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Profile of the Day: Ada Lovelace

Today we remember mathematics pioneer Ada Lovelace, who was born on December 10, 1815. Lovelace is often described as the world’s first computer programer. She is credited with writing the world’s first computer program nearly a century before computers were built. Lovelace was the only legitimate child of Romantic poet Lord Byron and his wife, Anna Isabella Milbanke. Shortly after Lovelace was born, her father left the family and never returned. She was only 8 years… Read the full story

Profile of the Day: Willa Cather

On this day in 1873, American author Willa Cather was born in Back Creek Valley, Virginia. She was best known for her novels O Pioneers!, The Song of the Lark, and My Ántonia, which vividly depicted frontier life on the Great Plains. She was born Wilella Sibert Cather on December 7, 1873 on her maternal grandmother’s farm in the Back Creek Valley near Winchester, Virginia. For six generations, her family had lived on land in the valley. In… Read the full story

Profile of the Day: Roy Orbison

Today we remember music legend Roy Orbison, who passed away on December 6, 1988 in Hendersonville, Tennessee. Orbison was born on April 23, 1936 in Vernon, Texas to Orbie Lee Orbison, a car mechanic, and Nadine Vesta Shults, a nurse. From an early age, Orbison showed an interest in music. When he was given a guitar for his sixth birthday, he knew music would be a part of his life forever. By the age of 8, he had written his… Read the full story

Profile of the Day: Walt Disney

What’s your favorite Disney film? On this day in 1901, Walt Disney was born. A pioneer in animation, Disney co-created the iconic cartoon character, Mickey Mouse. He produced several classic animated films and founded the Disney theme parks, which are still enjoyed by visitors from all around the world today. Disney was born Walter Elias Disney on December 5, 1901 in Chicago, Illinois. He was the fourth of five children born to Elias Disney and Flora Call. When… Read the full story

Profile of the Day: Marisa Tomei

Happy birthday to actress Marisa Tomei! Today the star turns 54. Tomei was born on December 4, 1964 in Brooklyn, New York to Gary Tomei, a lawyer, and Addie Biachi, an English teacher. She has Italian ancestry on both sides of her family. Her father’s ancestry can be traced to Tuscany, Calabria, and Campania, while her mother’s ancestry can be traced to Tuscany and Sicily. She first got her start when she was cast on the daytime soap… Read the full story

Profile of the Day: Joseph Conrad

On this day in 1857, author Joseph Conrad was born in Berdychiv, in what is now Ukraine. Conrad is often regarded as one of the greatest novelists in the English language, but did not speak the language fluently until he was in his twenties. Born Józef Teodor Konrad Korzeniowski, Conrad was the only child of Apollo Korzeniowski and Ewelina Bobrawska. His father was a poet, playwright and clandestine political activist. At the age of 4, Conrad and his family were exiled… Read the full story

Profile of the Day: Winston Churchill

On this day in 1874, Winston Churchill was born. Remembered as an inspirational orator and statesman, Churchill helped lead Britain to victory in World War II. Churchill was born into an aristocratic family, who were among the highest levels of the British aristocracy. He was a direct descendant of John Churchill, First Duke of Marlborough, who was his sixth great grandfather. Churchill was born at his family’s ancestral home, Bienheim Palace. The monumental country house was originally awarded to… Read the full story

Profile of the Day: C.S. Lewis

Remember reading The Chronicles of Narnia? On this day in 1898, author C.S. Lewis was born in Belfast, Northern Ireland. He was born Clive Staples Lewis, but was known as “Jack” by his family and friends. At the age of 4, he declared his name to be “Jack” after his beloved dog “Jacksie” was hit by a car and died. Lewis became an avid reader at a young age and began writing his own fantasy stories early in his… Read the full story

Profile of the Day: Wilhelmina of the Netherlands

Today we remember Wilhelmina, Queen of the Netherlands, who died on this day in 1962 at the age of 82. She reigned for nearly 58 years, longer than any other Dutch monarch. Wilhelmina was born on August 31, 1880 at Noordeinde Palace in The Hague, Netherlands. She was the only child of King William III and his second wife, Emma of Waldeck and Pyrmont. Her father was 63 years old at the time of her birth. He… Read the full story

Profile of the Day: Bill Nye

Today we celebrate the 63rd birthday of Bill Nye!  A mechanical engineer and science educator, Nye is widely known for his popular children’s science show, Bill Nye the Science Guy. Nye was born William Sanford Nye on November 27, 1955 in Washington, D.C. to Ned Nye and Jaqueline Jenkins. During World War II, his mother was recruited by the Navy to work as a codebreaker to help crack codes used by the Japanese and German military. His father, Edwin… Read the full story