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Profile of the Day: Shirley Temple

Posted April 23, 2019 by Amanda | One Comment
Profile of the Day: Shirley Temple

Today we remember beloved child star Shirley Temple on what would have been her 91st birthday. Eleanor Roosevelt and Shirley Temple / U.S. National Archives and Records Administration Shirley Temple was born on April 23, 1928 in Santa Monica, California. She began her film career at the age of 3 with a role in Baby Burlesks, a series of short films satirizing recent film and political events, using pre-school children in every role. In 1934, she found… Read the full story

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Profile of the Day: Isabella I of Castile

Posted April 22, 2019 by Amanda | No Comment
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On this day in 1451, Isabella I of Castile was born. Her marriage to Ferdinand II of Aragon brought stability to the kingdoms of the region and paved the way for the unification of Spain under their grandson, Charles V. Isabella I of Castile / Wikimedia Commons Isabella I was the daughter of John II of Castile and his second wife, Isabella of Portugal. At the time of her birth, her half-brother, Henry IV of… Read the full story

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Profile of the Day: Charles Darwin

Posted April 19, 2019 by Amanda | No Comment
Profile of the Day: Charles Darwin

On this day in 1882, Charles Darwin died at his home, the Down House, in Kent at the age of 73. Considered to be one of the most influential scientific minds in history, Darwin’s work transformed the world’s understanding of nature. Charles Darwin / Library of Congress Darwin was born on February 12, 1809 in his family home, The Mount, in Shrewsbury, Shropshire, England. The fifth of six children, Darwin came from a line of physicians… Read the full story

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Profile of the Day: Paul Revere

Posted April 18, 2019 by Amanda | No Comment
Profile of the Day: Paul Revere

On this day in 1775, Paul Revere and William Dawes set out on horseback to warn the American colonies of approaching British troops. Revere’s role in the famous ride would later be immortalized in Henry Wadsworth Longfellow’s poem, “Paul Revere’s Ride.” Paul Revere’s ride / U.S. National Archives and Records Administration Late in the night on April 18, British troops began marching towards Lexington and Concord to capture Patriot leaders Samuel Adams and John Hancock. Taking separate routes,… Read the full story

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Profile of the Day: Benjamin Franklin

Posted April 17, 2019 by Amanda | No Comment
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Today we remember Benjamin Franklin, who died on April 17, 1790 at the age of 84. Not only was Franklin one of the Founding Fathers of the United States, but he was also a leading author, scientist, inventor, diplomat, and more. Benjamin Franklin / Library of Congress Franklin was born on January 17, 1706 in Boston, Massachusetts to Josiah Franklin, a candlemaker, and his second wife, Abiah Folger. He was one of 17 children born… Read the full story

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Profile of the Day: Wilbur Wright

Posted April 16, 2019 by Amanda | No Comment
Profile of the Day: Wilbur Wright

On this day in 1867, aviator Wilbur Wright was born. A pioneer in aviation, Wright and his brother Orville, are best remembered for developing the first successful airplane. Wilbur Wright / Library of Congress Wright was born on April 16, 1867 near Millville, Indiana to Milton Wright, a Bishop in the Church of the United Brethren in Christ, and Susan Koerner. The third of seven children, Wright and his brother developed a fascination for aviation at an early age… Read the full story

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Profile of the Day: Leonardo da Vinci

Posted April 15, 2019 by Amanda | No Comment
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On this day in 1452, Renaissance man Leonardo da Vinci was born in the Republic of Florence. Leonardo da Vinci / Library of Congress Little is known about Da Vinci’s early life. He was born on April 15, 1452 and was the illegitimate son of Piero da Vinci, a well-to-do notary, and Catarina, a peasant who later married an artisan. Growing up, da Vinci received an informal education and by the age of 14, became an apprentice… Read the full story

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Profile of the Day: Christian IV of Denmark

Posted April 12, 2019 by Amanda | No Comment
Profile of the Day: Christian IV of Denmark

On this day in 1577, Christian IV of Denmark was born. His reign lasted for nearly 60 years, making him the longest reigning Danish monarch in history. Christian IV of Denmark / Wikimedia Commons Christian IV was born on April 12, 1577 at Frederiksborg Castle in Denmark to King Frederick II and Sofie of Mecklenburg. He was the third child but eldest son of the couple. Since Denmark was still an elective monarchy at the time, Christian was… Read the full story

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Profile of the Day: William III of England

Posted April 11, 2019 by Amanda | No Comment
Profile of the Day: William III of England

On this day in 1689, William III and Mary II were crowned as joint sovereigns of England, Scotland, and Ireland. The couple reigned together until Mary’s death in 1694 at the age of 32.

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Profile of the Day: Joseph Pulitzer

Posted April 10, 2019 by Amanda | No Comment
Profile of the Day: Joseph Pulitzer

On this day in 1847, newspaper publisher Joseph Pulitzer was born. Today he best known for establishing the prestigious Pulitzer Prize, which is awarded annually for excellence in American journalism. Joseph Pulitzer / Library of Congress Pulitzer was born on April 10, 1847 in Makó, Hungary to a well-regarded merchant family. Growing up in Budapest, Pulitzer was educated by private tutors. In 1864, he emigrated to the United States as a recruit for the Union Army during… Read the full story

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Profile of the Day: Robert E. Lee

Posted April 9, 2019 by Amanda | No Comment
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On this day in 1865, Confederate General Robert E. Lee surrendered his army to Union General Ulysses S. Grant, effectively bringing an end to the American Civil War. Lee served as Confederate President Jefferson Davis’s senior military adviser during the first year of the Civl War. Once he took command of the main field army, the Army of Northern Virginia, Lee led the Confederate forces to many early victories on the battlefield. However, his defeat at the Battle… Read the full story

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Profile of the Day: Betty Ford

Posted April 8, 2019 by Amanda | No Comment
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Today we remember former First Lady Betty Ford on what would have been her 101st birthday. Ford was born Elizabeth Ann Bloomer on April 8, 1918 in Chicago, Illinois. She was the third child and only daughter of William Stephenson Bloomer, Sr., a traveling salesman, and his wife, Hortense. In school, Ford studied to become a dancer. During her husband’s presidency, Betty was highly active in social policy. A passionate supporter of the Equal Rights Amendment, Ford became… Read the full story

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Profile of the Day: Booker T. Washington

Posted April 5, 2019 by Amanda | No Comment
Profile of the Day: Booker T. Washington

On this day in 1856, Booker T. Washington was born. Regarded as one of the most influential African-American educators of the late 19th century, Washington founded the Tuskegee Institute, known today as Tuskegee University, in Alabama. Washington was born into slavery in Virginia and was the son of Jane, a slave, and an unknown white man. He was named Booker Taliaferro and later adopted the surname Washington. After emancipation, his family moved to West Virginia and although… Read the full story

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Profile of the Day: Robert Downey, Jr.

Posted April 4, 2019 by Amanda | No Comment
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Happy birthday Robert Downey, Jr.! Today the Iron Man star turns 54. He was born on April 4, 1965 in New York City, New York to Robert Downey Sr., an avant-garde filmmaker, and Elsie Ford, an actress. Downey made his screen debut at the age of 5 as a puppy in his father’s film, Pound. Although his career soared during the 1980′s and early 1990′s, his personal struggles with addiction became a constant focus of headlines. In… Read the full story

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Profile of the Day: Marlon Brando

Posted April 3, 2019 by Amanda | No Comment
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Today marks what would have been actor Marlon Brando’s 95th birthday. Born on April 3, 1924, Brando is often considered one of the most famous and influential actors of the 20th century. Brando was born in Omaha, Nebraska to Marlon Brando, Sr., a pesticide and chemical feed manufacturer, and Dorothy Pennebaker, an actress and theater administrator. After he was expelled from military school, Brando worked as a ditch-digger. At the age of 18, Brando moved… Read the full story

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Profile of the Day: Hans Christian Andersen

Posted April 2, 2019 by Amanda | No Comment
Profile of the Day: Hans Christian Andersen

What’s your favorite fairy tale? On this day in 1805, Danish author Hans Christian Andersen was born. Andersen was born on April 2, 1805 in Odense, Denmark to Hans Andersen, Sr. and Anne Marie Andersdatter. He first developed an interest in literature from his father, who would entertain him with stories from the Arabian Nights. At the age of 14, Andersen left school to pursue a career as an actor in Copenhagen. After being accepted to the Royal Danish Theater,… Read the full story

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Profile of the Day: Debbie Reynolds

Posted April 1, 2019 by Amanda | No Comment
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Today we remember actress Debbie Reynolds on what would have been her 87th birthday. Reynolds was born on April 1, 1932 in El Paso, Texas to Maxine “Minnie” Harman and Raymond Francis Reynolds. Her father was a carpenter and worked for the Southern Pacific Railroad. In 1939, her family moved to Burbank, California and at the age of 16, she won the Miss Burbank beauty contest. The contest led Reynolds to land her first film contract… Read the full story

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Profile of the Day: John Tyler

Posted March 29, 2019 by Amanda | No Comment
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On this day in 1790, John Tyler, the 10th President of the United States, was born. Tyler succeeded to the presidency after the death of President William Henry Harrison, who passed just one month into his presidency. Tyler was born to a prominent and influential Virginian family on March 29, 1790. His father, John Tyler, Sr., was a wealthy planter and judge. He served as the 15th Governor of Virginia. In 1840, William Henry Harrison was elected… Read the full story

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Profile of the Day: Lady Gaga

Posted March 28, 2019 by Amanda | No Comment
Profile of the Day: Lady Gaga

Happy birthday to Lady Gaga! Today the star turns 33. She was born Stefani Joanne Angelina Germanotta on March 28, 1986 in Manhattan, New York. From a very young age, she showed a talent for music. She learned to play the piano at the age of 4 and was encouraged by her parents to pursue her talent. At 17, she gained early admission to NYU’s Tisch School of the Arts, but withdrew after her sophomore year… Read the full story

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Profile of the Day: Charles I of England

Posted March 27, 2019 by Amanda | No Comment
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On this day in 1625, Charles I ascended to the throne and became king of England, Scotland, and Ireland after the death of his father King James VI and I. Charles was born on November 19, 1600 in Dunfermline Palace in Fife, Scotland. The second son of James IV and I and Anne of Denmark, Charles became the heir apparent after his older brother, Henry, died of typhoid fever in 1612. On March 25, 1625, Charles became king… Read the full story

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Profile of the Day: Leonard Nimoy

Posted March 26, 2019 by Amanda | No Comment
Profile of the Day: Leonard Nimoy

Today we remember actor Leonard Nimoy on what would have been his 88th birthday. Nimoy was born on March 26, 1931 in Boston, Massachusetts to Orthodox Jewish immigrants from Izaislav, Ukraine. Coming from a Yiddish-speaking household, Nimoy learned Yiddish as his first language. He began acting in a neighborhood theater at the age of eight and with the encouragement of his grandfather, decided to pursue an acting career. In 1966, Nimoy got his big break when he was cast as Spock in… Read the full story

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Profile of the Day: Elton John

Posted March 25, 2019 by Amanda | No Comment
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Happy birthday to Elton John! Today the music icon turns 72. John was born Reginald Kenneth Dwight on March 25, 1947 in Pinner, Middlesex, England to Stanley Dwight and Sheila Eileen Harris. A gifted piano player from a young age, he won a scholarship to the Royal Academy of Music at the age of 11. At the age of 17, he dropped out of school to pursue a career in music. During the 1970s, John skyrocketed to international fame… Read the full story

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Profile of the Day: William Shatner

Posted March 22, 2019 by Amanda | No Comment
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Remember watching Star Trek? Today star William Shatner celebrates his 88th birthday! He was born on March 22, 1931 in Montreal, Quebec, Canada to Anne Garmaise and Joseph Shatner. His paternal grandfather, Wolf Shattner, changed the spelling of the family’s surname to “Shatner.” Shatner began his career in entertainment as a child performing in radio programs and later studied acting in college. A classically trained Shakespearean actor, Shatner often performed at the Stratford Shakespeare Festival in Stratford, Ontario…. Read the full story

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Profile of the Day: Benito Juarez

Posted March 21, 2019 by Amanda | No Comment
Profile of the Day: Benito Juarez

On this day in 1806, Benito Juarez was born. Juarez was the President of Mexico and is today remembered as a national hero for his resistance of French occupation and victory in overthrowing Emperor Maximilian I. Juarez was born to a Zapotec peasant family on March 21, 1806 in a small adobe house in San Pablo Guelato, Oaxaca, Mexico. He was an orphan by the age of three and was raised by relatives. Juarez spent… Read the full story

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Profile of the Day: Henrik Ibsen

Posted March 20, 2019 by Amanda | No Comment
Profile of the Day: Henrik Ibsen

On this day in 1828, Norwegian playwright and poet Henrik Ibsen was born. Ibsen was the oldest of five children born to Knud Ibsen and Marichen Altenburg in the small costal town of Skien in Telemark County, Norway. His maternal grandfather, Johan Andreas Altenburg was a wealthy merchant and shipowner in Skien. Although they were once a wealthy merchant family, by the time Ibsen was 8, they had been thrown into poverty. At the age of 15,… Read the full story

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Profile of the Day: Glenn Close

Posted March 19, 2019 by Amanda | No Comment
Profile of the Day: Glenn Close

Happy birthday to Glenn Close! Today the star turns 72. The versatile actress was born on March 19, 1947 in Greenwich, Connecticut. Her father was a prominent doctor and opened a clinic in the Belgian Congo. He also served as the personal physician of Mobutu Sese Seko, the President of Zaire. After graduating with a degree in drama from the College of William and Mary, Close made her Broadway debut in 1974′s Love for Love. As her success in theater grew,… Read the full story

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Profile of the Day: Grover Cleveland

Posted March 18, 2019 by Amanda | No Comment
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Today we remember Grover Cleveland, who was born on this day in 1837. Cleveland served as the 22nd and 24th President of the United States. He was born Stephen Grover Cleveland on March 18, 1837 in Caldwell, New Jersey and was the fifth of nine children born to Richard Falley Cleveland, a Presbyterian minister, and Anne Neal. He was a third cousin thrice removed of Moses Cleveland, who founded the city of Cleveland, Ohio. Cleveland was the… Read the full story

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Profile of the Day: H.P. Lovecraft

Posted March 15, 2019 by Amanda | No Comment
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On this day in 1937, writer H.P. Lovecraft died at the age of 46. Today, Lovecraft is remembered as one of the most significant writers of horror fiction. He was born Howard Phillips Lovecraft on August 20, 1890 in Providence, Rhode Island. When Lovecraft was 3, his father was committed to a psychiatric facility and remained there until his death in 1898. An only child, Lovecraft became an avid reader and developed a keen interest in science… Read the full story

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Profile of the Day: Albert Einstein

Posted March 14, 2019 by Amanda | No Comment
Profile of the Day: Albert Einstein

Happy birthday, Albert Einstein! Today marks his 140th birthday of one of the most brilliant minds in history. Einstein was born on March 14, 1879 in Ulm, in the Kingdom of Württemberg in what was then the German Empire. Shortly after his birth, his family moved to Munich where his father, Hermann Einstein and his uncle, Jakob, founded Elektrotechnische Fabrik J. Einstein & Cie, a company that manufactured electrical equipment based on direct current. In 1902, Einstein began working… Read the full story

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Profile of the Day: William Herschel

Posted March 13, 2019 by Amanda | No Comment
Profile of the Day: William Herschel

On March 13, 1781, astronomer William Herschel discovered the planet Uranus. It would be the first planet to be discovered with the aid of a telescope. Herschel was born on November 15, 1738 in Hanover, Germany, then a part of the Holy Roman Empire. His father was an oboist in the Hanover Military Band and as a teen, Herschel also worked as a musician in the band. At 19, he went to England and supported himself as… Read the full story

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Profile of the Day: Liza Minnelli

Posted March 12, 2019 by Amanda | No Comment
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Happy 73rd birthday to Liza Minnelli! The legendary performer was born on March 12, 1946 in Hollywood, California to actress Judy Garland and director Vincente Minnelli. With famous parents, it was not a surprise that Minnelli would follow them into show business. At the age of 3, Minnelli made her first film performance in the musical In the Good Old Summertime, starring her mother. Minnelli won her first Tony award at the age of 19 for her performance in Flora the… Read the full story

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Profile of the Day: Johann Köler

Posted March 8, 2019 by Amanda | No Comment
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Do you have Estonian roots? On this day in 1826, Estonian painter Johann Köler was born. A leader of the Estonian national awakening, Köler is considered to be the first professional painter of Estonia. Köler was born March 8, 1826 in Lubjassaare farmstead in Ivaski, Vijandi County to a peasant family. Although the family had little money, Köler managed to attend school and eventually study painting at the St. Petersburg Imperial Academy of Arts. Best… Read the full story

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Profile of the Day: Nicéphore Niépce

Posted March 7, 2019 by Amanda | No Comment
Profile of the Day: Nicéphore Niépce

Do you have French ancestry? On this day in 1765, French inventor Nicéphore Niépce was born. Credited as the inventor of photography, Niépce developed heliography, a technique used to create the world’s earliest known permanent photographic image. He was born Joseph-Nicéphore Niépce on March 7, 1765 in Charlon, France to a wealthy family. After serving in the French military, Niépce shifted his focus to pursue his scientific interests. Working alongside his brother, Claude, Niépce developed the Pyréolophore, the world’s… Read the full story

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Profile of the Day: Elizabeth Barrett Browning

Posted March 6, 2019 by Amanda | No Comment
Profile of the Day: Elizabeth Barrett Browning

On this day in 1806, English poet Elizabeth Barrett Browning was born. During her lifetime, Browning was considered to be one of the most popular Victorian poets of the era. Browning was the eldest of twelve children born to Edward Barrett Moulton-Barrett and Mary Graham Clark. The family had acquired their wealth as sugar plantation owners in Jamaica, but her father chose to raise his family in England. Educated at home, Browning began writing poetry at a very… Read the full story

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Profile of the Day: Heitor Villa-Lobos

Posted March 5, 2019 by Amanda | No Comment
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On this day in 1887, Brazilian composer and conductor Heitor Villa-Lobos was born. Remembered as one of the best known South American composers of all time, Villa-Lobos was considered to be one of the most significant figures of Brazilian art music in the 20th century. Villa-Lobos was born in Rio de Janeiro, Brazil on March 5, 1887. His father, Raul Villa-Lobos, was a librarian and an amateur musician. As a young boy, Villa-Lobos’s home was filled with music… Read the full story

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Profile of the Day: Henry the Navigator

Posted March 4, 2019 by Amanda | No Comment
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Do you have Portuguese ancestors? On this day in 1394, Henry the Navigator was born in Porto, Portugal. The third child of the Portuguese king, John I, Henry was noted for his early exploration and expansion of Portuguese trade. At the age of 21, Henry, his brother and father captured the Moorish port of Ceuta in northern Morocco. The site had long been the base for Barbary pirates, who often raided villages on the Portuguese coast… Read the full story

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Profile of the Day: Elizabeth Taylor

Posted February 27, 2019 by Amanda | No Comment
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Today we remember acting legend Elizabeth Taylor on what would have been her 87th birthday. Elizabeth Rosemond Taylor was born on February 27, 1932 in London, England to American parents, Francis Lenn Taylor, an art dealer, and Sara Sothern, a retired actress. Shortly after the outbreak of World War II, the family returned to the United States and settled in Los Angeles, California. Soon after, Taylor began auditioning for films. By the age of 12, Taylor… Read the full story

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Profile of the Day: Victor Hugo

Posted February 26, 2019 by Amanda | No Comment
Profile of the Day: Victor Hugo

On this day in 1802, French poet and novelist Victor Hugo was born. A leading figure of the Romantic movement in literature, today Hugo is considered to be one of the greatest French writers in history. Hugo was born in Besançon, France on February 26, 1802 to Sophie Trébuchet and Joseph Léopold Sigisbert Hugo, a French general during the Napoleonic Wars. A well regarded figure during his lifetime, Hugo is perhaps best remembered for his novels The Hunchback of… Read the full story

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Profile of the Day: George Harrison

Posted February 25, 2019 by Amanda | No Comment
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On this day in 1943, musician George Harrison was born. Known as “the quiet Beatle,” Harrison became internationally famous as the lead guitarist of the Beatles. Harrison was born on February 25, 1943 in Liverpool, England to Harold Harrison and Louise French. The youngest of four children, Harrison grew up with a strong love for music. He first met Paul McCartney while riding the bus to school and the two bonded over their love for music. At… Read the full story

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Profile of the Day: Steve Irwin

Posted February 22, 2019 by Amanda | No Comment
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Today we remember “The Crocodile Hunter” Steve Irwin on what would have been his 57th birthday. Irwin was born on February 22, 1962 in Essendon, Victoria, Australia to Lyn Hakinsson and Bob Irwin. His parents started a small Queensland Reptile and Fauna Park and so naturally Irwin grew up around the park’s wildlife. By the age of nine, Irwin was handling crocodiles himself. He later worked as a volunteer for Queensland’s East Coast Crocodile Management program…. Read the full story

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Profile of the Day: Alan Rickman

Posted February 21, 2019 by Amanda | No Comment
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Today we remember actor Alan Rickman on what would have been his 73rd birthday. Rickman was born on February 21, 1946 to Margaret Doreen Rose Bartlett and Bernard William Rickman, a factory worker. At the age of 8, Rickman’s father died of lung cancer, leaving his mother to raise Rickman and his three siblings alone. Although he had participated in school plays during high school, Rickman chose to pursue a career as a graphic designer. However,… Read the full story

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Profile of the Day: Sidney Poitier

Posted February 20, 2019 by Amanda | No Comment
Profile of the Day: Sidney Poitier

Happy birthday to Sidney Poitier! Today the acting legend turns 92. Poitier was born two months premature on February 20, 1927 while his Bahamian parents were visiting Miami, Florida. The family remained in Miami for three months before returning to the Bahamas. As a teen, Poitier returned to the United States and enlisted in the U.S. Army during World War II after lying about his age. In 1950, Poitier made his screen debut in the film No… Read the full story

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Profile of the Day: Nicolaus Copernicus

Posted February 19, 2019 by Amanda | No Comment
Profile of the Day: Nicolaus Copernicus

On this day in 1473, mathematician and astronomer Nicolaus Copernicus was born. Copernicus is remembered for formulating a heliocentric model of the universe, which placed the Sun, rather than the Earth, at the center. Copernicus was born to an affluent merchant family in what is today Toruń, Poland. At the age of 10, Copernicus’s father died. His paternal uncle then took it upon himself to ensure Copernicus received a good education. While studying mathematics, he was encouraged to pursue his… Read the full story

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Profile of the Day: Susan B. Anthony

Posted February 15, 2019 by Amanda | No Comment
Profile of the Day: Susan B. Anthony

Today we celebrate suffragist and social reformer Susan B. Anthony, who was born on this day in 1820. Anthony was born in Adams, Massachusetts to Daniel Anthony and Lucy Read. Her father was an abolitionist and an advocate of the temperance movement. She grew up in a politically active household, which instilled in her a strong passion for social reform. Anthony first met Elizabeth Cady Stanton in 1851. They quickly formed a close friendship and a strong… Read the full story

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Profile of the Day: Frederick Douglass

Posted February 14, 2019 by Amanda | No Comment
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Have you found your connection to abolitionist leader Frederick Douglass? Today we remember the inspirational social reformer, who chose to celebrate his birthday on February 14. Douglass had never known the exact date of his birth. He was born into slavery around February 1818 in Talbot County, Maryland. He was separated from his mother as an infant and spent the early years of his childhood living with his grandmother on a plantation in Maryland. Around the age of 8, he was… Read the full story

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Profile of the Day: Catherine Howard

Posted February 13, 2019 by Amanda | No Comment
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On this day in 1542, Catherine Howard, the fifth wife of King Henry VIII, was executed on the grounds of treason for committing adultery. She was queen for only 16 months before her death at the Tower of London. Howard was the daughter of Lord Edmund Howard and Joyce Culpeper. She was also the first cousin of Anne Boleyn, who was King Henry VIII’s second wife and mother of Elizabeth I. Boleyn was executed on May… Read the full story

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Profile of the Day: Abraham Lincoln

Posted February 12, 2019 by Amanda | No Comment
Profile of the Day: Abraham Lincoln

On this day 210 years ago, Abraham Lincoln, the 16th President of the United States, was born. Lincoln was born on February 12, 1809 in a one-room log cabin at Sinking Spring Farm in Hardin County, Kentucky. He was the second child born to Thomas Lincoln and Nancy Hanks. His paternal grandfather, Captain Abraham Lincoln, served in the American Revolutionary War and was a pioneer settler of Kentucky. In 1861, Lincoln was sworn in as the… Read the full story

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Profile of the Day: Burt Reynolds

Posted February 11, 2019 by Amanda | No Comment
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Today we remember acting legend Burt Reynolds on what would have been his 83rd birthday. Reynolds was born on February 11, 1936 in Lansing, Michigan to Harrietta Fernette Miller and Burton Milo Reynolds. His father served in the U.S. army during World War II and landed on the beaches of Normandy on D-Day. Early in his career, Reynolds landed several guest starring roles on television. It wasn’t until his breakout performance in the 1972 film Deliverance… Read the full story

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Profile of the Day: Jules Verne

Posted February 8, 2019 by Amanda | No Comment
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Today we remember author Jules Verne, who was born on this day in 1828. Verne was born on February 8, 1828 in Nantes, France to Pierre Verne, a lawyer, and Sophie Allote de la Fuye. Although he was expected to follow his father’s footsteps into law, Verne developed a strong passion for literature and theater. He frequented Paris’s famous literary salons, where he befriended French writer Alexandre Dumas and his son. The writers are 18th cousins once removed. Dubbed… Read the full story

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Profile of the Day: Laura Ingalls Wilder

Posted February 7, 2019 by Amanda | No Comment
Profile of the Day: Laura Ingalls Wilder

Happy birthday to Laura Ingalls Wilder! The beloved author was born on this day in 1867 in a long cabin in the Big Woods region of Wisconsin. Wilder was the second of five children born to Charles Phillip Ingalls and Caroline Lake Quiner. Through her father, Wilder was a descendant of the Delano family, the same ancestral family of President Franklin D. Roosevelt, who is her fifth cousin once removed. Roosevelt was not her only connection to… Read the full story

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