U.S. Census Bureau Daily Feature for December 30: Old Acquaintance

WASHINGTON, Dec. 30, 2016 /PRNewswire-USNewswire/ — Following is the daily “Profile America” feature from the U.S. Census Bureau:


Profile AmericaFriday, December 30th. As a year draws to a close, it is common to reflect on the passage of time. How history will judge 2016 is not yet known, but this year’s anniversaries are woven into the fabric of today. Two hundred years ago, the Supreme Court asserted its right to review state court rulings, and Indiana became our 19th state. One hundred years ago, the first Indian Day was observed in New York state, and the first Boeing airplane took flight. Fifty years ago, cigarette packs first began bearing health warnings, and Star Trek debuted.  A century ago, the average life expectancy was 54.3 years for a baby girl and 49.6 years for a boy. Now, those figures are over 81 years for girls and 76.4 for boys. You can find more facts about America from the U.S. Census Bureau online at

1816 events/accessed 9/16/2016: 
1916 first Indian Day/accessed 9/16/2016: 
1916 Boeing flight/accessed 9/16/2016: 
1966 events/accessed 9/16/2016: 
1916 life expectancy: Historical Statistics of the United States: Colonial Times to 1970, p. 55
Current life expectancy/table 7/page 30/accessed 9/16/2016:

Profile America is produced by the Center for New Media and Promotion of the U.S. Census Bureau. Statistics and accounts drawn from cited non-Census sources are employed for illustrative or narrative purposes, and are not attested to by the U.S. Census Bureau. These daily features are available as produced segments, ready to air, on the Internet at (look for “Audio” in the “Library” pull-down menu). 

SOURCE U.S. Census Bureau

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