American Minute with Bill Federer At age 16, Sam Houston ran off to live with Cherokee Indians on the Tennessee River in 1809. His great, great-grandfather, Sir John Houston, had an estate in Scotland. His great-grandfather, also named John Houston, emigrated from Scotland to Pennsylvania in 1735, then to Virginia's Shenandoah Valley,...
American Minute with Bill Federer In 1794, British Admiral Horatio Nelson lost his right eye capturing Corsica and his right arm attacking the Canary Islands in 1797. He captured six and destroyed seven of Napoleon's ships at the Battle of the Nile, trapping Napoleon in Muslim Egypt. Admiral Nelson assaulted Copenhagen. Horatio Nelson...
American Minute with Bill Federer In declining health, President Franklin D. Roosevelt wrote a letter, April 5, 1945, to the Saudi King. promising not to recognize a Jewish State. A week later, the ailing Roosevelt died, April 12, 1945. The next President, Harry S Truman, immediately took steps to recognize the State...
American Minute with Bill Federer Americans won the Battle of Kings Mountain, October 7, 1780. 668 British were captured, 163 wounded and 290 killed, as compared to only 29 Americans killed. Thomas Jefferson called the victory of the Battle of Kings Mountain: "the turn of the tide of success" in the War...
American Minute with Bill Federer Britain's William Laud had spies listen to pastors' sermon to see if they said anything against the King's ordinances. If they did, the pastors were arrested. Decisions to punish political enemies of the King were made in the secret "Star Chamber." No witnesses were allowed in these arbitrary...
American Minute with Bill Federer Her beautiful, long hair was scalped off her head by Indians after she was shot. This was the fate of Jane McCrea, whose loyalist fiancé David Jones had only weeks earlier joined British General "Gentleman Johnny" Burgoyne. General Burgoyne was marching in June of 1777 with 7,000...
American Minute with Bill Federer In 1731, a Spanish commander cut off the ear of British Captain Robert Jenkins and told him to take it to his King. This began the War of Jenkins' Ear. (Image courtesy of Wikipedia: By Henry Overton - from the book A new & correct map of the...
American Minute with Bill Federer After Columbus discovered the New World, Spain grew in power to surpass Portugal as the largest global empire, giving rise the saying, the sun never set on the Spanish Empire. From Madrid, the Spanish Holy Roman Emperor Charles V ruled territories in Europe, North America, Central...
American Minute with Bill Federer Known as "The Iron Lady" for her stand against communism, Margaret Thatcher was born OCTOBER 13, 1925. She became the first woman Prime Minister of the United Kingdom at a time when England's government was facing bankruptcy, unemployment was on the rise, and there were conflicts...
American Minute with Bill Federer Columbus was looking for a SEA route to India and China because 40 years earlier Muslim Turks conquered Constantinople in 1453 cutting off the LAND routes. A biography of Columbus was written by Washington Irving in 1828, A History of the Life and Voyages of Christopher...
American Minute with Bill Federer How Tyrants Arise - a fascinating, in-depth explanation by Plato. Plato was a Greek philosopher who lived in the city-state of Athens. In 380 BC, Plato wrote The Republic, where he described in Books 8 and 9: "States are as the men are; they grow out of human...
American Minute with Bill Federer Marco Polo was 17-years-old when he left Venice for China in 1271 with his father, Niccolo Polo, and uncle, Matteo Polo. Together they traveled 5,600 miles to the east to meet Kublai Khan, the grandson of Ghengis Khan. Kublai Khan was Emperor of China, Korea, North India,...
American Minute with Bill Federer The Democrat candidate for President in 1848 was Lewis Cass, born OCTOBER 9, 1782. In 1807, Lewis Cass became the US Marshal for Ohio. He was a Brigadier-General in the War of 1812, fighting in the Battle of the Thames. President James Madison appointed Lewis Cass as Governor-General...
American Minute with Bill Federer He began his career as an auto racer, gaining international fame by competing in the Indianapolis 500 four times, earning the nickname "Fast Eddie." When World War I started, he was sent to France in 1917, becoming the personal chauffeur driver of General John J. Pershing. His...
American Minute with Bill Federer Count Nikolaus Ludwig von Zinzendorf was from a noble German family. While on his "Grand Tour," in which young aristocrats were introduced to royal courts around Europe, Count Zinzendorf viewed in the Dusseldorf museum a painting by Domenico Feti depicting Christ's suffering. The painting, titled "Ecce Homo"...
American Minute with Bill Federer The Confederate Army was unstoppable - within weeks of winning the Civil War. General Robert E. Lee had won the Second Battle of Bull Run and was marching 55,000 Confederate troops into Maryland on September 3, 1862. (Image via Wikipedia:  By Wilson44691 - Own work, CC BY-SA...
American Minute with Bill Federer He entered Yale College at age 13 and graduated with honors. He became a pastor, and his sermon, "Sinners in the Hands of An Angry God," started The Great Awakening Revival. His name was Jonathan Edwards, born OCTOBER 5, 1703. The Great Awakening Revival can be traced back...
American Minute with Bill Federer During World War I, the thousands to American soldiers heading to France and Belgium were given pocket Bibles with the forward written by President Woodrow Wilson in 1917: "The Bible is the Word of Life. I beg that you will read it and find this out for...
American Minute with Bill Federer Chief Justice Warren Earl Burger wrote in Marsh v. Chambers (1982): "It can hardly be thought that in the SAME WEEK the members of the first Congress VOTED to appoint and pay a CHAPLAIN for each House and also VOTED to approve the draft of the...
American Minute with Bill Federer Historian Arnold Joseph Toynbee died OCTOBER 2, 1975. He provided foreign intelligence for the British during World Wars I and II, and served as a delegate to the Paris Peace Conferences following both wars. Arnold Joseph Toynbee was educated at Oxford "almost entirely in the Greek and...