Deafness was no barrier to brilliance

by Bill Federer -- Twenty years after composer Johann Sebastian Bach died, Ludwig van Beethoven was born in Bonn, Germany, and baptized on Dec. 17, 1770. Beethoven was a pupil of the more…

What spark led to American Revolution?

by Bill Federer -- The French and Indian War ended in 1763 with the French losing Canada and all their land east of the Mississippi River. King George III decided to tax more…

This is turning point when states lost power

by Bill Federer -- "The national government was itself the creature of the states. ... Yet today it is often made to appear that the creature, Frankenstein-like, is determined to destroy the more…

Did 'acute laryngitis' kill George Washington?

by Bill Federer -- He caught a chill riding horseback several hours in the snow while inspecting his Mount Vernon farm. The next morning it developed into "acute laryngitis" and the doctors more…

This is the place where all faiths were welcomed

by Bill Federer -- Pennsylvania became the second state to join the Union, Dec. 12, 1787. Pennsylvania was where the Continental Congress met, where the Declaration of Independence was signed and where more…

Communism: A history of fabricating enemies

by Bill Federer -- Rasputin, described as "the Holy Devil," moved to St. Petersburg in 1906 and began to gain access to the family of Tsar Nicholas II. Posing as a mystic, more…