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Profile of the Day: Rachel Weisz

Posted March 7, 2014 by Amanda | No Comment
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Happy birthday Rachel Weisz! Today the actress turns 44. Born in Westminster, London, Rachel’s father was an inventor from Hungry and her mother was a teacher-turned-psychotherapist from Vienna, Austria. Her family fled to England before the outbreak of World War II to escape the Nazis. She began her career as a model at the age of 14, and soon began studying English in school. She soon found international stardom in the film The Mummy. In… Read the full story

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Profile of the Day: Michelangelo

Posted March 6, 2014 by Amanda | No Comment
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Have you ever seen the statue of David in person? On this day in 1475, Italian Renaissance artist Michelangelo was born in Caprese, Italy. Unlike many artists who didn’t live to see their work appreciated, Michelangelo was one of the most successful and wealthiest artists during his lifetime. To this day, people travel from all over the world to view his magnificent work in person, including his most popular pieces the Pietà and the ceiling of… Read the full story

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Profile of the Day: Winston Churchill

Posted March 5, 2014 by Amanda | No Comment
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On March 5, 1946, Winston Churchill delivered his famous “Iron Curtain” speech at Westminster College in Fulton, Missouri. As prime minister of Britain, Churchill rallied the British people during World War II and led his country from the brink of defeat to victory. Although he was defeated in his re-election for prime minster in 1945, Churchill continued to play an influential role in world politics. With President Harry S. Truman in attendance, Churchill delivered one… Read the full story

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Profile of the Day: Woodrow Wilson

Posted March 4, 2014 by Amanda | No Comment
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On March 4, 1913, Woodrow Wilson was sworn in as the 28th president of the United States. Born Thomas Woodrow Wilson in Staunton, Virginia, Wilson served as President of Princeton University and as governor of New Jersey before entering the White House. President Wilson led the country through World War I and helped craft the Treaty of Versailles, which brought an end to the Great War. The treaty also created the League of Nations, a… Read the full story

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Profile of the Day: Alexander Graham Bell

Posted March 3, 2014 by Amanda | No Comment
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Today we celebrate the 167th birthday of Alexander Graham Bell, the inventor of the first practical telephone. Bell was born on March 3, 1847 in Edinburgh, Scotland to Alexander Melville Bell ad Eliza Grace Symonds. His family life profoundly influenced his research on hearing and speech; his father and grandfather were elocutionists and both his mother and his wife were deaf. This research lead to experimentations with hearing devices that lead to his first invention… Read the full story

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Profile of the Day: James Watson

Posted February 28, 2014 by Amanda | No Comment
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Have you made any genealogy discoveries using DNA testing? On this day in 1953, scientists James D. Watson and Francis Crick discovered the chemical structure of DNA. Using experimental data collected by Rosalind Franklin and Maurice Wilkins, the pioneering duo deduced the double-helix structure of DNA and revolutionized our understanding of genetics and heredity. Watson, Crick and Wilkins were awarded the Nobel Prize in 1962 for their contributions to this groundbreaking scientific discovery. Sadly, Franklin died in… Read the full story

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Profile of the Day: Elizabeth Taylor

Posted February 27, 2014 by Amanda | No Comment
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Today we remember star Elizabeth Taylor, who was born February 27, 1932. Elizabeth was born in Hempstead, London to American parents, Francis and Sara Taylor. From her early years as a child star, she became one of the greatest actresses of Hollywood’s Gold Age. Remembered for her stunning beauty and sometimes scandalous love life, Elizabeth spent much of her life devoted to charitable organizations and became an outspoken advocate for those suffering from AIDS. What… Read the full story

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Profile of the Day: Jackie Gleason

Posted February 26, 2014 by Amanda | No Comment
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Did you watch The Honeymooners? On February 26, 1916 star Jackie Gleason was born in Bushwick, New York. Gleason experienced great loss during his childhood; his father abandoned the family when Jackie was eight and his only sibling died at a young age. A pioneer of television comedy, he began his career as the host of the variety show Cavalcade of Stars, before he took on his iconic role of blustery bus driver Ralph Kramden…. Read the full story

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Profile of the Day: Harold Ramis

Posted February 25, 2014 by Amanda | No Comment
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Do you remember watching Harold Ramis in Ghostbusters? Yesterday, February 24, the comedic legend passed away at the age of 69. Ramis was born on November 21, 1944 in Chicago, Illinois. For over 40 years, Ramis was a leading figure in the world of comedy. As an actor, writer, and director, his films also included the classic comedies Caddyshack, Stripes and Groundhog Day. What was your favorite film? Explore Harold Ramis’s family tree on Geni to discover how you’re connected.  … Read the full story

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Profile of the Day: Steve Jobs

Posted February 24, 2014 by Amanda | No Comment
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Today we remember innovator and Apple co-founder Steve Jobs on what would have been his 59th birthday. On February 24, 1955, Steve was born in San Francisco, California to two University of Wisconsin graduate students who gave him up for adoption. He was adopted by Paul Reinhold and Clara Jobs, who encouraged his education and hobby of tinkering with electronics. Steve’s unique vision and creativity not only led Apple to become one of the most profitable… Read the full story

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Profile of the Day: Peter III

Posted February 21, 2014 by Amanda | No Comment
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On February 21, 1728, Peter III was born Karl Peter Ulrich in Kiel, Germany. Although he didn’t speak much Russian, Peter III was named heir presumptive by his aunt Elizabeth, Empress of Russia, who also arranged for Peter to marry his second cousin, Sophie Friederike Auguste, who then took on the name Catherine. In 1762,  Peter succeeded to the throne, but proved to be an unpopular ruler. He served a mere 6 months as the… Read the full story

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Profile of the Day: Ansel Adams

Posted February 20, 2014 by Amanda | No Comment
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Are you a fan of photographer Ansel Adams’ work? Today we celebrate the 112th anniversary of the fame photographer’s birth. He was born on February 20, 1902 in San Francisco, California to distinctly upper-class parents. Although his grandfather founded a prosperous lumber business, Adams condemned the industry for cutting down many of the great redwood forests. His photos of the American West helped promote the conservation of the American wilderness. Are you related to Ansel… Read the full story

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Profile of the Day: Nicolaus Copernicus

Posted February 19, 2014 by Amanda | No Comment
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Do you have any astronomers in your family tree? On February 19, 1473, Renaissance mathematician and astronomer Nicolaus Copernicus was born in Torun, Poland. In one of the most significant astronomical breakthroughs in history, Copernicus formulated a heliocentric model of the universe, which placed the Sun, rather than the Earth, at the center. Just before his death, he published his findings in De revolutionbus orbium coelestium (On the Revolutions of Celestial Spheres). His work caused immediate… Read the full story

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Profile of the Day: John Travolta

Posted February 18, 2014 by Amanda | No Comment
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Happy birthday John Travolta! Today the film star turns 60. Born in Englewood, New Jersey, Travolta dropped out of high school to pursue a career in acting. After appearing on the television series Welcome Back, Kotter, he skyrocketed to international fame in the box office hits Saturday Night Fever and Grease. Did you know he is the youngest of six children born to a family of entertainers? His father was a semi-professional football player and his… Read the full story

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Profile of the Day: Frederick Douglass

Posted February 14, 2014 by Amanda | No Comment
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Today we celebrate the birth of abolitionist leader Frederick Douglass! Douglass was born into slavery around February 1818. Although the exact date of his birth is not known, later in his life, Douglass celebrated his birthday on February 14. As a slave, he tried to escape from twice before he succeeded. After his escape from slavery, Douglass became one of the most important leaders of the abolitionist movement. Frederick Douglass is connected to over 75… Read the full story

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Profile of the Day: Sid Caesar

Posted February 13, 2014 by Amanda | No Comment
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Yesterday the world lost another great legend. Sid Caesar, one of televisions earliest stars, died at his home in Beverly Hills at the age of 91. Sid was born on September 8, 1922 in Yonkers, New York to Jewish immigrants. A pioneer in television, he generated laughs on his live variety show, Your Show of Shows, and its successor Caesar’s Hour. Do you remember watching the funny man on TV? Explore his family tree and perhaps… Read the full story

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Profile of the Day: Charles Darwin

Posted February 12, 2014 by Amanda | No Comment
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It’s Darwin Day! Each year on the anniversary of Charles Darwin’s birth, the world of science highlights Darwin’s enormous contributions to the field. Charles Darwin was born February 12, 1809 in Shrewsbury, Shropshire, England in his family home, The Mount. He was born into a prominent English family, his father was a wealthy society doctor and financier and his grandfather was Erasmus Darwin, a renowned botanist. In 1831, Darwin embarked on his famous expedition aboard… Read the full story

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Profile of the Day: Shirley Temple

Posted February 11, 2014 by Amanda | No Comment
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Today we remember beloved child star Shirley Temple, who died in her home Monday night at the age of 85. One of the most famous child stars in Hollywood history, Shirley’s signature dimples and precious optimism captivated audiences around the world. She landed her first film contract at the age of 3 and through the 1930s, she starred in a series of films that brought smiles to movie-going audiences. Her movies were especially uplifting as… Read the full story

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Profile of the Day: Arthur Miller

Posted February 10, 2014 by Amanda | No Comment
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Do you remember reading the plays by Arthur Miller? On this day in 2005, the American playwright died in his home in Roxbury, Connecticut at the age of 89. Miller is perhaps best remembered for his plays Death of a Salesman, The Crucible and A View from the Bridge. In 1956, he married Marilyn Monroe and later that year, the House of Un-American Activities Committee refused to renew Miller’s passport and called him in to appear before… Read the full story

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Profile of the Day: Garth Brooks

Posted February 7, 2014 by Amanda | No Comment
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Are you a fan of Garth Brooks? Today the country music superstar turns 52! He was born Troyal Garth Brooks in Tulsa, Oklahoma to Troyal Raymond Brooks, Jr. and Colleen McElroy Carroll. Garth’s integration of rock elements into his recordings and live performances earned him immense popularity. This approach helped him dominate the country music scene and crossover into the mainstream. With record breaking sales, Garth is one of the most successful and best selling… Read the full story

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Profile of the Day: Bob Marley

Posted February 6, 2014 by Amanda | No Comment
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Do you remember listening to Bob Marley? On February 6, 1945, Jamaican musician Bob Marley was born in St. Ann Parish, Jamaica. Marley achieved international fame for his distinctive vocal style and introduced the world to reggae music. Sadly, he passed away from cancer at the age of 36. Marley sold over 20 million records and was inducted into the Rock and Roll Hall of Fame in 1994. What’s your favorite Bob Marley song? Explore Bob… Read the full story

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Profile of the Day: Red Buttons

Posted February 5, 2014 by Amanda | No Comment
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On February 5, 1919, comedian and actor Red Buttons was born in New York City, New York. The fiery-haired comedian was born Aaron Chwatt to Jewish immigrants Sophie and Michael Chwatt. Did you know Red acquired is famous moniker at the age of 16, while working as a bellhop at Ryan’s Tavern? The combination of his red hair and the large, shiny buttons of his uniform inspired orchestra leader Charles “Dirty” Moore to call him… Read the full story

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Profile of the Day: Rosa Parks

Posted February 4, 2014 by Amanda | No Comment
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The month of February is Black History Month in the U.S. Today we celebrate the birth of Rosa Parks! On February 4, 1913, the inspirational civil rights activist was born in Tuskegee, Alabama. In 1955, she was thrust in front of the American public when she refused to give up her bus seat for a white passenger. The incident resulted in her arrest and sparked a city-wide boycott, known as the Montgomery Bus Boycott. Her… Read the full story

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Profile of the Day: Norman Rockwell

Posted February 3, 2014 by Amanda | No Comment
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Today we remember American illustrator Norman Rockwell, who was born on February 3, 1894 in New York. Known for his illustrations of everyday American life, Rockwell’s creations were loved by the public. Perhaps one of his most famous images is Freedom from Want, also known as “The Thanksgiving Picture.” The image was a part his “For Freedoms” series, inspired by President Franklin D. Roosevelt’s speech in which he described four basic principles for universal rights…. Read the full story

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Profile of the Day: Pete Seeger

Posted January 31, 2014 by Amanda | No Comment
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Earlier this week, American folk singer and activist Pete Seeger died at the age of 94. A fixture of the American music scene, Seeger was pivotal in the revival of American folk music. Over the years, many of his hits, including “Where Have All the Flowers Gone?” and “Turn, Turn, Turn,” have since been recorded by several other artists. He is perhaps just as well known for his political activism in support of causes such as international disarmament,… Read the full story

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Profile of the Day: Franklin D. Roosevelt

Posted January 30, 2014 by Amanda | No Comment
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On January 30, 1882, Franklin D. Roosevelt was born in Hyde Park, New York. The Roosevelts were one of the oldest and wealthiest families in the state. With a long line of distinguished ancestors, it was no surprise that Franklin would eventually make it to the highest office in the country. He was the only person to be elected to office four times. As President, he led the country through the Great Depression and World… Read the full story

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Profile of the Day: Oprah Winfrey

Posted January 29, 2014 by Amanda | No Comment
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Happy 60th birthday, Oprah Winfrey! Born in the rural town of Kosciusko, Mississippi, Oprah’s story is truly a rags to riches journey. She experienced considerable hardship and poverty growing up. While still in high school, she began working at a local radio station, and by the age of 19 was co-anchoring the local evening news. In 1986, she launched her own, widely popular talk show The Oprah Winfrey Show, which aired for 25 seasons. Along… Read the full story

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Profile of the Day: Alan Alda

Posted January 28, 2014 by Amanda | No Comment
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Do you remember watching M*A*S*H? Today star Alan Alda turns 78! He was born Alphonso Joseph D’Abruzzo in 1936 in New York City to Robert Alda (born Alphonso Giuseppe Giovanni Roberto D’Abruzzo), an actor and singer, and Joan Browne, a former showgirl. After graduating from college, he served in the U.S. Army Reserve. Best known for his role as Hawkeye on the hugely popular television series M*A*S*H, Alda was nominated for 21 Emmy Awards and won… Read the full story

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Profile of the Day: Wolfgang Amadeus Mozart

Posted January 27, 2014 by Amanda | No Comment
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Love classical music? Today we celebrate the birthday of legendary composer Wolfgang Amadeus Mozart. He was born on January 27, 1756 in Salzburg, Austria. A child prodigy, Mozart began composing music and performing before royalty at the age of 5. Sadly, death came at a young age for Mozart. He became gravely ill and died in his home at the age of 35. In his short lifetime, he composed over 600 pieces and remains one… Read the full story

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Profile of the Day: Neil Diamond

Posted January 24, 2014 by Amanda | No Comment
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Are you a fan of Neil Diamond? On January 24, 1941, the famous singer-songwriter was born in Brooklyn, New York. Neil was quite an accomplished swordsman when he was young. He attended New York University on a fencing scholarship and was a member of the 1960 NCAA men’s championship team. His career has spanned decades, selling over 125 million records worldwide. Some of his most popular hits include, “Sweet Caroline,” “Heartlight,” and “America.” What’s your… Read the full story

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Profile of the Day: John Hancock

Posted January 23, 2014 by Amanda | No Comment
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It’s National Handwriting Day! Established in 1977, the day is celebrated on the birthday of the man with the most iconic signature in history, John Hancock. Born in Braintree, Massachusetts, Hancock inherited a profitable mercantile business from his uncle which made him one of the wealthiest men in the Thirteen Colonies. He would become a major figure during the American Revolution and was the first to sign the Declaration of Independence. According to legend, Hancock… Read the full story

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Profile of the Day: Bill Bixby

Posted January 22, 2014 by Amanda | No Comment
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Do you remember watching My Favorite Martian? On this day in 1934, star Bill Bixby was born in San Francisco, California. A fourth-generation Californian of English descent, Bixby was the only child of Wilfred Everett and Jane Bixby. His career spanned over three decades, in which he appeared on stage, film and television. He is perhaps best known for his roles in the TV series My Favorite Martian and The Incredible Hulk. Did you know Bill… Read the full story

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Profile of the Day: Thomas “Stonewall” Jackson

Posted January 21, 2014 by Amanda | No Comment
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Do you have Civil War ancestors? Today marks the 190th birthday of Lt. General Thomas “Stonewall” Jackson. The Confederate soldier was born January 21, 1824 in Clarksburg, Virginia (now West Virginia). Considered one of the most gifted tactical commanders in U.S. history, Jackson’s death proved to be a set back for the Confederacy, greatly affecting its military prospects and moral. The American Civil War is often referred to as a war of “brother against brother.”… Read the full story

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Profile of the Day: Martin Luther King, Jr.

Posted January 20, 2014 by Amanda | No Comment
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Today the United States celebrates Martin Luther King, Jr. Day. Commemorating what would have been the 85th birthday of Martin Luther King, Jr., today we honor the legacy of the iconic civil rights leader. He was born January 15, 1929 in Atlanta, Georgia to Reverend Martin Luther King Sr. and Alberta Williams King. As the leading advocate of nonviolent protests during the United States Civil Rights Movement, King sought to bring an end to racial discrimination through peaceful… Read the full story

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Profile of the Day: Benjamin Franklin

Posted January 17, 2014 by Amanda | No Comment
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Are you a history buff? On January 17, 1706, Benjamin Franklin was born in colonial Boston, Massachusetts. He was born to Josiah Franklin, a native of England and soap maker, and his second wife Abiah Folger. Franklin excelled in a variety of fields as an author, printer, political theorist, postmaster, scientist, inventor and diplomat. A Founding Father of the United States, Franklin helped draft one of the most important documents in American history, the Declaration of… Read the full story

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Profile of the Day: Carole Lombard

Posted January 16, 2014 by Amanda | No Comment
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Today we remember actress Carole Lombard, who passed away on January 16, 1942 at the age of 33. The third child born to Frederic and Elizabeth Peters, Lombard is best remembered for her roles in the screwball comedies of the 1930s. In 1939, she married Clark Gable in Kingman, Arizona. She died in a tragic plane crash while returning home from a World War II War Bond tour. Devastated by his wife’s death, Gable joined… Read the full story

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Profile of the Day: Elizabeth I of England

Posted January 15, 2014 by Amanda | No Comment
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On January 15, 1559, Elizabeth I was crowned Queen of England in Westminster Abbey after the death of her sister, Queen Mary I of England. The daughter of Henry VIII and Anne Boleyn, Elizabeth would go on to reign for 44 years, in what would be dubbed by historians as the “Elizabethan Era.” Remembered as one of history’s greatest monarchs, Elizabeth’s reign brought England an age of stability, prosperity and discovery. Elizabeth I is connected… Read the full story

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Profile of the Day: Lewis Carroll

Posted January 14, 2014 by Amanda | No Comment
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Do you remember reading Alice’s Adventures in Wonderland? Today we remember author Lewis Carroll, who died January 14, 1898 at the age of 65. Although born Charles Lutwidge Dodgson, he used the pen name Lewis Carroll to publish his books. Carroll loved to entertain children and had spent much time delighting his friend Henry George Liddell’s children with stories. It was Liddell’s daughter, Alice, who would serve as the inspiration of “Alice” in his tales. She was also the… Read the full story

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Profile of the Day: Julia Louis-Dreyfus

Posted January 13, 2014 by Amanda | No Comment
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Are you a Seinfeld fan? Julia Louis-Dreyfus was born January 13, 1961 in Manhattan, New York to Judith, a writer and special needs tutor, and billionaire Gérard Louis-Dreyfus. Her second great grandfather, Léopold Louis-Dreyfus founded a French commodities and shipping conglomerate in 1851. For 9 years, she made us laugh as Elaine Benes on the hit television show, Seinfeld. Today she continues to tickle our funny bone as the star of Veep, for which she most… Read the full story

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Profile of the Day: Rod Stewart

Posted January 10, 2014 by Amanda | No Comment
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Are you a fan of Rod Stewart? Today the music legend turns 69. Born January 10, 1945 in London, England, Stewart was the youngest of five children. He excelled at soccer in his youth, however, when his ambitions to become a professional soccer player were thwarted in the summer of 1960, Stewart decided to pursue a career in music. His distinctive voice set him apart from other artists of the era and over his long… Read the full story

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Profile of the Day: Catherine, Duchess of Cambridge

Posted January 9, 2014 by Amanda | No Comment
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Happy birthday to Catherine, Duchess of Cambridge! Today the Duchess turns 32. She was born Catherine Elizabeth Middleton in Reading England to Michael Middleton, a pilot, and Carole Goldsmith, a flight attendant. The past year has been a whirlwind for Kate and her husband, Prince William, with much media frenzy surrounding her pregnancy. On July 22, 2013, the royal couple welcomed their first son, George Alexander Louis. Explore the royal family tree on Geni and see how you’re… Read the full story

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Profile of the Day: Stephen Hawking

Posted January 8, 2014 by Amanda | No Comment
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Today we celebrate the 72nd birthday of the brilliant theoretical physicist Stephen Hawking! Hawking was born January 8, 1942 in Oxford, England. Born into a family of thinkers, both of his parents attended the University of Oxford. At 21, while studying at the University of Cambridge, he was diagnosed with ALS. Despite his debilitating illness, Hawking has done groundbreaking work in the fields of physics and cosmology and is best known for his work regarding black… Read the full story

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Profile of the Day: Katie Couric

Posted January 7, 2014 by Amanda | No Comment
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Happy birthday, Katie Couric! Today the popular journalist and talk show host turns 57. Born in Arlington, Virgina to Elinor Tullie and John Martin Couric, Katie has long been one of America’s favorite news correspondents. For 15 years, she co-anchored the highly successful morning news show Today before leaving to become the first woman to anchor CBS Evening News alone. Her maternal grandparents, Bert Hene and Clara Froshin, were the children of Jewish immigrants from… Read the full story

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Profile of the Day: Rowan Atkinson

Posted January 6, 2014 by Amanda | No Comment
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Are you a fan of Mr. Bean? Today Rowan Atkinson celebrates his 59th birthday! Born in Consett, England, Atkinson was the youngest of four brothers. Consistently named one of the funniest British comedians of all time, Atkinson found great success portraying the hapless Mr. Bean on television and film. Did you know Atkins is also a serious scholar? He earned a Masters degree in Electrical Engineering at The Queen’s College at Oxford. Check out Rowan… Read the full story

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Profile of the Day: J.R.R. Tolkien

Posted January 3, 2014 by Amanda | No Comment
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Do you remember reading The Hobbit as a child? On January 3, 1892, author J.R.R. Tolkien was born in Bloemfontein, South Africa. After the death of his father, Tolkien’s mother moved the young family back to England. As a young man, Tolkien served in World War I and fought in the Battle of the Somme. Tolkien brought his passion for linguistics into his writing by incorporating languages of his own creation into his storytelling. He created… Read the full story

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Profile of the Day: Isaac Asimov

Posted January 2, 2014 by Amanda | No Comment
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Today we celebrate what would have been the 94th birthday of science fiction author Isaac Asimov! Born Isaak Yudovich Ozimov in Petrovichi, Russia, Asimov immigrated with is family to the U.S. as a toddler. A fan of science fiction since he was young, Asimov wrote his own stories at 11 and by the age of 19, was selling stories to science fiction magazines. Known as one of the most prolific writers in history, he wrote… Read the full story

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Profile of the Day: John Denver

Posted December 31, 2013 by Amanda | No Comment
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Today we remember John Denver, who was born December 31, 1943 in Roswell, New Mexico. The folk musician was born Henry John Deutschendorf, Jr. to Erma Louise and Lt. Col. Henry John, Sr., an Air Force officer who set three speed records in the B-58 Hustler bomber and earned a place in the Air Force Hall of Fame. An avid environmental activist, Denver spent much of the later years of his life focused on humanitarian… Read the full story

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Profile of the Day: Rudyard Kipling

Posted December 30, 2013 by Amanda | No Comment
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Do you remember reading The Jungle Book? This day in 1865, author Rudyard Kipling was born in Bombay, in the Bombay Presidency of British India. His experiences in India, as both a young child and years later as a young adult, highly influenced much of his writings. Regarded as a major innovator in the art of the short story, today Kipling’s children’s books are regarded as enduring classics of children’s literature. He was awarded the… Read the full story

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Profile of the Day: President Harry S. Truman

Posted December 26, 2013 by Amanda | No Comment
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Today we remember President Harry S. Truman, who died on December 26, 1972 at the age of 88. Truman was born in Larmar, Missouri and spent most of the early years of his life on a farm. He succeeded to the presidency on April 12, 1945, when President Franklin D. Roosevelt died after months of declining health. Under Truman, the U.S. successfully concluded World War II. President Truman is connected to over 70 million people in Geni’s… Read the full story

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Profile of the Day: Natalie Wood

Posted December 24, 2013 by Amanda | No Comment
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Do you remember watching a young Natalie Wood in Miracle on 34th Street? At the tender age of eight, Natalie won the hearts of audiences as Susan Walker, the little girl who comes to believe in Santa Claus. Within a few months of the film’s release, she became so popular that Macy’s invited her to appear in the store’s annual Thanksgiving Day parade. Today the film is still a Christmas favorite. Does the movie make… Read the full story

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