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Angels Flight Suits

Coordinated disco suit with jacket, vest, and flared pants. The accompanying shirt had to be a shiny satin with large collar.

Anita Cobby

It was the crime that shocked Australia - pretty 26-year-old nursing sister Anita Lorraine Cobby was found brutally murdered in a field at Prospect, in Sydney's Western suburbs on 4 February 1986. Anita had been dragged through a barbed wire fence and bashed, raped and then slashed twice across her throat so deeply she was(...)

Ankle Bracelets

Adorning the ankles with chains called anklets, or ankle bracelets, was a popular teen trend during the 50s that has remained an exotic accessory through the decades. Middle-Eastern women have worn ankle jewellery for ages, but the 50s paired thin gold chains with ankle-length bobby socks as a rebellious stab at convention. Novelty jewellery such(...)

Annette Funicello

Born on 22 October 1942, Annette Funicello became an overnight sensation in 1955 when she first appeared on a new afternoon TV show, at the age of 13. Her appearance as a pretty, intelligent, talented and dignified Mousketeer helped make The Mickey Mouse Club the most popular children's TV show of 1950s America. Annette was the 24th(...)

Annie Hall Look

The biggest fashion influence on America's young women in 1977 was neither a New York designer like Halston or Calvin Klein nor a European couturier like Yves St Lauren or Valentino, but the title character in Woody Allen's latest movie, Annie Hall, played by Diane Keaton. Young trendies were gearing up in men's vests, comfy(...)

Anorexia and Bulimia

The secretive world of Bulimia and Anorexia was exposed through the tragic death of Karen Carpenter. It slowly crept into mainstream culture until every skinny girl was tortured by teachers, family and friends worrying over her obvious eating disorder. Famous folk were outed as Anorexics or Bulimics (in a similar way to Gay "outings"). Most(...)

Ant Farm

In the mid-1950's, Milton Levine was enjoying Fourth of July festivities in Southern California's San Fernando Valley, when the ant minions that he was watching jogged his memory back to the days he spent on his uncle's farm as a boy. He liked to watch the ant colonies do their thing back then, and now,(...)

Anthony Blunt

1 9 0 7 - 1 9 8 3 Anthony Frederick Blunt was born in Bournemouth, England in 1907 and educated at Marlborough School and Cambridge University, where he became a fellow in 1932. As a Cambridge lecturer, he recruited for the Soviet secret service and, as a member of the British Secret Service between(...)

Anthony Eden

Sir Anthony Eden succeeded Winston Churchill as Prime Minister in April 1955. Having been a brilliant Foreign Secretary, he was seen as the natural and promising heir. However, his premiership was to last just two years, ending ignominiously with theSuez crisis. The son of a Durham aristocrat, Anthony Eden was educated at Eton and Christ Church, Oxford.(...)

Ants In The Pants

The folks at the Schaper company were definitely the kings of the insect games. They first hit it big in 1949 with the delightful construct-a-bug game, Cootie. In the 1960s, they followed up that deathless hit with Ants In The Pants, another game that included plenty of creepy-crawlies. Like Cootie, it became a hit with(...)

Anwar Sadat

1 9 1 8 - 1 9 8 1 Egyptian politician, and president from 1970 to 1981. Succeeding Nasser as president in 1970, Sadat restored morale by his handling of the Egyptian campaign in the 1973 war against Israel. In 1974 his plan for economic, social, and political reform to transform Egypt was unanimously adopted(...)

Apple Computers

The Lisa (pictured at right) was named after Steve Job's daughter and was first introduced in early 1983. It worked on a Motorola 68000 at 5 GHz. The Operating System was called LisaOS and paved the way to the first Macintosh computer. The Mac Plus landed in early 1986, two years after the original Macintosh 128k and(...)

Apple Macintosh

In 1977, 26-year-old Steve Wozniak and 29-year-old Steve Jobs marketed their new invention, the Apple II personal computer. In 1984, the revolutionary Apple Macintosh was released, and launched in the most expensive television commercial ever made - The ad was based on George Orwell's novel 1984 and cost $600,000 (£360,000) to make, and a further $1,000,000 (£600,000)(...)

Aqua Net

Aqua Net's glue-like hold has been making hair happy for decades: teen girls fumigated their parents' bathrooms when they were shellacking their beehives back in the 1950's. The only hairspray for helmet head, Aqua Net's affordability and accessibility (it can be found in every K-Mart the world over) has sealed its reputation as the premiere(...)

Arab – Israeli Wars

Arab – Israeli Wars

Series of wars and territorial conflicts between Israel and various Arab states in the Middle East since the founding of the state of Israel in May 1948. These include the war of 1948 - 1949, the 1956 Suez War between Israel and Egypt, the Six-Day War of 1967, in which Israel captured territory from Syria(...)

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