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Profile of the Day: Nicole Kidman

Posted June 20, 2012 by Amanda | No Comment
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Happy Birthday, Nicole Kidman! Today the Oscar winner turns 45. Recently, Kidman has been receiving lots of praise for her performance in the critically acclaimed Hemingway & Gellhorn, based on the real-life romance between Ernest Hemingway and WWII correspondent Martha Gellhorn. Did you catch the film’s premiere on HBO? Nicole Kidman is connected to over 60 million profiles in Geni’s World Family Tree. How are you related?     View Nicole Kidman’s Geni Profile  

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Profile of the Day: Wallis Simpson

Posted June 19, 2012 by Amanda | No Comment
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On June 19, 1896, American socialite Wallis Simpson was born in Pennsylvania. She is perhaps best remembered for her relationship with Prince Edward, Duke of Windsor. After Edward’s accession as King, he desired to marry the twice-divorced Simpson. This threatened to cause a constitutional crisis in the U.K. and ultimately, lead the King to abdicate the throne in 1936 so he would be free to marry Simpson. Today, she remains a controversial figure in British… Read the full story

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Profile of the Day: Paul McCartney

Posted June 18, 2012 by Amanda | No Comment
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Happy Birthday, Paul McCartney! The former Beatle celebrates his 70th birthday today. The music icon is still going strong; he most recently performed at the Queen’s Diamond Jubilee concert. Did you know the Guinness Book of World Records has dubbed him the “most successful composer and recording artist of all time”? Paul McCartney’s family tree is not yet connected to the World Family Tree. Perhaps you can help connect him to over 60 million profiles… Read the full story

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Profile of the Day: James Joyce

Posted June 15, 2012 by Amanda | No Comment
James Joyce

Tomorrow June 16 is Bloomsday! Celebrated in Dublin and many other parts of the world, Bloomsday is a commemoration and celebration of the life of Irish writer James Joyce during which the events of his novel Ulysses are relived. At over 600 pages, Ulysses is considered an iconic piece of Modernist literature. Are you a James Joyce aficionado? James Joyce is connected to over 60 million profiles in Geni’s World Family Tree. How are you related?    … Read the full story

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Profile of the Day: Betsy Ross

Posted June 14, 2012 by Amanda | No Comment
Betsy Ross

Today, June 14, is Flag Day in the U.S., commemorating the day the Second Continental Congress adopted the Stars and Stripes as the flag of the United States. In honor of Flag Day, today we highlight Betsy Ross, who is widely believed to have been commissioned by George Washington to make the very first American flag in 1776. Although there is little evidence to prove the legend, Betsy Ross has become a significant symbol in… Read the full story

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Profile of the Day: William Butler Yeats

Posted June 13, 2012 by Amanda | No Comment
William Butler Yeats

On June 13, 1865, Irish poet and playwright William Butler Yeats was born. Named one of the greatest writers of 20th century literature, Yeats became the first Irishman to be awarded the Nobel Prize in Literature in 1923. He is generally considered one of the few writers who completed their greatest works after being awarded the Nobel Prize. What’s your favorite Yeats poem? William Butler Yeats is connected to over 60 million profiles in Geni’s… Read the full story

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Profile of the Day: Anne Frank

Posted June 12, 2012 by Amanda | No Comment
Anne Frank

Today we remember Anne Frank, who was born on June 12, 1929. It was 70 years ago that Anne received her famous diary as a present for her 13th birthday. Shortly thereafter, she and her family were forced into hiding for two years until they were discovered and taken to a Nazi concentration camp. During that time, Anne kept a first hand account of her life in hiding. Sadly, Anne died in the concentration camp… Read the full story

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Profile of the Day: Luís Vaz de Camões

Posted June 11, 2012 by Amanda | One Comment
Luís Vaz de Camões

Today we highlight Luís Vaz de Camões, who is considered one of Portugal’s greatest poets in history. His mastery of verse has been compared to that of Shakespeare, Homer and Dante. Camões was born circa 1524 in Lisbon and died June 10, 1580. He is perhaps best remembered for his epic masterpiece, The Lusiads. It’s influence in Portuguese is so profound that it is called the “language of Camões.” Luís Vaz de Camões is connected to over 60… Read the full story

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Profile of the Day: Shirley MacLaine

Posted June 8, 2012 by Amanda | One Comment
Shirley MacClaine

Last night, actress Shirley MacClaine was honored with the American Film Institute’s lifetime achievement award. The 40th recipient of the honor, MacClaine has enjoyed a long career in Hollywood and the theater. Nominated five times for an Academy Award, she finally won the Best Actress Oscar for her role in Terms of Endearment in 1983. Her younger brother, actor Warren Beatty, was on hand to present her with the AFI prize. Shirley McClaine is connected to… Read the full story

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Profile of the Day: Prince

Posted June 7, 2012 by Amanda | No Comment
Prince

Happy Birthday, Prince! The legendary musician turns 54 today. Born Prince Rogers Nelson, the R&B icon has sold over 80 million records worldwide. In 2004, he was inducted into the Rock and Roll Hall of Fame. And this year, his best-selling hit “Purple Rain” was added to the Library of Congress’ National Recording Registry, thus preserving it as a piece of cultural significance for many years to come. Are you a fan of the great… Read the full story

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Profile of the Day: Ray Bradbury

Posted June 6, 2012 by Amanda | No Comment
Ray Bradbury

Fahrenheit 451 author Ray Bradbury died last night at the age of 91. A master of science fiction, Bradbury was able to anchor his visions of the future with the familiarity of the present. He brought the often dismissed science fiction genre into the literary mainstream and will be remembered as one of the most celebrated authors of the 20th century. Ray Bradbury is connected to over 60 million profiles in Geni’s World Family Tree. How are… Read the full story

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Profile of the Day: Elvis Presley

Posted June 5, 2012 by Amanda | No Comment
Elvis Presley

On this day 56 years ago, Elvis Presley performed “Hound Dog” on the Milton Berle Show. Although it may seem subdued by today’s standards, his gyrations on stage caused a storm of controversy. His scandalous performance became a defining moment of Presley’s career and helped catapult him to fame and become the King of Rock and Roll. Elvis Presley is connected to over 60 million profiles in Geni’s World Family Tree. How are you related?   View… Read the full story

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Profile of the Day: Queen Elizabeth II

Posted June 4, 2012 by Amanda | 2 Comments
Queen Elizabeth II

Over this four-day weekend in the UK and the Commonwealth, Queen Elizabeth II is celebrating her Diamond Jubilee, which marks the 60th anniversary of her accession to the throne. It was in 1952 that Queen Elizabeth II acceded to the throne after the death of her father, George VI. Did you know she is only the second monarch in the history of the United Kingdom to achieve this important milestone? The first monarch to have celebrated a… Read the full story

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Profile of the Day: Marilyn Monroe

Posted June 1, 2012 by Amanda | No Comment
Marilyn Monroe

On June 1, 1926, Marilyn Monroe was born in Los Angeles, California. The blonde star would have been 86 today. Marilyn overcame a difficult childhood to become one of the world’s biggest cultural icons and most enduring sex symbols. Sadly, her life was cut short at the age of 36 when she died of a drug overdose. Marilyn Monroe is connected to over 60 million profiles in Geni’s World Family Tree. How are you related?… Read the full story

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Profile of the Day: Clint Eastwood

Posted May 31, 2012 by Amanda | No Comment
Clint Eastwood

Happy Birthday, Clint Eastwood! On May 31, 1930, Clint Eastwood was born in San Francisco, California. Today, the talented actor and director turns 82! Before making it in Hollywood, Eastwood served in the U.S. Army during the Korean War. In addition to his long and accomplished film career, Eastwood has had a hand in politics for a number of years. Did you know he once served as mayor of Carmel, California? Clint Eastwood is connected… Read the full story

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Profile of the Day: Dario Franchitti

Posted May 30, 2012 by Amanda | No Comment
Dario Franchitti

On this day in 1911, the Indianapolis 500 had its inaugural run at the Indianapolis Motor Speedway in Indiana. Since then, the 200-lap, two-and-a-half mile race has become a Memorial Day weekend tradition. This year, racer Dario Franchitti made it into the record books with his third Indy 500 win. His wife, actress Ashley Judd, was there cheering him on. Did you catch the race on TV? Dario Franchitti’s family tree is still rather small…. Read the full story

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Profile of the Day: John F. Kennedy

Posted May 29, 2012 by Amanda | No Comment
John F. Kennedy

On May 29, 1917, John F. Kennedy was born in Brookline, Massachusetts. Kennedy was born into a politically and socially prominent family, so it was of no surprise that he would pursue public office. In 1961, Kennedy became the 35th president of the United States. Sadly, in 1963 he was assassinated while riding in his motorcade in Dallas. His death shocked the nation. Today, he is remembered as one of America’s most beloved presidents in… Read the full story

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Profile of the Day: Ralph Waldo Emerson

Posted May 25, 2012 by Amanda | No Comment
Ralph Waldo Emerson

On May 25, 1803 poet and essayist Ralph Waldo Emerson was born. Emerson was seen as a champion of individualism and a leader of the Transcendentalist movement. His essays on individuality and optimism significantly influenced American thinking. Ralph Waldo Emerson is connected to over 60 million profiles in Geni’s World Family Tree. How are you related?     View Ralph Waldo Emerson’s Geni Profile  

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Profile of the Day: Nicolaus Copernicus

Posted May 24, 2012 by Amanda | No Comment
Nicolas Copernicus

On May 24, 1543, astronomer Nicolaus Copernicus died at the age of 70. The Renaissance astronomer proposed the idea of a heliocentric solar system. He believed that the planets rotated around the sun, and that Earth, besides orbiting the sun annually, turned daily on its own axis. Copernicus’s theory significantly impacted scientific thinking of the time, and laid the beginnings of the scientific revolution. Nicolaus Copernicus is connected to over 60 million profiles in Geni’s… Read the full story

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Profiles of the Day: Bonnie and Clyde

Posted May 23, 2012 by Amanda | No Comment
Bonnie & Clyde

On May 23, 1934, notorious criminals Bonnie Parker and Clyde Barrow were shot to death in an ambush by the Texas and Louisiana state police. For two years during the Great Depression, the infamous couple committed robberies and murders throughout the U.S. Their crimes captured the imagination of the nation. At the time, the public’s attitude was against the government and banks and the couple used that to their advantage. The intense media coverage mixed… Read the full story

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Profile of the Day: Victor Hugo

Posted May 22, 2012 by Amanda | No Comment
Victor Hugo

On May 22, 1885, French poet and author Victor Hugo died. He is buried in the Panthéon in Paris, which holds the remains of France’s most distinguished citizens. He shares a crypt with Alexandre Dumas and Émile Zola. Hugo is best remembered for his novels The Hunchback of Notre-Dame and Les Misérables.   Victor Hugo is connected to over 60 million profiles in Geni’s World Family Tree. How are you related?   View Victor Hugo’s Geni Profile  

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Profile of the Day: Clara Barton

Posted May 21, 2012 by Amanda | No Comment
Clara Barton

On May 21, 1881, Clara Barton founded the American Red Cross in Washington, D.C. During the American Civil War, Barton became known as the “Angel of the Battlefield” for her tireless work with the sick and wounded. During the Franco-Prussian War in 1870, she worked for the International Red Cross behind German lines. After the war, she returned to the U.S. and campaigned for the establishment of an American Red Cross organization which could provide… Read the full story

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Profile of the Day: Paula Deen

Posted May 18, 2012 by Amanda | No Comment
Paula Deen

The genealogy television show Who Do You Think You Are? signs off on its final season with a dramatic episode featuring chef Paula Deen. Will you be watching tonight as Paula makes some surprising discoveries about her southern roots? What are your thoughts about the show’s cancellation? Paula Deen is connected to over 60 million profiles in Geni’s World Family Tree. How are you related?   View Paula Deen’s Geni Profile  

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Profile of the Day: Maureen O’Sullivan

Posted May 17, 2012 by Amanda | No Comment
Maureen O'Sullivan

On May 17, 1911, actress Maureen O’Sullivan was born in Boyle, Ireland. As a child, she attended a convent school in Dublin, where one of her classmates was future Academy Award-winning actress Vivien Leigh. Her career in Hollywood took off when she won the role of Jane in Tarzan the Ape Man. Between 1932 and 1942, Maureen appeared in six Tarzan features and became known as Ireland’s first film star. Did you know that she… Read the full story

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Profile of the Day: Douglas Fairbanks

Posted May 16, 2012 by Amanda | No Comment
Douglas Fairbanks

On May 16, 1929, the very first Academy Awards ceremony were held in Los Angeles, California. Hosted by renowned silent film star Douglas Fairbanks, the ceremony lasted just 15 minutes. With only 250 people in attendance, the Academy awarded 15 Oscars to the best films of 1927 and 1928. Today, the Academy Awards is the film industry’s biggest event of the year and is watched by millions around the world. Douglas Fairbanks is connected to… Read the full story

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Profile of the Day: Mark Harmon

Posted May 15, 2012 by Amanda | No Comment
Mark Harmon

Are you a fan of NCIS? Tonight is the 9th season finale of the top rated show starring Mark Harmon as Special Agent Gibbs. Did you know his parents are Heisman Trophy winner Tom Harmon and actress/fashion designer Elyse Knox? He’s also married to Pam Dawber of Mork and Mindy. In fact, his family tree is filled with lots of famous faces! Check out his family tree on Geni and see his connection to famous in-laws… Read the full story

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Profile of the Day: Bobby Darin

Posted May 14, 2012 by Amanda | No Comment
Bobby Darin

On May 14, 1936, singer and actor Bobby Darin was born in New York. Darin first gained fame with 1958 song “Splish Splash.” In 1960, he married actress Sandra Dee. It was not until 1968 that Darin discovered that the woman he believed to be his sister was actually his biological mother. He died at the age of 37, following a heart operation in Los Angeles. Bobby Darin is connected to over 60 million profiles… Read the full story

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Profile of the Day: Jason Sudeikis

Posted May 11, 2012 by Amanda | 2 Comments
Jason Sudeikis

Tonight’s all-new episode of Who Do You Think You Are? features comedian Jason Sudeikis. The Saturday Night Live star traces his family history to the coal mines of Pennsylvania. Jason Sudeikis’s family tree is not yet connected to the world family tree. Perhaps after tonight’s episode, you can help connected him to over 60 million profiles on Geni!   View Jason Sudeikis’s Geni Profile  

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Profile of the Day: Fred Astaire

Posted May 10, 2012 by Amanda | No Comment
Fred Astaire

On May 10, 1899, legendary actor Fred Astaire was born. Over his 76 year-long career, Astaire made 31 musical films. Without fail, Astaire always wowed audiences with his dancing ability. Today he is remembered as one of the greatest entertainers of all time. Fred Astaire is connected to over 60 million profiles in Geni’s World Family Tree. How are you related?   View Fred Astaire’s Geni Profile  

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Profile of the Day: J.M. Barrie

Posted May 9, 2012 by Amanda | No Comment
J.M. Barrie

On May 9, 1860, author J.M. Barrie was born. Barrie is perhaps best remembered as the creator of Peter Pan. The character of Peter Pan made his debut in the play Peter Pan, or The Boy Who Wouldn’t Grow Up, about the adventures of an age-less boy in the fantasy world of Neverland. J.M. Barrie’s family tree is not yet connected to the world family tree. Perhaps you can help connected him to over 60… Read the full story

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Profile of the Day: John Pemberton

Posted May 8, 2012 by Amanda | No Comment
John Pemberton

Today marks the 126th anniversary of the invention of Coca-Cola! On May 8, 1886, John Pemberton, an American pharmacist, concocted a carbonated beverage to be used for medicinal purposes. Before long, the refreshment gained enormous popularity. Today, Coke is one of the most recognized products in the world. John Pemberton is connected to over 60 million profiles in Geni’s World Family Tree. How are you related?     View John Pemberton’s Geni Profile  

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Profile of the Day: François Hollande

Posted May 7, 2012 by Amanda | No Comment
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Yesterday, François Hollande was elected the new president of France. With Hollande’s victory, his opponent, Nicholas Sarkozy, became the first one-term president since 1981. Hollande will take office on May 15. Check out his family tree to learn more about France’s new leader. François Hollande is connected to over 60 million profiles in Geni’s World Family Tree. How are you related?     View François Hollande’s Geni Profile  

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Profile of the Day: Rashida Jones

Posted May 4, 2012 by Amanda | No Comment
Rashida Jones

Tonight’s episode of Who Do You Think You Are? features actress Rashida Jones on her quest to learn more about her maternal ancestry. Did you know Rashida Jones is the daughter of Peggy Lipton and Quincy Jones? Will you be watching as Rashida journeys to Eastern Europe to uncover the devastating effect World War II had on her ancestors? Rashida Jones is connected to over 60 million profiles in Geni’s World Family Tree. How are you… Read the full story

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Profile of the Day: Bing Crosby

Posted May 3, 2012 by Amanda | No Comment
Bing Crosby

On May 3, 1903, actor and singer Bing Crosby was born in Tacoma, Washington. Bing was one of the best selling artists of the 20th century, with over half a billion records in circulation. His biggest hit was the Christmas song, “White Christmas.” According to Guinness World Records, Crosby’s recording of the number has sold over 100 million copies around the world. Bing Crosby is connected to over 60 million profiles in Geni’s World Family… Read the full story

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Profile of the Day: David Beckham

Posted May 2, 2012 by Amanda | No Comment
David Beckham

Happy Birthday, David Beckham! Today, the soccer superstar turns 37. David has had a lot to celebrate since his last birthday. In the past year, he and wife Victoria welcomed daughter Harper to the world and a few months later, his team, the Los Angeles Galaxy, won the 2011 MLS Cup. Here’s to another year filled with more celebrations! David Beckham’s family tree is not yet connected to World Family Tree. Perhaps you can help… Read the full story

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Profile of the Day: Calamity Jane

Posted May 1, 2012 by Amanda | No Comment
Calamity Jane

On May 1, 1852, American frontierswoman and folk hero Calamity Jane was born. She was infamous for her riding and shooting skills and a close friend of Wild Bill Hickok. Her compassion and kindness, especially to the sick and needy, distinguished her from other notable figures in the Wild West. Calamity Jane is connected to over 60 million profiles in Geni’s World Family Tree. How are you related?   View Calamity Jane’s Geni Profile  

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Profile of the Day: Willie Nelson

Posted April 30, 2012 by Amanda | No Comment
Willie Nelson

Today country music artist and activist Willie Nelson turns 79! Willie Nelson was born on April 30, 1933 in Abbott, Texas. Despite approaching 80, Willie has not let his age slow him down. To much of his fans’ delight, Willie continues to tour and perform in concerts with other major musicians. Did you know that his fourth great grandfather John Nelson served as a Major in the American Revolutionary War? Willie Nelson is connected to… Read the full story

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Profile of the Day: Rob Lowe

Posted April 27, 2012 by Amanda | No Comment
Rob Lowe

Actor Rob Lowe is featured in tonight’s episode of Who Do You Think You Are? Will you be watching as Lowe travels to Germany and learns about his unexpected connection to the American Revolutionary War? Be sure to check out how Rob Lowe is related to Amy Poehler, Rashida Jones, Charlie Sheen and Helen Hunt here! Rob Lowe is connected to over 60 million profiles in Geni’s World Family Tree. How are you related?   View… Read the full story

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Profile of the Day: Carol Burnett

Posted April 26, 2012 by Amanda | No Comment
Carol Burnett

Today actress Carol Burnett turns 79! Burnett was born in San Antonio, Texas on April 26, 1933. For 11 years, she starred in the highly successful variety/sketch comedy show The Carol Burnett Show. During its run, the series won 25 Emmy Awards and today, it’s remembered as one of the best shows in television history. Did you know her star on the Hollywood Walk of Fame is located in front of the Hollywood Pacific Theater where she worked… Read the full story

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Profile of the Day: Guglielmo Marconi

Posted April 25, 2012 by Amanda | No Comment
Guglielmo Marconi

On April 25, 1874, Italian inventor Guglielmo Marconi was born. Marconi is often referred to as the father of long distance radio transmission. In 1909, he was awarded the Nobel Prize in Physics along with Karl Ferdinand Braun for their contributions to the development of wireless telegraphy. Did you know that the two radio operators aboard the Titanic (Jack Phillips and Harold Bride) were employees of the Marconi International Marine Communication Company? The two men worked tirelessly… Read the full story

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Profile of the Day: Barbra Streisand

Posted April 24, 2012 by Amanda | No Comment
Barbra Streisand

On April 24, 1942, Barbra Streisand was born in Brooklyn, New York. Over her long career, Steisand has sold over 140 million albums worldwide and amassed a great number of music and acting awards, including two Academy Awards and eight Grammys. She is also one of the few entertainers who can claim to have won an award in all four major American entertainment awards, the Emmy, Grammy, Oscar and Tony. Barbra Streisand is connected to… Read the full story

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Profile of the Day: William Shakespeare

Posted April 23, 2012 by Amanda | One Comment
William Shakespeare

On April 23, 1564, English poet and playwright William Shakespeare was born. Although his birth date has never been confirmed, records show he was baptized on April 26, and it was custom at the time to wait three days before baptizing a new born. Shakespeare died on the same day 52 years later on April 23, 1616. Shakespeare is widely considered to be the greatest dramatist of all time. Today, his plays are still performed… Read the full story

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Profile of the Day: Napoleon III

Posted April 20, 2012 by Amanda | No Comment
Napoleon III

On April 20, 1808, French emperor Napoleon III was born in Paris, France. He was the nephew and heir of Napoleon Bonaparte. In 1848, he was elected President of the French Second Republic in a landslide victory. However, in 1851, Napoleon III initiated a coup d’etat and ascended to the throne as Emperor of the French in 1852. After a crushing defeat in the Franco-Prussian War, the Second French Empire fell and Napoleon III was… Read the full story

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Profile of the Day: Dick Clark

Posted April 19, 2012 by Amanda | One Comment
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Today we remember Dick Clark, who passed away yesterday at the age of 82. As the host of American Bandstand, Clark introduced the country to rock ‘n’ roll and transformed it into a cultural force. For decades, his show helped launch the careers of some of music’s biggest names to viewers of all ages. For the last four decades, Clark counted down the New Year at Times Square in New York City. In 2004, he… Read the full story

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Profile of the Day: Leopold Stokowski

Posted April 18, 2012 by Amanda | No Comment
Leopold Stokowski

On April 18, 1882, orchestral conductor Leopold Stokowski was born in London. Stokowski was known for popularizing classical music throughout his 60-year career. Today he is revered as one of the greatest conductors of the 20th century. Perhaps his most well known accomplishment is his work conducting the musical score for the Disney film, Fantasia. In 1942, Stokowski was awarded with an honorary Academy Award for his unique achievement in bringing music to the screen… Read the full story

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Profile of the Day: Victoria Beckham

Posted April 17, 2012 by Amanda | No Comment
Victoria Beckham

On April 17, 1974, Victoria Beckham was born. She rose to fame as a member of the British pop sensation, the Spice Girls. Together they sold over 75 million records worldwide, making them the best-selling female group of all time. Dubbed Posh Spice during her Spice Girls days, Victoria has found continued success as a fashion designer and style icon. In 1999, Victoria married soccer superstar David Beckham at Luttrellstown Castle, Ireland. Are you a fan of… Read the full story

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Profile of the Day: Pope Benedict XVI

Posted April 16, 2012 by Amanda | No Comment
Pope Benedict XVI

Today, April 16, Pope Benedict XVI celebrates his 85th birthday. He was born Joseph Aloisius Ratzinger in 1927. In 2005, Pope Benedict succeeded John Paul II as the 265th Pope of the Catholic Church. This is just the first of Pope Benedict’s milestones this month. April 19 marks the 7th anniversary of his election as pope and April 24 is the anniversary of the beginning of his pontificate. Pope Benedict XVI’s family tree is still… Read the full story

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Profile of the Day: Henry Samuel Morley

Posted April 13, 2012 by Amanda | One Comment
Henry Samuel Morley

Today’s Titanic passenger story involves love, a sapphire necklace and tragedy. Remember the necklace worn by Kate Winslet’s character in James Cameron’s film Titanic? It was inspired by today’s tragic Titanic love story. Henry Samuel Morley was a confectioner from England. Although he was married and had a 12-year-old daughter, Henry made plans to leave England and travel to California. He told his friends he was traveling to the United States to recuperate from illness, however he was… Read the full story

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Profile of the Day: Colonel Archibald Gracie, IV

Posted April 12, 2012 by Amanda | No Comment
Colonel Archibald Gracie IV

Colonel Archibald Gracie, IV was an American writer, amateur historian and a first class passenger aboard the Titanic. He spent much of the voyage chaperoning various unaccompanied women, including American author Helen Churchill Candee. After the Titanic struck the iceberg, Gracie put on his life-jacket and helped escort the women he had chaperoned into the lifeboats. Once all the regular boats had launched, Gracie assisted Second Officer Charles Lightoller in freeing the four collapsible boats that were… Read the full story

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Profile of the Day: Isidor Straus

Posted April 11, 2012 by Amanda | No Comment
Isidor Straus

Perhaps one of the most famous passenger stories from the Titanic is that of Isidor and Ida Straus. Isidor Straus was a former U.S. Congressman and the co-owner of Macy’s department store with his brother Nathan. He and his wife Ida were traveling back to the U.S. from Germany on board the RMS Titanic. Their infant grandson, Stuart Scheftel, had caught a cold and had been left behind in England with his nurse. After the Titanic struck… Read the full story

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