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January 28, 2007



PRESIDENTIAL CAMPAIGN 2008 WATCH:

  • GARRY WILLS: Two Presidents Are Worse Than One - NYT, 1-26-08
  • CAROLINE KENNEDY: A President Like My Father - NYT, 1-27-08
  • Gil Troy: Clinton must not let her husband be seen as leader - Newsday, 1-27-08
  • Sean Wilentz: Obama's misuse of history Despite the candidate's claims, Lincoln and Kennedy were seasoned politicians before they became president - LAT, 1-26-08
BIGGEST STORIES: Black History Month
HNN STATS THIS WEEK:
THIS WEEK IN HISTORY:This Week in History:

  • New Feature: On This Day in History...
  • 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
  • 29/01/1834 - Pres Jackson orders 1st use of US troops to suppress a labor dispute
  • 29/01/1850 - Henry Clay introduces a comprise bill on slavery to US Senate
  • 29/01/1861 - Kansas becomes 34th state
  • 29/01/1863 - Battle at Bear River, Washington: US army vs indians
  • 29/01/1864 - Battle of Moorefield, WV (Rosser's Raid)
  • 29/01/1879 - Custer Battlefield National Monument, Mont established
  • 29/01/1916 - 1st bombings of Paris by German Zeppelins takes place
  • 29/01/1919 - Secretary of state proclaims 18th amendment (prohibition)
  • 29/01/1944 - 285 German bombers attack London
  • 29/01/1980 - 6 Iranian held US hostages escape with help of Canadians
  • 29/01/1984 - Pres Reagan formally announces he will seek a 2nd term
  • 30/01/1349 - Jews of Freilsburg Germany are massacred
  • 30/01/1487 - Bell chimes invented
  • 30/01/1647 - King Charles I handed over to English parliament
  • 30/01/1781 - Articles of Confederation ratified by 13th state, Maryland
  • 30/01/1797 - Congress refuses to accept 1st petitions from American blacks
  • 30/01/1798 - Rep Matthew Lyon (Vt) spits in face of Rep Roger Griswold (Ct) in US House of Representatives, after an argument
  • 30/01/1800 - US population: 5,308,483; Black population 1,002,037 (18.9%)
  • 30/01/1815 - Burned Library of Congress reestablished with Jefferson's 6500 vols
  • 30/01/1835 - Richard Lawrence misfires at Pres Andrew Jackson in Washington DC
  • 30/01/1913 - House of Lords rejects Irish Home Rule Bill
  • 30/01/1933 - Adolph Hitler named German Chancellor, forms govt with Von Papen
  • 30/01/1939 - Hitler calls for extermination of European Jews
  • 30/01/1956 - Martin Luther King Jr's home bombed
  • 30/01/1957 - US Congress accepts"Eisenhower-doctrine"
  • 30/01/1961 - JFK asks for an Alliance for Progress and Peace Corp
  • 30/01/1972 - Bloody Sunday: Brit soldiers shoot on catholics in Londonderry, 13 die
  • 30/01/1973 - Jury finds Watergate defendants Liddy and McCord guilty on all counts
  • 30/01/1976 - George Bush becomes 11th director of CIA (until 1977)
  • 30/01/1989 - 5 pharoah sculptures from 1470 BC found at temple of Luxor
  • 31/01/1863 - 1st black Civil War regiment, SC Volunteers, mustered into US army
  • 31/01/1865 - Congress passes 13th Amendment, abolishing slavery in America (121-24)
  • 31/01/1865 - Gen Robert E Lee named Commander-in-Chief of Confederate Armies
  • 31/01/1871 - Millions of birds fly over western SF, darkens sky
  • 31/01/1950 - Pres Truman OKs building of hydrogen bomb
  • 31/01/1968 - Viet Cong's Tet offensive begins
  • 01/02/1587 - English queen Elizabeth I signs Mary Stuarts death sentence
  • 01/02/1790 - Supreme Court convenes for 1st time (NYC)
  • 01/02/1810 - US Population: 7,239,881, Black population: 1,377,808 (19%)
  • 01/02/1860 - 1st rabbi to open House of Representatives, Morris Raphall of NYC
  • 01/02/1861 - Texas becomes 7th state to secede
  • 01/02/1862 - Julia Howe publishes"Battle Hymn of Republic"
  • 01/02/1865 - 13th amendment approved (National Freedom Day)
  • 01/02/1865 - General Sherman's march through South Carolina begins
  • 01/02/1871 - Jefferson Long of Georgia is 1st black to make an official speech in House of Reps (opposing leniency to former Confederates)
  • 01/02/1887 - Harvey Wilcox of Ks subdivides 120 acres he owned in Southern Calif and starts selling it off as a real estate development (Hollywood)
  • 01/02/1892 - Mrs William Astor invites 400 guests to a grand ball at her mansion thus beginning use of"400" to describe socially elite
  • 01/02/1893 - Thomas Edison complete's worlds 1st movie studio (West Orange NJ)
  • 01/02/1951 - 1st telecast of atomic explosion
  • 01/02/1953 -"General Electric Theater" premieres on CBS TV; Reagan later hosts
  • 01/02/1953 -"You Are There" with Walter Cronkite premieres on CBS television
  • 01/02/1960 - 4 students stage 1st civil rights sit-in, at Greensboro NC Woolworth
  • 01/02/1965 - Martin Luther King Jr and 700 demonstrators arrested in Selma Ala
  • 01/02/1965 - Peter Jennings, 26, becomes anchor of ABC's nightly news
  • 01/02/1968 - Former VP Richard Nixon announces candidacy for president
  • 01/02/1968 - Famous photo: Saigon police chief Nguyen Ngoc Loan executes a Viet Cong officer with a pistol shot to head
  • 01/02/1978 - Harriet Tubman is 1st black woman honored on a US postage stamp
  • 01/02/1979 - Ayatollah Ruhollah Khomeini returns to Iran after 15 yrs in exile
  • 02/02/1536 - Pedro de Mendoza finds Argentine city of Buenos Aires
  • 02/02/1550 - English Edward Seymour duke of Somerset, freed
  • 02/02/1843 - US and British settlers in Oregon Country choose govt committee
  • 02/02/1848 - Treaty of Guadalupe Hidalgo ends Mexican War; US acquires Texas California, New Mexico and Arizona for $15 million
  • 02/02/1848 - 1st ship load of Chinese arrive in SF
  • 02/02/1863 - Samuel Clemens becomes Mark Twain for 1st time
  • 02/02/1876 - Baseball's National League forms with teams in Boston, Chicago, Cincinnati, Hartford, Louisville, New York, Philadelphia, St Louis
  • 02/02/1913 - NYC's Grand Central Terminal opens
  • 02/02/1942 - LA Times urges security measures against Japanese-Americans
  • 02/02/1948 - President Truman urges congress to adopt a civil rights program
  • 02/02/1954 - Pres Eisenhower reports detonation of 1st H-bomb (done in 1952)
  • 02/02/1955 - 1st presidential news conference on network TV-Eisenhower on ABC
  • 03/02/1690 - 1st paper money in America issued (colony of Mass)
  • 03/02/1740 - Charles de Bourbon, King of Naples, invites Jews to return to Sicily
  • 03/02/1783 - Spain recognizes US independence
  • 03/02/1836 - Whig Party holds its 1st national convention (Albany NY)
  • 03/02/1855 - Wisconsin Supreme Ct declares US Fugitive Slave Law unconstitutional
  • 03/02/1860 - Thomas Clemson takes office as 1st US superintendent of agriculture
  • 03/02/1864 - Sherman's march through Mississippi
  • 03/02/1865 - Hampton Roads Peace Conference, Lincoln and Stephens reach an impasse
  • 03/02/1870 - 15th Amendment (Black suffrage) passed
  • 03/02/1908 - Supreme Court rules a union boycott violates Sherman Antitrust Act
  • 03/02/1916 - Canada's original Parliament buildings, in Ottawa, burns down
  • 03/02/1917 - US liner Housatonic sunk by German sub and diplomatic relations severed
  • 03/02/1919 - League of Nations 1st meeting (Paris)
  • 03/02/1930 - William Howard Taft, resigns as chief justice for health reasons
  • 03/02/1947 - 1st black reporter in Congressional press gallery (Percival Prattis)
  • 03/02/1962 - Pres Kennedy bans all trade with Cuba except for food and drugs
  • 03/02/1994 - Pres Bill Clinton lifts US trade embargo against Vietnam
  • 04/02/1586 - Robert Dudley, earl of Leicester, becomes governor of Neth
  • 04/02/1787 - Shays' Rebellion (of debt-ridden Massachusetts farmers) fails
  • 04/02/1789 - 1st electoral college chooses Washington and Adams as Pres and VP
  • 04/02/1822 - Free American Blacks settle Liberia, West Africa
  • 04/02/1847 - 1st US telegraph co established in Maryland
  • 04/02/1854 - Alvan Bovay proposes name"Republican Party," Ripon, Wisc
  • 04/02/1855 - Soldiers shoot Jewish families in Coro, Venezuela
  • 04/02/1861 - Confederate constitutional convention meets for 1st time, Montgomery Ala, Ga, Fla, La, Miss and SC elect Jefferson Davis pres of Confederacy
  • 04/02/1864 - 24th Amendment abolishes Poll tax
  • 04/02/1887 - Interstate Commerce Act authorizes federal regulation of railroads
  • 04/02/1914 - US Congress approves Burnett-anti-immigration law
  • 04/02/1942 - Clinton Pierce becomes 1st US general wounded in action in WW II
  • 04/02/1945 - FDR, Churchill and Stalin meet at Yalta
  • 04/02/1997 - Sec of State Margaret Albright announces she just discovered that her grandparents were Jewish
IN THE NEWS:
REVIEWED AND FIRST CHAPTERS:

  • GEOFFREY C. WARD on Drew Gilpin Faust: Death's Army THIS REPUBLIC OF SUFFERING Death and the American Civil War - NYT, 1-27-08
  • Drew Gilpin Faust: THIS REPUBLIC OF SUFFERING Death and the American Civil War, First Chapter - NYT, 1-27-08
  • Richard M. Cook: In the American Grain ALFRED KAZIN A Biography - NYT, 1-27-08
  • Michael Kazin on Hugh Wilford: Dancing to the CIA's Tune The secret funding of American artists and intellectuals in the '50s and '60s THE MIGHTY WURLITZER How the CIA Played America - WaPo, 1-24-08
  • Andrew Lycett, Jon Lellenberg, Daniel Stashower and Charles Foley: Beyond Baker Street Remembering Conan Doyle only as the inventor of Sherlock Holmes is a crime THE MAN WHO CREATED SHERLOCK HOLMES The Life and Times of Sir Arthur Conan Doyle, ARTHUR CONAN DOYLE A Life in Letters - WaPo, 1-24-08
  • Bernard Lewis: Singled out by Slate's Jacob Weisberg as the Big Thinker behind the Iraq War - Jacob Weisberg in Newsweek excerpt of his new book, The Bush Tragedy, 1-28-08
  • John Marschall: Book explores Nevada's rich Jewish heritage Jews in Nevada: A History - Reno Gazette Journal, 1-27-08
  • David Levering Lewis: Ouch! Bad review in the LAT - LAT, 1-23-08
  • Elie Wiesel: How did"Night" become a bestseller after rejections from publishers? - NYT Book Review, 1-20-08
  • Götz Aly: Digging into historical archives, he pieces together the life of an 11-year-old victim of the Holocaust - NYT Book Review, 1-20-08
  • Henry Louis Gates, Jr.: African American National Biography published after 10 years work - Press Release--Oxford University Press, 1-21-08
OP-ED/LETTER TO THE EDITOR:
BLOGSPHERE:
PROFILED:
FEATURE:
INTERVIEWED:
QUOTED:

  • Geoffrey Ward:"The Civil War is the most important thing that ever happened to us as Americans" and Faust's book is remarkable, because it forces us to look at this much-analyzed event in a wholly new way. Ward called Faust — who recently became the first woman to be Harvard’s president —"a fine scholar, filled with fresh ideas," and added,"My only worry is that Harvard's gain will be history's loss." - NYT, 1-27-08
  • Bruce Thompson: Modern civil rights movement began in Maryland, historian says:"Martin Luther King Jr. truly was a leader and should be celebrated, but he didn't create the movement. He stepped into it and broadened it...."He [Charles Houston] said, 'We can sue Jim Crow out of Maryland.' That set a new tone that was going on the offensive." - http://www.fredericknewspost.com, 1-22-08
HONORED, AWARDED, AND APPOINTMENTS:
SPOTTED:
SPEAKING/EVENTS CALENDAR:

  • 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:

  • The History Channel's fascinating Life After People special on Monday night very much benefited from us humanfolk still being around, delivering 5.4 million viewers — the cabler's most-watched telecast ever....
  • C-Span2, BookTV: History George H.W. Bush Author: Timothy Naftali, Monday, January 28, @ 2:15AM ET - C-Span2, BookTV
  • C-Span2, BookTV: History 2007 National Book Festival: Michael Beschloss,"Presidential Courage: Brave Leaders and How They Changed America, 1789-1989" Author: Michael Beschloss, Monday, January 28, @ 3:30AM ET - C-Span2, BookTV
  • C-Span2, BookTV: History From Berlin to Baghdad: America's Search for Purpose in the Post-Cold War World Author: Hal Brands, Monday, January 28, @ 4AM ET - C-Span2, BookTV
  • History Channel:"How the Earth Was Made," Sunday, January 27, @ 10pm ET/PT
  • History Channel:"Cities Of The Underworld :13 - Underground Bootleggers," Monday, January 28, @ 5pm ET/PT
  • History Channel:"Cities Of The Underworld :09 - Freemason Underground," Monday, January 28, @ 6pm ET/PT
  • History Channel:"Cities Of The Underworld :08 - New York," Monday, January 28, @ 8pm ET/PT
  • History Channel:"Cities Of The Underworld :Underground Apocalypse," Monday, January 28, @ 9pm ET/PT
  • History Channel:"Ancient Discoveries :Mega-Structures of the Deep," Monday, January 28, @ 10pm ET/PT
  • History Channel:"History's Mysteries :Devil's Island: Hell on Earth," Monday, January 28, @ 11pm ET/PT
  • History Channel:"Lost Book of Nostradamus," Tuesday, January 29, @ 2pm ET/PT
  • History Channel:"The Exodus Decoded," Tuesday, January 29, @ 4pm ET/PT
  • History Channel:"Tsunami 2004: Waves of Death," Tuesday, January 29, @ 6pm ET/PT
  • History Channel:"Nostradamus: 500 Years Later," Wednesday, January 30, @ 2pm ET/PT
  • History Channel:"History's Mysteries :The Real Dracula," Wednesday, January 30, @ 5pm ET/PT
  • History Channel:"Cities Of The Underworld :11 - Dracula's Underground," Wednesday, January 30, @ 6pm ET/PT
  • History Channel:" MonsterQuest :America's Loch Ness Monster," Wednesday, January 30, @ 9pm ET/PT
  • History Channel:"UFO Files :The Pacific Bermuda Triangle," Wednesday, January 30, @ 10pm ET/PT
  • History Channel:"Cities Of The Underworld :Underground Apocalypse," Thursday, January 31, @ 10pm ET/PT
  • History Channel:"Ancient Discoveries :Mega-Structures of the Deep," Thursday, January 31, @ 11pm ET/PT
  • History Channel:"1968 with Tom Brokaw" Friday, February 1, @ 2pm ET/PT
  • History Channel:"Investigating History :The JFK Assassination," Friday, February 1, @ 6pm ET/PT
  • History Channel:"Tsunami 2004: Waves of Death," Friday, February 1, @ 8pm ET/PT
  • History Channel:"The Universe," Marathon Saturday, February 2, @ 2-5pm ET/PT
  • History Channel:"Life After People," Saturday, February 2, @ 5pm ET/PT
SELLING BIG (NYT):

  • Jonah Goldberg: LIBERAL FASCISM #3 -- 2 weeks on list - 2-3-08
  • Mark Booth: THE SECRET HISTORY OF WORLD #32 weeks on list - 2-3-08
FUTURE RELEASES:

  • 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
DEPARTED:

  • H. Bradford Westerfield: Influential Yale Professor, Is Dead at 79 - NYT, 1-27-08
  • Miles Lerman: A Leading Force Behind Holocaust Museum, Dies at 88 - NYT, 1-24-08



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