• American Minute

    • The American Minute: March 4
      MARCH 4th was Inauguration Day in the United States till the 20th Amendment made it January 20. MARCH 4, 1793, 1st [...]
    • The American Minute: February 6
      A graduate of Eureka College, IL, 1932, he announced for radio stations in Iowa. He married Jane Wyman and had children [...]
    • The American Minute: February 1, 2013
      Five dollars was all she was paid by the Atlantic Monthly Magazine for her poem, The Battle Hymn of the [...]
    • The American Minute: January 28
      Seventy-three seconds after lift-off, on JANUARY 28, 1986, the Space Shuttle Challenger exploded, killing its entire seven member crew, which [...]
    • The American Minute: January 25
      On JANUARY 25, 1941, Democrat President Franklin D. Roosevelt wrote the foreword to a Special Military Edition of the New [...]
    • The American Minute: January 23
      JANUARY 23, 1789, John Carroll founded Georgetown University. He was brother of Daniel Carroll, who signed the U.S. Constitution and [...]
    • The American Minute: January 22
      JANUARY 22, 1973, the Supreme Court decisions of Roe v. Wade and Doe v. Bolton allowed abortion in all nine [...]
    • The American Minute: January 16
      “Each year on JANUARY 16, we celebrate Religious Freedom Day in commemoration of the passage of the Virginia Statute for [...]
    • The American Minute: January 15
      Martin Luther King, Jr. was born JANUARY 15, 1929. A minister like his father and grandfather, he pastored Dexter Avenue Baptist [...]
    • The American Minute: January 14
      Albert Schweitzer was born JANUARY 14, 1875, in a village in Alsace, Germany. A Lutheran pastor’s son and acclaimed for [...]
    • The American Minute: January 11
      Grandson of Princeton president Jonathan Edwards, he could read at age 4 and entered Yale at 13. He was a [...]
    • The American Minute: January 8
      Though the War of 1812 was effectively over two weeks earlier with the signing of the Treaty of Ghent, December [...]
    • The American Minute: January 7
      Becoming the 13th President when Zachary Taylor died unexpectedly, he sent Commodore Perry to Japan and admitted California, which just [...]
    • The American Minute: January 4
      Called the “Father of American Medicine,” he signed the Declaration of Independence, was Surgeon General of the Continental Army, and [...]
    • The American Minute: December 31
      On DECEMBER 31, 1955, Reverend Martin Luther King, Jr., pastor of the Ebenezer Baptist Church in Atlanta, Georgia, and founder [...]
    • The American Minute: December 18
      “Hark the Herald Angels Sing” was a carol written by Charles Wesley, born DECEMBER 18, 1707, at Epworth, England. The 18th [...]
    • The American Minute: December 17
      A peer of Mozart and Haydn, he started becoming deaf at age 28, yet incredibly wrote some of the world’s [...]
    • The American Minute: December 13
      Phillips Brooks was born DECEMBER 13, 1835. The bishop of the Episcopal Church in Massachusetts, Phillips Brooks took a trip to the [...]
    • The American Minute: December 11
      Alexander Solzhenitsyn was born in Russia, DECEMBER 11, 1918. He was arrested for writing a letter criticizing Joseph Stalin and spent [...]
    • The American Minute: December 10
      After slavery ended in the U.S., President Grant spoke to Congress, December 1, 1873, of “…several thousand persons illegally held as [...]
    • The American Minute: December 4
      Father Jacques Marquette arrived in Quebec from France to be a missionary among the Indians. Governor Frontenac commissioned him to explore [...]
    • American Minute: November 27
      During World War I, Britain was ineffective manufacturing explosives, until a breakthrough in synthesizing acetone was made by Jewish chemist [...]
    • The American Minute: November 26
      In order to thank God for the First Amendment, which was passed a week earlier by Congress, President George Washington [...]
    • The American Minute: November 21
      French author Voltaire was born NOVEMBER 21, 1694. Yale president Timothy Dwight wrote of Voltaire in his Address “Duty of Americans [...]
    • The American Minute: November 20
      On June 25, 1962, the Supreme Court stopped school prayer. Ronald Reagan said, March 6, 1984: “From the early days of [...]
    • The American Minute: November 19
      NOVEMBER 19, 1863, Abraham Lincoln delivered his Gettysburg Address where 50,000 soldiers were killed or wounded in a 3 day [...]
    • The American Minute: November 14
      Born a slave, he taught himself to read, and attended school after working all day. At age 25, he founded [...]
    • The American Minute: November 13
      The Vietnam War Memorial was dedicated NOVEMBER 13, 1982, honoring 58,000 American troops who died. U.S. forces inflicted over a [...]
    • The American Minute: November 12
      High winds and treacherous tides along North America’s coast prevented the Pilgrims from sailing further south to join Virginia’s earlier [...]
    • The American Minute: November 8
      “Ocian in view! O! the joy,” wrote William Clark in his Journal, but the next day, NOVEMBER 8, 1805, Lewis [...]
    • The American Minute: November 6
      Did you know basketball and volleyball were invented by YMCA instructors? James Naismith, a medical doctor and Presbyterian minister, invented the [...]
    • The American Minute: November 5
      Mercy Otis Warren was called “The Conscience of the American Revolution.” She was wife of Massachusetts House Speaker James Warren, [...]
    • The American Minute: October 30
      John Adams was born OCTOBER 30, 1735. A Harvard graduate, he was admitted to the bar and married Abigail Smith [...]
    • The American Minute: October 29
      OCTOBER 29, 1929, the New York Stock Exchange crashed. Panic ensued as Wall Street sold 16,410,030 shares in a single day. Billions [...]
    • The American Minute: October 23
      President Woodrow Wilson proclaimed a Day of Thanksgiving, stating: “The season is at hand in which it has been our long [...]
    • The American Minute: October 22
      OCTOBER 22, 1836, General Sam Houston was sworn in as the first President of the Republic of Texas. As a teenager, [...]
    • American Minute: October 15
      The U.S. Senate confirmed Clarence Thomas as a Justice on the Supreme Court on OCTOBER 15, 1991. When questioned by Senator [...]
    • The American Minute: October 9
      Lewis Cass was born OCTOBER 9, 1782. A Brigadier-General in the War of 1812, Lewis Cass was Governor of the Michigan [...]
    • The American Minute: October 8
      A race car driver, he served in France during World War I as chauffeur for General Pershing. With Germany’s Red Baron [...]
    • The American Minute: October 5
      He entered Yale College at age 13 and graduated with honors. He became a pastor, and his sermon, “Sinners in the [...]
    • The American Minute: September 25
      “Congress shall make no law respecting the establishment of religion, or prohibiting the free exercise thereof.” Thus began the first [...]
    • The American Minute: September 17
      “Done…the SEVENTEENTH DAY of SEPTEMBER, in the year of our LORD one thousand seven hundred and eighty seven.” This is the [...]
    • The American Minute: September 11
      In 1683, over 138,000 Muslim Ottoman Turks surrounded Vienna, Austria. For two months they had starved the 11,000 Hapsburg-Austrian defenders. Sultan Mehmed [...]
    • The American Minute: September 10
      The Son of one of the Boston Tea Party “Indians,” he graduated from Harvard and eventually became Massachusetts Speaker [...]
    • The American Minute: September 5
      Just five days after Princess Diana was killed, Mother Teresa died SEPTEMBER 5, 1997. The daughter of an Albanian grocer, she [...]
    • The American Minute: September 4
      HE FALL OF ROME CHINA – By 220AD, the Later Eastern Han Dynasty had extended the Great Wall of China [...]
    • The American Minute: September 3
      “In the name of the most holy and undivided Trinity.” Thus began the Treaty of Paris which ended the Revolutionary War. The [...]
    • The American Minute: August 31
      Imprisoned twelve years for preaching without a license from the King, he wrote Pilgrim’s Progress, an allegory of a [...]
    • The American Minute: August 30
      One of America’s greatest generals for capturing Fort Ticonderoga with Ethan Allen and leading the charge at Saratoga, he [...]
    • The American Minute: August 29
      “Beloved Cherokees,” wrote President Washington on AUGUST 29, 1796, “The wise men of the United States meet once a [...]
    • The American Minute: August 28
      At the Civil Rights March in Washington, D.C., AUGUST 28, 1963, Rev. Martin Luther King, Jr., stated: “I have a dream…where [...]
    • The American Minute: August 27
      AUGUST 27, 1776, British General Howe trapped 8,000 American troops on Brooklyn Heights. Desperate, Washington ferried his army all night across [...]
    • The American Minute: August 24
      Unaware of printing technology in China and Korea, Johannes Gutenberg invented the Western world’s first moveable type printing press. His [...]
    • The American Minute: August 23
      “We have met the enemy and they are ours,” wrote Navy Captain Oliver Hazard Perry, who died AUGUST 23, 1819. Captain [...]
    • The American Minute: August 22
      Born AUGUST 22, 1934, he served in Vietnam, commanded the U.S. forces in Grenada and Desert Storm, was awarded [...]
    • The American Minute: August 21
      He was one of six founding fathers to sign both the Declaration of Independence and the Constitution. President Washington appointed him [...]
    • The American Minute: August 20
      300,000 miles on horseback, from the Atlantic to the Appalachians, from Maine to the Gulf of Mexico, for 45 [...]
    • The American Minute: August 17
      AUGUST 17, 1955, President Eisenhower authorized the code of conduct for U.S. soldiers, which stated: “I serve in the forces which [...]
    • The American Minute: August 16
      Charles Finney died AUGUST 16, 1875. An attorney, Finney saw so many Scripture references in Blackstone’s Law Commentaries that he bought [...]
    • The American Minute: June 15
      The Legend of Robin Hood speaks of Richard the Lionheart, so named for his courage in leading the Third Crusade [...]
    • The American Minute: June 14
      Thirteen Stars and Thirteen Stripes. It was on JUNE 14, 1777, that the Second Continental Congress selected the Flag of [...]
    • The American Minute: June 13
      19-year-old Marquis de Lafayette purchased a ship and sailed to America, arriving JUNE 13, 1777. Trained in the French Military, [...]
    • The American Minute: June 12
      He received the Distinguished Flying Cross for his WWII service in the Pacific. He studied at Yale, was a Congressman, [...]
    • The American Minute: June 8
      On JUNE 8, 1845, “Old Hickory” died. Wounded by a sword during the Revolutionary War, he later fought the Seminole [...]
    • The American Minute: June 7
      The island of Jamaica was captured from the Spanish in 1655 by British Admiral William Penn, father of Pennsylvania’s founder, [...]
    • The American Minute: June 6
      D-Day was JUNE 6, 1944. 156,000 troops landed on the Normandy coast of France in the largest invasion force in [...]
    • The American Minute: June 5
      JUNE 5, 1967, the Six-Day War began. Egypt sent 80,000 troops and 900 tanks to attack Israel. Jordan and Syria, [...]
    • The American Minute: June 1
      “Don’t Give Up The Ship!” commanded 31-year-old Captain James Lawrence, as he lay wounded on the deck of the U.S.S. [...]
    • The American Minute: May 31
      In his Memorial Day Address, MAY 31, 1923, President Calvin Coolidge said: “Settlers came here from mixed motives…Generally defined, they [...]
    • The American Minute: May 30
      Southern women scattered spring flowers on the graves of both the Northern and Southern soldiers who died during the Civil [...]
    • The American Minute: May 29
      Awarded the Navy’s medal of heroism during World War II and the Pulitzer Prize for his book Profiles in Courage, [...]
    • The American Minute: May 28
      He left Yale for four years to fight in the Revolutionary War. After graduation, he became a lawyer and taught [...]
    • The American Minute: May 24
      William Lloyd Garrison published the Boston anti-slavery paper “Liberator” and founded the American Anti-Slavery Society in 1833. Suffering hundreds of [...]
    • The American Minute: May 23
      Fur trapper, Indian agent, and soldier; this was Kit Carson, who died MAY 23, 1868. Kit Carson’s exploits west of [...]
    • The American Minute: May 22
      The SS SAVANNAH left MAY 22, 1819, from Savannah, Georgia, and 25 days later arrived in Liverpool, England, completing the [...]
    • The American Minute: May 21
      The American Red Cross was organized MAY 21, 1881, by Clara Barton, a schoolteacher who had moved to Washington at [...]
    • The American Minute: May 18
      On MAY 18, 1920, in a small town in Poland, Karol Wojtyla was born. A chemical worker during World War [...]
    • The American Minute: May 17
      The first Chief Justice of the U.S. Supreme Court was the president of the American Bible Society. Who was he? [...]
    • The American Minute: May 16
      Seward’s Folly is what Alaska was called when it was first purchased from Russia, as it was thought to be [...]
    • The American Minute: May 15
      Army Day, Navy Day and Air Force Day were combined in 1949 to be Armed Forces Day, celebrated the 3rd [...]
    • The American Minute: May 14
      Midnight, MAY 14, 1948, the State of Israel came into being and was immediately recognized by the United States and [...]
    • The American Minute: May 11
      The son of a rabbi, he was born MAY 11, 1888. At 4-years-old, he immigrated with his family from Russia [...]
    • The American Minute: May 10
      A surprise attack before dawn on MAY 10, 1775, gave America one of its first victories of the Revolutionary War. [...]
    • The American Minute: May 9
      Mothers’ Day was held in Boston in 1872 at the suggestion of Julia Ward Howe, writer of “The Battle Hymn [...]
    • The American Minute: May 8
      The 33rd U.S. President was born MAY 8, 1884. He was captain of a field artillery battery in France during [...]
    • The American Minute: May 7
      World War II ended in Europe on MAY 7, 1945, when German emissaries met at General Dwight Eisenhower’s Headquarters, a [...]
    • The American Minute: May 4
      Selling a million copies a year for over 100 years, McGuffey’s Readers were the mainstay of public education in America. [...]
    • The American Minute: May 3
      He was a physician in the Revolutionary War, a member of the Continental Congress and a signer of the Constitution. [...]
    • The American Minute: May 2
      The director of the FBI, J. Edgar Hoover, died MAY 2, 1972. For 48 years, under eight Presidents, J. Edgar [...]
    • The American Minute: May 1
      MAY 1, 305 AD, the most powerful man in the world, Emperor Diocletian, stepped down from ruling Rome, only two [...]
    • The American Minute: April 30
      The size of the U.S. doubled APRIL 30, 1803, with the Louisiana Purchase. Nearly a million square miles, at less [...]
    • The American Minute: April 27
      Forced to resign from the Army for excessive drinking, he failed as a farmer and a businessman. Not until he [...]
    • The American Minute: April 26
      English settlers landed in North America on APRIL 26, 1607, at the site of Cape Henry, named for Prince Henry [...]
    • The American Minute: April 25
      Beginning APRIL 25, 1789, every session of the U.S. Senate has opened with prayer. This was a continuation of the [...]
    • The American Minute: April 24
      Originally for legislators to do research, it began APRIL 24, 1800, with a $5,000 grant from Congress. The British set [...]
    • The American Minute: April 23
      William Shakespeare was born APRIL 23, 1564. His 37 plays impacted world literature. He married Ann Hathaway, had three children, [...]
    • The American Minute: April 20
      His interpreter, Moses Tinda Tautamy, helped him minister to Indians along the Susquehanna and Delaware Rivers, camping at night. Born [...]
    • The American Minute: April 19
      Paul Revere was captured along the way, but William Dawes and Samuel Prescott continued the midnight ride from Boston’s Old [...]
    • The American Minute: April 18
      William Brewster died APRIL 18, 1644. His position as a leader of the Pilgrim church in England led to his [...]
    • The American Minute: April 17
      On APRIL 17, 1790, the son of a poor candle-maker died. The 15th of 17 children, he apprenticed as a [...]
    • The American Minute: April 16
      On APRIL 16, 1859, French historian Alexis de Tocqueville died. After nine months of traveling the United States, he wrote [...]
    • The American Minute: April 13
      He drafted the Declaration of Independence, was Governor of Virginia and founded the University of Virginia. As the 3rd U.S. [...]
    • The American Minute: April 12
      Less than two months after Lincoln was inaugurated President, the Civil War began APRIL 12, 1861, with Confederate troops in [...]
    • The American Minute: April 11
      “Houston, we’ve had a problem” were the words sent from Apollo 13, which was launched for the moon APRIL 11, [...]
    • The American Minute: April 10
      Millions of people in 118 countries are helped by The Salvation Army, founded by William Booth, who was born APRIL [...]
    • The American Minute: April 9
      The Civil War began on Wilmer McLean’s farm in Manassas Junction, Virginia, with the First Battle of Bull Run. A [...]
    • The American Minute: April 6
      APRIL 6, 1917, the United States entered World War I by declaring war on Kaiser Wilhelm II’s Germany. Within the [...]
    • The American Minute: April 5
      Born in a slave hut APRIL 5, 1856, was Booker T. Washington. In dire poverty after the Civil War, he [...]
    • The American Minute: April 4
      Reverend Martin Luther King, Jr., was assassinated APRIL 4, 1968. Pastor of Atlanta’s Ebenezer Baptist Church, he rose to national [...]
    • The American Minute: April 3
      A Man Without A Country was a classic book written by Edward Everett Hale, born APRIL 3, 1822. It is [...]
    • The American Minute: April 2
      The world of communication was revolutionized by a man who died APRIL 2, 1872. His name was Samuel F.B. Morse, [...]
    • The American Minute: March 30
      During the Civil War, after issuing his Emancipation Proclamation, President Abraham Lincoln set a National Day of Humiliation, Fasting and [...]
    • The American Minute: March 29
      Tenth President John Tyler was born MARCH 29, 1790. He was the first Vice-President ever to assume the Presidency when [...]
    • The American Minute: March 28
      On MARCH 28, 1885, the Salvation Army was organized in the United States. It was begun in England by “General” [...]
    • The American Minute: March 27
      President John Adams’ son, John Quincy Adams, was U.S. Minister to Russia. In September 1811, John Quincy Adams wrote from [...]
    • The American Minute: March 26
      Richard Allen was born to slave parents in Philadelphia and sold with his family to a plantation in Dover, Delaware. [...]
    • The American Minute: March 23
      The Declaration of Independence accused the King of “giving his Assent to their acts of ‘pretended Legislation.’” Britain imposed the [...]
    • The American Minute: March 22
      On MARCH 22, 1758, Princeton University President Jonathan Edwards died from a smallpox inoculation. Valedictorian of his class at Yale, [...]
    • The American Minute: March 20
      Sir Isaac Newton died MARCH 20, 1727. With his mother widowed twice, he had been raised by his grandmother before [...]
    • The American Minute: March 16
      Called the “Chief Architect of the Constitution,” he wrote many of the Federalist Papers which helped convince States to ratify [...]
    • The American Minute: March 15
      On MARCH 15, 1984, the Senate voted down voluntary prayer in public schools. President Reagan said: “I am deeply disappointed that, [...]
    • The American Minute: March 14
      Born in Germany MARCH 14, 1879, he began teaching himself calculus at age 14. With a doctorate from the University [...]
    • The American Minute: March 13
      Susan B. Anthony, whose face is on a U.S. dollar coin and whose statue is in the U.S. Capitol Rotunda, [...]
    • The American Minute: March 12
      Juliette Low began the Girls Scouts, MARCH 12, 1912, in Savannah, Georgia. Chronic ear infections as a child made one [...]
    • The American Minute: March 9
      The Confederate iron-plated ship Merrimac destroyed two Union boats during the Civil War. The Union responded with the ironclad Monitor. [...]
    • The American Minute: March 6
      25-year-old Colonel Henry Knox unbelievably moved 59 cannons 300 miles from Fort Ticonderoga to Boston. On the night of March [...]
    • The American Minute: March 5
      Colonists were forced to house British soldiers. On MARCH 5, 1770, a crowd protested and in the confusion British soldiers [...]
    • The American Minute: March 2
      The Alamo mission at San Antonio was in its 7th day of being assaulted by thousands of Santa Anna’s troops. [...]
    • The American Minute: March 1
      What was the government in the United States before the U.S. Constitution was written? It was the Articles of Confederation, [...]
    • The American Minute: February 29
      FEBRUARY 29 is Leap Day. In 45 B.C., Julius Caesar replaced the calendars used throughout the Roman Empire based on [...]
    • The American Minute: February 28
      His grandson, Robert, was the U.S. Navy Commodore who helped freed slaves found Liberia, West Africa, and in 1846 captured [...]
    • The American Minute: February 27
      “Listen my children and you shall hear of the midnight ride of Paul Revere…Hang a lantern aloft in the belfry [...]
    • The American Minute: February 24
      “Remember the Alamo!” In 1821, Mexico won independence from Spain and established a Mexican Republic with a Federal Constitution. In [...]
    • The American Minute: February 23
      The Panama Canal Zone was acquired by the U.S. for ten million dollars on FEBRUARY 23, 1904. Planned by President [...]
    • The American Minute: February 22
      George Washington was born FEBRUARY 22, 1732. He was unanimously chosen as the Army’s Commander-in-Chief, unanimously chosen as President of [...]
    • ACORN Stacks the Vote
      House Committee on Oversight and Government Reform Ranking Member Darrell Issa (R-CA) continues to ask questions about ACORN’s illegal [...]
    • The American Minute: February 21
      On FEBRUARY 21, 1848, John Quincy Adams suffered a stroke at his desk in the House chamber, shortly after making [...]
    • The American Minute: February 20
      A Revolutionary War Colonel, he built the fortifications at Breed’s Hill and commanded the militia at the Battle of Bunker [...]
    • The American Minute: February 17
      The Battle of Cowpens, JANUARY 17, 1781, depicted in Mel Gibson’s movie “The Patriot,” was where American General Daniel Morgan [...]
    • The American Minute: February 18
      Pilgrim’s Progress was published FEBRUARY 18, 1678. An allegory of a pilgrim’s journey to the Celestial City, it was written [...]
    • The American Minute: February 16
      “The first nation to recognize my country was Morocco,” stated President Obama in Cairo, Egypt, June 4, 2009. In 1625, [...]
    • The American Minute: February 15
      Slavery in Cuba began earlier and lasted longer than anywhere else in the Americas, from 1521 to the late 1870′s. [...]
    • The American Minute: February 14
      In the 3rd century, Emperor Claudius II was faced with defending the Roman Empire from the invading Goths. He believed [...]
    • The American Minute: Feburary 13
      “Man has forgotten God, that is why this has happened” was Solzhenitsyn’s response when questioned about the decline of modern [...]
    • The American Minute: February 10
      Cortez ordered his ships sunk. There was no turning back. With 500 men Cortez set out FEBRUARY 10, 1519, toward [...]
    • The American Minute: February 9
      “Tippecanoe and Tyler too” was the campaign slogan of 9th President William Henry Harrison, born FEBRUARY 9, 1773. He was [...]
    • The American Minute: February 8
      The Boys Scouts of America was incorporated FEBRUARY 8, 1910. Sir Robert Baden-Powell began the movement in England two years [...]
    • The American Minute: February 6
      A graduate of Eureka College, IL, 1932, he announced for radio stations in Iowa. He married Jane Wyman and had [...]
    • The American Minute: February 3
      On the frigid night of FEBRUARY 3, 1943, the Allied ship Dorchester plowed through the waters near Greenland. At 1:00am, [...]
    • The American Minute: February 2
      FEBRUARY 2, 1848, the U.S. Congress ratified the peace treaty which ended the Mexican War. In exchange for 15 million [...]
    • The American Minute: February 1
      Five dollars was all she was paid by the Atlantic Monthly Magazine for her poem, The Battle Hymn of the [...]
    • The American Minute: January 31
      Anglican minister Jacob Duche’ was born JANUARY 31, 1738. He was pastor of Christ Church in Philadelphia. As recorded in the [...]
    • The American Minute: January 30
      Franklin Delano Roosevelt was born JANUARY 30, 1882, in Hyde Park, NY. The 32nd President, he was in office longer [...]
    • The American Minute: January 19
      William Orville Douglas died JANUARY 19, 1980. He was a Justice of the U.S. Supreme Court for 36 years, after [...]
    • The American Minute: January 18
      One of the five greatest Senators in U.S. history, the State of New Hampshire placed his statue in the U.S. [...]
    • The American Minute: January 17
      The Battle of Cowpens, JANUARY 17, 1781, depicted in Mel Gibson’s movie “The Patriot,” was where American General Daniel [...]
    • The American Minute: January 12
      “The only thing necessary for evil to triumph is for good men to do nothing.” This famous quote was from [...]
    • The American Minute: January 10
      His daughter was Harriet Beecher Stowe, who wrote the abolitionist novel “Uncle Tom’s Cabin.” His son was Henry Ward Beecher, [...]
    • The American Minute: January 9
      He lost his first presidential race to John F. Kennedy by the smallest margin to that date. A Lieutenant Commander [...]
    • The American Minute: January 6
      In 567 AD, the Council of Tours ended a dispute. Western Europe celebrated Christmas, December 25, and Eastern Europe [...]
    • The American Minute: January 5
      Kidnapped after the Civil War, he was ransomed with a horse. Raised by German immigrants, Moses and Susan Carver, [...]
    • The American Minute: January 3
      Frederick the Great of Prussia called these ten days “the most brilliant in the world’s history.” After winning the Battle [...]
    • The American Minute: January 2
      A 3-cent stamp honoring Betsy Ross was issued in Philadelphia, JANUARY 2, 1952, commemorating the 200th anniversary of her birth. [...]
    • The American Minute: December 24
      On Christmas eve, DECEMBER 24, 1492, Columbus’ ship, the Santa Maria, ran aground on the island of Haiti. Columbus left [...]
    • The American Minute: December 23
      After the Continental Army was driven out of New Jersey, an article titled “The American Crisis” was published in the [...]
    • The American Minute: December 22
      Battle of the Bulge- Nazi’s amassed three armies for an enormous attack against the Allies in the Ardennes Forest and [...]
    • The American Minute: December 21
      “Amazing grace! How sweet the sound, That saved a wretch like me! I once was lost, but now am found, [...]
    • The American Minute: December 20
      Ronald Reagan stated in his Christmas Address, DECEMBER 20, 1983: “Sometimes, in the hustle and bustle of holiday preparations we forget [...]
    • The American Minute: December 19
      Driven into Pennsylvania by the British, the Continental Army set up camp at Valley Forge, DECEMBER 19, 1777, just 25 [...]
    • The American Minute: December 16
      The Boston Tea Party took place DECEMBER 16, 1773, just three years after the Boston Massacre, where the British fired [...]
    • The American Minute: December 15
      Newly independent, the thirteen States were concerned their new government may become too powerful, as King George’s was. They insisted [...]
    • The American Minute: December 14
      He caught a chill riding horseback several hours in the snow while inspecting his Mount Vernon farm. The next morning [...]
    • The American Minute: December 12
      Pennsylvania – The Continental Congress met there, the Declaration of Independence was signed there, the Liberty Bell was rung there, [...]
    • The American Minute: December 9
      The Play, “Fiddler on the Roof,” tells the story recounted by President Benjamin Harrison on DECEMBER 9, 1891: “This Government has [...]
    • The American Minute: December 8
      On <strong>DECEMBER 8</strong>, 1863, President Abraham Lincoln announced his plan to accept back into the Union those who had been [...]
    • The American Minute: December 7
      “DECEMBER 7, 1941- a date which will live in infamy- the United States of America was suddenly and deliberately attacked [...]
    • The American Minute: December 6
      Greek Orthodox history tells of Nicholas being born to a wealthy, elderly couple in what is now Turkey in the [...]
    • The American Minute: December 5
      A signer of the Constitution licensed to preach? This was Hugh Williamson, delegate from North Carolina, born DECEMBER 5, 1735. [...]
    • The American Minute: December 2
      A thirty-three year old conquistador landed in Mexico with five hundred men. He was shocked to find the Aztecs taking [...]
    • The American Minute: December 1
      The Confederates won the Second Battle of Bull Run, crossed the Potomac River into Maryland and captured Harper’s Ferry. But [...]
    • The American Minute: November 30
      “The Celebrated Jumping Frog of Calaveras County” was his first popular story, written while in San Francisco. He then sailed [...]
    • The American Minute: November 29
      His death went unnoticed, as he died the same day John F. Kennedy was shot, but his works are some [...]
    • The American Minute: November 28
      Following the hated Stamp Act of 1765, the British committed the Boston Massacre in 1770, firing into a crowd, killing [...]
    • The American Minute: November 25
      Born a slave in New York in 1797, she spoke only Dutch until she was sold at age 11. Suffering [...]
    • The American Minute: November 24
      Sentenced as a galley slave on a French ship, he looked up as they sailed passed St. Andrews, Scotland, and [...]
    • The American Minute: November 23
      His only son, 11-year-old Bennie, was killed when their campaign train rolled off its tracks. This happened to 14th President [...]
    • The American Minute: November 22
      Shots rang out as President John F. Kennedy was assassinated NOVEMBER 22, 1963, in Dallas, Texas. The youngest President ever [...]
    • The American Minute: November 21
      French author Voltaire was born NOVEMBER 21, 1694. Yale president Timothy Dwight wrote of Voltaire in his Address “Duty of [...]
    • The American Minute: November 18
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    • The American Minute: November 17
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    • The American Minute: November 16
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    • The American Minute: November 15
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    • The American Minute: November 14
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    • The American Minute: November 11
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    • The American Minute: November 10
      “Doctor Livingstone, I presume,” was the greeting NOVEMBER 10, 1871, by New York Herald newspaper reporter Henry Stanley as he [...]
    • The American Minute: November 9
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    • The American Minute: November 7
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    • The American Minute: November 4
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    • The American Minute: November 3
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    • The American Minute: November 2
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    • The American Minute: November 1
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    • The American Minute: October 31
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    • The American Minute: October 28
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    • The American Minute: October 27
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    • The American Minute: October 26
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    • The American Minute: October 25
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    • The American Minute: October 24
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    • The American Minute: October 21
      British Admiral Horatio Nelson lost his right eye capturing Corsica and his right arm attacking the Canary Islands. He captured [...]
    • The American Minute: October 20
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    • The American Minute: October 19
      British General Henry Clinton ordered General Cornwallis to move 8,000 troops to a defensive position where the York River enters [...]
    • The American Minute: October 18
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    • The American Minute: October 17
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    • The American Minute: October 14
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    • The American Minute: October 13
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    • The American Minute: October 12
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    • The American Minute: October 11
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    • The American Minute: October 10
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    • The American Minute: October 7
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    • The American Minute: October 6
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    • The American Minute: October 4
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    • The American Minute: October 3
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    • The American Minute: September 30
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    • The American Minute: September 29
      Governor William Bradford called him “a special instrument sent of God.” Of 102 Pilgrims that landed November 1620, only half [...]
    • The American Minute: September 28
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    • The American Minute: September 27
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    • The American Minute: September 26
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    • The American Minute: September 22
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    • The American Minute: September 21
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    • The American Minute: September 20
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    • The American Minute: September 19
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    • The American Minute: September 16
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    • The American Minute: September 15
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    • The American Minute: September 14
      Son of a butcher, his family died when a plague swept England, leaving him an estate. He attended Emmanuel College, was [...]
    • The American Minute: September 13
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    • The American Minute: September 9
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    • The American Minute: September 8
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    • The American Minute: September 7
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    • The American Minute: September 6
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    • The American Minute: September 2
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    • The American Minute: September 1
      The British invaded Washington, D.C. The Capitol was burned. President James and Dolly Madison fled the White House. On SEPTEMBER [...]
    • The American Minute: August 31
      Imprisoned twelve years for preaching without a license from the King, he wrote Pilgrim’s Progress, an allegory of a [...]
    • The American Minute: August 30
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    • The American Minute: August 29
      “Beloved Cherokees,” wrote President Washington on AUGUST 29, 1796, “The wise men of the United States meet once a year, [...]
    • The American Minute: August 26
      “Women can vote” was the news AUGUST 26 1920, with the passage of the 19th Amendment: “The right of citizens [...]
    • The American Minute: August 25
      He discovered planet Uranus in 1781 and desired to name it after King George III, though others gave it his [...]
    • The American Minute: August 24
      Unaware of printing technology in China and Korea, Johannes Gutenberg invented the Western world’s first moveable type printing press. [...]
    • The American Minute: August 23
      “We have met the enemy and they are ours,” wrote Navy Captain Oliver Hazard Perry, who died AUGUST 23, 1819. [...]
    • The American Minute: August 22
      Born AUGUST 22, 1934, he served in Vietnam, commanded the U.S. forces in Grenada and Desert Storm, was awarded [...]
    • The American Minute: August 19
      A graduate of Georgetown University, he was a Fulbright Scholar before becoming Governor of Arkansas and then America’s [...]
    • The American Minute: August 18
      His legal decisions were so respected they were referenced in U.S. Supreme Court Cases. For 40 years he served on [...]
    • The American Minute: August 17
      AUGUST 17, 1955, President Eisenhower authorized the code of conduct for U.S. soldiers, which stated: “I serve in the forces [...]
    • The American Minute: August 16
      Charles Finney died AUGUST 16, 1875. An attorney, Finney saw so many Scripture references in Blackstone’s Law Commentaries [...]
    • The American Minute: August 15
      He conquered from Austria to Holland to Palestine. He invaded Egypt, uncovered Pyramid treasures and the Rosetta Stone, but found [...]
    • The American Minute: August 12
      “O Beautiful, For Spacious Skies, For Amber Waves of Grain…” Almost the National Anthem, “America the Beautiful” was written by [...]
    • The American Minute: August 11
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    • The American Minute: August 10
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    • The American Minute: August 9
      AUTUMN 1831, Four Indians, 3 Nez Perce and 1 Flathead, arrived in St. Louis asking about a “book to heaven.” [...]
    • The American Minute: August 8
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    • The American Minute: August 5
      The first book printed in America was the Bay Psalm Book by John Eliot, who was baptized in England [...]
    • The American Minute: August 4
      “To sink the foe or save the maimed, Our mission and our pride, We’ll carry on ’til Kingdom Come, [...]
    • The American Minute: August 3
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    • The American Minute: August 2
      Navy torpedo boat PT 109 was rammed AUGUST 2, 1943, by a Japanese destroyer and sunk. The commander sustained [...]
    • The American Minute: August 1
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    • The American Minute: July 29
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    • The American Minute: July 28
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    • The American Minute: July 27
      “FREEDOM IS NOT FREE” is the inscription on the Korean War Memorial in Washington, D.C. The Korean War ended JULY [...]
    • The American Minute: July 26
      On JULY 26, 1775, Benjamin Franklin became the first U.S. Postmaster General, a position he held prior to the [...]
    • The American Minute: July 25
      Ulysses S. Grant was commissioned JULY 25, 1866, as General of the Army, the first to hold that rank. His [...]
    • The American Minute: July 22
      “A baby is God’s opinion that the world should go on,” wrote poet Carl Sandburg, who died JULY 22, [...]
    • The American Minute: July 21
      The Scopes Monkey Trial ended JULY 21, 1925. John Scopes, a Tennessee High school biology teacher was found guilty [...]
    • The American Minute: July 20
      “One small step for a man, one giant leap for mankind,” stated Neil Armstrong, JULY 20, 1969, as he became [...]
    • The American Minute: July 19
      “V” for Victory! It was on JULY 19, 1941, that British Prime Minister Winston Churchill held up two fingers as [...]
    • The American Minute: July 18
      Prior to the Revolution, British troops were marching toward Fort Duquesne when they were ambushed by the French and [...]
    • The American Minute: July 15
      The Continental Congress was evacuating Philadelphia as the British had just won the Battle of Brandywine, forcing Washington’s troops to [...]
    • The American Minute: July 14
      Leslie Lynch King, Jr., born JULY 14, 1913, became the 38th President of the United States. Renamed by his [...]
    • The American Minute: July 13
      After George Washington retired from being President, he became Commander-in-Chief of the Army for a second time. It was 1798, [...]