Tom Hanks is related to Abraham Lincoln

As a double Oscar winner, Tom Hanks is considered Hollywood royalty. But now it has been revealed that the Forrest Gump star is related to one of America’s greatest presidents, Abraham Lincoln. The 56-year-old actor is third cousin, four times removed of the former president. Hank’s link to ‘Honest Abe’ comes through the President’s mother, … [Read the full story]

On this day…in 1852

Harriet Beecher Stowe’s anti-slavery novel, Uncle Tom’s Cabin, is published. The novel sold 300,000 copies within three months and was so widely read that when President Abraham Lincoln met Stowe in 1862, he reportedly said, “So this is the little lady who made this big war.” Stowe was born in 1811, the seventh child of … [Read the full story]