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Profile of the Day: Nikola Tesla

Posted July 10, 2013 by Amanda | No Comment
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Today we celebrate Nikola Tesla‘s 157th birthday. On July 10, 1856, Tesla was born to Serbian parents in the village of Smiljan, Austrian Empire. A prolific inventor, Tesla’s groundbreaking discoveries help give birth to the commercialization of electricity. Sadly, despite his notable discoveries, Tesla was not able to achieve financial success during his lifetime. He died a recluse in his room at the New Yorker Hotel on January 7, 1943. Did you know that Tesla was… Read the full story

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Profile of the Day: Elias Howe

Posted July 9, 2013 by Amanda | No Comment
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On July 9, 1819, American inventor Elias Howe was born in Spencer, Massachusetts. Howe invented the first practical sewing machine, which ultimately revolutionized the manufacturing of garments both commercially and in the home. In 1846, he received his patent for a sewing machine using a lockstitch design. However, he found it difficult to market his new machine to the U.S. public. While Howe struggled, other entrepreneurs found success replicating, improving and selling the sewing machines, most notably… Read the full story

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Profile of the Day: Andy Murray

Posted July 8, 2013 by Amanda | No Comment
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Congratulations, Andy Murray! This weekend Murray became the first British tennis player to win the Wimbledon Championship in men’s singles in 77 years. In a stunning victory, Murray defeated Novak Djokovic with a final score card of 6-4 7-5 6-4. Did you catch the game? Check out Andy Murray’s family tree and see if you can help connect him to over 70 million people on Geni.     View Andy Murray’s Geni Profile   Image… Read the full story

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Profile of the Day: P.T. Barnum

Posted July 5, 2013 by Amanda | No Comment
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On July 5 ,1810, P.T. Barnum was born in Bethel, Connecticut. An immensely successful promoter, Barnum is best remembered for founding the circus that came to be known as the Ringling Rbos. and Barnum & Bailey Circus. Dubbed the “Greatest Show on Earth,” Barnum brought together a strange menagerie of curiosities, from the Feejee mermaid to General Tom Thumb, “the Smallest Person that ever Walked Alone.” P.T. Barnum is connected to over 70 million people in Geni’s… Read the full story

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Profile of the Day: Thomas Jefferson

Posted July 4, 2013 by Amanda | No Comment
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Happy Independence Day! Today the U.S. commemorates the adoption of the Declaration of Independence on July 4, 1776. The document declared the 13 American colonies’s freedom and independence from the British Empire. It’s principle author was Thomas Jefferson, who served in the Continental Congress at the beginning of the American Revolution. The Founding Father would later serve as the third President of the United States. Did you know that in a remarkable coincidence, both John… Read the full story

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Profile of the Day: Franz Kafka

Posted July 3, 2013 by Amanda | No Comment
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Today we celebrate author Franz Kafka‘s 130th birthday! Born on July 3, 1906 in Prague, Austria-Hungry, Kafka is regarded by many as one of the most influential authors of the 20th century. His works explored themes of alienation, physical and psychological brutality, and mystical transformations. His literary legacy continues to influence today’s culture as the term “Kafkaesque” has penetrated the English lexicon to describe surreal situations like those in his writings. Are you a fan… Read the full story

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Profile of the Day: Amelia Earhart

Posted July 2, 2013 by Amanda | No Comment
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On this day in 1937, aviator Amelia Earhart and navigator Frederick Noonan went missing over the Pacific while attempting to make the first flight around the world along the equator. An aviation pioneer, Earhart was the first female pilot to fly solo across the Atlantic Ocean. Since the pair’s disappearance, several theories have formed about what happened during their final flight. To this day, efforts to discover the truth about their disappearance continues to captivate the… Read the full story

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Profile of the Day: Diana, Princess of Wales

Posted July 1, 2013 by Amanda | No Comment
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Today we remember Princess Diana on what would have been her 52nd birthday. On this day in 1961, Princess Diana was born in Sandringham, England. Dubbed the “People’s Princess,” she is fondly remembered for her compassion and charitable efforts around the world. Now the world eagerly anticipates the impending birth of her eldest son Prince William‘s first child. Princess Diana is connected to over 70 million people in Geni’s World Family Tree. How are you… Read the full story

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Profile of the Day: Henry VIII

Posted June 28, 2013 by Amanda | No Comment
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On this day in 1491, Henry VIII, King of England was born. Although historically known for his role in initiating the English Reformation with the separation of the Church of England from the Roman Catholic Church, Henry VIII is perhaps best remembered in popular culture for his six marriages and beheading two of his wives. Henry VIII 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: Helen Keller

Posted June 27, 2013 by Amanda | No Comment
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On June 27, 1880, Helen Keller was born in Tuscumbia, Alabama. At the age of 18 months, she contracted an illness that left her blind and deaf. During the early years of her childhood, Keller had very limited methods of communication and became very unruly. Her mother hired Anne Sullivan to help teach Keller. Sullivan began to teach Keller words by drawing the letters into her hands. After a frustrating beginning, Keller made a breakthrough… Read the full story

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Profile of the Day: President John F. Kennedy

Posted June 26, 2013 by Amanda | No Comment
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Today marks the 50th anniversary of President John F. Kennedy‘s historic “Ich bin ein Berliner” speech. On this day in 1963, shortly after the Soviet-controlled East Germany erected the Berlin Wall, President Kennedy made a historic visit to the city to expressed his solidarity with the citizens of West Germany. In what proved to be a significant moment of the Cold War, his speech brought the people of the divided city hope and emphasized the United States’… Read the full story

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Profile of the Day: George Orwell

Posted June 25, 2013 by Amanda | No Comment
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On June 25, 1903, author George Orwell was born in Motihari, India. Best known for his novels Animal Farm and 1984, Orwell frequently included themes of social injustice and addressed the major political movements of his times in his works. His writings continue to influence popular and political culture as the term “Orwellian,” descriptive of totalitarian social practices, and several of his neologisms, such as “Big Brother,” have become apart of today’s vernacular. George Orwell is… Read the full story

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Profile of the Day: Jack Dempsey

Posted June 24, 2013 by Amanda | No Comment
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On June 24, 1895, Jack Dempsey, the American world heavy weight boxing champion from 1919 to 1926, was born in Manasa, Colorado. Known as the “Manassa Mauler,” Dempsey ranked second only to Babe Ruth among the great American sports icons of the 1920s. In 1954, he was inducted into the Boxing Hall of Fame. Today, he is still remembered as one of the greatest boxers of all time. Jack Dempsey is connected to over 70… Read the full story

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Profile of the Day: Prince William

Posted June 21, 2013 by Amanda | No Comment
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Happy birthday, Prince William! Today the Duke of Cambridge turns 31. The eldest son of Princess Diana and Prince Charles of Wales, Prince William is the second inline to the British throne. He was born at St. Mary’s Hospital in London and was the first royal heir to be born in a hospital. Prince William will soon be a proud papa himself as he and his wife, Kate Middleton, await the impending birth of their first… Read the full story

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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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