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Profile of the Day: Jim Henson

Posted September 24, 2015 by Amanda | No Comment
Profile of the Day: Jim Henson

Beloved Muppet creator Jim Henson was born on this day in 1936. Today we remember him on what would have been his 79th birthday. Henson rose to stardom after showcasing his Muppet creations on the popular 1970′s children’s show, Sesame Street. Henson helped bring to life many of the show’s characters including Ernie, Guy Smiley and Kermit. In 1976, Henson launched The Muppet Show and introduced the world to Kermit the Frog, Miss Piggy, Fozzie Bear, Gonzo and many… Read the full story

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Profile of the Day: Bruce Springsteen

Posted September 23, 2015 by Amanda | No Comment
Profile of the Day: Bruce Springsteen

Happy birthday, Bruce Springsteen! Today The Boss turns 66. Springsteen was born on September 23, 1949 in Long Branch, New Jersey to Doug and Adele Springsteen. He was first inspired to pursue music after watching Elvis Presley’s performance on The Ed Sullivan Show in 1956. He skyrocketed to fame in 1975 after releasing his third album, Born to Run. The record sold millions of copies and is often considered to be one of the best rock and roll albums… Read the full story

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Profile of the Day: Michael Faraday

Posted September 22, 2015 by Amanda | No Comment
Profile of the Day: Michael Faraday

On this day in 1791, English physicist Michael Faraday was born in Surrey, England. Faraday is credited with In making many discoveries in electricity and magnetism. Faraday was the third child born to James and Margaret Faraday. His family was not well off and could only afford him a basic education. At the age of 14, he began an apprenticeship with a local bookseller and educated himself by reading a wide range of scientific books. Despite his limited… Read the full story

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Profile of the Day: H.G. Wells

Posted September 21, 2015 by Amanda | No Comment
Profile of the Day: H.G. Wells

Are a fan of science fiction? On this day in 1866, author H.G. Wells was born in Kent, England. Herbert George Wells was the fourth and youngest child born to Joseph Wells, a shopkeeper and professional cricketer, and Sarah Neal, a former domestic servant. When he was a child, an accident left Wells bedridden with a broken leg. To pass the time, he immersed himself in books and discovered a desire to craft stories of his… Read the full story

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Profile of the Day: Greta Garbo

Posted September 18, 2015 by Amanda | No Comment
Profile of the Day: Greta Garbo

Today we celebrate the life of Hollywood icon Greta Garbo, who was born 110 years ago today. Greta Lovisa Gustafsson was born in Stockholm, Sweden on September 18, 1905 to Anna Lovisa and Karl Alfred Gustafsson. The youngest of three children, Garbo dropped out of school at the age of 13 to care for her ailing father. He would die in 1920 when she was 14. Growing up in poverty, Garbo dreamed of becoming an… Read the full story

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Profile of the Day: Harriet Tubman

Posted September 17, 2015 by Amanda | No Comment
Profile of the Day: Harriet Tubman

On this day in 1849, Harriet Tubman escaped from slavery in the South. She would go on to lead many others to freedom along the Underground Railroad. Araminta Harriet Ross was one of nine children born to Harriet “Rit” and Ben Ross. She was born into slavery around 1820 in Dorchester County, Maryland. On September 17, 1849, Harriet escaped to Philadelphia. She would soon return to Maryland to lead her family and many others to… Read the full story

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Profile of the Day: Lauren Bacall

Posted September 16, 2015 by Amanda | No Comment
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Today we remember Lauren Bacall on what would have been her 91st birthday. Bacall was born Betty Joan Perske on September 16, 1924 in The Bronx, New York. Her mother emigrated from Romania through Ellis Island, while her father was born in New Jersey to Polish parents. Known for her distinctive voice, Bacall catapulted to stardom opposite Humphrey Bogart in the 1944 film, To Have and Have Not. Despite their 25-year age difference, the couple married in… Read the full story

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Profile of the Day: Prince Harry of Wales

Posted September 15, 2015 by Amanda | No Comment
Profile of the Day: Prince Harry of Wales

Happy birthday, Prince Harry! Today the British royal turns 31. The youngest son of Prince Charles and Princess Diana, Harry was born at St. Mary’s Hospital in London of September 14, 1984. He is currently fifth in line to the throne, after his nephew, Prince George, and his niece, Princess Charlotte. After graduating from school, Harry pursued a career in the military and did two tours of duty in Afghanistan. Harry is also involved in numerous charities… Read the full story

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Profile of the Day: Francis Scott Key

Posted September 14, 2015 by Amanda | No Comment
Profile of the Day: Francis Scott Key

On this day in 1814, Francis Scott Key penned the poem that would later become the lyrics to the United States’ national anthem, “The Star-Spangled Banner.” Key was born on August 1, 1779 at the family plantation in Maryland. His father was a lawyer, a judge and an officer in the Continental Army during the American Revolution. During the War of 1812, Key witnessed the bombardment of Fort McHenry by British forces while on board the… Read the full story

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Profile of the Day: Harry Connick, Jr.

Posted September 11, 2015 by Amanda | No Comment
Profile of the Day: Harry Connick, Jr.

Happy birthday, Harry Connick, Jr.! Today the talented singer turns 48. Joseph Harry Fowler Connick, Jr. was born on September 11, 1967 in New Orleans, Louisiana. Harry exhibited his musical talents at an early age, learning the piano at the age of three and performing publicly by the age of five. In 1989, he got his big break when he was asked to provide the soundtrack for the romantic comedy When Harry Met Sally. The… Read the full story

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Profile of the Day: Nathan Hale

Posted September 10, 2015 by Amanda | No Comment
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On this day in 1776, Nathan Hale, a solider in the Continental Army, volunteered to spy behind British lines. Nathan Hale was born in Coventry, Connecticut Colony on June 6, 1755. Educated at Yale, Hale joined the Connecticut militia after the start of the American Revolutionary War. Prior to the upcoming Battle of Harlem Heights, General George Washington called for a volunteer to cross enemy lines to gather intelligence. Hale volunteered for the dangerous mission and… Read the full story

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Profile of the Day: Hugh Grant

Posted September 9, 2015 by Amanda | No Comment
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Happy 55th birthday, Hugh Grant! Grant was born Hugh John Mungo Grant in Hammersmith, England to a military family. His father was a Captain and served with the Seaforth Highlanders for eight years. His paternal grandfather, Major James Murray Grant, DSO was decorated for bravery and leadership at Saint-Valery-en-Caux during World War II. In 1994, Grant achieved international stardom as the star of hit comedy Four Wedding and a Funeral. He has since continued to… Read the full story

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Profile of the Day: Peter Sellers

Posted September 8, 2015 by Amanda | No Comment
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Remember watching Peter Sellers as the bumbling Inspector Jacques Clouseau? On this day in 1925, the iconic comedian was born in Portsmouth, England. Born Richard Henry Sellers, his parents called him “Peter” after his elder stillborn brother. Both of his parents were vaudeville entertainers and Peter often accompanied his parents on the variety show circuit. In 1943, he joined the Royal Air Force and traveled with the entertainment troupe to perform for soldiers during World War II. In… Read the full story

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Profile of the Day: Beyoncé Knowles

Posted September 4, 2015 by Amanda | No Comment
Profile of the Day: Beyoncé Knowles

Happy birthday, Beyoncé! Today the singer celebrates her 34th birthday. She was born Beyoncé Giselle Knowles on September 4, 1981 in Huston, Texas to Matthew and Celestine “Tina” Knowles. Her first name is a tribute to her mother’s maiden name, Beyincé. Her maternal grandparents were French-speaking Louisiana Creoles and her sixth great grandfather was Acadian leader Joseph “Beausolei” Broussard. A singer from a young age, Beyoncé catapulted to stardom as a member of the female R&B group Destiny’s… Read the full story

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Profile of the Day: Richard I of England

Posted September 3, 2015 by Amanda | No Comment
Profile of the Day: Richard I of England

On this day in 1189, Richard I of England was crowned king in Westminster Abbey. Born on September 8, 1157, Richard was the third of five sons born to King Henry II of England and Eleanor of Aquitaine. He was known as Richard the Lionheart for his reputation as a great military leader and warrior. During his reign, Richard spent the majority of his time outside of England. He joined the Third Crusade after the capture… Read the full story

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Profile of the Day: J.R.R. Tolkien

Posted September 2, 2015 by Amanda | No Comment
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Have you read The Hobbit or The Lord of the Rings? On this day in 1973, author J.R.R. Tolkien died at the age of 81. John Ronald Reuel Tolkein was born on January 3, 1892 in Bloemfontein, Free State, South Africa. When he was 4, Tolkien’s father died of rheumatic fever, leaving the family without an income. His mother took Tolkien and his brother to live with her parents in England. She died in 1904. During World War… Read the full story

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Profile of the Day: Edgar Rice Burroughs

Posted September 1, 2015 by Amanda | No Comment
Profile of the Day: Edgar Rice Burroughs

Remember the story of Tarzan? On this day in 1875, author Edgar Rice Burroughs was born in Chicago, Illinois. Burroughs was the fourth son of George Tyler Burroughs and Mary Evaline Zieger. His father was a businessman and Civil War veteran. He worked a number of different jobs throughout his lifetime, from a pencil sharpener wholesaler to war correspondent during World War II. In 1912, Burroughs published the first of his Tarzan series, Tarzan of the Apes. The… Read the full story

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Profile of the Day: Richard Gere

Posted August 31, 2015 by Amanda | No Comment
Profile of the Day: Richard Gere

Happy birthday, Richard Gere! Today the actor and activist turns 66. Gere was born on August 31, 1949 in Philadelphia, Pennsylvania to Homer George Gere and Doris Ann Tiffany. Did you know he is a Mayflower descendant? His ancestors include Francis Eaton, George Soule, Richard Warren, Degory Priest and Francis Cooke. He rose to fame in the 1980s as the star of the hit films American Gigolo and An Officer and a Gentleman. After a box office slump, Gere bounced back… Read the full story

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Profile of the Day: Shania Twain

Posted August 28, 2015 by Amanda | No Comment
Profile of the Day: Shania Twain

Happy 50th birthday to Shania Twain! The hit country singer was born on this day in 1965. She was born Eilleen Regina Edwards in Windsor, Ontario, Canada to Sharon and Clarence Edwards. Her parents divorced when she was two and soon after, her mother remarried. Her new stepfather legally adopted Shania and her sisters and changed their last names to Twain. Starting at the age of 8, Twain began singing at bars to help support her… Read the full story

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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

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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

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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

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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

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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

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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

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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

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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

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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

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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

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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

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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

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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

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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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