July 2017

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Profile of the Day: Amelia Earhart

Posted July 24, 2017 by Amanda | 3 Comments
Profile of the Day: Amelia Earhart

Today we celebrate the 120th birthday of pioneering aviator Amelia Earhart! Earhart was born on July 24, 1897 in Atchison, Kansas in the home of her maternal grandfather, Alfred Gideon Otis. Since she was a child, Earhart had a strong sense of adventure. During World War I, she trained as a nurse’s aide in Toronto. On December 28, 1920, Earhart took her first plane ride that would forever change her life. She signed up to… Read the full story

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Profile of the Day: Ernest Hemingway

Posted July 21, 2017 by Amanda | No Comment
Profile of the Day: Ernest Hemingway

Today we remember author Ernest Hemingway, who was born on this day in 1899. Ernest Miller Hemingway was bon on July 21, 1899 in Oak Park, Illinois to Clarence Edmonds Hemingway, a physician, and Grace Hall, an opera singer and painter. During World War I, Hemingway enlisted with the Red Cross to become an ambulance driver. While at the Italian front, he was severely injured and spent months recuperating in a hospital in Milan. It was… Read the full story

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Profile of the Day: Neil Armstrong

Posted July 20, 2017 by Amanda | No Comment
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Forty-eight years ago today, astronaut Neil Armstrong made history by becoming the first person to walk on the moon. On the morning of July 16, 1969, Apollo 11 launched from Cape Kennedy carrying astronauts Neil Armstrong, Michael Collins, and Buzz Aldrin. It would be NASA’s first manned mission to the Moon. On July 20, Armstrong and Aldrin landed the lunar module Eagle on the Moon’s surface. The momentous event was broadcasted on live television to audiences around the world…. Read the full story

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Join Geni at IAJGS 2017

Posted July 19, 2017 by Amanda | One Comment
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We’re excited to be headed to Orlando, Florida for the 37th IAJGS International Conference on Jewish Genealogy! The conference will take place July 23 – 28 at the Walt Disney World Swan Resort. IAJGS is always a lively affair with genealogists from all over the world coming together to see old friends, meet new people and learn more about the world of Jewish genealogy. Come see Geni at the exhibit hall, which is open July 23… Read the full story

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Profile of the Day: Benedict Cumberbatch

Posted July 19, 2017 by Amanda | No Comment
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Happy birthday, Benedict Cumberbatch! Today the Sherlock star turns 41. Cumberbatch was born on July 19, 1976 in London, England to Timothy Carlton and Wanda Ventham, both well-known television actors. His paternal grandfather, Henry Carlton Cumberbatch, was a submarine officer in the British Royal Navy in both World Wars. His great grandfather, Henry Arnold Cumberbatch, was a British diplomate and served as Queen Victoria’s consul in Turkey, Lebanon, and Romania. The actor launched to stardom as Sherlock Holmes in the… Read the full story

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Profile of the Day: John Glenn

Posted July 18, 2017 by Amanda | No Comment
Profile of the Day: John Glenn

Today we remember legendary astronaut John Glenn on what would have been his 96th birthday. John Herschel Glenn, Jr. was born on July 18, 1921 to John Herschel Glenn, Sr. and Clara Sproat in Cambridge, Ohio. In 1943, Glenn married his high school sweetheart, Anna Castor. The couple had met when they were just toddlers and remained married for 73 years until his death. An original member of the Mercury Seven, Glenn was the first… Read the full story

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Profile of the Day: Walt Disney

Posted July 17, 2017 by Amanda | One Comment
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On this day in 1955, Walt Disney opened Disneyland for the first time in Anaheim, California. After visiting various amusement parks with his daughters, Disney was inspired to build his own theme park where adults and children could enjoy rides and attractions together. The construction of Disneyland began on July 16, 1954 and would cost $17 million to complete. One year later on July 17, 1955, the park opened to much fanfare. Over 28,000 people attended… Read the full story

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Profile of the Day: Woody Guthrie

Posted July 14, 2017 by Amanda | No Comment
Profile of the Day: Woody Guthrie

On this day in 1912, American folk singer and songwriter Woody Guthrie was born in Okemah, Oklahoma. Guthrie was named after Woodrow Wilson, who was then the Democratic candidate for President. He faced family tragedies early in his life, including the death of his sister in a fire. His mother, suffering from Huntington’s disease, was also later institutionalized. By the age of 14, Guthrie was left to fend for himself. During the Dust Bowl, Guthrie joined… Read the full story

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Profile of the Day: Patrick Stewart

Posted July 13, 2017 by Amanda | No Comment
Profile of the Day: Patrick Stewart

Happy birthday, Patrick Stewart! Today the actor turns 77. The Shakespearean trained actor was born on July 13, 1940 in Mirfield, England. He had a difficult childhood and grew up in a poor, abusive household. His father, Alfred Stewart, was a regimental sergeant major in the British Army and suffered from what was then known as combat fatigue, which is closely related to post-traumatic stress disorder. Stewart found solace in acting and participated in plays throughout… Read the full story

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Profile of the Day: Henry David Thoreau

Posted July 12, 2017 by Amanda | No Comment
Profile of the Day: Henry David Thoreau

Today marks writer Henry David Thoreau’s 200th birthday! He was born David Henry Thoreau on July 12, 1817 in Concord, Massachusetts to John Thoreau, a pencil maker, and Cynthia Dunbar. His maternal grandfather, Asa Dunbar, had led Harvard’s 1766 “Butter Rebellion,” the first recorded student protest in the colonies. Thoreau was a leading transcendentalist and naturalist and often wrote about nature and the environment. He is best remembered for his novel Walden, which reflected on living a… Read the full story

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Profile of the Day: John Quincy Adams

Posted July 11, 2017 by Amanda | No Comment
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Today marks the 250th birthday of John Quincy Adams, the sixth President of the United States. Adams was born on July 11, 1767 in Braintree, Massachusetts to John and Abigail Adams. He was named after his mother’s maternal grandfather, Colonel John Quincy. The city of Quincy, Massachusetts was named after the Colonel. As a young boy, Adams witnessed the Battle of Bunker Hill from the top of Penn’s Hill above the family farm. The son of a… Read the full story

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Profile of the Day: Eva Ekeblad

Posted July 10, 2017 by Amanda | No Comment
Profile of the Day: Eva Ekeblad

On this day in 1724, Swedish aristocrat and scientist Eva Ekeblad was born. She was known for discovering how to make flour and alcohol from potatoes, which significantly reduce famine for years to come. She was born Eva De la Gardie on July 10, 1724 to Magnus Julius De la Gardie, a statesman, and Hedvig Catharina Lilje, who was known for hosting political salons. When potatoes were first introduced into Sweden in 1658, they were only… Read the full story

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Profile of the Day: Ringo Starr

Posted July 7, 2017 by Amanda | No Comment
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What’s your favorite Beatles song? Today we celebrate drummer Ringo Starr’s 77th birthday! The former Beatle was born Richard Starkey to Elsie Gleave and Richard Starkey in Liverpool, England. He spent some of his childhood in and out of hospitals. After an appendectomy at the age of 6, he contracted peritonitis, which left him living in a children’s hospital for a year while he recovered. A few years later, he contracted tuberculosis and was admitted to… Read the full story

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Profile of the Day: Frida Kahlo

Posted July 6, 2017 by Amanda | No Comment
Profile of the Day: Frida Kahlo

Today we remember artist Frida Kahlo, who was born on this day 110 years ago. Magdalena Carmen Frida Kahlo y Calderón was born on July 6, 1907 in Coyoacán, a village outside of Mexico City, Mexico. Her father, Guillermo Kahlo, was a photographer born in Germany and immigrated to Mexico in 1891. At the age of 6, Kahlo contracted polio, which left her right leg shorter than her left. Kahlo first began painting after she was… Read the full story

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Profile of the Day: William Booth

Posted July 5, 2017 by Amanda | No Comment
Profile of the Day: William Booth

On this day in 1865, the Salvation Army was founded by William Booth, a London minister, and his wife Catherine. The couple had first established the Christian Mission, which would later become known as the Salvation Army, to help the poor and destitute in London’s East End. They held meetings open to the poorest and the most in need, including alcoholics, criminals and prostitutes. Run with military efficiency modeled after the British Army, the charitable organization soon… Read the full story

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Profile of the Day: Nathaniel Hawthorne

Posted July 4, 2017 by Amanda | No Comment
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Do you remember reading The Scarlet Letter? On this day in 1804, author Nathaniel Hawthorne was born in Salem, Massachusetts. Hawthorne’s third great grandfather, William Hathorne, was the author’s first American ancestor. He was a prominent member of the Massachusetts Bay Colony and even held the positions of magistrate and judge. Hawthorne’s second great grandfather, John Hathorne, was one of the leading judges during the Salem witch trials. He was the only judge involved to never… Read the full story

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Profile of the Day: Tom Cruise

Posted July 3, 2017 by Amanda | No Comment
Profile of the Day: Tom Cruise

Happy birthday, Tom Cruise! Today the actor turns 55. Tom Cruise was born Thomas Cruise Mapother IV on July 3, 1962 in Syracuse, New York. When he was young, Cruise had considered becoming a priest, however, he left after a year in seminary school. He was encouraged to join the drama department in high school and caught the bug for acting. After making memorable appearances in the films Taps and The Outsiders, Cruise got his big break… Read the full story