Today's American Minute

by Bill Federer -- The first formal "Father's Day" was celebrated on this day, June 19, 1910. It began in Spokane, Wash., when a woman named Sonora Louise Smart Dodd heard a more…

Today's American Minute

by Bill Federer -- The War of 1812 began on this day, June 18. The British had captured American ships and enslaved sailors. They incited Indians to capture Fort Mims, massacring 500 more…

Today's American Minute

by Bill Federer -- "Don't shoot until you see the whites of their eyes!" was the order given this day, June 17, 1775, by Col. William Prescott to colonial troops defending Bunker more…

Today's American Minute

by Bill Federer -- The father of the American space program died this day, June 16, 1977. He developed the famed V-2 rocket for Germany before immigrating to the U.S., where in more…

Today's American Minute

by Bill Federer -- The Legend of Robin Hood speaks of Richard the Lionhearted. Upon his return to England after crusading in the Holy Land, he took back the throne from his more…

Today's American Minute

by Bill Federer -- Thirteen stars and thirteen stripes. It was on this day, June 14, 1777, that the Second Continental Congress chose this as the flag of the United States. In more…

Today's American Minute

by Bill Federer -- Nineteen-year-old Marquis de Lafayette purchased a ship and sailed to America, arriving this day, June 13, 1777. Trained in the French military, he was appointed a major general. more…

Today's American Minute

by Bill Federer -- He received the Distinguished Flying Cross for his service in the Pacific during World War II. He studied at Yale, was a congressman, ambassador to the U.N., CIA more…

Today's American Minute

by Bill Federer -- He sent Paul Revere on his midnight ride to warn Lexington that the British were coming. A Harvard graduate, he was a successful doctor in Boston, but left more…

Today's American Minute

by Bill Federer -- The U.S. Naval Academy at Annapolis, Md., graduated its first class on this day, June 10, 1854. The academy was established under the direction of George Bancroft, secretary more…