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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.

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Profile America: Summer Food Favorites: Grilling, Hot Dogs & Ice Cream

July is not only National Grilling Month but also National Hot Dog Month and National Ice Cream Month.

Profile America: One America Coast-to-Coast

Profile America: One America Coast-to-Coast

Thursday, July 12th. A romantic but controversial period of American history ended, semiofficially, on this date 125 years ago. In 1893, historian Frederick Jackson Turner delivered an academic paper in Chicago based on 1890 Census data. He noted that migration […]

by · July 12, 2018 · History, News, Profile America
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Profile America: Hawaiian Islands

One-hundred twenty years ago this month, President William McKinley signed the 1898 resolution annexing the Hawaiian Islands, then an independent republic.

by · July 9, 2018 · History, Profile America

Profile America: Roads Paved With Good Inventions

The first concrete road in America was completed on this date 126 years ago in Bellefontaine, Ohio.

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Profile America: The Real Thing Coca-Cola

Sunday, July 8th. On this date in 1831, a baby was born in Knoxville, Georgia, who would grow up to invent a product that rather symbolizes America all around the world. John Stith Pemberton was a pharmacist addicted to morphine […]

by · July 8, 2018 · History, Profile America