Today's American Minute

by Bill Federer -- "The Jungle Book" was written by Rudyard Kipling, who was born this day, Dec. 30, 1865, in Bombay, India. Educated in England, he returned to India as a more…

Today's American Minute

by Bill Federer -- After nearly ten years of being its own nation, the Republic of Texas became the 28th state of the union this day, Dec. 29, 1845. It later joined more…

Today's American Minute

by Bill Federer -- While he was president, he married Edith Bolling Galt, who was a direct descendant of Pocahontas. Under his administration, the Panama Canal was completed, the Federal Reserve Bank more…

Today's American Minute

by Bill Federer -- He suffered an attack of smallpox when he was 4-years-old, which left him with crippled hands and poor eyesight. Overcoming those handicaps, he studied Copernicus' works and at more…

Today's American Minute

by Bill Federer -- John Alexander Logan died this day, Dec. 26, 1886. He was a major-general during the Civil War, serving with Gen. Grant at Vicksburg, Miss., and Gen. Sherman on more…

Today's American Minute

by Bill Federer -- In the first six months of the Revolution, the Continental Army was driven back, out of New York, across New Jersey and into Pennsylvania. The American troops dwindled more…

Today's American Minute

by Bill Federer -- On Christmas Eve, Dec. 24, 1492, one of Columbus' ships, the Santa Maria, ran aground on the island of Haiti and had to be abandoned. Columbus left 40 more…

Today's American Minute

by Bill Federer -- An essay entitled "The American Crisis" was published this day, Dec. 23, 1776. Signed "Common Sense," it was written by Thomas Paine and it greatly spread the flames more…

Today's American Minute

by Bill Federer -- The Battle of the Bulge. The Nazi's amassed three of their armies for an enormous attack against the Allies in the Ardennes Forest. The Germans soon surrounded the more…

Today's American Minute

by Bill Federer -- The captain of a slave trading ship, he was so depraved that once in a drunken stupor he fell overboard. His crew, in order to rescue him, threw more…