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Profile of the Day: John Keats

Posted October 31, 2019 by Amanda | No Comment
Profile of the Day: John Keats

On this day in 1795, English Romantic poet John Keats was born in London, England. The son of Thomas Keats and Frances Jennings, Keats was the eldest of the couple’s four surviving children. Keats lost both of his parents while he was still young. His father died when Keats was 8 after falling from a horse. When he was 14, his mother died of tuberculosis. During this time, Keats found solace in the arts and literature. Despite… Read the full story

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Profile of the Day: Henry Winkler

Posted October 30, 2019 by Amanda | No Comment
Profile of the Day: Henry Winkler

Happy birthday to Henry Winkler! Today the actor turns 74. Image: Henry Winkler / Foreign and Commonwealth Office, Wikimedia Commons (OGL v1.0) Born on October 30, 1945 in Manhattan, New York, Winkler is the son of Ilse Anna Maria and Harry Irving Winkler, a lumbar company president. His parents were Jewish and emigrated from Germany to the United States in 1939 on the eve of World War II. Winkler discovered a love for performing at an early age. A… Read the full story

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Profile of the Day: Winona Ryder

Posted October 29, 2019 by Amanda | No Comment

Happy birthday to Winona Ryder! Today the actress turns 48. Image: Winona Ryder / Karon Liu, Wikimedia Commons (CC BY 2.0) Ryder was born Winona Laura Horowitz on October 29, 1971 in Winona, Minnesota. Her parents named her after the city she was born in and gave her the middle name “Laura” after their friend, Laura Huxley, the wife of author Aldous Huxley. Her father worked as an archivist for Timothy Leary, a psychologists who advocated… Read the full story

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Profile of the Day: Jonas Salk

Posted October 28, 2019 by Amanda | No Comment
Profile of the Day; Jonas Salk

On this day in 1914, Dr. Jonas Salk was born. Salk discovered and developed the first successful polio vaccine. Image: Jonas Salk / San Diego Air and Space Museum Archive, Flickr Salk was born on October 28, 1914 in New York City, New York to Daniel Salk and Dora Press. His parents were Ashkenazi Jewish immigrants. Although they lacked a formal education, they encouraged Salk and his siblings to pursue their education. A gifted student, Salk… Read the full story

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Profile of the Day: Geoffrey Chaucer

Posted October 25, 2019 by Amanda | No Comment
Profile of the Day: Geoffrey Chaucer

Have you read The Canterbury Tales? English poet Geoffrey Chaucer died on this day in 1400. Known as the “father of English literature,” Chaucer was the first writer to be buried in Poets’ Corner of Westminster Abbey. Image: Geoffrey Chaucer / British Library, Flickr He was born around 1343 in what was probably London, but not much is known about the early years of his life. Through his royal connections, Chaucer held various positions including a noblewoman’s page,… Read the full story

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Profile of the Day: Annie Edson Taylor

Posted October 24, 2019 by Amanda | No Comment
Profile of the Day: Annie Edson Taylor

On this day in 1838, American school teacher Annie Edson Taylor was born. Taylor is remembered for her death-defying stunt on her 63rd birthday when she became the first person to survive a trip over Niagara Falls in a barrel. Image: Annie Edson Taylor / Library of Congress Taylor was born in Auburn, New York and was one of eight children. Before marrying at the age of 17, she studied to become a school teacher. After her husband’s death,… Read the full story

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Profile of the Day: Johnny Carson

Posted October 23, 2019 by Amanda | No Comment
Profile of the Day: Johnny Carson

Do you remember watching The Tonight Show Starring Johnny Carson? Today we remember legendary talk show host Johnny Carson on what would have been his 94th birthday. Image: Johnny Carson / State Library and Archives of Florida, Flickr Carson was born on October 23, 1925 in Corning, Iowa to Homer Lloyd “Kit” Carson and Ruth Hook. In 1943, he joined the U.S. Navy and served as a communications officer in charge of decoding encrypted messages. Carson took… Read the full story

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Profile of the Day: Sarah Bernhardt

Posted October 22, 2019 by Amanda | No Comment

On this day in 1844, stage and early film actress Sarah Bernhardt was born. Once called “the most famous actress the world has ever known,” Bernhardt was one of the most in demand actresses in Europe and America. She rose to fame in the 1870s on the stages of France and with the advent of film, became one of the first actors to appear in motion pictures. Image: Sarah Bernhardt / Library of Congress She was… Read the full story

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Profile of the Day: Carrie Fisher

Posted October 21, 2019 by Amanda | No Comment
Profile of the Day: Carrie Fisher

Today we remember Star Wars icon Carrie Fisher on what would have been her 63rd birthday. Image: Carrie Fisher / Gage Skidmore, Wikimedia Commons (CC BY-SA 2.0) The daughter of Hollywood stars Eddie Fisher and Debbie Reynolds, Fisher was an avid reader growing up and became known in her family as “the bookworm.” At the age of 18, Fisher made her film debut in the 1975 film Shampoo. Two years later, she catapulted to stardom when she was… Read the full story

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Profile of the Day: Thomas Edison

Posted October 18, 2019 by Amanda | No Comment
Profile of the Day: Thomas Edison

On this day in 1931, prolific inventor Thomas Edison died at the age of 84. At the time of his death, Edison held over 1,000 patents and saw many of his inventions make a significant impact on the world. Image: Thomas Edison / Library of Congress Thomas Alva Edison was born on February 11, 1847 in Milan, Ohio. He was the seventh child of Samuel Ogden Edison, Jr. and Nancy Matthews Elliott. At 16, he… Read the full story

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Profile of the Day: Arthur Miller

Posted October 17, 2019 by Amanda | No Comment

On this day in 1915, American playwright Arthur Miller was born in Harlem, New York. Image: Arthur Miller / Nationaal Archief Arthur Asher Miller was born to Augusta Barnett and Isidore Miller. His father owned a successful women’s clothing manufacturing business and the family lived a comfortable lifestyle until nearly losing everything during the Great Depression. In 1956, he married for the second time to actress Marilyn Monroe. Their high profile relationship thrusted him into the Hollywood spotlight. Shortly… Read the full story

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Profile of the Day: Oscar Wilde

Posted October 16, 2019 by Amanda | No Comment
Profile of the Day: Oscar Wilde

Irish writer and poet Oscar Wilde was born 165 years ago today. Known for his intellect and wit, Wilde was one of London’s most popular playwrights in the early 1890s. Image: Oscar Wilde / Library of Congress He was born Oscar Fingal O’Flahertie Wills Wilde on October 16, 1854 in Dublin, Ireland. His parents were successful intellectuals. His father, William Wilde, was a doctor and an accomplished author and his mother, Jane Francesca, was a poet. In… Read the full story

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Profile of the Day: Dwight D. Eisenhower

Posted October 14, 2019 by Amanda | No Comment
Profile of the Day: Dwight D. Eisenhower

On this day in 1890, Dwight D. Eisenhower, the 34th President of the United States, was born. Image: Dwight D. Eisenhower / U.S. National Archives and Records Administration The third of seven sons, Eisenhower was born on October 14, 1890. Growing up, Eisenhower went by the nickname “Ike,” which was an abbreviation of his last name. After graduating from West Point in 1915, Eisenhower married Mamie Doud. The couple would have two children, but only their son John… Read the full story

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Profile of the Day: Eleanor Roosevelt

Posted October 11, 2019 by Amanda | No Comment
Profile of the Day: Eleanor Roosevelt

Today we celebrate the 135th birthday of former First Lady Eleanor Roosevelt! Image: Eleanor Roosevelt / Library of Congress Anna Eleanor Roosevelt was born on October 11, 1884 to Elliot Roosevelt and Anna Rebecca Hall. Orphaned by the age of 10, Eleanor was raised by her maternal grandmother, Mary Livingston Ludlow. Her family was a part of New York’s high society and she grew up in a world of immense privilege. She was also the… Read the full story

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Profile of the Day: Fridtjof Nansen

Posted October 10, 2019 by Amanda | No Comment

On this day in 1861, Norwegian explorer, scientist, and humanitarian Fridtjof Nansen was born. In 1922, he was awarded the Nobel Peace Prize for his work helping displaced refugees after World War I. Image: Fridtjof Nansen / National Library of Norway Nansen was born on October 10, 1861 in Oslo, Norway to Baldur Fridtjof Nansen and Adelaide Johanne Thekla Isidore Bølling Wedel-Jarlsberg. His mother was the niece of Norwegian statesman Herman Wedel Jarlsberg, who had an… Read the full story

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Profile of the Day: Leif Erikson

Posted October 9, 2019 by Amanda | One Comment

It’s Leif Erikson Day! The 11th-century Norse explorer is believed to have led the first Europeans to North America, 500 years before Christopher Columbus set sail to the New World. Image: Wikimedia Commons Leif Erikson was the son of Erik the Red and Thjodhild and was likely born in Iceland around 970. He grew up in Greenland, where his father had established the first Norse settlements. Around 1000, Erikson sailed to Norway where he was converted to Christianity by King Olaf… Read the full story

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Profile of the Day: Sigourney Weaver

Posted October 8, 2019 by Amanda | No Comment

Happy 70th birthday to actress Sigourney Weaver! Image: Sigourney Weaver / Gage Skidmore, Wikimedia Commons (CC BY-SA 3.0) She was born Susan Alexandra Weaver on October 8, 1949 in Manhattan, New York. The only child of actress Elizabeth Inglis and former NBC president Sylvester “Pat” Weaver, Weaver chose to follow her parents into the entertainment industry. At the age of 14, she began going by the name “Sigourney” after a character in F. Scott Fitzgerald’s novel, The Great Gatsby. In the early… Read the full story

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Profile of the Day: Edgar Allan Poe

Posted October 7, 2019 by Amanda | No Comment
Profile of the Day: Edgar Allan Poe

On this day in 1849, poet Edgar Allan Poe died under mysterious circumstances at the age of 40. Known for his mysterious and macabre tales, it seems almost fitting that his death would be just as strange. Image: Edgar Allan Poe / U.S. National Archives and Records Administration Poe was born on January 19, 1809 in Boston, Massachusetts. Death plagued much of the early years of his life. Within three years after his birth, both of… Read the full story

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Profile of the Day: Buster Keaton

Posted October 4, 2019 by Amanda | No Comment

Silent film star Buster Keaton was born on this day in 1895. Known for his stoic, deadpan expression, Keaton is remembered as one of the greatest comedic performers in the history of cinema. Image: Buster Keaton / Library of Congress Keaton was born Joseph Frank Keaton, VI on October 4, 1895 in Piqua, Kansas. His parents, Joseph “Joe” Keaton and Myra Cutler, were vaudeville performers and traveled together performing various medicine and vaudeville shows. His… Read the full story

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Profile of the Day: Gwen Stefani

Posted October 3, 2019 by Amanda | No Comment
Profile of the Day: Gwen Stefani

Happy birthday to Gwen Stefani! Today the singer and The Voice coach turns 50. Image: Gwen Stefani / Liton Ali, Wikimedia Commons (CC BY 2.0) Stefani was born on October 3, 1969 in Fullerton, California. As a teen, she joined her brother, Eric, in forming the band No Doubt. Her brother eventually left the band to pursue a career in animation working on The Simpsons. It wasn’t until the release of their third album in 1995 that the band would finally… Read the full story

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Profile of the Day: Richard III of England

Posted October 2, 2019 by Amanda | No Comment
Profile of the Day: Richard III of England

On this day in 1452, Richard III of England was born. With his death at the age of 32, Richard III became the last king of the Plantagenet dynasty. Richard was the fourth son born to Richard, Duke of York, and Cecily Neville. After the death of his brother, Edward IV, in 1483, Edward’s twelve-year old son, Edward V, succeeded him and Richard was named Lord Protector of the Realm. However, after Richard succeeded in declaring his brother’s marriage invalid, his nephew was declared illegitimate and his… Read the full story

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Profile of the Day: Jimmy Carter

Posted October 1, 2019 by Amanda | No Comment
Profile of the Day: Jimmy Carter

Happy birthday to Jimmy Carter! Today the former President of the United States turns 95, making him the first president to reach that milestone. Image: Jimmy Carter / Photo by Lauren Gerson, LBJ Presidential Library Carter was born on October 1, 1924 in Plains, Georgia to Bessie Lilian Gordie, a nurse, and James Earl Carter, Sr., a peanut farmer and businessman. In 1977, Carter was sworn in as the 39th President of the United States. Carter’s… Read the full story

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Profile of the Day: Elie Wiesel

Posted September 30, 2019 by Amanda | No Comment

Today we remember Holocaust survivor, human rights activist, and Nobel Peace-prize winner Elie Wiesel, who was born on this day in 1928. Image: Elie Wiesel / Library of Congress Wiesel was born on September 30, 1928 in Sighet, Romania and grew up in a close-knit Jewish community. At the age of 15, Wiesel and his family were sent to Auschwitz, where his mother and sister were killed. He and his father were later sent to… Read the full story

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Profile of the Day: Samuel Adams

Posted September 27, 2019 by Amanda | No Comment

On this day in 1722, American Founding Father Samuel Adams was born in Boston in the British colony of Massachusetts. Image: Samuel Adams / Library of Congress Adams was one of twelve children born to Samuel Adams, Sr. and Mary Fifield and was one of three to live beyond the age of three. After leaving college at Harvard, Adams became a brewer and launched a newspaper before devoting his work to politics. An important political… Read the full story

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Profile of the Day: Johnny Appleseed

Posted September 26, 2019 by Amanda | No Comment

On this day in 1774, the real Johnny Appleseed, John Chapman, was born. The American folk hero became known as “Johnny Appleseed” for planting apple trees across 1,200 acres of land. Image: Harper’s New Monthly Magazine, 1871 / Internet Archives Chapman was born on September 26, 1774 in Leominster, Massachusetts. He was the eldest son of Nathaniel Chapman and Elizabeth Simonds, who died while giving birth to a second son. During the American Revolutionary War, his father was… Read the full story

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Profile of the Day: Michael Douglas

Posted September 25, 2019 by Amanda | No Comment

Happy birthday to Michael Douglas! Today the actor turns 75. Image: Michael Douglas / David Shankbone, Wikimedia Commons (CC BY 3.0) Douglas was born on September 25, 1944 in New Brunswick, New Jersey to acclaimed actor Kirk Douglas and Diana Dill. His mother came from a prominent family in Bermuda, where Douglas’s maternal grandfather, Thomas Melville Dill, served as Attorney General of Bermuda and as a member of the Parliament of Bermuda. As the son of actors, it… Read the full story

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Profile of the Day: Jim Henson

Posted September 24, 2019 by Amanda | No Comment

Do you remember watching The Muppet Show? Today we remember Muppet creator Jim Henson, who was born on this day in 1936. Image: Jim Henson / Library of Congress He was born James Maury Henson on September 24, 1936 in Greenville, Mississippi to Betty Marcella and Paul Ransom Henson, an agronomist for the U.S. Department of Agriculture. While in college, he began working as a puppeteer for a local television station. It was there that he first… Read the full story

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Profile of the Day: Sophia Loren

Posted September 20, 2019 by Amanda | No Comment

Happy birthday to Sophia Loren! Today the Italian actress turns 85. Image: Sophia Loren / Wikimedia Commons She was born Sofia Villani Scicolone on September 20, 1934 in Rome, Italy to Romilda Villani and Riccardo Scicolone. Raised in poverty, Loren would become one of Italy’s most renowned and honored actresses. Loren began her path to international stardom after entering a beauty pageant at the age of 15. In 1957, she starred in her first Hollywood film, The… Read the full story

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Profile of the Day: Adam West

Posted September 19, 2019 by Amanda | No Comment
Profile of the Day: Adam West

Do you remember watching Batman on TV? On this day in 1928, actor Adam West was born. Image: Adam West / Gage Skidmore, Wikimedia Commons (CC BY-SA 2.0) Although he was known professionally as “Adam West,” he was actually born William West Anderson on September 19, 1928 in Walla Walla, Washington. His father, Otto West Anderson, worked as a farmer, and his mother, Audrey Volenne Speer, was an opera singer and concert pianist. After serving in the… Read the full story

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Profile of the Day: Greta Garbo

Posted September 18, 2019 by Amanda | No Comment
Profile of the Day: Greta Garbo

On this day in 1905, screen legend Greta Garbo was born. Regarded as one of the top performers of Hollywood’s Gold Age, Garbo was one of the highest paid stars of her time. Image: Greta Garbo / Library of Congress Garbo was born Greta Lovisa Gustafsson on September 18, 1905 in Stockholm, Sweden. She grew up in poverty and when her father became ill and lost his job, Garbo dropped out of school at 13 to take… Read the full story

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Profile of the Day: Cokie Roberts

Posted September 17, 2019 by Amanda | No Comment
Profile of the Day: Cokie Roberts

Today we remember legendary journalist Cokie Roberts, who has passed away at the age of 75. Image: LBJ Library photo by Jay Godwin, Public Domain She was born Mary Martha Corinne Morrison Claiborne Boggs on December 27, 1943 in New Orleans, Louisiana. She received the nickname “Cokie” from her brother, who could not pronounce her given name, “Corinne,” as a child. Roberts was born into a political family. Her father, Hale Boggs, served as a member of… Read the full story

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Profile of the Day: Lauren Bacall

Posted September 16, 2019 by Amanda | No Comment
Profile of the Day: Lauren Bacall

Today we remember screen legend Lauren Bacall on what would have been her 95th birthday. Image: Lauren Bacall / Wikimedia Commons Actress Lauren Bacall was born Betty Joan Perske on September 16, 1924 in New York City, New York. She was the only child of William Perske and Natalie Weinstein, who later legally changed her surname to Bacal. After her parents divorced, Bacall was raised by her mother. Bacall began her career as a model before catching the… Read the full story

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Profile of the Day: Clara Schumann

Posted September 13, 2019 by Amanda | No Comment
Profile of the Day: Clara Schumann

Today we celebrate the 200th birthday of German pianist and composer Clara Schumann! She regarded as one of the most distinguished pianists of the Romantic Era. Image: Clara Schumann / Bergen Public Library, Flickr Schumann was born Clara Josephine Wieck on September 13, 1819 to Friedrich Wieck, a prominent piano teacher, and Marianne Tromlitz, a singer. She was raised under the strict guidance of her father after her parents separated. A child prodigy, Schumann began performing… Read the full story

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Profile of the Day: Irène Joliot-Curie

Posted September 12, 2019 by Amanda | No Comment

On this day in 1897, Nobel Prize-winning scientist Irène Joliot-Curie was born in Paris, France. Image: Irène Joliot-Curie / Smithsonian Institution, Flickr The eldest daughter of renowned scientists Marie and Pierre Curie, it was almost inevitable that Joliot-Curie would follow in her parents’ footsteps. After her father’s death in 1906, Joliot-Curie was raised by her mother, who emphasized the importance of education in the home. She developed an early interest in science, but the outbreak of World War I interrupted… Read the full story

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Profile of the Day: O. Henry

Posted September 11, 2019 by Amanda | No Comment
Profile of the Day: O. Henry

On this day in 1862, short story author William Sydney Porter, better known by his pen name O. Henry, was born. A prolific writer, Porter’s clever wordplay and twist endings made him one of the most popular American short story writers of his time. Image: O. Henry / Wikimedia Commons Porter was born on September 11, 1862 in Greensboro, North Carolina. As a child, he enjoyed reading  everything from the classics to dime novels. Porter worked at his uncle’s… Read the full story

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Profile of the Day: Nathan Hale

Posted September 10, 2019 by Amanda | No Comment
Profile of the Day: Nathan Hale

On this day in 1776, Nathan Hale, a solider in the Continental Army, volunteered to spy behind British lines. Image: New York Public Library 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… Read the full story

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Profile of the Day: Hugh Grant

Posted September 9, 2019 by Amanda | No Comment
Profile of the Day: Hugh Grant

Happy birthday to Hugh Grant! Today the actor turns 59. Image: Hugh Grant / Tine Hemeryck, Wikimedia Commons (CC BY-SA 2.0) He was born Hugh John Mungo Grant on September 9, 1960 in Hammersmith, England to a military family. His father, James Murray Grant, was a Captain and served with the Seaforth Highlanders for eight years. His paternal grandfather, Colonel James Murray Grant, was decorated for bravery and leadership at Saint-Valery-en-Caux during World War II. In 1994, Grant achieved… Read the full story

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Profile of the Day: Gilbert du Motier, Marquis de Lafayette

Posted September 6, 2019 by Amanda | No Comment
Profile of the Day: Gilbert du Motier, marquis de La Fayette

Today we remember French aristocrat and military officer, Gilbert du Motier, Marquis de Lafayette, who was born on this day in 1757. Also known simply as Lafayette, the Frenchman was an important figure during the American Revolutionary War and fought alongside the Continental Army against the British. Image: Library of Congress Lafayette was born to a wealthy, aristocratic family in Auvergne, France on September 6, 1757. The Lafayette family had a long and distinguished reputation. His 8th… Read the full story

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Profile of the Day: Jesse James

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Profile of the Day: Jesse James

On this day in 1847, American outlaw Jesse James was born. The leader of the infamous James-Younger Gang, James is remembered to day as one of the most iconic figures of the American Old West. Image: Jesse James / Library of Congress James was born on September 5, 1847 in Clay County, Missouri to Robert James, a Baptist minister, and Zerelda Elizabeth Cole. When he was young, his father left the family to journey west to preach… Read the full story

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Profile of the Day: Beyoncé Knowles

Posted September 4, 2019 by Amanda | No Comment
Profile of the Day: Beyoncé Knowles

Happy birthday to Beyoncé! Today the music superstar turns 38. Image: Beyoncé / Jen Keys, Wikimedia Commons Beyoncé Giselle Knowles on September 4, 1981 in Houston, 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 it is through her mother’s branch of the family that she descends from Joseph Broussard, who led the first group of Acadians to what is today Louisiana. Broussard… Read the full story

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Profile of the Day: E.E. Cummings

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Profile of the Day: E.E. Cummings

Today we remember American poet E.E. Cummings, who passed away on this day in 1962 at the age of 67. A prolific writer, Cummings is often regarded as one of the most important American poets of the 20th century. Image: E.E. Cummings / Library of Congress He was born Edward Estlin Cummings on October 14, 1894 in Cambridge, Massachusetts. His father, Edward Cmmings, was a professor and Unitarian minister. From a young age, Cummings began writing… Read the full story

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Profile of the Day: Mary Shelley

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Profile of the Day: Mary Shelley

On this day in 1797, English novelist Mary Shelley was born. Today, Shelley is best remembered as the author of the Gothic novel Frankenstein, which is often considered to be one of the earliest examples of science fiction. Image: Mary Shelley / Wikimedia Commons Shelley was born Mary Wollstonecraft Godwin on August 30, 1797 in London, England to William Godwin, a radical political philosopher, and Mary Wollstonecraft, a philosopher and feminist. Her mother died just eleven days after her birth of childbed… Read the full story

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Profile of the Day: John Locke

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Profile of the Day: John Locke

On this day in 1632, English philosopher John Locke was born. Regarded as one of the most influential thinkers of the Enlightenment, Locke’s work formed the foundation of modern philosophical empiricism and political liberalism. Image: John Locke / Library of Congress Locke was born on August 29, 1632 in Wrington, Somerset, England to John Locke, a lawyer, and Agnese Keene. His father served as a captain during the English Civil War. After completing his studies… Read the full story

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Profile of the Day: Sheridan Le Fanu

Posted August 28, 2019 by Amanda | No Comment

On this day in 1814, Irish horror writer Sheridan Le Fanu was born. Considered to be the leading ghost story writer of the 19th century, Le Fanu’s works played a significant role in shaping the genre during the Victorian era. Image: Sheridan Le Fanu / Wikimedia Commons Le Fanu was born Joseph Thomas Sheridan Le Fanu on August 28, 1814 in Dublin, Ireland. He was born into a literary family with many writers and playwrights, including his great… Read the full story

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Profile of the Day: Lyndon B. Johnson

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Profile of the Day: Lyndon B. Johnson

On this day in 1908, Lyndon B. Johnson was born. Elected as Vice President in 1960, Johnson was sworn in as the 36th President of the United States upon the assassination of President John F. Kennedy in 1963. Image: Lyndon B. Johnson / U.S. National Archives and Records Administration Lyndon Baines Johnson was born in a small farmhouse on August 27, 1908 near Johnson City, Texas. He was the first of five children born to Samuel Ealy… Read the full story

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Profile of the Day: Albert, Prince Consort

Posted August 26, 2019 by Amanda | No Comment

On this day in 1819, Prince Albert, the husband of Queen Victoria, was born in Schloss Rosenau, Germany. Image: Albert, Prince Consort / Library of Congress 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… Read the full story

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Profile of the Day: William IV

Posted August 21, 2019 by Amanda | No Comment

On this day in 1765, William IV of the United Kingdom was born. The third son of George III, William became king after the death of his elder brother George IV. William was born at Buckingham Palace on August 21, 1765. As the third son born to King George III and Queen Charlotte, William was never expected to inherit the crown. He joined the Royal Navy at the age of 13 and served in New… Read the full story

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Profile of the Day: Benjamin Harrison

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Profile of the Day: Benjamin Harrison

Are you related to the U.S. President? On this day in 1833, Benjamin Harrison, the 23rd President of the United States was born. Image: Library of Congress Harrison was born to a prominent political family. His paternal grandfather was William Henry Harrison, the 9th President of the United States. Harrison was only 7 years old when his grandfather was elected president. Unfortunately, his grandfather would only serve for 31 days before dying of pneumonia. His great grandfather,… Read the full story

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Profile of the Day: Gene Roddenberry

Posted August 19, 2019 by Amanda | 2 Comments
Profile of the Day: Gene Roddenberry

Are you a fan of Star Trek? Today we celebrate the birthday of Star Trek creator Gene Roddenberry, who was born on this day in 1921. Image: Gene Roddenberry / NASA Before finding success as a screenwriter and producer, Roddenberry served in the United States Army Air Force. During World War II, he flew 89 combat missions and was awarded the Distinguished Flying Cross and Air Medal. After the war, he continued to work as a commercial pilot… Read the full story

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Profile of the Day: Babe Ruth

Posted August 16, 2019 by Amanda | No Comment
Profile of the Day: Babe Ruth

Are you a baseball fan? Today we remember legendary baseball player Babe Ruth, who died on this day in 1948. Image: Babe Ruth / Library of Congress He was born George Herman Ruth, Jr. on February 6, 1895 in Baltimore Maryland. He was one of eight children born to Catherine Schamberger and George Herman Ruth, Sr., a saloon owner. As a child, Ruth often found trouble and by the age of 7, his parents sent him… Read the full story

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