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December 18, 2006



HNN STATS THIS WEEK:
THIS WEEK IN HISTORY:

  • 18/12/1777 - 1st national Thanksgiving Day, commemorating Burgoyne's surrender
  • 18/12/1787 - New Jersey becomes 3rd state to ratify constitution
  • 18/12/1799 - George Washington's body interred at Mount Vernon
  • 18/12/1813 - British take Ft Niagara in War of 1812
  • 18/12/1859 - South Carolina declared an"independent commonwealth"
  • 18/12/1862 - Battle at Lexington, Tennessee (Forrest's Second Raid)
  • 18/12/1865 - 13th Amendment ratified, slavery abolished
  • 18/12/1892 -"Nutcracker Suite," Peter Ilyich Tchaikovsky's ballet, premieres
  • 18/12/1915 - Pres Wilson, widowed the year before, marries Edith Bolling Galt
  • 18/12/1966 - Dr Seuss'"How the Grinch Stole Christmas" airs for 1st time on CBS
  • 19/12/1732 - Benjamin Franklin under the name Richard Saunders begins publication of"Poor Richard's Almanack"
  • 19/12/1776 - Thomas Paine published his 1st"American Crisis" essay, in which he wrote,"These are the times that try men's souls"
  • 19/12/1777 - Washington settles his troops at Valley Forge, Pa for winter
  • 19/12/1828 - South Carolina declares right of states to nullify federal laws
  • 19/12/1843 - Charles Dickens publishes"A Christmas Carol," in England
  • 19/12/1861 - Battle of Black Water
  • 19/12/1930 - James Weldon Johnson resigns as executive secretary of NAACP
  • 19/12/1946 - War breaks out in Indochina as Ho Chi Minh attacks French in Hanoi
  • 20/12/1606 - Virginia Company settlers leave London to establish Jamestown Va
  • 20/12/1669 - 1st jury trial in Delaware; Marcus Jacobson condemned for insurrection and sentenced to flogging, branding and slavery
  • 20/12/1803 - Louisiana Purchase formally transferred from France to US for $27M
  • 20/12/1860 - SC votes 169-0 for Ordinace of Secession, 1st state to secede
  • 20/12/1862 - -Jan 3rd] Vicksburg campaign
  • 20/12/1864 - -Dec 27th] Battle of Ft Fisher, NC
  • 20/12/1893 - 1st state anti-lynching statue approved, in Georgia
  • 20/12/1919 - US House of Representatives restricts immigration
  • 20/12/1922 - 14 republics form Union of Soviet Socialistic Republics (USSR)
  • 20/12/1956 - Montgomery, Ala, removed race-based seat assignments on its buses
  • 20/12/1989 - US troops invade Panama and oust Manuel Noriega, but don't catch him
  • 21/12/1620 - 103 Mayflower pilgrims land at Plymouth Rock [OS=Dec 11]
  • 21/12/1784 - John Jay becomes 1st US secretary of state (foreign affairs)
  • 21/12/1864 - Gen Sherman conquers Savannah
  • 21/12/1866 - Cheyennes, Arapho's, Sioux, Fetterman Massacre
  • 21/12/1919 - J Edgar Hoover deports anarchists/feminist Emma Goldman to Russia
  • 21/12/1946 - Frank Capra's"It's a Wonderful Life," premieres
  • 21/12/1954 - Dr Sam Sheppard's wife Marilyn is murdered (he is accused of crime)
  • 21/12/1962 - US and Cuba accord, releases bay of pigs captive
  • 22/12/1783 - Washington resigns his military commission [or 12-23?]
  • 22/12/1807 - Congress passes Embargo Act, to force peace between Britain and France
  • 22/12/1882 - 1st string of Christmas tree lights created by Thomas Edison
  • 22/12/1941 - Winston Churchill arrives in Washington for a wartime conference
  • 22/12/1943 - WEB Du Bois elected 1st black member, Natl Inst of Arts and Letters
  • 22/12/1980 - Pres-elect Reagan appoints J Kirkpatrick (UN) and James Watt (Interior)
  • 23/12/1776 - Thomas Paine writes"These are the times that try men's souls"
  • 23/12/1779 - Benedict Arnold court-martialed for improper conduct
  • 23/12/1788 - Maryland votes to cede a 10ý mile area for Dist of Columbia
  • 23/12/1793 - Thomas Jefferson warned of slave revolts in West Indies
  • 23/12/1862 - Union Gen Ben"Beast" Butler is proclaimed a"felon, outlaw and common enemy of mankind" by Jefferson Davis
  • 23/12/1888 - Dutch painter Vincent van Gogh cuts off his left ear
  • 23/12/1913 - President Woodrow Wilson signs Federal Reserve Act into law
  • 23/12/1943 - Gen Montgomery told he is appointed commandant for D-day
  • 23/12/1961 - Fidel Castro announces Cuba will release 1,113 prisoners from failed 1961 Bay of Pigs Invasion for $62M worth of food and medical supplies
  • 24/12/1818 -"Silent Night" composed by Franz Joseph Gruber; 1st sung next day
  • 24/12/1851 - Fire devastates Library of Congress in Wash, destroys 35,000 volumes
  • 24/12/1865 - Several Confederate veterans form Ku Klux Klan in Pulaski, Tn
  • 24/12/1935 - National Council of Negro Women forms
  • 24/12/1943 - FDR appoints Gen Eisenhower supreme commander of Allied forces
  • 24/12/1992 - Pres Bush pardons Caspar Weinberger of Iran-contra affair
  • 24/12/1997 - 1st time a Channukah candle is officially lit in Vatican City
  • 25/12/0001 - 1st Christmas, according to calendar-maker Dionysus Exiguus
  • 25/12/0337 - Earliest possible date that Christmas was celebrated on Dec 25th
  • 25/12/0352 - 1st definite date Christmas was celebrated on Dec 25th
  • 25/12/1621 - Gov William Bradford of Plymouth forbids game playing on Christmas
  • 25/12/1651 - Massachusetts General Court ordered a fine (five shillings) for"observing any such day as Christmas"
  • 25/12/1776 - Washington crosses Delaware and surprises and defeats 1,400 Hessians
  • 25/12/1818 - 1st known Christmas carol ("Silent Night, Holy Night") sung (Austria)
  • 25/12/1837 - Battle of Okeechobee-US forces defeat Seminole Indians
  • 25/12/1862 - 40,000 watch Union army men play baseball at Hilton Head, SC
  • 25/12/1868 - Despite bitter opposition, Pres A Johnson grants unconditional pardon to all persons involved in Southern rebellion (Civil War)
  • 25/12/1896 -"Stars and Stripes Forever" written by John Philip Sousa
  • 25/12/1914 - Legendary/unofficial"Christmas Truce" takes place (Brits and Germans)
  • 25/12/1938 - George Cukor announces Vivien Leigh will play Scarlett O'Hara
  • 25/12/1939 - Montgomery Ward introduces Rudolph the 9th reindeer
  • 25/12/1977 - Israeli PM Menachem Begin meets Egyptian Pres Sadat in Egypt
  • 25/12/1983 - 1st live telecast of Christmas Parade
  • 25/12/1991 - Mikhail Gorbachev formally resigned as Pres of USSR
    BIGGEST STORIES:
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    REVIEWED AND FIRST CHAPTERS:
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    FEATURE:
    QUOTED:

    • Allen Weinstein"Arranges for new immigrants to take the oath in front of Bill of Rights":"It sends chills up my spine. It seems to me there could be no more appropriate setting for the reaffirmation of the values that this country has always lived by and will continue to live by." - AP, 12-14-06
    SPOTTED & SPEAKING EVENTS CALENDAR:
    HONORED, AWARDED, AND APPOINTED:
    ON TV:

    • C-Span2, Book TV : History on Book TV: Hampton Sides,"Blood and Thunder: An Epic of the American West", Sunday, December 17 at 8:00 pm - C-Span2, BookTV
    • C-Span2, Book TV : Public Lives: David Nasaw, Andrew Carnegie, Sunday, December 17 at 10:00 pm - C-Span2, BookTV
    • History Channel:"The Passion: Religion and the Movies," Sunday, December 17, @ 8pm ET/PT
    • History Channel:"Beyond The Da Vinci Code :Part 1.," Sunday, December 17, @ 10pm ET/PT
    • History Channel:"Modern Marvels :Icebreakers," Sunday, December 10, @ 11pm ET/PT
    • History Channel:"Special :The Real Tomb Hunters: Snakes, Curses, and Booby Traps," Monday, December 18, @ 2pm ET/PT
    • History Channel:"Lost Worlds :Jesus' Jerusalem," Monday, December 18, @ 10pm ET/PT
    • History Channel:"Quest for Dragons" Wednesday, December 20, @ 2pm ET/PT
    • History Channel:"Modern Marvels :Christmas Tech" Wednesday, December 20, @ 9pm ET/PT
    • History Channel:"Banned from The Bible," Thursday, December 21, @ 2pm ET/PT
    • History Channel:"Decoding The Past :Resurrection," Thursday, December 21, @ 5pm ET/PT
    • History Channel:"The Christmas Truce," Thursday, December 21, @ 7pm ET/PT
    • History Channel:"Decoding The Past :The Spear of Christ," Thursday, December 21, @ 9pm ET/PT
    • History Channel:"Christmas Unwrapped: The History of Christmas," Thursday, December 23 @ 11pm ET/PT
    • History Channel:"In Search of Christmas," Friday, December 22, @ 2pm ET/PT
    • History Channel:"American Eats :Holiday Foods," Saturday, December 23 @ 5pm ET/PT
    • History Channel:"Modern Marvels :Toys," Saturday, December 23 @ 6pm ET/PT
    • History Channel:"Christmas Unwrapped: The History of Christmas," Saturday, December 23 @ 7pm ET/PT
    • History Channel:"Vampires Secrets," Saturday, December 23, @ 11pm ET/PT
    SELLING BIG (NYT):

    • Nathaniel Philbrick: Mayflower, # 18 - 12-24-06
    • Hampton Sides: BLOOD AND THUNDER An Epic of the American West #23 - 12-24-06
    • Evan Thomas: SEA OF THUNDER, #27 - 12-24-06
    FUTURE RELEASES:

    • Melton A. McLaurin: First black Marines to get scholarly treatment in book The Marines of Montford Point: America's First Black Marines, Feb. 26, 2007 (University of North Carolina Press) - Wilmington Morning Star, NC, 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, HarperC

    • ollins Publishers), February 6, 2007

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