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The English Classical School, Boston, MA.  Credit: Intellectual Takeout

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 […]

The Jamestown settlement in the Colony of Virginia was the first permanent English settlement in the Americas. William Kelso writes that Jamestown "is where the British Empire began." Wikipedia

Profile America: Jamestown

Saturday, May 13 — Today marks the 410th anniversary of the founding of the first permanent English settlement in what is now the United States, at Jamestown, Virginia. Captains John Smith and Christopher Newport were among the leaders of a group […]

Profile America: Civil Rights Act of 1968

Profile America: Civil Rights Act of 1968

Tuesday, April 11 — On this date 49 years ago, the Civil Rights Act of 1968 became law. At the bill signing ceremony, President Lyndon Johnson said, “The proudest moments of my presidency have been times such as this when I […]

by · April 11, 2017 · History, Profile America
Electing Senators By Popular Demand

Electing Senators By Popular Demand

On April 8, 1913, the 17th Amendment to the U.S. Constitution was ratified, establishing direct popular election of senators. Previously, members of the Senate were elected by each state’s legislature. As the voting franchise expanded after the Civil War and […]

by · April 9, 2017 · Government, History
National Beer Day

National Beer Day

Friday, April 7 — The years of Prohibition, from 1920 to 1933, were considered a noble experiment that failed, as the subsequent crime associated with bootlegging caused problems worse than the lone problem of drunkenness. The crumbling of the unpopular Volstead […]

by · April 9, 2017 · History, Profile America
Profile America: United States Enters World War I

Profile America: United States Enters World War I

Thursday, April 6 — On this date one century ago, the United States declared war on Imperial Germany, thus joining the world war that began in August 1914. Involving 15 nations and empires, the conflict saw 65 million men under arms, […]

by · April 6, 2017 · History, Profile America
President Lyndon B. Johnson spearheaded the War on Poverty during his Great Society era.

Profile America: The War on Poverty

The first salvo in what we’ve come to know as the War on Poverty was fired on this date 53 years ago. Following President Lyndon Johnson’s State of the Union call for tackling poverty in America, the Economic Opportunity Act […]

by · March 17, 2017 · History, Profile America
RESCHEDULED: The East Bronx History Forum Hosting the Forum’s 6th Annual “Women in Bronx History” – March 22nd

RESCHEDULED: The East Bronx History Forum Hosting the Forum’s 6th Annual “Women in Bronx History” – March 22nd

President Jimmy Carter proclaimed National Women’s History Week for March 8, 1980 and, President Trump has re-proclaimed March 2017 as Women’s History Month. The East Bronx History Forum is pleased to announce the Forum’s 6th Annual “Women in Bronx History” […]

by · March 15, 2017 · Bulletin Board, History, Women
The East Bronx History Forum Hosting the Forum’s 6th Annual “Women in Bronx History”

The East Bronx History Forum Hosting the Forum’s 6th Annual “Women in Bronx History”

President Jimmy Carter proclaimed National Women’s History Week for March 8, 1980 and, President Trump has re-proclaimed March 2017 as Women’s History Month. The East Bronx History Forum is pleased to announce the Forum’s 6th Annual “Women in Bronx History” […]

by · March 10, 2017 · Bulletin Board, History, Women
American Revolution & The Bronx: Friends of Pelham Bay Park Gun Hill Tavern lecture

American Revolution & The Bronx: Friends of Pelham Bay Park Gun Hill Tavern lecture

Please come out Thursday March 9th at 6pm and support our Friends pf Pelham Bay Park. The setting is perfect – A Bronx warehouse transformed into a restaurant/brewery/distillery -Sounds Revolutionary to me ! The Gun Hill Tavern is at 780 […]

by · March 7, 2017 · Bulletin Board, History
Profile America: Thomas Malthus

Profile America: Thomas Malthus

Friday, February 17 —  This month — and some sources cite this date — is the 251st anniversary of the 1766 birth of Thomas Malthus in Dorking, England. Given that birthplace, he perhaps naturally became an economist, demographer and statistician. He’s […]

by · February 17, 2017 · History, Profile America
he Historic Jerome Park Reservoir: East Bronx History Forum Meeting, February 15th

he Historic Jerome Park Reservoir: East Bronx History Forum Meeting, February 15th

The Huntington Free Library and Reading Room is pleased to announce The East Bronx History Forum will hold its 118th meeting on Wednesday, February 15th. at 7:30 pm. The East Bronx History Forum meets to discuss Bronx History and held […]

by · February 11, 2017 · Bulletin Board, History