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Arnold Schwarzenegger Becomes Governor of California – 10/7/2003

On October 7th of 2003, former actor and word class body builder Arnold Schwarzenegger was elected the 38th Governor of California, in a special recall election.

Arnold Schwarzenegger was born in Austria in 1947. His father was the local Chief of Police in the town where Arnold grew up, and had voluntarily joined the Nazi party back in 1938. Schwarzenegger grew up in a Roman Catholic family who attended mass every Sunday. The family was so poor that Arnold recalls one of the highlights of his youth being the time his family got a refrigerator.

Schwarzenegger began weight training at the age of 15. He won the Mr. Universe title at age 20 and the Mr. Olympia title seven times. He is considered to be one of the greatest bodybuilders of all time, and has written many books and articles on the sport. Following his successful body building career, Schwarzenegger gained worldwide fame in action films such as Conan the Barbarian and The Terminator, while also appearing in funny movies like Twins and Kindergarten Cop. In all, he has appeared in more than 30 movies, and has made many guest appearances.

Since the age of 10, Schwarzenegger had dreamed of moving to the United States of America. His dream was realized at the age of 21, when he moved to the United States, despite being somewhat unprepared and not speaking very much English. He may have even been an illegal immigrant at some point. However, at the age of 23, Schwarzenegger won his first Mr. Olympia in New York City.

He gained his United States citizenship in 1983. On April 26th of 1986, Schwarzenegger married Maria Shriver. The relationship would last 25 years and produce four children – Katherine, Christina, Patrick, and Christopher.

Arnold Schwarzenegger officially took office as the Republican governor of California on November 17th of 2003, when he was sworn in to replace Governor Grey Davis. Arnold Schwarzenegger's political aspirations should come as no surprise, as he was married to Maria Shriver, who is a member of the Kennedy family. However, Maria Shriver is a Democrat. In any case, Arnold Schwarzenegger was elected again as the Republican governor of California in 2008.

Schwarzenegger left office on January 3rd of 2011, and was succeeded by Jerry Brown. That same evening, Arnold confessed to his wife that he had fathered a child fourteen years earlier with one of their household employees. On May 9th of 2011, Shriver moved out of their home in the Brentwood area of Los Angeles, and filed for divorce.

The net worth of Arnold Schwarzenegger is conservatively estimated to be about 100 million to 200 million dollars. Over the years, his investments have netted him profits, making his actual net worth hard to calculate.

When Arnold was asked which events in his life he is least proud of, he replied “I'm least proud of the mistakes I made that caused my family pain and split us up."

Schwarzenegger's autobiography, Total Recall, was released in 2012. 

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Mark Hinderberg


Retired History Professor at Vanderbilt University. Love taking a portal through time and sharing my knowledge with anyone else who loves reading about history. It is my passion and my greatest hobby.