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Profile of the Day: Michael Faraday

Posted September 22, 2017 by Amanda | No Comment
Profile of the Day: Michael Faraday

English physicist Michael Faraday was born on September 22, 1791 in Newington, Surrey. Considered one of the greatest scientists of the 19th century, Faraday’s groundbreaking discoveries in electromagnetism was crucial to understanding how electricity can be used in technology. Faraday was the son of James Faraday, a blacksmith, and Margaret Hastwell, a former servant. His father was often ill and was incapable of maintaining steady work. As a result, the family lived in poverty and often had… Read the full story

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Profile of the Day: H.G. Wells

Posted September 21, 2017 by Amanda | No Comment
Profile of the Day: H.G. Wells

On this day in 1866, The Time Machine author H.G. Wells was born in Bromley, Kent, England. Wells was the fourth child born to Joseph Wells and Sarah Neal, both shopkeepers. The family struggled financially and by the age of 14, Wells became an apprentice to a draper. After finishing school, Wells became a science teacher. In 1891, he married his cousin, Isabel Mary Wells, however, the marriage did not last. He ran off with a former… Read the full story

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Profile of the Day: Billie Jean King

Posted September 20, 2017 by Amanda | No Comment
Profile of the Day: Billie Jean King

On this day in 1973, top women’s tennis player Billie Jean King defeated Bobby Riggs in the “Battle of the Sexes” tennis match. King’s triumph on the court not only helped legitimized female professional athletes, but also marked a milestone in women’s equality. Once ranked the top women’s tennis player in the country, King won a total of 39 Grand Slam titles over the course of her tennis career and founded the Women’s Tennis Association. A… Read the full story

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Profile of the Day: Adam West

Posted September 19, 2017 by Amanda | No Comment
Profile of the Day: Adam West

Remember watching Batman on TV? Today we remember Adam West on what would have been his 89th birthday. The television star was born William West Anderson on September 19, 1928 in Walla Walla, Washington. His father was a farmer and his mother was a former opera singer and concert pianist. While serving in the U.S. Army, West worked as an announcer on American Forces Network television. After getting his start in several small roles on… Read the full story

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Profile of the Day: Greta Garbo

Posted September 18, 2017 by Amanda | No Comment
Profile of the Day: Greta Garbo

Do you have Swedish roots? On this day in 1905, Swedish actress Greta Garbo was born in Stockholm, Sweden. She was born Greta Lovisa Gustafsson to Anna Lovisa Karlsson and Karl Alfred Gustafsson. She grew up in poverty and daydreamed about becoming an actor from an early age. At 13, she dropped out of school to care for her sick father, who died in 1920. After getting her start as a hat model in commercials… Read the full story

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Profile of the Day: Prince Harry of Wales

Posted September 15, 2017 by Amanda | No Comment
Profile of the Day: Prince Harry

Happy 33rd birthday to Prince Harry! The second son of Charles, Prince of Wales, and Princess Diana, Harry is currently fifth in line to the throne, behind his nephew, Prince George, and his niece, Princess Charlotte. He will soon be bumped to sixth after the birth of his brother’s third child. Harry was only 12 years old when his mother died tragically in a car crash. Recently, the Prince has spoken publicly about how he struggled to come… Read the full story

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Profile of the Day: William McKinley

Posted September 14, 2017 by Amanda | No Comment
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On this day in 1901, William McKinley, the 25th President of the United States, died eight days after he was shot by an anarchist. Immediately after his death, Theodore Roosevelt was sworn in as the 26th President. McKinley was born on January 29, 1843 in Niles, Ohio to William McKinley, Sr. and Nancy Allison. At the outbreak of the Civil War, McKinley joined the Union Army and found a mentor and lifelong friend in Rutherford… Read the full story

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Profile of the Day: Milton S. Hershey

Posted September 13, 2017 by Amanda | No Comment
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Love chocolate? On this day in 1857, confectioner Milton S. Hershey, founder of the Hershey Chocolate Company, was born in Derry Township, Pennsylvania. The Hersheys were members of Pennsylvania’s Mennonite community. The future confectioner grew up speaking Pennsylvania Dutch on his family’s small farm and didn’t receive much schooling beyond the 4th grade. By the age of 14, he became an apprentice to a master confectioner with the aim of opening his own candy shop. In… Read the full story

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Profile of the Day: Jesse Owens

Posted September 12, 2017 by Amanda | No Comment
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104 years ago today, Olympic champion Jesse Owens was born in Oakville, Alabama. The youngest of ten children, James Cleveland Owens was known as J.C. until the age of nine when his family moved to Cleveland, Ohio in search for better work opportunities. When his new teacher asked for his name, he said “J.C.” in a heavy southern accent. The teacher misheard and thought he said “Jesse.” The name stuck and he was known as Jesse for… Read the full story

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Profile of the Day: Harry Connick, Jr.

Posted September 11, 2017 by Amanda | No Comment
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Happy 50th birthday to Harry Connick, Jr.! The singer and actor was born Joseph Harry Fowler Connick, Jr. on September 11, 1967 in New Orleans, Louisiana. Both of his parents were prominent lawyers in New Orleans. His father, Joseph Harry Fowler Connick, Sr., was the district attorney of Orleans Parish and his mother, Anita Frances Levy, served as a judge in New Orleans and later a Louisiana Supreme Court justice. They encouraged their son’s early… Read the full story

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Profile of the Day: Leonard Nimoy

Posted September 8, 2017 by Amanda | No Comment
Profile of the Day: Leonard Nimoy

It’s Star Trek Day! On September 8, 1966 the iconic science fiction series Star Trek premiered its first episode. In honor of Star Trek Day, we’re highlighting everyone’s favorite Vulcan, Leonard Nimoy. Over 50 years ago, Gene Roddenberry introduced his vision of future exploration and discovery in Star Trek. Cast as the leader of the Starship Enterprise was William Shatner as Captain James T. Kirk and Leonard Nimoy as second-in-command science officer Spock. Although the series was canceled after… Read the full story

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Profile of the Day: Elizabeth I of England

Posted September 7, 2017 by Amanda | One Comment
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Have you found your connection to the Tudors? On this day in 1533, Elizabeth I of England was born in Greenwich Palace. Elizabeth was the second child of Henry VIII of England and the daughter of Henry’s second wife, Anne Boleyn. She was only 2 years old when her mother was executed by beheading. Just eleven days after her mother’s death, her father married Jane Seymour, who gave birth to a son, Edward VI. She succeeded to the… Read the full story

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Profile of the Day: Gilbert du Motier, Marquis de Lafayette

Posted September 6, 2017 by Amanda | No Comment
Profile of the Day: Gilbert du Motier, Marquis de Lafayette

Today we remember French aristocrat and military officer, Gilbert du Motier, Marquis de Lafayette, who was born on this day 260 years ago. Also known simply as Lafayette, the Frenchman was an important figure during the American Revolutionary War and fought alongside the Continental Army against the British. Lafayette was born to a wealthy, aristocratic family in Auvergne, France on September 6, 1757. The Lafayette family had a long and distinguished reputation. His 8th great-grandfather, Gilbert Motier… Read the full story

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Profile of the Day: Jesse James

Posted September 5, 2017 by Amanda | No Comment
Profile of the Day: Jesse James

Who are the black sheep in your family? On this day in 1847, American outlaw Jesse James was born in Kearny, Missouri. Jesse Woodson James was the third of four children born to Robert James, a Baptist minister, and Zerelda Elizabeth Cole. When Jesse was 3 years old, his father abandoned his family and traveled to the gold fields of California. During the Civil War, Jesse and his older brother Frank, fought as Confederate guerrilla soldiers. After the… Read the full story

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Profile of the Day: Louis XIV

Posted September 1, 2017 by Amanda | No Comment
Profile of the Day: Louis XIV

French monarch Louis XIV died on this day in 1715, just 4 days before his 77th birthday. When he was born on September 5, 1638 in the Château de Saint-Germain-en-Laye, Louis’s parents had already been married for 23 years. His mother had experienced 4 stillbirths throughout the marriage, and so, when Louis was born, his birth was seen as a miracle and gift from God. He inherited the crown at the age of 4 following the… Read the full story

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Profile of the Day: Richard Gere

Posted August 31, 2017 by Amanda | No Comment
Profile of the Day: Richard Gere

Happy birthday, Richard Gere! Today the actor turns 68. The popular actor was born Richard Tiffany Gere in Philadelphia, Pennsylvania on August 31, 1949. His middle name comes from his mother, whose maiden name was Tiffany. Gere’s family had deep early American roots. He descends from Mayflower passengers through both his mother and father. As a teen, Gere excelled at gymnastics and even earned a gymnastics scholarship to the University of Massachusetts Amherst. He rose… Read the full story

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Profile of the Day: Mary Wollstonecraft Shelley

Posted August 30, 2017 by Hiromimarie | No Comment
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On August 30, 1797, author Mary Wollstonecraft Shelley was born. She was born in London, England to political philosopher William Godwin, and philosopher and feminist Mary Wollstonecraft. Mary married poet Percy Bysshe Shelley in 1816. Only one of their four children survived beyond infancy, a son named Percy Florence Shelley. She is best known for her first novel, Frankenstein. It was originally published anonymously in 1818 and remains widely read, and has inspired many theatrical and film… Read the full story

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Profile of the Day: Johann Wolfgang von Goethe

Posted August 28, 2017 by Amanda | No Comment
Profile of the Day: Johann Wolfgang von Goethe

On this day in 1749, German writer, poet, and statesman Johann Wolfgang von Goethe was born. He was born in Frankfurt, which was then an Imperial Free City of the Holy Roman Empire. Goethe’s father, Johann Caspar Goethe, was the son of a wealthy tailor and owner of one of the most distinguished guesthouses in Frankfurt. His mother, Katharina Elizabeth Textor, was the daughter of a prominent citizen of Frankfurt. Considered one of the greatest German… Read the full story

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Profile of the Day: Sean Connery

Posted August 25, 2017 by Amanda | No Comment
Profile of the Day: Sean Connery

Happy 87th birthday to Sean Connery! The James Bond star was born Thomas Sean Connery on August 25, 1930 in Edinburgh, Scotland. He was named after his paternal grandfather, Thomas Connery, and was called “Tommy” throughout his childhood. Connery quit school at a young age and got his first job working as a milkman before joining the Royal Navy. After he was discharged for medical reasons, Connery worked a series of odd jobs, from coffin… Read the full story

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Profile of the Day: Jorge Luis Borges

Posted August 24, 2017 by Amanda | No Comment
Profile of the Day: Jorge Luis Borges

On August 24, 1899, Argentine writer and poet Jorge Luis Borges was born. Explore his family tree on Geni.

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Profile of the Day: Gene Kelly

Posted August 23, 2017 by Amanda | No Comment
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Remember watching Singin’ in the Rain? On this day in 1912, star Gene Kelly was born in Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania. Eugene Curran Kelly was born on August 23, 1912 to James Kelly, a phonograph salesman, and Harriet Curran. At the age of 8, his mother enrolled Kelly and his siblings in dance classes. As a young man, he often created dance routines with his brother to earn prize money in local talent contests and performed at night clubs. Kelly… Read the full story

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Profile of the Day: Richard III of England

Posted August 22, 2017 by Amanda | No Comment
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On this day in 1485, Richard III of England was killed during the Battle of Bosworth Field, bringing an end to the Plantagenet dynasty. Although Richard III would be king for only 2 years, his short reign would prove to be a turning point in history. He came to power after seizing the throne from his 12-year-old nephew, Edward V. After his brother’s marriage was declared invalid, his children were considered illegitimate, thus making the young Edward… Read the full story

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Profile of the Day: William IV

Posted August 21, 2017 by Amanda | No Comment
Profile of the Day: William IV

On this day in 1765, William IV of the United Kingdom was born. The third son of George III, William became king after the death of his elder brother George IV. William was born at Buckingham Palace on August 21, 1765. As the third son born to King George III and Queen Charlotte, William was never expected to inherit the crown. He joined the Royal Navy at the age of 13 and served in New… Read the full story

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Profile of the Day: Robert Redford

Posted August 18, 2017 by Amanda | No Comment
Profile of the Day: Robert Redford

Happy birthday, Robert Redford! Today the actor turns 81. Charles Robert Redford, Jr. was born on August 18, 1936 in Santa Monica, California to Charles Robert Redford, Sr. and Martha Hart. Redford began his career on the stage and television before launching to stardom in the Paul Newman film, Butch Cassidy and the Sundance Kid. Since then, he has starred in many blockbuster and critical hits, including The Way We Were and The Sting. Also a gifted director,… Read the full story

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Profile of the Day: Davy Crockett

Posted August 17, 2017 by Amanda | No Comment
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On this day in 1786, American frontiersman and folk hero Davy Crockett was born. David Crockett was born to John Wesley Crockett and Rebecca Hawkins in what is today Tennessee. He was named after his paternal grandfather, who was killed in a Cherokee raid at the onset of the Cherokee-American wars. Crockett gained fame for his many larger-than-life exploits. A skilled woodsman, an excellent hunter, and gifted storyteller, Crockett developed a reputation as a legendary frontiersman. Stories of his exploits… Read the full story

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Profile of the Day: Elvis Presley

Posted August 16, 2017 by Amanda | No Comment
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Forty years ago today, Elvis Presley, the King of Rock and Roll, died at the age of 42. The music legend was born on January 8, 1935 in Tupelo, Mississippi in a two-room shotgun house built by his grandfather. His twin brother, Jesse, died during childbirth. Although he grew up poor, by the time of his death, Presley had become one of the most successful musicians in history. After exploding into the spotlight with his… Read the full story

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Profile of the Day: Julia Child

Posted August 15, 2017 by Amanda | No Comment
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Do you love to cook? On this day in 1912, beloved chef Julia Child was born. Julia Carolyn McWilliams was born on August 15, 1912 in Pasadena, California to John McWilliams, Jr., a land manager, and Julia Weston. Her maternal grandfather, Byron Weston, was the founder of the Weston Paper Company and served as the 32nd Lieutenant Governor of Massachusetts. The host of the popular cooking show, The French Chef, Child didn’t learn to cook until she… Read the full story

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Profile of the Day: Steve Martin

Posted August 14, 2017 by Amanda | No Comment
Profile of the Day: Steve Martin

Happy birthday, Steve Martin! Today the actor turns 72. Martin was born on August 14, 1945 in Waco, Texas to Mary Lee Stewart and Glenn Vernon Martin. When he was young, his family moved to southern California. As a teen, he became a cheerleader in high school and got his first job at Disneyland selling guidebooks and performing magic tricks. In 1977, Martin got his big break as a guest host on the late-night sketch comedy… Read the full story

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Profile of the Day: Andrew Carnegie

Posted August 11, 2017 by Amanda | No Comment
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On this day in 1919, American industrialist and philanthropist Andrew Carnegie died at the age of 83. A titan of the American steel industry in the late 19th century, Carnegie devoted his last years of his life to large-scale philanthropy, directing much of his wealth towards public libraries and education. Carnegie was born on November 25, 1835 in Dunfermline, Fife, Scotland in a one room cottage. At the age of 13, he moved to America with… Read the full story

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Profile of the Day: Herbert Hoover

Posted August 10, 2017 by Amanda | No Comment
Profile of the Day: Herbert Hoover

On this day in 1874, Herbert Hoover, the 31st President of the United States, was born in West Branch, Iowa. Hoover was the son of Hulda Randall Minthorn and Jesse Hoover, a blacksmith. Sadly, by the age of 9, he was an orphan. He was raised by his uncle, John Minthorn, a physician and businessman. Before the presidency, Hoover worked as an engineer in China. He and his wife, Lou, were in Tianjin during the… Read the full story

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Profile of the Day: Tove Jansson

Posted August 9, 2017 by Amanda | No Comment
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Do you have Finnish ancestry? Today we celebrate beloved Finnish children’s book author and artist Tove Jansson, who was born on this day in 1914. Tove Marika Jansson was born in Helsinki, Finland on August 9, 1914 to Viktor Jansson, a sculptor, and Signe Hammarsten-Jansson, a graphic designer and illustrator. The family belonged to the Swedish-speaking minority of Finland. Best known as the author of the Moomin children’s books and cartoons, Jansson is perhaps one of the most… Read the full story

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Profile of the Day: Dustin Hoffman

Posted August 8, 2017 by Amanda | No Comment
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Happy birthday, Dustin Hoffman! Can you believe the actor turns 80 today? Dustin Lee Hoffman was born on August 8, 1937 in Los Angeles, California. He was the second son born to Lillian Gold and Harry Hoffman, who worked as a set decorator at Columbia Pictures. He was named after stage and silent film actor, Dustin Farnum. Hoffman comes from a Jewish family of immigrants from Ukraine, Poland, and Romania. After dropping out of college, Hoffman pursued acting full… Read the full story

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Profile of the Day: Charlize Theron

Posted August 7, 2017 by Amanda | No Comment
Profile of the Day: Charlize Theron

Today actress Charlize Theron celebrates her 42nd birthday! The South African star was born on August 7, 1975 in Benoni, in what was then the Transvaal Province of South Africa. An only child, she grew up on her parents’ farm outside of Johannesburg and spent her childhood studying dance. Life at home was difficult. Her father was an alcoholic and was physically abusive. When she was 15, her father violently attacked her mother. Her mother… Read the full story

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Profile of the Day: Barack Obama

Posted August 4, 2017 by Amanda | No Comment
Profile of the Day: Barack Obama

Happy birthday to Barack Obama! Today he turns 56. On August 4, 1961, Barack Hussein Obama was born in Honolulu, Hawaii to Ann Dunham and Barack Hussein Obama, Sr. His mother was born in Wichita, Kansas and his father was born in Nyanza Province, Kenya. His parents had met while attending the University of Hawaii at Manoa and married just six months before he was born. Growing up, Obama was not close to his father. His… Read the full story

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Profile of the Day: Martin Sheen

Posted August 3, 2017 by Amanda | No Comment
Profile of the Day: Martin Sheen

Happy birthday, Martin Sheen! Today the actor turns 77. He was born Ramón Antonio Gerardo Estévez on August 3, 1940 in Dayton, Ohio to immigrant parents. His father, Francisco Estévez, was born in Spain, while his mother, Mary-Ann Phelan, was born in Ireland. As one of ten children, Sheen grew up in a large family. When his mother died when he was 11 years old, the family faced the possibility of separation, either into foster homes… Read the full story

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Profile of the Day: Henry III of France

Posted August 2, 2017 by Amanda | No Comment
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On this day in 1589, Henry III of France died at the hands of a religious fanatic. Henry III was born on September 19, 1551 at the royal Château de Fontainebleau. The fourth son of King Henry II and Catherine de Medici, Henry was never expected to become the King of France. He ruled as the King of the Polish-Lithuanian commonwealth before inheriting the French throne following the death of his brother, Charles IX, in… Read the full story

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Profile of the Day: William Clark

Posted August 1, 2017 by Amanda | No Comment
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On this day in 1770, explorer William Clark was born in Caroline County, Virginia. From 1804 to 1806, Clark helped lead the famous Lewis and Clark Expedition across the country to the Pacific Ocean. Clark was the ninth of ten children born to John Clark and Ann Rogers. Five of his older brothers fought during the American Revolution, including his second-oldest brother, George Rogers Clark, who rose to the rank of general. In 1803, Meriwether… Read the full story

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Profile of the Day: J.K. Rowling

Posted July 31, 2017 by Amanda | No Comment
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Happy birthday, J.K. Rowling! Today the Harry Potter author turns 52. The day also marks Harry Potter’s birthday! On July 31, 1965, Joanne Rowling was born in Yate, Gloucestershire, England. She later adopted the pen name “J.K. Rowling,” incorporating her paternal grandmother’s name, Kathleen, for the second initial. From a young age, Rowling frequently wrote stories of fantasy. When she began writing the first Harry Potter book, Rowling was a single mother and struggling financially. However, her… Read the full story

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Profile of the Day: Amelia Earhart

Posted July 24, 2017 by Amanda | 2 Comments
Profile of the Day: Amelia Earhart

Today we celebrate the 120th birthday of pioneering aviator Amelia Earhart! Earhart was born on July 24, 1897 in Atchison, Kansas in the home of her maternal grandfather, Alfred Gideon Otis. Since she was a child, Earhart had a strong sense of adventure. During World War I, she trained as a nurse’s aide in Toronto. On December 28, 1920, Earhart took her first plane ride that would forever change her life. She signed up to… Read the full story

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Profile of the Day: Ernest Hemingway

Posted July 21, 2017 by Amanda | No Comment
Profile of the Day: Ernest Hemingway

Today we remember author Ernest Hemingway, who was born on this day in 1899. Ernest Miller Hemingway was bon on July 21, 1899 in Oak Park, Illinois to Clarence Edmonds Hemingway, a physician, and Grace Hall, an opera singer and painter. During World War I, Hemingway enlisted with the Red Cross to become an ambulance driver. While at the Italian front, he was severely injured and spent months recuperating in a hospital in Milan. It was… Read the full story

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Profile of the Day: Neil Armstrong

Posted July 20, 2017 by Amanda | No Comment
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Forty-eight years ago today, astronaut Neil Armstrong made history by becoming the first person to walk on the moon. On the morning of July 16, 1969, Apollo 11 launched from Cape Kennedy carrying astronauts Neil Armstrong, Michael Collins, and Buzz Aldrin. It would be NASA’s first manned mission to the Moon. On July 20, Armstrong and Aldrin landed the lunar module Eagle on the Moon’s surface. The momentous event was broadcasted on live television to audiences around the world…. Read the full story

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Profile of the Day: Benedict Cumberbatch

Posted July 19, 2017 by Amanda | No Comment
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Happy birthday, Benedict Cumberbatch! Today the Sherlock star turns 41. Cumberbatch was born on July 19, 1976 in London, England to Timothy Carlton and Wanda Ventham, both well-known television actors. His paternal grandfather, Henry Carlton Cumberbatch, was a submarine officer in the British Royal Navy in both World Wars. His great grandfather, Henry Arnold Cumberbatch, was a British diplomate and served as Queen Victoria’s consul in Turkey, Lebanon, and Romania. The actor launched to stardom as Sherlock Holmes in the… Read the full story

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Profile of the Day: John Glenn

Posted July 18, 2017 by Amanda | No Comment
Profile of the Day: John Glenn

Today we remember legendary astronaut John Glenn on what would have been his 96th birthday. John Herschel Glenn, Jr. was born on July 18, 1921 to John Herschel Glenn, Sr. and Clara Sproat in Cambridge, Ohio. In 1943, Glenn married his high school sweetheart, Anna Castor. The couple had met when they were just toddlers and remained married for 73 years until his death. An original member of the Mercury Seven, Glenn was the first… Read the full story

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Profile of the Day: Walt Disney

Posted July 17, 2017 by Amanda | One Comment
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On this day in 1955, Walt Disney opened Disneyland for the first time in Anaheim, California. After visiting various amusement parks with his daughters, Disney was inspired to build his own theme park where adults and children could enjoy rides and attractions together. The construction of Disneyland began on July 16, 1954 and would cost $17 million to complete. One year later on July 17, 1955, the park opened to much fanfare. Over 28,000 people attended… Read the full story

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Profile of the Day: Woody Guthrie

Posted July 14, 2017 by Amanda | No Comment
Profile of the Day: Woody Guthrie

On this day in 1912, American folk singer and songwriter Woody Guthrie was born in Okemah, Oklahoma. Guthrie was named after Woodrow Wilson, who was then the Democratic candidate for President. He faced family tragedies early in his life, including the death of his sister in a fire. His mother, suffering from Huntington’s disease, was also later institutionalized. By the age of 14, Guthrie was left to fend for himself. During the Dust Bowl, Guthrie joined… Read the full story

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Profile of the Day: Patrick Stewart

Posted July 13, 2017 by Amanda | No Comment
Profile of the Day: Patrick Stewart

Happy birthday, Patrick Stewart! Today the actor turns 77. The Shakespearean trained actor was born on July 13, 1940 in Mirfield, England. He had a difficult childhood and grew up in a poor, abusive household. His father, Alfred Stewart, was a regimental sergeant major in the British Army and suffered from what was then known as combat fatigue, which is closely related to post-traumatic stress disorder. Stewart found solace in acting and participated in plays throughout… Read the full story

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Profile of the Day: Henry David Thoreau

Posted July 12, 2017 by Amanda | No Comment
Profile of the Day: Henry David Thoreau

Today marks writer Henry David Thoreau’s 200th birthday! He was born David Henry Thoreau on July 12, 1817 in Concord, Massachusetts to John Thoreau, a pencil maker, and Cynthia Dunbar. His maternal grandfather, Asa Dunbar, had led Harvard’s 1766 “Butter Rebellion,” the first recorded student protest in the colonies. Thoreau was a leading transcendentalist and naturalist and often wrote about nature and the environment. He is best remembered for his novel Walden, which reflected on living a… Read the full story

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Profile of the Day: John Quincy Adams

Posted July 11, 2017 by Amanda | No Comment
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Today marks the 250th birthday of John Quincy Adams, the sixth President of the United States. Adams was born on July 11, 1767 in Braintree, Massachusetts to John and Abigail Adams. He was named after his mother’s maternal grandfather, Colonel John Quincy. The city of Quincy, Massachusetts was named after the Colonel. As a young boy, Adams witnessed the Battle of Bunker Hill from the top of Penn’s Hill above the family farm. The son of a… Read the full story

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Profile of the Day: Eva Ekeblad

Posted July 10, 2017 by Amanda | No Comment
Profile of the Day: Eva Ekeblad

On this day in 1724, Swedish aristocrat and scientist Eva Ekeblad was born. She was known for discovering how to make flour and alcohol from potatoes, which significantly reduce famine for years to come. She was born Eva De la Gardie on July 10, 1724 to Magnus Julius De la Gardie, a statesman, and Hedvig Catharina Lilje, who was known for hosting political salons. When potatoes were first introduced into Sweden in 1658, they were only… Read the full story

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Profile of the Day: Ringo Starr

Posted July 7, 2017 by Amanda | No Comment
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What’s your favorite Beatles song? Today we celebrate drummer Ringo Starr’s 77th birthday! The former Beatle was born Richard Starkey to Elsie Gleave and Richard Starkey in Liverpool, England. He spent some of his childhood in and out of hospitals. After an appendectomy at the age of 6, he contracted peritonitis, which left him living in a children’s hospital for a year while he recovered. A few years later, he contracted tuberculosis and was admitted to… Read the full story

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