Today's American Minute

by Bill Federer -- He was the grandson of the sixth president, John Quincy Adams, and the great-grandson of John Adams, the second president. His name was Henry Adams, and he died more…

Today's American Minute

by Bill Federer -- March 26, 1831, Richard Allen died. Born of slave parents in Philadelphia, he was sold with his family to a plantation in Dover, Del. With the permission of more…

Today's American Minute

by Bill Federer -- On this day, March 25, 1835, Andrew Jackson wrote in a letter: "I was brought up a rigid Presbyterian, to which I have always adhered. Our excellent Constitution more…

Today's American Minute

by Bill Federer -- Rufus King was born this day, March 24, 1755. He was one of the signers of the U.S. Constitution, a minister to England and a senator from New more…

Today's American Minute

by Bill Federer -- On this date, March 23, 1775, Patrick Henry spoke to the Second Virginia Convention, which, because of British hostilities, was meeting in St. John's Church. He proclaimed: "There more…

Today's American Minute

by Bill Federer -- On this date, March 22, 1758, Princeton University President Jonathan Edwards died as a result of a smallpox inoculation. Himself a Yale graduate, being valedictorian of his class, more…

Today's American Minute

by Bill Federer -- On this date, March 21, 1685, Johann Sebastian Bach was born. By the age of 10, both his parents had died. At 18 he was appointed organist at more…

Today's American Minute

by Bill Federer -- On this date, March 20, 1727, Sir Isaac Newton, one of the world's greatest scientists, died. With his mother widowed twice, he was raised by his grandmother before more…

Today's American Minute

by Bill Federer -- William Bradford was born this day, March 19, 1590. He sailed with the Pilgrims on the Mayflower and was chosen as their governor in 1621, being re-elected 30 more…

Today' American Minute

by Bill Federer -- On this date, March 18, 1845, missionary John Chapman died, better known as Johnny Appleseed. Collecting apple seeds from cider presses in western Pennsylvania, he began planting nurseries more…