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Profile of the Day: James Gandolfini

Posted June 20, 2013 by Amanda | One Comment
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Today we remember actor James Gandolfini, who passed away yesterday at the age of 51. Born in Westwood, New Jersey, James developed a strong connection to his Italian heritage. His mother, a high school lunch lady, was born in the U.S. but raised in Naples, Italy and his father, a custodian, was a native of Borgotaro, Italy. He shot to fame as mafia boss Tony Soprano on HBO’s award-winning show The Sopranos, for which he… Read the full story

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Profile of the Day: Lou Gehrig

Posted June 19, 2013 by Amanda | No Comment
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On this day in 1846, the first officially recorded, organized baseball game was played under Alexander Cartwright‘s rules in Hoboken, New Jersey. Dubbed the “father of baseball,” Cartwright played the role of umpire for the game. And it was on this day 57 years later that American baseball legend Lou Gehrig was born in Yorkville, New York. Nicknamed “The Iron Horse,” Gehrig set several major league records, including the most career grand slams. He was… Read the full story

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Profile of the Day: Anastasia Romanov

Posted June 18, 2013 by Amanda | No Comment
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On June 18, 1901, Anastasia, daughter of the last Russian tsar, Nicholas II, was born in Petrodvorets, Russia. She was killed along with her family by members of the Bolshevik secret police, but the location of her body remained unknown until 2008. Rumors of her escape widely circulated after her death, with many women claiming to be the real Anastasia. The most notorious Anastasia impostor was Anna Anderson, who surfaced publicly during the 1920s. She… Read the full story

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Profile of the Day: Igor Stravinsky

Posted June 17, 2013 by Amanda | No Comment
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On June 17, 1882, Russian composer Igor Stravinsky was born in Oranienbaum, Russia. Considered one of the most important and influential composers of the 20th century, Stravinsky was noted for his stylistic diversity and revolutionary compositions. Over the course of his career, he wrote more than 100 pieces, including ballets, symphonies and operas. Igor Stravinsky is connected to over 70 million people in Geni’s World Family Tree. How are you related?     View Igor… Read the full story

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Profile of the Day: Betsy Ross

Posted June 14, 2013 by Amanda | One Comment
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It’s Flag Day in the U.S.! On June 14, 1777, the Continental Congress adopted the Stars and Stripes as the national flag. According to legend, during the American Revolution, George Washington commissioned Betsy Ross to design and sew the flag for the new nation. Although historians have been unable to prove the legend true, the story made Ross a patriotic icon during the late 19th century. Betsy Ross is connected to over 70 million people… Read the full story

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Profile of the Day: Lady Lucy Duff Gordon

Posted June 13, 2013 by Amanda | One Comment
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On June 13, 1863, Lady Lucy Duff Gordon was born in London, England. As the first English designer to achieve international recognition, she was a widely acknowledged innovator in couture styles and originated the “mannequin parade,” a precursor to the modern fashion show. Gordon is perhaps best remembered as a surviving passenger of the Titanic disaster. She and her husband escaped in Lifeboat 1. Although built to hold about 63 people, the boat was lowered with less than… Read the full story

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Profile of the Day: Anne Frank

Posted June 12, 2013 by Amanda | No Comment
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On June 12, 1929, Anne Frank was born in Frankfurt am Main, Germany. It was this day on her 13th birthday that Anne received her famous diary in which she would sort all her emotions, despairs and desires, while in hiding during World War II. After two years of hiding, the family was discovered and taken to a Nazi concentration camp. Her father, Otto Frank, was the only one of the group to survive. He… Read the full story

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Profile of the Day: Richard Strauss

Posted June 11, 2013 by Amanda | No Comment
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On June 11, 1864, German composer Richard Strauss was born in Munich, Germany. The leading German classical composer of the late Romantic and early modern eras, Strauss is known for his operas, Der Rosenkavalier and Salome, based on the play by Oscar Wilde. Richard Strauss is connected to over 70 million people in Geni’s World Family Tree. How are you related?     View Richard Strauss’s Geni Profile  

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Profile of the Day: Maurice Sendak

Posted June 10, 2013 by Amanda | No Comment
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On June 10, 1928, beloved children’s book writer Maurice Sendak was born in Brooklyn, New York. Known for his critically acclaimed book, Where the Wild Things Are, Sendak gained international fame for the book’s dark story and somewhat grotesque illustrations. Do you remember reading Where the Wild Things Are as a child? Maurice Sendak’s family tree is not yet connected to the World Family Tree. Perhaps you can help expand his tree and connect him to… Read the full story

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Profile of the Day: Joan Rivers

Posted June 7, 2013 by Amanda | No Comment
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Tomorrow comedian Joan Rivers celebrates her 80th birthday! Born in Brooklyn, New York, Rivers is the daughter of Russian Jewish immigrants. Her big break came in 1965 when she was invited to perform her stand up routine on The Tonight Show with Johnny Carson. Combined with her appearances on The Ed Sullivan Show, Rivers quickly became a household name. Joan Rivers is connected to over 70 million people in Geni’s World Family Tree. How are… Read the full story

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Profile of the Day: Thomas Mann

Posted June 6, 2013 by Amanda | No Comment
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On June 6, 1875, German novelist Thomas Mann was born in Lübeck, Germany. He is best remembered for his series of highly symbolic and ironic epic novels, most notably the epic Buddenbrooks and The Magic Mountain. In 1929, Mann was awarded the Nobel Prize in Literature. Thomas Mann is connected to 70 million people in Geni’s World Family Tree. How are you related?     View Thomas Mann’s Geni Profile  

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Profile of the Day: Robert F. Kennedy

Posted June 5, 2013 by Amanda | No Comment
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Forty-five years ago today, Robert F. Kennedy was shot in a hail of gunfire in the Ambassador Hotel in Los Angeles. He died from his wounds the next day. The younger brother of President John F. Kennedy, Robert served as the 64th U.S. Attorney General from 1961 – 1964. He was a seminal figure of the 1960s and a strong advocate for the American Civil Rights Movement. Do you remember when Robert F. Kennedy was… Read the full story

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Profile of the Day: Angelina Jolie

Posted June 4, 2013 by Amanda | No Comment
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Happy birthday, Angelina Jolie! Today the popular actress turns 38. Recently, Jolie bravely revealed that she had undergone a preventative double mastectomy to minimize her risk of breast cancer after learning that she carries the BRCA1 gene mutation. She had lost her mother and most recently, her aunt to cancer. Angelina Jolie is connected to over 70 million people in Geni’s World Family Tree. How are you related?     View Angelina Jolie’s Geni Profile  … Read the full story

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Profile of the Day: Jean Stapleton

Posted June 3, 2013 by Amanda | No Comment
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Today we remember Jean Stapleton, who died in her New York City home at the age of 90. Despite a lifetime career in acting, Stapleton didn’t gain fame until late in life for her iconic portral of Edith Bunker in the 1970s groundbreaking comedy All in the Family. Do you remember watching her on television? Jean Stapleton is connected to over 70 million people in Geni’s World Family Tree. How are you related?     View… Read the full story

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Profile of the Day: Clint Eastwood

Posted May 31, 2013 by Amanda | No Comment
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On May 31, 1930, Clint Eastwood was born in San Francisco, California. Eastwood got his big break in the TV series Rawhide and achieved immense popularity in a string of western hits. He cemented his role as a cultural icon as Harry Callahan in Dirty Harry. Today he has ten Academy Award nominations with four wins under his belt. What’s your favorite Clint Eastwood movie? Clint Eastwood is connected to over 69 million people in… Read the full story

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Profile of the Day: Mel Blanc

Posted May 30, 2013 by Amanda | No Comment
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On May 30, 1908, voice actor Mel Blanc was born in San Francisco, California. Nicknamed “The Man of a Thousand Voices,” Blanc is regarded as one of the most influential people in the history of voice acting. Although he began his nearly six-decade long career performing in radio commercials, Blanc is best remembered for his work with Warner Bros. He brought to life a plethora of memorable Looney Tunes cartoons, voicing iconic characters such as Bugs Bunny,… Read the full story

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Profile of the Day: Edmund Hillary

Posted May 29, 2013 by Amanda | No Comment
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Sixty years ago today, New Zealand mountaineer and explorer Edmund Hillary and Nepalese Sherpa Tenzing Norgay became the first climbers known to reach the summit of Mount Everest. The duo reached the summit at 11:30am and spent 15 minutes atop the highest point on Earth. Hillary and Tenzing were a part of the ninth British expedition to Everest, led by John Hunt. Upon their return, Hunt and Hillary were knighted for their accomplishment, while Tenzing was… Read the full story

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Profile of the Day: Jim Thorpe

Posted May 28, 2013 by Amanda | No Comment
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On May 28, 1888, athlete Jim Thorpe was born in Prague, Oklahoma. Considered one of the most versatile athletes of modern sports, Thorpe won Olympic gold medals for the 1912 decathlon and pentathlon, played American football and professional baseball and basketball. He was a mix of European and Native American ancestry and raised in the Sac and Fox nation in Oklahoma. His native name was Wa-Tho-Huk, which translates as “path lighted by great flash of lightening.”   Jim… Read the full story

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Profile of the Day: Bob Dylan

Posted May 24, 2013 by Amanda | No Comment
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Happy birthday, Bob Dylan! Today the iconic musician turns 72. In 1941, Dylan was born Robert Allen Zimmerman in Duluth, Minnesota. While performing in college, he began taking the name “Bob Dylan,” after the poet Dylan Thomas. It was during this time in the 1960s that his career really took off. He became known as the songwriter of the 60s protest movement, penning and performing many songs about the polarizing social issues of the time. What’s your… Read the full story

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Profile of the Day: Douglas Fairbanks

Posted May 23, 2013 by Amanda | No Comment
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On May 23, 1883, silent film star Douglas Fairbanks was born in Denver, Colorado. Dubbed the “King of Hollywood” during the 1920′s, Fairbanks was known as one of the leading stars of the silent film era. He won audiences over for his swashbuckling roles as Robin Hood and Zoro and also proved to be an astute businessman, launching the film studio United Artist in 1919 in partnership with Charlie Chaplin, Mary Pickford and D.W. Griffith. Douglas… Read the full story

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Profile of the Day: Sir Arthur Conan Doyle

Posted May 22, 2013 by Amanda | No Comment
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On May 22, 1859, Sir Arthur Conan Doyle was born in Edinburgh, Scotland. A prolific writer, Doyle wrote 60 mystery stories featuring the iconic detective Sherlock Holms and his loyal assistant Watson. With several recent film and television adaptations, Sherlock Holms continues to remain immensely popular today. Sir Arthur Conan Doyle’s family tree is still a bit small. Perhaps you can help expand his tree and connect him to the World Family Tree on Geni…. Read the full story

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Profile of the Day: Clara Barton

Posted May 21, 2013 by Amanda | No Comment
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On May 21, 1881, Clara Barton founded the American Red Cross in Washington, D.C. After learning of the Red Cross in Europe, she returned to the U.S. and campaigned for the establishment of an American Red Cross organization to provide emergency response in the event of crisis from war or natural disasters. She served as the organizations first president and led it for 23 years. Clara Barton is connected to over 69 million people in Geni’s… Read the full story

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Profile of the Day: Honoré de Balzac

Posted May 20, 2013 by Amanda | No Comment
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On May 20, 1799, noted French novelist Honoré de Balzac was born in Tours, France. Regarded as one of the founders of realism in European literature, Balzac exhibited an unfiltered representation of society in his works. La Comédie Humaine, a series of short stories and novels representing French life after the 1815 fall of Napoleon Bonaparte, is widely regarded as one of his greatest achievements of his career. Many subsequent novelists would be greatly influenced… Read the full story

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Profile of the Day: Maureen O’Sullivan

Posted May 17, 2013 by Amanda | No Comment
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On May 17, 1911, actress Maureen O’Sullivan was born in Boyle, Ireland.  As one of Ireland’s first film stars, O’Sullivan is perhaps best remembered for her portrayal as Jane in six Tarzan features. Did you know as a child, O’Sullivan attended the Convent of the Sacred Heart along with future Academy Award winning actress Vivien Leigh? Maureen O’Sullivan is connected to over 69 million people in Geni’s World Family Tree. How are you related?  … Read the full story

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Profile of the Day: Rainn Wilson

Posted May 16, 2013 by Amanda | No Comment
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Tonight, the popular comedy televisions series The Office airs its final episode after nine season. In honor of the finale, we’re highlighting Rainn Wilson‘s family tree on Geni. Born in Seattle, Washington, Wilson found stardom as Dwight Schrute on The Office, for which he received three Emmy nominations. Are you sad to see The Office end? Check out The Office (U.S. Series) project on Geni to learn more about the genealogies of the entire cast and some fun family… Read the full story

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Profile of the Day: Emily Dickinson

Posted May 15, 2013 by Amanda | One Comment
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Today we remember poet Emily Dickinson, who died on May 15, 1886 in Amherst, Massachusetts. During her lifetime, Dickinson composed nearly eighteen hundred poems, however fewer than a dozen were published while she was living. Today, she is considered one of the most celebrated and revered poets in history. Emily Dickinson is connected to over 69 million people in Geni’s World Family Tree. How are you related?     View Emily Dickinson’s Geni Profile  

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Profile of the Day: Thomas Gainsborough

Posted May 14, 2013 by Amanda | No Comment
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On May 14, 1727, painter Thomas Gainsborough was born in Sudbury, England. Although he preferred to paint landscapes, Gainsborough’s portrait paintings were well regarded in English society. He painted the portraits of King George III and his queen, and became a founding member of the Royal Academy. Thomas Gainsborough is connected to over 69 million people in Geni’s World Family Tree. How are you related?     View Thomas Gainsborough’s Geni Profile  

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Profile of the Day: Stephen Colbert

Posted May 13, 2013 by Amanda | No Comment
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Happy birthday, Stephen Colbert! On May 13, 1964, The Colbert Report host was born in Washington, DC and grew up in Charleston, South Carolina. Named one of Time’s 100 most influential people of 2012, Colbert has won several Emmys, a Grammy and a Peabody Award for his work. Did you know Colbert is the youngest of 11 children? Check out Stephen Colbert’s family tree on Geni!     View Stephen Colbert’s Geni Profile  

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Profile of the Day: Victoria Woodhull

Posted May 10, 2013 by Hiromimarie | 2 Comments
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On May 10, 1872 Victoria Woodhull, a leader of the woman’s suffrage movement, became the first woman nominated for President of the United States. She was nominated by the then newly formed Equal Rights Party. In 1871, she had spoken publicly against the government being composed only of men; she proposed developing a new constitution and a new government. In 1870, Woodhull and her sister Tennessee Claflin were the first women to operate a brokerage… Read the full story

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Profile of the Day: Rainier III, Prince of Monaco

Posted May 9, 2013 by Hiromimarie | No Comment
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On May 9, 1949, Rainier III became the Sovereign Prince of Monaco on the death of his grandfather Prince Louis II. His mother Princess Charlotte, Duchess of Valentinois had renounced her rights to the throne in 1944 in favour of her son. Prince Rainier III was one of the longest ruling monarchs of the 20th century having ruled the Principality of Monaco for almost 56 years. He was best known outside of Europe for having… Read the full story

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Profile of the Day: Harry Gordon Selfridge, Sr.

Posted May 8, 2013 by Hiromimarie | No Comment
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On May 8, 1947, Harry Gordon Selfridge, Sr. died in London, England. Selfridge invested in building his own department store, Selfridges, in London when he was unimpressed with the quality of British retailers and had noticed that the large stores in London had not adopted the latest selling ideas that were being used in the United States. He was the first to promote Christmas sales with the catchphrase “Only __ Shopping Days Until Christmas”, while… Read the full story

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Profile of the Day: Robert Browning

Posted May 7, 2013 by Amanda | No Comment
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On May 7, 1812, English poet Robert Browning was born in London, England. Widely recognized as a master of dramatic monologue, Browning is considered to be one of the formost poets of the Victorian age. The love story between Browning and his wife, writer Elizabeth Barrett is perhaps one of the most famous courtships in literature. Check out Robert Browning’s family tree on Geni!     View Robert Browning’s Geni Profile  

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Profile of the Day: Sigmund Freud

Posted May 6, 2013 by Amanda | 2 Comments
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On May 6, 1856, Sigmund Freud was born in Freiberg, Austria. Best known as the founder of psychoanalysis, Freud’s contributions significantly impacted the field of psychology. His theories regarding the unconscious mind and mechanisms of repression continue to influence the field today. Sigmund Freud is connected to 69 million people in Geni’s World Family Tree. How are you related?     View Sigmund Freud’s Geni Profile  

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Profile of the Day: Margaret Mitchell

Posted May 3, 2013 by Amanda | No Comment
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On May 3, 1937, Margaret Mitchell won the Pulitzer Prize for Fiction for her epic novel Gone With the Wind. Her book was a phenomenal success and in 1939, it was adapted to film starring Vivien Leigh and Clark Gable. Today her novel and the film continue to have a strong following. Margaret Mitchell is connected to 69 million people in Geni’s World Family Tree. How are you related?     View Margaret Mitchell’s Geni Profile… Read the full story

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Profile of the Day: Catherine the Great

Posted May 2, 2013 by Amanda | No Comment
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On May 2, 1729, Catherine the Great was born. The most renowned and the longest-ruling female leader of Russia, Catherine the Great came to power following a coup that overthrew her husband, Peter III. Her reign is often considered the Golden Age of the Russian Empire, bringing the ideas of the Enlightenment to the country. Catherine the Great is connected to 69 million people in Geni’s World Family Tree. How are you related?    … Read the full story

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Profile of the Day: Jose de Alencar

Posted May 1, 2013 by Amanda | No Comment
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On May 1, 1829, Brazilian writer José de Alencar was born in Fortaleza, Brazil. Alencar is considered to be one of he most famous and influential Brazilian Romantic novelists of the 19th century. He was a major exponent of the literary tradition known as “Indianism.” José de Alencar is connected to over 69 million people on Geni’s World Family Tree. How are you related?     View José de Alencar’s Geni Profile  

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Profile of the Day: Willem-Alexander

Posted April 30, 2013 by Amanda | No Comment
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Today the Netherlands celebrate as Willem-Alexander was sworn in as king after his mother, Queen Beatrix, abdicated the throne, ending her rule of 33 years. The queen announced her intention to step down earlier in the year, stating it was time for the country to be led by a new generation. Willem-Alexander is the first Dutch King in more than 120 years. King Willem-Alexander is connected to over 69 million people in Geni’s World Family Tree…. Read the full story

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Profile of the Day: William Randolph Hearst

Posted April 29, 2013 by Amanda | No Comment
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On April 29, 1863, American newspaper publisher William Randolph Hearst was born in San Francisco, California. As the leading newspaper publisher of the late 19th century and early 20th century, Hearst exercised enormous political influence over the American public. Today his mansion, Hearst Castle, is now a California State Monument and widely popular tourist attraction. William Randolph Hearst is connected to over 69 million people in Geni’s World Family Tree. How are you related?    … Read the full story

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Profile of the Day: Carol Burnett

Posted April 26, 2013 by Amanda | No Comment
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Happy birthday, Carol Burnett! Today, the comedy icon turns 80. She was born in San Antonio, Texas to Jodie and Louise Burnett. After her parents divorced, she moved to Hollywood with her grandmother. Best known for her long-running TV variety show, The Carol Burnett Show, Burnett has enjoyed a long and successful career in Hollywood. Today, her star on the Hollywood Walk of Fame is located in front of the Hollywood Pacific Theater, where she… Read the full story

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Profile of the Day: Edward R. Murrow

Posted April 25, 2013 by Amanda | No Comment
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On April 25, 1908, American broadcast journalist Edward R. Murrow was born in North Carolina. Murrow first gained prominence during World War II. Millions of Americans followed his radio broadcasts for the latest news on the war. Considered one of journalism’s greatest figures, Murrow was known for his honesty and integrity in delivering the news. Edward R. Murrow is connected to over 69 million people in Geni’s World Family Tree. How are you related?  … Read the full story

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Profile of the Day: Milton Hershey

Posted April 24, 2013 by Hiromimarie | No Comment
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On April 24, 1907 Milton S. Hershey opened Hersheypark which is a family theme park founded by Hershey originally for the exclusive use of his employees. He was the founder of The Hershey Chocolate Company and Hershey, Pennsylvania.  Did you know that Hershey and his wife Catherine “Kitty” Sweeney were to travel on the Titanic? Kitty Hershey was ill at the time so they cancelled their reservations. A copy of the check Hershey wrote to the… Read the full story

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Profile of the Day: Shirley Temple

Posted April 23, 2013 by Amanda | No Comment
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On April 23, 1928, child star Shirley Temple was born in Santa Monica, California. She began her film career at the age of three, and soon found international fame as one of Hollywood’s brightest stars. As an adult, Temple enjoyed great success as a diplomat. What’s your favorite Shirley Temple movie? Shirley Temple is connected to over 69 million people in Geni’s World Family Tree. How are you related?     View Shirley Temple’s Geni… Read the full story

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Profile of the Day: Al Gore

Posted April 22, 2013 by Amanda | No Comment
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It’s Earth Day! In honor of the day we’re highlighting Vice President Al Gore, who is perhaps one of the most notable environmental figures today. Credited with re-energizing the environmental movement, Gore’s highly popular and award-winning documentary, An Inconvenient Truth, brought global awareness to the Earth’s changing climate.  In 2007, he was awarded the Nobel Peace Prize for his tireless environmental activism. Al Gore is connected to over 69 million people in Geni’s World Family Tree. How… Read the full story

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Profile of the Day: Charles Darwin

Posted April 19, 2013 by Amanda | No Comment
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On April 19, 1882, Charles Darwin died at his home, the Down House.  In his groundbreaking publication, On the Origin of Species, Darwin introduced his theory of evolution to the world. The book and his future publications would prove to form the foundation of our current understanding of how man evolved through the process of natural selection. Considered on of the most influential figures in history, Darwin is buried in Westminister Abby, near other influential scientists Isaac… Read the full story

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Profile of the Day: Albert Einstein

Posted April 18, 2013 by Amanda | No Comment
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Today we remember renowned physicist Albert Einstein, who died April 18, 1955 at the age of 76. Born in Ulm, Germany, Einstein chose to remain in the United States when Adolf Hitler came to power in Germany during his visit to the U.S. in 1933. In 1940, Einstein became an American citizen. One of the most brilliant minds in history, Einstein’s scientific breakthroughs profoundly influenced our understanding of the world today. Albert Einstein is connected… Read the full story

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Profile of the Day: Alexander Cartwright

Posted April 17, 2013 by Amanda | One Comment
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On April 17, 1820, Alexander Cartwright, a volunteer firefighter, was born in New York City. Referred to as a “father of baseball,” it is believed Cartwright is the first person to develop a new set of rules that would form the basis for modern baseball, including the use of a diamond-shaped field. For decades, controversy surrounded the origins of America’s national pastime; its invention wrongly attributed to Civil War hero Abner Doubleday. On June 3,… Read the full story

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Profile of the Day: Charlie Chaplin

Posted April 16, 2013 by Amanda | No Comment
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On April 16, 1889, film icon Charlie Chaplin was born in London, England. One of the biggest stars of the Silent Era, Chaplin is considered a pioneer and one of the most influential figures of the 20th century. In 1919, he founded United Artist film studio with D.W. Griffith, Douglas Fairbanks, and Mary Pickford. Help build Charlie Chaplin’s family tree to see how you’re related!       View Charlie Chaplin’s Geni Profile  

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Profile of the Day: Jean-Paul Sartre

Posted April 15, 2013 by Amanda | No Comment
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On April 15, 1980, French existentialist philosopher and writer Jean-Paul Sartre died in Paris, France. Considered one of the key leading figures of 20th century French philosophy, much of Sartre’s work profoundly influenced a variety of disciplines. In 1964, Sartre was awarded the Nobel Prize in Literature, however he turned it down, stating “that a writer’s accepting such an honor would be to associate his personal commitments with the awarding institution, and that, above all,… Read the full story

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Profile of the Day: Ulysses S. Grant

Posted April 12, 2013 by Amanda | No Comment
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On April 12, 1861, the American Civil War began when Confederate forces fired on Fort Sumter. For four years, the war divided the nation. Under the command of Ulysses S. Grant, the Union armies defeated the Confederate armies of the South and brought an end to the war. After the Civil War, Grant would serve two consecutive terms as the 18th President of the United States. Ulysses S. Grant is connected to over 68 million… Read the full story

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Profile of the Day: Gustav Vigeland

Posted April 11, 2013 by Amanda | No Comment
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On April 11, 1869, Norwegian sculptor Gustav Vigeland was born in Mandal, Norway. Considered one of the most important artists in Norwegian history, many of Vigeland’s lifeworks can be found in Norway’s Vigeland Park, the world’s largest sculpture park made by a single artist. Did you know Vigeland was also the designer of the Nobel Peace Prize medal? Check out Gustav Vigeland’s family tree and help connect him to over 68 million people on Geni!… Read the full story

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