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A Brief History On January 4, 1999, former professional wrestler and actor Jesse Ventura was sworn in as the Governor of Minnesota.  A veteran of at least 11 movies prior to his inauguration, Ventura had previously served in the US Navy in the U.S. Navy Underwater Demolition Team during the Vietnam War, an assignment similar to that of Navy SEALS.  Other people from the world of entertainment, sports, singing, acting and other forms, have also enjoyed success in being elected or appointed to high office.  Today, we list 10 of those such persons. Digging Deeper 1. Jesse Ventura, pro wrestler,…

A Brief History On December 25, AD 1, Jesus Christ was born in Bethlehem, in what is now Israel.  (It was Israel then, too.) Or so the story goes.  Historians find some problems with the Biblical and common interpretation of the birth of Christ, including even the date, meaning the day as well as the year.  The Ukrainian side of this author’s family celebrated Christmas on January 7 each year, which coincidentally is this author’s birthday!  Yes, that makes this author the first person mentioned (besides Jesus) as being born on Christmas.  Today we take a look at 10 famous…

A Brief History Today, when you think of music on Long Island, you find it to be youthful, and this trait it has imbibed from New York City that lies in its proximity. In the 1960s, Psychedelic rock was famous, and then in the 1990s, hip-hop ruled everyone’s heart. The trends may change, but nothing can replace the people’s genuine love for music. Being a part of this island, you must also have nurtured the same passion like many others and now want to have a grip on your piano skills. The piano is an easy instrument to start a…

A Brief History On November 14, 1978, 40 years ago today, the #1 Song in the United States was the disco dance tune, “MacArthur Park,” by the Queen of Disco, Donna Summer.  Born LaDonna Adrian Gaines in 1948, this powerful singer unfortunately died in 2012, at the too young age of 63 from lung cancer though she was a non-smoker.  (She thought all the contaminated air she breathed in the wake of the September 11, 2001 terrorist attacks on New York is what caused her cancer.)  Summer was certainly not the first or the last musical artist to take a…

A Brief History On August 12, 30 BC, Cleopatra VII Philopator is alleged to have committed suicide by allowing an Asp (a venomous snake of the cobra family) to bite her.  (Yes, she was THE Cleopatra.)  We used this occasion to publish our article, “10 Famous Suicides,” and today we list another list of those that took their own lives, “5 More Famous Suicides.” We have also addressed the suicide phenomena in our articles “10 More Famous Suicides,” “10 World Leaders that Committed Suicide,” and “The Origins of Dr. Death (Assisted Suicide).” Please note that we do not glorify or…

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