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1904Bank of America starts as the Bank of Italy, founded by Amadeo Giannini.

It originally served San Francisco's Italian American working class.

The Women's Banking Department is created, it's the first bank by and for women.

1928Giannini merges his bank with Bank of America.

1945Bank of America becomes the largest bank globally.

1930Bank of Italy is renamed  Bank of America National Trust and Savings Association.

1958BofA launches BankAmericard, allowing customers to pay debt over time.

This card would eventually be renamed Visa.

2009BofA receives $20 billion through the Troubled Asset Relief Program (TARP).

All (investor) eyes have been on bank stocks this week, as most reported earnings with better-than-expected second-quarter results this week.  

According to Jim Cramer, our fearless leader at TheStreet, "The big banks that have reported, Citigroup (C - Get Report) Monday, JPMorgan Chase (JPM - Get Report) , Wells Fargo (WFC - Get Report) and Goldman Sachs (GS - Get Report) yesterday have made a combined total of $29.5 billion dollars."  

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How much do you know about BofA? Did you know it started as the Bank of Italy?  Oh, it also started the first bank by women for women. 

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