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Profile of the Day: Langston Hughes

Posted February 1, 2021 by Amanda | No Comment

Today we remember American poet and activist Langston Hughes, who was born on this day in 1902. Image: Langston Hughes / Library of Congress James Mercer Langston Hughes was born in Joplin, Missouri to James Nathaniel Hughes and Caroline Mercer Langston. Like many African Americans, Hughes was a descendant of slaves. His maternal grandfather, Charles Henry Langston, was an abolitionist and political activist. Born free in Louisa County, Virginia, Charles Langston was the son of Ralph… Read the full story

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Profile of the Day: Cicely Tyson

Posted January 29, 2021 by Amanda | No Comment

Today we remember legendary actress Cicely Tyson, who passed away yesterday at the age of 96. An acting pioneer, Tyson’s trailblazing career spanned more than seven decades. Image: Cicely Tyson / Nationaal Archief Tyson was born on December 19, 1924 in Harlem, New York City, New York. Her parents, William Augustine Tyson and Fredricka Theodosia Huggins, were immigrants from Nevis in the West Indies. She first got her start in the 1950s when was discovered… Read the full story

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Profile of the Day: Cloris Leachman

Posted January 28, 2021 by Amanda | No Comment

Today we remember actress Cloris Leachman, who has passed away at the age of 94. A comedy legend, Leachman is perhaps best remembered as Phyllis Lindstrom on The Mary Tyler Moore Show. Image: Cloris Leachman / Wikimedia Commons Leachman was born on April 30, 1926 in Des Moines, Iowa to Berkeley Claiborne Leachman and Cloris Wallace. The eldest of three daughters, Leachman first entered the spotlight after competing in Miss America in 1946. After winning… Read the full story

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Profile of the Day: Wolfgang Amadeus Mozart

Posted January 27, 2021 by Amanda | No Comment

On this day in 1756, composer Wolfgang Amadeus Mozart was born in Salzburg, Austria. Image: Wolfgang Amadeus Mozart / Wikimedia Commons Mozart was the only surviving son of Leopold Mozart and Anna Maria Pertl. He and his older sister, Maria Anna, were the only two of seven children to survive past infancy. His father had been a composer, conductor, and teacher. The year of Mozart’s birth, his father published his famous violin textbook, which was very… Read the full story

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Profile of the Day: Paul Newman

Posted January 26, 2021 by Amanda | No Comment

On this day in 1925, actor Paul Newman was born. Image: Paul Newman / Wikimedia Commons Newman was born on January 26, 1925 in Cleveland, Ohio to Arthur Sigmund Newman, Sr. and Theresa Fetzko. His father owned a sporting-goods store and was the son of Jewish emigrants from Hungary and Poland. His mother was born in what is today Humenné, Slovakia and was a homemaker with a love for the theater. As a child, Newman… Read the full story

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Profile of the Day: Robert Burns

Posted January 25, 2021 by Amanda | No Comment

Do you have Scottish ancestry? On this day in 1759, Scottish poet Robert Burns was born in Alloway, Scotland. Image: Robert Burns / Library of Congress The eldest son of William Burns and Agnes Brown, Burns spent his early years working on farms and received little formal education while growing up. However, his parents encouraged him to read and he found writing to be an escape from the hard labor of farming. In 1786, a collection… Read the full story

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Profile of the Day: Queen Victoria

Posted January 22, 2021 by Amanda | No Comment

On this day in 1901, Queen Victoria died at the age of 81. At the time of her death, the Queen had reigned for 63 years, 7 months and 2 days, making her the longest reigning British monarch. It wasn’t until 2015 that her second great granddaughter, Queen Elizabeth II, surpassed her record as the longest reigning monarch in British history. Image: Queen Victoria / Wikimedia Commons At the time of her birth on May 24, 1819,… Read the full story

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Profile of the Day: Louis XVI of France

Posted January 21, 2021 by Amanda | No Comment

On this day in 1793, Louis XVI was executed for treason by guillotine. Image: Louis XVI / New York Public Library Louis XVI was born on August 23, 1754 in the Palace of Versailles. He was the second son of Louis, the Dauphin of France, and thus the grandson of Louis XV. When his brother died at the age of nine, followed by the death of his father in 1765, a young Louis became the next… Read the full story

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Profile of the Day: Buzz Aldrin

Posted January 20, 2021 by Amanda | No Comment

Happy 91st birthday to Buzz Aldrin! Image: Buzz Aldrin / NASA On January 20, 1930, Edwin Eugene Aldrin, Jr. was born in Glen Ridge, New Jersey to Edwin Eugene Aldrin, Sr. and Marion Gaddys. His nickname “Buzz” originated in his childhood; his younger sister mispronounced the word “brother” as “buzzer” and the name stuck. The family later shortened it to Buzz. As the Lunar Module Pilot on Apollo 11, Aldrin made the first manned lunar landing… Read the full story

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Profile of the Day: Dolly Parton

Posted January 19, 2021 by Amanda | No Comment

Happy birthday to Dolly Parton! Today the music icon turns 75. Image: Dolly Parton / Wikimedia Commons Parton was born on January 19, 1946 in a one-room cabin in Pittman Center, Tennessee. The fourth of twelve children, Parton has described her family as dirt poor. From a young age, she showed a passion for music and by the age of 10, she was performing professionally. As soon as she graduated from high school, Parton set… Read the full story

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Profile of the Day: Martin Luther King, Jr.

Posted January 18, 2021 by Amanda | No Comment

“The time is always right to do what is right.” – Martin Luther King, Jr. Today the U.S. celebrates Martin Luther King, Jr. Day in honor of civil rights leader Martin Luther King, Jr., who was born on January 15, 1929 in Atlanta, Georgia. Image: Martin Luther King, Jr. / Library of Congress An icon of the American Civil Rights movement, King worked to end racial discrimination and inequality through non-violent protest and civil disobedience…. Read the full story

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Profile of the Day: James Naismith

Posted January 15, 2021 by Amanda | No Comment

On this day in 1892, physical education teacher and inventor James Naismith published the rules of basketball for the first time. The sport is now played in over 200 countries around the world. James Naismith with the “first team” / U.S. National Archives and Records Administration Naismith was born on November 6, 1861 in what is today Mississippi Mills, Ontario, Canada. An athlete himself, Naismith played football, lacrosse, rugby, soccer, and gymnastics while at McGill… Read the full story

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Profile of the Day: Humphrey Bogart

Posted January 14, 2021 by Amanda | No Comment

On this day in 1957, actor Humphrey Bogart died at the age of 57. Image: Humphrey Bogart / Wikimedia Commons Bogart was born on December 25, 1899 in New York City, New York to Belmont DeForest Bogart, a doctor, and Maud Humphrey, an illustrator and suffragist. Through his father’s branch, Bogart can trace his ancestry to the early Dutch settlers of New Amsterdam. He is a direct descendant of Sarah Rapelje, who is said to… Read the full story

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Profile of the Day: Jan van Goyen

Posted January 13, 2021 by Amanda | No Comment

Do you have Dutch ancestry? On this day in 1596, Dutch artist Jan van Goyen was born. A prolific artist, van Goyen (sometimes spelled Goijen) produced about 1,200 paintings and over 1,000 drawings during his lifetime. Image: Jan van Goyen / Wikimedia Commons He was born Jan Josephszoon van Goyen in Leiden, Netherlands. Van Goyen began an apprenticeship at the age of ten and studied painting under the tutelage of several masters. Although he made… Read the full story

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Profile of the Day: Jack London

Posted January 12, 2021 by Amanda | No Comment

Do you remember reading White Fang? American author Jack London was born on this day in 1876 in San Francisco, California. Image: Jack London / Library of Congress London was born John Griffith Chaney to Flora Wellman and William Chaney. His biological father was never a part of his life and his mother would later marry John London, a veteran of the Civil War. At the age of 21, London left for the Klondike to join… Read the full story

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Profile of the Day: Alexander Hamilton

Posted January 11, 2021 by Amanda | No Comment

Founding Father Alexander Hamilton was born on January 11, 1755 or 1757 (the exact day is unknown). Image: Alexander Hamilton / Wikimedia Commons Born on the island of Nevis, British West Indies, Hamilton and his older brother James were born out of wedlock to James A. Hamilton and Rachel Faucette, who was still married to another man. While he was still a child, his father left the family, leaving them impoverished. Then in 1768, Hamilton’s mother… Read the full story

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Profile of the Day: Elvis Presley

Posted January 8, 2021 by Amanda | No Comment

Happy birthday, Elvis! 86 years ago today, Elvis Presley was born. Known as the King of Rock and Roll, Presley is remembered as one of the most successful and iconic musicians in history. Image: Elvis Presley / Wikimedia Commons Presley was born on January 8, 1935 in Tupelo, Mississippi in a two-room shotgun house built by his father, Vernon Presley. Sadly, Presley’s identical twin brother was delivered stillborn 35 minutes before his birth. Presley grew up as… Read the full story

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Profile of the Day: Nikola Tesla

Posted January 7, 2021 by Amanda | No Comment

On this day in 1943, inventor Nikola Tesla died at the age of 86. He is remembered for his groundbreaking discoveries in the production, transmission, and application of electric power. Image: Nikola Tesla / Library of Congress Tesla was born on July 10, 1856 in the village of Smiljan in the Austro-Hungarian Empire (what is today Croatia). His father, Milutin Telsa, was an Eastern Orthodox priest, and his mother, Đuka Mandić, whose father was also an… Read the full story

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Profile of the Day: Samuel Morse

Posted January 6, 2021 by Amanda | No Comment

On this day in 1838, Samuel Morse and Alfred Vail gave the first successful public demonstration of their telegraph in front a small group of onlookers at the Speedwell Ironworks in Morristown, New Jersey. Image: Samuel Morse / Library of Congress The telegraph transmitted electric pulses over wires, enabling people to send messages over vast distances. Morse and Vail also developed a code using pulses and pauses, which we now know as Morse code. After struggling… Read the full story

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Profile of the Day: Diane Keaton

Posted January 5, 2021 by Amanda | No Comment

Happy birthday to Diane Keaton! Today the actress turns 75. Image: Diane Keaton / Firooz Zahedi, Wikimedia Commons (CC BY-SA 3.0) Keaton was born January 5, 1946 in Los Angeles, California to Dorothy Keaton, a homemaker, and John Newton Ignatius Hall, a civil engineer. With an early interest in acting, Keaton moved to New York City to study at the Neighborhood Playhouse School of the Theater. She took her mother’s maiden name “Keaton” to avoid… Read the full story

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Profile of the Day: Isaac Newton

Posted January 4, 2021 by Amanda | No Comment

Today we remember physicist and mathematician Isaac Newton, who was born on January 4, 1643. Newton was a key figure of the 17th century Scientific Revolution and considered to be one of the greatest minds of the era. Image: Isaac Newton / Wikimedia Commons Newton was born prematurely at Woolstrhope Manor in Lincolnshire, England, just three months after the death of his father. A gifted student, Newton excelled in mathematics. Newton would go on to become… Read the full story

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Profile of the Day: Rudyard Kipling

Posted December 30, 2020 by Amanda | No Comment

Do you remember reading The Jungle Book? On this day in 1865, author Rudyard Kipling was born. Image: Rudyard Kipling / Library of Congress He was born on December 30, 1865 in Bombay, in Bombay Presidency of British India to John Lockwood Kipling and Alice MacDonald. Kipling’s experiences in India, as both a young child and years later as a young adult, highly influenced much of his writings. Considered a major innovator in the art… Read the full story

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Profile of the Day: Ted Danson

Posted December 29, 2020 by Amanda | No Comment

Happy birthday to Ted Danson! Today the popular star turns 73. Image: Ted Danson / Dominique Redfearn, Wikimedia Commons (CC BY 2.0) He was born Edward Bridge Danson III on December 29, 1947 in San Diego, California. His father, Edward “Ned” Bridge Danson, Jr., was an archaeologist and a director of the Museum of Northern Arizona. Raised in Flagstaff, Arizona, Danson attended Stanford University where he became interested in drama. He later transferred to Carnegie… Read the full story

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Profile of the Day: Woodrow Wilson

Posted December 28, 2020 by Amanda | No Comment

On this day in 1856, Woodrow Wilson, the 28th President of the United States, was born in Staunton, Virginia. Image: Woodrow Wilson / Library of Congress Wilson was the third of four children born to Joseph Ruggles Wilson and Jessie Janet Woodrow. His paternal grandparents had immigrated to the United States from Ireland, while his maternal grandparents had come from Scotland. As President, Wilson led the country through World War I and helped craft the Treaty… Read the full story

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Profile of the Day: Madam C.J. Walker

Posted December 23, 2020 by Amanda | No Comment

On this day in 1867, entrepreneur, philanthropist, and activist Madam C.J. Walker was born. Walker was one of the first African American female self-made millionaires in the United States. Image: Madam C.J. Walker/ Wikimedia Commons Walker was born Sarah Breedlove on December 23, 1867 near Delta, Louisiana to Owen Breedlove and Minerva Anderson. The fifth of six children, Walker was the first child in her family to be born into freedom after the Emancipation Proclamation…. Read the full story

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Profile of the Day: Lady Bird Johnson

Posted December 22, 2020 by Amanda | No Comment

On this day in 1912, Lady Bird Johnson, former First Lady of the United States, was born in Karnack, Texas. Image: Lady Bird Johnson / U.S. National Archives and Records Administration She was born Claudia Alta Taylor on December 22, 1912 at “The Brick House,” an antebellum planation mansion on the outskirts of town. As a child, her family nurse commented that she was as “pretty as a ladybird,” and the nickname stuck. As First Lady,… Read the full story

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Profile of the Day: Jane Fonda

Posted December 21, 2020 by Amanda | No Comment

Happy birthday to Jane Fonda! Today the actress turns 83. Image: Georges Biard / (CC BY-SA 3.0) Born into a Hollywood family, Jayne Seymour Fonda was the daughter of actor Henry Fonda and Canadian-born socialite Frances Ford Brokaw. When Fonda was 12, her mother committed suicide while under the care of a psychiatric hospital. Fonda followed in her father’s footsteps and pursued a career in acting. During the 1960s, she scored several hits and landed her… Read the full story

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Profile of the Day: Brad Pitt

Posted December 18, 2020 by Amanda | No Comment

Happy birthday to Brad Pitt! Today the actor turns 57. Image: Brad Pitt / Department of Defense photo by Marvin Lynchard The actor and producer was born William Bradley Pitt on December 18, 1963 in Shawnee, Oklahoma. He grew up in Springfield, Missouri and enrolled in the University of Missouri after high school. Just before earning his degree in journalism, Pitt decided to leave school and move to Los Angeles to pursue a career in acting…. Read the full story

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Profile of the Day: The Wright Brothers

Posted December 17, 2020 by Amanda | No Comment

On this day in 1903, the Wright Brothers, Orville and Wilbur Wright, made history by making the world’s first sustained, man-powered, heavier-than-air flight near Kitty Hawk, North Carolina. Image: First flight of the Wright Flyer / Library of Congress The Wright brothers grew up in a close household that fostered their creativity. Fascinated with flying from an early age, the brothers sought to make human flight a reality. On December 17, 1903, the brothers took their… Read the full story

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Profile of the Day: Jane Austen

Posted December 16, 2020 by Amanda | One Comment

On December 16, 1775, English novelist Jane Austen was born in Steventon, England. Image: Jane Austen / Wikimedia Commons The seventh of eight children, Austen grew up in a large, close knit family. Jane’s parents, George and Cassandra Austen, were members of substantial gentry families. Growing up, Austen would write poems, stories, and plays for her family’s amusement. It wasn’t until Austen was in her thirties that she publish her first novels. From 1811-1816, Austen… Read the full story

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Profile of the Day: Gustave Eiffel

Posted December 15, 2020 by Amanda | No Comment

Have you ever visited the Eiffel Tower? On this day in 1832, French architect and engineer Gustave Eiffel was born in Dijon, France. Image: Gustave Eiffel / Library of Congress Eiffel had spent years building bridges before he was contacted by French sculptor Frédéric Auguste Bartholdi for help to devise the structure for the Statue of Liberty. Eiffel had replaced the statue’s initial engineer, who unexpectedly died. With Eiffel’s help, the statue was built and then… Read the full story

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Profile of the Day: George Washington

Posted December 14, 2020 by Amanda | No Comment

On this day in 1799, George Washington died at his estate in Mount Vernon, Virginia. He was 67 years old. Image: George Washington / Wikimedia Commons Washington is remembered as one of the most important figures in American history. Born in 1732 on his family’s estate in Westmoreland County, Virginia, Washington led the Continental Army to victory during the American Revolution and served as the nation’s first President. In 1797, Washington retired from the presidency, establishing… Read the full story

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Profile of the Day: Annie Jump Cannon

Posted December 11, 2020 by Amanda | No Comment

Pioneering astronomer Annie Jump Cannon was born on December 11, 1863 in Dover, Delaware. Nicknamed the “Census Taker of the Sky,” Cannon was instrumental in the development of the current system of stellar classification. Image: Annie Jump Cannon / Library of Congress Cannon was the eldest of three daughters born to Wilson Lee Cannon, a ship builder and Delaware state senator, and his second wife, Mary Elizabeth Jump. From a young age, Cannon had a… Read the full story

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Profile of the Day: Emily Dickinson

Posted December 10, 2020 by Amanda | No Comment

“That it will never come again is what makes life so sweet.” – Emily Dickinson On this day in 1830, poet Emily Dickinson was born in Amherst, Massachusetts. Image: Emily Dickinson / Yale University Manuscripts & Archives Digital Images Database With deep ancestral roots in New England, Dickinson lived much of her life in her family’s homestead in Amherst. She was born to a prominent family with strong ties to the community. Her paternal grandfather,… Read the full story

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Profile of the Day: Judi Dench

Posted December 9, 2020 by Amanda | No Comment

Happy birthday to Judi Dench! Today the actress turns 86. A legend on the stage and screen, Dench has won accolades for her work in theater, film, and television. Image: Thore Siebrands / Wikimedia Commons (CC BY 2.0) Dench was born on December 9, 1934 in Heworth, York, England to Eleanora Olive Jones and Reginald Arthur Dench. Her father was a doctor for the Theatre Royal in York and so Dench was often in presence… Read the full story

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Profile of the Day: Mary, Queen of Scots

Posted December 8, 2020 by Amanda | No Comment

On this day in 1542, Mary, Queen of Scots was born in Linlithgow, Scotland. Image: Mary, Queen of Scots / Metropolitan Museum of Art, Wikimedia Commons (CC0 1.0) The only legitimate child of King James V, Mary was named Queen of Scots just six days after her birth when her father died following the Battle of Solway Moss. While still an infant, her great uncle, King Henry VIII of England, took the opportunity to propose marriage… Read the full story

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Profile of the Day: Willa Cather

Posted December 7, 2020 by Amanda | No Comment

Do you have pioneer ancestors? American author Willa Cather was born on this day in 1873. She is best remembered for capturing pioneer life on the Great Plains in her novels. Image: Willa Cather / Library of Congress Wilella Sibert Cather was born on December 7, 1873 on her maternal grandmother’s farm in the Back Creek Valley near Winchester, Virginia. Her father’s family had lived in the area for six generations. Within a year after her birth,… Read the full story

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Profile of the Day: Jeff Bridges

Posted December 4, 2020 by Amanda | One Comment

Happy birthday to The Dude! Today actor Jeff Bridges celebrates his 71st birthday. Image: Jeff Bridges / Gage Skidmore (CC BY-SA 3.0) Bridges was born on December 4, 1949 in Los Angeles, California to actors Lloyd and Dorothy Bridges. Born into a Hollywood family, the Academy Award winning actor made his big screen debut as a baby in the 1951 film, The Company She Keeps. Growing up, he and his older brother, Beau, made occasional appearances on their… Read the full story

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Profile of the Day: Joseph Conrad

Posted December 3, 2020 by Amanda | No Comment

On this day in 1857, author Joseph Conrad was born in Berdychiv, in what is now Ukraine. Conrad is often regarded as one of the greatest novelists in the English language, but did not speak the language fluently until he was in his twenties. Image: Joseph Conrad / New York Public Library Born Józef Teodor Konrad Korzeniowski, Conrad was the only child of Apollo Korzeniowski and Ewelina Bobrawska. His father was a poet, playwright and clandestine political activist. At the… Read the full story

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Profile of the Day: Pedro II of Brazil

Posted December 2, 2020 by Amanda | No Comment

On this day in 1825, Pedro II of Brazil was born. The second and last monarch of the Empire of Brazil, Pedro II was nicknamed “the Magnanimous” and reigned for over 58 years. Image: Pedro II of Brazil / Library of Congress Pedro II was born on December 2, 1825 in Rio de Janeiro, Brazil. He was the seventh child of Pedro I of Brazil and Maria Leopoldina of Austria. His mother’s sister, Marie Louise,… Read the full story

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Profile of the Day: Bette Midler

Posted December 1, 2020 by Amanda | No Comment

Happy birthday to Bette Midler! Today the iconic singer and actress turns 75. Image: Bette Midler / Nationaal Archief Midler was born on December 1, 1945 in Honolulu, Hawaii to Ruth Schindel and Fred Midler. The third of four children, Midler was named after actress Bette Davis, although she pronounces her name as one syllable. After graduating as valedictorian of her high school, Midler went on to study drama at the University of Hawaii. However,… Read the full story

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Profile of the Day: Mark Twain

Posted November 30, 2020 by Amanda | No Comment

What’s your favorite Mark Twain book? On this day in 1835, the author and humorist was born in Florida, Missouri. Today he is still considered to be one of the most popular and beloved writers in American literature. Image: Mark Twain / Library of Congress Samuel Langhorne Clemens was the sixth child born to John Marshal Clemens and Jane Lampton. He later adopted the pen name Mark Twain, which was derived from the riverboat term “mark twain.” By the fifth… Read the full story

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Profile of the Day: Joe DiMaggio

Posted November 25, 2020 by Amanda | No Comment

On this day in 1914, baseball legend Joe DiMaggio was born. Considered one of the greatest baseball players of all time, DiMaggio’s 56-game hitting streak record still stands today. Image: Joe DiMaggio / Library of Congress DiMaggio was born on November 25, 1914 in Martinez, California. He was the eighth of nine children born to Italian immigrant parents, Giuseppe DiMaggio and Rosalia Mercurio. His father worked as a fisherman and had hoped his sons would… Read the full story

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Profile of the Day: Zachary Taylor

Posted November 24, 2020 by Amanda | No Comment

On this day in 1784, Zachary Taylor was born. Taylor served as the 12th President of the United States until his death in 1850. Image: Zachary Taylor / Library of Congress Taylor was born on November 24, 1784 in Orange County, Virginia to a prominent family of plantation owners. His father, Richard Taylor, served in the Continental Army during the American Revolution. Taylor was related to a number of prominent figures in history. He was… Read the full story

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Profile of the Day: Boris Karloff

Posted November 23, 2020 by Amanda | No Comment

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

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Profile of the Day: Selma Lagerlöf

Posted November 20, 2020 by Amanda | No Comment

Do you have Swedish ancestry? On this day in 1858, Swedish author Selma Lagerlöf was born. In 1909, Lagerlöf became the first female writer to receive the Nobel Prize in Literature. Image: Selma Lagerlöf / Library of Congress Lagerlöf was born on November 20, 1858 in Mårbacka, her family’s estate, in Värmland, Sweden. She was the fifth of six children born to Erik Gustaf Lagerlöf, a lieutenant in the Royal Värmland Regiment, and Louise Wallroth…. Read the full story

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Profile of the Day: James Garfield

Posted November 19, 2020 by Amanda | No Comment

On November 19, 1831, James Garfield was born in a log cabin in Orange Township, Ohio. Garfield served as the 20th President of the United States. Image: James Garfield / Library of Congress Garfield had come from very humble beginnings. His father, Abram Garfield, was a wrestler and died when Garfield was just 18 months old. He was raised by his mother, Eliza Ballou, who also continued to run the family’s small farm in Ohio. In… Read the full story

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Profile of the Day: Alan Shepard

Posted November 18, 2020 by Amanda | No Comment

On this day in 1923, astronaut Alan Shepard was born in East Derry, New Hampshire. Shepard made history when he became the first American to travel into space. Image: Alan Shepard / NASA In 1951, he was one of 110 military test pilots invited by NASA to volunteer for the first U.S. manned space flight program. After a series of grueling physical and psychological tests, Shepard was selected to be one of the original seven… Read the full story

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Profile of the Day: Mary I of England

Posted November 17, 2020 by Amanda | One Comment

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

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Profile of the Day: Clark Gable

Posted November 16, 2020 by Amanda | No Comment

Today we remember legendary actor Clark Gable, who died on this day in 1960 at the age of 59. Known as the “King of Hollywood,” Gable starred in more than 60 films, but is perhaps best remembered as Rhett Butler in the Civil War epic Gone With the Wind. Image: Clark Gable / Wikimedia Commons Born William Clark Gable on February 1, 1901 in Cadiz, Ohio, Gable had early aspirations to become an actor. After… Read the full story

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