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Union Toll Plaza on New Jersey’s Garden State Parkway

Tolls for Thee

Tuesday, November 13th. The first automatic tolls collection station went into service this month in 1954. It was installed at the Union Toll Plaza on New Jersey’s Garden State Parkway. Motorists dropped coins into a wire mesh hopper, triggering a […]

Profile America: Veterans/Armistice Day

Profile America: Veterans/Armistice Day

Sunday, November 11th/Monday 12th. One century ago today, history’s bloodiest war to date ended after more than four years of slaughter. The Veterans Day holiday was conceived as Armistice Day to honor the 4.7 million Americans who served — and […]

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Profile America: Father of Air Force One’s Iconic Design Born

Sunday, November 4th. Tomorrow marks the birthday in 1893 of a man who significantly influenced the look of the ensuing 125 years. Raymond Loewy was known as “the father of industrial design.” His designs are part of American life — […]

Profile America: Chipping In

Profile America: Chipping In

Wednesday, September 12th. One of the great technical leaps in progress towards our digital age occurred on this date 60 years ago. It was in September 1958 that Jack Kilby of Texas Instruments demonstrated his invention of a miniaturized electronic […]

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Profile America: First Income Tax

Profile America: First Income Tax

Income taxes first came to America this month 156 years ago, when President Abraham Lincoln signed a bill levying a 3 percent tax on incomes between $600 and $10,000, and a 5 percent tax on greater incomes. The tax was […]

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Profile America: A Storied Cereal

On this date in 1893, Denver restaurant owner Henry Perky received a patent for making shredded wheat creal.

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Profile America: A Storied Cereal:Shredded Wheat

On this date in 1893, Denver restaurant owner Henry Perky received a patent for making shredded wheat creal.

On August 5, 1914, the world's first electric traffic signal is put into place. Pinterest

Profile America: First Traffic Light

Sunday, August 5th. On this date in 1914, American motorists got the green light to safely proceed through increasingly traveled crossroads. A traffic light system, credited with being the first in the nation, flashed red and green at the intersection […]

Profile America: Mail Call

In July 1868, Congress authorized the Postmaster General to prescribe uniforms for mail carriers.

Profile America: Medicare Anniversary

On this date 53 years ago, President Lyndon Johnson signed the Social Security Amendments, which established Medicare and Medicaid.

Profile America: First Car Ad

The first known national ad promoting a car appeared in late July 1898 in the Scientific American magazine.

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Profile America: Coffee Rationing

Profile America: Coffee Rationing

Decreed in 1942, coffee rationing proved very unpopular.

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Profile America: Rocky Mountain Locusts Swarm

On this date in 1874, the largest swarm of Rocky Mountain Locusts ever recorded blackened the skies from the Dakotas to Texas.

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Profile America: The 18-Hole Truth

Profile America: The 18-Hole Truth

The first 18-hole golf course in the United States opened on this date in 1893 in Downer’s Grove, Illinois.

Harvard School of Dental Medicine opened on this date in 1782.

Profile America: For Harvard, It Was Tooth or Consequences

On this date in 1867, Harvard University opened the first dental school associated with a medical school.