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March 19, 2007



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HNN STATS THIS WEEK:
THIS WEEK IN HISTORY:

  • 03-19-1853 - During the Taiping Rebellion in China, the rebels captured Nanking and renamed it T'en-ching (Heavenly Capital).
  • 03-19-1920 - The United States Senate voted down signing the Treaty of Versailles for the second time.
  • 03-19-2003 - Operation Iraqi Freedom is launched with air strikes on Baghdad, the beginning of the war with Iraq (March 20 in Iraq).
  • 03-20-1602 - The Dutch East India Company was established. During its 196-year history, it became one of the world's most powerful companies.
  • 03-20-1852 - Harriet Beecher Stowe's"Uncle Tom's Cabin" was published.
  • 03-20-2003 - Ground troops entered Iraq and a second round of air strikes against Baghdad was launched.
  • 03-21-1556 - The Archbishop of Canterbury, Thomas Cranmer, was burned at the stake as a heretic.
  • 03-21-1804 - The French civil code, the Code Napoleon, was officially put forth.
  • 03-21-1963 - Alcatraz Prison in San Francisco Bay, a harsh maximum security jail which once housed gangster Al Capone, closed.
  • 03-21-1965 - Martin Luther King, Jr., led the start of a civil rights march from Selma to Montgomery, Alabama.
  • 03-22-1765 - The Stamp Act was enacted on the American colonies by Britain.
  • 03-22-1820 - U.S. naval hero Stephen Decatur was killed in a duel with dishonored former Chesapeake captain James Barron.
  • 03-22-1895 - Auguste and Louis Lumiere first demonstrated motion pictures using celluloid film in Paris.
  • 03-22-1972 - Congress approved the Equal Rights Amendment and sent it to be ratified by the states. The amendment would fail to get the required 38 states to ratify it.
  • 03-23-1775 - Patrick Henry declared"Give me liberty, or give me death."
  • 03-23-1806 - Lewis and Clark began their return journey east.
  • 03-23-1983 - U.S. President Ronald Reagan proposed a space-based missile defense system called the Strategic Defense Initiative or"Star Wars."
  • 03-24-1603 - Queen Elizabeth I died at age 69 after ruling England for more than 40 years.
  • 03-24-1934 - The Philippine Islands in the South Pacific were granted independence by President Franklin D. Roosevelt after nearly 50 years of American control.
  • 03-24-1999 - NATO begins launching air strikes in an attempt to force Serbia to cease hostilities against ethnic Albanians in Kosovo.
  • 03-25-1634 - Maryland was founded by settlers sent by the late Lord Baltimore.
  • 03-25-1894 - Jacob Sechler Coxey and his"army" of unemployed men began their march from Ohio to Washington, DC.
  • 03-25-1911 - A fire at the Triangle Shirtwaist Co. in New York City killed 145 workers.
  • 03-25-1931 - The Scottsboro boys were arrested in Alabama.
  • 03-25-1965 - The 25,000-person Alabama Freedom March to protest the denial of voting rights to blacks, led by Martin Luther King Jr., ended its journey from Selma on the steps of the State Capitol in Montgomery, Ala.
    IN THE NEWS:
    REVIEWED AND FIRST CHAPTERS:

    • Nigel Hamilton: Whose Life Is It? BIOGRAPHY A Brief History NYT, 3-18-07
    • Ralph Pite: THOMAS HARDY The Guarded Life - NYT, 3-18-07
    • Allan M. Brandt: Blowing Smoke How Big Tobacco convinced generations of Americans to light up THE CIGARETTE CENTURY The Rise, Fall, and Deadly Persistence of The Product That Defined America WaPo, 3-18-07
    • Elizabeth Jacoway: Showdown Over Segregation Did sexual fears fuel the 1957 crisis over letting black students into Little Rock's Central High? TURN AWAY THY SON Little Rock, the Crisis That Shocked The Nation WaPo, 3-18-07
    • Diana Ahmad: Opium Debate Is Topic of Historian's Latest Book - Newswise, 3-15-07
    • Gary Joiner: Historian has busy start to year 'Virtual book signings' are a new twist on old sales tactic - Shreveport Times, LA, 3-15-07
    • Robert Dallek: New book on Nixon & Kissinger promises revelations - Publisher's Weekly, 3-12-07
    OP-ED:
    PROFILED:
    INTERVIEWED:
    FEATURE:
    QUOTED:

    • George Herring on"Hagel, McCain - Different Paths From Vietnam To Iraq":"The Army enlisted people on the ground see the complexity of the war, the difficulty of it, the futility of it at some points - endless patrols in search of an elusive enemy, capturing a piece of territory and immediately vacating it. In a broad sense, I would say they might have a more acute sense of the limits of military power." Free Internet Press, NY, 3-18-07
    • John Dittmer on"Letter written by reputed Klansman a peek into his past":"These people were religious fanatics. Yes, they were racist, but they didn't think of themselves as bad people. They thought of themselves as doing God's will when they murdered people." - AP, 3-17-07
    SPOTTED & SPEAKING EVENTS CALENDAR:

    • March 19, 2007: Jeremy Black will present"War and Society in the Atlantic World," at the University of Southern Mississippi Monday as a guest of the Department of History's Center for the Study of War and Society, 6:30 p.m. in the Liberal Arts Building, Room 102 - Hattiesburg American, MS, 3-16-07
    • March 20, 2007: Alan Brinkley, The Harlem Renaissance, McLain Auditorium, MHS - Larchmont Gazette, NY, 11-29-06
    HONORED, AWARDED, AND APPOINTMENTS:
    ON TV:

    • C-Span2, Book TV : Book TV presents David Cannadine,"Mellon: An American Life", Monday, March 19 at 12:40am - C-Span2, BookTV
    • PBS: The American Experience:"Hijacked" Monday, March 19, 2007 at 9pm ET - PBS
    • History Channel:"Last Days on Earth" Sunday, March 18, @ 8pm ET/PT
    • History Channel:"Tsunami 2004: Waves of Death," Sunday, March 18, @ 11pm ET/PT
    • History Channel:"Special : The Kings: From Babylon to Baghdad," Monday, March 19, @ 2pm ET/PT
    • History Channel:"Man, Moment, Machine :Apollo 13: Triumph on the Dark Side.," Monday, March 19, @ 6pm ET/PT
    • History Channel:"UFO Files :Texas' Roswell," Monday, March 19, @ 8pm ET/PT
    • History Channel:"Digging For The Truth :Lost Treasures of Petra," Monday, March 19, @ 9pm ET/PT
    • History Channel:"Engineering An Empire :Napoleon: Steel Monster," Monday, March 19, @ 10pm ET/PT
    • History Channel:"Deep Sea Detectives :Loch Ness: Great Monster Mystery," Monday, March 19, @ 11pm ET/PT
    • History Channel:"Modern Marvels : Private Collections," Tuesday, March 20, @ 2pm ET/PT
    • History Channel:"Investigating History :The JFK Assassination.," Tuesday, March 20, @ 5pm ET/PT
    • History Channel:"Ancient Discoveries :Ancient Computer?," Tuesday, March 20, @ 8pm ET/PT
    • History Channel:"Special : Warrior Queen Boudica," Wednesday, March 21, @ 2pm ET/PT
    • History Channel:"Man, Moment, Machine :Da Vinci & the Handgun," Wednesday, March 21, @ 6pm ET/PT
    • History Channel:"Modern Marvels :Castles & Dungeons," Wednesday, March 21, @ 7pm ET/PT
    • History Channel:"Sahara," Thursday, March 22, @ 2pm ET/PT
    • >

    • History Channel:"The Saint Valentine's Day Massacre," Friday, March 23, @ 2pm ET/PT
    • History Channel:"Ku Klux Klan: A Secret History," Thursday, March 22, @ 8pm ET/PT
    • History Channel:"Dogfights :09 - Hell Over Hanoi," Friday, March 23, @ 9pm ET/PT
    • History Channel:"Digging For The Truth" Marathon, Saturday, March 24, @ 1-5pm ET/PT
    SELLING BIG (NYT):

    • Michael B. Oren: POWER, FAITH, AND FANTASY #16 - 3-25-07
    • Eric Metaxas: AMAZING GRACE, #23 - 3-25-07
    NEW ON THE WEB:

    • 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. - http://www.us-intellectual-history.blogspot.com
    EXHIBITIONS:

    • "The White House Meets the Bulldozer:" A traveling exhibit from the White House Historical Association, on display through April 22 at the Greensboro Public Library gallery. The exhibit covers the Truman restoration. - Greensboro News Record, NC, 3-17-07
    FUTURE RELEASES:

    • 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
    • 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
    DEPARTED:

    • Benis Frank: Marine Corps Historian And Veteran (Obit.) - WaPo, 3-15-07


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