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Profile of the Day: Robert Louis Stevenson

Posted November 13, 2020 by Amanda | No Comment

Remember reading Treasure Island? On this day in 1850, author Robert Louis Stevenson was born in Edinburgh, Scotland. A literary celebrity in his lifetime, today Stevenson is one of the most translated authors in the world. Image: Robert Louis Stevenson / State Library of New South Wales Stevenson was the child of Margaret Balfour and Thomas Stevenson, a leading lighthouse engineer and meteorologist. Lighthouse engineering was a family profession. In addition to his father, two of… Read the full story

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Profile of the Day: Elizabeth Cady Stanton

Posted November 12, 2020 by Amanda | No Comment
Profile of the Day: Elizabeth Cady Stanton

On this day in 1815, American suffragist Elizabeth Cady Stanton was born. An early leader of the women’s rights movement in the United States, Stanton helped pave the way for the eventual passage of the Nineteenth Amendment, which granted women the right to vote. Image: Elizabeth Cady Stanton / Library of Congress Stanton was born on November 12, 1815 in Johnstown, New York to Daniel Cady and Margaret Livingston. Her father was a prominent lawyer and… Read the full story

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Profile of the Day: General George Patton

Posted November 11, 2020 by Amanda | One Comment

In honor of Veterans Day, today we highlight General George S. Patton who was born on this day in 1885. A hero of World War II, Patton was instrumental to the liberation of Germany from the Nazis. Image: General George Patton / Library of Congress George Smith Patton, Jr. was born on November 11, 1885 in San Gabriel, California. His family had an extensive military background, dating as far back as the American Revolution and the Civil… Read the full story

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Profile of the Day: Richard Burton

Posted November 10, 2020 by Amanda | No Comment

On this day in 1925, Welsh actor Richard Burton was born in Pontrhydyfen, Wales. Image: Richard Burton / Wikimedia Commons Born Richard Walter Jenkins, Jr., he was the twelfth child of parents Richard Walter Jenkins, Sr. and Edith Maude Thomas. His father was a coal miner and his mother worked as a bartender. At the age of two, he lost his mother shortly after she gave birth to the family’s thirteenth child. He was then taken… Read the full story

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Profile of the Day: Alex Trebek

Posted November 9, 2020 by Amanda | No Comment

Today we remember beloved game show host Alex Trebek, who passed away yesterday after a battle with pancreatic cancer. He was 80 years old. Image: Alex Trebek / Nestor Cruz, U.S. Air Force Trebek was born on July 22, 1940 in Sudbury, Ontario, Canada to George Edward Trebek and Lucille Lagacé. His father emigrated from the Ukraine as a child and changed his surname from Terebeychuk to Trebek. In 1961, Trebek graduated from the University… Read the full story

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Profile of the Day: Sally Field

Posted November 6, 2020 by Amanda | No Comment

Happy birthday to Sally Field! Today the actress turns 74. Image: Sally Field / Wikimedia Commons She was born on November 6, 1946 in Pasadena, California to Richard Dryden Field, an Army officer, and Margaret Field, an actress. After her parents divorced, Field’s mother married stuntman Jock Mahoney. With family already in show business, it was natural for Field to follow suit. She landed her first role as the boy-crazed surfer girl in the sitcom Gidget…. Read the full story

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Profile of the Day: Vivien Leigh

Posted November 5, 2020 by Amanda | No Comment

Today we remember legendary star Vivien Leigh, who was born on this day in 1913. Image: Vivien Leigh / Wikimedia Commons Leigh was born Vivian Mary Hartley on November 5, 1913 in Darjeeling, British India. At the age of 19, she married her first husband, Herbert Leigh Holman, and took her husband’s middle name for her stage name, Vivien Leigh. She changed the spelling of her first name because she felt spelling her name with an “e” was… Read the full story

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Profile of the Day: Will Rogers

Posted November 4, 2020 by Amanda | No Comment

America’s Cowboy Philosopher Will Rogers was born on this day in 1879. Known for his homespun humor and social commentary, Rogers was one of the most popular and highest paid stars throughout the 1930s. Image: Will Rogers / Library of Congress He was born William Penn Adair Rogers on November 4, 1879 on his parents’ Dog Iron Ranch in Cherokee Nation of Indian Territory near what is today Oologah, Oklahoma. His parents both had Cherokee… Read the full story

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Profile of the Day: Annie Oakley

Posted November 3, 2020 by Amanda | No Comment

On this day in 1926, legendary sharpshooter Annie Oakley died at the age of 66. A major star of Buffalo Bill’s Wild West Show, Oakley gained fame by showcasing her excellent marksmanship abilities. Image: Annie Oakley / Library of Congress She was born Phoebe Anne Mosey on August 13, 1860 in a cabin in Darke County, Ohio. She was the fifth of seven surviving children born to Jacob Mosey and Susan Wise. Oakley honed her… Read the full story

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Profile of the Day: Marie Antoinette

Posted November 2, 2020 by Amanda | No Comment

Marie Antoinette, the last Queen of France, was born on this day in 1755 in Vienna, Austria. Image: Marie Antoinette / Wikimedia Commons Marie Antoinette was born on November 2, 1755 and was the youngest daughter of Holy Roman Emperor Francis I and Empress Maria Theresa. By the age of 15, her marriage to the future King of France, Louis XVI, had been arranged in order to cement an alliance between the French and Hapsburg… Read the full story

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Profile of the Day: John Adams

Posted October 30, 2020 by Amanda | No Comment

On this day in 1735, the second President of the United States, John Adams, was born. A Founding Father, Adams served as the first Vice President to President George Washington before he was elected into office himself as the second President of the United States. Image: John Adams / Wikimedia Commons Adams was born in Braintree, Massachusetts to John Adams, Sr., a farmer and minister, and Susanna Boylston, an American socialite from a prominent Massachusetts family. The… Read the full story

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Profile of the Day: Fanny Brice

Posted October 29, 2020 by Amanda | No Comment

On October 29, 1891, original “Funny Girl” Fanny Brice was born in New York City. Brice is considered to be one of America’s first female comedy superstars. Image: Fanny Brice / Library of Congress The third of four children born to Rose Stern and Charles Borach, Brice began performing at a young age. Born Fania Borach, she used the stage name Fanny Brice to avoid being typecast in Jewish roles. A gifted singer and comedian,… Read the full story

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Profile of the Day: Jonas Salk

Posted October 28, 2020 by Amanda | No Comment

Today marks the 106th birthday of Dr. Jonas Salk, who developed the first successful polio vaccine. Image: Jonas Salk / San Diego Air and Space Museum Archive Jonas Edward Salk was born on October 28, 1914 in New York City to Ashkenazi Jewish immigrants. An intellectually gifted child, Salk was encouraged by his parents to pursue his education. He earned his degree in medicine from New York University, where he determined he did not want to practice… Read the full story

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Profile of the Day: Theodore Roosevelt

Posted October 27, 2020 by Amanda | No Comment

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

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Profile of the Day: Cary Elwes

Posted October 26, 2020 by Amanda | No Comment

Are you a fan of The Princess Bride? On this day in 1962, star Cary Elwes was born in Westminster, London, England. Image: Cary Elwes / Gage Skidmore, Wikimedia Commons (CC BY-SA 3.0) Elwes was born Ivan Simon Cary Elwes on October 26, 1962 to Dominic Elwes, a portrait painter, and Tessa Kennedy, an interior designer. His paternal grandfather, Simon Elwes, was a prominent portrait painter who counted presidents and members of the British Royal… Read the full story

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Profile of the Day: Ryan Reynolds

Posted October 23, 2020 by Amanda | No Comment

Happy birthday to Ryan Reynolds! Today the star turns 44. Image: Ryan Reynolds / Gage Skidmore, Wikimedia Commons (CC BY-SA 2.0) Reynolds was born on October 23, 1976 in Vancouver, British Columbia to James Chester Reynolds and Tamara Lee Stewart. His paternal grandfather, Chester Reynolds, was a politician and served as a member of the Legislative Assembly of Alberta. The youngest of four boys, Reynolds landed his first acting role at the age of 12… Read the full story

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Profile of the Day: Jeff Goldblum

Posted October 22, 2020 by Amanda | No Comment

Happy birthday to Jeff Goldblum! Today the actor turns 68. Goldblum was born on October 22, 1952 in West Homestead, Pennsylvania to Jewish parents, Shirley Jane Temeles, a radio broadcaster, and Harold Leonard Goldblum, a doctor and major in the U.S. Army during World War II. From a young age, Goldblum wanted to become an actor and at 17, went to New York City to study under renowned acting coach Sanford Meisner. Image: Jeff Goldblum… Read the full story

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Profile of the Day: Carrie Fisher

Posted October 21, 2020 by Amanda | No Comment

On this day in 1956, Carrie Fisher was born. A cultural icon, Fisher would have turned 64 today. Image: Gage Skidmore, Wikimedia Commons (CC BY-SA 2.0) As the daughter of singer Eddie Fisher and movie star Debbie Reynolds, it seemed Fisher was destined to follow her parents into show business. She began her acting career at the age of 15 in the Broadway show Irene starring her mother. A couple of years later, she made… Read the full story

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Profile of the Day: Tom Petty

Posted October 20, 2020 by Amanda | No Comment

Today we remember singer and songwriter Tom Petty on what would have been his 70th birthday. The lead vocalist and guitarist of Tom Petty and the Heartbreakers, Petty is considered to be one of the best selling music artists of all time. Image: Tom Petty / Takahiro Kyono, Wikimedia Commons (CC BY 2.0) Petty was born on October 20, 1950 in Gainesville, Florida to Earl Petty, a traveling salesman, and Katherine Avery, a local tax… Read the full story

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Profile of the Day: John Lithgow

Posted October 19, 2020 by Amanda | No Comment

Happy birthday to John Lithgow! Today the actor turns 75. Lithgow was born on October 19, 1945 in Rochester, New York to Sarah Jane Price and Arthur Washington Lithgow, III. Image: John Lithgow / David Shankbone, Wikimedia Commons (CC BY-SA 3.0) He was born into a theatrical family, his mother was an actress and his father was a theatrical producer and director. Due to his father’s job, the family moved frequently during Lithgow’s childhood. Fun… Read the full story

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Profile of the Day: Angela Lansbury

Posted October 16, 2020 by Amanda | No Comment

Happy birthday to Angela Lansbury! Today she turns 95. Image: Angela Lansbury / Eva Rinaldi, Wikimedia Commons (CC BY-SA 2.0) The Murder, She Wrote actress was born in London, England on October 16, 1925 to Edgar Lansbury, a politician, and stage and film actress Moyna Macgill. When she was nine, her father died from stomach cancer. She has stated that his death was a defining moment of her life. At the onset of the Blitz in 1940, her… Read the full story

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Profile of the Day: Desi Arnaz

Posted October 15, 2020 by Amanda | No Comment

On this day in 1951, the classic television show I Love Lucy premiered for the first time on CBS. The beloved sitcom starred real-life couple Lucille Ball and Desi Arnaz as Lucy and Ricky Ricardo and William Frawley and Vivian Vance as the Ricardo’s best friends and neighbors, Fred and Ethel Mertz. Image: Lucille Ball and Desi Arnaz / Wikimedia Commons Originally, executives pursued Ball to adapt her popular radio series, My Favorite Husband, for television. She… Read the full story

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Profile of the Day: Dwight D. Eisenhower

Posted October 14, 2020 by Amanda | No Comment

On this day in 1890, Dwight D. Eisenhower, the 34th President of the United States, was born. Image: Dwight D. Eisenhower / Library of Congress Eisenhower was born on October 14, 1890 in Denison, Texas to David Jacob Eisenhower and Ida Elizabeth Stover. The third of seven sons, Eisenhower grew up in Abilene, Kansas and formed a great fondness for the outdoors. An excellent athlete, Eisenhower excelled at sports in high school and received an… Read the full story

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Profile of the Day: Paul Simon

Posted October 13, 2020 by Amanda | No Comment

Happy birthday to Paul Simon! Today the legendary singer-songwriter turns 79. Image: Paul Simon / National Archief, Wikimedia Commons Simon was born on October 13, 1941 in Newark, New Jersey to Hungarian Jewish parents. His road to musical stardom began at the tender age of 11, when he met Art Garfunkel. The young musicians performed together in their sixth grade production of Alice in Wonderland. At 13, the duo were soon singing under the name “Tom &… Read the full story

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Profile of the Day: Pedro I of Brazil

Posted October 12, 2020 by Amanda | No Comment

On this day in 1798, Pedro I of Brazil was born in Lisbon, Portugal. Nicknamed  “the Liberator,” Pedro declared Brazil’s independence from Portugal in 1822 and became the country’s first Emperor. Image: Pedro I of Brazil / Wikimedia Commons Generally known as Dom Pedro, he was the fourth child of King John VI of Portugal and Carlota Joaquina, who was the daughter of King Carlos IV of Spain. When Napoleon conquered Portugal in 1807, the royal family fled to Brazil, Portugal’s… Read the full story

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Profile of the Day: John Lennon

Posted October 9, 2020 by Amanda | No Comment

“A dream you dream alone is only a dream. A dream you dream together is reality.” Today we remember singer John Lennon on what would have been his 80th birthday. Image: John Lennon / Library of Congress Lennon was born on October 9, 1940 in Liverpool, England to Julia Stanley and Alfred Lennon. He was named John Winston after his paternal grandfather, John “Jack” Lennon, and then-Prime Minister Winston Churchill. By the age of 4,… Read the full story

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Profile of the Day: Matt Damon

Posted October 8, 2020 by Amanda | No Comment

Happy birthday to Matt Damon! Today the actor turns 50. Image: Matt Damon / Nicolas Genin, Wikimedia Commons (CC BY-SA 2.0) Damon was born on October 8, 1970 in Cambridge, Massachusetts. He is the second son of Kent Telfer Damon, a stockbroker, and Nancy Carlsson-Paige, a professor in early childhood education. Through his mother’s branch of the family, Damon has Swedish and Finnish roots. His mother’s family surname was changed from “Pajari” to “Paige.” In… Read the full story

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Profile of the Day: Eddie Van Halen

Posted October 7, 2020 by Amanda | No Comment

Today we remember rock legend Eddie Van Halen, who passed away yesterday at the age of 65. Image: Eddie Van Halen / photo by Alan Light, Wikimedia Commons (CC BY 2.0) He was born Edward Lodewijk van Halen on January 26, 1955 in Amsterdam, Netherlands to Jan van Halen and Eugenia van Beers. His father was a musician and played the clarinet and saxophone. His mother was born in Indonesia and met his father while… Read the full story

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Profile of the Day: Jenny Lind

Posted October 6, 2020 by Amanda | No Comment

Do you have singers in your family tree? On this day in 1820, Swedish opera singer Jenny Lind was born in Stockholm, Sweden. Image: Jenny Lind / Wikimedia Commons Born Johanna Maria Lind on October 6, 1820, Lind was the illegitimate daughter of Niclas Jonas Lind, a bookkeeper, and Anne-Marie Felborg, a school teacher. Although divorced from her first husband, Lind’s mother refused to remarry until after his death in 1834. Her parents were finally married… Read the full story

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Profile of the Day: Robert H. Goddard

Posted October 5, 2020 by Amanda | No Comment

“It is difficult to say what is impossible, for the dream of yesterday is the hope of today and the reality of tomorrow.” On this day in 1882, rocket pioneer Robert H. Goddard was born in Worcester, Massachusetts. Dubbed the “father of modern rocketry,” Goddard is credited with creating, building, and launching the world’s first liquid-fueled rocket. It was his groundbreaking work that helped make spaceflight possible. Image: Robert H. Goddard / NASA Goddard was the… Read the full story

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Profile of the Day: Mahatma Gandhi

Posted October 2, 2020 by Amanda | No Comment

“Be the change that you wish to see in the world.” – Mahatma Gandhi On this day in 1869, Mahatma Gandhi was born. Known as “the father of the nation,” Gandhi led India to independence from British rule through nonviolent civil protest. His leadership would inspire movements for civil rights and freedom through non-violent disobedience all around the world. Image: Mahatma Gandhi / Nationaal Archief, Wikimedia Commons He was born Mohandas Karamchand Gandhi to a… Read the full story

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Profile of the Day: Julie Andrews

Posted October 1, 2020 by Amanda | No Comment

Happy birthday to Julie Andrews! Today the actress turns 85. Image: Julie Andrews / Eva Rinaldi, Wikimedia Commons (CC BY-SA 2.0) The Sound of Music star was born Julia Elizabeth Wells on October 1, 1935 in Walton-on-Thames, Surrey, England. Her mother and stepfather were both performers and as a child, she occasionally joined them on stage. She later adopted her stepfather’s surname, Andrews. After finding work on the London stage, Andrews moved to the U.S. In 1956,… Read the full story

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Profile of the Day: Truman Capote

Posted September 30, 2020 by Amanda | No Comment

On this day in 1924, author Truman Capote was born. Image: Truman Capote / Library of Congress Capote was born Truman Streckfus Persons on September 30, 1924 in New Orleans, Louisiana. When he was four years old, his parents divorced and he was sent to live with his mother’s relatives in Monroeville, Alabama. A lonely child, Capote spent much of his time reading and writing. He became best friends with his neighbor and future author… Read the full story

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Profile of the Day: Miguel de Cervantes

Posted September 29, 2020 by Amanda | No Comment

Remember reading Don Quixote? Author Miguel de Cervantes is believed to have been born on this day in 1547. Image: Miguel de Cervantes / Wikimedia Commons Although not many details are known about the early years of his life, Cervantes was known to have lived an adventurous one. He enlisted in the Spanish Navy and fought in the Battle of Lepanto, where he was injured after taking three gun shots, two to the chest and one to his… Read the full story

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Profile of the Day: Christopher Reeve

Posted September 25, 2020 by Amanda | No Comment

Today we remember actor Christopher Reeve on what would have been his 68th birthday. Image: Christopher Reeve / Jbfrankel, Wikimedia Commons (CC BY-SA 3.0) Reeve was born on September 25, 1952 in New York City, New York to Barbara Pitney Lamb, a journalist, and Franklin D’Olier Reeve, a teacher and poet. Through his mother’s branch of the family, Reeve was a direct descendant of Mayflower passenger William Bradford, who served as Governor of the Plymouth… Read the full story

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Profile of the Day: Jim Henson

Posted September 24, 2020 by Amanda | No Comment

Beloved Muppet creator Jim Henson was born on this day in 1936. Today we remember him on what would have been his 84th birthday. Image: Jim Henson / Library of Congress Henson was born on September 24, 1936 in Greenville, Mississippi to Paul Ransom Henson and Betty Brown. He had a close relationship with his maternal grandmother, who was an avid painter, quilter, and needleworker. She encouraged Henson’s artistic passions and creativity. Henson rose to… Read the full story

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Profile of the Day: Bruce Springsteen

Posted September 23, 2020 by Amanda | No Comment

Happy birthday to Bruce Springsteen! Today the Boss turns 71. Image: Bruce Springsteen / Takahiro Kyono, Wikimedia Commons (CC BY 2.0) Springsteen was born on September 23, 1949 in Long Beach, New Jersey to Douglas Frederick Springsteen and Adele Zerilli. He was raised in a working class household. His father worked various jobs from bus driver to mill worker while his mother worked as a legal secretary. Springsteen fell in love with rock and roll… Read the full story

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Profile of the Day: Michael Faraday

Posted September 22, 2020 by Amanda | No Comment

On this day in 1791, English physicist and chemist Michael Faraday was born. Considered one of the greatest scientists in history, Faraday’s work significantly contributed to the understanding of electromagnetism. Faraday was born on September 22, 1791 in Newington, Surrey, England to James Faraday, a blacksmith, and Margaret Hastwell. While growing up, his father was often ill and incapable of maintaining steady work. As a result, the family struggled to put food on the table…. Read the full story

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Profile of the Day: Bill Murray

Posted September 21, 2020 by Amanda | No Comment

Happy birthday to Bill Murray! Today the legendary comedian turns 70. Image: Bill Murray / Gage Skidmore, Wikimedia Commons (CC BY-SA 2.0) Murray was born on September 21, 1950 in Evanston, Illinois to Lucille Collins, a mailroom clerk, and Edward Joseph Murray, II, a lumbar salesman. One of nine children, Murray was a bit of a troublemaker growing up. He got his start in comedy after joining his older brother at Chicago’s Second City, an… Read the full story

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Profile of the Day: Greta Garbo

Posted September 18, 2020 by Amanda | No Comment

Today we celebrate the life of Hollywood icon Greta Garbo, who was born on this day 115 years ago. Image: Greta Garbo / Library of Congress 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…. Read the full story

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Profile of the Day: Hank Williams

Posted September 17, 2020 by Amanda | No Comment

On September 17, 1923, country music’s first superstar Hank Williams was born in Butler County, Alabama. Best known for his hits “Your Cheatin’ Heart,” “Hey, Good Lookin’,” and “I’m So Lonesome I Could Cry,” Williams is regarded as one of the most important country music artists of all time. Image: Hank Williams / Wikimedia Commons He was born Hiram Williams in Mount Olive, Alabama to Elonzo Huble Williams and Jessie Lillybelle Skipper. Born with spina… Read the full story

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Profile of the Day: Miguel Hidalgo y Costilla

Posted September 16, 2020 by Amanda | No Comment

Today Mexico celebrates Independence Day! On this day in 1810, Catholic priest Miguel Hidalgo y Costilla issued the Cry of Dolores, a call to end Spanish rule in Mexico, triggering the start of the Mexican War of Independence. Image: Miguel Hidalgo y Costilla / Library of Congress As the parish priest in Dolores, Guanajuato, Mexico, Hidalgo promoted economic activities, such as introducing new methods of agriculture, to help the poor and rural members of the… Read the full story

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Profile of the Day: Prince Harry, Duke of Sussex

Posted September 15, 2020 by Amanda | No Comment

Happy birthday to Prince Harry! Today the Duke of Sussex turns 36. Image: Prince Harry, Duke of Sussex / Wikimedia Commons Harry was born on September 15, 1984 at St. Mary’s Hospital in London, England. He was baptized Henry Charles Albert David at St. George’s Chapel at Windsor Castle. The second son of Charles, Prince of Wales and Princess Diana, Harry is currently sixth in the line of succession to the British throne. Harry was… Read the full story

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Profile of the Day: Grace Kelly

Posted September 14, 2020 by Amanda | No Comment

Today we remember legendary actress and Princess of Monaco Grace Kelly, who passed away on this day in 1982 at the age of 52. Image: Grace Kelly / Wikimedia Commons Kelly was born on November 12, 1929 in Philadelphia, Pennsylvania to John B. Kelly, a three-time Olympic gold medalist for sculling, and Margaret Katherine Majer, a physical education teacher and first coach of women’s teams at the University of Pennsylvania. Despite her parents’ disapproval, Kelly… Read the full story

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Profile of the Day: Harry Connick, Jr.

Posted September 11, 2020 by Amanda | No Comment

Happy birthday to Harry Connick, Jr.! Today the singer turns 53. Image: Harry Connick, Jr. / bg_nh2014, Wikimedia Commons (CC BY-SA 3.0) Joseph Harry Fowler Connick, Jr. was born on September 11, 1967 in New Orleans, Louisiana. From an early age, Connick exhibited a talent for music. He learned the piano at the age of 3 and began performing publicly by the age of 5. He learned to develop his talents under the tutelage of… Read the full story

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Profile of the Day: Diana Rigg

Posted September 10, 2020 by Amanda | No Comment

Today we remember English actress Diana Rigg, who has passed away at the age of 82. Best known as secret agent Emma Peel in the classic 1960s television series The Avengers, Rigg had found a new generation of fans as Lady Olenna Tyrell in the HBO fantasy drama, Game of Thrones. Image: Diana Rigg / Wikimedia Commons Rigg was born on July 20, 1938 in Doncaster, South Yorkshire, England to Louis Rigg, a railway engineer,… Read the full story

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Profile of the Day: Peter Sellers

Posted September 8, 2020 by Amanda | No Comment

Remember watching Peter Sellers as the bumbling Inspector Jacques Clouseau? On this day in 1925, the iconic comedian was born in Portsmouth, England. Image: Peter Sellers / Wikimedia Commons He was born Richard Henry Sellers, but his parents called him “Peter” after his elder stillborn brother. Both of his parents were vaudeville entertainers and Sellers often accompanied his parents on the variety show circuit. In 1943, he joined the Royal Air Force and traveled with the entertainment… Read the full story

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Profile of the Day: Elizabeth I of England

Posted September 7, 2020 by Amanda | One Comment

Have you found your connection to the Tudors? On this day in 1533, Elizabeth I of England was born in Greenwich Palace. Image: Elizabeth I of England / Wikimedia Commons Elizabeth was the second child of Henry VIII of England and the daughter of Henry’s second wife, Anne Boleyn. She was only 2 years old when her mother was executed by beheading. Just eleven days after her mother’s death, her father married Jane Seymour, who gave birth… Read the full story

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Profile of the Day: Beyoncé Knowles

Posted September 4, 2020 by Amanda | No Comment

Happy birthday to Beyoncé! Today the music superstar celebrates her 39th birthday. Image: Beyoncé Knowles / Wikimedia Commons Born and raised in Houston, Texas, Beyoncé first catapulted to music stardom in the female R&B group Destiny’s Child. Since launching her own solo career, she has become one of the top selling female performers of all time with over 100 million records sold worldwide. Beyoncé is also the most nominated female artist in Grammy history, with… Read the full story

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Profile of the Day: Richard I of England

Posted September 3, 2020 by Amanda | No Comment

On this day in 1189, Richard I of England was crowned king in Westminster Abbey. Image: Richard I of England / Wikimedia Commons 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…. Read the full story

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