Today's American Minute

by Bill Federer -- He had been chief justice of the Michigan Supreme Court, dean of the University of Michigan Law School and president of the American Bar Association. His name was more…

Today's American Minute

by Bill Federer -- The date, Sept. 11, 1777. The Continental Congress was being forced to evacuate Philadelphia, as the British had just won the Battle of Brandywine, forcing Washington's 10,000 troops more…

Today's American Minute

by Bill Federer -- The son of one of the Boston Tea Party "Indians," he graduated from Harvard and eventually became Massachusetts speaker of the House. At age 32, President James Madison more…

Today's American Minute

by Bill Federer -- The same year the United States won California from Mexico, some workers constructing a sawmill for John Sutter on the south fork of the American River discovered gold. more…

Today's American Minute

by Bill Federer -- Near this day, Sept. 8, A.D. 70, the city of Jerusalem fell. Historian Josephus recorded that Roman Gen. Titus finally smashed through the defenses of Jerusalem, destroying the more…

Today's American Minute

by Bill Federer -- As recorded in the Journals of the Continental Congress, at nine o'clock in the morning, on this day, Sept. 7, 1774, in Carpenter's Hall, Philadelphia, the very first more…

Today's American Minute

by Bill Federer -- Born this day, Sept. 6, 1757, he inherited a fortune when his parents died. He joined the French military and, at age 16, became a captain. At 19, more…

Today's American Minute

by Bill Federer -- The world was shocked as just five days after Princess Diana was killed, Mother Teresa died this day, Sept. 5, 1997. The daughter of an Albanian grocer, she more…

Today's American Minute

by Bill Federer -- In the dead of winter, 1842, clad in buckskin breeches, fur leggings and moccasins, he trekked 4,000 miles, in a race against time, from his mission in the more…

Today's American Minute

by Bill Federer -- "In the name of the most holy and undivided Trinity." This is how the Treaty of Paris began, which ended the eight-year-long American Revolutionary War. The treaty continued: more…