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Profile of the Day: Leonardo da Vinci

Posted April 15, 2014 by Amanda | No Comment
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On April 15, 1452, famed inventor and artist Leonardo da Vinci was born in Vinci, Italy. An Italian Renaissance polymath, his genius, perhaps more than that of any other figure, epitomized the Renaissance humanist ideal. He is widely regarded as one of the greatest painters of all time; some of his famous works include the Mona Lisa and The Last Supper. His technological ingenuity was unparalleled, conceptualizing designs for flying machines and tanks well ahead of… Read the full story

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Profile of the Day: Abraham Lincoln

Posted April 14, 2014 by Amanda | No Comment
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On this day in 1865, President Abraham Lincoln was shot in Ford’s Theatre by John Wilkes Booth. Mortally wounded, President Lincoln was carried to a lodging house across from the theater. He would die early the next morning, making him the first U.S. president to be assassinated. The attack came just days after Confederate General Robert E. Lee surrendered his army at Appomattox Court House, Virginia, effectively ending the American Civil War. President Abraham Lincoln… Read the full story

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Profile of the Day: Stephen Colbert

Posted April 11, 2014 by Amanda | No Comment
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Congratulations to Stephen Colbert! It was announced yesterday that the talented host of Comedy Central’s The Colbert Report will be succeeding David Letterman as the host of the The Late Show after Letterman retires in 2015. Funny must run in the family, it tuns out Letterman is Colbert’s 7th cousin once removed! Letterman will be celebrating his 67th birthday on April 12. Maybe the pair can make it a family affair with a double celebration. What… Read the full story

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Profile of the Day: Paul McCartney

Posted April 10, 2014 by Amanda | No Comment
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Do you remember where you were when you heard The Beatles were breaking up? On this day in 1970, Paul McCartney announced he was leaving The Beatles. McCartney’s songwriting partnership with John Lennon was one of the most celebrated of the 20th century. By the end of 1969 and into the beginning of 1970, their working relationship had fallen apart and the group as whole began to disintegrate. After the band’s break-up, the members pursued their… Read the full story

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Profile of the Day: Henry V of England

Posted April 9, 2014 by Amanda | No Comment
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On April 9, 1413, Henry V was crowned King of England at Westminster Abbey. Considered one of the great warrior kings in English history, Henry V led two successful invasions of France, culminating in his famous victory at the Battle of Agincourt in 1415. After his sudden death in 1422, he was succeeded by his infant son, who reigned as Henry VI. Fun fact: Henry V was featured in three plays by his cousin William Shakespeare. The… Read the full story

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Profile of the Day: Betty Ford

Posted April 8, 2014 by Amanda | No Comment
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Today we remember former First Lady Betty Ford, who was born April 8, 1918 in Chicago, Illinois. She was the third child and only daughter of William Stephenson Bloomer, Sr., a traveling salesman, and his wife, Hortense. During her husband’s presidency, Betty was highly active in social policy and set the precedent as a politically active presidential wife. She continued her social work long after leaving the White House. Betty was open about her own… Read the full story

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Profile of the Day: Mickey Rooney

Posted April 7, 2014 by Amanda | No Comment
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Today we remember legendary entertainer Mickey Rooney, who passed away yesterday at the age of 93. Rooney was born Joseph Yule, Jr. in Brooklyn, New York on September 23, 1920. A performer since he was a toddler, Rooney made his first stage appearance in his parents’ vaudeville act. He served in the U.S. Army during World War II and was awarded the Bronze Star Medal for entertaining the troops in combat zones. Although his career… Read the full story

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Profile of the Day: Robert Downey, Jr.

Posted April 4, 2014 by Amanda | No Comment
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Happy birthday Robert Downey, Jr.! Today the Iron Man star turns 49. He was born on April 4, 1965 in New York City to Robert Downey Sr., an avant-garde filmmaker, and Elsie, an actress. Downey made his screen debut at the age of 5 in his father’s film Pound. Although his career soared during the 1980′s and early 1990′s, his personal struggles with addiction became a constant focus of headlines. In a remarkable turnaround, Downey was… Read the full story

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Profile of the Day: Washington Irving

Posted April 3, 2014 by Amanda | No Comment
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Do you remember reading “The Legend of Sleepy Hollow”? On April 3, 1783, author Washington Irving was born in New York City, New York. He was one of eleven children born to Scottish-English immigrants. The family belonged to the city’s small, vibrant merchant class. Born just as the American Revolution came to its end, Irving’s mother named him after the hero of the revolution, George Washington. At the age of six, Irving would meet his… Read the full story

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Profile of the Day: Hans Christian Andersen

Posted April 2, 2014 by Amanda | No Comment
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What was your favorite children’s book growing up? Today is International Children’s Book Day, which celebrates the birthday of the world’s favorite fairytale author Hans Christian Andersen. Born on April 2, 1805 in Odense, Denmark, Andersen was an only child. Although his family did not have much money, Andersen was well educated and attended boarding schools for the privileged, which fueled speculation that he was an illegitimate member of the Danish royal family. These rumors… Read the full story

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Profile of the Day: Debbie Reynolds

Posted April 1, 2014 by Amanda | No Comment
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Do you remember watching Singin’ in the Rain? Today star Debbie Reynolds turns 82. She was born Mary Frances Reynolds on April 1, 1932 in El Paso, Texas. Reynolds big break came opposite Gene Kelly in the musical Singin’ in the Rain. In 1955, she married actor Eddie Fisher and had two children. Their daughter, Carrie, would follow in her parents’ footsteps and become an accomplished actress and writer. Despite her cheerful and sunny persona… Read the full story

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Profile of the Day: Ewan McGregor

Posted March 31, 2014 by Amanda | No Comment
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Happy birthday Ewan McGregor! Today the Scottish actor turns 43. Born in Perth, Scotland to school teachers, McGregor showed an early interest in singing before devoting his education to theater. In 1996, he received international acclaim with his breakthrough role in the film Trainspotting. Soon he would join one of the largest film franchises in history with is role as the young Obi-Wan Kenobi in the Star Wars prequels. Did you know he had already shared… Read the full story

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Profile of the Day: President Dwight D. Eisenhower

Posted March 28, 2014 by Amanda | No Comment
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Today we remember President Dwight D. Eisenhower, who died on this day in 1969 at the age of 78. He was born in Texas in 1890 and was the third of seven sons. Eisenhower was of Pennsylvania Dutch ancestry and was raised in a large family in Kansas by parents with a strong religious background. A five-star general in the United States Army, Eisenhower served as Supreme Commander of the Allied Forces in Europe during… Read the full story

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Profile of the Day: Gloria Swanson

Posted March 27, 2014 by Amanda | No Comment
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Do you remember watching Sunset Boulevard? On this day in 1899, legendary actress Gloria Swanson was born in a small house in Chicago, Illinois. Since her father was a soldier in the army, she spent much of her childhood in Puerto Rico, where she learned Spanish. She began her career as an extra in silent films alongside the likes of Charlie Chaplin, and soon became one of Hollywood’s most prominent silent film stars and fashion… Read the full story

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Profile of the Day: Leonard Nimoy

Posted March 26, 2014 by Amanda | No Comment
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Happy 83rd birthday Leonard Nimoy! Nimoy was born March 26, 1931 in Boston Massachusetts to Yiddish-speaking Orthodox Jewish immigrants from Iziaslav, Soviet Union (now Ukraine). He began acting at the age of 8 in neighborhood theater and was encouraged to pursue a career as an actor by his grandfather. Best known for portraying Spock in the original Star Trek series, the role and the series would have a significant cultural impact and earn him three Emmy nominations. Following the… Read the full story

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Profile of the Day: Elton John

Posted March 25, 2014 by Amanda | No Comment
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Happy birthday Elton John! Today the singer turns 67. He was born Reginald Kenneth Dwight in Pinner, England on March 25, 1947. He began playing the piano at the age of 3, and by the age of 11, he had earned a scholarship to the Royal Academy of Music. Today Elton is one of the best-selling artists in the world, with over 300 million records sold worldwide. What’s your favorite song? Curious to see how… Read the full story

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Profile of the Day: Steve McQueen

Posted March 24, 2014 by Amanda | No Comment
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Were you a fan of Steve McQueen? On March 24, 1930, the popular action star was born in Beech Grove, Indiana. Dubbed the “King of Cool,” McQueen embodied the “anti-hero” persona, which made him a huge box office draw during the 1960s and 1970s. Some of his most memorable films include Bullitt, The Magnificent Seven  and The Great Escape. What’s your favorite Steve McQueen film? Explore his family tree on Geni and see how you’re related!   View… Read the full story

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Profile of the Day: Rosie O’Donnell

Posted March 21, 2014 by Amanda | No Comment
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Happy birthday Rosie! Today Rosie O’Donnell turns 52. Born on March 21, 1962 in Commack, New York, Rosie was the third of five children. Her mother was a homemaker and her father was an electrical engineer in the defense industry. She began her career as a stand-up comedian, making five appearances on the talent show Star Search before heading to Los Angeles. She made her film debut in A League of Their Own and continued to find further… Read the full story

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Profile of the Day: Fred Rogers

Posted March 20, 2014 by Amanda | No Comment
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Do you remember watching Mister Rogers’ Neighborhood? Today we celebrate the beloved television host Fred Rogers on what would have been his 86th birthday. He was born in Latrobe, Pennsylvania to James and Nancy Rogers. Over the course of three decades, Rogers became an indelible American icon of children’s entertainment and education. Fred Rogers is connected to over 75 million people in Geni’s World Family Tree. How are you related?     View Fred Rogers’… Read the full story

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Profile of the Day: Wyatt Earp

Posted March 19, 2014 by Amanda | No Comment
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Do you have outlaws or lawmen in your family tree? Today we celebrate the 166th anniversary of the birth of Wyatt Earp, one of the most celebrated legends of the American West. An American frontiersman, gambler, and lawman, Earp’s place in history was cemented after his involvement in the gunfight at the O.K. Corral. The infamous shootout lasted just 30 seconds and resulted in the deaths of three outlaws. Earp emerged from the gunfight unscathed…. Read the full story

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Profile of the Day: Simon Bradstreet

Posted March 18, 2014 by Amanda | No Comment
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Do you have Massachusetts Bay Colony ancestors? On this day in 1603, Simon Bradstreet, the last Massachusetts Bay Colony governor, was born in Horbling, England. Bradstreet arrived in Boston with John Winthrop aboard the Arabella and was very much involved in colonial politics. He was married to Anne Bradstreet, who was the first poet and first female writer to be published in Colonial America. Her work was very influential to the Puritans of her time. Amongst… Read the full story

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Profile of the Day: St. Patrick

Posted March 17, 2014 by Amanda | No Comment
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Happy St. Patrick’s Day! Celebrated annually on March 17 for over a thousand years, this Irish cultural and religious holiday honors the memory of St. Patrick, Ireland’s patron saint. At the age of 16, Patrick was kidnapped from his home by pirates and taken to Ireland. During his enslavement, he discovered his call to Christianity and escaped his captors after six years. He returned to Ireland as a missionary, and spread the teachings of Christianity… Read the full story

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Profile of the Day: Albert Einstein

Posted March 14, 2014 by Amanda | No Comment
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Today we celebrate the birth of genius physicist Albert Einstein! Einstein was born in Ulm, Germany on March 14, 1879. His father was a salesman and engineer and founded Elektrotechnische Fabrik J. Einstein & Cie, a company that manufactured electrical equipment based on direct current. While on a visit to the United States in 1933, Einstein elected not to return to his home in Germany due to the rise to power of the Nazis under the… Read the full story

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Profile of the Day: Percival Lowell

Posted March 13, 2014 by Amanda | No Comment
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Remember the days when Pluto was still classified as a planet? Today we celebrate the birth of Percival Lowell, the astronomer who formed the beginning of the effort that led to the discovery of Pluto. Lowell was born on March 13, 1855 in Cambridge, Massachusetts to a prominent and wealthy family. Lowell founded the Lowell Observatory in Flagstaff, Arizona and spent the last decade of his life in search of a possible ninth planet, which… Read the full story

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Profile of the Day: Liza Minnelli

Posted March 12, 2014 by Amanda | No Comment
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Happy birthday Liza Minnelli! This day in 1946, Liza Minnelli was born in Hollywood, California to Hollywood power couple Vincent Minnelli and Judy Garland. Primed for stardom at birth, Liza was able to step out of her mother’s shadow and enjoy a highly successful career in entertainment. She’s one of the rare few who have earned the coveted EGOT, an award in each of the top four major entertainment honors: an Emmy, Grammy, Oscar and… Read the full story

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Profile of the Day: Alexander Fleming

Posted March 11, 2014 by Amanda | No Comment
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Today we remember notable biologist Alexander Fleming, who died on March 11, 1955. Fleming was born in Ayrshire, Scotland on August 6, 1881 and studied medicine before serving as a physician during World War I. In 1928, Fleming made history when he discovered the world’s first antibiotic, penicillin. He stumbled on this revolutionary discovery by accident. Upon returning to his laboratory after a month vacationing with his family, he noticed that a culture of Staphylococcus… Read the full story

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Profile of the Day: Chuck Norris

Posted March 10, 2014 by Amanda | No Comment
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Happy birthday Chuck Norris! Can you believe he’s turning 74 today? The action icon was born Carlos Ray Norris in Ryan, Oklahoma to Wilma and Ray Norris on March 10, 1940. After serving in the United States Air Force, Norris rose to fame as a martial artist. During one of his martial arts demonstrations, he caught the eye of Bruce Lee who cast him in the film Return of the Dragon, which helped launch Norris… Read the full story

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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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