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Decaf Coffee

Friday, June 23 — Through the centuries of coffee’s popularity, if someone ordered the beverage, there was no question about what kind. Today, many Americans prefer their coffee decaffeinated. That option dates to early in the last century, thanks to Ludwig […]

The first public pay telephone was set up in just two years after Alexander Graham Bell invented the phone. The first coin-operated pay phone was installed ..

Profile America: First Phone Booth

Thursday, June 22 — America’s first public phone booth was installed this month in 1880 in New Haven, Connecticut, just four years after the telephone was invented. These first public telephones were supervised by attendants, while those operated by coins came […]

The name Fort Apache reportedly came from a cop answering the phone at the station-house used the tern in describing the police station as being under attack. Photo by David Greene

‘FORT APACHE’ COPS RECALL GOOD TIMES

‘Fort Apache’ Cops Recall Good Times During the Bad Old Days by David Greene   More than 100 former cops once stationed at the famed “Fort Apache” station-house on Simpson Street during the 1970’s, held their annual gathering as they […]

The first hand-powered cleaner. But the first person to patent a version of the vacuum cleaner is Daniel Hess, from West Union, Iowa, in 1860. (umwblogs.org)

Profile America: Dust Busting Vacuum Cleaner

Thursday, June 15 — Dealing with one of the oldest challenges to house cleaning — dust — motivated Ives McGaffey of Chicago to patent the first vacuum cleaner in the United States this week in 1869. It was hand powered, made […]

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Ft. Apache Cops Recall Good Times During the Bad Old Days

Ft. Apache Cops Recall Good Times During the Bad Old Days

Ft. Apache Cops Recall Good Times During the Bad Old Days by David Greene More than 100 former cops once stationed at the famed “Fort Apache” station-house on Simpson Street during the 1970’s, held their annual gathering as they reminisced […]

The Homeowners Loan Act provided for loans to homeowners so they could pay their mortgages. This prevented people from going homeless and prevented banks from going under.

Profile America: Help for Homeowners

Tuesday, June 13 — The American dream of owning — and keeping — a home got a lifeline on this date in 1933 with passage of the Homeowners Loan Act. The act provided emergency relief in the depths of the Great Depression, […]

by · June 13, 2017 · History, Housing, Profile America
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Profile America: Loving Marriage Rights

Monday, June 12 — The 1960s was a time of great social change, and one of the landmark advances in freedom afforded all Americans by civil rights was made on this date 50 years ago. The U.S. Supreme Court issued a […]

by · June 12, 2017 · Family, History, Law, Profile America
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June 6 - Drive-In Movie Day

Drive-in Movie Day

A major pop culture phenomenon, lasting several decades, began on this date in 1933. With the automobile increasingly reshaping Americans’ habits, Richard Hollingshead opened the nation’s first drive-in movie theater in Camden, New Jersey. Soon, drive-in movies became a fixture […]

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Monday, June 5 — This date is notable in the realm of economics, for it marks three significant anniversaries in that science. Political economist Adam Smith was born on this date in 1723 in Scotland. In 1883, the prominent 20th century […]

Main Street after flood. (Wikipedia)

Profile America: Historic Deluge at Johnstown

Wednesday, May 31 — While tornadoes and heatwaves often take more lives, flooding is a constant threat to life in America. One of the worst floods in U.S. history happened on this date in 1889 at Johnstown, Pennsylvania. Like the dangerous […]

First Daily U.S. Newspaper — The Pennsylvania Evening Post

First Daily U.S. Newspaper — The Pennsylvania Evening Post

  Tuesday, May 30 — The nation’s first daily newspaper, the short-lived Pennsylvania Evening Post, began publication on this date in 1783, printed by Benjamin Towne in Philadelphia. Americans’ hunger for news was such that by 1850, there were some 250 […]

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First Public High School: English Classical School

Thursday, May 25 — The first public high school in the U.S. was organized this month in 1820. The English Classical School opened in 1821 with 101 male students in Boston, which also was the seat for America’s first high school […]

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The Telegraph: A Telecommunications First

Wednesday, May 24 — In a way, today marks the 173rd birthday of the World Wide Web. Only it was electro-mechanical, not digital. On this date in 1844, Samuel F.B. Morse activated the first telegraph line, sending a dots-and-dashes code message […]

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Profile America: Gasoline Rationing and “Victory Speed”

Friday, May 19 — Gas prices are a frequent cause for consumer complaint — but at least purchases aren’t restricted, as they were beginning this month in 1942. That’s when 17 states began rationing gasoline to help the fight World War […]

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Brown v. Board of Education

This week in 1954, the U.S. Supreme Court issued one of its most historic decisions, changing the social landscape of the nation. The justices ruled unanimously in Brown v. Board of Education that segregation of public schools based solely on race […]