Think communism is the answer? Read this

by Bill Federer -- "Mr. Gorbachev, tear down this wall!" announced President Ronald Reagan at the Berlin Wall, June 12, 1987. Begun after Lenin's Bolshevik Revolution in 1917, the Soviet Union existed more…

For taxpayers, this is a grim day in history

by Bill Federer -- Withholding taxes from paychecks began June 9, 1943. Congress passed it as an emergency measure during World War II to get money to fight Hitler. Withholding taxes was more…

Andrew Jackson: The good, the bad and the ugly

by Bill Federer -- His Scots-Irish parents emigrated from Ireland two years before his birth. At age 13, Andrew Jackson joined a local militia to fight during the Revolutionary War. His eldest more…

How tulips helped create Wall Street

by Bill Federer -- Spain's "Iron Duke," the Grand Duke of Alba, fought the Ottoman Muslims in 1535, recapturing Tunis, North Africa. Spain financed its war with gold from the Inca Empire. more…