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March 12, 2007

THIS WEEK IN HISTORY:This Week in History:

  • 12/03/1350 - Orvieto city says it will behead and burn Jewish-Christian couples
  • 12/03/1664 - 1st naturalization act in American colonies
  • 12/03/1860 - Congress accepts Pre-emption Bill: free land in West for colonists
  • 12/03/1888 - The Great Blizzard of '88 struck the northeastern U.S. (400 die)
  • 12/03/1930 - Mohandas Gandhi began his 200-mile march to protest the British salt tax.
  • 12/03/1933 - President Franklin D. Roosevelt gave the first of his nation-wide"fireside chats" on radio.
  • 12/03/1938 -"Anschluss" took place when Hitler incorporated his homeland of Austria into the Third Reich
  • 12/03/1945 - NY is 1st to prohibit discrimination by race and creed in employment
  • 12/03/1947 - President Truman established the"Truman Doctrine" to aid in the containment of Communism
  • 12/03/1993 - Janet Reno was sworn in as the first female attorney general of the United States.
  • 12/03/2002 - The color-coded terror alert system was unveiled by Homeland Security chief Tom Ridge.
  • 13/03/1639 - Cambridge College was renamed Harvard University.
  • 13/03/1656 - Jews are denied the right to build a synagogue in New Amsterdam
  • 13/03/1852 -"Uncle Sam" cartoon appeared for the first time in N.Y. Lantern weekly.
  • 13/03/1861 - Jefferson Davis signs bill authorizing use of slaves as soldiers
  • 13/03/1868 - The Senate began President Andrew Johnson's impeachment trial.
  • 13/03/1918 - American Red Magen David (Jewish Red Cross) forms
  • 13/03/1925 - Tennessee passed a bill prohibiting the teaching of evolution in public schools.
  • 13/03/1943 - Failed assassin attempt on Hitler during Smolensk-Rastenburg flight
  • 13/03/1972 - Britain and China resumed full diplomatic relations after 22 years; Britain withdrew its consulate from Taiwan.
  • 14/03/1629 - England granted a royal charter to Massachusetts Bay Colony
  • 14/03/1644 - England grants patent for Providence Plantations (now Rhode Island)
  • 14/03/1689 - Scotland dismisses Willem III and Mary Stuart as king and queen
  • 14/03/1743 - The first town meeting was held in Boston, Massachusetts, at Faneuil Hall.
  • 14/03/1794 - The cotton gin was patented by Eli Whitney.
  • 14/03/1923 - Pres Warren G Harding becomes 1st pres to pay taxes
  • 14/03/1964 - Jack Ruby was found guilty of the murder of Lee Harvey Oswald, alleged assassin of President John F. Kennedy.
  • 14/03/1967 - JFK's body moved from temporary grave to a permanent memorial
  • 14/03/1990 - The Soviet Congress voted Mikhail Gorbachev into the newly-created and powerful position of president.
  • 14/03/2003 - Start of weekend of protests against war in Iraq that are attended by millions
  • 15/03/44 B.C. - On the"Ides of March," Julius Caesar was stabbed to death in the senate house by a group of conspirators led by Cimber, Casca, Cassius, and Marcus Junius Brutus.
  • 15/03/1493 - Christopher Columbus returned to Spain after his first visit to the Western Hemisphere.
  • 15/03/1820 - Maine became the 23rd state.
  • 15/03/1917 - Nicholas II, the last czar of Russia, is forced to abdicate his throne (March 2, old style calendar).
  • 15/03/1965 - President Lyndon Johnson asked Congress for legislation guaranteeing every American the right to vote.
  • 16/03/1850 - Nathaniel Hawthorne's novel The Scarlet Letter was published.
  • 16/03/1935 - Adolf Hitler cancelled the military clauses of the Treaty of Versailles.
  • 16/03/1968 - The My Lai massacre occurred in Vietnam.
  • 16/03/1968 - New York Senator Robert Kennedy announced his intention to run for the Democratic presidential nomination.
  • 16/03/1985 - U.S. journalist Terry Anderson was kidnapped in Beirut; he was not released until December 4, 1991 after 2454 days in captivity.
  • 16/03/1988 - Lieutenant Colonel Oliver L. North and Vice Admiral John M. Poindexter of the National Security Council are indicted on charges of conspiracy to defraud the United States for their role in the Iran-contra affair.
  • 17/03/1762 - The first St. Patrick's Day parade was held in New York City.
  • 17/03/1776 - British forces evacuated Boston during the Revolutionary War.
  • 17/03/1870 - Wellesley Female Seminary (later Wellesley College) received its charter from the Massachusetts legislature.
  • 17/03/1942 - Gen. Douglas MacArthur became supreme commander of Allied forces in the southwest Pacific theater during World War II.
  • 17/03/1969 - Golda Meir was sworn in as prime minister of Israel.
  • 17/03/2003 - President Bush delivered an ultimatum to Saddam Hussein: leave Iraq within 48 hours or face an attack.
  • 18/03/1584 - Russian czar Ivan IV, or Ivan"The Terrible," died at age 53.
  • 18/03/1766 - After months of American protests, Britain repealed the Stamp Act.
  • 18/03/1925 - The most violent single tornado in U.S. history, the"Tri-State Tornado," hit Missouri, Indiana, and Illinois, killing 689 people and injuring 13,000 others.
  • 18/03/1963 - The Supreme Court held in Gideon v. Wainwright that public defenders must be provided for indigent defendants in felony cases.
  • 18/03/1965 - Soviet cosmonaut Aleksei Leonov made the first spacewalk.
  • 18/03/1990 - The biggest art theft in U.S. history occurs at the Isabella Stewart Gardner Museum in Boston. The works, including pieces by Vermeer and Rembrandt, were never recovered.

    • Tony Judt on Michael Burleigh: Defender of the Faith SACRED CAUSES The Clash of Religion and Politics, From the Great War to the War on Terror - NYT, 3-11-07
    • Kurt Andersen: A 19th-Century Turn HEYDAY, Historical Fiction - NYT, 3-11-07
    • Michael A. Lerner: Raging Thirst DRY MANHATTAN Prohibition in New York City - NYT, 3-11-07
    • American Schemers On the 400th anniversary of Jamestown, several new books tell the harrowing tale behind the myth (Karen Ordahl Kupperman: THE JAMESTOWN PROJECT, Benjamin Woolley: SAVAGE KINGDOM The True Story of Jamestown, 1607, and the Settlement of America, Tim Hashaw: THE BIRTH OF BLACK AMERICA The First African Americans and the Pursuit of Freedom at Jamestown) - WaPo, 3-11-07
    • Zbigniew Brzezinski: When a Leader Missteps, a World Can Go Astray SECOND CHANCE Three Presidents and the Crisis of American Superpower - 3-6-07

    • David Blight on"Douglass Memorial Sparks Debate on Art vs. History":"The Underground Railroad is one of the deepest American historical myths. It is a story of escape; it is a story from slavery to freedom. The problem has been: How do we carve through the enormous folklore and mythology of this story to get to the real stories of real fugitive slaves?" - NPR, 3-5-07
    ON TV:History Listings This Week:

    • C-Span2, Book TV : Book TV presents After Words: Martha Raddatz, author of"The Long Road Home," interviewed by Col. Thomas Hammes, author of"The Sling and the Stone", Sunday, March 11 at 6:00 pm and at 9:00 pm - C-Span2, BookTV
    • PBS: The American Experience:"Miss America" Monday, March 12, 2007 at 9pm ET - PBS
    • History Channel:"Jonestown Paradise Lost" Sunday, March 11, @ 8pm ET/PT
    • History Channel:"Decoding The Past :Cults: Dangerous Devotion," Sunday, March 11, @ 10pm ET/PT
    • History Channel:"Special : Nazi America: A Secret History," Monday, March 12, @ 2pm ET/PT
    • History Channel:"Decoding The Past :666: The Sign of Evil," Monday, March 12, @ 4pm ET/PT
    • History Channel:"History's Mysteries :Amityville: Horror or Hoax?," Monday, March 12, @ 5pm ET/PT
    • History Channel:"UFO Files :The Day after Roswell," Monday, March 12, @ 8pm ET/PT
    • History Channel:"Digging For The Truth :Secrets of the Mummies," Monday, March 12, @ 9pm ET/PT
    • History Channel:"Engineering An Empire :China," Monday, March 12, @ 10pm ET/PT
    • History Channel:"Julius Caesar's Greatest Battle," Monday, March 12, @ 11pm ET/PT
    • History Channel:"Blood Diamonds," Tuesday, March 13, @ 2pm ET/PT
    • History Channel:"The True Story of Black Hawk Down," Tuesday, March 13, @ 4pm ET/PT
    • History Channel:"Ancient Discoveries :Egyptian Warfare," Tuesday, March 13, @ 8pm ET/PT
    • History Channel:"Man, Moment, Machine :Al Capone & the Machine Gun Massacre," Tuesday, March 13, @ 10pm ET/PT
    • History Channel:"Weird U.S. :This Odd House," Wednesday, March 14, @ 4pm ET/PT
    • History Channel:"Modern Marvels" Marathon, Wednesday, March 14, @ 6-12pm ET/PT
    • History Channel:"Mega Disasters: San Francisco Earthquake," Thursday, March 15, @ 2pm ET/PT
    • History Channel:"Days That Shook The World :Assassination of Archduke Ferdinand/Last Day in Hitler's Bunker," Thursday, March 15, @ 4pm ET/PT
    • History Channel:"Lost Worlds :Churchill's Secret Bunkers," Thursday, March 15, @ 5pm ET/PT
    • History Channel:"Lost Worlds :Knights Templar," Thursday, March 15, @ 8pm ET/PT
    • History Channel:"Decoding The Past :Earth's Black Hole," Thursday, March 15, @ 9pm ET/PT
    • History Channel:"The Irish in America," Saturday, March 17, @ 3pm ET/PT
    • History Channel:"Special : Paddy Whacked: The Irish Mob," Saturday, March 17, @ 6pm ET/PT
    • History Channel:"Celebrating the Green: The History of Saint Patrick's Day," Saturday, March 17, @ 7pm ET/PT
    • History Channel:"Rumrunners, Moonshiners and Bootleggers," Saturday, March 17, @ 8pm ET/PT

    • Michael B. Oren: POWER, FAITH, AND FANTASY #16 (7 weeks on list) - 3-18-07
    • Eric Metaxas: AMAZING GRACE, #24 - 3-18-07
    • Jan Crawford Greenburg: SUPREME CONFLICT #26 - 3-18-07
    • Margaret MacMillan: NIXON AND MAO #34 - 3-18-07

    • U.S. Intellectual History blog: The editors of the weblog post news and information, short essays, book reviews and provocative conversation-starting questions, all in the area of U.S. intellectual history. -

    • Harold R. Winton: Corps Commanders of the Bulge: Six American Generals and Victory in the Ardennes, (University Press of Kansas), March 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
    • Earl Black: Divided America: The Ferocious Power Struggle in American Politics, (Simon & Schuster Adult Publishing Group), March 2007
    • Brian Steidle: The Devil Came on Horseback: Bearing Witness to the Genocide in Darfur, (Perseus Publishing), March 2007
    • Kenneth B. Pyle: Japan Rising: The Resurgence of Japanese Power and Purpose (Perseus Publishing), March 2007
    • John Smith: Captain John Smith: Writings: with Selected Narratives of the Exploration and Settlement of Virginia, (Penguin Group (USA)), March 2007
    • Robert Daniels: The Rise and Fall of Communism in Russia, (Yale University Press), March 2007
    • Patrick J. Jung: The Black Hawk War of 1832, (University of Oklahoma Press), March 2007
    • John Crossan: God and Empire: Jesus against Rome, Then and Now (Harper San Francisco), March 13, 2007
    • William Dalrymple: Last Mughal: The Fall of a Dynasty: Delhi, 1857, (Knopf Publishing Group), March 27, 2007
    • Jonathan M. Elukin: Living Together, Living Apart: Rethinking Jewish- Christian Relations in the Middle Ages, (Princeton University Press), April 2007
    • Philip Morgan: The Fall of Mussolini: Italians and the War, 1940-1945, (Oxford University Press), April 2007
    • Richard Croker: The Boomer Century 1946-2046: How America's Most Influential Generation Changed Everything, (Springboard Press), April 2007
    • R. Emmett Tyrrell: The Clinton Crack-Up: The Boy President's Life After the White House, (Nelson Current), April 2007
    • Stephen F. Hayes: Cheney: A Revealing Portrait of America's Most Powerful Vice President, (HarperCollins Publishers), April 3, 2007
    • Michael Stephenson: Patriot Battles: How the War of Independence Was Fought (HarperCollins Publishers), April 3, 2007
    • Saul Friedlander: Years of Extermination: Nazi Germany and the Jews, 1939-1945, Vol. 2, (HarperCollins Publishers), April 10, 2007
    • Georgina Howell: Gertrude Bell: Queen of the Desert, Shaper of Nations (Farrar, Straus and Giroux), April 17, 2007
    • Lynne Olson: Troublesome Young Men: The Rebels Who Brought Churchill to Power and Helped Save England, (Farrar, Straus and Giroux), April 17, 2007
    • Robert Dallek: Nixon and Kissinger: Partners in Power, (HarperCollins Publishers), April 24, 2007
    • Orville Vernon Burton: The Age of Lincoln, (Farrar, Straus and Giroux), June 2007
    • Gabor Boritt (Editor): Slavery, Resistance, Freedom, (Oxford University Press, USA), June 2007
    • William C. Davis: Virginia at War 1862 (Editor) (University Press of Kentucky), June 2007

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