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Profile of the Day: J.K. Rowling

Posted July 31, 2015 by Amanda | No Comment
Profile of the Day: J.K. Rowling

Happy 50th birthday to author J.K. Rowling! Joanne Rowling was born on July 31, 1965 in Yale, England to Peter James Rowling, a Rolls-Royce aircraft engineer, and Anne Volant, a science technician. Her great grandfather, Louis Volant was a French soldier in World War I. He was awarded the Croix de Guerre for exceptional bravery in defending the village of Courcelles-le-Comte. A single mother at the time she wrote the first Harry Potter book, Rowling… Read the full story

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Profile of the Day: Arnold Schwarzenegger

Posted July 30, 2015 by Amanda | No Comment
Profile of the Day: Arnold Schwarzenegger

Happy 68th birthday to Arnold Schwarzenegger! Arnold Alois Schwarzenegger was born in Thal, Austria to Gustave Schwarzenegger, a local police chief, and Aurelia Jadrny. His father was once a member of the Nazi party and favored his eldest son over Arnold. Struggling with a tough home life, Arnold turned to movies as an escape and dreamed of moving to the U.S. At 15, he began weight training and won the Mr. Universe title by the age of 20…. Read the full story

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Profile of the Day: Vincent van Gogh

Posted July 29, 2015 by Amanda | No Comment
Profile of the Day: Vincent van Gogh

Do you enjoy the artwork of Vincent van Gogh? Today we remember the famous Dutch painter who died on this day in 1890 from a self inflicted gunshot wound. Van Gogh was born on March 30, 1853 to an upper-middle class family. He was born exactly one year after the stillbirth of his parents’ first son, who was also named Vincent. Van Gogh had a close relationship with his younger brother, Theo, who often provided him… Read the full story

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Profile of the Day: Jacqueline Kennedy Onassis

Posted July 28, 2015 by Amanda | 2 Comments
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Happy birthday, Jacqueline Kennedy Onassis! Today, the former First Lady would have celebrated her 86th birthday. Jacqueline Lee Bouvier was born on July 28, 1929 in Southampton, New York. Her father, John Vernou Bouvier III, was a wealthy Wall Street stockbroker whose family had come from France in the early 1800s. Her mother, Janet Norton Lee was a socialite and accomplished equestrian with Irish heritage. In 1961, she became First Lady of the United States when… Read the full story

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Profile of the Day: Bob Hope

Posted July 27, 2015 by Amanda | No Comment
Profile of the Day: Bob Hope

Today we remember legendary comedian Bob Hope, who died on this day in 2003 at the age of 100. He was born Leslie Townes Hope in Eltham, London to William and Avis Hope on May 29, 1903. The fifth of seven sons, Bob held a series of odd jobs before landing in vaudeville. With a career that spanned more than eight decades, Bob conquered almost every entertainment medium, from vaudeville and Broadway to radio, television and… Read the full story

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Profile of the Day: Amelia Earhart

Posted July 24, 2015 by Amanda | No Comment
Profile of the Day: Amelia Earhart

Today we remember pioneer aviator Amelia Earhart on her 118th birthday. Amelia Mary Earhart was born on July 24, 1897 in Atchison, Kansas. She was named after her two grandmothers, Amelia Josephine Otis and Mary Wells Earhart. From a young age, Amelia had an adventurist spirit. After Charles Lindbergh’s solo flight across the Atlantic, she knew she wanted to be the first woman to do the same. In 1932, Amelia succeeded in becoming the first woman to fly solo… Read the full story

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Profile of the Day: Daniel Radcliffe

Posted July 23, 2015 by Amanda | No Comment
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Happy birthday, Daniel Radcliffe! Today the Harry Potter star turns 26. Born in London, England, Radcliffe got his start at the age of 10 in the BBC television film David Copperfield. It was this performance that caught the eye of director Chris Columbus, who was searching for a young unknown actor to cast as the lead in the film adaptation of J.K. Rowling’s beloved Harry Potter book series. At just 11 years old, Radcliffe joined fellow unknown actors Rupert Grint and… Read the full story

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Profile of the Day: Alex Trebek

Posted July 22, 2015 by Amanda | No Comment
Profile of the Day: Alex Trebek

Do you watch Jeopardy? Today the longtime game show host Alex Trebek turns 75! George Alexander Trebek was born on July 22, 1940 in Sudbury, Ontario, Canada. His father, George Edward Trebek, had emigrated from Ukraine as a child. His mother, Lucille Lagacé, was French-Canadian. Although he studied philosophy at the University of Ottawa, upon graduation, Trebek decided to pursue a career in journalism. His calm on-screen demeanor soon caught people’s attention and Trebek transitioned his career… Read the full story

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Profile of the Day: Ernest Hemingway

Posted July 21, 2015 by Amanda | No Comment
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Remember reading A Farewell to Arms? On this day in 1899, author Ernest Hemingway was born in Oak Park, Illinois. During World War I, Hemingway enlisted with the Red Cross to become an ambulance driver in Italy. On July 8, 1918, he was seriously wounded by mortar fire and despite his injuries, Hemingway assisted Italian soldiers to safety. He would receive the Italian Silver Medal of Bravery for his actions. While recuperating, Hemingway fell in love with… Read the full story

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Profile of the Day: Neil Armstrong

Posted July 20, 2015 by Amanda | No Comment
Profile of the Day: Neil Armstrong

Today, we celebrate the 46th anniversary of Apollo 11′s successful landing on the Moon. Do you remember watching Neil Armstrong take his first steps on the Moon? The momentous occasion was broadcasted on live television to a world-wide audience. Over half a billion people watched as Neil Armstrong took his first steps on the Moon’s surface and say his now-famous words, “That’s one small step for man, one giant leap for mankind.” Buzz Aldrin would join him later as the second… Read the full story

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Profile of the Day: Phyllis Diller

Posted July 17, 2015 by Amanda | No Comment
Profile of the Day: Phyllis Diller

Today we remember comedian Phyllis Diller, who was born on July 17, 1917 in Lima, Ohio. The only daughter of Perry Marcus Driver and Frances Ada Romshe, Diller studied the piano for many years but decided against pursing a career in music. In 1939, she eloped with Sherwood Diller and together, the couple had six children (one died in infancy). She got her start in comedy late in life, making her first standup comedy performance in 1955…. Read the full story

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Profile of the Day: Roald Amundsen

Posted July 16, 2015 by Amanda | No Comment
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Do you have Norwegian ancestry? On this day, Norwegian explorer Roald Amundsen was born in Borge, Østfold, Norway. Amundsen was born into a family of shipowners and captains and had a lifelong desire for polar exploration. One of the key figures of the Heroic Age of Antarctic Exploration, Amundsen was the first explorer to reach the South Pole. He gained invaluable knowledge for his journey in the Antarctic from his earlier expedition traversing the Northwest Passage. The… Read the full story

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Profile of the Day: Rembrandt Van Rijn

Posted July 15, 2015 by Amanda | No Comment
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Do you have Dutch ancestry? Dutch artist Rembrandt van Rijn was born on this day in 1606 in Leiden in the Dutch Republic, now known as the Netherlands. The ninth child born to Harmen Gerritszoon van Rijn and Neeltgen Willemsdochter van Zuytbrouck, Rembrandt was put through school in preparation for a career in the government or ministry. However, by the age of 15, he abandoned his studies to pursue his art. Considered one of the greatest… Read the full story

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Profile of the Day: Clyde Tombaugh

Posted July 14, 2015 by Amanda | No Comment
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History was made this morning as NASA’s New Horizons spacecraft made its closest approach to Pluto, a feat that was nine years and billions of miles in the making. Passing within 7,800 miles of the planet, New Horizons is the closest any spacecraft has come to the icy dwarf planet. Along for the ride are the ashes of astronomer Clyde Tombaugh, who discovered Pluto in 1930. Growing up on a farm in Kansas, Tombaugh made his own telescopes… Read the full story

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Profile of the Day: Patrick Stewart

Posted July 13, 2015 by Amanda | No Comment
Profile of the Day: Patrick Stewart

Happy 75th birthday to Patrick Stewart! A veteran of the stage and screen, Stewart’s versatile career has spanned from the works of Shakespeare to some of popular culture’s most iconic franchises. Stewart was born on July 13, 1940 in Mirfield, England to Gladys Barrowclaugh, a textile worker, and Alfred Stewart, a Regimental Sergeant Major in the British Army. Growing up in a poor and abusive household, Stewart found solace in acting. He left school at the… Read the full story

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Profile of the Day: Nikola Tesla

Posted July 10, 2015 by Amanda | No Comment
Profile of the Day: Nikola Tesla

Happy 159th birthday to Nikola Tesla! Tesla was born on July 10, 1856 in the village of Smiljan in the Austrian Empire (modern-day Croatia) to Serbian parents. His father and his maternal grandfather were Orthodox priests. Although his father wished for him to also enter the priesthood, Tesla was firmly interested in the sciences. After arriving in American in 1884, Tesla worked briefly as an engineer for Thomas Edison to redesign Edison’s direct current generators. According to Tesla, Edison offered… Read the full story

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Profile of the Day: Tom Hanks

Posted July 9, 2015 by Amanda | No Comment
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Happy birthday, Tom Hanks! Today the popular actor turns 59. Thomas Jeffery Hanks was born on July 9, 1956 in Concord, California. In 1960, his parents divorced and Tom, along with his two oldest siblings, went to live with their father. His youngest brother stayed with their mother. He got his big break when he was cast as the lead in the television sitcom Bosom Buddies. Although the show was canceled after only two seasons, Tom… Read the full story

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Profile of the Day: John Pemberton

Posted July 8, 2015 by Amanda | No Comment
Profile of the Day: John Pemberton

Do you fancy a Coke? On this day in 1831, Coca-Cola inventor John Pemberton was born in Knoxville, Georgia. Pemberton was the son of James Clifford Pemberton, who was the brother of Confederate General John Clifford Pemberton. Like his uncle, Pemberton served in the Confederate Army. During the America Civil War, he was wounded in the Battle of Columbus when he was slashed in the chest by a saber. Like many wounded soldiers of the time,… Read the full story

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Profile of the Day: Herbert Hoover

Posted July 7, 2015 by Amanda | No Comment
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On this day in 1930, construction began on the Hoover Dam. For five years, over 21,000 men worked to produce what would be the largest dam of its time and one of the largest manmade structures in the world. The idea of the dam had been around for many decades. While serving as Secretary of Commerce in 1921, Herbert Hoover devoted much of his time to the creation of a dam in Boulder Canyon, Colorado…. Read the full story

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Profile of the Day: Frida Kahlo

Posted July 6, 2015 by Amanda | No Comment
Profile of the Day: Frida Kahlo

Do you have Mexican ancestry? On this day in 1907, Mexican painter Frida Kahlo was born. She was born Magdalena Carmen Frieda Kahlo y Calderón in her parents’ house, known as La Casa Azul, in Coyocoán, a town on the outskirts of Mexico City. Her father, Guillermo Kahlo, was born Carl Wilhelm Kahlo in Pforzheim, Germany. A photographer, Frida’s father traveled to Mexico at the age of 19 and changed his name to Guillermo upon arrival. He married… Read the full story

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Profile of the Day: Franz Kafka

Posted July 3, 2015 by Amanda | No Comment
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On this day in 1883, renowned author Franz Kafka was born in Prague in the Austro-Hungarian Empire. The eldest of six children, Kafka grew up in a middle-class, German-speaking, Jewish family. His two younger brothers died in infancy, leaving him as the only son in the family. Though Kafka died several years before World War II, his three sisters would go on to perish during the Holocaust. Kafka showed an interested in writing at an early age, however, his work attracted… Read the full story

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Profile of the Day: Diana, Princess of Wales

Posted July 1, 2015 by Amanda | No Comment
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Today we remember Princess Diana on what would have been her 54th birthday. She was born Diana Frances Spencer in Sandringham, England to John Spencer, Viscount Althorp, and Frances Burk Rouche, Viscountess Althorp. Her parents would divorce when she was eight years old. She became known as Lady Diana when her father inherited the title of Earl Spencer in 1975. In 1981, she married Prince Charles in a lavish ceremony at St. Paul’s Cathedral. Over 750 million… Read the full story

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Profile of the Day: Margaret Mitchell

Posted June 30, 2015 by Amanda | No Comment
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Are you a fan of Gone With the Wind? On this day in 1936, author Margaret Mitchell published the beloved novel for the first time. Mitchell began writing the best-selling novel out of boredom while she was recovering from an injury. Set in Georgia during the American Civil War and Reconstruction era, Gone With the Wind was popular with American readers right from the start. A year later, she received a Pulitzer Prize for Fiction for her work… Read the full story

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Profile of the Day: Katharine Hepburn

Posted June 29, 2015 by Amanda | No Comment
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Today we remember actress Katharine Hepburn, who passed away on this day in 2003 at the age of 96. Katharine Houghton Hepburn was born on May 12, 1907 in Hartford, Connecticut. The second of six children, Katharine grew up in a very progressive household. Her father, Thomas Norval Hepburn, was a successful urologist who sought to educate the public about venereal diseases. Her mother, Katharine Martha Houghton, was the head of the Connecticut Woman Suffrage Association…. Read the full story

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Profile of the Day: Pearl S. Buck

Posted June 26, 2015 by Amanda | No Comment
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Do you have any writers in your family tree? On this day in 1892, Nobel Prize winning author Pearl S. Buck was born in Hillsboro, West Virginia. She was born Pearl Comfort Sydenstricker to Caroline Stulting and Absalom Sydenstricker. The daughter of Southern Presbyterian missionaries, Pearl spent much of her childhood and young adult life living in China. The family had moved to the country when she was just five months old. When she was nine, the… Read the full story

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Profile of the Day: George Orwell

Posted June 25, 2015 by Amanda | No Comment
Profile of the Day: George Orwell

Do you remember reading 1984? On this day in 1903, author George Orwell was born in Motihari, Bengal, India. Orwell was born Eric Arthur Blair to Ida Mabel and Richard Walmesley Blair, who worked in the Opium Department of the Indian Civil Service. His second-great grandfather, Charles Blair, was a wealthy owner of plantations in Jamaica. He started writing at a young age and in 1933, published his first major work Down and Out in Paris and London… Read the full story

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Profile of the Day: King Henry VIII

Posted June 24, 2015 by Amanda | No Comment
Profile of the Day: King Henry VIII

Are you related to British royalty? On this day in 1509, Henry VIII was crowned the King of England. As the second son of Henry VII, Henry was not expected to inherit the crown. However, when his older brother, Arthur, died suddenly at the age of 15 only a few weeks after his marriage to Catherine of Aragon, a 10-year-old Henry became the heir-apparent. After the death of his father in 1509, Henry ascended to the throne. Shortly… Read the full story

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Profile of the Day: Dick Van Patten

Posted June 23, 2015 by Amanda | No Comment
Profile of the Day: DIck Van Patten

Today Eight is Enough star Dick Van Patten passed away at the age of 86. He was born Richard Vincent Van Patten on December 9, 1928 in New York City and began his career in show business as a child actor on Broadway. In 1977, he landed what would be his most beloved role on the hit television show Eight is Enough. Van Patten played family patriarch Tom Bradford, father to a brood of eight children. The show… Read the full story

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Profile of the Day: Meryl Streep

Posted June 22, 2015 by Amanda | No Comment
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Happy birthday, Meryl Streep! Today the star turns 66. Mary Louise Streep was born on June 22, 1949 in Summit, New Jersey to Mary Wilkinson Streep, a commercial artist and art editor, and Harry William Streep, a pharmaceutical executive. Her father was of Swiss-German ancestry, while her mother had English, German and Irish ancestry. A graduate of Yale Drama School, Meryl began her career on the stage. Before long, she lit up the big screen… Read the full story

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Profile of the Day: Lou Gehrig

Posted June 19, 2015 by Amanda | No Comment
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Are you a baseball fan? On this day in 1903, baseball legend Lou Gehrig was born in Yorkville, New York. Henry Louis Gehrig was the second of four children born to German immigrant parents. The only child to survive infancy, Gehrig grew up in poverty but showed an aptitude for academics and sports. He attended Columbia University on a football scholarship and studied engineering. In 1923, Gehrig signed with the New York Yankees. Nicknamed “The Iron Horse,”… Read the full story

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Profile of the Day: Anastasia Nikolaevna Romanova

Posted June 18, 2015 by Amanda | No Comment
Profile of the Day: Grand Duchess Anastasia Nikolaevna of Russia

Do you have Russian ancestry? On this day in 1901, Anastasia, daughter of the last Russian tsar, Nicholas II, was born in Petrodvorets, Russia. After Anastasia and her family were killed by the Bolshevik secret police in 1918, the location of her body remained unknown. Rumors circulated that Anastasia had escaped. Many woman claimed to be the real Anastasia. The most notorious imposter was Anna Anderson, who surfaced during the 1920s. Though she fought for… Read the full story

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Profile of the Day: Barry Manilow

Posted June 17, 2015 by Amanda | No Comment
Profile of the Day: Barry Manilow

Happy 72nd birthday to Barry Manilow! On this day in 1943, Barry Alan Pincus was born in Brooklyn New York to Edna Manilow and Harold Pincus. At the time of his bar mitzvah, he adopted his mother’s maiden name. He began his career working as a commercial jingle writer, penning memorable jingles for Band-Aid and State Farm Insurance. In the 1970s, he began working with Bette Midler as her pianist, and soon became her musical… Read the full story

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Profile of the Day: Geronimo

Posted June 16, 2015 by Amanda | No Comment
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Do you have Native American ancestry? On this day in 1829, legendary Apache leader Geronimo was born in what is today Arizona. Goyathlay was born to the Bedonkohe band of the Apache. His grandfather, Mahko, had been chief of the Bedonkohe Apache. In 1851, a band of Mexican soldiers attacked his camp, killing his wife and three small children. From that day forward, he held a hatred for Mexican soldiers. The origins of the name “Geronimo”… Read the full story

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Profile of the Day: King John of England

Posted June 15, 2015 by Amanda | No Comment
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Today marks the 800th anniversary of the signing of the Magna Carta, one of the most important documents in the history of democracy. On June 15, 1215, King John of England placed his seal on the “Great Charter” after consenting to a group of rebel barons who opposed the King’s tyrannical rule and demanded laws to protect their rights and property. The Magna Carta marked the first time in history that significant limits were placed on the power of… Read the full story

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Profile of the Day: Anne Frank

Posted June 12, 2015 by Amanda | No Comment
Profile of the Day: Anne Frank

Today we remember Anne Frank on what would have been her 86th birthday. Annelies Marie Frank was born on June 12, 1929 in Frankfurt, Germany to Otto and Edith Frank. The family lived in Frankfurt until Anne was five. After the Nazi party came to power, the family fled to Amsterdam in 1933. On her 13th birthday, Ann was gifted her now famous diary. Shortly thereafter, she and her family were forced into hiding in a… Read the full story

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Profile of the Day: Christopher Lee

Posted June 11, 2015 by Amanda | No Comment
Profile of the Day: Christopher Lee

It was announced today that actor Christopher Lee passed away on June 7 at the age of 93. A prolific actor, Lee was best known for playing villains in some of cinema’s most iconic franchises, including Count Dracula in a sequence of Hammer Horror films, Saruman in The Lord of the Rings trilogy and Count Dooku in two Star Wars prequels. Lee was born Christopher Frank Carandini Lee on May 27, 1922 in London, England. His father was a… Read the full story

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Profile of the Day: Judy Garland

Posted June 10, 2015 by Amanda | No Comment
Profile of the Day: Judy Garland

Today we remember Judy Garland on what would have been her 93rd birthday. A star by the age of 16, Judy is remembered as one of the greatest performers in film history. She was born Frances Ethel Gumm on June 10, 1922 to Ethel Marion and Frances Avent Gumm in Grand Rapids, Minnesota. The daughter of vaudeville performers, Judy had a knack for song and dance and made her first public appearance in her father’s… Read the full story

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Profile of the Day: Johnny Depp

Posted June 9, 2015 by Amanda | No Comment
Profile of the Day: Johnny Depp

Happy birthday, Johnny Depp! The megastar was born John Christopher Depp, II in Owensboro, Kentucky to John and Betty Sue Depp. Growing up in Florida, Depp spent much of his youth playing guitar in various garage bands. In 1987, he got his big break as the star of the television series 21 Jump Street. The series turned Depp into a teen idol. Since being thrust into the spotlight, Depp has carefully shaped his highly successful career with numerous challenging… Read the full story

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Profile of the Day: Frank Lloyd Wright

Posted June 8, 2015 by Amanda | No Comment
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On this day in 1867, American architect Frank Lloyd Wright was born in Richland Center, Wisconsin. Wright’s father was William Carey Wright, an orator, music teacher and minister. His mother, Anna Lloyd Wright, was a member of a large, prosperous and well-known Unitarian family that emigrated from Wales to Spring Green, Wisconsin. Considered one of the greatest architects of all time, Wright designed some of the most iconic buildings in the world, including the Guggenheim Museum… Read the full story

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Profile of the Day: Robert F. Kennedy

Posted June 5, 2015 by Amanda | No Comment
Profile of the Day: Robert F. Kennedy

On this day in 1968, Robert F. Kennedy was shot three times at the Ambassador Hotel in Los Angeles. He died of his wounds the next day. Robert was born on November 20, 1925 to Joseph Kennedy, Sr. and Rose Fitzgerald in Brookline, Massachusetts. The seventh child of the prominent Kennedy clan, Robert would go on to serve as Attorney General during his brother John F. Kennedy’s presidency. A year after his brother’s assassination, Robert… Read the full story

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Profile of the Day: Angelina Jolie

Posted June 4, 2015 by Amanda | No Comment
Profile of the Day: Angelina Jolie

Happy birthday Angelina Jolie! Today the actress turns 40. Angelina was born in Los Angeles, California to actors Jon Voight and Marcheline Bertrand. The daughter of an Academy Award winning actor, Angelina began acting and modeling at a young age. After her star-making performance in Gia, she went on to tackle the role of a sociopathic mental patient in Girl, Interrupted for which she won her first Academy Award for Best Supporting Actress. Since her breakthrough performance, Angelina… Read the full story

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Profile of the Day: George V

Posted June 3, 2015 by Amanda | No Comment
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Have you found your connection to the British royal family? On this day in 1865, George V was born in Marlborough House, London. The grandson of Queen Victoria and the second son of Prince and Princess of Wales, Albert Edward and Alexandra, George was not expected to be king. In 1892, his older brother, Prince Albert Victor, died of pneumonia just six weeks after announcing his engagement to Princess Victoria Mary of Teck. George would… Read the full story

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Profile of the Day: Martha Washington

Posted June 2, 2015 by Amanda | One Comment
Profile of the Day: Martha Washington

Today we celebrate the life of America’s first First Lady, Martha Washington, who was born on June 2, 1731 in New Kent, Virginia. Martha Dandridge was the first of eight children born to Frances Jones and John Dandridge. By the age of 25, Martha was a widow with four children, only two of which would survive to young adulthood. Her first husband, Daniel Parke Custis, was a rich planter and upon his death, left Martha a… Read the full story

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Profile of the Day: Marilyn Monroe

Posted June 1, 2015 by Amanda | No Comment
Profile of the Day: Marilyn Monroe

Happy birthday, Marilyn Monroe! Today we remember the legendary film icon on what would have been her 89th birthday. Marilyn Monroe was born Norma Jean Mortenson in Los Angeles California to Gladys Pearl Baker. Soon after her birth, Marilyn’s surname was changed to Baker. With her mother unable to care for her, Marilyn spent much of her childhood in foster homes. At 16, she married her first husband, a merchant marine, and began working in a munitions… Read the full story

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Profile of the Day: John F. Kennedy

Posted May 29, 2015 by Amanda | No Comment
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Today we remember President John F. Kennedy on what would have been his 98th birthday. John Fitzgerald Kennedy was born on May 29, 1917 in Brookline, Massachusetts. The second of nine children born to Joseph “Joe” Kennedy and Rose Elizabeth Fitzgerald, John was frequently ill as a child. His older brother, Joe, had been pegged to be the family’s political standard-bearer and was expected by his father to seek the Presidency. After Joe’s death in World War… Read the full story

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Profile of the Day: Ian Fleming

Posted May 28, 2015 by Amanda | No Comment
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Happy 107th birthday to author Ian Fleming! The James Bond author was born on May 28, 1908 in Mayfair, London to a wealthy family. His father, Valentine Fleming, was a Member of Parliament and died in the trenches during World War I. Winston Churchill, a friend and fellow Parliament member, wrote Valentine’s obituary in The Times. During World War II, Ian was recruited to work as a British Naval intelligence officer. His experience in the world of espionage inspired him to… Read the full story

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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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