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Profile of the Day: E.E. Cummings

Posted September 3, 2021 by Amanda | No Comment

“It takes courage to grow up and become who you really are.” – e e cummings Today we remember poet E.E. Cummings, who died on September 3, 1962 at the age of 67. Image: E.E. Cummings / Library of Congress Cummings was born Edward Estlin Cummings in Cambridge, Massachusetts to Unitarian parents. He went to Harvard University, where his father taught, before leaving to serve overseas in World War I as a volunteer for the… Read the full story

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Profile of the Day: Rudolf Weigl

Posted September 2, 2021 by Amanda | No Comment

On this day in 1883, Polish biologist Rudolf Weigl was born. Weigl is remembered for producing the first effective vaccine for epidemic typhus and saving thousands of Jewish lives during World War II. Image: Rudolf Weigl / Narodowe Archiwum Cyfrowe Weigl was born on September 2, 1883 in the city of Prerau in what was then part of the Austro-Hungarian Empire. When he was a child, his father died in a bicycle accident. His mother… Read the full story

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Profile of the Day: Lily Tomlin

Posted September 1, 2021 by Amanda | No Comment

Happy birthday to actress and comedy legend Lily Tomlin! Today the star turns 82. Image: Lily Tomlin / U.S. Department of State Tomlin was born Mary Jean Tomlin on September 1, 1939 in Detroit, Michigan to Guy Tomlin and Lillie Mae Ford. After high school, Tomlin enrolled at Wayne State University to study medicine. During her time in school, she began taking theater art classes and before long, she was performing stand-up comedy at local… Read the full story

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Profile of the Day: Wilhelmina of the Netherlands

Posted August 31, 2021 by Amanda | No Comment

Have you found your connection to Dutch royalty? On this day in 1880, Wilhelmina of the Netherlands was born. Image: Wilhelmina of the Netherlands / Wikimedia Commons Wilhelmina Helena Pauline Maria was born on August 31, 1880 at Noordeinde Palace in The Hague, Netherlands. The only surviving child of King Willem III and his second wife, Emma of Waldeck and Pyrmont, Wilhelmina became queen at the age of 10 after her father’s death in 1890…. Read the full story

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Profile of the Day: Ed Asner

Posted August 30, 2021 by Amanda | No Comment

Today we remember Ed Asner, who passed away yesterday at the age of 91. Image: Ed Asner / Department of Defense, William D Moss Asner was born on November 15, 1929 in Kansas City, Missouri to Morris David Asner and Elizabeth Seliger. the youngest of five children, Asner was raised in an Orthodox Jewish family. After high school, he was accepted at the University of Chicago and studied journalism before dropping out. He worked a… Read the full story

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Profile of the Day: Katherine Johnson

Posted August 26, 2021 by Amanda | No Comment

On this day in 1918, NASA mathematician Katherine Johnson was born. A brilliant mind, Johnson’s calculations helped send the first American astronauts into space. Image: Katherine Johnson / NASA Johnson was born on August 26, 1918 in White Sulphur Springs, West Virginia to Joylette Roberta Lowe and Joshua McKinley Colman. A gifted student, Johnson graduated high school by the age of 14. She studied at West Virginia State College and graduated summa cum laude with… Read the full story

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Profile of the Day: Sean Connery

Posted August 25, 2021 by Amanda | No Comment

Today we remember actor Sean Connery on what would have been his 91st birthday. Image: Sean Connery / Nationaal Archief, CC0 Thomas Sean Connery was born on August 25, 1930 in Edinburgh, Scotland to Euphemia McBain, a cleaning woman, and Joseph Connery, a factory worker and lorry driver. Named after his paternal grandfather, Connery went by the name “Tommy” growing up. Before becoming an actor, Connery’s first job was a milkman at the age of… Read the full story

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Profile of the Day: Jorge Luis Borges

Posted August 24, 2021 by Amanda | No Comment

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, 2021 by Amanda | No Comment

Remember watching Singin’ in the Rain? On this day in 1912, star Gene Kelly was born in Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania. Image: Gene Kelly / Wikimedia Commons 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… Read the full story

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Profile of the Day: Benjamin Harrison

Posted August 20, 2021 by Amanda | No Comment

On this day in 1833, Benjamin Harrison was born. Harrison served as the 23rd President of the United States from 1889 to 1893. Image: Benjamin Harrison / Library of Congress Harrison was born on August 20, 1833 to John Harrelson and Elizabeth Irwin in North Bed, Ohio. He was the grandson of William Henry Harrison, the 9th President of the United States and first governor of the Indiana Territory. Harrison was seven years old when his grandfather was… Read the full story

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Profile of the Day: Orville Wright

Posted August 19, 2021 by Amanda | No Comment

On this day in 1871, pioneering aviator Orville Wright was born. In 1903, Orville and his brother Wilbur made history by making the world’s first sustained, man-powered, heavier-than-air flight. Image: Orville Wright / Library of Congress Orville Wright was born on August 19, 1871 in Dayton, Ohio to Milton Wright, a bishop, and Susan Koerner. He was the sixth of seven children. Growing up, Orville and his siblings were encouraged to pursue their intellectual interests… Read the full story

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Profile of the Day: Robert Redford

Posted August 18, 2021 by Amanda | No Comment

Happy birthday to Robert Redford! Today the actor turns 85. Image: Robert Redford / San Diego Air and Space Museum Archive Charles Robert Redford, Jr. was born on August 18, 1936 in Santa Monica, California. He was the only child born to Martha W. Hart and Charles Robert Redford, Sr., a milkman-turned-accountant. After starting out with small roles on television, Redford became a major star after co-starring with Paul Newman in the box office hit Butch Cassidy and… Read the full story

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Profile of the Day: Davy Crockett

Posted August 17, 2021 by Amanda | No Comment

Today marks the 235th birthday of American folk hero Davy Crockett. Image: Davy Crockett / Library of Congress David “Davy” Crockett was born on August 17, 1786 in what is present day Tennessee. During the Creek War, Crockett joined the state militia as a scout and spent much of his time hunting wild game for the soldiers. He later served as third sergeant in the War of 1812, but saw little action. After returning home, he served… Read the full story

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Profile of the Day: Aretha Franklin

Posted August 16, 2021 by Amanda | No Comment

On this day in 2018, legendary singer Aretha Franklin died at the age of 76. Image: Aretha Franklin / U.S. National Archives and Records Administration Franklin was born on March 25, 1942 in Memphis, Tennessee to C.L. Franklin, a Baptist minister, and Barbara Siggers, an accomplished pianist and vocalist. Franklin’s musical talent was apparent at an early age and she was encouraged to sing in front of her father’s congregation. By 14, she was traveling… Read the full story

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Profile of the Day: Lucy Stone

Posted August 13, 2021 by Amanda | No Comment

On this day in 1818, orator, abolitionist, and suffragist Lucy Stone was born. Image: Lucy Stone / Library of Congress Stone was born on August 13, 1818 on her family’s farm in West Brookfield, Massachusetts to Francis Stone and Hannah Matthews. From an early age, Stone was frustrated by the restrictions placed on women. Although her father ridiculed her desire to further her education, Stone was determined to go to college. She secured a position… Read the full story

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Profile of the Day: Cecil B. DeMille

Posted August 12, 2021 by Amanda | No Comment

On this day in 1881, pioneering film director Cecil B. DeMille was born. Considered to be a founding father of the Hollywood film industry, DeMille’s films were distinguished by their epic scale and groundbreaking special effects, which attracted vast audiences. Image: Cecil B. DeMille / Wikimedia Commons DeMille was born on August 12, 1881 in a boarding house on Main Street in Ashfield, Massachusetts, where his parents had been vacationing for the summer. He was… Read the full story

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Profile of the Day: Edith Wharton

Posted August 11, 2021 by Amanda | No Comment

Do you have any writers in your family tree? On this day in 1937, author Edith Wharton died at the age of 75 in Saint-Brice-sous-Forêt, France. Image: Edith Wharton / Wikimedia Commons Wharton was born Edith Newbold Jones on January 24, 1862 to George Frederic Jones and Lucretia Stevens Rhinelander. The saying “keeping up with the Joneses” is said to refer to her paternal family, who were a very wealthy and socially prominent New York… Read the full story

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Profile of the Day: Herbert Hoover

Posted August 10, 2021 by Amanda | No Comment

On this day in 1874, Herbert Hoover, the 31st President of the United States, was born in West Branch, Iowa. Image: Herbert Hoover / Library of Congress 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… Read the full story

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Profile of the Day: Whitney Houston

Posted August 9, 2021 by Amanda | No Comment

Today we remember legendary singer Whitney Houston, who was born on this day in 1963. Image: Whitney Houston / U.S. National Archives and Records Administration Houston was born on August 9, 1963 in Newark, New Jersey to John Russel Houston, Jr. and Emily “Cissy” Drinkard. Her father was a Newark city administrator and theatrical manager and her mother was a successful gospel singer and a backup singer for several notable artists such as Elvis Presley… Read the full story

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Profile of the Day: Andy Warhol

Posted August 6, 2021 by Amanda | No Comment

On this day in 1928, American artist Andy Warhol was born. A leading figure of the Pop art movement, Warhol’s work explored the relationship between celebrity culture, advertising, and artistic expression. Image: Andy Warhol / Library of Congress Warhol was born Andrew Warhola on August 6, 1928 in Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania to Andrej Warhola and Julia Zavacká. His parents were Carpatho-Rusyn immigrants from what is now eastern Slovakia. As a child, Warhol suffered from Sydenham’s chorea,… Read the full story

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Profile of the Day: Neil Armstrong

Posted August 5, 2021 by Amanda | No Comment

Today we remember astronaut Neil Armstrong, who was born on this day in 1930. Image: Neil Armstrong / NASA Armstrong was born in Wapakoneta, Ohio to Stephen Armstrong, an auditor, and Viola Engel. From a young age, Armstrong developed a passion for aviation. At the age of six, his father took him on his first ride in a Ford Trimotor, known as the “Tin Goose.” By the age of 16, Armstrong had earned his student… Read the full story

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Profile of the Day: Louis Armstrong

Posted August 4, 2021 by Amanda | No Comment

On this day in 1901, Jazz icon Louis Armstrong was born. Image: Louis Armstrong / Library of Congress Armstrong was born on August 4, 1901 in New Orleans, Louisiana to William Armstrong and Maryann Albert. Shortly after his birth, his father abandoned the family. He grew up in poverty in a rough neighborhood known as “The Battlefield.” Armstrong only had a fifth grade education, having left school at a young age to work. He found… Read the full story

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Profile of the Day: Karsten Warholm

Posted August 3, 2021 by Amanda | No Comment

The Tokyo 2020 Olympic games has seen a number of exciting, history making performances this year. On August 3, Norwegian hurdler Karsten Warholm not only won gold in the men’s 400-meter hurdles, but also set a new world record! Image: Karsten Warholm / Yann Caradec, Wikimedia Commons (CC BY-SA 2.0) In what has been called one of the greatest races in Olympics history, Warholm won at 45.94 seconds, crushing his own world record by .76…. Read the full story

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Profile of the Day: Elisha Gray

Posted August 2, 2021 by Amanda | No Comment

On this day in 1835, American inventor Elisha Gray was born in Barnesville, Ohio. The co-founder of the Western Electric Manufacturing Company, Gray is perhaps best remembered for the controversy surrounding the invention of the telephone. Gray was born into a Quaker family in Ohio and grew up on a farm. An electrical engineer, he held over 70 patents and is often considered the father of the modern music synthesizer. On February 14, 1876, Alexander Graham Bell patented… Read the full story

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Profile of the Day: Emily Brontë

Posted July 30, 2021 by Amanda | No Comment

On this day in 1818, author Emily Brontë was born. Image: Emily Brontë / Wikimedia Commons She was born on July 30 1818 in Thornton, Yorkshire, England and was the fifth of six children born to Patrick Brontë and Maria Branwell. When she was three, her mother died of cancer shortly after the birth of her younger sister, Anne. Four years later, her older sisters, Maria and Elizabeth, died of tuberculosis after contracting the illness… Read the full story

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Profile of the Day: Vincent van Gogh

Posted July 29, 2021 by Amanda | No Comment

Today we remember Vincent van Gogh, who died on July 29, 1890. Although he is widely considered to be one of the most influential painters of the 20th century, van Gogh was virtually unknown during his lifetime. Image: Vincent van Gogh / Wikimedia Commons Vincent Willem van Gogh was born on March 30, 1853 in Zundert, Netherlands to Theodorus van Gogh, a minister of the Dutch Reformed Church, and Anna Cornelia Carbentus. The eldest of… Read the full story

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Profile of the Day: Jacqueline Kennedy Onassis

Posted July 28, 2021 by Amanda | 2 Comments

On this day in 1929, former First Lady Jacqueline Kennedy Onassis was born. Image: Library of Congress Jacqueline Lee Bouvier was born on July 28, 1929 in Southampton, New York. Her father, John Vernou Bouvier III, was a wealthy Wall Street stockbroker whose family had come from France in the early 1800s. Her mother, Janet Norton Lee, was a socialite and accomplished equestrian with Irish heritage. In 1961, she became First Lady of the United States… Read the full story

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Profile of the Day: Bob Hope

Posted July 27, 2021 by Amanda | No Comment

Today we remember legendary comedian Bob Hope, who died on this day in 2003 at the age of 100. With a career that spanned more than eight decades, Hope conquered almost every entertainment medium, from vaudeville and Broadway to radio, television, and film. Image: Bob Hope / U.S. National Archives and Records Administration He was born Leslie Townes Hope on May 29, 1903 in Eltham, London and was the fifth of seven sons born to… Read the full story

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Profile of the Day: Aldous Huxley

Posted July 26, 2021 by Amanda | One Comment

Remember reading Brave New World? On this day in 1894, author Aldous Huxley was born. Image: Aldous Huxley / Archivo Historico Sinaloa, Flickr Huxley was the third son of Leonard Huxley, a writer and school master, and Julia Arnold, founder of Prior’s Field School. The Huxley family was a prominent and well-educated family in Britian. Huxley’s paternal grandfather, Thomas Henry Huxley, was a biologist and specialist in comparative anatomy. He was instrumental in developing scientific education in Britain and became… Read the full story

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Profile of the Day: Woody Harrelson

Posted July 23, 2021 by Amanda | No Comment

Happy birthday to actor Woody Harrelson! Today the star turns 60. Image: Woody Harrelson / LBJ Library photo by Gabriel Cristóver Pérez Harrelson was born Woodrow Tracy Harrelson on July 23, 1961 in Midland, Texas to Diane Oswald and Charles Harrelson. His father was a convicted contract killer and received a life sentence in 1979. He died in prison in 2007. His mother worked as a legal secretary and raised Harrelson and his two brothers alone. In… Read the full story

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Profile of the Day: Alex Trebek

Posted July 22, 2021 by Amanda | No Comment

Today we remember beloved game show host Alex Trebek on what would have been his 81st birthday. Image: Alex Trebek / Nestor Cruz, U.S. Air Force He was born George Alexander Trebek on July 22, 1940 in Sudbury, Ontario to George Edward Trebek (born Terebeychuk) and Lucille Marie Lagacé. His father emigrated from the Ukraine as a child and became a chef. His mother was French Canadian and so Trebek grew up speaking both French… Read the full story

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Profile of the Day: Robin Williams

Posted July 21, 2021 by Amanda | No Comment

Today we remember actor Robin Williams on what would have been his 70th birthday. Image: Robin Williams / Eva Rinaldi, Wikimedia Commons (CC BY-SA 2.0) He was born Robin McLaurin Williams on July 21, 1951 in Chicago, Illinois. A quiet child growing up, Williams joined the drama department at school to help overcome his shyness. As a student at Julliard, he became friends with fellow actor Christopher Reeve. The pair shared a close friendship until Reeve’s… Read the full story

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Profile of the Day: Sir Edmund Hillary

Posted July 20, 2021 by Amanda | No Comment

Who are the adventurers in your family tree? On this day in 1919, explorer and mountaineer Sir Edmund Hillary was born in Auckland, New Zealand. Image: Sir Edmund Hillary / Wikimedia Commons Before gaining fame as a mountaineer, Hillary worked as a beekeeper like his father before him. He joined the Royal New Zealand Air Force during World War II, but was badly burned during a boat accident. After the war, he decided to pursue his love… Read the full story

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Profile of the Day: Edgar Degas

Posted July 19, 2021 by Amanda | No Comment

French painter Edgar Degas was born on July 19, 1834 in Paris, France. Image: Edgar Degas / Wikimedia Commons He was born Hilaire-Germain-Edgar De Gas and was the eldest child of Augustin De Gas, a banker, and Marie-Celestine Musson, an American from New Orleans, Louisiana. Her father, Germain Musson, had fled his home in Haiti in 1804 and made a small fortune in Louisiana cotton. As an adult, he changed the spelling of his surname to… Read the full story

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Profile of the Day: Ida B. Wells

Posted July 16, 2021 by Amanda | No Comment

On this day in 1862, investigative journalist, educator, and civil rights activist Ida B. Wells was born. Image: Ida B. Wells / National Portrait Gallery, Smithsonian Institution Wells was born into slavery on July 16, 1862 in Holly Springs, Mississippi to James Maddison Wells and Elizabeth “Lizzie” Warrenton. After emancipation, her father was a trustee of Shaw College (today Rust College), a school for the newly freed enslaved people. Wells attended the school until she… Read the full story

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Profile of the Day: Rembrandt

Posted July 15, 2021 by Amanda | No Comment

Today marks the 415th anniversary of the birth of Dutch painter Rembrandt van Rijn. Image: Rembrandt van Rijn / Wikimedia Commons The 17th century painter was born on July 15, 1606 in what is today the Netherlands. The ninth child born to Harmen Gerritszoon van Rijn and Neeltgen Willemsdochter van Zuijtbrouck, Rembrandt showed an early talent for the arts. He trained as an artist under two masters before beginning to practice as a professional portrait… Read the full story

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Profile of the Day: Florence Bascom

Posted July 14, 2021 by Amanda | No Comment

On this day in 1862, geologist and educator Florence Bascom was born. A pioneer of her field, Bascom is considered to be the first female geologist in America. Image: Florence Bascom / Smithsonian Institution, Flickr Bascom was born on July 14, 1862 in Williamstown, Massachusetts. She was the youngest surviving child of John Bascom, a professor at Williams College, and Emma Curtiss, a teacher and women’s right’s activist. Both of her parents were strong supporters… Read the full story

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Profile of the Day: Patrick Stewart

Posted July 13, 2021 by Amanda | No Comment

Happy birthday to Patrick Stewart! A veteran of the stage and screen, Stewart’s versatile career has spanned from the works of Shakespeare to some of popular culture’s most iconic franchises. Image: Patrick Stewart / Gage Skidmore, Wikimedia Commons (CC BY-SA 3.0) Stewart was born on July 13, 1940 in Mirfield, England to Gladys Barrowclaugh, a textile worker, and Alfred Stewart, a Regimental Sergeant Major in the British Army. Growing up in a poor and abusive household,… Read the full story

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Profile of the Day: George Eastman

Posted July 12, 2021 by Amanda | No Comment

On this day in 1854, American inventor and philanthropist George Eastman was born. Image: George Eastman / Library of Congress Eastman was born on July 12, 1854 in Waterville, New York and was the youngest of three children born to George Washington Eastman and Maria Kilbourn. His father started a small business school, Eastman Commercial College, in Rochester, New York. When Eastman was 8, his father died suddenly and by 14, he left school to… Read the full story

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Profile of the Day: Tom Hanks

Posted July 9, 2021 by Amanda | 2 Comments

Do you have a favorite Tom Hanks movie? Today the beloved actor turns 65! Image: Tom Hanks / Wikimedia Commons Hanks was born Thomas Jeffrey Hanks on July 9, 1956 in Concord, California to Janet Frager, a hospital worker, and Amos Mefford, a cook. In 1979, he moved to New York City to pursue an acting career. After appearing in low-budget movies and bit parts on television, Hanks landed the lead role in the television comedy Bosom… Read the full story

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Profile of the Day: Kevin Bacon

Posted July 8, 2021 by Amanda | No Comment

Today actor Kevin Bacon celebrates his 63rd birthday! Image: Kevin Bacon / Genevieve, Wikimedia Commons (CC BY 2.0) The actor and musician was born on July 8, 1958 in Philadelphia, Pennsylvania to Edmund Norwood Bacon and Ruth Holmes. His father was a prominent architect and served as the Executive Director of the Philadelphia City Planning Commission. Sometimes called the “Father of Modern Philadelphia,” the elder Bacon’s vision helped shape much of today’s Philadelphia. Bacon made… Read the full story

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Profile of the Day: Nettie Stevens

Posted July 7, 2021 by Amanda | No Comment

On this day in 1861, American geneticist Nettie Stevens was born. A pioneer of her field, Stevens is credited with discovering sex chromosomes. Image: Nettie Stevens / Wikimedia Commons Stevens was born on July 7, 1961 in Cavendish, Vermont to Julia Adams and Ephraim Stevens. An excellent student, Stevens was near the top of her class. She and her sister, Emma, were two of three women to graduate from Westford Academy, a private high school,… Read the full story

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Profile of the Day: Frida Kahlo

Posted July 6, 2021 by Amanda | No Comment

Do you have Mexican ancestry? On this day in 1907, Mexican painter Frida Kahlo was born. Image: Frida Kahlo / Library of Congress She was born Magdalena Carmen Frieda Kahlo y Calderón in her parents’ house, known as La Casa Azul, in Coyocoán, a town on the outskirts of Mexico City. Her father, Guillermo Kahlo, was born Carl Wilhelm Kahlo in Pforzheim, Germany. A photographer, Frida’s father traveled to Mexico at the age of 19 and changed his… Read the full story

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Profile of the Day: P.T. Barnum

Posted July 5, 2021 by Amanda | No Comment

On this day in 1810, P.T. Barnum was born. Known for founding the famous “Barnum & Bailey Circus,” Barnum found huge success with his strange menagerie of performers. Image: P.T. Barnum / Library of Congress He was born Phineas Taylor Barnum in Bethel, Connecticut to Philo Barnum, an innkeeper and tailor, and Irene Taylor. Barnum showed a gift for selling at an early age, peddling cherry rum to innkeepers by the age of 12. In… Read the full story

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Profile of the Day: Olav V of Norway

Posted July 2, 2021 by Amanda | No Comment

On this day in 1903, Olav V of Norway was born. Nicknamed “the People’s King,” Olav was immensely popular during his reign for his down-to-earth style. Image: Olav V of Norway / National Library of Norway The Norwegian monarch was born with the name Alexander Edward Christian Frederik on July 2, 1903 at Appleton House at the royal Sandringham Estate in Norfolk, England. He was the only child of Prince Carl of Denmark and Princess Maud, the… Read the full story

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Profile of the Day: Princess Diana

Posted July 1, 2021 by Amanda | No Comment

“Carry out a random act of kindness, with no expectation of reward, safe in the knowledge that one day someone might do the same for you.” Today we remember Diana, Princess of Wales on what would have been her 60th birthday. Fondly known as the People’s Princess, Diana was one of the most adored members of the British royal family.  Image: Princess Diana, Wikimedia Commons Diana Frances Spencer was born into an aristocratic English family on… Read the full story

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Profile of the Day: Lena Horne

Posted June 30, 2021 by Amanda | No Comment

On this day in 1917, singer, actress, and civil rights activist Lena Horne was born. Image: Lena Horne / Library of Congress Horne was born on June 30, 1917 in Bedford-Stuyvesant, Brooklyn, New York to Edwin Fletcher Horne, Jr. and Edna Louise Scottron. Her father was a professional gambler and left the family when Horne was 3. Her mother was an actress in a black theater troupe and was constantly traveling. As a child, she… Read the full story

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Profile of the Day: Katharine Hepburn

Posted June 29, 2021 by Amanda | No Comment

Today we remember one of the most iconic actresses in Hollywood, Katharine Hepburn, who died on June 29, 2003 at the age of 96. Image: Katharine Hepburn / Wikimedia Commons Considered one of the greatest actresses in film history, Hepburn garnered multiple awards and nominations for her breathtaking performances. Her career spanned over 60 years, making her last on screen appearance at the age of 87. Katharine Houghton Hepburn was born on May 12, 1907… Read the full story

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Profile of the Day: Henry VIII of England

Posted June 28, 2021 by Amanda | No Comment

How are you related to the Tudors? On this day in 1491, Henry VIII of England was born at Greenwich Palace in London, England. Image: Henry VIII / Wikimedia Commons He was the third child and second son of Henry VII and Elizabeth of York. Of his six siblings, only three would survive infancy. His older brother, Arthur, was expected to inherit the throne. However, just 20 weeks after his marriage to Catherine of Aragon, Arthur… Read the full story

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Profile of the Day: George Orwell

Posted June 25, 2021 by Amanda | No Comment

Do you remember reading 1984? On this day in 1903, author George Orwell was born in Motihari, Bengal, India. Image: George Orwell / Wikimedia Commons Orwell was born Eric Arthur Blair to Ida Mabel and Richard Walmesley Blair, who worked in the Opium Department of the Indian Civil Service. His second-great grandfather, Charles Blair, was a wealthy owner of plantations in Jamaica. He started writing at a young age and in 1933, published his first major work, Down… Read the full story

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