When my brother was born in 1985, my mother purchased two identical teddy bears. The one on the left has been my brother's for 30 years, the one on the right has been kept in storage for my brother's first child who was born today.
Fannie Lou Hamer, who was born today in 1917, was a civil rights leader who worked to secure the social, economic, and political rights of black Americans. In 1964, she co-founded the Mississippi Freedom Democratic Party, spoke at the Democratic National Convention at which she called for mandatory integrated state delegations, and helped organize the Freedom Summer black voter registration drive. http://www.nwhm.org/education-resources/biography/biographies/fannie-lou-hamer/
Happy birthday to the late, great George Harrison, who was born today, February 25, 1943. Pictured here in Los Angeles, California in August 1964. (Julian Wasser—The LIFE Picture Collection/Getty Images) #LIFElegends #tbt
Happy Birthday to the great poet and playwright William Shakespeare who was born today in 1564! Today we remember him by showing you The First Folio (1623). This is the first collected edition of Shakespeare's plays, which was published seven years after his death. Without this precious edition, 18 of his plays would be entirely unknown. Find it on display in 'Treasures of the Royal Courts: Tudors, Stuarts and the Russian Tsars' until 14 July. V Museum
Trombonist/bandleader Tommy Dorsey was born today 11-19 in 1905. He was known as the 'Sentimental Gentleman of Swing,' and famous for his band singer, Frank Sinatra. Some of the songs he's most associated with include Marie, Opus One and I'll Never Smile Again. Tommy Dorsey passed in 1956.
Google Doodle is celebrating the life and work of Antoni van Leeuwenhoek, who was born today in 1632. Commonly known as the father of microbiology and considered the first microbiologist, Mr van Leeuwenhoek was the first scientist to observe and describe microorganisms.