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February 12, 2007


    Presidential Campaign 2008 Watch

  • Richard Norton Smith on"Obama will announce candidacy at historic venue":"Lincoln came out of the wilderness, figuratively and politically, and to some degree the same can be said of Obama. Somebody who looked at his resume in 1860 might well have questioned the experience he had, particularly given the perilous times that were ahead. But he had a genius for advocacy. He had a voice." - Chicago Tribune, 2-10-07
  • Timothy Walch on"Bush keeps away from trail White House focuses on end-of-term goals":"It's very hard, I think, psychologically and politically, for somebody who has been the most powerful person in the world to begin gradually to detach themselves from power." - Concord Monitor, NH, 2-8-07

  • 12/02/1733 - Georgia founded by James Oglethorpe, at site of Savannah
  • 12/02/1793 - 1st US fugitive slave law passed; requires return of escaped slaves
  • 12/02/1825 - Creek Indian treaty signed. Tribal chiefs agree to turn over all their land in Georgia to the government and migrate west by Sept 1, 1826
  • 12/02/1865 - Henry Highland Garnet, is 1st black to speak in US House of Reps
  • 12/02/1873 - Congress abolishes bimetallism and authorizes $1 and $3 gold coins
  • 12/02/1909 - National Assn for the Advancement of Colored People (NAACP) forms
  • 12/02/1915 - Cornerstone laid for Lincoln Memorial in Wash DC
  • 12/02/1924 - President Calvin Coolidge makes 1st presidential radio speech
  • 12/02/1950 - Sen Joe McCarthy claims to have list of 205 communist govt employees
  • 12/02/1962 - Bus boycott starts in Macon, Georgia
  • 13/02/1566 - St Augustine, Florida founded
  • 13/02/1635 - Oldest US public institution, Boston Latin School founded
  • 13/02/1861 - Abraham Lincoln declared president
  • 13/02/1864 - Miridian Campaign fighting at Chunky Creek and Wyatt, Mississippi
  • 13/02/1895 - Moving picture projector patented
  • 13/02/1907 - English suffragettes storm British Parliament and 60 women are arrested
  • 13/02/1957 - Southern Christian Leadership Conference organizes in New Orleans
  • 13/02/1968 - US sends 10,500 additional soldiers to Vietnam
  • 14/02/1130 - Jewish Cardinal Pietro Pierleone elected as anti-pope Anacletus II
  • 14/02/1689 - English parliament places Mary Stuart/Prince Willem III on the throne
  • 14/02/1848 - James K Polk became 1st pres photographed in office (Matthew Brady)
  • 14/02/1876 - A G Bell and Elisha Gray apply separately for telephone patents Supreme Court eventually rules Bell rightful inventor
  • 14/02/1896 - Theodor Herzl publishes"Der Judenstaat"
  • 14/02/1949 - 1st session of Knesset (Jerusalem Israel)
  • 14/02/1962 - 1st lady Jacqueline Kennedy conducts White House tour on TV
  • 14/02/1971 - Richard Nixon installs secret taping system in White House
  • 15/02/1851 - Black abolitionists invade Boston courtroom rescueing a fugitive slave
  • 15/02/1861 - Ft Point completed and garrisoned (but has never fired cannon in anger)
  • 15/02/1862 - Grant's major assault on Ft Donelson, Tennessee
  • 15/02/1879 - Congress authorizes women lawyers to practice before Supreme Ct
  • 15/02/1903 - 1st Teddy Bear introduced in America, made by Morris and Rose Michtom
  • 15/02/1918 - 1st WW I US army troop ship torpedoed and sunk by Germany, off Ireland
  • 15/02/1929 - St Valentine's Day massacre (Chicago)
  • 15/02/1933 - Pres-elect Franklin Roosevelt survives assassination attempt
  • 15/02/1965 - Canada replaces Union Jack flag with Maple Leaf
  • 16/02/1741 - Benjamin Franklin's General Magazine (2nd US Mag) begins publishing
  • 16/02/1760 - Native American hostages killed in Ft Prince George SC
  • 16/02/1864 - Battle of Mobile, AL - operations by Union Army
  • 16/02/1914 - 1st airplane flight (LA to SF)
  • 16/02/1917 - 1st synagogue in 425 years opens in Madrid
  • 16/02/1959 - Fidel Castro named himself Cuba's premier after overthrowing Batista
  • 17/02/1621 - Miles Standish appointed 1st commander of Plymouth colony
  • 17/02/1801 - House breaks electoral college tie, chooses Jefferson pres over Burr
  • 17/02/1865 - -18] Battle of Charleston SC
  • 17/02/1865 - Columbia SC burns down during Civil War
  • 17/02/1870 - Mississippi becomes 9th state readmitted to US after Civil War
  • 17/02/1915 - Edward Stone, 1st US combatant to die in WW I, is mortally wounded
  • 17/02/1933 - US Senate accept Blaine Act: ending prohibition
  • 17/02/1933 - 1st issue of"Newsweek" magazine published
  • 17/02/1938 - 1st public experimental demonstration of Baird color TV (London)
  • 17/02/1943 - Dutch churches protest at Seyss-Inquart against persecution of Jews
  • 17/02/1949 - Chaim Weitzman elected 1st president of Israel
  • 17/02/1964 - US House of Reps accept Law on the civil rights
  • 17/02/1969 - Golda Meir sworn in as Israel's 1st female prime minister
  • 17/02/1972 - President Nixon leaves Washington DC for China
  • 18/02/1503 - Henry Tudor created Prince of Wales (later Henry VIII)
  • 18/02/1688 - Quakers conduct 1st formal protest of slavery in Germantown, Pa
  • 18/02/1861 - Confederate President Jefferson Davis inaugurated at Montgomery Ala
  • 18/02/1865 - Union troops force Confederates to abandon Ft Anderson, NC
  • 18/02/1865 - Evacuation of Charleston, SC; Sherman's troops burn city
  • 18/02/1927 - US and Canada begin diplomatic relations
  • 18/02/1970 - US president Nixon launches"Nixon-doctrine"
  • 18/02/1988 - Anthony M Kennedy, sworn in as Supreme Court Justice

    • Douglas Brinkley: New Orleans' future bleak, historian says - Hattiesburg American, MS, 2-11-07
    • Douglas Brinkley"New Orleans' future bleak":"The act of not doing enough is a policy; it's a decision....(The government's) answer is, 'Don't live below sea level. Don't live in the Lower Ninth (Ward), don't rebuild - move to Hattiesburg. It's an unfortunate confluence that when New Orleans needs a great leader, there's a void.... The reason you would do it (rebuild) is because you believe the heritage places like Gulfport and Biloxi and New Orleans are important ... and that if the Italians can save Venice, surely the United States can save these places, but you have to believe in culture to make that happen." - Hattiesburg American, MS, 2-11-07

    • Asif A. Siddiqi: His book"Challenge To Apollo" (National Aeronautics and Space Administration, 2000), was named one of the"Five Best" books on outer space in the Wall Street Journal (WSJ) in its Dec. 30th issue. - Fordham University, 2-9-07
    • Philip Nicolosi: Teacher wins Paul Gagnon Prize - AHA Blog, 2-8-07
    ON TV:

    • C-Span2, Book TV : 2006 Miami Book Fair: Thomas Evans"The Education of Ronald Reagan," Sunday, February 11 at 8:10 pm - C-Span2, BookTV
    • PBS: The American Experience:"AMERICAN EXPERIENCE Visits NEW ORLEANS" Monday, February 12, 2007 at 9pm ET - PBS
    • History Channel:"Alaska: Dangerous Territory," Sunday, February 11, @ 10pm ET/PT
    • History Channel:"Digging For The Truth :New Maya Revelations," Monday, February 12, @ 9pm ET/PT
    • History Channel:"Engineering An Empire :The Aztecs," Monday, February 12, @ 10pm ET/PT
    • History Channel:"The Saint Valentine's Day Massacre" Wednesday, February 14, @ 8pm ET/PT
    • History Channel:"Nixon: A Presidency Revealed," Thursday, February 15, @ 8pm ET/PT
    • History Channel:"The Kennedy Assassination: Beyond Conspiracy," Thursday, February 15, @ 10pm ET/PT
    • History Channel:"The Presidents," Marathon 1789-1945 Saturday, February 17, @ 11am-5pm ET/PT
    • History Channel:"Nixon: A Presidency Revealed," Saturday, February 17, @ 5pm ET/PT
    • History Channel:"Special :An Alien History of Planet Earth," Saturday, February 17, @ 8pm ET/PT
    • History Channel:"Save Our History :The Search for George Washington," Saturday, February 17, @ 10pm ET/PT

    • Michael B. Oren: POWER, FAITH, AND FANTASY #5 (3 weeks on list) - 2-18-07
    • Dore Gold: THE FIGHT FOR JERUSALEM, #17 - 2-18-07
    • Dinesh D'Souza: THE ENEMY AT HOME, #32 - 2-18-07

    • Follow the Drinking Gourd: A Cultural History : This website presents ongoing research into the song"Follow the Drinking Gourd" and its cultural history. The song was supposedly used by an Underground Railroad operative to encode escape instructions and a map. The song has also p layed an important role in the Civil Rights and folk revival movements of the 1950s and 1960s, and in contemporary elementary school education.
    • New online database archive for the preservation of Civil War correspondences, is a searchable database of soldiers and their correspondences.

    • Echoes in the Ice: Collages of Polar Explorers by Rik van Glintenkamp: In recognition of International Polar Year, the Harvard Museum of Natural History (HMNH) announces a unique exhibition celebrating intrepid explorers and their travels to the farthest"ends" of the Earth. Opens January 26, 2007 - Harvard Museum of Natural History, Harvard University

    • 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

    • Nelson W. Polsby: 72, Author and a Scholar of Politics, Dies - NYT (2-9-07)
    • J. Merton England: National Science Foundation Historian Was 91 - WaPo, 2-5-07

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