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National Peanut Butter Lovers Month

National Peanut Butter Lovers Month

Thursday, November 15th. It’s a time to celebrate one of life’s simple, viscous pleasures — it’s Peanut Butter Lovers Month. The stuff of one of America’s favorite sandwiches, peanut butter was first offered to the public at the St. Louis […]

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 […]

Profile America: Diabetes Month

Profile America: Diabetes Month

Wednesday, November 7th. November is designated every year as National Diabetes Month. The goal is to make the public more aware of the serious nature of the disease, and how to detect and control it. When our bodies are unable […]

US Air Force One

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 — […]

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Profile America: American Indian and Alaska Native Heritage Month

Saturday, November 3rd. This is American Indian and Alaska Native Heritage Month, conceived almost a century ago but made official by a congressional resolution signed by President George H.W. Bush in 1990. The American Community Survey finds about 5.6 million […]

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Profile America: First Medical School for Women

On this date in 1848, the first medical school for women opened in Boston. By 1873, the school had graduated almost 100 doctors. That year, the Boston Female Medical School merged with the Boston University School of Medicine to form […]

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

First Commercial Radio Broadcast

Friday, November 2nd. Even with all of our electronic diversions, many of us listen to radio at some point every day. The wide variety of formats means we can choose our favorite type of music, and radio keeps us up […]

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Profile America: Happy Halloween

Wednesday, October 31st. There’s an excellent chance that today is an occasion deeply revered by young children and the nation’s candy makers. According to ancient Celtic tradition, Halloween — the evening before All Saints Day — is a time of […]

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Happy Birthday Dear Internet

Happy Birthday Dear Internet

Tuesday, October 30th. A technological breakthrough that has led to remarkable changes in American and global society occurred 49 years ago today … or yesterday, depending on your point of reference. While Americans in the Eastern and Central time zones […]

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.