Today's American Minute

by Bill Federer -- On this day, April 17, 1790, the son of a poor candle maker died. The 15th of 17 children, he apprenticed as a printer and published a popular more…

Today's American Minute

by Bill Federer -- In 1859 on this day, April 16, French historian Alexis de Tocqueville died. For nine months he had traveled the U.S. to observe its institutions, writing the work more…

Today's American Minute

by Bill Federer -- April 15, the day income taxes are due to the IRS, is the day the Titanic sank in the North Atlantic in the year 1912. It had struck more…

Today's American Minute

by Bill Federer -- Noah Webster published the first edition of his dictionary on this day, April 14, 1828. This 26-year project standardized the spelling of the English language. With 30,000 new more…

Today's American Minute

by Bill Federer -- On this day, April 13, 1743, the 3rd U.S. president was born. He approved the Louisiana Purchase and commissioned Lewis and Clark to explore it. Best known for more…

Today's American Minute

by Bill Federer -- Less than two months after Lincoln was inaugurated president, the Civil War began this day, April 12, 1861, with Confederate troops in Charleston, S.C., firing upon Fort Sumter. more…

Today's American Minute

by Bill Federer -- "Houston, we've had a problem" were the fateful words received from Apollo 13, which was launched for the moon this day, April 11, 1970. Mission control identified that more…

Today's American Minute

by Bill Federer -- Millions of people in 91 countries are helped by The Salvation Army, founded by William Booth, who was born this day, April 10, 1829. He began by ministering more…

Today's American Minute

by Bill Federer -- The Civil War ended this day, April 9, 1865, as Gen. Robert E. Lee surrendered at the courthouse of Appomattox, Va. Lee took off his sword and handed more…

Today's American Minute

by Bill Federer -- Five-star Gen. Omar Bradley died this day, April 8, 1981. During World War II, he commanded the Army in North Africa, and in 1944 led the 12th Army more…