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Profile of the Day: Wild Bill Hickok

Posted May 27, 2015 by Amanda | No Comment
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Do you have any gun-slingers in your family tree? On this day in 1837, legendary gunfighter Wild Bill Hickok was born in Troy Grove, Illinois. Born James Butler Hickok, “Wild Bill” was an excellent marksman from a very young age. His adventurous life was ripe for legendary status. During the American Civil War, he served as a civilian scout for the Union Army. Although no records exist, some believe he may have even served as a Union spy in… Read the full story

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Profile of the Day: John Wayne

Posted May 26, 2015 by Amanda | No Comment
Profile of the Day: John Wayne

Do you have a favorite John Wayne film? On this day in 1907, the Western star was born in Winterset, Iowa. John Wayne was born Marion Robert Morrison to Clyde Leonard Morrison and Mary “Molly” Alberta Brown. His middle name was soon changed to Mitchell after his parents decided to name their next son Robert. While growing up in Glendale, California, he acquired the nickname “Duke” which followed him the rest of his life. After spending nearly… Read the full story

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Profile of the Day: Laurence Olivier

Posted May 22, 2015 by Amanda | No Comment
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Today we remember legendary actor Laurence Olivier on his 108th birthday. The son of a clergyman, Olivier was encouraged to pursue a career as an actor despite his family’s long history of holding prominent positions in the Church. A great interpreter of Shakespeare’s words, Olivier brought many of the bard’s work to life on stage and film, including the film version of Hamlet, for which he directed and starred. The film would become the first non-American… Read the full story

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Profile of the Day: Clara Barton

Posted May 21, 2015 by Amanda | No Comment
Profile of the Day: Clara Barton

On this day in 1881, the American Red Cross was founded by pioneering nurse Clara Barton in Washington, D.C. Born Clarissa Harlowe Barton on Christmas Day in 1821, Clara spent most of her life helping others. During the American Civil War, she became known as the “Angel of the Battlefield” for her tireless work helping the sick and wounded. She operated the Missing Soldiers Office after the war and by the time the office closed in 1867,… Read the full story

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Profile of the Day: Cher

Posted May 20, 2015 by Amanda | No Comment
Profile of the Day: Cher

Happy birthday, Cher! Today the music icon turns 69. Born Cherilyn Sarkisian in El Centro, California, Cher dreamed of becoming famous as a young girl. At 16, she dropped out of school to pursue an acting career. She rose to stardom as part of a singing act with her husband, Sonny Bono, whom she met in 1962. The duo was best known for the hit song “I Got You Babe” and their immensely popular variety… Read the full story

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Profile of the Day: Lawrence of Arabia

Posted May 19, 2015 by Amanda | No Comment
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Today we remember British World War I hero Lawrence of Arabia on the 80th anniversary of his death. He was born Thomas Edward Lawrence on August 16, 1888 in Tremadoc, Wales. After studying architecture and archaeology in school, Lawrence spent several years excavating in the Middle East. At the outbreak of war between Britain and the Ottoman Empire, Lawrence enlisted in the British military. Due to his expertise in Middle Eastern affairs, he was assigned as an… Read the full story

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Profile of the Day: Nicholas II of Russia

Posted May 18, 2015 by Amanda | No Comment
Profile of the Day: Nicholas II of Russia

On this day in 1868, Nicholas II was born in Pushkin, Russia. Born Nikolai Alekasndrovich Romanov, Nicholas II was the eldest son Alexander III and Maria Feodorovna of Russia. He was related to several monarchs in Europe, including his first cousin King George V. In 1894, he inherited the Russian throne after his father’s death. His reign saw Imperial Russia go from being one of the foremost powers of the world to economic and military… Read the full story

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Profile of the Day: B.B. King

Posted May 15, 2015 by Amanda | No Comment
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Today we honor blues legend B.B. King, who passed away at the age of 89. Riley B. King was born on September 16, 1925 on a cotton plantation near the town of Itta Bena, Mississippi. He was exposed to music at a young age as a member of his church’s gospel choir. He was first introduced to the blues by his great aunt at the age of 7 and by 12, he had purchased his first guitar. His mother’s first cousin,… Read the full story

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Profile of the Day: Meriwether Lewis

Posted May 14, 2015 by Amanda | No Comment
Profile of the Day: Meriwether Lewis

On this day in 1804, Meriwether Lewis and William Clark departed St. Louis, Missouri to begin their mission of exploring the American Northwest. After the Louisiana Purchase in 1803, President Thomas Jefferson wanted to get an accurate assessment of the new land and its resources. He enlisted Lewis to command the expedition, who recruited his close friend William Clark as his Second Lieutenant in command. The journey to the Pacific coast lasted two years. During this… Read the full story

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Profile of the Day: Inge Lehmann

Posted May 13, 2015 by Amanda | No Comment
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Happy 127th birthday to pioneering seismologist Inge Lehmann! Today’s Google Doodle honors the Danish scientist, who discovered the Earth’s inner core. Here are five things to know about Inge Lehmann: 1. Lehmann was born on May 13, 1888 in Copenhagen, Denmark. Her father, Alfred Georg Ludvik Lehmann, was an experimental psychologist and one of the most significant influences for her intellectual development. 2. She studied mathematics at the University of Copenhagen and the University of… Read the full story

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Profile of the Day: Florence Nightingale

Posted May 12, 2015 by Amanda | No Comment
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Do you have any nurses in your family tree? On May 12, 1820, pioneering nurse Florence Nightingale was born in Florence, Italy. Named after her place of birth, Florence was born to a rich, upper-class British family. From a young age, she knew her calling was to become a nurse and help the ill and poor. During the Crimean War, reports about the horrific conditions for the wounded made its way to Britain. In 1854,… Read the full story

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Profile of the Day: Salvador Dalí

Posted May 11, 2015 by Amanda | No Comment
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Do you have Spanish ancestry? On this day in 1904, surrealist painter Salvador Dalí was born. He was born Salvador Domingo Felipe Jacinto Dalí y Domènech in Figueres, Spain. Nine months before his birth, his older brother, also named Salvador, died of gastroenteritis. At the age of five, his parents had told him that he was the reincarnation of his brother. A believer in the concept, Dalí incorporated images of his brother into his work… Read the full story

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Profile of the Day: Harry S. Truman

Posted May 8, 2015 by Amanda | No Comment
Profile of the Day: Harry S. Truman

Did you now the 70th anniversary of V-E Day also happens to be the 131st birthday of President Harry S. Truman? Truman was born on May 8, 1884 in Lamar, Missouri to John Anderson Truman and Martha Ellen Young. His parents named him after his maternal uncle, Harrison “Harry” Young,  but had difficulty settling on a middle name. Ultimately, they simply chose to use the letter “S” in tribute of his grandfathers, Anderson Shipp Truman and Solomon… Read the full story

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Profile of the Day: Pyotr Ilyich Tchaikovsky

Posted May 7, 2015 by Amanda | No Comment
Profile of the Day: Pyotr Ilyich Tchaikovsky

Do you have Russian ancestry? On this day in 1840, famous Russian composer Pyotr Ilyich Tchaikovsky was born in Vyatka, Russia. Considered one of the most popular Russian composers in history, Tchaikovsky’s works included symphonies, concertos, operas and ballets. Tchaikovsky began taking piano lessons at the age of five and showed an adept talent for music. Despite his passion, Tchaikovsky was educated for a career as a civil servant. He spent a short tenure as a clerk with… Read the full story

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Profile of the Day: Orson Welles

Posted May 6, 2015 by Amanda | No Comment
Profile of the Day: Orson Welles

Today is the 100th anniversary of the birth of legendary filmmaker Orson Welles! Born on May 6, 1915, Welles was known as one of the greatest radio and cinema artists of the era. Early in his career, Welles juggled work in the theater with his extensive work as a radio actor, writer, director and producer. His famous live broadcast of H.G. Wells’ The War of the Worlds caused widespread panic after many listeners mistakenly believed the show to be real…. Read the full story

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Profile of the Day: Nellie Bly

Posted May 5, 2015 by Amanda | No Comment
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Today is the 151st birthday of American journalist, inventor and record-breaker Nellie Bly! Born Elizabeth Jane Cochrane in Cochran’s Mills, Pennsylvania, she wrote under the the pen name “Nellie Bly.” Bly was a pioneer in her field and launched a new kind of investigative journalism. As a reporter for Joseph Pulitzer’s New York World, Bly wrote one of her earliest and most provocative pieces, a startling exposé on the Women’s Lunatic Asylum on Blackwell’s Island. An undercover assignment, Bly feigned… Read the full story

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Profile of the Day: Audrey Hepburn

Posted May 4, 2015 by Amanda | No Comment
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Do you have a favorite Audrey Hepburn movie? On this day in 1929, the iconic actress was born in Brussels, Belgium. She was born Audrey Kathleen Ruston to Joseph Victor Anthony Ruston and Baroness Ella van Heemstra, a Dutch aristocrat and the daughter of Baron Aarnoud van Heemstra. Audrey took up ballet at a young age, and by 1944 was a very proficient dancer. During World War II, she would secretly dance for groups of people to… Read the full story

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Profile of the Day: Calamity Jane

Posted May 1, 2015 by Amanda | No Comment
Profile of the Day: Calamity Jane

Frontierswoman and sharp-shooter Calamity Jane was born on this day in 1852. The legend of Calamity Jane was known throughout the Wild West. However, little hard facts are known about her life and much of what was said was likely embellished or fabricated by writers and storytellers of the day. She was born Martha Jane Cannary in Princeton, Missouri and by the age of 12, both of her parents had died. The eldest of six children, Martha… Read the full story

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Profile of the Day: Mary II

Posted April 30, 2015 by Amanda | No Comment
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Do you have royalty in your family tree? On this day in 1662, Mary II of England was born at St. James’ Palace in London. Mary and her husband, William of Orange, jointly became king and queen of England, Scotland and Ireland following the Glorious Revolution, which deposed her father King James II and VII. For five years, William and Mary jointly ruled, from 1689 until her death at the age of 32. Did you know… Read the full story

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Profile of the Day: Jerry Seinfeld

Posted April 29, 2015 by Amanda | No Comment
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Happy birthday to Jerry Seinfeld! Today the actor turns 61. After getting his start in stand-up comedy, Jerry starred in the hit sitcom Seinfeld for nine seasons. He developed the series alongside comedian Larry David and together, created a show that broke all the conventions of mainstream television. Famously described as “a show about nothing,” Seinfeld ended its run as one of the most popular and successful shows in television history. These days, Jerry still performs stand-up and hosts… Read the full story

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Profile of the Day: Ann-Margret

Posted April 28, 2015 by Amanda | No Comment
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Do you remember watching Viva Las Vegas? Today star Ann-Margret celebrates her 74th birthday. She was born Ann-Margret Olsson to Anna Regina and Carl Gustav Olsson in Valsjöbyn, Sweden, a small fishing village near the Arctic Circle. In 1946, her family moved to the United States where she began taking her first dance lessons. Her career blossomed in the early 1960s with a starring role opposite Dick Van Dyke in the film Bye Bye Birdie and the release of… Read the full story

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Profile of the Day: King Willem-Alexander

Posted April 27, 2015 by Amanda | No Comment
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Are you related to Dutch royalty? Today King Willem-Alexander of the Netherlands celebrates his 48th birthday! He was born Willem-Alexander Claus George Ferdinand on April 27, 1967 in Utrecht, Netherlands. The oldest son of then Princess Beatrix and Prince Claus, and the first grandchild of Queen Juliana and Prince Bernhard, Willem-Alexander had the distinction of being the first immediate male heir born to the Dutch Royal family in 116 years. On April 30, 2013, Willem-Alexander was sworn in… Read the full story

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Profile of the Day: Barbra Streisand

Posted April 24, 2015 by Amanda | No Comment
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Happy birthday, Barbra Streisand! Today the icon turns 73. She was born on April 24, 1942 in Brooklyn, New York to Diana and Emanuel Streisand. Before reaching her first birthday, Barbra’s father died suddenly of complications from an epileptic seizure. After his death, the family fell into poverty. From a young age, Barbra dreamed of becoming famous and after graduating high school at 16, she immediately began pursuing a career in show business. In 1962, she… Read the full story

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Profile of the Day: Shirley Temple

Posted April 23, 2015 by Amanda | One Comment
Profile of the Day: Shirley Temple

Today we remember beloved child star Shirley Temple on what would have been her 87th birthday. Shirley Temple was born on April 23, 1928 in Santa Monica, California. She began her film career at the age of 3 with a role in Baby Burlesks, a series of short films satirizing recent film and political events, using pre-school children in every role. In 1934, she found international fame as the star of Bright Eyes. The film introduced her signature… Read the full story

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Profile of the Day: Hernán Cortés

Posted April 22, 2015 by Amanda | No Comment
Profile of the Day: Hernán Cortés

Are you related to a Spanish conquistador? On this day in 1519, explorer Hernán Cortés established a settlement at Veracruz, Mexico. Born around 1485 in Medellín, Spain to a family of nobility, Cortés chose to pursue a livelihood in the New World. In 1519, Cortés led an expedition to Mexico against the orders of Hispaniola Governor Diego Velázquez de Cuéllar. By April of that year, he had settled Veracruz and set his sights on conquering the… Read the full story

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Profile of the Day: Elizabeth II

Posted April 21, 2015 by Amanda | No Comment
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Happy birthday to Queen Elizabeth II! Today the British monarch turns 89. The Queen was born on April 21, 1926 in London to Prince Albert and Lady Elizabeth Bowes-Lyon. At the time of her birth, no one would have predicted that she would someday be queen. However, after her uncle, King Edward VIII, abdicated the throne, her father succeeded as King George VI and made Elizabeth the heir presumptive. This year will be a big year… Read the full story

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Profile of the Day: Napoleon III

Posted April 20, 2015 by Amanda | No Comment
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Do you have French ancestry in your family tree? On this day in 1808, Napoleon III was born in Paris, France. The nephew and heir of Napoleon Bonaparte, Napoleon III grew up in exile. Determined to return to France and regain the French crown, Napoleon began asserting his views in political writings and even attempted a failed coup. Following the Revolution of 1848, Napoleon seized the opportunity to return to France and run for the presidency. In December… Read the full story

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Profile of the Day: Benjamin Franklin

Posted April 17, 2015 by Amanda | No Comment
Profile of the Day: Benjamin Franklin

Today marks the 225th anniversary of Benjamin Franklin’s death. Benjamin was a renowned polymath; he was an author, an inventor, a politician, a diplomat and much more. Benjamin was born on January 17, 1706 in Boston, Massachusetts. A Founding Father of the United States, Benjamin helped draft one of the most important documents in American history, the Declaration of Independence. He was also a prolific inventor and created many things to help make everyday life a little… Read the full story

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Profile of the Day: Charlie Chaplin

Posted April 16, 2015 by Amanda | No Comment
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Happy birthday, Charlie Chaplin! The Hollywood legend was born Charles Spencer Chaplin on April 16, 1889 in London, England. In a true rags-to-riches story, Chaplin grew up in poverty and became one of the most successful actors in the industry. He endured several hardships early in his life. His father abandoned the family when he was very young, while his mother suffered from a mental illness that kept her in-and-out of the asylum. At the… Read the full story

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Profile of the Day: Elizabeth Montgomery

Posted April 15, 2015 by Amanda | No Comment
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Remember watching Bewitched? 82 years ago today, star Elizabeth Montgomery was born in Los Angeles, California. Elizabeth made her screen debut with a role on her father’s television show Robert Montgomery Presents. After several successful appearances on television, including an Emmy-nominated role in The Untouchables, Elizabeth landed the role as the lovable witch Samantha Stephens on the classic comedy Bewitched. The show instantly became a ratings success and lasted for eight seasons. It also earned Elizabeth five more Emmy nominations…. Read the full story

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Profile of the Day: Loretta Lynn

Posted April 14, 2015 by Amanda | No Comment
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Happy birthday, Loretta Lynn! Today the country music legend turns 83. She was born Loretta Webb on April 14, 1932 to Theodore Melvin “Ted” Webb, a coal miner, and Clara Marie “Clary” Ramey in Butcher Hollow, Kentucky. Shortly before she turned 16, she married Oliver “Doolittle” Lynn and their life together inspired many of her songs. She was encouraged by her husband to pursue a career in music, and by 1960, she released her first… Read the full story

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Profile of the Day: Thomas Jefferson

Posted April 13, 2015 by Amanda | No Comment
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Are you related to a Founding Father of the United States? On this day in 1743, Thomas Jefferson was born at his family home in Virginia. The third of ten children, Jefferson was born into one of the most prominent families in Virginia. His father, Peter Jefferson, was a successful planter and surveyor. He died when Jefferson was just 14. One of America’s Founding Fathers, Jefferson was the principal author of the Declaration of Independence, which… Read the full story

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Profile of the Day: F. Scott Fitzgerald

Posted April 10, 2015 by Amanda | No Comment
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Today The Great Gatsby turns 90! Published on April 10, 1925, F. Scott Fitzgerald’s novel is widely considered to be “the Great American Novel.” However, the book’s success was far from instant. The novel debuted to mixed reviews and poor sales. When Fitzgerald died, he believed the novel to be a failure. It was not until World War II that The Great Gatsby would experience a huge revival. In 1942, a group of publishing executives donated millions of paperback books to… Read the full story

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Profile of the Day: Robert E. Lee

Posted April 9, 2015 by Amanda | No Comment
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150 years ago today, Confederate General Robert E. Lee surrendered to Union General Ulysses S. Grant, effectively ending the American Civil War. During the first year of the war, Lee served as a senior military advisor to Confederate President Jefferson Davis. In 1882, he assumed command of the Army of Northern Virginia and lead many battlefield victories. However, Lee’s defeat at the Battle of Gettysburg was a crushing blow to the Confederate. The battle would produce the largest… Read the full story

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Profile of the Day: Patricia Arquette

Posted April 8, 2015 by Amanda | No Comment
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Happy birthday, Patricia Arquette! Today the Oscar-winning actress turns 47. Born into a showbiz family, Patricia seemed destined to be a performer. Her great grandfather, Charles Augustus Arquette, was a vaudeville performer and her paternal grandfather, Cliff, was an actor and comedian. Not only did both of her parents also work in the industry, but so do her four siblings, who have each found their own path to stardom. Throughout her career, she has starred in a wide variety… Read the full story

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Profile of the Day: Russell Crowe

Posted April 7, 2015 by Amanda | No Comment
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Happy birthday, Russell Crowe! Today the actor turns 51. He was born in Wellington, New Zealand to Jocelyn Yvonne and John Alexander Crowe. His maternal grandfather, Stanley Wemyss, was a cinematographer who was named an MBE for filming footage of World War II. When he was four, Crowe and his family moved to Sydney, Australia to pursue careers as set caterers. Crowe was six when he was cast in his first role on television. Crowe gained… Read the full story

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Profile of the Day: Robert E. Peary

Posted April 6, 2015 by Amanda | No Comment
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106 years ago today, American explorer Robert E. Peary and his assistant, Matthew A. Henson, purportedly became the first men to reach the North Pole. Born in Cresson, Pennsylvania, Peary joined the United States Navy in 1881 as a civil engineer. It was during his time in the Navy that he resolved to be the first man to reach the North Pole. Peary studied the survival techniques of the Inuits and adopted their practices, including building igloos which… Read the full story

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Profile of the Day: Alec Baldwin

Posted April 3, 2015 by Amanda | No Comment
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Profile of the Day: Hans Christian Andersen

Posted April 2, 2015 by Amanda | No Comment
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When you were growing up, did you have a favorite fairytale you wanted hear over and over again? Today we remember Danish author Hans Christian Andersen, who was born on April 2, 1805 in Odense, Denmark. Popular across the globe, Andersen’s fairytales have been translated into over 125 languages and have been adapted into numerous animated films, plays and ballets. Although his family had little wealth, Andersen received a boarding school education often reserved for the… Read the full story

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Profile of the Day: Debbie Reynolds

Posted April 1, 2015 by Amanda | No Comment
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Happy 83rd birthday to Debbie Reynolds! She was born Mary Frances Reynolds on April 1, 1932 in El Paso, Texas. The second child of Maxine and Raymond Francis Reynolds, Debbie and her family moved to Burbank, California in 1939. By the age of 16, she had won the Miss Burbank beauty contest and landed a contract with Warner Brothers. Her most memorable turn was opposite Gene Kelly and Donald O’Connor in the classic musical Singin’ in the… Read the full story

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Profile of the Day: Gustave Eiffel

Posted March 31, 2015 by Amanda | No Comment
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Today is the 126th anniversary of the public opening of the Eiffel Tower. Have you ever visited the iconic structure? Designed by architect and engineer Gustave Eiffel, the famous tower was originally built for the 1889 Universal Exposition in Paris, France. Critics were initially skeptical about the tower in the early days of its construction. Remarkably, the tower was completed under budget in just two years and with only one fatality during construction. On March 31,… Read the full story

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Profile of the Day: Céline Dion

Posted March 30, 2015 by Amanda | No Comment
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Happy birthday, Céline Dion! Today the French-Canadian singer turns 47. Céline was born in Charlemagne, Quebec, Canada to a large family. The youngest of 14 children, Céline’s upbringing was always filled with music. She made her first public performance at the age of five, performing with her siblings in her parents’ small piano bar. With dreams to become a singer, Céline signed her first recording contract at the age of 12. By the age of 18, she… Read the full story

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Profile of the Day: Juan Ponce de León

Posted March 27, 2015 by Amanda | No Comment
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On this day in 1513, Spanish explorer Juan Ponce de León sighted present-day Florida. The famous explore was the first to lead a European expedition to the peninsula. According to legend, Ponce de León was on a quest for the Fountain of Youth, the mythical water source said to bring eternal youth to those who drank from it. Ponce de León was born in the village of Santervás de Campos, Spain in 1460. Born to a noble family, he sought fame and… Read the full story

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Profile of the Day: Diana Ross

Posted March 26, 2015 by Amanda | No Comment
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Happy birthday, Diana Ross! Today the singer turns 71. Born in Detroit, Michigan, Diana was the second eldest child of Ernestine, a schoolteacher, and Fred Ross, a former Army soldier. As a teen, she began singing with a group of friends and eventually, they formed the successful music group, The Supremes. The group became the first all-female music group to have a number one selling album on the Billboard charts. The success of The Supremes skyrocketed… Read the full story

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Profile of the Day: Elton John

Posted March 25, 2015 by Amanda | No Comment
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Happy birthday, Elton John! What’s your favorite song? The music legend was born Reginald Kenneth Dwight in Pinner, England to Stanley and Sheila Eileen Dwight. Elton began playing the piano at the age of 3 and showed an amazing aptitude in music. He released his first album in 1970, which instantly made him an international star. His over-the-top costumes at concerts became a signature of his live performances. A cultural icon, Elton was inducted into the… Read the full story

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Profile of the Day: Harry Houdini

Posted March 24, 2015 by Amanda | No Comment
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Are you a fan of illusions? On this day in 1874, the world’s greatest illusionist and escape artist, Harry Houdini, was born in Budapest, Hungary. Born Erick Weisz, he was one of seven children born to Rabbi Mayer Samuel and Cecilia Weisz. Set on becoming a professional magician, Erick changed his name to Harry Houdini, after the French magician, Jean Eugène Robert-Houdini. He became widely known as “The Handcuff King” for his remarkable ability to escape… Read the full story

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Profile of the Day: Joan Crawford

Posted March 23, 2015 by Amanda | No Comment
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Today we remember actress Joan Crawford, who was born on March 23, 1905. She was born Lucille Fay LeSueur in San Antonio, Texas. From a young age, Crawford loved to dance. With ambitions to become a dancer, she left school to pursue a dancing career. She eventually danced in the Broadway show Innocent Eyes and began appearing on screen for MGM and took the name Joan Crawford. She starred in a string of successful films and won an… Read the full story

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Profile of the Day: Harriet Beecher Stowe

Posted March 20, 2015 by Amanda | No Comment
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On March 20, 1852, Harriet Beecher Stowe’s anti-slavery novel, Uncle Tom’s Cabin, was published. The second best-selling novel of the 19th century, Stowe’s book is often credited with helping to change public opinion on slavery and fuel the abolitionist cause in the 1850s. It is said that after the start of the American Civil War, Stowe paid a visit to the White House. President Abraham Lincoln reportedly greeted her by saying, “so you are the little… Read the full story

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Profile of the Day: Glenn Close

Posted March 19, 2015 by Amanda | No Comment
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Happy birthday, Glenn Close! Today the versatile actress turns 68. Close was born on March 19, 1947 in Greenwich, Connecticut to an upper class family with a long history in the United States. She is a descendant of the Taliaferros, one of the earliest families to settle in Virginia in the 17th century. The surname line is believed to trace back to Bartholomew Taliaferro, a native of Venice who settled in London during the 16th century. She had… Read the full story

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Profile of the Day: Grover Cleveland

Posted March 18, 2015 by Amanda | No Comment
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Are you related to a U.S. President? 178 years ago today, former President Grover Cleveland was born in Caldwell, New Jersey. Born Stephen Grover Cleveland, he was the fifth of nine children born to Ann Neal and Richard Falley Cleveland. Known as “Big Steve” by friends because of his size, Cleveland dropped his fist name and became known as Grover for the rest of his adult life. Fun facts: Moses Cleveland, the founder of Cleveland, Ohio, was… Read the full story

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