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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
Profile America: The NAACP Founded

Profile America: The NAACP Founded

  NAACP FOUNDED One of the nation’s major civil rights organizations is 107 years old today — the National Association for the Advancement of Colored People. Founded to combat lynching and segregation, the NAACP continues to work toward greater opportunities […]

by · February 12, 2016 · Profile America
Profile America: America’s First Hospital

Profile America: America’s First Hospital

AMERICA’S FIRST HOSPITAL Profile America — Among his very many achievements, Benjamin Franklin played a leading role in the founding of America’s first hospital, decades before the Declaration of Independence. Together with Dr. Thomas Bond, he obtained a charter for a hospital to serve […]

by · February 11, 2016 · Profile America
Profile America: The First Woman Dentist

Profile America: The First Woman Dentist

FIRST WOMAN D.D.S. Profile America — This month 150 years ago, Lucy Hobbs Taylor received a doctorate in dentistry from the Ohio College of Dental Surgery.  She was the first American woman so credentialed, and it’s believed she was also […]

by · February 10, 2016 · Profile America, Women
The United States Capitol

Profile America: House Rules

On this date in 1825, our most unusual presidential election was held; with the winner receiving just 13 votes to the runner-up’s seven, and four to the third-place finisher.

by · February 9, 2016 · Profile America