Only man ever elected governor of 2 states

by Bill Federer -- [caption id="attachment_2546185" align="aligncenter" width="600"] Sam Houston[/caption] At age 16, after his father died, Sam Houston ran off to live with the Cherokee Indians on the Tennessee River. He more…

This battle changed course of European history

by Bill Federer -- [caption id="attachment_2546065" align="aligncenter" width="600"] Admiral Horatio Nelson[/caption] In 1794, British Admiral Horatio Nelson lost his right eye capturing Corsica and his right arm attacking the Canary Islands in more…

Surprisingly heroic man everyone hated

by Bill Federer -- [caption id="attachment_2303295" align="aligncenter" width="600"] Herbert Hoover[/caption] On April 5, 1945, President Franklin Roosevelt wrote a letter to the Saudi king promising not to recognize a Jewish state. A more…

What is 'standing miracle' behind America?

by Bill Federer -- [caption id="attachment_2540505" align="aligncenter" width="600"] Surrender of Cornwallis[/caption] After the defeat of British troops at the battle of Cowpens in January of 1781, British General Cornwallis took off in more…

Amputated ears: Source of the Fifth Amendment

by Bill Federer -- [caption id="attachment_2540315" align="aligncenter" width="600"] Star Chamber[/caption] Britain's William Laud had spies listen to pastors' sermon to see if they said anything against the king's ordinances. If they did, more…

This is 1 of most pivotal battles in world history

by Bill Federer -- [caption id="attachment_2540205" align="aligncenter" width="600"] "Surrender of General Burgoyne" by John Trumbull[/caption] Her beautiful, long hair was scalped off her head by Indians after she was shot. This was more…

How a cut-off ear affected American history

by Bill Federer -- [caption id="attachment_2528215" align="aligncenter" width="600"] Jenkins shows his ear[/caption] In 1731, a Spanish commander cut off the ear of British Captain Robert Jenkins and told him to take it more…

Proof! Absolute power corrupts absolutely

by Bill Federer -- [caption id="attachment_2527575" align="aligncenter" width="600"] U.S. Supreme Court justices in 2015[/caption] On Oct. 15, 1788, James Madison warned: "As the courts are generally the last in making the decision, more…

What kind of government 'terrifies evil doers'?

by Bill Federer -- [caption id="attachment_2523655" align="aligncenter" width="600"] King Charles II signing land grant to William Penn[/caption] British Navy Admiral Sir William Penn captured Jamaica from the Spanish in 1655. He established more…

The Iron Lady speaks again

by Bill Federer -- [caption id="attachment_2523455" align="aligncenter" width="600"] Margaret Thatcher[/caption] Known as "The Iron Lady" for her stand against communism, Margaret Thatcher was born Oct. 13, 1925. She became the first woman more…