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May 21, 2007


  • Holocaust Denier Expelled From Warsaw Book Fair British historian David Irving, a convicted holocaust denier, was escorted out of an international book fair in Warsaw -, Croatia, 5-19-07
  • Famed historian to help shine spotlight on Rice University's think tank hopes Douglas Brinkley will spread its public policy proposals to the public - Houston Chronicle, TX, 5-17-07
THIS WEEK IN HISTORY:This Week in History:

  • 05-21-1542 - Spanish explorer Hernando De Soto died while searching for gold on the banks of the Mississippi River.
  • 05-21-1881 - Clara Barton founded what became the American Red Cross.
  • 05-21-1927 - Charles Lindbergh became the first person to fly across the Atlantic (from New York to Paris) in his monoplane, The Spirit of St. Louis.
  • 05-21-1932 - Amelia Earhart became the first woman to fly solo across the Atlantic Ocean (from Newfoundland to Ireland).
  • 05-21-1956 - The first hydrogen bomb to be dropped by air exploded over the Bikini Atoll in the Pacific.
  • 05-21-1989 - In Hong Kong, approximately one million people took to the streets to show their support for students protesting for democratic reforms in China’s Tiananmen Square.
  • 05-22-1455 - The first battle in the 30-year War of Roses took place at St. Albans.
  • 05-22-1761 - The first life insurance policy in the United States was issued in Philadelphia.
  • 05-22-1849 - Abraham Lincoln received patent number 6469 for his floating dry dock.
  • 05-22-1947 - Harry S. Truman's Doctrine brought aid to Greece and Turkey to combat the spread of Communism.
  • 05-22-1972 - Richard Nixon arrived in Moscow, becoming the first U.S. president to visit the Soviet Union.
  • 05-22-2003 - The UN Security Council approved a resolution lifting the economic sanctions against Iraq and supporting the U.S.-led administration in Iraq.
  • 05-23-1430 - Joan of Arc was captured by the Burgundians and subsequently sold to the English.
  • 05-23-1788 - South Carolina became the 8th state in United States.
  • 05-23-1830 - The Baltimore and Ohio Railroad began the first passenger service in the United States.
  • 05-23-1873 - The North West Mounted Police force was formed in Canada. It would later be known as the Royal Canadian Mounted Police.
  • 05-24-1911 - The New York Public Library, at the time the largest marble structure ever built in the United States, was dedicated by President Taft in New York City after 16 years of construction.
  • 05-24-1844 - Samuel Morse transmitted the first telegraph message, in which he asked,"What hath God wrought?"
  • 05-24-1883 - The Brooklyn Bridge, linking Manhattan and Brooklyn in New York City, opened to traffic.
  • 05-24-2000 - Israeli troops pulled out of Lebanon after 18 consecutive years of occupation.
  • 05-24-2001 - Vermont senator James Jeffords quit the Republican Party and became an Independent, giving Democrats control of the Senate.
  • 05-25-1787 - The Constitutional Convention convened in Philadelphia under the leadership of George Washington, in order to establish a new U.S. government.
  • 05-25-1925 - John Scopes was indicted for teaching Darwin's theory of evolution.
  • 05-25-1979 - The worst air disaster in U.S. history (excluding the Sept. 11 attacks) occurred when a DC-10 crashed at Chicago's O'Hare airport, killing over 270 people.
  • 05-26-1521 - Martin Luther's writings were banned by the Edict of Worms.
  • 05-26-1868 - President Andrew Johnson avoided conviction for impeachment charges of"high crimes and misdemeanors" by one vote.
  • 05-26-1940 - Allied troops began the massive naval evacuation of troops from Dunkirk, France, during World War II.
  • 05-26-2003 - Rwandans voted to approve a new constitution that instituted a balance of power between Hutu and Tutsi.
  • 05-27-1647 - The first recorded execution of a witch reportedly took place in Massachusetts when Achsah Young was hanged.
  • 05-27-1703 - St. Petersburg was founded by Czar Peter the Great.
  • 05-27-1936 - The Queen Mary left England on its maiden voyage, arriving in France four hours later.
  • 05-27-1937 - Golden Gate Bridge in San Francisco opened.
  • 05-27-1941 - British ships sank the German battleship Bismarck off the coast of France, resulting in the loss of 2,300 lives.
  • 05-27-1996 - After a year and a half of bloodshed, Russian President Boris Yeltsin met with the leader of the Chechen rebels and negotiated a cease-fire.
  • 05-27-1999 - Slobodan Milosevic was indicted by the International War Crimes Tribunal at the Hague for crimes against humanity.

  • ALAN BRINKLEY on David Talbot: Conspiracy? BROTHERS The Hidden History of the Kennedy Years - 5-20-07
  • Vincent Bugliosi: Or No Conspiracy? RECLAIMING HISTORY The Assassination of President John F. Kennedy - NYT, 5-20-07
  • Arnold Rampersad: Visible Man RALPH ELLISON A Biography - NYT, 5-20-07
  • Arnold Rampersad: RALPH ELLISON A Biography, First Chapter - NYT, 5-20-07
  • Arnold Rampersad: The Man Made Visible A revelatory biography of Ralph Ellison, a brilliant writer who lived a life of chaos RALPH ELLISON A Biography WaPo, 5-20-07

  • Jean Edward Smith: Historian skips FDR's flaws but shows the appeal FDR - Baltimore Sun, 5-20-07
  • Did Jane Austen have a lover? New book suggests author was not a solitary genius but a free spirit who had an ill-fated courtship - AP, 5-20-07

  • Douglas Brinkley on"Former President Carter Blasts Bush":"This is the most forceful denunciation President Carter has ever made about an American president. When you call somebody the worst president, that's volatile. Those are fighting words." - AP, 5-19-07
  • Professor Leo Braudy, a cultural historian at the University of Southern California, said pirates disappeared so long ago that they've become romanticized."There's always that kind of nostalgia for those rebels of the past because they're safe." - Charlotte Observer, NC, 5-20-07

  • Douglas Brinkley: Katrina Biographer Leaving New Orleans, Going to Rice - CBS, 5-16-07
  • David Nasaw: Honored at Weekend with History - AHA Blog, 5-17-07
  • Idaho history group replaces director who quit in payment flap - AP, 5-14-07
ON TV:History Listings This Week:

  • C-Span2, Book TV : History on Book TV: Ann Hagedorn,"Savage Peace: 1919 - Hope And Fear In America" on Sunday, May 20 at 11:45pm C-Span2, BookTV
  • PBS: The American Experience:"The Great Atlantic Cable" Monday, May 21, 2007 at 9pm ET - PBS
  • History Channel:"Earth's Black Hole" Sunday, May 20, @ 9pm ET/PT
  • History Channel:"Siberian Apocalypse" Sunday, May 20, @ 10pm ET/PT
  • History Channel:"Special : Absolute Evel: The Evel Knievel Story" Monday, May 21, @ 2pm ET/PT
  • History Channel:" Battle History of the Navy :Born into War.," Monday, May 21, @ 6pm ET/PT
  • History Channel:"Modern Marvels :Pirate Tech," Monday, May 21, @ 8pm ET/PT
  • History Channel:"Cities Of The Underworld :02 - City of Caves," Monday, May 21, @ 9pm ET/PT
  • History Channel:"The Naked Archaeologist :Crucifixion/Biblical Epicentre," Monday, May 21, @ 10pm ET/PT
  • History Channel:"The History of Sex :Ancient Civilizations.," Monday, May 21, @ 11pm ET/PT
  • History Channel:"The Spanish-American War: First Intervention," Tuesday, May 22, @ 2pm ET/PT
  • History Channel:"Julius Caesar's Greatest Battle," Tuesday, May 22, @ 2pm ET/PT
  • History Channel:"The Battle History of the US Marines :Tragedy to Triumph," Tuesday, May 22, @ 6pm ET/PT
  • History Channel:"The History of Sex :The Eastern World," Tuesday, May 22, @ 11pm ET/PT
  • History Channel:"Bible Battles," Wednesday, May 23, @ 2pm ET/PT
  • History Channel:"The Samurai," Wednesday, May 23, @ 4pm ET/PT
  • History Channel:"Dogfights :08 - Death of the Japanese Navy," Wednesday, May 23, @ 6pm ET/PT
  • History Channel:"The History of Sex :The Middle Ages," Wednesday, May 23, @ 11pm ET/PT
  • History Channel:"Last Stand of The 300," Thursday, May 24, @ 8pm ET/PT
  • History Channel:"The History of Sex :From Don Juan to Queen Victoria.," Thursday, May 24, @ 11pm ET/PT
  • History Channel:"Indian Warriors: The Untold Story of the Civil War," Friday, May 25, @ 3pm ET/PT
  • History Channel:"Wild West Tech :Native American Tech," Friday, May 25, @ 4pm ET/PT
  • History Channel:"Save Our History :Sherman's Total War Tactics," Friday, May 25, @ 8pm ET/PT
  • History Channel:"Dogfights: The Greatest Air Battles," Friday, May 25, @ 9pm ET/PT
  • History Channel:"Special :Nazi America: A Secret History," Saturday, May 26, @ 3pm ET/PT
  • History Channel:"The States :06 - Florida, Indiana, Washington, Utah, Rhode Island," Saturday, May 26, @ 10pm ET/PT

  • Walter Isaacson: EINSTEIN HIS LIFE AND UNIVERSE #1 (4 weeks on list) - 5-27-07
  • Michael Beschloss: PRESIDENTIAL COURAGE, #9 (1 week on list) - 5-27-07
  • Robert Dallek: NIXON AND KISSINGER #29 - 5-27-07

  • 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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