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Katherine Heigl (1978): Actress who starred on the unearthly WB series “Roswell” (1999 - 2002). Heigl grew up in Connecticut and started out in show business filming a myriad of television commercials. While Heigl made her big screen debut in That Night (1992), she gave a breakthrough performance starring as Gerard Depardieu’s daughter in My Father, the Hero (1994). Heigl continued to light up the silver screen in films including Under Siege 2: Dark Territory (1995) and Wish Upon a Star (1996) before making the move to the small screen in the late ‘90s. Hiegl earned rave reviews for her performance in an adaptation of Shakespeare’s “The Tempest,” and gained a large fan following for playing alien babe, Isabel, on “Roswell.”

Billy Connolly (1942): Scottish comedian who gained notoriety in America when he starred as an Oxford-educated teacher on the popular sitcom “Head of the Class.” Connolly’s first comedic success came when he recorded the number one hit song in the UK, “D.I.V.O.R.C.E.” (1975). After becoming an overnight sensation in Europe, Connolly was asked to open for Elton John on his U.S. concert tour in 1976. Connolly went on to give cheeky performances in the British films Absolution (1981), Secret Policeman’s Other Ball (1982), Blue Money (1984) and Water (1984), before enjoying success in the States with Indecent Proposal (1993), Pocahontas (1995), Muppet Treasure Island (1996), Mrs. Brown (1997) and The Last Samurai in 2003. Additionally, Connolly will be appearing in the upcoming Lemony Snicket's A Series of Unfortunate Events (2004).

Pete Best (1941): Musician who is most famous for being the Beatle who was replaced by drummer, Ringo Starr. Best was a part of the Beatles during their formative years, and his talents can be heard on the band’s Decca audition and EMI audition, which were both recorded in 1962. While many consider August 16, 1962 to be the end of the Pete Best story, Best has recorded music apart from the now legendary group. Even though Best started his own band, the “Pete Best Four,” which capitalized on his former-Beatles fame in England, he wrote no material for the group. Tired of the charade, Best left the music business in the ‘60s and took a thirty-year hiatus from the spotlight. He recently released the albums “Beyond the Beatles” (1996) and “The Best of Pete Best” in 1998.

Zachary Taylor (1784): Twelfth President of the United States who was the first career officer in the Army to attain the Presidency. Taylor was awarded two gold medals by Congress for his victories in the Mexican War, and was referred to as “Old Rough and Ready” by those troops under his command. Taylor’s military glory appealed to the North, and the fact that he owned slaves won over the South, so he was nominated as a presidential candidate under the Whig party. After Taylor became President in 1849, he advised settlers in New Mexico and California to create constitutions. Southerners were furious because they felt those drafts would not permit slavery, and as a result, they threatened succession. Taylor stood firm, telling the South, “Disunion is treason.” In 1850, Taylor became sick after attending the laying of the cornerstone of the Washington Monument on a brutally hot Independence Day. He died five days later.

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