by Bob Fields

On March 26:

Robert Frost (Image Credit: WikiTree)

Gucci (Image Credit: Wikipedia)

Tennessee Williams (Image Credit: WikiTree)











1749 - William Blount, North Carolina politician, signer of the U.S Constitution (d. 1800).
1773 - Nathaniel Bowditch, American mathematician, credited as the founder of modern maritime navigation (d. 1838).
1874 - Robert Frost, American poet and playwright (d. 1963) (“The Road Not Taken“).
1875 - Syngman Rhee*, South Korean journalist and politician, 1st President of South Korea (d. 1965).
1881 - Guccio Gucci*, Italian fashion designer, founded Gucci (d. 1953).
1911 - Tennessee Williams, American playwright, author, and poet (d. 1983) (A Streetcar Named DesireCat on a Hot Tin RoofDeath of a Salesman).
1914 - William Westmoreland*, American general, commander in Vietnam (d. 2005).
1931 - Leonard Nimoy, American actor (d. 2015) (Spock in Star Trek).
1985 - Keira Knightley, English actress (Pirates of the Caribbean).


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Walt Whitman (Image Credit: WikiTree)

Cecil Rhodes (Image Credit: WikiTree)











1649 - John Winthrop, English lawyer and politician, 2nd Governor of the Massachusetts Bay Colony (b. 1587).
1797 - James Hutton, Scottish geologist and physician, originated the theory of uniformitarianism (b. 1726).
1827 - Ludwig van Beethoven, German pianist and composer (b. 1770).
1892 - Walt Whitman, American poet, essayist, and journalist (b. 1819).
1902 - Cecil Rhodes, English-South African colonialist, businessman and politician, 6th Prime Minister of the Cape Colony (b. 1853).
1923 - Sarah Bernhardt, French actress and screenwriter (b. 1844).
2011 - Geraldine Ferraro*, American congressman, first female Vice-Presidential candidate (b. 1935).

Other Events:

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Dr. Jonas Salk (Image Credit: Wikipedia)

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1812 – A political cartoon in the Boston Gazette coins the term “gerrymander” to describe oddly shaped electoral districts designed to help incumbents win reelection.
1830 – The Book of Mormon is published in Palmyra, New York.
1945 – World War II: The Battle of Iwo Jima ends as the island is officially secured by American forces.
1953 - Dr. Jonas Salk announces on a national radio show that he has successfully tested a vaccine against poliomyelitis.
1971 - East Pakistan proclaimed its independence, taking the name Bangladesh.
1975 - Hue, South Vietnam, falls to the North Vietnamese communists.
1979 - Anwar al-SadatMenachem Begin and Jimmy Carter sign the Egypt-Israel Peace Treaty in Washington, D.C.
2000 - Vladimir Putin was elected president of Russia.

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by Bob Fields

On March 25:

David Lean (Image Credit: Wikipedia)

Howard Cosell (Image Credit: Wikipedia)

Elton John (Image Credit: WikiTree)










1347 – Saint Catherine of Siena*, Italian philosopher and theologian (d. 1380).
1827 - Stephen B. Luce*, American Admiral, founder and president of the Naval War College (Luce Hall) (d. 1917).

1867 - Arturo Toscanini*, Italian-American cellist and conductor (d. 1957).
1881 - Béla Bartók*, Hungarian pianist and composer (d. 1945).
1908 – Sir David Lean, English director, producer, and screenwriter (d. 1991) (The Bridge on the River KwaiLawrence of ArabiaDoctor Zhivago).
1914 - Norman Borlaug*, American agronomist and humanitarian, father of the Green RevolutionNobel Prize laureate (d. 2009).
1918 - Howard Cosell*, American sportscaster, journalist, and author (d. 1995).
1921 - Simone Signoret*, French actress, the first French person to win an Academy Award, in 1959 (d. 1985).
1928 - Jim Lovell, American captain, pilot, and astronaut.
1934 - Gloria Steinem, American feminist activist, co-founded Ms. magazine.
1942 - Aretha Franklin*, American singer-songwriter and pianist (“Respect“, “Natural Woman“, “Think“).
1947 - Elton John*, English singer-songwriter, pianist, producer, and actor.
1965 - Sarah Jessica Parker*, American actress, producer, and designer (Sex and the City).


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Claude Debussy (Image Credit: WikiTree)

King Faisal (Image Credit: Wikipedia)











1911 – In New York City, the Triangle Shirtwaist Factory fire kills 146 garment workers.
1914 - Frédéric Mistral, French lexicographer and poet, 1904 Nobel Prize laureate (b. 1830).
1918 - Claude Debussy*, French composer (b. 1862).
1975 - Faisal of Saudi Arabia* is shot and killed by a mentally ill nephew (b. 1906).

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Slave Trade Act (Image Credit: Wikipedia)

European Economic Community (Image Credit: Wikipedia)











1199 - Richard I “the Lionheart” is wounded by a crossbow bolt while fighting France, leading to his death on April 6.
1306 - Robert the Bruce becomes King of Scots (Scotland).
1584 – Sir Walter Raleigh is granted a patent to colonize Virginia.
1634 - Maryland was founded by English colonists sent by the second Lord Baltimore.
1774 - Boston Port Act: British Parliament closes the port of Boston, and demands the city’s residents pay for the tea dumped into Boston Harbor during the Boston Tea Party.
1807 – The Slave Trade Act becomes law, abolishing the slave trade in the British Empire.
1821 – Traditional date of the start of the Greek War of Independence.
1941 – The Kingdom of Yugoslavia joins the Axis powers with the signing of the Tripartite Pact.
1957 - Treaty of Rome: The European Economic Community is established.
1965 – Civil rights activists led by Martin Luther King Jr. successfully complete their 4-day 50-mile march from Selma to the capitol in Montgomery, Alabama, on the third attempt.
1995 - WikiWikiWeb, the world’s first wiki, is made public by Ward Cunningham*.

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Here are a few things happening around the community this week:

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Hi WikiTreers,

Welcome to a new installment of “Meet our Members.” It’s time to get to know another awesome member of our community: Meet David.

David Selman has been a member of our community since February 2016.  He is quite active in our Greeters, Mentors, Volunteer Coordinators and Rangers projects.

Surnames you are researching?

SelmanCampbell, Chase, GreggStrimple just to name a few, not counting the profiles I have adopted.

Locations you are researching?

United Kingdom, Maryland, Pennsylvania, North and South Carolina, Tennessee, Georgia, Arkansas, Alabama, Oklahoma and Texas are the main locations for now.

 When and how did you get interested in genealogy and family history?

Our parents never discussed or told us about our family and ancestors outside of the immediate family. And of course when we where young and raising a family it never entered our minds to ask for information on our family and ancestors except for the few close family members we knew as we grew up. Now it is too late since both our parents are deceased and no distant relatives that are still living. I was trying to find my mother’s family such as her father, mother, grandparents and this led me into the never ending search for information and this turned into my interest in genealogy. This started about 16 years ago and the search goes on.

Who’s your favorite ancestor and why?

I have several but I would say my Great Grand Father Dr. John Thurmond Selman, born 6 Feb 1830 in Georgia, died 20 Mar 1894 in Rural Shade in Navarro County,Texas. He served as a surgeon in the CSA during the US Civil War. He moved to Texas after the war and was a country doctor, farmer/rancher in Navarro County, Texas. He was a large man of 7 feet 6 inches tall and 350 pounds. He used a buggy and horse to make his rounds to see his patients. I am still finding more about him as time goes on.

I might mention one other ancestor that was my favorite uncle and always stayed in touch with me and was kind and helpful when my brother and I buried our father. His name is Uncle Pete (James Charles (Pete) Selman).

Tell us about a brick wall you were able to break down.

I finally found my maternal grand father and grand mother, great grand father and great grand mother but this just led me to more brick walls / road blocks. But as you can guess I will continue the search.

If you could pick one person in history to be related to, who would it be and why?

Theodore Roosevelt Jr., an American statesman, author, explorer, soldier, naturalist, an exuberant personality, vast range of interests. Roosevelt established the United States Forest Service, signed into law the creation of five national parks, and signed the 1906 Antiquities Act, under which he proclaimed 18 new U.S. national monuments. He also established the first 51 bird reserves, four game preserves, and 150 national forests, including Shoshone National Forest, the nation’s first. The area of the United States that he placed under public protection totals approximately 230,000,000 acres.

What are some of your interests outside of genealogy?

So many and so little time! Reading books of all kinds, computers, website design and publishing, Bass Fishing, camping and hunting in my younger days. Working on anything mechanical such as four wheel drive (my specialty is Jeeps and Chevrolet trucks). But before any is spending time with our family, grown children, grand children and great grand children.

How long have you been on WikiTree and how active are you?

I found WikiTree or it found me a little over a year ago (12 Feb. 2016). You can find me on Wiki every day and most weeks I spend 4 plus hours or more a day, seven days a week working on Wiki researching family and working on one of the projects I am a member of, such as the Texas Cemetery project of which I am one of the two coordinators. The Texas project, a sub-project of the United States project. I am also a Greeter, Volunteer Coordinator and Mentor and spend a considerable amount of time greeting new guests and mentoring those who ask for help.

What are some of the features/aspects of WikiTree that you love/don’t love as much?

I especially like the friends I have made here at Wiki, the help and collaboration along the way. Being able to ask for help with anything and always getting an answer. I will say I tried a well known genealogy website, of course it cost and no one was of help, so after a very short time I went looking for a new genealogy site and have now found a home. I guess the only draw back I have found is that for most new guests it is hard to come from a paid genealogy website to a totally free one and then have to learn how to do it all for themselves, such as understand tags, find and add sources to a profile, learn how to watch for and merge duplicate profiles.

Any tips for someone just starting out on WikiTree?

I know from experience that everyone wants to just press the computer’s on button and start adding family and ancestors. But I highly suggest that a new member slow down, take time to learn WikiTree, explore the help files and read the How to use WikiTree page. Ask for help in the G2G Forum or ask a Mentor when you first start out for help when you run into a problem. Just like the first time you used a computer, WikiTree does take some time to learn so be patient, go slow and have fun.

If you could leave one message for your descendants, what would it be?

Look to the future but never forget the past. God, country and family above all else.

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by Bob Fields

On March 18:


John C. Calhoun (Image Credit: WikiTree)

Grover Cleveland (Image Credit: WikiTree)

Neville Chamberlain (Image Credit: WikiTree)









1782 - John C. Calhoun, American lawyer and politician, supporter of slavery and state’s rights, 7th US Vice President (d. 1850).
1798 - Francis Lieber, German-American jurist and philosopher, author of the Lieber Code during the American Civil War, which laid the foundation for the Geneva Conventions (d. 1872).
1837 - Grover Cleveland, American lawyer and politician, 22nd and 24th US President (d. 1908).
1858 - Rudolf Diesel, German engineer, invented the internal combustion Diesel engine (d. 1913).
1869 - Neville Chamberlain, English businessman and politician, British Prime Minister (d. 1940).
1877 - Edgar Cayce, American mystic and psychic (d. 1945).
1932 - John Updike, American novelist, short story writer, and critic (d. 2009) (Rabbit, RunThe Witches of Eastwick).
1936 - F. W. de Klerk, South African lawyer and politician, 2nd State President of South AfricaNobel Prize laureate.
1941 - Wilson Pickett*, American singer-songwriter (d. 2006) (“In the Midnight Hour“, “Mustang Sally“).


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Mary Tudor (Image Credit: WikiTree)

Robert Walpole (Image Credit: WikiTree)











1314 - Jacques de Molay, the 23rd and the last Grand Master of the Knights Templar, is burned at the stake by King Philip IV of France, for heresy (b. 1244).
1496 - Mary Tudor, Queen, wife of Louis XII of France, daughter of Henry VII (d. 1533).
1745 - Robert Walpole, English scholar and politician, British Prime Minister (b. 1676).
1845 - Johnny Appleseed, American gardener and missionary (b. 1774).
2009 - Natasha Richardson, English-American actress (b. 1963).
2010 - Fess Parker, American actor and businessman (b. 1924) (Davy Crockett).

Other Events:

Stamp Act (Image Credit: Wikipedia)

Gandhi (Image Credit: WikiTree)

Hitler and Mussolini (Image Credit: Wikipedia)











1766 – American Revolution: The British Parliament repeals the Stamp Act.
1850 - American Express is founded by Henry Wells* and William Fargo*.
1915 – World War I: Battle of Gallipoli: In the opening attack, three battleships are sunk during a failed British and French naval attack on the Dardanelles.
1922 – In India, Mohandas Gandhi is sentenced to six years in prison for civil disobedience, of which he serves only two.
1940 – World War II: Adolf Hitler and Benito Mussolini meet and agree to form an alliance against France and the United Kingdom.
1942 – The War Relocation Authority is established in the United States to take Japanese Americans into custody.
1965 - Cosmonaut Alexey Leonov* becomes the first person to walk in space.
1968 - Gold standard: The U.S. Congress repeals the requirement for a gold reserve to back US currency.
1969 – The US begins secretly bombing the Sihanouk Trail in Cambodia, used by NVA communist forces to infiltrate South Vietnam.

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