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

Dec 30, 2015, 00:01 ET from U.S. Census Bureau

WASHINGTON, Dec. 30, 2015 /PRNewswire-USNewswire/ -- Following is the daily "Profile America" feature from the U.S. Census Bureau:

OLD ACQUAINTANCE

Profile AmericaWednesday, December 30th. As a year draws to a close, it is common to reflect on the passage of time. Two hundred years ago, the Senate ratified the Treaty of Ghent, ending the War of 1812. A week later, Congress declared war on Algiers. One hundred years ago, America's first Jewish governor took office in Idaho, and AT&T became the first traded company with over a million shareholders. Fifty years ago, President Johnson proclaimed the "Great Society" and later signed the bill creating Medicare. A century ago, the average life expectancy was 57 years for a baby girl and 52 years for a boy. Now, those figures are 81 years for girls and 76 for boys. You can find more facts about America from the U.S. Census Bureau online at www.census.gov.

Sources:
1815 events/accessed 10/20/2015: http://www.loc.gov/rr/program/bib/ourdocs/Ghent.html
War declaration/accessed 10/20/2015: https://history.state.gov/milestones/1801-1829/barbary-wars
1915 events/accessed 10/20/2015: http://www.onthisday.com/events/date/1915
1965 events/accessed 10/20/2015: http://www.onthisday.com/events/date/1965
1915 life expectancy: Historical Statistics of the United States: Colonial Times to 1970, p. 55
Current life expectancy/table 7/accessed 10/20/2015: http://www.cdc.gov/nchs/data/nvsr/nvsr64/nvsr64_02.pdf

Profile America is produced by the Center for New Media and Promotions of the U.S. Census Bureau. These daily features are available as produced segments, ready to air, on the Internet at http://www.census.gov (look for "Multimedia Gallery" by the "Newsroom" button). 

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