Delvene Delaney

Born in Mackay, Queensland, on 26 August 1951, Delvene Delaney found stardom as "the sheila" on The Paul Hogan Show in the 1970s. As a teen she had been a  photographer's assistant, then a Brisbane TV weather girl, a nanny-cum-cashier-cum-choreographer on a cruise ship, and even a Playboy bunny in London. Back home in Australia she made(...)

Denis Healey

Born in Keighley, Yorkshire in 1917, Denis Winston Healey was educated at Bradford Grammar School and Balliol College, Oxford. He served in the army during World War II and became Labour MP for Southeast Leeds in 1952. From 1945 to 1952 he was secretary of the international department of the Labour Party and from 1952(...)

Denise Drysdale

Australia's most famous Go-Go dancer, Denise Drysdale's name was actually spelt with a 'c' (Denice) but she changed the spelling during her school years. Denise was only 19 when she first went to Vietnam to entertain the Aussie troops stationed over there. She went in 1967, as part of a government-sponsored trip. Denise and Patti McGrath (now(...)

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 in 1966, and on his return to South Africa became a lecturer in theology at Lesotho University. He was appointed Dean of Johannesburg in 1975 and Bishop of Lesotho (1976 -(...)

Diana Dors

Diana Dors

Diana Dors was born in Swindon, Wiltshire in 1931 with the unfortunate surname of Fluck (oh those rhyming slang jokes must have jarred). She once quipped, “They asked me to change my name. I suppose they were afraid that if my real name was in lights and one of the lights blew . . .”(...)

Disc Jockeys

In Britain, Radio 1 and Top of the Pops began in the Sixties, but by 1970 the Disc Jockeys (or DJ's) had been elevated to stardom, and many were household names; Tony Blackburn, David 'Diddy' Hamilton, Alan 'Fluff' Freeman, Dave Lee Travis, Noel Edmonds and Jimmy Saville (who moved to television with Jim'll Fix It in 1975). Noel Edmonds(...)

Donald Campbell

In 1964, Campbell broke the world land-speed record at Lake Eyre in South Australia when he drove Bluebird at 403.1 mph.

Dorothy Stratten

  Born Dorothy Ruth Hoogstraten, Dorothy Stratten was a former Dairy Queen waitress from a cowtown in Canada. At the age of 18 she was unhappily married to Paul Snider (aged 29), a sleazy hustler who was managing her career. Snider sent her nude pictures to Playboy, where she featured as Miss August 1979, going on(...)

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 the 1980s, Kevorkian wrote a series of articles for the German journal Medicine and Law that laid out his thinking on the ethics of euthanasia. In June 1990, Dr Kevorkian allowed(...)

Dwight D (Ike) Eisenhower

Dwight David Eisenhower was born on 14 October 1890, at Denison, Texas, the third of seven sons of David Jacob and Ida Elizabeth Stover Eisenhower. The family returned to Abilene, Kansas, in 1892 where Eisenhower graduated from Abilene High School in 1909. After leaving school Eisenhower worked at the Belle Springs Creamery until 1911. Eisenhower(...)

Eddie Kidd

Eddie Kidd was only 18 years old when he jumped 13 double-decker buses on his motorcycle in 1978. Eddie has broken a further eight world records, and he is the only person ever to jump the Great Wall of China on a motorbike. Eddie's career was put on hold after a serious accident while attempting(...)

Edmund Hillary

1 9 1 9 - 2 0 0 8 New Zealand mountaineer. In 1953, with Nepalese Sherpa mountaineer Tenzing Norgay, he reached the summit of Mount Everest, the first to climb the world's highest peak. As a member of the Commonwealth Transantarctic Expedition in 1957 and 1958, he was the first person since R F(...)

Edward Heath

1 9 1 6 - 2 0 0 5 Edward Richard George Heath was born at Broadstairs, Kent, in 1916 and was educated at Chatham House Grammar School, Ramsgate, and Balliol College, Oxford. At university he was active in Conservative politics, and president of the Oxford Union. During World War II he served in the Royal(...)

Edward Kennedy

1 9 3 2 - 2 0 0 9 US Democratic politician Edward Moore Kennedy aided his brothers John and Robert Kennedy in their presidential campaigns of 1960 and 1968, respectively, and entered politics as a senator for Massachusetts in 1962. By 1969 it seemed that the fortunes of the Kennedy dynasty in American politics(...)

Enoch Powell

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