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Just months before Japan’s surrender in World War II in 1945, Lieutenant John F. Kennedy was honorably discharged from the U.S. Navy. He was awarded a Purple Heart, a Navy and Marine Corps Medal for heroic conduct, and the affection of every woman who loves a clean-cut man in uniform.
Photo: Courtesy of the John F. Kennedy Library and Museum
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Though the bodybuilding phenom was ready to depart the world of gyms for the one of film sets by 1975, Pumping Iron director George Butler persuaded Arnold Schwarzenegger to compete for the Mr. Olympia title that year (which he won handily, his sixth in a row).
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After serving as a member of the presidential impeachment inquiry staff during the Watergate scandal in 1974, Hillary Rodham left the D.C. hornet’s nest to follow her boyfriend Bill Clinton to Arkansas. She settled into a teaching gig at the University of Arkansas Law School—and, after months of demurring, agreed to marry the man who would help start (though possibly eventually hinder) her political career.
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In October 1973, George W. Bush was discharged from the Texas Air National Guard after five years of service and began his first term at Harvard Business School. According to Bill Minutaglio’s biography, First Son, Bush’s problems with alcohol were escalating around the same time: He challenged his father to a brawl a year earlier, and a DUI in 1976 would leave him without a driver’s license for two years.
Photo: Courtesy of AP Photo/George Bush Presidential Library
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While finishing his first year at Harvard Law School, Barack Obama was selected as an editor of the Harvard Law Review—a gig that led to that original fated book deal. In the summer of 1989, he returned to Chicago to work as an associate at Sidley & Austin, where his future wife, Michelle, was his mentor. She resisted his early advances, saying it would be “tacky for the only two black people” at the firm to date, according to the Washington Post.
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Um… yeah, that should be it.