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Profile America: Cereal City

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

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Profile America: Going To The Tape

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

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Profile America: Churning Love

One of the joys of summer and sins of consumption goes back to this date in 1786 when commercially made ice cream was first advertised in New York City.

by · June 8, 2016 · Profile America
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Profile America: Dust Busting

The oldest challenge to house cleaning — dust — motivated Ives McGaffey of Chicago to patent the first vacuum cleaner in the U.S. this week in 1869.

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Profile America: Movie Nights

On this date in 1933, Richard Hollingshead opened the nation’s first drive-in movie theater in Camden, New Jersey.

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Profile America: Economic Indices

On this date in 1933, the U.S. went off the gold standard, making the dollar a floating currency on the world market.

by · June 5, 2016 · Profile America
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Profile America: Patently Precocious

Robert Patch submitted his application and drawings in 1962, and on this date in 1963, at age 6, he was granted a toy patent.

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Profile America: Sugar Rush

There are more than 56,000 Americans employed in manufacturing sweets and treats.

by · June 3, 2016 · Profile America
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Profile America: The First Public Phone Booth

The first public phone booth was installed on this date in 1880 in New Haven, Connecticut, just four years after the telephone was invented.

by · June 1, 2016 · Profile America
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Profile America: Historic Deluge

One of the worst calamities to hit the U.S. happened on this date in 1889 — the Johnstown, Pennsylvania Flood.

by · May 31, 2016 · History, Profile America
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Profile America: Memorial Day

The first official observance of Memorial Day was on May 30 in 1868.

by · May 30, 2016 · Profile America
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Profile America: A Measure of Devotion

On this date 12 years ago, the dedication ceremony for the National World War II Memorial in Washington, D.C. was held.

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Profile America: The First Car Accident

The first recorded automobile accident involving two vehicles occurred on this date in 1896 in New York City.

by · May 28, 2016 · Profile America
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May Is Older Americans Month

Older Americans Month continues to be a time to celebrate those 65 and older through ceremonies, events and public recognition.

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Profile America: First Public School

The first public high school in the U.S., the English Classical School, was founded this month in 1820.

by · May 26, 2016 · Profile America