time THE LIBERAL HOUR Washington and the Politics of Change in the 1960sNYT, 8-13-08
  • G. Calvin Mackenzie and Robert Weisbrot: THE LIBERAL HOUR Washington and the Politics of Change in the 1960s, First Chapter – NYT, 8-13-08
  • Jerome R. Corsi: Book Attacking Obama Hopes to Repeat ’04 Anti-Kerry Feat The Obama NationNYT, 8-13-08
  • Jerome R. Corsi: The Obama Nation, First Chapter – NYT, 8-12-08
  • John Carlin: Entering the Scrum PLAYING THE ENEMY Nelson Mandela and the Game That Made a NationNYT, 8-15-08
  • Thomas Frank: What’s the Matter With Washington? THE WRECKING CREW How Conservatives Rule NYT, 8-15-08
  • Eunice Pollack: University of North Texas lecturer’s encyclopedia explores Jews’ role in modern American history – Dallas Morning News, 8-2-08
OP-EDs:

OP-EDs:

PROFILED:

PROFILED:

INTERVIEWS:

INTERVIEWS:

FEATURES:

FEATURES:

QUOTED:

QUOTED:

  • James Whiteside on “Pain, progress follow 1968′s “silent gesture heard around the world””: “The ’68 Olympics were a tableau of the cultural and political stresses of the era,” said James Whiteside, a history professor at UC Denver. “The year 1968 was the year of the youth revolution.” – Denver Post, 8-17-08
  • Melvyn Goldstein on “After the Games, Tibet”: “The Dalai Lama has taken the kind of courageous step that great political leaders make at crucial turning points in history,” said Melvyn Goldstein, a prominent historian of modern Tibet and a professor at Case Western Reserve University. “After more than 20 years of stalemate, the Dalai Lama, at great risk to his standing in the West and among Tibetans in exile, has unilaterally sent Beijing a clear signal that he is now ready to accept the kind of difficult compromises that are needed to resolve the conflict. For the first time in decades, reconciliation is now genuinely possible.” – NYT, 8-14-08
HONORED / AWARDED / APPOINTED:

HONORED, AWARDED, APPOINTED:

CALENDAR:

CALENDAR:

  • September 4, 2008: Nautical Archaeologist and Historian David C. Switzer will speak at Portland Harbor Museum on Thursday, September 4, 2008, at 7:00 p.m. Dr. Switzer’s illustrated talk is entitled, “The Submarine O-9: Lost and Found in the Gulf of Maine in 1941.” – MaineToday.com, ME, 8-16-08
  • September 6, 2008: Morristown New Jersey Fall museum programs begin with spooky history – Dailyrecord.com, NJ, 8-16-08
  • September 15, 2008: Douglas Brinkley at Open VISIONS Forum (OVF) season at Fairfield University. OVF, the lecture series presented by University College at Fairfield University, which presents political pundits, historians, actresses and activists with diverse, provocative and lively views of current and historical topics, will start out with historian Douglas Brinkley on Sept. 15 at 8 p.m. – Redding Pilot, CT, 8-2-08
ON TV:

    ON TV: History Listings This Week

  • Ken Burns: PBS to air his national parks series next year – AP, 7-13-08
  • C-Span2, BookTV: History A Magnificent Catastrophe: The Tumultuous Election of 1800, America’s First Presidential Campaign Author: Edward Larson – Sunday, August 17 @ 7:00pm ET – C-Span2, BookTV
  • History Channel: “Jurassic Fight Club: T-Rex Hunter,” Sunday, August 17, @ 6pm ET/PT
  • History Channel: “Decoding The Past: Doomsday 2012: The End of Days,” Monday, August 18, @ 8pm ET/PT
  • History Channel: “Life After People,” Monday, August 18, @ 9pm ET/PT
  • History Channel: “The Samurai,” Tuesday, August 19, @ 2pm ET/PT
  • History Channel: “1968 with Tom Brokaw,” Wednesday, August 20, @ 2pm ET/PT
  • History Channel: “MonsterQuest: Bigfoot in New York,” Wednesday, August 20, @ 9pm ET/PT
  • History Channel: “Jurassic Fight Club: Bloodiest Battle,” Wednesday, August 20, @ 10pm ET/PT
  • History Channel: “The Dark Ages,” Thursday, August 21, @ 2pm ET/PT
  • History Channel: “Barbarians: Vikings,” Friday, August 22, @ 6pm ET/PT
  • History Channel: “Gangland: 06 – Kings of New York,” Friday, August 22, @ 8pm ET/PT
  • History Channel: “Last Stand of The 300,” Saturday, August 23, @ 8pm ET/PT
  • History Channel: “Rome: Engineering an Empire,” Saturday, August 23, @ 10pm ET/PT
SELLING BIG (NYT):

SELLING BIG (NYT):

  • Jerome R. Corsi: THE OBAMA NATION #1 — (2 weeks on list) – 8-24-08
  • David Freddoso: THE CASE AGAINST BARACK OBAMA #5 — (1 week on list) – 8-24-08
  • David Maraniss: ROME 1960 #35 – 8-24-08
FUTURE RELEASES:

FUTURE RELEASES:

  • Patrick Desbois: The Holocaust by Bullets, August 19, 2008
  • Robert Dallek: Harry S. Truman (REV), September 2, 2008
  • Mary C. Henderson: The Story of 42nd Street: The Theatres, Shows, Characters, and Scandals of the World’s Most Notorious Street (First Edition), September 2, 2008
  • Paul Douglas Lockhart: The Drillmaster of Valley Forge: The Baron de Steuben and the Making of the American Army, September 9, 2008
  • Jeffry D. Wert: Cavalryman of the Lost Cause: A Biography of J. E. B. Stuart, September 23, 2008
  • Harold Holzer: Lincoln: President-Elect: Abraham Lincoln and the Winter of Secession, 1860-1861, October 7, 2008
  • David Hackett Fischer: Champlain’s Dream, October 14, 2008
  • Carlo D’Este: Warlord: A Life of Winston Churchill at War, 1874-1945, November 11, 2008
DEPARTED:

DEPARTED:

  • Obituaries Walter Hill Jr.: Scholar Opened Window Onto African American History – WaPo, 8-15-08
  • Dr. Peter J. Schmitt, longtime professor of history at Western Michigan University, died Aug. 6. He was 72 – WMU News, MI, 8-8-08

Posted on Sunday, August 17, 2008 at 8:10 PM

August 4 & 11, 2008

CAMPAIGN 2008 WATCH:

PRESIDENTIAL CAMPAIGN 2008 WATCH:

BIGGEST STORIES:

BIGGEST STORIES:

  • Some of the biggest names in the field of Western history filed a lawsuit Thursday in U.S. District Court in Washington, D.C., to stop the National Park Service from building a proposed expansion to the visitor center at Little Bighorn Battlefield National Monument – Jackson Hole Star Tribune, 8-2-08
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HNN STATS THIS WEEK:

THIS WEEK IN HISTORY:

THIS WEEK IN HISTORY:

    On This Day in History….

  • 08-06-1787 – Constitutional Convention in Phila begans debate
  • 08-06-1806 – Holy Roman Empire ends; it was neither holy, Roman, nor an empire
  • 08-06-1815 – US flotilla ends piracy by Algiers, Tunis and Tripoli
  • 08-06-1945 – Hiroshima Peace Day-atom bomb dropped on Hiroshima by “Enola Gay”
  • 08-06-1965 – LBJ signs Voting Rights Act, guaranteeing voting rights for blacks
  • 08-06-1990 – UN Security Council votes 13-0 (2 abstensions Cuba and Yemen) to place economic sanctions against Iraq
  • 08-07-1782 – George Washington creates Order of Purple Heart
  • 08-07-1934 – US Court of Appeals upheld lower court ruling striking down govt’s attempt to ban controversial James Joyce novel “Ulysses”
  • 08-07-1942 – 1st American offensive in Pacific in WW2, Guadalcanal, Solomon Is
  • 08-07-1964 – US Congress approves Gulf of Tonkin resolution
  • 08-07-1990 – Desert Shield begins – US deploys troops to Saudi Arabia
  • 08-08-1864 – Red Cross forms in Geneva
  • 08-08-1876 – Thomas Edison patents mimeograph
  • 08-08-1890 – Daughters of American Revolution organizes
  • 08-08-1945 – USSR establishes a communist government in North Korea
  • 08-08-1945 – US, USSR, England and France sign Treaty of London
  • 08-08-1945 – Pres Harry S Truman signs UN Charter
  • 08-08-1953 – US and South Korea initial a mutual security pact
  • 08-08-1968 – Republican convention in Miami Beach nominates Nixon for pres
  • 08-08-1973 – VP Spiro T Agnew says reports he took kickbacks are “damned lies” from govt contracts in Maryland. He vowed not to resign
  • 08-08-1974 – Pres Richard M Nixon announces he’ll resign his office 12PM Aug 9
  • 08-09-1638 – Jonas Bronck of Holland becomes 1st European settler in Bronx
  • 08-09-1842 – US-Canada border defined by Webster-Ashburton Treaty
  • 08-09-1655 – Lord Protector Cromwell divides England into 11 districts
  • 08-09-1673 – Dutch recapture NY from English; regained by English in 1674
  • 08-09-1790 – Columbia returns to Boston after 3 year journey, 1st ship to carry US flag around the world
  • 08-09-1842 – US-Canada border defined by Webster-Ashburton Treaty
  • 08-09-1848 – Barnburners (anti-slavery) party merges with Free Soil Party nominateing Martin Van Buren for president
  • 08-09-1941 – Winston Churchill reaches Newfoundland for 1st talk with FDR
  • 08-09-1974 – Richard Nixon resigns presidency, VP Gerald Ford becomes 38th pres
  • 08-10-0070 – “2nd Temple” of Jews is set aflame (approx)
  • 08-10-1497 – John Cabot tells King Henry VII of his trip to “Asia”
  • 08-10-1831 – Former slave Nat Turner leads uprising against slavery
  • 08-10-1846 – Congress charters “nation’s attic,” Smithsonian Institution
  • 08-10-1941 – FDR and Churchill’s 2nd meeting at Placentia Newfoundland
  • 08-11-1924 – US presidential candidates make 1st film for bio-scoop news
  • 08-11-1941 – FDR and PM Winston Churchill sign Atlantic Charter
  • 08-12-1676 – 1st war between American colonists and Indians ends in New England
  • 08-12-1867 – Pres A Johnson defies Congress suspending Sec of War Edwin Stanton
  • 08-12-1898 – Hawaii formally annexed to US
  • 08-12-1898 – Peace protocol ends Spanish-American War, signed
  • 08-12-1990 – Iraq President Saddam Hussein says he is ready to resolve Gulf crisis if Israel withdraws from occupied territories
  • 08-12-1994 – Stephen G Breyer, sworn in as Supreme Court Justice
  • 08-13-1608 – John Smith’s story of Jamestown’s 1st days submitted for publication
  • 08-13-1792 – Revolutionaries imprison French royals including Marie Antoinette
  • 08-13-1906 – Black soldiers raid Brownsville Texas
  • 08-13-1961 – Construction on Berlin Wall begins in East Germany (Dark day)
  • 08-14-1765 – Mass colonists challenge British rule by an Elm (Liberty Tree)
  • 08-14-1842 – Seminole War ends; Indians removed from Florida to Oklahoma
  • 08-14-1862 – Lincoln receives 1st group of blacks to confer with US president
  • 08-14-1900 – 2,000 marines land to capture Beijing, ending Boxer rebellion
  • 08-14-1912 – 2,500 US marines invade Nicaragua; US remains until 1925
  • 08-14-1937 – China declares war on Japan
  • 08-14-1942 – Dwight D Eisenhower named commander for invasion of North Africa
  • 08-14-1945 – V-J Day; Japan surrenders unconditionally to end WW II
  • 08-14-1973 – US ends secret bombing of Cambodia
  • 08-15-1534 – Ignatius of Loyola forms society of Jesus/Jesuits
  • 08-15-1620 – Mayflower sets sail from Southampton with 102 Pilgrims
  • 08-15-1824 – Freed American slaves forms country of Liberia
  • 08-15-1867 – 2nd Reform Bill extends suffrage in England
  • 08-15-1870 – Transcontinental Railway actually completed in Colorado
  • 08-15-1944 – Operation Dragoon: Allied troops land in Provence
  • 08-15-1944 – Operation Anvil: Allies land on French Mediterranean sea coast
  • 08-15-1960 – UFO is sighted by 3 California patrolmen
  • 08-15-1969 – Woodstock Music and Art Fair opens in NY State (Max Yasgur’s Dairy Farm)
  • 08-16-1777 – Americans defeat British in Battle of Bennington, Vt
  • 08-16-1858 – Britain’s Queen Victoria telegraphs President James Buchanan
  • 08-16-1861 – Pres Lincoln prohibits Union states from trading with Confederacy
  • 08-16-1863 – Emancipation Proclamation signed
  • 08-16-1961 – Martin L. King, Jr. protests for black voting right in Miami
  • 08-16-1969 – Woodstock rock festival begins in NY
  • 08-17-1590 – John White returns to Roanoke, VA and found no trace of colonist’s he had left there 3 yrs earlier [or Aug 18, 1591]
  • 08-17-1808 – Napoleon asks King Louis for Holland brigade towards Spain
  • 08-17-1862 – Confederate troops under Kirby Smith enter Kentucky
  • 08-17-1870 – Mrs Esther Morris becomes 1st woman magistrate (South Pass, Wyoming)
  • 08-17-1903 – Joe Pulitzer donated $1 million to Columbia U and begins Pulitzer Prizes
  • 08-17-1915 – Mob lynches Jewish businessman Leo Frank in Cobb County, Ga after death sentence for murder of 13-year-old girl commuted to life
  • 08-17-1948 – Alger Hiss denies ever being a Communist agent
  • 08-17-1961 – Building of Berlin Wall begins
  • 08-17-1969 – -18] Hurricane Camille, kills 256 in Miss and Louisiana
  • 08-17-1988 – Republicans nominate George Bush for president
IN THE NEWS:

IN THE NEWS:

REVIEWED AND FIRST CHAPTERS:

REVIEWED AND FIRST CHAPTERS:

  • ALAN BRINKLEY on Jane Mayer: Black Sites THE DARK SIDE The Inside Story of How the War on Terror Turned Into a War on American Ideals NYT, 8-3-08
  • Steven Heller: Designing Dictators IRON FISTS Branding the 20th-Century Totalitarian State NYT, 8-3-08
  • Derek Chollet and James Goldgeier: Era With No Name AMERICA BETWEEN THE WARS From 11/9 to 9/11: The Misunderstood Years Between the Fall of the Berlin Wall and the Start of the War on TerrorNYT, 8-3-08
  • Ian Kershaw, Kevin P. Spicer: All for the Führer Two books raise troubling questions about the Nazis’ support from Germany’s populace and priests HITLER, THE GERMANS, AND THE FINAL SOLUTION, HITLER’S PRIESTS Catholic Clergy and National SocialismWaPo, 8-3-08
  • Mark Kurlansky: Sea of Despond THE LAST FISH TALE The Fate of the Atlantic and Survival in Gloucester, America’s Oldest Fishing Port and Most Original TownWaPo, 8-3-08
  • Underwater War Machines – WaPo, 8-3-08
  • Eunice Pollack: UNT lecturer’s encyclopedia explores Jews’ role in modern American history – Dallas Morning News, 8-2-08
  • Jean Edward Smith: He’ll be writing a bio of Bush – NYT, 7-30-08
OP-EDs:

OP-EDs:

BLOGS:

BLOGS:

PROFILED:

PROFILED:

  • David Cecelski: N&O History Columnist Writing Last Column – Raleigh Telegram, 8-1-08
  • Are historians live David Cannadine and Andrew Roberts an endangered species? Literate, engaging and free from constraint, British historians are the best in the world – Times Online, UK, 7-26-08
INTERVIEWS:

INTERVIEWS:

FEATURES:

FEATURES:

QUOTED:

QUOTED:

  • Jim Farmer on “Battle over Confederate flag hits highways”: “It’s not going to go away,” says Jim Farmer, a history professor at the University of South Carolina at Aiken. “There is a subculture within the white Southern population, of which the SCV is the most visible voice, that feels besieged by modern culture in general, and they identify the Old South and Confederacy as a way of life and a period of time before the siege began to really hit the South.” – Christian Science Monitor,
  • David Brion Davis quoted on “Congress Endorses a Lie About Slavery” – Town Hall, DC, 7-31-08
ANNOUNCEMENTS:

ANNOUNCEMENTS:

    HONORED / AWARDED / APPOINTED:

    HONORED, AWARDED, APPOINTED:

    EXHIBITS / WEBSITES:

    EXHIBITS / WEBSITES:

    SPOTTED:

    SPOTTED:

    • Matthew Connelly: Population control ‘ruthlessly coercive’: “The history of these policies is replete with examples of really grotesque human rights violations. Reproductive rights are the most basic human rights and too often family planning that artful phrase has meant planning other people’s families, particularly by aid foundations from wealthier nations in poorer countries.” – Canberra Times, 8-1-08
    CALENDAR:

    CALENDAR:

    • September 15, 2008: Douglas Brinkley at Open VISIONS Forum (OVF) season at Fairfield University. OVF, the lecture series presented by University College at Fairfield University, which presents political pundits, historians, actresses and activists with diverse, provocative and lively views of current and historical topics, will start out with historian Douglas Brinkley on Sept. 15 at 8 p.m. – Redding Pilot, CT, 8-2-08
    • May-September 2008: Elizabeth Brand Monroe, Deborah A. Lee, Lectures Showcase Leesburg’s History for 250th Anniversary – WaPo, 1-18-08
    ON TV:

      ON TV: History Listings This Week

    • Ken Burns: PBS to air his national parks series next year – AP, 7-13-08
    • C-Span2, BookTV: History 1948: The First Arab-Israeli War Author: Benny Morris – Sunday, August 3 @ 7:00pm ET – C-Span2, BookTV
    • PBS: History Ditectives, PBS – Monday, August 4, 2008 @ 9pm ET
    • History Channel: “Hippies,” Sunday, August 3, @ 5pm ET/PT
    • History Channel: “Jurassic Fight Club: Cannibal Dinosaur,” Sunday, August 3, @ 10pm ET/PT
    • History Channel: “Ancient Dicoveries,” Marathon, Monday, August 4, @ 2-7pm ET/PT
    • History Channel: “Ancient Discoveries: Mega-Structures of the Deep,” Monday, August 4, @ 5pm ET/PT
    • History Channel: “Ancient Discoveries: Ancient Super Navies,” Monday, August 4, @ 6pm ET/PT
    • History Channel: “China’s First Emperor,” Monday, August 4, @ 9pm ET/PT
    • History Channel: “MonsterQuest,” Marathon, Tuesday, August 5, @ 2-7pm ET/PT
    • History Channel: “Jurassic Fight Club: Cannibal Dinosaur,” Tuesday, August 5, @ 8pm ET/PT
    • History Channel: “Jurassic Fight Club: T-Rex Hunter,” Tuesday, August 5, @ 8pm ET/PT
    • History Channel: “Targeted: Osama bin Laden,” Wednesday, August 6, @ 2pm ET/PT
    • History Channel: “MonsterQuest: Vampires in America,” Wednesday, August 6, @ 9pm ET/PT
    • History Channel: “Modern Marvels,” Marathon, Thursday, August 7, @ 2-10pm ET/PT
    • History Channel: “The True Story of the Screaming Eagles: The 101st Airborne: The True Story of the Screaming Eagles: The 101st Airborne,” Friday, August 8, @ 2pm ET/PT
    • History Channel: “Dogfights,” Marathon, Friday, August 8, @ 4-7pm ET/PT
    • History Channel: “Modern Marvels: Chocolate,” Friday, August 8, @ 9pm ET/PT
    • History Channel: “Secrets of the Forbidden City,” Saturday, August 9, @ 4pm ET/PT
    • History Channel: “Modern Marvels: Ice Cream,” Saturday, August 9, @ 7pm ET/PT
    • History Channel: “China’s First Emperor,” Saturday, August 9, @ 9pm ET/PT
    SELLING BIG (NYT):

    SELLING BIG (NYT):

    • Roger Crowley: EMPIRES OF THE SEA #11 — (1 week on list) – 8-10-08
    • David Maraniss: ROME 1960 #21 – 8-10-08
    FUTURE RELEASES:

    FUTURE RELEASES:

    • Noah Andre Trudeau: Southern Storm: Sherman’s March to the Sea, August 5, 2008
    • Lorri Glover: The Shipwreck That Saved Jamestown: The Sea Venture Castaways and the Fate of America, August 5, 2008
    • Fred E. Haynes: The Lions of Iwo Jima: The Story of Combat Team 28 and the Bloodiest Battle in Marine Corps History, August 5, 2008
    • Patrick Desbois: The Holocaust by Bullets, August 19, 2008
    • Robert Dallek: Harry S. Truman (REV), September 2, 2008
    • Mary C. Henderson: The Story of 42nd Street: The Theatres, Shows, Characters, and Scandals of the World’s Most Notorious Street (First Edition), September 2, 2008
    • Paul Douglas Lockhart: The Drillmaster of Valley Forge: The Baron de Steuben and the Making of the American Army, September 9, 2008
    • Jeffry D. Wert: Cavalryman of the Lost Cause: A Biography of J. E. B. Stuart, September 23, 2008
    • Harold Holzer: Lincoln: President-Elect: Abraham Lincoln and the Winter of Secession, 1860-1861, October 7, 2008
    • David Hackett Fischer: Champlain’s Dream, October 14, 2008
    • Carlo D’Este: Warlord: A Life of Winston Churchill at War, 1874-1945, November 11, 2008
    DEPARTED:

    DEPARTED:

    Posted on Monday, August 4, 2008 at 12:34 AM

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