by Bob Fields

On May 1:

Benjamin Latrobe (Image Credit: WikiTree)

Duke of Wellington (Image Credit: WikiTree)

Joseph Heller (Image Credit: WikiTree)








1764 - Benjamin Henry Latrobe, English-American architect, designed the U.S. Capitol (d. 1820).
1769 - Arthur Wellesley, 1st Duke of Wellington, Irish-English field marshal and politician, Prime Minister of the United Kingdom, defeated Napoleon at the Battle of Waterloo (d. 1852).
1852 - Santiago Ramón y Cajal, Spanish neuroscientist and pathologist, Nobel Prize laureate, the father of modern neuroscience (d. 1934).
1852 - Calamity Jane, American West frontierswoman and professional scout, wife of “Wild Bill” Hickock (d. 1903).
1864 - Anna Jarvis, American founder of Mother’s Day (d. 1948).
1907 - Kate Smith, American singer and actress (d. 1986) (“God Bless America“).
1923 - Joseph Heller, American novelist, short story writer, and playwright (d. 1999) (Catch-22).


Pope Pius V (Image Credit: WikiTree)

David Livingstone (Image Credit: WikiTree)

Goebbels Family (Image Credit: Wikipedia)









1555 - Pope Marcellus II*, who was Pope for only 22 days (b. 1501).
1572 - Pope Pius V, Saint, who excommunicated Elizabeth I of England (b. 1504).
1873 - David Livingstone, Scottish-English missionary and explorer (b. 1813).
1896 - Mark W. Clark*, American WW2 and Korean War general (d. 1984) (Italian campaign).
1904 - Antonín Dvorák*, Czech composer and academic (b. 1841) (From the New World).
1918 - Jack Paar*, American comedian, author and talk show host (d. 2004) (The Tonight Show).
1945 -Joseph Goebbels, World War II: Nazi propaganda minister, and his wife and 6 children commit suicide.
1965 - Spike Jones*, American singer and bandleader (b. 1911) (“All I Want For Christmas Is My Two Front Teeth“).
1998 - Eldridge Cleaver*, American author and activist (b. 1935) (Soul On Ice , the Black Panther Party).

Other Events:

Act of Union (Image Credit: WikiTree)

Chancellorsville (Image Credit: Wikipedia)

May Day (Image Credit: Wikipedia)







305 - Diocletian* and Maximian retire from the office of Roman emperor, the first to abdicate the position voluntarily.
1707 – The Act of Union joins the Kingdom of England and Kingdom of Scotland to form the Kingdom of Great Britain.
1862 – American Civil War: The Union Army completes the capture of New Orleans.
1863 – American Civil War: The Battle of Chancellorsville begins, a major defeat of Joseph Hooker by Robert E. Lee.
1931 – The Empire State Building is dedicated in New York City by President Herbert Hoover.
1945 – World War II: A German newsreader officially announces that Adolf Hitler has “fallen at his command post in the Reich Chancellery fighting to the last breath against Bolshevism and for Germany”.
1948 – The Democratic People’s Republic of Korea (North Korea) is established, with Kim Il-sung as leader.
1960 – Cold War: U-2 incidentFrancis Gary Powers, in a U-2 spy plane, is shot down over the Soviet Union, sparking a diplomatic crisis.
International Workers’ Day (May Day): a celebration of the working classes that is promoted by the international labor movement, trade unionists, socialists, communists and anarchists. Celebrated as a holiday in many countries. Large military parades occurred in Red Square in the Soviet Union.

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by Bob Fields

On April 30:

Casimir the Great (Image Credit: WikiTree)

Mary II (Image Credit: WikiTree)

Carl Gauss (Image Credit: WikiTree)









1245 - Philip III of France, “the bold”, who was indecisive, soft in nature, and timid (d. 1285).
1310 - Kazimierz III [Casimir] “the Great”, King of Poland 1333-70, who inherited a kingdom weakened by war and made it prosperous and wealthy (d. 1370).
1651 - Jean-Baptiste de La Salle, French priest and saint, patron saint of teachers, founded the Institute of the Brothers of the Christian Schools (d. 1719).
1662 - Mary II of England, joint sovereign with her husband and cousin William III, following the Glorious Revolution (d. 1694).
1777 - Carl Friedrich Gauss, German mathematician, astronomer, and physicist, who significantly influenced many mathematical fields (d. 1855).
1893 - Joachim von Ribbentrop*, Nazi Germany foreign minister, who brokered the Molotov-Ribbentrop Pact non-aggression treaty with the Soviet Union (d. 1946).
1902 - Theodore Schultz, American economist and academic, Nobel Prize laureate (d. 1998) (Human Capital Theory).
1905 - John Peters Humphrey, Canadian legal scholar, jurist, and human rights advocate, author of the first draft of the Universal Declaration on Human Rights (d. 1995).
1909 - Juliana of the Netherlands, Queen from 1948-80, who oversaw the decolonization of Indonesia and Surniame (d. 2004).


Sigismund Vasa (Image Credit: WikiTree)

Edouard Manet (Image Credit: Wikipedia)

Hitler and Eva Braun (Image Credit: Wikipedia)











1632 - Sigismund III VasaKing of PolandGrand Duke of Lithuania, monarch of the united Polish-Lithuanian Commonwealth from 1587 to 1632, and King of Sweden (b. 1566).
1883 - Édouard Manet, French painter (b. 1832) (The Luncheon on the Grass).
1945 – World War II: FührerbunkerAdolf Hitler and Eva Braun commit suicide after being married for less than 40 hours.
1956 - Alben W. Barkley, American lawyer and politician, U.S. Vice President under Harry Truman (b. 1877).
1974 - Agnes Moorehead*, American actress and singer (b. 1900) (Bewitched).
1983 - Muddy Waters, American blues singer-songwriter, guitarist, and bandleader (b. 1913).
1989 - Sergio Leone*, Italian director, producer, and screenwriter (b. 1929) (The Good, the Bad and the Ugly).

Other Events:

George Washington Inaugural (Image Credit: Wikipedia)

Reichstag Victory (Image Credit: Wikipedia)

Fall of Saigon (Image Credit: Wikipedia)








1492 – Spain gives Christopher Columbus his commission of exploration.
1789 -George Washington takes the oath of office to become the first elected U.S. President, on the balcony of Federal Hall on Wall Street in New York City. He gives the first inaugural address.
1803 - Louisiana Purchase: The U.S. purchases the Louisiana Territory from France for $15 million, more than doubling its size.
1945 – World War II: Soviet soldiers raise the Victory Banner over the Reichstag building.
1948 -The Organization of American States is established, in Bogotá, Colombia.
1973 - Watergate scandal: U.S. President Richard Nixon announces that White House Counsel John Dean* has been fired and H. R. Haldeman and John Ehrlichman have resigned.
1975 - Fall of Saigon: Communist forces gain control of Saigon. The Vietnam War formally ends with the unconditional surrender of South Vietnamese president Dýõng Vãn Minh*.

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Posted with permission from Summer Orman

When I first started with WikiTree, I didn’t realize just how different it was from the other sites like AncestryFamily Search, etc. I was tagged by Rangers (activity monitors) within a few days of joining, for creating unsourced profiles, and profiles of people born before 1700. I was referred for a mentor and locked out of those profiles. I was angry.

At the time, I didn’t realize that what I was doing was harmful or incorrect, even after signing the Honor Code and all, because who actually requires an honor code to use a public site? Right? (note-this is sarcasm-don’t get feathers ruffled, keep reading). How DARE these people tell me I can’t do what I want on this free public site?!?

Enter my mentor Robin (yes Robin I’m naming you!), who took me under her wing, showed me the ropes, guided me, gave me constructive criticism and feedback, helped me see my mistakes and how to fix them, but most importantly, did it all with a positive attitude and kind approach.

I learned that WikiTree is definitely unique and special. There’s a method to the madness after all! Holy cannoli!

Now, I’m a little more experienced, participating in quite a few projects, leading one of my own (shameless plug time) (The O’Neill Dynasty), and I’ve recently joined the mentor team myself! Talk about a 180, huh?

That said, I still make mistakes. I found a whole bunch of them yesterday and spent hours correcting them. I didn’t even get to them all, but I’m working on it. I’m still correcting mistakes from the beginning too. I am human and imperfect. Just like everyone else. I choose to learn from my mistakes, fix them, move on, and learn some more. I’m learning every single day.

The point of this sleep-deprived, need-coffee-STAT, Sunday morning monologue slash confession, is to let other people out there know that your contributions here are valuable. Mistakes are inevitable. Fix them and move on. Don’t dwell on them, learn from them. I’ve seen a lot of complaints in the G2G discussion forum about situations like mine. To those I say this:Try to take the approach of “they aren’t criticizing me personally, they just want what’s best for WikiTree.” Our Honor Code is so important. It’s what distinguishes our community from the others; it sets us apart and shows how much we care about the mission.

And that, folks, is why I love WikiTree. We are special. We care about getting it done, and getting it done accurately. I’m proud to be part of something so special. How about you? What are you a part of?

Hi!  I’m Summer O. I’m 36 years old.  I’m known as Mommy to the 3 most awesome children and the 2 cutest and most spoiled dogs in the world. I am a devoted wife to the best Technical Sergeant in the US Air Force.  I work full-time as a stay at home mommy. Things I love to do in my spare time:  spend time with my family (dogs included), watch my hummingbirds, drink coffee on the porch, read, write, take pictures of anything and everything, sleep, eat, crochet, knit, daydream, work on WikiTree, and get lost in genealogy research. Thanks for stopping by!

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The Anzacs Project and the Collaborative Profile of the Week Present

Henry William Murray

Harry Murray, sometimes called “Mad Harry,” was a farmer. He enlisted in 1914, rose to the rank of Lieutenant Colonel, and was the most highly decorated ANZAC in World War I, including being a recipient of the Vicotoria Cross.

  1. Sources, please?
  2. What decorations did he receive and what did he do to earn them?
  3. How did he get his nickname “Mad Harry”?
  4. He was in WWI, did he reenlist in WWII?
  5. He has parents but their biographies are bare. A few sentences would be lovely.
  6. Did he marry and have children?
  7. Can we connect Harry to the Global Tree?
  8. Where did Harry live?
  9. Anything else?

Remember as you work on Harry’s profile, post an answer here first. This keeps us from duplicating efforts and keeps the profile high on the page.


ANZAC stands for Australia New Zealand Army Corps, which started in WWI and the landing at Gallipoli Cove where over 10,000 Anzacs were killed. ANZAC  Day in Australia and New Zealand is on the 25th of April, the day of the landing at Gallipoli, and is probably Australia and New Zealand’s most important national occasion. ANZAC Day is now for all Australian and New Zealand Military Personnel from all wars. ‘We will remember them.’ ‘Lest we forget.’

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by Bob Fields

On April 24:

Saint Vincent de Paul (Image Credit: WikiTree)

Marshal Pétain (Image Credit: Wikipedia)

Hugh Dowding (Image Credit: Wikipedia)











1581 – Saint Vincent de Paul, French priest who dedicated himself to serving the poor (d. 1660).
1856 - Philippe Pétain*, French WW1 Marshal, head of WW2 French Vichy government (d. 1951).
1882 - Hugh Dowding*, Scottish-English Air Chief Marshal, commanding RAF Fighter Command during the Battle of Britain (d. 1970).
1905 - Robert Penn Warren*, American author and poet, Pulitzer Prize winner (d. 1989) (All the King’s Men).
1934 - Shirley MacLaine, American actress, singer, and dancer (Terms of Endearment).
1942 - Barbra Streisand, American singer, actress, and producer (Funny GirlA Star Is BornYentl).


Daniel Defoe (Image Credit: WikiTree)

Bud Abbott (Image Credit: WikiTree)

Wallis Simpson (Image Credit: WikiTree)









1731 - Daniel Defoe, English trader, journalist, and spy (b. 1660) (Robinson Crusoe).
1942 - Lucy Maud Montgomery, OBE, Canadian author (b. 1874) (Anne of Green Gables).
1974 - Bud Abbott, American comedian and producer (b. 1895) (Abbott and Costello).
1986 - Wallis Simpson, American divorcee wife of Edward VIII, who abdicated his throne to marry her (b. 1896).
2004 - Estée Lauder*, American businesswoman, co-founded Estée Lauder Companies (b. 1906).

Other Events:

Mary Queen of Scots (Image Credit: WikiTree)

Armenian Genocide (Image Credit: Wikipedia)

Desert One (Image Credit: Wikipedia)









1558 - Mary, Queen of Scots, marries the Dauphin of France, François, at Notre Dame de Paris. She is widowed 2 years later.
1800 – The United States Library of Congress is established.
1877 - Russo-Turkish War: The Russian Empire declares war on the Ottoman Empire.
1877 - Federal troops are ordered out of New Orleans, ending the North’s post-Civil War rule in the South.
1915 - Red Sunday: The arrest of 250 Armenians in Istanbul marks the beginning of the Armenian Genocide, where 1.5 million are killed.
1916 - Easter Rising: The Irish Republican Brotherhood led by nationalists Patrick PearseJames Connolly, and Joseph Plunkett starts a rebellion in Ireland.
1918 – First tank-to-tank combat, at Villers-Bretonneux, France.
1953 – Sir Winston Churchill is knighted by Queen Elizabeth II.
1957 - Suez Crisis: The Suez Canal, closed since Oct 1956, is reopened.
1967 – Cosmonaut Vladimir Komarov* dies in Soyuz 1 when its parachute fails to open. He is the first human to die during a space mission.
1980 - Operation Eagle Claw: Eight U.S. servicemen die at Desert One in an attempt to end the Iran hostage crisis.
2005 – Cardinal Joseph Ratzinger of Bavaria is inaugurated as the 265th Pope of the Roman Catholic Church, taking the name Pope Benedict XVI.

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