Today's American Minute

by Bill Federer -- Alexis de Tocqueville was born this day, July 29, 1805. He was a French social philosopher who traveled the United States in 1831. His work, "Democracy in America," more…

Today's American Minute

by Bill Federer -- German composer Johann Sebastian Bach died this day, July 28, 1750. He was considered the "master of masters," combining the tradition of Baroque music with harmonic innovations. The more…

Today's American Minute

by Bill Federer -- After three years of fighting, the Korean War ended this day, July 27, 1953, with the armistice signed at Panmunjom. Part of a U.N. "police" action, the greatly more…

Today's American Minute

by Bill Federer -- On this day, July 26, 1775, Benjamin Franklin became the first postmaster general of the United States. Before the Revolution he served in that position under the British more…

Today's American Minute

by Bill Federer -- Ulysses S. Grant was commissioned this day, July 25, 1866, as general of the Army, being the first officer to hold that rank. His courageous victories during the more…

Today's American Minute

by Bill Federer -- Tennessee became the first state to be readmitted back into the Union after the Civil War on this day, July 24, 1866. In a proclamation of Amnesty and more…

Today's American Minute

by Bill Federer -- He was the only person to sign all four of America's founding documents: the Declaration of Independence, Articles of Confederation, Articles of Association and the U.S. Constitution. A more…

Today's American Minute

by Bill Federer -- "A baby is God's opinion that the world should go on," wrote poet Carl Sandburg, who died this day, July 22, 1967. Sandburg received the Pulitzer Prize and more…

Today's American Minute

by Bill Federer -- The famous Monkey Trial ended this day, July 21, 1925, as John Scopes, a high-school biology teacher in Tennessee was fined for teaching a theory of origins called more…

Today's American Minute

by Bill Federer -- "One small step for a man, one giant leap for mankind," were the words uttered this day, July 20, 1969, by Neil Armstrong as he became the first more…