Today's American Minute

by Bill Federer -- Oct. 22, 1836, Gen. Sam Houston is sworn in as the first president of the Republic of Texas. The Texas Declaration of Independence stated: "When a government has more…

Today's American Minute

by Bill Federer -- On this day, Oct. 21, 1805, in one of the greatest naval battles in history, British Adm. Horatio Nelson defeated the combined Spanish and French fleets in the more…

Today's American Minute

by Bill Federer -- Herbert Hoover died this day, Oct. 20, 1964. He was the 31st president of the United States, guiding the country during the first part of the Great Depression. more…

Today's American Minute

by Bill Federer -- The British power in America was broken this day, Oct. 19, 1781, as 8,000 British troops under Lord Cornwallis surrendered at Yorktown, Va. The following day, Gen. George more…

Today's American Minute

by Bill Federer -- Pilgrim leader Edward Winslow was born this day, Oct. 18, 1595. He was English agent for the Plymouth colony and served as their governor three separate terms, successfully more…

Today's American Minute

by Bill Federer -- Five-thousand seven-hundred British troops, under the command of Gen. Burgoyne, surrendered this day, Oct. 17, 1777, at Saratoga, N.Y., to the revolutionary forces led by Gen. Gates. After more…

Today's American Minute

by Bill Federer -- His barn in Pennsylvania was a station on the Underground Railroad, helping slaves escape to freedom. But on this day, Oct. 16, 1859, John Brown and 21 men more…

Today's American Minute

by Bill Federer -- On this day, Oct. 15, 1991, Clarence Thomas was confirmed as a Justice on the Supreme Court by the U.S. Senate vote of 52-48. Also on this day, more…

Today's American Minute

by Bill Federer -- He was the son of a British Navy admiral who discovered Bermuda. He attended Oxford University and studied law. At the age of 22, he heard a sermon more…

Today's American Minute

by Bill Federer -- Margaret Thatcher was born this day, Oct. 13, 1925. She was the first woman prime minister of the United Kingdom. While traveling through New York City in 1996, more…