Today's American Minute

by Bill Federer -- Helen Keller was born this day, June 27, 1880. At the age of 2 she suffered an illness that left her both blind and deaf. Her parents took more…

Today's American Minute

by Bill Federer -- The United Nations Charter was signed this day, June 26, 1945, in San Francisco by the 51 original member nations. Herbert Hoover, America's 31st president, stated to the more…

Today's American Minute

by Bill Federer -- The Korean War started this day, June 25, 1950, when communist North Koreans invaded South Korea, killing tens of thousands within the first weeks. Gen. Douglas MacArthur was more…

Today's American Minute

by Bill Federer -- His travels were exceeded only by Lewis and Clark. He led expeditions up the Missouri River, discovered the South Pass through the Rockies and the first land route more…

Today's American Minute

by Bill Federer -- William Penn signed a treaty with the Delaware Indians this day, June 23, 1683, under an elm tree in what was to become the city of Philadelphia. A more…

Today's American Minute

by Bill Federer -- As of this date, June 22, 1970, 18-year-olds could begin voting in elections, thanks to President Richard M. Nixon signing the Voting Rights Act. The Supreme Court limited more…

Today's American Minute

by Bill Federer -- The U.S. Constitution went into effect this day, June 21, 1788, when the ninth state ratified it. Of those who wrote the Constitution, 29 were Episcopalians, nine Presbyterians, more…

Today's American Minute

by Bill Federer -- Today, June 20, in the year 1632, King Charles of England granted a charter for the Colony of Maryland, named for Queen Henrietta Maria. Lord Baltimore sent two more…

Today's American Minute

by Bill Federer -- The first formal "Father's Day" was celebrated on this day, June 19, 1910. It began in Spokane, Wash., when a woman named Sonora Louise Smart Dodd heard a more…

Today's American Minute

by Bill Federer -- The War of 1812 began on this day, June 18. The British had captured American ships and enslaved sailors. They incited Indians to capture Fort Mims, massacring 500 more…