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Profile of the Day: Henry V of England

Posted April 9, 2018 by Amanda | No Comment
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On this day in 1413, Henry V was crowned King of England. The second English monarch of the House of Lancaster, Henry V was considered to be one of the great warrior kings in English history. Henry V was the eldest son of Henry IV of England and Mary de Bohun and the great grandson of Edward III of England. In 1398, his father was exiled and Henry was taken under the charge of Richard II. However, in… Read the full story

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Profile of the Day: Matthew Henson

Posted April 6, 2018 by Amanda | No Comment
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On this day in 1909, Arctic explorers Robert E. Peary and Matthew Henson became the first men to reach the North Pole. Henson is remembered as the first African-American Arctic explorer and assisted Peary for nearly 23 years on his explorations of the Arctic. Henson was born on August 8, 1866 on his parents’ farm near the Potomac River in Charles County, Maryland. His parents were sharecroppers and free people of color before the American… Read the full story

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Profile of the Day: Gregory Peck

Posted April 5, 2018 by Amanda | No Comment
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Do you remember watching To Kill a Mockingbird? On this day in 1916, star Gregory Peck was born. Considered one of Hollywood’s most beloved stars, Peck is fondly remembered for his iconic portrayal of characters with unwavering strength and integrity. Peck was born Eldred Gregory Peck on April 5, 1916 in La Jolla, California to Gregory Peck, a chemist, and Bernice Ayres. Before pursing a career as an actor, Peck studied at the University of California, Berkeley as an English major and… Read the full story

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Profile of the Day: Maya Angelou

Posted April 4, 2018 by Amanda | No Comment
Profile of the Day: Maya Angelou

Today we remember poet and civil rights activist Maya Angelou on what would have been her 90th birthday. The award-winning author published numerous books of poetry, essays, and autobiographies which dealt with themes of economic, racial, and sexual oppression. Angelou was born Marguerite Annie Johnson on April 4, 1928 in St. Louis, Missouri to Bailey Johnson, a doorman and navy dietitian, and Vivian Baxter, a nurse and card dealer. By the time she was three, her parents… Read the full story

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Profile of the Day: Marlon Brando

Posted April 3, 2018 by Amanda | No Comment
Profile of the Day: Marlon Brando

Today marks what would have been actor Marlon Brando’s 94th 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

Posted April 2, 2018 by Amanda | No Comment
Profile of the Day: Hans Christian Andersen

What was your favorite fairy tale growing up? Today we celebrate the 213th birthday of fairy tale author Hans Christian Andersen! Known for writing some of the world’s most popular fairy tales, Andersen’s stories have been translated into more than 125 languages and have been adapted into numerous films, plays, and even ballets. Andersen was born in Odense, Denmark on April 2, 1805. He was the only child of Hans Andersen, Sr. and Anne Marie Andersdatter, although unsubstantiated rumors speculated… Read the full story

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Profile of the Day: Celine Dion

Posted March 30, 2018 by Amanda | No Comment
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Happy 50th birthday to Celine Dion! Since signing her first recording contract at the age of 12, Dion has has become one of the world’s best-selling artists in history with more than 200 million records sold worldwide. Dion grew up in a very large family. She is the youngest of 14 children born to Thérèse Tanguay and Adhémar Dion in Charlemagne, Quebec, Canada. Music was always a part of the family’s life at home. Her parents… Read the full story

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Profile of the Day: Cy Young

Posted March 29, 2018 by Amanda | No Comment
Profile of the Day: Cy Young

Are you a baseball fan? On this day in 1867, legendary baseball player Cy Young was born. During his 22-season career, Young pitched for five different teams and established numerous pitching records, some of which he still holds today. He was born Denton True Young on March 29, 1867 in Gilmore, Ohio to McKinzie Young, Jr. and Nancy Miller. Growing up in a small farming community, Young stopped going to school after the sixth grade to help out on… Read the full story

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Profile of the Day: Reba McEntire

Posted March 28, 2018 by Amanda | No Comment
Profile of the Day: Reba McEntire

Happy birthday to country music legend Reba McEntire! Today the popular singer turns 63. Since getting her start singing on local radio shows in high school, McEntire has become one of the best-selling artists of all time, selling more than 80 million records worldwide. Reba Nell McEntire was born on March 28, 1955 in McAlester, Oklahoma to Clark Vincent McEntire and Jacqueline Smith. Her father and paternal grandfather were both champion steer ropers. In fact, her… Read the full story

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Profile of the Day: James VI and I

Posted March 27, 2018 by Amanda | No Comment
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On this day in 1625, King James VI and I died at the age of 58. Crowned the King of Scotland at thirteen months old, James’s reign in Scotland lasted for 57 years and 246 days, longer than any of his predecessors. James was born on June 19, 1566 and was the only son of Mary, Queen of Scots, and her second husband, Henry Stuart, Lord Darnley. His mother’s reign was plagued in scandal. On May 15, 1567, his… Read the full story

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Profile of the Day: Robert Frost

Posted March 26, 2018 by Amanda | No Comment
Profile of the Day: Robert Frost

On this day in 1874, American poet Robert Frost was born. Awarded with four Pulitzer Prizes for Poetry during his lifetime, Frost is remembered as one of the most celebrated and popular poets of the twentieth century. Although best known for his depictions of rural life in New England, Frost was actually born in San Francisco, California. His father, William Prescott Frost, Jr., was a journalist and editor of the San Francisco Evening Bulletin. After his death in… Read the full story

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Profile of the Day: Reese Witherspoon

Posted March 22, 2018 by Amanda | No Comment
Profile of the Day: Reese Witherspoon

Happy birthday to actress Reese Witherspoon! Today the star turns 42. She was born Laura Jean Reese Witherspoon on March 22, 1976 in New Orleans, Louisiana. She chose to go by the name “Reese,” which is her mother’s maiden name. Witherspoon briefly studied at Stanford University as an English literature major before leaving to pursue an acting career. Since her breakout roles in Election and Legally Blonde, Witherspoon has found great success both on screen and behind the scenes as… Read the full story

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Profile of the Day: Matthew Broderick

Posted March 21, 2018 by Amanda | No Comment
Profile of the Day: Matthew Broderick

Happy birthday, Matthew Broderick! Today the star turns 56. Since catapulting to fame with is role in Ferris Bueller’s Day Off, Broderick has earned much acclaim for his work on stage, even winning two Tony Awards for his performances. Broderick was born on March 21, 1962 in New York City, New York. The son of a playwright and an actor, Broderick seemed destined to follow in the footsteps of his parents. At the age of 17, he made his… Read the full story

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Profile of the Day: Henrik Ibsen

Posted March 20, 2018 by Amanda | No Comment
Profile of the Day: Henrik Ibsen

Do you have Norwegian ancestors? 190 years ago today, Norwegian playwright Henrik Ibsen was born in Skien, Norway. Referred to as “the father of prose drama,” Ibsen is often regarded as one of the greatest playwrights since Shakespeare.  Ibsen was born on March 20, 1828 to Knud Ibsen and Marichen Altenburg in the small Norwegian costal town of Skien. Although once a well-to-do merchant family, the family was faced with hardships when they were thrown into poverty when Ibsen was 8…. Read the full story

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Profile of the Day: Wyatt Earp

Posted March 19, 2018 by Amanda | No Comment
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Today marks the 170th birthday of lawman Wyatt Earp, who is best remembered for his involvement in the infamous gunfight at the O.K. Corral. Considered one of the most famous shootouts in the history of the Wild West, the 30-second gunfight resulted in the death of three outlaws. Earp was the only person to emerge from the shootout unharmed. Wyatt Berry Stapp Earp was born on March 19, 1848 in Monmouth, Illinois to Nicholas Porter Earp and… Read the full story

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Profile of the Day: Caroline Herschel

Posted March 16, 2018 by Amanda | No Comment
Profile of the Day: Caroline Herschel

On this day in 1750, astronomer Caroline Herschel was born in Hanover, Germany. A pioneer for women in the field of astronomy, Herschel made several significant contributions to the field, including the discovery of several comets. As a young girl, Herschel was struck with typhus, which stunted her growth. At just 4 feet and 3 inches, her mother believed that she would be destined for spinsterhood and would not require much of an education. However, her father… Read the full story

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Profile of the Day: Julius Caesar

Posted March 15, 2018 by Amanda | No Comment
Profile of the Day: Julius Caesar

Today marks the Ides of March. The famous date is remembered as the anniversary of the assassination of Julius Caesar in 44 BC. His assassination was the result of a conspiracy by many Roman senators, led by Marcus Junius Brutus and Gaius Cassius Longinus, who plotted to kill the Roman dictator in an effort to restore the Roman Republic. Considered one of the greatest military commanders in history, Caesar was hailed for his successful military campaigns as a… Read the full story

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Profile of the Day: Stephen Hawking

Posted March 14, 2018 by Amanda | No Comment
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We are sad to hear of the passing of renowned physicist Stephen Hawking, who has died in his home at the age of 76. Considered one of the most brilliant minds in science, Hawking overcame great odds to make some of the most groundbreaking discoveries about our universe. Hawking was born on January 8, 1942 in Oxford, England to Frank Hawking and Isobel Walker. Born into a well educated family, Hawking showed an aptitude for math and science at an early age. He studied… Read the full story

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Profile of the Day: Percival Lowell

Posted March 13, 2018 by Amanda | No Comment
Profile of the Day: Percival Lowell

On this day in 1855, astronomer Percival Lowell was born in Boston, Massachusetts. The founder of the Lowell Observatory in Flagstaff, Arizona, Lowell’s research would form the beginnings of the work that led to the discovery of Pluto 14 years after his death. Lowell was born to a wealthy and prominent New England family. His great grandfather, John Lowell, was one of the first Judges to be appointed by President George Washington, and later by President John Adams, for… Read the full story

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Profile of the Day: Liza Minnelli

Posted March 12, 2018 by Amanda | No Comment
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Today singer and actress Liza Minnelli turns 72! The eldest daughter of film legend Judy Garland and director Vincent Minnelli, it seemed Minnelli was destined to become a star. A powerhouse on the stage and screen, Minnelli has won numerous awards across the entertainment industry, including an Emmy, a Grammy, an Oscar, and a Tony. Minnelli was born on March 12, 1946 in Los Angeles, California. She made her film debut at the age of… Read the full story

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Profile of the Day: Yuri Gagarin

Posted March 9, 2018 by Amanda | No Comment
Profile of the Day: Yuri Gagarin

On this day in 1934, Soviet cosmonaut Yuri Gagarin was born in the village of Klushino in Smolensk, Russia. Gagarin made history in 1961 when he became the first human to travel into outer space. Gagarin was the third of four children born to Alexey Ivanovich Gagarin, a carpenter and bricklayer, and Anna Timofeyevna Gagarina, a milkmaid. He made his first flight after joining a local flying club. He trained as a Soviet air cadet before… Read the full story

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Profile of the Day: Ignacy Łukasiewicz

Posted March 8, 2018 by Amanda | No Comment
Profile of the Day: Ignacy Łukasiewicz

Do you have any Polish ancestors? On this day in 1822, Polish pharmacist Ignacy Łukasiewicz was born in Zadusxniki, Poland. A notable inventor and philanthropist, Łukasiewicz is perhaps best remembered for the invention of the modern kerosene lamp. The youngest of five children, Łukasiewicz was born to an impoverished noble family. To help support his family, he began to work as a pharmacist’s assistant in a pharmacy. During this time, he became involved in several political organizations… Read the full story

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Profile of the Day: Alexander Graham Bell

Posted March 7, 2018 by Amanda | No Comment
Profile of the Day: Alexander Graham Bell

How far telephones have come! On this day in 1876, inventor Alexander Graham Bell received a patent for his new revolutionary invention, the telephone, and forever changed the way people communicated. Bell’s family had a significant influence on his research on hearing and speech. His father and grandfather were elocutionists and both his mother and his wife were deaf. His research led to experimentations with hearing devices and an interest in transmitting speech over wires. Bell… Read the full story

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Profile of the Day: Gabriel García Márquez

Posted March 6, 2018 by Amanda | No Comment
Profile of the Day: Gabriel García Márquez

Have you read One Hundred Years of Solitude? On this day in 1927, Colombian author Gabriel García Márquez was born in Aracataca, Colombia. Considered one of the greatest Latin American writers of the 20th century, Márquez was awarded the Nobel Prize in Literature in 1982. Affectionally known as “Gabo” throughout Latin America, Márquez pioneered the style of “magical realism,” which incorporated fantastic or magical elements into seemingly realistic fiction. He was raised by his maternal grandparents… Read the full story

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Profile of the Day: Francis Crick

Posted February 28, 2018 by Amanda | No Comment
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Have you taken a DNA test for genealogy? On this day in 1953, scientists James Watson and Francis Crick discovered the chemical structure of DNA. Their revolutionary discovery of the double-helix structure of DNA would forever change the study of genetics and heredity. Crick was born on June 8, 1916 in Weston Favell, Northamptonshire, England. His grandfather, Walter Drawbridge Crick, was an amateur naturalist who corresponded with Charles Darwin. From a young age, Crick had a strong interest in… Read the full story

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Profile of the Day: John Steinbeck

Posted February 27, 2018 by Amanda | No Comment
Profile of the Day: John Steinbeck

Remember reading The Grapes of Wrath? On this day in 1902, author John Steinbeck was born in Salinas, California. Considered one of the great American novelists, Steinbeck received the Nobel Prize for Literature in 1962. Steinbeck was the son of Olivia Hamilton, a former school teacher, and John Ernst Steinbeck, who served as Monterey County treasurer. Growing up in a small rural town, Steinbeck spent his summers working on nearby ranchers alongside migrant workers. Many of… Read the full story

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Profile of the Day: Johnny Cash

Posted February 26, 2018 by Amanda | No Comment
Profile of the Day: Johnny Cash

Today we remember music legend Johnny Cash on what would have been his 86th birthday. One of the best-selling music artists of all time, Cash’s music transcended multiple genres, affording him the rare honor of multiple inductions in the Country Music Hall of Fame, the Rock and Roll Hall of Fame, and the Gospel Music Hall of Fame. Cash was born J.R. Cash on February 26, 1932 in Kingsland, Arkansas to Ray Cash and Carrie Rivers…. Read the full story

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Profile of the Day: John Keats

Posted February 23, 2018 by Amanda | No Comment
Profile of the Day: John Keats

Today we remember English poet John Keats, who died on this day in 1821 at the age of 25. The young poet had devoted his life to poetry, publishing three books of poetry before his death. Although his poems were not generally well received by critics during his lifetime, today Keats is regarded as one of the most beloved English poets history. Keats was born on October 31, 1795 in Moorgate, London, England to Thomas Keats… Read the full story

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Profile of the Day: George Washington

Posted February 22, 2018 by Amanda | No Comment
Profile of the Day: George Washington

Today marks George Washington’s 286th birthday! Washington was born on February 22, 1732 on his family’s plantation in Westmoreland County, Virginia. Remembered as one of the most important figures in American history, Washington led the Continental Army to victory during the American Revolution and went on to serve as the nation’s first president. Recently, a researcher at the Schaffer Library in New York discovered what is believed to be a lock of George Washington’s hair… Read the full story

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Profile of the Day: Peter III of Russia

Posted February 21, 2018 by Amanda | No Comment
Profile of the Day: Peter III of Russia

On this day in 1728, Peter III of Russia was born. The Russian ruler served as Emperor of Russia for a mere 6 months before he was overthrown by his wife, Catherine the Great. Peter III was the son of Charles Frederick, Duke of Holstein-Gottorp, a nephew of Charles XII of Sweden, and Anna Petrovna, the daughter of Emperor Peter I. Born in Kiel, in the duchy of Holstein-Gottorp, both of Peter’s parents died when he… Read the full story

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Profile of the Day: Ansel Adams

Posted February 20, 2018 by Amanda | No Comment
Profile of the Day: Ansel Adams

On this day in 1902, photographer and environmentalist Ansel Adams was born in San Francisco, California. He is best remembered for his iconic black and white photos of the American wilderness, especially those of Yosemite National Park. Adams was the only child born to Charles Hitchcock Adams and Olive Bray. His grandfather founded a prosperous lumber business, which his father eventually inherited. Adams would later come to condemn the lumber industry for cutting down many of… Read the full story

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Profile of the Day: Tutankhamun

Posted February 16, 2018 by Amanda | No Comment
Profile of the Day: Tutankhamun

On this day in 1923, archaeologist Howard Carter unsealed the burial chamber of Egyptian pharaoh Tutankhamun. The tomb of the boy king is considered to be one of the best preserved and most intact pharaonic tombs ever found in the Valley of the Kings. Carter had spent many years excavating in the Valley of the Kings in search of the undiscovered tomb of the young pharaoh, who died around the age of 18. Finally, on November 4,… Read the full story

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Profile of the Day: Ernest Shackleton

Posted February 15, 2018 by Amanda | No Comment
Profile of the Day: Ernest Shackleton

Do you have adventurers in your family tree? On this day in 1874, polar explorer Ernest Shackleton was born. Considered one of the principal figures of the Heroic Age of Antarctic Exploration, Shackleton’s expeditions to Antarctica pioneered routes into the continent’s interior. Shackleton was born on February 15, 1874 in Kilkea, County Kildare, Ireland to Henry Shackleton and Henrietta Letitia Sophia Gavan. At 16, he joined the mercantile marine service and later became a sublieutenant in the Royal Naval Reserve…. Read the full story

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Profile of the Day: Frederick Douglass

Posted February 14, 2018 by Amanda | No Comment
Profile of the Day: Frederick Douglass

“Once you learn to read, you will be forever free.” Today we remember abolitionist leader Frederick Douglass, who was born into slavery sometime around February 1818 in Talbot County, Maryland. Although the exact date of his birth is unknown, Douglass chose to celebrate his birthday on February 14. While he was young, the wife of his master, Sophia Auld, began teaching Douglass the alphabet, despite laws that prohibited teaching slaves to read. Once his master put… Read the full story

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Profile of the Day: Charles Darwin

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Profile of the Day: Charles Darwin

On this day in 1809, Charles Darwin was born. Darwin’s theory of evolution by the process of natural selection transformed the world’s understanding of nature. In commemoration of his enormous contributions to science, his birthday is celebrated each year as Darwin Day. Darwin was born at his family home, the Mount, in Shrewsbury, Shropshire. The large home was built by his father, Robert Darwin, a wealthy society doctor and financier. His paternal grandfather was Erasmus Darwin, a renowned… Read the full story

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Profile of the Day: Amy Lowell

Posted February 9, 2018 by Amanda | No Comment
Profile of the Day: Amy Lowell

Do you have any poets in your family? On this day in 1874, American poet Amy Lowell was born in Brookline, Massachusetts. A leading poet of the Imagist school of poetry, Lowell was posthumously awarded the Pulitzer Prize for Poetry in 1926. Amy Lawrence Lowell was born into a prominent New England family. Her brother, Percival Lowell, was an astronomer whose work would lead to the discovery of Pluto. In fact, the dwarf planet’s name was… Read the full story

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Profile of the Day: James Dean

Posted February 8, 2018 by Amanda | No Comment
Profile of the Day: James Dean

On this day in 1931, actor James Dean was born in Marion, Indiana. The Rebel Without a Cause star’s life was cut short when he died at the age of 24 in a car accident. Dean was the only child born to Winton Dean and Mildred Marie Wilson. After his mother died of uterine cancer when he was nine years old, Dean was sent to live with an aunt and uncle on their farm in Fairmount, Indiana. A… Read the full story

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Profile of the Day: Charles Dickens

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Profile of the Day: Charles Dickens

On this day in 1812, Victorian writer Charles Dickens was born in Landport, Portsmouth, England. Considered the greatest writer of the Victorian era, Dickens’s work was widely popular during his lifetime. Dickens was the second of eight children born to Elizabeth Barrow and John Dickens, a clerk in the Royal Navy Pay Office. The family struggled financially and eventually, his father was sent to Marshalsea Debtor’s Prison for his heavy debts where his mother and the… Read the full story

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Profile of the Day: Aaron Burr

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Profile of the Day: Aaron Burr

On this day in 1756, Aaron Burr was born in Newark, New Jersey. Although he served as the third Vice President of the United States, Burr is perhaps best remembered for killing his political rival Alexander Hamilton in a duel in 1804. Burr was the second child of Esther Edwards and the Reverend Aaron Burr, Sr., who was the second president of the College of New Jersey (now known as Princeton University). His maternal grandfather was Jonathan Edwards,… Read the full story

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Profile of the Day: John Witherspoon

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Profile of the Day: John Witherspoon

Are you related to a Founder Father of the United States? On this day in 1723, John Witherspoon was born in Gifford, Scotland. A strong advocate for colonial independence, Witherspoon was one of the signers of the Declaration of Independence. The eldest child of the Reverend James Alexander Witherspoon and Anne Walker, Witherspoon was a minister in the Church of Scotland before immigrating to the colonies. He was recruited to become the first president of the College of… Read the full story

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Profile of the Day: Farrah Fawcett

Posted February 2, 2018 by Amanda | No Comment
Profile of the Day: Farrah Fawcett

Remember watching Charlie’s Angels? On this day in 1947, star Farrah Fawcett was born in Corpus Christi, Texas. Ferrah Leni Fawcett was the youngest of two daughters born to Pauline Alice Evans, a homemaker, and James William Fawcett, an oil field contractor. After generating interest from various agencies, Fawcett dropped out of the University of Texas to try her luck in Hollywood. Fawcett quickly booked several commercials and television guest spots. Her big break came in 1976 when she… Read the full story

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Profile of the Day: Langston Hughes

Posted February 1, 2018 by Amanda | No Comment
Profile of the Day: Langston Hughes

To kick off Black History Month, we’re featuring poet and author Langston Hughes, who was born on February 1, 1902 in Joplin, Missouri. A leader of the Harlem Renaissance in New York City, Hughes’s writing depicted the life, experiences, and culture of African Americans in the U.S and addressed the racial issues in society. Hughes was the son of James Nathaniel Hughes and Caroline Mercer Langston. His parents separated shortly after he was born and… Read the full story

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Profile of the Day: Justin Timberlake

Posted January 31, 2018 by Amanda | No Comment
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Happy 37th birthday to Justin Timberlake! This year will be a big one for the popular musician. In just a couple of days, his fifth studio album will be released, right before his performance at this year’s Super Bowl halftime show. The former Mouseketeer was born Justin Randall Timberlake on January 31, 1981 in Memphis, Tennessee to Lynn Harless and Randall Timberlake, a Baptist minister. He grew up surrounded by music and was taught to play the… Read the full story

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Profile of the Day: Franklin D. Roosevelt

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Profile of the Day: Franklin D. Roosevelt

On this day in 1882, Franklin D. Roosevelt, the 32nd President of the United States, was born in Hyde Park, New York. As the only U.S. President to serve four terms in office, Roosevelt led the nation through the Great Depression and World War II until his death in 1945. Roosevelt was born into one of the oldest and wealthiest families in New York. In 1905, Roosevelt married his distant cousin, Eleanore Roosevelt, at the home… Read the full story

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Profile of the Day: Oprah Winfrey

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Profile of the Day: Oprah Winfrey

Happy birthday, Oprah! Today media icon Oprah Winfrey turns 64. After facing considerable hardship growing up, Winfrey has become one of the most successful and influential entrepreneur’s in the world. Although Winfrey was named “Orpah” on her birth certificate, people mispronounced it as “Oprah” so often that the name stuck. Born into poverty in rural Mississippi, she got her start working in radio and by the age of 19, Winfrey was co-anchoring the local evening news. In 1986,… Read the full story

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Profile of the Day: Wilder Penfield

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Profile of the Day: Wilder Penfield

On this day in 1891, Canadian-American neurosurgeon Wilder Penfield was born. Penfield is best remembered for his pioneering work mapping the human brain and his groundbreaking discovery to treat epilepsy. During his lifetime, Penfield was called “the greatest living Canadian.” Penfield was born on January 26, 1891 in Spokane, Washington and spent much of his youth growing up in Wisconsin. In 1934, he established the Montreal Neurological Institute at McGill University. It was there that Penfield began his groundbreaking… Read the full story

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Profile of the Day: Virginia Woolf

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Profile of the Day: Virginia Woolf

Today we celebrate the 136th birthday of British author Virginia Woolf. A pioneer in the use of stream of consciousness as a narrative device, Woolf is remembered as a central figure of the modernist movement in literature. Woolf was born Adeline Virginia Stephen on January 25, 1882 in London England to Sir Leslie Stephen, a prominent author and mountaineer, and Julia Jackson, a noted philanthropist. She was born into a well-educated, well-connected family with several generations of abolitionists…. Read the full story

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Profile of the Day: Neil Diamond

Posted January 24, 2018 by Amanda | No Comment
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Happy birthday to Neil Diamond! Today the “Sweet Caroline” singer turns 77. Diamond was born on January 24, 1941 in Brooklyn, New York to a Jewish family. In high school, Diamond was a member of the Freshman Chorus and Choral Club alongside future music icon Barbra Streisand. The former classmates would later record the hit duet, “You Don’t Bring Me Flowers,” in 1978. He attended New York University on a fencing scholarship intending to study medicine, but… Read the full story

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Profile of the Day: Camilla Collett

Posted January 23, 2018 by Amanda | No Comment
Profile of the Day: Camilla Collett

Do you have Norwegian ancestry? On this day in 1813, Norwegian writer Camilla Collett was born in Kristiansand, Norway. Often referred to as the first Norwegian feminist writer, Collett was a passionate advocate of women’s rights and an influential figure in Norwegian literature. Collett was the daughter of Alette Thaulow and Nicolai Wergeland, a priest and politician. Her father was a member of the Norwegian Constituent Assembly at Eidsvoll, which wrote the Constitution of Norway in 1814. Her brother,… Read the full story

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Profile of the Day: Queen Victoria

Posted January 22, 2018 by Amanda | No Comment
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On this day in 1901, Queen Victoria died at the age of 81. At the time of her death, the Queen had reigned for 63 years, 7 months and 2 days, making her the longest reigning British monarch. It wasn’t until 2015 that her second great granddaughter, Queen Elizabeth II, surpassed her record as the longest reigning monarch in British history. At the time of her birth on May 24, 1819, Victoria was the fifth in the… Read the full story

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