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Yoko Ono

Born in Japan on 13 February 1933, Yoko Ono finished her education in the USA and became a well-known figure during the 1960s in...

Yitzhak Rabin

Israeli Labour politician and prime minister from 1974 to 1977 and 1992 to 1995. As a former soldier, Rabin was a national hero in the...

Wolfman Jack

1 9 3 9 - 1 9 9 5 With the on-air cool of Alan Freed and the smokestack growl of Howlin' Wolf, Robert Weston Smith - a...

William McMahon

1 9 0 8 - 1 9 8 8 McMahon was born in Sydney, Australia. He graduated in law and economics from Sydney University and...

Lech Walesa

Carpenter's son Lech Walesa grew up in a small village west of Warsaw. While his parents were visiting relatives in America in 1973, his...

Vivienne Westwood

Original and outrageous, British designer Vivienne Westwood is one of the most recognised and influential designers of the late twentieth century. By her mid twenties,...

Valerie Leon

The main job of British movie dolly birds in the 60s and 70s was to be passive objects for the likes of Sid James...

Unabomber

The Unabomber, so named because he originally targeted universities and airlines in his terrorist campaign, killed three men and injured 23 others in 16 attacks...

Twiggy

Twiggy's success story began in 1965 when Nigel Davies – a jack-of-all-trades who had worked as a bookie's office boy, amateur boxer, antique salesman,...

Desmond Tutu

Born in 1931, Desmond Tutu taught until 1957 when he trained for the Anglican ministry. He took an MA in theology in the UK...

Harry S Truman

1 8 8 4 - 1 9 7 2 Born in Lamar, Missouri, Harry Truman farmed his parents' land near Independence, Missouri, for 12 years....

Timothy Leary

"Turn On, Tune In, Drop Out" From 1960 onwards, while teaching psychology at Harvard, Timothy Leary began experimenting with drugs on prison inmates and then...

Ted Bundy

American serial killer Theodore Robert Bundy was born illegitimately, and his grandparents tried to hide the fact by pretending that his mother was his...

John Stonehouse

At the beginning of 1976 Stonehouse was on bail awaiting trial and still attending the House of Commons as Labour MP for Walsall North....

Son Of Sam

The murder of Donna Lauria on 29 July 1976 was one of around 20,000 murders in the US that year and did not merit...

Sabrina

Sabrina (real name Norma Sykes) drove British men to distraction in the 1950s with her version of the fuller figure. With vital statistics of...

Russ Meyer

The Wizard of Bras hasn't made a new film since the 1979 pec-tacular Beneath The Valley Of The Ultra-Vixens. But the Master of Melondrama has a...

Rosa Parks

On 1 December 1955, in Montgomery, Alabama, a black woman named Rosa Parks insisted on sitting in the front of a bus. The segregation laws...

Princess Diana

1 9 6 1 - 1 9 9 7 Diana Frances Spencer was born in Sandringham, Norfolk in 1961. Her father, Lord Althorp, became the 8th...

Georges Pompidou

1 9 1 1 - 1 9 7 4 Georges Jean Raymond Pompidou trained as a teacher at the Ecole Normale Supérieure (he was himself...

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Wigan Casino

After several rumours of licences not being renewed, battles with the police and the drugs squad and many other problems, it was ultimately none...

Dr Jack Kevorkian

Jacob "Jack" Kevorkian was born in Pontiac, Michigan, to Armenian immigrants. In 1952 he graduated from the University of Michigan Medical School in Ann Arbor. In...

Shoulder Pads

Back in the 1980s women not only wanted to be powerful - they wanted to look powerful also. So they bolstered their feminine frames with American Football-style shoulder...

Nguyen Van Thieu

1 9 0 5 - 2 0 0 1 President of South Vietnam between 1967 and 1975. He headed the South Vietnamese government during the...

Hip-Pocket Records

The Hip-Pocket Record was introduced by Philco, the electronics division of the Ford Motor Company in the US in 1967. 41 Hip-Pocket Records were issued...

John F Kennedy

1 9 1 7 - 1 9 6 3 Born in 1917, John Fitzgerald Kennedy was the second son of a millionaire Democrat power-broker, Joseph...