Today's American Minute

by Bill Federer -- On this date, March 9,1862, the historic Civil War battle took place between the Confederate iron-plated ship Merrimac, which had just destroyed two Union boats, and the Union's more…

Today's American Minute

by Bill Federer -- Known as The Great Dissenter because of his unconventional opinions, he served for 30 years on the Supreme Court. Who was he? Oliver Wendell Holmes Jr., born this more…

Today's American Minute

by Bill Federer -- On March 7, 1774, the British passed the Boston Port Act, closing the harbor to all commerce to punish the colonists for the Boston Tea Party. The surrounding more…

Today's American Minute

by Bill Federer -- On March 6, 1776, Gen. Washington issued the order from his headquarters at Cambridge: "The ... Legislature [has set apart] a day of fasting, prayer and humiliation, 'to more…

Today's American Minute

by Bill Federer -- On this day, March 5, in the year 1770, the Boston Massacre took place. The British had been forcing Colonists to house their soldiers. A crowd had gathered more…

Today's American Minute

by Bill Federer -- March 4 was Inauguration Day up until 1937, when it was changed to Jan. 20. Every president acknowledged a Supreme Being in their inaugural address. For example, Thomas more…

Today's American Minute

by Bill Federer -- How did the phrase "In God We Trust" get on our coins? It was on this day, March 3, 1865, that Congress approved inscribing the motto on all more…

Today's American Minute

by Bill Federer -- March 2, 1836, the people of Texas signed a Declaration of Independence, stating: "The government [of] General Santa Ana ... now offers ... the cruel alternative, either abandon more…

Today's American Minute

by Bill Federer -- Before the U.S. Constitution was written, what was the government in the United States? It was the Articles of Confederation, ratified this day, March 1st, 1781. Signed by more…

Today's American Minute

by Bill Federer -- A member of the Continental Congress, Richard Stockton was a signer of the Declaration of Independence and a justice on the New Jersey Supreme Court. Stockton, Calif., was more…