Think dates are set in stone? Think again

by Bill Federer -- "On the 12th day of Christmas ..." In 567 A.D., the Council of Tours ended a dispute. Western Europe celebrated the birth of Christ on Christmas Day, Dec. more…

10 days which changed the history of the world

by Bill Federer -- Frederick the Great of Prussia called these 10 days "the most brilliant in the world's history." After winning the Battle of Trenton, Christmas Day evening, George Washington's small more…

The tragic love life of flagmaker Betsy Ross

by Bill Federer -- A 3-cent stamp honoring Betsy Ross was issued in Philadelphia, Jan. 2, 1952, commemorating the 200th anniversary of her birth. Born a day earlier, Jan. 1, 1752, to more…

Thomas Jefferson's opinion of Islam

by Bill Federer -- On Jan. 1, 1802, the people of Cheshire, Massachusetts, sent a giant block of cheese to President Thomas Jefferson, being presented by the famous Baptist preacher, John Leland. more…

You want 'trigger words'? Try these

by Bill Federer -- "Tyranny, like hell, is not easily conquered; yet we have this consolation with us that the harder the conflict, the more glorious the triumph." – "The American Crisis," more…

Armenian genocide: The forgotten tragedy

by Bill Federer -- According to ancient tradition, Noah's Ark rested on Mount Ararat in the Armenian Mountain Range. Armenia's Coat of Arms has Mount Ararat with Noah's Ark on top. Armenian more…