Today's American Minute

by Bill Federer -- He was a physician in the Revolutionary War, a member of the Continental Congress and signed the Constitution. He was secretary of war and established the Military Academy more…

Today's American Minute

by Bill Federer -- The director of the FBI, J. Edgar Hoover, died this day, May 2, 1972. For 48 years, under eight U.S. presidents, he oversaw the Federal Bureau of Investigation, more…

Today's American Minute

by Bill Federer -- Unbelievable! This day, May 1, in the year A.D. 305, the most powerful man in the world, Emperor Diocletian, stepped down from ruling the Roman Empire. Just two more…

Today's American Minute

by Bill Federer -- The size of the U.S. doubled this day, April 30, 1803, with the Louisiana Purchase. Nearly a million acres, at less than 3 cents an acre, it was more…

Today's American Minute

by Bill Federer -- "Damn the torpedoes! Full steam ahead!" were the words of Admiral David Farragut, who captured Mobile, Ala., and on this day, April 29, 1862, captured New Orleans. Under more…

Today's American Minute

by Bill Federer -- Leading the charge at the Battle of Trenton, a musket ball struck his shoulder, hitting an artery. He recovered and continued to fight for Gen. Washington, becoming friends more…

Today's American Minute

by Bill Federer -- Forced to resign from the Army for excessive drinking, he failed as a farmer and a businessman. Not until he volunteered for the Civil War did things change. more…

Today's American Minute

by Bill Federer -- The first English settlers landed in America on this day, April 26, 1607, at the site of Cape Henry, named for Prince Henry of Wales. Their first act more…

Today's American Minute

by Bill Federer -- The U.S. Senate, starting this day, April 25, 1789, decided to open every session with prayer, continuing the practice of the Continental Congress during the Revolution. The first more…

Today's American Minute

by Bill Federer -- The British set fire to it during the War of 1812, burning hundreds of books, but the Library of Congress was restocked by Thomas Jefferson, who provided over more…