The ugly history of federal income tax

by Bill Federer -- On April 15, 1865, President Lincoln died. He was shot the night before in Ford's Theater. On April 15, 1912, the Titanic sank. It struck an iceberg the more…

Noah Webster on the true definition of marriage

by Bill Federer -- [caption id="attachment_1899545" align="aligncenter" width="600"] Noah Webster[/caption] Noah Webster first published his American Dictionary of the English Language on April 14, 1828. In order to evaluate the etymology of more…

Jefferson: We may never see his equal again

by Bill Federer -- [caption id="attachment_1891575" align="aligncenter" width="600"] Thomas Jefferson[/caption] Thomas Jefferson was born April 13, 1743. He drafted the Declaration of Independence, 1776; was governor of Virginia, 1779-1781; and founded the more…

Civil War irony: Praying to same God for different results

by Bill Federer -- [caption id="attachment_3181944" align="alignright" width="300"] Civil War prayer[/caption] Prior to the Civil War, tariffs on imports into southern ports, notably Charleston, South Carolina, provided the majority of the revenue more…

Global drama united entire world in prayer

by Bill Federer -- [caption id="attachment_1890855" align="aligncenter" width="600"] Mission Control[/caption] "Houston, we've had a problem" were the words sent from Apollo 13, which was launched for the moon April 11, 1970. Mission more…

The Salvation Army's remarkable history

by Bill Federer -- [caption id="attachment_1878815" align="aligncenter" width="600"] William Booth, Founder of the Salvation Army[/caption] Millions of people in 118 countries are helped by the Salvation Army, founded by William Booth, who more…

The man with a bigger draw than Barnum's circus

by Bill Federer -- [caption id="attachment_1874185" align="aligncenter" width="600"] New York Great Roman Hippodrome[/caption] "The Greatest Show on Earth" was owned by P.T. Barnum, who died April 7, 1891. Selling millions of tickets, more…

World War I: Far uglier than many people remember

by Bill Federer -- [caption id="attachment_4628379" align="aligncenter" width="600"] Armistice: End of World War I[/caption] "The Great War" began in 1914 between Germany and its allies, and England and France and their allies. more…

The secret to freedom no one wants to hear

by Bill Federer -- [caption id="attachment_4625193" align="aligncenter" width="600"] John Adams[/caption] John Adams wrote to his cousin, Rev. Zabdiel Adams, June 21, 1776: "Statesmen, my dear Sir, may plan and speculate for liberty, more…