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Profile of the Day: Lyndon B. Johnson

Posted August 27, 2015 by Amanda | No Comment
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Are you related to a U.S. President? On this day in 1908, President Lyndon B. Johnson was born. Lyndon Baines Johnson was born on August 27, 1908 in a small farmhouse in Stonewall, Texas. He was the oldest of five children born to Samuel Ealy Johnson, Jr. and Rebekah Baines. Perhaps it was inevitable that Johnson would enter the world of politics. His father had served five terms in the Texas House of Representatives. Hours after the… Read the full story

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Profile of the Day: Albert, Prince Consort

Posted August 26, 2015 by Amanda | No Comment
Profile of the Day: Albert, Prince Consort

On this day in 1819, Prince Albert, the husband of Queen Victoria, was born in Schloss Rosenau, Germany. Born Albert Francis Charles Augustus Emmanuel of Saxe-Coburg-Gotha, the Prince was the second son of Ernest I, Duke of Saxe-Coburg-Saalfeld, and his first wife, Louise of Saxe-Gotha-Altenburg. In 1840, he married his first cousin, Queen Victoria, who had inherited the English throne just a few years earlier at the age of 18. Together, the couple had nine… Read the full story

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Profile of the Day: Sean Connery

Posted August 25, 2015 by Amanda | No Comment
Profile of the Day: Sean Connery

Happy 85th birthday to Sean Connery! Best known as the original James Bond, Connery has starred in a wide variety of roles on the stage and screen. Connery portrayed the iconic British secret agent in a total of seven films, cementing his place in pop culture history. After taking a short break, Connery returned to film in a series of highly acclaimed roles, even winning an Academy Award for Best Supporting Actor for his role in The Untouchables…. Read the full story

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Profile of the Day: William I of the Netherlands

Posted August 24, 2015 by Amanda | No Comment
Profile of the Day: William I of the Netherlands

Do you have family ties to Dutch royalty? On this day in 1772, William I of the Netherlands, the first King of the Netherlands, was born. He was the son of William V, Prince of Orange of the Dutch Republic, and Wilhelmina of Prussia. In 1791, he married his first cousin, Wilhelmina, who was the daughter of King Frederik William II of Prussia. After the French invasion of the Dutch Republic, William emigrated with his… Read the full story

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Profile of the Day: Julian Bond

Posted August 21, 2015 by Amanda | No Comment
Profile of the Day: Julian Bond

Iconic Civil Rights activist Julian Bond passed away on August 15 this year at the age of 75. One of the most prominent leaders of the American Civil Rights Movement during the 1960′s, Bond remained a champion of equal rights throughout his life. He was born Horace Julian Bond on January 14, 1940 in Nashville, Tennessee to Julia Agnes Washington and Horace Mann Bond. While a student at Morehouse College during the early 1960′s, Bond helped… Read the full story

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Profile of the Day: H.P. Lovecraft

Posted August 20, 2015 by Amanda | No Comment
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Are you a horror fan? On this day in 1890, author H.P. Lovecraft was born in Providence, Rhode Island. Howard Philips Lovecraft was born on August 20, 1890 in his family home. He was the only child of Winfield Scott Lovecraft, a traveling salesman, and Sarah Susan Phillips. When he was three, his father was placed in the Providence psychiatric institution, Butler Hospital, where he remained until his death. Lovecraft was raised by his mother, his two… Read the full story

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Profile of the Day: Bill Clinton

Posted August 19, 2015 by Amanda | No Comment
Profile of the Day: Bill Clinton

Happy 69th birthday, Bill Clinton! William Jefferson Blythe III was born on August 19, 1946 in Hope, Arkansas. His father, William Jefferson Blyth, Jr., was a traveling salesman and died in a car accident three months before his birth. His mother, Virginia Dell, later married Roger Clinton, Sr. At the age of 16, Clinton met President John F. Kennedy while visiting the White House as a Boys Nation senator. His visit is said to have inspired… Read the full story

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Profile of the Day: Robert Redford

Posted August 18, 2015 by Amanda | No Comment
Profile of the Day: Robert Redford

Happy birthday, Robert Redford! Today the actor turns 79. Charles Robert Redford, Jr. was born on August 18, 1936 in Santa Monica, California. He was the only child born to Martha W. Hart and Charles Robert Redford, Sr., a milkman-turned-accountant. After starting out with small roles on television, Redford became a major star after co-starring with Paul Newman in the box office hit Butch Cassidy and the Sundance Kid. In 1973, he joined forces again with Newman in… Read the full story

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Profile of the Day: Davy Crockett

Posted August 17, 2015 by Amanda | No Comment
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Are you related to the great American folk hero Davy Crockett? On this day in 1786, the famous frontiersman was born. Born to John M. Crockett and Rebecca Sullivan Crockett, Davy learned to shoot at the age of 8 and gained a reputation for hunting and story telling. In 1826, he was elected to Congress and served two terms before leaving politics to join the Texas Revolution. He was killed at the Battle of the Alamo… Read the full story

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Profile of the Day: Warren G. Harding

Posted August 14, 2015 by Amanda | No Comment
Profile of the Day: Warren G. Harrding

Has your family history research helped you prove any rumors in your family tree? It was recently announced that DNA tests have proven the long standing allegation that the 29th President of the United States, Warren G. Harding, fathered a child with his mistress, Nan Britton. Harding was born on November 2, 1865 in Blooming Grove, Ohio. In 1920, he became the first sitting Senator to be elected President. During his campaign, he vowed a “return… Read the full story

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Profile of the Day: Annie Oakley

Posted August 13, 2015 by Amanda | No Comment
Profile of the Day: Annie Oakley

Are you related to the famous sharpshooter Annie Oakley? On this day in 1860, the Wild West star was born. She was born Phoebe Ann Mosey in a cabin near Woodland, Ohio. Oakley honed her remarkable sharpshooting skills as a teen hunting game to support her mother and siblings. She met her husband Frank Butler, a marksman and performer, after beating him in a shooting competition. In 1885, she and her husband joined Buffalo Bill’s Wild… Read the full story

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Profile of the Day: George IV

Posted August 12, 2015 by Amanda | No Comment
Profile of the Day: George IV

Do you have royal blood? On this day in 1762, George IV of the United Kingdom and Hanover was born. The first child of King George III and Queen Charlotte, George became Prince Regent in 1811 during his father’s mental illnesses and ascended to the throne following his death in 1820. George enjoyed living an extravagant lifestyle and at the age of 23, secretly and illegally married Maria Fitzherbert, a twice-widowed commoner and a Roman Catholic. Legally, the… Read the full story

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Profile of the Day: Edith Wharton

Posted August 11, 2015 by Amanda | No Comment
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Do you have any writers in your family tree? On this day in 1937, author Edith Wharton died in Saint-Brice-sous-Forêt, France. Born to a prominent New York family, Wharton was the youngest child of George Frederic Jones and Lucretia Stevens Rhinelander. She began writing poetry and fiction as a young girl and even attempted to write her first novel at the age of 11. Although she had a thirst for knowledge and desired a greater… Read the full story

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Profile of the Day: James Smithson

Posted August 10, 2015 by Amanda | No Comment
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On this day in 1846, the Smithsonian Institution was created. Founding donor James Smithson, an English chemist and mineralogist, had bequeath his estate to the United States government to create an “establishment for the increase and diffusion of knowledge among men.” Smithson was born Jacques-Louis Macie in Paris, France circa 1765. The illegitimate child of Hugh Percy, 1st Duke of Norhthumberland and Elizabeth Hungerford Keate Macie, Smithson later changed his surname after the death of his parents to his biological… Read the full story

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Profile of the Day: Charlize Theron

Posted August 7, 2015 by Amanda | No Comment
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Today actress Charlize Theron celebrates her 40th birthday! She was born in Benoni, Transvaal Province, South Africa on August 7, 1975 to Charles and Greda Theron. She grew up in an Afrikaans-speaking household on a farm in Benoni. As a child, Charlize studied ballet and was eventually sent to a boarding school in Johannesburg to further her study in dance. After winning a modeling contest at 16, she traveled to the U.S. to begin a career… Read the full story

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Profile of the Day: Lucille Ball

Posted August 6, 2015 by Amanda | No Comment
Profile of the Day: Lucille Ball

Happy birthday to Lucille Ball! Today the beloved actress would have been 104. Lucille Désirée Ball was born on August 6 ,1911 in Jamestown, New York. After her father died of typhoid fever in 1915, the family moved in with her maternal grandparents. She and her brother were later cared for by their step-grandparents after her mother remarried. As a teen, Ball attended the John Murray Anderson School for the Dramatic Arts in New York City,… Read the full story

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Profile of the Day: Sir Alec Guinness

Posted August 5, 2015 by Amanda | No Comment
Profile of the Day: Alec Guinness

Today we remember actor Sir Alec Guinness, who passed away on this day 15 years ago. He was born Alec Guinness de Cuffe on April 2, 1914 in England to Ann Cuff. Although the name of his father was left blank on his birth certificate, some believe his father was Andrew Geddes, a Scottish banker who paid for Guinness’s schooling. During World War II, Guinness served with the Royal Navy Volunteer Reserve. He operated a British Royal… Read the full story

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Profile of the Day: President Barack Obama

Posted August 4, 2015 by Amanda | No Comment
Profile of the Day: President Barack Obama

Happy birthday, President Obama! Today the 44th President of the United States turns 54. Barack Hussein Obama was born on August 4, 1961 in Honolulu, Hawaii to Ann Dunham, a white woman from Wichita, Kansas, and Barack Hussein Obama, Sr., a member of the Luo ethnicity in Nyanza Province, Kenya. While he was still young, his parents separated and his mother remarried an Indonesian man named Lolo Soetoro. Obama moved with is family to Indonesia before he… Read the full story

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Profile of the Day: J.K. Rowling

Posted July 31, 2015 by Amanda | No Comment
Profile of the Day: J.K. Rowling

Happy 50th birthday to author J.K. Rowling! Joanne Rowling was born on July 31, 1965 in Yale, England to Peter James Rowling, a Rolls-Royce aircraft engineer, and Anne Volant, a science technician. Her great grandfather, Louis Volant was a French soldier in World War I. He was awarded the Croix de Guerre for exceptional bravery in defending the village of Courcelles-le-Comte. A single mother at the time she wrote the first Harry Potter book, Rowling… Read the full story

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Profile of the Day: Arnold Schwarzenegger

Posted July 30, 2015 by Amanda | No Comment
Profile of the Day: Arnold Schwarzenegger

Happy 68th birthday to Arnold Schwarzenegger! Arnold Alois Schwarzenegger was born in Thal, Austria to Gustave Schwarzenegger, a local police chief, and Aurelia Jadrny. His father was once a member of the Nazi party and favored his eldest son over Arnold. Struggling with a tough home life, Arnold turned to movies as an escape and dreamed of moving to the U.S. At 15, he began weight training and won the Mr. Universe title by the age of 20…. Read the full story

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Profile of the Day: Vincent van Gogh

Posted July 29, 2015 by Amanda | No Comment
Profile of the Day: Vincent van Gogh

Do you enjoy the artwork of Vincent van Gogh? Today we remember the famous Dutch painter who died on this day in 1890 from a self inflicted gunshot wound. Van Gogh was born on March 30, 1853 to an upper-middle class family. He was born exactly one year after the stillbirth of his parents’ first son, who was also named Vincent. Van Gogh had a close relationship with his younger brother, Theo, who often provided him… Read the full story

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Profile of the Day: Jacqueline Kennedy Onassis

Posted July 28, 2015 by Amanda | 2 Comments
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Happy birthday, Jacqueline Kennedy Onassis! Today, the former First Lady would have celebrated her 86th birthday. Jacqueline Lee Bouvier was born on July 28, 1929 in Southampton, New York. Her father, John Vernou Bouvier III, was a wealthy Wall Street stockbroker whose family had come from France in the early 1800s. Her mother, Janet Norton Lee was a socialite and accomplished equestrian with Irish heritage. In 1961, she became First Lady of the United States when… Read the full story

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Profile of the Day: Bob Hope

Posted July 27, 2015 by Amanda | No Comment
Profile of the Day: Bob Hope

Today we remember legendary comedian Bob Hope, who died on this day in 2003 at the age of 100. He was born Leslie Townes Hope in Eltham, London to William and Avis Hope on May 29, 1903. The fifth of seven sons, Bob held a series of odd jobs before landing in vaudeville. With a career that spanned more than eight decades, Bob conquered almost every entertainment medium, from vaudeville and Broadway to radio, television and… Read the full story

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Profile of the Day: Amelia Earhart

Posted July 24, 2015 by Amanda | No Comment
Profile of the Day: Amelia Earhart

Today we remember pioneer aviator Amelia Earhart on her 118th birthday. Amelia Mary Earhart was born on July 24, 1897 in Atchison, Kansas. She was named after her two grandmothers, Amelia Josephine Otis and Mary Wells Earhart. From a young age, Amelia had an adventurist spirit. After Charles Lindbergh’s solo flight across the Atlantic, she knew she wanted to be the first woman to do the same. In 1932, Amelia succeeded in becoming the first woman to fly solo… Read the full story

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Profile of the Day: Daniel Radcliffe

Posted July 23, 2015 by Amanda | No Comment
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Happy birthday, Daniel Radcliffe! Today the Harry Potter star turns 26. Born in London, England, Radcliffe got his start at the age of 10 in the BBC television film David Copperfield. It was this performance that caught the eye of director Chris Columbus, who was searching for a young unknown actor to cast as the lead in the film adaptation of J.K. Rowling’s beloved Harry Potter book series. At just 11 years old, Radcliffe joined fellow unknown actors Rupert Grint and… Read the full story

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Profile of the Day: Alex Trebek

Posted July 22, 2015 by Amanda | No Comment
Profile of the Day: Alex Trebek

Do you watch Jeopardy? Today the longtime game show host Alex Trebek turns 75! George Alexander Trebek was born on July 22, 1940 in Sudbury, Ontario, Canada. His father, George Edward Trebek, had emigrated from Ukraine as a child. His mother, Lucille Lagacé, was French-Canadian. Although he studied philosophy at the University of Ottawa, upon graduation, Trebek decided to pursue a career in journalism. His calm on-screen demeanor soon caught people’s attention and Trebek transitioned his career… Read the full story

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Profile of the Day: Ernest Hemingway

Posted July 21, 2015 by Amanda | No Comment
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Remember reading A Farewell to Arms? On this day in 1899, author Ernest Hemingway was born in Oak Park, Illinois. During World War I, Hemingway enlisted with the Red Cross to become an ambulance driver in Italy. On July 8, 1918, he was seriously wounded by mortar fire and despite his injuries, Hemingway assisted Italian soldiers to safety. He would receive the Italian Silver Medal of Bravery for his actions. While recuperating, Hemingway fell in love with… Read the full story

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Profile of the Day: Neil Armstrong

Posted July 20, 2015 by Amanda | No Comment
Profile of the Day: Neil Armstrong

Today, we celebrate the 46th anniversary of Apollo 11′s successful landing on the Moon. Do you remember watching Neil Armstrong take his first steps on the Moon? The momentous occasion was broadcasted on live television to a world-wide audience. Over half a billion people watched as Neil Armstrong took his first steps on the Moon’s surface and say his now-famous words, “That’s one small step for man, one giant leap for mankind.” Buzz Aldrin would join him later as the second… Read the full story

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Profile of the Day: Phyllis Diller

Posted July 17, 2015 by Amanda | No Comment
Profile of the Day: Phyllis Diller

Today we remember comedian Phyllis Diller, who was born on July 17, 1917 in Lima, Ohio. The only daughter of Perry Marcus Driver and Frances Ada Romshe, Diller studied the piano for many years but decided against pursing a career in music. In 1939, she eloped with Sherwood Diller and together, the couple had six children (one died in infancy). She got her start in comedy late in life, making her first standup comedy performance in 1955…. Read the full story

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Profile of the Day: Roald Amundsen

Posted July 16, 2015 by Amanda | No Comment
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Do you have Norwegian ancestry? On this day, Norwegian explorer Roald Amundsen was born in Borge, Østfold, Norway. Amundsen was born into a family of shipowners and captains and had a lifelong desire for polar exploration. One of the key figures of the Heroic Age of Antarctic Exploration, Amundsen was the first explorer to reach the South Pole. He gained invaluable knowledge for his journey in the Antarctic from his earlier expedition traversing the Northwest Passage. The… Read the full story

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Profile of the Day: Rembrandt Van Rijn

Posted July 15, 2015 by Amanda | No Comment
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Do you have Dutch ancestry? Dutch artist Rembrandt van Rijn was born on this day in 1606 in Leiden in the Dutch Republic, now known as the Netherlands. The ninth child born to Harmen Gerritszoon van Rijn and Neeltgen Willemsdochter van Zuytbrouck, Rembrandt was put through school in preparation for a career in the government or ministry. However, by the age of 15, he abandoned his studies to pursue his art. Considered one of the greatest… Read the full story

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Profile of the Day: Clyde Tombaugh

Posted July 14, 2015 by Amanda | No Comment
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History was made this morning as NASA’s New Horizons spacecraft made its closest approach to Pluto, a feat that was nine years and billions of miles in the making. Passing within 7,800 miles of the planet, New Horizons is the closest any spacecraft has come to the icy dwarf planet. Along for the ride are the ashes of astronomer Clyde Tombaugh, who discovered Pluto in 1930. Growing up on a farm in Kansas, Tombaugh made his own telescopes… Read the full story

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Profile of the Day: Patrick Stewart

Posted July 13, 2015 by Amanda | No Comment
Profile of the Day: Patrick Stewart

Happy 75th birthday to Patrick Stewart! A veteran of the stage and screen, Stewart’s versatile career has spanned from the works of Shakespeare to some of popular culture’s most iconic franchises. Stewart was born on July 13, 1940 in Mirfield, England to Gladys Barrowclaugh, a textile worker, and Alfred Stewart, a Regimental Sergeant Major in the British Army. Growing up in a poor and abusive household, Stewart found solace in acting. He left school at the… Read the full story

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Profile of the Day: Nikola Tesla

Posted July 10, 2015 by Amanda | No Comment
Profile of the Day: Nikola Tesla

Happy 159th birthday to Nikola Tesla! Tesla was born on July 10, 1856 in the village of Smiljan in the Austrian Empire (modern-day Croatia) to Serbian parents. His father and his maternal grandfather were Orthodox priests. Although his father wished for him to also enter the priesthood, Tesla was firmly interested in the sciences. After arriving in American in 1884, Tesla worked briefly as an engineer for Thomas Edison to redesign Edison’s direct current generators. According to Tesla, Edison offered… Read the full story

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Profile of the Day: Tom Hanks

Posted July 9, 2015 by Amanda | No Comment
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Happy birthday, Tom Hanks! Today the popular actor turns 59. Thomas Jeffery Hanks was born on July 9, 1956 in Concord, California. In 1960, his parents divorced and Tom, along with his two oldest siblings, went to live with their father. His youngest brother stayed with their mother. He got his big break when he was cast as the lead in the television sitcom Bosom Buddies. Although the show was canceled after only two seasons, Tom… Read the full story

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Profile of the Day: John Pemberton

Posted July 8, 2015 by Amanda | No Comment
Profile of the Day: John Pemberton

Do you fancy a Coke? On this day in 1831, Coca-Cola inventor John Pemberton was born in Knoxville, Georgia. Pemberton was the son of James Clifford Pemberton, who was the brother of Confederate General John Clifford Pemberton. Like his uncle, Pemberton served in the Confederate Army. During the America Civil War, he was wounded in the Battle of Columbus when he was slashed in the chest by a saber. Like many wounded soldiers of the time,… Read the full story

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Profile of the Day: Herbert Hoover

Posted July 7, 2015 by Amanda | No Comment
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On this day in 1930, construction began on the Hoover Dam. For five years, over 21,000 men worked to produce what would be the largest dam of its time and one of the largest manmade structures in the world. The idea of the dam had been around for many decades. While serving as Secretary of Commerce in 1921, Herbert Hoover devoted much of his time to the creation of a dam in Boulder Canyon, Colorado…. Read the full story

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Profile of the Day: Frida Kahlo

Posted July 6, 2015 by Amanda | No Comment
Profile of the Day: Frida Kahlo

Do you have Mexican ancestry? On this day in 1907, Mexican painter Frida Kahlo was born. She was born Magdalena Carmen Frieda Kahlo y Calderón in her parents’ house, known as La Casa Azul, in Coyocoán, a town on the outskirts of Mexico City. Her father, Guillermo Kahlo, was born Carl Wilhelm Kahlo in Pforzheim, Germany. A photographer, Frida’s father traveled to Mexico at the age of 19 and changed his name to Guillermo upon arrival. He married… Read the full story

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Profile of the Day: Franz Kafka

Posted July 3, 2015 by Amanda | No Comment
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On this day in 1883, renowned author Franz Kafka was born in Prague in the Austro-Hungarian Empire. The eldest of six children, Kafka grew up in a middle-class, German-speaking, Jewish family. His two younger brothers died in infancy, leaving him as the only son in the family. Though Kafka died several years before World War II, his three sisters would go on to perish during the Holocaust. Kafka showed an interested in writing at an early age, however, his work attracted… Read the full story

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Profile of the Day: Diana, Princess of Wales

Posted July 1, 2015 by Amanda | No Comment
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Today we remember Princess Diana on what would have been her 54th birthday. She was born Diana Frances Spencer in Sandringham, England to John Spencer, Viscount Althorp, and Frances Burk Rouche, Viscountess Althorp. Her parents would divorce when she was eight years old. She became known as Lady Diana when her father inherited the title of Earl Spencer in 1975. In 1981, she married Prince Charles in a lavish ceremony at St. Paul’s Cathedral. Over 750 million… Read the full story

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Profile of the Day: Margaret Mitchell

Posted June 30, 2015 by Amanda | No Comment
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Are you a fan of Gone With the Wind? On this day in 1936, author Margaret Mitchell published the beloved novel for the first time. Mitchell began writing the best-selling novel out of boredom while she was recovering from an injury. Set in Georgia during the American Civil War and Reconstruction era, Gone With the Wind was popular with American readers right from the start. A year later, she received a Pulitzer Prize for Fiction for her work… Read the full story

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Profile of the Day: Katharine Hepburn

Posted June 29, 2015 by Amanda | No Comment
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Today we remember actress Katharine Hepburn, who passed away on this day in 2003 at the age of 96. Katharine Houghton Hepburn was born on May 12, 1907 in Hartford, Connecticut. The second of six children, Katharine grew up in a very progressive household. Her father, Thomas Norval Hepburn, was a successful urologist who sought to educate the public about venereal diseases. Her mother, Katharine Martha Houghton, was the head of the Connecticut Woman Suffrage Association…. Read the full story

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Profile of the Day: Pearl S. Buck

Posted June 26, 2015 by Amanda | No Comment
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Do you have any writers in your family tree? On this day in 1892, Nobel Prize winning author Pearl S. Buck was born in Hillsboro, West Virginia. She was born Pearl Comfort Sydenstricker to Caroline Stulting and Absalom Sydenstricker. The daughter of Southern Presbyterian missionaries, Pearl spent much of her childhood and young adult life living in China. The family had moved to the country when she was just five months old. When she was nine, the… Read the full story

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Profile of the Day: George Orwell

Posted June 25, 2015 by Amanda | No Comment
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Do you remember reading 1984? On this day in 1903, author George Orwell was born in Motihari, Bengal, India. Orwell was born Eric Arthur Blair to Ida Mabel and Richard Walmesley Blair, who worked in the Opium Department of the Indian Civil Service. His second-great grandfather, Charles Blair, was a wealthy owner of plantations in Jamaica. He started writing at a young age and in 1933, published his first major work Down and Out in Paris and London… Read the full story

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Profile of the Day: King Henry VIII

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Profile of the Day: King Henry VIII

Are you related to British royalty? On this day in 1509, Henry VIII was crowned the King of England. As the second son of Henry VII, Henry was not expected to inherit the crown. However, when his older brother, Arthur, died suddenly at the age of 15 only a few weeks after his marriage to Catherine of Aragon, a 10-year-old Henry became the heir-apparent. After the death of his father in 1509, Henry ascended to the throne. Shortly… Read the full story

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Profile of the Day: Dick Van Patten

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Today Eight is Enough star Dick Van Patten passed away at the age of 86. He was born Richard Vincent Van Patten on December 9, 1928 in New York City and began his career in show business as a child actor on Broadway. In 1977, he landed what would be his most beloved role on the hit television show Eight is Enough. Van Patten played family patriarch Tom Bradford, father to a brood of eight children. The show… Read the full story

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Profile of the Day: Meryl Streep

Posted June 22, 2015 by Amanda | No Comment
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Happy birthday, Meryl Streep! Today the star turns 66. Mary Louise Streep was born on June 22, 1949 in Summit, New Jersey to Mary Wilkinson Streep, a commercial artist and art editor, and Harry William Streep, a pharmaceutical executive. Her father was of Swiss-German ancestry, while her mother had English, German and Irish ancestry. A graduate of Yale Drama School, Meryl began her career on the stage. Before long, she lit up the big screen… Read the full story

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Profile of the Day: Lou Gehrig

Posted June 19, 2015 by Amanda | No Comment
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Are you a baseball fan? On this day in 1903, baseball legend Lou Gehrig was born in Yorkville, New York. Henry Louis Gehrig was the second of four children born to German immigrant parents. The only child to survive infancy, Gehrig grew up in poverty but showed an aptitude for academics and sports. He attended Columbia University on a football scholarship and studied engineering. In 1923, Gehrig signed with the New York Yankees. Nicknamed “The Iron Horse,”… Read the full story

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Profile of the Day: Anastasia Nikolaevna Romanova

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Profile of the Day: Grand Duchess Anastasia Nikolaevna of Russia

Do you have Russian ancestry? On this day in 1901, Anastasia, daughter of the last Russian tsar, Nicholas II, was born in Petrodvorets, Russia. After Anastasia and her family were killed by the Bolshevik secret police in 1918, the location of her body remained unknown. Rumors circulated that Anastasia had escaped. Many woman claimed to be the real Anastasia. The most notorious imposter was Anna Anderson, who surfaced during the 1920s. Though she fought for… Read the full story

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Profile of the Day: Barry Manilow

Posted June 17, 2015 by Amanda | No Comment
Profile of the Day: Barry Manilow

Happy 72nd birthday to Barry Manilow! On this day in 1943, Barry Alan Pincus was born in Brooklyn New York to Edna Manilow and Harold Pincus. At the time of his bar mitzvah, he adopted his mother’s maiden name. He began his career working as a commercial jingle writer, penning memorable jingles for Band-Aid and State Farm Insurance. In the 1970s, he began working with Bette Midler as her pianist, and soon became her musical… Read the full story

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