All Weekend, Every Weekend. On C-SPAN3.

Justice Thurgood Marshall's Retirement Announcement - U.S. Supreme Court

Washington, DC
Saturday, October 1, 2011

Inside the East Conference room of the United States Supreme Court, Justice Thurgood Marshall responded to reporters' questions and comments about his retirement from the court. With good humor, Justice Marshall responded to reporters' questions with sharp and short retorts, and would not comment on decisions made by the Court. He said he was retiring due to his declining health and that race should not be a factor in the selection of his successor. He discredited reports that he was leaving in frustration and anger over the conservative leanings of the current Supreme Court. The retirement of Justice Marshall will become effective when the Senate confirms a successor.

Updated: Thursday, September 29, 2011 at 12:36pm (ET)

Related Events

The Centennial of Thurgood Marshall
Saturday, September 4, 2010     

July 2, 2008, marked the one hundredth anniversary of the birth of Thurgood Marshall, the first African-American nominated to the U.S. Supreme Court. In 1967, President Lyndon Johnson named Marshall to the court where he served for 24 years. Justice Marshall died in 1993.

Battle of Bladensburg & Burning of Washington
Today     

A panel of authors and scholars looks back 200 years to the Battle of Bladensburg and the Burning of Washington, DC, which took place August 24, 1814, during the War of 1812.

American Artifacts: Burning of Washington River Tour
Today     

Steve Vogel, author of "Through the Perilous Fight: Six Weeks that Saved the Nation" tells the story of the August 24, 1814 burning of Washington by taking us on a river tour with his boat.  Mr. Vogel argues that the waterways were key to the British commanders, who thought that capturing and burning the city might bring the War of 1812 to an end.

The Life of Milton Friedman
Today     

Economist Mark Skousen reflects on the life of Nobel Prize winning economist Milton Friedman and his contributions to the study of economics – especially his work to re-establish the American economy following World War II. Skousen also reflects on his personal relationship with Friedman and the economist’s influence on his own career. The Kansas City Public Library hosted this event. 

Historical Accuracy of the Movie “Lincoln”
Friday     

Dickinson College professor Matthew Pinsker dissects Stephen Spielberg’s movie “Lincoln,” analyzing what is fact and what is Hollywood fiction. Professor Pinsker goes into detail about the historical significance of the events the movie portrays, but also highlights areas where Mr. Spielberg exercised his artistic freedom. This talk is a portion of the 2014 Civil War Symposium hosted by the U.S. Capitol Historical Society. 

British Burning of Washington
Thursday     

Two hundred years ago on August 24th, 1814, British soldiers routed American troops at the Battle of Bladensburg just outside of Washington, DC. The victory left the nation’s capital wide open to British forces, who marched into the city and burned down the White House and U.S. Capitol building. In this program, learn more about the Burning of Washington during the War of 1812 from author and historian Anthony Pitch at an event hosted by the Smithsonian Associates. 

The Civil War: Remembering the Battle of the Crater
Wednesday     

Author Kevin Levin discusses the role of the U.S. Colored Troops in the Battle of the Crater, and the way their contributions were remembered in the years following the Civil War. The Battle of the Crater took place July 30, 1864, as part of the Union Army’s siege of Petersburg.

The Civil War: Battle of Fort Stevens 150th Anniversary
Tuesday     

Officials from the National Park Service and Washington, DC, commemorate the 150th anniversary of the Battle of Fort Stevens. The battle took place July 11-12th, 1864, when Confederate forces under Gen. Jubal Early probed Washington, DC’s defenses before turning back. 

The Presidency: Presidents & the CIA
Sunday     

Author and intelligence expert Melvin Goodman describes the history of the relationship between the White House and the Central Intelligence Agency from the Truman years through today. He explains how President Truman's "quiet intelligence arm" became a politicized source of covert actions around the world from the Bay of Pigs invasion to the Iran Contra affair. The National Archives at Kansas City hosted this event. 

A Century Later: Reassessing World War I
Sunday     

World War I officially began on July 28, 1914 when Austria-Hungary declared war on Serbia. Less than a month later, most of Europe had joined the war. As the world marks the centennial of the beginning of the conflict, the National World War I Museum in Kansas City hosts a panel of historians and authors who talk about the causes and effects of the conflict once known as the “war to end all wars.”

Share This Event Via Social Media

Video Playlist

Sundays at Eight - New Book
Questions? Comments? Email us at AmericanHistoryTV@c-span.org