Today's American Minute

by Bill Federer -- During World War I, Britain was at a great disadvantage in manufacturing explosives, that is, until there was a breakthrough in synthesizing acetone by a Jewish chemist named more…

Today's American Minute

by Bill Federer -- In 1789, President George Washington proclaimed the first National Day of Thanksgiving. He wrote: "Whereas it is the duty of all nations to acknowledge the Providence of Almighty more…

Today's American Minute

by Bill Federer -- Freed from slavery, Sojourner Truth heard "a voice from Heaven" and began traveling the North preaching emancipation for the slaves. During the Civil War, she came to Washington, more…

Today's American Minute

by Bill Federer -- He was sentenced to be a galley slave on a French ship, but after several grueling years he escaped and came back to Scotland to preach. He confronted more…

Today's American Minute

by Bill Federer -- Two months before being elected America's 14th president, his 11-year-old son, Bennie, was killed as their campaign train rolled off the tracks. This happened to Franklin Pierce, who more…

Today's American Minute

by Bill Federer -- Shots rang out as President John F. Kennedy was assassinated this day, Nov. 22, 1963, in Dallas, Texas. He was on his way to deliver a speech at more…

Today's American Minute

by Bill Federer -- The French author Voltaire was born this day, Nov. 21, 1694. He was celebrated for his wit, brilliancy and his hatred of Christianity. According to Yale President Timothy more…

Today's American Minute

by Bill Federer -- When the Supreme Court declared prayer in schools unconstitutional in 1962, Senate Majority Leader Robert Byrd from West Virginia, who was born this day, Nov. 20, 1917, gave more…

Today's American Minute

by Bill Federer -- "Fourscore and seven years ago our fathers brought forth upon this continent a new nation, conceived in liberty, and dedicated to the proposition that all men are created more…

Today's American Minute

by Bill Federer -- Jesse James was killed, telephone lines connected New York and Chicago, and international time zones were set. This all occurred during the term of President Chester Arthur, who more…