The day time stopped, then did an about-face

by Bill Federer -- President John Quincy Adams stated in Newburyport, July 4, 1837: "In the chain of human events, the birthday of the nation is indissolubly linked with the birthday of more…

Hanukkah, past and present

by Bill Federer -- King Cyrus of Persia let the Jews return to Jerusalem after 70 years of captivity and they rebuilt the Temple c.516 B.C. Around 330 B.C., Alexander the Great more…

One short word defied Nazi attack in WWII

by Bill Federer -- The Battle of the Bulge was the largest and bloodiest battle fought by the U.S. during World War II. It involved 610,000 Americans, 55,000 British, 72,000 Free French more…

A time when no one was afraid to say Merry Christmas

by Bill Federer -- [caption id="attachment_1868115" align="aligncenter" width="600"] Christmas truce, World War I[/caption] When the first World War began, British women suffragists sent an open Christmas letter "To the Women of Germany more…

At Valley Forge, this 1 thing kept soldiers united

by Bill Federer -- [caption id="attachment_2234395" align="alignright" width="600"] George Washington kneeling in prayer[/caption] After the American victory at Saratoga, British General Howe struck back by driving the patriots out of Philadelphia. On more…

Deafness was no barrier to brilliance

by Bill Federer -- [caption id="attachment_2741635" align="aligncenter" width="600"] Ludwig van Beethoven[/caption] Twenty years after composer Johann Sebastian Bach died, Ludwig van Beethoven was born in Bonn, Germany, and baptized on Dec. 17, more…

What spark led to American Revolution?

by Bill Federer -- [caption id="attachment_2737915" align="aligncenter" width="600"] Boston Tea Party[/caption] The French and Indian War ended in 1763 with the French losing Canada and all their land east of the Mississippi more…