Today's American Minute

by Bill Federer -- "Done ... the seventeenth day of September, in the year of our LORD one thousand seven hundred and eighty seven." This was the last line of U.S. Constitution, more…

Today's American Minute

by Bill Federer -- Sept. 16, 1620, using the Gregorian Calendar, 102 Pilgrims set sail on the Mayflower. The two-month journey was beset with storms. At one point the beam under the more…

Today's American Minute

by Bill Federer -- He was the only U.S. president to also serve as chief justice of the Supreme Court. He was appointed by President McKinley as the first governor of the more…

Today's American Minute

by Bill Federer -- The son of a butcher, most of his family died in a plague that swept England, leaving him with a fair estate. He attended Emmanuel College and became more…

Today's American Minute

by Bill Federer -- Sent to negotiate the release of an American doctor, the enemy detained him all night on a ship. It was Sept. 13, 1814. He watched the British fleet more…

Today's American Minute

by Bill Federer -- He had been chief justice of the Michigan Supreme Court, dean of the University of Michigan Law School and president of the American Bar Association. His name was more…

Today's American Minute

by Bill Federer -- The date, Sept. 11, 1777. The Continental Congress was being forced to evacuate Philadelphia, as the British had just won the Battle of Brandywine, forcing Washington's 10,000 troops more…

Today's American Minute

by Bill Federer -- The son of one of the Boston Tea Party "Indians," he graduated from Harvard and eventually became Massachusetts speaker of the House. At age 32, President James Madison more…

Today's American Minute

by Bill Federer -- The same year the United States won California from Mexico, some workers constructing a sawmill for John Sutter on the south fork of the American River discovered gold. more…

Today's American Minute

by Bill Federer -- Near this day, Sept. 8, A.D. 70, the city of Jerusalem fell. Historian Josephus recorded that Roman Gen. Titus finally smashed through the defenses of Jerusalem, destroying the more…