Today's American Minute

by Bill Federer -- The first English settlers landed in America on this day, April 26, 1607, at the site of Cape Henry, named for Prince Henry of Wales. Their first act more…

Today's American Minute

by Bill Federer -- The U.S. Senate, starting this day, April 25, 1789, decided to open every session with prayer, continuing the practice of the Continental Congress during the Revolution. The first more…

Today's American Minute

by Bill Federer -- The British set fire to it during the War of 1812, burning hundreds of books, but the Library of Congress was restocked by Thomas Jefferson, who provided over more…

Today's American Minute

by Bill Federer -- Four years before the Pilgrims landed at Plymouth Rock, William Shakespeare died on this day, April 23, 1616. His 37 plays have impacted world literature. He married Ann more…

Today's American Minute

by Bill Federer -- A gunshot at high noon on this day, April 22, 1889, began the famous Oklahoma land rush. Within nine hours, some 2 million acres became the private property more…

Today's American Minute

by Bill Federer -- "Mark Twain," a river measurement meaning "12 feet deep," was the pen name of Samuel Langhorne Clemens, who died this day, April 21, in 1910. Growing up along more…

Today's American Minute

by Bill Federer -- The Indians of New York, New Jersey and Pennsylvania had been ministered to by colonial missionary David Brainerd, born this day, April 20, 1718. With his interpreter, Moses more…

Today's American Minute

by Bill Federer -- World War II hero Gen. Douglas MacArthur retired on this day, April 19, 1951. He was supreme allied commander in the Pacific, receiving Japan's surrender. He served in more…

Today's American Minute

by Bill Federer -- Plymouth Colony founder William Brewster died this day, April 18, 1644. He helped lead the Pilgrim's Church in England, allowing them to meet for worship at his home. more…

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…