This Day in American History / Edition 3

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Every day is the anniversary of an event worth remembering, For example, on March 29, among many other events, the Puritans sailed for New England (1630), the Rosenbergs were found guilty of conspiracy (1951), and the House of Representatives completed congressional action on curtailing the farm subsidy program (1996).

This book offers a look at important moments in American history day by day. Each day's entry lists events from the arrival of the first explorers through the end of 2006. Listed events relate to a wide range of topics, from politics to science to the social scene. Births and deaths of major figures are included. Readers can look under any day of the year and see hundreds of years' worth of the American past. Helpful for teachers, history aficionados, or anyone interested in the weight of history that lies behind each day on the calendar, the text is also fully indexed for easy reference.

This third edition of an acclaimed reference book ("Recommended"—Choice; "A must-have"—Catholic Library World) is updated with over 950 additional entries.

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Editorial Reviews

Library Journal
The Book Report
remarkably detailed calendar...offers a plethora of minutiae...a joy for the trivia addict
an invaluable resource
Library Journal

This update to the 2000 edition contains 60 revised entries reflecting new empirical data and identifies an additional 135 congenital disorders, explaining their cause, symptoms, treatments, and projected outlook. Alphabetically organized, the entries range several paragraphs to several pages. Wynbrandt (Excruciating History of Dentistry) and Ludman (pediatrics, Dalhouise Univ., Nova Scotia) make the text and its biologically complex issues readily comprehensible to teens. The book not only complements but now also supersedes The Gale Encyclopedia of Genetic Disorders (2001). Highly recommended.
—Savannah Schroll Guz

School Library Journal

Gr 9 Up- This update of the 2001 edition adds 950 new entries. Societal changes are documented through commentary on gender issues, court and legal decisions, military history, and science. The approximately 30 entries per calendar day cover from 1621 through 2006. Despite a 71-page index with more than 1250 entries, readers will mostly need to search by proper name (rather than event, for example) in order to find a reference. Indexed information is located by date, rather than page number, the main entries are not highlighted, and only two-digit years are given for dates in the 1900s (so that the birth and death dates for John K. Galbraith, for example, are given as 10/15/08 and 4/29/2006). This can make searching tedious. The number of entries per individual ranges from large (63 entries for George W. Bush) to scant, with birth and death dates only. Gorton Carruth's The Encyclopedia of American Facts and Dates (HarperCollins, 1997) is easier to use as the information is searchable by topic. The Library of Congress's Today in History Web site ( is hard to compete with for currency and accuracy despite less-extensive entries. Students who have used the earlier edition will find this one comfortable; those seeking a new resource may be better served by other publications.-Tina Hudak, St. Albans School for Boys, Washington, DC

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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9780786431922
  • Publisher: McFarland & Company, Incorporated Publishers
  • Publication date: 1/18/2008
  • Edition number: 3
  • Pages: 516
  • Product dimensions: 10.00 (w) x 7.00 (h) x 1.30 (d)

Meet the Author

The late Ernie Gross of Onancock, Virginia, retired from a career in newspaper journalism and government public relations. He was also the author of Advances and Innovations in American Daily Life, 1600s-1930s (2002) and This Day in Sports (2000). Roland H. Worth, Jr., is the author of many books. He lives in Richmond, Virginia.

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