Government Information

Happy birthday, GPO!

The U.S. government, as we in Government Information are fond of telling folks, is the largest publisher in the world, and the Government Publishing Office (GPO), is the engine driving that publication machine. Established by a joint resolution of Congress on this day in 1860, and originally known as the Government Printing Office, the GPO is…

Today in history: America meets the Statue of Liberty.

On this date in 1885, the Statue of Liberty arrived by boat in New York Harbor. Designed by Frederic Bartholdi and built by Gustave Eiffel, the arrival of the Statue capped off one long phase of the project and began the final one: assembly. In the 1877 joint resolution empowering the president to select a…

How much do you know about time zones?

If you’re taking a trip of much distance this summer – whether driving or flying – there’s a good chance that trip’ll take you outside of the Mountain Time Zone. In the continental United States, there are four time zones: Eastern, Central, Mountain, and Pacific. Alaska resides in the Alaska Time Zone, one hour further…

Today in history: the Supreme Court rules on Loving v. Virginia.

Loving v. Virginia was a landmark Supreme Court case concerning an interracial couple, Richard and Mildred Loving, who had been sentenced to a year in jail, under the state’s 1924 Act to Preserve Racial Integrity. Their sentence had been suspended, on the condition that they move away from Virginia, and in 1964, after several years…

Radio in history.

Radio broadcasting began in the early years of the 20th century with the advent of AM radio transmitters and receivers. Commercialization of the service soon followed, and Congress passed the Radio Act of 1912 to make explicit its regulatory powers. The Commerce and Labor Department oversaw regulation until the passage of the Radio Act of…

Mosquito season.

In the spring and summer, more rain can mean more standing water, and more standing water often leads to more mosquitoes. Stay informed – the National Institutes of Health website features an article entitled, “How Mosquitoes Detect People.” The Colorado Department of Public Health & Environment links to the state’s 2014 West Nile Virus report, as…

“At long last…” On this day, the fall of Joseph McCarthy.

In the early years of the 1950s, Senator Joseph McCarthy dominated the attention of the United States with his accusations that Communists had infiltrated federal government agencies, including the State Department. He even went as far as to telegram President Harry Truman his concerns; the National Archives has a digital replica of that telegram. Taking the…

Today in American history: the Bill of Rights.

On this day in 1789, James Madison introduced what would eventually become the Bill of Rights before a session of the House of Representatives. The existence of some version of a bill of rights had been a major source of contention between the Federalists and Anti-Federalists, and had nearly broken down the ratification of the…

Government and Doughnuts: A Lively History

What do Doughnuts have to do with the Government?Today is National Doughnut Day and before you run off to Krispy Kreme for your free doughnut, consider how this deliciousness has contributed to the War Effort in American History. During World War II, taking a note from the Salvation Army’s World War I playbook, women in…

If a tornado approaches, know you’re prepared.

According to the Insurance Information Institute’s 2010 report, Colorado had the 9th largest number of tornadoes in the country, with 66. The Enhanced Fujita scale assigns tornadoes a rating from EF0 to EF5, depending on wind speed and related damage. The National Weather Service has a tornado safety guide on its website, with some insight…