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Profile America: FIRST STATE-CHARTERED UNIVERSITY

FIRST STATE CHARTERED UNIVERSITY “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 […]

by · January 27, 2016 · History, Profile America
Profile America: Lotus 1-2-3

Profile America: Lotus 1-2-3

On this date 33 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.

by · January 26, 2016 · Business, Profile America, Technology
Profile America: Canned Beer Appreciation Day

Profile America: Canned Beer Appreciation Day

CANNED BEER An innovation in product packaging — and a staple of TV advertising — had is its 81st anniversary last Sunday: Beer Can Appreciation Day. The first canned beer went on sale on January 24, 1935 as a marketing […]

by · January 26, 2016 · History, Profile America
Profile America: The First Transcontinental Phone Call

Profile America: The First Transcontinental Phone Call

On this date in 1915, east and west were linked by voice in the first transcontinental phone call.

by · January 25, 2016 · History, Profile America
Profile America: CALIFORNIA GOLD RUSH

Profile America: CALIFORNIA GOLD RUSH

California Gold Rush, John Sutter, 49er

by · January 24, 2016 · History, Profile America
Profile America: January Is National Oatmeal Month

Profile America: January Is National Oatmeal Month

January is National Oatmeal Month, recognizing the breakfast staple for its health characteristics – low fat, no sodium, and the ability to help lower the risk of heart disease.

(c/o Associated Press)

Profile America: NYC Bans Women Smoking

NYC BANS WOMEN SMOKING Profile America —  You may think the debate about smoking is fairly recent, but the more things change, the more they resemble 1908. On this date that year, the New York City council passed an ordinance […]

by · January 21, 2016 · History, Profile America, Women

Profile America: Canning Process

Ezra Daggett and Thomas Kensett were granted a canning patent for the tin can. By 1820, the British Royal Navy was being supplied with canned foods.

by · January 19, 2016 · Profile America
Profile America: Dr. Martin Luther King Jr Day

Profile America: Dr. Martin Luther King Jr Day

Today is the Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr. holiday, honoring his memory and life’s work, in a month that also sees the anniversary of the Emancipation Proclamation.

by · January 18, 2016 · History, Holidays, Profile America

PROFILE AMERICA: Solar Power

The first house in America with solar powered heating and radiation cooling opened this week in 1955 in Tucson, Arizona.

by · January 18, 2016 · Environment, Profile America
Profile America: Prohibition Remembered

Profile America: Prohibition Remembered

Uniquely, the 21st Amendment repeals the 18th, which launched the Prohibition Era this day in 1919.

by · January 16, 2016 · Profile America
Profile America: TV Viewing From Open-Reel to Digital Recorders

Profile America: TV Viewing From Open-Reel to Digital Recorders

HOME VIDEO Profile America — The contemporary habit of adjusting TV viewing to your own convenience got its sputtering start 50 years ago. The Sony Corporation began marketing its open-reel videotape recorder in 1966 to individual consumers. The black and […]

by · January 15, 2016 · Profile America
Profile America: Financial Wellness Month

Profile America: Financial Wellness Month

FINANCIAL WELLNESS MONTH Profile America — January is Financial Wellness Month, appropriately timed to the confluence of New Year’s resolutions and holiday bills. It’s a time to set new goals for financial freedom and moderation in spending; for people to understand […]

Profile America: First Home Television Sets

Profile America: First Home Television Sets

FIRST HOME TV “SETS” Profile America — Couch potatoes can trace their roots to this date in 1928 when three experimental television sets were installed in private homes in Schenectady, New York. Not that there was much to see, the […]

Profile America: First College Protest

Profile America: First College Protest

FIRST COLLEGE PROTEST Profile America — Tuesday, January 12 — Protests by college students in America have a long pedigree. In fact, this year marks the 250th anniversary of the first such action. In 1766, there were just seven colleges in […]

by · January 12, 2016 · Profile America