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Profile America: Gas Lights America

Profile America: Gas Lights America

GAS LIGHTING Profile America —  It’s better to light a candle than to curse the darkness. Nearly 200 years ago, it was even better to light a gas lamp. On this date in 1817, America’s first gas streetlamp was lit […]

by · February 7, 2016 · Energy, Profile America
Profile America: The Treaty of Paris and U.S. Overseas Territories

Profile America: The Treaty of Paris and U.S. Overseas Territories

UNITED STATES OVERSEAS TERRITORIES      On this date in 1899, the Senate ratified the Treaty of Paris, concluding the Spanish-American War of 1898. The treaty, negotiated in Paris the previous December, was opposed by 27 senators — not opposed to […]

by · February 6, 2016 · Profile America
Profile America: February Is American Heart and Snack Food Month

Profile America: February Is American Heart and Snack Food Month

SNACK FOOD MONTH   Profile America — February is American Heart Month, dedicated to the serious matter of monitoring and taking care of our beating hearts. This is important because while heart disease has claimed fewer lives in recent years, […]

by · February 5, 2016 · Profile America
Profile America: Rosa Parks

Profile America: Rosa Parks

ROSA PARKS   Profile America —  Adding poignancy to Black History Month, today marks the birthday in 1913 of Rosa Parks, a community activist who became a symbol of the fight for civil equality. Parks was arrested for refusing to […]

by · February 4, 2016 · History, Profile America
Profile America: Federal Income Tax

Profile America: Federal Income Tax

FEDERAL INCOME TAX Profile America — It may be hard to credit, but there used to be a time when the public sphere wasn’t filled with squabbling about income tax rates. The familiar noise began 103 years ago today, when […]

by · February 3, 2016 · Profile America
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Profile America: Treaty of Guadeloupe Hidalgo

On this date in 1848, the United States and a defeated Mexico signed the Treaty of Guadalupe Hidalgo, ending the controversial Mexican American war, which began in May 1846.

by · February 2, 2016 · History, Profile America
Profile America: Tale of the Tape

Profile America: Tale of the Tape

Richard Drew, 3M Company, was working on another problem when he invented one of the world’s most practical items, masking tape and later, Scotch tape.

by · January 31, 2016 · History, Profile America
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Profile America: The First Librarian of Congress

John James Beckley was appointed the first Librarian of Congress this week in 1802.

by · January 30, 2016 · Profile America
Charles Curtis, US Senate Majority Leader, 1925. (Wikipedia)

Profile America: First Native American US Senator

FIRST NATIVE AMERICAN SENATOR Profile America — A social milestone was reached this date in 1907 when Congressman Charles Curtis of Kansas was seated in the U.S. Senate to complete the few weeks remaining in the term of a resigned […]

by · January 29, 2016 · Profile America
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Profile America: FIRST STATE-CHARTERED UNIVERSITY

FIRST STATE CHARTERED UNIVERSITY “To teach, to serve, and to inquire into the nature of things.” That’s the motto of the University of Georgia, which on this date in 1785 became the young nation’s first state-chartered university. Royally chartered private universities […]

by · January 27, 2016 · History, Profile America
Profile America: Lotus 1-2-3

Profile America: Lotus 1-2-3

On this date 33 years ago, the infant personal computer was empowered to become something much greater than a glorified word processor with the release of the spreadsheet program Lotus 1-2-3.

by · January 26, 2016 · Business, Profile America, Technology
Profile America: Canned Beer Appreciation Day

Profile America: Canned Beer Appreciation Day

CANNED BEER An innovation in product packaging — and a staple of TV advertising — had is its 81st anniversary last Sunday: Beer Can Appreciation Day. The first canned beer went on sale on January 24, 1935 as a marketing […]

by · January 26, 2016 · History, Profile America
Profile America: The First Transcontinental Phone Call

Profile America: The First Transcontinental Phone Call

On this date in 1915, east and west were linked by voice in the first transcontinental phone call.

by · January 25, 2016 · History, Profile America
Profile America: CALIFORNIA GOLD RUSH

Profile America: CALIFORNIA GOLD RUSH

California Gold Rush, John Sutter, 49er

by · January 24, 2016 · History, Profile America
Profile America: January Is National Oatmeal Month

Profile America: January Is National Oatmeal Month

January is National Oatmeal Month, recognizing the breakfast staple for its health characteristics – low fat, no sodium, and the ability to help lower the risk of heart disease.