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August 22 2018

04:02
Today in History for 22nd August 2018

August 21 2018

18:42

50 Years After Prague Spring, Lessons on Freedom (and a Broken Spirit)

Could Soviet-style communism be reconciled with the dignity and freedom of the individual? In 1968, the question was put to the test when the leader of Czechoslovakia’s Communist...

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18:42

Lincoln’s stovepipe hat and letters could be sold to ease nonprofit’s debt

An Illinois nonprofit bearing Abraham Lincoln's name is so deep in debt that it is considering selling some of the 16th president's possessions, including one of his iconic stovepipe hats and...

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18:42

Archaeologists explore a rural field in Kansas, and a lost city emerges

Of all the places to discover a lost city, this pleasing little community seems an unlikely candidate. There are no vine-covered temples or impenetrable jungles here — just an old-fashioned downtown,...

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18:42

‘Silent Sam is down’: Crowd topples Confederate statue at UNC

A crowd toppled a Confederate statue at the University of North Carolina on Monday night, with cheers and smoke bombs filling the air. The monument had long been a target of students and others, a...

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18:42

Soviet war memorials in Eastern Europe continue to strain relations with Russia

Monument to the Soviet Army in Sofia, Bulgaria, painted overnight on February 24 2014 by unknown activists in solidarity with anti-Russian protests in Ukraine. Wikimedia Commons, CC BY-SA ...

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18:42

The whole world is watching

Where the national guard once stood in formation with bayonets fixed, a line of stands for rental bikes now stretches away along South Michigan Avenue. Where protesters against the Vietnam war once...

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18:42

The White House's Top Lawyer Met With Robert Mueller's Team

The news that top White House lawyer Don McGahn has met with Special Counsel Robert Mueller’s team may have raised eyebrows among close watchers of the Russia investigation, but his...

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04:02
Today in History for 21st August 2018

August 20 2018

21:16

Psychic spies: Inside the government's secret ESP program

In the 1970s, a handsome ex-Israeli army paratrooper popularized extrasensory perception, or ESP. Uri Geller claimed he could bend spoons with his mind, see inside sealed containers, and even read...

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21:16

China’s Museums Rewrite History to Boost Xi

When a museum paying tribute to China’s economic reforms opened here in December, visitors were welcomed by a panoramic sculpture depicting a local visit by Deng Xiaoping, hailed in Communist...

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21:16

A New Film Compares Democrats to Nazis and Trump to Lincoln

There were two marquee events scheduled on a recent Wednesday evening in northern Ohio’s Medina County. For $9, the county fair hosted its annual “Rough Truck Contest,” at which car enthusiasts...

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21:16

The un-celebrity president

Jimmy Carter finishes his Saturday night dinner, salmon and broccoli casserole on a paper plate, flashes his famous toothy grin and calls playfully to his wife of 72 years, Rosalynn: “C’mon,...

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21:16

Isamu Shibayama Dies at 88, His Quest for Reparations Unfulfilled

Until he turned 11½, Isamu Shibayama’s childhood was idyllic. His father was a successful textile importer and dress-shirt wholesaler in Lima, Peru. His house was staffed by servants. He was...

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17:24

Father and Daughter Reunite on The Today Show

New Hampshire social worker Kim Fairbank, 51, always knew she was adopted. After a rough childhood of familial disappointments, she yearned to connect with her biological family. She tried DNA testing and waited for answers. It was MyHeritage DNA that brought Kim the match of a lifetime — with her biological father.

Kim and her father Nio met for the first time, live on the Megyn Kelly show. Watch the exciting moment in this video:

The search

During her childhood, Kim was given up by her first adoptive family to another. She was adopted not once, but twice.

For me, being adopted, I never knew who my parents were. I just had a desire to find my biological family, or anyone who is related to me, to be able to find a family. That was kind of a drive for me.

When she was 21, Kim took the plunge and started to look for her parents. She hoped to get her adoption documents from the state, but nothing came up. She then joined other DNA testing services but didn’t receive any helpful results. Moving on, she decided to join every site that could help in her quest. She uploaded her DNA results to MyHeritage and hoped that the answer was out there, waiting for her.

Kim almost gave up. She began to believe that she would never meet her family, that it would never happen for her. That’s when she received an email from MyHeritage.

When I got the email from MyHeritage saying ‘you have a parent-child match’, I was flabbergasted. At that moment I was shaking and nervous, I couldn’t believe it was true.

In New Mexico, Nio Tavlos, 73, took a MyHeritage DNA test mainly to learn more about his ethnic background. He wanted to know if he had only Greek blood, or whether he also had Turkish origins. Nio also suspected that he had fathered a child many years ago during a short relationship when he was 20. He believed that he had a boy who was given for adoption to a dentist living in Boston. As an artist, Nio’s demanding lifestyle did not include any children.

Nio was so surprised to find that he was contacted by a daughter and not a son!

I was waiting for 35 years for this knock on the door. When the knock came, it wasn’t a boy, it was a girl – Kim, and she is 51, and has two children. I have two grandchildren!

The reunion

Nio is thrilled to be a grandfather, and can’t wait to share the rest of his life with his newfound descendants.

As the whole story turned out, Kim’s adoptive parents were less involved and the kids don’t have grandparents. At this point in my life – in my 70s – I think I’m more prepared now to have a family. So I’m terribly excited, and shocked, amazed. Kim used a very good word to describe the situation – flabbergasted. That’s exactly how I feel.

While Nio and Kim have many years to catch up on, they’ve decided that they won’t waste any time getting to know one another!

Have you taken a MyHeritage DNA test? Let us know in the comments below what you’ve discovered!

The post Father and Daughter Reunite on The Today Show appeared first on MyHeritage Blog.

04:02
Today in History for 20th August 2018

August 19 2018

04:02
Today in History for 19th August 2018

August 18 2018

04:02
Today in History for 18th August 2018

August 17 2018

16:33

Why the Korean War didn’t end — and why it could now

It’s been just over two months since President Trump met North Korea’s Kim Jong Un in Singapore, and there has been little visible progress so far in persuading North Korea to give up its nuclear...

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04:02
Today in History for 17th August 2018
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