Today's American Minute

by Bill Federer -- The French author Voltaire was born this day, Nov. 21, 1694. He was celebrated for his wit, brilliancy and his hatred of Christianity. According to Yale President Timothy more…

Today's American Minute

by Bill Federer -- When the Supreme Court declared prayer in schools unconstitutional in 1962, Senate Majority Leader Robert Byrd from West Virginia, who was born this day, Nov. 20, 1917, gave more…

Today's American Minute

by Bill Federer -- "Fourscore and seven years ago our fathers brought forth upon this continent a new nation, conceived in liberty, and dedicated to the proposition that all men are created more…

Today's American Minute

by Bill Federer -- Jesse James was killed, telephone lines connected New York and Chicago, and international time zones were set. This all occurred during the term of President Chester Arthur, who more…

Today's American Minute

by Bill Federer -- "Bloody Mary" condemned over 300 people to be burned alive. She had been Queen of England for five years following the reign of her father, Henry VIII. Upon more…

Today's American Minute

by Bill Federer -- "My Country 'tis of Thee, Sweet land of liberty ..." This patriotic hymn was written by Samuel Francis Smith, who died this day, Nov. 16, 1895. A classmate more…

Today's American Minute

by Bill Federer -- A member of the Continental Congress, he was the only clergyman to sign the Declaration of Independence, and he lost two sons in the Revolutionary War. He was more…

Today's American Minute

by Bill Federer -- Born a slave, he taught himself to read and attended school after working all day. At age 25, he founded Tuskegee Institute and recruited George W. Carver. By more…

Today's American Minute

by Bill Federer -- The Vietnam War Memorial was dedicated this day, Nov. 13, 1982, honoring the 58,000 American troops who died. In 1966, Marine Sgt. George Hutchings of 1st Battalion, 5th more…

Today's American Minute

by Bill Federer -- This day, Nov. 12, 1620, was the Pilgrims' first full day in America. It took over two months for the 103 of them, cramped between decks on the more…