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Profile of the Day: Judy Garland

Posted June 22, 2017 by Amanda | No Comment
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Today we remember Judy Garland, who passed away on this day in 1969. The legendary actress was born Francis Ethel Gumm on June 10, 1922 in Grand Rapids, Minnesota. She was the youngest child of Ethel Marion and Francis Avent Gumm, who had settled in Grand Rapids to run a theater featuring vaudeville acts. As the daughter of former vaudeville actors, Garland got her start on stage at an early age. She made her first public performance at… Read the full story

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Profile of the Day: William, Duke of Cambridge

Posted June 21, 2017 by Amanda | No Comment
Profile of the Day: William, Duke of Cambridge

Happy 35th birthday to Prince William! On June 21, 1982, Prince William Arthur Phillip Louis was born at St. Mary’s Hospital in London. Three decades later, his children, George and Charlotte, would be born in the same hospital. As a child, he had the opportunity to have wider experiences than what is typical for most royal children. His mother, Princess Diana, took the future king and his brother Harry to places such as Walt Disney… Read the full story

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Profile of the Day: Samuel Morse

Posted June 20, 2017 by Amanda | No Comment
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On this day in 1840, inventor Samuel Morse received the patent for the telegraph. Samuel Finley Breese Morse revolutionized communication when he invented the single-wire telegraph system. The telegraph transmitted electric pulses over wires, enabling people to send messages over vast distances. Morse developed a code known as Morse code, which used pulses and pauses to communicate along his telegraph system. Morse was inspired to develop a faster means of communication after the death of his… Read the full story

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Profile of the Day: Moe Howard

Posted June 19, 2017 by Amanda | No Comment
Profile of the Day: Moe Howard

Do you remember watching The Three Stooges? On this day in 1897, Moe Howard was born in Brooklyn, New York. He was born Moses Harry Horwitz to Solomon Horwitz and Jennie Gorovitz and was of Lithuanian Jewish ancestry. The fourth of five brothers, Moe developed an interest in performing early in his life. He got his start as part of the vaudeville act with Ted Healy and His Stooges. Eventually, Moe, along with his brother Curly, and… Read the full story

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Profile of the Day: James Joyce

Posted June 16, 2017 by Amanda | No Comment
Profile of the Day: James Joyce

Happy Bloomsday! The day celebrates the work of Irish writer James Joyce, whose most famous novel, Ulysses, takes place entirely on June 16, 1904. Bloomsday is observed annually on June 16 in Dublin, Ireland and other places throughout the world. The day is celebrated with a variety of events from public readings of Ulysses to pub crawls. Avid readers will often dress in Edwardian costumes and retrace Ulysses protagonist Leopold Bloom’s route around Dublin. The date, June 16, held a special… Read the full story

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Profile of the Day: King John of England

Posted June 15, 2017 by Amanda | No Comment
Profile of the Day: King John of England

On this day in 1215, King John of England put his royal seal on the Magna Carta, which established that everyone, including the king and the government, were not above the law. Not only is the Great Charter one of the most famous documents in the world, it is also one of the most important documents in the history of democracy. At the time, King John was facing a political crisis. Rebel barons were opposed to the King’s… Read the full story

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Profile of the Day: Harriet Beecher Stowe

Posted June 14, 2017 by Amanda | No Comment
Profile of the Day: Harriet Beecher Stowe

On this day in 1811, American writer and abolitionist Harriet Beecher Stowe was born in Litchfield, Connecticut. She was the seventh of thirteen children born to Lyman Beecher, a Calvinist preacher, and Roxana Foote. The Beecher family was a prominent New England family known for their involvement in political issues regarding religion, civil rights and social reform. Her great grandfather, General Andrew Ward V, had served in the American Revolutionary War. Stowe’s novel, Uncle Tom’s Cabin,… Read the full story

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Profile of the Day: W.B. Yeats

Posted June 13, 2017 by Amanda | No Comment
Profile of the Day: W.B. Yeats

Do you have Irish ancestors? On this day in 1865, Irish poet W.B. Yeats was born in Dublin, Ireland. William Butler Yeats was the son of John Butler Yeats, a lawyer and portrait painter, and Susan Mary Pollexfen, whose wealthy merchant family owned a milling and shipping business. His father was not the only artist of the family. His brother Jack became a well-known artist and Olympic medalist, while his sisters, Elizabeth and Susan May, became… Read the full story

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Profile of the Day: Anne Frank

Posted June 12, 2017 by Amanda | No Comment
Profile of the Day: Anne Frank

Today we remember Anne Frank on what would have been her 88th birthday. It was 75 years ago today that Anne received her famous diary as a gift for her 13th birthday. Her father had given it to her after she had pointed it out in a store window days before. The red checkered autograph book had a small lock on the front, so Anne decided to use it as her diary. She began to… Read the full story

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Profile of the Day: Charles Dickens

Posted June 9, 2017 by Amanda | No Comment
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Remember reading A Tale of Two Cities? Today we remember Victorian writer Charles Dickens, who died on this day in 1870 at the age of 58. Charles John Huffam Dickens was born on February 7, 1812 in Portsmouth, England. He was the second child of John Dickens, a clerk in the Navy Pay Office, and Elizabeth Dickens. When his father was imprisoned for debt, a twelve-year-old Dickens was forced to leave school and work in a factory… Read the full story

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Profile of the Day: Frank Lloyd Wright

Posted June 8, 2017 by Amanda | No Comment
Profile of the Day: Frank Lloyd Wright

150 years ago today, iconic architect Frank Lloyd Wright was born in Richland Center, Wisconsin. Wright was born on June 8, 1867 to William Cary Wright, a minister and occasional lawyer, and Anna Lloyd Jones, a country school teacher. During her pregnancy, Wright’s mother had proclaimed that her child would come to build beautiful buildings. Therefore, she decorated Wright’s nursery with engravings of English cathedrals to encourage her son’s interest. Although he had become one… Read the full story

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Profile of the Day: Dean Martin

Posted June 7, 2017 by Amanda | No Comment
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On this day in 1917, singer and actor Dean Martin was born in Steubenville, Ohio. He was born Dino Paul Crocetti to Gaetano Alfonso Crocetti and Angela Barra. At home, Martin first learned to speak Italian and didn’t learn to speak English until he first went to school at the age of 5. After dropping out of high school, Martin bootlegged liquor, served as a speakeasy croupier, worked as a blackjack dealer, and even spent some time… Read the full story

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Profile of the Day: Nathan Hale

Posted June 6, 2017 by Amanda | No Comment
Profile of the Day: Nathan Hale

Who are your Patriot ancestors? On this day in 1755, Nathan Hale, soldier and spy for the Continental Army, was born in Coventry, Connecticut. He was born to Richard Hale and Elizabeth Strong and was the great grandson of Reverend John Hale, who was one of the most prominent figures of the Salem Witch Trials. At the age of 14, Hale went to study at Yale College and became a school teacher. At the outbreak of the… Read the full story

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Profile of the Day: Robert F. Kennedy

Posted June 5, 2017 by Amanda | No Comment
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Today we remember Robert F. Kennedy, who was shot after giving a speech at the Ambassador Hotel in Los Angeles, California on June 5, 1968. He would succumb to his wounds the next day. Robert Francis Kennedy was born on November 20, 1925 in Brookline, Massachusetts. He was the seventh child born to Joseph Kennedy, Sr. and Rose Fitzgerald Kennedy. After successfully managing his brother’s presidential campaign, Kennedy was appointed Attorney General of the United States… Read the full story

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Profile of the Day: Martha Washington

Posted June 2, 2017 by Amanda | No Comment
Profile of the Day: Martha Washington

On this day in 1731, Martha Washington, America’s first First Lady, was born. Martha Dandridge was born on her family’s plantation Chestnut Grove in Virginia. She was the first of eight children born to Frances Jones and John Dandridge, a successful planter and immigrant from England. At the age of 18, she married wealthy plantation owner Daniel Parke Custis and together they had four children, only two would live past childhood. When her husband died in 1757,… Read the full story

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Profile of the Day: Marilyn Monroe

Posted June 1, 2017 by Amanda | No Comment
Profile of the Day: Marilyn Monroe

Hollywood icon Marilyn Monroe would have been 91 years old today. She was born Norma Jean Mortenson on June 1, 1926 in Los Angeles, California to Gladys Pearl Baker. Shortly after her birth, her name was changed to Baker. Her father’s identity remains unknown. Marilyn’s mother suffered from mental illness and spent much of her life in and out of hospitals. Growing up, Marilyn lived with several foster homes and married her first husband at the… Read the full story

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Profile of the Day: Clint Eastwood

Posted May 31, 2017 by Amanda | No Comment
Profile of the Day: Clint Eastwood

Happy birthday, Clint Eastwood! Today the actor turns 87. He was born on May 31, 1930 in San Francisco, California to Clinton Eastwood, Sr. and Ruth Runner. A hefty baby at birth, Eastwood weighed 11 lb 6 oz and was nicknamed “Samson” by the nurses at the hospital. His family had been in North America for many generations. In fact, Eastwood is a direct descendant of Mayflower passenger William Bradford, who is his 10th great grandfather…. Read the full story

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Profile of the Day: Joan of Arc

Posted May 30, 2017 by Amanda | No Comment
Profile of the Day: Joan of Arc

On this day in 1431, Joan of Arc was burned at the stake for heresy by an English tribunal. A peasant girl from France, Joan of Arc was the daughter of poor tenant farmers Jacques d’ Arc and Isabelle Romée. At the age of 16, she claimed to hear the voices of the Archangel Michael, Saint Margaret, and Saint Catherine of Alexandria, which told her to help Charles VII recapture the French throne and help lead… Read the full story

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Profile of the Day: Sally Ride

Posted May 26, 2017 by Amanda | No Comment
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Today we remember astronaut Sally Ride, who was born on this day in 1951. In 1983, Ride became the first American woman in space when she flew into orbit aboard the space shuttle Challenger. Born in Los Angeles, California, Ride held a keen interest in science from a young age. As she was finishing her Ph.D. in physics at Stanford University, Ride saw an article in the school’s newspaper advertising that NASA was seeking astronauts, and for… Read the full story

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Profile of the Day: George Lucas

Posted May 25, 2017 by Amanda | No Comment
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Today marks the 40th anniversary of Star Wars! Created by George Lucas, the epic story set in a galaxy far, far away would become a worldwide phenomenon and be beloved by audiences across generations. Since its initial release, the series has expanded into one of the largest franchises of all time. George Lucas was born and raised in Modesto, California to Dorthy Ellinore Bomberger and George Walton Lucas, Sr. He developed a passion for film and cinematography… Read the full story

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Profile of the Day: Queen Victoria

Posted May 24, 2017 by Amanda | No Comment
Profile of the Day: Queen Victoria

Have you found your connection to the British royal family? On this day in 1819, Queen Victoria was born in Kensington Palace in London, England. She was the daughter of Prince Edward, Duke of Kent and Strathearn, who was the fourth son of King George III. At the time of her birth, she was the fifth in the line of succession. While she was still an infant, her grandfather and father died within a week of each… Read the full story

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Profile of the Day: Roger Moore

Posted May 23, 2017 by Amanda | No Comment
Profile of the Day: Roger Moore

After a short battle with cancer, James Bond star Roger Moore has died at the age of 89. Moore was born on October 14, 1927 in Stockwell, London, England. He was only child of Lillian “Lily” Pope and George Alfred Moore, a policeman. At the end of World War II, Moore was conscripted for national service with the Royal Army Service Corps at the age of 18. Before taking on the role of 007, Moore found fame… Read the full story

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Profile of the Day: Sir Arthur Conan Doyle

Posted May 22, 2017 by Amanda | No Comment
Profile of the Day: Arthur Conan Doyle

Sherlock Holmes author Sir Arthur Conan Doyle was born on this day in 1859. Doyle was born in Edinburgh, Scotland to Charles Altamont Doyle and Mary Foley. Supported by wealthy uncles, Doyle studied medicine at the University of Edinburgh. It was during this time that he began writing short stories. In 1887, he published his first Sherlock Holmes story. Doyle partially based the character of Holmes on his former university teacher, Joseph Bell, for his impressive… Read the full story

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Profile of the Day: Anne Boleyn

Posted May 19, 2017 by Amanda | No Comment
Profile of the Day: Anne Boleyn

Today we remember Anne Boleyn, who was executed on this day in 1536 for treason and adultery. The marriage between Anne and King Henry VIII had been scandalous from the start. The union plunged the country into political and religious upheaval, resulting in breakage from the Roman Catholic Church and the establishment of the Church of England. Soon after becoming Henry VIII’s second wife, Anne gave birth to a daughter, the future Queen Elizabeth I. After two… Read the full story

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Profile of the Day: Nicholas II

Posted May 18, 2017 by Amanda | One Comment
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Are you related to the last tsar of Russia? On this day in 1868, Nicholas II was born in St. Petersburg, Russia. The eldest son of Emperor Alexander III and Empress Maria Feodorovna of Russia, Nicholas succeeded his father as emperor after his death in 1894. With little government experience, Nicholas’s rule saw one of the greatest powers in Europe fall into economic and military ruin. He took command of the Russian army during World War I… Read the full story

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Profile of the Day: Edward Jenner

Posted May 17, 2017 by Amanda | No Comment
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On this day in 1749, English physician and scientist Edward Jenner was born. Jenner is best remembered for pioneering the vaccine for smallpox. Edward Anthony Jenner was born on May 17, 1749 in Berkeley, Gloucestershire, England. His father was the vicar of Berkeley and believed firmly in a strong education. A country doctor, Jenner was familiar with local folklore that milkmaids who had contracted cowpox, a mild disease, often never contracted smallpox. Intrigued, Jenner set out… Read the full story

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Profile of the Day: Henry Fonda

Posted May 16, 2017 by Amanda | No Comment
Profile of the Day: Henry Fonda

Remember watching Henry Fonda on the big screen? On this day in 1905, the Hollywood legend was born in Grand Island, Nebraska. Henry Jaynes Fonda was the son of William Brace Fonda and Elma Jaynes. His Fonda ancestors were among the first Dutch people to settle in what is now update New York and founded the small village of Fonda. It was named after Douw Fonda, a Dutch settler who was killed in 1780 during an Indian raid. In… Read the full story

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Profile of the Day: Emily Dickinson

Posted May 15, 2017 by Amanda | No Comment
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“Unable are the loved to die. For love is immortality.” Poet Emily Dickinson died on this day in 1886 in Amherst, Massachusetts. Although her family were prominent members of the community, Dickinson lived much of her life as a recluse at the family homestead built by her paternal grandfather, Samuel Fowler Dickinson, in Amherst. Her grandfather was a prominent lawyer and helped establish the foundations for Amherst College. Her father, Edward, served as the treasurer of… Read the full story

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Profile of the Day: Florence Nightingale

Posted May 12, 2017 by Amanda | No Comment
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Happy International Nurses Day! Today honors nurses all around the world on the anniversary of Florence Nightingale’s birth. Florence Nightingale was born on May 12, 1820 in Florence, Italy to a rich, upper-class British family. From a young age, she felt it was her calling from God to devote her life to the service of others. Despite her family’s strong objects, Nightingale worked hard to educate herself in nursing. During the Crimean War, Nightingale was commissioned… Read the full story

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Profile of the Day: Salvador Dali

Posted May 11, 2017 by Amanda | No Comment
Profile of the Day: Salvador Dalí

On this day in 1904, surrealist painter Salvador Dalí was born in Figueres, Spain. Salvador Felipe Jacinto Dalí i Domènech was born nine months after the death of his older brother, who was also named Salvador. At the age of five, his parents took him to his brothers grave where they told him that he was his brother’s reincarnation. He would come to believe it to be true and would embed images of his late… Read the full story

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Profile of the Day: Bono

Posted May 10, 2017 by Amanda | No Comment
Profile of the Day: Bono

Happy birthday, Bono! Today the U2 frontman turns 57. He was born Paul David Hewson in Dublin, Ireland. The second son of Bob Hewson and Iris Rankin, Bono lost his mother at the age of 14 when she died of a brain aneurysm after collapsing at her father’s funeral. While still in high school, he joined the band U2 and was nicknamed “Bono Vox,” which means “good voice” in Latin. It wasn’t until the band… Read the full story

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Profile of the Day: James Barrie

Posted May 9, 2017 by Amanda | No Comment
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On this day in 1860, author James Barrie was born in Kirriemuir, Scotland. Today, he is best remembered as the creator of Peter Pan. James Matthew Barrie was the ninth of ten children born to David Barrie, a weaver, and Margaret Ogilvy. As a child, Barrie and his mother often entertained each other by telling stories. The character of Peter Pan first appeared in the novel, The Little White Bird, in 1902. By 1904, Barrie… Read the full story

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Profile of the Day: Melissa Gilbert

Posted May 8, 2017 by Amanda | No Comment
Profile of the Day: Melissa Gilbert

Remember watching Little House on the Prairie? Today star Melissa Gilbert turns 53. Gilbert was adopted a day after her birth by comedian Paul Gilbert and actress Barbara Crane, daughter of The Honeymooners creator Harry Crane. With a showbiz family, it was no surprise that Gilbert would also enter the entertainment industry. In 1974, she was cast as the star of the period drama television series Little House on the Prairie, based on Laura Ingalls Wilder’s widely successful book series…. Read the full story

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Profile of the Day: Benito Juárez

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Profile of the Day: Benito Juárez

Happy Cinco de Mayo! The holiday commemorates the Mexican Army’s unlikely victory over French forces at the Battle of Puebla on May 5, 1862. In honor of the holiday, were highlighting Benito Juárez, who was at the time the President of Mexico. After the Mexican-American War, Mexico faced a civil war known as the Reform War that left the country bankrupt. In 1861, Juárez suspended all foreign debt repayments. In response, France, Spain, and Britain sent their naval… Read the full story

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Profile of the Day: Audrey Hepburn

Posted May 4, 2017 by Amanda | No Comment
Profile of the Day: Audrey Hepburn

Today we remember actress Audrey Hepburn on what would have been her 88th birthday. Born in Brussels, Belgium, Hepburn was the daughter of Joseph Victor Anthony Ruston and Ella van Heemstra, a Dutch baroness. After her father left the family, her mother raised Hepburn on her own as a single mother. Her maternal grandfather, Aarnoud Van Heemstra, was the mayor of Arnhem and later served as Royal Governor of Suriname. During her youth, Hepburn studied… Read the full story

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Profile of the Day: Niccolò Machiavelli

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Profile of the Day: Niccolò Machiavelli

On this day in 1469, Italian Renaissance historian and philosopher Niccolò Machiavelli was born in the Republic of Florence. Today, he is remembered as one of the fathers of modern political theory. He was born during a tumultuous era when Italy was still divided into city-states. A strong proponent of a unified Italy, Machiavelli served for many years as a senior official for the Florentine Republic and dealt with diplomatic and military affairs. However, after falling out… Read the full story

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Profile of the Day: Catherine II

Posted May 2, 2017 by Amanda | No Comment
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Russian Empress Catherine II, also known as Catherine the Great, was born on this day in 1729. She was born Sophie Friederike Auguste and was the daughter of a poor German prince. In 1745, she married Peter III, who was the heir to the Russian Empire. After the death of Empress Elizabeth in 1762, Peter III succeeded the throne as Emperor. However, his reign would last a mere 6 months. Following a coup d’etat, Peter was… Read the full story

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Profile of the Day: Calamity Jane

Posted May 1, 2017 by Amanda | No Comment
Profile of the Day: Calamity Jane

On this day in 1852, American frontierswoman and folk hero Calamity Jane was born near Princeton, Missouri. Calamity Jane’s early life is a mystery. Much about what is known comes from an autobiographical booklet from 1896. The booklet, dictated by Calamity Jane, was written for publicity purposes, and thus, some of the information was likely exaggerated or false. What is known is that she was born Martha Jane Canary and that by the age of… Read the full story

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Profile of the Day: James Monroe

Posted April 28, 2017 by Amanda | No Comment
Profile of the Day: James Monroe

On this day in 1758, James Monroe was born in his family home in Westmoreland County, Virginia. A Founding Father of America, Monroe was elected the 5th President of the United States. During the American Revolution, Monroe left college to join the Continental Army. He served as part of General George Washington’s army at the Battle of Trenton, where he was severely wounded. As president, Monroe oversaw major westward expansion of the U.S. With the Monroe Doctrine,… Read the full story

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Profile of the Day: Ulysses S. Grant

Posted April 27, 2017 by Amanda | No Comment
Profile of the Day: Ulysses S. Grant

On this day in 1822, President Ulysses S. Grant was born in Point Pleasant, Ohio. He was born Hiram Ulysses Grant in Point Pleasant, Ohio to Jesse Root Grant, a tanner, and Hannah Simpson. Grant had deep roots in early America. His fifth great grandparents, Matthew and Priscilla Grant arrived at the Massachusetts Bay Colony in 1630. His great grandfather, Noah Grant, served in the French and Indian War, where it was believed he died during… Read the full story

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Profile of the Day: Lucille Ball

Posted April 26, 2017 by Amanda | No Comment
Profile of the Day: Lucille Ball

Today we remember comedy legend Lucille Ball, who passed away on this day in 1989 at the age of 77. Born on August 6, 1911 in Jamestown, New York, Ball had an itch to perform at a young age. She enrolled in a New York City drama school where she was classmates with actress Bette Davis. However, she was dismissed from the school after a short period due to her shyness to perform. She began… Read the full story

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Profile of the Day: Guglielmo Marconi

Posted April 25, 2017 by Amanda | No Comment
Profile of the Day: Guglielmo Marconi

Do you have Italian heritage? On this day in 1874, Italian inventor Guglielmo Marconi was born in Bologna, Italy. He was known for his pioneering work on long-distance radio transmission and radio telegraph system. Marconi was born on April 25, 1874 into an Italian noble family. He was the second son born to Giuseppe Marconi, a wealthy Italian aristocrat landowner, and Anna Fenwick Jameson, who was Irish and Scottish. His great grandfather was John Jameson, the founder of… Read the full story

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Profile of the Day: Barbra Streisand

Posted April 24, 2017 by Amanda | No Comment
Profile of the Day: Barbra Streisand

Happy 75th birthday to Barbra Streisand! Barbara Joan Streisand was born on April 24, 1942 in Brooklyn, New York. With music running in her family, it was of no surprise that Streisand would also be a gifted singer. Her mother, Diana Ida Rosen, was a soprano singer when she was young before later becoming a school secretary. Her maternal grandparents emigrated from the Russian Empire, where her grandfather had been a cantor. Streisand knew she wanted to… Read the full story

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Profile of the Day: Queen Elizabeth II

Posted April 21, 2017 by Amanda | One Comment
Profile of the Day: Queen Elizabeth II

Happy 91st birthday to Queen Elizabeth II! The Queen is not only Britain’s longest reigning monarch, but also the longest serving living monarch in the world today. She was born on April 21, 1926 during the reign of her paternal grandfather, King George V. Her father was the second son of the King, and thus at the time of her birth, no one would have expected her to one day become queen. Did you know the Queen… Read the full story

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Profile of the Day: Daniel Chester French

Posted April 20, 2017 by Amanda | No Comment
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Prolific sculptor Daniel Chester French was born on this day in 1850. He is best remembered for the design of his most famous piece, the statue of Abraham Lincoln at the Lincoln Memorial. Born in Exeter, New Hampshire, French spent his childhood growing up in Concord, Massachusetts with writers Ralph Waldo Emerson and Louisa May Alcott as neighbors. In fact, it was thanks to Alcott’s sister Abigail that French pursued a career as a sculptor. Considered one of America’s… Read the full story

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Profile of the Day: Pierre Curie

Posted April 19, 2017 by Amanda | No Comment
Profile of the Day: Pierre Curie

On this day in 1906, French physicist Pierre Curie died at the age of 46. Known for his groundbreaking work in radioactivity alongside his wife, renowned physicist Marie Curie, Pierre is often regarded as one of the founding fathers of modern physics. Pierre was born on May 15, 1859 in Paris, France to Eugene Curie and Sophie-Claire Depouilly. His father was a physician and taught Pierre science and mathematics at an early age. In 1903, Pierre… Read the full story

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Profile of the Day: Paul Revere

Posted April 18, 2017 by Amanda | No Comment
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As the British began their approach towards Lexington and Concord on the night of April 18, 1775, Patriots Paul Revere and William Dawes set out on horseback to warn the American colonists of the approaching British troops. The British had planned to capture Patriot leaders Samuel Adams and John Hancock, who were known to be hiding in Lexington, and confiscate supplies stored by the Massachusetts militia at Concord. Revere and Dawes set out on different routes towards… Read the full story

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Profile of the Day: Abraham Lincoln

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Profile of the Day: Abraham Lincoln

On this day in 1865, President Abraham Lincoln was shot by John Wilkes Booth while watching a play at the Ford’s Theater in Washington, D.C. Just five days earlier, Confederate General Robert E. Lee surrendered to General Ulysses S. Grant at Appomattox Court House in Virginia, signaling the end of the American Civil War. The President had gone for an evening out with his wife to watch a production of Our American Cousin at the Ford… Read the full story

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Profile of the Day: Alfred Mosher Butts

Posted April 13, 2017 by Amanda | No Comment
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Happy National Scrabble Day! Scrabble Day is observed each year on the birthday of Scrabble inventor Alfred Mosher Butts, who was born on April 13, 1899 in Poughkeepsi, New York. During the Great Depression, Butts had lost his job as an architect. A fan of puzzles and crosswords, Butts set out to design a board game that would utilize chance and skill by combining the elements of anagrams and crossword puzzles. He initially called the game “Lexiko”… Read the full story

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Profile of the Day: Beverly Cleary

Posted April 12, 2017 by Amanda | No Comment
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Happy 101st birthday to author Beverly Cleary! Beverly Atlee Bunn was born on April 12, 1916 in McMinville, Oregon. An only child, Cleary spent the early years of her life on her family’s farm before moving to Portland, Oregon at the age of 6. A passionate reader, Cleary had aspirations to become a children’s librarian after graduating high school. Cleary began writing children’s books with the goal of creating characters that young readers could relate to. She… Read the full story

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