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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Genealogy Blogging Beat – Monday, 11 May 2015

On 11 May 1888, the songwriter Irving Berlin was born Israel Isidore Baline at Tyumen, Russia. Irving Berlin moved to New York, NY, with his family when he was four years old. After the death of his father, he began singing in saloons and on street corners in order to help his family and worked as a singing waiter as a teenager. Berlin became one of America’s most prolific songwriters, authoring such songs as “Alexander’s Ragtime Band,” “White Christmas,” “God Bless America,” “There’s No Business like Show Business,” “Doin’ What Comes Naturally,” “Puttin’ on the Ritz,” “Blue Skies” and “Oh! How I Hate to Get Up in the Morning,” among others. He could neither read nor write musical notation. Berlin died Sept 22, 1989, at New York.

On 11 May 1888, the songwriter Irving Berlin was born Israel Isidore Baline at Tyumen, Russia. Irving Berlin moved to New York, NY, with his family when he was four years old. After the death of his father, he began singing in saloons and on street corners in order to help his family and worked as a singing waiter as a teenager. Berlin became one of America’s most prolific songwriters, authoring such songs as “Alexander’s Ragtime Band,” “White Christmas,” “God Bless America,” “There’s No Business like Show Business,” “Doin’ What Comes Naturally,” “Puttin’ on the Ritz,” “Blue Skies” and “Oh! How I Hate to Get Up in the Morning,” among others. He could neither read nor write musical notation. Berlin died Sept 22, 1989, at New York.


Today is Monday, 11 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: Irving Berlin’s Birthday, Admission Day – Minnesota, and National Etiquette Week begins.

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Genealogy Blogging Beat – Sunday, 10 May 2015

Observed first in 1907 at the request of Anna Jarvis of Philadelphia, PA, who asked her church to hold a service in memory of all mothers on the anniversary of her mother’s death. In 1909, two years after her mother’s death, Jarvis and friends began a letter-writing campaign to create a Mother’s Day observance. Congress passed legislation in 1914 designating the second Sunday in May as Mother’s Day. Some say the predecessor of Mother’s Day was the ancient spring festival dedicated to mother goddesses: Rhea (Greek) and Cybele (Roman).

Observed first in 1907 at the request of Anna Jarvis of Philadelphia, PA, who asked her church to hold a service in memory of all mothers on the anniversary of her mother’s death. In 1909, two years after her mother’s death, Jarvis and friends began a letter-writing campaign to create a Mother’s Day observance. Congress passed legislation in 1914 designating the second Sunday in May as Mother’s Day. Some say the predecessor of Mother’s Day was the ancient spring festival dedicated to mother goddesses: Rhea (Greek) and Cybele (Roman).


Today is Sunday 10 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: Fred Astaire’s Birthday – Anniversary, Golden Spike Driving – Anniversary, Mother’s Day (US) – Anniversary, and National Police Week begins (US).

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