Today's American Minute

by Bill Federer -- Five-thousand seven-hundred British troops, under the command of Gen. Burgoyne, surrendered this day, Oct. 17, 1777, at Saratoga, N.Y., to the revolutionary forces led by Gen. Gates. After more…

Today's American Minute

by Bill Federer -- His barn in Pennsylvania was a station on the Underground Railroad, helping slaves escape to freedom. But on this day, Oct. 16, 1859, John Brown and 21 men more…

Today's American Minute

by Bill Federer -- On this day, Oct. 15, 1991, Clarence Thomas was confirmed as a Justice on the Supreme Court by the U.S. Senate vote of 52-48. Also on this day, more…

Today's American Minute

by Bill Federer -- He was the son of a British Navy admiral who discovered Bermuda. He attended Oxford University and studied law. At the age of 22, he heard a sermon more…

Today's American Minute

by Bill Federer -- Margaret Thatcher was born this day, Oct. 13, 1925. She was the first woman prime minister of the United Kingdom. While traveling through New York City in 1996, more…

Today's American Minute

by Bill Federer -- Oct. 12, 1492, two hours after midnight, Columbus sighted land. He named the first island San Salvador, meaning "Holy Saviour." After meeting the natives, Columbus wrote: "So that more…

Today's American Minute

by Bill Federer -- On Oct. 11, 1798, President John Adams addressed the officers of the First Brigade of the Third Division of the Militia of Massachusetts in a letter: "We have more…

Today's American Minute

by Bill Federer -- Just two days before Columbus sighted land, his men were on the verge of mutiny. They had sailed the longest voyage ever out of the sight of land more…

Today's American Minute

by Bill Federer -- Lewis Cass was born this day, Oct. 9, 1782. He fought in the War of 1812, and later became the governor of the Michigan Territory. Cass made treaties more…

Today's American Minute

by Bill Federer -- A race-car driver, he served in France during World War I as chauffeur for Gen. Pershing. With Germany's Red Baron dominating the skies, he transferred to the 94th more…