Abbie Hoffman

1 9 3 6 - 1 9 8 9 Abbott "Abbie" Hoffman was a US left-wing political activist, and founder of the Yippies (Youth International Party), a political offshoot of the hippies. He was also a member of the Chicago Seven, a radical group tried for attempting to disrupt the 1968 Democratic Convention. Hoffman was(...)


Abigail became the undisputed Number One female sex symbol in Australia during the 1970's, primarily as a result of her playing Bev Houghton in the controversial TV series Number 96. As the virtuous, smouldering Bev she revealed a glimpse of breast and a slash of buttock, but her male fans had to wait until July(...)

Abominable Snowman

During the 1950s and 1960s fascination with the Abominable Snowman (or Yeti) reached fever pitch. The Himalayan half man, half ape joined the Loch Ness Monster and the American northwest's 'Bigfoot' as the most popular mythical legends. To the native Sherpa tribe of the Eurasian Himalaya mountain region, the Abominable Snowman was a religious figure(...)

Alan Bond

This English-born Australian entrepreneur was chair of the Bond Corporation from 1969 until 1990 during the years when its aggressive takeover strategy gave the company interests in brewing, the media, mining, and retailing. In 1983 Bond led a syndicate that sponsored the winning yacht in the America's Cup race. By 1988 the Bond Corporation could(...)

Alec Douglas-Home

Alexander Frederick Douglas-Home served as Prime Minister for a year from October 1963 to October 1964. He became famous for a series of records. He was the last member of the House of Lords to be appointed Prime Minister, the only Prime Minister to resign from the Lords and contest a by-election to enter the(...)

Allen Ginsberg

1 9 2 6 - 1 9 9 7 US poet and political activist. His reputation as a visionary, overtly political poet was established by Howl (1956), which expressed and shaped the spirit of the Beat Generation and criticised the materialism of contemporary US society. Ginsberg - like many of his generation of poets - found his(...)

Allen Klein

Allen Klein was born in Newark on 18 December 1931 and spent several years in an orphanage after his mother's death during his infancy. He was later raised by a grandmother and an aunt. He graduated from Upsala College and served in the US Army before joining a Manhattan accounting firm. He eventually started his(...)

Andy Warhol

Andy Warhol, the high priest of Pop Art, presented everyday images, from soup cans to celebrity photos, as high art, in repetitious silkscreen reproductions. His preoccupation with the popular led to his famed remark that "in the future everybody will be world-famous for fifteen minutes". Andrew Warhola was born in Newport, Rhode Island, of Czechoslovakian parents.(...)

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(...)

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(...)

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.(...)

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(...)

Arthur Scargill

British trade-union leader. Elected president of the National Union of Miners (NUM) in 1981, he embarked on a collision course with the Conservative government of Margaret Thatcher. The damaging miners' strike of 1984 - 1985 split the miners' movement. Born in Leeds, Scargill became a miner on leaving school and was soon a trade-union and(...)

Astrid Kirchherr

Astrid Kirchherr

Astrid Kirchherr is best known for her striking photos of The Beatles taken during their first stay in Hamburg, which were later reproduced around the world. Ironically, though, people would probably be more familiar with the photographs than they would with the photographer's name. In a sense, it could be said that The Beatles' success overshadowed Kirchherr's(...)

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