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Dangers of a Salaried Bureaucracy

American Minute with Bill Federer The Constitutional Convention was in a deadlock over how large and small states could be represented equally. Some delegates left. Then, on...

Helen Keller born JUNE 27, 1880

American Minute with Bill Federer Helen Keller was born JUNE 27, 1880. At the age of two she suffered an illness that left her blind and...

‘Privacy’ is a broad, abstract

American Minute with Bill Federer Thomas Jefferson wrote to Mr. Hammond in 1821: "The germ of dissolution of our federal government is in ... the federal...

Jedediah Smith born JUNE 24, 1798

American Minute with Bill Federer His travels were exceeded only by Lewis and Clark. He led expeditions up the Missouri River with such characters as keelboatman...

New Hampshire ratified Constitution JUNE 21, 1788

American Minute with Bill Federer George Washington dictated a "talk" to the Cherokee Nation, August 29, 1796: “Beloved Cherokees, The wise men of the United States...

Secular Humanism and the 1st Amendment

American Minute with Bill Federer JUNE 20, 1632, King Charles I of England granted a charter for the Colony of Maryland, named for his CATHOLIC...

War of 1812

American Minute with Bill Federer The French Revolution had left that country in chaos. 26-year-old Napoleon fired cannons down the streets of Paris, mowing down French...

Father’s Day

American Minute with Bill Federer The first formal "Father's Day" was celebrated JUNE 19, 1910, in Spokane, Washington. Sonora Louise Smart Dodd heard a church sermon...

Battle of Bunker Hill, JUNE 17, 1775

American Minute with Bill Federer "Don't Shoot Until You See the Whites of Their Eyes!" commanded Colonel William Prescott, repeating the order of General Israel...

Astronomy is the oldest science

American Minute with Bill Federer The "Father of Modern Space Flight" was Wernher von Braun. He acknowledged his debt to the "Father of Modern Rocketry," American...

Magna Carta signed JUNE 15, 1215

American Minute with Bill Federer England was invaded by 'Dane' Vikings from Scandinavia who destroyed churches, libraries and defeated all opposition except for 23-year-old King...

One nation under God

American Minute with Bill Federer On JUNE 14, 1777, the Second Continental Congress selected the FLAG of the United States. In 1916, President Woodrow Wilson designated...

“The goal of socialism is communism”

American Minute with Bill Federer "Mr. Gorbachev, tear down this wall!" announced President Ronald Reagan at the Berlin Wall, JUNE 12, 1987. Begun after Lenin's Bolshevik...

The United States Naval Academy

American Minute with Bill Federer The United States Naval Academy at Annapolis, Maryland, graduated its first class on JUNE 10, 1854. The Academy was established under...

“Pay-As-You-Go” tax

American Minute with Bill Federer Withholding taxes from paychecks began JUNE 9, 1943. Congress passed it as an emergency measure during World War II to get...

“Old Hickory” died JUNE 8, 1845

American Minute with Bill Federer His Scots-Irish parents emigrated from Ireland two years before his birth, which was March 15, 1767. His father died before he...

D-Day was JUNE 6, 1944

American Minute with Bill Federer D-Day was JUNE 6, 1944. Over 160,000 troops from America, Britain, Canada, free France, Poland, and other nations landed along a...

The Battle of Midway

American Minute with Bill Federer In 1942, Imperial Japan invaded Singapore and took around 25,000 prisoners. Next was the Philippines. With Imperial Japan's relentless bombardment by planes...

The Great Heresies – a warning

American Minute with Bill Federer A wedding took place in the White House, JUNE 2, 1886. One of three Presidents to marry in office and the...

“From the Halls of Montezuma to the shores of Tripoli…”

American Minute with Bill Federer THE TREATY OF TRIPOLI is of particular interest as secularists attempt to use its wording as a definitive expression of...