Today's American Minute

by Bill Federer -- In the year 1891, on this day, Dec. 9, President Benjamin Harrison wrote: "This Government has found occasion to express ... to the ... Czar its serious concern more…

Today's American Minute

by Bill Federer -- On this day, Dec. 8, 1863, President Abraham Lincoln announced his plan to pardon those who had been in the Confederacy. He wrote: "Whereas it is ... desired more…

Today's American Minute

by Bill Federer -- "Dec. 7, 1941 – a date which will live in infamy – the United States of America was suddenly and deliberately attacked by naval and air forces of more…

Today's American Minute

by Bill Federer -- His name was Nicholas and he was born to a wealthy, elderly couple in what is now Turkey in the 3rd century A.D. When his parents died, he more…

Today's American Minute

by Bill Federer -- A signer of the U.S. Constitution who was licensed to preach? This was Hugh Williamson, born this day, Dec. 5, 1735. He studied divinity in Connecticut and was more…

Today's American Minute

by Bill Federer -- Father Jacques Marquette arrived in Quebec from France to be a missionary among the Indians. Gov. Frontenac commissioned him to explore the unknown Mississippi River, traveling by canoe more…

Today's American Minute

by Bill Federer -- President Thomas Jefferson, author of the phrase "separation of church and state," asked Congress to ratify a treaty with the Kaskaskia Indians, which they did this day, Dec. more…

Today's American Minute

by Bill Federer -- A 33-year-old conquistador landed in Mexico with 500 men. He was shocked to find the Aztecs taking prisoners of the weaker tribes, ripping their hearts out atop temples, more…

Today's American Minute

by Bill Federer -- The Confederates won the Second Battle of Bull Run, crossed the Potomac River into Maryland and captured Harper's Ferry. But the Confederate drive was halted at the Battle more…

Today's American Minute

by Bill Federer -- "The Celebrated Jumping Frog of Calaveras Country" was his first popular story, written while in San Francisco. He then sailed to Palestine and wrote "Innocents Abroad." While on more…