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Profile America: House Rules

Profile America: House Rules

Friday, February 9th. On this date in 1825, our most unusual presidential election was held; with the winner receiving just 13 votes to the runner-up’s seven, and four to the third-place finisher. The election held in November 1824 saw only […]

by · February 9, 2018 · Government, Profile America
Profile America: Medicare

Profile America: Medicare

Thursday, February 8th. Tomorrow marks the date in 1961 when newly inaugurated President John Kennedy asked Congress to approve a health insurance program for 14.2 million Americans age 65 or older, financed by an increase in Social Security taxes. The […]

by · February 8, 2018 · Profile America
Profile America: Gas Lighting

Profile America: Gas Lighting

Wednesday, February 7th. It’s better to light a candle than to curse the darkness. Two-hundred and two years ago, it was even better to light a gas lamp. On this date in 1816, America’s first gas streetlamp glowed in Baltimore, […]

by · February 7, 2018 · Profile America
UC Davis School of Veterinary Medicine faculty do pre-op procedures to prepare dogs for their spays and neuters at Spayday

Profile America: Pet Dental Health Month

Tuesday, February 6th. Los Angeles was the first municipality to establish a publicly owned veterinary hospital. The spay and neuter center opened this month in 1971. Veterinary medicine goes far beyond reproduction control, of course. Veterinary organizations have established February […]

by · February 6, 2018 · Animal Issues, Profile America
February is American Heart Month

February is American Heart Month

February is American Heart Month, dedicated to the serious matter of monitoring and taking care of our beating hearts. This is important because while heart disease has claimed fewer lives in recent years, it is still the nation’s number one […]

Rosa Parks, civil rights activist.

Profile America: Rosa Parks, American Hero

Sunday, February 4th. Adding poignancy to Black History Month, today marks the birthday in 1913 of Rosa Parks, a community activist who became a symbol of the fight for civil equality. Parks was arrested for refusing to give up her […]

by · February 4, 2018 · History, Profile America, Women
Profile America: Tale of the Tape

Profile America: Tale of the Tape

Wednesday, January 31st. Richard Drew of the 3M Company was working on another problem when he ended up inventing one of the world’s most practical items. He noted that workers painting two-tone cars were having trouble keeping the colors separated […]

by · January 31, 2018 · History, Profile America, Technology
A drawing of the Library of Congress, Smithmeyer & Pelz Architects, ca. 1896. Prints and Photographs Division - Library of Congress.

Profile America: First Librarian of Congress

Tuesday, January 30th. Modern American election cycles engage campaign managers in almost all levels of political races. The man usually credited with being America’s first campaign director, John James Beckley, operated decades before the advent of the news cycle and […]

by · January 30, 2018 · History, Profile America
Profile America: Prohibition

Profile America: Prohibition

Monday, January 29th. There have been 27 ratified amendments to the U.S. Constitution over the past 225-plus years, but that total comes with an asterisk. Uniquely, the 21st Amendment repeals the 18th, which began its short career this month in […]

by · January 29, 2018 · History, Profile America
“To teach, to serve, and to inquire into the nature of things” is the motto of the University of Georgia, which on this date in 1785 became the young nation's first state-chartered university.

Profile America: America’s 1st Chartered University

Saturday, January 27th. “To teach, to serve, and to inquire into the nature of things.” That’s the motto of the University of Georgia, which on this date in 1785 became the young nation’s first state-chartered university. Royally chartered private universities […]

California Gold Rush

California Gold Rush

Wednesday, January 24th. An accidental discovery at a construction site on this date 170 years ago changed the course of our history. In 1848, James Marshall was building a sawmill for his boss, John Sutter, near Coloma, California, when he […]

by · January 26, 2018 · History, Profile America
Profile America: Lotus 1-2-3

Profile America: Lotus 1-2-3

Friday, January 26th. On this date 35 years ago, the infant personal computer was empowered to become something much greater than a glorified word processor with the release of the spreadsheet program Lotus 1-2-3. The popular program drew acclaim as […]

by · January 26, 2018 · Profile America, Technology
The first transcontinental phone call occurred on January 25, 1915.

Profile America: First Transcontinental Phone Call

Thursday, January 25th. On this date in 1915, east and west were linked by voice in the first transcontinental phone call. This event was a conference call involving Alexander Graham Bell in New York, his assistant Thomas Watson in San […]

by · January 25, 2018 · History, Profile America, Technology
Profile America: Oatmeal Month Begins

Profile America: Oatmeal Month Begins

Monday, January 22nd. Many sumptuous foods get their day — or month — in the sun by way of some commemoration. But even very basic, traditional and unexciting foods get a salute. For example, this is National Oatmeal Month, recognizing […]

Mayor Bill de Blasio, Health Commissioner Mary Bassett and City Council Members announce sweeping legislation to curb smoking and tobacco usage. Michael Appleton/Mayoral Photography Office

NYC Bans Women Smoking

Sunday, January 21st. You may think the aversion to smoking is a recent development, but the more things change, the more they resemble 1908. On this date that year, the New York City council passed an ordinance that made it […]