Today' American Minute

by Bill Federer -- In exchange for some brass buttons, and scarlet cloth worth about $24, Manhattan Island was purchased from the Manhattan Indian tribe on this day, May 6, 1626, by more…

Today's American Minute

by Bill Federer -- May 5, 1988, President Ronald Reagan signed an Act of Congress designating the first Thursday in May as a National Day of Prayer. This has always been a more…

Today's American Minute

by Bill Federer -- Selling 1 million copies a year for over 100 years, McGuffey's Readers were the mainstay of pubic education in America. Millions of school children read them, making them more…

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…