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May 14, 2007

BIGGEST STORIES: King Herod Discovered
BIGGEST STORIES: Jamestown 400th

  • Michael Beschloss: Jamestown, Virginia: How To Make History Cool - Newsweek, 4-30-07
  • Jamestown Uncovered Historian Michael Beschloss on the un-Disnyfied story behind Jamestown - Newsweek, 4-30-07
THIS WEEK IN HISTORY:This Week in History:

  • 05-14-1796 - Edward Jenner administered the first smallpox vaccine to 8-year-old James Phipps.
  • 05-14-1804 - The Lewis and Clark expedition set out from St. Louis.
  • 05-14-1904 - The Olympic Games were held in the United States for the first time, in St. Louis, Missouri.
  • 05-14-1948 - British rule in Palestine came to an end as The Jewish National Council proclaimed the State of Israel. Within hours, Israel was under attack from Arab forces.
  • 05-14-1955 - The Warsaw Pact was signed by the Soviet Union and seven other Communist bloc countries. It finally dissolved in 1991.
  • 05-14-1973 - Skylab, the United States' first space station, was launched into orbit.
  • 05-15-1862 - The U.S. Department of Agriculture was created by an act of Congress.
  • 05-15-1911 - The Standard Oil Company, headed by John D. Rockefeller, was ordered dissolved by the Supreme Court, under the Sherman Antitrust Act.
  • 05-15-1918 - The first air mail route in the U.S. was established between New York and Washington, DC, with a stop at Philadelphia.
  • 05-15-1972 - Alabama Governor George Wallace was shot and crippled as he campaigned for the presidency.
  • 05-15-1988 - The Soviet Union began to withdraw its estimated 115,000 troops from Afghanistan.
  • 05-16-1770 - Marie Antoinette married the future King Louis XVI of France.
  • 05-16-1868 - The first ballot on one of 11 articles of impeachment in the U.S. Senate failed to convict President Andrew Johnson.
  • 05-16-1929 - The first Academy Awards were given on this night. The term, Oscars, was not used to describe the statuettes given to actors and actresses until 1931.
  • 05-16-1991 - Queen Elizabeth II became the first British monarch to address the United States Congress.
  • 05-16-1997 - President Mobutu Sese Seko of Zaire ended 32 years of autocratic rule when rebel forces led by Laurent Kabila expelled him from the country.
  • 05-17-1792 - The New York Stock Exchange was established when a group of 24 brokers and merchants met by a tree on what is now Wall Street and signed the Buttonwood Agreement.
  • 05-17-1875 - The first Kentucky Derby was held at Churchill Downs, in Louisville, Kentucky.
  • 05-17-1954 - The Supreme Court ruled unanimously against segregation in schools in Brown v. Board of Education.
  • 05-17-1973 - Televised Watergate hearings opened, headed by North Carolina senator Sam Ervin.
  • 05-17-1987 - An Iraqi warplane attacked the U.S.S. Stark in the Persian Gulf, killing 37 American sailors and wounding 62.
  • 05-17-1997 - Laurent Kabila declared himself president of the Democratic Republic of the Congo.
  • 05-18-1642 - The city of Montreal was founded by the French.
  • 05-18-1804 - Napoleon Bonaparte was proclaimed Emperor of France by the French Senate.
  • 05-18-1896 - The Supreme Court affirmed racial segregation in Plessy v. Ferguson as"separate but equal."
  • 05-18-1980 - Mount St. Helens, in Washington state, erupted after being dormant for 123 years.
  • 05-18-1994 - Israeli troops withdrew from the Gaza strip after three decades of occupation and Palestinians took over.
  • 05-18-2000 - A bill was finally passed that removed the Confederate flag from the South Carolina statehouse.
  • 05-18-2004 - Sonia Gandhi stunned her party, the Indian National Congress, by refusing to accept the prime ministership of India.
  • 05-19-1536 - Anne Boleyn, the second wife of King Henry VIII, was beheaded.
  • 05-19-1588 - The 130-ship-strong Spanish Armada set sail for England; it was defeated in August.
  • 05-19-1643 - The colonies of Massachusetts Bay, Plymouth, Connecticut, and New Harbor met to form the New England Confederation.
  • 05-19-1921 - Congress passed the Emergency Quota Act, establishing national quotas for immigrants.
  • 05-19-1935 - British author and soldier, T. E. Lawrence, also known as"Lawrence of Arabia," died from injuries sustained in a motorcycle crash.
  • 05-19-1962 - Marilyn Monroe sang"Happy Birthday" to president John F. Kennedy.
  • 05-19-1992 - The 27th Amendment to the Constitution, which prohibited Congress from giving itself midterm pay raises, went into effect.
  • 05-19-1994 - Jacqueline Kennedy Onassis died in New York.
  • 05-20-1506 - Christopher Columbus died in Spain.
  • 05-20-1861 - North Carolina voted to secede from the Union.
  • 05-20-1927 - Charles Lindbergh began the first solo nonstop transatlantic flight, departing from Long Island aboard the Spirit of Saint Louis.
  • 05-20-1932 - Amelia Earhart took off from Newfoundland to become the first woman to fly solo across the Atlantic.
  • 05-20-1961 - A mob attacked a busload of"freedom riders" in Montgomery, Ala., setting the bus on fire.
  • 05-20-1996 - In a 6-3 vote, the Supreme Court rejected a Colorado measure banning laws that protect homosexuals from discrimination.
  • 05-20-2002 - East Timor became the newest nation.

  • MARK ATWOOD LAWRENCE on Robert Dallek: The Odd Couple NIXON AND KISSINGER Partners in Power NYT, 5-13-07
  • E. Howard Hunt with Greg Aunapu. Foreword by William F. Buckley Jr.: Watergate Warrior AMERICAN SPY My Secret History in the CIA, Watergate, and Beyond - NYT, 5-13-07
  • Margaret MacMillan on Robert Dallek: The World in Their Hands A historian examines a combative collaboration NIXON AND KISSINGER Partners in Power - WaPo, 5-13-07
  • Daniel Jonah Goldhagen on Saul Friedländer: The War Years A scholar who survived the Nazis completes his life's work THE YEARS OF EXTERMINATION Nazi Germany and the Jews, 1939-1945 WaPo, 5-13-07
  • Molly O'Neill: A moveable feast of essays, memoirs, fiction -- all focused on food AMERICAN FOOD WRITING An Anthology with Classic Recipes WaPo, 5-13-07
  • Various new publications on Slavery and Its Legacies WaPo, 5-13-07
  • Krisztian Ungvary: New book highlights WWII atrocities -, 5-9-07
  • Lynn Hunt: Her new book on human rights is praised - Gary Bass in the New Republic, 5-3-07
ON TV:History Listings This Week:

  • C-Span2, Book TV : History on Book TV: Harriet Washington,"Medical Apartheid: The Dark History Of Medical Experimentation On Black Americans From Colonial Times To The Present" on Sunday, May 13 at 12:00pm C-Span2, BookTV
  • PBS: The American Experience:"ALEXANDER HAMILTON Revealed" Monday, May 13, 2007 at 9pm ET - PBS
  • History Channel:"Hippies" Sunday, May 13, @ 8pm ET/PT
  • History Channel:"Cities Of The Underworld :04 - Scotland's Sin City" Sunday, May 13, @ 10pm ET/PT
  • History Channel:"Cities Of The Underworld :06 - Rome's Hidden Empire" Sunday, May 13, @ 11pm ET/PT
  • History Channel:"Save Our History :Secrets of Jamestown" Monday, May 14, @ 2pm ET/PT
  • History Channel:"Save Our History :Godspeed to Jamestown," Monday, May 14, @ 3pm ET/PT
  • History Channel:"Decoding The Past :Presidential Prophecies," Monday, May 14, @ 4pm ET/PT
  • History Channel:"Investigating History :The JFK Assassination," Monday, May 14, @ 5pm ET/PT
  • History Channel:"Man, Moment, Machine :JFK & the Crisis Crusader," Monday, May 14, @ 6pm ET/PT
  • History Channel:"Cities Of The Underworld :07 - Catacombs of Death," Monday, May 14, @ 9pm ET/PT
  • History Channel:"Digging For The Truth :The Da Vinci Code: Bloodlines," Monday, May 14, @ 10pm ET/PT
  • History Channel:"The Bible Code: Predicting Armageddon," Monday, May 14, @ 11pm ET/PT
  • History Channel:"Fort Knox: Secrets Revealed," Tuesday, May 15, @ 2pm ET/PT
  • History Channel:"Ku Klux Klan: A Secret History," Tuesday, May 15, @ 8pm ET/PT
  • History Channel:"Godfathers," Wednesday, May 16, @ 2pm ET/PT
  • History Channel:"Las Vegas," Wednesday, May 16, @ 4pm ET/PT
  • History Channel:"Hell: The Devil's Domain," Thursday, May 17, @ 2pm ET/PT
  • History Channel:"History's Mysteries :Alaska's Bermuda Triangle," Thursday, May 17, @ 4pm ET/PT
  • History Channel:"History's Mysteries :The Mysteries of Devil's Triangles," Thursday, May 17, @ 5pm ET/PT
  • History Channel:"Modern Marvels :The Colosseum," Thursday, May 17, @ 7pm ET/PT
  • History Channel:"Cities Of The Underworld :07 - Catacombs of Death," Thursday, May 17, @ 3pm ET/PT
  • History Channel:"Deep Sea Detectives :The Death of the Edmund Fitzgerald," Friday, May 18, @ 4pm ET/PT
  • History Channel:"Special : Warrior Queen Boudica," Friday, May 18, @ 8pm ET/PT
  • History Channel:"Mega Movers," Marathon Saturday, May 19, @ 2-7pm ET/PT
  • History Channel:"Special : The Templar Code," Saturday, May 19, @ 8pm ET/PT
  • History Channel:" The States :05 - Pennsylvania, Minnesota, Hawaii, South Carolina, Montana," Saturday, May 19, @ 10pm ET/PT

  • Walter Isaacson: EINSTEIN HIS LIFE AND UNIVERSE #1 (3 weeks on list) - 5-20-07
  • Robert Dallek: NIXON AND KISSINGER #19 - 5-20-07
  • Hermione Lee: EDITH WHARTON #32 - 5-20-07

  • Peter Heather: The Fall of the Roman Empire: A New History of Rome and the Barbarians, (Oxford University Press), May 2007
  • Jean Edward Smith, FDR, (Random House Publishing Group), May 15, 2007
  • Robert Service: Comrades!: A History of World Communism, (Harvard University Press), May 15, 2007
  • Kieran Doherty: Sea Venture: Shipwreck, Survival, and the Salvation of the First English Colony in the New World, (St. Martin's Press), May 15 2007
  • Susan Dunn: Dominion of Memories: Jefferson, Madison, and the Decline of Virginia, (Perseus Publishing), May 2007
  • Ronald Reagan: The Reagan Diaries, (HarperCollins Publishers), May 22, 2007
  • Elizabeth Drew: Richard M. Nixon: The 37th President, 1969-1974, (Times Books), May 28, 2007
  • Kevin P. Spicer: Antisemitism, Christian Ambivalence, and the Holocaust (Indiana University Press), May 28, 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
  • Jack Valenti: This Time, This Place: My Life in War, the White House, and Hollywood, (Crown Publishing Group), June 5, 2007
  • Steve Vogel: The Pentagon: A History, (Random House Publishing Group), June 5, 2007
  • Amity Shlaes: The Forgotten Man: A New History of the Great Depression, HarperCollins Publishers, June 12, 2007
  • Orville Vernon Burton: The Age of Lincoln, (Farrar, Straus and Giroux), June 12, 2007
  • Brian K. Bugge: The Mystique of Conspiracy: Oswald, Castro, and the CIA, (Provocative Ideas), June 28, 2007
  • Kathryn C. Statler: Replacing France: The Origins of American Intervention in Vietnam, (University Press of Kentucky) July 28, 2007

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