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Profile America: Model Railroad

Profile America: Model Railroad

Tuesday, 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 […]

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Profile America: Charlotte Ray

Profile America: Charlotte Ray

Monday, February 27 — 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 […]

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Profile America: Immigration Czech

Profile America: Immigration Czech

Sunday, February 26 — Immigration as an item of government involvement appeared on Colonial America’s shores 351 years ago. Born in Bohemia, essentially today’s Czech Republic, Auguste Herman came to the New World initially to work for the Dutch colony of […]

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Profile America: Legal Tender

Profile America: Legal Tender

Saturday, February 25 — 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. […]

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Profile America: Tiffany Family Jewels

Profile America: Tiffany Family Jewels

Friday, February 24 — A baby boy, whose name came to mean quality and brilliant design, was born this month in 1848—Louis Comfort Tiffany. After making his mark independently, in 1902 he became the artistic director of his father’s already famous […]

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Profile America: Car Insurance

Profile America: Car Insurance

Thursday, February 23 — Car insurance is both required and a major item in the budget of many households. The idea of insuring cars against accidents began this month in 1898 when the Traveler’s Insurance Company issued a policy to Dr. […]

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Profile America: Early Presidential Radio

Profile America: Early Presidential Radio

Wednesday, February 22 — 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 […]

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Profile America: First Telephone Directory

Profile America: First Telephone Directory

Tuesday, February 21 — 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 the U.S. was published on this date in 1878 in New Haven, […]

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

Profile America: Lucy Hobbs Taylor, First Woman Dentist

Monday, February 20 — This week 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 […]

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Profile America: Engineering Week

Profile America: Engineering Week

Sunday, February 19 — Every time we use a phone, drive a car, watch TV, cross a bridge, or do myriad everyday activities, we are benefitting from the accumulated work of a most important, broad profession — engineering. To celebrate its […]

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Profile America: Oh, Canada

Profile America: Oh, Canada

Saturday, February 18 — Although Canada has been self-governing since 1867, it wasn’t until this date just 90 years ago that the U.S. established formal diplomatic relations through recognition of a Canadian ambassador in Washington. Until that date, the Dominion of […]

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Profile America: Thomas Malthus

Profile America: Thomas Malthus

Friday, February 17 —  This month — and some sources cite this date — is the 251st anniversary of the 1766 birth of Thomas Malthus in Dorking, England. Given that birthplace, he perhaps naturally became an economist, demographer and statistician. He’s […]

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Profile America: College for the Deaf

Profile America: College for the Deaf

Thursday, February 16 — The nation’s first college for deaf students traces its beginning to this date in 1857, when Congress incorporated the Columbia Institution for the Instruction of the Deaf, Dumb and Blind. In 1864, the school was federally chartered […]

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Profile America: First American Computer

Profile America: First American Computer

Wednesday, February 15 — For many Americans nowadays, it’s hard to conceive of life without computers. But such a life is within the living memory of America’s older seniors. The first electronic computer was publicly demonstrated on Valentine’s Day 1946 at […]

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Profile America: Valentines and Weddings

Profile America: Valentines and Weddings

Tuesday, February 14 — 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 […]

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