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Profile of the Day: Robert Louis Stevenson

Posted November 13, 2013 by Amanda | No Comment
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Do you remember reading the fantastic tales of Treasure Island or Dr. Jekyll and Mr. Hyde? Today in 1850, author Robert Louis Stevenson was born in Edinburgh, Scotland. Stevenson spent much of his life traveling abroad, and his global excursions often made their way into his writings. By the time he was 28, he had published his first volume of his work. In 1883, he published Treasure Island and became a literary celebrity. Soon the novel would… Read the full story

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Profile of the Day: Grace Kelly

Posted November 12, 2013 by Amanda | No Comment
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Today we remember legendary icon Grace Kelly on what would have been her 84th birthday. She was born in Philadelphia, Pennsylvania to John B. Kelly, a three-time Olympic gold champion sculler, and Margaret Majer, the first coach of women’s athletic teams at the University of Pennsylvania. After catapulting to stardom during the 1950s, Kelly soon became one of Hollywood’s favorite leading ladies. She starred in many of Alfred Hitchcock‘s classic films, including Dial M for… Read the full story

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Profile of the Day: George Patton

Posted November 11, 2013 by Amanda | No Comment
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Happy Veterans Day! Today we celebrate the men and women who have served in the armed services. In honor of the service of our military veterans, we’re highlighting legendary World War II U.S. General George Patton, who was born on November 11, 1885. During World War II, Patton was instrumental to the liberation of Germany from the Nazis. Patton’s family had an extensive military background. His paternal grandfather George Smith Patton, a Confederate general, commanded the… Read the full story

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Profile of the Day: Bram Stoker

Posted November 8, 2013 by Amanda | No Comment
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Were you frightened by the story of Dracula as a child? This day in 1847, author Bram Stoker was born in Dublin, Ireland. He was the third of seven children and was bedridden with an unknown illness until the age of seven. In 1897, Stoker published his most famous work, the Gothic horror novel Dracula. Although Stoker did not invent the vampire, he defined its modern form. To this day, his story continues to inspire… Read the full story

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Profile of the Day: Joni Mitchell

Posted November 7, 2013 by Amanda | No Comment
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Happy 70th birthday Joni Mitchell! On this day in 1943, the iconic musician was born Roberta Joan Anderson in Alberta, Canada. She broke out in the music scene during the 1960s with her unique sound and poetic lyrics. Dubbed one of the greatest songwriters in the last century, Mitchell was inducted into the Rock and Roll Hall of Fame in 1997. What’s your favorite song? Did you know Joni Mitchell’s paternal ancestry stems from Norway?… Read the full story

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Profile of the Day: Sally Field

Posted November 6, 2013 by Amanda | No Comment
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On November 6, 1946, actress Sally Field was born in Pasadena, California. Her father, Richard Dryden Field, was an Army officer, and her mother Margaret Field (née Morlan) was an actress. From her early start in television on the classics Gidget and The Flying Nun, Sally was destined to become a star. She successfully transitioned to film, tackling diverse roles and earning an Oscar for her starring turn in Norma Rae. What’s your favorite Sally Field… Read the full story

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Profile of the Day: Vivien Leigh

Posted November 5, 2013 by Amanda | No Comment
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Today we celebrate the 100th birthday of actress Vivien Leigh. Vivien was born Vivian Mary Hartley on November 5, 1913 in Darjeeling, India. Did you know that as a child, Vivien attended school with future Tarzan actress Maureen O’Sullivan? At a young age, Vivien knew exactly what she wanted and declared to her friend that she would one day become a great actress. He breakout performance as Scarlett O’Hara in the classic film Gone With… Read the full story

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Profile of the Day: Will Rogers

Posted November 4, 2013 by Amanda | No Comment
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On November 4, 1879, American cowboy and actor Will Rogers was born. Known as “Oklahoma’s Favorite Son,” Rogers was born to a prominent Cherokee Nation family in Indian territory now a part of Oklahoma. After performing in Wild West shows as a young man, he broke out in vaudeville and film to become one of the most famous actors in the world in the 1920s and ’30s. Will Rogers is connected to over 70 million… Read the full story

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Profile of the Day: Stephen Crane

Posted November 1, 2013 by Amanda | No Comment
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Do you remember reading The Red Badge of Courage? On November 1, 1871, author Stephen Crane was born in Newark, New Jersey. Recognized as one of the most innovative writers of his generation, Crane began writing at the age of 4 and had published several articles by the age of 16. His most acclaimed work was his novel The Red Badge of Courage. Taking place during the American Civil War, the story follows a young… Read the full story

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Profile of the Day: Vlad the Impaler

Posted October 31, 2013 by Amanda | No Comment
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Today the United States celebrates the scariest night of the year, Halloween! In honor of this night of horror, we’re highlighting Vlad the Impaler, Prince of Wallachia. Born in 1431, he was known by his patronymic name Dracula before he was posthumously dubbed Vlad the Impaler due to his reputation for excessive cruelty. The tales were so famous that he became the inspiration for one of the most well known horror figures in history, Bram… Read the full story

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Profile of the Day: Orson Welles

Posted October 30, 2013 by Amanda | No Comment
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Seventy-five years ago today, Orson Welles broadcasted his radio play of H.G. Wells‘s The War of the Worlds, causing severe anxiety to many audiences across the United States. Presented as a series of news bulletins, many listeners mistakenly believed that Welles’ show was an actual live broadcast of an alien invasion. The widespread panic created by the program and media attention thereafter skyrocketed Welles’s notoriety and became one of the most famous radio broadcasts in… Read the full story

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Profile of the Day: Winona Ryder

Posted October 29, 2013 by Amanda | One Comment
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Today we celebrate actress Winona Ryder‘s 42nd birthday! She was born Winona Laura Horowitz in Minnesota in 1971. Her father’s family was originally named “Tomchin” but took the surname “Horowitz” when they immigrated to America. Winona’s first staring role was Lydia Deetz, the goth teenager in Tim Burton’s Beetlejuice. Afterwards, she continued to pursue diverse characters, including roles in Burton’s Edward Scissorhands, the cult hit Reality Bites and Little Women, for which she eared an Academy… Read the full story

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Profile of the Day: Julia Roberts

Posted October 28, 2013 by Amanda | No Comment
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Happy birthday, Julia Roberts! Today the Oscar-winning actress turns 46. Did you know Julia has a fascinating story about her birth? She was born in 1967 in Atlanta, Georgia to Betty Lou Bredemus and Walter Grady Roberts. The one time actors and playwrights  were co-founders of the Atlanta Actors and Writers Workshop in Georgia. While Betty Lou was pregnant with Julia, the couple ran an acting school for children. Among their students were the children of… Read the full story

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Profile of the Day: George III

Posted October 25, 2013 by Amanda | No Comment
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On October 25, 1760, George III became the King of Great Britain and Ireland. His long reign was marked by a series of conflicts, including the American Revolutionary War in which Britain would lose its colonies in the Americas. He would become one of the longest living and reigning monarchs before his granddaughter Queen Victoria‘s reign. In the later part of his life, George III suffered from bouts of mental illness that earned him the… Read the full story

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Profile of the Day: Harry Houdini

Posted October 24, 2013 by Amanda | No Comment
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On October 24, 1926, legendary illusionist Harry Houdini made his last performance at the Garrick Theater in Detroit, Michigan. Although suffering from appendicitis, Houdini proceeded to complete his performance for the theater’s audience despite being in constant pain. A few days later he died of peritonitis caused by a ruptured appendix. Celebrated as one of the greatest illusionists of all time, Houdini had a remarkable ability to escape from handcuffs, chains, ropes and straitjackets. He also detested… Read the full story

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Profile of the Day: Peter II of Russia

Posted October 23, 2013 by Amanda | No Comment
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On October 23, 1715, Peter II of Russia was born in St. Petersburg, Russia. He was the only son of Tsarevich Alexie Petrovich, who was the son of Peter the Great. Peter II’s father was accused of treason by Peter the Great and died in prison. From a young age, Peter II was kept in seclusion, with little attention payed towards his education. It wasn’t until the reign of Catherine the Great that it became… Read the full story

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Profile of the Day: Diana Ross

Posted October 22, 2013 by Amanda | One Comment
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On October 22, 1966, The Supremes became the first all-female music group to have a number 1 selling album on the Billboard charts. The album The Supremes A’ Go-Go sold over 1 million copies in the U.S. and 3.5 million copies worldwide. In honor of this anniversary, we’re highlighting founding member and lead singer Diana Ross‘ family tree. As a part of The Supremes, Ross’s popularity skyrocketed and she eventually left the group to embark on… Read the full story

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Profile of the Day: Carrie Fisher

Posted October 21, 2013 by Amanda | No Comment
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Happy birthday to Carrie Fisher! Today the Star Wars icon turns 57. Born to actors Eddie Fisher and Debbie Reynolds, Carrie got an early start in show business. Despite also becoming a best selling writer, Carrie remains best known for her portrayal of Princess Leia in the original Star Wars trilogy. Carrie Fisher is connected to over 70 million people in Geni’s World Family Tree. How are you related?     View Carrie Fisher’s Geni Profile  … Read the full story

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Profile of the Day: Stephen King

Posted October 18, 2013 by Amanda | No Comment
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Today the remake of the horror classic Carrie opens in the United States. Based on horror mastermind Stephen King‘s 1974 novel, the story follows a shy high-school girl who upon discovering telekinetic powers, seeks revenge on those who tease her. Do you remember watching Sissy Spacek as the original Carrie? In its most recent film incarnation, actress Chloë Grace Moretz takes on the titular role. Is Carrie on your must watch list this Halloween season? Stephen King is connected to over 70 million people… Read the full story

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Profile of the Day: Margot Kidder

Posted October 17, 2013 by Amanda | No Comment
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Are you a fan of Superman? Today Margot Kidder turns 65. She was born in Yellowknife, Northwest Territories, Canada to Jocelyn Wilson, a history teacher, and Kendal Kidder, an explosives expert and mining engineer. She rose to fame in her most memorable role as Lois Lane opposite Christopher Reeve‘s Clark Kent in four Superman films. Did you know Christopher Reeve is Margot Kidder’s 16th cousin once removed? Margot Kidder is connected to over 70 million people… Read the full story

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Profile of the Day: Angela Lansbury

Posted October 16, 2013 by Amanda | No Comment
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Happy birthday Angela Lansbury! Today the actress turns 88. She was born in London, England to Moyna MacGill, an Irish actress, and Edgar Lansbury, a wealthy English timber merchant and politician. Her paternal grandfather was the Labor Party leader and prominent pacifist activist George Lansbury. As a young girl, she became transfixed with the world of cinema and in 1940, began her studies in acting. With a career spanning seven decades, Lansbury has earned numerous… Read the full story

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Profile of the Day: Sarah, Duchess of York

Posted October 15, 2013 by Amanda | No Comment
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Happy birthday Fergie! Today Sarah Ferguson, Duchess of York was born in London England. The second daughter of Major Ronald Ferguson and his wife Susan Mary Wright, she married Prince Andrew in 1986. The couple divorced ten years later amidst much media tumult. They had two daughters, Princesses Beatrice and Eugenie of York. Sarah, Duchess of York is connected to over 70 million people in Geni’s World Family Tree. How are you related?    … Read the full story

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Profile of the Day: Christopher Columbus

Posted October 14, 2013 by Amanda | No Comment
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Today the United States celebrates Columbus Day! The holiday commemorates the arrival of Christopher Columbus in the New World in 1492, sailing across the Atlantic with his ships the Nina, the Pinta and the Santa Maria. Although his is technically not the first to arrive to the American continent, Columbus’s expeditions played a significant role in Spain’s colonization of the New World. Christopher Columbus is connected to over 70 million people in Geni’s World Family Tree. How are you… Read the full story

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Profile of the Day: Edith Piaf

Posted October 11, 2013 by Amanda | No Comment
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This month marks the 50th anniversary of French singer Edit Piaf‘s death. Remembered as one of France’s greatest international stars, Edith became known as “The Little Sparrow” throughout her life because of her nervous energy and small stature. She became a popular performer in France during World War II and after the war, her international fame spread quickly. In 2007, her life’s story became the subject of the film La Vie en Rose starring Marion Cotillard,… Read the full story

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Profile of the Day: Ed Wood

Posted October 10, 2013 by Amanda | No Comment
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On October 10, 1924, American filmmaker Ed Wood was born in Poughkeepsie, New York. In the 1950s, Wood made a number of low-budget science fiction, horror and cowboy genre films, intercutting stock footage. His films developed a large cult following who continue to celebrate his campy films today. Did you know in 1942, after the attack on Pearl Harbor, Wood enlisted in the United States Marine Corps? He was involved in the Battle of Tarawa and… Read the full story

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Profile of the Day: John Lennon

Posted October 9, 2013 by Amanda | No Comment
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Today we remember John Lennon on what would have been his 73rd birthday. Born and raised in Liverpool, England, John skyrocketed to stardom as one-fourth of the musical phenomena the Beatles. He shares his birthday with his son, Sean Lennon, who was born in 1975. Do you have a favorite John Lennon song? Check out his family tree on Geni!     View John Lennon’s Geni Profile  

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Profile of the Day: Sigourney Weaver

Posted October 8, 2013 by Amanda | No Comment
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Happy birthday Sigourney Weaver! Today the actress turns 64. She was born Susan Alexandra Weaver in New York City and began calling herself Sigourney at the age of 14 after a character in the F. Scott Fitzgerald novel The Great Gatsby. She is best known for her iconic role of Ellen Ripley in the four Alien films, which also earned her an Academy Award nomination in 1986. Sigourney Weaver is connected to over 70 million… Read the full story

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Profile of the Day: Edgar Allan Poe

Posted October 7, 2013 by Amanda | No Comment
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Today we remember poet Edgar Allan Poe, who died on October 7, 1849 at the age of 40. Best known for his tales of mystery and the macabre, Poe is generally credited with being the first to to write the modern detective story. His poem “The Raven” ranks as one of the best known pieces of poetry in American literature. Are you a fan of his spooky tales? Edgar Allan Poe is connected to over 70… Read the full story

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Profile of the Day: Barbara Billingsley

Posted October 4, 2013 by Amanda | No Comment
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Happy anniversary, Leave It to Beaver! On October 4, 1957, the legendary television show Leave It to Beaver aired its first episode and become one of the nation’s most beloved comedies. In honor of the sitcom’s 56th anniversary, we’re highlighting Barbara Bilingsley‘s profile on Geni. Alongside her on-screen husband Hugh Beaumont, and Tony Dow and Jerry Mathers as their sons Wally and Beaver, the Cleavers stood as the idyllic American suburban family of the mid-20th century…. Read the full story

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Profile of the Day: Tom Clancy

Posted October 3, 2013 by Amanda | No Comment
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Today we remember author Tom Clancy, who passed away on October 1, 2013. Born in Baltimore, Maryland in 1947, Clancy was best known for his military thrillers and stories of espionage set in the aftermath of the Cold War. Seventeen of his novels were best-sellers, with over 100 million copies in print. Even if you haven’t read his novels, it is likely you may have seen their movie adaptations, including The Hunt For Red October,… Read the full story

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Profile of the Day: Charles M. Schulz

Posted October 2, 2013 by Amanda | No Comment
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Do you remember the comic strip Peanuts? On October 2, 1950, the beloved comic by Charles M. Schulz was first published. Featuring the classic characters Snoopy, Charlie Brown and many others, Peanuts ran until February 14, 2000, with nearly 18,000 strips published in all. Born in Minneapolis, Minnesota, Schulz developed an early interest in comics. He based the character of Charlie Brown on himself, while the inspiration for Snoopy came from his childhood pet. Today,… Read the full story

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Profile of the Day: Jimmy Carter

Posted October 1, 2013 by Amanda | No Comment
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Happy birthday Jimmy Carter! Today the former President turns 89. In 2002, Carter was awarded the Nobel Peace Prize for his work “to find peaceful solutions to international conflicts, to advance democracy and human rights, and to promote economic and social development” through The Carter Center, a non-profit devoted to the advancement of human rights and alleviation of human suffering. He holds the honor of being the only President to be awarded the prize after… Read the full story

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Profile of the Day: Truman Capote

Posted September 30, 2013 by Amanda | No Comment
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Today we remember author Truman Capote, who was born September 30, 1924 in New Orleans, Louisiana. As a child, he was sent to live with relatives in Monroeville, Alabama where he befriended  future Pulitzer Prize-winning novelist Harper Lee. The pair would continue to remain best friends throughout their lives. Considered one of the most recognizable authors of the 20th century, many of Capote’s works have been adapted for film and television, including his most popular literary classics Breakfast… Read the full story

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Profile of the Day: Samuel Adams

Posted September 27, 2013 by Amanda | No Comment
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Are you related to a Founding Father? On September 27, 1722, Samuel Adams was born in Boston in the British colony of Massachusetts. A strong opponent of British taxation, Adams emerged as an important public figure in Boston against actions he viewed infringed on the rights of the colonists. He even played a vital role in organizing the Boston Tea Party in protest of the British Parliament’s passing of the Tea Act. In 1776, he… Read the full story

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Profile of the Day: Olivia Newton-John

Posted September 26, 2013 by Amanda | No Comment
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Are you a Grease fan? This day in 1948, star Olivia Newton-John was born in Cambridge, England. Raised in Melbourne, Australia, Olivia began her career performing in clubs and television spots during the 1960s in England. It wasn’t until her breakthrough performance as Sandy in the musical Grease that she became known as an international star. Did you know she is the granddaughter of the Nobel Prize-winning atomic physicist Max Born? His work was instrumental in… Read the full story

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Profile of the Day: Michael Douglas

Posted September 25, 2013 by Amanda | One Comment
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Happy birthday Michael Douglas! Today the Hollywood star turns 69. Did you know he also shares a birthday with his wife Catherine Zeta-Jones? Michael has had plenty of reasons to celebrate this week. Just this past Sunday, Michael won an Emmy award for his portrayal of Liberace in the film Behind the Candelabra. What’s your favorite Michael Douglas performance? Michael Douglas is connected to over 70 million people in Geni’s World Family Tree. How are you related?  … Read the full story

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Profile of the Day: Theodor Seuss Geisel

Posted September 24, 2013 by Amanda | No Comment
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Today we remember beloved children’s book author Theodor Seuss Geisel, who passed away 22 years ago at the age of 87. Affectionately remembered by his pen name Dr. Seuss, Geisel published 46 children’s books that featured his unique blend of imaginative characters and rhymes. His most celebrated books include Green Eggs and Ham, The Cat in the Hat and How the Grinch Stole Christmas! Did you know that during World War II he worked in an animation… Read the full story

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Profile of the Day: Bruce Springsteen

Posted September 23, 2013 by Amanda | No Comment
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Happy birthday Bruce Springsteen! Can you believe that today The Boss turns 64? He was born in 1949 in Long Branch, New Jersey to a working-class household. His father was of Dutch and Irish ancestry; his surname in Dutch means jumping stone. His Italian ancestry stems from his mother’s lineage; his maternal grandfather was born in Vico Equense, a town near Naples. To date, he has sold over 120 million albums worldwide and has collected… Read the full story

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Profile of the Day: Sophia Loren

Posted September 20, 2013 by Amanda | No Comment
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Happy birthday Sophia Loren! Today the Italian actress turns 79! She was born Sofia Villani Scicolone in Rome Italy to Romilda Villani and Riccardo Scicolone. Widely recognized as Italy’s most renowned and honored actresses, Loren began her path to international stardom after entering a beauty pageant at the age of 14. She has since made over 100 films and is the first actress to win an Academy Award for a non-English speaking performance. Did you… Read the full story

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Profile of the Day: Trisha Yearwood

Posted September 19, 2013 by Amanda | No Comment
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Happy birthday Trisha Yearwood! Today the country music artist turns 49. Earlier this month Trisha was featured on an episode of the genealogy show Who Do You Think You Are? where she traced her paternal side of the family to England. There she discovered a surprising royal connection – her ancestors stole, wounded and killed “several fat bucks” from English royal hunting grounds in the 1700s. Did you catch her episode when it aired? Trisha Yearwood… Read the full story

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Profile of the Day: Greta Garbo

Posted September 18, 2013 by Amanda | No Comment
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On September 18, 1905, legendary actress Greta Garbo was born in Stockholm, Sweden. She was the third youngest child of Anna Lovisa Karlsson, a homemaker who later worked at a jam factory, and Karl Alfred Gustafsson, a laborer. The family lived an impoverished life and at the age of 13, Garbo dripped out of school to stay home and look after her ill father. She began her cinematic career in Sweden and at 19, came… Read the full story

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Profile of the Day: Hank Williams

Posted September 17, 2013 by Amanda | No Comment
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On September 17, 1923, country music’s first superstar Hank Williams was born in Butler County, Alabama. Best known for his hits “Your Cheatin’ Heart,” “Hey, Good Lookin’,” and “I’m So Lonesome I could Cry,” Williams is regarded as one of the most important country music artists of all time. Sadly, his abuse of prescription drugs and alcoholism severely deteriorated Williams’s health. In the early morning hours of New Years Day in 1953, Williams died at… Read the full story

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Profile of the Day: Lauren Bacall

Posted September 16, 2013 by Amanda | No Comment
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Happy birthday, Lauren Bacall! Today the sultry actress turns 89. She was born Betty Joan Perske in New York City to Jewish parents. Her mother immigrated from Romania, and her father was born in New Jersey, to parents from Poland. She first emerged as a leading lady in the Humphrey Bogart film, To Have and Have Not. In 1945, the co-stars married and remained married until Bogart’s death.  Did you know that she is a first cousin… Read the full story

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Profile of the Day: Roald Dahl

Posted September 13, 2013 by Amanda | No Comment
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Happy Roald Dahl Day! Today in 1916, author Roald Dahl was born in Lllandaff, Wales to Norwegian parents, Harald and Sofie Dahl. Dahl’s father had emigrated to the UK from Sarpsborg, Norway and settled in Cardiff in the 1880s. His mother came over and married his father in 1911. During World War I, he served in the Royal Air Force as a flying ace and intelligence officer, eventually rising to the rank of wing commander…. Read the full story

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Profile of the Day: Johnny Cash

Posted September 12, 2013 by Amanda | No Comment
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Today we remember Johnny Cash, who passed away on September 12, 2003, less than four months after his wife June Carter Cash passed. Considered one of the most influential musicians of the 20th century, Cash’s music transcended multiple genres, affording him the rare honor of induction in the Country Music Hall of Fame, the Rock and Roll Hall of Fame and the Gospel Music Hall of Fame. What’s your favorite Johnny Cash song? Johnny Cash… Read the full story

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Profile of the Day: Harry Connick Jr.

Posted September 11, 2013 by Amanda | No Comment
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Happy birthday Harry Connick, Jr.! Today the singer and actor turns 46. It’s a big year for the versatile star, who will be joining the latest season of American Idol as the newest addition to the judges table. Born and raised in New Orleans, Louisiana, Harry exhibited his musical talents at an early age. He started learning the keyboards at the age of 3, performing publicly at the age of 5 and recording with a jazz band… Read the full story

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Profile of the Day: Jim Parsons

Posted September 10, 2013 by Amanda | No Comment
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Tonight’s season finale of Who Do You Think You Are? follows The Big Bang Theory‘s Jim Parsons as he explores his father’s heritage. His journey takes him to Louisiana, where he discovers his ancestor Dr. Jean Baptiste Hacker once practiced medicine after graduating from medical school. From there, he traces his lineage to France, revealing his family’s imprint in history. Before tonight’s episode, check out Jim Parsons’ family tree on Geni and see how you’re related!… Read the full story

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Profile of the Day: Colonel Sanders

Posted September 9, 2013 by Amanda | No Comment
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Today we celebrate fried chicken entrepreneur Colonel Sanders‘s 123rd birthday! On September 9, 1890, he was born Harland David Sanders in Henryville, Indiana to Wilber David and Margaret Ann Sanders. At the age of 40, Sanders was running a service station in Kentucky which catered to feeding traveling customers. Over the years, he perfected his “Secret Recipe” for fried chicken. His food was so notable that he was eventually named a Kentucky Colonel in 1949… Read the full story

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Profile of the Day: Jane Addams

Posted September 6, 2013 by Amanda | No Comment
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Today we celebrate social activist Jane Addams‘ 153rd birthday. On this day in 1860, Addams was born in Cedarville, Illinois. Her father was a prominent political figure in Illinois and a friend of President Abraham Lincoln. In 1889, Addams and Ellen Gates Starr opened Hull House, one of the first settlement houses in the U.S. which provided services to immigrants and the poor in the Chicago area. Her work as a social reformer helped bring… Read the full story

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Profile of the Day: Louis XIV

Posted September 5, 2013 by Amanda | No Comment
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375 years ago today, Louis XIV was born in the Château de Saint-Germain-en-Laye to Louis XIII and Anne of Austria. As soon as he ascended to the throne, Louis XIV took steps to consolidate his power and establish his absolute authority. He would become one of the longest reigning monarchs in European history. During his reign, Louis built the Palace of Versailles, an opulent palace that posed as a symbol of Louis’s centralized power. Although he… Read the full story

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