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Profile America: Nickel and Diming

Motorists in Oklahoma City were confronted with America’s first parking meter this month in 1935.

Profile America: The Transistor 

One of the most important inventions of our time — the transistor — was announced in early July 1948 by Bell Laboratories (New Jersey).

Profile America: From Sea To Shining Sea 

Historian Frederick Jackson Turner delivered a landmark academic paper declaring that the closing of the American frontier ended the formative national experience.

by · July 12, 2016 · History, Profile America

Profile America: Telstar

The successful relay of a transatlantic TV signal by Telstar, the first privately owned satellite launched this week in 1962.

by · July 11, 2016 · Profile America

Profile America: Vehicle Thefts

It took a while after the invention of the gas-powered automobile by Karl Benz in Germany in 1886 for someone to steal the wheels.

by · July 10, 2016 · Profile America

Profile America: Summer Grilling Favorites

July is not only National Grilling Month but also National Hot Dog Month and National Ice Cream Month.

by · July 9, 2016 · Profile America

Profile America: Hawaii 

This week in 1898, President William McKinley signed a resolution annexing the Hawaiian islands, then an independent republic.

by · July 8, 2016 · History, Profile America

Profile America: Cutting Things Fine

Sliced bread, wrapped for sale in wax paper, first appeared on store shelves on this date in 1928 in Chillicothe, MO.

by · July 7, 2016 · Profile America
The United States Capitol

Profile America: Taking Liberties 

Today is the signature American holiday, celebrating the date in 1776 when the Second Continental Congress adopted the Declaration of Independence.

Profile America: Liberty and Justice 

In1964, the Civil Rights Act swept away Jim Crow laws by prohibiting discrimination based on race in all accommodations and facilities open to the public, as well as employment, union membership, and voter registration.

Profile America: Indian Citizenship 

Today, there are over 2 million single-race American Indians possessing full citizenship, and 566 federally recognized tribes.

by · July 1, 2016 · Cultures, Profile America

Profile America: Youth Is Served

In 1972, the 26th amendment to the Constitution became law effective July 1, lowering the age requirement for voting in national elections from 21 to 18 years old.

Profile America: San Francisco Wired

Sources: Kane’s Famous First Facts

by · June 29, 2016 · Profile America

Profile America: First Refinery

America’s first commercial oil refinery was put in operation this month in 1860.

by · June 28, 2016 · Profile America

Profile America: Credit Where Credit Is Due

In 1934, President Roosevelt signed the Federal Credit Union Act, promoting the nationwide formation of credit unions.