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Profile America: Insulin Lifesaving Medicine

One of world’s foremost lifesaving medicines — insulin — became available this month in 1923 for treating diabetes.

Profile America: Vitamin C

Profile America: Vitamin C

C MAJOR Monday, 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 […]

by · April 4, 2016 · Profile America
Profile America: FIRST FEDERAL BUILDING: The National Mint

Profile America: FIRST FEDERAL BUILDING: The National Mint

FIRST FEDERAL BUILDING: The National Mint  Sunday, 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 […]

by · April 3, 2016 · Profile America
Profile America: Getting In The Coffee Habit

Profile America: Getting In The Coffee Habit

GETTING IN THE COFFEE HABIT     Saturday, 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, […]

by · April 2, 2016 · Profile America
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Profile America: Cigarette Ads Banned

APRIL 1: CIGARETTE ADS BANNED Friday, April 1 — Broadcast advertising was confronted with a major downsizing on this date in 1970 as President Nixon signed a bill into law prohibiting cigarette advertising on the nation’s airwaves. The ban went […]

by · April 1, 2016 · Profile America
Profile America: Thomas Peterson-Mundy, Primary Voter

Profile America: Thomas Peterson-Mundy, Primary Voter

PRIMARY VOTER   Thursday, 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 […]

Profile America: FM Radio Is Born

Profile America: FM Radio Is Born

FM RADIO DEBUTS   Wednesday, March 30 — FM radio is 75 years old. In March 1941, the first commercial FM station went on the air — W47NV in Nashville, Tennessee. FM — standing for frequency modulation — was first […]

by · March 30, 2016 · Profile America
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Profile America: Birth of a Classic — Coca-Cola

BIRTH OF A BRAND   Tuesday, March 29 — One of the most successful brand names of all time got its start on this date in 1886. That’s when Atlanta pharmacist John Pemberton brewed up the first batch of Coca-Cola — […]

by · March 29, 2016 · Profile America
Profile America: Mom and Pop Business Owners Day

Profile America: Mom and Pop Business Owners Day

MOM AND POP BUSINESSES Monday, March 28 — While openings of a major department store or a branch of a big-box chain are often welcomed by shoppers and communities, they are also the cause of some concern. Small local businesses […]

by · March 28, 2016 · Business, Profile America
UNIVAC-1 was the first  computer and  was used to process data from the 1950 Census of the U.S. population.

Profile America: Mobile Computing

MOBILE COMPUTER   Sunday, 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 […]

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Profile America: America’s First Shopping Mall

AMERICA’S FIRST SHOPPING MALL Profile America — Everyone who loves convenience in shopping can thank Edward Delk and J.C. Nichols. It was they who conceived, designed, and built the first shopping mall in the U.S. The Country Club Plaza, on the […]

by · March 27, 2016 · Business, Profile America
Profile America: The Rubber Pencil Eraser

Profile America: The Rubber Pencil Eraser

RUBBED OUT   Friday, March 25 —  The fact that pencils have erasers is supposed to indicate that no one is perfect. But it’s doubtful that people were perfect before this month in 1858. That’s when Hyman Lipman was granted a […]

by · March 25, 2016 · Profile America
Profile America: Nutrition and Frozen Food Month

Profile America: Nutrition and Frozen Food Month

NUTRITION AND FROZEN FOOD   Thursday, March 24 —  A number of various causes are recognized in March. Two of these seem to go hand in hand, or hand to mouth — National Nutrition Month and National Frozen Food Month. […]

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Profile America: Lighting Up the Night In Wabash

LIGHTING UP THE NIGHT   Wednesday, March 23 —  The first town in America to have its streets illuminated by electric lights wasn’t one of the familiar, Eastern metropolises that loom in our history. That distinction instead went to the […]

Profile America: First U.S. Bank Robbery

Profile America: First U.S. Bank Robbery

FIRST U.S. BANK ROBBERY Profile America — Banks had operated in America for about a half century before someone tried to make an unauthorized withdrawal. On March 19th in 1831, Edward Smith committed the first bank robbery in the U.S. — […]

by · March 23, 2016 · Profile America