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January 15, 2007



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THIS WEEK IN HISTORY:This Week in History:

  • 15/01/1535 - Henry VIII declares himself head of English Church
  • 15/01/1777 - People of New Connecticut (Vermont) declare independence from England
  • 15/01/1780 - Continental Congress establishes court of appeals
  • 15/01/1870 - Donkey 1st used as symbol of Democratic Party, in Harper's Weekly
  • 15/01/1942 - FDR asks commissioner to continue baseball during WW II
  • 15/01/1943 - World's largest office building, Pentagon, completed
  • 15/01/1950 - 4,000 attend National Emergency Civil Rights Conference in Wash DC
  • 15/01/1973 - 4 Watergate burglars plead guilty in federal court
  • 15/01/1976 - Sara Jane Moore sentenced to life for attempting to shoot Pres Ford
  • 16/01/1581 - English parliament passes laws against Catholicism
  • 16/01/1776 - Continental Congress approves enlistment of free blacks
  • 16/01/1777 - Vermont declares independence from NY
  • 16/01/1865 - Gen Wm Sherman issues Field Order #15 (land for blacks)
  • 16/01/1870 - Virginia becomes 8th state readmitted to US after Civil War
  • 16/01/1883 - Pendleton Act creates basis of US Civil Service system
  • 16/01/1920 - 1st assembly of League of Nations (Paris)
  • 16/01/1920 - 18th Amendment, prohibition, goes into effect; repealed in 1933
  • 16/01/1938 - Benny Goodman refuses to play Carnegie Hall when black members of his band were barred from performing
  • 16/01/1944 - Gen Eisenhower took command of Allied Invasion Force in London
  • 17/01/1821 - Mexico permits Moses Austin and 300 US families to settle in Texas
  • 17/01/1874 - Armed Democrats seize Texas govt ending Radical Reconstruction
  • 17/01/1893 - Queen Liliuokalani deposed, Kingdom of Hawaii becomes a republic
  • 17/01/1911 - Failed assassination attempt on premier Briand in French Assembly
  • 17/01/1945 - Swedish diplomat Raoul Wallenberg, credited with saving tens of thousands of Jews from the Nazis, arrested by secret police in Hungary
  • 17/01/1945 - Liberation of Warsaw by Soviet troops (end of Nazi occupation)
  • 17/01/1945 - Auschwitz concentration camp begins evacuation
  • 17/01/1946 - United Nations Security Council holds its 1st meeting
  • 17/01/1948 - Trial of 11 US Communist party members begins in NYC
  • 17/01/1961 - Eisenhower allegedly orders assassination of Congo's Lumumba
  • 17/01/1966 - Martin Luther King Jr opens campaign in Chicago
  • 17/01/1983 - Alabama Gov George C Wallace, becomes governor for record 4th time
  • 17/01/1987 - Pres Reagan signs secret order permitting covert sale of arms to Iran
  • 17/01/1991 - Operation Desert Storm begins-US led allies vs Iraq
  • 17/01/1991 - Operation Desert Storm: 1st US pilot shot down (Jeffrey Zahn)
  • 17/01/1998 - Pres Clinton faces sexual harrament charges from Paula Jones
  • 18/01/1486 - King Henry VII of England marries Elizabeth, daughter of Edward IV
  • 18/01/1671 - Pirate Henry Morgan defeats Spanish defenders, captures Panam
  • 18/01/1778 - Capt James Cook stumbles over Sandwich Islands (Hawaiian Islands)
  • 18/01/1817 - San Mart¡n leads a revolutionary army over Andes
  • 18/01/1854 - Filibuster William Walker proclaims Republic of Sonora in NW Mexico
  • 18/01/1862 - Confederate Territory of Arizona forms
  • 18/01/1871 - 2nd German Empire proclaimed by Kaiser Wilhelm I and Bismarck
  • 18/01/1919 - WW I Peace Congress opens in Versailles, France
  • 18/01/1943 - Jews in Warsaw Ghetto begin resistance of Nazis
  • 18/01/1944 - 1st Chinese naturalized US citizen since repeal of exclusion acts
  • 18/01/1945 - Warsaw freed by Soviet army
  • 18/01/1991 - Iraq launches SCUD missiles against Israel
  • 18/01/1993 - Martin Luther King Jr holiday observed in all 50 states for 1st time
  • 19/01/1419 - French city of Rouen surrenders to Henry V in Hundred Years War
  • 19/01/1793 - French King Louis XVI sentenced to death
  • 19/01/1840 - Antarctica discovered, Charles Wilkes expedition (US claim)
  • 19/01/1861 - Georgia becomes 5th state to secede
  • 19/01/1861 - MS troops take Ft Massachusetts an Ship Island
  • 19/01/1865 - Union occupies Fort Anderson, NC
  • 19/01/1871 - 1st Negro lodge of US Masons approved, New Jersey
  • 19/01/1920 - US Senate votes against membership in League of Nations
  • 19/01/1955 - 1st presidential news conference filmed for TV (Eisenhower)
  • 19/01/1981 - US and Iran sign agreement to release 52 American hostages
  • 19/01/1987 - Guy Hunt becomes Alabama's 1st Republican governor since 1874
  • 19/01/1989 - Pres Reagan pardons George Steinbrenner for illegal funds for Nixon
  • 20/01/1778 - 1st American military court martial trial begins, Cambridge, Mass
  • 20/01/1785 - Samuel Ellis advertises to sell Oyster Island (Ellis Is), no takers
  • 20/01/1788 - Pioneer African Baptist church organizes in Savannah, Ga
  • 20/01/1801 - John Marshall appointed US chief justice
  • 20/01/1807 - Napoleon convenes great Sanhedrin, Paris
  • 20/01/1868 - Florida constitutional convention meets in Tallahassee
  • 20/01/1869 - Elizabeth Cady Stanton becomes 1st woman to testify before Congress
  • 20/01/1937 - 1st Inauguration day on Jan 20th, (held every 4th years there-after)
  • 20/01/1939 - Hitler proclaims to German parliament to exterminate all European Jews
  • 20/01/1945 - FDR sworn-in for an unprecedented 4th term as president
  • 20/01/1949 - Pres Truman announces his point 4 program
  • 20/01/1953 - 1st live coast-to-coast inauguration address (Eisenhower)
  • 20/01/1961 - Robert Frost recites"Gift Outright" at JFK's inauguration
  • 20/01/1969 - Richard M Nixon inaugurated as president
  • 20/01/1981 - 52 Americans held hostage in Iran for 444 days freed
  • 20/01/1981 - Ronald Reagan inaugurated as president
  • 20/01/1989 - Bush inaugurated as 41st president and Quayle becomes 44th vice pres -- Reagan becomes 1st pres elected in a"0" year, since 1840, to leave office alive
  • 20/01/1993 - Bill Clinton inaugurated as 42nd president
  • 21/01/1789 - 1st American novel, WH Brown's"Power of Sympathy," is published
  • 21/01/1861 - Jefferson Davis of Mississippi and 4 other southern senators resign
  • 21/01/1950 - NY jury finds former State Dept official Alger Hiss guilty of perjury
  • 21/01/1953 - John Foster Dulles appointed as Secretary of State
  • 21/01/1977 - Pres Jimmy Carter pardons almost all Vietnam War draft evaders
    IN THE NEWS:
    REVIEWED AND FIRST CHAPTERS:

    • Caroline Elkins on Rachel Holmes : A Life Exposed AFRICAN QUEEN The Real Life of the Hottentot Venus - NYT, 1-14-07
    • Kevin Boyle on Michael K. Honey: King's Last Mission The civil rights movement was changed forever by a 1968 showdown that ended in tragedy GOING DOWN JERICHO ROAD The Memphis Strike, Martin Luther King's Last Campaign - Wa Po, 1-14-07
    • Brian S. Wills: UVa-Wise historian examines Hollywood's portrayal of Civil War - Kingsport Times News, TN, 1-15-07
    • Roberta Wohlstetter: WSJ celebrates her work on Pearl Harbor - WSJ editorial, 1-9-07
    • Jonathan Petropoulos: Reveals Fateful History of Nazi Princes Bloomberg News, 1-8-07
    • New Richard Posner book deals with plagiarism - Charles McGrath in the NYT, 1-7-07
    • Conrad Black & Margaret MacMillan: Black apologizes for tone of review of Nixon book by MacMillan - NYT, 1-8-07
    OP-ED:

    • David Greenberg: Admitting Failure, Without Being a Failure ... President's Dilemma NYT, 1-15-07
    PROFILED:
    INTERVIEWED:

    • Howard Zinn: Interviewed about his new book - Znet, 1-7-06
    • John Hope Franklin: Miles to Go Before He Sleeps Historian and civil rights activist John Hope Franklin explains how the movement toward Martin Luther King's dream has been significant—that we can expect a black president 'soon'—but 'not nearly as effective as it should be.' - Newsweek, 1-13-07
    FEATURE:
    QUOTED:

    • Historian Lenworth Gunther:"Dr. King is slowly being taken out of his holiday, much like Christ has been taken out of Christmas. Unfortunately, the American phenomenon of commercialism has impacted this holiday. Like many others, it is a day to shop, a day off, a day to be cool. Bling-bling and bang-bang have taken over belief-belief. Coretta Scott King's death is a flash point that we are losing the greatest generation of the modern civil rights movement, and the question now is who is going to pick up the baton? The fact that she is no longer with us frees people from the burden of having to be reminded of how she said the holiday should be observed. So, we can't stop; we have to keep teaching." - Akron Beacon Journal, OH, 1-14-07
    SPOTTED & SPEAKING EVENTS CALENDAR:

    • John Hope Franklin: Guest Sunday on UNC-TV's"North Carolina Bookwatch," Franklin discussed his memoir,"Mirror to America." - http://www.unctv.org/ncbookwatch/
    • January 15, 2007: Robert A. Pratt Noted Author and Civil Rights Historian to Speak at Young Harris College at 7:00 pm in the Susan B. Harris Chapel - Union Sentinel, GA, 1-11-07
    • February 25, 2007: William Leuchtenburg"The White House Looks South: Franklin D. Roosevelt, Harry S. Truman, Lyndon B. Johnson" at 5 PM - http://www.unctv.org/ncbookwatch/
    • February 14, 2007: Eric Foner,"American Reconstruction (1865-1877)" Time to be announced, McLain Auditorium, MHS - Larchmont Gazette, NY, 11-29-06
    • March 20, 2007: Alan Brinkley, The Harlem Renaissance, Time to be announced, McLain Auditorium, MHS - Larchmont Gazette, NY, 11-29-06
    • Feb. 23 to 25, 2007: John Gillingham: Camden Conference marks its 20th anniversary, Feb. 23 to 25, 2007, at the Camden Opera House - 8-15-06 - Sold-out Camden Conference offers satellite seating at Strand knox.VillageSoup.com, ME, 10-29-06
    HONORED, AWARDED, AND APPOINTED:
    ON TV:History Listings This Week:

    • C-Span2, Book TV : History on Book TV: James Hornfischer,"Ship of Ghosts: The Story of the USS Houston, FDR's Legendary Lost Cruiser, and the Epic Saga of her Survivors" Sunday, January 14 at 8:00 pm - C-Span2, BookTV
    • C-Span2, Book TV : After Words: After Words: Gabor Boritt, author of"The Gettysburg Gospel: The Lincoln Speech That Nobody Knows" interviewed by James Swanson Sunday, January 14 at 9:00 pm - C-Span2, BookTV
    • C-Span2, Book TV : History on Book TV: Timothy Naftali, Co-author,"Khrushchev's Cold War: The Inside Story of an American Adversary" Sunday, January 14 at 9:55 pm - C-Span2, BookTV
    • PBS: The American Experience:"Eyes on the Prize" Part 4 Monday, January 15, 2007 at 9pm ET - PBS
    • History Channel:"The Kennedy Assassination: Beyond Conspiracy," Sunday, January 14, @ 8pm ET/PT
    • History Channel:"Last Days on Earth," Sunday, January 14, @ 10pm ET/PT
    • History Channel:"Martin Luther King Jr. Day: The Making of a Dream," Monday, January 15, @ 2pm ET/PT
    • History Channel:"Our Generation :Martin Luther King Assassination," Monday, January 15, @ 2:30pm ET/PT
    • History Channel:"Conspiracy? :Who Killed Martin Luther King Jr.?," Monday, January 15, @ 3pm ET/PT
    • History Channel:"Conspiracy? :RFK Assassination," Monday, January 15, @ 4pm ET/PT
    • History Channel:"Houdini: Unlocking the Mystery," Monday, January 15, @ 5pm ET/PT
    • History Channel:"Decoding The Past :Cults: Dangerous Devotion," Monday, January 15, @ 8pm ET/PT
    • History Channel:"Jonestown Paradise Lost," Monday, January 15, @ 9pm ET/PT
    • History Channel:"Man, Moment, Machine :JFK & the Crisis Crusader." Tuesday, January 16, @ 10pm ET/PT
    • History Channel:"Targeted :Osama bin Laden" Wednesday, January 17, @ 2pm ET/PT
    • History Channel:"The War against al Qaeda" Wednesday, January 17, @ 4pm ET/PT
    • History Channel:"Special :Da Vinci & the Code He Lived By," Thursday, January 18, @ 2pm ET/PT
    • History Channel:"Special :Behind The Da Vinci Code," Thursday, January 18, @ 4pm ET/PT
    • History Channel:"Decoding The Past :Vampires Secrets," Thursday, January 18, @ 9pm ET/PT
    • History Channel:"Breaking Vegas," Friday, January 19, @ 2pm ET/PT
    • History Channel:"Man, Moment, Machine," Marathon Saturday, January 20 @ 1-5pm ET/PT
    • History Channel:"The True Story of Black Hawk Down," Saturday, January 20 @ 5pm ET/PT
    • History Channel:"Jonestown Paradise Lost," Saturday, January 20, @ 8pm ET/PT
    • History Channel:"Decoding The Past :Cults: Dangerous Devotion," Saturday, January 20, @ 10pm ET/PT
    SELLING BIG (NYT):

    • Evan Thomas: SEA OF THUNDER, #28 - 1-21-07
    • Nathaniel Philbrick: Mayflower, # 31 - 1-21-07
    • Hampton Sides: BLOOD AND THUNDER An Epic of the American West #32 - 1-21-07
    FUTURE RELEASES:

    • 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
    DEPARTED:

    • Roberta Wohlstetter, 94, Military Policy Analyst, Dies - NYT, 1-11-07



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