by Bob Fields

On August 27:

Carl Bosch (Image Credit: WIkipedia)

C.S. Forester (Image Credit: WikiTree)

Lyndon B Johnson (Image Credit: WikiTree)









1637 - Charles Calvert, 3rd Baron Baltimore, English politician, 2nd Proprietor of Maryland (d. 1715)
1809 - Hannibal Hamlin, American publisher and Maine senator, 15th U.S. Vice President under Abraham Lincoln (d. 1891).
1871 - Theodore Dreiser, American journalist and author (d. 1945) (Sister CarrieAn American Tragedy).
1874 - Carl Bosch*, German chemist and engineer, Nobel Prize laureate, founder of IG Farben, who invented the Haber-Bosch process for fixing nitrogen in fertilizer (d. 1940).
1899 - C. S. Forester, Egyptian-English author and educator (d. 1966) (Horatio Hornblower series, The African Queen).
1908 - Lyndon B. Johnson, 36th U.S. President (d. 1973).
1947 - Barbara Bach*, American model and actress (The Spy Who Loved Me).


Titian (Image Credit: Wikipedia)

Haile Selassie (Image Credit: Wikipedia)

Louis Mountbatten (Image Credit: WikiTree)











1576 - Titian*, Italian painter and educator (b. 1488).
1635 - Lope de Vega*, Spanish poet and playwright (b. 1562).
1964 - Gracie Allen, American actress and comedian (b. 1895) (Burns and Allen).
1975 - Haile Selassie*, the last emperor of Ethiopia’s 3,000-year-old monarchy, dies almost a year after being overthrown (b. 1892).
1979 - Louis Mountbatten, English admiral and politician, 44th Governor-General of India, killed off the coast of Ireland in a boat explosion by an Irish Republican Army bomb (b. 1900).

Other Events:

Sack of Rome (Image Credit: Wikipedia)

Battle of Long Island (Image Credit: Wikipedia)

Krakatoa (Image Credit: Wikipedia)

410 – The sacking of Rome by the Visigoths ends after three days.
1776 - Battle of Long Island: At Brooklyn Heights, Long Island, New York, British forces under General William Howe defeat Americans under General George Washington.
1793 – French Revolution: The city of Toulon revolts against the French Republic, admits the British and Spanish fleets to seize its port, leading to the Siege of Toulon by French Revolutionary forces.
1832 - Black Hawk*, leader of the Sauk tribe of Native Americans, surrenders to U.S. authorities, ending the Black Hawk War.
1883 - Eruption of Krakatoa: Four enormous volcanic explosions destroy the island of Krakatau, killing approximately 36,000 people, mostly from the tsunami.
1939 – First flight of the Heinkel He 178, the world’s first jet aircraft.
1991 – The European Community recognizes the independence of Estonia, Latvia and Lithuania.

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The Titanic Project and the Collaborative Profile of the Week Present

Thomson Beattie (1875-1912)

Thomson Beattie was a Canadian and a victim of the Titanic Disaster.

  1. What did he do with his life?
  2. Why was he aboard the Titanic?
  3. How did he die?
  4. Can we connect him to the Global Tree?

Can you add to Thomson’s profile? Post an answer and let us know what you’d like to work on/add. This prevents duplication of effort and it keeps the question on the front page of G2G.

The Titanic Project

In the early hours of the morning of April 15, 1912, the Titanic slipped beneath the waves during her maiden voyage from Liverpool to New York. Of the 2,223 passengers and crew of the Titanic, only 706 survived the sinking. To many, these are mere numbers, but family historians understand that each had a name – a history that linked them to true humanity. These people were real. They lived, they breathed, and they lived (or died) through a great tragedy; a tragedy that Eva Hart,  who was seven years old when she boarded the ship, and who lost her father in the sinking, regarded as senseless because, with a little foresight, nobody should have died. Imagine how much larger the family tree would be if they all survived.

Regardless, the Titanic did sink, and from the tragedy, we were told stories of great self-sacrifice and heroism. The richest man aboard the ship, John Jacob Astor, helped his pregnant wife aboard a life-boat. When offered access to the same boat, he refused and instead offered his place to two third class children he saw nearby. Margaret “Molly” Brown encouraged the women in her lifeboat to row to keep warm. Ida Straus gave her maid her fur coat saying she wouldn’t need it as she chose to stay on the ship with her husband, saying, “We have lived together for many years. Where you go, I go.”

While these stories may be famous, when given the chance to look at the other 2,221 passengers on the ship, many other rich stories abound which are far less unknown… As in the case of William Edward Minahan  who left his own legacy in Fond du Lac, Wisconsin. As a local newspaper wrote, “Those who knew him best are confident that even if Dr. Minahan had been given the opportunity to escape in the lifeboats from the Titanic he would have preferred to remain on the liner himself rather than take the place of some one else who might be saved. It is easy to picture him walking about among the frenzied people who were facing their doom as the giant liner sank lower and lower, striving to give the same aid and comfort that characterized his work here.” What a legacy.

Several volunteers are currently in the process of indexing those associated with the Titanic, and we could use any willing volunteers. There are many tasks available – writing biographical sketches, connecting passengers to the main tree, tagging profiles already on Wikitree, etc. If you are interested in joining this project, please visit The Titanic Project.

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by Bob Fields

On August 21:

Philip II (Image Credit: WikiTree)

Friz Freleng (Image Credit: Wikipedia)

Usain Bolt (Image Credit: Wikipedia)









1165 - Philip II, the first monarch to style himself king of France, who transformed France from a small feudal state into the most prosperous and powerful country in Europe (d. 1223).
1643 - Afonso VI of Portugal, who saw the end of the Restoration War (1640-68) and Spain’s recognition of Portugal’s independence (d. 1683).
1754 - Banastre Tarleton, English politician and general during the American Revolution (d. 1833).
1765 - William IV of the United Kingdom, the last king and penultimate monarch of Britain’s House of Hanover (d. 1837).
1904 - Count Basie*, American pianist, composer, and bandleader (Count Basie Orchestra) (d. 1984).
1906 - Friz Freleng*, American animator, director, and producer, who developed Bugs BunnyPorky PigTweety BirdSylvester the CatYosemite Sam, and Speedy Gonzales (d. 1995).
1936 - Wilt Chamberlain*, American basketball player and coach (d. 1999).
1938 - Kenny Rogers*, American singer-songwriter, guitarist, producer, and actor (The Gambler).
1973 - Sergey Brin*, Russian-American computer scientist and businessman, co-founded Google.
1986 - Usain Bolt, Jamaican sprinter, 9 time Olympic gold medalist.


Elizabeth Bathory (Image Credit: WikiTree)

Leon Trotsky (Image Credit: WikiTree)

Benigno Aquino (Image Credit: Wikipedia)









1614 - Elizabeth Báthory, Hungarian, the most prolific female serial killer (b. 1560).
1940 - Ernest Thayer*, American poet and author (b. 1863) (“Casey At The Bat“).
1940 - Leon Trotsky, Russian theorist and politician, founded the Red Army (b. 1879).
1983 - Benigno Aquino, Jr., Filipino journalist and politician, shot dead moments after stepping off a plane at Manila International Airport. His wife Cory becomes President (b. 1932).

Other Events:

Nat Turner Rebellion (Image Credit: Wikipedia)

Lawrence Massacre (Image Credit: Wikipedia)

Guadalcanal (Image Credit: Wikipedia)








1831 - Nat Turner* leads black slaves and free blacks in a rebellion in Virginia, which claims the lives of 55-65 whites.
1863 - Lawrence Massacre: Lawrence, Kansas is destroyed by Confederate guerrillas Quantrill’s Raiders.
1918 – World War I: The Second Battle of the Somme begins, which formed the central part of the Allies’ advance to the Armistice of 11 November.
1942 – World War II: The Guadalcanal CampaignBattle of the Tenaru: American forces defeat an attack in the first major Japanese land offensive of the campaign.
1944 - Dumbarton Oaks Conference, the prelude to the United Nations, begins.
1957 – The Soviet Union successfully conducts a long-range test flight of the first intercontinental ballistic missile (ICBM).
1959 – President Dwight D. Eisenhower signs an executive order proclaiming Hawaii the 50th state of the union.
1991 - Coup attempt against Mikhail Gorbachev* collapses.

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