Profile America: Auld Lang Syne

Profile America — As a year draws to a close, it is common to reflect on the passage of time.

  • Two hundred years ago, the Senate ratified the Treaty of Ghent, ending the War of 1812. A week later, Congress declared war on Algiers.
  • One hundred years ago, America’s first Jewish governor took office in Idaho, and AT&T became the first traded company with over a million shareholders.
  • Fifty years ago, President Johnson proclaimed the “Great Society” and later signed the bill creating Medicare.
  • A century ago, the average life expectancy was 57 years for a baby girl and 52 years for a boy. Now, those figures are 81 years for girls and 76 for boys.


Source: U.S. Census Bureau

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