Planet Uranus almost named after this king

by Bill Federer -- William Herschel discovered the first planet since ancient antiquity in 1781. He desired to name the planet after King George III, though others wanted to give it his more…

The invention that changed the world

by Bill Federer -- From the beginning of recorded human history around 3300 B.C. till 1400 A.D., Western civilization wrote on papyrus reeds from the Nile Delta, palm leaves, parchment from animal more…

'Don't give up the ship!' ultimately changed history

by Bill Federer -- Amongst the U.S. Navy and Marine heroes confronting Tripoli's Muslim Barbary pirates was Captain James Lawrence. In 1804, Captain Lawrence was second-in-command of an expedition to destroy the more…

This man of war prayed for peace

by Bill Federer -- On Aug. 22, 1935, President Franklin D. Roosevelt greeted by telephone the bicentennial celebration of Sainte Genevieve, Missouri: "The history of the town of Sainte Genevieve eloquently testifies more…

America – A 6,000-year miracle

by Bill Federer -- He was one of six founding fathers to sign both the Declaration of Independence and the Constitution. President Washington appointed him to be a justice on the Supreme more…

The 1950 ruling that may prevent Shariah law

by Bill Federer -- He was not consistently conservative enough for Republican President Warren G. Harding and he was not consistently liberal enough for Democrat President Franklin Roosevelt. As a result, he more…

The 1 thing that will take away rights of states

by Bill Federer -- After having the Declaration of Independence read to his troops, General George Washington issued the order, July 9, 1776: "Commanding officers of each regiment are directed to procure more…

The pulpit is responsible for all these problems

by Bill Federer -- Sir William Blackstone's "Commentaries on the Laws of England," published 1765-1769 by Oxford's Clarendon Press, had an immense influence on America's founders, being considered the definitive pre-Revolutionary source more…