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Profile America: Telstar

Profile America: Telstar

Tuesday, July 11 — The distant reaches of planet Earth came into electronic proximity for the average American on this date in 1962. The occasion was the successful relay of a transatlantic TV signal by Telstar, the first privately owned […]

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Hawaiian Islands Annexed

This week in 1898, the United States. began absorbing an island paradise en route to making it a treasured part of the nation. President William McKinley signed a resolution annexing the Hawaiian Islands, then an independent republic. A short time […]

by · July 10, 2017 · History, Race and Culture
Profile America: Roads Paved With Good Intentions

Profile America: Roads Paved With Good Intentions

Sunday, July 9 — The first concrete road in America was completed on this date 125 years ago in Bellefontaine, Ohio — just as America entered the age of the automobile. The concrete road in 1892 followed by 22 years […]

Sliced Bread: Cutting Things Fine

Sliced Bread: Cutting Things Fine

Friday, July 7 — When something is proclaimed the best thing since sliced bread, that praise doesn’t encompass as much time as one might think. Sliced bread, wrapped for sale in wax paper, first appeared on store shelves on this […]

Decimal System: Powers of Ten

Decimal System: Powers of Ten

Thursday, July 6 — The Constitution of the United States, ratified in 1788, made this nation the first in the world to conduct a census of population on a regular basis. Every 10 years, in fact. Divisibility by tens had […]

by · July 6, 2017 · History, Profile America
July 4th

July 4th

July 4th — Today is the signature American holiday, celebrating the date in 1776 when the Second Continental Congress adopted the Declaration of Independence. Ours was the first successful colonial independence movement against a European power.   From sea to […]

by · July 4, 2017 · History, Holidays
America’s First Oil Refinery

America’s First Oil Refinery

America’s first commercial oil refinery was put in operation this month in 1860. It was built in Titusville, Pennsylvania, on the banks of Oil Creek. That town was the site of the country’s first productive oil well in 1859, and […]

by · July 1, 2017 · Business, Environment, History
Profile America: Youth Voting Comes of Age

Profile America: Youth Voting Comes of Age

  Saturday, July 1 — On this date 46 years ago, the sun set on our old concept of coming of age. The 26th amendment to the Constitution became law effective July 1, lowering the age requirement for voting in […]

Incandescent light bulb

San Francisco Electric Company

Thursday, June 29 — The first electric power company in America, and perhaps the world, was formed this week in 1879 in San Francisco. This was nearly four months before Thomas Edison successfully tested his practical incandescent light bulb. The power […]

Profile America: Credit Where It Is Due

Profile America: Credit Where It Is Due

Tuesday, June 27 — Consumers’ options for managing their finances were greatly broadened this week in 1934, after President Roosevelt signed the Federal Credit Union Act the day before, promoting the nationwide formation of credit unions.   Credit unions differ from […]

Decaf Coffee

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 […]

by · June 15, 2017 · History, Profile America
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 […]