The tragic love life of flagmaker Betsy Ross

by Bill Federer -- A 3-cent stamp honoring Betsy Ross was issued in Philadelphia, Jan. 2, 1952, commemorating the 200th anniversary of her birth. Born a day earlier, Jan. 1, 1752, to more…

Thomas Jefferson's opinion of Islam

by Bill Federer -- On Jan. 1, 1802, the people of Cheshire, Massachusetts, sent a giant block of cheese to President Thomas Jefferson, being presented by the famous Baptist preacher, John Leland. more…

You want 'trigger words'? Try these

by Bill Federer -- "Tyranny, like hell, is not easily conquered; yet we have this consolation with us that the harder the conflict, the more glorious the triumph." – "The American Crisis," more…

Armenian genocide: The forgotten tragedy

by Bill Federer -- According to ancient tradition, Noah's Ark rested on Mount Ararat in the Armenian Mountain Range. Armenia's Coat of Arms has Mount Ararat with Noah's Ark on top. Armenian more…

Universe a result of random forces? Not likely

by Bill Federer -- "O, Almighty God, I am thinking Thy thoughts after Thee!" wrote astronomer Johannes Kepler in "The Harmonies of the World," 1619. Johannes Kepler was born Dec. 27, 1571. more…

Christmas of 1776: A life or death struggle

by Bill Federer -- Catherine the Great of Russia (1729-1796) rebuffed King George III's requests and bribes to have Russia side with Britain during the Revolutionary War. Instead, Russia continued trading with more…

The day time stopped, did about-face

by Bill Federer -- John 3:16-18, "For God so loved the world that he gave his only begotten Son, that whoever believes on him should not perish but have Everlasting life. For more…

Christmas Eve through history

by Bill Federer -- On Christmas Eve, Dec. 24, 1492, Columbus' ship, the Santa Maria, ran aground on the island of Hispanola (Haiti). Columbus left 40 men and named the settlement la more…