Today's American Minute

by Bill Federer -- The American Red Cross was organized this day, May 21, 1881, by Clara Barton, a schoolteacher who had moved to Washington at the outbreak of the Civil War. more…

Today's American Minute

by Bill Federer -- This day, May 20, 1927, at 7:52 am, one of the greatest feats in aviation began, as Charles Lindbergh departed Roosevelt Field in New York in his silver more…

Today's American Minute

by Bill Federer -- The invincible Spanish Armada sailed off this day, May 19, 1588, to conquer England. Queen Elizabeth relied on Sir Francis Drake, who used smaller, faster vessels and ingeniously more…

Today's American Minute

by Bill Federer -- On May 18, 1920, in a small town in Poland, Karol Wojtyla was born. He became a chemical worker during World War II, risked punishment from the communists more…

Today's American Minute

by Bill Federer -- Amazing! The first chief justice of the U.S. Supreme Court was also the president of the American Bible Society. Who was he? John Jay, who died this day, more…

Today's American Minute

by Bill Federer -- Seward's Folly is what Alaska was called when it was first purchased from the Russians, as it was thought to be of no value. Only when it was more…

Today's American Minute

by Bill Federer -- Army Day, Navy Day and Air Force Day were combined in 1949 to become Armed Forces Day, celebrated the third Saturday of May. This day honors the men more…

Today's American Minute

by Bill Federer -- Midnight, May 14, 1948, the state of Israel came into being and was immediately recognized by the United States and the Soviet Union. A homeland for the thousands more…

Today's American Minute

by Bill Federer -- The first settlers to establish a permanent English settlement in the New World landed in Jamestown, Va., this day, May 13, 1607. Many of the 100 colonists sent more…

Today's American Minute

by Bill Federer -- "The Battle Hymn of the Republic" was performed for the first time this day, May 12, 1861, for Union recruits during the Civil War. Said to have been more…