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December 15, 2008



HISTORY BUZZ:

THIS
WEEK:

THIS WEEK ON THE BUZZ....

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POLITICAL HIGHLIGHTS:

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THIS
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THIS WEEK IN HISTORY:

    On This Day in History....

  • 15/12/1791 - Bill of Rights ratified when Virginia gave its approval
  • 15/12/1791 - 1st US law school established at University of Pennsylvania
  • 15/12/1874 - 1st reigning king to visit US (of Hawaii) received by Pres Grant
  • 15/12/1877 - Thomas Edison patents phonograph
  • 15/12/1916 - French defeat Germans in WW I Battle of Verdun
  • 15/12/1938 - Groundbreaking begins for Jefferson Memorial in Wash DC
  • 15/12/1939 -"Gone With the Wind" premieres in Atlanta
  • 15/12/1948 - Former state dept official Alger Hiss indicted in NYC for perjury
  • 15/12/1964 - Canada adopts maple leaf flag
  • 16/12/1431 - King Henry VI of England crowned king of France
  • 16/12/1631 - Mount Vesuvious, Italy erupts, destroys 6 villages and kills 4,000
  • 16/12/1653 - Oliver Cromwell sworn in as English Lord Protector
  • 16/12/1689 - English Parliament adopts Bill of Rights after Glorious Revolution
  • 16/12/1773 - Big tea party in Boston harbor-indians welcome (Boston Tea Party)
  • 16/12/1864 - Battle of Nashville ends after 4400 casualities
  • 16/12/1944 - Battle of Bulge begins in Belgium
  • 16/12/1950 - Truman proclaims state of emergency against"Communist imperialism"
  • 17/12/1728 - Congregation Shearith Israel of NY purchases a lot on Mill Street in lower Manhattan, to build NY's 1st synagogue
  • 17/12/1777 - George Washingtons army returns to Valley Forge Pa, France recognizes independence of English colonies in America
  • 17/12/1792 - Opening of 1st legislative assembly of Lower Canada in Quebec city
  • 17/12/1798 - 1st impeachment trial against a US senator (Wm Blount, TN) begins
  • 17/12/1862 - Gen US Grant issues order #11, expelling Jews from Tennessee
  • 17/12/1900 - New Ellis Island Immigration station completed costing $1.5 million
  • 17/12/1944 - US Army announces end of excluding Jap-Americans from West Coast
  • 17/12/1975 - Lynette Fromme sentenced to life for attempt on Pres Ford's life
  • 17/12/1975 - John Paul Stevens appointed to Supreme Court
  • 18/12/1777 - 1st national Thanksgiving Day, commemorating Burgoyne's surrender
  • 18/12/1787 - New Jersey becomes 3rd state to ratify constitution
  • 18/12/1799 - George Washington's body interred at Mount Vernon
  • 18/12/1813 - British take Ft Niagara in War of 1812
  • 18/12/1859 - South Carolina declared an"independent commonwealth"
  • 18/12/1862 - Battle at Lexington, Tennessee (Forrest's Second Raid)
  • 18/12/1865 - 13th Amendment ratified, slavery abolished
  • 18/12/1892 -"Nutcracker Suite," Peter Ilyich Tchaikovsky's ballet, premieres
  • 18/12/1915 - Pres Wilson, widowed the year before, marries Edith Bolling Galt
  • 18/12/1966 - Dr Seuss'"How the Grinch Stole Christmas" airs for 1st time on CBS
  • 19/12/1732 - Benjamin Franklin under the name Richard Saunders begins publication of"Poor Richard's Almanack"
  • 19/12/1776 - Thomas Paine published his 1st"American Crisis" essay, in which he wrote,"These are the times that try men's souls"
  • 19/12/1777 - Washington settles his troops at Valley Forge, Pa for winter
  • 19/12/1828 - South Carolina declares right of states to nullify federal laws
  • 19/12/1843 - Charles Dickens publishes"A Christmas Carol," in England
  • 19/12/1861 - Battle of Black Water
  • 19/12/1930 - James Weldon Johnson resigns as executive secretary of NAACP
  • 19/12/1946 - War breaks out in Indochina as Ho Chi Minh attacks French in Hanoi
  • 20/12/1606 - Virginia Company settlers leave London to establish Jamestown Va
  • 20/12/1669 - 1st jury trial in Delaware; Marcus Jacobson condemned for insurrection and sentenced to flogging, branding and slavery
  • 20/12/1803 - Louisiana Purchase formally transferred from France to US for $27M
  • 20/12/1860 - SC votes 169-0 for Ordinace of Secession, 1st state to secede
  • 20/12/1862 - -Jan 3rd] Vicksburg campaign
  • 20/12/1864 - -Dec 27th] Battle of Ft Fisher, NC
  • 20/12/1893 - 1st state anti-lynching statue approved, in Georgia
  • 20/12/1919 - US House of Representatives restricts immigration
  • 20/12/1922 - 14 republics form Union of Soviet Socialistic Republics (USSR)
  • 20/12/1956 - Montgomery, Ala, removed race-based seat assignments on its buses
  • 20/12/1989 - US troops invade Panama and oust Manuel Noriega, but don't catch him
  • 21/12/1620 - 103 Mayflower pilgrims land at Plymouth Rock [OS=Dec 11]
  • 21/12/1784 - John Jay becomes 1st US secretary of state (foreign affairs)
  • 21/12/1864 - Gen Sherman conquers Savannah
  • 21/12/1866 - Cheyennes, Arapho's, Sioux, Fetterman Massacre
  • 21/12/1919 - J Edgar Hoover deports anarchists/feminist Emma Goldman to Russia
  • 21/12/1946 - Frank Capra's"It's a Wonderful Life," premieres
  • 21/12/1954 - Dr Sam Sheppard's wife Marilyn is murdered (he is accused of crime)
  • 21/12/1962 - US and Cuba accord, releases bay of pigs captive
IN
THE
NEWS:

IN THE NEWS:

OP-
EDs:

OP-EDs:

REV-
IEWS:

REVIEWS:

  • Paul Mariani"A Modern Victorian": GERARD MANLEY HOPKINS A Life - NYT, 12-14-08
  • David Blight on Robert Goodwin: The Slave Who Found a New World Separating myth from fact about Esteban Dorantes is not easy. The Story of the First African-American Explorer of the American South - WaPo, 12-11-08
  • Robert Goodwin:The Story of the First African-American Explorer of the American South , First Chapter - WaPo, 12-11-08
  • Jane Fletcher Geniesse: A Sect of Celibates How to escape debt and gain absolute control over your followers. AMERICAN PRIESTESS The Extraordinary Story of Anna Spafford and the American Colony in Jerusalem WaPo, 12-14-08
  • Edward Kritzler: On the High SeasJEWISH PIRATES OF THE CARIBBEAN - WaPo, 12-14-08
  • Max Page"Urban historian recounts 200 years' worth of fantasies, fears of NYC's demise":The City's End: Two Centuries of Fantasies, Fears, and Premonitions of New York's Destruction AP, Newsday, 12-12-08
  • Exhibition Review - 'One Life: The Mask of Lincoln' Reconsidering the Man From Illinois at the National Portrait Gallery - NYT, 12-12-08
BEST
SEL-
LERS:

BEST SELLERS (NYT):

  • Jon Meacham: AMERICAN LION #3 -- (4 weeks on list) - 12-21-08
  • THE AMERICAN JOURNEY OF BARACK OBAMA, by the editors of Life magazine. #12 -- (5 weeks on list) - 12-21-08
  • Niall Ferguson: THE ASCENT OF MONEY #14 -- (2 weeks on list) - 12-21-08
  • THE NEW YORK TIMES: The Complete Front Pages 1851-2008, Introduction by Bill Keller - #20 - 12-21-08
  • Pete Souza: THE RISE OF BARACK OBAMA #34 - 12-21-08
BLOGS:

BLOGS:

QUO-
TES:

QUOTES:

  • Kenneth T. Jackson:"Citi Doesn't Live Here Anymore as Name Comes Off NYC Skyscraper": "Buildings no longer have important historic status for companies, if they ever did," said Kenneth T. Jackson, a Columbia University history professor and editor of the"Encyclopedia of New York City.""As they get larger and larger, one building does not mean much." Bloomber, 12-12-08
PRO-
FILES:

PROFILES:

INTER-
VIEWS:

INTERVIEWS:

  • Jeffrey B. Perry: Eighty years ago, a prominent black intellectual disappeared from the historical record. Jeffrey B. Perry rescued him from oblivion. (Interview) Hubert Harrison: The Voice of Harlem Radicalism, 1883-1918 - Scott McLemee, Inside Higher Ed, 12-10-08
FEAT-
URES:

FEATURES:

  • Amy Dru Stanley: For history professor, finding home for photo collection was a walk in the park: The historic photographs of 20th-century photojournalist Wayne Miller have been given as a gift to the University's Department of History, following what Amy Dru Stanley calls"a typical Hyde Park story." University of Chicago Chronicle, 12-11-08
  • James Carroll: Disputes belief that Saint Augustine was bad for the Jews - David Van Biema in Time, 12-8-08
HON-
ORS:

HONORS, AWARDED &APPOINTED:

  • Peter Brown: Irish historian wins $1 million prize: Historian Peter Brown (73), a professor of history at Princeton University, shared the 2008 Kluge Prize with Romila Thapar, from Jawaharlal Nehru University in New Delhi. - Herald, 12-12-08
NEW
ON
THE
WEB:

New Web Sites:

EVENT
CAL.:

EVENTS CALENDAR:

  • April 3-4, 2009:The Obama Phenomenon: Race and Political Discourse in the United States Today, University of Memphis
ON TV:

ON TV:

  • History Channel:"Cities Of The Underworld: Gladiators: Blood Sport," Monday, December 15, @ 9pm ET/PT
  • History Channel:"Einstein," Tuesday, December 16, @ 2pm ET/PT
  • History Channel:"A Global Warning?," Wednesday, December 17, @ 2pm ET/PT
  • History Channel:"Breaking Vegas," Thursday, December 18, @ 2pm ET/PT
  • History Channel:"Cities Of The Underworld: Gladiators: Blood Sport," Thursday, December 18, @ 10pm ET/PT
  • History Channel:"Wake Island: The Alamo of the Pacific," Friday, December 19, @ 2pm ET/PT
  • History Channel:"Bible Battles," Saturday, December 20, @ 5pm ET/PT
  • History Channel:"Modern Marvels: Christmas Tech," Saturday, December 20, @ 7pm ET/PT
  • History Channel:"Banned from The Bible," Saturday, December 20, @ 8pm ET/PT
  • History Channel:"Beyond The Da Vinci Code," Saturday, December 20, @ 10pm ET/PT
  • History Channel:"Modern Marvels: Walt Disney World," Sunday, December 21, @ 8pm ET/PT
  • History Channel:"Ancient Discoveries: Lost Science of the Bible," Sunday, December 21, @ 10pm ET/PT
NEW
BOOKS:

COMING SOON BOOKS:

  • Time Magazine: Time President Obama: The Path to the White House, December 16, 2008
  • George S. McGovern: Abraham Lincoln: The American Presidents Series: The 16th President, 1861-1865, December 23, 2008
  • Rudy Tomedi: General Matthew Ridgway, December 30, 2008
  • Anthony S. Pitch: "They Have Killed Papa Dead!": The Road to Ford's Theater, Abraham Lincoln's Murder, and the Rage for Vengeance, December 30, 2008
  • William E. Leuchtenburg: Herbert Hoover: The 31st President, 1929-1933 (REV), January 6, 2009
  • Adam Cohen: Nothing to Fear: FDR's Inner Circle and the Hundred Days That Created Modern America, January 9, 2008
  • James J. Sheehan: Where Have All the Soldiers Gone?: The Transformation of Modern Europe, January 13, 2009
  • Gwen Ifill: The Breakthrough: Politics and Race in the Age of Obama, January 20, 2009
  • Daniel Mark Epstein: Lincoln's Men: The President and His Private Secretaries, January 27, 2009
OBITS:

DEPARTED:

  • Angeliki E. Laiou: Byzantine Professor Dies of Cancer at 67 - Harvard Crimson, 12-15-08
  • William H. Pierson Jr., 97, Art Historian, Dies - NYT, 12-11-08
  • Dorothy Sterling, author of African American children's literature, dies at 95: Sterling, who was white, developed an interest in African American history after reading the works of such radical historians as Herbert Aptheker and W.E.B. Du Bois. She wrote more than 35 books, including 'Freedom Train: The Story of Harriet Tubman,' and brought attention to less-known figures. - LA Times, 12-14-08
  • Studs Terkel: Hard Times Without Studs - Tom Engelhardt at tomdispatch.com, 12-12-08
  • Studs Terkel: Tribute, Voice of the Underdog - NYT, 12-8-08



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