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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 JUNE 28, 1787, 81-year-old Benjamin Franklin spoke and shortly after, the U.S. Constitution became a reality. Franklin stated: "Groping as it were in the dark to find...
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 deaf. Her parents took her to Dr. Alexander Graham Bell who recommended the Perkins Institute for the Blind in Boston. It was there, at age of 7,...
American Minute with Bill Federer Franklin Roosevelt coined the name "United Nations" for the allied countries fighting together against the National Socialist Workers Party (Nazi) and their totalitarian axis powers. Speaking on Justice for War Crimes, March 24, 1944, Roosevelt explained the original goal of the United Nations involved protecting the...
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 judiciary; an irresponsible body ... working like gravity by night and by day, gaining a little today and a little tomorrow, and advancing its noiseless step...
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 Mike Fink. He helped discover the South Pass through the Rockies and the first land route to California which opened the door for the largest voluntary...
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 Mehmed IV sent the message to the Catholic Holy Roman Emperor Leopold I: "We order You to await Us in Your residence city of Vienna so...
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 was initially a "company colony," run by the 1606 Virginia Company Charter, which had by-laws and an appointed governor. The unforeseen crises, famines, diseases, Indian attacks,...
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 meet together once a year, to consider what will be for the good of all their people ... I have thought that a meeting of...
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 wife, Queen Henrietta Maria, stating: "Charles, by the Grace of God, of England, Scotland, France, and Ireland, King, Defender of the Faith... Whereas our well beloved... subject...
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 citizens in the 13 Vendémiaire revolt, 1795. The French Directory then made the young Napoleon General of the Army of Italy. Napoleon won decisive victories against the...
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 on the newly established Mother's Day and wanted to honor her father, Civil War veteran William Jackson Smart, who had raised six children by himself...
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 Putnam, JUNE 17, 1775. Colonel William Prescott's men were in the center redoubt located on Breed's Hill, adjacent Bunker Hill, guarding the north entrance to Boston...
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 scientist Robert H. Goddard (1882-1945): "Goddard's rockets ... may have been rather crude by present-day standards, but they blazed the trail and incorporated many features used...
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 Alfred. Forced into the swampy, tidal marshes of Somerset, Alfred, King of the Anglos and Saxons, began a resistance movement in 878 AD. According to biographer Bishop...
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 JUNE 14 as "NATIONAL FLAG DAY." "I... call your attention to the approach of the anniversary of the day upon which THE FLAG OF THE UNITED...
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 JUNE 14 as "NATIONAL FLAG DAY." "I... call your attention to the approach of the anniversary of the day upon which THE FLAG OF THE UNITED...
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 him to inherit their fortune. At 14-years-old, he joined the French Military and, at age 16, became a captain. He married Marie Adrienne Francoise de Noailles, whose...
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 Revolution in 1917, the Soviet Union existed from 1922 to 1991. With its motto 'Workers of the World, Unite!' the Soviet tactic was to train agitators,...
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 government was coming to seize their guns. The British were also headed to Pastor Jonas Clarke's home to arrest two anti-government activists: Tea Party leader Samuel...
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 George Bancroft, Secretary of the Navy under President James K. Polk, 1845-46. Bancroft also established the U.S. Naval Observatory in Washington, D.C. He is the namesake of...