Today's American Minute

by Bill Federer -- Born in Germany this day, March 14, 1879, he began teaching himself calculus at the age of 14. He developed the theory of relativity, which was the basis more…

Today's American Minute

by Bill Federer -- Susan B. Anthony, whose face is on a U.S. dollar coin, died this day, March 13, 1906. She was raised in a Quaker home, known properly as the more…

Today's American Minute

by Bill Federer -- The Girls Scouts of America was started on this date, March 12, 1912, in Savannah, Ga., by Mrs. Juliette Low. After meeting Sir Baden-Powell, founder of the Boy more…

Today's American Minute

by Bill Federer -- His outspoken stand against slavery resulted in a congressman from Carolina violently beating him on the head with a cane while he was sitting at his desk on more…

Today's American Minute

by Bill Federer -- Twenty-six-year-old William Penn received from King Charles the charter to Pennsylvania on this date, March 10, 1681, as repayment of a debt owed to his deceased father. An more…

Today's American Minute

by Bill Federer -- On this date, March 9,1862, the historic Civil War battle took place between the Confederate iron-plated ship Merrimac, which had just destroyed two Union boats, and the Union's more…

Today's American Minute

by Bill Federer -- Known as The Great Dissenter because of his unconventional opinions, he served for 30 years on the Supreme Court. Who was he? Oliver Wendell Holmes Jr., born this more…

Today's American Minute

by Bill Federer -- On March 7, 1774, the British passed the Boston Port Act, closing the harbor to all commerce to punish the colonists for the Boston Tea Party. The surrounding more…

Today's American Minute

by Bill Federer -- On March 6, 1776, Gen. Washington issued the order from his headquarters at Cambridge: "The ... Legislature [has set apart] a day of fasting, prayer and humiliation, 'to more…

Today's American Minute

by Bill Federer -- On this day, March 5, in the year 1770, the Boston Massacre took place. The British had been forcing Colonists to house their soldiers. A crowd had gathered more…