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Constitutional Countdown

RICH TUCKER, HERITAGE FOUNDATION What can someone accomplish in four months? It’s possible to play an entire NFL football season, but you’d need another full...

The Duke: John Wayne

American Minute with Bill Federer Oscar winning actor Marion Michael Morrison, better known as John Wayne, was born MAY 26, 1907. Of Presbyterian Scots-Irish descent, his...

Kit Carson: fur trapper, Indian agent and soldier

American Minute with Bill Federer Fur trapper, Indian agent, and soldier was Kit Carson. His exploits west of the Mississippi were as famous as Daniel...

Men with Brains and Faith: Robert Fulton

American Minute with Bill Federer The SS SAVANNAH left MAY 22, 1819, from Savannah, Georgia, and 25 days later arrived in Liverpool, England, completing the...

Mother's Day: A Brief History

American Minute with Bill Federer Mothers' Day was held in Boston in 1872 at the suggestion of Julia Ward Howe, writer of "The Battle Hymn...

Mother’s Day: A Brief History

American Minute with Bill Federer Mothers' Day was held in Boston in 1872 at the suggestion of Julia Ward Howe, writer of "The Battle Hymn...

Ethan Allen & the Capture of Fort Ticonderoga

American Minute with Bill Federer A surprise attack before dawn on MAY 10, 1775, gave America one of its first victories of the Revolutionary War. Just...

Ethan Allen & the Capture of Fort Ticonderoga

American Minute with Bill Federer A surprise attack before dawn on MAY 10, 1775, gave America one of its first victories of the Revolutionary War. Just...

Harry S. Truman, 33rd President

American Minute with Bill Federer The 33rd U.S. President was born MAY 8, 1884. He was captain of a field artillery battery in France during World...

Pennsylvannia's Frame of Government, William Penn

American Minute with Bill Federer William Penn wrote the Preface for Pennsylvania's Frame of Government, May 5, 1682: "When the great and wise God had made...

Pennsylvannia’s Frame of Government, William Penn

American Minute with Bill Federer William Penn wrote the Preface for Pennsylvania's Frame of Government, May 5, 1682: "When the great and wise God had made...

Louisiana Purchase, Haiti and Napoleon

American Minute with Bill Federer The size of the U.S. doubled on APRIL 30, 1803, with the Louisiana Purchase. Nearly a million square miles, purchased at...

The Courageous Admiral David Farragut

American Minute with Bill Federer "Damn the torpedoes! Full speed ahead!" yelled Admiral David Farragut, who had lashed himself atop the mainsail to see above...

Ulysses S. Grant and Missions Among American Indians

American Minute by Bill Federer Forced to resign from the Army for excessive drinking, he failed as a farmer and a businessman. Not until he volunteered...

A Wise Union: The Design of Providence

Liberty Letters, John Jay It has until lately been a received and uncontradicted opinion that the prosperity of the people of America depended on their...

U.S. Senate Chaplain Harry C. Black

American Minute with Bill Federer U.S. Senate Chaplain Barry C. Black was elected in 2003. Posted on the official U.S. Senate website is: "Chaplain's Office - Throughout...

Lincoln—On Temperance

American Debate, Democratic Thinker On the one hundred and tenth anniversary of George Washington’s birth, Abraham Lincoln addresses the temperance society named for him. … again,...

Mark Twain

American Minute with Bill Federer "Mark Twain," a river measurement meaning "12-feet-deep," was the pen name of Samuel Langhorne Clemens, who died APRIL 21, 1910. Growing...

David Brainerd, Missionary to Native Americans

American Minute with Bill Federer Born in Haddam, Connecticut, APRIL 20, 1718, his parents died while he was a young teenager. He attempted farming, but on...

Patriots' Day

American Minute with Bill Federer Paul Revere was captured along the way, but William Dawes and Samuel Prescott continued the midnight ride from Boston's Old...

Patriots’ Day

American Minute with Bill Federer Paul Revere was captured along the way, but William Dawes and Samuel Prescott continued the midnight ride from Boston's Old...

Paul Revere’s Ride—In His Own Words (1783)

American Revolution—Democratic Thinker Paul Revere—silversmith, engraver, and Son of Liberty—recounts in 1783 his actions and those of other Sons of Liberty on the eve of...

Lincoln: Planting the Seeds of Despotism, 1858

Liberty Letters, Abraham Lincoln I have been requested to give a concise statement of the difference, as I understand it, between the Democratic and Republican...

Benjamin Franklin

American Minute with Bill Federer On APRIL 17, 1790, the son of a poor candle-maker died. The 15th of 17 children, he apprenticed as a printer...

Tariffs, Fort Sumter & the beginning of the Civil War

American Minute with Bill Federer Before the Civil War, there was no income tax. Nearly 90% of the Federal Government's revenue came from tariff taxes...

Tariffs, Fort Sumter & the beginning of the Civil War

American Minute with Bill Federer Before the Civil War, there was no income tax. Nearly 90% of the Federal Government's revenue came from tariff taxes...

"Houston, we've had a problem"—Apollo 13

American Minute with Bill Federer "Houston, we've had a problem" were the words sent from Apollo 13, which was launched for the moon APRIL 11,...

“Houston, we’ve had a problem”—Apollo 13

American Minute with Bill Federer "Houston, we've had a problem" were the words sent from Apollo 13, which was launched for the moon APRIL 11,...

U.S. Enters World War I

American Minute with Bill Federer After the sinking of the Lusitania by Kaiser Wilhelm's Germany U-boats in 1915, public opinion changed and the United States...

Ordinance and Constitution for Council and Assembly in Virginia

American Historical Documents, 24 July 1621, Jamestown To all people to whom these presents shall come, bee seen or heard, the Treasuror, Council and Company...