Today's American Minute

by Bill Federer -- Cortez ordered his ships sunk. There was no turning back. In the era of Crusades to win the Holy Land and the Moors being driven from Spain, Cortez more…

Today's American Minute

by Bill Federer -- "Tippecanoe and Tyler too." This was the campaign slogan of ninth President William Henry Harrison, born this day, Feb. 9, 1773. He was the first president to die more…

Today's American Minute

by Bill Federer -- The Boys Scouts of America was incorporated this day, Feb. 8, 1910. It was founded two years prior in England by Sir Baden-Powell, a hero of the South more…

Today's American Minute

by Bill Federer -- Frederick Douglass was born this day, Feb. 7, 1817. A former slave, he had become an abolitionist and a commanding spokesman for slaves. His powerful orations exposed the more…

Today's American Minute

by Bill Federer -- He started his professional career as radio host in Iowa, served in the Army Air Corp during World War II and became an actor, appearing in over 50 more…

Today's American Minute

by Bill Federer -- Persecuted in England for preaching religious liberty, Roger Williams fled to Boston, arriving this day, Feb. 5, 1631. He pastored a short time in the Massachusetts Bay Colony more…

Today's American Minute

by Bill Federer -- For a time he earned his living barnstorming and performing daring feats of aviation. He became a flying cadet in the U.S. Air Service Reserve and flew mail more…

Today's American Minute

by Bill Federer -- On the frigid night of Feb. 3, 1943, the Allied ship Dorchester plowed through the waters near Greenland. At 1 a.m., a Nazi submarine fired a torpedo into more…

Today's American Minute

by Bill Federer -- Feb. 2, 1848, the United States Congress ratified the peace treaty that ended the Mexican War and, in exchange for $15 million, brought the territories of California, Nevada, more…

Today's American Minute

by Bill Federer -- Five dollars was all she was paid by the Atlantic Monthly magazine for her poem "The Battle Hymn of the Republic," which was published this day, Feb. 1, more…