Blogs > HNN > July 2, 2007

Jul 19, 2007 8:11 pm

July 2, 2007


  • Dinesh D'Souza: Ten Great Things About America - AOL, 7-1-07

    Presidential Campaign 2008 Watch

    • Cal Jillson on"McCain's Run For Presidential Candidacy In Trouble":"He is crosswise to conservatives on immigration, and the people who were most excited about him in 2000 - the moderate Republicans - are mad at him on Iraq. The political base is just not there for him in nearly the same way it was in 2000, and he's eight years older." - NEWSPost India, 6-18-07
THIS WEEK IN HISTORY:This Week in History:

  • 07-02-1881 - President James Garfield was shot by Charles Guiteau; he died on Sept. 19.
  • 07-02-1890 - Congress passed the Sherman Antitrust Act.
  • 07-02-1937 - Amelia Earhart and her co-pilot Fred Noonan disappeared over the Pacific Ocean while attempting to fly around the world.
  • 07-02-1964 - President Johnson signed the Civil Rights Act of 1964 into law.
  • 07-02-1976 - In Gregg v. Georgia, the Supreme Court ruled that the death penalty was not inherently cruel or unusual.
  • 07-03-1608 - Samuel de Champlain founded the city of Quebec.
  • 07-03-1775 - Commander in chief George Washington took command of the Continental Army at Cambridge, Mass.
  • 07-03-1863 - The Battle of Gettysburg ended.
  • 07-03-1890 - Idaho became the 43rd state in the United States.
  • 07-03-1930 - The U.S. Veterans Administration was created by Congress.
  • 07-03-1962 - Jackie Robinson became the first African-American to be inducted into the Baseball Hall of Fame.
  • 07-03-1962 - Algeria became independent after 132 years of French rule.
  • 07-04-1776 - The U.S. declared independence from Great Britain.
  • 07-04-1826 - Former presidents John Adams and Thomas Jefferson both died.
  • 07-04-1831 - Former president James Monroe died.
  • 07-04-1884 - The Statue of Liberty was presented to the United States in Paris.
  • 07-04-1895 - Katharine Lee Bates published America the Beautiful.
  • 07-04-1939 - Lou Gehrig, stricken with ALS, made his farewell at Yankee Stadium.
  • 07-04-1976 - The United States celebrated its bicentennial.
  • 07-05-1811 - Venezuela became the first South American country to declare independence from Spain.
  • 07-05-1865 - William Booth formed the Salvation Army in London, England.
  • 07-05-1946 - Larry Doby signed with the Cleveland Indians, becoming the first African American player in the American League.
  • 07-05-1954 - Elvis Presley recorded"That's All Right," his first commercial record.
  • 07-05-1975 - Cape Verde became independent after 500 years of Portuguese rule.
  • 07-05-1975 - Arthur Ashe became the first black man to win a Wimbledon singles title when he defeated Jimmy Connors.
  • 07-05-1996 - Dolly, the first sheep cloned from adult cells, was born.
  • 07-06-1535 - Sir Thomas More was beheaded after refusing to join Henry VIII's Church of England.
  • 07-06-1885 - Louis Pasteur successfully treated a patient with a rabies vaccine.
  • 07-06-1942 - Anne Frank and her family sought refuge from the Nazis in Amsterdam.
  • 07-06-1944 - A fire caused by inept fire-eaters in the main tent of the Ringling Brothers Circus in Hartford, Conn., killed over 160 people.
  • 07-06-1957 - Althea Gibson won the Wimbledon women's singles tennis title. She was the first black person to win the event.
  • 07-07-1456 - Twenty-five years after her execution, Pope Calixtus III annulled the heresy charges brought against Joan of Arc.
  • 07-07-1846 - Commodore John D. Sloat occupied Monterey and declared California annexed to the United States.
  • 07-07-1898 - The United States annexed Hawaii.
  • 07-07-1946 - Italian-born Mother Frances Xavier Cabrini was canonized, becoming the first American saint.
  • 07-07-1981 - President Ronald Reagan nominated Sandra Day O'Connor for the Supreme Court.
  • 07-07-2005 - 52 people were killed and hundreds injured in London when terrorists bombed subways and a bus.52 people were killed and hundreds injured in London when terrorists bombed subways and a bus.
  • 07-08-1776 - The first public reading of the Declaration of Independence was given in Philadelphia, Pa.
  • 07-08-1777 - Vermont became the first colony to abolish slavery.
  • 07-08-1889 - The Wall Street Journal began publication.
  • 07-08-1950 - General Douglas MacArthur was named commander-in-chief of the United Nations forces in Korea.
  • 07-08-1958 - The Recording Industry Association of America (RIAA) awarded the first official gold album. It was for the Oklahoma soundtrack.

  • Marcus Mabry: Madame Secretary TWICE AS GOOD Condoleezza Rice and Her Path to Power NYT, 7-1-07
  • COVER REVIEWS: AMERICANA Born on the Fourth of July Three books look to the past for clues to our nation's future - WaPo, 7-1-07
  • Cullen Murphy: COVER REVIEWS AMERICANA All Hail America? ARE WE ROME? The Fall of an Empire and the Fate of America - WaPo, 7-1-07
  • Jon Meacham on William W. Freehling: Before the Cannon Fired A scholar examines the forces and people that helped start the Civil War THE ROAD TO DISUNION Volume II: Secessionists Triumphant, 1854-1861 - WaPo, 7-1-07
  • Fergus M. Bordewich on Beverly Lowry: A Woman Called Moses The legendary exploits of a heroine who went from bondage to bravery HARRIET TUBMAN Imagining a Life
  • Saul Friedlander: Challenges the view that the Holocaust was simply the result of bureaucrats doing what they were told - Richard Evans in the NYT Book Review, 6-24-07
  • Gil Troy on Patrice Higonnet: History as an extended blog post -, 6-17-07

  • Michael Klarman: Doubts Court ruling on schools will have much effect--says not even Brown did:"Just as Brown produced massive resistance in the South and therefore had little impact on desegregation for a decade, this decision is going to be similarly inconsequential. This affects only the tiny percentage of school districts that use race to assign students, and even in those districts, like Louisville and Seattle, it won't be consequential because there are so many opportunities for committed school boards to circumvent it." - NYT, 7-1-07
  • Gil Troy on"Attacks replace issues; politics turns poisonous":"American politics has always had a nasty side, but there's a sense that it has a darker edge, has become more venomous, because it's pumped out 24/7. Now it's all nastiness, all the time.... People have always used foils in politics. Through their excesses, Limbaugh, O'Reilly and Coulter provide liberals with made-to-order caricatures of what they consider the worst aspects of the Republicans; Franken and Olbermann are the perfect liberal foils for Republicans. They feed off each other, sadly distorting our politics." -, 7-1-07

  • Holly Cowan Shulman: Exploring Digital History - A new blog through the Virginia Center for Digital History on history and documentary editing and the electronic media.
ON TV:History Listings This Week:

  • C-Span2, Book TV : History Joseph Wheelan"Invading Mexico: America's Continental Dream And The Mexican War, 1846-1848," @ Sunday, July 1 at 8:00pm C-Span2, BookTV
  • C-Span2, Book TV : History Jules Witcover"Very Stange Bedfellows: The Short And Unhappy Marriage Of Richard Nixon And Spiro Agnew," @ Sunday, July 1 at 11:00pm C-Span2, BookTV
  • History Channel:"The States" Marathon, Monday, July 2, @ 2-5pm ET/PT
  • History Channel:"Star Wars: The Legacy Revealed" Monday, July 2, @ 8pm ET/PT
  • History Channel:"Star Trek: Beyond the Final Frontier," Monday, July 2, @ 10pm ET/PT
  • History Channel:"The Presidents" Marathon, Tuesday, July 3, @ 2-6pm ET/PT
  • History Channel:"The Revolution" Marathon, Wednesday, July 4, @ 10am-11pm ET/PT
  • History Channel:"American Eats: History on a Bun," Thursday, July 5, @ 2pm ET/PT
  • History Channel:"American Eats :Ice Cream," Thursday, July 5, @ 4pm ET/PT
  • History Channel:"UFO Files" Marathon, Friday, July 6, @ 2-6:30pm ET/PT
  • History Channel:"Band Of Brothers" Marathon, Saturday, July 7, @ 1:30-8pm ET/PT

  • Ronald Reagan. Edited by Douglas Brinkley: THE REAGAN DIARIES #2 (5 weeks on list) - 7-08-07

  • Walter Isaacson: EINSTEIN HIS LIFE AND UNIVERSE #7 (11 weeks on list) - 7-08-07
  • Michael Beschloss: PRESIDENTIAL COURAGE, #9 (7 weeks on list) - 7-08-07
  • Carl Bernstein: A WOMAN IN CHARGE: THE LIFE OF HILLARY RODHAM CLINTON, #14 (3 weeks on list) - 7-08-07

  • 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)

comments powered by Disqus