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Profile of the Day: Robert F. Kennedy

Posted June 5, 2020 by Amanda | No Comment

Today we remember Robert F. Kennedy, who was shot after giving a speech at the Ambassador Hotel in Los Angeles, California on June 5, 1968. He would succumb to his wounds the next day. Image: Robert F. Kennedy / LBJ Library Robert Francis Kennedy was born on November 20, 1925 in Brookline, Massachusetts. He was the seventh child born to Joseph Kennedy, Sr. and Rose Fitzgerald Kennedy. After successfully managing his brother’s presidential campaign, Kennedy was… Read the full story

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Profile of the Day: George III

Posted June 4, 2020 by Amanda | No Comment

What’s your connection to royalty? On this day in 1738, George III, King of Great Britain and Ireland, was born. George III was Great Britain’s longest living and reigning monarch until the reign of his granddaughter, Queen Victoria. Image: George III / U.S. National Archives and Records Administration The eldest son of Frederick, Prince of Wales, and Augusta of Saxa-Gota, George was born two months prematurely and was not expected to survive. When his father… Read the full story

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Profile of the Day: George V

Posted June 3, 2020 by Amanda | No Comment

Have you found your connection to the British royal family? On this day in 1865, George V was born in Marlborough House, London. Image: George V / Library of Congress The grandson of Queen Victoria and the second son of Prince and Princess of Wales, Albert Edward and Alexandra, George was not expected to be king. In 1892, his older brother, Prince Albert Victor, died of pneumonia just six weeks after announcing his engagement to… Read the full story

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Profile of the Day: Thomas Hardy

Posted June 2, 2020 by Amanda | No Comment

On this day in 1840, Victorian poet and novelist Thomas Hardy was born in Dorset, England. Considered one of the most renowned writers in the history of English literature, Hardy’s works were often critical of Victorian society and the decline of rural life. Image: Thomas Hardy / National Science and Media Museum, Flickr Hardy was the eldest of four children born to Thomas Hardy, a stonemason and local builder, and his wife, Jemima Hand. His early… Read the full story

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Profile of the Day: Marilyn Monroe

Posted June 1, 2020 by Amanda | No Comment

Today we remember Hollywood icon Marilyn Monroe on what would have been her 94th birthday. Image: Marilyn Monroe / Wikimedia Commons She was born Norma Jean Mortenson on June 1, 1926 in Los Angeles, California to Gladys Pearl Baker. Shortly after her birth, her name was changed to Baker. Her father’s identity remains unknown. Marilyn’s mother suffered from mental illness and spent much of her life in and out of hospitals. Growing up, Marilyn lived with… Read the full story

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Profile of the Day: Edmund Hillary

Posted May 29, 2020 by Amanda | No Comment

On this day in 1953, New Zealand mountaineer and explorer Edmund Hillary and Nepalese Sherpa Tenzing Norgay became the first climbers known to reach the summit of Mount Everest. Image: The Windsor Daily Star, July 3, 1953 / MyHeritage SuperSearch The duo reached the summit at 11:30am and spent 15 minutes atop the highest point on Earth. Hillary and Tenzing were a part of the ninth British expedition to Everest, led by John Hunt. Upon their… Read the full story

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Profile of the Day: Jim Thorpe

Posted May 28, 2020 by Amanda | No Comment

Today we remember athlete Jim Thorpe, who was born on this day in 1888. Considered one of the most versatile athletes of modern sports, Thorpe was not only an Olympic champion, but also played professional football, baseball, and basketball. Image: Jim Thorpe / Library of Congress Thorpe was born in Indian Territory near the town of Prague, Oklahoma to Hiram Thorpe and Charlotte Vieux. Thorpe had a mix of European and Native American ancestry and… Read the full story

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Profile of the Day: Wild Bill Hickok

Posted May 27, 2020 by Amanda | No Comment

Do you have any gun-slingers in your family tree? On this day in 1837, legendary gunfighter Wild Bill Hickok was born in Troy Grove, Illinois. Born James Butler Hickok, “Wild Bill” was an excellent marksman from a very young age. His adventurous life was ripe for legendary status. During the American Civil War, he served as a civilian scout for the Union Army. Although no records exist, some believe he may have even served as a Union spy in… Read the full story

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Profile of the Day: Sally Ride

Posted May 26, 2020 by Amanda | No Comment

Today we remember astronaut Sally Ride, who was born on this day in 1951. In 1983, Ride became the first American woman in space when she flew into orbit aboard the space shuttle Challenger. Image: Sally Ride / NASA Born in Los Angeles, California, Ride held a keen interest in science from a young age. As she was finishing her Ph.D. in physics at Stanford University, Ride saw an article in the school’s newspaper advertising that NASA… Read the full story

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Profile of the Day: Ralph Waldo Emerson

Posted May 25, 2020 by Amanda | No Comment

American essayist and poet Ralph Waldo Emerson was born on this day in 1803. Image: Ralph Waldo Emerson / Library of Congress Emerson was born on May 25, 1803 in Boston, Massachusetts to Ruth Haskins and William Emerson, a Unitarian minister. At the age of 8, Emerson’s father died, leaving his mother to care for the young family with the aid of his aunt, Mary Moody Emerson. He formed a close bond with his aunt… Read the full story

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Profile of the Day: Arthur Conan Doyle

Posted May 22, 2020 by Amanda | No Comment

Are you a fan of Sherlock Holmes? On this day in 1859, author Sir Arthur Conan Doyle was born in Edinburgh, Scotland. Image: Sir Arthur Conan Doyle / Library of Congress Supported by wealthy uncles, Doyle was sent to the Roman Catholic Jesuit preparatory school, Hodder Place, Stonyhurst, at the age of 9. He studied medicine at the University of Ediniburgh Medical School and it was there that he began writing short stories. In 1887,… Read the full story

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Profile of the Day: Clara Barton

Posted May 21, 2020 by Amanda | No Comment

On May 21, 1881, Clara Barton founded the American Red Cross in Washington, D.C. Image: Clara Barton / Library of Congress Barton became known as the “Angel of the Battlefield” during the American Civil War for her tireless work with the sick and wounded. She often risked her life to bring supplies and aid to soldiers in the field. At the end of the war, she ran the Office of Missing Soldiers to identify and… Read the full story

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Profile of the Day: James Stewart

Posted May 20, 2020 by Amanda | No Comment

Today we remember actor James Stewart, who was born on this day in 1908. Image: James Stewart / U.S. Air Force Stewart was the eldest of three children born to Alexander Maitland Stewart and Elizabeth Ruth Jackson. He got his first taste of performing while a student at Princeton University. Although he earned a degree in architecture, Stewart would ultimately choose to pursue an acting career after graduating college. He began his career on stage before finding… Read the full story

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Profile of the Day: Anne Boleyn

Posted May 19, 2020 by Amanda | No Comment

On this day in 1536, Anne Boleyn, the second wife of Henry VIII of England, was beheaded for charges of treason and adultery. Her marriage to Henry VIII was scandalous from the start and plunged the country into political and religious upheaval. Denied an annulment for his first marriage to Catherine of Aragon by the Roman Catholic Church, Henry VIII broke away from the Church to establish the Church of England under the control of the… Read the full story

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Profile of the Day: Nicholas II of Russia

Posted May 18, 2020 by Amanda | No Comment

On this day in 1868, Nicholas II of Russia was born. Image: Nicholas II of Russia / Library of Congress Born Nikolai Alekasndrovich Romanov, Nicholas II was the eldest son Alexander III and Maria Feodorovna of Russia. He was related to several monarchs in Europe, including his first cousin King George V. In 1894, Nicholas II ascended to the Russian throne after the death of his father. During his reign, the Russian Empire fell from… Read the full story

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Profile of the Day: L. Frank Baum

Posted May 15, 2020 by Amanda | No Comment

On this day in 1856, author L. Frank Baum was born. The noted children’s book writer is perhaps best remembered as the author of The Wonderful Wizard of Oz and its sequels. Image: L. Frank Baum / Library of Congress Baum was born on May 15, 1856 in Chittenango, New York. He was the seventh of nine children born to Cynthia Ann Stanton and Benjamin Ward Baum. Named after his uncle, Lyman, Baum preferred to… Read the full story

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Profile of the Day: George Lucas

Posted May 14, 2020 by Amanda | No Comment

Happy birthday to George Lucas! Today the filmmaker turns 76. Image: George Lucas / Nicolas Genin, Wikimedia Commons (CC BY-SA 2.0) Lucas was born on May 14, 1944 in Modesto, California to Dorothy Ellinore Bomberger and George Walton Lucas, Sr., a stationary store owner. In his youth, Lucas dreamed of becoming a race car driver. However, just days before his high school graduation, Lucas was involved in a near-fatal accident and quickly changed his mind…. Read the full story

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Profile of the Day: Bea Arthur

Posted May 13, 2020 by Amanda | No Comment

Do you remember watching The Golden Girls or Maude? Today, we remember star Bea Arthur on what would have been her 98th birthday. Image: Bea Arthur / Wikimedia Commons She was born Bernice Frankel on May 13, 1922 in Brooklyn, New York. Before beginning her career as an actress, Arthur worked as a truck driver and typist in the United States Marine Corps Women’s Reserve during World War II. After the war, she found success in theater… Read the full story

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Profile of the Day: Florence Nightingale

Posted May 12, 2020 by Amanda | No Comment

Today marks the 200th anniversary of the birth of Florence Nightingale, a social reformer and the founder of modern nursing. A pioneer of her field, Nightingale’s work to improve sanitation, reform health care, and formalize nursing education helped pave the way for the important role of nurses in health care today. Image: Florence Nightingale / Library of Congress Nightingale was born on May 12, 1820 in Florence, Italy to an affluent family. From a young… Read the full story

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Profile of the Day: Salvador Dalí

Posted May 11, 2020 by Amanda | No Comment

Do you have Spanish ancestry? On this day in 1904, surrealist painter Salvador Dalí was born. Image: Salvador Dalí / Library of Congres He was born Salvador Domingo Felipe Jacinto Dalí y Domènech in Figueres, Spain. Nine months before his birth, his older brother, also named Salvador, died of gastroenteritis. At the age of five, his parents had told him that he was the reincarnation of his brother. A believer in the concept, Dalí incorporated… Read the full story

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Profile of the Day: Harry S. Truman

Posted May 8, 2020 by Amanda | No Comment

On this day in 1884, Harry S. Truman, the 33rd President of the United States, was born. Image: Harry S. Truman / Library of Congress Truman was the eldest of three children born to John Anderson Truman and Martha Ellen Young. He was given the middle name “S” to honor both of his grandfathers, Anderson Shipp Truman and Solomon Young. After the death of President Franklin D. Roosevelt in 1945, Truman was sworn into office… Read the full story

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Profile of the Day: Robert Browning

Posted May 7, 2020 by Amanda | No Comment

Poet and playwright Robert Browning was born on May 7, 1812 in Camberwell, England. Widely recognized as a master of dramatic monologue, Browning is considered to be one of the foremost poets of the Victorian age. Image: Robert Browning / Library of Congress Browning was the only son of Sara Anna Wiedermann, an accomplished pianist, and Robert Browning, a clerk for the Bank of England. Browning grew up surrounded by books. His father had amassed… Read the full story

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Profile of the Day: Orson Welles

Posted May 6, 2020 by Amanda | No Comment

On this day in 1915, Orson Welles was born. An actor, writer, director, and producer, Welles is remembered as one of the most influential filmmakers in history. Image: Orson Welles / Library of Congress Welles was born on May 6, 1915 in Kenosha, Wisconsin to Beatrice Ives, a pianist, and Richard Head Welles, an inventor of a popular bicycle lamp. After his father’s death in 1930, Welles traveled to Ireland, where he made his acting debut… Read the full story

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Profile of the Day: Nellie Bly

Posted May 5, 2020 by Amanda | No Comment

On this day in 1864, journalist Nellie Bly was born. A pioneer in her field, Bly helped launch a new kind of investigative journalism. Image: Nellie Bly / Library of Congress Bly was born Elizabeth Jane Cochran on May 5, 1864 in Cochran’s Mills, Pennsylvania. The town of Cochran’s Mills was named after her father, Michael Cochran, who was a mill owner and judge. As a journalist, she wrote under the pen name “Nellie Bly.”… Read the full story

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Profile of the Day: Audrey Hepburn

Posted May 4, 2020 by Amanda | No Comment

Do you have a favorite Audrey Hepburn movie? Today marks what would have been the legendary actress’s 91st birthday. Image: Audrey Hepburn / Wikimedia Commons Hepburn was born Audrey Kathleen Ruston on May 4, 1929 in Brussels, Belgium. Her mother, Baroness Ella van Heemstra, was a Dutch aristocrat and after divorcing Hepburn’s father, raised her alone as a single mother. She studied ballet and quickly became a “star pupil.” The Nazi’s occupation of the Netherlands during… Read the full story

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Profile of the Day: Calamity Jane

Posted May 1, 2020 by Amanda | No Comment

Frontierswoman and sharp-shooter Calamity Jane was born on this day in 1852. Image: Calamity Jane / Library of Congress The legend of Calamity Jane was known throughout the Wild West. However, little hard facts are known about her life and much of what was said was likely embellished or fabricated by writers and storytellers of the day. She was born Martha Jane Cannary in Princeton, Missouri and by the age of 12, both of her parents had… Read the full story

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Profile of the Day: Juliana of the Netherlands

Posted April 30, 2020 by Amanda | No Comment
Profile of the Day: Juliana of the Netherlands

Do you have Dutch ancestry? On this day in 1909, Juliana of the Netherlands  was born. She reigned as Queen of the Netherlands from 1948 until her abdication in 1980. Image: Juliana of the Netherlands / Nationaal Archief Born in the Hague, Juliana was the only child of Dutch monarch Queen Wihelmina and Prince Henry of Mecklenburg-Schwerin. Juliana was the first Dutch royal baby to be born since her mother’s birth in 1880. Her mother had suffered two miscarriages and… Read the full story

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Profile of the Day: Willie Nelson

Posted April 29, 2020 by Amanda | No Comment

Happy birthday to Willie Nelson! Today the music icon turns 87. Image: Willie Nelson / Library of Congress Nelson was born on April 29, 1933 in Abbott, Texas to Ira Doyle Nelson and Myrle Marie Greenhaw. Raised by his grandparents in Arkansas, music was an important part of his upbringing. At the age of 6, his grandfather gifted him his first guitar and by 7, he had written his first song. During the 1960s, Nelson… Read the full story

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Profile of the Day: Harper Lee

Posted April 28, 2020 by Amanda | No Comment

On this day in 1926, author Harper Lee was born. Today Lee’s novel, To Kill a Mockingbird, is one of the mostly widely read books in the United States. Image: Harper Lee receiving the Presidential Medal of Freedom from President George W. Bush / NARA She was born Nelle Harper Lee on April 28, 1926 in Monroeville, Alabama to Amasa Coleman Lee, a lawyer, and Frances Cunningham Finch. The youngest of four children, Lee received… Read the full story

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Profile of the Day: Coretta Scott King

Posted April 27, 2020 by Amanda | No Comment

On this day in 1927, American civil rights activist Coretta Scott King was born in Marion, Alabama. Image: Coretta Scott King / Library of Congress The widow of Civil Rights icon Martin Luther King, Jr., King also made significant contributions to the Civil Rights movement both before and after her husband’s death. She was the third child born to Obadiah Scott and Bernice McMurray. Her father was the first black person in their neighborhood to… Read the full story

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Profile of the Day: Barbra Streisand

Posted April 24, 2020 by Amanda | No Comment

Happy birthday to Barbra Streisand! Today the icon turns 78. Image: Barbra Streisand / Wikimedia Commons She was born on April 24, 1942 in Brooklyn, New York to Diana and Emanuel Streisand. Before reaching her first birthday, Streisand’s father died suddenly of complications from an epileptic seizure. After his death, the family fell into poverty. From a young age, Streisand dreamed of becoming famous and after graduating high school at 16, she immediately began pursuing a… Read the full story

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Profile of the Day: Shirley Temple

Posted April 23, 2020 by Amanda | No Comment

On April 23, 1928, star Shirley Temple was born. Image: Shirley Temple / Library of Congress Temple was born in Santa Monica, California to Gertrude Temple, a homemaker, and George Temple, a banker. She began taking dancing lessons at the age of 3 and was soon spotted by a casting director for Baby Burlesks, a series of comedy shorts satirizing recent films with preschool-aged children starring in every role. She soon was landing starring roles… Read the full story

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Profile of the Day: Jack Nicholson

Posted April 22, 2020 by Amanda | No Comment

Happy birthday to Jack Nicholson! Today the actor turns 83. Image: Jack Nicholson / Georges Biard, Wikimedia Commons (CC BY-SA 3.0) Nicholson was born on April 22, 1937 in Neptune, New Jersey. His biological mother was June Nicholson, although he spent the first 37 years of his life believing that she was his older sister. Only 17 years old and unmarried at the time, June’s parents agreed to raise Nicholson as their own child and… Read the full story

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Profile of the Day: Queen Elizabeth II

Posted April 21, 2020 by Amanda | One Comment

Happy 94th 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. Image: Queen Elizabeth II / NASA, Bill Ingalls 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… Read the full story

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Profile of the Day: Napoleon III

Posted April 20, 2020 by Amanda | No Comment

Do you have French ancestry in your family tree? On this day in 1808, Napoleon III was born in Paris, France. Image: Napoleon III / Library of Congress The nephew and heir of Napoleon Bonaparte, Napoleon III grew up in exile. Determined to return to France and regain the French crown, Napoleon began asserting his views in political writings and even attempted a failed coup. Following the Revolution of 1848, Napoleon seized the opportunity to return to France… Read the full story

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Profile of the Day: Benjamin Franklin

Posted April 17, 2020 by Amanda | No Comment

230 years ago today, Benjamin Franklin died at the age of 84. One of the United States’ most influential Founding Fathers, Franklin was also a renowned polymath. He was not only a notable politician and diplomat, but also an author, inventor, philosopher, and scientist. Image: Benjamin Franklin / Library of Congress Franklin was born on January 6, 1706 in Boston, Massachusetts to Josiah Franklin, a candlemaker, and his second wife, Abiah Folger. From his two marriages,… Read the full story

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Profile of the Day: Charlie Chaplin

Posted April 16, 2020 by Amanda | No Comment

Silent film star Charlie Chaplin was born on April 16, 1889 in London, England. Image: Charlie Chaplin / Library of Congress In a true rags-to-riches story, Chaplin grew up in poverty and became one of the most successful actors in the industry. He endured several hardships early in his life. His father abandoned the family when he was very young, while his mother suffered from a mental illness that kept her in-and-out of the asylum…. Read the full story

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Profile of the Day: Leonardo da Vinci

Posted April 15, 2020 by Amanda | No Comment

On this day in 1452, Renaissance Man Leonardo da Vinci was born in Vinci in the Republic of Florence. A gifted and extremely talented individual, da Vinci’s genius ranged from science, arts, mathematics, engineering, astronomy, architecture, and much more. Some of his greatest artistic masterpieces include the Mona Lisa, The Last Supper, and the Vitruvian Man. A brilliant inventor and engineer, da Vinci designed and illustrated concepts well before his time, from flying machines to… Read the full story

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Profile of the Day: Anne Sullivan

Posted April 14, 2020 by Amanda | No Comment

On this day in 1866, American educator Anne Sullivan was born. Best remembered as the teacher and lifelong companion of Helen Keller, Sullivan taught Keller, who was blind and deaf, to communicate and read Braille. Image: Helen Keller and Anne Sullivan / Library of Congress Sullivan was born on April 14, 1866 in Feeding Hills, Massachusetts to Thomas Sullivan and Alice Cloesy. Her parents had emigrated to the United States from Ireland during the Great… Read the full story

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Profile of the Day: F. Scott Fitzgerald

Posted April 10, 2020 by Amanda | No Comment

Today The Great Gatsby turns 95! Published on April 10, 1925, F. Scott Fitzgerald’s novel is widely considered to be “the Great American Novel.” However, the book’s success was far from instant. The novel debuted to mixed reviews and poor sales. When Fitzgerald died, he believed it to be a failure. Image: F. Scott Fitzgerald / Library of Congress It was not until World War II that The Great Gatsby would experience a huge revival. In 1942, a group of publishing… Read the full story

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Profile of the Day: Robert E. Lee

Posted April 9, 2020 by Amanda | No Comment

On this day in 1865, Confederate General Robert E. Lee surrendered to Union General Ulysses S. Grant, effectively ending the American Civil War. Image: Library of Congress During the first year of the war, Lee served as a senior military advisor to Confederate President Jefferson Davis. In 1882, he assumed command of the Army of Northern Virginia and lead many battlefield victories. However, Lee’s defeat at the Battle of Gettysburg was a crushing blow to the Confederate. The… Read the full story

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Profile of the Day: Betty Ford

Posted April 8, 2020 by Amanda | No Comment

On this day in 1918, former First Lady and activist Betty Ford was born. Image: Betty Ford / Library of Congress She was born Elizabeth Anne Bloomer on April 8, 1918 in Chicago Illinois to Hortense Neahr and William Stephenson Bloomer, a traveling salesman. As a young girl, she studied dance and worked as a model at a department store to help pay for her lessons. In 1948, she married Gerald Ford, who at the… Read the full story

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Profile of the Day: James Garner

Posted April 7, 2020 by Amanda | No Comment

Today we remember actor James Garner on what would have been his 92nd birthday. Image: James Garner / Wikimedia Commons Garner was born James Scott Bumgarner on April 7, 1928 in Norman, Oklahoma to Weldon Warren Bumgarner and Mildred Scott Meek. The youngest of 3 sons, Garner had a difficult childhood. When he was 4, his mother died and by the time he was 7, his father had left him and his brothers to be… Read the full story

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Profile of the Day: Robert E. Peary

Posted April 6, 2020 by Amanda | No Comment

On this day in 1909, American explorer Robert E. Peary and his assistant, Matthew A. Henson, purportedly became the first men to reach the North Pole. Image: U.S. National Archives and Records Administration Born in Cresson, Pennsylvania, Peary joined the United States Navy in 1881 as a civil engineer. It was during his time in the Navy that he resolved to be the first man to reach the North Pole. Peary studied the survival techniques of the… Read the full story

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Profile of the Day: Doris Day

Posted April 3, 2020 by Amanda | No Comment

Today we remember actress Doris Day on what would have been her 98th birthday. Image: Doris Day / Library of Congress Day was born Doris Mary Anne Kappelhoff on April 3, 1922 in Cincinnati, Ohio to Alma Sophia Weiz and William Joseph Kappelhoff. For most of her life, Day believed she was born in 1924. It was not until her 95th birthday that she learned she was actually born in 1922 after the Associated Press… Read the full story

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Profile of the Day: Hans Christian Andersen

Posted April 2, 2020 by Amanda | No Comment

Today marks the 215th birthday of the world’s favorite fairy tale author, Hans Christian Andersen. Image: Hans Christian Andersen / Bergen Public Library, Flickr He was born on April 2, 1805 in Odense, Denmark and was an only child. Although his family did not have much money, Andersen was well educated and attended boarding schools for the privileged, which fueled speculation that he was an illegitimate member of the Danish royal family. However, the rumors… Read the full story

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Profile of the Day: Lon Chaney

Posted April 1, 2020 by Amanda | No Comment

On this day in 1883, stage and silent film actor Lon Chaney was born. Known for his versatility and physical transformations for each role, Chaney was dubbed “The Man of a Thousand Faces.” Image: Lon Chaney / Wikimedia Commons Chaney was born Leonidas Frank Chaney on April 1, 1883 in Colorado Springs, Colorado. Both of his parents, Frank H. Chaney and Emma Alice Kennedy, were deaf and as a result, Chaney was skilled at communicating… Read the full story

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Profile of the Day: Johann Sebastian Bach

Posted March 31, 2020 by Amanda | No Comment

On this day in 1685, German composer Johann Sebastian Bach was born. Image: Johann Sebastian Bach / Wikimedia Commons Bach was born on March 31, 1685 in Eisenach, Germany to a musical family. His father, Johann Ambrosius Bach, was a court trumpeter and director of the town musicians. According to Bach’s own genealogy research, the family’s musical tradition stretches back to his second great grandfather, Veit Bach, a miller and amateur musician. Orphaned by the… Read the full story

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Profile of the Day: Vincent van Gogh

Posted March 30, 2020 by Amanda | No Comment

On this day in 1853, Dutch painter Vincent van Gogh was born in Zundert, Netherlands. Image: Vincent van Gogh / Art Institute of Chicago, CCO He shared the name Vincent with his paternal grandfather and stillborn brother, who died a year before his birth. Despite his family’s status as an upper-middle class family, van Gogh lived much of his life in poverty in pursuit of his art. Although today he is considered one of the greatest artists… Read the full story

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Profile of the Day: Marie Under

Posted March 27, 2020 by Amanda | No Comment

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. Image: Marie Under / Wikimedia Commons 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… Read the full story

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