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July 16, 2007

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  • Lady Bird Johnson Tribute Site
  • PBS NewsHour - Lady Bird Johnson
  • Michael Beschloss: historian Michael Beschloss reflected on her life and legacy on the NewsHour with Jim Lehrer. (mp3) - PBS NewsHour, 7-13-07
  • Lewis L. Gould: Remembering Lady Bird Johnson First Lady Recalled as Charming, Media Savvy and Deeply Connected to Nature - WaPo, 7-12-07
  • Robert A. Caro:"She conducted herself, often in the most difficult circumstances, with a graciousness and dignity and total devotion to her husband that was heroic."..."She already had this dignity, no matter how he yelled at her, but she transformed herself from the shy young woman afraid of speaking in public into the poised, dignified, gracious first lady the American people would come to admire in later years. It's an act of willpower and heroism that is very thrilling." - WaPo, 7-12-07
  • Gil Troy:"She went one step further than her heroine and role model Eleanor Roosevelt by being more intimately involved in the president's day to day life and political career. If Eleanor Roosevelt showed just how influential a first lady could be in advancing her own concerns, Lady Bird Johnson demonstrated just how influential a first lady could be in shaping and selling the president's agenda.... She pushed him to invoke themes of self-sacrifice and patriotism, to work in references to World War II and to blame Congress squarely for failing to fund the Vietnam war properly. This intervention typified 'Bird's' great influence and her role in protecting Lyndon and trying to position him on the grand historical stage." - NPR, 7-12-07

  • 07-16-1790 - The District of Columbia was established as the seat of the United States government.
  • 07-16-1918 - Russia's Czar Nicholas II and his family were executed by the Bolsheviks.
  • 07-16-1945 - The first atomic bomb was tested in Alamogordo, N.M.
  • 07-16-1951 - J. D. Salinger's novel Catcher in the Rye was published.
  • 07-16-1969 - Apollo 11 took off on the first manned flight to the moon.
  • 07-16-1979 - Saddam Hussein became president of Iraq.
  • 07-16-1999 - John F. Kennedy, Jr., his wife Carolyn Bessette, and her sister Lauren, died in a plane crash near Martha's Vineyard, Massachusetts.
  • 07-17-1821 - Spain ceded Florida to the United States.
  • 07-17-1898 - Spain surrendered to the United States at Santiago, Cuba, ending the Spanish-American War.
  • 07-17-1917 - The British royal family changed its name from the House of Saxe-Coburg-Gotha to Windsor amid anti-German senitment during World War I.
  • 07-17-1945 - President Harry Truman, Soviet leader Joseph Stalin and British Prime Minister Winston Churchill meet at the opening of the Potsdam Conference.
  • 07-17-1955 - Disneyland opened in Anaheim, Calif.
  • 07-17-1975 - The American Apollo and Soviet Soyuz spacecraft linked up for the first time.
  • 07-17-1998 - The last Russian Czar Nicholas II was buried 80 years after he and his family were executed by the Bolsheviks.
  • 07-18-0064 - A great fire began that ultimately destroyed most of Rome. The emperor Nero blamed it on Christians and began the first Roman persecution of them.
  • 07-18-1936 - The Spanish Civil War began.
  • 07-18-1947 - President Harry S. Truman signed the Presidential Succession Act.
  • 07-19-1848 - The first women's rights convention, called by Elizabeth Cady Stanton and Lucretia C. Mott, was held in Seneca Falls, New York.
  • 07-19-1870 - The Franco-Prussian war began.
  • 07-19-1941 - Winston Churchill was the first to use the two-finger"V is for Victory" sign.
  • 07-19-1984 - Geraldine Ferraro became the first woman nominated for the vice-presidency by a major political party.
  • 07-19-1993 - President Clinton announced the"Don't ask, don't tell" policy regarding gays in the military.
  • 07-20-1810 - Colombia declared independence from Spain.
  • 07-20-1881 - Fugitive Sioux Indian leader Sitting Bull surrendered to federal troops.
  • 07-20-1951 - King Abdullah I of Jordan was assassinated.
  • 07-20-1960 - Sirima Bandaranaike of Sri Lanka (then Ceylon) became the world's first woman prime minister.
  • 07-20-1969 - Astronaut Neil A. Armstrong was the first man to walk on the Moon.
  • 07-20-1985 - Treasure hunters found the Spanish galleon Nuestra Senora de Atocha, which sank off the coast of Key West, Fla., in 1622 during a hurricane. The ship contained over $400 million in coins and silver ingots.
  • 07-21-1861 - Confederate forces won victory at Bull Run in the first major battle of the Civil War.
  • 07-21-1873 - The first train robbery west of the Mississippi was pulled off by Jesse James and his gang.
  • 07-21-1925 - In the"Monkey Trial," John T. Scopes was found guilty of violating Tennessee state law by teaching evolution.
  • 07-21-1949 - The U.S. Senate ratified the North Atlantic Treaty.
  • 07-21-1970 - The Aswan High Dam was opened in Egypt.
  • 07-21-1998 - Astronaut Alan Shepard died.
  • 07-21-2002 - WorldCom filed for bankruptcy, the largest bankruptcy in U.S. history.
  • 07-22-1796 - Cleveland, Ohio, was founded by Gen. Moses Cleaveland.
  • 07-22-1933 - Wiley Post became the first person to fly solo around the world.
  • 07-22-1934 - John Dillinger was shot to death outside Chicago's Biograph Theater.
  • 07-22-1937 - Franklin D. Roosevelt's" court packing" scheme was rejected by the U.S. Senate.
  • 07-22-1975 - Congress restored Confederate general Robert E. Lee's U.S. citizenship.
  • 07-22-2003 - Saddam Hussein's sons, Uday and Ousay, were killed in a firefight.

  • Carl Bernstein, Jeff Gerth and Don Van Natta Jr.: Good Hillary, Bad Hillary A WOMAN IN CHARGE The Life of Hillary Rodham ClintonHER WAY The Hopes and Ambitions of Hillary Rodham Clinton. - NYT, 7-15-07
  • Carl Bernstein: A WOMAN IN CHARGE The Life of Hillary Rodham Clinton, First Chapter - NYT, 7-15-07
  • Jeff Gerth and Don Van Natta Jr.: HER WAY The Hopes and Ambitions of Hillary Rodham Clinton, First Chapter - NYT, 7-15-07
  • Tom Segev: Peace for Land 1967 Israel, the War, and the Year That Transformed the Middle East - NYT, 7-15-07
  • Molly O'Neill, ed: The Gastronomical We - AMERICAN FOOD WRITING An Anthology With Classic Recipes - NYT, 7-15-07
  • Bill Clinton: Mastering the Presidency (By Nigel Hamilton) The Seat-of-the-Pants Presidency Bill Clinton's first term was a shaky enterprise - WaPo, 7-15-07
  • The Conviction of Richard Nixon: The Untold Story of the Frost/Nixon Interviews (By James Reston Jr.) Trial by Television - WaPo, 7-15-07
  • Cheney: The Untold Story of America's Most Powerful And Controversial Vice President (By Stephen F. Hayes) American Enigma A journalist attempts to plumb the depths of our secretive vice president - WaPo, 7-15-07

  • Tim Weiner: Beschloss says NYT reporter has written solid history of CIA - NYT Book Review, 7-12-07
  • Paul Moon: Historian Wades Into Auckland Treaty Claim Controversy -, 7-10-07
  • John Agresto: Mugged by reality in Iraq - David Forsmark at, 7-10-07
  • Oliver Pollak: Collaborates on history of the University of Nebraska - Press Release--UNO, 7-10-07
  • Ian Kershaw: Ten Decisions That Changed the World, 1940-1941 - Max Boot in the NYT Book Review 7-8-07
  • Gunter Grass: Friend John Irving in front page NYT Book Review praises his honesty about Nazi connections - NYT Book Review, 7-8-07
  • Tim Weiner: NYT reporter pens history of CIA - Seattle Times, 7-6-07

  • Timothy Naftali:"I'm a historian. I can't sugar-coat things. History is messy, dramatic, exciting. There are good people and bad people and that's what makes it interesting. You have to tell history with the bark off."
  • Linda Colley on"Windows Open on Royal Family’s Wealth":"What is different about Britain, its particular accident, is that it was a winner in the wars and, unlike other European states, it kept its monarchy and kept its residual state of glory and stature, this carapace of splendor. They have not yet become neutered." - NYT, 7-15-07

  • C-Span2, Book TV : After Words: Tim Weiner author of"Legacy of Ashes: The History of the CIA" interviewed by David Ignatius, Sunday, July 15 @ 9:00pm C-Span2, BookTV
  • History Channel:"Gestapo :The Sword Is Forged," Monday, July 16, @ 2pm ET/PT
  • History Channel:"Gestapo :The Sword Unsheathed," Monday, July 16, @ 3pm ET/PT
  • History Channel:"Gestapo :The Sword Is Shattered," Monday, July 16, @ 4pm ET/PT
  • History Channel:"Cities Of The Underworld :11 - Dracula's Underground," Monday, July 16, @ 8pm ET/PT
  • History Channel:"Cities Of The Underworld :12 - Secret Pagan Underground" Monday, July 16, @ 9pm ET/PT
  • History Channel:"Digging For The Truth :Search for King David," Monday, July 16, @ 10pm ET/PT
  • History Channel:"Mysteries of the Garden of Eden," Monday, July 16, @ 11pm ET/PT
  • History Channel:"Hell: The Devil's Domain," Tuesday, July 17, @ 2pm ET/PT
  • History Channel:"Sharp Shooters," Wednesday, July 18, @ 2pm ET/PT
  • History Channel:"Kennedys: The Curse of Power," Thursday, July 19, @ 2pm ET/PT
  • History Channel:"The Other Tragedy at Pearl Harbor," Thursday, July 19, @ 5pm ET/PT
  • History Channel:"Modern Marvels :Tunnels of Vietnam," Thursday, July 19, @ 6pm ET/PT
  • History Channel:"Modern Marvels :Cotton," Thursday, July 19, @ 7pm ET/PT
  • History Channel:"Star Wars: The Legacy Revealed," Friday, July 20, @ 2pm ET/PT
  • History Channel:"Our Generation :Apollo 11: The Moon Landing," Friday, July 20, @ 6pm ET/PT
  • History Channel:"Our Generation :Motown," Friday, July 20, @ 6:30pm ET/PT
  • History Channel:"Mega Disasters: San Francisco Earthquake," Saturday, July 21, @ 5pm ET/PT
  • History Channel:"Decoding The Past :Cults: Dangerous Devotion," Saturday, July 21, @ 10pm ET/PT

  • Ronald Reagan. Edited by Douglas Brinkley: THE REAGAN DIARIES #7 (7 weeks on list) - 7-22-07

  • Walter Isaacson: EINSTEIN HIS LIFE AND UNIVERSE #8 (13 weeks on list) - 7-22-07
  • Michael Beschloss: PRESIDENTIAL COURAGE, #13 (9 weeks on list) - 7-22-07

  • 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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