Today's American Minute

by Bill Federer -- Driven into Pennsylvania by the British, it was on this day, Dec. 19, in the freezing winter of 1777, that the Continental Army set up camp at Valley more…

Today's American Minute

by Bill Federer -- The same year 21-year-old George Washington was fighting in the French and Indian War, a Christmas carol became popular. It was written by Charles Wesley, born this day, more…

Today's American Minute

by Bill Federer -- A contemporary of Mozart and Haydn, he started losing his hearing at age 28 and eventually became totally deaf. Incredibly, though, he continued writing some of the most more…

Today's American Minute

by Bill Federer -- The Boston Tea Party took place this day, Dec. 16, 1773, just three years after the Boston Massacre, where the British fired into a crowd, killing many. The more…

Today's American Minute

by Bill Federer -- Newly independent, the 13 American states were suspicions that their new government may become too powerful, as King George's was. They insisted that 10 handcuffs be placed on more…

Today's American Minute

by Bill Federer -- He caught a chill riding horseback several hours in the snow while inspecting his Mount Vernon farm. The next morning it developed into acute laryngitis, and the doctors more…

Today's American Minute

by Bill Federer -- Phillips Brooks was born this day, Dec. 13, 1835. At Harvard, he was taught by Henry Wadsworth Longfellow and Oliver Wendell Holmes. He later became bishop of the more…

Today's American Minute

by Bill Federer -- Pennsylvania. The Continental Congress met there, the Declaration of Independence was signed there, and the Constitution was written there. For a while the United States Capitol was there. more…

Today's American Minute

by Bill Federer -- Aleksandr Solzhenitsyn was born in Russia this day, Dec. 11, 1918. He was arrested for writing a letter criticizing Joseph Stalin and spent 11 years in prisons and more…

Today's American Minute

by Bill Federer -- The treaty ending the Spanish American War was signed this day, Dec. 10, 1898. Spain renounced all claims to Cuba, Guam, Puerto Rico and the Philippines. The war, more…