American Minute with Bill Federer After having the Declaration of Independence read to his troops, General George Washington issued the order, July 9, 1776: "Commanding officers of each regiment are directed to procure Chaplains ... persons of good Characters and exemplary lives - To see that all inferior officers and soldiers...
American Minute with Bill Federer Sir William Blackstone's Commentaries on the Laws of England, published 1765-1769 by Oxford's Clarendon Press, had an immense influence on America's founders, being considered the definitive pre-Revolutionary source of common law by United States courts. Blackstone wrote: "The principal aim of society is to protect individuals in...
American Minute with Bill Federer After his education, he was commissioned in the French military in 1785, and quickly advanced. When the French Revolution began, he was an artillery officer. Napoleon's expertise in the use of mobile artillery and the military tactic of "envelopment" resulted in him being considered one of the...
American Minute with Bill Federer V-J Day, AUGUST 14, 1945, President Harry S Truman stated at a News Conference announcing the end of World War II: "I have received this afternoon a message from the Japanese Government ... 'His Majesty the Emperor is prepared to authorize ... all the forces under...
American Minute with Bill Federer "New Jersey is being invaded by Martians!" exclaimed actor Orson Welles. He was reading the script of a 1938 radio drama based on the novel The War of the Worlds by H.G. Wells, who died AUGUST 13, 1946. Herbert George Wells was from an impoverished lower middle...
American Minute with Bill Federer "O Beautiful, For Spacious Skies, For Amber Waves of Grain ..." Almost chosen as the National Anthem in 1926, "America the Beautiful" was written by Katherine Lee Bates, born AUGUST 12, 1859. Daughter of a Congregational minister, Katherine Lee Bates taught high school, then English literature at...
American Minute with Bill Federer In an attempted to warn the nation, the Democrat Congressman from Florida, Albert S. Herlong, Jr., read into the U.S Congressional Record, January 10, 1963, the list of Communist goals for America (Vol 109, 88th Congress, 1st Session, Appendix, pp. A34-A35). Communist goals included: "Eliminate prayer or...
American Minute with Bill Federer In 1831, three Nez Perce Indians and one Flathead Indian, traveled from the Oregon Territory to St. Louis, Missouri, looking for the "Book to Heaven." The Bishop of St. Louis was Rev. Joseph Rosati (1789-1843), who later sent Pierre De Smet as one of the "Black...
American Minute with Bill Federer White House scandals have been motivated by greed, love of power, lust, or a conviction that one's political agenda is so good it justifies going around the law, as Machiavelli observed the corrupt tactics of Cesare Borgia: "the ends justifies the means." 1866 - After the...
American Minute with Bill Federer Thomas Jefferson noted in his Memorandum Book: "I have subscribed to the building of an Episcopalian church, two hundred dollars; a Presbyterian church, sixty dollars, and a Baptist church, twenty-five." On July 14, 1826, the Boston newspaper Christian Watchman printed an unverified story that Jefferson dined at...
American Minute with Bill Federer Camelot and King Arthur's Court, Knights of the Round Table, Guinevere, Sir Lancelot, Sir Galahad, and the search for the Holy Grail ... Our imaginations soar with history and legend immortalized in "Idylls of the King," written 1859-85 by poet Alfred Lord Tennyson. Alfred Lord Tennyson embellished...
American Minute with Bill Federer The first book printed in America was the Bay Psalm Book by John Eliot, who was baptized in England as an infant on AUGUST 5, 1604. Called "Apostle to the Indians," John Eliot sailed to America and preached his first sermon in the Algonquian language in...
American Minute with Bill Federer In June of 1775, citizens acting as merchant mariners captured the British schooner HMS Margaretta around Machias, Massachusetts. That same month, General George Washington, with the help of merchant and ship owner Colonel John Glover of Marblehead, Massachusetts, chartered and outfitted several ships to interrupt the...
American Minute with Bill Federer "There are but 155 years left...at which time...the world will come to an end," wrote Christopher Columbus in his book Libro de Las Profecias, composed in 1502 between his 3rd and 4th voyages. Columbus continued: "...The sign which convinces me that our Lord is hastening the end...
American Minute with Bill Federer U.S. Navy patrol torpedo boat PT 109 was rammed AUGUST 2, 1943, by Japanese destroyer Amagiri. PT-109 sank. Though sustaining permanent back injuries, PT-109's commander, LTJG John F. Kennedy, helped the survivors swim several miles to shore. Unfortunately the shore they swam to was behind enemy lines in...
American Minute with Bill Federer "There she blows!" cried the lookout, sighting Moby Dick. Captain Ahab, driven by revenge, sailed the seas to capture this great white whale who had bitten off his leg in a previous encounter. The crew of the ship Pequod included: -Quaker Chief Mate Starbuck, -Second Mate Stubb, -Captain Boomer, -tattooed Polynesian...
American Minute with Bill Federer On the third of his four voyages, Columbus sailed south along the west coast of Africa before heading west across the Atlantic Ocean. Then he was caught in the doldrums, a notorious condition of no winds and intense heat. After drifting aimlessly for eight days and running...
American Minute with Bill Federer William Penn was arrested and imprisoned several times for sharing his religious opinions which were not in agreement with the government's agenda. Once he was imprisoned in the Tower of London for eight months. While in London's notorious Newgate Prison, he wrote 1670: "By Liberty of Conscience, we...
American Minute with Bill Federer Alexis de Tocqueville was born JULY 29, 1805. A French social scientist, he traveled the United States in 1831, and wrote a two-part work, Democracy in America (1835; 1840), which has been described as: "the most comprehensive and penetrating analysis of the relationship between character and society...
American Minute with Bill Federer In 1857, the Supreme Court, with 7 of the 9 Justices being Democrat, decided that Dred Scott was not a citizen, but property. Chief Justice Roger Taney, appointed by Democrat President Andrew Jackson, referenced in his decision that slaves were "so far inferior ... that the...