Today's American Minute

by Bill Federer -- He was the grandson of Princeton president Jonathan Edwards, whose preaching began the Great Awakening revival. He became the president of Yale, serving for 22 years. His name more…

Today's American Minute

by Bill Federer -- His daughter was Harriet Beecher Stowe, who wrote the abolitionist novel "Uncle Tom's Cabin." His son, Henry Ward Beecher, supported a woman's right to vote and was famous more…

Today's American Minute

by Bill Federer -- Richard Milhous Nixon was born this day, Jan. 9, 1913. A lieutenant commander in the Navy during World War II, he was a congressman, senator, and vice president more…

Today's American Minute

by Bill Federer -- Though the War of 1812 had ended two weeks earlier, news had not yet reached New Orleans, and on this day, Jan. 8, 1815, five-thousand British soldiers charged more…

Today's American Minute

by Bill Federer -- He became the 13th president when President Zachary Taylor died unexpectedly. He sent Commodore Perry to Japan and admitted California, which had just begun the Gold Rush, into more…

Today's American Minute

by Bill Federer -- In 567 A.D., at the Council of Tours, the church tried to reconcile a dispute between Western Europe and Eastern Europe. The West celebrated the feast of Christ's more…

Today's American Minute

by Bill Federer -- Raised by an elderly white couple after his mother was kidnapped following the Civil War, he began school in Neosho, Mo., and eventually received his bachelor's and master's more…

Today's American Minute

by Bill Federer -- Called the "Father of American Medicine," he signed the Declaration of Independence, was surgeon general of the Continental Army and was a staff member of the Pennsylvania Hospital, more…

Today's American Minute

by Bill Federer -- Frederick the Great of Prussia called these 10 days "the most brilliant in the world's history." After winning the Battle of Trenton Christmas night, George Washington's small force more…

Today's American Minute

by Bill Federer -- Today, Jan. 2, is Betsy Ross Day. She was born on Jan. 1, 1752, to a Quaker family in Philadelphia, the eighth of 17 children. She apprenticed as more…