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  • 2006-11-17: Bill Gates' first business was Traff-O-Data, a company that created machines that recorded the number of cars passing a given point on a road.
  • 2006-10-03: Mr. Rogers was an ordained minister.
  • 2006-10-03: Paul McCartney's full name is James Paul McCartney.
  • 2006-07-17: Willard Scott was the first Ronald McDonald of McDonald's.
  • 2006-06-28: Houdini's real name was Ehrich Weiss.
  • 2006-05-25: Al Capone's business card said that he was a used furniture dealer.
  • 2006-05-03: Warren Beatty and Shirley MacLaine are brother and sister.
  • 2006-05-03: Daniel Boone hated coonskin caps.
  • 2006-05-03: John Wilkes Booth's brother once saved the life of Abraham Lincoln's son.
  • 2006-05-01: Charlie Chaplin started in show business at age 5.
  • 2006-05-01: Burt Reynolds played football at Florida State University.
  • 2006-05-01: Michael J. Fox was born in Edmonton, Alberta, Canada.
  • 2006-04-21: James Dean died in a Porsche Spider.
  • 2006-04-21: James Doohan, who plays Lt. Commander Montgomery Scott on Star Trek, is missing his entire middle finger on his right hand.
  • 2006-04-21: Peter Mayhew, who played Chewbacca in the original three Star Wars films, was a hospital porter in London before starring as the wookie.
  • 2006-04-21: Richard Nixon's favorite drink was a dry martini.
  • 2006-04-21: Ronald Reagan married his first wife, Jane Wyman, at Forest Lawn Cemetery in Glendale, California.
  • 2006-04-21: Ronald Reagan once wore a Nazi uniform while acting in a film during his Hollywood days.
  • 2006-04-21: A short time before Lincoln's assassination, he dreamed that he was going to die. He even related his dream to the Senate.
  • 2006-04-21: The first spokesmodel for Star Search was Sharon Stone.
  • 2006-04-18: Abraham Lincoln had a nervous breakdown in 1836.
  • 2006-04-18: Abraham Lincoln had a wart on his face.
  • 2006-04-18: Abraham Lincoln died in the same bed that had previously occupied by John Wilkes Booth.
  • 2006-04-18: Abraham Lincoln's famous Gettysburg Address consisted of merely 272 words.
  • 2006-04-18: Abraham Lincoln lost eight elections for various offices before winning the election in 1880.
  • 2006-04-18: Abraham Lincoln's mother died because she drank milk from the family cow after it had consumed the poisonous white snakeroot.
  • 2006-03-28: The first playboy centerfold was Marilyn Monroe in 1953.
  • 2006-03-27: Harrison Ford's facial scar was caused by a car accident.
  • 2006-03-27: Jim Carrey's full name is Jim Eugene Carrey.
  • 2006-03-27: Keanu Reeve's first name means "cool breeze over the mountains."
  • 2006-03-27: As a child, Jodie Foster appeared in Coppertone commercials. Later, she attended Yale University.
  • 2006-02-23: Sarah Berhardt played a 70 year old Juliet when she was only 13.
  • 2006-02-23: Tommy Lee Jones and vice-president Al Gore were freshmen roommates at Harvard.
  • 2006-02-23: Robin Williams was voted in high school the least likely to succeed.
  • 2006-02-23: Bill Cosby was the first African-American to win a best actor Emmy.
  • 2006-02-23: William Shatner went to Balfour Collegiate in Regina, Saskatchewan during his high school years.
  • 2006-02-23: Steven Segal is a 7th degree black belt in Aikido.
  • 2006-02-23: Tom Hanks is related to Abraham Lincoln.
  • 2006-02-23: Arnold Schwarzenegger bought the first Hummer manufactured for civilian use in 1992. The vehicle weighed in at 6,300 lbs and was 7 feet wide.
  • 2006-02-23: Arnold Schwarzenegger paid $772,500 for President John F. Kennedy's golf clubs at a 1996 auction.
  • 2006-02-21: Tom Cruise once wanted to be a priest. His acting career got in the way. Since then, he joined the Church of Scientology.
  • 2006-02-21: Uma Thurman does not have an "innie" nor an "outie" bellybutton. She has a "stretch" or an "inbetweenie".
  • 2006-02-21: Bruce Lee was so fast that he had to slow down his moves so the camera would catch them. The film was then slowed down so the audience would see them. At that time, the norm was to speed up the film to make the fights more spectacular.
  • 2006-02-21: Although he starred in many gangster films, James Cagney started his career as a chorus girl in a drag act.
  • 2005-12-30: David Bowie, the famous British rock star, was originally born David Jones. He changed it because he didn't want to be confused with Davy Jones of The Monkees.
  • 2005-03-11: Jimmy Carter was a good speed reader – 2,000 words per minute.
  • 2004-06-25: Sting's real name is Gordon Matthew Sumner.
  • 2004-06-25: Minnie Pearl's real name is Sarah Ophelia Cannon.
  • 2004-06-25: Prince's real name is Prince Rogers Nelson.
  • 2004-06-25: Tom Cruise's real name is Thomas Cruise Mapother IV.
  • 2004-06-25: Hulk Hogan's real name is Terry Bollea.
  • 2004-06-25: Rita Hayworth's real name is Margarita Carmen Cansino.
  • 2004-06-25: Cher's full name is Cherilyn La Pierre.
  • 2004-06-25: Judy Garland's real name is Frances Gumm.
  • 2004-06-25: Madonna's full name is Madonna Louise Veronica Ciccone. Now she wants to be called Esther.
  • 2004-06-25: Bruce Willis's real name is Walter Willis.
  • 2004-06-25: Jesse Ventura's real name is James George Janos.
  • 2004-06-24: Cathy Rigby is the only woman to pose nude for Sports Illustrated (not the Sports Illustrated Swimsuit Edition).
  • 2004-06-23: Walt Disney's autograph bears no resemblance to the famous Disney logo.
  • 2004-03-03: Charlie Chaplin once won third prize in a Charlie Chaplin look-alike contest.
Never ask a person what to do, always tell him or her. If it's the wrong thing to do, or if there is a better way, they'll come back and tell you. But if you don't tell them what to do, they won't do anything but make a study.
– Eugenia Schwartzwald in Peter Drucker's memoir Adventures of a Bystander
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