This is biggest concern of past U.S. presidents

by Bill Federer -- March 4th was presidential inauguration day from 1793 till 1933, when it was changed by the 20th Amendment to January 20th. Many presidents gave warnings in their inaugural more…

This is why 'In God we trust' is our motto

by Bill Federer -- On March 3, 1931, Congress adopted "The Star-Spangled Banner" as the national anthem. Written by Francis Scott Key during the War of 1812, the fourth verse of includes more…

Brutal event led to Texas independence

by Bill Federer -- The Alamo mission at San Antonio was assaulted by 1,800 troops. By the 13th day, Santa Anna's "take-no-prisoner" policy had all the defenders killed, including Jim Bowie and more…

How did U.S. govern itself before Constitution?

by Bill Federer -- What was the government in the United States before the U.S. Constitution was written? It was the Articles of Confederation and Perpetual Union, which were introduced in the more…

Bet you didn't know this about Leap Day

by Bill Federer -- Feb. 29th is Leap Day. It was invented in 45 B.C. when Julius Caesar replaced the many calendars used throughout the Roman Empire based on the moon's lunar more…

High price of Panama Canal, then and now

by Bill Federer -- The Panama Canal was first proposed by Spain as early as 1534. It would save having to sail the long and dangerous trip around South America's Strait of more…