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April 16, 2007


  • 04-16-1746 - The Jacobite uprising in England ends when Charles"Bonnie Prince Charlie" Stuart is defeated by the Duke of Cumberland.
  • 04-16-1917 - Lenin returned to Russia after 10 years in exile in Switzerland.
  • 04-16-1947 - Financier Bernard Baruch coined the term" cold war" in a speech in South Carolina.
  • 04-16-1972 - China sent President Nixon two giant pandas as a gift.
  • 04-17-1790 - Benjamin Franklin, U.S. patriot, diplomat, and a signer of the Declaration of Independence, died in Philadelphia.
  • 04-17-1895 - The Sino-Japanese War ended with the signing of the Treaty of Shimonoseki.
  • 04-17-1961 - Supported by the U.S. government, 1,500 exiles made the unsuccessful Bay of Pigs invasion in Cuba.
  • 04-17-1969 - Sirhan Sirhan was convicted for the murder of Robert F. Kennedy.
  • 04-17-1970 - The Apollo 13 astronauts safely splashed down after their near-disastrous flight.
  • 04-17-1975 - Phnom Penh fell to the Khmer Rouge, ending the five year Cambodian war.
  • 04-18-1775 - Paul Revere rode from Charlestown to Lexington to warn Massachusetts colonists of the arrival of British troops during the American Revolution.
  • 04-18-1906 - The Great San Francisco Earthquake destroyed over 4 sq mi. and killed over 500 people.
  • 04-18-1978 - The U.S. Senate voted to hand over the Panama Canal to Panamanian control on Dec. 31, 1999.
  • 04-18-2002 - Afghanistan's former king, Mohammad Zahir Shah, returned after 29 years in exile.
  • 04-19-1775 - The"shot heard around the world" was fired. Colonial Minute Men took on British Army regulars at Lexington and Concord, Mass., starting the American Revolution.
  • 04-19-1824 - Lord Byron died of a fever while helping the Greeks fight the Turks.
  • 04-19-1882 - Naturalist Charles Darwin, developer of the theory of evolution, died.
  • 04-19-1933 - The United States went off the gold standard.
  • 04-19-1943 - The Warsaw ghetto uprising began, one of the first mass rebellions against the Nazis.
  • 04-19-1993 - The siege at Waco, Texas, ended when FBI moved into the Branch Davidian compound with tear gas and cult members set fire to the compound killing over 80 people.
  • 04-19-1995 - The Alfred P. Murrah Federal Building in Oklahoma City, Okla., was destroyed by a car bomb. 168 people, including 19 children were killed in the worst terrorist attack in U.S. history up to that time.
  • 04-19-2005 - Germany's Cardinal Joseph Ratzinger became Pope Benedict XVI.
  • 04-20-1769 - Ottawa Indian chief Pontiac murdered.
  • 04-20-1841 - The first detective story, Edgar Allen Poe's Murders in the Rue Morgue was published.
  • 04-20-1971 - The U.S. Supreme Court upheld the practice of busing for racial desegregation.
  • 04-20-1999 - Eric Harris and Dylan Klebold went on a shooting spree at Columbine High School in Littleton, Colo. 14 students (including the shooters) and 1 teacher were killed; 23 others were wounded.
  • 04-21-1836 - Texan army under Sam Houston defeated Mexicans in the Battle of San Jacinto.
  • 04-21-1918 -Baron Manfred von Richthofen, the notorious World War I German flying ace known as the"Red Baron," was killed in action.
  • 04-21-1975 - South Vietnamese President Nguyen Van Thieu resigned.
  • 04-21-1995 - Timothy McVeigh was arrested in connection with the Oklahoma City bombing.
  • 04-22-1500 - Pedro Alvares Cabral discovered Brazil and claimed it for Portugal.
  • 04-22-1509 - Henry VIII became king of England.
  • 04-22-1864 - Congress authorized the inscription"In God We Trust" on coins minted as U.S. currency.
  • 04-22-1889 - The land rush in Oklahoma began when it was opened to settlers.
  • 04-22-1970 - The first Earth Day was observed.
  • 04-22-1994 - Richard M. Nixon died of a stroke at the age of 81.
  • 04-22-2000 - Armed immigration agents took Elian Gonzalez from the Miami home of his relatives to reunite him with his father.

    • Titus Brown on"Robinson affected American society Ballplayer's efforts led to changes across the country":"Robinson created a sort of picture that all society should be integrated. That's why we could see a shifting and changing in society in the mid-1950s. Breaking the color barrier did say, 'Maybe it's not so bad that you can have an African- American athlete participate in the so-called American sport. I think people started to rethink it after they saw Robinson." -, 4-14-07
    • Julius Thompson on"Robinson affected American society Ballplayer's efforts led to changes across the country":"If you break down barriers in one field, it directly impacts others, particularly economic, political and social. So for me, it had implications in all these other areas in advancing civil rights and general human rights in the United States and other countries." -, 4-14-07
    • Warren M. Billing on"Judge-judging commission keeps busy": John Fournet"really grew into his black robes once he got on the bench in the 1930s. He became one of the foremost advocates in the country for judical reforms. By the time he retired in 1970, the Louisiana Supreme Court was one of the most efficient, well-managed in the nation." - AP, 4-15-07
    • Robert Friedel on"Night, light: Bulb faces a dim future But don't flip the switch just yet, even as technology pursues more energy- and cost-efficient forms to brighten our world":"It's pretty hard to imagine a world without electric light. In a sense, Edison's technology spread astonishingly quickly. The electric lights spread more quickly than the digital computer did. We think of the computer accelerating technological change, but, in fact, when it comes to important stuff, not just the marvel of the iPod, the electric light moved much more rapidly." - Orlando Sentinel, FL, 4-14-07

    • Alan Brinkley: Historian Gets Rock Star Treatment at MHS - Larchmont Gazette, NY, 4-12-07
    • Mary Beth Norton: Historian speaks about Salem witch trials -, 4-6-07
    • May 2, 2007: James McPherson, Pulitzer prize-winning Civil War historian to speak at Vanderbilt University at 4:30 p.m. in Ingram Hall, is titled"When Will This Cruel War Be Over? The Failure of Peace Negotiations, 1864-1865." - Vanderbilt University News, TN, 4-4-07
    • April 16, 2007: Pulitzer Prize-Winner Richard Ford at Depauw University for Crain Lecture - DePauw University, IN, 3-23-07
    • April 17, 2007: Peter Gay: To Deliver Klutznick Lecture at Northwestern University -, 3-26-07
    • April 18, 2007: Outstanding efforts honored with Heritage Awards the evening's lecture will be presented by Mark David Hall, a professor at George Fox University's Department of History and Political Science, Salem Oregon -
    • April 29, 2007: Jerry Apps: The Two Rivers Historical Society invites members and the public to take a look at"The Lighter Side of Life in the Country" during its annual meeting and"hoedown," starting at 2 p.m. Sunday, April 29, at the Lighthouse Inn, 1515 Memorial Drive, Two Rivers - Herald Times Reporter, WI, 4-12-07
    • Harvey Mansfield: Picked to deliver the 2007 Jefferson Lecture in the Humanities - Website of the National Endowment for the Humanities, 3-22-07
    ON TV:

    • C-Span2, Book TV : 2007 Abraham Lincoln Institute Symposium Panel Discussion at Sunday, April 15 at 11:10 pm C-Span2, BookTV
    • PBS: The American Experience:"Jonestown: The Life and Death of Peoples Temple" Monday, April 16, 2007 at 9pm ET - PBS
    • History Channel:"The Kennedy Assassination: Beyond Conspiracy" Sunday, April 15, @ 8pm ET/PT
    • History Channel:"Fort Knox: Secrets Revealed" Sunday, April 15, @ 10pm ET/PT
    • History Channel:"The True Story of Alexander the Great," Monday, April 16, @ 2pm ET/PT
    • History Channel:"Lost Worlds :The Real Dracula," Monday, April 16, @ 8pm ET/PT
    • History Channel:"Digging For The Truth :The Aztecs: Of Blood and Sacrifice," Monday, April 16, @ 9pm ET/PT
    • History Channel:"Digging For The Truth :Lost Empire of Genghis Khaan," Monday, April 16, @ 10pm ET/PT
    • History Channel:"Cities of the Underworld," Monday, April 16, @ 10pm ET/PT
    • History Channel:"Decoding The Past : Mysteries of the Bermuda Triangle," Tuesday, April 17, @ 2pm ET/PT
    • History Channel:"Decoding The Past :Earth's Black Hole," Tuesday, April 17, @ 4pm ET/PT
    • History Channel:"Deep Sea Detectives :Great Lakes Ghost Ship," Tuesday, April 16, @ 6pm ET/PT
    • History Channel:"Decoding The Past :The Other Nostradamus," Tuesday, April 16, @ 8pm ET/PT
    • History Channel:"Man, Moment, Machine :JFK & the Crisis Crusader," Tuesday, April 16, @ 10pm ET/PT
    • History Channel:"Gestapo :The Sword Unsheathed," Wednesday, April 18, @ 2pm ET/PT
    • History Channel:"Gestapo :The Sword Is Shattered," Wednesday, April 18, @ 4pm ET/PT
    • History Channel:"The Other Tragedy at Pearl Harbor," Wednesday, April 18, @ 5pm ET/PT
    • History Channel:"Man, Moment, Machine :Doolittle's Daring Raid.," Wednesday, April 18, @ 6pm ET/PT
    • History Channel:"The True Story of Killing Pablo," Thursday, April 19, @ 2pm ET/PT
    • History Channel:"Heroes Under Fire :Escape from Liberia," Thursday, April 19, @ 5pm ET/PT
    • History Channel:"Shootout :Tet Offensive," Thursday, April 19, @ 6pm ET/PT
    • History Channel:"Modern Marvels :Tunnels of Vietnam.," Thursday, April 19, @ 7pm ET/PT
    • History Channel:"Countdown to Armageddon," Friday, April 20, @ 2pm ET/PT
    • History Channel:"Special: Sodom and Gemorrah," Friday, April 20, @ 4pm ET/PT
    • History Channel:"Decoding The Past :The Holy Grail," Friday, April 20, @ 5pm ET/PT
    • History Channel:"The Lost Evidence :19 - Battle of Berlin," Friday, April 20, @ 8pm ET/PT
    • History Channel:"Band Of Brothers" Marathon, Saturday, April 21, @ 2-5pm ET/PT
    • History Channel:"Jonestown Paradise Lost," Saturday, April 21, @ 8pm ET/PT
    • History Channel:"The States :01 - California, North Carolina, Kansas, New Hampshire, West Virginia," Saturday, April 21, @ 10pm ET/PT
    • History Channel:"Sex in the Civil War," Saturday, April 21, @ 11pm ET/PT


    • "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

    • Taylor Branch: Book on Bill Clinton Emerges From 8 Years of Tapes - NYT, 3-21-07
    • 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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