History

Profile America: First Auto Fatality

Friday, September 13th. When Henry Bliss stepped off a streetcar at Central Park West and 74th Street in New York, on this date in 1899, automobiles were a novelty. Thus, he didn’t look carefully, and was run over by an […]

by · September 13, 2019 · History, Profile America
Profile America: Chipping In

Profile America: Chipping In

Thursday, September 12th. One of the great technical leaps in progress towards our digital age occurred on this date 61 years ago. It was in September 1958 that Jack Kilby of Texas Instruments demonstrated his invention of a miniaturized electronic […]

by · September 12, 2019 · Census, History, Profile America, Technology
The British Museum - Gregorian Calendar

Profile America: Lost Days

Wednesday, September 11th. This was a day that didn’t exist in Colonial America in 1752, as the familiar calendar underwent what is called the “Gregorian correction,” switching from the ancient Julian calendar to adjust for errors accumulated over centuries. After […]

by · September 11, 2019 · History, Profile America
Profile America: 1970 Census

Profile America: 1970 Census

Monday, September 9th. The national census next April will be the 24th time this once-a-decade count has been conducted since 1790. The 19th census in 1970 profiled a nation in political and military turmoil. There were more than 203 million […]

by · September 9, 2019 · History, Profile America
Profile America: National Rice Month

Profile America: National Rice Month

Sunday, September 8th. To highlight its importance, both as a crop and as part of the changing American diet, this is National Rice Month. Globally, rice is the world’s most important cereal grain. Americans doubled their annual per capita consumption […]

Profile America: First Junior High School

Profile America: First Junior High School

Saturday, September 7th. Of the millions of students going to class in the new school year, many are attending junior high schools or middle schools. The first such school in the nation opened its doors on this date in 110 […]

by · September 7, 2019 · History, Profile America
Women's Equality Party

Profile America: State Ban on Discrimination

Friday, March 22nd. 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 effort to assure equality of treatment, its […]

by · March 22, 2019 · History, Profile America, Women
Profile America: First US Bank Robbery

Profile America: First US Bank Robbery

Wednesday, March 20th. Banks had operated in America for about a half century before someone tried to make an unauthorized withdrawal. On this date in 1831, Edward Smith committed the country’s first bank robbery — hitting the City Bank on […]

Profile America: National Agriculture Week

Profile America: National Agriculture Week

Tuesday, March 19th. Among the blessings of civilization are the broad availabilities of food and clothing, such that we don’t’ have to reflect on how this abundance is created in the first place. To celebrate this great human achievement, today […]

First commercial radio broadcast: Results of the 1920 Presidential Election -- Gov. Warren G. Harding's landslide victory.

Profile America: FM Radio Debuts

Monday, March 18th. FM radio is 78 years old this month. In 1941, the first commercial FM station went on the air — W47NV in Nashville, Tennessee. FM —standing for frequency modulation — was first proposed by Edwin Armstrong in […]

by · March 18, 2019 · History, Profile America
Notable African Americans In Law: John Rock

Notable African Americans In Law: John Rock

John Rock, A First Among Firsts Black History Month stories often celebrate Thurgood Marshall, a successful attorney who became the first black appointed to the U.S. Supreme Court in 1967. The trail to that tribunal was broken over a century […]

Profile America: First State-Chartered University

Sunday, January 27th. “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 […]

Profile America: Lotus 1-2-3

Saturday, January 26th. On this date 36 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. The popular program drew acclaim as […]

The first transcontinental phone call occurred on January 25, 1915.

Profile America: First Transcontinental Phone Call

Friday, January 25th. On this date in 1915, east and west were linked by voice in the first transcontinental phone call. This event was a conference call involving Alexander Graham Bell in New York, his assistant Thomas Watson in San […]

George F. Green, inventor of the dental drill. William J. Hammer Collection, Archives Center, National Museum of American History, Smithsonian Institution.

Profile America: Electric Dental Drill Patented

Thursday, January 24th. An invention that’s helped millions, but which no one really likes was patented this week in 1875—the electric dental drill. Those who dread the device should consider the primitive state of dental technology before George Green of […]

by · January 24, 2019 · History, Profile America, Technology