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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: Single Parent’s Day

Profile America: Single Parent’s Day

Thursday, March 21st. This is Single Parent’s Day — observed on this date every year since 1984 to recognize all those women and men who are raising children without partners. Single-parent families may result not just from out-of-wedlock births, but […]

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: Water Fluoridation

Profile America: Water Fluoridation

Wednesday, January 30th. Early this month in 1967, the first fluoridation law in the country went into effect. Connecticut required fluoridation of public water supplies serving 20,000 or more population to combat tooth decay. The requirement was extended to the […]

by · January 30, 2019 · Bulletin Board, Profile America
Profile America: Prohibition

Profile America: Prohibition

Tuesday, January 29th. There have been 27 ratified amendments to the U.S. Constitution over the past 225-plus years, but that total comes with an asterisk. Uniquely, the 21st Amendment repeals the 18th, which began its short career this month in1919. […]

by · January 29, 2019 · Bulletin Board, Profile America

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
Bank of North America, 1781. Source: Free Library of Philadelphia

Profile America: Bank of North America, 1781

Monday, January 7th. During the Revolutionary War, the rebelling colonies and the Continental Congress were anything but too big to fail. To the contrary, finances were very spotty and precarious. To help put affairs in order and make credit available, […]

Ellis Island, Great Hall (Office of the NYS Governor/Flickr)

Profile America: Ellis Island Opens

Wednesday, January 2nd. The place where many of our ancestors first stepped ashore when they came to America seeking a new life opened this month 127 years ago — Ellis Island in New York Harbor. The very first immigrant processed […]