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January 22, 2008


  • Historian Doris Kearns Goodwin on"Dare to consider it: Put both on the ticket":"King's marching and sit-ins and his oratory created a climate that Congress had to respond to," says the biographer, but LBJ's political skills wrestled the legislation through Congress."In this case, we wouldn't just be combining a black and a woman, but the two narratives of the campaign: inspiration and experience, both of which are needed for change. It would be a bold move but a great one." - Washington Post Writers Group, 1-20-08
  • Steve Ross on"Women turn on 'traitor' Oprah Winfrey for backing Barack Obama Oprah fans leave a barrage of negative messages on her official website in response to the talk show host's support of Obama""The moment a star opens their mouth and endorses one candidate, they alienate half their viewership." - Sunday Times, UK, 1-20-08
  • William Jelani Cobb on"From Alabama to Obama" Al Sharpton and Jesse Jackson on Obama:"They can either go quietly into the night or they can spend four years or eight years taking pot shots at Obama. They are on very, very thin ice right now.... Now they are having to do frantic, rear-guard marching. Jesse has been ambivalent. He endorsed Obama and then he criticized him, and everyone in politics knows you don't endorse someone and then criticize them." - Sunday Paper, 1-20-08
  • Obama and the Southern vote The idea of a black president stirs up old prejudices and new hopes in Tennessee and South Carolina - The Denver Post, 1-20-08
  • Super Tuesday is all over the map - Kansas City Star, 1-19-08
  • Analysis: Poor showing means Thompson likely to pull the plug - Gannett News Service, 1-20-08
  • 'He's no John Kennedy’: Excitement surrounding Sen. Obama's campaign evokes comparisons - Robert Dallek: Dallek, now retired from Boston University and a Kennedy biographer, said Obama has gone beyond Kennedy in one respect - he’s appealing to Republicans and independents more openly."Obama is being more bipartisan than Kennedy ever was," Dallek said. He notes that Obama also claims a direct link to the Kennedy legacy - he's been endorsed by JFK's speech writer and adviser Ted Sorensen. - The Patriot Ledger, MA, 1-18-08
  • Editorial: Remembering That the Prize is the Presidency - The Berkeley Daily Planet, 1-18-08
  • Dan Carter on"Dirty tricks erupt in S.C. GOP race":"Lee Atwater definitely established a kind of baseline for under-the-table politics and the use of tactics I don't think you'd want to defend to your mama." - Miami Herald, 1-18-08
  • E.J. Dionne, Jr.: Working-Class Blues To win the general election, the Democrats will need to speak to the concerns of the white working class - The New Republic, 1-17-08
  • Mark Kornbluh: Mich. voter turnout third highest in history"I would expect that we're a Democratic primary (area) which does not have all the candidates in it. It would be hard to motivate students to the polls in that primary.... At MSU you saw very little mobilization going on for voters because the Democratic ballot did not give MSU voters the choice they wanted." - MSU State News, MI, 1-16-08
  • Sean Wilentz: History Vindicates Clinton The New Republic: Remarks On LBJ, MLK Jr. Reflect Reality Of Civil Rights Movement - CBS News, 1-14-08
  • Edwards Has More Claim on King Than Clinton or Obama, Duke Professor Says Even Edwards' $400 hair cut is reminiscent of King, says Timothy Tyson - Duke News, 1-17-08
BIGGEST STORIES: Black History Month
THIS WEEK IN HISTORY:This Week in History:

  • New Feature: On This Day in History...
  • 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
  • 22/01/1371 - King Robert II Stuart of Scotland crowned
  • 22/01/1814 - 1st Knights Templar grand encampment in US held, NYC
  • 22/01/1863 - Union Gen Burnside's"Mud March"
  • 22/01/1905 - Bloody Sunday: Russian demonstrators fired on by tsarist troops
  • 22/01/1944 - During World War II, Allied forces begin landing at Anzio Italy
  • 22/01/1945 - Heavy US air raid on Okinawa
  • 22/01/1946 - US president sets up CIA, Central Intelligence Agency
  • 22/01/1973 - Roe vs Wade: US Supreme Court legalizes some abortions
  • 22/01/1973 - US, North and South Vietnam and Vietcong sign boundary accord
  • 23/01/1492 -"Pentateuch" (Jewish holy book) 1st printed
  • 23/01/1552 - 2nd version of Book of Common Prayer becomes manditory in England
  • 23/01/1556 - Most deadly earthquake kills 830,000 in Shensi Province, China
  • 23/01/1571 - Queen Elizabeth I opens Royal Exchange in London
  • 23/01/1793 - Humane Society of Philadelphia (1st aid society) organized
  • 23/01/1845 - Uniform US election day for president and VP authorized
  • 23/01/1849 - Mrs Elizabeth Blackwell becomes 1st woman physician in US
  • 23/01/1907 - Charles Curtis of Kansas becomes 1st Native American US senator
  • 23/01/1933 - 20th amendment changes date of presidential inaugurations to 1/20
  • 23/01/1950 - Israeli Knesset resolves Jerusalem is capital of Israel
  • 23/01/1961 - Supreme Court rules cities and states have right to censor films
  • 23/01/1964 - 24th Amendment ratified, barring poll tax in federal elections
  • 23/01/1973 - Pres Nixon announces an accord has been reached to end Vietnam War
  • 24/01/1656 - 1st Jewish doctor in US, Jacob Lumbrozo, arrives in Maryland
  • 24/01/1847 - 1,500 New Mexican Indians and Mexicans defeated by US Col Price
  • 24/01/1964 - 24th Amendment to US Constitution goes into effect and states voting rights could not be denied due to failure to pay taxes
  • 25/01/1327 - King Edward III accedes to British throne
  • 25/01/1533 - England's King Henry VIII marries Anne Boleyn (approximate date)
  • 25/01/1554 - Sir Thomas Wyatt gathers an army in Kent, rebels against Queen Mary
  • 25/01/1721 - Czar Peter the Great ends Russian-orthodox patriarchy
  • 25/01/1775 - Americans drag cannon up hill to fight British (Gun Hill Road, Bronx)
  • 25/01/1787 - Shays' Rebellion suffers a setback when debt-ridden farmers, led by Capt Daniel Shays, fail to capture an arsenal at Springfield, Mass
  • 25/01/1851 - Sojourner Truth addresses 1st Black Women's Rights Convention (Akron)
  • 25/01/1858 - Mendelssohn's"Wedding March" 1st played, at wedding of Queen Victoria's daughter Princess Victoria, to crown prince of Prussia
  • 25/01/1863 - General Joseph Hooker replaces Burnside as head of Army of Potomac
  • 25/01/1877 - Congress determines presidential election between Hayes-Tilden
  • 25/01/1882 - Bilu, a Russian Zionist organization, forms
  • 25/01/1890 - National Afro-American League forms in Chicago
  • 25/01/1905 - Largest diamond, Cullinan (3106 carets), found in South Africa
  • 25/01/1907 - Julia Ward Howe is 1st woman elected to Natl Inst of Arts and Letters
  • 25/01/1919 - Founding of League of Nations, 1st meeting 1 year later
  • 25/01/1961 - 1st live, nationally televised presidential news conference (JFK)
  • 25/01/1969 - US-North Vietnamese peace talks begin in Paris
  • 25/01/1988 - VP Bush and Dan Rather clash on"CBS Evening News" as Rather attempts to question Bush about his role in Iran-Contra affair
  • 26/01/1784 - Ben Franklin expresses unhappiness over eagle as America's symbol
  • 26/01/1802 - Congress passes an act calling for a US Capitol library
  • 26/01/1861 - Louisiana becomes 6th state to secede
  • 26/01/1862 - Lincoln issues General War Order #1, calling for a Union offensive McClellan ignores order
  • 26/01/1863 - 54th Regiment (Black) infantry forms -- War Dept authorizes Mass governor to recruit black troops
  • 26/01/1870 - Virginia rejoins US
  • 26/01/1907 - 1st federal corrupt election practices law passed
  • 26/01/1926 - Television 1st demonstrated (J L Baird, London)
  • 26/01/1939 - Filming begins on"Gone With the Wind"
  • 26/01/1942 - 1st US force in Europe during WW II go ashore in Northern Ireland
  • 26/01/1948 - Executive Order 9981, end segregation in US Armed Forces signed
  • 26/01/1980 - Israel and Egypt establish diplomatic relations
  • 26/01/1998 - Pres Clinton says"I want to say one thing to the American people I did not have sexual relations with that woman, Miss Lewinsky"
  • 27/01/1785 - 1st US state university chartered, Athens Georgia
  • 27/01/1823 - Pres Monroe appoints 1st US ambassadors to South America
  • 27/01/1870 - After accepting 15th amendment, VA is readmitted to Union
  • 27/01/1880 - Thomas Edison patents electric incandescent lamp
  • 27/01/1888 - National Geographic Society organizes (Wash DC)
  • 27/01/1926 - US Senate agrees to join World Court
  • 27/01/1941 - Peruvian agent Rivera-Schreiber warns of Jap assault on Pearl Harbor
  • 27/01/1944 - Leningrad liberated from Germany in 880 days with 600,000 killed
  • 27/01/1945 - Russia liberates Auschwitz and Birkenau Concentration Camp (Poland)
  • 27/01/1973 - US and Vietnam sign cease-fire, ending longest US war and milt draft -- William Rogers and Nguyen Duy Trinh sign US-N Vietnam treaty
  • 27/01/1977 - Pres Carter pardons most Vietnam War draft evaders (10,000)
  • 27/01/1977 - 1st broadcast of"Roots" mini-series on ABC TV
  • 27/01/1988 - Senate Judiciary Committee unanimously approves nomination of Judge Anthony M Kennedy to US Supreme Court
  • 27/01/1992 - Pres candidate Bill Clinton (D) and Genifer Flowers accuse each other of lying over her assertion they had a 12-year affair
  • 28/01/1547 - 9-year-old Edward VI succeeds Henry VIII as king of England
  • 28/01/1581 - James VI signs 2nd Confession of Faith in Scotland
  • 28/01/1858 - John Brown organized raid on Arsenal at Harper's Ferry
  • 28/01/1865 - Pres Jefferson Davis names 3 peace commissioners
  • 28/01/1878 - Yale Daily News published, 1st college daily newspaper
  • 28/01/1915 - 1st US ship lost in WW I, William P Frye (carrying wheat to UK)
  • 28/01/1915 - US Pres Wilson refuses to prohibit immigration of illiterates
  • 28/01/1916 - 1st Jewish Supreme Court justice, Louis Brandeis, appointed by Wilson

  • Elisabeth Bumiller: Consent and Advise CONDOLEEZZA RICE An American Life:A Biography - NYT, 1-20-08
  • Elisabeth Bumiller: CONDOLEEZZA RICE An American Life:A Biography, First Chapter - NYT, 1-20-08
  • Hugh Wilford: A Word From Our Sponsor THE MIGHTY WURLITZER How the CIA Played America - NYT, 1-20-08
  • Jacob Weisberg: THE PRESIDENCY Sins of the Son An attempt to penetrate the family drama behind George W. Bush's decision to invade Iraq THE BUSH TRAGEDY - WaPO, 1-17-08
  • Jacob Weisberg: THE BUSH TRAGEDY Interview - WaPO, 1-15-08
  • Brian Jay Jones: The man who gave us Rip, Ichabod and the Headless Horseman WASHINGTON IRVING An American Original - WaPO, 1-17-08
  • D. Graham Burnett: Trying Leviathan The Nineteenth-Century New York Court Case That Put the Whale on Trial and Challenged the Order of Nature - NYT, 1-20-08
  • Edward J. Larson: Scholar sheds light on 1800's confusing election - Deseret Morning News, 1-20-08
  • Lincolniana New and not so new perspectives on arguably the greatest of our presidents - WaPO, 1-17-08
  • Steve Penfold: From teatime to Timbits THE DONUT A Canadian History - Globe and Mail, Canada, 1-19-08
  • Arthur Schlesinger, Jr.: His published journal entries barely mention Israel or the Holocaust - SHIMSHON ARAD in the Jerusalem Post, 1-15-08
  • David Levering Lewis: Pulitzer Prize-winning historian David Levering Lewis says a long military-religious campaign bore seeds of troubled 21st century history God's Crucible _ Islam and the Making of Europe, 570-1215 - AP, 1-15-08
  • Jacob Heilbrunn: Confrontation is central to the neocon movement's origins and tactics, says the author of a new book They Knew They Were Right: The Rise of the Neocons - Chronicle of Higher Ed, 1-14-08

  • Founders' letters lag in delivery Slow publication vexes scholars David McCullough:"You can tell a lot about a society from how it spends money. If this society is unwilling to spend it on something of such immense and colossal importance, then something is seriously wrong.... These volumes of the founders are more of a monument than anything built in stone," he said. - Barbara oberg: Jefferson complained that writing was drudgery, but he seemed to thrive on it. His handwriting is flowing, consistent, easy to understand, and quite beautiful." - Philadelphia Inquirer, 1-20-08
  • Founders' letters lag in delivery Slow publication vexes scholars Barbara Oberg: Jefferson complained that writing was drudgery, but he seemed to thrive on it. His handwriting is flowing, consistent, easy to understand, and quite beautiful." - Philadelphia Inquirer, 1-20-08
  • Jean Pfaelzer: Author says U.S. should learn immigration lessons of a century ago"The idea of temporary workers has proven to be wrong by the history. The Chinese were perceived as temporary people in this country ... and they became very vulnerable because they didn't have any rights." - San Francisco Chronicle, 1-14-08
  • Connie Young Yu:"It's a subject matter that has been so hidden from our history books; Jean brings it to life and describes the process and the climate of the popular opinion at the time. It's hard for Americans to believe that, because it goes against the democratic beliefs in this country." - San Francisco Chronicle, 1-14-08

  • 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
  • Feb. 9, 2008: Eric Arnesen, University of Illinois-Chicago professor of history and African-American studies, will give a free presentation on what roles African-Americans played in the railroad industry titled,"Black Railroaders and the Making of a Civil Rights Movement," @ 2 p.m. at the National Railroad Museum's Fuller Hall Theater - Green Bay Press Gazette, 1-20-08
  • May-September 2008: Elizabeth Brand Monroe, Deborah A. Lee, Lectures Showcase Leesburg's History for 250th Anniversary - WaPo, 1-18-08
  • David Zabecki: Hooks up with Stephen Ambrose Tours / Zabecki will lead the 14-day tour to visit historic World War II sites in Gdansk, Krakow, Warsaw and Berlin from May 16-30, 2008.- Press Release--Stephen Ambrose Tours, 1-10-08
ON TV:History Listings This Week:

  • PBS: America Experience The Lobotomist, Monday, January 21, 2008 @ 9pm EST
  • C-Span2, BookTV: History The Telephone Gambit: Chasing Alexander Graham Bell's Secrets Author: Seth Shulman, Sunday, January 20, @ 8PM ET - C-Span2, BookTV
  • C-Span2, BookTV: After Words: Kiron Skinner,"The Strategy of Campaigning," interviewed by Marcus Mabry, Sunday, January 20, @ 9PM ET - C-Span2, BookTV
  • C-Span2, BookTV: History The Dream: Martin Luther King, Jr. and the Speech that Inspired a Nation Author: Drew Hansen, Sunday, January 20, @ 10PM ET - C-Span2, BookTV
  • C-Span2, BookTV: History Jason Emerson,"The Madness of Mary Lincoln" Author: Jason Emerson, Sunday, January 20, @ 11PM ET - C-Span2, BookTV
  • C-Span2, BookTV: History Turn Away Thy Son: Little Rock, The Crisis That Shocked The Nation Author: Elizabeth Jacoway, Monday, January 21, @ 1AM ET - C-Span2, BookTV
  • History Channel:"Lost Book of Nostradamus," Sunday, January 20, @ 8pm ET/PT
  • History Channel:"Last Days on Earth," Sunday, January 20, @ 10pm ET/PT
  • History Channel:"Our Generation :Martin Luther King Assassination," Monday, January 21, @ 2pm ET/PT
  • History Channel:"Martin Luther King Jr. Day: The Making of a Dream," Monday, January 21, @ 2:30pm ET/PT
  • History Channel:"Decoding The Past :Doomsday 2012: The End of Days," Monday, January 21, @ 8pm ET/PT
  • History Channel:"Life After People," Monday, January 21, @ 9pm ET/PT
  • History Channel:"Last Stand of The 300," Tuesday, January 22, @ 2pm ET/PT
  • History Channel:"Lost Worlds :Braveheart's Scotland," Tuesday, January 22, @ 4pm ET/PT
  • History Channel:"Mega Disasters :Hawaii Apocalypse," Tuesday, January 22, @ 10pm ET/PT
  • History Channel:"Decoding The Past :Prophecies of Israel," Tuesday, January 22, @ 11pm ET/PT
  • History Channel:"Street Gangs: A Secret History," Wednesday, January 23, @ 2pm ET/PT
  • History Channel:"Life After People," Wednesday, January 23, @ 8pm ET/PT
  • History Channel:"MonsterQuest :American Werewolf," Wednesday, January 23, @ 10pm ET/PT
  • History Channel:"Bloodlines: The Dracula Family Tree," Wednesday, January 23, @ 11pm ET/PT
  • History Channel:"Titanic's Final Moments: Missing Pieces," Thursday, January 24, @ 2pm ET/PT
  • History Channel:"Mysteries of the Garden of Eden," Thursday, January 24, @ 4pm ET/PT
  • History Channel:"Decoding The Past :Mayan Doomsday Prophecy," Thursday, January 24, @ 8pm ET/PT
  • History Channel:"Lost Worlds," Marathon Friday, January 25, @ 2-6pm ET/PT
  • History Channel:"Tsunami 2004: Waves of Death," Friday, January 25, @ 8pm ET/PT
  • History Channel:"A Global Warning?," Friday, January 25, @ 10pm ET/PT
  • History Channel:"Ancient Discoveries," Marathon Saturday, January 26, @ 2-7pm ET/PT
  • History Channel:"Nostradamus: 500 Years Later," Saturday, January 26, @ 8pm ET/PT
  • History Channel:"Countdown to Armageddon," Saturday, January 26, @ 10pm ET/PT

  • Tom Brokaw: BOOM! #15 -- 10 weeks on list - 1-27-08
  • Jonah Goldberg: LIBERAL FASCISM #10 -- 1 week on list - 1-27-08

  • 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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