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Profile of the Day: Fred Rogers

Posted September 21, 2018 by Amanda | No Comment
Profile of the Day: Fred Rogers

Do you remember watching Mister Rogers’ Neighborhood growing up? On this day in 1967, the beloved children’s television show starring Fred Rogers taped its very first episode. The popular show would run for 31 seasons and produce nearly 900 episodes. Although he studied to become an ordained minister, Rogers’s career took an unexpected turn into television after returning home to find his parents had purchased a brand new TV. Disappointed with the programs available to viewers, Rogers saw there was… Read the full story

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Profile of the Day: Upton Sinclair

Posted September 20, 2018 by Amanda | No Comment
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On this day 140 years ago, author Upton Sinclair was born. A prolific writer, Sinclair wrote over 100 books and other works across various genres throughout his life. His is perhaps best remembered for his famous novel, The Jungle, which exposed the horrific conditions of the meatpacking industry. Sinclair was born on September 20, 1878 in Baltimore, Maryland. Although he grew up in poverty, he often spent time with his maternal grandparents, who were very affluent. As a… Read the full story

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Profile of the Day: James A. Garfield

Posted September 19, 2018 by Amanda | No Comment
Profile of the Day: James A. Garfield

On this day in 1881, President James A. Garfield died of complications from a gunshot wound he received on July 2, 1881. Garfield served as the 20th President of the United States and holds the distinction of being the second U.S. President in history to be assassinated. Garfield was born on November 19, 1831 in a log cabin in Orange, Ohio. The youngest of five children, Garfield grew up in poverty. His father died when… Read the full story

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Profile of the Day: Christian VIII of Denmark

Posted September 18, 2018 by Amanda | No Comment
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Have you found your connection to Danish royalty? On this day in 1786, Christian VIII, King of Denmark, was born at Christiansborg Palace in Copenhagen. He was the eldest son of Hereditary Prince Frederick of Denmark and Norway and Duchess Sophia Frederica of Mecklenburg-Schwerin. His paternal grandfather was King Frederick V of Denmark and Norway. In 1814, Christian was elected as the King of Norway and ruled under the name Christian Frederick. However, his reign was… Read the full story

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Profile of the Day: Hank Williams

Posted September 17, 2018 by Amanda | No Comment
Profile of the Day: Hank Williams

Are you a country music fan? On this day in 1923, country music’s first superstar, Hank Williams, was born. Although his career was cut short after his death at the age of 29, Williams is often regraded as one of the most influential singers and songwriters of the 20th century. Williams was born Hiram King Williams on September 17, 1923 in Mount Olive, Alabama to Jessie Lillybelle Skipper and Elonzo Huble Williams. His father was drafted during… Read the full story

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Profile of the Day: Francis Scott Key

Posted September 14, 2018 by Amanda | No Comment
Profile of the Day: Francis Scott Key

On this day in 1814, Francis Scott Key penned the poem that would later become the lyrics to the United States’ national anthem, “The Star-Spangled Banner.” Key was born on August 1, 1779 at the family plantation in Maryland. His father was a lawyer, a judge and an officer in the Continental Army during the American Revolution. During the War of 1812, Key witnessed the bombardment of Fort McHenry by British forces while aboard the British… Read the full story

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Profile of the Day: Roald Dahl

Posted September 13, 2018 by Amanda | No Comment
Profile of the Day: Roald Dahl

“Somewhere inside all of us is the power to change the world.” – Roald Dahl, Matilda On this day in 1916, beloved author Roald Dahl was born in Llandaff, Wales to Norwegian parents, Harald Dahl and Sofie Magdalene Hesselberg. Dahl was named after famed Norwegian explorer Roald Amundsen, who became the first person to reach the South Pole only a few years earlier. During World War II, Dahl served in the Royal Air Force as a fighter… Read the full story

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Profile of the Day: Jesse Owens

Posted September 12, 2018 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: O. Henry

Posted September 11, 2018 by Amanda | No Comment
Profile of the Day: O. Henry

Have you read “The Gift of the Magi”? On this day in 1862, author O. Henry was born. His comedic and ironic stories, often with surprised endings, made Henry one of the most popular short story writers of his time. He was born William Sidney Porter on September 11, 1862 in Greensboro, North Carolina. Before he began his career as a writer, Porter held a variety of jobs. At 15, he began working at his uncle’s drug store… Read the full story

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Profile of the Day: John Legend

Posted September 10, 2018 by Amanda | No Comment
Profile of the Day: John Legend

Last night, musician and artist John Legend became the first African American male and the youngest person to achieve EGOT status. Legend, along with Tim Rice and Andrew Lloyd Webber, won an Emmy for Outstanding Live Variety Special for Jesus Christ Superstar, Live in Concert at the Creative Arts Emmys. They are now among just 15 individuals who have won an Emmy, Grammy, Oscar and Tony Awards. Legend was one of the executive producers and star of the… Read the full story

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Profile of the Day: Buddy Holly

Posted September 7, 2018 by Amanda | No Comment
Profile of the Day: Buddy Holly

On this day in 1936, music legend Buddy Holly was born in Lubbock, Texas. A pioneering figure of 1950s rock and roll, Holly’s short career would go on to inspire many future generations of artists. Holly was born Charles Hardin Holley on September 7, 1936 to Lawrence Odell Holley and Ella Pauline Drake. The fourth and youngest child in the family, Holly was given the nicknamed “Buddy” by his mother, who thought that his given name was too big… Read the full story

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Profile of the Day: Jane Addams

Posted September 6, 2018 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: Louis XIV

Posted September 5, 2018 by Amanda | No Comment
Profile of the Day: Louis XIV

On this day in 1638, Louis XIV was born in the Château de Saint-Germain-en-Laye to Louis XIII and Anne of Austria. As soon as he ascended to the throne, Louis XIV took steps to consolidate his power and establish his absolute authority. He would become one of the longest reigning monarchs in European history. During his reign, Louis built the Palace of Versailles, an opulent palace that posed as a symbol of Louis’s centralized power. Although he… Read the full story

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Profile of the Day: Princess Diana

Posted August 31, 2018 by Amanda | No Comment
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Today we remember Princess Diana, who passed away on this day 21 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: Mary Shelley

Posted August 30, 2018 by Amanda | No Comment
Profile of the Day: Mary Shelley

Have you read the story of Frankenstein? On this day in 1797, author Mary Shelley was born. She was born Mary Wollstonecraft Godwin on August 30, 1797 in London, England. She was the daughter of philosopher and novelist William Godwin and Mary Wollstonecraft, a writer and women’s rights advocate. Shortly after her birth, Shelley’s mother died, leaving her father to raise her and her older half sister, Fanny Imlay. At the age of 16, she met and married… Read the full story

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Profile of the Day: Ingrid Bergman

Posted August 29, 2018 by Amanda | No Comment
Profile of the Day: Ingrid Bergman

Today we remember legendary film star Ingrid Bergman, who was born on this day in 1915. She passed on her 67th birthday in 1982. Bergman was born on August 29, 1915 in Stockholm, Sweden. After losing both her parents while she was young, Bergman went to live with her aunt and uncle. At the age of 17, she earned a scholarship to the Royal Dramatic Theatre School, but left after a year to pursue her acting career… Read the full story

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Profile of the Day: Johann Wolfgang von Goethe

Posted August 28, 2018 by Amanda | No Comment
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Do you have German ancestry? On this day in 1749, German writer, poet and statesman Johann Wolfgang von Goeth was born in Frankfurt, then an Imperial Free City of the Holy Roman Empire. A literary celebrity by the age of 25, Goethe’s works are considered the beginning of the Sturm und Drang movement in German Romantic literature. His is perhaps best remembered for his two-part poetic drama Faust, which he began around the age of 23 and finished shortly… Read the full story

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Profile of the Day: John McCain

Posted August 27, 2018 by Amanda | No Comment
Profile of the Day: John McCain

Today we remember Senator John McCain, who passed away on August 25 at the age of 81. An American war hero and U.S Senator, McCain is remembered for staying true to his principles and his lifetime of service to the country. McCain was born on August 29, 1936 at Coco Solo Naval Air Station in the Panama Canal Zone. In 1958, he graduated from the United States Naval Academy, following in the footsteps of his father and… Read the full story

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Profile of the Day: William I of the Netherlands

Posted August 24, 2018 by Amanda | No Comment
Profile of the Day: William I of the Netherlands

Do you have family ties to Dutch royalty? On this day in 1772, William I of the Netherlands, the first King of the Netherlands, was born. He was the son of William V, Prince of Orange of the Dutch Republic, and Wilhelmina of Prussia. In 1791, he married his first cousin, Wilhelmina, who was the daughter of King Frederik William II of Prussia. After the French invasion of the Dutch Republic, William emigrated with his… Read the full story

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Profile of the Day: Louis XVI of France

Posted August 23, 2018 by Amanda | No Comment
Profile of the Day: Louis XVI of France

On this day in 1754, Louis XVI of France was born at the Palace of Versailles. The French monarch was the last King of France before the fall of the monarchy during the French Revolution. Louis-Auguste was the second son of Louis, the Dauphin of France, and Marie-Josèphe of Saxony, the daughter of Augustus III, the King of Poland. Louis became the Dauphin at the age of 11 after the death of his older brother and his… Read the full story

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Profile of the Day: Claude Debussy

Posted August 22, 2018 by Amanda | No Comment
Profile of the Day: Claude Debussy

French composer Claude Debussy was born on August 22, 1862. Known as the first impressionist composer, Debussy is often regarded as one of the most influential composers of the late 19th and early 20th centuries. Debussy was the eldest of five children born to Manuel-Achille Debussy and Victorine Manoury. His father ran a china shop and his mother worked as a seamstress. As a young child, Debussy began taking piano classes and soon it was clear to his… Read the full story

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Profile of the Day: William IV

Posted August 21, 2018 by Amanda | No Comment
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Have you found your connection to royalty? On this day in 1765, William IV was born. The third son of King George III and Queen Charlotte, William was never expected to be king. However, in 1830, he ascended to the throne after the death of his brother, George IV. William was born on August 21, 1765 at Buckingham Palace. With two older brothers, George and Frederick, William was not expected to succeed to the throne. At… Read the full story

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Profile of the Day: Benjamin Harrison

Posted August 20, 2018 by Amanda | No Comment
Profile of the Day: Benjamin Harrison

On this day in 1833, Benjamin Harrison was born in North Blend, Ohio. Harrison served as the 23rd President of the United States from 1889 to 1893. Harrison was born on August 20, 1833 to John Harrelson and Elizabeth Irwin in North Bed, Ohio. He was the grandson of William Henry Harrison, the 9th President of the United States and first governor of the Indiana Territory. Harrison was seven years old when his grandfather was elected president. His… Read the full story

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Profile of the Day: Davy Crockett

Posted August 17, 2018 by Amanda | No Comment
Profile of the Day: Davy Crockett

American frontiersman and folk hero Davy Crockett was born on this day in 1786. During his lifetime and even after his death, many of his adventures and exploits were immortalized in larger-than-life stories and almanacs, making him one of the most well known figures in American history. Crockett was born on August 17, 1786 in what is now Greene County, Tennessee. His father, John Crockett, was one of the Overmountain Men, a group of American frontiersmen… Read the full story

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Profile of the Day: Aretha Franklin

Posted August 16, 2018 by Amanda | No Comment
Profile of the Day: Aretha Franklin

Today we remember legendary singer Aretha Franklin, who has passed away at the age of 76. Dubbed the “Queen of Soul,” Franklin is regarded as one of the greatest singers of all time. Aretha Louise Franklin was born on March 25, 1942 in Memphis Tennessee. Her father, C.L. Franklin, was a Baptist minister, and her mother, Barbara Siggers, was an accomplished piano player and vocalist. Her parents had a troubled marriage and they separated in 1948. Her mother died in 1952,… Read the full story

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Profile of the Day: Napoleon I

Posted August 15, 2018 by Amanda | No Comment
Profile of the Day: Napoleon I

Today we remember French Emperor Napoleon I, who was born on this day in 1769. Commonly called Napoleon Bonaparte, the French military commander and emperor conquered much of Europe during his rule, making France one of the strongest empires in Europe until its collapse in 1815. Napoleon was born on August 15, 1769 on the island of Corsica to Carlo Maria di Buonaparte and Maria Letizia Ramolino. Although the family were of minor Corsican nobility, they were not wealthy. His father… Read the full story

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Profile of the Day: V.S. Naipaul

Posted August 14, 2018 by Amanda | No Comment
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Today we remember award winning writer V.S. Naipaul, who passed away earlier this week on August 11 at the age of 85. He was born Vidiadhar Surajprasad Naipaul on August 17, 1932 in Trinidad and Tobago to Seepersad Naipaul and Droapatie Capildeo. His father was also a writer and worked as a journalist for the Trinidad Guardian. His paternal grandparents had emigrated from India to work as indentured servants on a sugar plantation. Naipaul’s mother was a member of the Capildeo… Read the full story

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Profile of the Day: Alfred Hitchcock

Posted August 13, 2018 by Amanda | No Comment
Profile of the Day: Alfred Hitchcock

What’s your favorite Alfred Hitchcock film? On this day in 1899, the legendary filmmaker was born in London, England. Hitchcock was the youngest of three children born to William Hitchcock and Emma Jane Wheland. At the age of 5, Hitchcock’s father once sent him to the local police station with a note asking the officer to lock him up in a cell for a few minutes for behaving badly. For the rest of his life,… Read the full story

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Profile of the Day: Vincente Guerrero

Posted August 10, 2018 by Amanda | No Comment
Profile of the Day: Vincent Guerrero

On this day in 1782, Vincente Guerrero, a leading general of the Mexican War of Independence and later President of Mexico, was born. A champion of the common people, Guerrero is remembered as one of the most influential leaders in Mexican history. Guerrero was born on August 10, 1782 in Tixtia, a small town in what is today his namesake state of Guerrero in Mexico. He was of Afro-mestizo descent and worked as a mule driver in… Read the full story

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Profile of the Day: Mary G. Ross

Posted August 9, 2018 by Amanda | No Comment
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On this day in 1908, space pioneer Mary G. Ross was born in Park Hill, Oklahoma. Remembered for being the first Native American female engineer, Ross’s contributions would become crucial to the development of the American space program. Ross was the second of five children born to William Ross and Mary Henrietta Moore. Her second great grandfather was John Ross, who was the longest serving Chief of the Cherokee Nation.  In 1928, she received her bachelor’s degree in mathematics…. Read the full story

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Profile of the Day: Emilie Flygare-Carlén

Posted August 8, 2018 by Amanda | No Comment
Profile of the Day: Emilie Flygare-Carlén

On this day in 1807, Swedish writer Emilie Flygare-Carlén was born. A popular writer during her lifetime, Flygare-Carlén had endured several personal hardships before turning to literature as a means of supporting her family. She became known for her realistic depictions of family life in Sweden and was widely read both within the country and around the world during the later half of the 19th century. She was born Emilie Smith on August 8, 1807 in… Read the full story

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Profile of the Day: Louis Leakey

Posted August 7, 2018 by Amanda | No Comment
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On this day in 1903, renowned paleoanthropologist and archaeologist Louis Leakey was born. Remembered for his fossil discoveries in Africa, Leakey’s paleoanthropological work would significantly impact our understanding of human evolution. Leakey was born Louis Seymour Bazett Leakey on August 7, 1903 in what is today Kenya. He was the son of British missionaries and grew up among the Kikuyu people. Growing up in Africa, Leakey had a lifelong passion for the study of human evolution…. Read the full story

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Profile of the Day: Alexander Fleming

Posted August 6, 2018 by Amanda | No Comment
Profile of the Day: Alexander Fleming

On this day in 1881, Scottish bacteriologist Alexander Fleming was born. Fleming is best remembered for discovering penicillin. His accidental find would become one of the most important discoveries in the history of science. Fleming was born on August 6, 1881 at Lochfield farm near Darvel, Scotland. He was the third of four children born to Hugh Fleming, a farmer, and his second wife, Grace Stirling Morton. Fleming spent four years working at a shipping office before attending medical… Read the full story

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Profile of the Day: Haakon VII of Norway

Posted August 3, 2018 by Amanda | No Comment
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Do you have a connection to Norwegian royalty? On this day in 1872, Haakon VII of Norway was born. Regarded as one of the greatest Norwegians of the 20th century, Haakon VII is one of the few monarchs in history to have been elected to the throne. The Norwegian king was born Christian Frederick Carl Georg Valdemar Axel on August 3, 1872 in Denmark at Charlottenlund Palace near Copenhagen. Before becoming the King of Norway,… Read the full story

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Profile of the Day: Wild Bill Hickok

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Profile of the Day: Wild Bill Hickok

On this day in 1876, Wild Bill Hickok, one of the most famous gunfighters of the American Wild West, was killed while playing a game of poker. He was shot in the back of the head by Jack McCall. “Wild Bill” was born James Butler Hickok on May 27, 1837 in Homer, Illinois. An outstanding marksman from a young age, Hickok gained notoriety when news spread of his role during the McCanles Massacre in 1861 in Rock… Read the full story

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Profile of the Day: Maria Mitchell

Posted August 1, 2018 by Amanda | No Comment
Profile of the Day: Maria Mitchell

Today we celebrate the 200th birthday of pioneering astronomer Maria Mitchell! Mitchell is best remembered for discovering a new comet, which became known as “Miss Mitchell’s Comet.” She is often recognized as the first professional female astronomer in the United States. Mitchell was born on August 1, 1818 in Nantucket, Massachusetts. The third of ten children, Mitchell grew up in a family of Quakers. Her father was a school teacher and encouraged Mitchell’s interest in astronomy… Read the full story

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Profile of the Day: J.K. Rowling

Posted July 31, 2018 by Amanda | No Comment
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Happy birthday, J.K. Rowling! Today the Harry Potter author turns 53. The day also marks Harry Potter’s birthday! On July 31, 1965, Joanne Rowling was born in Yate, Gloucestershire, England. She later adopted the pen name “J.K. Rowling,” incorporating her paternal grandmother’s name, Kathleen, for the second initial. From a young age, Rowling frequently wrote stories of fantasy. When she began writing the first Harry Potter book, Rowling was a single mother and struggling financially. However, her… Read the full story

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Profile of the Day: Bob Hope

Posted July 27, 2018 by Amanda | No Comment
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Today we remember Bob Hope, who passed away on this day 15 years ago at the age of 100. A comedy legend, Hope entertained audiences all around the world in almost every entertainment medium, from vaudeville and Broadway, to radio, television, and film. He was born Leslie Townse Hope on May 29, 1903 in Eltham, near London, England. He was the fifth of seven sons born to William Henry Hope, a stonemason, and Avis Townes, a… Read the full story

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Profile of the Day: Aldous Huxley

Posted July 26, 2018 by Amanda | One Comment
Profile of the Day: Aldous Huxley

Remember reading Brave New World? On this day in 1894, author Aldous Huxley was born. Huxley was the third son of Leonard Huxley, a writer and school master, and Julia Arnold, founder of Prior’s Field School. The Huxley family was a prominent and well-educated family in Britian. Huxley’s paternal grandfather, Thomas Henry Huxley, was a biologist and specialist in comparative anatomy. He was instrumental in developing scientific education in Britain and became known as “Darwin’s Bulldog” for his advocacy of… Read the full story

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Profile of the Day: Rosalind Franklin

Posted July 25, 2018 by Amanda | No Comment
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On this day in 1920, pioneering scientist Rosalind Franklin was born. Although her work was not recognized during her lifetime, James Watson and Francis Crick’s discovery of the chemical structure of DNA would not have been possible without Franklin’s groundbreaking research. Franklin was born on July 25, 1920 in London, England to an influential Jewish family. Her great uncle, Herbert Samuel, was a prominent politician and served as Home Secretary in 1916. As child, Franklin had a… Read the full story

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Profile of the Day: Simon Bolivar

Posted July 24, 2018 by Amanda | One Comment
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On this day in 1783, Venezuelan military leader and politician Simón Bolívar was born. Called “The Liberator,” Bolívar was instrumental in Latin America’s successful struggle for independence from the Spanish Empire. Bolívar was born into a wealthy family in a house in Caracas, Captaincy General of Venezuela on July 24, 1783. Before the age of ten, Bolivar had lost both of his parents. His father died when he was three and his mother passed away six years… Read the full story

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Profile of the Day: Woody Harrelson

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Profile of the Day: Woody Harrelson

Happy birthday, Woody Harrelson! Today the actor turns 57. Harrelson was born Woodrow Tracy Harrelson on July 23, 1961 in Midland, Texas to Diane Oswald and Charles Harrelson. His father was a convicted contract killer and received a life sentence in 1979. He died in prison in 2007. His mother worked as a legal secretary and raised Harrelson and his two brothers alone. In 1985, Harrelson got his big break when he was cast as bartender Woody… Read the full story

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Profile of the Day: Sir Edmund Hillary

Posted July 20, 2018 by Amanda | No Comment
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Who are the 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

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On this day in 1834, French painter and sculptor Edgar Degas was born. Degas is often regarded as one of the founders of Impressionism. Degas was born in Paris, France to a moderately wealthy family. His father, Augustine De Gas, was a banker, and his mother, Célestine Musson, was from New Orleans, Louisiana and came from a prominent Creole family. Through his mother, Degas was a first cousin once removed to inventor Norbert Rillieux, who is considered to be one of the… Read the full story

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Profile of the Day: Margaret Brown

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Profile of the Day: Margaret Brown

On this day in 1867, American socialite and philanthropist Margaret Brown was born. A survivor of the sinking of the RMS Titanic, Brown was dubbed “The Unsinkable Molly Brown” by historians for her legendary tales of heroism during the disaster. She was born Margaret Tobin in Hannibal, Missouri in a two-room cottage to John Tobin and Johanna Collins. In 1886, she married James Joseph “J.J.” Brown, a self-educated entrepreneur and mining engineer. The family had little… Read the full story

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Profile of the Day: Camilla, Duchess of Cornwall

Posted July 17, 2018 by Amanda | No Comment
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Happy birthday to Camilla, Duchess of Cornwall! Today the Duchess turns 71. She was born Camilla Rosemary Shand on July 17, 1947 at King’s College Hospital in London. She was the eldest of three children born to Bruce Shand, an officer in the British Army, and Rosalind Cubitt. Although her relationship with Prince Charles was once thought to be highly controversial, the couple was finally married in a civil ceremony in 2005 with the permission… Read the full story

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Profile of the Day: Roald Amundsen

Posted July 16, 2018 by Amanda | No Comment
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Do you have Norwegian ancestry? On this day in 1872, Norwegian explorer Roald Amundsen was born in Borge, Østfold, Norway. Amundsen was born into a family of shipowners and captains and had a lifelong desire for polar exploration. One of the key figures of the Heroic Age of Antarctic Exploration, Amundsen was the first explorer to reach the South Pole. He gained invaluable knowledge for his journey in the Antarctic from his earlier expedition traversing the… Read the full story

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Profile of the Day: John Jacob Astor IV

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Profile of the Day: John Jacob Astor IV

Was anyone in your family tree a passenger on the RMS Titanic? On this day in 1864, Titanic passenger John Jacob Astor IV was born in Rhinebeck, New York. At the time of his death on the doomed luxury ship, Astor was considered one of the richest men in the world. Astor was born into the prominent Astor family. His great grandfather, John Jacob Astor, was a German immigrant and made his fortune by building a fur trading… Read the full story

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Profile of the Day: George Eastman

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Profile of the Day: George Eastman

Did your family own a Kodak camera? On this day in 1854, inventor George Eastman was born in Waterville, New York. He was the youngest child of George Washington Eastman and Maria Kilbourn. After the death of his father in 1862 and the death of his older sister in 1870, a 16 year old Eastman left school to start working to help support his family. In 1888, he received a patent for his roll-film camera and registered… Read the full story

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Profile of the Day: E.B. White

Posted July 11, 2018 by Amanda | No Comment
Profile of the Day: E.B. White

Do you remember reading Charlotte’s Web? On this day in 1899, author E.B. White was born in Mount Vernon, New York. The youngest child of Samuel Tilly White and Jessie Hart White, Elwyn Brooks White was the couple’s sixth child. He hated the name “Elwyn,” spent most of his life going by the nickname “Andy.” His older brother, Stanley Hart White, was a professor of Landscape Architecture and inventor of the Vertical Garden. He was a very… Read the full story

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