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February 19, 2007



PRESIDENTIAL CAMPAIGN 2008 WATCH:

    Presidential Campaign 2008 Watch

  • Allan Lichtman on"Obama Set For Big Jewish Push":"There’s no Democrat who has locked in the Jewish vote, It's wide open.... He's well educated, he has sterling intellectual credentials and he seems to have struck the right note on a lot of issues.... The winner in this race is going to be the last person to make a mistake. First-time candidates are mistake-prone." - NY Jewish Week, 2-16-07
BLACK HISTORY MONTH:
BIGGEST STORIES:
HNN STATS THIS WEEK:
THIS WEEK IN HISTORY:

  • 19/02/1807 - VP Aaron Burr arrested in Alabama for treason; later found innocent
  • 19/02/1878 - Thomas Alva Edison patents gramophone (phonograph)
  • 19/02/1881 - Kansas becomes 1st state to prohibit all alcoholic beverages
  • 19/02/1919 - Pan-African Congress, organized by W E B Du Bois (Paris)
  • 19/02/1941 - Nazi raid Amsterdam and round up 429 young Jews for deportation
  • 19/02/1942 - FDR orders detention and internment of all west-coast Japanese-Americans
  • 19/02/1945 - US 5th Fleet launches invasion of Iwo Jima against the Japanese
  • 19/02/1963 - USSR informs JFK it's withdrawing several thousand troops from Cuba
  • 19/02/1986 - US Senate ratifies UN's anti-genocide convention 37 years later
  • 20/02/1547 - King Edward VI of England was enthroned following death of Henry VIII
  • 20/02/1792 - US postal service created; postage 6›-12«›, depending on distance
  • 20/02/1809 - Supreme Court rules federal govt power greater than any state
  • 20/02/1839 - Congress prohibits dueling in District of Columbia
  • 20/02/1861 - Dept of Navy of Confederacy forms
  • 20/02/1869 - Tenn Gov W C Brownlow declares martial law in Ku Klux Klan crisis
  • 20/02/1933 - House of Reps completes congressional action to repeal Prohibition
  • 20/02/1941 - 1st transport of Jews to concentration camps leave Plotsk Poland
  • 20/02/1953 - US Court of Appeals rules that Organized Baseball is a sport and not a business, affirming the 25-year-old Supreme Court ruling
  • 20/02/1962 - John Glenn is 1st American to orbit Earth (Friendship 7)
  • 21/02/1764 - John Wilkes thrown out of Engl House of Commons for"Essay on Women"
  • 21/02/1792 - Congress passes Pres Succession Act
  • 21/02/1804 - 1st locomotive, Richard Trevithick's, runs for 1st time, in Wales
  • 21/02/1857 - Congress outlaws foreign currency as legal tender in US
  • 21/02/1862 - Confederate Constitution and presidency are declared permanent
  • 21/02/1862 - Texas Rangers win Confederate victory at Battle of Val Verde, NM
  • 21/02/1874 - Benjamin Disraeli replaces William Gladstone as English premier
  • 21/02/1885 - Washington Monument dedicated (Wash DC)
  • 21/02/1895 - NC Legislature, adjourns for day to mark death of Frederick Douglass
  • 21/02/1916 - Battle of Verdun in WW I begins (1 million casualties)
  • 21/02/1943 - Dutch RC bishops protest against persecution of Jews
  • 21/02/1965 – Black nationalist leader Malcolm X is assassinated.
  • 21/02/1972 - Richard Nixon becomes 1st US president to visit China
  • 22/02/1495 - French King Charles VIII enters Naples to claim crown
  • 22/02/1630 - Indians introduce pilgrims to popcorn, at Thanksgiving
  • 22/02/1819 - Spain renounces claims to Oregon Country, Florida (Adams-On¡s Treaty)
  • 22/02/1821 - Spain sells (east) Florida to United States for $5 million
  • 22/02/1854 - 1st meeting of Republican Party (Michigan)
  • 22/02/1856 - 1st national meeting of Republican Party (Pittsburgh)
  • 22/02/1861 - On a bet Edward Weston leaves Boston to walk to Lincoln's inauguration
  • 22/02/1864 - -27] Battle at Dalton Georgia
  • 22/02/1889 - Pres Cleveland signs bill to admit Dakotas, Montana and Washington state
  • 22/02/1900 - Hawaii became a US territory
  • 22/02/1924 - 1st presidential radio address (Calvin Coolidge)
  • 22/02/1967 - 25,000 US and S Vietnamese troops launched Operation Junction City, offensive to smash Viet Cong stronghold near Cambodian border
  • 23/02/1455 - Johannes Gutenberg prints 1st book, Bible (estimated date)
  • 23/02/1836 - Alamo besieged by Santa Anna; entire garrison eventually killed
  • 23/02/1861 - Pres-elect Lincoln arrives secretly in Wash DC to take office
  • 23/02/1861 - By popular referendum, Texas becomes 7th state to secede from US
  • 23/02/1883 - Alabama becomes 1st US state to enact an antitrust law
  • 23/02/1945 - US Marines raise flag on Iwo Jima, famous photo and statue
  • 23/02/1947 - Gen Eisenhower opens drive to raise $170M in aid for European Jews
  • 23/02/1967 - US troops begin largest offensive of Vietnam War
  • 23/02/1997 - Scientists in Scotland announced they succeeded in cloning an adult mammal, producing a lamb named"Dolly"
  • 24/02/1803 - Supreme Court 1st rules a law unconstitutional (Marbury v Madison)
  • 24/02/1836 - 3,000 Mexicans attack 182 Texans at Alamo, lasts 13 days
  • 24/02/1848 - King Louis-Philippe abdicates, 2nd French republic declared
  • 24/02/1864 - -Feb 25] Battle of Tunnel Hill, GA (Buzzard's Roost)
  • 24/02/1868 - 1st US parade with floats (Mardi Gras-Mobile Alabama)
  • 24/02/1868 - House of Reps vote 126 to 47, to impeach President Andrew Johnson
  • 24/02/1944 - Argentina coup by Juan Peron minister of war
  • 24/02/1949 - Israel and Egypt sign an armistice agreement
  • 24/02/1991 - US and allies begin a ground war assault on Iraqi troops
  • 25/02/1793 - 1st cabinet meeting (At George Washington's home)
  • 25/02/1804 - Jefferson nominated for president at Democratic-Republican caucus
  • 25/02/1862 - Paper currency (greenbacks) introduced in US by Pres Abraham Lincoln
  • 25/02/1870 - Hiram Revels, is sworn in as 1st black member of Congress (Sen-R-MS)
  • 25/02/1919 - League of Nations set up by Paris Treaty
  • 25/02/1941 - February strike against persecution of Jews, in Amsterdam
    IN THE NEWS:
    REVIEWED AND FIRST CHAPTERS:

    • Harriet A. Washington: Unequal treatment The Dark History of Medical Experimentation on Black Americans From Colonial Times to the Present - NYT, 2-18-07
    • Harriet A. Washington: The Dark History of Medical Experimentation on Black Americans From Colonial Times to the Present, First Chapter - NYT, 2-18-07
    • Marcus Rediker: New book shows that pirate ships could be a refuge for slaves - http://www.jdnews.com, 2-13-07
    • Alexander Rose: The Setauket Spies see the light of day Washington's Spies: The Story of America's First Spy Ring - Newsday, NY, 2-16-07
    • David A. Bell: The idealistic origins of total war - Adam Gopnik in the New Yorker, 2-5-07
    OP-ED:
    PROFILED:
    INTERVIEWED:
    FEATURE:
    QUOTED:

    • Donald Ritchie, associate Senate historian on"A Divided House Denounces Plan for More Troops":"There is a long tradition of Congressional dissent during wartime, but I don’t know that it’s ever formalized itself the way this is shaping up. Taking a stand in opposition to a commander in chief's decision on a war policy, that's unusual." - NYT, 2-17-07
    SPOTTED & SPEAKING EVENTS CALENDAR:

    • David McCollough: Prize winning historian visits ISU - WJBC News, IL, 2-16-07
    • Thomas G. Alexander: Historian discusses 1857 massacre - Deseret News, UT, 2-17-07
    • February 25, 2007:James McPherson, a Civil War historian and the Pulitzer Prize-win ning author of"Battle Cry of Freedom: The Civil War Era," will be the speaker Feb. 25 during the annual benefit dinner for the Westminster Foundation at Princeton, the Presbyterian Campus Ministry at Princeton University. The evening will begin at 6 with a reception, followed by dinner and program at 6:30. - Trenton Times, NJ, 2-15-07
    • 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 APPOINTMENTS:
    ON TV:

    • C-Span2, Book TV : General Assignment: Robert Caro, Reflections on Robert Moses, Sunday, February 18 at 10 pm - C-Span2, BookTV
    • C-Span2, Book TV : Andrew Roberts, author of"A History of the English-Speaking Peoples Since 1900" and Chalmers Johnson, author of"Nemesis: The Last Days of the American Republic", Author Call-In Programs with Andrew Roberts and Chalmers Johnson, Sunday, February 19 at 12 am - C-Span2, BookTV
    • C-Span2, Book TV : John Barletta, Riding with Reagan: From the White House to the Ranch, Sunday, February 19 at 2:30 am - C-Span2, BookTV
    • PBS: The American Experience:"NEW YORK UNDERGROUND" Monday, February 19, 2007 at 9pm ET - PBS
    • History Channel:"Star Trek Tech," Sunday, February 18, @ 9pm ET/PT
    • History Channel:"Star Wars: Empire of Dreams," Sunday, February 18, @ 10pm ET/PT
    • History Channel:"How William Shatner Changed the World ," Monday, February 19, @ 9pm ET/PT
    • History Channel:"Star Trek: Beyond the Final Frontier," Monday, February 19, @ 9pm ET/PT
    • History Channel:"Fort Knox: Secrets Revealed," Tuesday, February 20, @ 2pm ET/PT
    • History Channel:"Man, Moment, Machine :Hunting Bonnie & Clyde," Tuesday, February 20, @ 10pm ET/PT
    • History Channel:"Godfathers" Wednesday, February 21, @ 2pm ET/PT
    • History Channel:"Weird Weapons :The Allies" Wednesday, February 21, @ 8pm ET/PT
    • History Channel:" Weird Weapons :The Axis" Wednesday, February 21, @ 9pm ET/PT
    • History Channel:"Modern Marvels :Weapons of Mass Destruction" Wednesday, February 21, @ 10pm ET/PT
    • History Channel:"Comets: Prophets of Doom," Thursday, February 22, @ 5pm ET/PT
    • History Channel:"The Lost Dinosaurs of Egypt," Thursday, February 22, @ 5pm ET/PT
    • History Channel:"Lost Worlds :Braveheart's Scotland," Thursday, February 22, @ 7pm ET/PT
    • History Channel:"Secret Societies," Thursday, February 22, @ 8pm ET/PT
    • History Channel:"Decoding The Past :Nazi Prophecies," Thursday, February 22, @ 9pm ET/PT
    • History Channel:"Rumrunners, Moonshiners and Bootleggers," Friday, February 23, @ 2pm ET/PT
    • History Channel:"Dogfights: The Greatest Air Battles," Friday, February 23, @ 9pm ET/PT
    • History Channel:"Star Trek: Beyond the Final Frontier," Saturday, February 24, @ 8pm ET/PT
    • History Channel:"Quest for Dragons," Saturday, February 24, @ 10pm ET/PT
    SELLING BIG (NYT):

    • 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
    NEW ON THE WEB:

    • 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.
    • SoldierStudies.org: New online database archive for the preservation of Civil War correspondences, is a searchable database of soldiers and their correspondences.
    EXHIBITIONS:

    • 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
    FUTURE RELEASES:

    • 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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