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Profile of the Day: Winslow Homer

Posted February 24, 2017 by Amanda | No Comment
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On this day in 1836, American landscape painter Winslow Homer was born in Boston, Massachusetts. Homer was the second of three sons born to Charles Savage Homer and Henrietta Maria Benson. He came from a long line of New England families from both of his parents. As a child, he was encourage by his mother to pursue his interests in painting. Early in his career, Homer worked as a lithographer and then as an illustrator for Harper’s Weekly…. Read the full story

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Profile of the Day: W.E.B. Du Bois

Posted February 23, 2017 by Amanda | No Comment
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Today we remember sociologist and civil rights activist W.E.B. Du Bois, who was born on February 23, 1868. William Edward Burghardt Du Bois was born in Great Barrington, Massachusetts to Mary Silvinia Burghardt and Alfred Du Bois. His mother’s family was a part of a small free black community in Great Barrington and they had long owned land in the area. His maternal second great grandfather, Tom Burghardt, was a slave and possibly earned his freedom… Read the full story

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Profile of the Day: George Washington

Posted February 22, 2017 by Amanda | No Comment
Profile of the Day: George Washington

Today we celebrate the 285th birthday of George Washington, the first President of the United States. Washington was born on February 22, 1732 on his family’s plantation, the Pope’s Creek Estate, in Westmoreland County, Virginia. He was the first son of Augustine Washington and his second wife, Mary Ball. His great grandfather, John Washington, emigrated to Virginia from England in 1656. Known as one of the Founding Fathers of the United States, Washington led the Continental Army… Read the full story

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Profile of the Day: Rue McClanahan

Posted February 21, 2017 by Amanda | No Comment
Profile of the Day; Rue McClanahan

Remember watching The Golden Girls? On this day in 1934, star Rue McClanahan was born in Healdton, Oklahoma. She was born Eddi-Rue McClanahan to Dreda Rheua-Nell Medaris, a beautician, and William Edwin McClanahan, a building contractor. Her name was was a contraction of her parents’ middle names, but she dropped the “Eddi” when she was mistaken for a boy and drafted into the military in error after finishing school. After graduating from college, McClanahan found work in theater… Read the full story

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Profile of the Day: Sidney Poitier

Posted February 20, 2017 by Amanda | No Comment
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Happy birthday to Sidney Poitier! Today the legendary actor celebrates his 90th birthday. Poitier was born on February 20, 1927 in Miami, Florida to Bahamian parents Evelyn Outen and Reginald James Poitier. He was born two months premature while his parents were vacationing in the U.S. Until the age of 10, Poitier lived on his family’s farm on Cat Island in the Bahamas. At the age of 15, he was sent to Miami to live with… Read the full story

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Profile of the Day: Rene Laennec

Posted February 17, 2017 by Amanda | No Comment
Profile of the Day: René Laënnec

On this day in 1781, French doctor René Laënnec was born in Quimper, France. Considered one of the greatest physicians in history, Laënnec made many significant contributions to the world of medicine, most notably his invention of the stethoscope. As a boy, René Theophile Hyacinthe Laënnec was sent to live with his uncle, Guillaume-François Laënnec, after the death of his mother. His uncle was the dean of medicine at the University of Nantes and under… Read the full story

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Profile of the Day: Sonny Bono

Posted February 16, 2017 by Amanda | No Comment
Profile of the Day: Sonny Bono

Remember listening to the music of Sonny & Cher? Today we remember Sonny Bono on what would have been his 82nd birthday. Salvatore Phillip Bono was born on February 16, 1935 in Detroit, Michigan. The son of Sicilian immigrants, Bono and his family moved to California when he was seven. After dropping out of school, Bono worked a series of odd jobs to support himself. He began his music career as a songwriter before achieving… Read the full story

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Profile of the Day: Susan B. Anthony

Posted February 15, 2017 by Amanda | No Comment
Profile of the Day: Susan B. Anthony

On this day in 1820, suffragist Susan B. Anthony was born in Adams, Massachusetts. Born into a Quaker family, Anthony grew up in a politically active household. Her family was active in the anti-slavery movement, and by the age of 17, Anthony was already collecting anti-slavery petitions. Encouraged to pursue her education, Anthony became a teacher while continuing to fight for social reforms that would bring equality to all. In 1851, Anthony met Elizabeth Cady Stanton at the Seneca Falls Convention…. Read the full story

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Profile of the Day: Frederick Douglass

Posted February 14, 2017 by Amanda | No Comment
Profile of the Day: Frederick Douglass

Abolitionist leader Frederick Douglass was born into slavery around February 1817 in Talbot County, Maryland. Although the exact date of his birth is unknown, Douglass later chose to celebrate his birthday on February 14. As a child, Douglass was sent to live with a ship carpenter named Hugh Auld. During this time, Auld’s wife began teaching Douglass how to read. Douglass would continue to teach himself how to read and write, believing that “knowledge is the… Read the full story

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Profile of the Day: Shirley Temple

Posted February 10, 2017 by Amanda | No Comment
Profile of the Day: Shirley Temple

Do you love watching old Shirley Temple movies? Today we remember the beloved child actor, who passed away on this day in 2014 at the age of 85. Temple was born on April 23, 1928 in Santa Monica, California. She was first discovered in a dancing class at the age of 3 and was cast in Baby Burlesks, a series of short films that satirized recent film and political events using preschool children in every role. Throughout… Read the full story

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Profile of the Day: William Henry Harrison

Posted February 9, 2017 by Amanda | No Comment
Profile of the Day: William Henry Harrison

On this day in 1773, William Henry Harrison, the 9th President of the United States, was born on the Berkely Plantation in Charles City County, Virginia. The last U.S. president to be born a British subject, Harrison was the youngest son of Benjamin Harrison V and Elizabeth Bassett Harrison. A member of the Continental Congress, Harrison’s father was a signer of the Declaration of Independence and served as the fifth governor of Virginia. At the… Read the full story

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Profile of the Day: Jules Verne

Posted February 8, 2017 by Amanda | No Comment
Profile of the Day: Jules Verne

“What one man can imagine, another will someday be able to achieve.” Are you a science fiction fan? On this day in 1828, the “Father of Science Fiction” Jules Verne, was born in Nantes, France. The son of bourgeois parents, it was intended that Verne would follow in his father’s footsteps to become a lawyer. However, it was during his studies that Verne discovered his passion for literature and theater. He earned his law degree,… Read the full story

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Profile of the Day: Laura Ingalls Wilder

Posted February 7, 2017 by Amanda | No Comment
Profile of the Day: Laura Ingalls WIlder

Remember reading Little House on the Prairie? On this day in 1867, author Laura Ingalls Wilder was born in a log cabin outside of Pepin, Wisconsin. Wilder was a descendant of the Delano family, the same ancestral family of President Franklin Delano Roosevelt. In fact, Wilder and President Roosevelt were fifth cousins once removed. Her life growing up with her pioneer family in the “Big Woods” became the basis of her “Little House” books. She published… Read the full story

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Profile of the Day: Ronald Reagan

Posted February 6, 2017 by Amanda | No Comment

Today marks what would have been Ronald Reagan’s 106th birthday! Born on February 6, 1911 in Tampico, Illinois, Reagan was the son of Nelle Clyde Wilson and John Edward Reagan. Reagan began his entertainment career in radio before landing roles on the silver screen during the 1930s. Over the course of his Hollywood career, Reagan appeared in over 50 films and served as President of the Screen Actors Guild for many years. During World War II,… Read the full story

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Profile of the Day: Norman Rockwell

Posted February 3, 2017 by Amanda | No Comment
Profile of the Day: Norman Rockwell

On this day in 1894, American illustrator Norman Rockwell was born in New York City, New York. Norman Perceval Rockwell was born on February 3, 1894 to Jarvis Waring Rockwell and Anne Mary “Nancy” Hill. Rockwell’s 7th great grandfather, John Rockwell, was one of the first settlers in Connecticut. For over four decades, Rockwell’s illustrations of everyday life in America graced the covers of The Saturday Evening Post magazine. Although disliked by critics, Rockwell’s work was beloved by… Read the full story

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Profile of the Day: Farrah Fawcett

Posted February 2, 2017 by Amanda | No Comment
Profile of the Day: Farrah Fawcett

Today we remember actress Farrah Fawcett on what would have been her 70th birthday. She was born Ferrah Leni Fawcett on February 2, 1947 in Corpus Christi, Texas. She was the second daughter born to Pauline Alice Evans and James William Fawcett, an oil field contractor. Fawcett first discovered her love for acting while in high school and in 1968, she decided to try her luck in Hollywood. She soon booked several commercials and guest spots… Read the full story

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Profile of the Day: Langston Hughes

Posted February 1, 2017 by Amanda | No Comment
Profile of the Day: Langston Hughes

“Hold fast to your dreams, for if dreams die life is a broken-winged bird that cannot fly.” Today we remember American poet and activist Langston Hughes, who was born on this day in 1902. James Mercer Langston Hughes was born in Joplin, Missouri to James Nathaniel Hughes and Caroline Mercer Langston. Like many African Americans, Hughes was a descendant of slaves. His maternal grandfather, Charles Henry Langston, was an abolitionist and political activist. Born free in… Read the full story

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Profile of the Day: Jackie Robinson

Posted January 31, 2017 by Amanda | No Comment
Profile of the Day: Jackie Robinson

Happy birthday, Jackie Robinson! Today would have been the 98th birthday of the legendary baseball player. Jack Roosevelt Robinson was born on January 31, 1919 in Cairo, Georgia. He was the youngest of five children born into a family of share croppers. A natural athlete, Robinson was inspired to pursue his passion for sports by his older brother, Matthew “Mack” Robinson, who won a silver medal in the men’s 200 meters at the 1936 summer Olympics in… Read the full story

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Profile of the Day: Gene Hackman

Posted January 30, 2017 by Amanda | No Comment
Profile of the Day: Gene Hackman

Happy birthday, Gene Hackman! Today the start turns 87. Eugene Allen Hackman was born on January 30, 1930 in San Bernardino, California to Eugene Hackman and Anna Lyda Elizabeth Gray. At the age of 16, he left home to join the U.S. Marine Corps and served as a field radio operator. In 1956, he began to pursue an acting career and joined the Pasadena Playhouse in California. It was there that he first became good… Read the full story

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Profile of the Day: Wolfgang Amadeus Mozart

Posted January 27, 2017 by Amanda | No Comment
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On this day in 1756, composer Wolfgang Amadeus Mozart was born in Salzburg, Austria. Mozart was the only surviving son of Leopold Mozart and Anna Maria Pertl. He and his older sister, Maria Anna, were the only two of seven children to survive past infancy. His father had been a composer, conductor and teacher. The year of Mozart’s birth, his father published his famous violin textbook, which was very influential in its day. Mozart was a… Read the full story

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Profile of the Day: Paul Newman

Posted January 26, 2017 by Amanda | No Comment
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Today we celebrate what would have been legendary actor Paul Newman’s 92nd birthday! Born on January 26, 1925, Newman was the second son of Theresa Fetzko and Aurthur Sigmund Newman. His mother was born in Homonna in the Austro-Hungarian Empire (now Slovakia) and his father was the son of Jewish immigrants from Hungary and Poland. As a child, Newman showed an early interest in theater and participated in school plays. While in college, Newman enlisted in… Read the full story

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Profile of the Day: Robert Burns

Posted January 25, 2017 by Amanda | No Comment
Profile of the Day: Robert Burns

Do you have Scottish ancestry? On this day in 1759, Scottish poet Robert Burns was born in Alloway, Scotland. The eldest son of William Burns and Anges Brown, Burns spent his early years working on farms and received little formal education while growing up. However, his parents encouraged him to read and he found his writing to be an escape from the hard labor of farming. In 1786, a collection of Burns’s poems was published for… Read the full story

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Profile of the Day: Edith Wharton

Posted January 24, 2017 by Amanda | No Comment
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American writer Edith Wharton was born on January 24, 1862 to a prominent New York Family. The youngest child of George Frederic Jones and Lucretia Stevens Rhinelander, Wharton began writing poetry and fictional stories as a young girl. Although she had a thirst for knowledge and desired a greater education, women of her social stature were discouraged from intellectual pursuits. She would pursue her own education and become one of the country’s greatest writers. When World War… Read the full story

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Profile of the Day: John Hancock

Posted January 23, 2017 by Amanda | No Comment
Profile of the Day: John Hancock

It’s National Handwriting Day! Established in 1977, National Handwriting Day is celebrated on the birthday of John Hancock. The American Founding Father is best remembered for his iconic signature on the Declaration of Independence. According to the Gregorian calendar, John Hancock was born on January 23, 1737 in Braintree, Massachusetts. Sometimes his birthdate is displayed as January 12, 1736 in accordance with the Julian calendar. A major figure of the American Revolution, Hancock was the first to… Read the full story

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Profile of the Day: Buzz Aldrin

Posted January 20, 2017 by Amanda | No Comment
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Happy birthday, Buzz Aldrin! Today the legendary astronaut turns 87. The famous astronaut was born Edwin Eugene Aldrin, Jr. on January 20, 1930 in Montclair, New Jersey. Nicknamed “Buzz” by his sister during his childhood, Aldrin would legally change his first name in 1988. During the Korean War, Aldrin served a jet fighter pilot. He later earned a Ph.D. in astronautics at MIT and wrote his thesis on Manned Orbital Rendezvous. In 1963, Aldrin was… Read the full story

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Profile of the Day: General Robert E. Lee

Posted January 19, 2017 by Amanda | No Comment
Profile of the Day: Robert E. Lee

Do you have any Confederate ancestors? On this day in 1807, General Robert E. Lee was born at Stratford Hall Plantation in Westmoreland County, Virginia. He was the son of Major General Henry Lee III and his second wife, Anne Hill Carter. During the American Revolution, Lee’s father served as a cavalry officer in the Continental Army, where he earned the nickname “Light-Horse Harry” for his horsemanship. Did you know Lee’s family was one of… Read the full story

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Profile of the Day: A.A. Milne

Posted January 18, 2017 by Amanda | No Comment
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Did you love reading the stories of Winnie the Pooh growing up? On this day in 1882, author and creator A.A. Milne was born in London, England. Alan Alexander Milne was the youngest of three sons born to school teachers, Sarah Marie Heginbotham and John Vine Milne. During World War I, Milne served in the British Army and was injured at the Battle of the Somme. After recovering from his injuries, he was recruited into… Read the full story

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Profile of the Day: Betty White

Posted January 17, 2017 by Amanda | No Comment
Profile of the Day: Betty White

Happy birthday, Betty White! Today the funny actress turns 95. Betty Marion White was born January 17, 1922 in Oak Park, Illinois to Christine Cachikis and Horace White. Her maternal grandfather was born in Greece, while her paternal grandfather was Danish. She got her start in radio and television shortly after graduating high school and by the 1940s, she had her own radio show called The Betty White Show. A pioneer of television, White became one of the first… Read the full story

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Profile of the Day: Martin Luther King, Jr.

Posted January 16, 2017 by Amanda | No Comment
Profile of the Day: Martin Luther King, Jr.

“Love is the only force capable of transforming an enemy into a friend.” Today the U.S. observes Martin Luther King, Jr. Day in honor of civil rights icon Martin Luther King, Jr.’s birthday. He was born on January 15, 1964 in Atlanta, Georgia to Reverend Martin Luther King, Sr. and Alberta Williams King. A leader of the American Civil Rights movement, King sought to bring an end to racial discrimination through nonviolent civil disobedience. One of the… Read the full story

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Profile of the Day: Jan van Goyen

Posted January 13, 2017 by Amanda | No Comment
Profile of the Day: Jan van Goyen

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. 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 a modest amount of money from the sale… Read the full story

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Profile of the Day: Jack London

Posted January 12, 2017 by Amanda | No Comment
Profile of the Day: Jack London

Do you remember reading White Fang? American author Jack London was born on this day in 1876 in San Francisco, California. He 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 the thousands of prospectors looking to strike… Read the full story

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Profile of the Day: Alexander Hamilton

Posted January 11, 2017 by Amanda | No Comment
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Founding Father Alexander Hamilton was born on January 11, 1755 or 1757 (the exact day is unknown). 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 became ill and died at the… Read the full story

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Profile of the Day: Rod Stewart

Posted January 10, 2017 by Amanda | No Comment
Profile of the Day: Rod Stewart

Happy birthday, Rod Stewart! Today the music legend turns 72. Roderick David Stewart was born on January 10, 1945 in Highgate, North London, England to Robert Joseph Stewart and Elsie Rebecca Gilbart. Growing up, Stewart excelled at soccer and had ambitions to become a professional soccer player, but decided to pursue music instead. Before finding success in music, Stewart worked a series of odd jobs, including a short stint working at a funeral parlor. His distinctive… Read the full story

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Profile of the Day: Catherine, Duchess of Cambridge

Posted January 9, 2017 by Amanda | No Comment
Profile of the Day: Catherine, Duchess of Cambridge

Happy 35th birthday to Catherine, Duchess of Cambridge! The eldest of three children, Catherine Elizabeth Middleton was born on January 9, 1982 in Reading, England to Michael and Carole Middleton. Her father’s family had ties to British aristocracy and had even entertained British royalty in Leeds since the 1920s. She first met Prince William while the two were students at the University of St. Andrews. They married on April 29, 2011 in Westminster Abbey as… Read the full story

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Profile of the Day: Loretta Young

Posted January 6, 2017 by Amanda | No Comment
Profile of the Day: Loretta Young

On this day in 1913, actress Loretta Young was born in Salt Lake City, Utah. She was born Gretchen Young to John Earle Young and Gladys Royal. When she was two, her parents divorced and she and her two sisters moved to Hollywood with their mother. By the age of three, Young began working as a child extra in silent films. After signing her first film contract, she was given the name Loretta. Over the course… Read the full story

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Profile of the Day: Jane Wyman

Posted January 5, 2017 by Amanda | No Comment
Profile of the Day: Jane Wyman

Do you remember watching Falcon Crest? On this day in 1917, actress Jane Wyman was born in Saint Joseph, Missouri. She was born Sarah Jane Mayfield to Manning Jefferies Mayfield and Gladys Hope Christian. Shortly after her parents divorced in 1921, her father died unexpectedly. She was taken in by neighbors, while her mother moved to Ohio. During this time, she adopted the surname of her foster parents, Fulks. She began her career in Hollywood during the 1930s… Read the full story

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Profile of the Day: Jacob Grimm

Posted January 4, 2017 by Amanda | No Comment
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What was your favorite fairy tale growing up? On this day in 1785, Jacob Grimm was born in Hanau, Hesse-Kassel. As one half of the Brothers Grimm, Jacob and his brother, Wilhelm, collected and recorded German folklore, which they would later publish as Grimm’s Fairy Tales. In 1808, Jacob served as royal librarian for Napoleon Bonaparte’s brother, Jérôme, King of Westphalia. Influenced by the growing German Romantic movement, Jacob and Wilhelm spent many years collecting the… Read the full story

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Profile of the Day: Lucretia Mott

Posted January 3, 2017 by Amanda | No Comment
Profile of the Day: Lucretia Mott

Today we remember social reformer and abolitionist Lucretia Mott, who was born on January 3, 1793 in Nantucket, Massachusetts. She was born Lucretia Coffin and was the second of eight children born to Anna Folger and Thomas Coffin. Through her mother, Mott had many ancestral ties to several notable early Americans, including Benjamin Franklin, who was her first cousin four times removed. His grandparents, Peter Folger and Mary Morrill, were Mott’s fourth great grandparents. A… Read the full story

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Profile of the Day: Isaac Asimov

Posted January 2, 2017 by Amanda | No Comment
Profile of the Day: Isaac Asimov

Are you a fan of science fiction? On this day in 1920, prolific science fiction author Isaac Asimov was born in Petrovichi, Russia. Born Isaak Yudovick Ozimov, the author immigrated with his family to the United States as a child. The family settled in Brooklyn, New York and owned a succession of candy stores. The candy stores sold newspapers and magazines, which Asimov would later claim to have greatly influenced his love of the written word. He… Read the full story

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Profile of the Day: Helge Ingstad

Posted December 30, 2016 by Amanda | No Comment
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Who are the adventurers in your family tree? On this day in 1899, Norwegian explorer and adventurer Helge Ingstad was born in Meråker, Norway. Ingstad and his wife, archaeologist Anne Stine, were the first to prove the Vikings had reached North America 500 years before Christopher Columbus. In 1960, Ingstad and Stine found the remnants of a Viking settlement in L’Anse aux Meadows in Newfoundland, Canada.The settlement dated to approximately 1,000 years ago and proved the… Read the full story

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Profile of the Day: Debbie Reynolds

Posted December 29, 2016 by Amanda | No Comment
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Only one day after the death of her daughter, Carrie Fisher, legendary actress Debbie Reynolds passed away on December 28, 2016 at the age of 84. Reynolds launched to fame during the 1950s with a string of musicals, most notably starring in the classic film Singin’ in the Rain alongside Gene Kelly. Only 19 when she shot the film, Reynolds had never danced professionally before. She was born Mary Frances Reynolds on April 1, 1932 in El… Read the full story

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Profile of the Day: Woodrow Wilson

Posted December 28, 2016 by Amanda | No Comment
Profile of the Day: Woodrow Wilson

Have you found your connection to a U.S. President? On this day in 1856, Woodrow Wilson, the 28th President of the United States, was born in Staunton, Virginia. Wilson was the third of four children born to Joseph Ruggles Wilson and Jessie Janet Woodrow. His paternal grandparents had immigrated to the United States from Ireland, while his maternal grandparents had come from Scotland. As President, Wilson led the country through World War I and helped craft… Read the full story

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Profile of the Day: Louis Pasteur

Posted December 27, 2016 by Amanda | No Comment
Profile of the Day: Louis Pasteur

Today we remember French chemist and microbiologist Louis Pasteur, who was born on this day in 1822. Pasteur was born in Dole, France on December 27, 1822 to Jean Joseph Pasteur and Jeanne Etiennette Roqui. His father was a tanner and was awarded the Legion of Honor during the Napoleonic Wars. As a child, Pasteur had a strong interest in drawing and painting. However, he was encouraged to pursue academics rather than the arts by… Read the full story

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Profile of the Day: Clement Clarke Moore

Posted December 23, 2016 by Amanda | No Comment
Profile of the Day: Clement Clarke Moore

Almost everyone will recognize the beginning lines to this familiar Christmas story: ‘Twas the night before Christmas, when all thro’ the houseNot a creature was stirring, not even a mouse;The stockings were hung by the chimney with care,In hopes that St. Nicholas soon would be there; On this day in 1823, the popular holiday poem, “A Visit from St. Nicholas,” was first published in the Troy New York Sentinel. Although initially published anonymously, Clement Clarke Moore would later… Read the full story

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Profile of the Day: Giacomo Puccini

Posted December 22, 2016 by Amanda | No Comment
Profile of the Day: Giacomo Puccini

On this day in 1858, Italian composer Giacomo Puccini was born in Lucca, Italy. He was born Giacomo Antonio Domenico Michele Secondo Maria Puccini to Michele Puccine and Albina Magi. One of nine children, Puccini had come from a long line of musicians. His second great grandfather, also named Giacomo Puccini, was the first of five generations of composers in the family. Remembered as one of the greatest Italian opera composers, many of Puccini’s works… Read the full story

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Profile of the Day: Kiefer Sutherland

Posted December 21, 2016 by Hiromimarie | No Comment
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On this day, actor Kiefer Sutherland was born. Kiefer William Frederick Dempsey George Rufus Sutherland was born on December 21, 1966 in London, England to actors Donald Sutherland and Shirley Douglas. He was named after writer-director Warren Kiefer, who had directed Donald Sutherland in his first featured film, Castle of the Living Dead. His maternal grandfather was Thomas “Tommy” Douglas, a Scottish-born Canadian politician and the seventh Premier of Saskatchewan from 1944 to 1961. Sutherland’s first… Read the full story

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Profile of the Day: John Steinbeck

Posted December 20, 2016 by Amanda | No Comment
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Do you remember reading The Grapes of Wrath? On this day in 1968, author John Steinbeck died at the age of 66. The acclaimed American novelist was born John Ernst Steinbeck, Jr. on February 27, 1902 in Salinas, California. His paternal grandfather, Johann Adolf Großsteinbeck, had shortened the family name to Steinbeck after immigrating to the United States. After leaving his studies at Stanford, Steinbeck found work as a freelance writer and began writing his first novels. He… Read the full story

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Profile of the Day: Édith Piaf

Posted December 19, 2016 by Amanda | No Comment
Profile of the Day: Édith Piaf

Today we remember French singer and actress Édith Piaf, who was born on December 19, 1915 in Paris, France. She was born Édith Giovanna Gassion to Annetta Giovanna Maillard, a cafe singer, and Louis Alphonse Gassion, a street acrobat. Piaf was named after the World War I British nurse Edith Cavell, who was executed for helping soldiers escape from German captivity in Belgium. Piaf first rose to fame after she was discovered by nightclub owner Louis Leplée…. Read the full story

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Profile of the Day: Ludwig van Beethoven

Posted December 16, 2016 by Amanda | No Comment
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German composer Ludwig van Beethoven was born 246 years ago today. Beethoven was born in Bonn in the Electorate of Cologne, which was then a part of the Holy Roman Empire. Although there is no known record of the exact date of his birth, it is known that his baptism took place on December 17, 1770. Since baptisms typically took place a day after birth during this time, and it is known that Beethoven and… Read the full story

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Profile of the Day: Gustave Eiffel

Posted December 15, 2016 by Amanda | No Comment
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Have you ever visited the Eiffel Tower? On this day in 1832, French architect and engineer Gustave Eiffel was born in Dijon, France. Eiffel had spent years building bridges before he was contacted by French sculptor Frédéric Auguste Bartholdi for help to devise the structure for the Statue of Liberty. Eiffel had replaced the statue’s initial engineer, who unexpectedly died. With Eiffel’s help, the statue was built and then dismantled for its journey to New York…. Read the full story

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