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Profile of the Day: Louis XVI of France

Posted January 21, 2021 by Amanda | No Comment

On this day in 1793, Louis XVI was executed for treason by guillotine. Image: Louis XVI / New York Public Library Louis XVI was born on August 23, 1754 in the Palace of Versailles. He was the second son of Louis, the Dauphin of France, and thus the grandson of Louis XV. When his brother died at the age of nine, followed by the death of his father in 1765, a young Louis became the next… Read the full story

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Profile of the Day: Buzz Aldrin

Posted January 20, 2021 by Amanda | No Comment

Happy 91st birthday to Buzz Aldrin! Image: Buzz Aldrin / NASA On January 20, 1930, Edwin Eugene Aldrin, Jr. was born in Glen Ridge, New Jersey to Edwin Eugene Aldrin, Sr. and Marion Gaddys. His nickname “Buzz” originated in his childhood; his younger sister mispronounced the word “brother” as “buzzer” and the name stuck. The family later shortened it to Buzz. As the Lunar Module Pilot on Apollo 11, Aldrin made the first manned lunar landing… Read the full story

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Profile of the Day: Dolly Parton

Posted January 19, 2021 by Amanda | No Comment

Happy birthday to Dolly Parton! Today the music icon turns 75. Image: Dolly Parton / Wikimedia Commons Parton was born on January 19, 1946 in a one-room cabin in Pittman Center, Tennessee. The fourth of twelve children, Parton has described her family as dirt poor. From a young age, she showed a passion for music and by the age of 10, she was performing professionally. As soon as she graduated from high school, Parton set… Read the full story

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Profile of the Day: Martin Luther King, Jr.

Posted January 18, 2021 by Amanda | No Comment

“The time is always right to do what is right.” – Martin Luther King, Jr. Today the U.S. celebrates Martin Luther King, Jr. Day in honor of civil rights leader Martin Luther King, Jr., who was born on January 15, 1929 in Atlanta, Georgia. Image: Martin Luther King, Jr. / Library of Congress An icon of the American Civil Rights movement, King worked to end racial discrimination and inequality through non-violent protest and civil disobedience…. Read the full story

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Profile of the Day: James Naismith

Posted January 15, 2021 by Amanda | No Comment

On this day in 1892, physical education teacher and inventor James Naismith published the rules of basketball for the first time. The sport is now played in over 200 countries around the world. James Naismith with the “first team” / U.S. National Archives and Records Administration Naismith was born on November 6, 1861 in what is today Mississippi Mills, Ontario, Canada. An athlete himself, Naismith played football, lacrosse, rugby, soccer, and gymnastics while at McGill… Read the full story

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Profile of the Day: Humphrey Bogart

Posted January 14, 2021 by Amanda | No Comment

On this day in 1957, actor Humphrey Bogart died at the age of 57. Image: Humphrey Bogart / Wikimedia Commons Bogart was born on December 25, 1899 in New York City, New York to Belmont DeForest Bogart, a doctor, and Maud Humphrey, an illustrator and suffragist. Through his father’s branch, Bogart can trace his ancestry to the early Dutch settlers of New Amsterdam. He is a direct descendant of Sarah Rapelje, who is said to… Read the full story

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Profile of the Day: Jan van Goyen

Posted January 13, 2021 by Amanda | No Comment

Do you have Dutch ancestry? On this day in 1596, Dutch artist Jan van Goyen was born. A prolific artist, van Goyen (sometimes spelled Goijen) produced about 1,200 paintings and over 1,000 drawings during his lifetime. Image: Jan van Goyen / Wikimedia Commons He was born Jan Josephszoon van Goyen in Leiden, Netherlands. Van Goyen began an apprenticeship at the age of ten and studied painting under the tutelage of several masters. Although he made… Read the full story

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Send Your Family Virtual Photo Gifts

Posted January 12, 2021 by Amanda | No Comment

As we start off the new year, we’re excited to release a fun new addition to our virtual gifts – your own photos! Now when you send a greeting to a relative, you can add a photo of your own as a virtual gift. Enjoy using your imagination to personalize your birthday, anniversary, or “just because” greetings to those you care about most. Adding a Virtual Photo Gift When you receive an upcoming birthday or… Read the full story

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Profile of the Day: Jack London

Posted January 12, 2021 by Amanda | No Comment

Do you remember reading White Fang? American author Jack London was born on this day in 1876 in San Francisco, California. Image: Jack London / Library of Congress London was born John Griffith Chaney to Flora Wellman and William Chaney. His biological father was never a part of his life and his mother would later marry John London, a veteran of the Civil War. At the age of 21, London left for the Klondike to join… Read the full story

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Profile of the Day: Alexander Hamilton

Posted January 11, 2021 by Amanda | No Comment

Founding Father Alexander Hamilton was born on January 11, 1755 or 1757 (the exact day is unknown). Image: Alexander Hamilton / Wikimedia Commons Born on the island of Nevis, British West Indies, Hamilton and his older brother James were born out of wedlock to James A. Hamilton and Rachel Faucette, who was still married to another man. While he was still a child, his father left the family, leaving them impoverished. Then in 1768, Hamilton’s mother… Read the full story

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Profile of the Day: Elvis Presley

Posted January 8, 2021 by Amanda | No Comment

Happy birthday, Elvis! 86 years ago today, Elvis Presley was born. Known as the King of Rock and Roll, Presley is remembered as one of the most successful and iconic musicians in history. Image: Elvis Presley / Wikimedia Commons Presley was born on January 8, 1935 in Tupelo, Mississippi in a two-room shotgun house built by his father, Vernon Presley. Sadly, Presley’s identical twin brother was delivered stillborn 35 minutes before his birth. Presley grew up as… Read the full story

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Profile of the Day: Nikola Tesla

Posted January 7, 2021 by Amanda | No Comment

On this day in 1943, inventor Nikola Tesla died at the age of 86. He is remembered for his groundbreaking discoveries in the production, transmission, and application of electric power. Image: Nikola Tesla / Library of Congress Tesla was born on July 10, 1856 in the village of Smiljan in the Austro-Hungarian Empire (what is today Croatia). His father, Milutin Telsa, was an Eastern Orthodox priest, and his mother, Đuka Mandić, whose father was also an… Read the full story

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Profile of the Day: Samuel Morse

Posted January 6, 2021 by Amanda | No Comment

On this day in 1838, Samuel Morse and Alfred Vail gave the first successful public demonstration of their telegraph in front a small group of onlookers at the Speedwell Ironworks in Morristown, New Jersey. Image: Samuel Morse / Library of Congress The telegraph transmitted electric pulses over wires, enabling people to send messages over vast distances. Morse and Vail also developed a code using pulses and pauses, which we now know as Morse code. After struggling… Read the full story

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Profile of the Day: Diane Keaton

Posted January 5, 2021 by Amanda | No Comment

Happy birthday to Diane Keaton! Today the actress turns 75. Image: Diane Keaton / Firooz Zahedi, Wikimedia Commons (CC BY-SA 3.0) Keaton was born January 5, 1946 in Los Angeles, California to Dorothy Keaton, a homemaker, and John Newton Ignatius Hall, a civil engineer. With an early interest in acting, Keaton moved to New York City to study at the Neighborhood Playhouse School of the Theater. She took her mother’s maiden name “Keaton” to avoid… Read the full story

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Profile of the Day: Isaac Newton

Posted January 4, 2021 by Amanda | No Comment

Today we remember physicist and mathematician Isaac Newton, who was born on January 4, 1643. Newton was a key figure of the 17th century Scientific Revolution and considered to be one of the greatest minds of the era. Image: Isaac Newton / Wikimedia Commons Newton was born prematurely at Woolstrhope Manor in Lincolnshire, England, just three months after the death of his father. A gifted student, Newton excelled in mathematics. Newton would go on to become… Read the full story