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The United States Senate (upper house) and the House of Representatives (lower house) combine to make up the United States Congress, which is the legislative branch of the federal government. One of the most important roles of the Senate is to carefully consider and debate the various issues and provide advice on these issues. The senate also confirms appointments of certain federal officials, consents to treaties and acts as the jury in an impeachment trial. The Senate consists of 2 senators from each state, which means that the Senate currently has 100 senators. Each senator serves 6 years before an election is held and these 6 year terms are staggered so that only one third of the senators are up for re-election each time. The vast majority of senators have been men and as of May 2012 only 39 women have served in the senate. Let’s find out who was the first female senator.
Mister Ed was a popular black-and-white television show that aired from 1961 until 1966. The series centered around a talking horse called Mister Ed and his owner Wilbur Post, who was the only person that Mister Ed would talk to. The idea for the show came from a series of short stories by author Walter R. Brooks. The show was very popular and it has been rerun many times since the last episode aired in 1966. The horse that played Mister Ed was named Bamboo Harvester and he was trained by Les Hilton. However, the voice behind the horse was never officially credited by the show.
American Idol is a television contest to discover the best amateur singer in the United States. Each series begins with a number of auditions and a chosen few make the next round. The contestants compete to enter the final rounds, where the public vote for the best performance via the phone. The series was based on the British show “Pop Idol” and has become one of the most popular television shows of all time. The first season of the show began in 2002 and was known as “American Idol: The Search for a Superstar .” Continue reading to find out which contestant won the first series of American Idol.
New Jersey is one of the smallest states of the United States in terms of area, but it is the most densely populated state. It is located on the northeastern coast of the country and is bordered by New York, Pennsylvania and Delaware. New Jersey was one of the thirteen colonies that formed the United States and it was officially the 3rd state to ratify the U.S. Constitution. Since the first New Jersey State Constitution was ratified in 1776, a governor has been elected to become the political head of the state. Let’s find out who was the first governor of New Jersey.
Nemo is one of the main characters in the animated children’s film “Finding Nemo.” Nemo is a clownfish who lives with his overprotective father Marlin. The story follows the journey of Marlin, and a fish called Dory, who attempt to search for Nemo who was taken by a diver. The film was made produced by the animation studio Pixar and released by Walt Disney Pictures in 2003. “Finding Nemo” was very popular with both critics and the public. It made over $850 million at the box office and still holds the record for the bestselling DVD of all time. If you have ever wondered who provides the voice for the title character, keep reading to find out.
China, officially the People Republic of China, is a large Asian country and the second largest country in the world. For many hundreds of years the country of China was ruled by emperors and dynasties with many wars and invasions. Towards the end of this period of history there were seven sovereign states with seven kings and seven armies. In 221BC a unified Chinese state, known as Imperial China, was established by the Qin Dynasty who enforced many reforms such as a standardized language and written system. The Qin Dynasty also standardized measurement and currency across the state of China. From 221BC until 1911 many dynasties rose and fell in the country, which created a growing and thriving cultural and economic society. The Qing Dynasty was the last dynasty in Imperial China and during this time civil unrest and war caused the people to look for a new form of government. In 1912 The People’s Republic of China was established.
The National Basketball League (NBA) is the top professional basketball league in the world. It consists of 29 teams from the United States and 1 team from Canada. In this history of the league only 23 players have played with a listed height of 5 feet, 9 inches (1.95 m) or shorter and many of these players played fewer than 100 games. If you have ever wondered who was the shortest player to play in the NBA, keep reading to find out.
The Archbishop of Canterbury is the most senior bishop and leader of the Church of England as well as the symbolic leader of the Anglican Church. The Archbishop has many roles including sitting on important church boards and committees, performing coronations and other public events, and is also the bishop responsible for the Diocese of Canterbury and the larger Province of Canterbury. This position has existed since the formation of the Church of England in AD 597 and currently the archbishop is chosen by the Prime Minister of the UK. Let’s take a look at who was the first person to take this position.
The President of the United States of America is the head of government and head of state. The President has many important roles including the leader of the executive branch of the government and is the commander-in-chief of the armed forces. Although the President of the United States has always been an important position, today it is widely regarded as the highest position of power in the world. The vast majority of Presidents have been over 50 years of age at the time of inauguration, but 9 Presidents have been under this age. If you have ever wanted to know which person was the youngest ever President, keep reading to find out.
The Titanic is the most infamous cruise ship of all time. The Titanic left port in England on a transatlantic voyage to New York City, United States. Along the way the ship struck an iceberg and sank killing a total of 1,522 people, leaving just 705 survivors. If you ever wondered who captained this ill-fated voyage, read this article to find out.