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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...

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...

Moravian missionaries, Indians and William Penn

American Minute with Bill Federer In the summer of 1683, Ottoman General Mustafa Pasha was laying siege to Vienna, Austria, with 200,000 Muslim jihad warriors. Sultan...

‘Democracy is Christ’s government …’

American Minute with Bill Federer At a time when most of the world was ruled by kings, Americans held its first popularly elected legislative assembly. Jamestown...

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...

Thirteen Stars and Thirteen Stripes

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...

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...

Dr. Joseph Warren born JUNE 11, 1741

American Minute with Bill Federer Dr. Joseph Warren sent Paul Revere and William Dawes on their midnight ride to warn Lexington and Concord that the...

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...

“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...

Port Royal sank JUNE 7, 1692

American Minute with Bill Federer Spain laid claim to the Island of Jamaica from the time Columbus landed there in 1494. In 1503, Columbus was shipwrecked...

The Six Day War

American Minute with Bill Federer JUNE 5, 1967, the Six-Day War began. Egypt sent 80,000 troops and 900 tanks to attack Israel. Jordan and Syria, with Soviet...