by Bob Fields

On April 26:

Marie de'Medici (Image Credit: WikiTree)

John James Audubon (Image Credit: WikiTree)

Carol Burnett (Image Credit: Wikipedia)










1575 - Marie de’ Medici, Italian wife of Henry IV of France. Following the assassination of her husband in 1610, the day after her coronation, she acted as regent for her son Louis XIII (d. 1642).
1718 - Esek Hopkins, Commander of the Continental Navy during the American Revolution (d. 1802).
1785 - John James Audubon, French-American ornithologist and painter (d. 1851).
1822 - Frederick Law Olmsted, American journalist and landscape architect, co-designed Central Park, NYC (d. 1903).
1889 - Anita Loos*, American author, playwright, and screenwriter (d. 1981) (Gentlemen Prefer Blondes).
1894 - Rudolf Hess, German Nazi politician, Deputy Führer to Adolf Hitler, captured in Scotland in an attempt to negotiate peace with England (d. 1987).
1900 - Charles Francis Richter*, American seismologist and physicist (d. 1985).
1914 - Bernard Malamud*, American author, won the 1967 Pulitzer Prize (d. 1986) (The Fixer).
1918 - Fanny Blankers-Koen*, Dutch runner, won 4 gold medals in the 1948 Olympics in London as a 30 year old mother of two (d. 2004).
1933 - Carol Burnett*, American actress, comedian, singer and producer.
1943 - Gary Wright*, American singer-songwriter (“Dream Weaver“).


John Wilkes Booth (Image Credit: WikiTree)

Count Basie (Image Credit: Wikipedia)

Lucille and Desi (Image Credit: Wikipedia)










1865 - John Wilkes Booth, American actor, assassin of Abraham Lincoln, shot by a soldier in a burning tobacco barn after refusing to surrender (b. 1838).
1970 - Gypsy Rose Lee*, American burlesque entertainer (b. 1911) (Gypsy).
1973 - Irene Ryan*, American actress (b. 1902) (The Beverly Hillbillies).
1984 - Count Basie*, American jazz pianist, composer, and bandleader (b. 1904).
1989 - Lucille Ball, American actress and producer (b. 1911) (I Love Lucy).
2013 - George Jones, American singer-songwriter and guitarist (b. 1931) (“White Lightning“).

Other Events:

Joseph Johnston (Image Credit: WikiTree)

Guemica (by Picasso) (Image Credit: Wikipedia)

Chernobyl (Image Credit: Wikipedia)










1607 – English colonists go ashore at Cape Henry, Va., to establish the first permanent English settlement in the Western Hemisphere. (They later settled at Jamestown).
1865 – American Civil War: Confederate General Joseph E. Johnston surrenders 89,270 soldiers to General William Tecumseh Sherman, near Durham, North Carolina, the largest surrender of the war.
1937 - Spanish Civil War: Guernica, Spain is bombed by the German Luftwaffe, one of the first raids on a civilian population by a modern air force.
1954 – The Salk polio vaccine field trials, involving 1.8 million children, begin at the Franklin Sherman Elementary School in McLean, Virginia.
1986 – A nuclear reactor accident occurs at the Chernobyl Nuclear Power Plant in the Soviet Union (now Ukraine), the world’s worst nuclear disaster.
1986 - Television news reporter and Kennedy family member Maria Shriver marries the movie actor and former bodybuilder and future California Governor Arnold Schwarzenegger.
1989 - The deadliest tornado in world history strikes Central Bangladesh, killing upwards of 1,300.

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by Bob Fields

On April 25:

Louis IX (Image Credit: WikiTree)

Oliver Cromwell (Image Credit: WikiTree)

Gugliemo Marconi (Image Credit: WikiTree)








1214 - Louis IX, King of France 1226-70, Saint, the only canonized king of France (d. 1270).
1284 - Edward II of England, an ineffective King who was ultimately deposed (d. 1327).
1287 - Roger Mortimer, 1st Earl of March, English politician, Lord Lieutenant of Ireland, imprisoned in 1322 for leading a revolt against King Edward II in the Despenser War (d. 1330).
1599 - Oliver Cromwell, English Civil War general and politician, Lord Protector of the Commonwealth of England, Scotland and Ireland (d. 1658).
1874 - Guglielmo Marconi, Italian businessman and inventor, pioneered work on long-distance radio transmissionNobel Prize laureate (d. 1937).
1900 - Wolfgang Pauli*, Austrian, a pioneers of quantum physics, 1945 Nobel Prize laureate (d. 1958).
1908 - Edward R. Murrow*, American broadcast journalist (d. 1965).
1917 - Ella Fitzgerald, American singer-songwriter and actress (d. 1996).
1940 - Al Pacino, American actor and director (The GodfatherScarfaceScent of a Woman).
1964 - Hank Azaria, American actor and director (The Simpsons).


Anders Celsius (Image Credit: Wikipedia)


William Beaumont (Image Credit: Wikipedia)


Ginger Rogers (Image Credit: WikiTree)








1744 - Anders Celsius*, Swedish astronomer, who proposed the Celsius temperature scale (b. 1701).
1853 - William Beaumont*, U.S. Army surgeon known as the “Father of Gastric Physiology” following his research on human digestion (b. 1785).
1878 - Anna Sewell*, English author (b. 1820) (Black Beauty).
1995 - Ginger Rogers, American actress, singer, and dancer (b. 1911).
2009 - Bea Arthur, American actress and singer (b. 1922) (MaudeThe Golden Girls).

Other Events:

La Marseillaise (Image Credit: Wikipedia)

ANZAC Day (Image Credit: Wikipedia)

DNA Day (Image Credit: Wikipedia)










404 BC - Peloponnesian WarLysander‘s Spartan Armies defeat the Athenians and the war ends.
1707 – A coalition of England, the Netherlands and Portugal is defeated by a Franco-Spanish army at Almansa (Spain) in the War of the Spanish Succession, reclaiming most of eastern Spain for the Bourbons.
1792 – Highwayman Nicolas J. Pelletier* becomes the first person executed by guillotine.
1792 - La Marseillaise (the French national anthem) is composed by Claude Joseph Rouget de Lisle*.
1846 - Thornton Affair: Open conflict begins over the disputed border of Texas, triggering the Mexican-American War.
1859 – British and French engineers break ground for the Suez Canal.
1862 – American Civil War: Forces under Union Admiral David Farragut demand the surrender of the Confederate city of New Orleans, Louisiana.
1898 - Spanish-American War: The United States declares war on Spain.
1915 – World War I: The Battle of Gallipoli: The invasion of the Turkish Gallipoli Peninsula by Australian, British, French and New Zealand troops begins. Commemorated as ANZAC Day.
1945 - Elbe Day: U.S. and Soviet troops meet in Torgau along the River Elbe, cutting the Wehrmacht of Nazi Germany in half.
1945 - The Nazi occupation army surrenders in Italy, and Benito Mussolini* is captured after trying to escape. Commemorated as Liberation Day.
1953 - Francis Crick and James D. Watson publish “Molecular Structure of Nucleic Acids: A Structure for Deoxyribose Nucleic Acid“. Commemorated as DNA Day.
1990 - Space shuttle Discovery places the Hubble Space Telescope into a low orbit around Earth.
1982 – Israel completes its withdrawal from the Sinai Peninsula per the Camp David Accords.
2005 – Bulgaria and Romania sign accession treaties to join the European Union.

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by Bob Fields

On April 19:

Roger Sherman (Image Credit: WikiTree)

Eliot Ness (Image Credit: Wikipedia)

Tim Curry (Image Credit: Wikipedia)









1721 – Roger Sherman, American lawyer and politician, the only person to sign: the Continental Association; the Declaration of Independence; the Articles of Confederation;, and theConstitution; (d. 1793).
1877 – Ole Evinrude, Norwegian-American inventor, invented the outboard motor (d. 1934).
1903 – Eliot Ness, American lawman, enforced Prohibition in Chicago, and led The Untouchables (d. 1957).
1912 – Glenn Seaborg*, American nuclear chemist, 1951 Nobel Prize laureate, discovered ten transuranium elements  (d. 1999).
1933 – Jayne Mansfield, American model, actress, and singer (d. 1967).
1935 – Dudley Moore*, English actor, screenwriter, and composer (d. 2002) (Arthur).
1946 – Tim Curry*, English actor and singer (The Rocky Horror Picture Show).
1978 – James Franco, American actor, director, producer, and screenwriter (Freaks and GeeksJames Dean127 Hours).
1979 – Kate Hudson, American actress and singer (Almost Famous).


Lord Byron (Image Credit: WikiTree)


Benjamin Disraeli (Image Credit: WikiTree)


Charles Darwin (Image Credit: WikiTree)









1054 – Pope Leo IX*, later Saint, brought about the Great Schism between the Catholic and Orthodox churches (b. 1002).
1390 – Robert II of Scotland, the first monarch of the House of Stewart (b. 1316).
1824 – Lord Byron, English-Scottish poet (b. 1788) (She Walks in Beauty).
1831 – Johann Gottlieb Friedrich von Bohnenberger*, German astronomer and mathematician, discovered the gyroscope effect (b. 1765).
1881 – Benjamin Disraeli, English Conservative politician, twice Prime Minister of the United Kingdom, and the only Jewish PM (b. 1804).
1882 – Charles Darwin, English biologist and theorist (b. 1809) (On the Origin of Species).
1906 – Pierre Curie, French physicist and academic, 1903 Nobel Prize laureate (b. 1859).

Other Events:

Lexington Minuteman (Image Credit: Wikipedia)

Warsaw Uprising (Image Credit: Wikipedia)

Oklahoma City (Image Credit: Wikipedia)









1529 – Beginning of the Protestant Reformation: After the Second Diet of Speyer bans Lutheranism, 6 German princes and 14 cities protest the reinstatement of the Edict of Worms.
1770 – Captain James Cook sights the eastern coast of what is now Australia.
1770 – Marie Antoinette marries King Louis XVI of France.
1775 – American Revolutionary War: The war begins with an American victory in the battles of Lexington and Concord. That evening 15,000 militia surrounded Boston.
1861 – American Civil War: Baltimore riot of 1861: A pro-Secession mob in Baltimore, Maryland, attacks Army troops marching through the city, the first bloodshed of the war.
1865 – Funeral service for Abraham Lincoln is held in the East Room of the White House.
1943 – World War II: In Poland, the Warsaw Ghetto Uprising begins, after German troops enter the Warsaw ghetto to round up the remaining Jews.
1971 – Vietnam War: Vietnam Veterans Against the War begin a five-day demonstration in Washington, D.C., during which 1000 veterans including  (current Secretary of State and presidential candidate) John Kerry threw their medals over a fence at the U.S. Capitol.
1995 – Oklahoma City bombing: The Alfred P. Murrah Federal Building in Oklahoma, is bombed, killing 168.
2005 - Cardinal Joseph Ratzinger of Germany is elected pope and takes the name Benedict XVI.

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by Nae

Tis the Season:  Weddings! Graduations! GIFTS! and the option of:

A Gift of Treasure

The season for graduations and weddings is fast approaching, and soon the invitations will start rolling in if they haven’t already!  Have you ever wondered what could be better than that gift card or cash that will be gone in a second with no lasting memory?  Why not create a gift that will be treasured for generations to come? What’s that, you ask?

I’ve got the answer!  Create an “album” that is personalized to their ancestors!  I have yet to meet someone that did not sit up and say “WOW” when you show them their great grandparent’s wedding certificate or their grandmother’s birth certificate!  Or a document that their ancestor actual wrote or signed. How about making an album with images of marriage certificates or records going back as far as you can search for the new couple?    Or for the graduate, an album with their family tree and associated documents?  Or for the new homeowner, an album with property deeds of their ancestors?  It doesn’t even have to be a physical “album” but one that is digitized on a CD or many of the other options available online so that the record is accessible for infinity!

I am not an “electronic or digital” person.  Get one of your kids or grandkids to help with that, but if you want to actually create a “hold in your hand and flip the pages” album, a good place to start is right here on WikiTree.  So settle down for an evening, and go through your family tree on WikiTree or your recipient’s family tree.  IF it’s not there, get busy, and put it up.  If you need help, post a question in our Genealogist to Genealogist (G2G) forum or ask a Mentor.  And, also, ask your intended recipient’s family for information at least through their grandparents so you are able to locate the information and documents you need.  The great thing about WikiTree is we all work together (we are very fond of the term ‘Collaborate’) and you will reap the rewards for asking!  Once your information is on WikiTree, you can move onto the next step of creating the treasure.

If you are going to “create” a hand held album from scratch, you first will need to go to the store and pick up some paper that is “antique” or to your liking.  Next, make sure you have ink for your printer and if you don’t want to mess with that, get one of those little things that plug into the side of your computer (ask the kids) and save your documents of choice to it.  Then take that little thing to the printer place and they can do the rest of the printing/formatting to your specifications.

Okay, now you have all the prints.  If you are creating a “hold in your hand” album, go to a local craft store and select an album for photos, etc. along with the background paper and the details you like to create a treasure.  There are some great websites which can help you with what is called “Scrapping” that is basically a fancy name for creating an album which documents events.  Visit a few websites before you go shopping for some ideas of what you might need.  Sit down and be creative.  Now, if you want to also do a CD or online record, complete with music, comments, etc…get the kids… They know how to do that!

A great place to start this process is right here on WikiTree!  If you haven’t tried to search for family records, or organize them from the note cards or scribbles you have, scan them, upload them and create a family tree for all to share forever.  Don’t have the time to make an “album”?  Get the new couple’s email address and send them a request to join WikiTree that they will share with their family and contribute to their family tree.

A gift to treasure.

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