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January 14, 2008



PRESIDENTIAL CAMPAIGN 2008 WATCH:

  • Ted Widmer on"The Road to the White House: Can anyone in 2008 leave us speechless?":"I loved his speech Tuesday. It's right out of the black church oratorical tradition, but I also thought back to the spoken poetry of Homer. There is literally a musical quality to Obama's voice, a bit of a sing-song that he uses very skillfully." - Pittsburgh Post-Gazette, 1-11-08
  • Joseph J. Ellis: A promise of unpredictability Presidential candidates pledge a lot, but history says you can ignore most of it. - LAT, 1-2-08
  • Joseph Ellis: A Long History of Broken Campaign Promises - NPR, 1-7-08
BIGGEST STORIES: Black History Month
HNN STATS THIS WEEK:
THIS WEEK IN HISTORY:This Week in History:

  • New Feature: On This Day in History...
  • 14/01/1601 - Church authorities burn Hebrew books in Rome
  • 14/01/1699 - Massachusetts holds day of fasting for wrongly persecuting"witches"
  • 14/01/1784 - Revolutionary War ends; Congress ratifies Treaty of Paris
  • 14/01/1864 - General Sherman begins his march to the South
  • 14/01/1878 - US Supreme court rules race separation on trains unconstitutional
  • 14/01/1943 - FDR and Winston Churchill confer in Casablanca concerning WW II
  • 15/01/1535 - Henry VIII declares himself head of English Church
  • 15/01/1777 - People of New Connecticut (Vermont) declare independence from England
  • 15/01/1780 - Continental Congress establishes court of appeals
  • 15/01/1870 - Donkey 1st used as symbol of Democratic Party, in Harper's Weekly
  • 15/01/1942 - FDR asks commissioner to continue baseball during WW II
  • 15/01/1943 - World's largest office building, Pentagon, completed
  • 15/01/1950 - 4,000 attend National Emergency Civil Rights Conference in Wash DC
  • 15/01/1973 - 4 Watergate burglars plead guilty in federal court
  • 15/01/1976 - Sara Jane Moore sentenced to life for attempting to shoot Pres Ford
  • 16/01/1581 - English parliament passes laws against Catholicism
  • 16/01/1776 - Continental Congress approves enlistment of free blacks
  • 16/01/1777 - Vermont declares independence from NY
  • 16/01/1865 - Gen Wm Sherman issues Field Order #15 (land for blacks)
  • 16/01/1870 - Virginia becomes 8th state readmitted to US after Civil War
  • 16/01/1883 - Pendleton Act creates basis of US Civil Service system
  • 16/01/1920 - 1st assembly of League of Nations (Paris)
  • 16/01/1920 - 18th Amendment, prohibition, goes into effect; repealed in 1933
  • 16/01/1938 - Benny Goodman refuses to play Carnegie Hall when black members of his band were barred from performing
  • 16/01/1944 - Gen Eisenhower took command of Allied Invasion Force in London
  • 17/01/1821 - Mexico permits Moses Austin and 300 US families to settle in Texas
  • 17/01/1874 - Armed Democrats seize Texas govt ending Radical Reconstruction
  • 17/01/1893 - Queen Liliuokalani deposed, Kingdom of Hawaii becomes a republic
  • 17/01/1911 - Failed assassination attempt on premier Briand in French Assembly
  • 17/01/1945 - Swedish diplomat Raoul Wallenberg, credited with saving tens of thousands of Jews from the Nazis, arrested by secret police in Hungary
  • 17/01/1945 - Liberation of Warsaw by Soviet troops (end of Nazi occupation)
  • 17/01/1945 - Auschwitz concentration camp begins evacuation
  • 17/01/1946 - United Nations Security Council holds its 1st meeting
  • 17/01/1948 - Trial of 11 US Communist party members begins in NYC
  • 17/01/1961 - Eisenhower allegedly orders assassination of Congo's Lumumba
  • 17/01/1966 - Martin Luther King Jr opens campaign in Chicago
  • 17/01/1983 - Alabama Gov George C Wallace, becomes governor for record 4th time
  • 17/01/1987 - Pres Reagan signs secret order permitting covert sale of arms to Iran
  • 17/01/1991 - Operation Desert Storm begins-US led allies vs Iraq
  • 17/01/1991 - Operation Desert Storm: 1st US pilot shot down (Jeffrey Zahn)
  • 17/01/1998 - Pres Clinton faces sexual harrament charges from Paula Jones
  • 18/01/1486 - King Henry VII of England marries Elizabeth, daughter of Edward IV
  • 18/01/1671 - Pirate Henry Morgan defeats Spanish defenders, captures Panam
  • 18/01/1778 - Capt James Cook stumbles over Sandwich Islands (Hawaiian Islands)
  • 18/01/1817 - San Mart¡n leads a revolutionary army over Andes
  • 18/01/1854 - Filibuster William Walker proclaims Republic of Sonora in NW Mexico
  • 18/01/1862 - Confederate Territory of Arizona forms
  • 18/01/1871 - 2nd German Empire proclaimed by Kaiser Wilhelm I and Bismarck
  • 18/01/1919 - WW I Peace Congress opens in Versailles, France
  • 18/01/1943 - Jews in Warsaw Ghetto begin resistance of Nazis
  • 18/01/1944 - 1st Chinese naturalized US citizen since repeal of exclusion acts
  • 18/01/1945 - Warsaw freed by Soviet army
  • 18/01/1991 - Iraq launches SCUD missiles against Israel
  • 18/01/1993 - Martin Luther King Jr holiday observed in all 50 states for 1st time
  • 19/01/1419 - French city of Rouen surrenders to Henry V in Hundred Years War
  • 19/01/1793 - French King Louis XVI sentenced to death
  • 19/01/1840 - Antarctica discovered, Charles Wilkes expedition (US claim)
  • 19/01/1861 - Georgia becomes 5th state to secede
  • 19/01/1861 - MS troops take Ft Massachusetts an Ship Island
  • 19/01/1865 - Union occupies Fort Anderson, NC
  • 19/01/1871 - 1st Negro lodge of US Masons approved, New Jersey
  • 19/01/1920 - US Senate votes against membership in League of Nations
  • 19/01/1955 - 1st presidential news conference filmed for TV (Eisenhower)
  • 19/01/1981 - US and Iran sign agreement to release 52 American hostages
  • 19/01/1987 - Guy Hunt becomes Alabama's 1st Republican governor since 1874
  • 19/01/1989 - Pres Reagan pardons George Steinbrenner for illegal funds for Nixon
  • 20/01/1778 - 1st American military court martial trial begins, Cambridge, Mass
  • 20/01/1785 - Samuel Ellis advertises to sell Oyster Island (Ellis Is), no takers
  • 20/01/1788 - Pioneer African Baptist church organizes in Savannah, Ga
  • 20/01/1801 - John Marshall appointed US chief justice
  • 20/01/1807 - Napoleon convenes great Sanhedrin, Paris
  • 20/01/1868 - Florida constitutional convention meets in Tallahassee
  • 20/01/1869 - Elizabeth Cady Stanton becomes 1st woman to testify before Congress
  • 20/01/1937 - 1st Inauguration day on Jan 20th, (held every 4th years there-after)
  • 20/01/1939 - Hitler proclaims to German parliament to exterminate all European Jews
  • 20/01/1945 - FDR sworn-in for an unprecedented 4th term as president
  • 20/01/1949 - Pres Truman announces his point 4 program
  • 20/01/1953 - 1st live coast-to-coast inauguration address (Eisenhower)
  • 20/01/1961 - Robert Frost recites"Gift Outright" at JFK's inauguration
  • 20/01/1969 - Richard M Nixon inaugurated as president
  • 20/01/1981 - 52 Americans held hostage in Iran for 444 days freed
  • 20/01/1981 - Ronald Reagan inaugurated as president
  • 20/01/1989 - Bush inaugurated as 41st president and Quayle becomes 44th vice pres -- Reagan becomes 1st pres elected in a"0" year, since 1840, to leave office alive
  • 20/01/1993 - Bill Clinton inaugurated as 42nd president
  • 21/01/1789 - 1st American novel, WH Brown's"Power of Sympathy," is published
  • 21/01/1861 - Jefferson Davis of Mississippi and 4 other southern senators resign
  • 21/01/1950 - NY jury finds former State Dept official Alger Hiss guilty of perjury
  • 21/01/1953 - John Foster Dulles appointed as Secretary of State
  • 21/01/1977 - Pres Jimmy Carter pardons almost all Vietnam War draft evaders
IN THE NEWS:
REVIEWED AND FIRST CHAPTERS:
OP-ED/LETTER TO THE EDITOR:
BLOGSPHERE:
PROFILED:

  • Francesca Rochberg: Reading Signs: Shedding Light on Ancient Science Berkley Near Eastern Studies' newest faculty member brings an understanding of ancient science and its direct connections to the present - UC Berkley, 1-9-08
FEATURE:
INTERVIEWED:
QUOTED:

  • Nathan O. Hatch, president of Wake Forest University:"As a historian, I believe we learn from the past and apply that knowledge to the decisions we make today. Secrets and the government's appropriate or inappropriate role in keeping them was a monumental issue during the Vietnam and Watergate era. Today, secrecy continues to be a topic of headlines. By hosting 'Secrets versus Security,' Wake Forest is not only hoping to illuminate an issue of concern to all citizens, but also provide opportunities for people to examine it through different lenses." - Wake Forest University News Service, 1-8-08
HONORED, AWARDED, AND APPOINTMENTS:
SPEAKING EVENTS CALENDAR:

  • Jan 14, 2008: Timothy Naftali: Author of GEORGE H.W. BUSH, American Enterprise Institute Washington, DC, 5:30 PM
  • Jan 19, 2008: History conference Jan. 19 shines spotlight on John Gray at the 15th annual Beaumont History Conference - Lamar University, 1-10-08
  • Jan 23, 2008: Richard Steigmann-Gall will give a lecture entitled"Neither Aryan nor Semite: Mutability and Identity in the Third Reich." at 3 p.m. at the University's of Vermont's Old Mill building - Burlington Free Press, 1-7-08
ON TV:History Listings This Week:

  • PBS, The Jewish Amereicans, January 9, 16, 23, 2008 @ 9pm ET
  • C-Span2, BookTV: The Slave Ship: A Human History Author: Marcus Rediker, Sunday, January 13, @ 7PM ET - C-Span2, BookTV
  • C-Span2, BookTV: Liberal Fascism: The Secret History of the American Left from Mussolini to the Politics of Meaning Author: Jonah Goldberg, Monday, January 14, @ 1AM ET - C-Span2, BookTV
  • History Channel:"Last Stand of The 300," Sunday, January 13, @ 5pm ET/PT
  • History Channel:"Hillbilly The Real Story," Sunday, January 13, @ 8pm ET/PT
  • History Channel:"Fort Knox: Secrets Revealed," Monday, January 14, @ 2pm ET/PT
  • History Channel:"Titanic's Achilles Heel," Tuesday, January 15, @ 2pm ET/PT
  • History Channel:"Boneyard :Katrina," Tuesday, January 15, @ 4pm ET/PT
  • History Channel:"Godfathers," Wednesday, January 16, @ 2pm ET/PT
  • History Channel:"Lost Worlds :Stalin's Supercity," Wednesday, January 16, @ 8pm ET/PT
  • History Channel:"Cities Of The Underworld :11 - Dracula's Underground," Wednesday, January 16, @ 9pm ET/PT
  • History Channel:"Deep Sea Detectives :Loch Ness: Great Monster Mystery," Wednesday, January 16, @ 11pm ET/PT
  • History Channel:"Sharp Shooters," Thursday, January 17, @ 2pm ET/PT
  • History Channel:"The Plot to Kill Jesse James," Thursday, January 17, @ 4pm ET/PT
  • History Channel:"Investigating History :Billy the Kid," Thursday, January 17, @ 5pm ET/PT
  • History Channel:"Ancient Discoveries :Ships," Thursday, January 17, @ 10pm ET/PT
  • History Channel:"Dogfights :Tuskegee Airmen," Friday, January 18, @ 6pm ET/PT
  • History Channel:"Mega Disasters: San Francisco Earthquake," Saturday, January 19, @ 5pm ET/PT
  • History Channel:"MonsterQuest," Marathon Saturday, January 19, @ 8-11pm ET/PT
SELLING BIG (NYT):

  • Tom Brokaw: BOOM! #5 -- 9 weeks on list - 1-20-08
  • Joseph J. Ellis: AMERICAN CREATION #34 1-20-08
  • Tim Weiner: LEGACY OF ASHES #35 - 1-20-08
FUTURE RELEASES:

  • The Great Experiment, by Strobe Talbott (S&S, Jan.). How mere tribes became great nations.
  • James J. Sheehan: Where Have All the Soldiers Gone?, (Houghton, Jan.). The rejection of violence after World War II redefined a continent. Europe chose material well-being over war.
  • Joseph Pierro: The Maryland Campaign of September 1862: Ezra A. Carman's Definitive Study of the Union and Confederate Armies at Antietam, January 16, 2008.
  • John Dickie: Delizia!: The Epic History of the Italians and Their Food, January 8, 2008.
  • Joseph Wheelan: Mr. Adam's Last Crusade: John Quincy Adams's Extraordinary Post-Presidential Life in Congress, January 28, 2008.
  • Mark Puls: Henry Knox: Visionary General of the American Revolution, February 5, 2008.
  • Fidel Castro: Fidel Castro: My Life: A Spoken Autobiography, February 5, 2008.
  • Brian McGinty: Lincoln and the Court, February 15, 2008.
  • Matthew Dennison: The Last Princess: The Devoted Life of Queen Victoria's Youngest Daughter, February 19, 2008
  • Nick Taylor: American-Made: The Enduring Legacy of the WPA: When FDR Put the Nation to Work, February 26, 2008.
  • Howard Taylor: Hudson Taylor's Spiritual Secret, February 28, 2008.
  • H. David Stone: Vital Rails, February 28, 2008.
  • John Fea: The Way of Improvement Leads Home: Philip Vickers Fithian and the Rural Enlightenment in Early America ( U of Pennsylvania Press), February 29, 2008
  • Joseph Balkoski: From Beachhead to Brittany, March 10, 2008
  • Susan Nagel: Marie-Therese, Child of Terror: The Fate of Marie Antoinette's Daughter, March 18, 2008
  • James Donovan: A Terrible Glory: Custer and the Little Bighorn - the Last Great Battle of the American West (REV), March 24, 2008.
  • Scott McClellan: What Happened, April 28, 2008
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