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2010-11-02 08:07:00

WASHINGTON, Nov. 2, 2010 /PRNewswire-USNewswire/ -- The first American Indian Day was celebrated in May 1916 in New York. Red Fox James, a Blackfeet Indian, rode horseback from state to state, getting endorsements from 24 state governments, to have a day to honor American Indians. In 1990, President George H.W. Bush signed a joint congressional resolution designating November 1990 as "National American Indian Heritage Month." Similar proclamations have been issued every year since 1994....

2010-09-16 13:08:00

WASHINGTON, Sept. 16 /PRNewswire-USNewswire/ -- The Census Bureau data for 2009 reflect the severity of the recent recession, as poverty rose sharply and the number of uninsured spiked. The new figures somewhat overstate the rise in poverty, however, because they do not count the bulk of direct assistance that the 2009 Recovery Act provided to households, which kept millions of Americans from falling into -- or deeper into -- poverty (as a broader measure of poverty that Census will...

2010-09-13 08:42:00

WASHINGTON, Sept. 13 /PRNewswire-USNewswire/ -- "National Singles Week" was started by the Buckeye Singles Council in Ohio in the 1980s to celebrate single life and recognize singles and their contributions to society. The week is now widely observed during the third full week of September (Sept. 19-25 in 2010) as "Unmarried and Single Americans Week," an acknowledgment that many unmarried Americans do not identify with the word "single" because they are parents, have partners or are...

2010-09-01 10:16:00

WASHINGTON, Sept. 1 /PRNewswire-USNewswire/ -- In 1970, Marian McQuade began a campaign to set aside a special day just for grandparents. In 1978, President Jimmy Carter signed the first presidential proclamation, designating the first Sunday after Labor Day as National Grandparents Day. The first official observance was Sept. 9, 1979 -- and has been celebrated every year since. In honor of our nation's grandparents, the Census Bureau presents an array of data about the role they play in...

2010-08-12 14:14:00

NEW YORK, Aug. 12 /PRNewswire/ -- Having achieved its goal of a 72% mail-back participation rate, coupled with strong cooperation by non-respondents with Census workers during door-to-door follow-up visits, this week the U.S. Census bureau reported a budget surplus of $1.6 billion to be returned to the government. According to media reports to date, these results in part stemmed from Census awareness being at an all-time high, citing the efforts of an extended team of 14 core marketing...

2010-08-09 11:09:00

WASHINGTON, Aug. 9 /PRNewswire-USNewswire/ -- The Census Bureau announced today the public release schedule for the official income, poverty and health insurance estimates for 2009 from the Current Population Survey (CPS), as well as estimates from the American Community Survey (ACS). (Logo: http://photos.prnewswire.com/prnh/20090226/CENSUSLOGO) (Logo: http://www.newscom.com/cgi-bin/prnh/20090226/CENSUSLOGO) This is the first year that the ACS data on social, economic and housing...

2010-07-29 08:09:00

Census Bureau Reports Number of U.S. Businesses Declines by Nearly 104,000 in 2008 WASHINGTON, July 29 /PRNewswire-USNewswire/ -- U.S. businesses with paid employees lost almost 104,000 establishments in 2008, bringing the total number to 7.6 million, according to the U.S. Census Bureau. However, the total number of people they employed rose to 121 million, with businesses adding approximately 300,000 employees to their payrolls. (Logo:...

2010-06-10 08:04:00

Census Bureau Releases 2009 County Characteristics Population Estimates WASHINGTON, June 10 /PRNewswire-USNewswire/ -- The U.S. Census Bureau today released July 1, 2009, population estimates for each of the nation's 3,143 counties by race, Hispanic origin, age and sex. (Logo: http://photos.prnewswire.com/prnh/20090226/CENSUSLOGO) The estimates are based on 2000 Census data and updated by using administrative records to estimate components of population change -- namely births, deaths,...

2010-04-26 13:45:00

WASHINGTON, April 26 /PRNewswire-USNewswire/ -- In 1978, a joint congressional resolution established Asian/Pacific American Heritage Week. The first 10 days of May were chosen to coincide with two important milestones in Asian/Pacific American history: the arrival in the United States of the first Japanese immigrants (May 7, 1843) and contributions of Chinese workers to the building of the transcontinental railroad, completed on May 10, 1869. In 1992, Congress expanded the observance to a...

2010-04-07 11:29:00

Need Help? Census Bureau Offers Assistance by Phone, Internet and at 30,000 Local Sites WASHINGTON, April 7 /PRNewswire-USNewswire/ -- It's not too late to mail back your 2010 Census form, and if confusion over how to answer the questions is what is stopping you from filling it out and mailing it back, or if you haven't received a form, the U.S. Census Bureau can help. (Logo: http://www.newscom.com/cgi-bin/prnh/20090226/CENSUSLOGO) If you haven't yet received your form or have...


Word of the Day
caparison
  • A cloth or covering, more or less ornamented, laid over the saddle or furniture of a horse, especially of a sumpter-horse or horse of state.
  • Clothing, especially sumptuous clothing; equipment; outfit.
  • To cover with a caparison, as a horse.
  • To dress sumptuously; adorn with rich dress.
This word ultimately comes from the Medieval Latin 'cappa,' cloak.
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