The New Yorker
These words, written by James Baldwin, appeared in our pages in 1962.
James Baldwin: Letter from a Region in My Mind
And here we are, at the center of the arc, trapped in the gaudiest, most valuable, and most improbable water wheel the world has ever seen.
Ticking a box (British English) and Checking a box (American English) mean the same thing and are generally understood on both sides of the Atlantic.
checking the box -> there is a box, and mark it with a check mark if you want to select it (This is commonly used in hard copies [forms])