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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
Profile America: First Sex Discrimination Ban

Profile America: First Sex Discrimination Ban

STATE BAN ON SEX DISCRIMINATION   Tuesday, March 22 — The Civil Rights Act of 1964 prohibited discrimination based on sex as well as race in hiring, promoting, and firing. While this act is a famous landmark in the national […]

by · March 22, 2016 · Law, Profile America
Julio Gallo: American Winemaker Legend

Julio Gallo: American Winemaker Legend

AMERICAN WINES — Julio Gallo   Monday, March 21 — Today marks the birthday in 1910 of one of the major figures of the American wine industry — Julio Gallo. When Prohibition ended, he and his brother Ernest started making wine […]

by · March 21, 2016 · Profile America
The phrase “OK” — appeared in public for the first time on this date in 1839 in the Boston Morning Post.

Profile America: Coining A Phrase, OK

COINING A PHRASE Sunday, March 20 — One of the most distinctive and near universal American colloquialisms — the affirmation “OK” — appeared in public for the first time this month in 1839. There have been claims that “OK” (‘oh-kay’) […]

by · March 20, 2016 · Profile America
Profile America: National Peanut Month

Profile America: National Peanut Month

NATIONAL PEANUT MONTH Friday, March 18 —  This is National Peanut Month — celebrating one of the nation’s favorite foods, and absolutely America’s favorite snack nut. They are enjoyed in many ways — roasted in the shell, used in salads […]

by · March 18, 2016 · Profile America
President Lyndon B. Johnson spearheaded the War on Poverty during his Great Society era.

Profile America: War on Poverty

WAR ON POVERTY Wednesday, March 16 —  The first salvo in what we’ve come to know as the War on Poverty was fired on this date 52 years ago. Following President Lyndon Johnson’s State of the Union call for tackling poverty […]

by · March 16, 2016 · Profile America
Profile America: Belva A. Lockwood, First Woman To Appear Before US Supreme Court

Profile America: Belva A. Lockwood, First Woman To Appear Before US Supreme Court

COURT APPEARANCE: Belva A. Lockwood   Monday, March 14 — This month in 1879 marked a milestone in women’s history and the opportunities available to them. Earlier, President Rutherford Hayes signed a congressional act “to relieve certain legal disabilities of […]

by · March 14, 2016 · Profile America, Women
Profile America: The Right To Vote And Voter Registration

Profile America: The Right To Vote And Voter Registration

VOTER REGISTRATION The right to vote began to receive some supervision more than two centuries ago, when Massachusetts acted this month in 1801 to register voters. At that time, the franchise was limited to men — usually those of local repute […]

Meena Alagappan, daughter of Dr. Alagappa Alagappan, Executuve Director, Humane Education Advicates Reaching out to Teachers. Like her father an inspiring humane person.

Profile America: First Dog License

DOG LICENSING   Wednesday, March 9 — “Don’t accept your dog’s admiration as conclusive evidence that you are wonderful.” Whatever is the merit in the remark by the late advice columnist Ann Landers, there are few bonds of esteem stronger than […]

by · March 9, 2016 · Profile America
Josephine Cochran, inventor of the automatic dishwasher.

Profile America: Josephine Cochrane, Inventive Society Lady

INVENTIVE SOCIETY LADY   Tuesday, March 8 — The inventor of the first practical automatic dishwasher was born on this date in 1839 and was perhaps an unlikely candidate for the distinction. Josephine Cochrane was a socialite, and devised the […]

by · March 8, 2016 · Profile America
October is National Pizza Month. Italian immigrant Gennaro Lombardi opened the first pizzeria in the United States in New York City in 1905.

Profile America: The Pizza Pies Have It

THE PIES HAVE IT Monday, March 7 — Las Vegas is renowned for spectacular stage shows and as a destination for conventions and expositions. One opens there today that likely would draw an enormous crush of visitors. But sadly, the […]

by · March 7, 2016 · Profile America
Profile America: First Local Unemployment Assistance

Profile America: First Local Unemployment Assistance

UNEMPLOYMENT HELP FROM CITY HALL Profile America —  A severe economic panic, striking in 1893, led the city of Seattle to create the nation’s first municipal unemployment assistance office on this date in 1894. State and federal unemployment assistance wasn’t […]