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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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Profile of the Day: Dolly Parton

Posted January 19, 2018 by Amanda | No Comment
Profile of the Day: Dolly Parton

Today country music superstar Dolly Parton celebrates her 72nd birthday! Parton went from very humble beginnings to become one of the most successful artists in history. Not only has she made her mark in music and film, but she even has her own theme park called Dollywood. Parton was born on January 19, 1946 in Locust Ridge, Tennessee and was the fourth of twelve children born to Robert Lee Parton and Axie Lee Caroline Owens. She… Read the full story

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Profile of the Day: A.A. Milne

Posted January 18, 2018 by Amanda | No Comment
Profile of the Day: A.A. Milne

It’s Winnie the Pooh Day! The day commemorates the birthday of Winnie the Pooh author A.A. Milne, who was born on January 18, 1882 in London, England. In 1926, Milne first published his beloved children’s book Winnie-the-Pooh, a collection of stories following the adventures of the honey-loving teddy bear and his friends. Although he studied mathematics in school, Milne found his passion as a writer. He was writing magazine articles before joining the British Army in World… Read the full story

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Profile of the Day: Muhammad Ali

Posted January 17, 2018 by Amanda | No Comment
Profile of the Day: Muhammad Ali

On this day in 1942, boxing legend Muhammad Ali was born in Louisville, Kentucky. An Olympic gold medalist and three-time World Heavyweight Champion, Ali is remembered as one of the greatest athletes in history. He was born Cassius Marcellus Clay, Jr. to Cassius Marcellus Clay, Sr., a painter, and Odessa O’Grady, a domestic helper. He became interested in boxing at the age of 12 after his bike was stolen. He told the police officer, Joe… Read the full story

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Profile of the Day: Katy Jurado

Posted January 16, 2018 by Amanda | No Comment
Profile of the Day: Katy Jurado

Today we remember trailblazing Mexican film actress Katy Jurado, who was born on this day in 1924. Considered one of the leading actresses during the Golden Age of Mexican cinema, Jurado was one of the first Mexican actresses to successfully crossover to Hollywood. She was born María Cristina Estela Marcela Jurado García in Guadalajara, Jalisco, Mexico to a wealthy family. Despite the disapproval of her family, Jurado decided to pursue a career as an actress. She… Read the full story

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Profile of the Day: Martin Luther King, Jr.

Posted January 15, 2018 by Amanda | No Comment
Profile of the Day: Martin Luther King, Jr.

“The time is always right to do what is right.” Today the U.S. celebrates Martin Luther King, Jr. Day in honor of civil rights leader Martin Luther King, Jr., who was born on January 15, 1929 in Atlanta, Georgia. An icon of the American Civil Rights movement, King worked to end racial discrimination and inequality through non-violent protest and civil disobedience. In 1963, he helped to organize the March on Washington, where he delivered his… Read the full story

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Profile of the Day: Charles Perrault

Posted January 12, 2018 by Amanda | No Comment
Profile of the Day: Charles Perrault

What’s your favorite fairy tale? 390 years ago today, French author Charles Perrault was born in Paris, France. Sometimes referred to as the “father of the fairy tale,” Perrault wrote some of the most beloved and recognizable fairy tale stories in literary history. Perrault was born into a wealthy bourgeois family. He worked in the government before deciding to dedicate himself to his children. He wrote several stories, many derived from pre-existing folk tales, and published them in Tales… Read the full story

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Profile of the Day: Alice Paul

Posted January 11, 2018 by Amanda | No Comment
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Today we highlight suffragist Alice Paul, who was born on January 11, 1885 in Mt. Laurel, New Jersey. One of the leading women’s rights activist of the 20th century, Paul was a key figure in the campaign to ratify the Nineteenth Amendment to the U.S. Constitution. The eldest of four children born to William Mickle Paul I and Tacie Parry, Paul grew up in a prominent Quaker family. After traveling to England to further her education,… Read the full story

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Profile of the Day: David Bowie

Posted January 10, 2018 by Amanda | No Comment
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Today we remember legendary musician David Bowie on the second anniversary of his death. Bowie passed just two days after his 69th birthday after an 18-month battle with cancer. Bowie was born David Robert Jones on January 8, 1947 in Brixton, South London, England. He changed his last name to “Bowie” out of fear of being confused with The Monkey’s lead singer, Davy Jones. In 1969, Bowie scored his first hit song, “Space Oddity,” which was… Read the full story

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Profile of the Day: Catherine, Duchess of Cambridge

Posted January 9, 2018 by Amanda | No Comment
Profile of the Day: Catherine, Duchess of Cambridge

Happy birthday to Catherine, Duchess of Cambridge! Today the Duchess turns 36. Catherine Elizabeth Middleton was born on January 9, 1982 in Reading, Berkshire, England to Michael Middleton and Carole Goldsmith. She studied art history at the University of St. Andrews, where she met Prince William in 2001. On April 29, 2011, the couple wed at Westminster Abbey in London. This year, the royal family will have many occasions to celebrate. It was announced this week that their two-year… Read the full story

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Profile of the Day: Elvis Presley

Posted January 8, 2018 by Amanda | No Comment
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Happy birthday, Elvis! 83 years ago today, Elvis Presley was born in Tupelo, Mississippi in a two-room shotgun house built by his paternal grandfather. Known as the King of Rock and Roll, Presley is remembered as one of the most successful and iconic musicians in history. Sadly, Presley’s identical twin brother was delivered stillborn 35 minutes before his birth. He grew up as an only child and was very close to his parents, especially his mother. At… Read the full story

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Profile of the Day: George Washington Carver

Posted January 5, 2018 by Amanda | No Comment
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Today marks the 75th anniversary of the death of botanist and inventor George Washington Carver. Born into slavery, George would rise to become one of the most prominent scientists of his time. He revolutionized the agriculture industry by developing new crop rotation methods to better conserve nutrients in the soil. George was born in Diamond, Missouri in 1864, shortly before the end of slavery. His mother, Mary, was a slave owned by Moses Carver, a German immigrant and… Read the full story

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Profile of the Day: Louis Braille

Posted January 4, 2018 by Amanda | No Comment
Profile of the Day: Louis Braille

Happy World Braille Day! Today the world celebrates the birth of Louis Braille, the man who created a system of reading and writing for the blind and visually impaired. Known simply as braille, the system is still used today by millions all around the world. Braille was born on January 4, 1809 in Coupvray, France to Simon-René Braille and Monique Baron. At the age of 3, Braille injured his eye with an awl while in his father’s… Read the full story

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Profile of the Day: J.R.R. Tolkien

Posted January 3, 2018 by Amanda | No Comment
Profile of the Day: J.R.R. Tolkien

On this day in 1892, J.R.R. Tolkien, author of The Lord of the Rings and The Hobbit, was born in Bloemfontein, South Africa. John Ronald Reuel Tolkien was the son of Arthur Tolkien, a bank manager, and Mabel Suffield. After his father died of rheumatic fever in 1896, his mother took her young family to live with relatives in Birmingham, England. Tragedy struck his family yet again 8 years later when his mother died of acute diabetes. During World… Read the full story

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Profile of the Day: Isaac Asimov

Posted January 2, 2018 by Amanda | No Comment
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Today is National Science Fiction Day! The day is celebrated annually on the birthday of renowned science fiction author Isaac Asimov, who was born in Petrovichi, Russia. Although the exact date of his birth is unknown, Asimov celebrated his birthday on January 2. The son of Anna Berman and Judah Asimov, Asimov came to the U.S. as a toddler. A bright child, Asimov taught himself how to read at the age of 5 and graduated from high school at the… Read the full story

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Profile of the Day: Charles Goodyear

Posted December 29, 2017 by Amanda | No Comment
Profile of the Day: Charles Goodyear

Do you have inventors in your family tree? On this day in 1800, inventor and chemist Charles Goodyear was born in New Haven, Connecticut. Goodyear invented the process of vulcanization, which revolutionized the rubber industry. Goodyear was the eldest of six children born to Amasa Goodyear and Cynthia Bateman. His third great grandfather, Stephen Goodyear, was one of the founders of the colony of New Haven in 1638. After his family’s hardware store went bankrupt, Goodyear set… Read the full story

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Profile of the Day: Mary II

Posted December 28, 2017 by Amanda | No Comment
Profile of the Day: Mary II

On this day in 1694, Mary II, Queen of England, Scotland, and Ireland, died at the age of 32. Her death came just five years after Mary and her husband, William III, jointly became king and queen of England, Scotland, and Ireland following the Glorious Revolution. Mary was born on April 30, 1662 and was the eldest daughter of King James II and VII and his first wife, Anne Hyde. Although her mother bore eight children, only Mary… Read the full story

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Profile of the Day: Johannes Kepler

Posted December 27, 2017 by Amanda | No Comment
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On this day in 1571, mathematician and astronomer Johannes Kepler was born in Weil der Stadt in what is now Germany. A key figure of the Scientific Revolution, Kepler is best remembered for discovering the three laws of planetary motion. Kepler’s paternal grandfather was a respected craftsman and served as mayor of the city. However, his parents were poor. His father earned a living as a mercenary and left the family when Kepler was young. His mother, Katharina Guldenmann,… Read the full story

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Profile of the Day: Harry S. Truman

Posted December 26, 2017 by Amanda | No Comment
Profile of the Day: Harry S. Truman

On this day in 1972, President Harry S. Truman died at the age of 88. He and his wife Bess, who died in 1982, are buried at the Harry S. Truman Library and Museum in Independence, Missouri. Truman was born on May 8, 1884 in Lamar, Missouri to John Anderson Truman and Martha Ellen Young. His middle name was a matter of debate between his parents. His father wanted to give him the middle name… Read the full story

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Profile of the Day: Beatrix Potter

Posted December 22, 2017 by Amanda | No Comment
Profile of the Day: Beatrix Potter

On this day in 1943, author Beatrix Potter died at the age of 77. Although best remembered for her beloved children’s book, The Tale of Peter Rabbit, Potter was also an avid conservationist and sheep farmer. She purchased many pieces of land in an effort to preserve the English countryside. At her death, Potter left nearly all of her vast property to the National Trust and today, the land is now included in the Lake District National Park…. Read the full story

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Profile of the Day: Jane Fonda

Posted December 21, 2017 by Amanda | No Comment
Profile of the Day: Jane Fonda

Happy birthday to Jane Fonda! Today the actress turns 80. She recently celebrated the exciting milestone with a star-studded fundraiser in Atlanta, where she raised $1.3 million for charity. She was born on December 21, 1937 to legendary actor Henry Fonda and Frances Ford Seymour in New York City. At the age of 12, her mother committed suicide while receiving treatment at a psychiatric hospital. After working as a model, Fonda decided to follow in her… Read the full story

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Profile of the Day: James Stewart

Posted December 20, 2017 by Amanda | No Comment
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What’s your favorite holiday movie? On this day in 1946, It’s a Wonderful Life premiered in New York City. The holiday classic starred James Stewart in his first film after taking a break from Hollywood to serve in the U.S. Air Force during World War II. The film was based on the short story, “The Greatest Gift,” written by Philip Van Doren Stern. Stern had self-published the story as a palm-sized booklet and printed about 200 copies to give to friends… Read the full story

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Profile of the Day: Benjamin Franklin

Posted December 19, 2017 by Amanda | No Comment
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On this day in 1732, Benjamin Franklin’s Poor Richard’s Almanack was published for the first time. The almanac was published annually for 25 years and became one of colonial America’s most popular publications. Remembered as one of the Founding Fathers of the United States, Franklin was also a successful inventor, printer, and writer. He used the pseudonym Richard Saunders to publish the popular almanac, which was composed of a calendar, weather forecasts, poems, proverbs, puzzles, astrological information, practical advice, and more. Most of the… Read the full story

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Profile of the Day: Steven Spielberg

Posted December 18, 2017 by Amanda | No Comment
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Happy birthday to Steven Spielberg! Today the legendary director turns 71. Known for his blockbuster and award-winning films, Spielberg has directed and produced many of the most popular movies in history. Spielberg was born on December 18, 1946 in Cincinnati, Ohio to an Orthodox Jewish family. His mother, Leah Posner, was a concert pianist and restauranteur, and his father, Arnold Spielberg, worked as an electrical engineer. His paternal grandparents were emigrants from the Ukraine, who settled in… Read the full story

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Profile of the Day: Gustave Eiffel

Posted December 15, 2017 by Amanda | No Comment
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On this day 1832, French architect and engineer Gustave Eiffel was born in Dijon, France. He is perhaps best remembered for his work to build the Eiffel Tower, which bears his name. Originally constructed for the 1889 Universal Exposition, today the tower has become one of the most recognizable structures in the world and an iconic symbol of France. Eiffel was born Alexandre-Gustave Bönickhausen on December 15, 1832 to Catherine-Mélanie Moneuse and Alexandre Bönickhausen. His ancestors had originally emigrated… Read the full story

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Profile of the Day: Nostradamus

Posted December 14, 2017 by Amanda | One Comment
Profile of the Day: Nostradamus

On this day in 1503, French astrologer Nostradamus was born in Saint-Rémy-de-Provence, Provence, France. Nostradamus believed he could predict the future and documented his predictions in his book, The Prophecies. Since its initial publication, many people have believed that his predictions have come true or will come true in the future. Not much is known about the early years of Nostradamus’s life. He was born Michel de Nostradame and excelled in school where he studied medicine. He spent many… Read the full story

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Profile of the Day: Mary Todd Lincoln

Posted December 13, 2017 by Amanda | No Comment
Profile of the Day: Mary Todd Lincoln

On this day in 1818, Mary Todd Lincoln, First Lady of the United States and wife of Abraham Lincoln, was born in Lexington, Kentucky. She was the fourth of seven children born to Robert Smith Todd and Elizabeth Parker and came from a prominent slaveholding family in Kentucky. Her paternal grandfather, Levi Todd, and his two brothers, fought in the American Revolutionary War. Early Kentucky pioneers, Todd and his brothers founded Lexington after the war. In 1839,… Read the full story

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Profile of the Day: Edvard Munch

Posted December 12, 2017 by Amanda | No Comment
Profile of the Day: Edvard Munch

On this day in 1863, Norwegian painter Edvard Munch was born in Løten, Norway. He is perhaps best known for his 1893 painting, The Scream, which is often considered one of the most recognizable works of art in modern history. Munch was the second of five children born to Christian Munch and Laura Catherine Bjølstad. In 1868, his mother died of tuberculosis and a few years later, his sister died of the disease as well at the age of 15…. Read the full story

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Profile of the Day: Max Born

Posted December 11, 2017 by Amanda | No Comment
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Today we celebrate the 135th birthday of German physicist and mathematician Max Born, who was instrumental in the development of quantum mechanics. In 1954, Born won the Nobel Prize in Physics for his contributions to the field. Born was born on December 11, 1882 in Breslau in what was then a part of the German Empire (now Wroclaw, Poland). He was the son of Gustav Jacob Born, a prominent German histologist and medical author, and Margarethe… Read the full story

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Profile of the Day: Sammy Davis, Jr.

Posted December 8, 2017 by Amanda | No Comment
Profile of the Day: Sammy Davis, Jr.

On this day in 1925, legendary singer and actor Sammy Davis, Jr. was born in Harlem, New York. He is perhaps best remembered as a member of the famous Rat Pack, along with his friends, Frank Sinatra and Dean Martin. Davis got his start as a small child in his father’s vaudeville act. He learned to dance and soon became a part of the Will Mastin Trio with his father and performer Will Mastin. While serving in the army during… Read the full story

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Profile of the Day: Willa Cather

Posted December 7, 2017 by Amanda | No Comment
Profile of the Day: Willa Cather

Do you have pioneer ancestors? On this day in 1873, author Willa Cather was born in Winchester, Virginia. Cather is perhaps best remembered for her vivid portrayal of frontier life on the Great Plains in her novels, O Pioneers! and My Ántonia. Wilella Sibert Cather was born on her maternal grandmother’s farm in the Back Creek Valley near Winchester, Virginia. Although most may think of her as a Nebraskan, her family did not move to the frontier… Read the full story

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Profile of the Day: William II of the Netherlands

Posted December 6, 2017 by Amanda | No Comment
Profile of the Day: William II of the Netherlands

Do you have Dutch ancestry? On this day in 1792, William II, King of the Netherlands, was born. He was the eldest son of William I, the first King of the Netherlands, and Wilhelmine of Prussia, the daughter of King Frederick William II of Prussia and William I’s first cousin. In 1816, he married Grand Duchess Anna Pavlovna of Russia, the youngest sister of Alexander I of Russia. Following his father’s abdication of the throne in 1840, William II became… Read the full story

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Profile of the Day: Martin Van Buren

Posted December 5, 2017 by Amanda | No Comment
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On this day in 1782, Martin Van Buren, the 8th President of the United States, was born in Kinderhook, New York. Did you know that he was the first President to be born a U.S. citizen? All previous presidents were born in the British colonies before the American Revolution, and were therefore British subjects. Van Buren was the son of Dutch parents and although the Van Buren family had been in America for several generations, Dutch was still the primary language… Read the full story

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Profile of the Day: Jeff Bridges

Posted December 4, 2017 by Amanda | One Comment
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The Dude celebrates his 68th birthday today! Actor Jeff Bridges was born on December 4, 1949 in Los Angeles, California. The Academy Award winning actor made his big screen debut as a baby in the 1951 film, The Company She Keeps. He was born into a Hollywood family; his father was actor Lloyd Bridges and his mother was actress and writer Dorothy Bridges. Growing up, he and his older brother Beau made occasional appearances on their father’s television shows, Sea Hunt… Read the full story

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Profile of the Day: Rosa Parks

Posted December 1, 2017 by Amanda | No Comment
Profile of the Day: Rosa Parks

“You must never be fearful about what you are doing when it is right.” 62 years ago today, Rosa Parks refused to give up her seat on a segregated bus in Montgomery, Alabama. Her act of defiance would become one of the defining moments of the American Civil Rights movement. On December 1, 1955, Parks was riding home from a long day of work on a segregated bus. After the whites-only section was filled, the bus… Read the full story

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Profile of the Day: Mark Twain

Posted November 30, 2017 by Amanda | No Comment
Profile of the Day: Mark Twain

What’s your favorite Mark Twain book? On this day in 1835, the author and humorist was born in Florida, Missouri. Today he is still considered one of the most popular and beloved writers in American literature. Samuel Langhorne Clemens was the sixth child born to John Marshal Clemens and Jane Lampton. He later adopted the pen name Mark Twain, which was derived from the riverboat term “mark twain.” By the fifth grade, he had dropped out of school and took… Read the full story

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Profile of the Day: Gertrude Jekyll

Posted November 29, 2017 by Amanda | No Comment
Profile of the Day: Gertrude Jekyll

Today’s Google Doodle honors British horticulturist and garden designer Gertrude Jekyll on her 174th birthday. Considered one of the most well known and influential garden designers in history, Jekyll created over 400 gardens throughout Europe and the United States. Jekyll was born on November 29, 1843 in London, England. She was the fifth of seven children born to Captain Edward Joseph Hill Jekyll and Julia Hammersley. Her brother, Walter, was a friend of author Robert Louis Stevenson. Stevenson would… Read the full story

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Profile of the Day: Washington Irving

Posted November 28, 2017 by Amanda | No Comment
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Remember reading the short story “The Legend of Sleepy Hollow”? On this day in 1859, author Washington Irving died in his home at the age of 76. Irving was the youngest of eleven children born to William Irving, Sr. and Sarah Sanders. He was born just as the American Revolution came to its end and was named after the hero of the revolution, George Washington. At the age of 6, he had the opportunity to attend… Read the full story

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Profile of the Day: Bruce Lee

Posted November 27, 2017 by Amanda | One Comment
Profile of the Day: Bruce Lee

Are you a fan of martial arts movies? On this day in 1940, actor and martial arts legend Bruce Lee was born in San Francisco, California. Considered one of the most influential martial artists of all time, Lee is often credited with helping to change the way Asians are depicted in American films. His father was a leading Hong Kong Cantonese opera singer and film actor. At the time of Lee’s birth, his father was on… Read the full story

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Profile of the Day: David Cassidy

Posted November 22, 2017 by Amanda | No Comment
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We’re sad to hear of the passing of David Cassidy, who died Tuesday at the age of 67. One of the biggest musical and television stars of the 1970s, Cassidy will perhaps be forever remembered as the star of the musical television series, The Partridge Family. Cassidy was born on April 12, 1950 in New York City, New York to singer and actor Jack Cassidy and actress Evelyn Ward. After his parents divorced, his father married actress… Read the full story

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Profile of the Day: Voltaire

Posted November 21, 2017 by Amanda | No Comment
Profile of the Day: Voltaire

On this day in 1694, French Enlightenment philosopher Voltaire was born. Considered one of France’s greatest writers, Voltaire’s advocacy of civil liberties and social reform would go on to influence the thinkers of both the American and French Revolutions. François-Marie Arouet was the youngest of five children born to François Arouet and Marie Marguerite Daumard. In 1718, he adopted the name “Voltaire,” which was an anagram of Arovet Li, the Latinized spelling of his name and the initial… Read the full story

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Profile of the Day: Edwin Hubble

Posted November 20, 2017 by Amanda | No Comment
Profile of the Day: Edwin Hubble

On this day in 1889, astronomer Edwin Hubble was born in Marshfield, Missouri. Regarded as one of the most important astronomers in history, Hubble was the first to discover the existence of other galaxies in the universe beyond the Milky Way. Hubble was born to Virginia Lee James and John Powell Hubble on November 20, 1889. Growing up, he was known for his athletic abilities and participated in a number of sports, including baseball, football, basketball, and track…. Read the full story

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Profile of the Day: Nicolas Appert

Posted November 17, 2017 by Amanda | No Comment
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Do you or your family can and preserve fruits and vegetables? You can thank French chef Nicolas Appert, who was born on this day in 1749. Appert, also known as the “Father of Canning,” invented the airtight food preservation method in the early 19th century. During the Napoleonic Wars, the French government offered a cash prize to an inventor who could develop a new method of preserving food. Appert experimented for 14 years until he successfully developed his method of preserving… Read the full story

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Profile of the Day: Clark Gable

Posted November 16, 2017 by Amanda | No Comment
Profile of the Day: Clark Gable

Today we remember legendary actor Clark Gable, who died on this day in 1960 at the age of 59. Known as the “King of Hollywood,” Gable starred in more than 60 films, but is perhaps best remembered as Rhett Butler in the Civil War epic Gone With the Wind. Born William Clark Gable on February 1, 1901 in Cadiz, Ohio, Gable had early aspirations to become an actor. After dropping out of school at 16,… Read the full story

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Profile of the Day: Blake Shelton

Posted November 15, 2017 by Amanda | 2 Comments
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People magazine recently named country music star Blake Shelton 2017′s Sexiest Man Alive. Are you a fan? Explore his family tree on Geni and discover how you’re related! The Oklahoma native was born Blake Tollison Shelton on June 18, 1976 to Richard Shelton, a used car salesman, and Dorothy Byrd, a beauty salon owner. His father served in the U.S. Army during the Korean War and was a member of the Honor Guard. At 14, he lost… Read the full story

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Profile of the Day: Claude Monet

Posted November 14, 2017 by Amanda | No Comment
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Do you have French ancestry? On this day in 1840, French Impressionist painter Claude Monet was born in Paris, France. A leading figure of the Impressionist movement, Monet’s work transformed French painting in the late 19th century. He was born Oscar Claude Monet on November 14, 1840 to Claude Adolphe Monet and Louise Justine Aubrée. As a child, Monet was known locally for sketching charcoal caricatures and often drew members of his town’s community. A prolific painter, Monet’s… Read the full story

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Profile of the Day: Robert Louis Stevenson

Posted November 13, 2017 by Amanda | No Comment
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Remember reading Treasure Island? On this day in 1850, author Robert Louis Stevenson was born in Edinburgh, Scotland. A literary celebrity in his lifetime, today Stevenson is one of the most translated authors in the world. Stevenson was the child of Margaret Balfour and Thomas Stevenson, a leading lighthouse engineer and meteorologist. Lighthouse engineering was a family profession. In addition to his father, two of his uncles also designed lighthouses as well as his paternal grandfather,… Read the full story

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Profile of the Day: Henry Morton Stanley

Posted November 10, 2017 by Amanda | No Comment
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“Dr. Livingstone, I presume?” Those were the first words uttered by journalist and explorer Henry Morton Stanley when he found missing explorer David Livingstone on November 10, 1871 in present-day Tanzania. Born John Rowlands in Denbigh, Denbighshire, Wales, Stanley immigrated to the United States at 18 and changed his name. During the American Civil War, he served in both the Confederate and Union armies. After the war, he became a journalist. In 1871, he was commissioned by The New York… Read the full story

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Profile of the Day: Edward VII

Posted November 9, 2017 by Amanda | No Comment
Profile of the Day: Edward VII

Have you found your connection to royalty? On this day in 1841, King Edward VII was born in Buckingham Palace. The eldest son of Prince Albert and Queen Victoria, Edward VII held the record for the longest serving heir-apparent in British history at 59 years, until he was surpassed by his second great grandson Prince Charles in 2011. He was named Albert Edward after his father and his maternal grandfather, Prince Edward Duke of Kent and Strathearn. He was known… Read the full story

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Profile of the Day: Bram Stoker

Posted November 8, 2017 by Amanda | No Comment
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Do you have Irish ancestry? 170 years ago today, Irish author Bram Stoker was born in Dublin, Ireland. In 1897, Stoker published his most famous novel, Dracula. Although he didn’t originate the concept of the vampire, Stoker’s Dracula came to define the undead creature in its modern form. Stoker was born Abraham Stoker on November 8, 1847 to Abraham Stoker, a civil servant, and Charlotte Mathilda Blake Thornley. The third of seven children, Stoker spent the early years… Read the full story

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