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Profile of the Day: Adolphe Sax

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

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

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Profile of the Day: Helen Keller

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

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Profile of the Day: Jack Dempsey

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

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Profile of the Day: June Carter Cash

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

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

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Profile of the Day: Meryl Streep

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

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Profile of the Day: Prince William, Duke of Cambridge

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

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

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Profile of the Day: Lionel Richie

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

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Profile of the Day: William Prescott

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

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

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Profile of the Day: Geronimo

Posted June 16, 2016 by Amanda | No Comment
Profile of the Day: Geronimo

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

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Profile of the Day: Edvard Grieg

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

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

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Profile of the Day: Harriet Beecher Stowe

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

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

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Profile of the Day: Lady Lucy Duff-Gordon

Posted June 13, 2016 by Amanda | No Comment
Profile of the Day: Lady Lucy Duff-Gordon

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

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Profile of the Day: Bridget Bishop

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

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

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Profile of the Day: Peter the Great

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

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

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Profile of the Day: Frank Lloyd Wright

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

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

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Profile of the Day: Prince

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

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Profile of the Day: Diego Velázquez

Posted June 6, 2016 by Amanda | No Comment
Profile of the Day: Diego Velázquez

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

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Profile of the Day: Edward White

Posted June 3, 2016 by Amanda | No Comment
Profile of the Day: Edward White

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

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Profile of the Day: Thomas Hardy

Posted June 2, 2016 by Amanda | No Comment
Profile of the Day: Thomas Hardy

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

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Profile of the Day: Marilyn Monroe

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

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

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Profile of the Day: Walt Whitman

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

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Profile of the Day: Mel Blanc

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

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Profile of the Day: James “Wild Bill” Hickok

Posted May 27, 2016 by Amanda | One Comment
Profile of the Day: James "Wild Bill" Hickok

Do you have roots in the Old West? Wild Bill Hickock, one of America’s most legendary gunslingers, was born on this day in 1837. Born and raised on a farm in rural Illinois, James Butler Hickok lived a life filled of adventures. During the American Civil War, Hickok served as a scout and spy for the Union army. He also worked as a stagecoach driver and lawman. A gifted marksman from an early age, the legend… Read the full story

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Profile of the Day: John Wayne

Posted May 26, 2016 by Amanda | No Comment
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Do you have a favorite Western film? On this day in 1907, legendary icon John Wayne was born in Winterset, Iowa. Although he was born Marion Robert Morrison, he preferred to be called by his nickname, “Duke.” He was a gifted athlete and even landed a football scholarship to the University of Southern California. Wayne got his start in film with small parts in low budget Westerns. His big break came when he was cast in… Read the full story

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Profile of the Day: Ralph Waldo Emerson

Posted May 25, 2016 by Amanda | No Comment
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Do you have a poet in your family tree? On this day in 1803, American essayist and poet Ralph Waldo Emerson was born in Boston, Massachusetts. The son of Rev. William Emerson and Ruth Haskins, Emerson was named after his mother’s brother Ralph and his father’s great grandmother, Rebecca Waldo. He is descended from Mayflower passengers John Howland and Elizabeth Tilley. In fact, he carried the mitochondrial DNA of Tilley, since he is descended from an… Read the full story

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Profile of the Day: Samuel F.B. Morse

Posted May 24, 2016 by Amanda | No Comment
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“What hath God wrought?” This was the message Samuel F.B. Morse sent from the Old Supreme Court Chamber in the United States Capital to his assistant, Alfred Vail, in Baltimore, Maryland, to inaugurate the first telegraph line on May 24, 1844. Morse was born on April 27, 1791 in Charlestown, Massachusetts to Jedediah Morse, a pastor and geographer, and Elizabeth Ann Finley Breese. Morse had established a career as a painter when a tragic event would pull… Read the full story

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Profile of the Day: Bonnie & Clyde

Posted May 23, 2016 by Amanda | No Comment
Profile of the Day: Bonnie and Clyde

On this day in 1934, infamous outlaws Bonnie Parker and Clyde Barrow were shot and killed in an ambush by police in Bienville Parish, Louisiana. Between 1932-1934, the famous gangsters captured the attention of the American public as they traveled throughout the country committing robberies and murders. The media coverage of their dangerous actions was intense and the couple used this to their advantage. After evading capture for two years, they were finally stopped as they drove… Read the full story

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Profile of the Day: James Stewart

Posted May 20, 2016 by Amanda | No Comment
Profile of the Day: James Stewart

Today we remember actor James Stewart, who was born on this day in 1908. The son of  Alexander Maitland Stewart and Elizabeth Ruth Jackson, Stewart was the eldest of three children. He got his first taste of performing while a student at Princeton University. Although he would earn a degree in architecture, Stewart ultimately chose to pursue an acting career after graduating college. He had started to find some success in film, but when World War II began,… Read the full story

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Profile of the Day: Anne Boleyn

Posted May 19, 2016 by Amanda | No Comment
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On this day in 1536, Anne Boleyn, the second wife of Henry VIII of England, was beheaded for charges of treason and adultery. Her marriage to Henry VIII was scandalous from the start and plunged the country into political and religious upheaval. Denied an annulment for his first marriage to Catherine of Aragon by the Roman Catholic Church, Henry VIII broke away from the Church to establish the Church of England under the control of the… Read the full story

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Profile of the Day: Jacqueline Cochran

Posted May 18, 2016 by Amanda | No Comment
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Who are the fascinating women in your family tree? On this day in 1953, pioneering aviator Jacqueline Cochran became the first woman to break the sound barrier. She was born Bessie Lee Pittman and grew up in a small town in Florida. After divorcing her first husband, Robert Cochran, she began using the name Jacqueline or “Jackie.” Cochran moved to New York where she landed a position at the prestigious Saks Fifth Avenue salon. It was… Read the full story

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Profile of the Day: Haakon VII of Norway

Posted May 17, 2016 by Amanda | No Comment
Profile of the Day: Haakon VII, King of Norway

Today Norway celebrates its Constitution Day, referred to simply as syttende mai (seventeenth May) by Norwegians. The national holiday is observed each year to commemorate the signing of the Constitution of Norway at Eidsvoll on May 17, 1814. The constitution declared Norway to be an independent nation in an attempt to avoid being ceded to Sweden after Denmark-Norway’s defeat in the Napoleonic Wars. The Crown Prince of Denmark-Norway, Christian Frederik, was named the first king of Norway,… Read the full story

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Profile of the Day: Douglas Fairbanks, Sr.

Posted May 16, 2016 by Amanda | No Comment
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Did you know that the first Academy Awards ceremony was held on May 16, 1929? The ceremony’s first host was none other than the Academy’s first president, actor Douglas Fairbanks, Sr. Long before it would become Hollywood’s biggest night, the first Academy Awards were handed out at a dinner party for around 270 guests at the Roosevelt Hotel in Los Angeles, California. The ceremony lasted just 15 minutes and honored the best films of 1927… Read the full story

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Profile of the Day: Bea Arthur

Posted May 13, 2016 by Amanda | No Comment
Profile of the Day: Bea Arthur

Do you remember watching The Golden Girls or Maude? Today, we remember star Bea Arthur on what would have been her 94th birthday. She was born Bernice Frankel on May 12, 1922 in New York City, New York. Before beginning her career as an actress, Arthur worked as a truck driver and typist in the United States Marine Corps Women’s Reserve during World War II. After the war, she found success in theater and earned a Tony Award… Read the full story

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Profile of the Day: Florence Nightingale

Posted May 12, 2016 by Amanda | No Comment
Profile of the Day: Florence Nightingale

Have you found your connection to the “Lady with the Lamp”? On this day in 1820, Florence Nightingale was born in Florence, Italy. A nursing pioneer, Nightingale is remembered as the founder of modern nursing. Nightingale was born to an affluent and elite British family. Growing up, she felt uncomfortable among her family’s social circles and preferred to spend her time helping the poor and ill near her family’s estate. By the age of sixteen, she knew… Read the full story

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Profile of the Day: Irving Berlin

Posted May 11, 2016 by Amanda | No Comment
Profile of the Day: Irving Berlin

Do you remember the songs “White Christmas,” “Blue Skies” or “Anything You Can Do”? They all were written by legendary composer and lyricist Irving Berlin, who was born on this day in 1888. Berlin was born Israel Isidore Baline in Tyumen, Siberia in the Russian Empire. One of eight children, Berlin and his family fled to the United States to escape Jewish persecution. The family settled in New York City in 1893, where Berlin worked to help support his… Read the full story

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Profile of the Day: Fred Astaire

Posted May 10, 2016 by Amanda | No Comment
Profile of the Day: Fred Astaire

117 years ago, legendary actor Fred Astaire was born in Omaha, Nebraska. Considered one of the greatest entertainers of Old Hollywood, Astaire dazzled audiences on the stage and screen with his charisma and energy. He was the son of Johanna Geilus and Frederic Austerlitz and had an older sister Adele, who proved to a natural dancer and singer. Together, the siblings developed a vaudeville act as children and became quite popular thanks to their father’s salesmanship. His… Read the full story

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Profile of the Day: J.M. Barrie

Posted May 9, 2016 by Amanda | No Comment
Profile of the Day: J.M. Barrie

Remember the story of Peter Pan? On this day in 1860, author J.M. Barrie was born in Kirriemuir, Angus, Scotland. Barrie was born James Matthew Barrie to David Barrie and Margaret Ogilvy. The ninth of ten children, Barrie was drawn to storytelling as a small child. He first found work as a writer and journalist, but discovered his work in theater increasing as time passed. During his third play, he met a young actress named Mary Ansell and… Read the full story

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Profile of the Day: George Clooney

Posted May 6, 2016 by Amanda | No Comment
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Happy birthday, George Clooney! Today the star turns 55. Clooney has an interesting pedigree. Not only is he the nephew of famous actress Rosemary Clooney, but his fourth great grandmother, Mary Ann Whitehouse (Sparrow), is the half sister of Nancy Lincoln, the mother of President Abraham Lincoln. That makes Abraham Lincoln his first cousin five times removed! After small parts on television, Clooney finally hit it big with a starring role in the hit drama ER. Since then,… Read the full story

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Profile of the Day: Ann B. Davis

Posted May 5, 2016 by Amanda | No Comment
Profile of the Day: Ann B. Davis

Do you remember watching The Brady Bunch? On this day in 1926, actress Ann B. Davis was born in Schenectady, New York. Best known for playing the beloved and hilarious housekeeper Alice Nelson on the popular 70s sitcom, Davis was a longtime veteran of the stage and screen. She caught the acting bug in college, where she had originally planned to study medicine. After her breakout hit on the 1950s sitcom The Bob Cummings Show, for which she won two… Read the full story

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Profile of the Day: Audrey Hepburn

Posted May 4, 2016 by Amanda | No Comment
Profile of the Day: Audrey Hepburn

Do you have a favorite Audrey Hepburn movie? Today marks what would have been the 87th birthday of the legendary actress. Hepburn was born Audrey Kathleen van Heemstra Ruston on May 4, 1929 in Brussels, Belgium. Her mother, Baroness Ella van Heemstra, was a Dutch aristocrat and after divorcing Hepburn’s father, raised her alone as a single mother. She studied ballet and quickly became a “star pupil.” The Nazi’s occupation of the Netherlands during World War II had… Read the full story

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Profile of the Day: Bing Crosby

Posted May 3, 2016 by Amanda | No Comment
Profile of the Day: Bing Crosby

Happy birthday, Bing Crosby! Today marks the 113th birthday of the legendary star. He was born Henry Lillis Crosby, Jr. on May 3, 1903 in Tacoma, Washington. The fourth of seven children, Crosby loved to listen to music on his phonograph as a child and enjoyed reading the comedy feature “The Bingville Bugle” in the Sunday edition of the Spokesman-Review. His love for the comic earned him the nickname “Bingo from Bingville,” which eventually shortened to “Bing.” Crosby’s… Read the full story

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Profile of the Day: Catherine the Great

Posted May 2, 2016 by Amanda | No Comment
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On this day in 1729, Catherine the Great was born. Catherine the Great reigned over Russia from 1762 until her death in 1796 at the age of 67. She was born Sophie Friederike Auguste von Anhalt-Zerbst-Dornburg on May 2, 1729. Her father belonged to the ruling German family of Anhalt, but held the rank of a Prussian general. After converting to the Russian Orthodox Church, she received the new name Catherine. On August 21, 1745,… Read the full story

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Profile of the Day: William Randolph Hearst

Posted April 29, 2016 by Amanda | No Comment
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Are you related to a media tycoon? On this day in 1863, American newspaper publisher William Randolph Hearst was born in San Francisco, California. Hearst was the only son of wealthy mining magnet George Hearst and his wife, Phoebe Apperson Hearst. He entered the publishing business after receiving control of The San Francisco Examiner from his father. Before long, Hearst used his vast wealth to acquire more and more newspapers and magazines across the country. His vast media… Read the full story

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Profile of the Day: Hertha Marks Ayrton

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Profile of the Day: Hertha Marks Ayrton

Today marks the 162nd birthday of British engineer and inventor Hertha Marks Ayrton. A pioneering scientist, Ayrton was the first woman to read her own paper before the British Royal Society. She presented her work on electric arcs and ripples in sand and water, and brought a scientific explanation for this simple observation, “when a wave washes over sand, ripples will appear.” She was awarded the society’s prestigious Hughes Medal for her work. Ayrton was born Phoebe Sarah… Read the full story

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Profile of the Day: Coretta Scott King

Posted April 27, 2016 by Amanda | No Comment
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On this day in 1927, American civil rights activist Coretta Scott King was born in Marion, Alabama. Although best known as the widow of Civil Rights icon Martin Luther King, Jr., Coretta also made significant contributions to the Civil Rights movement both before and after her husband’s death. Coretta Scott was the third child born to Obadiah Scott and Bernice McMurray. Her father was the first black person in their neighborhood to own a vehicle,… Read the full story

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Profile of the Day: Carol Burnett

Posted April 26, 2016 by Amanda | No Comment
Profile of the Day: Carol Burnett

Happy birthday, Carol Burnett! Today the beloved comedic actress celebrates her 83rd birthday. Born on April 26, 1933 in San Antonio, Texas, Burnett caught the acting bug at a young age. After her parents divorced in the late 1930s, she was sent to live with her grandmother in a boarding house in Hollywood, California. In the second grade, she briefly invented an imaginary twin sister named Karen and found enjoyment in fooling the other boarders. Though she found steady… Read the full story

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Profile of the Day: Ella Fitzgerald

Posted April 25, 2016 by Amanda | No Comment
Profile of the Day: Ella Fitzgerald

Love listening to the sound of Jazz? On this day in 1917, Jazz legend Ella Fitzgerald was born in Newport News, Virginia. From her earliest days as a small child, the Queen of Jazz was passionate about music and spent hours listening to Jazz records her mother brought home. After the death of her mother when she was 15, Ella was sent to live with her aunt in Harlem. She suffered many hardships during this time, including a… Read the full story

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Profile of the Day: John Muir

Posted April 22, 2016 by Amanda | No Comment
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This Earth Day, we highlight the profile of naturalist and advocate John Muir, who was instrumental in preserving the wilderness of the United States. Muir was born on April 21, 1838 in Dunbar, Scotland and immigrated with his family to the United States when he was eleven years old. The family settled in Wisconsin, where Muir developed a fascination and wonder for the natural world. Muir devoted much of his later life to the preservation of… Read the full story

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Profile of the Day: Elizabeth II

Posted April 21, 2016 by Amanda | No Comment
Profile of the Day: Elizabeth II

Today Queen Elizabeth II celebrates her 90th birthday! She was born on April 21, 1926 in the home of her maternal grandfather’s house in London. On May 29, she was christened at Buckingham Palace and named Elizabeth after her mother, Alexandra after King George V’s mother who had died a few months before, and Mary after her paternal grandmother. At the time of her birth, no one expected that she would one day become queen…. Read the full story

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Profile of the Day: Daniel Chester French

Posted April 20, 2016 by Amanda | No Comment
Profile of the Day: Daniel Chester French

Have you visited the Lincoln Memorial? On this day in 1850, sculptor Daniel Chester French was born in Exeter, New Hampshire. French was the son of Henry Flagg French, who worked for the U.S. Department of Treasury as the Assistant U.S. Treasury Secretary. After his family moved to Concord, Massachusetts, French became neighbors and friends with poet Ralph Waldo Emerson and author Louisa May Alcott’s family. It was under the influence and teachings of her sister Abigail May that… Read the full story

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