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U.S. Census Bureau Daily Feature for May 19

May 18, 2012

WASHINGTON, May 19, 2012 /PRNewswire-USNewswire/ — Following is the daily “Profile America” feature from the U.S. Census Bureau:

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Profile America — Saturday, May 19th. The first criminal case in the U.S. in which fingerprint evidence was admitted into court occurred on this date in New York City in 1911. Burglary suspect Caesar Cella was convicted by prints identified by detective Sergeant Joseph Faurot. The first known crime case solved by fingerprint matching occurred in 1880 in Tokyo, but the unique pattern of each person’s fingerprints had been known since Ancient Rome. Today, the use of DNA samples from crime scenes is the fastest-growing area of forensic evidence. Advanced crime solving methods have contributed to a drop in total reported crimes — from 11.6 million in 1999 to a million fewer 10 years later. You can find these and more facts about America from the U.S. Census Bureau, online at www.census.gov.

Sources: 440 International Calendar of Events, Those Were the Days
Statistical Abstract of the United States 2012, t. 306

Profile America is produced by the Public Information Office of the U.S. Census Bureau. These daily features are available as produced segments, ready to air, on a monthly CD or on the Internet at http://www.census.gov (look for “Multimedia Gallery” by the “Newsroom” button).

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