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Happy Birthday, Julio Gallo

Happy Birthday, Julio Gallo

Friday, March 24 — One of the major figures of the American wine industry — Julio Gallo — was born this week in 1910. When Prohibition ended, he and his brother Ernest started making wine in humble surroundings — a rented […]

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The phrase “OK” — appeared in public for the first time on this date in 1839 in the Boston Morning Post.

Profile America: Coining A Phrase

Thursday, March 23 — One of the most distinctive and near universal American colloquialisms — the affirmation “OK” — appeared in public for the first time on this date in 1839. There have been claims that “OK” derives from languages as […]

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Profile America: State Ban on Discrimination

Profile America: State Ban on Discrimination

Wednesday, March 22 — The Civil Rights Act of 1964 prohibited discrimination based on sex as well as race in hiring, promoting, and firing. While this act is a famous landmark in the national effort to assure equality of treatment, its […]

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Profile America: Single Parents Day

Tuesday, March 21 —  This is Single Parents Day– observed on this date every year since 1984 to recognize all those women and men who are raising children without partners.  Single parent families may result not just from out-of-wedlock births, […]

by · March 21, 2017 · Profile America
Profile America: National Agriculture

Profile America: National Agriculture

Monday, March 20 — Ask many Americans where their food comes from, and they’ll answer the supermarket, while clothing comes from the mall. Dispelling such notions is why today kicks off National Agriculture Week.  Tomorrow is National Agriculture Day, featuring most […]

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Profile America: First U.S. Bank Robbery

Profile America: First U.S. Bank Robbery

Sunday, March 19 —  Banks had operated in America for about a half century before someone tried to make an unauthorized withdrawal. On this date in 1831, Edward Smith committed the first bank robbery in the U.S. — hitting the City […]

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President Lyndon B. Johnson spearheaded the War on Poverty during his Great Society era.

Profile America: The War on Poverty

The first salvo in what we’ve come to know as the War on Poverty was fired on this date 53 years ago. Following President Lyndon Johnson’s State of the Union call for tackling poverty in America, the Economic Opportunity Act […]

by · March 17, 2017 · History, Profile America
Profile America: America’s First Shopping Mall

Profile America: America’s First Shopping Mall

Wednesday, March 15 — Everyone who loves convenience in shopping can thank visionaries Edward Delk and J.C. Nichols, who conceived, designed, and built the first shopping mall in the U.S. The Country Club Plaza, on the outskirts of Kansas City, opened […]

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Profile America: Court Appearance

Profile America: Court Appearance

Tuesday, March 14 —  This month in 1879 marked a milestone in women’s history and the opportunities available to them. President Rutherford Hayes earlier signed a congressional act “to relieve certain legal disabilities of women.” The act’s leading champion, 49-year-old […]

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First State College for Women

Monday, March 13 — The first state college for women was created this month in 1884 in Mississippi. Known as the Mississippi Industrial Institute and College, classes opened in the fall of the next year on the campus of a former […]

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Profile America: National Peanut Month

Profile America: National Peanut Month

Sunday, March 12th. This is National Peanut Month — celebrating one of the nation’s favorite foods, and absolutely America’s favorite snack nut. They are enjoyed in many ways — roasted in the shell, used in salads and stir-fry recipes, in […]

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Profile America: Deadly Flu Virus

Profile America: Deadly Flu Virus

Saturday, March 11 — One of the most devastating public health crises in history hit the U.S. on this date 99 years ago. The first cases of what was called “Spanish flu” were reported among soldiers at Fort Riley, Kansas. Then […]

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Profile America: First Telephone Call

Profile America: First Telephone Call

Friday, March 10 — For many Americans, trying to envision life without our various telephones would be like trying to live without indoor plumbing. The crucial utility is 141 years old today. In 1876, Alexander Graham Bell made the first, local, […]

Profile Registration: Josephine Cochrane, Inventive Society Lady

Profile Registration: Josephine Cochrane, Inventive Society Lady

Wednesday, March 8 — The inventor of the first practical automatic dishwasher was born on this date in 1839 and was perhaps an unlikely candidate for the distinction. Josephine Cochrane was a socialite, and devised the dishwasher out of some annoyance […]

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Profile America: Voter Registration

Profile America: Voter Registration

Tuesday, March 7 — The right to vote began to receive some supervision more than two centuries ago, when Massachusetts acted on this date in 1801 to register voters. At that time, the franchise was limited to men — usually those […]