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Profile of the Day: Lucretia Mott

Posted January 3, 2017 by Amanda | No Comment
Profile of the Day: Lucretia Mott

Today we remember social reformer and abolitionist Lucretia Mott, who was born on January 3, 1793 in Nantucket, Massachusetts. She was born Lucretia Coffin and was the second of eight children born to Anna Folger and Thomas Coffin. Through her mother, Mott had many ancestral ties to several notable early Americans, including Benjamin Franklin, who was her first cousin four times removed. His grandparents, Peter Folger and Mary Morrill, were Mott’s fourth great grandparents. A… Read the full story

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Profile of the Day: Isaac Asimov

Posted January 2, 2017 by Amanda | No Comment
Profile of the Day: Isaac Asimov

Are you a fan of science fiction? On this day in 1920, prolific science fiction author Isaac Asimov was born in Petrovichi, Russia. Born Isaak Yudovick Ozimov, the author immigrated with his family to the United States as a child. The family settled in Brooklyn, New York and owned a succession of candy stores. The candy stores sold newspapers and magazines, which Asimov would later claim to have greatly influenced his love of the written word. He… Read the full story

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Profile of the Day: Helge Ingstad

Posted December 30, 2016 by Amanda | No Comment
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Who are the adventurers in your family tree? On this day in 1899, Norwegian explorer and adventurer Helge Ingstad was born in Meråker, Norway. Ingstad and his wife, archaeologist Anne Stine, were the first to prove the Vikings had reached North America 500 years before Christopher Columbus. In 1960, Ingstad and Stine found the remnants of a Viking settlement in L’Anse aux Meadows in Newfoundland, Canada.The settlement dated to approximately 1,000 years ago and proved the… Read the full story

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Profile of the Day: Debbie Reynolds

Posted December 29, 2016 by Amanda | No Comment
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Only one day after the death of her daughter, Carrie Fisher, legendary actress Debbie Reynolds passed away on December 28, 2016 at the age of 84. Reynolds launched to fame during the 1950s with a string of musicals, most notably starring in the classic film Singin’ in the Rain alongside Gene Kelly. Only 19 when she shot the film, Reynolds had never danced professionally before. She was born Mary Frances Reynolds on April 1, 1932 in El… Read the full story

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Profile of the Day: Woodrow Wilson

Posted December 28, 2016 by Amanda | No Comment
Profile of the Day: Woodrow Wilson

Have you found your connection to a U.S. President? On this day in 1856, Woodrow Wilson, the 28th President of the United States, was born in Staunton, Virginia. Wilson was the third of four children born to Joseph Ruggles Wilson and Jessie Janet Woodrow. His paternal grandparents had immigrated to the United States from Ireland, while his maternal grandparents had come from Scotland. As President, Wilson led the country through World War I and helped craft… Read the full story

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Profile of the Day: Louis Pasteur

Posted December 27, 2016 by Amanda | No Comment
Profile of the Day: Louis Pasteur

Today we remember French chemist and microbiologist Louis Pasteur, who was born on this day in 1822. Pasteur was born in Dole, France on December 27, 1822 to Jean Joseph Pasteur and Jeanne Etiennette Roqui. His father was a tanner and was awarded the Legion of Honor during the Napoleonic Wars. As a child, Pasteur had a strong interest in drawing and painting. However, he was encouraged to pursue academics rather than the arts by… Read the full story

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Profile of the Day: Clement Clarke Moore

Posted December 23, 2016 by Amanda | No Comment
Profile of the Day: Clement Clarke Moore

Almost everyone will recognize the beginning lines to this familiar Christmas story: ‘Twas the night before Christmas, when all thro’ the houseNot a creature was stirring, not even a mouse;The stockings were hung by the chimney with care,In hopes that St. Nicholas soon would be there; On this day in 1823, the popular holiday poem, “A Visit from St. Nicholas,” was first published in the Troy New York Sentinel. Although initially published anonymously, Clement Clarke Moore would later… Read the full story

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Profile of the Day: Giacomo Puccini

Posted December 22, 2016 by Amanda | No Comment
Profile of the Day: Giacomo Puccini

On this day in 1858, Italian composer Giacomo Puccini was born in Lucca, Italy. He was born Giacomo Antonio Domenico Michele Secondo Maria Puccini to Michele Puccine and Albina Magi. One of nine children, Puccini had come from a long line of musicians. His second great grandfather, also named Giacomo Puccini, was the first of five generations of composers in the family. Remembered as one of the greatest Italian opera composers, many of Puccini’s works… Read the full story

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Profile of the Day: Kiefer Sutherland

Posted December 21, 2016 by Hiromimarie | No Comment
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On this day, actor Kiefer Sutherland was born. Kiefer William Frederick Dempsey George Rufus Sutherland was born on December 21, 1966 in London, England to actors Donald Sutherland and Shirley Douglas. He was named after writer-director Warren Kiefer, who had directed Donald Sutherland in his first featured film, Castle of the Living Dead. His maternal grandfather was Thomas “Tommy” Douglas, a Scottish-born Canadian politician and the seventh Premier of Saskatchewan from 1944 to 1961. Sutherland’s first… Read the full story

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Profile of the Day: John Steinbeck

Posted December 20, 2016 by Amanda | No Comment
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Do you remember reading The Grapes of Wrath? On this day in 1968, author John Steinbeck died at the age of 66. The acclaimed American novelist was born John Ernst Steinbeck, Jr. on February 27, 1902 in Salinas, California. His paternal grandfather, Johann Adolf Großsteinbeck, had shortened the family name to Steinbeck after immigrating to the United States. After leaving his studies at Stanford, Steinbeck found work as a freelance writer and began writing his first novels. He… Read the full story

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Profile of the Day: Édith Piaf

Posted December 19, 2016 by Amanda | No Comment
Profile of the Day: Édith Piaf

Today we remember French singer and actress Édith Piaf, who was born on December 19, 1915 in Paris, France. She was born Édith Giovanna Gassion to Annetta Giovanna Maillard, a cafe singer, and Louis Alphonse Gassion, a street acrobat. Piaf was named after the World War I British nurse Edith Cavell, who was executed for helping soldiers escape from German captivity in Belgium. Piaf first rose to fame after she was discovered by nightclub owner Louis Leplée…. Read the full story

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Profile of the Day: Ludwig van Beethoven

Posted December 16, 2016 by Amanda | No Comment
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German composer Ludwig van Beethoven was born 246 years ago today. Beethoven was born in Bonn in the Electorate of Cologne, which was then a part of the Holy Roman Empire. Although there is no known record of the exact date of his birth, it is known that his baptism took place on December 17, 1770. Since baptisms typically took place a day after birth during this time, and it is known that Beethoven and… Read the full story

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Profile of the Day: Gustave Eiffel

Posted December 15, 2016 by Amanda | No Comment
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Have you ever visited the Eiffel Tower? On this day in 1832, French architect and engineer Gustave Eiffel was born in Dijon, France. Eiffel had spent years building bridges before he was contacted by French sculptor Frédéric Auguste Bartholdi for help to devise the structure for the Statue of Liberty. Eiffel had replaced the statue’s initial engineer, who unexpectedly died. With Eiffel’s help, the statue was built and then dismantled for its journey to New York…. Read the full story

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Profile of the Day: Alan Thicke

Posted December 14, 2016 by Amanda | No Comment
Profile of the Day: Alan Thicke

Today we remember actor Alan Thicke, who passed away at the age of 69. Thicke was best remembered as the beloved dad, Jason Seaver, on the 80′s sitcom, Growing Pains. He was born Alan Willis Jeffrey on March 1, 1947 in Kirkland Lake, Ontario to Shirley Isobel Marie Greer, a nurse, and William Jeffrey, a stockbroker. He began his career on Canadian television before moving on to American TV. Although best known for his work in front… Read the full story

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Profile of the Day: Dick Van Dyke

Posted December 13, 2016 by Amanda | No Comment
Profile of the Day: Dick Van Dyke

Happy birthday, Dick Van Dyke! Today the star turns 91. Richard Wayne Van Dyke was born on December 13, 1925 in West Plains, Missouri to Hazel Victoria McCord, a stenographer, and Loren Wayne Van Dyke, a salesman. During World War II, Van Dyke enlisted in the U.S. Army Air Corps and eventually served as a radio announcer before transferring to the Special Services to entertain the troops. In 1961, he got his big break as… Read the full story

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Profile of the Day: Frank Sinatra

Posted December 12, 2016 by Amanda | No Comment
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Happy birthday, Frank Sinatra! Today marks what would have been the legendary crooner’s 101st birthday. Francis Albert Sinatra was born on December 12, 1915 in an upstairs tenement in Hoboken, New Jersey. At 13.5 pounds, Sinatra’s birth was not an easy one. He was delivered with the aid of forceps, which left him with severe scars on this left cheek, neck, and ear and a perforated eardrum. After getting his start singing in local nightclubs, Sinatra… Read the full story

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Profile of the Day: Kirk Douglas

Posted December 9, 2016 by Amanda | No Comment
Profile of the Day: Kirk Douglas

Happy 100th birthday, Kirk Douglas! The legendary actor was born Issur Danielovitch on December 9, 1916 in Amsterdam, New York to Bryna “Bertha” Sanglel and Herschel “Harry” Danielovitch. His parents were poor, Jewish immigrants from Russia and the family spoke Yiddish at home. His family adopted the last name “Demsky” when they arrived in the United States, and he grew up using the name Izzy Demsky until he legally changed his name to Kirk Douglas… Read the full story

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Profile of the Day: Mary, Queen of Scots

Posted December 8, 2016 by Amanda | No Comment
Profile of the Day: Mary, Queen of Scots

Have you connected to royalty? On this day in 1542, Mary, Queen of Scots was born in Linlithgow, Scotland. The only legitimate child of King James V, Mary was named Queen of Scots just six days after her birth when her father died following the Battle of Solway Moss. While still an infant, her great uncle, King Henry VIII of England, took the opportunity to propose marriage between Mary and his son, Prince Edward, to create… Read the full story

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Profile of the Day: Willa Cather

Posted December 7, 2016 by Amanda | No Comment
Profile of the Day: Willa Cather

Do you have pioneer ancestors? American author Willa Cather was born on this day in 1873. She is best remembered for capturing pioneer life on the Great Plains in her novels. Wilella Sibert Cather was born on December 7, 1873 on her maternal grandmother’s farm in the Back Creek Valley near Winchester, Virginia. Her father’s family had lived in the area for six generations. Within a year after her birth, the family moved to the Willow Shade… Read the full story

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Profile of the Day: Roy Orbison

Posted December 6, 2016 by Amanda | No Comment
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Today we remember Roy Orbison, who died on this day in 1988. Orbison was born on April 23, 1936 in Vernon, Texas to a working class family. He showed an interest in music at an early age when his father gave him a guitar for his 6th birthday. By the age of 8, Orbison began singing on a local radio show. Known for his trademark glasses and distinctive voice, Orbison is often considered one of the… Read the full story

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Profile of the Day: Napoleon III

Posted December 2, 2016 by Amanda | No Comment
Profile of the Day: Napoleon III

On this day in 1852, Louis-Napoléon Bonaparte took the French throne as Napoleon III. The nephew and only heir to Napoleon Bonaparte, Charles Louis Napoléon Bonaparte was born in Paris, France on April 20, 1808. After Napoleon was removed from power in 1815, the entire Bonaparte family was forced into exile. Determined to reclaim the French crown, Louis-Napoléon attempted a failed coup. Undeterred, he continued to assert his views in political writings before seizing his next opportunity for… Read the full story

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Profile of the Day: Bette Midler

Posted December 1, 2016 by Amanda | No Comment
Profile of the Day: Bette Midler

Today Bette Midler celebrates her 71st birthday! The celebrated singer and actress was born on December 1, 1945 in Honolulu, Hawaii to Ruth Schindel and Fred Midler, who worked at a Navy base in Hawaii as a painter. She was named after actress Bette Davis, although she pronounces her name as one syllable. Her sisters, Susan and Judy, were also named after Hollywood stars, Susan Hayward and Judy Garland. She got her start singing at public bathhouses in… Read the full story

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Profile of the Day: Winston Churchill

Posted November 30, 2016 by Amanda | No Comment
Profile of the Day: Winston Churchill

Today we remember Winston Churchill, who was born on this day in 1874. Winston Leonard Spencer Churchill was born into the aristocratic family of the Dukes of Marlborough, a branch of the prominent Spencer family. His father was a politician and his mother was an American socialite. Churchill was born two months premature in Blenheim Palace, a monumental country house that was rewarded to his ancestor, John Churchill, 1st Duke of Marlborough, for his military triumphs…. Read the full story

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Profile of the Day: Louisa May Alcott

Posted November 29, 2016 by Amanda | No Comment
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Do you remember reading Little Women? On this day in 1832, author Louisa May Alcott was born in Germantown, Pennsylvania. The second daughter of Amos Bronson Alcott and Abby May, Alcott was born on her father’s 33rd birthday. Amos Alcott was a transcendentalist and established an experimental school in Boston. She grew up around family friends Henry David Thoreau and Ralph Waldo Emerson, who were a part of the Transcendental Club along with her father.. At the outbreak… Read the full story

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Profile of the Day: Anne Hathaway

Posted November 28, 2016 by Amanda | No Comment
Profile of the Day: Anne Hathaway

On this day in 1582, William Shakespeare and Anne Hathaway were married in Stratford-upon-Avon. Six months later, Hathaway gave birth to their daughter, Susanna. Although not much is known about Hathaway’s life beyond references in legal papers, much has been speculated about her relationship with the legendary Bard. She is believed to have grown up in a farmhouse in the village of Shottery. At the time of their marriage, Shakespeare was 18 and Hathaway was 26 and pregnant… Read the full story

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Profile of the Day: Joe DiMaggio

Posted November 25, 2016 by Amanda | No Comment
Profile of the Day: Joe DiMaggio

Happy birthday, Joe DiMaggio! Today we remember the baseball legend on what would have been his 102nd birthday. Joseph Paul DiMaggio was born on November 25, 1914 in Martinez, California. He was the eighth of nine children born to Sicilian immigrants Giuseppe DiMaggio and Rosalia Mercurio. His father had come from a long line of fisherman and had hoped that his son would follow in his footsteps. However, Joe’s talent in baseball set his path on… Read the full story

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Profile of the Day: William Bradford

Posted November 24, 2016 by Amanda | No Comment
Profile of the Day: William Bradford

Happy Thanksgiving! Here’s a conversation starter for Thanksgiving dinner – share with your relatives how your family is related to William Bradford, governor of the Plymouth Colony in Massachusetts and organizer of the very first Thanksgiving. A passenger of the Mayflower and signatory of the Mayflower Compact, Bradford was known as the leader of the early Plymouth Colony settlers. He served as governor of the colony for 30 years. His journal, Of Plymouth Plantation, is considered to be… Read the full story

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Profile of the Day: Harpo Marx

Posted November 23, 2016 by Amanda | No Comment
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On this day in 1888, comedian Harpo Marx was born in New York City, New York. He was born Adolph Arthur Marx to Samuel “Frenchie” Marx and Minnie Schoenberg on November 23, 1888. The second oldest of five boys, Harpo and his brothers took on a variety of odd jobs to help support the family. In 1910, Harpo and his brothers, Leonard (“Chico”), Julius (“Groucho”) and Milton (“Gummo”) formed a singing troupe originally called “The Four… Read the full story

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Profile of the Day: John F. Kennedy

Posted November 22, 2016 by Amanda | No Comment
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Fifty-three years ago today, President John F. Kennedy was assassinated in Dallas, Texas. On November 22, 1963, President Kennedy was fatally shot by a sniper while traveling in an open motorcade with his wife, Jacqueline. Celebrated as one of the most beloved Presidents of the United States, Kennedy’s sudden death shocked the entire nation. John Fitzgerald Kennedy was born on May 29, 1917 in Brookline, Massachusetts. He was the second of nine children born to Joseph… Read the full story

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Profile of the Day: Goldie Hawn

Posted November 21, 2016 by Amanda | No Comment
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What’s your favorite Goldie Hawn movie? Today the actress celebrates her 71st birthday. Goldie Jeanne Hawn was born on November 21, 1945 in Washington, D.C. She was named after her maternal great aunt, Goldie Hochhauser. Starting at the age of three, Hawn took ballet and tap dance lessons. She began her career as a professional dancer before getting her big break on the popular variety show, Laugh-In. Hawn easily segued into film and landed her first major film role in the… Read the full story

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Profile of the Day: Alan Shepard

Posted November 18, 2016 by Amanda | No Comment
Profile of the Day: Alan Shepard

On this day in 1923, astronaut Alan Shepard was born in East Derry, New Hampshire. In 1961, Shepard became the first American to travel into space. Alan Bartlett Shepard, Jr. was the oldest of two children born to Alan B. Shepard, Sr. and Pauline Renza Emerson. Shepard’s family had very early roots in America. His 8th great grandfather was Mayflower passenger Richard Warren, who was a signer of the Mayflower Compact in 1620. One of the original… Read the full story

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Profile of the Day: Mary I

Posted November 17, 2016 by Amanda | One Comment
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Have you found your connection to royalty? On this day in 1558, Mary I of England died at the age of 42. With no children of her own, her half-sister Elizabeth succeeded to the throne. The eldest daughter of King Henry VIII, Mary came to power after the death of her Protestant half-brother, Edward VI. A devoted Catholic, Mary restored England to Roman Catholicism during her five-year reign. She had hundreds of Protestant dissenters burned at… Read the full story

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Profile of the Day: Clark Gable

Posted November 16, 2016 by Amanda | No Comment
Profile of the Day: Clark Gable

Do you have a favorite Clark Gable movie? Today we remember the legendary actor on the 56th anniversary of his death. William Clark Gable was born on February 1, 1901 in Cadiz, Ohio. While he was an infant, his mother died, possibly from a brain tumor. From a young age, Gable aspired to become an actor. He found work with second-class theater companies and eventually made his way across the country to California. In the… Read the full story

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Profile of the Day: Georgia O’Keeffe

Posted November 15, 2016 by Amanda | No Comment
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Who are the artists in your family tree? On this day in 1887, American artist Georgia O’Keeffe was born in Sun Prairie, Wisconsin. The second of seven children, Georgia Totto O’Keeffe grew up on a dairy farm. She was named after her maternal grandfather, George Victor Otto, a Hungarian who had immigrated to the United States. After the death of her husband, O’Keeffe moved to New Mexico where she found inspiration in the New Mexico landscape…. Read the full story

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Profile of the Day: Frederick Banting

Posted November 14, 2016 by Amanda | No Comment
Profile of the Day: Frederick Banting

Today we celebrate the 125th birthday of Canadian scientist Frederick Banting, whose research led to the discovery of insulin to treat diabetics. Banting was born on November 14, 1891 in Alliston, Ontario. He was the youngest of five children born to William Thompson Banting and Margaret Grant. During World War I, he served in the Canadian Army Medical Corps. In 1918, he was wounded during the Battle of Cambrai, but despite his injuries, Banting continued to… Read the full story

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Profile of the Day: Leonard Cohen

Posted November 11, 2016 by Amanda | No Comment
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Today we remember legendary Canadian singer-songwriter and poet Leonard Cohen, who passed away at the age of 82. Leonard Norman Cohen was born on September 21, 1934 in Westmount, Quebec to a middle-class Jewish family. His mother, Masha Klonitsky, was the daughter of a Talmudic writer and was of Lithuanian Jewish ancestry. His father, Nathan Cohen, owned a clothing store and died when Cohen was just 9 years old. Growing up, he was encouraged by… Read the full story

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Profile of the Day: Richard Burton

Posted November 10, 2016 by Amanda | No Comment
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On this day in 1925, Welsh actor Richard Burton was born in Pontrhydyfen, Wales. Born Richard Walter Jenkins, Jr., he was the twelfth child of parents Richard Walter Jenkins, Sr. and Edith Maude Thomas. His father was a coal miner and his mother worked as a bartender. At the age of two, he lost his mother shortly after she gave birth to the family’s thirteenth child. He was then taken in by his sister Cecilia and… Read the full story

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Profile of the Day: Hedy Lamarr

Posted November 9, 2016 by Amanda | No Comment
Profile of the Day: Hedy Lamarr

What’s the most surprising thing you’ve learned about an ancestor?  On this day in 1914, actress Hedy Lamarr was born in Vienna, Austria-Hungry. Although Lamarr was best known as an actress during MGM’s “Golden Age,” you may be surprised to learn about her background as an inventor and the role she played in the creation of wireless communication. During the 1940s, Lamarr starred in several successful films. But as World War II raged, Lamarr felt… Read the full story

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Profile of the Day: Bram Stoker

Posted November 8, 2016 by Amanda | No Comment
Profile of the Day: Bram Stoker

On this day in 1847, Bram Stoker, author of Dracula, was born in Dublin, Ireland. Abraham Stoker was the third of seven children born to Abraham Stoker and Charlotte Mathilda Blake Thornley. As a child, Stoker suffered from an illness that left him bedridden until he started school at the age of seven. After studying mathematics at Trinity College, Stoker worked as a civil servant at Dublin Castle and as a theater critic for the Dublin Evening… Read the full story

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Profile of the Day: Marie Curie

Posted November 7, 2016 by Amanda | No Comment
Profile of the Day: Marie Curie

On this day in 1867, renowned physicist Marie Curie was born in Warsaw, Poland. Thanks to her pioneering research on radioactivity, Curie became the first woman to win a Nobel Prize and the first person to win twice in different fields, Physics and Chemistry. Curie was the fifth and youngest child born to Bronisława Boguska and Władyslaw Sklodowski, both teachers. Her paternal grandfather was also a well known teacher in Lublin and her family of educators… Read the full story

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Profile of the Day: Tutankhamun

Posted November 4, 2016 by Amanda | One Comment
Profile of the Day: Tutankhamun

On this day in 1922, archaeologist Howard Carter discovered the entrance to the tomb of the Egyptian pharaoh Tutankhamun. Tutankhamun became the Egyptian pharaoh of the 18th dynasty at the age of 9. When he came to power, there was much unrest in Egypt. He reversed several changes made during his father’s reign, including restoring the worship of the old gods. He ruled for nearly 10 years before his death around the age of 18. Howard Carter had spent… Read the full story

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Profile of the Day: Sissy Spacek

Posted November 3, 2016 by Amanda | No Comment
Profile of the Day: Sissy Spacek

Do you remember watching Carrie? The classic horror film starring Sissy Spacek celebrates its 40th anniversary today. Based on Stephen King’s best-selling first novel of the same name, the movie was released in theaters on November 3, 1976 to widely positive reviews. Not only did it succeed in frightening audiences, it also became one of the rare horror films to be nominated for multiple Academy Awards. An unknown actress when she was first cast, Spacek earned her first Oscar nomination for… Read the full story

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Profile of the Day: Howard Hughes

Posted November 2, 2016 by Amanda | No Comment
Profile of the Day: Howard Hughes

On this day in 1947, Hollywood producer and aviator Howard Hughes flew the Spruce Goose on its first and only flight. Also called the Hughes Flying Boat, the plane was the largest aircraft ever built at the time. Hughes was a successful and extremely wealthy movie producer when he founded the Hughes Aircraft Company in 1932. Hughes had a lifelong passion for aviation and was an avid pilot. He even set a few aviation records himself, including a… Read the full story

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Profile of the Day: Stephen Crane

Posted November 1, 2016 by Amanda | No Comment
Profile of the Day: Stephen Crane

On this day in 1871, American author Stephen Crane was born in Newark, New Jersey. He is best known for his highly acclaimed novel The Red Badge of Courage, where Crane authentically depicted the realities of battle during the American Civil War and the psychological turmoil of the novel’s protagonist, a Union soldier who grapples with his own cowardice after he flees from the battlefield. Crane was the fourteenth child born to Johnathan Townley Crane, a minister,… Read the full story

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Profile of the Day: John Keats

Posted October 31, 2016 by Amanda | No Comment
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On this day in 1795, English Romantic poet John Keats was born in London, England. The son of Thomas Keats and Frances Jennings, Keats was the eldest of the couple’s four surviving children. Keats lost both of his parents while he was still young. His father died when Keats was 8 after falling from a horse. When he was 14, his mother died of tuberculosis. During this time, Keats found solace in the arts and literature. Despite… Read the full story

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Profile of the Day: Bill Gates

Posted October 28, 2016 by Amanda | No Comment
Profile of the Day: Bill Gates

Happy birthday, Bill Gates! Today the Microsoft co-founder and philanthropist turns 61. William Henry Gates III was born on October 28, 1955 in Seattle, Washington to William H. Gates, Sr. and Mary Maxwell. By the age of 13, Gates began to show an interest in computer programming and continued to pursue his passion during college. He would drop out of Harvard University to form a company called “Micro-soft” with his childhood friend Paul Allen. Later dropping… Read the full story

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Profile of the Day: Isaac Singer

Posted October 27, 2016 by Amanda | No Comment
Profile of the Day: Isaac Singer

Did your family own a Singer sewing machine? On this day in 1811, inventor Isaac Singer was born in Pittstown, New York. Singer’s improvements to the sewing machine would make it more practical and efficient than ever before. Isaac Merritt Singer was born to Adam Singer and Ruth Benson on October 27, 1811. Around the age of 12, he left home to work various odd jobs and even joined a traveling stage act. By the… Read the full story

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Profile of the Day: Wyatt Earp

Posted October 26, 2016 by Amanda | No Comment
Profile of the Day: Wyatt Earp

Today marks the 135th anniversary of the Gunfight at the O.K. Corral. Remembered as the most famous shootout in the history of the Wild West, the gunfight was the result of the long-simmering feud between outlaw Cowboys, the Clanton-McLaurys, and lawmen Wyatt Earp, his brothers, and temporary policeman Doc Holliday. The 30 second shootout took place on October 26, 1881 in Tombstone, Arizona Territory. The Earp brothers were targets of death threats by the group of outlaws… Read the full story

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Profile of the Day: Abigail Adams

Posted October 25, 2016 by Amanda | No Comment
Profile of the Day: Abigail Adams

On this day in 1764, future President John Adams married Abigail Smith at the Smith family home in Weymouth, Massachusetts. Abigail Adams was born on November 22, 1744 to Elizabeth Quincy and William Smith, a pastor. The couple had known each other since they were children and throughout their courtship and marriage exchanged over 1,100 letters. Their letters were filled with intellectual discussions on government and politics and provided a unique window into 18th century life and personal insight… Read the full story

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Profile of the Day: Antoni van Leeuwenhoek

Posted October 24, 2016 by Amanda | No Comment
Profile of the Day: Antoni van Leeuwenhoek

On this day in 1632, Dutch tradesman Antoni van Leeuwenhoek was born. Known as the “Father of microbiology,” van Leeuwenhoek is considered to be the first person to observe microbes. He was born in Delft in the Netherlands to Philips Antonisz van Leeuwenhoek, a basket maker, and Margaretha Bel van den Berch, who had come from a brewer family. A draper, van Leeuwenhoek made for an unlikely scientist. He became interested in lensmaking while working in… Read the full story

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