How chemistry influenced birth of modern Israel

by Bill Federer -- During World War I, Britain's war effort was hindered by their ineffective manufacturing of explosives. Britain's situation suddenly changed when a chemist made a breakthrough in synthesizing the more…

Famous days of Thanksgiving

by Bill Federer -- After the victory of the battle of Saratoga during the Revolutionary War, the Continental Congress proclaimed the first national day of Thanksgiving, Nov. 1, 1777: "The grateful feeling more…

Islam once dominated the seas

by Bill Federer -- On Nov. 21, 1620 (NS), the Pilgrims signed the Mayflower Compact and began their Plymouth Colony. Five years later, in 1625, the Pilgrims filled two ships with dried more…

This is what will bring down America

by Bill Federer -- Nov. 19, 1863, Abraham Lincoln delivered his Gettysburg Address where 50,000 soldiers were killed or wounded in a three-day battle: Fourscore and seven years ago our fathers brought more…

This is the definition of character

by Bill Federer -- Commenting on the "liberty to worship our Creator" Thomas Jefferson wrote to Captain John Thomas of the Newhope Baptist Church, Nov. 18, 1807: "Among the most inestimable of more…

She was 1 of world's greatest monarchs

by Bill Federer -- "Bloody Mary," daughter of Henry VIII, reigned five years, during which time her government sentenced 300 people to death. On Oct. 16, 1555, facing their execution, Bishop Hugh more…

They don't breed men like this anymore

by Bill Federer -- He lost two sons in the Revolution and was the only clergyman to sign the Declaration. A delegate from New Jersey, he declared: "Gentlemen, New Jersey is ready more…

'The Negro who does the shooting is uneducated'

by Bill Federer -- Booker T. Washington, the founder of Tuskegee Institute, delivered an address at Memorial Hall in Columbus, Ohio, May 24, 1900. The description was recorded in "The Booker T. more…