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Profile of the Day: Ray Charles

Posted September 23, 2016 by Amanda | No Comment
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Happy birthday, Ray Charles! Today would have been his 86th birthday. Ray Charles Robinson was born on September 23, 1930 in Albany, Georgia. He was the son of Bailey Robinson, a laborer, and Aretha Williams, a sharecropper. Around the age of four or five, Charles began to lose his sight and by the age of seven, he was completely blind. Although the family had little money, Charles was able to attend the Florida School for the… Read the full story

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Profile of the Day: George III of the United Kingdom

Posted September 22, 2016 by Amanda | No Comment
Profile of the Day: George III of the United Kingdom

On this day in 1761, George III was crowned King of the Kingdom of Great Britain at the age of 22. He succeeded to the throne after the death of his grandfather, George II. Just a couple of weeks before his coronation, he married Princess Charlotte of Mecklenburg-Strelitz, whom he did not meet until their wedding day. Together they were crowned King and Queen at Westminster Abbey on September 22, 1761. In his accession speech, George declared, “Born… Read the full story

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Profile of the Day: Bill Murray

Posted September 21, 2016 by Amanda | No Comment
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Happy birthday, Bill Murray! Today the actor turns 66. William James Murray was born on September 21, 1950 in Evanston, Illinois. He is the fifth of nine children born to Lucille Collins, a mail room clerk, and Edward Joseph Murray, II, a lumber salesman. At the age of 20, Murray was arrested at Chicago’s O’Hara Airport for trying to smuggle 10 lbs of cannabis. He was convicted and sentenced to probation. Looking for a new direction, Murray accepted his… Read the full story

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Profile of the Day: Ferdinand Magellan

Posted September 20, 2016 by Amanda | No Comment
Profile of the Day: Ferdinand Magellan

On this day in 1519, Portuguese navigator Ferdinand Magellan set sail from Spain to find a better route to the Spice Islands of Indonesia. The voyage would result in the first circumnavigation of world. Magellan was born to a Portuguese noble family around 1480. After the death of his parents, he became a page to Queen Leonor, the wife of John II of Portugal. He studied cartography, astronomy and celestial navigation, which would serve him well… Read the full story

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Profile of the Day: Julia Louis-Dreyfus

Posted September 19, 2016 by Amanda | No Comment
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Congratulations to Julia Louis-Dreyfus on her fifth consecutive Emmy win! Last night, the Veep star made Emmy Award history by breaking the record for most lead actress wins. She previously held the record in a three-way tie with Candice Bergen and Mary Tyler Moore. It was her sixth win for Outstanding Lead Actress in a Comedy. Five were for her role as Selina Meyer in the HBO comedy Veep. In a hilarious and emotional speech, Julia dedicated her win to her father,… Read the full story

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Profile of the Day: H.A. Rey

Posted September 16, 2016 by Amanda | No Comment
Profile of the Day: H.A. Rey

Do you remember reading the adventures of Curious George? On this day in 1898, illustrator and author H.A. Rey was born in Hamburg, Germany. Curious George is perhaps one of the most recognizable characters in children’s literature. Together with his wife Margaret, Rey brought to life the curious little monkey with his illustrations. Born Hans Augusto Reyersbach, Rey was the son of German Jews. He first met his wife in Hamburg at Margaret’s sister’s 16th birthday party. Years later,… Read the full story

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Profile of the Day: Agatha Christie

Posted September 15, 2016 by Amanda | No Comment
Profile of the Day: Agatha Christie

What’s your favorite Agatha Christie novel? On this day in 1890, the crime novelist was born in Torquay, England. She was born Agatha Mary Clarissa Miller to a wealthy upper-middle class family. From a young age, Christie was an avid reader with a vivid imagination. During World War I, Christie joined the war effort as a volunteer for the Voluntary Aid Detachment and worked as a nurse to tend wounded soldiers in the hospital. In 1920, Christie published… Read the full story

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Profile of the Day: Francis Scott Key

Posted September 14, 2016 by Amanda | No Comment
Profile of the Day: Francis Scott Key

On the morning after the Battle of Baltimore, lawyer and poet Francis Scott Key was inspired to write the poem “Defence of Fort McHenry,” which would become the lyrics to “The Star-Spangled Banner.” During the War of 1812, Key accompanied Colonel John Stuart Skinner aboard the British ship HMS Tonnant to negotiate the release of prisoners. During the negotiations, the British attacked Fort McHenry, leaving Key and Skinner powerless to do anything but watch the bombardment of… Read the full story

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Profile of the Day: Roald Dahl

Posted September 13, 2016 by Amanda | No Comment
Profile of the Day: Roald Dahl

Happy 100th birthday to beloved children’s book author Roald Dahl! Roald Dahl was born on September 13, 1916 in Cardiff, Wales to Norwegian parents, Harald Dahl and Sofie Magdalene Hesselerg. During World War II, Dahl served in the Royal Air Force and became an intelligence officer and wing commander. Dahl rose to fame for his delightful and heartfelt stories and became one of the wold’s best selling authors. Some of his most popular novels include Charlie and… Read the full story

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Profile of the Day: Jesse Owens

Posted September 12, 2016 by Amanda | No Comment
Profile of the Day: Jesse Owens

Who are the athletes in your family tree? On this day in 1913, Olympic champion Jesse Owens was born in Oakville, Alabama. He made history at the 1936 Olympic Games in Berlin, Germany when he went home with four gold medals and single handedly defeated Adolf Hitler’s ideas of Aryan supremacy. James Cleveland Owens was the youngest of ten children born to Henry Cleveland Owens, a sharecropper, and Mary Emma Fitzgerald. As a child, Owens took on various… Read the full story

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Profile of the Day: Leo Tolstoy

Posted September 9, 2016 by Amanda | No Comment
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Have you read Anna Karenina? On this day in 1828, author Leo Tolstoy was born at his family’s estate in Tula, Russia. The Tolstoy family was a prominent family of old Russian nobility. He was the fourth child born to Count Nikolai Ilyich Tolstoy, a veteran of the Patriotic War of 1812, and Countess Maiya Tolstaya. Tolstoy’s parents died while he was young, and so his relatives helped care for him and his siblings. Although he… Read the full story

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Profile of the Day: Bernie Sanders

Posted September 8, 2016 by Amanda | No Comment
Profile of the Day: Bernie Sanders

Happy birthday, Bernie Sanders! Today the former Democratic presidential candidate turns 75. Sanders was born on September 8, 1941 in Brooklyn, New York to Jewish parents, Elias Sanders and Dorothy Glassberg. His father immigrated to the United States at the age of 17 from Słopnice, Poland, while his mother’s parents were immigrants from Poland and Russia. Many members of his family back in Poland perished during the Holocaust. He had an interest in politics at an… Read the full story

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Profile of the Day: Buddy Holly

Posted September 7, 2016 by Amanda | No Comment
Profile of the Day: Buddy Holly

Today we remember rock ‘n roll legend Buddy Holly on what would have been his 80th birthday. Charles Hardin Holley was born on September 7, 1936 in Lubbock, Texas. He was the fourth child born to Lawrence Odell “L.O.” Holley and Ella Pauline Drake and nicknamed “Buddy” by his mother. Growing up, Buddy wasn’t the only member of the family interested in music. His older brothers performed in local talent shows and taught him how to play the guitar…. Read the full story

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Profile of the Day: Jane Addams

Posted September 6, 2016 by Amanda | No Comment
Profile of the Day: Jane Addams

On this day in 1860, social activist Jane Addams was born in Cedarville, Illinois. A leader in social reform, women’s suffrage and world peace, Addams was the first American woman to be awarded the Nobel Peace Prize in 1931. Addams was the youngest of eight children born to a prominent Illinois family. Her father, John Addams, was a prosperous businessman and served as a state senator. He was a founding member of the Illinois Republican Party and a… Read the full story

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Profile of the Day: Christa McAuliffe

Posted September 2, 2016 by Amanda | No Comment
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On this day in 1948, high school teacher Christa McAuliffe was born in Boston, Massachusetts. McAuliffe made history in 1985 when she became the first American civilian to be selected to go into space. Sadly, she died in the explosion of the space shuttle Challenger in 1986. McAuliffe was selected from more than 11,000 applicants to participate in the NASA Teacher in Space Project. The purpose of the program was to increase public interest in the space program and… Read the full story

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Profile of the Day: Louis XIV of France

Posted September 1, 2016 by Amanda | No Comment
Profile of the Day: Louis XIV

After 72 years on the throne, King Louis XIV of France died on this day in 1715, just four days before his 77th birthday. Louis XIV was born on September 5, 1638 to Louis XIII and Anne of Austria. Before his birth, his mother had experienced four stillbirths, and so he was named Louis Dieudonné, which was French for “Gift of God.” When he was four, Louis’s father passed away, leaving the toddle to succeed to the French… Read the full story

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Profile of the Day: Princess Diana

Posted August 31, 2016 by Amanda | No Comment
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Today we remember Princess Diana, who passed away on this day nineteen years ago. She was born on July 1, 1961 in Park House, Sandringham, Norfolk and was the fourth of five children born to John Spencer, Viscount Althorp, and Frances Roche. Her family had been closely allied with the British Royal Family for several generations. Both of her grandmothers served as ladies in waiting to Queen Elizabeth, the Queen Mother. Diana grew up on the… Read the full story

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Profile of the Day: Ernest Rutherford

Posted August 30, 2016 by Amanda | No Comment
Profile of the Day: Ernest Rutherford

On this day in 1871, physicist Ernest Rutherford was born in Spring Grove, New Zealand. Dubbed the “Father of the Nuclear Age,” Rutherford’s scientific research led to the first splitting of the atom in 1917. He was the fourth of twelve children born to James Rutherford and Martha Thompson. His mother was a schoolteacher and placed a strong emphasis on the children’s education. When not in school, Rutherford spent his time helping with chores on the… Read the full story

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Profile of the Day: Michael Jackson

Posted August 29, 2016 by Amanda | No Comment
Profile of the Day: Michael Jackson

Happy birthday, Michael Jackson! Today the King of Pop would have turned 58. Michael Joseph Jackson was born on August 29, 1958 in Gary, Indiana. He was the eighth of ten children born to Katherine Scruse and Joseph “Joe” Jackson. At the age of five, Michael began performing with his older brothers as a member of the Jackson 5. His talent was immediately apparent and it was long before Michael was made the group’s lead… Read the full story

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Profile of the Day: Elizabeth Cady Stanton

Posted August 26, 2016 by Amanda | No Comment
Profile of the Day: Elizabeth Cady Stanton

Today the U.S. celebrates Women’s Equality Day, which commemorates the day when the 19th Amendment to the United States Constitution was certified as law. In honor of the day, we’re highlighting Elizabeth Cady Stanton, who helped draft the historical amendment. A leading figure of the women’s rights movement, Stanton’s work helped pave the way for granting women the right to vote. In 1848, Stanton helped organize the Seneca Falls Convention, which was the first women’s rights convention to be… Read the full story

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Profile of the Day: Ivan IV

Posted August 25, 2016 by Amanda | No Comment
Profile of the Day: Ivan IV

Do you have Russian ancestry? On this day in 1530, the first tsar of Russia, Ivan IV, was born in the Grand Duchy of Muscovy, Russia. From a young age, Ivan experienced much tragedy and pain. When he was 3, his father died of an infection from an abscess on his leg. At the request of his father, Ivan was made Grand Prince of Moscow, and his mother acted as regent. However, a few short… Read the full story

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Profile of the Day: Amelia Earhart

Posted August 24, 2016 by Amanda | No Comment
Profile of the Day: Amelia Earhart

Did you know that on this day in 1932, Amelia Earhart became the first woman to fly nonstop across the United States? A pioneer in aviation, Earhart set many records throughout her career. On August 24, 1932, she became the first woman to make a solo nonstop flight across the United States from Los Angeles, California to Newark, New Jersey. The flight took a total of 19 hours and 5 minutes and set a woman’s distance record… Read the full story

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Profile of the Day: Barbara Eden

Posted August 23, 2016 by Amanda | No Comment
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Do you remember watching I Dream of Jeannie? Today star Barbara Eden celebrates her 85th birthday. She was born Barbara Jean Morehead on August 23, 1931 in Tucson, Arizona. As she grew up during the Great Depression, her mother kept her entertained by singing songs. Her early exposure to music left a lasting impression and inspired her to pursue her love of singing and acting. After doing guest spots on a few shows, Eden landed the biggest role… Read the full story

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Profile of the Day: Ray Bradbury

Posted August 22, 2016 by Amanda | No Comment
Profile of the Day: Ray Bradbury

Do you remember reading Fahrenheit 451? On this day in 1920, author Ray Bradbury was born in Waukegan, Illinois. He was the son of Esther Moberg, a Swedish immigrant, and Leonard Spaulding Bradbury, a power and telephone lineman. His seventh great grandmother was Mary Bradbury, who was tried, convicted and sentenced to hang as a witch in Salem, Massachusetts in 1692. She managed to escape execution until the Salem Witch Trials were discredited. Since he was… Read the full story

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Profile of the Day: Gene Roddenberry

Posted August 19, 2016 by Amanda | No Comment
Profile of the Day: Gene Roddenberry

Are you a Star Trek fan? On this day in 1921, Star Trek creator Gene Roddenberry was born in El Paso, Texas. As a young man, Roddenberry became interested in aeronautical engineering and earned a pilot license through the Civilian Pilot Training Program. During World War II, Roddenberry enlisted in the United States Army Air Corps and flew an estimated 89 combat missions. He was awarded the Air Medal and the Distinguished Flying Cross. Did you know Roddenberry also… Read the full story

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Profile of the Day: Patrick Swayze

Posted August 18, 2016 by Amanda | No Comment
Profile of the Day: Patrick Swayze

Today we remember actor Patrick Swayze on what would have been his 64th birthday. Patrick Wayne Swayze was born on August 18, 1952 in Houston, Texas. He was the second child of Patsy Yvonne Helen Karnes, a choreographer and dance instructor, and Jesse Wayne Swayze, an engineering draftsman. Thanks to his mother’s profession, Swayze was introduced to dance at an early age. He showed off his dancing skills in his breakthrough role in the 1987 film Dirty… Read the full story

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Profile of the Day: Davy Crockett

Posted August 17, 2016 by Amanda | No Comment
Profile of the Day: Davy Crockett

Today marks the 230th birthday of American folk hero Davy Crockett. David “Davy” Crockett was born on August 17, 1786 in what is present day Tennessee. During the Creek War, Crockett joined the state militia as a scout and spent much of his time hunting wild game for the soldiers. He later served as third sergeant in the War of 1812, but saw little action. After returning home, he served two terms in Congress before leaving politics… Read the full story

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Profile of the Day: Madonna

Posted August 16, 2016 by Amanda | One Comment
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Happy birthday, Madonna! Today the iconic singer turns 58. Madonna Louise Veronica Ciccone was born on August 16, 1958 in Bay City, Michigan to Silvio Anthony Ciccone and Madonna Louise Fortin. At the age of 5, Madonna lost her mother to breast cancer. The loss of her mother significantly affected Madonna as she grew up. Although she remained a straight-A student, Madonna gained attention for her unconventional behavior. After recording her first hit “Everybody,” Madonna’s fame skyrocketed. In… Read the full story

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Profile of the Day: Cecil B. DeMille

Posted August 12, 2016 by Hiromimarie | No Comment
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On this day in 1881, director and producer Cecil B. DeMille was born in Ashfield, Massachusetts to Henry de Mille and Matilda Samuel. His surname is of Dutch origin and was spelled as de Mille which he used in private life, however he chose to use the spelling DeMille for professional purposes. He is recognized as a founding father of the Hollywood film industry. Edendale, a historical name for a district in Los Angeles, California was originally… Read the full story

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Profile of the Day: Andrew Carnegie

Posted August 11, 2016 by Hiromimarie | No Comment
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Today we remember Scottish American industrialist and philanthropist, Andrew Carnegie, who died on August 11, 1919 at the age of 83 in Lenox, Massachusetts. He founded the Keystone Bridge Company in 1865 which was an important bridge building company, but he made his fortune in the steel industry. In 1892 he started the Carnegie Steel Company, it was the largest manufacturer of pig iron, steel rails, and coke (a type of fuel derived from coal)… Read the full story

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Profile of the Day: Jimmy Dean

Posted August 10, 2016 by Hiromimarie | No Comment
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On this day in 1928, American country music singer and businessman Jimmy Dean was born in Plainview, Texas to George Otto Dean and Ruth Taylor. His best known song was in 1961 called “Big Bad John”; the song won Dean the 1962 Grammy Award for Best Country & Western Recording. Dean was also a television host, he had a variety TV series called The Jimmy Dean Show which featured comedy, popular music artists and country music… Read the full story

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Profile of the Day: Henry David Thoreau

Posted August 9, 2016 by Hiromimarie | No Comment
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On August 9, 1854, Henry David Thoreau‘s novel Walden was published. Walden is Thoreau’s most famous novel, he also wrote the essay Civil Disobedience. Thoreau was also a poet, philosopher and abolitionist. His writings inspired many notable leaders such as Mahatma Gandhi, Martin Luther King, Jr. and President John F. Kennedy. Henry David Thoreau was born on July 12, 1817 in Concord, Massachusetts to John Thoreau and Cynthia Dunbar. His name at birth was David Henry, named… Read the full story

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Profile of the Day: Richard Nixon

Posted August 8, 2016 by Amanda | No Comment
Profile of the Day: Richard Nixon

On this day in 1974, Richard Nixon resigned from the office of the President of the United States in a nationwide television address. Do you remember watching? After serving as Vice President under President Dwight D. Eisenhower, Nixon made his bid for the presidency, but narrowly lost to John F. Kennedy. In 1968, he ran again and won. Nixon’s last years in office were marred by the Watergate scandal. At noon the next day after his televised… Read the full story

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Profile of the Day: Neil Armstrong

Posted August 5, 2016 by Amanda | No Comment
Profile of the Day: Neil Armstrong

Today we celebrate what would have been astronaut Neil Armstrong’s 86th birthday! Neil Alden Armstrong was born to Stephen Koenig Armstrong and Viola Louise in Wapakoneta, Ohio on August 5, 1930. Armstrong’s love of flying began at a young age when his father took him on his first airplane flight at the age of five. After serving in the Korean War and finishing college, Armstrong joined the National Advisory Committee for Aeronautics (NACA), which would later… Read the full story

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Profile of the Day: Percy Bysshe Shelley

Posted August 4, 2016 by Amanda | No Comment
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On this day in 1792, poet Percy Bysshe Shelley was born in Sussex, England. Regarded as one of the greatest English Romantic poets of the 19th century, Shelley’s work was often characterized as visionary and radical by his peers. Shelley was the eldest legitimate son born to Sir Timothy Shelley, a member of Parliament, and Elizabeth Pilfold. He grew up learning to fish and hunt in the meadows around his home. At the age of 19,… Read the full story

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Profile of the Day: Calvin Coolidge

Posted August 3, 2016 by Amanda | No Comment
Profile of the Day: Calvin Coolidge

On this day in 1923, Calvin Coolidge was sworn in as the 30th President of the United States, just hours after the death of President Warren G. Harding. John Calvin Coolidge, Jr. was born on July 4, 1872 in Plymouth, Vermont. He’s the only U.S. President to be born on Independence Day. Coolidge’s second great-grandfather, John Coolidge, served in the American Revolutionary War. On August 2, 1923, President Harding died suddenly in San Francisco. At… Read the full story

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Profile of the Day: Elisha Gray

Posted August 2, 2016 by Amanda | No Comment
Profile of the Day: Elisha Gray

On this day in 1835, American inventor Elisha Gray was born in Barnesville, Ohio. The co-founder of the Western Electric Manufacturing Company, Gray is perhaps best remembered for the controversy surrounding the invention of the telephone. Gray was born into a Quaker family in Ohio and grew up on a farm. An electrical engineer, he held over 70 patents and is often considered the father of the modern music synthesizer. On February 14, 1876, Alexander Graham Bell patented… Read the full story

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Profile of the Day: Herman Melville

Posted August 1, 2016 by Amanda | No Comment
Profile of the Day: Herman Melville

Have you read Moby-Dick? On this day in 1819, author Herman Melville was born in New York City, New York. He was the third of eight children born to Allan Melvill and Maria Gansevoort. Both of his grandfathers were heroes of the American Revolutionary War. His paternal grandfather, Major Thomas Melvill, participated in the Boston Tea Party and served as a Major in the Continental Army. Melville’s maternal grandfather, Peter Gansevoort, served as a Colonel during… Read the full story

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Profile of the Day: Sir Francis Drake

Posted July 29, 2016 by Amanda | No Comment
Profile of the Day: Sir Francis Drake

On this day in 1588, English forces led by Lord Charles Howard and Sir Frances Drake defeated the Spanish Armada. Once referred to as the “Invincible Armada,” the defeat of the once-unbeatable Spanish force made England a dominating power in the world. During the late 1580s, tensions between Spain and England had greatly escalated. Queen Elizabeth I dispatched Drake to raid major Spanish ports to great success, which prompted Philip II of Spain to invade England. As… Read the full story

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Profile of the Day: Jacqueline Kennedy Onassis

Posted July 28, 2016 by Amanda | No Comment
Profile of the Day: Jacqueline Kennedy Onassis

Today we remember former First Lady Jacqueline Kennedy Onassis on what would have been her 87th birthday. Before she marrying John F. Kennedy, Jacqueline worked as an inquiring photographer at the Washington Times-Herald. The couple was introduced by a mutual friend, journalist Charles L. Bartlett, at a dinner party in 1952. They married on September 12, 1953 at St. Mary’s Church in Newport, Rhode Island. Their wedding was considered the social event of the season with 700 guests… Read the full story

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Profile of the Day: Bob Hope

Posted July 27, 2016 by Amanda | No Comment
Profile of the Day: Bob Hope

Do you remember watching Bob Hope onscreen? The comedian died on this day in 2003 at the age of 100. He was born Leslie Townes Hope on May 29, 1903 in Eltham, London. He was the fifth of seven sons born to William Henry Hope, a stonemason, and Avis Townes, an amateur opera singer and cleaner. In 1908, the family emigrated to the United States on board the SS Philadelphia and passed through Ellis Island before settling in Cleveland, Ohio…. Read the full story

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Profile of the Day: Mick Jagger

Posted July 26, 2016 by Amanda | No Comment
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Happy birthday, Mick Jagger! Today the Rolling Stones singer turns 73. Michael Philip Jagger was born on July 26, 1943 in Dartford, Kent. His father, Basil Fanshawe Jagger, and his grandfather, David Ernest Jagger, were both teachers. His mother, Eva Ensley Mary Scutts, was a hairdresser. From a young age, Jagger loved to sing. He was classmates with Rolling Stones guitarist Keith Richards, who shared Jagger’s love of the blues. For over 50 years, Jagger has… Read the full story

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Profile of the Day: James VI of Scotland

Posted July 25, 2016 by Amanda | No Comment
Profile of the Day: James VI of Scotland

On this day in 1603, James VI of Scotland was crowned king of England, bringing the Kingdom of England and the Kingdom of Scotland into a personal union. James VI was born on June 19, 1577 in Edinburgh Castle, Scotland. He was the son of Mary, Queen of Scots, and a second great grandson of Henry VII. At just 13 months, he succeeded to the Scottish throne after his mother was compelled to abdicate in favor… Read the full story

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Profile of the Day: Emma Lazarus

Posted July 22, 2016 by Amanda | No Comment
Profile of the Day: Emma Lazarus

“Give me your tired, your poor, Your huddled Masses yearning to breathe free” – Emma Lazarus, “The New Colossus” These are the iconic lines inscribed on a bronze plaque at the pedestal of the Statue of Liberty. The words were written by American poet Emma Lazarus in 1883 in her sonnet “The New Colossus.” The poem was originally written to help raise funds for the construction of the statue’s pedestal, but was forgotten until it was rediscovered… Read the full story

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Profile of the Day: Robin Williams

Posted July 21, 2016 by Amanda | No Comment
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Today we remember actor Robin Williams on what would have been his 65th birthday. He was born Robin McLaurin Williams on July 21, 1951 in Chicago, Illinois. A quiet child growing up, Robin joined the drama department at school to help overcome his shyness. As a student at Julliard, Robin became friends with fellow actor Christopher Reeve. The pair shared a close friendship until Reeve’s death in 2004. Robin began his career as a stand-up comic… Read the full story

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Profile of the Day: Sir Edmund Hillary

Posted July 20, 2016 by Amanda | No Comment
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Do you have adventurers in your family tree? On this day in 1919, explorer and mountaineer Sir Edmund Hillary was born in Auckland, New Zealand. Before gaining fame as a mountaineer, Hillary worked as a beekeeper like his father before him. He joined the Royal New Zealand Air Force during World War II, but was badly burned during a boat accident. After the war, he decided to pursue his love of mountain climbing and was determined to climb… Read the full story

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Profile of the Day: Edgar Degas

Posted July 19, 2016 by Amanda | No Comment
Profile of the Day: Edgar Degas

Does your family tree have any painters? Today marks the 182nd birthday of French painter Edgar Degas. He was born Hilaire-Germain-Edgar De Gas on July 19, 1834 in Paris, France and was the eldest child Augustin De Gas, a banker, and Marie-Celestine Musson, an American from New Orleans, Louisiana. Her father, Germain Musson, had fled his home in Haiti in 1804 and made a small fortune in Louisiana cotton. As a child, Degas showed a talent… Read the full story

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Profile of the Day: Nelson Mandela

Posted July 18, 2016 by Amanda | No Comment
Profile of the Day: Nelson Mandela

Today we remember inspirational figure Nelson Mandela on what would have been his 98th birthday. Nelson Mandela was born on July 18, 1918 in the village of Mvezo in Umtata, South Africa. He was given the name Rolihlahla, a Xhosa term meaning “troublemaker.” In his 20s, Mandela became actively involved in the anti-apartheid movement in South Africa. He spent 27 years of his life in prison after he was convicted of conspiracy to overthrow the state…. Read the full story

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Profile of the Day: Rembrandt

Posted July 15, 2016 by Amanda | No Comment
Profile of the Day: Rembrandt

Today marks the 410th anniversary of the birth of Dutch painter Rembrandt van Rijn. The 17th century painter was born on July 15, 1606 in what is today the Netherlands. The ninth child born to Harmen Gerritszoon van Rijn, and Neeltgen Willemsdochter van Zuijtbrouck, Rembrandt showed an early talent for the arts. He trained as an artist under two masters before beginning to practice as a professional portrait artist himself. In his early years, he found… Read the full story

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Profile of the Day: Ingmar Bergman

Posted July 14, 2016 by Amanda | No Comment
Profile of the Day: Ingmar Bergman

Do you have Swedish ancestry? On this day in 1918, Swedish director Ingmar Bergman was born in Uppsala, Sweden. A powerful and creative filmmaker, Bergman is often considered one of the most accomplished and influential directors of all time. Bergman was born Ernst Ingmar Bergman on July 14, 1918 to Erik Bergman and Karin Åkerblom. His father was a Lutheran minister and chaplain to the King of Sweden. He grew up in a strict household under… Read the full story

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