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Profile of the Day: Selma Lagerlöf

Posted November 20, 2018 by Amanda | No Comment
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Do you have Swedish ancestry? On this day in 1858, Swedish author Selma Lagerlöf was born. In 1909, Lagerlöf became the first female writer to receive the Nobel Prize in Literature. Lagerlōf was born on November 20, 1858 in Mårbacka, her family’s estate, in Värmland, Sweden. She was the fifth of six children born to Erik Gustaf Lagerlöf, a lieutenant in the Royal Värmland Regiment, and Louise Wallroth. While working as a school teacher, Lagerlöf… Read the full story

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Profile of the Day: Meg Ryan

Posted November 19, 2018 by Amanda | No Comment
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Happy birthday, Meg Ryan! Today the star turns 57. Once dubbed “America’s Sweetheart,” Ryan has entertained audiences on the big screen for decades, most notably in several classic romantic comedies. Ryan was born Margaret Mary Emily Anna Hyra on November 19, 1961 in Fairfield, Connecticut to Harry Hyra, a math teacher, and Susan Jordan, a former actress and English teacher. After attending New York University for a year, she dropped out of school to pursue an… Read the full story

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Profile of the Day: Mary Margaret McBride

Posted November 16, 2018 by Amanda | No Comment
Profile of the Day: Mary Margaret McBride

Today we remember American radio host and writer Mary Margaret McBride, who was born on this day in 1899. Known as “the First Lady of Radio,” McBride’s popular radio shows spanned for more than 40 years with millions of listeners tuning in daily. McBride was born on November 16, 1899 to a farming family in Paris, Missouri. At the age of 16, McBride entered the University of Missouri where she received a degree in journalism…. Read the full story

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Profile of the Day: Georgia O’Keeffe

Posted November 15, 2018 by Amanda | No Comment
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Who are the artists in your family tree? On this day in 1887, American artist Georgia O’Keeffe was born in Sun Prairie, Wisconsin. The second of seven children, Georgia Totto O’Keeffe grew up on a dairy farm. She was named after her maternal grandfather, George Victor Otto, a Hungarian who had immigrated to the United States. After the death of her husband, O’Keeffe moved to New Mexico where she found inspiration in the New Mexico landscape…. Read the full story

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Profile of the Day: Charles, Prince of Wales

Posted November 14, 2018 by Amanda | No Comment
Profile of the Day: Charles, Prince of Wales

Happy birthday to Prince Charles! Today the Prince of Wales turns 70 years old. Prince Charles was born on November 14, 1948 in Buckingham Palace. The eldest child of Queen Elizabeth II and Prince Philip, Duke of Edinburgh, the Prince became the heir apparent at the age of 3 when his mother became Queen after the death of his grandfather, King George VI. With his mother holding the record of the longest-reigning British monarch, Charles is the… Read the full story

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Profile of the Day: Stan Lee

Posted November 13, 2018 by Amanda | No Comment
Profile of the Day: Stan Lee

Today we remember comic book legend Stan Lee, who passed away yesterday at the age of 95. A prolific writer and visionary, Lee co-created some of the most iconic superheroes of all time. Lee was born Stanley Martin Lieber on December 28, 1922 in New York City, New York. His parents were both Jewish immigrants from Romania. As a teen, Lee enjoyed creating stories and had dreams of becoming a writer. He worked several odd jobs, including some time writing… Read the full story

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Profile of the Day: Ryan Gosling

Posted November 12, 2018 by Amanda | No Comment
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Happy birthday to Ryan Gosling! Today the Hollywood star turns 38. Gosling was born on November 12, 1980 in London, Ontario, Canada to Thomas Ray Gosling, a traveling salesman, and Donna Wilson, a secretary. Gosling caught the acting bug at an early age. At the age of 12, he was cast in the Disney revival of The Mickey Mouse Club. The new generation of mouseketeers featured many future superstars, including Justin Timberlake, Christina Aguilera, and Britney… Read the full story

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Profile of the Day: Hedy Lamarr

Posted November 9, 2018 by Amanda | No Comment
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Today we celebrate the 104th birthday of Hollywood actress Hedy Lamarr. Not only was Lamarr one of the most popular film actresses during Hollywood’s Golden Age, but she was also a brilliant inventor. She co-invented the technology behind GPS, Bluetooth, and WiFi. Lamarr was born Hedwig Eva Maria Kiesler on November 9, 1914 in Vienna, Austria-Hungry. At the age of 19, she married Fritz Mindl, a wealthy military arms merchant and munitions manufacturer. It was an unhappy marriage;… Read the full story

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Profile of the Day: Margaret Mitchell

Posted November 8, 2018 by Amanda | No Comment
Profile of the Day: Margaret Mitchell

Award-winning author Margaret Mitchell was born on this day in 1900. Remembered as the author of the literary classic, Gone With the Wind, Mitchell would only publish one novel during her lifetime. Mitchell was born on November 8, 1900 in Atlanta, Georgia to a wealthy and prominent family. Both of Mitchell’s grandfather’s served in the Confederate Army during the American Civil War. Her paternal grandfather, Russell Crawford Mitchell, was severely wounded during the Battle of Sharpsburg and… Read the full story

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Profile of the Day: Marie Curie

Posted November 7, 2018 by Amanda | No Comment
Profile of the Day: Marie Curie

“Nothing in life is to be feared, it is only to be understood.” – Marie Curie Today we celebrate the life of renowned physicist Marie Curie, who was born on November 7, 1867 in Warsaw, Poland. A pioneer in radiation research, Curie was the first woman to win a Nobel Prize and the first person (and only woman) to win twice in different fields. She was born Maria Salomea Skłodowska to a family of educators. She… Read the full story

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Profile of the Day: Jonas Lie

Posted November 6, 2018 by Amanda | No Comment
Profile of the Day: Jonas Lie

Do you have Norwegian roots? On this day in 1833, Norwegian novelist, playwright, and poet Jonas Lie was born. Lie is considered one of the Four Greats of 19th century Norwegian literature, along with Henrik Ibsen, Bjørnstjerne Bjørnson, and Alexander Kielland. Lie was born on November 6, 1833 to Mons Lie and Pauline Christine Tiller. When he was a small child, his father was appointed the sheriff of Tromsø, a remote city within the Arctic Circle, and spent many… Read the full story

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Profile of the Day: Vivien Leigh

Posted November 5, 2018 by Amanda | No Comment
Profile of the Day: Vivien Leigh

Do you remember watching Gone With the Wind? Today we remember legendary star Vivien Leigh on what would have been her 105th birthday. Leigh was born Vivian Mary Hartley on November 5, 1913 in Darjeeling, British India. At the age of 19, she married her first husband, Herbert Leigh Holman, and took her husband’s first name for her stage name, Vivien Leigh. She changed the spelling of her first name because she felt spelling her name with an “e”… Read the full story

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Profile of the Day: Daniel Boone

Posted November 2, 2018 by Amanda | No Comment
Profile of the Day: Daniel Boone

On this day in 1734, American frontiersman Daniel Boone was born. Famous for his exploration and settlement of what is now Kentucky, Boone is remembered as one of the most popular folk heroes in American history. Boone was born to a large Quaker family at his family’s homestead in Pennsylvania. He was given his first rifle at the age of 12 and learned to hunt. Growing up on the frontier made Boone adept in the wilderness and folktales often emphasized… Read the full story

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Profile of the Day: Nordahl Grieg

Posted November 1, 2018 by Amanda | No Comment
Profile of the Day: Nordahl Grieg

On this day in 1902, Norwegian writer and poet Nordahl Grieg was born. A popular author during his lifetime, Grieg is remembered as a hero of Norway for his resistance to Nazi occupation during World War II. Grieg was born Johan Nordahl Brun Grieg on November 1, 1902 in Bergen, Norway to Peter Lexau Grieg and Helga Vollan. He was named after his third great grandfather, Johan Nordahl Brun, who was a Bishop, poet, and politician. Grieg… Read the full story

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Profile of the Day: Harry Houdini

Posted October 31, 2018 by Amanda | No Comment
Profile of the Day: Harry Houdini

Today we remember magician Harry Houdini, who died on this day in 1926 at the age of 52. Known as one of the greatest illusionists in history, Houdini wowed audiences with his remarkable ability to escape from seemingly impossible situations while in handcuffs or straightjackets. On October 24, 1926, Houdini made his final performance to a packed theater in Detroit, Michigan. Despite experiencing great pain and a fever of 104 throughout the night, Houdini pushed through to complete his performance. Stories… Read the full story

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Profile of the Day: John Adams

Posted October 30, 2018 by Amanda | No Comment
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On this day in 1735, the second President of the United States, John Adams, was born. A Founding Father, Adams served as the first Vice President to President George Washington before he was elected into office himself as the second President of the United States. Adams was born in Braintree, Massachusetts to John Adams, Sr., a farmer and minister, and Susanna Boylston, an American socialite from a prominent Massachusetts family. The oldest of 3 sons, Adams graduated from… Read the full story

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Profile of the Day: Fanny Brice

Posted October 29, 2018 by Amanda | No Comment
Profile of the Day: Fanny Brice

On this day in 1891, radio star and actress Fanny Brice was born in Manhattan, New York. Known as the original “Funny Girl,” Brice entertained audiences for over four decades with her comedic chops, which made her one of America’s earliest female comedy superstars. Brice was born Fania Borach to Rose Stern, a Hungarian Jewish immigrant, and Charles Borach, an Alstatian immigrant. The third of four children, Brice got her start at the age of 13 after… Read the full story

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Profile of the Day: Elizabeth Cady Stanton

Posted October 26, 2018 by Amanda | No Comment
Profile of the Day: Elizabeth Cady Stanton

Today we remember American suffragist and abolitionist Elizabeth Cady Stanton, who died on this day in 1902 at the age of 86. A leading figure of the American women’s rights movement, Stanton’s activism played a crucial role towards the passage of the Nineteenth Amendment to the U.S. Constitution, which guaranteed women the right to vote. Stanton was born on November 12, 1815 in Johnstown, New York to Daniel Cady, a prominent judge, and Margaret Livingston. Her maternal grandfather, James… Read the full story

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Profile of the Day: Geoffrey Chaucer

Posted October 25, 2018 by Amanda | No Comment
Profile of the Day: Geoffrey Chaucer

On this day in 1400, poet Geoffrey Chaucer died in London, England. Known as the Father of English literature, Chaucer is often considered to be the greatest English poet of the Middle Ages. Chaucer was born around 1343 to a family of wine merchants. His father worked as a deputy to the King’s butler and his position helped Chaucer acquire his own positions early in life, including work as a noblewoman’s page, a diplomat, and a… Read the full story

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Profile of the Day: Sarah Josepha Hale

Posted October 24, 2018 by Amanda | No Comment
Profile of the Day: Sarah Josepha Hale

Remember the nursery rhyme “Mary Had a Little Lamb”? On this day in 1788, writer Sarah Josepha Hale was born. Hale was born Sarah Josepha Buell on October 24, 1788 in Newport, New Hampshire to captain Gordon Buell and Martha Whittlesay. She was homeschooled by her mother and elder brother and later became a teacher at a local school. In 1813, she married lawyer David Hale and together they had five children. After her husband died in 1822,… Read the full story

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Profile of the Day: Christopher Lloyd

Posted October 22, 2018 by Amanda | No Comment
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Great Scott! Today actor Christopher Lloyd turns 80! Best known for portraying Doc Brown in the popular Back to the Future film trilogy, Lloyd has been entertaining audiences on the stage and screen for nearly six decades. Lloyd was born on October 22, 1938 in Stamford, Connecticut to Samuel R. Lloyd and Ruth Laphram. His maternal grandfather, Lewis Lepham, was one of the founders of Texaco Oil Company. Lloyd is also a direct descendant of Mayflower passenger, John Howland,… Read the full story

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Profile of the Day: General Charles Cornwallis

Posted October 19, 2018 by Amanda | No Comment
Profile of the Day: General Charles Cornwallis

Did your ancestors fight in the American Revolutionary War? On this day in 1781, British General Charles Cornwallis formally surrendered to General George Washington at Yorktown, Virginia, effectively bringing an end to the American Revolution. Cornwallis was known as one of the leading British generals during the American Revolutionary War. A gifted strategist, Cornwallis was generally successful in battle. However, in October 1781, in what became known as the Siege of Yorktown, Cornwallis found his troops trapped. Surrounded by… Read the full story

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Profile of the Day: Herman Melville

Posted October 18, 2018 by Amanda | No Comment
Profile of the Day: Herman Melville

Have you read Moby-Dick? On this day in 1851, Herman Melville’s classic novel was published for the first time in London, England. Initially published under the title, The Whale, Melville’s signature novel followed the story of a sea captain’s obsessive quest to hunt down the white whale, Moby Dick. Melville drew upon his own experiences working at sea to write the book. While writing the novel, Melville developed a close friendship with Nathaniel Hawthorne, to whom he dedicated the novel. Although… Read the full story

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Profile of the Day: Rita Hayworth

Posted October 17, 2018 by Amanda | No Comment
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Hollywood legend Rita Hayworth was born on October 17, 1918 in Brooklyn, New York. One of the top stars of the 1940s, Hayworth appeared in a total of 61 films throughout her long career. Margarita Carmen Dolores Cansino was the oldest child of two dancers. Her father, Eduardo Cansino, Sr., and her mother, Volga Hayworth, had performed with the Ziegfeld Follies. Her paternal grandfather, Antonio Cansino, was a renowned Spanish classical dancer. At the peak of… Read the full story

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Profile of the Day: Oscar Wilde

Posted October 16, 2018 by Amanda | No Comment
Profile of the Day: Oscar Wilde

On this day in 1854, Irish writer Oscar Wilde was born. Considered one of London’s most popular playwrights in his day, Wilde was known for his brilliant intellect, quick wit, and flamboyant personality. He was born Oscar Fingal O’Flahertie Wills Wilde on October 16, 1854 in Dublin, Ireland. Wilde was the second child born to Sir William Wilde, a prominent surgeon and author, and Jane Wilde, an Irish revolutionary poet who wrote under the pen… Read the full story

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Profile of the Day: Desi Arnaz

Posted October 15, 2018 by Amanda | No Comment
Profile of the Day: Desi Arnaz

On this day in 1951, the classic television show I Love Lucy premiered for the first time on CBS. Do you remember watching? The beloved sitcom starred real-life couple Lucille Ball and Desi Arnaz as Lucy and Ricky Ricardo and William Frawley and Vivian Vance as the Ricardo’s best friends and neighbors, Fred and Ethel Mertz. Originally, executives pursued Ball to adapt her popular radio series, My Favorite Husband, for television. She insisted that her real-life husband,… Read the full story

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Profile of the Day: Hugh Jackman

Posted October 12, 2018 by Amanda | No Comment
Profile of the Day: Hugh Jackman

Happy 50th birthday to Hugh Jackman! The Australian star was born on October 12, 1968 in Sydney to Grace Greenwood and Christopher John Jackman. The youngest of five children, Jackman was 8 years old when his parents divorced. His mother left the family and moved to England, leaving Jackman and his siblings to be raised by his father in Australia. Jackman got his start in theater, starring in several musical productions on stage and parts on… Read the full story

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Profile of the Day: Eleanor Roosevelt

Posted October 11, 2018 by Amanda | No Comment
Profile of the Day: Eleanor Roosevelt

On this day in 1884, former First Lady Eleanor Roosevelt was born in New York City, New York. Anna Eleanor Roosevelt was the eldest daughter born to American socialites Elliot Bullock Roosevelt and Anna Rebecca Hall. The niece of President Theodore Roosevelt, Eleanor was a shy child growing up and by the age of ten, she was an orphan. In 1892, her mother died from diphtheria, as did her younger brother just a few months later. On… Read the full story

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Profile of the Day: Orson Welles

Posted October 10, 2018 by Amanda | No Comment
Profile of the Day: Orson Welles

Today we remember filmmaker Orson Welles, who died on this day in 1985 at the age of 70. George Orson Welles was born on May 6, 1915 in Kenosha, Wisconsin to Richard Head Welles, an inventor, and Beatrice Ives, a concert pianist. His parents separated when he was 4, and his mother died when he was 9. His father had made a fortune after inventing a popular bicycle lamp, but became an alcoholic and died of… Read the full story

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Profile of the Day: John Lennon

Posted October 9, 2018 by Amanda | No Comment
Profile of the Day: John Lennon

“A dream you dream alone is only a dream. A dream you dream together is reality.” Today we remember singer John Lennon on what would have been his 78th birthday. Lennon was born on October 9, 1940 in Liverpool, England to Julia Stanley and Alfred Lennon. He was named John Winston after his paternal grandfather, John “Jack” Lennon, and then-Prime Minister Winston Churchill. By the age of 4, his parents had separated and he was… Read the full story

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Profile of the Day: Sigourney Weaver

Posted October 8, 2018 by Amanda | No Comment
Profile of the Day: Sigourney Weaver

Happy birthday to Sigourney Weaver! Today the star turns 69. Sigourney Weaver was born Susan Alexandra Weaver on October 8, 1949 in New York City, New York. Her mother, Elizabeth Inglis, was an English actress and her father, Sylvester “Pat” Weaver, was the former president of NBC. By the age of 14, Weaver began going by the name “Sigourney” after discovering the name in F. Scott Fitzgerald’s The Great Gatsby. She discovered her passion for acting while a student… Read the full story

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Profile of the Day: Robert H. Goddard

Posted October 5, 2018 by Amanda | No Comment
Profile of the Day: Robert H. Goddard

On this day in 1882, American engineer, physicist, and inventor Robert H. Goddard was born in Worcester, Massachusetts. Known as the “Father of Modern Rocketry,” Goddard is credited with building and launching the world’s first liquid-fueled rocket. Goddard was born Robert Hutchings Goddard on October 5, 1882 to Nahum Danford Goddard, a bookkeeper, and Fannie Louise Hoyt. Inspired by H.G. Wells’ novel, The War of the Worlds, Goddard became intrigued with the idea of space at a young… Read the full story

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Profile of the Day: Rutherford B. Hayes

Posted October 4, 2018 by Amanda | No Comment
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On this day in 1822, Rutherford B. Hayes, the 19th President of the United States, was born. He was born in Delaware, Ohio to Sophia Richard and Rutherford Hayes, Jr., who died a few weeks before his birth. His great-grandfather, Ezekiel Hayes, was a militia captain during the American Revolutionary War. Hayes was a staunch abolitionist and during the Civil War, served in the Union Army. While still serving in the army, Hayes was elected to Congress… Read the full story

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Profile of the Day: Rembrandt Peale

Posted October 3, 2018 by Amanda | No Comment
Profile of the Day: Rembrandt Peale

On this day in 1860, American artist Rembrandt Peale died at the age of 82. A prolific portrait painter, Peale was especially known for his realistic portraits of presidents George Washington and Thomas Jefferson. Peale was born on February 22, 1778 in Bucks County, Pennsylvania to Rachel Brewer and Charles Wilson Peale. His father was a notable artist best known for his portraits of leading figures of the American Revolution. The elder Peale named several of his children after… Read the full story

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Profile of the Day: Mahatma Gandhi

Posted October 2, 2018 by Amanda | No Comment
Profile of the Day: Mahatma Gandhi

Today we remember Mahatma Gandhi, who was born on this day in 1869. Regarded as “the father of the nation” in India, Gandhi led the country to independence from British rule through nonviolent civil disobedience. His actions would help inspire civil rights movements all across the globe. He was born Mohandas Karamchand Gandhi on October 2, 1869 to a Hindu merchant caste family. He studied law in London and spent 21 years in South Africa opposing discriminatory legislation against Indians. It was… Read the full story

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Profile of the Day: Julie Andrews

Posted October 1, 2018 by Amanda | No Comment
Profile of the Day: Julie Andrews

Happy birthday, Julie Andrews! Today the beloved star turns 83. Julie Andrews was born Julia Elizabeth Wells on October 1, 1935 in Walton-on-Thames, Surrey, England. When she was young, her parents divorced and remarried. She later adopted her stepfather’s surname, Andrews. By the age of 10, she began performing with her mother and stepfather on stage. Since making her Broadway debut in 1954, Andrews has starred as some of the most beloved musicals on both the… Read the full story

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Profile of the Day: Richard Warren Sears

Posted September 28, 2018 by Amanda | No Comment
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Do you remember browsing through the Sears catalog? On this day in 1914, Sears co-founder Richard Warren Sears died at the age of 50. His father, James Warren Sears, was a successful blacksmith and wagon-maker. After his death, Sears worked to help support his family. He learned telegraphy and started working as a telegraph operator and station agent for the Minneapolis and St. Louis Railway. His life reached a turning point in 1886 when a shipment of… Read the full story

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Profile of the Day: Louis XIII

Posted September 27, 2018 by Amanda | No Comment
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Have you found your connection to French royalty? On this day in 1601, Louis XIII was born at the Château de Fontainebleau. He reigned as the King of France from 1610 until his death in 1643. Louis XIII was the eldest child of King Henry IV and his wife, Maria de Medici. At the age of 9, Louis became the King of France after the assassination of his father in 1610. In the early years… Read the full story

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Profile of the Day: Johnny Appleseed

Posted September 26, 2018 by Amanda | No Comment
Profile of the Day: Johnny Appleseed

Remember the story of Johny Appleseed? On this day in 1774, the real Johnny Appleseed was born. He was born John Chapman on September 26, 1774 in Leominster, Massachusetts. His father, Nathaniel Chapman, fought in the Continental Army during the American Revolutionary War. In 1776, while his father was away at war, his mother died while giving birth to a son, who also passed short time later. As the folk story goes, Johnny Appleseed wandered barefoot with a tin… Read the full story

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Profile of the Day: Christopher Reeve

Posted September 25, 2018 by Amanda | No Comment
Profile of the Day: Christopher Reeve

Remember watching Superman? Today we remember star Christopher Reeve on what would have been his 66th birthday. Reeve was born on September 25, 1952 in New York City, New York to Barbara Pitney Lamb and Franklin D’Olier Reeve. He grew up in a wealthy and well-educated family. His mother worked as a journalist and his father was a prominent writer, poet, and academic. His great grandfather, Franklin D’Olier, was a businessman and one of the original 20 men who formed… Read the full story

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Profile of the Day: F. Scott Fitzgerald

Posted September 24, 2018 by Amanda | No Comment
Profile of the Day: F. Scott Fitzgerald

Remember reading The Great Gatsby? On this day in 1896, author F. Scott Fitzgerald was born. Today Fitzgerald is often regarded as one of the greatest American writers of the 20th century. Francis Scott Fitzgerald was born on September 24, 1896 in St. Paul, Minnesota. He was named after his famous relative, Francis Scott Key, who wrote “The Star-Spangled Banner.” His maternal grandfather, Philip Francis McQuillan was an Irish immigrant and made his fortune as a wholesale grocer. After… Read the full story

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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

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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

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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

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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

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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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