History

Profile America: First Bank

Profile America: First Bank

Sunday, January 7th. During the Revolutionary War, the rebelling colonies and the Continental Congress were anything but too big to fail. To the contrary, finances were very spotty and precarious. To help put affairs in order and make credit available, […]

by · January 7, 2018 · History, Profile America
National Eye Care Month: The Eyes Have It

National Eye Care Month: The Eyes Have It

Many causes are being celebrated this month, some ridiculous, some serious. In the serious category are two linked together — National Eye Care Month and National Glaucoma Awareness Month. Regular eye examinations should be part of everyone’s health care regimen, […]

Profile America: States of Intoxication

Profile America: States of Intoxication

Tuesday, January 2nd. When Prohibition ended in 1933, the sale of alcoholic beverages resumed in America, but was subject to a patchwork of differing regulations. Local options mean that some counties remain dry. Some states regulate the alcoholic content of […]

by · January 2, 2018 · History, Profile America
Profile America: New Year’s Day in History

Profile America: New Year’s Day in History

How history will judge 2017 can’t yet be known, but last year’s anniversaries are woven into the fabric of today. 

by · January 1, 2018 · Census, History, News, Profile America
Emancipation Proclamation

Emancipation Proclamation

January 1, 2018 Monday, January 1st. For Americans in 1863, this day was not one especially suited to a greeting of “Happy New Year.” But in a nation riven by Civil War, President Abraham Lincoln used the occasion of the […]

by · January 1, 2018 · History, News, Profile America
Profile America: Electronic Advance

Profile America: Electronic Advance

One of the most important inventions of modern times dates back 70 years this month. In 1947, three Bell Laboratory scientists successfully tested what would become the junction transistor, vital to our information age. The three shared the Nobel Prize […]

by · December 31, 2017 · History, Profile America, Technology
Profile America: First Coed College – Oberlin College

Profile America: First Coed College – Oberlin College

Friday, December 29th. Colleges and universities with both male and female students are the norm today. But in 1833, only a few women went to college and the idea of coed classes was a social innovation. In December that year, […]

by · December 30, 2017 · History, Profile America, Women
Remote Control Viewing

Remote Control Viewing

The reliable TV remote control, a crucial labor saving device for couch potatoes, was unveiled this month 60 years ago. Robert Adler of the Zenith Corporation received a patent for a mechanical unit that used a striker and four small […]

Profile America: Gum for Chewsy Americans

Profile America: Gum for Chewsy Americans

Thursday, December 28th. The month of December has given Americans a lot to chew on, beyond holiday cookies, fruitcakes and candies. On this date in December 1869, chewing gum was patented by Ohio dentist William Semple, who hoped that the […]

by · December 28, 2017 · History, Profile America
Today, many Americans prefer their coffee decaffeinated.

Profile America: America’s Coffee Perks Up

Tuesday, December 26th. The millions of Americans who for a century and a half have enjoyed well-brewed coffee can direct their gratitude to James H. Nason of Franklin, Massachusetts. He received the nation’s first patent for a coffee percolator on […]

by · December 26, 2017 · History, Profile America
Profile America: Christmas Day

Profile America: Christmas Day

Monday, December 25th. Today is Christmas Day — a joyous religious observance for many, but for almost everyone, one of the happiest days of the year. Outside or indoors, whether in balmy or snowbound climates, children are busy trying out […]

by · December 25, 2017 · History, Profile America
U.S. Federal Reserve Vice Chair Yellen stands after testifying during a confirmation hearing on her nomination to be the next chairman of the U.S. Federal Reserve before the Senate Banking Committee in Washington.

Profile America: The Fed

Saturday, December 23rd. An institution that has been in the news a lot these past few years, and which has come in for its share of criticism during the nation’s stubborn economic problems, observes the anniversary of its founding today. […]

by · December 23, 2017 · History, Profile America
Profile America: Razor’s Edge

Profile America: Razor’s Edge

Friday, December 22nd. During the course of recorded history going back to ancient Egypt, men have felt cultural pressures to shave their facial hair. For centuries, their only recourse was the straight razor, which provided a close shave but had […]

by · December 22, 2017 · History, Profile America
Unmarried and Single Americans Week 2017

Profile America: Bachelor Tax

Wednesday, December 20th. Throughout history, bachelors have had to put up with a lot of pressure from friends, family and society in general. They tend to be stereotyped, and for years, many television sitcoms have portrayed their supposedly dissolute lives. […]

by · December 20, 2017 · History, Profile America
Profile America: Satellite Telecommunications

Profile America: Satellite Telecommunications

Tuesday, December 19th. The satellite Atlas was launched from Cape Canaveral on this date in 1958. The spacecraft would make history the next day, beaming the first voice heard from space — a recording of President Eisenhower with a 58-word […]

by · December 19, 2017 · History, Profile America