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June 4, 2007


    Presidential Campaign 2008 Watch

  • Paul Boller Jr.on"Skeletons rattle in candidates' closets":"That's kind of surprising. After all, people are living much longer these days. The public has got to get adjusted to this (on McCain's Age) .... I honestly doubt that Americans are ready for a black president or a woman. It's all very complicated for the Democrats right now. I'd hate to have to make a prediction." - Capitol Hill Blue, VA, 5-30-07

  • Shaul Bakhash: Now Tom Friedman takes up the case of his wife, the imprisoned Iran scholar - NYT, 5-30-07
  • Md. bank freezes funds of historian Shaul Bakash - WaPo, 5-31-07

  • 06-04-1892 - The Sierra Club, led by John Muir, was incorporated in San Francisco.
  • 06-04-1896 - Henry Ford took his first car out for a test drive.
  • 06-04-1942 - The Battle of Midway, a decisive Allied victory in World War II, began.
  • 06-04-1944 - The U.S. Fifth Army entered Rome, leading to the liberation of the city during World War II.
  • 06-04-1989 - People's Army of China opened fire on crowds of prodemocracy demonstrators in Tiananmen Square, killing thousands.
  • 06-05-1783 - Joseph and Jacques Montgolfier gave the first successful balloon flight demonstration.
  • 06-05-1884 - Civil War hero Gen. William T. Sherman refused the Republican nomination for president with the words,"I will not accept if nominated and will not serve if elected."
  • 06-05-1933 - The United States went off the gold standard.
  • 06-05-1947 - Sen. George Marshall proposed a plan (Marshall Plan) to help Europe recover financially from the effects of World War II.
  • 06-05-1967 - The Arab-Israeli Six-Day War began.
  • 06-05-1968 - Sen. Robert F. Kennedy was shot by an assassin and died the next day.
  • 06-05-1981 - The Centers for Disease Control published the first report about the disease that would later become known as AIDS.
  • 06-05-2004 - Former president Ronald Reagan died.
  • 06-06-1934 - The Securities and Exchange Commission (SEC) was established to protect investors and maintain the integrity of the securities markets.
  • 06-06-1944 - Thousands of Allied troops invaded the beaches of Normandy, France, on D-Day.
  • 06-06-1982 - Israel invaded Lebanon to drive out the Palestine Liberation Organization (PLO).
  • 06-06-2001 - Vermont Republican Senator James Jeffords left the party to become an independent, handing control of the Senate back to the Democrats.
  • 06-06-2002 - President Bush proposed a new Cabinet department: The Department of Homeland Security.
  • 06-07-1494 - Spain and Portugal signed the Treaty of Tordesillas, which divided the New World between the two countries.
  • 06-07-1654 - Louis XIV was crowned king of France.
  • 06-07-1776 - Richard Henry Lee of Virginia introduced a resolution in the Continental Congress proposing a Declaration of Independence.
  • 06-07-1892 - Homer Plessy was arrested for his refusal to move from a whites-only seat on a train. This led to the Plessy v. Ferguson Supreme Court decision.
  • 06-07-1929 - Vatican City became a sovereign state.
  • 06-07-1948 - President Eduard Beneš of Czechoslovakia resigned and the Communist takeover of the country was completed.
  • 06-08-0632 - The prophet Muhammad died.
  • 06-08-1845 - Andrew Jackson, the 7th president of the United States, died in Tennessee.
  • 06-08-1861 - Tennessee became the 11th and last state to secede from the Union.
  • 06-08-1968 - James Earl Ray, Martin Luther King, Jr.'s, assassin, was arrested.
  • 06-08-1982 - President Reagan became the first American president to address a joint session of Britain’s Parliament.
  • 06-08-2001 - Tony Blair and his Labour Party won a second term, overwhelming the opposition at the polls.
  • 06-09-1898 - China agreed to lease Hong Kong to Britain for 99 years.
  • 06-09-1973 - Secretariat won the Belmont Stakes and became the first Triple Crown winner in 25 years.
  • 06-10-1801 - The Tripolitan War, between the United States and the Barbary States, began.
  • 06-10-1942 - The entire male population of the Czech village of Lidice was massacred in retaliation for the death of Nazi official Reinhard Heydrich.
  • 06-10-1946 - Italy replaced its monarchy with a republic.
  • 06-10-1967 - The Six-Day War between Israel and Syria, Egypt, and Jordan ended.
  • 06-10-1978 - Affirmed won the Belmont Stakes and the Triple Crown.
  • 06-11-1509 - King Henry VIII married his first wife, Katharine of Aragon.
  • 06-11-1770 - Capt. James Cook discovered the Great Barrier Reef off Australia .
  • 06-11-1919 - Sir Barton won the Belmont Stakes, becoming the first horse to capture the Triple Crown.
  • 06-11-1963 - Vivian Malone and James Hood successfully enrolled at the University of Alabama following Gov. George Wallace’s famous"stand in the schoolhouse door."
  • 06-11-1977 - Seattle Slew won the Belmont Stakes, capturing the Triple Crow

  • JONATHAN EIG: A League of His Own Opening Day: The Story of Jackie Robinson’s First Season - NYT, 6-3-07
  • JONATHAN EIG: Opening Day: The Story of Jackie Robinson’s First Season, First Chapter - NYT, 6-3-07
  • Alan Wolfe on Michael Beschloss: Of Myths and Men A historian shines a spotlight on moments of presidential greatness PRESIDENTIAL COURAGE Brave Leaders and How They Changed America, 1789-1989 - WaPo, 6-3-07
  • Jack Beatty: The Rise of the Plutocrats AGE OF BETRAYAL The Triumph of Money in America, 1865-1900 - WaPo, 6-3-07
  • Glenn C. Altschuler on Michael Beschloss: Presidential courage: This wasn't it PRESIDENTIAL COURAGE Brave Leaders and How They Changed America, 1789-1989 - Baltimore Sun, 6-3-07
  • Gil Troy on Tom Segev: A fresh look at the six day war Israeli writer criticizes his country's pre-emptive strike 1967: Israel, the War, and the Year that Transformed the Middle East - Montreal Gazette,, 6-2-07
  • Michael Beschloss: Books: Nine U.S. presidents who finessed unpopular decisions PRESIDENTIAL COURAGE Brave Leaders and How They Changed America, 1789-1989 - Buffalo News, NY, 5-27-07
  • David Dorado Romo: The Nazis learned about Zyklon B from the US treatment of Mexicans -, 6-1-07
  • Simon Sebag Montefiore: 'I used to be the most shambolic person...' - Telegraph (UK), 5-30-07
  • Douglas Brinkley: Reagan was a pragmatic conservative, says historian - Houston Chronicle, 5-28-07
  • Newt Gingrich and William R. Forstchen: An Assault on Hawaii. On Grammar Too. PEARL HARBOR A Novel of December 8th - NYT, 5-24-07
  • Walter Issacson: New book on Einstein praised - Eric Alterman at his blog, Altercation (click on SOURCE for embedded links), 5-29-07
  • Larry Berman: His book on Vietnamese spy criticized by conservative website Perfect Spy: The Incredible Double Life of Pham Xuan An, Time Magazine Reporter & Vietnamese Communist Agent (Smithsonian Books) - Lloyd Billingsley at, 5-29-07

  • C-Span2, Book TV : After Words: After Words: Michael Beschloss, author of"Presidential Courage: Brave Leaders and How They Changed America 1789 - 1989" interviewed by Alexis Simendinger Sunday, June 4 at 6:00 and 9:00pm C-Span2, BookTV
  • History Channel:"History Rocks: The 70's :Part 1" Sunday, June 3, @ 5pm ET/PT
  • History Channel:"History Rocks: The 70's :Part 2" Sunday, June 3, @ 6pm ET/PT
  • History Channel:"Star Wars: The Legacy Revealed" Sunday, June 3, @ 8pm ET/PT
  • History Channel:"The Universe :Secrets of the Sun" Sunday, June 3, @ 10pm ET/PT
  • History Channel:"The True Story of Killing Pablo" Monday, June 4, @ 2pm ET/PT
  • History Channel:"Cities Of The Underworld :Istanbul," Monday, June 4, @ 8pm ET/PT
  • History Channel:"Cities Of The Underworld :08 - New York," Monday, June 4, @ 9pm ET/PT
  • History Channel:"Cities Of The Underworld :02 - City of Caves," Monday, June 4, @ 10pm ET/PT
  • History Channel:"True Caribbean Pirates," Tuesday, June 5, @ 2pm ET/PT
  • History Channel:"Deep Sea Detectives :Blackbeard's Mystery Ship," Tuesday, June 5, @ 4pm ET/PT
  • History Channel:"The Universe :Secrets of the Sun," Tuesday, June 5, @ 9pm ET/PT
  • History Channel:"D-Day: The Lost Evidence :D-Day: The Lost Evidence," Wednesday, June 6, @ 2pm ET/PT
  • History Channel:"D-Day to Berlin :The Battle for France," Wednesday, June 6, @ 2pm ET/PT
  • History Channel:"D-Day to Berlin :The Struggle toward Germany.," Wednesday, June 6, @ 5pm ET/PT
  • History Channel:"D-Day to Berlin :Last Days of the Reich.," Wednesday, June 6, @ 6pm ET/PT
  • History Channel:"Modern Marvels :D-Day Tech.," Wednesday, June 6, @ 7pm ET/PT
  • History Channel:"Band Of Brothers :Points," Wednesday, June 6, @ 7pm ET/PT
  • History Channel:"Targeted :Osama bin Laden," Thursday, June 7, @ 2pm ET/PT
  • History Channel:"Special :Brotherhood of Terror.," Thursday, June 7, @ 4pm ET/PT
  • History Channel:"Decoding The Past :The Other Nostradamus," Thursday, June 7, @ 9pm ET/PT
  • History Channel:"Biblical Disasters.," Friday, June 8, @ 2pm ET/PT
  • History Channel:"The Passion: Religion and the Movies," Friday, June 8, @ 4pm ET/PT
  • History Channel:"Cities Of The Underworld :06 - Rome's Hidden Empire," Friday, June 8, @ 6pm ET/PT
  • History Channel:"Bible Battles," Friday, June 8, @ 8pm ET/PT
  • History Channel:"Dogfights :05 - Guadalcanal," Friday, June 8, @ 10pm ET/PT
  • History Channel:"The Naked Archaeologist :The Last Man Standing/What Killed Herod?," Friday, June 8, @ 11pm ET/PT
  • History Channel:"Mega Movers," Marathon Saturday, June 9, @ 1-5pm ET/PT
  • History Channel:"Vampires Secrets," Saturday, June 9, @ 8pm ET/PT
  • History Channel:"The States :08 - Virginia, Ohio, Idaho, Alabama, North Dakota," Saturday, June 9, @ 10pm ET/PT

  • Ronald Reagan. Edited by Douglas Brinkley: THE REAGAN DIARIES #2 (1 week on list) - 6-10-07

  • Walter Isaacson: EINSTEIN HIS LIFE AND UNIVERSE #3 (6 weeks on list) - 6-10-07
  • Michael Beschloss: PRESIDENTIAL COURAGE, #5 (3 weeks on list) - 6-10-07
  • David Talbot: Brothers, #16 (1 week on list) - 6-10-07
  • Vincent Bugliosi: RECLAIMING HISTORY #29 - 6-10-07

  • 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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