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Profile of the Day: Kirk Douglas

Posted December 9, 2015 by Amanda | No Comment
Profile of the Day: Kirk Douglas

Happy birthday to Kirk Douglas! Can you believe the legendary actor is turning 99 today? He was born Issur Danielovitch on December 9, 1916 in Amsterdam New York. His parents were Russian-Jewish immigrants and the family adopted the surname Demsky in the United States. Growing up, Douglas went by the name Izzy Demsky until he legally changed it to Kirk Douglas shortly before entering the Navy during World War II. After the war, Douglas pursued his career… Read the full story

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Profile of the Day: Eli Whitney

Posted December 8, 2015 by Amanda | No Comment
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On this day 250 years ago, inventor Eli Whitney was born in Westborough, Massachusetts. Whitney was the eldest child of Eli Whitney, Sr., a prosperous farmer, and Elizabeth Fay. During the American Revolutionary War, Whitney had his own profitable nail manufacturing operation in his father’s workshop. After graduating from Yale, Whitney made his way to the South. It was there that he revolutionized the cotton industry with his invention of the cotton gin. His new machine quickly… Read the full story

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Profile of the Day: Willa Cather

Posted December 7, 2015 by Amanda | No Comment
Profile of the Day: Willa Cather

Do you have ancestors who immigrated to the Great Plains? On this day in 1873, American author Willa Cather was born in Back Creek Valley, Virginia. She was best known for her novels O Pioneers!, The Song of the Lark, and My Ántonia, which vividly depicted frontier life on the Great Plains. She was born Wilella Sibert Cather on December 7, 1873 on her maternal grandmother’s farm in the Back Creek Valley near Winchester, Virginia. For six generations,… Read the full story

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Profile of the Day: Jeff Bridges

Posted December 4, 2015 by Amanda | No Comment
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Happy birthday to Jeff Bridges! Today the actor turns 66. Born into a Hollywood family, Bridges got his start on film as an infant in the movie, The Company She Keeps. His father, Lloyd Bridges, was a prolific actor best known for starring in the television series Sea Hunt. Growing up, Jeff was very close to his brother Beau, who often acted as a surrogate father when their father was working. In 1971, he garnered wide acclaim after starring in The… Read the full story

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Profile of the Day: Joseph Conrad

Posted December 3, 2015 by Amanda | No Comment
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Do you have Polish ancestry? On this day in 1857, author Joseph Conrad was born in Berdychiv in the Russian Empire. Regarded as one of the greatest novelists in the English language, Conrad was in his twenties before he was able to speak the language fluently. He was born Józef Teodor Konrad Korzeniowski to Polish parents, Apollo Korzeniowski and Ewelina Bobrawska. Conrad’s family belonged to the Polish szlachta (nobility) and were bearers of the Nałęcz coat of… Read the full story

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Profile of the Day: John Ringling

Posted December 2, 2015 by Amanda | No Comment
Profile of the Day: John Ringling

Did you visit the circus growing up? On this day in 1936, John Ringling, co-founder of the Ringling Brothers Circus, died at the age of 70. He was born Johan Nicholas Rüngeling on May 31, 1866 in McGregor, Iowa to German immigrants, Marie Salomé Juliar and August Rüngeling. In 1884, John and his brothers formed the Ringling Brothers Circus and traveled across the country with their show. Soon, they became a major competitor to the powerful Barnum & Bailey… Read the full story

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Profile of the Day: Bette Midler

Posted December 1, 2015 by Amanda | No Comment
Profile of the Day: Bette Midler

Happy birthday, Bette Midler! Today the singer and actress turns 70. Bette Midler was born on December 1, 1945 in Honolulu, Hawaii to Ruth Schindel, a seamstress, and Fred Midler, a painter at a Navy base. She was named after Bette Davis, one of her mother’s favorite actresses. Growing up in Hawaii, Bette’s family was one of the few Jewish families in the neighborhood. She attended Radford High School in Honolulu, where she graduated as valedictorian. After briefly studying… Read the full story

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Profile of the Day: Lucy Maud Montgomery

Posted November 30, 2015 by Amanda | No Comment
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Remember reading Anne of Green Gables? Today we celebrate author L.M. Montgomery on the 141st birthday. Lucy Maud Montgomery was born on November 30, 1874 in Clifton, Prince Edward Island, a small province on the east coast of Canada. After her mother died of tuberculosis when Montgomery was just 21 months old, her father sent her to live with her maternal grandparents. A prolific writer, she had over 100 stories published between 1897 to 1907. In… Read the full story

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Profile of the Day: Bruce Lee

Posted November 27, 2015 by Amanda | No Comment
Profile of the Day: Bruce Lee

Today we remember Bruce Lee on what would have been his 75th birthday. Born on November 27, 1940 in San Francisco, California, Lee grew up in Hong Kong before moving back to the United Staes at the age of 18. His father was one of the leading Cantonese opera and film actors of the time. Like his father, Lee had a knack for performing and appeared in several films as a child. After joining a street… Read the full story

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Profile of the Day: Sarah Josepha Hale

Posted November 26, 2015 by Amanda | No Comment
Profile of the Day: Sarah Josepha Hale

Happy Thanksgiving! Today we highlight the woman who helped establish Thanksgiving as an official holiday in the U.S., Sarah Josepha Hale. She was born Sarah Josepha Buell on October 24, 1788 in Newport, New Hampshire to Captain Gordon Buell and Martha Whittlesay Buell. Homeschooled by her parents, Sarah went on to become a successful writer and poet. Most people are probably best familiar with her most popular work, the classic children’s nursery rhyme, “Mary Had… Read the full story

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Profile of the Day: John F. Kennedy, Jr.

Posted November 25, 2015 by Amanda | No Comment
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Today we remember John F. Kennedy, Jr., who was born on this day in 1960. The second child of John F. Kennedy and Jacqueline Bouvier Kennedy, John Jr. was born just two weeks after his father was elected the 35th President of the United States, thus becoming the first child ever born to a president-elect. Just days before his third birthday, his father was assassinated while traveling in a motorcade. His funeral was held three days later… Read the full story

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Profile of the Day: Grace Darling

Posted November 24, 2015 by Amanda | No Comment
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Today we remember Grace Darling, the English lighthouse keeper who helped rescue survivors of the Forfarshire shipwreck, on the anniversary of her 200th birthday. Grace Horsley Darling was born on November 24, 1815 in her grandfather’s cottage in Northumberland, England. She was the seventh of nine children born to William and Thomasin Darling. The Darlings lived at the lighthouse on Longstone Island, one of the Farne Islands, where her father operated the lighthouse. In the early hours of September 7,… Read the full story

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Profile of the Day: Boris Karloff

Posted November 23, 2015 by Amanda | No Comment
Profile of the Day: Boris Karloff

Did you ever have a fear of Frankenstein’s monster? It may be thanks to actor Boris Karloff’s frightening yet sympathetic turn as the iconic horror figure. Karloff was born William Henry Pratt on November 23, 1887 in London, England to Edward John Pratt, Jr. and Eliza Sarah Millard. His maternal grandmother, Eliza Julia Edwards, was a sister of Anna Leonowens, whose life in the royal court of Siam formed the basis of The King and… Read the full story

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Profile of the Day: Leo Tolstoy

Posted November 20, 2015 by Amanda | No Comment
Profile of the Day: Leo Tolstoy

On this day in 1910, author Leo Tolstoy passed away in Astapovo, Russia at the age of 82. Tolstoy was born at his family estate at Yasnaya Poyana, southwest of Tula, Russia. He came from a well-known family of old Russian nobility. His father, Count Nikolai Ilyich Tolstoy, was a veteran of the Patriotic War of 1812. As a child, he experienced much loss. After his mother and father passed away, he and his siblings were sent… Read the full story

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Profile of the Day: Meg Ryan

Posted November 19, 2015 by Amanda | No Comment
Profile of the Day: Meg Ryan

Happy birthday, Meg Ryan! Today the actress turns 54. She was born Margaret Mary Emily Anne Hyra on November 19, 1961 in Fairfield, Connecticut. A semester before finishing college, Ryan dropped out to pursue a career as an actress. She chose the stage name “Ryan,” using her maternal grandmother’s maiden name. After landing the lead role in the romantic comedy When Harry Met Sally…, Ryan became an international star. The box office hit would mark the first of… Read the full story

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Profile of the Day: David Beckham

Posted November 18, 2015 by Amanda | One Comment
Profile of the Day: David Beckham

Soccer superstar David Beckham has been named this year’s sexiest man alive by People magazine. At the age of 40, Beckham receives the honor on its 30th anniversary. The title has become a staple of the popular magazine and now, Beckham joins the ranks alongside Brad Pitt, George Clooney, and Johnny Depp. Beckham was born May 2, 1975 in London, England to David Edward Alan “Ted” Beckham and Sandra West. The middle child between two sisters, the… Read the full story

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Profile of the Day: Mary I of England

Posted November 17, 2015 by Amanda | One Comment
Profile of the Day: Mary I of England

On this day in 1558, Mary I of England died at the age of 42. With no children of her own, her half-sister succeeded to the throne and ruled as Elizabeth I. The only child of Henry VIII and his first wife, Catherine of Aragon, Mary I ascended to the English throne after the death of her Protestant half-brother, Edward VI. She was the fourth crowned monarch of the Tudor dynasty and the first Queen… Read the full story

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Profile of the Day: Macaulay Culkin

Posted November 16, 2015 by Amanda | No Comment
Profile of the Day: Macaulay Culkin

Remember watching Home Alone? Today the modern Christmas classic turns 25! The film starred a young Macaulay Culkin as a young kid who is mistakenly left behind when his family goes on their Christmas vacation. He is then forced to fend off a couple of burglars in clever and amusing ways. The film was first released in theaters on November 16, 1990 and remained the No. 1 film at the box office for 12 straight weeks. It would… Read the full story

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Profile of the Day: Whoopi Goldberg

Posted November 13, 2015 by Amanda | No Comment
Profile of the Day: Whoopi Goldberg

Happy birthday, Whoopi Goldberg! Today The View co-host turns 60. She was born Caryn Elaine Johnson on November 13, 1955 in Manhattan, New York. Ever the comedian, she chose the stage name Whoopi after a whoopee cushion due to her self-admitted gassiness. The name Goldberg is attributed to her family history. Whoopi got her big break when she was cast in the Steven Spielberg film, The Color Purple. The film was nominated for 11 Academy Awards, including a Best Actress nod… Read the full story

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Profile of the Day: Grace Kelly

Posted November 12, 2015 by Amanda | No Comment
Profile of the Day: Grace Kelly

Happy birthday, Grace Kelly! Today we celebrate what would have been the Princess’ 86th birthday. She was born on November 12, 1929 in Philadelphia, Pennsylvania and was the third of four children. Her father, John B. Kelly, Sr., was a three-time Olympic gold medalist in sculling and served in the U.S. Army during World War I. After his time in the army, he started a successful brickwork contracting company, which eventually made him a millionaire. In… Read the full story

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Profile of the Day: General George Patton

Posted November 11, 2015 by Amanda | One Comment
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In honor of Veterans Day, today we highlight General George Patton who was born on this day in 1885. A hero of World War II, Patton was instrumental to the liberation of Germany from the Nazis. George Smith Patton, Jr. was born on November 11, 1885 in San Gabriel, California. His family had an extensive military background, dating as far back as the American Revolution and the Civil War. His paternal grandfather, George Smith Patton, Sr., was… Read the full story

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Profile of the Day: Henry Morton Stanley

Posted November 10, 2015 by Amanda | No Comment
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On this day in 1871, journalist and explorer Henry Morton Stanley finally located missing explorer Dr. David Livingstone in Ujiji, near Lake Tanganyika in present-day Tanzania. He famously greeted him with, “Dr. Livingstone, I presume?” In 1865, Dr. Livingstone had set out to Africa on a two year expedition to find the source of the Nile River. However, six years after his expedition began, little was heard of Livingstone. Finally, in March 1871, the New York… Read the full story

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Profile of the Day: Hedy Lamarr

Posted November 9, 2015 by Amanda | No Comment
Profile of the Day: Hedy Lamarr

Today we celebrate actress Hedy Lamarr, who was born on this day in 1914. She was born Hedwig Eva Maria Kiesler on November 9, 1914 in Vienna, Austria-Hungry. A top actress of Hollywood’s Golden Age, Lamarr was discovered as a teenager by an Austrian film director. At 19, she married Friedrich Mandl, a wealthy Austrian military arms merchant who did business with Mussolini and Hitler. The marriage was an unhappy one, and in 1937, she… Read the full story

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Profile of the Day: Sally Field

Posted November 6, 2015 by Amanda | No Comment
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Happy birthday, Sally Field! Today the actress turns 69. She was born on November 6, 1946 in Pasadena, California to Richard Dryden Field, an Army officer, and Margaret Field, an actress. After her parents divorced, Field’s mother married stuntman Jock Mahoney. With family already in show business, it was natural for Field to follow suit. She landed her first role as the boy-crazed surfer girl in the sitcom Gidget. Although the series only lasted a single… Read the full story

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Profile of the Day: Vivien Leigh

Posted November 5, 2015 by Amanda | No Comment
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Remember watching Gone With the Wind? On this day in 1913, star Vivien Leigh was born in Darjeeling, India. Leigh had dreams of stardom at an early age. She was first introduced to American audiences when she was cast as the southern belle Scarlett O’Hara in the film adaptation of Margaret Mitchell’s beloved book, Gone With the Wind. The film would become a tremendous success and be remembered as a Hollywood classic. The movie garnered 13 Academy… Read the full story

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Profile of the Day: Laura Bush

Posted November 4, 2015 by Amanda | No Comment
Profile of the Day: Laura Bush

Happy birthday, Laura Bush! Today the former First Lady turns 69. She was born Laura Lane Welch on November 4, 1946 in Midland, Texas. The only child of Harold Welch and Jenna Louise Hawkins Welch, Laura developed a love for reading at a young age. She worked as a second grade school teacher before earning her master’s degree in Library Science. In 1977, she met George W. Bush and they were married later that year…. Read the full story

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Profile of the Day: Vincenzo Bellini

Posted November 3, 2015 by Amanda | No Comment
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Do you have Italian ancestry? On this day in 1801, operatic composer Vincenzo Bellini was born in Catania, Sicily. Bellini was born to a highly musical family and showed signs of his musical talent at an early age. Although not much is known about his early life, some stories say that he learned to sing at 18 months and play the piano at the age of 3. His grandfather and his father were organists and teachers…. Read the full story

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Profile of the Day: Marie-Antoinette

Posted November 2, 2015 by Amanda | No Comment
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Marie-Antoinette, the infamous Queen of France, was born on this day in 1755 in Vienna, Austria. The youngest daughter of Holy Roman Emperor Francis I and Empress Maria Theresa, Marie-Antoinette’s marriage to the future French king Louis XVI at the age of 15 was arranged in order to cement an alliance between the French and Hapsburg thrones. She became known for indulging in an extravagant lifestyle and before long, her frivolous spending began adding fuel to… Read the full story

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Profile of the Day: Henry Winkler

Posted October 30, 2015 by Amanda | No Comment
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Remember watching Happy Days? Today star Henry Winkler turns 70! A graduate of the prestigious Yale School of Drama, the classically trained actor got his big break when he was cast as Arthur “Fonzie” Fonzarelli on the classic sitcom Happy Days. Although the Fonz was originally meant to be a minor character, Winkler immediately became an audience favorite. Did you know initially he was not allowed to wear his signature leather jacket? Executives believed it would make his character appear to… Read the full story

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Profile of the Day: Sir Walter Raleigh

Posted October 29, 2015 by Amanda | No Comment
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On this day in 1618, explorer Sir Walter Raleigh was executed for treason by King James I. One of the most prominent figures of the Elizabethan era and a favorite of Queen Elizabeth I, Raleigh was instrumental in the English colonization of the New World. He was granted a royal patent to explore the new lands and invested in expeditions across the Atlantic to establish a colony on Roanoke Island. Today, the famed settlement is known as the… Read the full story

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Profile of the Day: Julia Roberts

Posted October 28, 2015 by Amanda | No Comment
Profile of the Day: Julia Roberts

Happy 48th birthday to Julia Roberts! Actress Julia Roberts was bon on October 28, 1967 in Smyrna, Georgia. The youngest of three children, Julia grew up in a highly creative household. Her parents were actors and co-founded a workshop for aspiring actors and writers in Atlanta. In 1989, she earned critical praise for her performance in the film Steel Magnolias, in which she co-starred alongside acting legends Sally Field and Shirley MacLaine. Her performance earned Julia… Read the full story

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Profile of the Day: Theodore Roosevelt

Posted October 27, 2015 by Amanda | No Comment
Profile of the Day: Theodore Roosevelt

On this day in 1858, Theodore Roosevelt, the 26th President of the United States, was born in New York City. He was the second of four children born to Theodore Roosevelt, Sr., a glass businessman and philanthropist, and Martha Stewart “Mittie” Bulloch, a socialite and southern belle thought to be one of the inspirations for the character Scarlett O’Hara in Gone With the Wind. Nicknamed “Teedie,” Roosevelt spent much of his childhood indoors due to illness… Read the full story

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Profile of the Day: Maureen O’Hara

Posted October 26, 2015 by Amanda | No Comment
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Today we remember legendary film actress Maureen O’Hara, who passed away this weekend. She was born Maureen FitzSimons on August 17, 1920 in Ranelagh, Ireland. Starting from a young age, O’Hara dreamed of becoming an opera singer and stage actress like her mother, but she was convinced by actor Charles Laughton to try her hand at film. Her first major movie was Alfred Hitchcock’s Jamaica Inn. Her performance in that film led to her casting as the… Read the full story

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Profile of the Day: Johnny Carson

Posted October 23, 2015 by Amanda | No Comment
Profile of the Day: Johnny Carson

Do you remember watching The Tonight Show Starring Johnny Carson? Today we celebrate what would have been host Johnny Carson’s 90th birthday. John William Carson was born on October 23, 1925 in Corning, Iowa to Homer Homer Lloyd “Kit” Carson and Ruth Hook. As a child, Carson developed his entertainment skills by performing magic for his family and friends. He called himself “The Great Carsoni” and by the age of 14, began performing at county fairs… Read the full story

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Profile of the Day: Sarah Bernhardt

Posted October 22, 2015 by Amanda | No Comment
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Do you have any actors in your family? On this day in 1844, stage and early film actress Sarah Bernhardt was born. Once called “the most famous actress the world has ever known,” Sarah Bernhardt was one of the most in demand actresses in Europe and the Americas. She rose to fame in the 1870s on the stages of France and with the advent of film, she became one of the first actors to appear in… Read the full story

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Profile of the Day: Carrie Fisher

Posted October 21, 2015 by Amanda | No Comment
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Happy birthday, Carrie Fisher! Today the star turns 59. The daughter of actors Eddie Fisher and Debbie Reynolds, Fisher seemed destined to follow her parents into show business. In 1977, she skyrocketed to international fame when she was cast as Princess Leia in the original Star Wars trilogy. Despite also becoming a best-selling author and screenwriter, and taking on memorable supporting roles in films such as When Harry Met Sally…, Fisher remains most recognized for her role… Read the full story

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Profile of the Day: Bela Lugosi

Posted October 20, 2015 by Amanda | No Comment
Profile of the Day: Bela Lugosi

Do you like scary movies? On this day in 1882, horror film legend Bela Lugosi was born. He was born Béla Ferenc Dezső Blaskó to Paula de Vojnich and István Blaskó, a banker, in Lugos, Hungary. Around the age of 11, he left home and took on odd jobs to support himself in his travels. It was during this time that he began acting on stage and was soon accepted into Hungary’s Academy of Performing Arts. As… Read the full story

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Profile of the Day: General Charles Cornwallis

Posted October 19, 2015 by Amanda | No Comment
Profile of the Day: General Charles Cornwallis

Did your ancestors fight in the American Revolutionary War? On this day in 1781, British General Charles Cornwallis surrendered at Yorktown, Virginia, effectively bringing an end to the American Revolution. During his early days in the war, Cornwallis had successfully driven George Washington’s troops out of New Jersey. In 1779, Cornwallis became a leading figure in the British “southern strategy” to gain control of the southern colonies. Although Cornwallis had generally been successful in his battles, including his notable victory… Read the full story

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Profile of the Day: Angela Lansbury

Posted October 16, 2015 by Amanda | No Comment
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Happy 90th birthday to Angela Lansbury! The Murder, She Wrote actress was born in London, England on October 16, 1925 to Edgar Lansbury, a politician, and stage and film actress Moyna Macgill. When she was nine, her father died from stomach cancer. She has stated that his death was a defining moment of her life. At the onset of the Blitz in 1940, her family immigrated to the United States. She studied acting while in New York City… Read the full story

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Profile of the Day: Desi Arnaz

Posted October 15, 2015 by Amanda | No Comment
Profile of the Day: Desi Arnaz

Today is the 64th anniversary of the premiere of I Love Lucy! Do you remember watching? The beloved sitcom starred real-life couple Lucille Ball and Desi Arnaz as Lucy and Ricky Ricardo and William Frawley and Vivian Vance as the Ricardo’s best friends and neighbors, Fred and Ethel Mertz. Originally, executives had been pursuing Ball to adapt her popular radio series My Favorite Husband for television. However, Ball insisted that Arnaz play her on-air husband so the… Read the full story

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Profile of the Day: A.A. Milne

Posted October 14, 2015 by Amanda | No Comment
Profile of the Day: A.A. Milne

Remember Winnie the Pooh? On this day in 1926, author A.A. Milne published his children’s book Winnie-the-Pooh, a collection of stories following the adventures of the honey-loving teddy bear and his friends. Milne’s real life inspiration for his characters came right from his home. The character Christopher Robin was named after his son, Christopher Robin Milne, and the character Winnie the Pooh was named after his son’s teddy bear. The rest of his son’s stuffed toys were incorporated into Milne’s… Read the full story

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Profile of the Day: Marie Osmond

Posted October 13, 2015 by Amanda | No Comment
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Happy birthday, Marie Osmond! Today the the singer turns 56. Born Olive Marie Osmond on October 13, 1959 in Ogden, Utah, Marie shares her birthday with her father, George, who was born in 1917. She was the only girl out of nine children. Growing up, her brothers sang and performed on television as the Osmond Brothers. During the 1970s, she followed her brothers into show business and entered the country music scene. Her first single… Read the full story

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Profile of the Day: Christopher Columbus

Posted October 12, 2015 by Amanda | No Comment
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Today is Columbus Day in the U.S. Established as a federal holiday in 1937, the day commemorates Christopher Columbus’ voyage to the New World in 1492. Columbus set sail from Spain across the Atlantic with his ships, the Niña, the Pinta and the Santa Maria. Although not the first to arrive to the American continent, Columbus’ expeditions played a significant role in Spain’s colonization of the New World. Celebration of the holiday has changed over time…. Read the full story

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Profile of the Day: Charles X of France

Posted October 9, 2015 by Amanda | No Comment
Profile of the Day: Charles X of France

Have you found your connection to French royalty? On this day in 1757, Charles X was born at the Palace of Versailles. Named Charles Philippe, he was made Count of Artois at birth by his grandfather, King Louis XV. As the youngest son of the Dauphin Louis and his wife, the Dauphine Marie Josèphe, Charles was never expected to inherit the throne. At the outbreak of the French Revolution, he fled France. He returned in 1814 when the… Read the full story

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Profile of the Day: Matt Damon

Posted October 8, 2015 by Amanda | No Comment
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Happy birthday, Matt Damon! Today The Martian star turns 45. He was born Matthew Paige Damon on October 6, 1970 in Cambridge, Massachusetts to Kent Damon, a stockbroker, and Nancy Paige, an early childhood education professor. At the age of ten, he met his longtime friend, Ben Affleck. Together, the childhood friends catapulted to Hollywood stardom after co-writing the screenplay for the Academy Award winning film, Good Will Hunting. The duo took home the coveted statue for Best Original Screenplay…. Read the full story

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Profile of the Day: Edgar Allan Poe

Posted October 7, 2015 by Amanda | No Comment
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Are you a fan of the spooky tales written by Edgar Allan Poe? 166 years ago today, the famous poet and writer died in Baltimore, Maryland at the age of 40. Born in Boston, Massachusetts on January 19, 1809, Poe was orphaned as a young child. He was taken in by John Allan, a successful merchant, and his wife. Considered the inventor of detective fiction, Poe is best known for his tales of mystery and… Read the full story

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Profile of the Day: Carole Lombard

Posted October 6, 2015 by Amanda | No Comment
Profile of the Day: Carole Lombard

Today we remember actress Carole Lombard, who was born on this day in 1908. She was born Jane Alice Peters in Fort Wayne, Indiana and was the third child and only daughter of Frederick and Elizabeth Peters. Discovered by a director while playing baseball with friends, Lombard made her first film appearance at the age of 13. She went on to star in more than 20 silent films and is best remembered for her roles… Read the full story

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Profile of the Day: Robert Goddard

Posted October 5, 2015 by Amanda | No Comment
Profile of the Day: Robert Goddard

In the last few months, NASA has discovered fascinating new details about Mars and Pluto. These exciting revelations in space exploration may not have been possible without the pioneering work of physicist and inventor Robert Goddard, who was born on this day in 1882 in Worcester, Massachusetts. Known as the father of modern rocket propulsion, Goddard is credited with creating, building, and launching the world’s first liquid-fueled rocket.  Despite his groundbreaking work, Goddard received very little public support for his… Read the full story

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Profile of the Day: Groucho Marx

Posted October 2, 2015 by Amanda | No Comment
Profile of the Day: Groucho Marx

Happy 125th birthday, Groucho Marx! The master comedian was born Julius Henry Marx on October 2, 1890 in New York City, New York. He was the third of five sons born to Samuel “Frenchie” and Minnie Marx. As the family struggled financially, Groucho’s mother sought to guide her sons’ talents into a prosperous career in show business. By the 1920s, the Marx Brothers became one of the biggest comedic acts in the country. Groucho’s signature glasses, bushy… Read the full story

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Profile of the Day: Julie Andrews

Posted October 1, 2015 by Amanda | No Comment
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Happy birthday, Julie Andrews! Today the actress turns 80. The Sound of Music star was born Julia Elizabeth Wells on October 1, 1935 in Surrey, England. Her mother and stepfather were performers and she occasionally joined them on stage. After finding work on the London stage, Andrews moved to the U.S. In 1956, she appeared on Broadway in My Fair Lady, starring as Eliza Doolittle, and received her first Tony Award nomination for her performance. Although the decision to replace her with Audrey… Read the full story

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