June 14, 2013 |
History may be written by the victors, but Alexander Hamilton became a victor by writing history. He died at the hands of lifelong rival Aaron Burr in a famous duel, yet posterity has been kinder to Hamilton because of the power of his pen. During his lifetime, Hamilton couldn't stop Burr from eclipsing him politically - Burr became vice president and invented the Democratic Party , while Hamilton's career died with George Washington. But with years of letters impugning Burr's motives and morals, Hamilton was able to sway enough opinions to deny Burr a second term as vice president and the governorship of New York.
June 15, 1986 |
"The Cambridge Apostles"--many Americans became aware of this venerable semi-secret society of Cambridge University only during the 1980s, when many of the British elite then being exposed as long-time agents for the Soviet Union were also found to have something else in common: While Cambridge undergraduates, they had been Apostles.
October 3, 1993 |
When it comes to immigrants, the mood is getting ugly. Jobs are scarce and as the U.S. economy sputters, people accuse foreigners of stealing paychecks from Americans. One huge labor union poster says it all: "Restrict All Immigration. Protect Yourself And Your Children Against Ruinous Labor And Business Competition Through Unrestricted Immigration." Millions talk wistfully about the good old days, when immigrants seemed less exotic, more respectful and truly eager to learn the English language.
December 29, 1985 |
Just about everything that has happened in tiny Sierra County in Northern California since its discovery in 1849 is recorded in James J. Sinnott's six-volume history. If you ever lived in the sparsely populated, isolated, mountainous county, chances are you are mentioned in Sinnott's historical series, which probably is the most comprehensive history of any California county.
February 14, 1988 |
Nine years ago, Thomas Flanagan's first novel, "The Year of the French" was a main selection of the Book-of-the-Month Club, winner of a National Book Critics Circle Award and generally praised as an exemplary historical novel. Naturally, readers approach this new novel with heightened expectations. Will Flanagan be able to bring Irish history alive with energy and immediacy again? Can he sustain the charm and lilt of Irish voices throughout a long narrative?
July 16, 2011 |
Harry Potter didn't even wait until the sun rose to start vanquishing box-office records. The last big-screen adventure of the boy wizard, "Harry Potter and the Deathly Hallows — Part 2," raked in $42.5 million at midnight screenings in the U.S. and Canada, according to Warner Bros. The previous record was about $30 million, set in 2009 by "The Twilight Saga: New Moon. " Fans eager to see Harry's final battle with the evil Lord Voldemort began lining up early Thursday for the shows.
March 10, 1999 |
Stefan Hatos, co-creator, writer and producer of the durable game show "Let's Make a Deal," has died at the age of 78. Hatos, who produced a variety of other television shows and had a long history in radio, died March 2 in a Toluca Lake health club of heart problems. He had homes in Beverly Hills and Pebble Beach, Calif. With Monty Hall, who was the show's on-air host for about 4,500 episodes, Hatos created the popular "Let's Make a Deal" for daytime television in 1963.
January 30, 1991 |
A new education group chaired by former New Jersey Gov. Thomas H. Kean today proposed a mandatory national achievement test for all high school seniors attending public and private schools. Educate America, based in Morristown, N.J., made the national exam proposal its first initiative in a campaign to "drive the education policy agenda for the 1990s." Kean, now president of Drew University in Madison, N.J.
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March 30, 1987 |
UC Irvine has won a $1-million contract from the state to conduct a summer training program for junior and senior high school teachers. Two hundred teachers from throughout the state will take part in the four-week Summer Technology Training Institute, designed to integrate technology with English, language arts, history and social science, said Carol Booth Olson, institute director and co-director of UCI's Writing Project.