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Profile of the Day: Eero Saarinen

Posted August 20, 2020 by Amanda | No Comment

Have you visited the Gateway Arch in St. Louis, Missouri? On this day in 1910, architect Eero Saarinen was born. Image: Eero Saarinen / Library of Congress Saarinen was born on August 20, 1910 in Kirkkonummi, Finland on his father’s 37th birthday. His father, Eliel Saarinen, was a notable Finnish architect and his mother, Loja Gesellius, was a textile designer and sculptor. When Saarinen was 13, his family immigrated to the United States and settled… Read the full story

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Profile of the Day: Gene Roddenberry

Posted August 19, 2020 by Amanda | No Comment

Are you a Star Trek fan? On this day in 1921, Star Trek creator Gene Roddenberry was born in El Paso, Texas. Image: Gene Roddenberry / NASA As a young man, Roddenberry became interested in aeronautical engineering and earned a pilot license through the Civilian Pilot Training Program. During World War II, Roddenberry enlisted in the United States Army Air Corps and flew an estimated 89 combat missions. He was awarded the Air Medal and the Distinguished Flying Cross…. Read the full story

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Profile of the Day: Robert Redford

Posted August 18, 2020 by Amanda | No Comment

Happy birthday to Robert Redford! Today the actor turns 84. Image: Robert Redford / San Diego Air and Space Museum Archive, Flickr 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… Read the full story

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Profile of the Day: Davy Crockett

Posted August 17, 2020 by Amanda | No Comment

Are you related to American folk hero Davy Crockett? On this day in 1786, the famous frontiersman was born. Image: Davy Crockett / Library of Congress Crockett was born on August 17, 1786 to John M. Crockett and Rebecca Sullivan Crockett. He learned to shoot at the age of 8 and gained a reputation for hunting and story telling. In 1826, he was elected to Congress and served two terms before leaving politics to join the… Read the full story

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Profile of the Day: Steve Martin

Posted August 14, 2020 by Amanda | No Comment

Happy birthday, Steve Martin! Today the actor turns 75. Image: Steve Martin / David Shankbone, Wikimedia Commons (CC BY-SA 3.0) 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… Read the full story

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Profile of the Day: Alfred Hitchcock

Posted August 13, 2020 by Amanda | No Comment

On this day in 1899, legendary filmmaker Alfred Hitchcock was born. Image: Alfred Hitchcock / Library of Congress Hitchcock was born on August 13, 1899 in London, England to William Edgar Hitchcock and Emma Jane Wheland. He was the youngest of three children. Before stepping into the director’s chair, Hitchcock got his start as a title card designer for silent films. In 1929, he directed his first “talkie,” Blackmail, which would become a huge success…. Read the full story

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Profile of the Day: George IV of the United Kingdom

Posted August 12, 2020 by Amanda | No Comment

On this day in 1762, George IV of the United Kingdom was born. In 1820, he ascended throne after the death of his father, George III. Image: George IV of the United Kingdom / Rijksmuseum, Wikimedia Commons George was born at St. James’s Palace in London, England on August 12, 1762. He was the first child of King George III and his wife, Charlotte of Mecklenburg-Strelitz. They would have 15 children together, only 13 would… Read the full story

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Profile of the Day: Chris Hemsworth

Posted August 11, 2020 by Amanda | No Comment

Happy birthday to Chris Hemsworth! Today the actor turns 37. Image: Chris Hemsworth / Gage Skidmore, Wikimedia Commons (CC BY-SA 2.0) Hemsworth was born on August 11, 1983 in Melbourne, Australia to Leonie van Os, an English teacher, and Craig Hemsworth, a social services counsellor. He was the second of three sons. Both of his brothers, Luke and Liam, also became notable actors. Before becoming a household name as Thor in the Marvel Cinematic Universe,… Read the full story

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Profile of the Day: Eddie Fisher

Posted August 10, 2020 by Amanda | No Comment

On this day in 1928, singer Eddie Fisher was born. One of the most popular singers of the 1950s, Fisher is also remembered for his part in one of Hollywood’s most famous marital scandals. Image: Eddie Fisher / Wikimedia Commons Fisher was born Edwin Jack Fisher on August 10, 1928 in Philadelphia, Pennsylvania to Kate Minnicker and Joseph Tisch, both Jewish immigrants from Russia. The family’s surname was later changed to Fisher. The fourth of… Read the full story

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Profile of the Day: Paulina Kellogg Wright Davis

Posted August 7, 2020 by Amanda | No Comment

On this day in 1813, American abolitionist and suffragist Paulina Kellogg Wright Davis was born. An early supporter of the women’s suffrage movement, Davis was also a prominent lecturer on women’s health, anatomy, and physiology. Image: Paulina Kellogg Wright Davis / Library of Congress Davis was born on August 7, 1813 in Bloomfield, New York to Ebenezer Kellogg and Polly Saxton. In 1817, her family moved to the frontier near Niagara Falls, however, after the… Read the full story

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Profile of the Day: Lucille Ball

Posted August 6, 2020 by Amanda | No Comment

Today we remember actress Lucille Ball, who was born on this day 109 years ago. Image: Lucille Ball / Wikimedia Commons Lucille Désirée Ball was born on August 6 ,1911 in Jamestown, New York. After her father died of typhoid fever in 1915, the family moved in with her maternal grandparents. She and her brother were later cared for by their step-grandparents after her mother remarried. As a teen, Ball attended the John Murray Anderson School… Read the full story

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Profile of the Day: Neil Armstrong

Posted August 5, 2020 by Amanda | No Comment

Today we celebrate what would have been astronaut Neil Armstrong’s 90th birthday! Image: Neil Armstrong / NASA Neil Alden Armstrong was born to Stephen Koenig Armstrong and Viola Louise in Wapakoneta, Ohio on August 5, 1930. Armstrong’s love of flying began at a young age when his father took him on his first airplane flight at the age of five. After serving in the Korean War and finishing college, Armstrong joined the National Advisory Committee for… Read the full story

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Profile of the Day: Meghan, Duchess of Sussex

Posted August 4, 2020 by Amanda | No Comment

Happy birthday to Meghan, Duchess of Sussex! Today the Duchess turns 39. Image: Meghan, Duchess of Sussex / Northern Ireland Office, Wikimedia Commons (CC BY 2.0) She was born Rachel Meghan Markle on August 4, 1981 in Los Angeles, California to Thomas Markle, a television lighting and photography director, and Doria Ragland, a former social worker and yoga instructor. Her parents divorced when she was 6 years old. After struggling to find steady work as… Read the full story

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Profile of the Day: Tony Bennett

Posted August 3, 2020 by Amanda | No Comment

Happy birthday to Tony Bennett! Today the iconic singer turns 94. Image: Tony Bennett / Nationaal Archief, CC0 Bennett was born Anthony Dominick Benedetto on August 3, 1926 in Queens, New York to John Benedetto, a grocer, and Anna Suraci, a seamstress. Growing up, Bennett had a passion for music and the arts. He began singing at the age of 10 and as a teen he worked as a singing waiter in several Italian restaurants…. Read the full story

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Profile of the Day: George H. Thomas

Posted July 31, 2020 by Amanda | No Comment

Did your ancestors fight in the American Civil War? On this day in 1816, Union general George H. Thomas was born. Image: George H. Thomas / Library of Congress Thomas was born on July 31, 1816 in Newsom’s Depot, Virginia to John Thomas and Elizabeth Rochelle. At the outbreak of the American Civil War, Thomas chose to stay with the U.S. Army despite his Virginian heritage. His decision to remain loyal to the Union caused… Read the full story

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Profile of the Day: Arnold Schwarzenegger

Posted July 30, 2020 by Amanda | No Comment

Happy birthday to Arnold Schwarzenegger! Today the star turns 73. Image: Arnold Schwarzenegger / Library of Congress Arnold Alois Schwarzenegger was born in Thal, Austria to Gustave Schwarzenegger, a local police chief, and Aurelia Jadrny. His father was once a member of the Nazi party and favored his eldest son over Arnold. Struggling with a tough home life, Arnold turned to movies as an escape and dreamed of moving to the U.S. At 15, he began weight… Read the full story

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Profile of the Day: James VI and I

Posted July 29, 2020 by Amanda | No Comment

On this day in 1567, James VI and I was crowned King of Scots at only 13 months old after his mother’s forced abdication. James was born in Edinburgh Castle on June 19, 1566. He was the only son of Mary, Queen of Scots, and her second husband, Henry Stuart, Lord Darnley. His mother’s unpopular reign was plagued by scandal. In February 1567, his father was murdered. A few short months later, his mother married… Read the full story

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Profile of the Day: Jacqueline Kennedy Onassis

Posted July 28, 2020 by Amanda | No Comment

Today we remember former First Lady Jacqueline Kennedy Onassis on what would have been her 91st birthday. Image: Jacqueline Kennedy Onassis / Library of Congress She was born Jacqueline Lee Bouvier on July 28, 1929 in Southhampton, New York to Wall Street stockbroker John Vernou Bouvier III and socialite Janet Norton Lee. Before marrying John F. Kennedy, she worked as an inquiring photographer at the Washington Times-Herald. The couple was first introduced by a mutual friend, journalist… Read the full story

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Profile of the Day: Olivia de Havilland

Posted July 27, 2020 by Amanda | No Comment

Today we remember legendary actress Olivia de Havilland, who passed away at the age of 104. With a career that spanned over five decades, de Havilland was one of the last major stars of Hollywood’s Golden Age. Image: Olivia de Havilland / Wikimedia Commons She was born on July 1, 1916 in Tokyo, Japan to Lillian Ruse, a stage actress, and Walter de Havilland, an English professor and attorney. Her first cousin was aviation pioneer… Read the full story

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Profile of the Day: Alexandre Dumas

Posted July 24, 2020 by Amanda | No Comment

On this day in 1802, French author Alexandre Dumas was born. Image: Alexandre Dumas / Metropolitan Museum of Art, Wikimedia Commons Dumas was born Dumas Davy de la Pailleterie on July 24, 1802 in Villers-Cotterêts, Picardy, France to Marie-Louise Élisabeth Labouret and Thomas-Alexandre Dumas. His father was the son of the Marquis Alexandre Antoine Davy de La Pailleterie and Marie-Césette Dumas, a Haitian slave. He served as a French general and stands as one of… Read the full story

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Profile of the Day: Woody Harrelson

Posted July 23, 2020 by Amanda | No Comment

Happy birthday to Woody Harrelson! Today the actor celebrates his 59th birthday. Image: Woody Harrelson / LBJ Library photo by Gabriel Cristóver Pérez Harrelson was born Woodrow Tracy Harrelson on July 23, 1961 in Midland, Texas. His father was a convicted contract killer and received a life sentence in 1979. Raised by a single mother, Harrelson grew up in a very religious Presbyterian household. He later attend Hanover College on a Presbyterian scholarship. In 1985,… Read the full story

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Profile of the Day: Emma Lazarus

Posted July 22, 2020 by Amanda | No Comment

“Give me your tired, your poor,Your huddled Masses yearning to breathe free” – Emma Lazarus, “The New Colossus” These are the iconic lines inscribed on a bronze plaque at the pedestal of the Statue of Liberty. The words were written by American poet Emma Lazarus in 1883 in her sonnet “The New Colossus.” Image: Emma Lazarus / Library of Congress The poem was originally written to help raise funds for the construction of the statue’s pedestal, but… Read the full story

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Profile of the Day: Robin Williams

Posted July 21, 2020 by Amanda | No Comment

Today we remember actor Robin Williams on what would have been his 69th birthday. Image: Robin Williams / Eva Rinaldi, Wikimedia Commons (CC BY-SA 2.0) Williams was born on July 21, 1951 in Chicago, Illinois to Robert Fitzgerald Williams and Laurie McLaurin. His second great grandfather, Anselm J. McLaurin, served as a senator for Mississippi and later, the state’s 34th governor. Williams described himself as a shy child and didn’t break out of his shell… Read the full story

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Profile of the Day: Guglielmo Marconi

Posted July 20, 2020 by Amanda | No Comment

Today we remember Italian inventor Guglielmo Marconi, who died on this day in 1937. Known for his pioneering work on long-distance radio transmission, Marconi was awarded the Nobel Prize in Physics for his contributions to the development of wireless technology. Image: Smithsonian Institution Marconi was born on April 25, 1874 in Bologna, Italy to a wealthy Italian family. His father, Giuseppe Marconi, was an Italian aristocratic landowner, while his mother, Annie Jameson, was the granddaughter… Read the full story

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Profile of the Day: Camilla, Duchess of Cornwall

Posted July 17, 2020 by Amanda | No Comment

Happy birthday to Camilla, Duchess of Cornwall! Today the Duchess turns 73. She was born Camilla Rosemary Shand on July 17, 1947 at King’s College Hospital in London. She was the eldest of three children born to Bruce Shand, an officer in the British Army, and Rosalind Cubitt. Although her relationship with Prince Charles was once thought to be highly controversial, the couple was finally married in a civil ceremony in 2005 with the permission… Read the full story

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Profile of the Day: Ginger Rogers

Posted July 16, 2020 by Amanda | No Comment

Are you a fan of old fashioned Hollywood musicals? Today we remember Ginger Rogers, who was born on this day in 1911. Image: Ginger Rogers / Wikimedia Commons Rogers was born Virginia Katherine McMath on July 16, 1911 in Independence, Missouri. She started her career in vaudeville after a win at a Charleston dance contest earned her a spot with a traveling vaudeville act. She became most famous for her musical and dance partnership with Fred… Read the full story

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Profile of the Day: Rembrandt van Rijn

Posted July 15, 2020 by Amanda | No Comment

On this day in 1606, Dutch painter Rembrandt van Rijn was born. An artist during the Dutch Golden Age, today Rembrandt is considered to be one of the greatest and most important Dutch painters in history. Image: Rembrandt van Rijn / Wikimedia Commons Rembrandt was born on July 15, 1606 in Leiden, Dutch Republic, which is now the Netherlands. He was the ninth child born to Harmen Gerritszoon van Rijn, a miller, and Neeltgen Willemsdochter… Read the full story

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Profile of the Day: Woody Guthrie

Posted July 14, 2020 by Amanda | No Comment

Today we remember folk singer Woody Guthrie on what would have been his 108th birthday.  Image: Woody Guthrie / Library of Congress He was born Woodrow Wilson Guthrie on July 14, 1912 in Okemah, Oklahoma. His parents named him after Woodrow Wilson, who had become the Democratic candidate for president just weeks before his birth.  The Great Depression hit his family hard. In 1935, he join the thousands of “Okies” migrating West in search for… Read the full story

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Profile of the Day: Harrison Ford

Posted July 13, 2020 by Amanda | No Comment

Happy birthday to Harrison Ford! Today the actor turns 78. Image: Harrison Ford / Gage Skidmore, Wikimedia Commons (CC BY-SA 2.0) Ford was born on July 13, 1942 in Chicago, Illinois to John William “Christopher” Ford, an advertising executive and former actor, and Dorothy Nidelman, a radio actress. In college, Ford discovered a fascination for acting and moved to Los Angeles to pursue a career as an actor. However, frustrated with his lack of success,… Read the full story

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Profile of the Day: Nikola Tesla

Posted July 10, 2020 by Amanda | No Comment

Today we celebrate the 164th birthday of inventor Nikola Tesla! Tesla is remembered for his groundbreaking discoveries in the production, transmission, and application of electric power. Image: Nikola Tesla / Library of Congress Tesla was born in what is now Smiljan, Croatia on July 10, 1856. He was one of five children born to Milutin Tesla, an Eastern Orthodox priest, and Đuka Mandić.  In 1884, Tesla came to the United States and began working for Thomas Edison. However, a… Read the full story

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Profile of the Day: Tom Hanks

Posted July 9, 2020 by Amanda | No Comment

Happy birthday, Tom Hanks! Today the popular actor turns 64. Image: Tom Hanks / U.S. Department of State Thomas Jeffery Hanks was born on July 9, 1956 in Concord, California. In 1960, his parents divorced and Tom, along with his two oldest siblings, went to live with their father. His youngest brother stayed with their mother. He got his big break when he was cast as the lead in the television sitcom Bosom Buddies. Although the… Read the full story

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Profile of the Day: Kevin Bacon

Posted July 8, 2020 by Amanda | No Comment

Happy birthday to actor Kevin Bacon! Today the star turns 62. Image: Gage Skidmore / Wikimedia Commons, (CC BY-SA 2.0) Born in Philadelphia, Pennsylvania on July 8, 1958, Bacon was the youngest of six children born to architect Edmund Bacon and Ruth Holmes, a teacher and social activist. From a young age he showed a gift for acting, earning a full scholarship to attend the Pennsylvania Governor’s School for the Arts at 16. Bacon skyrocketed… Read the full story

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Profile of the Day: Ringo Starr

Posted July 7, 2020 by Amanda | No Comment

Happy birthday to Ringo Starr! Today the legendary musician turns 80. Image: Eva Rinaldi / Wikimedia Commons, (CC BY-SA 2.0) The Beatles drummer was born Richard Starkey in Liverpool, England on July 7, 1940. He was in and out of hospitals for much of his childhood. After contracting tuberculosis in 1953, he was admitted to a sanitarium where he stayed for two years. To help stimulate his motor activity and relieve boredom, Starr was encouraged… Read the full story

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Profile of the Day: Frida Kahlo

Posted July 6, 2020 by Amanda | No Comment

On this day in 1907, Mexican artist Frida Kahlo was born. Known for her many self-portraits, Kahlo is often regarded as one of Mexico’s greatest artists. Image: Frida Kahlo / Library of Congress Kahlo was born on July 6, 1907 in Coyoacán, Mexico in her family home known as La Casa Azule (The Blue House). She would spend much of her childhood and adult life in the home. Her father, Willhelm “Guillermo” Kahlo, was a… Read the full story

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Profile of the Day: Tom Cruise

Posted July 3, 2020 by Amanda | No Comment

Happy birthday to Tom Cruise! Today the actor turns 58. Image: Tom Cruise / Gage Skidmore, Wikimedia Commons (CC BY-SA 2.0) Tom Cruise was born Thomas Cruise Mapother IV on July 3, 1962 in Syracuse, New York. When he was young, Cruise had considered becoming a priest, however, he left after a year in seminary school. He was encouraged to join the drama department in high school and caught the bug for acting. After making… Read the full story

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Profile of the Day: Amelia Earhart

Posted July 2, 2020 by Amanda | No Comment

On this day in 1937, aviator Amelia Earhart and navigator Frederick Noonan went missing over the Pacific while attempting to make the first flight around the world along the equator. Image: Amelia Earhart / Library of Congress Earhart was born on July 24, 1987 in Atchison, Kansas to Edwin Stanton Earhart and Amelia Otis. In 1920, Earhart took a plane ride an airshow in Long Beach, California that would change her life. Although the experience… Read the full story

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Profile of the Day: Diana, Princess of Wales

Posted July 1, 2020 by Amanda | No Comment

Today we remember Princess Diana on what would have been her 59th birthday. Image: Diana, Princess of Wales / Wikimedia Commons She was born Diana Frances Spencer in Sandringham, England to John Spencer, Viscount Althorp, and Frances Burk Rouche, Viscountess Althorp. Her parents would divorce when she was eight years old. She became known as Lady Diana when her father inherited the title of Earl Spencer in 1975. In 1981, she married Prince Charles in a lavish… Read the full story

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Profile of the Day: Carl Reiner

Posted June 30, 2020 by Amanda | No Comment

Today we remember comedy legend Carl Reiner, who has passed away at the age of 98. With a career that spanned seven decades, Reiner was not only a gifted comedic performer, but also a talented writer, director, and producer. Image: Carl Reiner / Wikimedia Commons Reiner was born on March 20, 1922 in the Bronx in New York City, New York to Irving Reiner, a watchmaker, and Bessie Mathias. From a young age, Reiner wanted… Read the full story

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Profile of the Day: Katharine Hepburn

Posted June 29, 2020 by Amanda | No Comment

Today we remember actress Katharine Hepburn, who passed away on this day in 2003 at the age of 96. Image: Katharine Hepburn / Wikimedia Commons Katharine Houghton Hepburn was born on May 12, 1907 in Hartford, Connecticut. The second of six children, Hepburn grew up in a very progressive household. Her father, Thomas Norval Hepburn, was a successful urologist who sought to educate the public about venereal diseases. Her mother, Katharine Martha Houghton, was the head… Read the full story

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Profile of the Day: Babe Didrikson Zaharias

Posted June 26, 2020 by Amanda | No Comment

On this day in 1911, American athlete Babe Didrikson Zaharias was born. Considered one of the greatest athletes of all time, Zaharias was an Olympic gold medal winner and excelled in the sports of golf, basketball, baseball, and track and field. Image: Babe Didrikson Zaharias / National Portrait Gallery, Smithsonian Institution She was born Mildred Ella Didrikson on June 26, 1911 in Port Arthur, Texas to Ole Didriksen and Hannah Olsen, both Norwegian immigrants. From… Read the full story

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Profile of the Day: Anthony Bourdain

Posted June 25, 2020 by Amanda | No Comment

Today we remember chef, author, and television personality Anthony Bourdain on what would have been his 64th birthday. Image: Anthony Bourdain / Peabody Awards, Wikimedia Commons (CC BY 2.0) Bourdain was born on June 25, 1956 in New York City, New York to Pierre Bourdain, a music executive, and Gladys Sacksman, a copy editor. Bourdain began his culinary career as a teen working as a dishwasher. He attended Vassar College for two years before dropping… Read the full story

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Profile of the Day: Jack Dempsey

Posted June 24, 2020 by Amanda | No Comment

Do you have any boxers in your family tree? On this day in 1895, boxing legend Jack Dempsey was born in Manassa Colorado. The World Heavyweight Champion from 1919 to 1926, Dempsey’s aggressive style and impressive punching power made him one of the most popular boxers in history. Image: Jack Dempsey / Library of Congress He was born William Harrison Dempsey on June 24, 1895 to Mary Celia Smoot and Hiram Dempsey. Growing up poor, Dempsey… Read the full story

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Profile of the Day: Alan Turing

Posted June 23, 2020 by Amanda | No Comment

Today we remember British mathematician Alan Turing, who was born on this day in 1912. Considered the father of computer science and artificial intelligence, Turing is remembered as one of the most influential minds of the 20th century. Image: Alan Turing / Wikimedia Commons Turing was born on June 23, 1912 in London, England to Julius Mathison Turing, and Ethel Sara Stoney. From a young age, Turing was a natural at mathematics. During World War… Read the full story

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Profile of the Day: Erich Maria Remarque

Posted June 22, 2020 by Amanda | No Comment

Do you remember reading All Quiet on the Western Front? On this day in 1898, German author Erich Maria Remarque was born. Remarque is best known for his many works illustrating the realities and horrors of war. Image: Erich Maria Remarque / Nationaal Archief, Wikimedia Commons During World War I, Remarque was conscripted into the German Army at the age of 18. He fought on the Western Front and suffered several wounds durning battle. His experiences in the… Read the full story

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Profile of the Day: Moe Howard

Posted June 19, 2020 by Amanda | No Comment

Did you watch the Three Stooges? Today we remember Moe Howard, the de facto leader of the comedy trio, who was born on this day in 1897. Image: Wikimedia Commons Howard was born Moses Harry Horwitz on June 19, 1897 in Brooklyn, New York. He was the fourth of five sons born to Solomon Horwitz and Jennie Gorovitz, both of Lithuanian Jewish ancestry. From a young age, Howard developed an interest in performing. Eventually, Howard… Read the full story

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Profile of the Day: Paul McCartney

Posted June 18, 2020 by Amanda | No Comment

Happy birthday to Paul McCartney! Today the legendary musician turns 78. Image: Paul McCartney / Nationaal Archief, Wikimedia Commons McCartney was born on June 18, 1942 in Liverpool, England to James McCartney and Mary Mohin. Music was always a part of McCartney’s life growing up. His father was a trumpet player and pianist and encouraged his son’s pursuit of music. When he was 14, his mother died of an embolism shortly after surgery for breast… Read the full story

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Profile of the Day: Henrik Wergeland

Posted June 17, 2020 by Amanda | No Comment

On this day in 1808, Norwegian poet, playwright, and historian Henrik Wergeland was born. Remembered as one of Norway’s foremost poets, Wergeland is often regarded as a symbol of the country’s independence. Image: Henrik Wergeland / National Library of Norway Wergeland was born on June 16, 1808 in Kirstiansand, Norway. He was the oldest son of Alette Dorthea Thaulow and Nicolai Wergeland, who served as a member of the Norwegian Constituent Assembly at Eidsvoll in… Read the full story

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Profile of the Day: Barbara McClintock

Posted June 16, 2020 by Amanda | No Comment

On this day in 1902, American scientist Barbara McClintock was born. In 1983, McClintock was awarded the Nobel Prize in Physiology or Medicine for her discovery of genetic transposition. Image: Barbara McClintock / Smithsonian Institution Archives, Flickr McClintock was born on June 16, 1902 in Hartford, Connecticut to Thomas Henry McClintock, a physician, and Sara Handy. From a young age, McClintock had a passion for science. While studying at Cornell, she developed an interest in… Read the full story

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Profile of the Day: Edvard Grieg

Posted June 15, 2020 by Amanda | No Comment

Have you found any Norwegian connections? On this day in 1843, Norwegian composer and pianist Edvard Grieg was born in Bergen, Norway. Widely considered one of the leading Norwegian composers of the Romantic era, Grieg brought the national folk music of Norway to international audiences. Image: Edvard Grieg / Bergen Public Library, Flickr Grieg was born on June 15, 1843 to Alexander Greig, a merchant and vice-consul in Bergen, and Gesine Judith Hagerup, a music teacher… Read the full story

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Profile of the Day: Anne Frank

Posted June 12, 2020 by Amanda | No Comment

“How wonderful it is that nobody need wait a single moment before starting to improve the world.” – Anne Frank Today we remember Anne Frank, who was born June 12, 1929 in Frankfurt, Germany. Image: Anne Frank / Wikimedia Commons During World War II, her family went into hiding to escape the Nazis. While in hiding, Anne kept a diary of her thoughts, desires and experiences. For two years, the family lived in secret with… Read the full story

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