Wednesday, September 5, 2007

How world's biggest politicians looked in their early years

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Vladimir Vladimirovich Putin(born October 7, 1952) is the current President of the Russian Federation. He became acting President on December 31, 1999, succeeding Boris Yeltsin, and was sworn in as President following the elections on May 7, 2000. In 2004, he was re-elected for a second term, which expires in 2008.

George Walker Bush(born July 6, 1946) is the forty-third and current President of the United States of America. Originally inaugurated on January 20, 2001. Bush was elected president in the 2000 presidential election and re-elected in the 2004 presidential election. He previously served as the forty-sixth Governor of Texas from 1995 to 2000, and is the eldest son of former United States president George H. W. Bush.

Ernesto Guevara de la Serna(June 14, 1928 – October 9, 1967), commonly known as Che Guevara, El Che or just Che was an Argentine-born Marxist revolutionary, political figure, and leader of Cuban and internationalist guerrillas.

Fidel Alejandro Castro Ruz(born August 13, 1926) is the current President of Cuba, though currently with his duties transferred. Castro led the revolution overthrowing Fulgencio Batista, whom opponents described as a dictator, in 1959. Shortly thereafter, Castro was sworn in as the Prime Minister of Cuba. Castro became First Secretary of the Communist Party of Cuba in 1965, and led the transformation of Cuba into a one-party socialist republic. In 1976 he became president of the Council of State as well as of the Council of Ministers. He also holds the supreme military rank of Comandante en Jefe ("Commander in Chief") of the Cuban armed forces.

Mohammed Abdel Raouf Arafat al-Qudwa al-Husseini (August 24, 1929 – November 11, 2004), popularly known as Yasser Arafat, was Chairman of the Palestine Liberation Organization (1968–2004) and President of the Palestinian National Authority (1993–2004). In 1994, Arafat received the Nobel Peace Prize together with Yitzhak Rabin, and Shimon Peres, for the negotiation of the 1993 Oslo Peace Accord.

Jacques René Chirac(born 29 November 1932) is a French politician and a former President of France. He served from May 17 1995 until May 16, 2007 and was re-elected in 2002. As President he was also an ex officio Co-Prince of Andorra and Grand Master of the French Légion d'honneur.

Sir Winston Leonard Spencer-Churchill(30 November 1874 – 24 January 1965) was a British politician who served as Prime Minister of the United Kingdom from 1940 to 1945 and again from 1951 to 1955. A noted statesman, orator and strategist, Churchill was also an officer in the British Army. He has been studied to a unique extent as part of modern British and world history. A prolific author, he won the Nobel Prize in Literature in 1953 for his own historical writings.

Adolf Hitler (20 April 1889 – 30 April 1945) was the leader of National Socialist (Nazi) German Workers Party. He was appointed Chancellor of Germany in 1933, becoming "Führer" in 1934 until his suicide in 1945. The Nazis gained power during Germany's period of crisis after World War I. They used propaganda and charismatic oratory, emphasizing nationalism, anti-Semitism, and anti-Communism. Hitler pursued an aggressive foreign policy, with an ideological goal of Lebensraum (expanding living space for Germans). [From pravda and wikipedia]

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