Today's American Minute

by Bill Federer -- The Boys Scouts of America was incorporated this day, Feb. 8, 1910. It was founded two years prior in England by Sir Baden-Powell, a hero of the South more…

Today's American Minute

by Bill Federer -- Frederick Douglass was born this day, Feb. 7, 1817. A former slave, he had become an abolitionist and a commanding spokesman for slaves. His powerful orations exposed the more…

Today's American Minute

by Bill Federer -- He started his professional career as radio host in Iowa, served in the Army Air Corp during World War II and became an actor, appearing in over 50 more…

Today's American Minute

by Bill Federer -- Persecuted in England for preaching religious liberty, Roger Williams fled to Boston, arriving this day, Feb. 5, 1631. He pastored a short time in the Massachusetts Bay Colony more…

Today's American Minute

by Bill Federer -- For a time he earned his living barnstorming and performing daring feats of aviation. He became a flying cadet in the U.S. Air Service Reserve and flew mail more…

Today's American Minute

by Bill Federer -- On the frigid night of Feb. 3, 1943, the Allied ship Dorchester plowed through the waters near Greenland. At 1 a.m., a Nazi submarine fired a torpedo into more…

Today's American Minute

by Bill Federer -- Feb. 2, 1848, the United States Congress ratified the peace treaty that ended the Mexican War and, in exchange for $15 million, brought the territories of California, Nevada, more…

Today's American Minute

by Bill Federer -- Five dollars was all she was paid by the Atlantic Monthly magazine for her poem "The Battle Hymn of the Republic," which was published this day, Feb. 1, more…

Today's American Minute

by Bill Federer -- Jacob Duche was born this day, Jan. 31, 1738. He was the Anglican clergyman who, at the request of the Continental Congress, opened the first session of Congress more…

Today's American Minute

by Bill Federer -- Franklin Delano Roosevelt was born this day, Jan. 30, 1882, in Hyde Park, N.Y. He was the 32nd president of the United States, serving over 12 years, longer more…