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George Washington died 1799

December 14, 2009 by


American Minute with Bill Federer He caught a chill riding horseback several hours in the snow while inspecting his Mount Vernon farm. The next morning it developed into acute laryngitis and the doctors were called in. Their response was to bleed him heavily four times, a process of cutting one’s arm to let the “bad […]

Cuba, Philippines and Spanish-American War

December 10, 2009 by


American Minute By Bill Federer After slavery ended in the U.S., President Grant spoke to Congress, December 1, 1873, of “several thousand persons illegally held as slaves in Cuba…by the slaveholders of Havana, who are vainly striving to stay the march of ideas which has terminated slavery in Christendom, Cuba only excepted.” In February 1898, […]

Fiddler on the Roof

December 9, 2009 by


American Minute By Bill Federer The Play, “Fiddler on the Roof,” tells the story recounted by President Benjamin Harrison on DECEMBER 9, 1891: “This Government has found occasion to express…to the Government of the Czar its serious concern because of the harsh measures now being enforced against the Hebrews in Russia. By the revival of […]

Pearl Harbor

December 7, 2009 by


American Minute By Bill Federer “DECEMBER 7, 1941- a date which will live in infamy- the United States of America was suddenly and deliberately attacked by naval and air forces of the Empire of Japan.” Thus spoke President Franklin D. Roosevelt following the attack on Pearl Harbor by over 350 Japanese aircraft. Five American battleships […]

Saint Nicholas

December 6, 2009 by


American Minute By William J. Federer Greek Orthodox history tells of Nicholas being born to a wealthy, elderly couple in what is now Turkey in the year 280 AD. When his parents died, he generously gave to the poor. Upon hearing a merchant had gone bankrupt and that creditors were planning on taking the merchant’s […]

Signer of the Constitution licensed to preach?

December 5, 2009 by


American Minute By William J. Federer A signer of the Constitution licensed to preach? This was Hugh Williamson, delegate from North Carolina, born DECEMBER 5, 1735. At age 24 he studied theology in Connecticut, was admitted to the Presbytery of Philadelphia and preached two years, visiting and praying for the sick, till a chronic chest […]

Father Jacques Marquette

December 4, 2009 by


American Minute By William J. Federer Father Jacques Marquette arrived in Quebec from France to be a missionary among the Indians. Governor Frontenac commissioned him to explore the unknown Mississippi River. In 1673, he traveled with explorer Louis Joliette by canoe from Lake Michigan, across Green Bay, up Fox River to the Wisconsin River and […]