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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
Profile America: United States Enters World War I

Profile America: United States Enters World War I

Thursday, April 6 — On this date one century ago, the United States declared war on Imperial Germany, thus joining the world war that began in August 1914. Involving 15 nations and empires, the conflict saw 65 million men under arms, […]

by · April 6, 2017 · History, Profile America
Profile America: The Power of Vitamin C

Profile America: The Power of Vitamin C

Tuesday, April 4 — Today is Vitamin C Day, celebrated — if that’s the word — every April 4 on the anniversary of the isolation of this vitamin. The breakthrough was made in 1932 by two doctors at the University of […]

In 1792, National Mint in the then United States capital city of Philadelphia.

Profile America: First Federal Building — National Mint

Monday, April 3 — Critics of federal spending initiatives often allude with some disdain to the government’s ability to create money. It’s pure coincidence, though, that the first federal building commissioned under the country’s new constitution was intended to do just […]

by · April 3, 2017 · Profile America
The Seattle-based Starbucks coffee shop first opened in 1971.

Profile America : Getting In The Coffee Habit

Sunday, April 2 — Sometimes, tastes seem to go in great cycles. For example, in 19th century America, local coffeehouses, which roasted their own beans, ruled. Then, in 1900, Hills Brothers started packing roasted, ground coffee in vacuum tins. In the […]

by · April 2, 2017 · Business, Profile America
Profile America: Primary Voter, Thomas Peterson-Mundy

Profile America: Primary Voter, Thomas Peterson-Mundy

Friday, March 31 — The 15th Amendment to the Constitution declared the right to vote “shall not be denied or abridged by the United States or by any state on account of race, color, or previous condition of servitude.” It was […]

by · March 31, 2017 · Profile America
Classic Coca Cola logo

Profile America: Birth of a Brand — Coca-Cola

Thursday, March 30 — One of the most successful brand names of all time got its start this week in 1886.  That’s when Atlanta pharmacist John Pemberton brewed up the first batch of Coca-Cola – designed as a hangover cure.  The […]

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Profile America: Mobile Computing

Profile America: Mobile Computing

Monday, March 27 — A triumph of mobile computing was achieved on this date in 1961.  A division of the Sperry Rand Corporation equipped a trailer truck to haul a UNIVAC I computer from New York City down to North Carolina […]

by · March 27, 2017 · Profile America
Profile America: Wonder Bread

Profile America: Wonder Bread

Sunday, March 26 — Bread making goes back in history some 6,000 years, and for much of that time white bread had a higher status than coarser varieties.  With its popularity well established, the first commercial, pre-packaged white bread hit the […]

by · March 26, 2017 · Profile America
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 […]

by · March 23, 2017 · Profile America
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 […]

by · March 22, 2017 · Profile America