Quote of the Day

Washington Irving
The almighty dollar, that great object of universal devotion throughout our land, seems to have no genuine devotees in these peculiar villages. Discuss

Rudyard Kipling
Teach us Delight in simple things,And Mirth that has no bitter springs;Forgiveness free of evil done,And Love to all men 'neath the sun!

Washington Irving
Love is never lost. If not reciprocated, it will flow back and soften and purify the heart.

This Day in History

The Armory Show Opens in New York City (1913)
The Armory Show was an international exhibition of modern art held in 1913 at the 69th-regiment armory in New York City. Representing a range of avant-garde movements in Europe, the show was one of the most important art exhibitions ever held in the US. The Armory Show aroused the curiosity of the public and helped to change the direction of American painting. What painting at the exhibition was singled out by hostile critics as emblematic of the so-called insanity and degeneracy of modern art? Discuss

Ash Wednesday Fires (1983)
In 1983, extreme weather and years of severe drought combined to create one of Australia's worst fire days in a century. Within 12 hours, more than 180 fires—fanned by high winds—were burning, causing widespread destruction across the states of Victoria and South Australia. The fires killed 75 people and left thousands of others injured and homeless. They obliterated entire townships in just minutes. This series of fires was the deadliest bushfire event in Australian history until what disaster?

USS Maine Sinks, Prompting the US to Declare War on Spain (1898)
In January 1898, the USS Maine was sent to protect American interests in Cuba, where an anti-Spanish insurrection was taking place. It sank weeks later, after an onboard explosion. Fueled by the conspiracy theories of American yellow journalism, outrage over the deaths of 260 of the ship's crew members helped push the nation toward the Spanish-American War. Several investigations into the sinking have since taken place, including one that was conducted in 1998. What were its findings?

Word of the Day

cerebrate
Definition: (verb) Use or exercise the mind or one's power of reason in order to make inferences, decisions, or arrive at a solution or judgments. Synonyms: cogitate, think. Usage: As they surveyed the damage, Jonathan did not ask his father how he would fix the tree house, instead allowing him stare and cerebrate in silence. Discuss

gristly
Definition: (adjective) Difficult to chew. Synonyms: cartilaginous, rubbery. Usage: After several minutes of trying to break down the gristly piece of steak, I gave up and discreetly spat it into my napkin.

enliven
Definition: (verb) To make lively or spirited. Synonyms: animate, invigorate. Usage: They found her a charming companion, and her dancing and laughter...did much to enliven their journey and keep them contented.

Letter from Our CEO: Celebrating 2018 and a Fresh Look at What’s Ahead
Dear Ancestry Community, As 2018 comes to a close, I want to personally thank you for being a member of the Ancestry community. We appreciate that you’ve chosen us to provide you with the tools to enable your journeys of personal discovery. All of us at Ancestry are committed to making family history discovery simpler, Read More The post Letter from Our CEO: Celebrating 2018 and a Fresh Look at Whats Ahead appeared first on Ancestry Blog.

Canada Contest Terms & Conditions
Ancestry New Years AncestryDNA Facebook and Instagram Competition Terms and Conditions The Promoter of the competition is Ancestry Ireland Unlimited Company, 70 Sir John Rogerson Quay, Dublin 2. The competition is open to Canadian residents aged 18 or over with a valid Facebook or Instagram account, except employees of the Promoter or its group companies, Read More The post Canada Contest Terms  Conditions appeared first on Ancestry Blog.

Holiday Traditions from Around the World
Whether you are opening a gift or meeting someone new at a party, the holiday season can be a time of revelation and surprise. But, as much as the season is about discoveries, it is also a time of reflection and  offers a great opportunity to connect with our family’s past and to enjoy traditions Read More The post Holiday Traditions from Around the World appeared first on Ancestry Blog.

Who Do You Think You Are? Recap: Regina King
When Regina King started down the path to discover her ancestors, she knew their history may include some hardships. She was ready to face those hardships, because she believes “uncomfortable conversations are where solutions live.” During Regina’s journey to learn about her 2x great-grandfather, Moses Crosby, she learned first-hand about facing difficult facts about the Read More The post Who Do You Think You Are? Recap: Regina King appeared first on Ancestry Blog.

Who Do You Think You Are? Recap: Matthew Morrison
In Who Do You Think You Are?, Matthew Morrison uncovered fascinating ancestors, each with their own tales of hardship and triumph. For some time, however, roadblocks stood in the way of discovering his ancestor’s stories. Only a tight combination of historical records and DNA could unlock the secrets in Matthew’s tree. The marriage of records Read More The post Who Do You Think You Are? Recap: Matthew Morrison appeared first on Ancestry Blog.

Today

Thomas John Watson, Sr. (1874)
After rising from clerk to sales executive in the National Cash Register Co., Watson became president of the Computing-Tabulating-Recording Co., which made scales, time clocks, and tabulators that sorted information using punched cards—all forerunners of mainframe computers. Watson renamed the company International Business Machines Corp. (IBM) in 1924 and became its chairman in 1949, widening IBM's line to include electronic computers. What one-word motto did Watson promote at IBM? Discuss

Salvatore Phillip "Sonny" Bono (1935)
Bono was an American record producer, singer, actor, and politician. He began his music career working with legendary producer Phil Spector in the early 1960s and went on to write, arrange, and produce a number of hit singles like "I Got You Babe" and "The Beat Goes On," which he performed with his then-wife Cher. The duo also hosted a popular television variety show in the 1970s. Later, Bono became involved in politics and served as a member of the US House of Representatives. How did he die?

Jeremy Bentham (1748)
Bentham was a British moral philosopher and legal theorist. A precocious student, he graduated from Oxford at age 15. In his writings, he became the earliest expounder of utilitarianism—the theory that the rightness or wrongness of an action is determined by its usefulness in bringing about the greatest happiness for all those affected by it. His work inspired much reform legislation, especially regarding prisons. What was done with Bentham's body after his death, in accordance with his will?