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Marilyn Monroe’s Birthday

On June 1, we celebrate the birthday of the quintessential American sex symbol, Marilyn Monroe.

Born Norma Jeane Mortenson (later changed to Baker) in Los Angeles in 1926, Marilyn Monroe bounced around to many different foster homes throughout her entire childhood. As an adult, she began modeling and changed her name to Marilyn Monroe in hopes of having an acting career.

Marilyn Monroe went on to be named Film’s Sexiest Woman of All Time by TV Guide and was ranked the sixth greatest female star of all time by the American Film Institute in 1999. Some of her most popular movies include Gentlemen Prefer Blondes, Some Like it Hot, and The Seven Year Itch. She died of a barbiturate overdose on August 5, 1962 at the age of 36.

Sources: Wikipedia, Biography

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Helen Keller’s Birthday

Helen Keller was born in Tuscumbia, Alabama on June 27, 1880 to Arthur K. Heller and Katherine Adams Keller. In 1882, she contracted an illness which left her deaf and blind. She managed to create a limited language with the daughter of the family cook, Martha Washington, but acted out wildly when angry or upset. Her family consulted Alexander Graham Bell who sent them to the Perkins Institute for the Blind in Boston, Massachusetts. It was there in 1887 the family found Helen’s long-time tutor Anne Sullivan. Sullivan created an alphabet to spell out words on Helen’s hand, and eventually she was able to connect the spelled words with the objects around her.

In 1890, Helen began speech classes at the Horace Mann School for the Deaf in Boston where she worked diligently for 25 years to learn to speak. During those 25 years she also attended a preparatory school for woman, and with the help of Mark Twain and Henry H. Rogers, Radcliff College. She graduated cum laude in 1904 from Radcliff at the age of 25.

Helen could touch lip-read, finger spell, type, read braille, and speak. She was politically active, fought for women’s rights, and became a member of the Socialist party. She wrote articles for newspapers, an autobiography entitled The Story Of My Life,, and devoted herself to raising funds for the American Foundation of the Blind. She received the Theodore Roosevelt Distinguished Service Medal in 1936, the Presidential Medal of Freedom in 1964, and was elected into the Women’s Hall of Fame in 1965. On June 1, 1968, Helen died in her sleep in Westport, Connecticut.

 
Sources: Biography.com, Spartacus Educational

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Paul McCartney’s Birthday

Today Sir Paul McCartney turns 70 years old!

One of (if not THE) most successful musicians, singer-songwriters, composers, and recording artists of all time, McCartney is one of the founding members of the legendary group, The Beatles, and half of arguably the best writing duo of all time. Even after The Beatles broke up, he found solo success and formed the group Wings. On top of his success as a musician, singer-songwriter, composer, music and film producer, and businessman, McCartney has been involved in a variety of international charities, published a volume of poems and lyrics, campaigned against landmines and seal hunting, taken part in art exhibitions showcasing his paintings, and advocated for animal rights, vegetarianism, and music education.

Even at 70, he’s not finished yet…In the next year alone, McCartney will perform at the opening ceremony of the 2012 Summer Olympics in London, release a new solo album in 2013, and continue rocking the stage while on tour.

Celebrate today by listening to your favorite Beatles songs!

McCartney by the numbers…
15: Age McCartney met John Lennon.
1960: Year The Beatles was officially formed.
2,200+: Number of artists who have covered McCartney’s Beatles song “Yesterday.”
1970: Year McCartney announced his departure from The Beatles. The band was officially dissolved five years later.
60: Number of gold discs McCartney has under his belt.
5: Number of instruments McCartney plays (piano, drums, and bass, acoustic, and electric guitars).
32: Number of McCartney’s songs, written or co-written, that have hit the number one spot on the Billboard Hot 100 singles chart.
6: Number of postage stamps McCartney designed for the Isle of Man Post.
£475 million: McCartney’s estimated fortune in 2010 (that’s roughly $715 million).

 

Sources: Wikipedia, ABC News

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