American Minute with Bill Federer One of the five greatest Senators in U.S. history, the State of New Hampshire placed his statue in the U.S. Capitol's Statuary Hall. His career spanned almost four decades, serving as Secretary of State for Presidents William Harrison, John Tyler and Millard Fillmore. His name was Daniel...
American Minute with Bill Federer "The bloody butcher" is what colonists called British Colonel Banastre Tarleton. He let his dragoons bayonet and hack hundreds of surrendering Americans at Buford's Massacre during the Battle of Waxhaw, May 29, 1780. In January of 1781, 26-year-old Colonel Banastre Tarleton led 1,200 of Britain's best troops,...
American Minute with Bill Federer "Each year on JANUARY 16, we celebrate Religious Freedom Day in commemoration of the passage of the Virginia Statute for Religious Freedom," -wrote President George W. Bush in his 2003 Proclamation. The 114th Congress Resolution issued January 16, 2017: "Whereas American democracy is rooted in the fundamental...
American Minute with Bill Federer Martin Luther King, Jr. was born JANUARY 15, 1929. In 1983, Republican President Ronald Reagan signed the bill to make the 3rd Monday in January a holiday in honor of Rev. Martin Luther King, Jr. Rev. Martin Luther King, Jr., was a Baptist minister like his father...
American Minute with Bill Federer Albert Schweitzer was born JANUARY 14, 1875, in a village in Alsace, Germany. The son of a Lutheran-Evangelical pastor, he won acclaim at playing the organ. He earned doctorates in philosophy and theology. Albert Schweitzer was pastor of St. Nicholai's Church, the principal of St. Thomas College, and...
American Minute with Bill Federer Early in his career, Eugene of Savoy, under the command of Polish King Jan Sobieski, helped defeat 200,000 Muslim Turks on September 11, 1683, thus saving the city of Vienna, Austria. Austrian Prince Eugene of Savoy went on to become one of Europe's most famous commanders. Savoy...
American Minute with Bill Federer "ALL that is necessary for evil to triumph is for good men to do nothing." This famous quote was from British statesman Edmund Burke, who was born JANUARY 12, 1729. He was considered the most influential orator in the House of Commons. Edmund Burke stands out in history...
American Minute with Bill Federer A grandson of Princeton president Jonathan Edwards, he could read at age 4 and entered Yale at 13. He was a chaplain in the Continental Army until his father died. Then, as the eldest of 13 children, he worked the family farm to pay off debts. He served...
American Minute with Bill Federer He was one of the most popular preacher in American in the middle 1800s. He was the brother of Harriett Beecher Stowe, who wrote the anti-slavery novel Uncle Tom's Cabin in 1852. His name was Henry Ward Beecher. He purchased the chains that held John Brown in prison,...
American Minute with Bill Federer Richard Milhous Nixon was born JANUARY 9, 1913. He was a Lieutenant Commander in the Navy during WWII, a Congressman, a Senator, and Vice-President under Dwight Eisenhower. He lost his first presidential race to John F. Kennedy by the smallest margin to that date. He was elected the...
American Minute with Bill Federer 500 men, women and children were massacred at Fort Mims, Alabama, just north of Mobile, on August 30, 1813, by the Red Stick Creek Indians. The Alabama historical marker reads: "FORT MIMS Here in the Creek Indian War 1813-14 took place the most brutal massacre in American history....
American Minute with Bill Federer "May God save the country, for it is obvious the people will not."- Millard Fillmore Millard Fillmore was elected to the U.S. Congress in 1832, the same year the Paris riots took place which were described in Victor Hugo's novel Les Miserables. Comparing the American Revolution with...
American Minute with Bill Federer "On the 12th Day of Christmas ..." In 567 AD, the Council of Tours ended a dispute. Western Europe celebrated the birth of Christ on Christmas Day, December 25, as the holiest day of the season. Eastern Europe celebrated JANUARY 6, Epiphany, which is a Greek word meaning...
American Minute with Bill Federer George Washington Carver was born a slave during the Civil War, possibly in 1865, but there are no records. Within a few weeks, his father, who belonged to the next farm over, was killed in a log hauling accident. Shortly after the Civil War, bushwhackers from the...
American Minute with Bill Federer "Disease has destroyed ten men for us, where the sword of the enemy has killed one" -wrote John Adams to his wife Abigail, April 13, 1777. At the beginning of the Revolution, an estimated 30 percent of soldiers became infected with smallpox. This largely began when the British...
American Minute with Bill Federer Frederick the Great of Prussia called these ten days "the most brilliant in the world's history." After winning the Battle of Trenton, Christmas Day evening, George Washington's small 1,200 man force confronted General Cornwallis' 4,500 man British army. The night of January 2, 1777, Washington left his...
American Minute with Bill Federer A 3-cent stamp honoring Betsy Ross was issued in Philadelphia, JANUARY 2, 1952, commemorating the 200th anniversary of her birth. Born a day earlier, January 1, 1752, to a Quaker family in Philadelphia, Betsy was the 8th of 17 children. Betsy apprenticed as a seamstress and fell...
American Minute with Bill Federer On JANUARY 1, 1802, the people of Cheshire, Massachusetts, sent a giant block of cheese to President Thomas Jefferson, being presented by the famous Baptist preacher, John Leland. John Leland was then invited to preach to the President and Congress in the U.S. Capitol. The subject...
American Minute with Bill Federer James T. Fields was born DECEMBER 31, 1817. His father was a sea captain and died before Fields was three. James T. Fields became the editor of The Atlantic Monthly, 1862-1870, where he became friends with the most notable writers of his day, including: - William Wordsworth, - William...
American Minute with Bill Federer "Oh, East is East, and West is West, And never the twain shall meet, Till earth and sky stand presently, At God's great judgment seat" wrote Rudyard Kipling in Ballad of East and West. India was called the "Jewel in the Crown of the British Empire." Since ancient times, India had...