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Profile America: Key Invention

On this date in 1868, Christopher Sholes of Milwaukee, Wisconsin received a patent for the first practical typewriter.

by · June 23, 2016 · Profile America, Technology

Profile America: Pleasing Squeezing — The Accordion

During June, fans of this neglected musical instrument have been celebrating National Accordion Awareness Month.

by · June 22, 2016 · Profile America

Profile America: The First LP ( What’s that?)

Dr. Peter Goldmark of CBS Labs developed the 33 1/3 rpm long-playing record — first shown to the public on this date in 1948.

by · June 21, 2016 · Profile America, Technology

Profile America: Meet the Beadles

This week 50 years ago, the Beatles’ song “Paperback Writer” topped the pop music charts in America.

by · June 20, 2016 · Profile America

Profile America: Happy Father’s Day

The occasion dates back to 1910, when Sonora Dodd of Spokane, Washington wanted to honor her father, who raised six children by himself after his wife died.

by · June 19, 2016 · Holidays, Profile America

Profile America: Yale Man

The first Chinese student to graduate from an American college–Yale University–was Yung Wing.

by · June 18, 2016 · Cultures, Profile America

Profile America: Accident Insurance

America’s first accident insurance company was chartered on this date in 1863 in Hartford, Connecticut.

by · June 17, 2016 · Profile America

Profile America: June Weddings

Each year, there are more than 2.1 million weddings across the nation.

by · June 16, 2016 · Profile America

Profile America: Thrill Ride

In the U.S., the first roller coaster opened this month in 1884 at Coney Island, New York.

by · June 15, 2016 · Profile America

Profile America: Digital Divide

The first commercial computer, the 13-ton UNIVAC I, began its 12 year — or 73,000-hour — career of number crunching for the bureau in this date 65 years ago.

by · June 14, 2016 · Profile America, Technology

Profile America: Homeownership

The American dream of owning a home got a lifeline on this date in 1933 with passage of the Homeowners Loan Act.

Profile America: Cap and Gown

In 1940, just 5 percent of Americans had a bachelor’s degree or higher — today, that figure is well over 30 percent, or more than 72 million.

by · June 12, 2016 · Profile America

Profile America: National Dairy Month

This is National Dairy Month, observed since 1937 when it was called National Milk Month.

by · June 11, 2016 · Profile America

Profile America: Cereal City

This year’s Cereal City Festival kicks off this evening with a parade in downtown Battle Creek, Michigan.

by · June 10, 2016 · Profile America

Profile America: Going To The Tape

A home entertainment revolution began on this date in 1975 when the videocassette recorder was introduced.