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Profile America: Boston Latin — The First Public School

Profile America: Boston Latin — The First Public School

Sunday, April 23 — America’s first — and oldest — school is celebrating its 382nd birthday today. The Boston Latin School started in 1635 with a handful of students meeting in the headmaster’s home. Stressing a classical education and the development […]

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New Coke Wasn’t the Real Thing

Saturday, April 22 — On this date 32 years ago, executives at one of America’s and the world’s most famous consumer brands were confidently looking forward to the morrow. After much research, experimentation and extensive taste testing, a reformulated Coca-Cola was […]

by · April 22, 2017 · Profile America
Profile America: First Health Insurance

Profile America: First Health Insurance

Friday, April 21 — Health insurance coverage has been a major topic of media and political interest for the past decade or so, but the concept goes back 170 years. The Massachusetts Health Insurance Company of Boston was organized on this […]

by · April 21, 2017 · Profile America
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Profile America: Credit Cards

Thursday, April 20 — To borrow from some recent advertising slogans, although many Americans couldn’t imagine leaving home without them, and they’re everywhere they want to be, there was a time when credit cards were rare. They were issued only by […]

by · April 20, 2017 · Profile America
Profile America: All News Radio

Profile America: All News Radio

Wednesday, April 19 — The first all-news radio format in the U.S. debuted on this date in 1965, as WINS-AM in New York City switched from rock and roll to rip and read. Almost 20 years earlier, the station had notched […]

by · April 19, 2017 · Profile America
The first laundromat, called a “Washateria,” was opened today by John F. Cantrell in Fort Worth, Texas. (Credit: Retro Newser)

Profile America: First Laundromat

Monday, April 17 — For urban dwellers, the difficulty — or at least the expense — of doing their laundry began to ease this month in 1934. That’s when the first public, self-operated laundry in the U.S. opened its doors in […]

by · April 17, 2017 · Profile America
Profile America: Child Labor

Profile America: Child Labor

Sunday, April 16 — Children have worked throughout history, especially on family farms and in trades. But their employment in industrialized settings raised many popular objections. On this date in 1836, Massachusetts became the first state to prohibit children under age […]

by · April 16, 2017 · Profile America
Profile America: McDonald’s Milestone

Profile America: McDonald’s Milestone

Saturday, April 15 — Today marks the 62nd anniversary of the opening of a small hamburger restaurant in Des Plaines, Illinois. It was the first of what would become one of the world’s best-recognized brand names — McDonald’s. The franchise shop […]

by · April 15, 2017 · Profile America
Profile America: Congressional Representation

Profile America: Congressional Representation

Friday, April 14 — The distribution of political representation under the Constitution was authorized on this date in 1792. Based on the results of the 1790 Census, the House of Representatives was to be apportioned according to population, coming as near […]

by · April 14, 2017 · Profile America
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Profile America: Ford Launches First Assembly Line

Thursday, April 13 —  The American automobile industry began to take off this month in 1913 — as Henry Ford set up the first moving assembly line in Highland Park, Michigan. Before the assembly line, workers spent over 12 hours building […]

by · April 13, 2017 · Profile America
Profile America: Insulin — A Lifesaving Medicine

Profile America: Insulin — A Lifesaving Medicine

Wednesday, April 12 — One of world’s foremost lifesaving medicines — insulin — became available this month in 1923 for treating diabetes. Insulin is a hormone produced by the pancreas and is critical in the processing of carbohydrates in the human […]

by · April 12, 2017 · Profile America
Profile America: Civil Rights Act of 1968

Profile America: Civil Rights Act of 1968

Tuesday, April 11 — On this date 49 years ago, the Civil Rights Act of 1968 became law. At the bill signing ceremony, President Lyndon Johnson said, “The proudest moments of my presidency have been times such as this when I […]

by · April 11, 2017 · History, Profile America
Profile America: Be Kind To Lawyers Day

Profile America: Be Kind To Lawyers Day

Monday, April 10 — When people need help — ranging from dealing with a traffic offense, writing a will, setting up a business, or facing serious criminal charges — they turn to an attorney. Yet this ancient profession is the frequent […]

by · April 10, 2017 · Profile America
Profile America: Library Week

Profile America: Library Week

Sunday, April 9 — April is a significant month for the American printed word. In 1800, the Library of Congress was founded, and this week, in 1828, Noah Webster published the first dictionary of American English. Today is the start of […]

by · April 9, 2017 · Profile America
National Beer Day

National Beer Day

Friday, April 7 — The years of Prohibition, from 1920 to 1933, were considered a noble experiment that failed, as the subsequent crime associated with bootlegging caused problems worse than the lone problem of drunkenness. The crumbling of the unpopular Volstead […]

by · April 9, 2017 · History, Profile America