Today's American Minute

by Bill Federer -- Prior to the Civil War there were two major political parties: the Democrats, who believed Americans should have the freedom of choice to own a slave; and the more…

Today's American Minute

by Bill Federer -- Once political enemies, they became close friends and died on yesterday's date, July 4, in the year 1826. An awe swept America as these two men, at a more…

Today's American Minute

by Bill Federer -- The Declaration of Independence was approved this day, July 4, 1776. John Hancock, the first to sign, said: "The price on my head has just doubled." Benjamin Franklin more…

Today's American Minute

by Bill Federer -- Washington, D.C., was in a panic as 70,000 Confederate troops were marching toward it just 60 miles away. The furious fighting lasted three days. As Gen. Lee found more…

Today's American Minute

by Bill Federer -- One bullet grazed his elbow, but a second lodged in the back of President James Garfield, who was shot this day, July 2, 1881, as he waited in more…

Today's American Minute

by Bill Federer -- Teddy Roosevelt and the Rough Riders charged up Cuba's San Juan Hill and captured it this day, July 1, 1898. After eight hours of heavy fighting over 1,500 more…

Today's American Minute

by Bill Federer -- What was the first settlement in North America? Was it Jamestown or Plymouth? Actually, it was Fort Caroline at Saint John's River in Florida. It was founded this more…

Today's American Minute

by Bill Federer -- "I would rather be right than president," was the famous phrase uttered by Henry Clay, who died this day, June 29, 1852. Elected speaker of the House six more…

Today's American Minute

by Bill Federer -- The Constitutional Convention was in a heated deadlock over how both large and small states could be represented equally. Some delegates even left, giving up hope. Then, on more…

Today's American Minute

by Bill Federer -- Helen Keller was born this day, June 27, 1880. At the age of 2 she suffered an illness that left her both blind and deaf. Her parents took more…