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Bill Federer serves up a daily dose of inspiration from the pages of American history with a special emphasis on America’s Judeo-Christian heritage.

Expanding a Constitutionally Guaranteed Right

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 John Colter accompanied Lewis and Clark on their expedition, 1804-1806. Colter then traveled the mountain wilderness alone for months, being considered...

Penn’s Treaty with Delaware Indians JUNE 23, 1683

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...

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...

Superintending Providence and our Constitution

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...

Defining Religious Liberty in America

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...

The War of 1812 began JUNE 18, 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...

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...

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...

Wernher von Braun died JUNE 16, 1977

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...

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...

Lafayette and the French arrive to fight JUNE 13, 1777

American Minute with Bill Federer Born September 6, 1757, his father died before he was two-years-old and his mother died when he was twelve, leaving...

Lenin stated: “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 U.S. 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” began June 9, 1943

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...

JUNE 8, 1845, “Old Hickory” died

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 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...

D-Day was JUNE 6, 1944

American Minute with Bill Federer Over 160,000 troops from America, Britain, Canada, free France, Poland, and other nations landed along a 50-mile stretch of the...

The Six Day War began JUNE 5, 1967

American Minute with Bill Federer On October 29, 1956, Israeli troops took control of the Sinai Peninsula. United States President Eisenhower pressured Israeli Prime Minister David...

The Battle of Midway began JUNE 4, 1942

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 Dutch influence on America

American Minute with Bill Federer Spain's "Iron Duke," the Grand Duke of Alba, fought the Ottoman Muslims in 1535, recapturing Tunis, North Africa. Spain financed its...

A wedding in the White House, JUNE 2, 1886

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...

The Treaty 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...

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 F. Kennedy born MAY 29, 1917

American Minute with Bill Federer He was awarded the Navy's medal of heroism during World War II. He was awarded the Pulitzer Prize for his book...

Memorial Day

American Minute with Bill Federer Southern women scattered spring flowers on graves of both northern Union and southern Confederate soldiers of the Civil War in...

A Man Called Peter

American Minute with Bill Federer Twentieth-Century Fox made a motion picture in 1955 titled A Man Called Peter, about the life of U.S. Senate Chaplain...

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...

Ralph Waldo Emerson born MAY 25, 1803

American Minute with Bill Federer WILLIAM LLOYD GARRISON published the Boston anti-slavery paper "Liberator" and founded the American Anti-Slavery Society in 1833. Suffering hundreds of death...

Kit Carson – fur trapper, soldier and Indian agent

American Minute with Bill Federer Following Lewis and Clark's expedition, notable mountain men explored America's west. Notable names include: John Frémont, Joseph Meek, John Sutter, Peter...

NATIONAL MARITIME DAY – MAY 22, 1933

American Minute with Bill Federer The SS SAVANNAH left MAY 22, 1819, from Savannah, Georgia, and 25 days later arrived in Liverpool, England, completing the...

The American Red Cross

American Minute with Bill Federer The American Red Cross was organized MAY 21, 1881, by a schoolteacher named Clara Barton. The first woman to be a...

The Spanish Armada, Divine Providence and Pilgrims?

American Minute with Bill Federer Spain led the Holy League to defeat the Muslim Ottoman Turkish Navy at the Battle of Lepanto near Corinth, Greece,...

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...

Pope John Paul II and the right to life

American Minute with Bill Federer "The family is especially under attack," stated Pope John Paul II, August 15, 1993. In 1979, Pope John Paul II appointed...

The Spirit of St. Louis

American Minute with Bill Federer MAY 20, 1927, at 7:52am, one of the greatest feats in aviation began as 25-year-old Charles A. Lindbergh left Roosevelt...