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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
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Profile America: Birth Registration

Monday, December 18th. This month in 1823, Georgia became the first state to enact a birth registration law. It required county clerks to record in a book the dates of birth of all new Georgians upon obtaining satisfactory proof by […]

by · December 18, 2017 · History, Profile America
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Join in the Columbus Day Parade Tomorrow

Columbus Day is a national holiday in many countries in the Americas (North & South America) and elsewhere like Italy and Spain which celebrates the anniversary of Christopher Columbus’ arrival in the Americas on October 12, 1492. Though the day […]

The First Woman US Senator

The First Woman US Senator

The first woman to serve in the U.S. Senate, was 87-year-old Rebecca Felton of Carterville, Georgia. She was appointed by the governor to the seat vacated by the death of Senator Thomas Watson.

by · October 4, 2017 · History, Profile America, Women
George Eastman. Credit: Kodak

Profile America: A Kodak Moment

Tuesday, September 26 — Simple amateur photography, even selfies, should the idea have occurred, became a possibility for the American public this month in 1888. That’s when George Eastman patented the first camera to use dry, flexible, roll film. Eastman’s […]

by · September 26, 2017 · History, Profile America, Technology
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First Federal Loan

Sunday, September 17 — On this date in 1787, the Constitutional Convention wrapped up in Philadelphia with the delegates accepting the document and sending it on to the states for ratification. Less than two years later, the new U.S. government had […]

by · September 17, 2017 · History, Profile America
The Lincoln Highway, The Great American Road Trip

The Lincoln Highway

Monday, September 11th — The route of the nation’s first coast-to-coast paved roadway was announced this week 105 years ago. Known as the Lincoln Highway, its combination of new roads linking existing metropolitan roads originally ran for nearly 3,400 miles […]

by · September 11, 2017 · History, Profile America