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Profile of the Day: Carl Linnaeus

Posted May 23, 2019 by Amanda | No Comment
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On this day in 1707, Swedish botanist and zoologist Carl Linnaeus was born. Known as the “father of modern taxonomy,” Linnaeus is best remembered for formalizing the modern system of naming organisms. Carl Linnaeus / Nationalmuseum, Sweden Linnaeus was born in the village of Råshult in Småland, Sweden to Nicolaus (Nils) Linnaeus, a pastor, and Anna Christina Brodersonia. His father was an avid gardener and introduced Linnaeus to the world of botany at an early… Read the full story

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Profile of the Day: Laurence Olivier

Posted May 22, 2019 by Amanda | No Comment
Profile of the Day: Laurence Olivier

On this day in 1907, legendary actor Laurence Olivier was born. Laurence Olivier / Library of Congress Olivier was born on May 22, 1907 in Dorking, Surry, England to Gerard Kerr Olivier, a reverend, and Agnes Louise Crookenden. Although he came from a family of clergymen, Olivier was encouraged from a young age to pursue a career in acting. A prominent figure on both the stage and screen, Olivier became known for bringing the plays of William Shakespeare… Read the full story

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Profile of the Day: Mary Anning

Posted May 21, 2019 by Amanda | No Comment
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Remember the tongue twister, “She sells seashells on the seashore?” On this day 220 years ago, Mary Anning, the English fossil collector and pioneering paleontologist who inspired the tongue twister, was born. Mary Anning / Wikimedia Commons Anning grew up in the coastal town of Lyme Regis in Dorset, England. Her father, Richard Anning, was a cabinetmaker and supplemented his income by selling curiosities found along the coastal cliffside near the town to tourists. After… Read the full story

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Profile of the Day: Cher

Posted May 20, 2019 by Amanda | No Comment
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Happy birthday, Cher! Today the music legend turns 73. Cher / Wikimedia Commons Cher was born Cherilyn Sarkisian in El Centro, California on May 20, 1946 to John Sarkisian and Georgia Holt. From a young age, Cher knew she wanted to become famous. At 16, she dropped out of school and moved to Los Angeles to pursue an acting career. Cher first rose to fame as part of a music duo alongside her husband, Sonny Bono…. Read the full story

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Profile of the Day: Edward Jenner

Posted May 17, 2019 by Amanda | No Comment
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On this day in 1749, English physician and scientist Edward Jenner was born. Jenner is best remembered for pioneering the vaccine for smallpox. Edward Jenner / Wellcome Images, Wikimedia Commons (CC BY 4.0) Edward Anthony Jenner was born on May 17, 1749 in Berkeley, Gloucestershire, England. His father was the vicar of Berkeley and believed firmly in a strong education. A country doctor, Jenner was familiar with local folklore that milkmaids who had contracted cowpox, a… Read the full story

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Profile of the Day: Henry Fonda

Posted May 16, 2019 by Amanda | No Comment
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Today we remember actor Henry Fonda, who was born on this day in 1905. Remembered as a legend in Hollywood, Fonda’s remarkable career spanned over five decades. Henry Fonda / Wikimedia Commons Fonda was born on May 16, 1905 in Grand Island, Nebraska to William Brace Fonda, a printer, and Herberta Jaynes. Fonda’s Dutch ancestry can be traced back to the early settlers of upstate New York in the small village of Fonda. The village was… Read the full story

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Profile of the Day: L. Frank Baum

Posted May 15, 2019 by Amanda | No Comment
Profile of the Day: L. Frank Baum

Did you read The Wonderful Wizard of Oz growing up? On this day in 1856, author L. Frank Baum was born in Chittenango, New York. L.Frank Baum / Library of Congress The popular children’s book author was born Lyman Frank Baum to Cynthia Ann Stanton and Benjamin Ward Baum, a successful businessman, and grew up on his family’s estate, Rose Lawn. A sickly child, Baum began writing at a young age. After his father gifted him a cheap printing… Read the full story

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Profile of the Day: Meriwether Lewis

Posted May 14, 2019 by Amanda | No Comment
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On May 14, 1804, explorers Meriwether Lewis and William Clark left St. Louis, Missouri to begin their historic expedition to explore the lands of the American Northwest. Meriwether Lewis / Library of Congress President Thomas Jefferson commissioned the expedition after the Louisiana Purchase in 1803. Lewis and Clark were given the mission to explore the newly acquired territory, establish an American presence in the area, and find a practical route to the west. Along the way, they were to also… Read the full story

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Profile of the Day: Doris Day

Posted May 13, 2019 by Amanda | No Comment
Profile of the Day: Doris Day

Today we remember actress and singer Doris Day, who passed away at the age of 97. Doris Day / Wikimedia Commons She was born Doris Mary Ann Kappelhoff on April 3, 1922 in Cincinnati, Ohio to Alma Weiz and William Joseph Kappelhoff. After a car accident derailed her hope of becoming a professional dancer, Day turned to singing. She gained popularity on radio and sang with several big bands, In addition to her successful singing career, Day was one of Hollywood’s most… Read the full story

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Profile of the Day: Fred Astaire

Posted May 10, 2019 by Amanda | No Comment
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Legendary actor Fred Astaire was born on this day 120 years ago in Omaha, Nebraska. Considered one of the greatest entertainers of Old Hollywood, Astaire dazzled audiences on the stage and screen with his charisma and energy. Fred Astaire / Wikimedia Commons He was the son of Johanna Geilus and Frederic Austerlitz and had an older sister Adele, who proved to a natural dancer and singer. Together, the siblings developed a vaudeville act as children and became… Read the full story

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Profile of the Day: J.M. Barrie

Posted May 9, 2019 by Amanda | No Comment
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Do you remember the story of Peter Pan? On May 9, 1860, playwright J.M. Barrie was born in Kirriemuir, Scotland. J.M. Barrie / National Science and Media Museum, Flickr James Matthew Barrie was the ninth child of ten born to a conservative Calvinist family. He moved to London to pursue a career as a novelist and playwright. It was there that he first met the Llewelyn Davies boys, who would inspire him to write of the… Read the full story

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Profile of the Day: Harry S. Truman

Posted May 8, 2019 by Amanda | No Comment
Profile of the Day: Harry S. Truman

On this day in 1884, President Harry S. Truman was born. Truman served as the 33rd President of the United States. Harry S. Truman / Library of Congress Truman was born on May 8, 1884 in Lamar, Missouri to John Anderson Truman and Martha Ellen Young. His parents named him after his maternal uncle, Harrison “Harry” Young,  but had difficulty settling on a middle name. Ultimately, they simply chose to use the letter “S” in tribute of… Read the full story

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Profile of the Day: Robert Browning

Posted May 7, 2019 by Amanda | No Comment
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On this day in 1812, English poet and playwright Robert Browning was born in London, England. A prolific poet, Browning was known as one of the leading Victorian writers of his era. Robert Browning / Library of Congress Browning was the only son born to Sarah Ann Widermann and Robert Browning, who worked as a clerk for the Bank of England. His paternal grandfather was a slave owner in the West Indies, but Browning’s father opposed slavery, thus… Read the full story

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Profile of the Day: George Clooney

Posted May 6, 2019 by Amanda | No Comment
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Happy birthday to George Clooney! Today the star turns 58. George Clooney / Ed Van-West Garcia, Wikimedia Commons (CC BY-SA 2.0) Clooney was born on May 6, 1961 in Lexington, Kentucky to Nina Warren, a former city councilwoman, and Nick Clooney, an anchorman and television host. His aunt was singer and actress Rosemary Clooney. With a family in the entertainment business, it was no surprise that Clooney would also catch the acting bug. After getting his start… Read the full story

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Profile of the Day: Bing Crosby

Posted May 3, 2019 by Amanda | No Comment
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Do you have a favorite Bing Crosby film? On this day in 1903, the legendary actor was born. Bing Crosby / U.S National Archives and Records Administration Crosby was born Harry Lillis Crosby, Jr. on May 3, 1903 in Tacoma, Washington in a house built by his father. The fourth of seven children, Crosby acquired the nickname “Bing” at a young age from a comic strip called “The Bingville Bugle.” After finding success on radio,… Read the full story

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Profile of the Day: Catherine II

Posted May 2, 2019 by Amanda | No Comment
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On May 2, 1729, Russian Empress Catherine II was born. Also known as Catherine the Great, her long reign came to be known as the Golden Age of Russia. Catherine II / British Library, Flickr Although she would become the country’s longest-ruling female leader, Catherine was not Russian by birth. She was born Sophie Friederike Auguste von Anhalt-Zerbst in Stettin, then a part of Prussia. Her father was a minor Prussia prince and served as a general… Read the full story

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Profile of the Day: Calamity Jane

Posted May 1, 2019 by Amanda | No Comment
Profile of the Day: Calamity Jane

On this day in 1852, American frontierswoman and folk hero Calamity Jane was born near Princeton, Missouri. Calamity Jane / Library of Congress Calamity Jane’s early life is a mystery. Much about what is known comes from an autobiographical booklet from 1896. The booklet, dictated by Calamity Jane, was written for publicity purposes, and thus, some of the information was likely exaggerated or false. What is known is that she was born Martha Jane Canary… Read the full story

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Profile of the Day: Gal Gadot

Posted April 30, 2019 by Amanda | No Comment
Profile of the Day: Gal Gadot

Happy birthday to Gal Gadot! Today the Wonder Woman star turns 34. Gal Gadot / Gage Skidmore, Wikimedia Commons (CC BY-SA 2.0) Gadot was born on April 30, 1985 in Petah Tikva, Israel. At the age of 18, she was crowned Miss Israel and went on to compete in the Miss Universe 2004 pageant in Ecuador. Although she did not win, the experience helped launch her career as a model. After completing her two mandatory years of military… Read the full story

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Profile of the Day: Duke Ellington

Posted April 29, 2019 by Amanda | No Comment
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Today we celebrate Jazz legend Duke Ellington, who was born on this day 120 years ago. Duke Ellington / Library of Congress He was born Edward Kennedy Ellington on April 29, 1899 in Washington, D.C. to James Edward Ellington and Daisy Kennedy, both pianists. With musically talented parents, Ellington was encouraged to pursue his interest in music. He began studying the piano at the age of 7 and acquired the nickname “Duke” for his suave and classy demeanor. Considered… Read the full story

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Profile of the Day: Carol Burnett

Posted April 26, 2019 by Amanda | No Comment
Profile of the Day: Carol Burnett

Happy birthday, Carol Burnett! Today the beloved comedic actress celebrates her 86th birthday. Carol Burnett / Wikimedia Commons Born on April 26, 1933 in San Antonio, Texas, Burnett caught the acting bug at a young age. After her parents divorced in the late 1930s, she was sent to live with her grandmother in a boarding house in Hollywood, California. In the second grade, she briefly invented an imaginary twin sister named Karen and found enjoyment in fooling the other boarders…. Read the full story

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Profile of the Day: Guglielmo Marconi

Posted April 25, 2019 by Amanda | No Comment
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Today we remember Italian inventor Guglielmo Marconi on what would have been his 145th birthday. A pioneer of wireless communication, Marconi is often credited as the father of long distance radio transmission. Guglielmo Marconi / Library of Congress Marconi as born on April 25, 1874 in Bologna, Italy to Giuseppe Marconi, a wealthy Italian landowner, and Annie Jameson, the granddaughter of John Jameson, the founder of the Jameson Irish Whisky Company. Growing up, Marconi was taught by… Read the full story

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Profile of the Day: Kelly Clarkson

Posted April 24, 2019 by Amanda | No Comment
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Happy birthday to Kelly Clarkson! Today the singer turns 37. Kelly Clarkson / NPS, Marcey Frutchey Clarkson was born on April 24, 1982 in Fort Worth, Texas to Jeanne Ann Rose, a teacher, and Stephen Michael Clarkson, a former engineer. The youngest of three children, Clarkson’s parents divorced when she was 6. Her third great grandfather, Isaiah R. Rose, served in the Union Army during the American Civil War. During the war, he was captured and held at Andersonville… Read the full story

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Profile of the Day: Shirley Temple

Posted April 23, 2019 by Amanda | One Comment
Profile of the Day: Shirley Temple

Today we remember beloved child star Shirley Temple on what would have been her 91st birthday. Eleanor Roosevelt and Shirley Temple / U.S. National Archives and Records Administration Shirley Temple was born on April 23, 1928 in Santa Monica, California. She began her film career at the age of 3 with a role in Baby Burlesks, a series of short films satirizing recent film and political events, using pre-school children in every role. In 1934, she found… Read the full story

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Profile of the Day: Isabella I of Castile

Posted April 22, 2019 by Amanda | No Comment
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On this day in 1451, Isabella I of Castile was born. Her marriage to Ferdinand II of Aragon brought stability to the kingdoms of the region and paved the way for the unification of Spain under their grandson, Charles V. Isabella I of Castile / Wikimedia Commons Isabella I was the daughter of John II of Castile and his second wife, Isabella of Portugal. At the time of her birth, her half-brother, Henry IV of… Read the full story

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Profile of the Day: Charles Darwin

Posted April 19, 2019 by Amanda | No Comment
Profile of the Day: Charles Darwin

On this day in 1882, Charles Darwin died at his home, the Down House, in Kent at the age of 73. Considered to be one of the most influential scientific minds in history, Darwin’s work transformed the world’s understanding of nature. Charles Darwin / Library of Congress Darwin was born on February 12, 1809 in his family home, The Mount, in Shrewsbury, Shropshire, England. The fifth of six children, Darwin came from a line of physicians… Read the full story

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Profile of the Day: Paul Revere

Posted April 18, 2019 by Amanda | No Comment
Profile of the Day: Paul Revere

On this day in 1775, Paul Revere and William Dawes set out on horseback to warn the American colonies of approaching British troops. Revere’s role in the famous ride would later be immortalized in Henry Wadsworth Longfellow’s poem, “Paul Revere’s Ride.” Paul Revere’s ride / U.S. National Archives and Records Administration Late in the night on April 18, British troops began marching towards Lexington and Concord to capture Patriot leaders Samuel Adams and John Hancock. Taking separate routes,… Read the full story

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Profile of the Day: Benjamin Franklin

Posted April 17, 2019 by Amanda | No Comment
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Today we remember Benjamin Franklin, who died on April 17, 1790 at the age of 84. Not only was Franklin one of the Founding Fathers of the United States, but he was also a leading author, scientist, inventor, diplomat, and more. Benjamin Franklin / Library of Congress Franklin was born on January 17, 1706 in Boston, Massachusetts to Josiah Franklin, a candlemaker, and his second wife, Abiah Folger. He was one of 17 children born… Read the full story

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Profile of the Day: Wilbur Wright

Posted April 16, 2019 by Amanda | No Comment
Profile of the Day: Wilbur Wright

On this day in 1867, aviator Wilbur Wright was born. A pioneer in aviation, Wright and his brother Orville, are best remembered for developing the first successful airplane. Wilbur Wright / Library of Congress Wright was born on April 16, 1867 near Millville, Indiana to Milton Wright, a Bishop in the Church of the United Brethren in Christ, and Susan Koerner. The third of seven children, Wright and his brother developed a fascination for aviation at an early age… Read the full story

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Profile of the Day: Leonardo da Vinci

Posted April 15, 2019 by Amanda | No Comment
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On this day in 1452, Renaissance man Leonardo da Vinci was born in the Republic of Florence. Leonardo da Vinci / Library of Congress Little is known about Da Vinci’s early life. He was born on April 15, 1452 and was the illegitimate son of Piero da Vinci, a well-to-do notary, and Catarina, a peasant who later married an artisan. Growing up, da Vinci received an informal education and by the age of 14, became an apprentice… Read the full story

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Profile of the Day: Christian IV of Denmark

Posted April 12, 2019 by Amanda | No Comment
Profile of the Day: Christian IV of Denmark

On this day in 1577, Christian IV of Denmark was born. His reign lasted for nearly 60 years, making him the longest reigning Danish monarch in history. Christian IV of Denmark / Wikimedia Commons Christian IV was born on April 12, 1577 at Frederiksborg Castle in Denmark to King Frederick II and Sofie of Mecklenburg. He was the third child but eldest son of the couple. Since Denmark was still an elective monarchy at the time, Christian was… Read the full story

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Profile of the Day: William III of England

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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.

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Profile of the Day: Joseph Pulitzer

Posted April 10, 2019 by Amanda | No Comment
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On this day in 1847, newspaper publisher Joseph Pulitzer was born. Today he best known for establishing the prestigious Pulitzer Prize, which is awarded annually for excellence in American journalism. Joseph Pulitzer / Library of Congress Pulitzer was born on April 10, 1847 in Makó, Hungary to a well-regarded merchant family. Growing up in Budapest, Pulitzer was educated by private tutors. In 1864, he emigrated to the United States as a recruit for the Union Army during… Read the full story

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Profile of the Day: Robert E. Lee

Posted April 9, 2019 by Amanda | No Comment
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On this day in 1865, Confederate General Robert E. Lee surrendered his army to Union General Ulysses S. Grant, effectively bringing an end to the American Civil War. Lee served as Confederate President Jefferson Davis’s senior military adviser during the first year of the Civl War. Once he took command of the main field army, the Army of Northern Virginia, Lee led the Confederate forces to many early victories on the battlefield. However, his defeat at the Battle… Read the full story

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Profile of the Day: Betty Ford

Posted April 8, 2019 by Amanda | No Comment
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Today we remember former First Lady Betty Ford on what would have been her 101st birthday. Ford was born Elizabeth Ann Bloomer on April 8, 1918 in Chicago, Illinois. She was the third child and only daughter of William Stephenson Bloomer, Sr., a traveling salesman, and his wife, Hortense. In school, Ford studied to become a dancer. During her husband’s presidency, Betty was highly active in social policy. A passionate supporter of the Equal Rights Amendment, Ford became… Read the full story

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Profile of the Day: Booker T. Washington

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Profile of the Day: Booker T. Washington

On this day in 1856, Booker T. Washington was born. Regarded as one of the most influential African-American educators of the late 19th century, Washington founded the Tuskegee Institute, known today as Tuskegee University, in Alabama. Washington was born into slavery in Virginia and was the son of Jane, a slave, and an unknown white man. He was named Booker Taliaferro and later adopted the surname Washington. After emancipation, his family moved to West Virginia and although… Read the full story

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Profile of the Day: Robert Downey, Jr.

Posted April 4, 2019 by Amanda | No Comment
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Happy birthday Robert Downey, Jr.! Today the Iron Man star turns 54. He was born on April 4, 1965 in New York City, New York to Robert Downey Sr., an avant-garde filmmaker, and Elsie Ford, an actress. Downey made his screen debut at the age of 5 as a puppy in his father’s film, Pound. Although his career soared during the 1980′s and early 1990′s, his personal struggles with addiction became a constant focus of headlines. In… Read the full story

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Profile of the Day: Marlon Brando

Posted April 3, 2019 by Amanda | No Comment
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Today marks what would have been actor Marlon Brando’s 95th birthday. Born on April 3, 1924, Brando is often considered one of the most famous and influential actors of the 20th century. Brando was born in Omaha, Nebraska to Marlon Brando, Sr., a pesticide and chemical feed manufacturer, and Dorothy Pennebaker, an actress and theater administrator. After he was expelled from military school, Brando worked as a ditch-digger. At the age of 18, Brando moved… Read the full story

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Profile of the Day: Hans Christian Andersen

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Profile of the Day: Hans Christian Andersen

What’s your favorite fairy tale? On this day in 1805, Danish author Hans Christian Andersen was born. Andersen was born on April 2, 1805 in Odense, Denmark to Hans Andersen, Sr. and Anne Marie Andersdatter. He first developed an interest in literature from his father, who would entertain him with stories from the Arabian Nights. At the age of 14, Andersen left school to pursue a career as an actor in Copenhagen. After being accepted to the Royal Danish Theater,… Read the full story

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Profile of the Day: Debbie Reynolds

Posted April 1, 2019 by Amanda | No Comment
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Today we remember actress Debbie Reynolds on what would have been her 87th birthday. Reynolds was born on April 1, 1932 in El Paso, Texas to Maxine “Minnie” Harman and Raymond Francis Reynolds. Her father was a carpenter and worked for the Southern Pacific Railroad. In 1939, her family moved to Burbank, California and at the age of 16, she won the Miss Burbank beauty contest. The contest led Reynolds to land her first film contract… Read the full story

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Profile of the Day: John Tyler

Posted March 29, 2019 by Amanda | No Comment
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On this day in 1790, John Tyler, the 10th President of the United States, was born. Tyler succeeded to the presidency after the death of President William Henry Harrison, who passed just one month into his presidency. Tyler was born to a prominent and influential Virginian family on March 29, 1790. His father, John Tyler, Sr., was a wealthy planter and judge. He served as the 15th Governor of Virginia. In 1840, William Henry Harrison was elected… Read the full story

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Profile of the Day: Lady Gaga

Posted March 28, 2019 by Amanda | No Comment
Profile of the Day: Lady Gaga

Happy birthday to Lady Gaga! Today the star turns 33. She was born Stefani Joanne Angelina Germanotta on March 28, 1986 in Manhattan, New York. From a very young age, she showed a talent for music. She learned to play the piano at the age of 4 and was encouraged by her parents to pursue her talent. At 17, she gained early admission to NYU’s Tisch School of the Arts, but withdrew after her sophomore year… Read the full story

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Profile of the Day: Charles I of England

Posted March 27, 2019 by Amanda | No Comment
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On this day in 1625, Charles I ascended to the throne and became king of England, Scotland, and Ireland after the death of his father King James VI and I. Charles was born on November 19, 1600 in Dunfermline Palace in Fife, Scotland. The second son of James IV and I and Anne of Denmark, Charles became the heir apparent after his older brother, Henry, died of typhoid fever in 1612. On March 25, 1625, Charles became king… Read the full story

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Profile of the Day: Leonard Nimoy

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Profile of the Day: Leonard Nimoy

Today we remember actor Leonard Nimoy on what would have been his 88th birthday. Nimoy was born on March 26, 1931 in Boston, Massachusetts to Orthodox Jewish immigrants from Izaislav, Ukraine. Coming from a Yiddish-speaking household, Nimoy learned Yiddish as his first language. He began acting in a neighborhood theater at the age of eight and with the encouragement of his grandfather, decided to pursue an acting career. In 1966, Nimoy got his big break when he was cast as Spock in… Read the full story

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Profile of the Day: Elton John

Posted March 25, 2019 by Amanda | No Comment
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Happy birthday to Elton John! Today the music icon turns 72. John was born Reginald Kenneth Dwight on March 25, 1947 in Pinner, Middlesex, England to Stanley Dwight and Sheila Eileen Harris. A gifted piano player from a young age, he won a scholarship to the Royal Academy of Music at the age of 11. At the age of 17, he dropped out of school to pursue a career in music. During the 1970s, John skyrocketed to international fame… Read the full story

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Profile of the Day: William Shatner

Posted March 22, 2019 by Amanda | No Comment
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Remember watching Star Trek? Today star William Shatner celebrates his 88th 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, Ontario…. Read the full story

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Profile of the Day: Benito Juarez

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Profile of the Day: Benito Juarez

On this day in 1806, Benito Juarez was born. Juarez was the President of Mexico and is today remembered as a national hero for his resistance of French occupation and victory in overthrowing Emperor Maximilian I. Juarez was born to a Zapotec peasant family on March 21, 1806 in a small adobe house in San Pablo Guelato, Oaxaca, Mexico. He was an orphan by the age of three and was raised by relatives. Juarez spent… Read the full story

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Profile of the Day: Henrik Ibsen

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Profile of the Day: Henrik Ibsen

On this day in 1828, Norwegian playwright and poet Henrik Ibsen was born. Ibsen was the oldest of five children born to Knud Ibsen and Marichen Altenburg in the small costal town of Skien in Telemark County, Norway. His maternal grandfather, Johan Andreas Altenburg was a wealthy merchant and shipowner in Skien. Although they were once a wealthy merchant family, by the time Ibsen was 8, they had been thrown into poverty. At the age of 15,… Read the full story

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Profile of the Day: Glenn Close

Posted March 19, 2019 by Amanda | No Comment
Profile of the Day: Glenn Close

Happy birthday to Glenn Close! Today the star turns 72. The versatile actress was born on March 19, 1947 in Greenwich, Connecticut. Her father was a prominent doctor and opened a clinic in the Belgian Congo. He also served as the personal physician of Mobutu Sese Seko, the President of Zaire. After graduating with a degree in drama from the College of William and Mary, Close made her Broadway debut in 1974′s Love for Love. As her success in theater grew,… Read the full story

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Profile of the Day: Grover Cleveland

Posted March 18, 2019 by Amanda | No Comment
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Today we remember Grover Cleveland, who was born on this day in 1837. Cleveland served as the 22nd and 24th President of the United States. He was born Stephen Grover Cleveland on March 18, 1837 in Caldwell, New Jersey and was the fifth of nine children born to Richard Falley Cleveland, a Presbyterian minister, and Anne Neal. He was a third cousin thrice removed of Moses Cleveland, who founded the city of Cleveland, Ohio. Cleveland was the… Read the full story

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Profile of the Day: H.P. Lovecraft

Posted March 15, 2019 by Amanda | No Comment
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On this day in 1937, writer H.P. Lovecraft died at the age of 46. Today, Lovecraft is remembered as one of the most significant writers of horror fiction. He was born Howard Phillips Lovecraft on August 20, 1890 in Providence, Rhode Island. When Lovecraft was 3, his father was committed to a psychiatric facility and remained there until his death in 1898. An only child, Lovecraft became an avid reader and developed a keen interest in science… Read the full story

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