History

Profile America: Charlotte Ray

Profile America: Charlotte Ray

Tuesday, February 27th. On this date in 1872, America’s third female law student was graduated. But this third was a first. Charlotte Ray was a freeborn African-American, and the first black woman to graduate law school. With her degree from […]

Lucy Hobbs Taylor graduated from the Ohio College of Dental Surgery in February 1866.

Profile America: Lucy Hobbs Taylor

Monday, February 26th. This month in 1866, Lucy Hobbs Taylor received a doctorate in dentistry from the Ohio College of Dental Surgery. She was the first American woman so credentialed, and it’s believed she was also the first in the […]

by · February 26, 2018 · History, Profile America, Women
First commercial radio broadcast: Results of the 1920 Presidential Election -- Gov. Warren G. Harding's landslide victory.

Early Presidential Radio

The history of radio and the presidency seems to center entirely on Franklin Roosevelt’s famous “fireside chats” beginning in 1933 in the depths of the Depression. But the first president to address the nation from the White House over the […]

by · February 25, 2018 · History, Profile America
Profile America: Legal Tender

Profile America: Legal Tender

Sunday, February 25th. Paper money has circulated in North America since 1690, when the Massachusetts Bay Colony issued some to paper over — so to speak — the shortage of coins. But these were just promissory notes from governing bodies. […]

by · February 25, 2018 · History, Profile America
President Richard Nixon signing the Clean Air Act of 1970.

Opening to China

“Only Nixon could go to China” is a metaphor for a person of an established reputation to defy all expectations by acting in a contrary fashion. That phrase was conceived this week in 1972. President Richard Nixon, an established cold […]

by · February 24, 2018 · History, Profile America
First Telephone Directory

First Telephone Directory

Wednesday, February 21st. In the early days of the telephone, knowing who had one and what the number was quickly became a problem. The first telephone directory in America was published on this date in 1878 in New Haven, Connecticut. […]

by · February 21, 2018 · History, Profile America
Profile America: Boston Latin — America’s First Public School

Profile America: Boston Latin — America’s First Public School

Tuesday, February 13. This date marks the anniversary in 1635 of the organizing of America’s first public school — the Boston Latin School — long before there was a United States. Established in April that year, among its later students […]

February is Wise Health Care Consumer Month.

Wise Health Care Consumer Month

The nation’s first college of pharmacy was founded in Philadelphia on this date in 1821, an appropriate anniversary to note that many health care organizations prescribe February as Wise Health Care Consumer Month. The “Rx” for Americans is to invest […]

by · February 12, 2018 · Health & Nutrition, History
Profile America: NAACP

Profile America: NAACP

Monday, February 12. One of the nation’s earliest civil rights organizations is 109 years old today — the National Association for the Advancement of Colored People. Founded to combat lynching and segregation, the NAACP continues to work toward greater opportunities […]

by · February 12, 2018 · History, Profile America
America’s First Hospital

America’s First Hospital

Sunday, February 11th. Among his very many achievements, Benjamin Franklin played a leading role in the founding of America’s first hospital, decades before the Declaration of Independence. Together with Dr. Thomas Bond, he obtained a charter for a hospital to […]

by · February 11, 2018 · History, Profile America
Rosa Parks, civil rights activist.

Profile America: Rosa Parks, American Hero

Sunday, February 4th. Adding poignancy to Black History Month, today marks the birthday in 1913 of Rosa Parks, a community activist who became a symbol of the fight for civil equality. Parks was arrested for refusing to give up her […]

by · February 4, 2018 · History, Profile America, Women
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 […]