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Profile of the Day: Guglielmo Marconi

Posted April 25, 2017 by Amanda | No Comment
Profile of the Day: Guglielmo Marconi

Do you have Italian heritage? On this day in 1874, Italian inventor Guglielmo Marconi was born in Bologna, Italy. He was known for his pioneering work on long-distance radio transmission and radio telegraph system. Marconi was born on April 25, 1874 into an Italian noble family. He was the second son born to Giuseppe Marconi, a wealthy Italian aristocrat landowner, and Anna Fenwick Jameson, who was Irish and Scottish. His great grandfather was John Jameson, the founder of… Read the full story

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Profile of the Day: Barbra Streisand

Posted April 24, 2017 by Amanda | No Comment
Profile of the Day: Barbra Streisand

Happy 75th birthday to Barbra Streisand! Barbara Joan Streisand was born on April 24, 1942 in Brooklyn, New York. With music running in her family, it was of no surprise that Streisand would also be a gifted singer. Her mother, Diana Ida Rosen, was a soprano singer when she was young before later becoming a school secretary. Her maternal grandparents emigrated from the Russian Empire, where her grandfather had been a cantor. Streisand knew she wanted to… Read the full story

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Profile of the Day: Queen Elizabeth II

Posted April 21, 2017 by Amanda | One Comment
Profile of the Day: Queen Elizabeth II

Happy 91st birthday to Queen Elizabeth II! The Queen is not only Britain’s longest reigning monarch, but also the longest serving living monarch in the world today. She was born on April 21, 1926 during the reign of her paternal grandfather, King George V. Her father was the second son of the King, and thus at the time of her birth, no one would have expected her to one day become queen. Did you know the Queen… Read the full story

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Profile of the Day: Daniel Chester French

Posted April 20, 2017 by Amanda | No Comment
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Prolific sculptor Daniel Chester French was born on this day in 1850. He is best remembered for the design of his most famous piece, the statue of Abraham Lincoln at the Lincoln Memorial. Born in Exeter, New Hampshire, French spent his childhood growing up in Concord, Massachusetts with writers Ralph Waldo Emerson and Louisa May Alcott as neighbors. In fact, it was thanks to Alcott’s sister Abigail that French pursued a career as a sculptor. Considered one of America’s… Read the full story

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Profile of the Day: Pierre Curie

Posted April 19, 2017 by Amanda | No Comment
Profile of the Day: Pierre Curie

On this day in 1906, French physicist Pierre Curie died at the age of 46. Known for his groundbreaking work in radioactivity alongside his wife, renowned physicist Marie Curie, Pierre is often regarded as one of the founding fathers of modern physics. Pierre was born on May 15, 1859 in Paris, France to Eugene Curie and Sophie-Claire Depouilly. His father was a physician and taught Pierre science and mathematics at an early age. In 1903, Pierre… Read the full story

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Profile of the Day: Paul Revere

Posted April 18, 2017 by Amanda | No Comment
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As the British began their approach towards Lexington and Concord on the night of April 18, 1775, Patriots Paul Revere and William Dawes set out on horseback to warn the American colonists of the approaching British troops. The British had planned to capture Patriot leaders Samuel Adams and John Hancock, who were known to be hiding in Lexington, and confiscate supplies stored by the Massachusetts militia at Concord. Revere and Dawes set out on different routes towards… Read the full story

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Profile of the Day: Alexander Cartwright

Posted April 17, 2017 by Amanda | No Comment
Profile of the Day: Alexander Cartwright

Do you enjoy baseball? On this day in 1820, Alexander Cartwright, the “Father of Baseball,” was born in New York City, New York. Alexander Joy Cartwright, Jr. was the son of Alexander Cartwright, Sr., a merchant sea captain, and Esther Rebecca Burlock. A volunteer firefighter, Cartwright often played bat-and-ball games with other volunteers. He founded the Knickerbocker Base Ball Club in New York and is often credited with being the first person to develop a set of rules… Read the full story

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Profile of the Day: Abraham Lincoln

Posted April 14, 2017 by Amanda | No Comment
Profile of the Day: Abraham Lincoln

On this day in 1865, President Abraham Lincoln was shot by John Wilkes Booth while watching a play at the Ford’s Theater in Washington, D.C. Just five days earlier, Confederate General Robert E. Lee surrendered to General Ulysses S. Grant at Appomattox Court House in Virginia, signaling the end of the American Civil War. The President had gone for an evening out with his wife to watch a production of Our American Cousin at the Ford… Read the full story

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Profile of the Day: Alfred Mosher Butts

Posted April 13, 2017 by Amanda | No Comment
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Happy National Scrabble Day! Scrabble Day is observed each year on the birthday of Scrabble inventor Alfred Mosher Butts, who was born on April 13, 1899 in Poughkeepsi, New York. During the Great Depression, Butts had lost his job as an architect. A fan of puzzles and crosswords, Butts set out to design a board game that would utilize chance and skill by combining the elements of anagrams and crossword puzzles. He initially called the game “Lexiko”… Read the full story

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Profile of the Day: Beverly Cleary

Posted April 12, 2017 by Amanda | No Comment
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Happy 101st birthday to author Beverly Cleary! Beverly Atlee Bunn was born on April 12, 1916 in McMinville, Oregon. An only child, Cleary spent the early years of her life on her family’s farm before moving to Portland, Oregon at the age of 6. A passionate reader, Cleary had aspirations to become a children’s librarian after graduating high school. Cleary began writing children’s books with the goal of creating characters that young readers could relate to. She… Read the full story

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Profile of the Day: William III of England

Posted April 11, 2017 by Amanda | No Comment
Profile of the Day: William III of England

On this day in 1689, William III and Mary II were crowned as joint sovereigns of England, Scotland, and Ireland. The couple reigned together until Mary’s death in 1694 at the age of 32. Born in The Hague in the Dutch Republic, William was the only son of William II, Prince of Orange, and Mary, Princess Royal. His mother was the eldest daughter of King Charles I and the sister of King Charles II and King… Read the full story

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Profile of the Day: Melvil Dewey

Posted April 10, 2017 by Amanda | No Comment
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Have you visited the library recently? This week is National Library Week in the United States, which makes it the perfect time to highlight librarian Melvil Dewey, the inventor of the Dewey Decimal system of library classification. Melville Louis Kossuth Dewey was born on December 10, 1851 in Adams Center New York. He was the fifth and youngest child of Joel Dewey and Eliza Green. At the age of 21, Dewey invented the Dewey Decimal… Read the full story

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Profile of the Day: Will Keith Kellogg

Posted April 7, 2017 by Amanda | No Comment
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Do you enjoy a bowl of corn flakes for breakfast? On this day in 1860, Will Keith Kellogg, breakfast cereal inventor and founder of the Kellogg Company, was born in Battle Creek, Michigan. Kellogg began his career selling brooms before joining his older brother, John Harvey Kellogg, to help run the Battle Creek Sanitarium. His brother was a doctor and together, the brothers worked on developing a better, easily digestible nutritious meal for the sanitarium’s patients…. Read the full story

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Profile of the Day: Robert Edwin Peary

Posted April 6, 2017 by Amanda | No Comment
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On this day in 1909, explorer Robert Edwin Peary and his assistant, Matthew Henson, reached what they determined to be the North Pole. Peary was born on May 6, 1856 in Cresson, Pennsylvania to Charles Nutter Peary and Mary Dole Wiley. He joined the U.S. Navy Civil Engineers Corps before beginning his career as an explorer. Determined to become the first person to reach the North Pole, Peary studied the survival techniques of the Inuits… Read the full story

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Profile of the Day: Bette Davis

Posted April 5, 2017 by Amanda | No Comment
Profile of the Day: Bette Davis

Happy birthday, Bette Davis! The legendary actress was born 109 years ago today. Ruth Elizabeth Davis was born on April 5, 1908 in Lowell, Massachusetts. With dreams of becoming a performer, Davis moved to New York City to study acting. Did you know future star Lucille Ball was one of her classmates in drama school? She began her career in theater before landing her first role in the film Bad Sister. By 1935, Davis had won her first… Read the full story

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Profile of the Day: Dorothea Dix

Posted April 4, 2017 by Amanda | No Comment
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On this day in 1802, activist and social reformer Dorothea Dix was born in Hampden, Maine. The first of 3 children born to Joseph Dix and Mary Bigelow, Dix left home to live with her wealthy grandmother in Boston at the age of 12. By the age of 14, she became a school teacher and began her own school. She continued to teach for many years, but her health often forced her to take breaks throughout her career. In… Read the full story

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Profile of the Day: Doris Day

Posted April 3, 2017 by Amanda | No Comment
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Happy birthday to Doris Day! Today the actress turns 95. Day got an interesting birthday surprise this year when she learned she was actually turning 95 and not 93. The Associated Press obtained her birth certificate which revealed that she was actually born in 1922, making her two years older than what she believed. Day originally thought she was born in 1924. In a comment on her birthday surprise, Day said “I’ve always said that age is just… Read the full story

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Profile of the Day: Henry II of France

Posted March 31, 2017 by Amanda | No Comment
Profile of the Day: Henry II

On this day in 1519, Henry II of France was born in the royal Château de Saint -Germain-en-Laye, near Paris, France. He was the second son of Francis I and Claude, Duchess of Brittany, who was the daughter of Louis XII of France. As a child, he and his older brother were captured and held prisoner in Spain. They remained in captivity for over four years. At the age of 14, he married Catherine de’ Medici. However,… Read the full story

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Profile of the Day: Celine Dion

Posted March 30, 2017 by Amanda | No Comment
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Today singer Celine Dion celebrates her 49th birthday! Celine Marie Claudette Dion was born on March 30, 1968 in Charlegmagne, Quebec, Canada to a large family. The youngest of 14 children, Dion grew up in a close-knit family filled with music. From a young age, Dion dreamed of becoming a performer. At the age of 5, she made her first public appearance singing with her siblings at her parents’ small piano bar. She signed her… Read the full story

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Profile of the Day: Patty Duke

Posted March 29, 2017 by Amanda | No Comment
Profile of the Day: Patty Duke

Today we remember actress Patty Duke, who passed away on this day one year ago. She was born Anne Marie Duke on December 14, 1946 in Queens, New York. The youngest of three children, Duke experienced a very difficult childhood. Her father was an alcoholic and her mother suffered from clinical depression. At the age of 8, she was placed in the care of talent managers, who added her to their stable of child actors, and forced… Read the full story

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Profile of the Day: Dwight D. Eisenhower

Posted March 28, 2017 by Amanda | No Comment
Profile of the Day: Dwight D. Eisenhower

On this day in 1969, Dwight D. Eisenhower, the 34th President of the United States, died at the age of 78. Dwight David Eisenhower was born on October 14, 1890 in Denison, Texas. He was the third of seven sons born to David Jacob Eisenhower and Ida Elizabeth Stover. His parents had a strong religious background and set aside time everyday for a daily family Bible reading. Since he was a child, Eisenhower was known by the… Read the full story

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Profile of the Day: Marie Under

Posted March 27, 2017 by Amanda | No Comment
Profile of the Day: Marie Under

Today we remember Estonian poet Marie Under, who was born on this day in 1883. Considered one of Estonia’s great poets of the 20th century, Under has been nominated for the Nobel Prize in literature multiple times, but has never won. Born in what is today Tallinn, Estonia, Under learned to read at the age of 4 and began writing her own poetry by the age of 14. She first wrote her poetry in German, but… Read the full story

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Profile of the Day: Harry Houdini

Posted March 24, 2017 by Amanda | No Comment
Profile of the Day: Harry Houdini

On this day in 1874, illusionist Harry Houdini was born in Budapest, Hungary. The legendary magician was born Erik Weisz to Rabbi Mayer Samuel and Cecilia Weisz. One of seven children, Houdini took on several odd jobs as a child. He made his public debut at the age of 9 as a trapeze artist and called himself “Ehrich, the Prince of the Air.” When he launched his career as a professional magician, he changed his… Read the full story

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Profile of the Day: Joan Crawford

Posted March 23, 2017 by Amanda | No Comment
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On this day in 1905, actress Joan Crawford was born in San Antonio, Texas. Born Lucille Fay LeSueur, Crawford was the youngest of three children born to Thomas E. LeSueur and Anna Bell Johnson. Her parents separated while Crawford was young and her mother remarried Harry Cassin, a theater owner. Growing up, she would use the name Billie Cassin. With a love for dancing, Crawford left school to pursue a dancing career full time. After dancing on… Read the full story

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Profile of the Day: William Shatner

Posted March 22, 2017 by Amanda | No Comment
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Remember watching Star Trek? Today star William Shatner celebrates his 86th birthday! He was born on March 22, 1931 in Montreal, Quebec, Canada to Anne Garmaise and Joseph Shatner. His paternal grandfather, Wolf Shattner, changed the spelling of the family’s surname to “Shatner.” Shatner began his career in entertainment as a child performing in radio programs and later studied acting in college. A classically trained Shakespearean actor, Shatner often performed at the Stratford Shakespeare Festival in Stratford,… Read the full story

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Profile of the Day: Timothy Dalton

Posted March 21, 2017 by Amanda | No Comment
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Who is your favorite James Bond? On this day in 1946, License to Kill star Timothy Dalton was born in Colwyn Bay, Wales. He was the oldest of five children born to Peter Dalton-Leggett and Dorthy Scholes. His father was a captain in the Special Operations Executive during World War II. When he was young, it seemed Dalton would follow his father’s footsteps into the military. As a teen, he was even a member of the Air… Read the full story

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Profile of the Day: Fred Rogers

Posted March 20, 2017 by Amanda | No Comment
Profile of the Day: Fred Rogers

Remember watching Mister Rogers’ Neighborhood growing up? Today we remember everyone’s favorite neighbor Fred Rogers on what would have been his 89th birthday. Fred McFeely Rogers was born on March 20, 1928 in Latrobe, Pennsylvania to James and Nancy Rogers. Rogers did not originally intend to pursue a career in television. After college, he studied to become an ordained minister. However, his career path made an unexpected change when he returned home and discovered his parents had purchased… Read the full story

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Profile of the Day: Saint Patrick

Posted March 17, 2017 by Amanda | No Comment
Profile of the Day: Saint Patrick

Happy St. Patrick’s Day! On this day in 461, Saint Patrick, a Christian missionary, bishop and apostle of Ireland, died in Downpatrick, Ireland. It’s believed he was born in Britain, probably Scotland, around 387. At the age of 16, he was kidnapped by pirates and taken to Ireland where he was enslaved. He was held captive for six years before escaping and returning home. During his time in captivity, Patrick became deeply devoted to Christianity. After… Read the full story

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Profile of the Day: James Madison

Posted March 16, 2017 by Amanda | No Comment
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On this day in 1751, James Madison, the fourth President of the United States, was born at Belle Grove Plantation near Port Conway, Virginia. Madison was the oldest of twelve children born to James Madison, Sr. and Nelly Conway Madison. His father had served as a colonel in the militia during the American Revolutionary War. After reaching adulthood, he inherited Mount Pleasant, the largest tobacco plantation in the area. As he continued to acquire property over… Read the full story

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Profile of the Day: Julius Caesar

Posted March 15, 2017 by Amanda | No Comment
Profile of the Day: Julius Caesar

Beware of the Ides of March. On this day in 44 BC, Julius Caesar was assassinated by a group of Roman senators led by Marcus Junius Brutus and Gaius Cassius Longinus. The group called themselves the “Liberatores.” Hailed for his successful military campaigns, Caesar transformed the Roman Empire with many social and governmental reforms. Shortly before his death, Caesar was declared dictator perpetuo (“dictator in perpetuity”) by the Senate. Caesar’s death sparked a series of civil wars within the… Read the full story

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Profile of the Day: Billy Crystal

Posted March 14, 2017 by Amanda | No Comment
Profile of the Day: Billy Crystal

Happy birthday, Billy Crystal! Today the comedian and actor turns 69. William Edward Crystal was born on March 14, 1948 in New York City, New York. His father, Jack Crystal, worked as a jazz promoter, producer and owner of Commodore Music Store. He sometimes brought home comedy albums featuring Bob Newhart and Sid Caesar, which had a great influence on Crystal growing up. After starting in stand up, Crystal got his big break after landing the role… Read the full story

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Profile of the Day: William Herschel

Posted March 13, 2017 by Amanda | No Comment
Profile of the Day: William Herschel

On this day in 1781, astronomer William Herschel discovered the planet Uranus, the seventh planet from the sun. Born on November 15, 1738 in the Electorate of Hanover in Germany, then a part of the Holy Roman Empire, Herschel moved to Great Britain at the age of 19. He worked as a musician and composer before discovering an interest in astronomy. As his interests grew stronger, Herschel began building his own telescopes and noting his… Read the full story

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Profile of the Day: Harriet Tubman

Posted March 10, 2017 by Amanda | No Comment
Profile of the Day: Harriet Tubman

Today marks the 104th anniversary of the death of Harriet Tubman. After escaping from slavery herself, she helped lead hundreds of others to freedom along the Underground Railroad. Araminta Harriet Ross was one of 9 children born to slave parents, Harriet Green and Ben Ross. On September 17, 1849, Tubman and her two brothers, Ben and Henry, escaped. Eventually, her brothers had second thoughts and returned, leaving Tubman to escape to Philadelphia alone. Once free, she made it… Read the full story

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Profile of the Day: Mary Anning

Posted March 9, 2017 by Amanda | No Comment
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Today we remember English fossil collector and paleontologist Mary Anning, who died on this day in 1847. Mary Ann Anning was born in 1799 in Lyme Regis, a coastal town in Dorset, England. Her father was a cabinet maker who supplemented his income by mining the coastal cliffside for fossils to sell to tourists. Growing up, her father often took Mary on fossil hunting expeditions to earn more money for the family. When she was… Read the full story

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Profile of the Day: Johann Köler

Posted March 8, 2017 by Amanda | No Comment
Profile of the Day: Johann Köler

Do you have Estonian roots? On this day in 1826, Estonian painter Johann Köler was born. A leader of the Estonian national awakening, Köler is considered to be the first professional painter of Estonia. Köler was born March 8, 1826 in Lubjassaare farmstead in Ivaski, Vijandi County to a peasant family. Although the family had little money, Köler managed to attend school and eventually study painting at the St. Petersburg Imperial Academy of Arts. Best… Read the full story

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Profile of the Day: Nicéphore Niépce

Posted March 7, 2017 by Amanda | No Comment
Profile of the Day: Nicéphore Niépce

On this day in 1765, French inventor Nicéphore Niépce was born in Chalon-sur-Saône-et-Loire, France. He is best remembered as the inventor of photography and one of the most important pioneers of the field. The son of a wealthy lawyer, Niépce’s entire family fled during the French Revolution, but he returned to serve in the French army under Napoleon. After returning home to manage his family’s estate, Niépce developed an interest in science. In 1807, together with… Read the full story

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Profile of the Day: Michelangelo

Posted March 6, 2017 by Amanda | No Comment
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Are you a fan of the works by Michelangelo? On this day in 1475, the Italian Renaissance artist was born in Caprese near Arezzo, Tuscany, today known as Caprese Michelangelo. He was born Michelangelo di Lodovico Buonarroti Simoni to a family of bankers. As a child, Michelangelo was sent to live with a nanny and her husband, who was a stonecutter, and it was there that he first developed his love for marble. A gifted and versatile artist,… Read the full story

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Profile of the Day: Alexander Graham Bell

Posted March 3, 2017 by Amanda | No Comment
Profile of the Day: Alexander Graham Bell

“Ahoy!” That’s the greeting Alexander Graham Bell first proposed for answering the telephone. The inventor and engineer was born on March 3, 1847 in Edinburgh, Scotland. The second son born to Alexander Melville Bell and Eliza Grace Symond, Bell had two brothers who would later die of tuberculosis. His mother was mostly deaf and his father was a phonetician and taught elocution to the deaf. Born just “Alexander Bell,” the future inventor begged his father for a middle… Read the full story

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Profile of the Day: Theodor Seuss Geisel

Posted March 2, 2017 by Amanda | No Comment
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Happy birthday, Dr. Seuss! Today marks the 113th birthday of the beloved children’s book author. Theodore Seuss Geisel was born on March 2, 1904 in Springfield, Massachusetts to Theodor Robert Geisel and Henrietta Seuss. His father was a successful brewmaster before the family brewery was closed when Prohibition took effect. He was later appointed as superintendent of Springfield’s public parks system by the mayor. Geisel published his first children’s book, And to Think That I Saw It… Read the full story

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Profile of the Day: Frederic Chopin

Posted March 1, 2017 by Amanda | No Comment
Profile of the Day: Frédérick Chopin

Do you have any Polish ancestry? 207 years ago, Polish composer and pianist Frédéric Chopin was born. Frédéric François Chopin was born in Żelazowa Wola in what was then the Duchy of Warsaw, a Polish state established by Napoleon. Although his baptism record states his birthday as February 22, 1810, Chopin and his family used the birthdate March 1, which today is generally accepted as the correct date. A child prodigy, Chopin was playing the piano and… Read the full story

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Profile of the Day: Linus Pauling

Posted February 28, 2017 by Amanda | No Comment
Profile of the Day: Linus Pauling

On this day in 1901, chemist and activist Linus Pauling was born in Portland, Oregon. Regarded as one of the most influential scientists in history, Pauling is often considered to be the founder of the fields of quantum chemistry and molecular biology. The eldest child of Herman Henry Pauling and Lucy Darling, Pauling showed an interest in science at a young age. He contributed many discoveries across several scientific fields. The father of microbiology, Pauling’s studies of hemoglobin… Read the full story

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Profile of the Day: Elizabeth Taylor

Posted February 27, 2017 by Amanda | No Comment
Profile of the Day: Elizabeth Taylor

Today we remember acting legend Elizabeth Taylor on what would have been her 85th birthday. Elizabeth Rosemond Taylor was born on February 27, 1932 in London, England to American parents, Francis Lenn Taylor, an art dealer, and Sara Sothern, a retired actress. Shortly after the outbreak of World War II, the family returned to the United States and settled in Los Angeles, California. Soon after, Taylor began auditioning for films. By the age of 12, Taylor… Read the full story

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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

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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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