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Profile America: Tale of the Tape

Profile America: Tale of the Tape

Wednesday, January 31st. Richard Drew of the 3M Company was working on another problem when he ended up inventing one of the world’s most practical items. He noted that workers painting two-tone cars were having trouble keeping the colors separated […]

by · January 31, 2018 · History, Profile America, Technology
A drawing of the Library of Congress, Smithmeyer & Pelz Architects, ca. 1896. Prints and Photographs Division - Library of Congress.

Profile America: First Librarian of Congress

Tuesday, January 30th. Modern American election cycles engage campaign managers in almost all levels of political races. The man usually credited with being America’s first campaign director, John James Beckley, operated decades before the advent of the news cycle and […]

by · January 30, 2018 · History, Profile America
Profile America: Prohibition

Profile America: Prohibition

Monday, January 29th. There have been 27 ratified amendments to the U.S. Constitution over the past 225-plus years, but that total comes with an asterisk. Uniquely, the 21st Amendment repeals the 18th, which began its short career this month in […]

by · January 29, 2018 · History, Profile America
“To teach, to serve, and to inquire into the nature of things” is the motto of the University of Georgia, which on this date in 1785 became the young nation's first state-chartered university.

Profile America: America’s 1st Chartered University

Saturday, January 27th. “To teach, to serve, and to inquire into the nature of things.” That’s the motto of the University of Georgia, which on this date in 1785 became the young nation’s first state-chartered university. Royally chartered private universities […]

California Gold Rush

California Gold Rush

Wednesday, January 24th. An accidental discovery at a construction site on this date 170 years ago changed the course of our history. In 1848, James Marshall was building a sawmill for his boss, John Sutter, near Coloma, California, when he […]

by · January 26, 2018 · History, Profile America
The first transcontinental phone call occurred on January 25, 1915.

Profile America: First Transcontinental Phone Call

Thursday, January 25th. On this date in 1915, east and west were linked by voice in the first transcontinental phone call. This event was a conference call involving Alexander Graham Bell in New York, his assistant Thomas Watson in San […]

by · January 25, 2018 · History, Profile America, Technology
Americans got their first glimpse of an x-ray machine on this date in 1896 in an exhibit in New York City.

Profile America: X-Ray Machine

Thursday, January 18th. The X-ray machine, the first medical imaging device, was invented in Europe in the late 19th century. Americans got their first glimpse of this medical marvel on this date in 1896 in an exhibit in New York […]

by · January 18, 2018 · History, Profile America, Technology
Dr. Martin Luther King Jr.

Profile America: Dr. Martin Luther King Jr.

Monday, January 15th. Dr. Martin Luther King Jr. would have been 89 years old today. The civil rights leader, minister, and recipient of the 1964 Nobel Peace Prize was born in 1929 and assassinated in 1968. Today is the national […]

by · January 15, 2018 · History, Holidays, Profile America
Donald Trump: Presidential Address To Congress (State of The Union ...YouTube

Profile America: The First State of the Union

Monday, January 8th. On this date in 1790, President George Washington addressed a joint session of Congress to deliver the first State of the Union report, as required by the still young Constitution. The requirement didn’t demand a speech, and […]

by · January 8, 2018 · History, Profile America
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