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profile name: Elvis Presley profile occupation: Film Actor, Singer
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profile name: Babe Ruth profile occupation: Baseball Player
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profile name: Idi Amin profile occupation: Military Leader, World Leader
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profile name: Bela Lugosi profile occupation: Actor
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profile name: Robert Johnson profile occupation: Songwriter, Guitarist, Singer
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profile name: Dorothy West profile occupation: Editor, Author
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Meriwether Lewis and William Clark, at the request of President Thomas Jefferson, led an expedition to survey the land West of the Missipppi, known as Louisana Territory, that had been purchased from France in 1803. Lewis, Clark, and the rest of their expedition began their journey near St. Louis, Missouri, in May 1804. This group - often called the Corps of Discovery by historians - faced nearly every obstacle and hardship imaginable on their trip. They braved dangerous waters and harsh weather and endured hunger, illness, injury, and fatigue. During their first winter, they recieved help and guidance from Sacagawea, a Shoshone Indian.
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In 1936, King Edward VIII unexpectedly abdicated the throne to marry the love of his life, American divorcée Wallis Simpson, proclaiming, "I have found it impossible to carry the heavy burden of responsibility and to discharge my duties as king as I would wish to do without the help and support of the woman I love." Edward's behavior prior to his decision to abdicate—including courting Wallis while she was still married to her second husband—garnered outrage from the British Royal Family, most notably from Queen Mary of Teck and King George V, and led to the "abdication crisis" in Britain. In 1937, the happy couple married and embarked on a jet-setting life in Paris, meanwhile referring to themselves as "W.E."—their initials, but also a dig at the royal "we," or the majestic plural. Subversive and playful, their nickname continues to serve as a testament to their lasting adoration for one another.
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Learn more about the cast of the popular Twilight film series, based on the best-selling young adult books by Stephenie Meyer. The five-part screen series came to a close in 2012, with the release of The Twilight Saga: Breaking Dawn — Part 2. Stars of the Twilight films include Kristen Stewart (Bella Swan), Robert Pattinson (Edward Cullen) and Taylor Lautner (Jacob Black). Film credits have also gone to dozens of other cast members, including Peter Facinelli, Ashley Greene, Dakota Fanning, Anna Kendrick, Rachelle Lefevre, Edi Gathegi, Sarah Clarke and Elizabeth Reaser.
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