The tragedy that led to triumph

by Bill Federer -- Washing hands to prevent the spread of disease was recommended in 1844 to the doctors of the Vienna General Hospital by Dr. Ignaz Philipp Semmelweis. Semmelweis had noticed more…

Daniel Boone: Truly the stuff of legends

by Bill Federer -- During the French and Indian War, 20-year-old Daniel Boone and his cousin, future General Daniel Morgan, served as wagon drivers for the British in the Battle of Monongahela, more…

Naval hero was once called a 'pirate'

by Bill Federer -- "I have not yet begun to fight!" shouted John Paul Jones when the captain of the 50-gun British frigate HMS Serapis taunted him to surrender. Their ships were more…

The Founding Father you never heard of

by Bill Federer -- John Langdon was born in Portsmouth, New Hampshire, in 1741 and grew up as a member of the North Congregational Church, where his distant relative, future Harvard President more…