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Profile America: First Local Unemployment Assistance

Profile America: First Local Unemployment Assistance

UNEMPLOYMENT HELP FROM CITY HALL Profile America —  A severe economic panic, striking in 1893, led the city of Seattle to create the nation’s first municipal unemployment assistance office on this date in 1894. State and federal unemployment assistance wasn’t […]

Profile America: Mandatory Vaccinations

Profile America: Mandatory Vaccinations

MANDATORY VACCINATIONS   Profile America —  Seemingly out of nowhere, the issue of mandatory vaccinations has been in the news in recent years. But governmental involvement in vaccination has a long pedigree, tracing back to this date in 1810. That’s […]

by · March 6, 2016 · Health, Profile America
Profile America: Jeannette Rankin, First Woman To Serve In Congress

Profile America: Jeannette Rankin, First Woman To Serve In Congress

JEANNETTE RANKIN   Profile America —  The first woman to serve in Congress took her seat on this date in 1917. Barely a month later, Jeannette Rankin of Montana shortly became one of the few representatives to vote against entry into […]

by · March 4, 2016 · Profile America, Women
Profile America: Regulating Child Labor

Profile America: Regulating Child Labor

CHILD LABOR Profile America — Children have worked for family enterprises like farms and small shops for countless generations. But child labor in mines and the often-dangerous factories arising from the Industrial Revolution was quickly regarded as a social ill. […]

Profile America: First Chartered Black-Owned Bank

Profile America: First Chartered Black-Owned Bank

FIRST BLACK-OWNED BANK Profile America —  The capital of the vanquished Confederacy was the site of the first chartered black-owned bank in the U.S. Known as the Savings Bank of the Grand Fountain, United Order of True Reformers, it founded […]

by · March 2, 2016 · Profile America
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Profile America: Colonial America’s First Naturalized Citizen

SETTLING THE CZECH   Immigration as an item of government involvement appeared on Colonial America’s shores 350 years ago. Born in Bohemia, essentially today’s Czech Republic, Auguste Herman came to the New World initially to work for the Dutch colony […]

by · February 29, 2016 · Profile America
Profile America: Charlotte Ray, America’s First Black Female Law Student

Profile America: Charlotte Ray, America’s First Black Female Law Student

EDUCATIONAL ATTAINMENT Saturday, February 27 —  On this date in 1872, America’s third female law student was graduated. But this third was a first. Charlotte Ray was a freeborn African-American, and the first black woman to graduate law school. With her […]

by · February 27, 2016 · Cultures, Profile America
Profile America: Car Insurance

Profile America: Car Insurance

CAR INSURANCE Car insurance is both required and a major item in the budget of many households. The idea of insuring cars against accidents began this month in 1898 when the Traveler’s Insurance Company issued a policy to Dr.Truman Martin […]

by · February 26, 2016 · Profile America
Profile America: National Engineers Week

Profile America: National Engineers Week

NATIONAL ENGINEERS WEEK Every time we use a phone, drive a car, watch TV, cross a bridge, or do myriad everyday activities, we are benefitting from the accumulated work of a most important, broad profession — engineering. To celebrate its […]

by · February 25, 2016 · Profile America
Profile America: Legal Tender

Profile America: Legal Tender

LEGAL TENDER Paper money has circulated in North America since 1690, when the Massachusetts Bay Colony issued some to paper over — so to speak — the shortage of coins. But these were just promissory notes from governing bodies. That […]

by · February 25, 2016 · Profile America
Profile America: Wise Health Consumer Month

Profile America: Wise Health Consumer Month

WISE HEALTH CARE CONSUMER MONTH   The nation’s first college of pharmacy was founded in Philadelphia on this date in 1821, an appropriate anniversary to note that many healthcare organizations prescribe February as Wise Health Care Consumer Month. The “Rx” […]

Profile America: First Telephone Directory

Profile America: First Telephone Directory

FIRST TELEPHONE DIRECTORY   In the early days of the telephone, knowing who had one and what the number was quickly became a problem. The first telephone directory in the U.S. was published on this date in 1878 in New […]

by · February 22, 2016 · Profile America, Technology
Profile America: Early Presidential Radio

Profile America: Early Presidential Radio

EARLY PRESIDENTIAL RADIO   The history of radio and the presidency seems to center entirely on Franklin Roosevelt’s famous “fireside chats” beginning in 1933 in the depths of the Depression. But the first president to address the nation from the […]

by · February 22, 2016 · Politics, Profile America
Profile America: Japanese-American Internment

Profile America: Japanese-American Internment

JAPANESE INTERNMENT   Friday, February 19 — On this date in 1942, President Franklin Roosevelt issued an executive order requiring Japanese-Americans living along the Pacific Coast to be relocated inland. This order affected some 77,000 citizens and 43,000 resident aliens. The […]

by · February 19, 2016 · Profile America
Profile America: Oh, Canada

Profile America: Oh, Canada

OH, CANADA     Although Canada has been self-governing since 1867, it wasn’t until this date in 1927 that the U.S. established formal diplomatic relations through recognition of a Canadian ambassador in Washington. Until that date, the Dominion of Canada’s […]

by · February 18, 2016 · Profile America