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DUTY OF PEOPLE TO VOTE RESPONSIBLY

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...

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...

Thinking of my Father

BY T.F. STERN Most of you never knew my father; but he was an interesting man.  I’m not sure I ever really knew him either;...

The Magna Carta – cornerstone of English liberty

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...

Port Royal sank into the sea 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...

Samuel Langdon’s “Government Corrupted By Vice”

American Minute with Bill Federer Just six weeks after the Battles of Lexington and Concord, Harvard President Samuel Langdon, MAY 31, 1775, spoke to the...

Noah Webster on morality, culture and the Bible

American Minute with Bill Federer The earliest human records appeared about 3,000 or 4,000 BC - Sumerian cuneiform on clay tablets in the Mesopotamian Valley. This...

John Wayne born MAY 26, 1907

American Minute with Bill Federer "Mad Anthony" Wayne raised a militia unit at the beginning of the Revolutionary War and participated in the invasion of...

The Fairfax Resolves

American Minute with Bill Federer Virginia's Royal Governor, Lord Dunmore, dismissed Virginia's House of Burgesses on May 27, 1774. Why? Thomas Jefferson had drafted a resolution calling...

Armed Forces Day

American Minute with Bill Federer Army Day, Navy Day and Air Force Day were combined in 1949 to be Armed Forces Day, celebrated the 3RD...

Mother’s Day

American Minute with Bill Federer Mothers' Day was held in Boston in 1872 at the suggestion of Julia Ward Howe, writer of "The Battle Hymn...

Scouts Have Lost Their Moral Compass

BY T.F. STERN At one time the Boy Scouts of America (BSA) had my support; but that was before they lost their moral compass or...

Harry S Truman born MAY 8, 1884

American Minute with Bill Federer In poor health two months before his death, Franklin Roosevelt met with King Abdul Aziz ibm Saud on the USS...

McGuffey’s Readers

American Minute with Bill Federer Selling a million copies a year for over 100 years, McGuffey's Readers were the mainstay of public education in America. Generations...

The New York Stock Exchange’s history

American Minute with Bill Federer After seven centuries of Islamic occupation, Spain finally drove the Muslims out in 1492. Culturally caught in the middle between Christians...

CINCO DE MAYO

American Minute with Bill Federer Napoleon made an alliance with the Muslim Ottoman Empire in 1806 and Persia in 1807. In 1807, Napoleon invaded Spain. When Spaniards...

National Day of Prayer

American Minute with Bill Federer President Reagan stated January 27, 1983: "In 1775, the Continental Congress proclaimed the first National Day of Prayer ... In 1783, the...

J. Edgar Hoover died MAY 2, 1972

American Minute with Bill Federer The director of the FBI, J. Edgar Hoover, died MAY 2, 1972. For 48 years, under eight Presidents, J. Edgar Hoover...

“In the Name of Christ, stop!”

American Minute with Bill Federer There were ten major persecutions of Christians in the first three centuries: 1) Nero A.D. 54-68; 2) Domition A.D. 81- 96; 3) Trajan...

James Monroe born April 28, 1758

American Minute with Bill Federer James Monroe was born APRIL 28, 1758. Scottish Rev. William Douglas, an early tutor of Thomas Jefferson, taught in the home...

LIBRARY OF CONGRESS began APRIL 24, 1800

American Minute with Bill Federer The LIBRARY OF CONGRESS is the largest library in the world with over 118 million items on more than 500...

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...

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...

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...

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...

We are a Christian people

American Minute with Bill Federer U.S. Supreme Court stated in the 1892 case of Church of the Holy Trinity v. United States, written by Justice...

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...

Free Soil, Free Labor, Free Men

American Minute with Bill Federer There never was an abolitionist movement within the Islamic world to end slavery, as Mohammed himself owned slaves. The U.S. State...

PATRICK HENRY’S WARNING

American Minute with Bill Federer The Declaration of Independence indicted King George III because: "He has obstructed the administration of justice ..." "He has made judges dependent...

Bach to basics…

American Minute with Bill Federer Johann Sebastian Bach was born MARCH 21, 1685. By age 10, both his parents had died. At 18, Bach was a church...

St. Patrick’s Day

American Minute with Bill Federer MARCH 17, around 461 AD, St. Patrick died. As a teenager, the Roman Legions guarding his community in Britain had to...

Susan B. Anthony died MARCH 13, 1906

American Minute with Bill Federer Susan B. Anthony, who died MARCH 13, 1906, is depicted on a U.S. dollar coin, and on a 3-cent stamp. Her...

Girls Scouts USA

American Minute with Bill Federer Juliette Low had chronic ear infections as a child, which made one ear deaf. A grain of rice thrown at her...

Charles Sumner stood up to slavery

American Minute with Bill Federer Quakers in Pennsylvania went on record as being the first to oppose slavery with their Germantown Petition of 1688, just...

The INAUGURAL ADDRESS – a brief history

American Minute with Bill Federer MARCH 4th was Presidential Inauguration day from 1793 till 1933, when it was changed by the 20th Amendment to January...

“IN GOD WE TRUST”

American Minute with Bill Federer In 1820, a U.S. revenue cutter captured the slave ship Antelope off the coast of Florida with nearly 300 African...

Articles of Confederation Ratified MARCH 1, 1781

American Minute with Bill Federer What was the government in the United States before the U.S. Constitution was written? It was the Articles of Confederation and...

Who Should Get to Vote?

BY T.F. STERN As a matter of civic duty, the means by which a liberty loving people determine the course their government will take, it’s...