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Profile of the Day: Napoleon I

Posted August 15, 2019 by Amanda | No Comment
Profile of the Day: Napoleon I

On this day in 1769, French Emperor Napoleon I, also known as Napoleon Bonaparte, was born. Considered one of the greatest military strategists in history, Napoleon established hegemony over most of continental Europe. Image: Napoleon I / Wikimedia Commons Napoleon was born on August 15, 1769 to Carlo Maria Buonaparte and Maria Letizia Romolino in his family’s ancestral home, Casa Buonaparte, in the French town of Ajaccio. He gained military and political prominence during the latter stages… Read the full story

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Profile of the Day: Steve Martin

Posted August 14, 2019 by Amanda | No Comment

Happy birthday to Steve Martin! Today the actor turns 74. Image: Steve Martin / David Shankbone, Wikimedia Commons (CC BY-SA 3.0) Born in Waco, Texas on August 14, 1945, Martin grew up in Southern California. He landed his firs job as a teen selling guidebooks at Disneyland and later, worked at the Magic Shop in the park where he frequently performed magic tricks for patrons. Martin’s big break came in 1976 when he hosted his first episode… Read the full story

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Profile of the Day: Annie Oakley

Posted August 13, 2019 by Amanda | No Comment
Profile of the Day: Annie Oakley

On this day in 1860, sharpshooter Annie Oakley was born. Known for her incredible marksmanship, Oakley became an international star as a performer in Buffalo Bill’s Wild West show. Image: Annie Oakley / Library of Congress Oakley was born Phoebe Ann Mosey on August 13, 1860 in a log cabin in Darke County, Ohio. She was the fifth of seven surviving children born to Jacob Mosey and Susan Wise. Oakley began shooting at the age of 8 and… Read the full story

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Profile of the Day: George IV

Posted August 12, 2019 by Amanda | No Comment
Profile of the Day: George IV

Do you have royal blood? On this day in 1762, George IV of the United Kingdom was born. Image: George IV / Library and Archives Canada The first child of King George III and Queen Charlotte, George became Prince Regent in 1811 during his father’s mental illnesses and ascended to the throne following his death in 1820. George enjoyed living an extravagant lifestyle and at the age of 23, secretly and illegally married Maria Fitzherbert, a twice-widowed commoner and a… Read the full story

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Profile of the Day: Tove Jansson

Posted August 9, 2019 by Amanda | No Comment
Profile of the Day: Tove Jansson

Do you have Finnish ancestry? Today we celebrate beloved Finnish children’s book author and artist Tove Jansson, who was born on this day in 1914. Image: Tove Jansson / Wikimedia Commons Tove Marika Jansson was born in Helsinki, Finland on August 9, 1914 to Viktor Jansson, a sculptor, and Signe Hammarsten-Jansson, a graphic designer and illustrator. The family belonged to the Swedish-speaking minority of Finland. Best known as the author of the Moomin children’s books and cartoons, Jansson… Read the full story

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Profile of the Day: Matthew Henson

Posted August 8, 2019 by Amanda | No Comment
Profile of the Day: Matthew Henson

On this day in 1866, Arctic explorer Matthew Henson was born. He is best remembered for being the first to reach the North Pole alongside explorer Robert E. Peary in 1909. Image: Matthew Henson / Library of Congress Henson was born on August 8, 1866 on a farm in Charles County, Maryland. His parents were sharecroppers and free people of color before the Civil War. An orphan by the age of 12, Henson joined a merchant… Read the full story

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Profile of the Day: Charlize Theron

Posted August 7, 2019 by Amanda | No Comment
Profile of the Day: Charlize Theron

Happy birthday to actress Charlize Theron! Today the star turns 44. Image: Charlize Theron / Gage Skidmore, Wikimedia Commons (CC BY-SA 2.0) Theron was born on August 7, 1975 in Benoni, Gauteng, South Africa and grew up on her family’s farm outside of Johannesburg. She spent her childhood studying ballet, and although she saw herself as a dancer, she began her career as a model. After an injury left her unable to pursue a career as… Read the full story

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Profile of the Day: Toni Morrison

Posted August 6, 2019 by Amanda | No Comment

Today we remember American novelist Toni Morrison, who has passed away at the age of 88. Known for her rich depiction of the black experience in America, Morrison became the first African American woman to be awarded the Nobel Prize for Literature in 1993. Image: Toni Morrison / Angela Radulescu, Wikimedia Commons (CC BY-SA 2.0) She was born Chloe Ardelia Wofford on February 18, 1931 in Lorain, Ohio to George Wofford and Ella Ramah Willis. She was… Read the full story

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Profile of the Day: Neil Armstrong

Posted August 5, 2019 by Amanda | No Comment
Profile of the Day: Neil Armstrong

Today we remember astronaut Neil Armstrong, who was born on this day in 1930. Image: Neil Armstrong / NASA Armstrong was born in Wapakoneta, Ohio to Stephen Armstrong, an auditor, and Viola Engel. From a young age, Armstrong developed a passion for aviation. At the age of six, his father took him on his first ride in a Ford Trimotor, known as the “Tin Goose.” By the age of 16, Armstrong had earned his student… Read the full story

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Profile of the Day: Elisha Gray

Posted August 2, 2019 by Amanda | No Comment

On this day in 1835, American inventor Elisha Gray was born in Barnesville, Ohio. The co-founder of the Western Electric Manufacturing Company, Gray is perhaps best remembered for the controversy surrounding the invention of the telephone. Gray was born into a Quaker family in Ohio and grew up on a farm. An electrical engineer, he held over 70 patents and is often considered the father of the modern music synthesizer. On February 14, 1876, Alexander Graham Bell patented… Read the full story

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Profile of the Day: William Clark

Posted August 1, 2019 by Amanda | No Comment
Profile of the Day: William Clark

On this day in 1770, explorer William Clark was born in Caroline County, Virginia. From 1804 to 1806, Clark helped lead the famous Lewis and Clark Expedition across the country to the Pacific Ocean. Image: William Clark / Wikimedia Commons Clark was the ninth of ten children born to John Clark and Ann Rogers. Five of his older brothers fought during the American Revolution, including his second-oldest brother, George Rogers Clark, who rose to the… Read the full story

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Profile of the Day: J.K. Rowling

Posted July 31, 2019 by Amanda | One Comment
Profile of the Day: J.K. Rowling

Happy birthday to author J.K. Rowling! Image: J.K. Rowling / Daniel Ogren, Wikimedia Commons (CC BY 2.0) Joanne Rowling was born on July 31, 1965 in Yale, England to Peter James Rowling, a Rolls-Royce aircraft engineer, and Anne Volant, a science technician. Her great grandfather, Louis Volant was a French soldier in World War I. He was awarded the Croix de Guerre for exceptional bravery in defending the village of Courcelles-le-Comte. A single mother at… Read the full story

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Profile of the Day: Vincent van Gogh

Posted July 29, 2019 by Amanda | No Comment
Profile of the Day: Vincent van Gogh

Do you enjoy the artwork of Vincent van Gogh? Today we remember the famous Dutch painter who died on this day in 1890 from a self inflicted gunshot wound. Image: Vincent van Gogh / Wikimedia Common Van Gogh was born on March 30, 1853 to an upper-middle class family. He was born exactly one year after the stillbirth of his parents’ first son, who was also named Vincent. Van Gogh had a close relationship with his… Read the full story

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Profile of the Day: Mick Jagger

Posted July 26, 2019 by Amanda | No Comment

Happy birthday, Mick Jagger! Today the Rolling Stones singer turns 76. Image: Mick Jagger / Nationaal Archief Michael Philip Jagger was born on July 26, 1943 in Dartford, Kent. His father, Basil Fanshawe Jagger, and his grandfather, David Ernest Jagger, were both teachers. His mother, Eva Ensley Mary Scutts, was a hairdresser. From a young age, Jagger loved to sing. He was classmates with Rolling Stones guitarist Keith Richards, who shared Jagger’s love of the blues. For… Read the full story

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Profile of the Day: Henry Knox

Posted July 25, 2019 by Amanda | No Comment
Profile of the Day: Henry Knox

Did your ancestors fight in the American Revolutionary War? On this day in 1750, American Revolutionary War General Henry Knox was born. Image: Henry Knox / Wikimedia Commons Knox was born in Boston, Massachusetts on July 25, 1750. To help support his family, he left school at the age of 9 and began working at a bookstore. He educated himself by reading the books in the store and eventually was able to open his own bookshop. However,… Read the full story

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Profile of the Day: Amelia Earhart

Posted July 24, 2019 by Amanda | No Comment
Profile of the Day: Amelia Earhart

Today we remember pioneer aviator Amelia Earhart on her 122nd birthday. Image: Amelia Earhart / San Diego Air and Space Museum Archive Amelia Mary Earhart was born on July 24, 1897 in Atchison, Kansas. She was named after her two grandmothers, Amelia Josephine Otis and Mary Wells Earhart. From a young age, Amelia had an adventurist spirit. After Charles Lindbergh’s solo flight across the Atlantic, she knew she wanted to be the first woman to do the same…. Read the full story

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Profile of the Day: Daniel Radcliffe

Posted July 23, 2019 by Amanda | No Comment
Profile of the Day: Daniel Radcliffe

Happy birthday to Daniel Radcliffe! Today the Harry Potter star turns 30. Image: Daniel Radcliffe / Gage Skidmore, (CC BY-SA 2.0) Radcliffe was born on July 23, 1989 in London England to Alan George Radcliffe, a literary agent, and Marcia Jeannine Jacobson, a casting agent. Before he landed the role of a lifetime as Harry Potter, Radcliffe made his acting debut at the age of 10 in the BBC’s adaptation of Charles Dickens’ novel David Copperfield…. Read the full story

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Profile of the Day: Emma Lazarus

Posted July 22, 2019 by Amanda | No Comment
Profile of the Day: Emma Lazarus

On this day in 1849, American poet and activist Emma Lazarus was born. Lazarus is best remembered for the sonnet “The New Colossus,” and today, her iconic words, “Give me your tired, your poor, / Your huddled Masses yearning to breath free,” can still be found inscribed on a bronze plaque at the pedestal of the Statue of Liberty. Image: Emma Lazarus / Wikimedia Commons Lazarus was born on July 22, 1849 in New York City, New York… Read the full story

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Profile of the Day: Benedict Cumberbatch

Posted July 19, 2019 by Amanda | One Comment
Profile of the Day: Benedict Cumberbatch

Happy birthday, Benedict Cumberbatch! Today the star turns 43. Image: Benedict Cumberbatch / Gage Skidmore, Wikimedia Commons, (CC BY-SA 2.0) Cumberbatch was born on July 19, 1976 in London, England to actors Timothy Carlton and Wanda Ventham. From a young age, Cumberbatch took an interest in acting and eventually went on to study drama at the University of Manchester and earn a Master’s degree in classical acting from the London Academy of Music and Dramatic Art. Cumberbatch rose… Read the full story

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Profile of the Day: John Glenn

Posted July 18, 2019 by Amanda | No Comment

Legendary astronaut John Glenn was born on July 18, 1921 in Cambridge, Ohio. Glenn made history when he became the first American to orbit the Earth in 1962. Image: John Glenn / NASA John Hershel Glenn, Jr. was the son of John Hershel Glenn, Sr., owner of a plumbing business, and Clara Teresa Sproat, a teacher. In 1943, Glenn married his high school sweetheart, Anna Castor. The couple met as toddlers and were married for 73 years… Read the full story

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Profile of the Day: Walt Disney

Posted July 17, 2019 by Amanda | One Comment
Profile of the Day: Walt Disney

On this day in 1955, Walt Disney opened Disneyland for the first time in Anaheim, California. Image: Walt Disney / U.S. National Archives and Records Administration After visiting various amusement parks with his daughters, Disney was inspired to build his own theme park where adults and children could enjoy rides and attractions together. The construction of Disneyland began on July 16, 1954 and would cost $17 million to complete. One year later on July 17, 1955,… Read the full story

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Profile of the Day: Roald Amundsen

Posted July 16, 2019 by Amanda | No Comment
Profile of the Day: Roald Amundsen

Today we celebrate Norwegian explorer Roald Amundsen on what would have been his 147th birthday. Image: Roald Amundsen / National Library of Norway, Flickr He was born on July 16, 1872 in Borge, Norway to Jens Amundsen, a successful sea captain, and Hanna Sahlquist. Although he came from a family of ship builders and captains, his mother hoped he would pursue a career in medicine instead. However, after her death in 1893, Amundsen chose to quit school… Read the full story

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Profile of the Day: Rembrandt van Rijn

Posted July 15, 2019 by Amanda | No Comment
Profile of the Day: Rembrandt van Rijn

Do you have Dutch ancestry? Dutch artist Rembrandt van Rijn was born on this day in 1606 in Leiden in the Dutch Republic, now known as the Netherlands. Image: Rembrandt van Rijn / Wikimedia Commons The ninth child born to Harmen Gerritszoon van Rijn and Neeltgen Willemsdochter van Zuytbrouck, Rembrandt was put through school in preparation for a career in the government or ministry. However, by the age of 15, he abandoned his studies to pursue… Read the full story

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Profile of the Day: Henry David Thoreau

Posted July 12, 2019 by Amanda | No Comment
Profile of the Day: Henry David Thoreau

On this day in 1817, American essayist and poet Henry David Thoreau was born. Image: Henry David Thoreau / Wikimedia Commons He was born David Henry Thoreau on July 12, 1817 in Concord, Massachusetts to John Thoreau, a pencil maker, and Cynthia Dunbar. He was named after his recently deceased paternal uncle. It was not until after finishing school that he began to call himself “Henry David.” It was after college that he was encouraged… Read the full story

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Profile of the Day: John Quincy Adams

Posted July 11, 2019 by Amanda | No Comment

On this day in 1767, John Quincy Adams, the sixth President of the United States, was born. Image: John Quincy Adams / Library of Congress Adams was born in Braintree, Massachusetts on July 11, 1767. He was the eldest son of the second U.S. President, John Adams, and his wife, Abigail, and was named after his mother’s maternal grandfather, Colonel John Quincy. As a young boy, Adams witnessed the Battle of Bunker Hill from a hill… Read the full story

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Profile of the Day: Nikola Tesla

Posted July 10, 2019 by Amanda | No Comment
Profile of the Day: Nikola Tesla

Happy birthday to Nikola Tesla! Today marks what would have been the inventor’s 163rd birthday. Image: Nikola Tesla / Library of Congress Tesla was born on July 10, 1856 in the village of Smiljan in the Austrian Empire (modern-day Croatia) to Serbian parents. His father and his maternal grandfather were Orthodox priests. Although his father wished for him to also enter the priesthood, Tesla was firmly interested in the sciences. After arriving in American in 1884, Tesla worked briefly as an… Read the full story

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Profile of the Day: Elias Howe

Posted July 9, 2019 by Amanda | No Comment

On this day in 1819, American inventor Elias Howe was born. Remembered for patenting the first practical sewing machine, Howe’s invention revolutionized the manufacturing of garments. Image: Elias Howe / Wikimedia Commons Howe was born on July 9, 1819 in Spencer, Massachusetts to Dr. Elias Howe, Sr. and Polly Bemis. At 16, Howe began an apprenticeship in a textile factory. However, the Panic of 1837 cost Howe his job. He later began working at a machinist’s shop, where… Read the full story

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Profile of the Day: Kevin Bacon

Posted July 8, 2019 by Amanda | No Comment

Happy birthday to Kevin Bacon! Today the actor turns 61. Image: Kevin Bacon / Gage Skidmore, Wikimedia Commons (CC BY-SA 2.0) Kevin Norwood Bacon was born on July 8, 1958 in Philadelphia, Pennsylvania to Edmund Norwood Bacon, a prominent architect, and Ruth Hilda Holmes, a teacher and activist. The youngest of six children, Bacon left home at the age of 17 to pursue an acting career full time. In 1984, Bacon skyrocketed to fame after starring in the box-office… Read the full story

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Profile of the Day: P.T. Barnum

Posted July 5, 2019 by Amanda | No Comment

Do you enjoy the circus? On this day in 1810, showman P.T. Barnum was born in Bethel, Connecticut. Image: P.T. Barnum / Library of Congress A successful promoter, Barnum made a name for himself promoting weird and odd curiosities. He founded the famous “Barnum & Bailey Circus” and toured the country with his band of performers. He was one of the first to move his circus by train. Named the “Greatest Show on Earth,” the Barnum &… Read the full story

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Profile of the Day: Tom Cruise

Posted July 3, 2019 by Amanda | No Comment

Happy birthday, Tom Cruise! Today the star turns 57. Image: Tom Cruise / Gage Skidmore, Wikimedia Commons (CC BY-SA 3.0) The popular movie star was born Thomas Cruise Mapother, IV on July 3, 1962 in Syracuse, New York. After making notable appearances in the films Taps  and The Outsiders, Cruise went on to star in two highly successful films Risky Business and Top Gun, cementing his status as a major Hollywood superstar. Since then, Cruise has headlined numerous… Read the full story

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Profile of the Day: Olav V of Norway

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Profile of the Day: Olav V of Norway

On this day in 1903, Olav V of Norway was born. Nicknamed “the People’s King,” Olav was immensely popular during his reign for his down-to-earth style. Image: Olav V of Norway / National Library of Norway The Norwegian monarch was born with the name Alexander Edward Christian Frederik on July 2, 1903 at Appleton House at the royal Sandringham Estate in Norfolk, England. He was the only child of Prince Carl of Denmark and Princess Maud, the… Read the full story

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Profile of the Day: Diana, Princess of Wales

Posted July 1, 2019 by Amanda | No Comment

Today we remember Diana, Princess of Wales, on what would have been her 58th birthday. Diana, Princess of Wales / Wikimedia Commons She was born Diana Frances Spencer on July 1, 1961 in Park House, Sandringham, Norfolk. She was the fourth of five children born to Edward John Spencer, and his first wife, Frances Ruth Roche. Her parents divorced when she was a child and her father received custody of the children. After her father inherited… Read the full story

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Profile of the Day: Henry VIII of England

Posted June 28, 2019 by Amanda | No Comment
Profile of the Day: Henry VIII

On June 28, 1491, Henry VIII was born at Greenwich. The second son of Henry VII and Elizabeth of York, Henry was not expected to become king. However, the sudden death of his brother, Arthur, in 1502 made Henry the heir-apparent. Image: Henry VIII of England / Paul Hermans, Wikimedia Commons Still intent on securing an alliance between England and Spain, Henry VII offered Henry in marriage to Arthur’s widow, Catherine of Aragon, the youngest surviving child of… Read the full story

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Profile of the Day: Helen Keller

Posted June 27, 2019 by Amanda | No Comment

“There is no king who has not had a slave among his ancestors, and no slave who has not had a king among his.” Today we remember Helen Keller, who was born on June 27, 1880 in Tuscumbia, Alabama. Helen Keller / Library of Congress Struck blind and deaf before the age of two, Keller had very limited means of communication. Her family was referred to Alexander Graham Bell, who recommended they travel to the… Read the full story

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Profile of the Day: Pearl S. Buck

Posted June 26, 2019 by Amanda | No Comment

On this day in 1892, author Pearl S. Buck was born. In 1938, Buck became the first American woman to receive the Nobel Prize in Literature. Pearl Buck / Library of Congress Buck was born Pearl Sydenstricker in Hillsboro, West Virginia on June 26, 1892 to Southern Presbyterian missionaries, Absalom and Caroline Sydenstricker. When Buck was 5 months old, the family moved to China, where she would live for much of her life. In 1931, Buck published… Read the full story

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Profile of the Day: George Michael

Posted June 25, 2019 by Amanda | No Comment
Profile of the Day: George Michael

Today we remember singer George Michael on what would have been his 56th birthday. Image: Courtesy of Special Collections, University of Houston Libraries Michael was born Georgios Kyriacos Panayiotou on June 25, 1963 in London, England. His father, Kyriacos Panayiotou, was a Greek Cypriot restauranteur and his mother, Lesley Angold Harrison, was an English dancer. From an early age, Michael had a passion for music. He met future Wham! partner Andrew Ridgeley as a teen in school… Read the full story

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Profile of the Day: Jack Dempsey

Posted June 24, 2019 by Amanda | No Comment

On this day in 1895, boxing legend Jack Dempsey was born. Nicknamed “The Manassa Mauler,” Dempsey’s  powerful punch made him one of the most popular boxers in history. Jack Dempsey / Library of Congress He was born William Harrison Dempsey in Manassa, Colorado to Mary Celia Smoot and Hiram Dempsey. Dempsey grew up in a poor family. By the age of 8, he had landed his first job as a crop picker. After working a variety… Read the full story

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Profile of the Day: Prince William, Duke of Cambridge

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Profile of the Day: Prince William, Duke of Cambridge

Happy birthday to Prince William! Today the Duke of Cambridge turns 37. Image: Prince William, Duke of Cambridge / Scudamore’s Punting Cambridge (CC BY-SA 2.0) As the eldest son of Prince Charles and Princess Diana, the Duke of Cambridge is the second in line to the British throne. Prince William was born on June 21, 1982 at St. Mary’s Hospital in London, which is also the same hospital where his younger brother, Prince Harry, and Prince William’s three children were… Read the full story

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Profile of the Day: Lionel Richie

Posted June 20, 2019 by Amanda | No Comment
Profile of the Day: Lionel Richie

Happy birthday to Lionel Richie! Today the popular singer turns 70. Lionel Richie / U.S. State Department Richie was born on June 20, 1949 in Tuskegee, Alabama. He spent much of his childhood growing up on the campus of the Tuskegee Institute, where two generations of his family worked. In fact, his grandfather worked with the famous founder and educator, Booker T. Washington, at the university. Music was a part of Richie’s life from a young age. His grandmother was… Read the full story

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Profile of the Day: Lou Gehrig

Posted June 19, 2019 by Amanda | No Comment
Profile of the Day: Lou Gehrig

Are you a baseball fan? On this day in 1903, baseball legend Lou Gehrig was born in Yorkville, New York. Lou Gehrig / Library of Congress Henry Louis Gehrig was the second of four children born to German immigrant parents. The only child to survive infancy, Gehrig grew up in poverty but showed an aptitude for academics and sports. He attended Columbia University on a football scholarship and studied engineering. In 1923, Gehrig signed with the New… Read the full story

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Profile of the Day: Sally Ride

Posted June 18, 2019 by Amanda | No Comment

On this day in 1983, astronaut Sally Ride became the first American woman in space aboard the Space Shuttle Challenger for NASA’s 7th space shuttle mission. Sally Ride / U.S. National Archives and Records Administration Ride was born on May 26, 1951 to Dale Burdell Ride and Carol Joyce Anderson in Encino, California. Her path to NASA began when she responded to an advertisement in the Stanford student newspaper for NASA’s Astronaut Group 8. It would be the first time… Read the full story

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Profile of the Day: Igor Stravinsky

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Profile of the Day: Igor Stravinsky

On this day in 1882, Russian composer Igor Stravinsky was born. Today Stravinsky is remembered as one of the most important and influential composers of the 20th century. Igor Stravinsky / Library of Congress Stravinsky was born on June 17, 1882 in Oranienbaum, St. Petersburg, Russia. He was the son of Fyodor Ignatievich Stravinsky, a notable bass singer, and Anna Kholodovskaa, an accomplished pianist. From a young age, Stravinsky studied the piano and music theory, however, despite… Read the full story

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Profile of the Day: Harriet Beecher Stowe

Posted June 14, 2019 by Amanda | One Comment
Profile of the Day: Harriet Beecher Stowe

Remember reading Uncle Tom’s Cabin? On this day in 1811, abolitionist and author Harriet Beecher Stowe was born in Litchfield, Connecticut. Harriet Beecher Stowe / U.S. National Archives and Records Administration Stowe was the seventh of thirteen children born to Lyman Beecher, a Calvinist preacher, and Roxana Foote, who died when Stowe as just five years old. Her great grandfather, Andrew Ward V, was a general in the American Revolutionary War. Growing up, Stowe received a… Read the full story

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Profile of the Day: W.B. Yeats

Posted June 13, 2019 by Amanda | No Comment

Do you have Irish ancestors? On this day in 1865, Irish poet W.B. Yeats was born in Dublin, Ireland. W.B. Yeats / Library of Congress William Butler Yeats was the son of John Butler Yeats, a lawyer and portrait painter, and Susan Mary Pollexfen, whose wealthy merchant family owned a milling and shipping business. His father was not the only artist of the family. His brother Jack became a well-known artist and Olympic medalist, while his… Read the full story

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Profile of the Day: Anne Frank

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Profile of the Day: Anne Frank

“Where there’s hope, there’s life. It fills us with fresh courage and makes us strong again.” – Anne Frank Ninety years ago today, Anne Frank was born in Frankfurt, Germany to Edith Holländer Frank and Otto Frank, a businessman. By 1934, the family had moved to Amsterdam after the Nazi party came to power in Germany. Image: Wikimedia Commons For her 13th birthday, Anne was given a diary and immediately began writing in it. Shortly after, her older sister,… Read the full story

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Profile of the Day: Gene Wilder

Posted June 11, 2019 by Amanda | No Comment

Do you remember watching Willy Wonka & the Chocolate Factory? On this day in 1933, actor Gene Wilder was born. Image: Gene Wilder / Nationaal Archief, CC0 Wilder was born Jerome Silberman on June 11, 1933 in Milwaukee, Wisconsin. He first gained an interest in acting after his mother was diagnosed with rheumatic fever. The doctor had told the 8-year-old Wilder that he should try to make his mother laugh. By the age of 13, he began studying acting… Read the full story

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Profile of the Day: Prince Philip, Duke of Edinburgh

Posted June 10, 2019 by Amanda | No Comment
Profile of the Day: Prince Philip, Duke of Edinburgh

Today Prince Philip, Duke of Edinburgh, celebrates his 98th birthday! Image: Nationaal Archief Prince Philip was born on June 10, 1921 in Mon Repos on the Greek Island of Corfu. He was the only son and fifth child born to Prince Andrew of Greece and Denmark and Princess Alice of Battenberg. Through his maternal grandmother, Philip is a direct descendant of Queen Victoria, who is his second great grandmother. As an infant, his family was banished from Greece after… Read the full story

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Profile of the Day: Prince

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Do you have a favorite Prince song? On this day in 1958, the iconic musician was born in Minneapolis, Minnesota. Image: Scott Penner, Flickr (CC BY-SA 2.0) He was born Prince Rogers Nelson to John Lewis Nelson, a jazz musician, and Mattie Della Shaw. He was named after his father, who used the stage name Prince Rogers when performing. Throughout his life, Prince’s father was a significant influence on his music. He wrote his first song… Read the full story

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Profile of the Day: Diego Velázquez

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Profile of the Day: Diego Velázquez

On this day in 1599, Spanish painter Diego Velázquez was born. Today Velázquez is remembered as one of the most important Spanish painters of the 17th century. Diego Velázquez / Wikimedia Commons He was born Diego Rodríguez de Silva y Velázquez in Seville, Spain to João Rodrigues de Silva and Jerónima Velázquez. His paternal grandparents were from Portugal and were possibly Jewish coversos. At the age of 12, Velázquez apprenticed under the painter Francisco Pacheco. After completing… Read the full story

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Profile of the Day: Robert F. Kennedy

Posted June 5, 2019 by Amanda | No Comment
Profile of the Day: Robert F. Kennedy

On this day in 1968, Robert F. Kennedy was shot three times at the Ambassador Hotel in Los Angeles. Kennedy died of his wounds the following day. Robert F. Kennedy / Nationaal Archief, CC0 He was born Robert Francis Kennedy on November 20, 1925 to Joseph Kennedy, Sr. and Rose Fitzgerald in Brookline, Massachusetts. The seventh child of the prominent Kennedy clan, Kennedy grew up in a close but competitive environment. In 1950, he married Ethel Skakel and together… Read the full story

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