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…

Today's American Minute

by Bill Federer -- In the year 1891, on this day, Dec. 9, President Benjamin Harrison wrote: "This Government has found occasion to express ... to the ... Czar its serious concern more…

Today's American Minute

by Bill Federer -- On this day, Dec. 8, 1863, President Abraham Lincoln announced his plan to pardon those who had been in the Confederacy. He wrote: "Whereas it is ... desired more…