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Profile of the Day: Richard Nixon

Posted August 8, 2016 by Amanda | No Comment
Profile of the Day: Richard Nixon

On this day in 1974, Richard Nixon resigned from the office of the President of the United States in a nationwide television address. Do you remember watching? After serving as Vice President under President Dwight D. Eisenhower, Nixon made his bid for the presidency, but narrowly lost to John F. Kennedy. In 1968, he ran again and won. Nixon’s last years in office were marred by the Watergate scandal. At noon the next day after his televised… Read the full story

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Profile of the Day: Neil Armstrong

Posted August 5, 2016 by Amanda | No Comment
Profile of the Day: Neil Armstrong

Today we celebrate what would have been astronaut Neil Armstrong’s 86th birthday! Neil Alden Armstrong was born to Stephen Koenig Armstrong and Viola Louise in Wapakoneta, Ohio on August 5, 1930. Armstrong’s love of flying began at a young age when his father took him on his first airplane flight at the age of five. After serving in the Korean War and finishing college, Armstrong joined the National Advisory Committee for Aeronautics (NACA), which would later… Read the full story

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Profile of the Day: Percy Bysshe Shelley

Posted August 4, 2016 by Amanda | No Comment
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On this day in 1792, poet Percy Bysshe Shelley was born in Sussex, England. Regarded as one of the greatest English Romantic poets of the 19th century, Shelley’s work was often characterized as visionary and radical by his peers. Shelley was the eldest legitimate son born to Sir Timothy Shelley, a member of Parliament, and Elizabeth Pilfold. He grew up learning to fish and hunt in the meadows around his home. At the age of 19,… Read the full story

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Profile of the Day: Calvin Coolidge

Posted August 3, 2016 by Amanda | No Comment
Profile of the Day: Calvin Coolidge

On this day in 1923, Calvin Coolidge was sworn in as the 30th President of the United States, just hours after the death of President Warren G. Harding. John Calvin Coolidge, Jr. was born on July 4, 1872 in Plymouth, Vermont. He’s the only U.S. President to be born on Independence Day. Coolidge’s second great-grandfather, John Coolidge, served in the American Revolutionary War. On August 2, 1923, President Harding died suddenly in San Francisco. At… Read the full story

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Profile of the Day: Elisha Gray

Posted August 2, 2016 by Amanda | No Comment
Profile of the Day: Elisha Gray

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: Herman Melville

Posted August 1, 2016 by Amanda | No Comment
Profile of the Day: Herman Melville

Have you read Moby-Dick? On this day in 1819, author Herman Melville was born in New York City, New York. He was the third of eight children born to Allan Melvill and Maria Gansevoort. Both of his grandfathers were heroes of the American Revolutionary War. His paternal grandfather, Major Thomas Melvill, participated in the Boston Tea Party and served as a Major in the Continental Army. Melville’s maternal grandfather, Peter Gansevoort, served as a Colonel during… Read the full story

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Profile of the Day: Sir Francis Drake

Posted July 29, 2016 by Amanda | No Comment
Profile of the Day: Sir Francis Drake

On this day in 1588, English forces led by Lord Charles Howard and Sir Frances Drake defeated the Spanish Armada. Once referred to as the “Invincible Armada,” the defeat of the once-unbeatable Spanish force made England a dominating power in the world. During the late 1580s, tensions between Spain and England had greatly escalated. Queen Elizabeth I dispatched Drake to raid major Spanish ports to great success, which prompted Philip II of Spain to invade England. As… Read the full story

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Profile of the Day: Jacqueline Kennedy Onassis

Posted July 28, 2016 by Amanda | No Comment
Profile of the Day: Jacqueline Kennedy Onassis

Today we remember former First Lady Jacqueline Kennedy Onassis on what would have been her 87th birthday. Before she marrying John F. Kennedy, Jacqueline worked as an inquiring photographer at the Washington Times-Herald. The couple was introduced by a mutual friend, journalist Charles L. Bartlett, at a dinner party in 1952. They married on September 12, 1953 at St. Mary’s Church in Newport, Rhode Island. Their wedding was considered the social event of the season with 700 guests… Read the full story

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Profile of the Day: Bob Hope

Posted July 27, 2016 by Amanda | No Comment
Profile of the Day: Bob Hope

Do you remember watching Bob Hope onscreen? The comedian died on this day in 2003 at the age of 100. He was born Leslie Townes Hope on May 29, 1903 in Eltham, London. He was the fifth of seven sons born to William Henry Hope, a stonemason, and Avis Townes, an amateur opera singer and cleaner. In 1908, the family emigrated to the United States on board the SS Philadelphia and passed through Ellis Island before settling in Cleveland, Ohio…. Read the full story

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Profile of the Day: Mick Jagger

Posted July 26, 2016 by Amanda | No Comment
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Happy birthday, Mick Jagger! Today the Rolling Stones singer turns 73. Michael Philip Jagger was born on July 26, 1943 in Dartford, Kent. His father, Basil Fanshawe Jagger, and his grandfather, David Ernest Jagger, were both teachers. His mother, Eva Ensley Mary Scutts, was a hairdresser. From a young age, Jagger loved to sing. He was classmates with Rolling Stones guitarist Keith Richards, who shared Jagger’s love of the blues. For over 50 years, Jagger has… Read the full story

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Profile of the Day: James VI of Scotland

Posted July 25, 2016 by Amanda | No Comment
Profile of the Day: James VI of Scotland

On this day in 1603, James VI of Scotland was crowned king of England, bringing the Kingdom of England and the Kingdom of Scotland into a personal union. James VI was born on June 19, 1577 in Edinburgh Castle, Scotland. He was the son of Mary, Queen of Scots, and a second great grandson of Henry VII. At just 13 months, he succeeded to the Scottish throne after his mother was compelled to abdicate in favor… Read the full story

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Profile of the Day: Emma Lazarus

Posted July 22, 2016 by Amanda | No Comment
Profile of the Day: Emma Lazarus

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

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Profile of the Day: Robin Williams

Posted July 21, 2016 by Amanda | No Comment
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Today we remember actor Robin Williams on what would have been his 65th birthday. He was born Robin McLaurin Williams on July 21, 1951 in Chicago, Illinois. A quiet child growing up, Robin joined the drama department at school to help overcome his shyness. As a student at Julliard, Robin became friends with fellow actor Christopher Reeve. The pair shared a close friendship until Reeve’s death in 2004. Robin began his career as a stand-up comic… Read the full story

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Profile of the Day: Sir Edmund Hillary

Posted July 20, 2016 by Amanda | No Comment
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Do you have adventurers in your family tree? On this day in 1919, explorer and mountaineer Sir Edmund Hillary was born in Auckland, New Zealand. 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 of mountain climbing and was determined to climb… Read the full story

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Profile of the Day: Edgar Degas

Posted July 19, 2016 by Amanda | No Comment
Profile of the Day: Edgar Degas

Does your family tree have any painters? Today marks the 182nd birthday of French painter Edgar Degas. He was born Hilaire-Germain-Edgar De Gas on July 19, 1834 in Paris, France and was the eldest child 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 a child, Degas showed a talent… Read the full story

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Profile of the Day: Nelson Mandela

Posted July 18, 2016 by Amanda | No Comment
Profile of the Day: Nelson Mandela

Today we remember inspirational figure Nelson Mandela on what would have been his 98th birthday. Nelson Mandela was born on July 18, 1918 in the village of Mvezo in Umtata, South Africa. He was given the name Rolihlahla, a Xhosa term meaning “troublemaker.” In his 20s, Mandela became actively involved in the anti-apartheid movement in South Africa. He spent 27 years of his life in prison after he was convicted of conspiracy to overthrow the state…. Read the full story

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Profile of the Day: Rembrandt

Posted July 15, 2016 by Amanda | No Comment
Profile of the Day: Rembrandt

Today marks the 410th anniversary of the birth of Dutch painter Rembrandt van Rijn. 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 artist himself. In his early years, he found… Read the full story

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Profile of the Day: Ingmar Bergman

Posted July 14, 2016 by Amanda | No Comment
Profile of the Day: Ingmar Bergman

Do you have Swedish ancestry? On this day in 1918, Swedish director Ingmar Bergman was born in Uppsala, Sweden. A powerful and creative filmmaker, Bergman is often considered one of the most accomplished and influential directors of all time. Bergman was born Ernst Ingmar Bergman on July 14, 1918 to Erik Bergman and Karin Åkerblom. His father was a Lutheran minister and chaplain to the King of Sweden. He grew up in a strict household under… Read the full story

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Profile of the Day: Harrison Ford

Posted July 13, 2016 by Amanda | No Comment
Profile of the Day: Harrison Ford

Happy 74th birthday, Harrison Ford! He was born on July 13, 1942 in Chicago, Illinois to Christopher and Dorothy Ford. His maternal grandparents, Harrison Nidelman and Annie Lifshitz, were Jewish immigrants from Minsk, Belarus. While his paternal grandparents, John Fitzgerald Ford and Florence Niehaus, were of Irish and German ancestry. Ford was working as a carpenter before he finally found success as an actor. His career has spanned decades and has included some of the… Read the full story

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Profile of the Day: George Eastman

Posted July 12, 2016 by Amanda | No Comment
Profile of the Day: George Eastman

Did your family own a Kodak camera? On this day in 1854, inventor George Eastman was born in Waterville, New York. He was the youngest child of George Washington Eastman and Maria Kilbourn. After the death of his father in 1862 and the death of his older sister in 1870, a 16 year old Eastman left school to start working to help support his family. In 1888, he received a patent for his roll-film camera and registered… Read the full story

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Profile of the Day: E.B. White

Posted July 11, 2016 by Amanda | No Comment
Profile of the Day: E.B. White

Do you remember reading Charlotte’s Web? On this day in 1899, author E.B. White was born in Mount Vernon, New York. The youngest child of Samuel Tilly White and Jessie Hart White, Elwyn Brooks White was the couple’s sixth child. He hated the name “Elwyn,” spent most of his life going by the nickname “Andy.” His older brother, Stanley Hart White, was a professor of Landscape Architecture and inventor of the Vertical Garden. He was a very… Read the full story

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Profile of the Day: Kevin Bacon

Posted July 8, 2016 by Amanda | No Comment
Profile of the Day: Kevin Bacon

Today actor Kevin Bacon celebrates his 58th birthday! 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 his film debut in the comedy Animal House, but his… Read the full story

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Profile of the Day: Nettie Stevens

Posted July 7, 2016 by Amanda | No Comment
Profile of the Day: Nettie Stevens

Today we celebrate the 155th birthday of geneticist Nettie Stevens. The pioneering geneticist changed the way the world looked at the human chromosome. Stevens is recognized as the first researcher to discover that sex is determined by X and Y chromosomes. She was born on July 7, 1861 in Cavendish, Vermont. A brilliant student, Stevens graduated at the top of her class and studied at Stanford University, before obtaining her Ph.D at Bryn Mawr College in Pennsylvania. In 1905,… Read the full story

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Profile of the Day: Richard III

Posted July 6, 2016 by Amanda | No Comment
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On this day in 1483, Richard III was crowned the King of England. Born on October 2, 1452, Richard was the last king of the House of York and the last of the Plantagenet dynasty. When his elder brother, Edward IV, died in 1483, Edward’s 12-year-old son, Edward V, was to succeed to the throne and Richard named Lord Protector of the realm. However, before Edward’s coronation could take place, his father’s marriage to his mother… Read the full story

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Profile of the Day: P.T. Barnum

Posted July 5, 2016 by Amanda | No Comment
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Do you enjoy the circus? On this day in 1810, showman P.T. Barnum was born in Bethel, Connecticut. A successful promoter, Barnum made a name for himself promoting weird and odd curiosities. He founded the famous “Barnum & Bailey Circus” and toured the country with his band of performers. He was one of the first to move his circus by train. Named the “Greatest Show on Earth,” the Barnum & Bailey Circus featured acts such as the… Read the full story

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Profile of the Day: Olivia de Havilland

Posted July 1, 2016 by Amanda | One Comment
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Happy birthday, Olivia de Havilland! Today the actress turns 100. She was born on July 1, 1916 in Tokyo, Japan to English parents, Walter Augustus de Havilland and Lilian Augusta Ruse. De Havilland moved to California as a child with her mother and sister, Joan Fontaine, after her parents’ divorced. The sisters never got a long as children and as adults, their rivalry became one of the most famous and long-lasting feuds in Hollywood. De… Read the full story

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Profile of the Day: Margaret Mitchell

Posted June 30, 2016 by Amanda | No Comment
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Have you read Gone with the Wind? On June 30, 1936, author Margaret Mitchell published her Pulitzer Prize winning novel. An instant hit with the public and critics, Mitchell earned a Pulitzer Prize for Fiction a year after the book’s publication. In 1939, the novel was adapted into an epic film starring Vivien Leigh and Clark Gable as the book’s central characters, Scarlett O’Hara and Rhett Butler. Sadly, Gone with the Wind would be the only novel Mitchell would… Read the full story

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Profile of the Day: Katharine Hepburn

Posted June 29, 2016 by Amanda | No Comment
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Today we remember one of the most iconic actresses in Hollywood, Katharine Hepburn, who died on June 29, 2003 at the age of 96. 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 in Hartford, Connecticut. The second of… Read the full story

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Profile of the Day: Adolphe Sax

Posted June 28, 2016 by Amanda | No Comment
Profile of the Day: Adolphe Sax

Does anyone in your family tree play the saxophone? On this day in 1846, inventor Adolphe Sax patented the saxophone. He was born Antoine-Joseph Sax on November 6, 1814 in Dinant, Belgium. The son of instrument designers, Sax learned to make his own instruments at an early age while also cultivating his talent for playing the flute and clarinet. Sax invented and improved upon several instruments, but his most famous invention was the saxophone. On June… Read the full story

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Profile of the Day: Helen Keller

Posted June 27, 2016 by Amanda | No Comment
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“The best and most beautiful things in the world cannot be seen or even touched – they must be felt with the heart.” On this day in 1880, inspirational author and activist Helen Keller was born in Tuscumbia, Alabama. Her father, Arthur Keller, was a captain for the Confederate Army while her paternal grandmother was a first cousin once removed of General Robert E. Lee. She was not blind and deaf at birth. At 19 months, she contracted an illness that… Read the full story

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Profile of the Day: Jack Dempsey

Posted June 24, 2016 by Amanda | No Comment
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Do you have any boxers in your family tree? On this day in 1895, boxing legend Jack Dempsey was born in Manassa Colorado. The World Heavyweight Champion from 1919 to 1926, Dempsey’s aggressive style and impressive punching power made him one of the most popular boxers in history. He was born William Harrison Dempsey on June 24, 1895 to Mary Celia Smoot and Hiram Dempsey. Growing up poor, Dempsey got his first job at the age… Read the full story

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Profile of the Day: June Carter Cash

Posted June 23, 2016 by Amanda | No Comment
Profile of the Day: June Carter Cash

Born Valerie June Carter on June 23, 1929 in Maces Spring, Virginia, June Carter Cash grew up in a famous musical family. Her mother was a part of the Carter Family singing group, one of the first commercial rural country music groups. Starting from a young age, June performed before audiences alongside her sisters. As her career in country music prospered, she also worked as a solo artist and toured with Elvis Presley. In the 1950s, she began working with… Read the full story

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Profile of the Day: Meryl Streep

Posted June 22, 2016 by Amanda | No Comment
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Today we celebrate actress Meryl Streep’s 67th birthday! Born Mary Louise Streep on June 22, 1949 in Summit, New Jersey, Streep is often considered one of the greatest actresses of today. Her father was of German and Swiss ancestry. Her second great grandfather, Gottfried Streeb, emigrated to the U.S. and the surname was later changed to Streep. Her maternal side has deep roots in early America. Streep’s 8th great grandfather, Lawrence Wilkinson, was one of the first… Read the full story

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Profile of the Day: Prince William, Duke of Cambridge

Posted June 21, 2016 by Amanda | No Comment
Profile of the Day: Prince William, Duke of Cambridge

Happy birthday, Prince William! Today the future king turns 34. The eldest son of Princess Diana and Prince Charles of Wales, William was born William Arthur Philip Louis at St. Mary’s Hospital in London. Only 15 years old when his mother died, Prince William was profoundly affected by her tragic death. In addition to his royal duties and charity work, the Duke of Cambridge continues to work as an air ambulance pilot. The first British royal… Read the full story

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Profile of the Day: Lionel Richie

Posted June 20, 2016 by Amanda | No Comment
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Happy birthday, Lionel Richie! Today the singer turns 67. He was born Lionel Brockman Richie, Jr. on June 20, 1949 in Tuskegee, Alabama to Alberta Foster and Lionel Brockman Richie, Sr. He grew up close to the the campus of the Tuskegee Institute, which was founded by Booker T. Washington. Two generations of his family have worked at the institution, including his grandfather, who worked with Washington during his time at the school. It turns… Read the full story

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Profile of the Day: William Prescott

Posted June 17, 2016 by Amanda | No Comment
Profile of the Day: William Prescott

Did your ancestors fight in the American Revolutionary War? On this day in 1775, the Battle of Bunker Hill began. Commanding the American forces was Colonel William Prescott, who led 1,200 men onto the Charlestown peninsula to erect defenses on Bunker Hill. As the British advanced, Prescott famously told his men, “Don’t one of you fire until you see the whites of their eyes!” The American forces were successful in repelling two assaults the British,… Read the full story

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Profile of the Day: Geronimo

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Profile of the Day: Geronimo

On June 16, 1829, legendary Apache leader Geronimo was born in what was No-Doyohn Canyon, Mexico. He was born to the Bedonkohe band of the Apache and called Goyathlay, meaning “One Who Yawns.” In 1851, a band of Mexican soldiers attacked his camp, killing his mother, his wife and three small children. From then on, he harbored a deep hatred for Mexican soldiers. During the Apache Wars, Geronimo led his people against Mexico and the U.S as their… Read the full story

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Profile of the Day: Edvard Grieg

Posted June 15, 2016 by Amanda | No Comment
Profile of the Day: Edvard Grieg

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

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Profile of the Day: Harriet Beecher Stowe

Posted June 14, 2016 by Amanda | No Comment
Profile of the Day: Harriet Beecher Stowe

Remember reading Uncle Tom’s Cabin? On this day in 1811, abolitionist and author Harriet Beecher Stowe was born in Litchfield, Connecticut. Stowe was the seventh of thirteen children born to Lyman Beecher, a Calvinist preacher, and Roxana Foote, who died when Stowe as just five years old. Her great grandfather, Andrew Ward V, was a general in the American Revolutionary War. Growing up, Stowe received a classical education that was traditionally reserved for men. She took up… Read the full story

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Profile of the Day: Lady Lucy Duff-Gordon

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Profile of the Day: Lady Lucy Duff-Gordon

Do you have ancestors who were on the Titanic? On this day in 1863, famous Titanic passenger Lady Lucy Duff-Gordon was born in London, England. She was born Lucy Christiana Sutherland to Douglas Sutherland, a civil engineer, and Elinor Saunders. Lady Duff-Gordon was known one of England’s leading fashion designers and an innovator in couture styles. She originated the “mannequin parade,” which was the precursor to the modern fashion show. However, Lady Duff-Gordon is perhaps best remembered… Read the full story

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Profile of the Day: Bridget Bishop

Posted June 10, 2016 by Amanda | No Comment
Profile of the Day: Bridget Bishop

On June 10, 1692, Bridget Bishop became the first person to be hanged as a witch in Salem, Massachusetts. She was married three times, Bishop had a controversial reputation in Salem. Prior to 1692, she had been accused of witchcraft by her second husband, Thomas Oliver. After Oliver’s death, she married Edward Bishop, a well respected sawyer. On April 18, 1692, she was arrested on charges of witchcraft after she was accused of bewitching five… Read the full story

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Profile of the Day: Peter the Great

Posted June 9, 2016 by Amanda | No Comment
Profile of the Day: Peter the Great

Do you have Russian ancestry? On this day in 1672, Peter the Great was born in Moscow, Russia. He was the 14th child of Tsar Alexis I and his second wife, Natalya Kirillovna Naryshkina. Unlike his older half-brothers, Peter had proven to be a healthy and inquisitive child. At the age of 10, he was named tsar of Russia and reigned jointly with his sickly half-brother Ivan V. After his brother’s death in 1696, Peter… Read the full story

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Profile of the Day: Frank Lloyd Wright

Posted June 8, 2016 by Amanda | No Comment
Profile of the Day: Frank Lloyd Wright

Architect Frank Lloyd Wright was born on this day in 1867 in the farming town of Richland Center, Wisconsin. Considered one of the greatest architects in history, Wright has designed some of the most iconic buildings in the world. He was born Franklin Lincoln Wright on June 8, 1867 to William Cary Wright, a music teacher and minister, and Anna Lloyd Jones, a country school teacher. He was given the middle name “Lincoln” after Abraham Lincoln,… Read the full story

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Profile of the Day: Prince

Posted June 7, 2016 by Amanda | No Comment
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Today we remember Prince on what would have been his 58th birthday. Prince Rogers Nelson was born on June 7, 1958 in Minneapolis, Minnesota to John Lewis Nelson, a jazz musician, and Mattie Della Shaw. He was named after his father, who used the stage name Prince Rogers while performing with his jazz group, the Prince Rogers Trio. With music a big part of his life, it was not surprising that Prince would also become… Read the full story

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Profile of the Day: Diego Velázquez

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Profile of the Day: Diego Velázquez

Do you have Spanish ancestry? On this day in 1599, Spanish painter Diego Velázquez was born in Seville, Spain. The first child of João Rodrigues da Silva and Jerónima Velázquez, Velázquez had shown a gift for art at a young age. At the age of 12, he began a six-year apprenticeship with painter Francisco Pacheco. He would later marry Pacheco’s daughter, Juana, and father two daughters. Remembered as one of the most important painters of the Spanish Golden… Read the full story

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Profile of the Day: Edward White

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Profile of the Day: Edward White

On this day in 1965, Edward White became the first American to “walk” in space. White was born on November 14, 1930 in San Antonio, Texas to Edward H. White, Sr., a Major General in the U.S. Air Force, and Mary Rosina Haller. In 1962, he was one of nine men chosen as part of NASA’s Astronaut Group 2. Considered to be a high-flier in the elite group, White was chosen as pilot of Gemini 4 along… Read the full story

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Profile of the Day: Thomas Hardy

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Profile of the Day: Thomas Hardy

On this day in 1840, Victorian poet and novelist Thomas Hardy was born in Dorset, England. Considered one of the most renowned writers in the history of English literature, Hardy’s works were often critical of Victorian society and the decline of rural life. He was the eldest of four children born to Thomas Hardy, a stonemason and local builder, and his wife, Jemima Hand. His early experiences growing up in a rural community would later become fundamental… Read the full story

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Profile of the Day: Marilyn Monroe

Posted June 1, 2016 by Amanda | No Comment
Profile of the Day: Marilyn Monroe

Today we celebrate what would have been Marilyn Monroe’s 90th birthday. She was born Norma Jean Mortensen on June 1, 1926 in Los Angeles, California to Gladys Pearl Monroe. Her father’s identity remains unknown, though she used the surnames of her mother’s ex-husbands, Mortensen and Baker, growing up. Her mother struggled with mental illness and was unable to care for her daughter, so Marilyn spent most of her childhood in foster homes. At 16, she married her first… Read the full story

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Profile of the Day: Walt Whitman

Posted May 31, 2016 by Amanda | No Comment
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On May 31, 1819, Walt Whitman, one of America’s most influential poets, was born in West Hills, New York. The second of nine children, Whitman was nicknamed “Walt” to distinguish him from his father, Walter Whitman, Sr. His parents held great admiration for their country, even naming three of Whitman’s brothers after American leaders: Andrew Jackson, George Washington and Thomas Jefferson. Whitman stopped his formal schooling at the age of 11 and took on a series… Read the full story

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Profile of the Day: Mel Blanc

Posted May 30, 2016 by Amanda | No Comment
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Remember watching Bugs Bunny cartoons? On this day in 1908, voice actor Mel Blanc was born in San Francisco, California. Known as “The Man of a Thousand Voices,” Blanc brought to life some of the most iconic cartoon characters during America’s golden age of animation. While working for Warner Bros., Blanc created the voices for about 90 percent of the studio’s cartoons, including Bugs Bunny, Daffy Duck, Porky Pig, Tweety Bird, Sylvester the Cat and… Read the full story

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