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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 […]

by · September 13, 2018 · Bulletin Board, History, Profile America

Profile America: National Rice Month

Tuesday, September 11th. 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 […]

by · September 11, 2018 · Bulletin Board, Profile America
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.

by · July 29, 2018 · History, Profile America
Profile America: Coffee Rationing

Profile America: Coffee Rationing

Decreed in 1942, coffee rationing proved very unpopular.

Profile America: First TV Commercial

Profile America: First TV Commercial

“America runs on Bulova time” was the entire audio portion of the first advertisement on a commercial TV station.

by · July 23, 2018 · Profile America, Television
Profile America: Happy Parents’ Day

Profile America: Happy Parents’ Day

Sunday, July 22nd. Today is Parents’ Day — an annual public observance similar to Mother’s Day and Father’s Day, but not an official holiday with gifts and greetings cards. And because it dates only from 1994, not as well known. […]

by · July 22, 2018 · Census, Family, Profile America
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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.

by · July 20, 2018 · History, Profile America, Science
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.