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World's First Cellphone Call - April 3 1973 by Martin Cooper. (YouTube)

Birth of the Cell Phone

Friday, October 13 — With the national median age being 37.9 years, only half of the country’s population experienced life in what might strike young people as a bleak, dark and difficult age. Practically unimaginable today, there was a time […]

by · October 13, 2017 · Profile America, Technology, Trends
Dreft detergent first came on the market on October 10, 1933. Photo credit: Dreft

Profile America: Soap Cleaning Power

Tuesday, October 10 — Something that we all take for granted made its appearance on this date in 1933, when the first household detergent — named Dreft, and still in production — went on sale. The chemistry of making soap […]

by · October 10, 2017 · Profile America
National Work from Home Week

National Work from Home Week

Monday, October 9 — For many generations, weekday mornings have meant a routine of preparation, and then facing an ever-lengthening commute to work. However, a small but growing number of Americans are not in that situation — and that’s why […]

by · October 9, 2017 · Profile America
National School Lunch Week

National School Lunch Week

Sunday, October 8 — Tomorrow markis the start of National School Lunch Week — a name that probably conjures up visions of peanut butter and jelly sandwiches, and other, somewhat mysterious cafeteria substances. But it’s time to note the wholesome […]

by · October 8, 2017 · Profile America
UC Davis School of Veterinary Medicine faculty do pre-op procedures to prepare dogs for their spays and neuters at Spayday

First Veterinary Degree

Saturday, October 7 — “The greatness of a nation and its moral progress can be judged by the way its animals are treated.” This quote is widely attributed to Mahatma Gandhi, but whatever the source, many people agree with the […]

by · October 7, 2017 · Profile America
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
World Dairy Expo 2017 in Madison, Wisconsin. Credit:

World Dairy Expo

Wednesday, October 4 — Madison, Wisconsin, truly has got milk. The 51st annual gathering of the World Dairy Expo in the Wisconsin capital began yesterday, and runs through Saturday. The exposition is expected to draw about 75,000 attendees from 90 […]

by · October 4, 2017 · Profile America
October is National Pizza Month. Italian immigrant Gennaro Lombardi opened the first pizzeria in the United States in New York City in 1905.

National Pizza Month

Monday, October 2 — A great many Americans would name pizza high up among their favorite foods, month in and month out. But for the 34th time, October is designated as National Pizza Month. No one knows the exact origin […]

by · October 2, 2017 · Profile America
First Levittown Opens

First Levittown Opens

Sunday, October 1 — The nature of American neighborhoods began to take on a new look on this date 70 years ago. That’s when one of the first planned communities built by a real estate developer opened and began receiving […]

by · October 1, 2017 · Profile America
Hydroelectric power generation. Courtesy: US Geological Survey.

Profile America: Hydroelectric Power

On September 30 in 1882, the world’s first hydroelectric power plant began operating on the Fox River in Appleton, Wisconsin. Inspired by Thomas Edison, a man named H.F. Rogers built the facility, using a water-wheel to power the lights in […]

by · October 1, 2017 · Profile America
Profile America: First Medical Licensing Law

Profile America: First Medical Licensing Law

Wednesday, September 27 — On this date in 1772, America’s first medical licensing law was enacted by the colony of New Jersey. A licensing board was set up with three members, and the practice of medicine was forbidden without the […]

by · September 27, 2017 · Profile America
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
Borough President Diaz was joined at the event by (l) Ms. Beatrice Castiglia-Catullo, 100, founder of Regional Aid for Interim Needs (R.A.I.N.) and (r) Ms. Sarah Turner, who recently celebrated her 101st birthday at the R.A.I.N. Eastchester Neighborhood Senior Center.

Profile America: Centenarians Day

Friday, September 22 — The average age of the American population is on a steady climb, and the national median is a bit under 38 years. As people grow older, many tend to become a little vague about their exact […]

Purified Water

Purified Water

The nation’s first water filtration system began operating on this date in 1893 in Lawrence, Massachusetts.

Profile America: Food Stamps

Profile America: Food Stamps

On this date in 1959, Congress acted to help low-income Americans achieve minimum levels of nutrition by passing a bill creating the food stamps program.