Today's American Minute

by Bill Federer -- The first settlers to establish a permanent English settlement in the New World landed in Jamestown, Va., this day, May 13, 1607. Many of the 100 colonists sent more…

Today's American Minute

by Bill Federer -- "The Battle Hymn of the Republic" was performed for the first time this day, May 12, 1861, for Union recruits during the Civil War. Said to have been more…

Today's American Minute

by Bill Federer -- The son of a rabbi, born this day, May 11, 1888, he was 4-years-old when he immigrated from Russia to New York. Falling in love with America, he more…

Today's American Minute

by Bill Federer -- A surprise attack before dawn on this day May 10, 1775, gave America one of its first great victories of the Revolutionary War. Ethan Allen, who commanded the more…

Today's American Minute

by Bill Federer -- Mothers were officially honored this day, May 9, 1914, with the first National Mother's Day Proclamation, signed by President Woodrow Wilson. It designated the second Sunday in May more…

Today's American Minute

by Bill Federer -- The 33rd U.S. president was born this day, May 8, 1884. He was captain of a field artillery battery in France during World War I, judge in Jackson more…

Today's American Minute

by Bill Federer -- World War II ended in Europe on this day, May 7, 1945, when German emissaries entered a schoolhouse in Reims, France, where Gen. Dwight Eisenhower had his headquarters, more…

Today' American Minute

by Bill Federer -- In exchange for some brass buttons, and scarlet cloth worth about $24, Manhattan Island was purchased from the Manhattan Indian tribe on this day, May 6, 1626, by more…

Today's American Minute

by Bill Federer -- May 5, 1988, President Ronald Reagan signed an Act of Congress designating the first Thursday in May as a National Day of Prayer. This has always been a more…

Today's American Minute

by Bill Federer -- Selling 1 million copies a year for over 100 years, McGuffey's Readers were the mainstay of pubic education in America. Millions of school children read them, making them more…