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July 21, 2008



CAMPAIGN 2008 WATCH:

PRESIDENTIAL CAMPAIGN 2008 WATCH:

BIGGEST STORIES:

BIGGEST STORIES: American Voters

HNN STATS THIS WEEK:

HNN STATS THIS WEEK:

THIS WEEK IN HISTORY:

THIS WEEK IN HISTORY:

    On This Day in History....

  • 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.
  • 07-23-1829 - William Burt patented a forerunner of the typewriter.
  • 07-23-1885 - Ulysses S. Grant, the 18th president of the United States, died at Mount McGregor, N.Y., at age 63.
  • 07-23-1914 - Austria and Hungary issued an ultimatum to Serbia after the assassination of Archduke Ferdinand, precipitating World War I.
  • 07-23-1945 - Vichy government leader Marshal Henri Petain went on trial for treason.
  • 07-23-1952 - Revolution erupted in Egypt as the military took power in a bloodless coup. The following year the monarchy was abolished and, for the first time since the pharaohs, Egypt was again ruled by Egyptians.
  • 07-24-1847 - Brigham Young and the first members of the Church of Jesus Christ of Latter Day Saints (Mormons) arrived at the Great Salt Lake.
  • 07-24-1862 - Martin Van Buren, the eighth president of the United States, died in Kinderhook, N.Y.
  • 07-24-1866 - Tennessee became the first Confederate state to be readmitted to the Union.
  • 07-24-1937 - Charges against five black men accused of raping two white women in the Scottsboro case were dropped.
  • 07-24-1974 - The U.S. Supreme Court unanimously ruled that President Richard Nixon had to turn over White House tapes to the Watergate special prosecutor.
  • 07-25-1946 - The United States tested the first underwater atomic bomb at Bikini Atoll.
  • 07-25-1952 - Puerto Rico became a commonwealth of the United States.
  • 07-25-1978 - The world's first test-tube baby, Louise Joy Brown, was born in Lancashire, England.
  • 07-25-1984 - Soviet cosmonaut Svetlana Savitskaya became the first woman to walk in space.
  • 07-26-1788 - New York became the 11th state in the United States.
  • 07-26-1847 - Liberia became Africa's first republic.
  • 07-26-1908 - The Office of the Chief Examiner, which in 1935 became the Federal Bureau of Investigation (FBI), was created.
  • 07-26-1947 - President Harry S Truman signed the National Security Act, creating the Department of Defense, the National Security Council, the Central Intelligence Agency, and the Joint Chiefs of Staff.
  • 07-26-1952 - Argentina's first lady, Eva Peron, died in Buenos Aires at age 33.
  • 07-26-1952 - King Farouk I of Egypt abdicated after a coup led by Gamal Abdal Nasser.
  • 07-26-1953 - Fidel Castro was among a group of rebelling anti-Batistas who unsuccessfully attacked an army barracks.
  • 07-27-1861 - Union general George B. McClellan was put in command of the Army of the Potomac during the Civil War.
  • 07-27-1953 - An armistice was signed ending the Korean War.
  • 07-27-1974 - The House Judiciary Committee voted to impeach Richard Nixon for obstructing justice in the Watergate case.
  • 07-27-1995 - The Korean War Veterans Memorial was dedicated in Washington, DC.
  • 07-27-1996 - A pipe bomb exploded in an Atlanta park during the Olympic Games.
IN THE NEWS:

IN THE NEWS:

REVIEWED AND FIRST CHAPTERS:

REVIEWED AND FIRST CHAPTERS:

OP-EDs:

OP-EDs:

PROFILED:

PROFILED:

  • Keeping his work alive When UNLV history professor Hal Rothman died at age 48, he had five research projects in the works. Now his former students and others are finishing them - Las Vegas Sun, 7-4-08
INTERVIEWS:

INTERVIEWS:

FEATURES:

FEATURES:

  • A new chapter for a legacy, Sweet Briar plantation, Amherst, MA - The News and Advance, VA, 7-19-08
  • Historicist: An English Estate in the Heart of the City - Torontoist, 7-19-08
  • Monstrous monarchs Are there too many awful rulers to pick the worst? With the pressure of ruling and the stress of succession, perhaps it is no wonder that so many of Britain's kings and queens have made a mess of their reign - BBC, 7-18-08
  • Myths of the missile crisis The Cuban missile crisis of October 1962 is the best documented case study of decision-making by a United States president at a time of grave international peril - BBC, 7-7-08
QUOTED:

QUOTED:

  • Henry Y on"Racism of 100 years ago still has an effect":"When we think of 1908, it's that moment when a world that was already being created and formed was cut off. Could the world we live in right now, the Vancouver we live in now, could that have been achieved much earlier? One answer to what the world would have been like might be well the world we live in today, except much earlier." - Georgia Straight, Canada, 7-18-08
  • Tom Segev, Israeli historian and a columnist for Haaretz writes, that when Obama arrives in Israel, he'll find Israelis are as eager for change as his supporters at home. And that most Israelis"feel deeply dependent on America and will not risk major policy differences with the United States. That means Obama may find them open to a new, more rational approach to the Middle East conflicts." - Newsweek, 7-28-08
  • Timothy Garton Ash, a professor of European studies at Oxford University, writes that the good news from Britain is that they're all Obamamaniacs now. But enthusiasm for Obama is"equaled by skepticism about his country. That means there's a lot of ground for him to make up." - Newsweek, 7-28-08
  • Richard Norton Smith"Historian points to Ford Administration complexities":"We're in the very early stages of forming historical impressions about Ford and the Ford presidency. It's the perfect time to ask questions about alternative ways of thinking about this president. The danger is the Ford presidency may be defined by his first month. It was not a coda to the Nixon White House, but a curtain raiser to subsequent events.... I want to call into question some of the assumptions about Gerald Ford. It's about time we see him as a historical figure who somehow transcends a particular period. This is not a guy who should be walled off with Pet Rocks and leisure suits.... He's relevant to the current campaign, and he's relevant to the question of what kind of president do you want?... Jerry Ford was an Eagle Scout. In some ways, that's all you need to know." But he also was a shrewd political operative who knew how to get things done and could be calculating and manipulative when necessary. Gerald Ford deserves to be seen as more than the man who pardoned Richard Nixon, more than the man who healed the country," Smith said. Nothing would do Gerald Ford a greater disservice than to make him into something he wasn't or rob him of his humanity. He deserves more than that...." - Grand Rapids Press, 7-12-08
HONORED / AWARDED / APPOINTED:

HONORED, AWARDED, APPOINTED:

EXHIBITS / WEBSITES:

EXHIBITS / WEBSITES:

SPOTTED:

SPOTTED:

CALENDAR:

CALENDAR:

  • May-September 2008: Elizabeth Brand Monroe, Deborah A. Lee, Lectures Showcase Leesburg's History for 250th Anniversary - WaPo, 1-18-08
ON TV:

    ON TV: History Listings This Week

  • Ken Burns: PBS to air his national parks series next year - AP, 7-13-08
  • PBS: History Ditectives, PBS - Monday, July 21, 2008 @ 9pm ET
  • History Channel:"Tougher In Alaska: Gold Mining," Sunday, July 20, @ 11pm ET/PT
  • History Channel:"Biblical Disasters," Monday, July 21, @ 2pm ET/PT
  • History Channel:"Decoding The Past: Mayan Doomsday Prophecy," Monday, July 21, @ 4pm ET/PT
  • History Channel:"Mysteries of the Garden of Eden," Monday, July 21, @ 5pm ET/PT
  • History Channel:"Modern Marvels: 90's Tech," Monday, July 21, @ 8pm ET/PT
  • History Channel:"Batman Tech," Monday, July 21, @ 9pm ET/PT
  • History Channel:"Batman Unmasked: The Psychology of the Dark Knight," Monday, July 21, @ 10pm ET/PT
  • History Channel:"The Real Tomb Hunters: Snakes, Curses, and Booby Traps," Tuesday, July 22, @ 2pm ET/PT
  • History Channel:"Cities Of The Underworld: Underground Apocalypse ," Tuesday, July 22, @ 4pm ET/PT
  • History Channel:"Cities Of The Underworld: Hitler's Last Secret," Tuesday, July 22, @ 5pm ET/PT
  • History Channel:"Ancient Discoveries: Ancient New York," Tuesday, July 22, @ 6pm ET/PT
  • History Channel:"Ancient Discoveries: Ships," Tuesday, July 22, @ 9pm ET/PT
  • History Channel:"Mega Disasters: Atlantis Apocalypse," Tuesday, July 22, @ 10pm ET/PT
  • History Channel:"History of the Joke," Wednesday, July 23, @ 2pm ET/PT
  • History Channel:"Star Wars: The Legacy Revealed," Wednesday, July 23, @ 4pm ET/PT
  • History Channel:"Modern Marvels: 70's," Wednesday, July 23, @ 6pm ET/PT
  • History Channel:"Batman Unmasked: The Psychology of the Dark Knight," Wednesday, July 23, @ 9pm ET/PT
  • History Channel:"Lost Book of Nostradamus," Thursday, July 24, @ 2pm ET/PT
  • History Channel:"Mega Disasters: Noah's Great Flood," Thursday, July 24, @ 4pm ET/PT
  • History Channel:"Quest for Dragons," Saturday, July 26, @ 5pm ET/PT
SELLING BIG (NYT):

SELLING BIG (NYT):

  • David Maraniss: ROME 1960 #14 -- (2 weeks on list) - 7-27-08
  • Patrick J. Buchanan: CHURCHILL, HITLER, AND"THE UNNECESSARY WAR," #30 - 7-27-08
FUTURE RELEASES:

FUTURE RELEASES:

  • Trevor Royle: Lancaster Against York: The Wars of the Roses and the Foundation of Modern Britain, July 22, 2008
  • Jonathan Harris: The Split in Stalin's Secretariat, 1939-1948, July 28, 2008
  • Noah Andre Trudeau: Southern Storm: Sherman's March to the Sea, August 5, 2008
  • Lorri Glover: The Shipwreck That Saved Jamestown: The Sea Venture Castaways and the Fate of America, August 5, 2008
  • Fred E. Haynes: The Lions of Iwo Jima: The Story of Combat Team 28 and the Bloodiest Battle in Marine Corps History, August 5, 2008
  • Patrick Desbois: The Holocaust by Bullets, August 19, 2008
  • Robert Dallek: Harry S. Truman (REV), September 2, 2008
  • Mary C. Henderson: The Story of 42nd Street: The Theatres, Shows, Characters, and Scandals of the World's Most Notorious Street (First Edition), September 2, 2008
  • Paul Douglas Lockhart: The Drillmaster of Valley Forge: The Baron de Steuben and the Making of the American Army, September 9, 2008
  • Jeffry D. Wert: Cavalryman of the Lost Cause: A Biography of J. E. B. Stuart, September 23, 2008
  • Harold Holzer: Lincoln: President-Elect: Abraham Lincoln and the Winter of Secession, 1860-1861, October 7, 2008
  • David Hackett Fischer: Champlain's Dream, October 14, 2008
  • Carlo D'Este: Warlord: A Life of Winston Churchill at War, 1874-1945, November 11, 2008
DEPARTED:

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