Avon Ladies

“Ding Dong, Avon Calling” The most successful door-to-door makeup enterprise in history, Avon has been bringing front door service to housewives since 1886. The company was the brainchild of David H. McConnell, a book salesman from New York. An expert travelling salesman, Mr. McConnell used vials of perfume to entice his female customers to open(…)

Ayatollah Khomeini

Trained as a Muslim theologian, Ayatollah Khomeini became the arch-prophet of Islamic fundamentalism in Iran. Bitterly opposed to the Westernised regime of Shah Mohammed Reza Pahlevi, he inspired the revolution that toppled the shah and established strict religious law as the basis of the new Islamic republic. During his long exile in Turkey, Iraq and(…)

Baader-Meinhof (Red Army Faction)

“Baader-Meinhof” became the popular name for the West German left-wing guerrilla group the Rote Armee Fraktion (Red Army Faction), who were active from 1968 against what it perceived as US imperialism. The three main founding members were Andreas Baader (1943 – 1977), Gudrun Ensslin (1940 – 1977), and Ulrike Meinhof (1934 – 1976). The group carried out(…)

Barbara Windsor

During the mid-50s, Barabara Windsor was the singer with Ronnie Scott’s Band for a while. She joined the band as replacement for Annie Ross and apparently spent much of one tour ignoring knocks on her hotel bedroom door each night (though in the case of trumpet star Les Condon she says she rather regretted that(…)

Barney Bubbles

Barney Bubbles is a cult figure among other designers but is barely known outside the field. Unlike contemporaries and followers like Peter Saville, Neville Brody, and Vaughan Oliver there has never been a book published or a museum exhibition of his work. War baby Colin Fulcher was born on 30 July, 1942 in Whitton, Middlesex.(…)


“Don’t fret cat, it’s all bells. We got no bread baby, but that’s not our bag anyway. So dig the crazy scene and don’t be such a drag”. The beats checked out of the idyllic life promised by 1950’s suburbia, making their home in the smoky jazz clubs of the urban utopia. They were the(…)

Bernadette Devlin


‘Bigfoot’ was a major “thing” in the 1970s, explored in numerous documentaries, and imagined on such series as The Six Million Dollar Man and The Bionic Woman.  Sasquatch even starred in his own Saturday morning series, Bigfoot and Wildboy.

Bill Clinton

In 1997 the consequences of two alleged sexual misdemeanours coincided in a nightmare scenario for President Clinton. During a sexual harassment case relating to alleged events while he was governor of Arkansas it emerged that tape recordings existed of White House intern Monica Lewinsky confiding that she had shared a sexual relationship with Clinton. Lewinsky and Clinton(…)

Bill Cosby

William Henry Cosby Jr was born in 1937 in the Mount Airy section of Germantown in Philadelphia. He attended Germantown High School but dropped out of school before he graduated to join the US Navy. After being discharged from the Navy, Cosby – who had earned a GED diploma – attended Temple University in Philadelphia. While(…)

Bill Hayden

Australian Labor politician and leader of the Australian Labor Party between 1977 and 1983, minister of foreign affairs from 1983 to 1988, and Australian governor general from 1989 to 1996. William George Hayden was born in Ipswich, Queensland, the son of an Irish-American sailor. He was educated at Brisbane State High School and served in(…)

Bill Martin and Phil Coulter

When the moody Forever and Ever topped the UK charts for Slik on Valentine’s Day 1976 it completed a remarkable ten years at the top for its writers Bill Martin and Phil Coulter. Their Eurovision songs, Sandie Shaw‘s Puppet On A String and Cliff Richard‘s Congratulations topped the UK charts, as did the England World Cup Squad’s rousing sing-a-long Back(…)

Black Panthers

Black Panthers

The Black Panthers wanted to be the vanguard of a revolution that would create economic, social and political equality across gender and colour lines. Since the non-violent campaign of Martin Luther King had ended in that brave man’s death and little improvement of minority rights, the Panthers saw their only option as one of violence. They preached(…)

Bob Hawke

Born in 1929, Bob Hawke built up a position of great influence in the Australian trade union movement during 20 years with the Australian Council of Trade Unions (ACTU). His 10-year term as the council’s president (1970 – 1980) and his leadership of the Australian Labor Party (1973 – 1978) put him in a strong position(…)

Bobby Kennedy

1 9 2 5 – 1 9 6 8 Younger brother and close associate of John F Kennedy, Robert Kennedy trained as a lawyer, and entered politics as a legal advisor for Senate committees, where he liaised with Senator Joseph McCarthy, and also investigated the illegal activities of Jimmy Hoffa, the Teamsters’ Union leader. In 1960(…)

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