Today's American Minute

by Bill Federer -- He suffered an attack of smallpox when he was 4-years-old, which left him with crippled hands and poor eyesight. Overcoming those handicaps, he studied Copernicus' works and at more…

Today's American Minute

by Bill Federer -- John Alexander Logan died this day, Dec. 26, 1886. He was a major-general during the Civil War, serving with Gen. Grant at Vicksburg, Miss., and Gen. Sherman on more…

Today's American Minute

by Bill Federer -- In the first six months of the Revolution, the Continental Army was driven back, out of New York, across New Jersey and into Pennsylvania. The American troops dwindled more…

Today's American Minute

by Bill Federer -- On Christmas Eve, Dec. 24, 1492, one of Columbus' ships, the Santa Maria, ran aground on the island of Haiti and had to be abandoned. Columbus left 40 more…

Today's American Minute

by Bill Federer -- An essay entitled "The American Crisis" was published this day, Dec. 23, 1776. Signed "Common Sense," it was written by Thomas Paine and it greatly spread the flames more…

Today's American Minute

by Bill Federer -- The Battle of the Bulge. The Nazi's amassed three of their armies for an enormous attack against the Allies in the Ardennes Forest. The Germans soon surrounded the more…

Today's American Minute

by Bill Federer -- The captain of a slave trading ship, he was so depraved that once in a drunken stupor he fell overboard. His crew, in order to rescue him, threw more…

Today's American Minute

by Bill Federer -- The U.S. National Archives in Washington, D.C., houses all the public papers of the presidents. Among them is President Ronald Reagan's nationally broadcast Christmas address, delivered this day, more…

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…