Bill Federer

American Minute with Bill Federer In 1821, Mexico won its independence from Spain and established a Mexican Republic with a Federal Constitution. In 1833, Santa Anna was elected President of Mexico and soon he began demanding higher taxes. Santa Anna finally decided the people were not capable of ruling themselves, so he...
American Minute with Bill Federer The Panama Canal was first proposed by Spain as early as 1534. It would save having to sail the long and dangerous trip around South America's Strait of Magellan. France began building a sea-level canal in 1880, led by Ferdinand de Lesseps, builder of the Suez Canal. France...
American Minute with Bill Federer George Washington was born FEBRUARY 22, 1732. Washington was unanimously chosen as the Army's Commander-in-Chief, unanimously chosen as President of the Constitutional Convention, and unanimously chosen as the first U.S. President. As General, Washington acknowledged God after victories throughout the Revolution and as President thanked God for...
American Minute with Bill Federer On FEBRUARY 21, 1848, "Old Man Eloquent" John Quincy Adams suffered a stroke at his desk in the House chamber. He had just given an impassioned speech against the Democrat plan to expand slavery into the Western territories acquired after the Mexican-American War. He died 2 days...
American Minute with Bill Federer The Boston Tea Party was when colonists threw 342 chests of British East India tea overboard. The British responded by by passing the Boston Port Bill to blockade the harbor and starve citizens into submission. The Committee of Correspondence sent word to the other Colonies, who called...
American Minute with Bill Federer The groans of a dying man kept him awake in the little inn outside New York. But he was hardened to the cries because a college friend at Brown University, named Jacob Eames, had persuaded him to become a skeptic deist. The next morning, when inquiring of...
American Minute with Bill Federer John Bunyan, at age 16, joined the Parliamentary Army during the English Civil War in 1644. He then learned from his father the trade of a tinker and got married. In 1657, at age 29, John Bunyan became a Baptist minister and was arrested for having an...
American Minute with Bill Federer A baseball star, Billy Sunday played for the Chicago White Stockings in the 1880's and later the Philadelphia Phillies. Born during the Civil War in a log cabin in Iowa, his father, who was a Union Army soldier, died of pneumonia when Billy was a month...
American Minute with Bill Federer "The first nation to recognize my country was Morocco," stated President Obama in Cairo, Egypt, June 4, 2009. Morocco began recognizing American colonists in 1625. Governor William Bradford described an incident in the History of the Plymouth Settlement. In 1625, the Pilgrims sent two ships back to England...
American Minute with Bill Federer There are more slaves today than at any time in human history, reported Benjamin Skinner, a fellow at the Carr Center for Human Rights Policy at Harvard Kennedy School of Government. An estimated 27 million people in the world are forced to work, held through fraud,...
American Minute with Bill Federer In the 3rd century, the Roman Empire was being invaded by Goths. At the same time, the Plague of Cyprian, probably smallpox, broke out killing at its height 5,000 people a day. So many died that the Roman army was depleted of soldiers. Needing more soldiers to fight...
American Minute with Bill Federer In 1570, Ivan the Terrible attacked Novgorod, which had been for centuries a successful Russian Republic on the Baltic Sea. Ivan's first command was to subjugate the church. He stripped cathedrals and monasteries of their valuables; put priests and deacons in shackles and flogged them til they...
American Minute with Bill Federer Abraham Lincoln and Charles Darwin were born on the exact same day, FEBRUARY 12, 1809, but their lives had opposite effects. Lincoln is best known for issuing the Emancipation Proclamation and freeing millions of slaves, claiming all men are created equal, as he stated in his...
American Minute with Bill Federer Lincoln warned, January 27, 1837: "At what point then is the approach of danger to be expected? I answer, if it ever reach us, it must spring up amongst us; it cannot come from abroad. If destruction be our lot we must ourselves be its author and finisher. As...
American Minute with Bill Federer Society ... must repose on principles that do not change" -- wrote Montesquieu in Book 24 of The Spirit of the Laws. Montesquieu was a French political philosopher whose books were read by Catherine the Great of Russia, banned by Louis XV of France and praised...
American Minute with Bill Federer "Tippecanoe and Tyler too" was the campaign slogan of 9th President William Henry Harrison, born FEBRUARY 9, 1773. Harrison was an aide-de-camp to General "Mad Anthony" Wayne, who defeated the British and Indians at the Battle of Fallen Timbers, 1794. Harrison was the hero of the Battle...
American Minute with Bill Federer Sir Robert Baden-Powell began the Boy Scout movement in England in 1908, and two years later, the Boys Scouts of America was incorporated, FEBRUARY 8, 1910. Robert Baden-Powell was educated at Charterhouse, London, and joined the English hussars in 1876. As a soldier for in British Empire,...
American Minute with Bill Federer Frederick Douglass was born Frederick "Baily" on a Maryland plantation around FEBRUARY 7, 1817, though no accurate records exist, as he was a slave. He later chose the birth date of February 14 as he remembered his mother calling him her "little valentine." He never saw his...
American Minute with Bill Federer Ronald Reagan was born FEBRUARY 6, 1911. A graduate of Eureka College, IL, 1932, he worked as a life guard and then announced for radio stations in Iowa. He became a sports announcer for Chicago Cubs baseball games and traveled with the team. While with the Cubs in...
American Minute with Bill Federer An early Baptist dissenter who died in London's Newgate Prison was Thomas Helwys, who wrote in 1612: "The King is a mortal man, and not God, therefore he hath no power over the mortal soul of his subjects to make laws and ordinances for them and...