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Profile America: Self-Service

One hundred years ago, Piggly Wiggly opened its first store in Memphis, where customers picked up shopping baskets and selected their items from open shelves.

by · September 6, 2016 · Business, Profile America
Profile America: Labor Day

Profile America: Labor Day

LABOR DAY Monday, September 5 — This is Labor Day – a time to honor the nation’s working men and women, and traditionally, the end of the summer season. The observance has more than the usual significance this year because of […]

by · September 5, 2016 · Holidays, Profile America
Profile America: First Football Pro

Profile America: First Football Pro

FIRST FOOTBALL PROFESSIONAL Saturday, September 3 — Football season is soon to be in full swing again.  Some colleges began playing their schedules on Thursday, and the National Football League season starts this coming Thursday. For many years, it was believed […]

by · September 3, 2016 · Profile America
Profile America: Radio News

Profile America: Radio News

RADIO NEWS Thursday, September 1 — One of the first daily news programs on the young medium of radio was launched on this date in 1922. It was called “The Radio Digest,” and was hosted by George Thompson over WBAY in New […]

by · September 1, 2016 · Profile America

Profile America: Solar Roller 

On this date in 1955, William G. Cobb of the General Motors Corporation demonstrated the world’s first solar-powered car.

Profile America: Judgment Call

On this date 50 years ago, Constance Baker Motley became the federal court system’s first African-American female judge.

by · August 30, 2016 · Profile America

Profile America: On The Air

Two trailblazers in early electronics, whose inventions changed pastimes the world over, were born in August.

by · August 29, 2016 · Profile America

Profile America: America’s First Radio Commercial 

Station WEAF in NYC carried that first ad for a group of apartment buildings in Queens.

by · August 28, 2016 · Profile America

Profile America: Altered States

On this date in 1784, several counties in a territory appended to North Carolina sought admittance as a new state, called Franklin.

by · August 23, 2016 · History, Profile America

Profile America: Soaps and Aerosol Sprays

Two ordinary items used in many American households were created by New York City residents on this date in August 1865 and 1939.

by · August 22, 2016 · Profile America

Profile America: Lawyering Up

The American Bar Association was founded on this date in 1878 in Saratoga Springs, New York.

by · August 21, 2016 · Law, Profile America

Profile America: First Licensed Radio Station 

The nation’s first radio station licensed by the federal government began broadcasting in Detroit on this date in 1920.

by · August 20, 2016 · Profile America

Profile America: First Mail-Order Catalog 

The first mail order catalog was sent out by Montgomery Ward this week in 1872. That catalog consisted of only one page, featuring 163 items.

by · August 19, 2016 · Business, Profile America
Profile America: A Women’s Right To Vote

Profile America: A Women’s Right To Vote

American women exercised their new right to vote for the first time in the 1920 presidential election.

by · August 18, 2016 · Profile America, Women

Profile America: A Good Turn

On this date in 1835, the adjustable or screw wrench was patented by Solymon Merrick of Springfield, Massachusetts.

by · August 17, 2016 · Profile America, Technology