Genealogy Blogging Beat – Thursday, 14 May 2015

14 May 1796. In the 18th century smallpox was a widespread and often fatal disease. Edward Jenner, a physician in rural England, heard reports of dairy farmers who apparently became immune to smallpox as a result of exposure to cowpox, a related but milder disease. After two decades of studying the phenomenon, Jenner injected cowpox into a healthy eight-year-old boy, who subsequently developed cowpox. Six weeks later, Jenner inoculated the boy with smallpox. He remained healthy. Jenner called this new procedure vaccination, from vaccinia, another term for cowpox. Within 18 months, 12,000 people in England had been vaccinated and the number of smallpox deaths dropped by two-thirds.

14 May 1796. In the 18th century smallpox was a widespread and often fatal disease. Edward Jenner, a physician in rural England, heard reports of dairy farmers who apparently became immune to smallpox as a result of exposure to cowpox, a related but milder disease. After two decades of studying the phenomenon, Jenner injected cowpox into a healthy eight-year-old boy, who subsequently developed cowpox. Six weeks later, Jenner inoculated the boy with smallpox. He remained healthy. Jenner called this new procedure vaccination, from vaccinia, another term for cowpox. Within 18 months, 12,000 people in England had been vaccinated and the number of smallpox deaths dropped by two-thirds.


Today is Thursday, 14 May 2015, and here is what’s available in terms of Daily Blogging Prompts and other related events in the genealogy blogosphere:

Items of Note

  • Today: Ascension Day, Buddha’s Birthday, Gabriel Daniel Fahrenheit’s Birthday – Anniversary, Smallpox Vaccine Discovered – Anniversary, Stars and Stripes Forever Day, and Women’s Auxiliary Army Corps founded – Anniversary.

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Genealogy Blogging Beat – Wednesday, 13 May 2015

13 May 1914. World heavyweight boxing champion, 1937– 49, nicknamed the “Brown Bomber,” Joseph Louis Barrow was born near Lafayette, AL. He died 12 April 1981, at Las Vegas, NV. Buried at Arlington National Cemetery. (Louis’s burial there, by presidential waiver, was the 39th exception ever to the eligibility rules for burial in Arlington National Cemetery.)

13 May 1914. World heavyweight boxing champion, 1937– 49, nicknamed the “Brown Bomber,” Joseph Louis Barrow was born near Lafayette, AL. He died 12 April 1981, at Las Vegas, NV. Buried at Arlington National Cemetery. (Louis’s burial there, by presidential waiver, was the 39th exception ever to the eligibility rules for burial in Arlington National Cemetery.)


Today is Wednesday, 13 May 2015, and here is what’s available in terms of Daily Blogging Prompts and other related events in the genealogy blogosphere:

Items of Note

  • Today: Joe Louis’ Birthday – Anniversary, Mexican War Declared – Anniversary, and Saint Lawrence Seaway Act – Anniversary.

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Genealogy Blogging Beat – Tuesday, 12 May 2015

12 May 1907. American actress Katharine Houghton Hepburn was born at Hartford, CT. Nominated for 12 Oscars over the course of her career, she won four times: for 1933’ s Morning Glory, 1967’ s Guess Who’s Coming to Dinner, 1968’ s The Lion in Winter and 1981’ s On Golden Pond. She is best remembered for her on- and offscreen pairing with Spencer Tracy. Together, they made nine films, including Adam’s Rib and Woman of the Year, and enjoyed a 27-year personal relationship. There is often confusion regarding her date of birth: in her 1991 autobiography, Me: Stories of My Life, she confirmed the May date and admitted often giving out a late brother’s birth date as her own. She died at Old Saybrook, CT, 29 June 2003.

12 May 1907. American actress Katharine Houghton Hepburn was born at Hartford, CT. Nominated for 12 Oscars over the course of her career, she won four times: for 1933’ s Morning Glory, 1967’ s Guess Who’s Coming to Dinner, 1968’ s The Lion in Winter and 1981’ s On Golden Pond. She is best remembered for her on- and offscreen pairing with Spencer Tracy. Together, they made nine films, including Adam’s Rib and Woman of the Year, and enjoyed a 27-year personal relationship. There is often confusion regarding her date of birth: in her 1991 autobiography, Me: Stories of My Life, she confirmed the May date and admitted often giving out a late brother’s birth date as her own. She died at Old Saybrook, CT, 29 June 2003.


Today is Tuesday, 12 May 2015, and here is what’s available in terms of Daily Blogging Prompts and other related events in the genealogy blogosphere:

Items of Note

  • Today: Katharine Hepburn’s Birthday, Limerick Day, and Odometer Invented – Anniversary.

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