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Tuesday February 9th 2016

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Boys Scouts of America

Boys Scouts of America

American Minute with Bill Federer Sir Robert Baden-Powell began the Boy Scout movement in England in 1908, and two years later, the Boys Scouts of America was incorporated, FEBRUARY 8, 1910. Robert Baden-Powell was educated at Charterhouse, London, and joined the English hussars in 1876. As a soldier for in British Empire, which was the [...]

Frederick Douglass born FEBRUARY 7, 1817

Frederick Douglass born FEBRUARY 7, 1817

Frederick Douglas, circa 1874 American Minute with Bill Federer Frederick Douglass was born Frederick "Baily" on a Maryland plantation around FEBRUARY 7, 1817, though no accurate records exist, as he was a slave. He later chose the birth date of February 14 as he remembered his mother calling him her "little valentine." He never saw [...]

Ronald Reagan born FEBRUARY 6, 1911

Ronald Reagan born FEBRUARY 6, 1911

American Minute with Bill Federer Ronald Reagan was born FEBRUARY 6, 1911. A graduate of Eureka College, IL, 1932, he worked as a life guard and then announced for radio stations in Iowa. He became a sports announcer for Chicago Cubs baseball games and traveled with the team. While with the Cubs in California, Ronald Reagan auditioned [...]

Separation of Church and State

Separation of Church and State

American Minute with Bill Federer An early Baptist dissenter who died in London's Newgate Prison was Thomas Helwys, who wrote in 1612: "The King is a mortal man, and not God, therefore he hath no power over the mortal soul of his subjects to make laws and ordinances for them and to set spiritual Lords over them." Thomas Helwys founded the [...]

Dietrich Bonhoeffer born FEB 4, 1906

Dietrich Bonhoeffer born FEB 4, 1906

American Minute with Bill Federer The National Socialist Workers' Party leader, Adolph Hitler, became Chancellor of Germany on January 30, 1933, and began implementing a plan of universal healthcare, with no regard for conscience. The New York Times reported October 10, 1933: "Nazi Plan to Kill Incurables to End Pain; German Religious [...]

Four Chaplains Day

Four Chaplains Day

American Minute with Bill Federer On the frigid night of FEBRUARY 3, 1943, the overcrowded Allied ship U.S.A.T. Dorchester, carrying 902 servicemen, plowed through the dark waters near Greenland. At 1:00am, a Nazi submarine fired a torpedo into the transport's flank, killing many in the explosion and trapping others below deck. It sank in [...]

Mexican-American War ended Feb 2, 1848

Mexican-American War ended Feb 2, 1848

American Minute with Bill Federer Cortés conquered the Aztecs in 1521, and for the next 300 years, New Spain, which included Latin America and parts of North and South America, was ruled by Catholic Spain. In 1808, Napoleon, who was a secular leader, invaded Catholic Spain and put his brother Joseph Bonaparte on the Spanish throne. Many [...]

The Battle Hymn of the Republic

The Battle Hymn of the Republic

American Minute with Bill Federer Five dollars was all she was paid by the Atlantic Monthly Magazine for her poem, 'The Battle Hymn of the Republic', published FEBRUARY 1, 1862. It became Lincoln's favorite song and the Union's theme song. Julia Ward Howe was the daughter of a Wall Street banker and wife of Dr. Samuel Gridley Howe who ran [...]

Rev. Jacob Duche’ Born JANUARY 31, 1738

Rev. Jacob Duche’ Born JANUARY 31, 1738

American Minute with Bill Federer When British troops descended on Boston, the Continental Congress' first official act was to request Rev. Jacob Duche', pastor of Philadelphia's Christ Church, to open in prayer: "Tuesday, September 6, 1774. Resolved, That the Rev. Mr. Duche' be desired to open the Congress tomorrow morning with prayers, at [...]

Franklin D. Roosevelt born JAN 30, 1882

Franklin D. Roosevelt born JAN 30, 1882

American Minute with Bill Federer Franklin D. Roosevelt warned at Madison Square Garden, October 28, 1940: "WE GUARD AGAINST the forces of anti-Christian aggression, which may attack us from without." FDR said in a Fireside Chat, April 28, 1942: "THIS GREAT WAR effort must be carried through... It shall not be imperiled by the handful [...]

Robert Frost died JANUARY 29, 1963

Robert Frost died JANUARY 29, 1963

American Minute with Bill Federer Two roads diverged in a yellow wood And sorry I could not travel both And be one traveler, long I stood And looked down one as far as I could To where it bent in the undergrowth; Then took the other, as just as fair And having perhaps the better claim, Because it was grassy and wanted wear; Though as [...]

Sir Francis Drake died JANUARY 28, 1596

Sir Francis Drake died JANUARY 28, 1596

American Minute with Bill Federer In 1519, the Portuguese explorer Ferdinand Magellan set out on the first voyage to circumnavigate the world. Sailing for Spain, Magellan began his search for a route to the East Indies by traveling down the coast of South America. Magellan fleet reached Cape Virgenes and concluded they had found passage [...]

Jewish American History

Jewish American History

American Minute with Bill Federer In 1492, three major events happened in Spain. The monarchs Ferdinand and Isabella drove the last of the Muslims out, liberating Spain from 700 years of occupation. They then sent Columbus to find a sea route to India and China as Muslims in the east had cut off the land routes. Then Spain forced [...]

Douglas MacArthur born JANUARY 26, 1880

Douglas MacArthur born JANUARY 26, 1880

General Douglas MacArthur American Minute with Bill Federer "Our threat is from the insidious forces working from within which have already so drastically altered the character of our free institutions" -General Douglas MacArthur, Lansing, Michigan, May 15, 1952. Douglas MacArthur was born JANUARY 26, 1880. He commanded in France [...]

Pascal’s “Principle” and Principles

Pascal’s “Principle” and Principles

American Minute with Bill Federer The "Father of Chemistry" wanted to evangelize America... and warned of the end of the world. This was Robert Boyle, born JANUARY 25, 1627. He studied Bacon, Descartes, and other of his contemporaries, including scientists Isaac Newton and Galileo, philosophers John Locke and Thomas Hobbes, and poet John [...]

James Madison’s thoughts on Religion

James Madison’s thoughts on Religion

American Minute with Bill Federer James Madison's defense of religious freedom began when he stood with his father outside a jail in the village of Orange and heard Baptists preach from their cell windows. What was their crime? They were unlicensed - preaching religious opinions not approved by the government. Madison wrote on the fate [...]

The Catholic Church and American History

The Catholic Church and American History

American Minute with Bill Federer "It is not just about sterilization, abortifacients, and chemical contraception... It's about religious freedom, the sacred right, protected by our constitution..." - Cardinal Timothy Dolan, Archbishop of New York, October 29, 2012, responding to the President's HHS healthcare mandates. Cardinal Dolan, as [...]

Abortion is a National Sin

Abortion is a National Sin

American Minute with Bill Federer "I never have felt that any abortion should be committed - I think each abortion is the result of a series of errors..." -stated President Jimmy Carter to reporters at the Ritz-Carlton Hotel in Washington, DC, November 3, 2005, regarding his book, Our Enduring Values-America's Moral Crisis. President [...]

THE TEN COMMANDMENTS

THE TEN COMMANDMENTS

American Minute with Bill Federer "THE TEN COMMANDMENTS are not the laws. They are THE LAW," stated Cecil B. DeMille at the New York opening of his epic film, THE TEN COMMANDMENTS. Starring Charlton Heston as Moses and Yul Brynner as Pharaoh Rameses II, the film was released by Paramount Pictures in 1956. While filming on-location in [...]

A history of Inauguration Day

A history of Inauguration Day

American Minute with Bill Federer The date of Presidential Inaugurations was moved from March 4th to JANUARY 20th with the 20th Amendment to the U.S. Constitution, ratified in 1933. The 32nd President Franklin Roosevelt, stated in his INAUGURAL, January 20, 1945: "Almighty God has blessed our land." The 33rd President Harry S Truman, [...]

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