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December 4, 2006


  • 04/12/1563 - Council of Trent holds last session, after 18 years
  • 04/12/1619 - America's 1st Thanksgiving Day (Va)
  • 04/12/1783 - Gen Washington bids officers farewell at Fraunce's Tavern, NYC
  • 04/12/1816 - James Monroe (VA), elected 5th pres, defeating Federalist Rufus King
  • 04/12/1833 - American Anti-Slavery Society formed by Arthur Tappan in Phila
  • 04/12/1836 - Whig party holds its 1st national convention, Harrisburg, Pa
  • 04/12/1844 - James K Polk elected 11th president of US
  • 04/12/1851 - Pres Louis Napolean Boaparte forces crush a coup d'etat in France
  • 04/12/1918 - Pres Wilson sails for Versailles Peace Conference in France, 1st chief executive to travel outside US while in office
  • 04/12/1943 - -Dec 6] 2nd conference of Cairo: FDR, Churchill and Turkish pres Inonu
  • 04/12/1943 - -Dec 6] 2nd conference of Cairo: FDR, Churchill and Turkish pres Inonu
  • 04/12/1981 - Pres Reagan allows CIA to engage in domestic counter-intelligence, Executive Order on Intelligence (No 12333)
  • 04/12/1985 - Pres Reagan appoints Vice Adm John Poindexter as security adviser
  • 05/12/1349 - 500 Jews of Nuremberg massacre during Black Death riots
  • 05/12/1496 - Jews are expelled from Portugal by order of King Manuel I
  • 05/12/1792 - George Washington re-elected US pres
  • 05/12/1804 - Thomas Jefferson re-elected US pres/George Clinton vice-pres
  • 05/12/1831 - Former Pres John Q Adams takes his seat as member of House of Reps
  • 05/12/1832 - Andrew Jackson re-elected president of US
  • 05/12/1837 - Uprising under William Lyon Mackenzie in Canada
  • 05/12/1935 - National Council of Negro Women forms by Mary McLeod Bethune (NYC)
  • 05/12/1935 - National Council of Negro Women forms by Mary McLeod Bethune (NYC)
  • 05/12/1955 - Historic bus boycott begins in Montgomery Alabama by Rosa Parks
  • 06/12/1768 - 1st edition of"Encyclopedia Brittanica" published (Scotland)
  • 06/12/1820 - US president James Monroe re-elected
  • 06/12/1849 - Harriet Tubman escapes from slavery in Maryland
  • 06/12/1862 - Pres Lincoln orders hanging of 39 Santee Sioux indians
  • 06/12/1865 - 13th Amendment is ratified, abolishing slavery
  • 06/12/1876 - US Electorial College picks Rep Hayes as pres (although Tilden won)
  • 06/12/1877 - Washington Post publishes 1st edition
  • 06/12/1904 - Theodore Roosevelt confirms Monroe-doctrine (Roosevelt Corollary)
  • 06/12/1923 - 1st presidential address broadcast on radio (Pres Calvin Coolidge)
  • 06/12/1973 - Gerald Ford sworn-in as 1st unelected VP, succeeds Spiro T Agnew
  • 07/12/1787 - Delaware becomes 1st state to ratify constitution
  • 07/12/1808 - James Madison elected US pres/George Clinton vice-pres
  • 07/12/1836 - Martin Van Buren elected 8th president
  • 07/12/1877 - Thomas A Edison demonstrates the gramophone
  • 07/12/1917 - US becomes 13th country to declare war on Austria during World War I
  • 07/12/1941 - Japanese attack Pearl Harbor (a date that will live in infamy)
  • 07/12/1987 - Gorbachev arrives in US for a summit meeting
  • 07/12/1988 - Mikhail Gorbachev cheered by Wall St crowds upon arrival in NYC, Gorbachev announces 10% unilateral Soviet troop reductions at UN
  • 08/12/1776 - George Washington's retreating army crosses Delaware River from NJ
  • 08/12/1863 - Abraham Lincoln announces plan for Reconstruction of South
  • 08/12/1863 - Pres Lincoln offers amnesty for confederate deserters
  • 08/12/1886 - American Federation of Labor (AFL) formed by 26 craft unions Samuel Gompers elected AFL president
  • 08/12/1987 - President Reagan and Soviet General Secretary Gorbachev sign a treaty eliminating medium range nuclear missiles
  • 09/12/1762 - British parliament accept Treaty of Paris
  • 09/12/1958 - Robert H W Welch Jr and 11 other men meet in Indianapolis to form anti-Communist John Birch Society
  • 09/12/1961 - SS Col Adolf Eichmann found guilty of war crimes in Israel
  • 10/12/1520 - Martin Luther publicly burned papal edict demands he recant
  • 10/12/1864 - General Shermans armies reach Savannah and 12 day siege begins
  • 10/12/1869 - Women suffrage (right to vote) granted in Wyoming Territory (US 1st)
  • 10/12/1898 - Spanish-American War ends; US acquires Philippines, PR and Guam
  • 10/12/1906 - Pres Theodore Roosevelt (1st American) awarded Nobel Peace Prize
  • 10/12/1915 - Pres Woodrow Wilson marries Edith Galt
  • 10/12/1919 - Nobel peace prize awarded to US president Wilson
  • 10/12/1931 - Jane Addams (1st US woman) named co-recipient of Nobel Peace Prize
  • 10/12/1936 - King Edward VIII abdicates throne to marry Mrs Wallis Simpson
  • 10/12/1978 - In Oslo, Menachem Begin and Anwar Sadat accept 1978 Nobel Peace Prize

    • Nathaniel Philbrick:"MAYFLOWER A Story of Courage, Community, and War" Named One of The 10 Best Books of 2006 by NYT - NYT, 12-10-06
    • Robin Lane Fox's"The Classical World: An Epic History from Homer to Hadrian" and Thomas E. Ricks'"Fiasco: The American Military Adventure in Iraq" Named as part of Wa Po's Book World's 10 Best of the Year - Wa Po, 12-3-06

    • Edwin Bearss: Confederate Navy's New Historical Site Is in England - NPR, 12-3-06

    • Eric Foner 'He's The Worst Ever':"Historians are loath to predict the future. It is impossible to say with certainty how Bush will be ranked in, say, 2050. But somehow, in his first six years in office he has managed to combine the lapses of leadership, misguided policies and abuse of power of his failed predecessors. I think there is no alternative but to rank him as the worst president in U.S. history." - Wa Po, 12-3-06
    • David Greenberg: What Will History Say? At Least He's Not Nixon:"Bush has two years left in his presidency and we don't know what they'll hold. They may be as dismal as the first six. Future investigations may bear out many people's worst fears about this administration's violations of civil liberties. And it's conceivable that the consequences of the invasion of Iraq may prove more destructive than those of Nixon's stubborn continuation of the Vietnam War. Should those things happen, Bush will be able to lay a claim to the mantle of U.S. history's worst president. For now, though, I'm sticking with Dick." - Wa Po, 12-3-06
    • Douglas Brinkley What Will History Say? Move Over, Hoover:"This last point is crucial. Though Bush may be viewed as a laughingstock, he won't have the zero-integrity factors that have kept Nixon and Harding at the bottom in the presidential sweepstakes. Oddly, the president whom Bush most reminds me of is Herbert Hoover, whose name is synonymous with failure to respond to the Great Depression. When the stock market collapsed, Hoover, for ideological reasons, did too little. When 9/11 happened, Bush did too much, attacking the wrong country at the wrong time for the wrong reasons. He has joined Hoover as a case study on how not to be president." - Wa Po, 12-3-06
    • Vincent J. Cannato TIME'S ON HIS SIDE Time's On His Side:"No one expects historians to be perfectly objective. But history should at least teach us humility. Time will cool today's political passions. As years pass, more documents will be released, more insights gleaned and the broader picture of this era will be painted. Only then will we begin to see how George W. Bush fares in the pantheon of U.S. presidents. I don't know how history will judge him. My guess is that, like most presidents, he will bequeath a mixed record. We can debate policies and actions now, but honesty should force us to acknowledge that real judgments will have to wait." - Wa Po, 12-3-06

    • The Historians picked by the Atlantic to compile a list of the 100 most influential Americans - Atlantic Monthly, 12-1-06
    • Tim Tyson: Winner of the 2007 University of Louisville Grawemeyer Award in Religion, given by the university and Louisville Presbyterian Theological Seminary - Durham Herald Sun, NC, 12-2-06
    ON TV:

    • C-Span2, Book TV : Book TV presents After Words: Karen DeYoung, author of"Soldier: The Life of Colin Powell" interviewed by Brigadier General Charles"Casey" Brower, Sunday, December 3 at 6:00 pm and at 9:00 pm - C-Span2, BookTV
    • C-Span2, BookTV: William Daugherty, Executive Secrets: Covert Action and the Presidency Sunday, December 3 at 10:00 pm - C-Span2, BookTV
    • History Channel:"Inside the Volcano," Sunday, December 3, @ 8pm ET/PT
    • History Channel:"American Vesuvius," Sunday, December 3, @ 10pm ET/PT
    • History Channel:"Civil War Terror," Monday, December 4, @ 2pm ET/PT
    • History Channel:"Engineering An Empire :The Persians" Monday, December 4, @ 9pm ET/PT
    • History Channel:"Lost Worlds :Palenque," Monday, December 4, @ 10pm ET/PT
    • History Channel:"The True Story of Alexander the Great," Tuesday, December 5, @ 2pm ET/PT
    • History Channel:"Violent Earth :Little Ice Age: Big Chill," Tuesday, December 5, @ 8pm ET/PT
    • History Channel:"The Lincoln Assassination" Wednesday, December 6, @ 2pm ET/PT
    • History Channel:"Wild West Tech :Civil War in the West" Wednesday, December 6, @ 4pm ET/PT
    • History Channel:"Where Did It Come From? :The Ancient Maya: The Tools of Astronomy" Wednesday, December 6, @ 11pm ET/PT
    • History Channel:"Tora, Tora, Tora: The Real Story of Pearl Harbor," Thursday, December 7, @ 5pm ET/PT
    • History Channel:"Conspiracy? :FDR and Pearl Harbor," Thursday, December 7, @ 5pm ET/PT
    • History Channel:"The Other Tragedy at Pearl Harbor," Thursday, December 7, @ 6pm ET/PT
    • History Channel:"Decoding The Past :Seven Wonders of the World," Thursday, December 7, @ 9pm ET/PT
    • History Channel:"Shootout :Tet Offensive" Friday, December 8, @ 9pm ET/PT
    • History Channel:"Shootout" Marathon, Saturday, December 9, @ 1-5pm ET/PT
    • History Channel:"Inside the Volcano," Saturday, December 9 @ 5pm ET/PT
    • History Channel:"Race to the South Pole :Part 2," Saturday, December 9 @ 8pm ET/PT
    • History Channel:"Alaska: Big America.," Saturday, December 9, @ 10pm ET/PT

    • Evan Thomas: SEA OF THUNDER, #18 - 12-10-06
    • Thomas E. Ricks: FIASCO The American Military Adventure in Iraq, #26 - 12-10-06
    • Nathaniel Philbrick: Mayflower, #31 - 12-10-06
    • Hampton Sides: BLOOD AND THUNDER An Epic of the American West #34 - 12-10-06

    • Stella Tillyard: Royal Affair: George III and His Scandalous Siblings (Random House Publishing Group), December 2006
    • Jeremy Black: George III: America's Last King, (Yale University Press), December 2006
    • Andrew L. Slap: The Doom of Reconstruction: The Liberal Republicans and the Election of 1872, (Fordham University Press), December 2006
    • Gill Bennett: Churchill's Mystery Man, (Taylor & Francis, Inc.), December 2006
    • David Greenberg: Calvin Coolidge: The 30th President, 1923-1929 (Henry Holt & Company, Incorporated), December 26, 2006
    • James M. McPherson: This Mighty Scourge: Perspectives on the Civil War (Oxford University Press), January 2007
    • Dominic Green: Three Empires on the Nile: The Victorian Jihad, 1869-1898 (Simon & Schuster Adult Publishing Group), January 2007
    • Geoffrey Roberts: Stalin's Wars: From World War to Cold War, 1939-1953 (Yale University Press), January 2007
    • David A. Bell: The First Total War: Napoleon's Europe and the Birth of Warfare as We Know It, (Houghton Mifflin Company), January 2007
    • Dinesh D'Souza: Enemy at Home: The Cultural Left and Its Responsibilty for 9/11 (Doubleday Publishing), January 16, 2007
    • Edward Luce: In Spite of the Gods: The Rise of Modern India (Doubleday Publishing), January 16, 2007
    • Chalmers Johnson: Nemesis: The Last Days of the American Republic [American Empire Project], (Henry Holt & Company, Incorporated), February 6, 2007
    • Geoffrey Perret: Commander in Chief: How Truman, Johnson, and Bush Turned a Presidential Power into a Threat to America's Future (Farrar, Straus and Giroux), February 6, 2007
    • Benton Rain Patterson: With the Heart of a King: Elizabeth I of England, Philip II of Spain, and the Fight for a Nation's Soul and Crown (St. Martin's Press), February 6, 2007
    • Andrew Roberts: History of the English-Speaking Peoples since 1900, HarperCollins Publishers), February 6, 2007
    • Margaret MacMillan: Nixon in China: The Week That Changed the World, (Random House Adult Trade Publishing Group), February 13, 2007
    • John McManus: Alamo in the Ardennes: The Untold Story of the American Soldiers Who Made the Defense of Bastogne Possible, (Wiley, John & Sons, Incorporated), March 2007

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