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June 25, 2007



PRESIDENTIAL CAMPAIGN 2008 WATCH:

    Presidential Campaign 2008 Watch

  • Simon Schama on Hillary's Chances of Becoming President:"Very poor. Which is a shame because she would make a great president and a much better one than her indecisive husband. She is astute and an excellent organiser.... She freezes on TV. Whenever the cameras go 'click', she gets transfixed. It's like a form of lockjaw." - Daily Mail, UK, 6-20-07
  • Gil Troy on his ideal 2008 presidential candidate:"I would like someone with Giuliani's understanding of the Islamic threat, Obama's poetry, Fred Thompson's folksiness, Tommy Thompson's understanding of health care issues, Bill Richardson's experience, Hillary's fundraising prowess, John Edwards' social conscience, Al Gore's commitment to energy independence, and Mitt Romney's appearance of rectitude and great hair."
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THIS WEEK IN HISTORY:This Week in History:

  • 06-24-1509 - Henry VIII was crowned king of England.
  • 06-24-1647 - Early American feminist Margaret Brent demanded a seat and vote in the Maryland Assembly, but was ejected from that body.
  • 06-24-1675 - King Philip's War, the most devastating war between the colonists and Indians, began with Indians attacking the Swansea (Mass.) settlement.
  • 06-24-1908 - The 22nd and 24th president of the United States, Grover Cleveland, died in Princeton, N.J.
  • 06-24-1947 - Kenneth Arnold, an American pilot, reported seeing strange objects near Mt. Rainier, Washington. He described them as"saucers skipping across the water," hence the term"flying saucers" was born.
  • 06-24-1948 - The Soviet Union began a blockade of Berlin. Allied forces responded with what would be known as the Berlin Airlift flying in more than 2 million tons of supplies over the next year.
  • 06-24-1997 - The U.S. Air Force released The Roswell Report, closing the case on the 1947 Roswell, N.M. incident concerning UFOs and alien bodies.
  • 06-25-1788 - Virginia became the 10th state in the Union.
  • 06-25-1876 - Lt. Col. George A. Custer and all his men were killed by Sioux and Cheyanne Indians at the Battle of Little Bighorn in Montana.
  • 06-25-1950 - Communist North Korean troops invaded South Korea, beginning the Korean War.
  • 06-25-1951 - The first commercial color TV program was transmitted by CBS from New York to Baltimore, Philadelphia, Boston, and Washington, DC.
  • 06-25-1991 - Croatia and Slovenia proclaimed their independence from Yugoslavia, beginning the Yugoslavian civil war.
  • 06-26-1819 - The bicycle was patented by W. K. Clarkson.
  • 06-26-1843 - Hong Kong was proclaimed a British crown colony.
  • 06-26-1906 - The first Grand Prix motor race was held in Le Mans, France.
  • 06-26-1959 - The St. Lawrence Seaway, connecting the Great Lakes and the Atlantic, was opened
  • 06-26-1963 - President John Kennedy gave his,"Ich bin ein Berliner" (I am a Berliner) speech in West Berlin.
  • 06-26-1976 - The CN tower in Toronto opened, the world's tallest free-standing structure.
  • 06-27-1844 - Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints founder Joseph Smith was murdered by a mob in Carthage, Ill.
  • 06-27-1898 - Joshua Slocum became the first person to successfully circumnavigate the earth alone when he landed his sloop Spray in Newport, R.I., a 46,000-mile trip.
  • 06-27-1950 - President Harry S. Truman ordered the Air Force and Navy into the Korean War.
  • 06-27-1954 - The world's first atomic power station opened at Obninsk, near Moscow.
  • 06-27-1969 - Police and gays clashed at the Stonewall Inn in New York City, fostering the gay rights movement.
  • 06-27-1985 - The legendary Route 66, running from Chicago to Santa Monica, Calif., was decertified, the victim of the Interstate Highway System.
  • 06-28-1836 - The fourth president of the United States, James Madison, died at Montpelier, his Virginia estate.
  • 06-28-1894 - Labor Day became a federal holiday by an act of Congress.
  • 06-28-1914 - Archduke Francis Ferdinand of Austria-Hungary and his wife were assassinated, setting off World War I.
  • 06-28-1919 - The Treaty of Versailles was signed in France, ending World War I.
  • 06-28-1978 - The Supreme Court ruled in Regents of the University of California v. Bakke that the use of quotas in affirmative action programs was not permissible.
  • 06-28-2000 - Elian Gonzalez was returned to his father in Cuba.
  • 06-28-2001 - Serbia handed over Slobodan Milosevic over to the UN war crimes tribunal.
  • 06-28-2004 - In Iraq, the United States transferred power back to the Iraqis two days earlier than planned.
  • 06-29-1613 - London's Globe Theatre burned down during a performance of Shakespeare's Henry VIII.
  • 06-29-1767 - The British Parliament approved the Townshend Acts.
  • 06-29-1972 - The Supreme Court ruled in Furman v. Georgia that the death penalty could constitute" cruel and unusual" prompting some states to revise their laws.
  • 06-30-1921 - President Warren G. Harding appointed former president William H. Taft chief justice of the United States.
  • 06-30-1934 - Adolf Hitler secured his position in the Nazi party by a"blood purge," ridding the party of other leaders such as Ernst Roehm and Kurt von Schleicher.
  • 06-30-1936 - Margaret Mitchell's Gone with the Wind was published.
  • 06-30-1971 - The 26th Amendment, which lowered the voting age to 18, was ratified by the states.
  • 06-30-1998 - The remains of a Vietnam War serviceman buried in the Tomb of the Unknown Soldiers were identified as those of Air Force pilot Michael J. Blassie.
  • 07-01-1863 - The Battle of Gettysburg, which marked the turning point in the Civil War, began.
  • 07-01-1867 - Canada became a self-governing dominion of Great Britain under the British North America Act.
  • 07-01-1898 - Theodore Roosevelt and his Rough Riders fought the battle of San Juan Hill in the Spanish-American War.
  • 07-01-1943 - Income tax withholding began in the United States.
  • 07-01-1962 - Burundi and Rwanda achieved independence.
  • 07-01-1963 - The U.S. Post Office inaugurated its five-digit ZIP (Zone Improvement Plan) codes.
  • 07-01-1968 - The United States, Britain, the Soviet Union, and 58 other nations signed the Nuclear Nonproliferation Treaty.
  • 07-01-1997 - After 156 years of British colonial rule, Hong Kong was returned to China.
  • 07-01-2000 - Vermont's civil unions law went into effect.
  • 07-01-2000 - The Confederate flag was removed from the South Carolina statehouse.
IN THE NEWS:
REVIEWED AND FIRST CHAPTERS:

  • RICHARD J. EVANS on Saul Friedländer: Whose Orders? THE YEARS OF EXTERMINATION Nazi Germany and the Jews, 1939-1945 - NYT, 6-24-07
  • Beverly Lowry: The Fugitive HARRIET TUBMAN Imagining a Life - NYT, 6-24-07
  • H.W. Brands on Michael Barone: HISTORY: ENGLAND A Glorious Beginning How the last invasion of England set the stage for American liberty OUR FIRST REVOLUTION The Remarkable British Upheaval That Inspired America's Founding Fathers - WaPo, 6-24-07
  • Felicia Kornbluh: Sixties Welfare Debate Contains Lessons for 2008 Candidates In her new book, Duke historian Felicia Kornbluh chronicles the efforts of the National Welfare Rights Organization to advocate for a guaranteed income - Duke University, NC, 6-21-07
  • Andrew Ferguson: Land of Lincoln LAND OF LINCOLN Adventures in Abe's America - NYT, 6-22-07
  • Kevin Merida and Michael A. Fletcher: Thomas Agonistes SUPREME DISCOMFORT The Divided Soul of Clarence Thomas - NYT, 6-17-07
  • Kevin Merida and Michael A. Fletcher: SUPREME DISCOMFORT The Divided Soul of Clarence Thomas, First Chapter - NYT, 6-17-07
  • Douglas Brinkley: Reagan on Reagan THE REAGAN DIARIES - NYT, 6-17-07
  • Douglas Brinkley: THE REAGAN DIARIES, First Chapter - NYT, 6-17-07
  • Graham Russell Gao Hodges: Curb Job TAXI! A Social History of the New York City Cabdriver - NYT, 6-17-07
  • Graham Russell Gao Hodges: TAXI! A Social History of the New York City Cabdriver, First Chapter - NYT, 6-17-07
  • Evan Thomas on Stanley Weintraub and Mark Perry: HISTORY: WORLD WAR II Band of Brothers, Team of Rivals Two books examine the American generals who won World War II - 15 STARS Eisenhower, MacArthur, Marshall Three Generals Who Saved the American Century and PARTNERS IN COMMAND George Marshall and Dwight Eisenhower in War and Peace - WaPo, 6-17-07
  • Steve Vogel: HISTORY: INSTITUTIONS The House That War Built The nation's military headquarters, from blueprint to final construction THE PENTAGON A History - WaPo, 6-17-07
  • Harold Holzer on CULTURAL AFFAIRS: LINCOLNIANA What Would Abe Do? A former Lincoln buff introduces his children to the glories of the legacy LAND OF LINCOLN Adventures in Abe's America - WaPo, 6-17-07
  • Matthew Dallek on David Talbot: HISTORY: JFK ASSASSINATION Beyond the Grassy Knoll Is the truth behind the Kennedy assassinations still unknown? BROTHERS The Hidden History of the Kennedy Years - WaPo, 6-17-07
OP-ED:
PROFILED:

  • Charles M. Robinson: STC professor sees release of look at Louisiana's history - Monitor, TX, 6-14-07
  • The Revisionist Drew Gilpin Faust has been called Harvard's"safe" choice to succeed Larry Summers. Now, as she prepares to take office, no one knows what kind of president she will be. But we do know what kind of historian she is, and safe is not the word - Boston Globe, 6-10-07
FEATURE:
INTERVIEWED:
QUOTED:

  • Marc Lamont Hill on"Ancestors of slaves, masters form unlikely bond":"One of the things that has retarded the progress of race relations is our extraordinary ability to forget. We go to extravagant lengths to forget aspects of the past. We need to acknowledge the past as it really was. We don't need to romanticize it." - Atlanta Journal Constitution, 6-24-07
HONORED, AWARDED, AND APPOINTMENTS:
SPOTTED & SPEAKING EVENTS CALENDAR:
ON TV:History Listings This Week:

  • C-Span2, Book TV : History: Paul Starr"Freedom's Power: The True Force Of Liberalism" Sunday, June 24 at 10:00am C-Span2, BookTV
  • C-Span2, Book TV : John Perkins:"The Secret History of the American Empire" Sunday, June 24 at 12:00pm C-Span2, BookTV
  • History Channel:"Nostradamus: 500 Years Later" Sunday, June 24, @ 5pm ET/PT
  • History Channel:"Titanic's Final Moments: Missing Pieces :" Monday, June 25, @ 2pm ET/PT
  • History Channel:"Titanic's Achilles Heel" Monday, June 25, @ 4pm ET/PT
  • History Channel:"Cities Of The Underworld :09 - Freemason Underground" Monday, June 25, @ 9pm ET/PT
  • History Channel:"Egypt Decoded," Monday, June 25, @ 11pm ET/PT
  • History Channel:"Special : An Alien History of Planet Earth," Tuesday, June 26, @ 2pm ET/PT
  • History Channel:"History's Mysteries :Japan's Mysterious Pyramids," Tuesday, June 26, @ 4pm ET/PT
  • History Channel:"Weird U.S. :This Odd House," Tuesday, June 26, @ 5pm ET/PT
  • History Channel:"History Rocks: The 70's :Part 1," Wednesday, June 27, @ 2pm ET/PT
  • History Channel:"History Rocks: The 70's :Part 2," Wednesday, June 27, @ 3pm ET/PT
  • History Channel:"Man, Moment, Machine :Apollo 13: Triumph on the Dark Side," Wednesday, June 27, @ 6pm ET/PT
  • History Channel:"Cities Of The Underworld :09 - Freemason Underground," Wednesday, June 27, @ 11pm ET/PT
  • History Channel:"Hurricane Warning," Thursday, June 28, @ 2pm ET/PT
  • History Channel:"Mega Disasters :New York City Hurricane," Thursday, June 28, @ 4pm ET/PT
  • History Channel:"Dogfights: The Greatest Air Battles," Friday, June 29, @ 2pm ET/PT
  • History Channel:"Dogfights :04 - Flying Tigers," Friday, June 29, @ 4pm ET/PT
  • History Channel:"Dogfights :05 - Guadalcanal," Friday, June 29, @ 5pm ET/PT
  • History Channel:"Dogfights :08 - Death of the Japanese Navy," Friday, June 29, @ 9pm ET/PT
  • History Channel:"Special : Meteors: Fire in the Sky," Saturday, June 30, @ 6pm ET/PT
  • History Channel:"The Kennedy Assassination: Beyond Conspiracy," Saturday, June 30, @ 8pm ET/PT
  • History Channel:"Kennedys: The Curse of Power :Kennedys: The Curse of Power," Saturday, June 30, @ 10pm ET/PT
SELLING BIG (NYT):

  • Ronald Reagan. Edited by Douglas Brinkley: THE REAGAN DIARIES #1 (4 weeks on list) - 7-01-07

  • Walter Isaacson: EINSTEIN HIS LIFE AND UNIVERSE #4 (7 weeks on list) - 7-01-07
  • Michael Beschloss: PRESIDENTIAL COURAGE, #9 (6 weeks on list) - 7-01-07
  • Carl Bernstein: A WOMAN IN CHARGE: THE LIFE OF HILLARY RODHAM CLINTON, #7 (2 weeks on list) - 7-01-07
  • David Talbot: Brothers, #30 - 7-01-07
FUTURE RELEASES:

  • James Piereson, Camelot and the Cultural Revolution: How the Assassination of John F. Kennedy Shattered American Liberalism, (Encounter Books), June 25, 2007
  • Glenn Greenwald: Tragic Legacy: How a Good vs. Evil Mentality Destroyed the Bush Presidency, (Crown Publishing Group, June 26, 2007)
  • Eleanor Herman: Sex with the Queen: 900 Years of Vile Kings, Virile Lovers, and Passionate Politics, (HarperCollins Publishers, June 26, 2007)
  • Brian K. Bugge: The Mystique of Conspiracy: Oswald, Castro, and the CIA, (Provocative Ideas), June 28, 2007
  • Bill Yenne: Rising Sons: The Japanese-American GIs Who Fought for the United States in World War II, (St. Martin's Press, July 10, 2007)
  • Kathryn C. Statler: Replacing France: The Origins of American Intervention in Vietnam, (University Press of Kentucky) July 28, 2007
  • Richard B. Frank, MacArthur: A Biography, (Palgrave Macmillan), July 28, 2007
  • Woody Holton: Unruly Americans and the Origins of the Constitution, (Hill and Wang, August 7, 2007)
  • David Halberstam: Coldest Winter: America and the Korean War, (Hyperion, September 2007)
  • John Kelin, Praise From a Future Generation: The Assassination of John F. Kennedy and the First Generation Critics of the Warren Report, (Wings Press TX), September 28, 2007
  • Maureen Waller: Sovereign Ladies: The Six Reigning Queens of England, (St. Martin's Press, September 28, 2007)
  • Rick Atkinson: Day of Battle: The War in Sicily and Italy, 1943-1944, (Henry Holt & Company, Incorporated, October 2, 2007)
  • Benjamin J. Kaplan: Divided by Faith: Religious Conflict and the Practice of Toleration in Early Modern Europe, (Harvard University Press, October 15, 2007)
  • Richard Avedon, The Kennedys: Portrait of a Family, (HarperCollins Publishers), October 23, 2007
  • M. Stanton Evans: Blacklisted by History: The Real Story of Joseph McCarthy and His Fight against America's Enemies, (Crown Publishing Group, November 6, 2007)


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