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Profile America: The Winneconne Secession

Friday, July 21 — Fifty years ago today, Winneconne, Wisconsin declared its independence. Residents were annoyed that their town of some 1,300 was accidentally left off the state’s 1967 road map. Unsatisfied with Wisconsin’s apology, they seceded. Upon forming the […]

by · July 21, 2017 · Profile America
Profile America: National Junk Food Day

Profile America: National Junk Food Day

Thursday, July 20 — A substantial and recurring feature of national media reporting is devoted to nutrition and health. There, doctors and public health officials express concerns about obesity, diabetes and the quality of the diet of many Americans. However, […]

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America’s First 18-Hole Golf Course

Wednesday, July 19 — The first 18-hole golf course in the United States opened this week in 1893 in Downer’s Grove, Illinois. The course was an expansion of an existing 9-hole facility. The Chicago Golf Club soon moved to a […]

by · July 19, 2017 · Profile America
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Profile America: Nuclear Power

Tuesday, July 18 — This week 62 years ago in West Milton, New York, an example of turning swords into plowshares was generated. That was when the Atomic Energy Commission sold electric power from a General Electric nuclear reactor. The buyer […]

by · July 18, 2017 · Profile America, Technology
First Dental School: Tooth or Consequences

First Dental School: Tooth or Consequences

Monday, July 17 – Harvard University, founded in Cambridge, Massachusetts in 1636, is the oldest institution of higher education in the United States. Thus, it was already a bit long in the tooth when on this date in 1867 it opened […]

Amazon: The Birth of Online Shopping

Amazon: The Birth of Online Shopping

Sunday, July 16 — On this date in 1995, a small start-up company launched its business of selling books online out of a two-car garage in Bellevue, Washington. The first item purchased was a book titled “Fluid Concepts and Creative Analogies: […]

by · July 16, 2017 · Profile America, Technology
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National Recreation and Parks Month

Saturday, July 15 — It’s the height of the summer vacation season, and across the country, Americans are taking part in their favorite outdoor activities — from hiking and rock climbing to swimming and boating — or just enjoying the […]

by · July 15, 2017 · Profile America
Profile America: The Transistor Breakthrough

Profile America: The Transistor Breakthrough

Thursday, July 13 — One of the most important inventions of our time was announced in early July 1948 in a press release by Bell Laboratories in New Jersey. It was the transfer resistance device — far better known as […]

by · July 13, 2017 · Profile America, Technology
National Vehicle Theft Protection Month

National Vehicle Theft Protection Month

Wednesday, July 12 — It took a while after the invention of the gas-powered automobile by Karl Benz in Germany in 1886 for someone to steal the wheels. The first stolen car is said to be of a French aristocrat’s […]

by · July 12, 2017 · Profile America
Profile America: Telstar

Profile America: Telstar

Tuesday, July 11 — The distant reaches of planet Earth came into electronic proximity for the average American on this date in 1962. The occasion was the successful relay of a transatlantic TV signal by Telstar, the first privately owned […]

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Profile America: Summer Food Favorites

Monday, July 10 — A number of special observances are held in July — three of them seem just right for summer. It’s not only National Grilling Month but also National Hot Dog Month and, since 1984, National Ice Cream Month. […]

Profile America: Roads Paved With Good Intentions

Profile America: Roads Paved With Good Intentions

Sunday, July 9 — The first concrete road in America was completed on this date 125 years ago in Bellefontaine, Ohio — just as America entered the age of the automobile. The concrete road in 1892 followed by 22 years […]

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National Ice Cream Month

Celebrating National Ice Cream Month In 1984, President Ronald Reagan designated July as National Ice Cream Month and the third Sunday of the month as National Ice Cream Day. He recognized ice cream as a fun and nutritious food that is enjoyed […]

Sliced Bread: Cutting Things Fine

Sliced Bread: Cutting Things Fine

Friday, July 7 — When something is proclaimed the best thing since sliced bread, that praise doesn’t encompass as much time as one might think. Sliced bread, wrapped for sale in wax paper, first appeared on store shelves on this […]

Decimal System: Powers of Ten

Decimal System: Powers of Ten

Thursday, July 6 — The Constitution of the United States, ratified in 1788, made this nation the first in the world to conduct a census of population on a regular basis. Every 10 years, in fact. Divisibility by tens had […]

by · July 6, 2017 · History, Profile America