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APRIL 19th is “Patriots’ Day.”

American Minute with Bill Federer The sun never set on the British Empire. It was the largest empire in world history. Out of nearly 200 countries...

William Brewster died APRIL 18, 1644

American Minute with Bill Federer William Brewster is portrayed in the U.S. Capitol Rotunda holding an open Bible, in the painting "Embarkation of the Pilgrims." William...

Ben Franklin died April 17, 1790

American Minute with Bill Federer On APRIL 17, 1790, the son of a poor candle-maker died. The 15th of 17 children, he apprenticed as a printer...

Christian Missionaries and Hawaii

American Minute with Bill Federer Henry Opukahai'a was an orphan raised by his uncle to be a pagan priest but he became disillusioned with rituals...

APRIL 15 – the deadline for filing Income Tax returns

American Minute with Bill Federer On APRIL 15, 1865, President Lincoln died. He was shot the night before in Ford's Theater. On APRIL 15, 1912, the Titanic...

Noah Webster 1st Dictionary April 14, 1828

American Minute with Bill Federer Noah Webster first published his American Dictionary of the English Language on APRIL 14, 1828. In order to evaluate the etymology...

Thomas Jefferson born APRIL 13, 1743

American Minute with Bill Federer Thomas Jefferson was born APRIL 13, 1743. He drafted the Declaration of Independence, 1776; was Governor of Virginia, 1779-1781; and founded...

America’s Civil War began April 12, 1861

American Minute with Bill Federer Prior to the Civil War, tariffs on imports into southern ports, notably Charleston, South Carolina, provided the majority of the...

“Houston, we’ve had a problem”

American Minute with Bill Federer "Houston, we've had a problem" were the words sent from Apollo 13, which was launched for the moon APRIL 11,...

The Salvation Army

American Minute with Bill Federer Millions of people in 118 countries are helped by The Salvation Army, founded by William Booth, who was born APRIL...

General Omar Bradley died APRIL 8, 1981

American Minute with Bill Federer Five-Star General Omar Bradley died APRIL 8, 1981. In August 1944, General Omar Bradley led the 12th Army Group in France...

P.T. Barnum died APRIL 7, 1891

American Minute with Bill Federer "The Greatest Show on Earth" was owned by P.T. Barnum, who died APRIL 7, 1891. Selling millions of tickets, the Ringling...

Sinking of the Lusitania – April 6, 1917

American Minute with Bill Federer "The Great War" began in 1914 between Germany and its allies, and England and France and their allies. Battles were fought...

America’s greatness requires heroic virtues

American Minute with Bill Federer John Adams wrote to his cousin, Rev. Zabdiel Adams, June 21, 1776: "Statesmen, my dear Sir, may plan and speculate for...

Booker T. Washington’s Faith

American Minute with Bill Federer Reverend Martin Luther King, Jr., was assassinated APRIL 4, 1968. Pastor of Atlanta's Ebenezer Baptist Church, he rose to national prominence...

IT IS EMPTY! YES, EMPTY! BECAUSE HE IS RISEN!

American Minute with Bill Federer George Washington's tomb is engraved with the Scripture, John 11:25, where Jesus told Martha: "I am the Resurrection and the Life;...

Okinawa – last major battle of World War II.

American Minute with Bill Federer Considered the largest land-sea-air battle in world history, it began APRIL 1, 1945, with the most massive amphibious attack by...

Lincoln’s National Day of Humiliation

American Minute with Bill Federer During the Civil War, on MARCH 30, 1863, President Abraham Lincoln proclaimed a National Day of Humiliation, Fasting and Prayer: "Whereas,...

John Tyler born MARCH 29, 1790

American Minute with Bill Federer "When a Christian people feel themselves to be overtaken by a great public calamity, it becomes them to humble themselves...

Alexis de Tocqueville’s take on America

American Minute with Bill Federer On April 16, 1859, French historian Alexis de Tocqueville died. After nine months of traveling the United States, he wrote Democracy...