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May 28, 2007


    Presidential Campaign 2008 Watch

  • Andrew Polsky on"Campaign tunes not so simple in US campaigns":"This is a mistake waiting to happen in New York. Some campaign adviser who cooked up this scheme may be updating his resume if it blows up in her face." -, New Zealand, 5-28-07
  • Edward Widmer on"Things U.S. presidential hopefuls would rather forget":"There's always a tension between what can be said, what should be said and what must be said. The first candidate to calibrate this tension may move to the head of the pack." - International Herald Tribune, 5-27-07
THIS WEEK IN HISTORY:This Week in History:

  • 05-28-1754 - Lieutenant Colonel George Washington begins the Seven Years' War
  • 05-28-1863 - Robert Gould Shaw, leading the first northern all-black regiment, leaves Boston for the Civil War.
  • 05-28-1918 - U.S. troops score victory at Cantigny
  • 05-28-1937 - Golden Gate Bridge opens
  • 05-28-1940 - Belgium surrenders unconditionally
  • 05-28-1969 - U.S. troops abandon"Hamburger Hill"
  • 05-28-1987 - Mathias Rust, a 19-year-old pilot from West Germany, landed his private plane in Moscow's Red Square. He was arrested and sentenced to four years in a labor camp, but was released after just one.
  • 05-28-2003 - Pres. Bush signed a $350 billion tax cut into law; the third largest tax cut in U.S. history.
  • 05-29-1780 - Tarleton gives"quarter" in South Carolina
  • 05-28-1765 - Patrick Henry bitterly denounced the Stamp Act in the Virginia House of Burgesses.
  • 05-28-1790 - Rhode Island became the 13th state in the United States, the last of the original colonies to ratify the Constitution.
  • 05-29-1843 - Fremont begins his second western expedition
  • 05-29-1848 - Wisconsin became the 30th state in the United States.
  • 05-29-1864 - Union troops reach Totopotomoy Creek, Virginia
  • 05-29-1865 - President Andrew Johnson issues general amnesty for all Confederates
  • 05-29-1917 - John F. Kennedy was born in Brookline, Mass.
  • 05-29-1942 - Jews in Paris are forced to sew a yellow star on their coats
  • 05-29-1942 - Bing Crosby recorded his version of"White Christmas." It would go on to sell over 30 million copies.
  • 05-29-1988 - Reagan arrives in Moscow for summit talks
  • 05-29-1990 - Boris Yeltsin was elected president of the Russian republic by the parliament.
  • 05-30-1431 - Joan of Arc was burned at the stake as a heretic.
  • 05-30-1536 - King Henry VIII of England married his 3rd wife, Jane Seymour, 11 days after he had his 2nd wife, Anne Boleyn executed.
  • 05-30-1806 - Patriot and future President Andrew Jackson kills Charles Dickinson in a duel
  • 05-30-1861 - Union troops occupy Grafton, Virginia
  • 05-30-1862 - Confederates evacuate Corinth, Mississippi
  • 05-30-1864 - Confederates attack at Bethesda Church, Virginia
  • 05-30-1922 - The Lincoln Memorial in Washington, DC, was dedicated by Chief Justice William Howard Taft.
  • 05-31-1775 - Mecklenburg Resolutions reject the power of the British in North Carolina
  • 05-31-1790 - The first U.S. Copyright Law was enacted, protecting books, maps, and other original materials.
  • 05-31-1859 - Big Ben goes into operation in London
  • 05-31-1889 - Heavy rains caused the South Fork Dam to collapse, sending 20 million tons of water into Johnstown, Pa. Over 2,200 people were killed and the town was nearly destroyed.
  • 05-31-1911 - The hull of the Titanic was launched in Belfast. At the ceremony, a White Star Line employee claimed,"Not even God himself could sink this ship."
  • 05-31-1962 - Former Gestapo official Adolf Eichmann was hanged in Israel.
  • 05-31-2004 - Alberta Martin, 97, one of the last widows of a U.S. Civil War veteran, died. She had married Confederate veteran William Martin in 1927 when she was 21 and he was 81.
  • 06-01-1792 - Kentucky became the 15th state in the United States.
  • 06-01-1796 - Tennessee became the 16th state in the United States.
  • 06-01-1958 - General Charles De Gaulle became the premier of France.
  • 06-01-1980 - Cable News Network (CNN) debuted.
  • 06-02-1886 - Grover Cleveland became the first U.S. president to get married in the White House.
  • 06-01-1924 - Congress granted U.S. citizenship to all American Indians.
  • 06-01-1941 - Baseball great, Lou Gehrig died of Amyotrophic Lateral Sclerosis, ALS, a rare type of paralysis now referred to as Lou Gehrig's disease.
  • 06-01-1946 - In Italy, a plebiscite rejected the monarchy in favor of a republic. 1953
  • 06-02-1953 - Queen Elizabeth II of Britain was crowned in Westminster Abbey.
  • 06-03-1861 - Stephen Douglas, U.S. politician, died.
  • 06-03-1937 - The Duke of Windsor (formerly Edward VIII) married Wallis Simpson.
  • 06-03-1965 - Maj. Edward White became the first U.S. astronaut to walk in space, during the Gemini 4 mission.
  • 06-01-1989 - Chinese army troops head to Beijing to crush student-led pro-democracy demonstrations.

  • Jean Edward Smith: A careful scholar explores the life of an aristocratic man of the people - FDR - WaPo, 5-27-07
  • Douglas Brinkley: The Contender A historian argues that Gerald Ford came close to being a great president GERALD R. FORD - WaPo, 5-27-07
  • Vincent Bugliosi: Goodbye, Grassy Knoll A famously effective prosecutor tries to prove that Lee Harvey Oswald acted alone RECLAIMING HISTORY The Assassination of President John F. Kennedy - WaPo, 5-27-07
  • Andrew Burstein: Uncovering an American Legend For almost 200 years, his reputation has been trapped in"Sleepy Hollow." THE ORIGINAL KNICKERBOCKER The Life of Washington Irving - WaPo, 5-27-07
  • Gil Troy on Conrad Black: Conrad Black reflects on Nixon Conrad Black reflects on Nixon -, 5-26-07
  • Rival Books on Hillary Clinton Play Leapfrog on Debut Dates - NYT, 5-22-07

  • Lee Edwards on"Carter, with his slam at Bush, breaks code of ex-presidents":"Mr. Carter is bending, if not breaking, a century-long tradition. You'd have to go back to Theodore Roosevelt, who was so upset about William Taft that he ran for president against him in 1912." - Financial, Bangladesh, 5-24-07
  • Robert Dallek on"Carter, with his slam at Bush, breaks code of ex-presidents":"Harry Truman didn't like Eisenhower much, but he kind of kept his tongue about Ike." - Financial, Bangladesh, 5-24-07
  • Julian Zelizer on"Carter, with his slam at Bush, breaks code of ex-presidents":"Former presidents are extremely cautious, avoiding big, dramatic public declarations" - Financial, Bangladesh, 5-24-07
  • Michael Beschloss, Tim Naftali: When Former Presidents Assail the Chief - NYT, 5-22-07
ON TV:History Listings This Week:

  • C-Span2, Book TV : Featured Program: Douglas Brinkley, editor,"The Reagan Diaries" on Sunday, May 28 at 6:55pm C-Span2, BookTV
  • PBS: The American Experience:"The Berlin Airlift" Monday, May 28, 2007 at 9pm ET - PBS
  • History Channel:"True Caribbean Pirates" Sunday, May 27, @ 8pm ET/PT
  • History Channel:"Star Trek: Beyond the Final Frontier" Sunday, May 27, @ 10pm ET/PT
  • History Channel:"Band Of Brothers :The Breaking Point," Monday, May 28, @ 2:30pm ET/PT
  • History Channel:"Band Of Brothers :The Last Patrol," Monday, May 28, @ 4pm ET/PT
  • History Channel:"Band Of Brothers :Why We Fight," Monday, May 28, @ 5:30pm ET/PT
  • History Channel:"Band Of Brothers :Points," Monday, May 28, @ 7pm ET/PT
  • History Channel:"Star Wars Tech," Monday, May 28, @ 8pm ET/PT
  • History Channel:"Star Wars: The Legacy Revealed," Monday, May 28, @ 9pm ET/PT
  • History Channel:"UFO Files :Alien Engineering, Part 1," Tuesday, May 29, @ 2pm ET/PT
  • History Channel:"The Universe :Secrets of the Sun," Tuesday, May 29, @ 9pm ET/PT
  • History Channel:"Special :The Kings: From Babylon to Baghdad," Wednesday, May 30, @ 2pm ET/PT
  • History Channel:"History Rocks: The 70's :Part 1," Wednesday, May 30, @ 10pm ET/PT
  • History Channel:"Mega Movers :Moving the Impossible," Thursday, May 31, @ 2pm ET/PT
  • History Channel:"History's Mysteries :Ancient Monster Hunters," Thursday, May 31, @ 4pm ET/PT
  • History Channel:"Man, Moment, Machine :Apollo 13: Triumph on the Dark Side," Thursday, May 31, @ 8pm ET/PT
  • History Channel:"History Rocks: The 70's :Part 2," Thursday, May 31, @ 10pm ET/PT
  • History Channel:"Special : Da Vinci & the Code He Lived By," Friday, June 1, @ 4pm ET/PT
  • History Channel:"Special : Da Vinci & the Code He Lived By," Friday, June 1, @ 4pm ET/PT
  • History Channel:"Man, Moment, Machine :Da Vinci & the Handgun," Friday, June 1, @ 4pm ET/PT
  • History Channel:"Modern Marvels :Castles & Dungeons," Friday, June 1, @ 5pm ET/PT
  • History Channel:"Modern Marvels :Walt Disney World," Friday, June 1, @ 8pm ET/PT
  • History Channel:"Jonestown Paradise Lost," Friday, June 1, @ 10pm ET/PT
  • History Channel:"True Crime," Marathon Saturday, June 2, @ 1-5pm ET/PT
  • History Channel:"True Caribbean Pirates," Saturday, June 2, @ 8pm ET/PT
  • History Channel:"The States :07 - Illinois, Connecticut, Nevada, Mississippi, Wyoming," Saturday, June 2, @ 10pm ET/PT

  • Walter Isaacson: EINSTEIN HIS LIFE AND UNIVERSE #2 (5 weeks on list) - 6-03-07
  • Michael Beschloss: PRESIDENTIAL COURAGE, #7 (2 weeks on list) - 6-03-07
  • Robert Dallek: NIXON AND KISSINGER #34 - 6-03-07

  • 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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