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Profile of the Day: Patrick Swayze

Posted August 21, 2014 by Amanda | No Comment
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Do you remember watching Dirty Dancing? On this day in 1987, the classic movie starring Patrick Swayze and Jennifer Grey was released in theaters. A gifted dancer, Swayze had studied ballet for years under the tutelage of his mother Patsy, who was the director of the Houston Jazz Ballet Company. The surprise box office hit instantly established Swayze as one of Hollywood’s leading men. He would go on to star in many more notable films, including Ghost, Point Break and Donnie Darko. Today… Read the full story

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Profile of the Day: Kelsey Grammer

Posted August 20, 2014 by Amanda | No Comment
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Do you remember watching Kelsey Grammer as Dr. Frasier Crane on the sitcoms Cheers and Frasier? On tonight’s episode of Who Do You Think You Are?, the star will explore his family heritage. His journey reveals surprising stories and hardships about his grandmother’s family. Along the way, he also discovers his family’s connection to the Oregon Trail, one of the greatest migrations in American history. Did you know Grammer is related to his former Cheers co-star Ted Danson? Ted Danson is his 12th cousin thrice removed! Before… Read the full story

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Profile of the Day: Gene Roddenberry

Posted August 19, 2014 by Amanda | No Comment
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Do you remember watching the original Star Trek? On August 19, 1921, creator Gene Roddenberry was born in El Paso, Texas. Before finding success as a screenwriter and producer, Roddenberry served in the United States Army Air Force. During World War II, he flew 89 combat missions and was awarded the Distinguished Flying Cross and Air Medal. After the war, he continued to work as a commercial pilot for Pan Am. Roddenberry later moved to Los… Read the full story

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Profile of the Day: Elizabeth Cady Stanton

Posted August 18, 2014 by Amanda | No Comment
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On this day in 1920, the Nineteenth Amendment to the U.S. Constitution was ratified, guaranteeing women the right to vote. The long struggle for women’s equal right to vote began with the Seneca Falls Convention in 1848. Organized by Elizabeth Cady Stanton and Lurcretia Mott, the event was the first women’s rights convention of its kind to be held in the U.S. Stanton is credited as one of the founders of the American suffrage movement. It was… Read the full story

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Profile of the Day: Napoleon I

Posted August 15, 2014 by Amanda | No Comment
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Today marks the 245th birthday of French Emperor Napoleon I, also known as Napoleon Bonaparte. Considered one of the greatest military strategists in history, Napoleon established hegemony over most of continental Europe. Napoleon was born on August 15, 1769 to Carlo Maria Buonaparte and Maria Letizia Romolino in his family’s ancestral home, Casa Buonaparte, in the French town of Ajaccio. He gained military and political prominence during the latter stages of the French Revolution. In a coup… Read the full story

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Profile of the Day: Halle Berry

Posted August 14, 2014 by Amanda | No Comment
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Happy birthday, Halle Berry! Today the famous actress turns 48. She was born Maria Halle Berry in Cleveland, Ohio to Judith Ann Hawkins, a psychiatric nurse, and Jerome Jesse Berry, a hospital attendant in the same psychiatric ward where her mother worked. Her parents divorced when she was four years old. Before becoming an actress, Berry entered several beauty contests, winning Miss Ohio USA in 1986. She has tackled a wide variety of roles throughout… Read the full story

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Profile of the Day: Valerie Bertinelli

Posted August 13, 2014 by Amanda | No Comment
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Tonight actress Valerie Bertinelli explores her family history in the newest episode of Who Do You Think You Are?. She is perhaps best known for her roles in the television comedies One Day at a Time and Hot in Cleveland. In tonight’s episode, Bertinelli travels to England where she makes a surprising discovery about her ancestral connections to the British aristocracy. Have you discovered royal connections in your family tree? Before tuning in, explore Valerie Bertinelli’s family tree on Geni… Read the full story

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Profile of the Day: Robin Williams

Posted August 12, 2014 by Amanda | One Comment
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Today we remember actor Robin Williams, who passed away yesterday at the age of 63. After rising to fame as the alien Mork on the television series Mork & Mindy, Williams went on to establish a successful film career, earning multiple Oscar nominations and a win in 1997 for Best Supporting Actor for his role in Good Will Hunting. He was born on July 21, 1951 in Chicago, Illinois to Lara McLaurin, a former model, and Robert… Read the full story

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Profile of the Day: Eunice Kennedy Shriver

Posted August 11, 2014 by Amanda | No Comment
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“You are the stars and the world is watching you. By your presence, you send a message to every village, every city, every nation. A message of hope. A message of victory.” Today we remember Eunice Kennedy Shriver, who passed away on August 11, 2009 at the age of 88. A member of the Kennedy family, Eunice was the fifth of nine children born to Joseph P. Kennedy, Sr. and Rose Elizabeth Fitzgerald. A passionate… Read the full story

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Profile of the Day: Richard Nixon

Posted August 8, 2014 by Amanda | No Comment
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On this day in 1974, President Richard Nixon announced his resignation from the office of the President in a nationwide television address. In doing so, he became the first president in American history to resign the office. Born in Yorba Linda, California on January 9, 1913, Nixon’s early life was marked by hardship. He later quoted a saying of Eisenhower to describe his childhood, “We were poor, but the glory of it was we didn’t… Read the full story

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Profile of the Day: Louis Leakey

Posted August 7, 2014 by Amanda | No Comment
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On this day in 1903, famed paleoanthropologist and archaeologist Louis Leakey was born in Kabete, Kenya. He was born to British Christian missionaries, who had been sent to live among the Kikuyu, Kenya’s largest tribe. Growing up in Africa, Leakey had always had a keen interest in his natural surroundings, amassing a personal collection of natural objects and stone arrowheads and tools. It was this early interest that would spark his lifelong passion towards the study… Read the full story

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Profile of the Day: Rachel McAdams

Posted August 6, 2014 by Amanda | No Comment
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Are you enjoying watching this season’s crop of stars on Who Do You Think You Are? Tonight’s episode features actress Rachel McAdams and her sister Kayleen as they investigate their Canadian roots. Their search reveals an English ancestor who worked as a footman. Rachel McAdams was born on November 17, 1978 in London, Ontario. She is best known for her roles in The Notebook, Mean Girls, and Sherlock Holmes.  Do you have English or Canadian roots?… Read the full story

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Profile of the Day: Marilyn Monroe

Posted August 5, 2014 by Amanda | No Comment
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On August 5, 1962, actress Marilyn Monroe passed away at the age of 36. She was born Norma Jean Mortenson in Los Angeles, California on June 1, 1926. Soon after her birth, her last name was changed to Baker. After spending much of her childhood in foster homes, Monroe began a career as a model and small parts in film. She soon caught the attention of major studios, and went on to star in films… Read the full story

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Profile of the Day: John Venn

Posted August 4, 2014 by Amanda | No Comment
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Have you seen today’s Google doodle commemorating the 180th birthday of English philosopher John Venn? He is most famous for inventing the Venn diagram, a useful way to describe logical relationships between sets. Image: Google John Venn was born August 4, 1834 in Kingston upon Hull, Yorkshire to Martha Sykes and Henry Venn, who was the rector of the parish of Drypool. Venn was descended from a long line of church evangelicals, including his grandfather Rev…. Read the full story

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Profile of the Day: Calamity Jane

Posted August 1, 2014 by Amanda | No Comment
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Do you have any frontiersmen in your family tree? On this day in 1903, American frontierswoman and folk hero Calamity Jane died in South Dakota. She was born Mary Jane Cannary on May 1, 1852 and was the eldest of six children. 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. However, it is known that by the… Read the full story

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Profile of the Day: J.K. Rowling

Posted July 31, 2014 by Amanda | One Comment
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Happy birthday to J.K. Rowling! Today the “Harry Potter” author turns 49. She was born Joanne Rowling in Yate, England on July 31, 1965. Rowling adopted the pen name “J.K.” after her publishers asked her to use two initials, rather than her full name, anticipating that the target audience of young boys might not want to read a book written by a woman. She chose “K” as the second initial of her pen name from her… Read the full story

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Profile of the Day: Jesse Tyler Ferguson

Posted July 30, 2014 by Amanda | No Comment
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Are you a fan of the television show Modern Family? Tonight star Jesse Tyler Ferguson learns more about the life of his great grandfather, Jesse Wheat Uppercu, and his journey on the Alaskan trail in 1898. Uppercu had assembled a group of 65 men for an expedition to the Alaskan Klondike in search for gold. Along the way, Ferguson also discovers a shocking crime in his family. Did you know his Modern Family sibling is also… Read the full story

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Profile of the Day: King James VI of Scotland and I of England

Posted July 29, 2014 by Amanda | No Comment
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On July 29, 1567, James VI was crowned King of Scotland at the age of 13 months. In 1603, he succeeded Elizabeth I as King of England and Ireland, reigning as James I. His mother Mary, Queen of Scots’s reign was marred by scandal. Her unpopularity intensified after the death of James’s father, Henry Stuart, Lord Darnley. Only months after Lord Darnley was found murdered, Mary married James Hepburn, 4th Early of Bothwell, who was widely… Read the full story

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Profile of the Day: Beatrix Potter

Posted July 28, 2014 by Amanda | No Comment
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Do you remember reading The Tale of Peter Rabbit? On July 28, 1866, author Beatrix Potter was born in Sawrey, England. From a young age, she had developed a love of nature and animals, often sketching her favorite subjects as she roamed the countryside with her brother, Bertram. Her artistic talents were recognized early on, and she was encouraged to develop them with private art lessons. In 1902, she published The Tale of Peter Rabbit and it… Read the full story

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Profile of the Day: Jack London

Posted July 25, 2014 by Amanda | No Comment
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Do you remember reading The Call of the Wild? On this day in 1897, author Jack London set sail for the Klondike. At the age of 21, London embarked on this perilous trek to join the hundreds of thousands of prospectors looking to strike gold. He stayed in the Klondike for almost a year, living for a time in the frontier town of Dawson City. However, the harsh, cold climate of the Klondike left London… Read the full story

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Profile of the Day: Brigham Young

Posted July 24, 2014 by Amanda | No Comment
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Happy Pioneer Day! On July 24, 1847, Brigham Young led the first group of Mormon pioneers into Utah’s Salt Lake Valley. Seeking religious and political freedom, Young and his fellow pioneers made the long 17 month journey west. Upon setting eyes on the valley, Young declared, “This is the place.” The first group of pioneers instantly made preparations for the thousands of Mormon migrants that would follow, thus establishing the foundations of what would become Salt Lake… Read the full story

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Profile of the Day: Cynthia Nixon

Posted July 23, 2014 by Amanda | No Comment
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Tonight the popular genealogy show Who Do You Think You Are? returns with actress Cynthia Nixon as she uncovers a surprising mystery about her family history. Best known for her role in the HBO series Sex and the City, Nixon has received multiple awards, including Emmy, Grammy and Tony awards. In tonight’s episode, she discovers her third great grandmother Martha Mary Curnutt was once incarcerated in the Missouri State Penitentiary. In fact, Curnutt was only the second… Read the full story

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Profile of the Day: Wiley Post

Posted July 22, 2014 by Amanda | No Comment
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Do you have aviators in your family tree? On this day in 1933, aviator Wiley Post became the first person to fly solo around the world. He accomplished this feat in 7 days, 18 hours and 49 minutes. Post was instantly recognizable by the patch he wore over his left eye, which he injured in an oil field accident. Today, he is remembered for making the first major practical advances in pressurized flight. In 1934,… Read the full story

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Profile of the Day: James Garner

Posted July 21, 2014 by Amanda | One Comment
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Today we remember James Garner, who passed away July 19 at the age of 86. Garner was born in Norman, Oklahoma on April 7, 1928 and was the youngest of three children. Near the end of World War II, he joined the United States Merchant Marine at just 16 years old. However, he suffered from chronic seasickness and was soon back at school. Later, he served in the U.S. Army during the Korean War. He… Read the full story

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Profile of the Day: John Glenn

Posted July 18, 2014 by Amanda | No Comment
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Happy 93rd birthday, John Glenn! The legendary space pioneer was born in Cambridge, Ohio on July 18, 1921. An original member of the Mercury Seven, Glenn was one of the first people ever in space and the first American to orbit the Earth. After retiring from NASA,  he entered politics and represented Ohio in the U.S. Senate for 24 years. On October 15, 1998, Glenn made history yet again by becoming the oldest person in space…. Read the full story

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Profile of the Day: Camilla, Duchess of Cornwall

Posted July 17, 2014 by Amanda | No Comment
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Happy birthday to Camilla, the Duchess of Cornwall! She was born Camilla Rosemary Shand on July 17, 1947 in London, England. She is the eldest child of Major Bruce Shand, an officer in the British army and wine merchant, and the Honorable Rosalind Cubitt, who was the daughter of the 3rd Baron Ashcombe. In 2005, Camillia and Prince Charles were married in a civil ceremony attended by her son from her first marriage and Prince… Read the full story

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Profile of the Day: Ginger Rogers

Posted July 16, 2014 by Amanda | No Comment
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Are you a fan of old fashioned Hollywood musicals? Today we remember Ginger Rogers, who was born Virginia Katherine McMath on July 16, 1911 in Independence, Missouri. She started her career in vaudeville after a win at a Charleston dance contest earned her a spot with a traveling vaudeville act. Ginger would become most famous for her musical and dance partnership with Fred Astaire. Together, they made ten films and revolutionized the Hollywood musical, introducing dance… Read the full story

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Profile of the Day: Clement Clarke Moore

Posted July 15, 2014 by Amanda | No Comment
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Do you remember reading the poem “A Visit from St. Nicholas”? On July 15, 1779, author Clement Clarke Moore was born in New York City. The famous poem was first published anonymously in the Troy, New York, Sentinel on December 23, 1823. It wasn’t until years later that Moore acknowledged that he was the poem’s author. Did you know “A Visit from St. Nicholas” is largely responsible for our conception of Santa Clause today? The poem… Read the full story

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Profile of the Day: Woody Guthrie

Posted July 14, 2014 by Amanda | No Comment
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Today we remember folk singer Woody Guthrie on what would have been his 102nd birthday. He was born Woodrow Wilson Guthrie on July 14, 1912 in Okemah, Oklahoma. His parents named him after Woodrow Wilson, who had become the Democratic candidate for president just weeks before his birth.  The Great Depression hit his family hard. In 1935, he join the thousands of “Okies” migrating West in search for work. Much of his music was inspired by… Read the full story

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Profile of the Day: Alexander Hamilton

Posted July 11, 2014 by Amanda | No Comment
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On this day in 1804, Vice President Aaron Burr mortally wounded Alexander Hamilton in a duel. Burr and Hamilton were long time political enemies. Tensions were high during the 1800 presidential elections when Thomas Jefferson and Aaron Burr were running mates for the Democratic-Republican party. At the time, presidents and vice presidents were voted for separately by the House of Representatives. Although Burr was always intended to be Jefferson’s vice president, the vote resulted in… Read the full story

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Profile of the Day: Bernardo de Gálvez

Posted July 10, 2014 by Amanda | No Comment
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This week legislation was introduced to honor American Revolutionary War hero Bernardo de Gálvez. Two-hundred years after his death, the Spanish general may be posthumously granted honorary American citizenship for his invaluable support to the 13 American colonies both before and after Spain’s official entry into the Revolutionary War. Gálvez successfully defeated the British at the Siege of Pensacola, which significantly diluted the British’s strength in the south. The Continental Congress formally declared their gratitude to… Read the full story

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Profile of the Day: Tom Hanks

Posted July 9, 2014 by Amanda | No Comment
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Do you have a favorite Tom Hanks movie? Today the lovable actor turns 58. Tom Hanks was born Thomas Jeffrey Hanks on July 9, 1956 in Concord, California In 1979, he moved to New York City to pursue an acting career. After appearing in low-budget movies and bit parts on television, Tom landed the lead role in the television comedy Bosom Buddies. Although the show lasted for only two seasons, the exposure helped lead Tom… Read the full story

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Profile of the Day: Kevin Bacon

Posted July 8, 2014 by Amanda | No Comment
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Happy birthday, Kevin Bacon! Today the star turns 56. Born in Philadelphia, Pennsylvania, Kevin was the youngest of six children born to architect Edmund Bacon and Ruth Holmes, a teacher and social activist. From a young age he showed a spark for acting, earning a full scholarship to attend the Pennsylvania Governor’s School for the Arts at 16. Throughout his career, he’s tackled a wide variety of roles across multiple genres in both film and… Read the full story

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Profile of the Day: Ringo Starr

Posted July 7, 2014 by Amanda | No Comment
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Happy birthday, Ringo Starr! The Beatles drummer was born Richard Starkey in Liverpool, England on July 7, 1940. When the Beatles first formed in 1960, Starr was a member of another Liverpool group, Rory Storm and the Hurricanes. After achieving moderate success with them, he was asked to join the Beatles to replace their drummer, Pete Best. Soon after, Starr was on the fast track to fame in what would become one of the biggest… Read the full story

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Profile of the Day: Nathaniel Hawthorne

Posted July 4, 2014 by Amanda | No Comment
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On July 4, 1804, American novelist Nathaniel Hawthorne was born in Salem, Massachusetts. Throughout his lifetime, Nathaniel published several short stories and novels, including The House of Seven Gables and The Scarlet Letter. His third great grandfather, William Hathorne, was the first of his ancestors to arrive in the New World in 1630. He became an important member of the Massachusetts Bay Colony, where he held many political positions including magistrate and judge, becoming infamous for his harsh… Read the full story

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Profile of the Day: Tom Cruise

Posted July 3, 2014 by Amanda | No Comment
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Happy birthday Tom Cruise! He was born Thomas Cruise Mapother, IV on July 3, 1962 in Syracuse, New York. After making notable appearances in the films Taps  and The Outsiders, Cruise went on to star in two highly successful films Risky Business and Top Gun, cementing his status as a major Hollywood superstar. Since then, Cruise has headlined numerous blockbusters and earned three Oscar nominations. What’s your favorite Tom Cruise movie? Tom Cruise is connected to over… Read the full story

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Profile of the Day: Lyndon B. Johnson

Posted July 2, 2014 by Amanda | No Comment
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Fifty years ago today, President Lyndon B. Johnson signed the Civil Rights Act of 1964 into law in a nationally televised ceremony at the White House. Hundreds of guests were invited to the historic signing, including civil rights leader Martin Luther King, Jr. During his presidency, President John F. Kennedy fought for a strong civil rights bill to give all Americans equal rights and opportunities. Five days after Kennedy’s assassination, President Johnson urged lawmakers “to… Read the full story

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Profile of the Day: Princess Diana

Posted July 1, 2014 by Amanda | No Comment
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“Carry out a random act of kindness, with no expectation of reward, safe in the knowledge that one day someone might do the same for you.” Today we remember Diana, Princess of Wales on what would have been her 53rd birthday. Fondly known as the People’s Princess, Diana was one of the most adored members of the British royal family. Diana was born into an aristocratic English family on June 1, 1961 in Sandringham, England. In 1989,… Read the full story

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Profile of the Day: Margaret Mitchell

Posted June 30, 2014 by Amanda | No Comment
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Seventy-eight years ago today, Margaret Mitchell published her beloved novel Gone with the Wind. The book was an instant hit, topping the American fiction bestseller list in its first two years of publication. Only a year after publishing her first novel, Mitchell received the Pulitzer Prize for Fiction. Her story continued to thrive when it was adapted into a film in 1939. The movie, starring Vivien Leigh and Clark Gable, would prove to be a… Read the full story

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Profile of the Day: Helen Keller

Posted June 27, 2014 by Amanda | No Comment
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Today we remember Helen Keller, who was bon on June 27, 1880 in Tuscumbia, Alabama. Her family lived on a homestead, Ivy Green, that her grandfather had built decades earlier. She contracted an illness at just 19 months, which would leave her deaf and blind for the rest of her life. Unable to see, hear or speak, Helen had very limited means of communication. At the advice of Alexander Graham Bell, Helen’s parents contacted the… Read the full story

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Profile of the Day: John Tyler

Posted June 26, 2014 by Amanda | No Comment
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On June 26, 1844, President John Tyler became the first president to marry while in office. At the age of 54, he married for the second time to 24-year-old Julia Gardiner. His first wife, with whom he had 8 children, died of a stroke two years earlier. The couple’s road to marriage began with an unfortunate tragedy and narrow escape. Julia, her sister and her father had joined a presidential excursion on the new steam… Read the full story

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Profile of the Day: Michael Jackson

Posted June 25, 2014 by Amanda | No Comment
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Today we remember Michael Jackson, who died on this day in 2009 at the age of 50. Even though five years have passed since his death, the King of Pop’s legacy continues to remain very much alive. Jackson was born in Gary, Indiana on August 29, 1958. At the age of 5, he began performing with is older brothers as a member of The Jackson 5. In 1971, he embarked on his solo career and… Read the full story

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Profile of the Day: Henry VIII

Posted June 24, 2014 by Amanda | No Comment
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On June 24, 1509, Henry VIII was crowned the king of England at the age of 17. Shortly before his coronation, Henry married Catherine of Aragon, his older brother’s widow, in a private ceremony at Greenwich Church. Henry ruled over England for 38 years, bringing significant changes to the English Constitution and the establishment of the Church of England as a separate entity from the Roman Catholic Church. Despite the historical significance of many of… Read the full story

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Profile of the Day: Alan Turing

Posted June 23, 2014 by Amanda | No Comment
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Today we remember mathematician Alan Turing, who was born on June 23, 1912 in London, England.  During World War II, Turing played a vital role in deciphering the messages encrypted by the German’s Enigma machine, providing vital intelligence for the Allies which enabled the Nazi’s defeat in several crucial battles. After the war, he continued his work with computers, developing the first designs for a stored-program computer. His work was groundbreaking and laid the groundwork for computers… Read the full story

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Profile of the Day: Lionel Richie

Posted June 20, 2014 by Amanda | No Comment
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Happy birthday, Lionel Richie! Today the singer and songwriter turns 65. He was born Lionel Brockman Richie in Tuskegee, Alabama and grew up at the Tuskegee Institute, where two generations of his family worked. After first gaining popularity as one of the founding members of the Commodores, Richie branched out on his own and established a highly successful solo career. Some of his greatest hits include “Truly,” “Hello,” and “Endless Love.” To date, he has… Read the full story

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Profile of the Day: Felipe VI

Posted June 19, 2014 by Amanda | No Comment
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Today Spain has a new king. Felipe VI was officially sworn in as the new king of Spain at the Spanish parliament Thursday morning, following the abdication of his father, Juan Carlos. Felipe was born in Madrid, Spain on January 30, 1968. Like several members of his family, Felipe was an Olympic athlete. He competed as a member of the Spanish Olympic sailing team in 1992. In 2004, he married former CNN journalist Letizia Ortiz Rocasolano…. Read the full story

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Profile of the Day: Sir Francis Drake

Posted June 17, 2014 by Amanda | No Comment
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On June 17, 1579, during his attempt to circumnavigate the globe, English privateer Sir Francis Drake landed of the coast on what is today California and claimed it for England. Named “Nova Albion” by Drake, the land was one of the earliest English territorial claims in the New World. In 1581, he was awarded a knighthood by Queen Elizabeth I. The precise location of Nova Albion was carefully guarded to keep it a secret from… Read the full story

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Profile of the Day: Alfred Hitchcock

Posted June 16, 2014 by Amanda | No Comment
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Do you remember watching Alfred Hitchcock’s Psycho? On June 16, 1960, the classic horror film made its premiere in New York City. Starring Janet Leigh and Anthony Perkins, the film is considered one of Hitchcock’s best and has become one of the most recognizable films in cinema history. With surprising plot twists and carefully framed scenes, the film broke from traditional conventions of movie making to terrify audiences for years to come. Did Hitchcock’s classic… Read the full story

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Profile of the Day: William Butler Yeats

Posted June 13, 2014 by Amanda | No Comment
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Have you read the poems by William Butler Yeats? On June 13, 1865, the Irish poet was born in Dublin, Ireland to John and Susan Yeats. Considered one of the foremost figures of 20th century literature, Yeats writings were a  driving force behind the Irish Literary Revival. In 1923, he became the first Irishman to be awarded the Nobel Peace Prize in Literature. Aware of the significance, Yeats used the opportunity to highlight Ireland’s new… Read the full story

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Profile of the Day: Anne Frank

Posted June 12, 2014 by Amanda | No Comment
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“How wonderful it is that nobody need wait a single moment before starting to improve the world.” – Anne Frank Today we remember Anne Frank, who was born June 12, 1929 in Frankfurt, Germany. During World War II, her family went into hiding to escape the Nazis. While in hiding, Anne kept a diary of her thoughts, desires and experiences. For two years, the family lived in secret with four others in a small annex…. Read the full story

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