Today's American Minute

by Bill Federer -- Amazing! The first chief justice of the U.S. Supreme Court was also the president of the American Bible Society. Who was he? John Jay, who died this day, more…

Today's American Minute

by Bill Federer -- Seward's Folly is what Alaska was called when it was first purchased from the Russians, as it was thought to be of no value. Only when it was more…

Today's American Minute

by Bill Federer -- Army Day, Navy Day and Air Force Day were combined in 1949 to become Armed Forces Day, celebrated the third Saturday of May. This day honors the men more…

Today's American Minute

by Bill Federer -- Midnight, May 14, 1948, the state of Israel came into being and was immediately recognized by the United States and the Soviet Union. A homeland for the thousands more…

Today's American Minute

by Bill Federer -- The first settlers to establish a permanent English settlement in the New World landed in Jamestown, Va., this day, May 13, 1607. Many of the 100 colonists sent more…

Today's American Minute

by Bill Federer -- "The Battle Hymn of the Republic" was performed for the first time this day, May 12, 1861, for Union recruits during the Civil War. Said to have been more…

Today's American Minute

by Bill Federer -- The son of a rabbi, born this day, May 11, 1888, he was 4-years-old when he immigrated from Russia to New York. Falling in love with America, he more…

Today's American Minute

by Bill Federer -- A surprise attack before dawn on this day May 10, 1775, gave America one of its first great victories of the Revolutionary War. Ethan Allen, who commanded the more…

Today's American Minute

by Bill Federer -- Mothers were officially honored this day, May 9, 1914, with the first National Mother's Day Proclamation, signed by President Woodrow Wilson. It designated the second Sunday in May more…

Today's American Minute

by Bill Federer -- The 33rd U.S. president was born this day, May 8, 1884. He was captain of a field artillery battery in France during World War I, judge in Jackson more…