Today's American Minute

by Bill Federer -- The 38th president was born this day, July 14, 1913. His given name was Leslie Lynch King Jr., but his stepfather renamed him. The only Eagle Scout to more…

Today's American Minute

by Bill Federer -- Did you know that after Washington retired from being president, he again became the commander in chief of the Army? It was just a year and a half more…

Today's American Minute

by Bill Federer -- Born a slave around this date, July 12, 1864, George Washington Carver became a black scientist of international renown. In 1921, the U.S. House Ways and Means Committee more…

Today's American Minute

by Bill Federer -- He intentionally fired into the air, but his political rival, Aaron Burr, took deadly aim and fatally shot him in a duel this day, July 11, 1804. Born more…

Today's American Minute

by Bill Federer -- Millard Fillmore became the 13th president this day, July 10, 1850, when president Zachary Taylor died unexpectedly. He was remembered for sending Commodore Perry to open trade with more…

Today's American Minute

by Bill Federer -- "Old Rough and Ready" died this day, July 9, 1850. He fought the British in the War of 1812, the Indians in the Black Hawk War and defeated more…

Today's American Minute

by Bill Federer -- The Liberty Bell got its name from being rung this day, July 8, 1776, to call the citizens of Philadelphia together to hear the Declaration of Independence read more…

Today's American Minute

by Bill Federer -- Hawaii became a U.S. territory this day, July 7, 1898, as President McKinley signed the Treaty of Annexation. Discovered by Capt. James Cook in 1778, the islands were more…

Today's American Minute

by Bill Federer -- Prior to the Civil War there were two major political parties: the Democrats, who believed Americans should have the freedom of choice to own a slave; and the more…

Today's American Minute

by Bill Federer -- Prior to the Civil War there were two major political parties: the Democrats, who believed Americans should have the freedom of choice to own a slave; and the more…