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…

Today's American Minute

by Bill Federer -- Withholding taxes from people's paychecks began this day, June 9, 1943. Congress passed it as an emergency measure to get money to fight Hitler. The idea came from more…

Today's American Minute

by Bill Federer -- On June 8, 1845, "Old Hickory" died. Wounded by a sword during the Revolutionary War, he later fought the Seminole Indians, and in the War of 1812 defeated more…

Today's American Minute

by Bill Federer -- Daniel Boone began to explore Kentucky on this day, June 7, 1769. Six years later he brought the first settlers to Kentucky, founding the fort of Boonesboro. He more…

Today's American Minute

by Bill Federer -- "D-Day" June 6, 1944, 156,000 men landed on the Normandy coast of France. It was the largest invasion force in history. Gen. Dwight Eisenhower, the supreme allied commander, more…

Today's American Minute

by Bill Federer -- Today, June 5, 1967, the Six-Day War began. Egypt had 80,000 troops and 900 tanks facing Israel. Jordan and Syria, with Soviet weapons, violently shelled Jerusalem and Israeli more…