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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
Profile America: Happy Chinese New Year

Profile America: Happy Chinese New Year

Today is Chinese New Year, marking the beginning of 4714, the year of the monkey in the Chinese Zodiac.

by · February 8, 2016 · Cultures, Profile America
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
Rosa Parks, civil rights activist.

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

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

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