April 13 Birthday: Thomas Jefferson, LIVES OF THE PRESIDENT: FAME, SHAME (AND WHAT THE NEIGHBORS THOUGHT)

Thomas Jefferson, U.S. President
Apr. 13, 1743-July 4, 1826


Lives of the Presidents: Fame, Shame (and What the Neighbors Thought) by Kathleen Krull, illustrated by Kathryn Hewitt (Harcourt, 1998)

This author of the Declaration of Independence also was responsible for the Louisiana Purchase. Jefferson was the third president.

Jefferson’s accomplishments are summarized in this profile of him.

April 8 Birthday: Sonja Henie, LIVES OF THE ATHLETES: THRILLS, SPILLS (AND WHAT THE NEIGHBORS THOUGHT)

Sonja Henie, athlete

Apr. 8, 1912-Oct. 12, 1969


Lives of the Athletes: Thrills, Spills (and What the Neighbors Thought) by Kathleen Krull, illustrated by Kathryn Hewitt (Harcourt, 1997)

A three-time Olympic figure skating champion, Henie was the youngest world champion in history.

Click Olympic.org to read a profile of Henie: The First Figure Skating Celebrity.