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Benjamin Franklin

Posted by quotes on August 11, 2007

When was Benjamin Franklin born?” January 17, 1706 is the day he was born in Boston, Massachusetts. He was the 10th son and one of 17 children in his family. Even though he was only able to attend one year of school, Benjamin loved to read and by the age of 12 he was working as an apprentice to his brother James, who was a printer. Ben Franklin would help his brother compose pamphlets and set type, and then sell the products on the streets. The next step in the Benjamin Franklin biography is his escape to Philadelphia. In early America it was frowned upon and even illegal to run away, but Franklin did it anyway in hopes of finding a job as a printer in New York. When that didn’t work, he looked in New Jersey and eventually found work as an apprentice printer in Philadelphia.

He also took note of the incredible financial loss that was incurred by victims of fire, so he helped found the Philadelphia Contribution for Insurance Against Loss by Fire in 1752. That company is still in business today.

By 1749 Franklin’s business ventures were thriving and he turned his attention to science and experiments. He had long been interested and involved in science, and had even invented a heat-efficient stove, called the Franklin stove, in 1743. Now he finally had some time to devote to science, and he took full advantage of it. During the early part of the 1750’s Franklin studied electricity. Ben achieved international fame with his kite experiment, which proved the nature of electricity and lightning.

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Famous People – Eleanor Roosevelt

Posted by quotes on April 19, 2007

Famous People – Eleanor Roosevelt

You gain strength courage and confidence by every experience by which you really stop to look fear in the face . You are able to say to yourself “I have lived through this horror, I can take the next thing that comes along.”

– Eleanor Roosevelt

Famous Person: Eleanor Roosevelt

Grade Level: 4-6

Author: Belinda Olsen 

Eleanor Roosevelt was born in New York City on October 11, 1884. Her parents were Elliott Roosevelt and Anna Hall Roosevelt, descendants of prominent Dutch ancestry. She was a niece of President Theodore Roosevelt. Eleanor’s parents both died when she was very young, her mother when she was eight and her father when she was ten. She then lived with her grandmother, a strict disciplinarian, until she was fifteen. At this time she was sent to a boarding school in Europe. Eleanor was a bit of a backwards girl, she was quite serious and full of fears and overly solemn for her young age. However, her schooling in Europe was like a new beginning for her. Here her personality began to show itself, she was “shocked” into thinking. Eleanor discovered the courage to voice her thoughts and opinions, traits that would be essential to her future accomplishments.

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Eleanor was very important to the political success of her husband. Due to his illness, he used Eleanor many times as his “eyes and ears.” He would send her on tours and inspections and then have her report back to him about the conditions. She became known as a first lady who cared about people and their problems. Franklin became President of the United States in 1932, during the Great Depression, and Eleanor continued to assist him and became very influential in his administration. She visited all over the country reporting on the people. She became a powerful advocate for the weak and disadvantaged in America. She was very outspoken in her quest for racial equality and in one famous incident resigned from the Daughters of the American Revolution in 1939 when the black singer Marian Anderson was denied the use of their facilities.

She was also instrumental in the creation of the National Youth Administration in 1934 which helped high school and college students stay in school. During World War II she visited American soldiers around the world, and promoted desegregation of the armed forces. She also acted as a good will ambassador and visited areas such as England, Australia, and the South Pacific Islands during 1943.

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Famous People – Winston Churchill

Posted by quotes on April 10, 2007

It is no use saying, “We are doing our best.”  You have got to succeed in doing what is necessary.

 – Winston Churchill

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What famous people could possibly be your relatives?

Posted by quotes on April 2, 2007

What famous people could possibly be your relatives?

Tuesday, March 13, 2007

By Monica Haynes, Pittsburgh Post-Gazette

Could John F. Kennedy be your 10th cousin, 10 times removed?

Is Judy Garland in your family tree?

Bob Hope?

Booker T. Washington?

Well, they are all in mine, according to a new Ancestry.com feature that allows those with family trees on the site to find famous relatives.

Wanna know who else shakes down out of the Haynes family tree?

Mamie Eisenhower. She’s an eighth cousin, three times removed.

How do I connect to Elizabeth Barrett Browning? Let me count the ways.

She’s a ninth cousin, nine times removed.

But there’s no removal between Mr. Hope and me. We’re 13th cousins.

“Once you go back several hundred years in America, there’s a good chance you’re going to have some famous people in your family,” said Megan Smolenyak, the chief family historian for Ancestry.com.

Basically, what Ancestry.com does is look at the people in its family tree database and determine where there’s a common link.

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Famous People Who Died From or Suffered From Tuberculosis

Posted by quotes on April 2, 2007

Historical exhibit featuring portraits of famous people throughout history who have suffered or died from Tuberculosis

‘WORLD TB DAY’ TO BE OBSERVED AT HEADQUARTERS 22 MARCH WITH LAUNCH OF PHOTOGRAPHIC EXHIBIT, WORLD HEALTH ORGANIZATION REPORT

In the context of the global observance of World TB Day on 24 March, the Deputy Secretary-General, Asha-Rose Migiro, will formally open the first-ever photographic exhibition on Tuberculosis, entitled “World Free of TB”, at United Nations Headquarters on Thursday, 22 March. The exhibition is part of a series of high-profile events whose goal is to draw public and media attention to the fact that tuberculosis is one of the world’s leading infectious diseases — second only to HIV/AIDS.

In the context of the global observance of World TB Day on 24 March, the Deputy Secretary-General, Asha-Rose Migiro, will formally open the first-ever photographic exhibition on Tuberculosis, entitled “World Free of TB”, at United Nations Headquarters on Thursday, 22 March. The exhibition is part of a series of high-profile events whose goal is to draw public and media attention to the fact that tuberculosis is one of the world’s leading infectious diseases — second only to HIV/AIDS.

The idea for the exhibition was conceived by United Nations Messenger of Peace Anna Cataldi, and will feature 33 photographs by acclaimed photographer Jim Nachtwey that portray the human cost of the disease and the urgent need to address it. Mr. Nachtwey’s compelling images illustrate the men and women devastated by the disease and the caregivers who work tirelessly to help and support patients under treatment. Mr. Nachtwey’s images will be combined with a historical exhibit featuring portraits of famous people throughout history who have suffered or died from the disease.

The TB photographic exhibition will be linked with a media strategy developed by the World Health Organization ( WHO )/Stop TB Partnership and the Department of Public Information. It is hoped that Mr. Nachtwey’s images will bring home to a national and global audience the United Nations and WHO’s commitment to ensuring the United Nations Millennium Development Goal target on TB is met by 2015. A press preview of the exhibit will be held at 10 a.m. at the Main Gallery of the Visitor’s Lobby and the official opening will be held at 6 p.m.

The events at Headquarters will also coincide with the launch of the WHO Global TB Control Report 2007, which will release new data and information on the epidemic. The report will illustrate the progress that is being made in TB control and the 26 countries and areas that have achieved the global TB targets. It will underline the important impact TB control is having in reaching and treating the most vulnerable people in the world today, especially in low-income countries. A press conference to launch the report will be held at 10:30 a.m. in Room S-226.

The Secretary-General’s Special Envoy to Stop TB and former President of Portugal, Jorge Sampaio, will participate in the promotion of the exhibition. During a recent visit to New York, Mr. Sampaio gave a brief outline of the exhibition to Secretary-General Ban Ki-moon.

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