Profile America

The English Classical School, Boston, MA.  Credit: Intellectual Takeout

First Public High School: English Classical School

Thursday, May 25 — The first public high school in the U.S. was organized this month in 1820. The English Classical School opened in 1821 with 101 male students in Boston, which also was the seat for America’s first high school […]

Credit: New World Encyclopedia

The Telegraph: A Telecommunications First

Wednesday, May 24 — In a way, today marks the 173rd birthday of the World Wide Web. Only it was electro-mechanical, not digital. On this date in 1844, Samuel F.B. Morse activated the first telegraph line, sending a dots-and-dashes code message […]

Veterinary Practice News

Veterinary Medicine

Tuesday, May 23 — There are few bonds in nature as gratifying as that between pets and their owners. Most pets are rewarded for their loyalty and devotion with shelter, food and welcome attention. Though less welcome, they are also rewarded […]

by · May 23, 2017 · Pets, Profile America
During WWII, there was a nation wide Victory Speed Limit of 35 mph. | Retronaut | Pinterest

Profile America: Gasoline Rationing and “Victory Speed”

Friday, May 19 — Gas prices are a frequent cause for consumer complaint — but at least purchases aren’t restricted, as they were beginning this month in 1942. That’s when 17 states began rationing gasoline to help the fight World War […]

Thurgood Marshall - Civil Rights Activist, Supreme Court Justice, Judge, Lawyer -

Brown v. Board of Education

This week in 1954, the U.S. Supreme Court issued one of its most historic decisions, changing the social landscape of the nation. The justices ruled unanimously in Brown v. Board of Education that segregation of public schools based solely on race […]

A screen above the floor of the New York Stock Exchange. CNBC

Profile America: NY Stock Exchange Is 225 Years Old

Thursday, May 18 — The New York Stock Exchange, by signaling business prospects through share prices, has long been a bellwether of the nation’s economic health. The exchange started this month in 1792, as some two dozen merchants and brokers established […]

Mother’s Day 2017

Mother’s Day 2017

  Sunday, May 14 — Today is Mother’s Day — one of the nation’s most revered national observances, with meaning beyond flowers, cards and brunches. The idea started in 1908 with Anna Jarvis of West Virginia to honor her deceased mother […]

The Jamestown settlement in the Colony of Virginia was the first permanent English settlement in the Americas. William Kelso writes that Jamestown "is where the British Empire began." Wikipedia

Profile America: Jamestown

Saturday, May 13 — Today marks the 410th anniversary of the founding of the first permanent English settlement in what is now the United States, at Jamestown, Virginia. Captains John Smith and Christopher Newport were among the leaders of a group […]

Asian and Pacific American Heritage Month

Asian and Pacific American Heritage Month

Tuesday, May 9 — By presidential proclamation, this month recognizes one of the nation’s fastest-growing population groups — those of Asian and Pacific American heritage. The observance began in 1978 with a joint congressional resolution honoring the arrival of the first […]

Welcome to National Pet Week®!

Profile America: National Pet Week

Sunday, May 7 — National Pet Week and Be Kind to Animals Week both begin their observances today. While pets are a source of companionship, many dogs provide protection and act as eyes for the blind. Less is expected of cats, […]

by · May 7, 2017 · Pets, Profile America
Cinco de Mayo

Cinco de Mayo

Friday, May 5 — In Spanish, today’s date is Cinco de Mayo, and celebrations will be held in many cities across the U.S., as well as Mexico. These events mark the anniversary of the Battle of Puebla in 1862, when outnumbered […]

Teacher Appreciation Week

Profile America: Teacher Appreciation Week

Tuesday, May 2 — Before the school year draws to a close and summer vacation takes over, it’s time to say thanks to America’s teachers. Today is Teacher Appreciation Day, falling on the second day of Teacher Appreciation Week. The goal […]

by · May 2, 2017 · Profile America
Profile America: Temporary Disability Insurance

Profile America: Temporary Disability Insurance

Saturday, April 29 — Health insurance and its affordability has been a topic of political contention mostly in the past two decades, but the social need was recognized much earlier. On this date in 1942, Rhode Island became the first state […]

une 26, 1896: first movie theater opens in u.s. -- charges $0.10 vs. today at $15. Credit:

Profile America: The First Movie Theater

Friday, April 28 — For over a century, going to the movies has been one of the most popular ways people all across the country enjoy themselves. The first time a paying American audience assembled to watch a motion picture was […]

by · April 28, 2017 · Profile America
1981: The first integrated mouse intended for use with a personal computer makes its appearance with the Xerox Star workstation. Credit: Wired

Profile America: The Mighty Mouse

Thursday, April 27 — For many years, the word “mouse” commonly evoked thoughts of Mickey. But that association began to be eclipsed on this date in 1981 when the Xerox Corporation, then a major developer, introduced the mouse to the commercial […]