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Profile America: FM Radio Debuts

Profile America: FM Radio Debuts

Monday, March 5th. FM radio is 77 years old. In March 1941, the first commercial FM station went on the air — W47NV in Nashville, Tennessee. FM – standing for frequency modulation – was first proposed in a scientific paper […]

by · March 5, 2018 · History, Profile America
Profile America: Jeannette Rankin

Profile America: Jeannette Rankin

Sunday, March 4th. The first woman to serve in Congress took her seat on this date 101 years ago. Barely a month later, Jeannette Rankin,       Republican from Montana, became one of the few congressional representatives to vote against […]

by · March 4, 2018 · History, Profile America, Women
Profile America: Women’s History Month

Profile America: Women’s History Month

Thursday, March 1. This is Wome’s History Month — a time to recognize the often overlooked vision, courage and accomplishments of the nation’s women. One example is Clara Barton, who ministered to wounded soldiers in the Civil War and went […]

by · March 1, 2018 · History, Profile America, Women
Profile America: First State Chartered Railroad

Profile America: First State Chartered Railroad

Wednesday, February 28. Although February is the calendar’s shortest month, it looms large in America’s history of railroad development. In 1815, the first state charter for a railroad was issued by New Jersey for a never-completed line between Trenton and […]

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
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Profile America: First Burglar Alarm

Tuesday, February 20th. We live in an age concerned about security. Many homes display signs warning that they are protected by a certain brand of security system, and television ads extol the benefits of competing brands. The first burglar alarm […]

by · February 20, 2018 · Bulletin Board, Profile America
Valentines and Weddings

Valentines and Weddings

Wednesday, February 14th. While today may not be an official holiday, Valentine’s Day is one of the most popular in the year’s calendar. Its origins are a mix of legends involving two Christian martyrs, a Roman fertility rite, and the […]

by · February 14, 2018 · Cultures, 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 […]

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