Proof! Absolute power corrupts absolutely

by Bill Federer -- On Oct. 15, 1788, James Madison warned: "As the courts are generally the last in making the decision, it results to them, by refusing or not refusing to more…

What kind of government 'terrifies evil doers'?

by Bill Federer -- British Navy Admiral Sir William Penn captured Jamaica from the Spanish in 1655. He established England as a global sea power during the first Anglo-Dutch wars 1652-1654. Admiral more…

The Iron Lady speaks again

by Bill Federer -- Known as "The Iron Lady" for her stand against communism, Margaret Thatcher was born Oct. 13, 1925. She became the first woman prime minister of the United Kingdom more…

How far back did people know Earth was round?

by Bill Federer -- Columbus was looking for a sea route to India and China because 40 years earlier Muslim Turks conquered Constantinople in 1453, cutting off the land routes. A biography more…

This caption on a painting changed the world

by Bill Federer -- Count Nikolaus Ludwig von Zinzendorf was from a noble German family. While on his "grand tour," in which young aristocrats were introduced to royal courts around Europe, Count more…