Saturday, January 19, 2008

Interesting Facts 4

Peter The Great Facts

Tsar and Emperor of Russia Peter the Great (1672-1725) was unusual ruler by many means. In the battle against the Turks in 1695 he fought as regular foot soldier believing that was the only way to beat the Turks. Peter is believed to have been six feet, seven inches in height (2.04 meters). He married twice and had 11 children, many of whom died in infancy. The eldest son from his first marriage, Czarevich Alexei, was convicted of high treason by his father and secretly executed in 1718.

Idi Amin Ate His Opponents

Idi Amin, the former dictator of Uganda and the former heavyweight boxing champion of Uganda was one of Africa's most notorious dictators. During his eight-year rule an estimated 500,000 people disappeared or were killed. He praised Hitler and said the German dictator "was right to burn six million Jews." He offered to be king of Scotland if asked. It was reported that Idi Amin ate his opponents.

U.S President Trafficking Virgins

United States presidential election, 1824, Andrew Jackson emerged as winner with majority of votes. However, under the 12th Amendment, if no candidate got a majority of the college, the election went to the House and there it was decided by Henry Clay, the all-powerful Speaker, who gave it to Adams, under the secret condition that Adam makes him secretary of state. Arguments went out of control and Adams supporters claimed that Jackson is bigamist, adulterer and murderer. Adams was accused of trafficking American virgins to Russian Tsar.

Meet Turkmenbashi

His Excellency Saparmurat Niyazov Turkmenbashi, president of Turkmenistan is one of the most controlling dictators in the world today. There are no churches because he knocks them down. Each year he wants to resign as the president, but congress begs him to stay. He has even rewritten the calendar and renamed the month of January to "Turkmenbashi." April is named after his mother.

George Washington Facts

On February 22, 1732 George Washington was born. George Washington was the only of all Founding Fathers to free his slaves. Marijuana was the primary crop grown by George Washington at Mount Vernon. He was the first Mason to serve as president. Washington rejected a movement among army officers to make him king of the United States. Washington is the only president who was elected unanimously.

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