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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
Profile America: Thomas Malthus

Profile America: Thomas Malthus

THOMAS MALTHUS   Profile America — This month — and some sources cite this date — is the 250th anniversary of the 1766 birth of Thomas Malthus in Dorking, England. Given that birthplace, he perhaps naturally became an economist, demographer […]

by · February 17, 2016 · History, Profile America
Profile America: College For The Deaf

Profile America: College For The Deaf

COLLEGE FOR THE DEAF    Profile America —  The nation’s first college for deaf students traces its beginning to this date in 1857, when Congress incorporated the Columbia Institution for the Instruction of the Deaf, Dumb and Blind. In 1864, […]

by · February 16, 2016 · 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: First American Computer

The First American Computer     For many Americans nowadays, it’s hard to conceive of life without computers. But such a life is within the living memory of America’s seniors. The first electronic computer was publicly demonstrated on Valentine’s Day […]

by · February 15, 2016 · Profile America, Technology
Profile America: Valentines and Weddings

Profile America: Valentines and Weddings

VALENTINES AND WEDDINGS   Profile America — Sunday, February 14 — While today may not be an official holiday, Valentine’s Day is one of the most popular in the year’s calendar. Its origins are a mix of legends involving two […]

by · February 14, 2016 · Profile America
Profile America: The First Public School

Profile America: The First Public School

FIRST PUBLIC SCHOOL   Saturday, February 13 — This date marks the anniversary in 1635 of the idea of America’s first public school — the Boston Latin School — long before there was a United States. Established in April that […]

by · February 13, 2016 · History, Profile America