This was mankind's '2nd chance'

by Bill Federer -- Sept. 16, 1620, according to the Gregorian calendar, 102 passengers set sail on the Pilgrims' ship, Mayflower. Their 66-day journey of 2,750 miles encountered storms so rough, the more…

Do you have what it takes to get into Harvard?

by Bill Federer -- Son of a butcher, his family died when a plague swept England, leaving him an estate. He attended Emmanuel College, was ordained, married and sailed for Massachusetts where more…

Why Americans need never fear their government

by Bill Federer -- The dean of the University of Michigan Law School was Thomas Cooley, who died Sept. 12, 1898. Thomas Cooley was chief justice of Michigan's Supreme Court, president of more…

The long history of September 11 Muslim atrocities

by Bill Federer -- In 1565, Sultan Suleiman the Magnificent dominated the Mediterranean, with intentions of not only taking Sicily, Sardinia, Majorca and southern Spain, but Rome itself. The only thing standing more…

Gold wasn't the only treasure in California

by Bill Federer -- In 1769, the first Spanish missions were founded in California by Franciscan missionary Junipero Serra, whose statue is in the U.S. Capitol's Statuary Hall. California cities were originally more…

What happens when you mess with Israel?

by Bill Federer -- Solomon's Temple in Jerusalem was destroyed by the Babylonians in 587 B.C. on the date in the Jewish calendar 9th of Av, or Tisha B'Av. The Second Temple more…

The bloody origins of Labor Day

by Bill Federer -- Labor Day. To appreciate it, one needs to know the history preceding it. At the time the United States was founded, most people were farmers or worked in more…