Quote of the Day

Mary Shelley
Teach him to think for himself? Oh, my God, teach him rather to think like other people! Discuss

Francis Bacon
Fame is like a river, that beareth up things light and swollen, and drowns things weighty and solid.

Jane Austen
I cannot speak well enough to be unintelligible.

This Day in History

US President Grover Cleveland Gets Married in the White House (1886)
Though President Cleveland entered the White House a notorious bachelor—having allegedly fathered a child out of wedlock—he did not remain single for long. Having become the executor of his deceased law partner's estate a decade earlier, Cleveland had supervised the upbringing of his partner's daughter, Frances. She visited him in the White House in 1885, and the two were married in the Blue Room a year later, making him the only president to be married there. He was how many years her senior? Discuss

Court Martial of Benedict Arnold Begins (1779)
When Arnold was court-martialed in 1779, it was not for the treason that would later make his name synonymous with betrayal. The charges involved fiscal irregularities and were relatively minor. Though he was largely exonerated, the trial sullied his reputation. Despite having distinguished himself in various American military campaigns—he was wounded more than once—Arnold was subsequently passed over for promotion. Embittered, he hatched what plot to aid the British in the American Revolution?

Copyright Act of 1790 Signed into US Law (1790)
After the US Constitution was ratified in 1788, one of the first issues that the fledgling government faced was the lack of a copyright law. Without it, Congress would be swamped with individual petitions for protection from piracy. Modeled on Britain's Statute of Anne, the Copyright Act of 1790 was soon signed into law by President Washington. Instituted to encourage learning by securing US authors the sole rights to their work for 14-year periods, it drew what complaint from Charles Dickens?

Word of the Day

give-and-take
Definition: (noun) An exchange of views on some topic. Synonyms: discussion, word. Usage: Paul and I were having a civil give-and-take on the issue of gun control, but Maria became uncomfortable and insisted that we change the subject. Discuss

olfaction
Definition: (noun) The faculty that enables us to distinguish scents. Synonyms: smell. Usage: My stuffed nose not only impeded my olfaction, it also dulled my sense of taste.

clerisy
Definition: (noun) Educated people considered as a group; the literati. Synonyms: intelligentsia. Usage: I have heard it said that intellectual curiosity is the mark of a member of the clerisy.

Tune in on Monday, May 25 to Our Virtual Memorial Day “Parade of Heroes”
Tune in to our Facebook page on Monday, May 25 at 11 AM ET to join our Memorial Day “Parade of Heroes” as we come together to honor those who sacrificed so much to secure our freedom, and commemorate 2020 marking the 75th anniversary of the end of World War II.  Emmy Award-winning television personality Read More The post Tune in on Monday, May 25 to Our Virtual Memorial Day “Parade of Heroes” appeared first on Ancestry Blog.

Women’s Health Week: The Importance of Understanding Your Family Health History and Your Genes
By: Ron Park, MD, EVP of Health and DNA This week marks National Women’s Health Week, a program instituted by the U.S. Department of Health and Human Services’ Office on Women’s Health (OWH) to remind women about actions they can take to help prevent disease and improve their health. It’s a time for women, who Read More The post Women’s Health Week: The Importance of Understanding Your Family Health History and Your Genes appeared first on Ancestry Blog.

Ancestry® Announces Virtual Memorial Day “Parade of Heroes” for Monday, May 25 
To commemorate Memorial Day from home and the 75th anniversary of the end of World War II, Ancestry® is proud to present its “Parade of Heroes,” a virtual event hosted by Kathie Lee Gifford with a musical performance by Tori Kelly. We invite you to tune in as we stream the parade on  our Facebook Read More The post Ancestry® Announces Virtual Memorial Day “Parade of Heroes” for Monday, May 25  appeared first on Ancestry Blog.

An Update from Ancestry’s CEO
To our community,  The last several weeks have been an emotional journey. As we continue to grapple with the COVID-19 pandemic, I am continually inspired by all the communities, organizations and frontline heroes coming together to help those in need. We remain forever grateful to the healthcare workers fighting the pandemic and the essential workers Read More The post An Update from Ancestrys CEO appeared first on Ancestry Blog.

2020 National Genealogical Society Family History Conference Now Virtual
Ancestry® is a family and a community, even when we’re not together – which is why we are continuing to share resources and new ways for people to make family history discoveries from home. As a long-term partner of the National Genealogical Society (NGS) and a sponsor of the annual NGS Family History Conference, we Read More The post 2020 National Genealogical Society Family History Conference Now Virtual appeared first on Ancestry Blog.

Today

Johnny Weissmuller (1904)
Weissmuller was a five-time Olympic gold medalist with 67 world records in swimming when, in 1932, he turned in his swimsuit for a loincloth and became Tarzan, the Ape Man. He starred in 12 Tarzan films and created the memorable "Tarzan yell" before being replaced by a younger actor in 1948. He then went on to star in a series of Jungle Jim movies adapted from comic books. Afterward, he ran his own swimming pool company. His face appears in the collage on the cover of what iconic record album? Discuss

James Hadley Billington (1929)
Billington is a US scholar and the 13th Librarian of Congress. He earned his PhD in 1953 as a Rhodes Scholar at Oxford, taught at Harvard and Princeton, and published several significant books on Russia. He served as director of the Woodrow Wilson International Center for Scholars from 1973 to 1987, when he became Librarian of Congress. There, he has fostered cooperation between libraries worldwide and encouraged the use of digital media. He has been decorated by what countries?

Lady Margaret Beaufort (1443)
Beaufort was an English noblewoman, wife of Edmund Tudor, and the mother of Henry VII, founder of the Tudor Dynasty. She gave birth to Henry at 13, shortly after being widowed, and developed a close bond with her only child. Renowned for her philanthropy, she endowed professorships of divinity at Oxford and Cambridge and with the help of her confessor, John Fisher, founded Christ's College and St. John's College, Cambridge. She later acted as regent for Henry VIII. How many times did she marry?