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PLO (Palestine Liberation Organisation)

An Arab organisation founded in 1964 to bring about an independent state in Palestine. It consists of several distinct groupings, the chief of which...

Pelé

Born Edson Arantes do Nascimento, Pelé was Brazil's soccer superstar, and one of the greatest footballers ever. He was fantastic, fabulous and friendly -...

Richard Nixon

1 9 1 3 - 1 9 9 4 Unless you were actually there, it's hard to imagine just how utterly loathed and reviled Richard...

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...

Neville Bonner

Neville Thomas Bonner was the first Aborigine to be elected to Australia's federal parliament. He lived in poverty in the New South Wales outback before...

Nelson Mandela

In the early 1940s a young lawyer named Nelson Mandela established South Africa's first black legal practice. In 1944 he joined the African National Congress...

Moral Majority

In the USA, 1979 was a troubled year. Inflation hit 13.3% - the highest rate in 33 years - thanks to strained relations with...

Moors Murderers

Between 1963 and 1965, Ian Brady and Myra Hindley were responsible for the abduction, sexual abuse, and murder of two children and a 17-year-old...

Moonies

The term "Moonies" was a popular name for followers of the Unification Church - a religious sect founded by Korean industrialist Sun Myung Moon...

Monica Lewinsky

Having spent some $40 million on the convoluted Whitewater real estate scandal, independent counsel Kenneth Starr expanded his inquiry to include allegations that President Clinton had...

Harold Macmillan

Maurice Harold Macmillan was half-American by parentage, the son of a publisher who had raised the family from a humble background. Chelsea-born, he was...

Lew Grade

Ukrainian-born Louis Winogradsky moved to England with his family as a child, settling in the East End of London. Here he took up the...

Lenny Bruce

One of Lenny Bruce's shortest performances came in Sydney (Australia) in 1962, when he walked on to the stage, declared "What a fucking wonderful...

Lee Gordon

American born promoter Lee Gordon arrived in Sydney in 1953, after a chance meeting with an Australian used car salesman, and immediately put his...

Lyndon B Johnson

1 9 0 8 - 1 9 7 3 Lyndon Baines Johnson was born in Stonewall, Texas, and trained as a teacher and lawyer. While working...

Krays, The

Ronald Kray (1933 - 1995) and Reginald Kray (1933- 2000) were twin brothers who ran a criminal Mafia-style operation in the East End of...

Henry Kissinger

Born at Furth in Bavaria in 1923, Kissinger emigrated to the USA in 1938. After work in Germany for army counter-intelligence, he won a...

Kim Philby

  Philby died on 11 May 1988.

Junie Morosi

In Australia in the 1970s, Junie Morosi became the first woman to take the position of Principal Private Secretary to a Senior Federal Minister,...

Professor Julius Sumner Miller

American physicist Professor Julius Sumner Miller was the brilliant and wonderfully mad professor who introduced young Australian television viewers to science with his famous...

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Khmer Rouge

Communist movement in Cambodia (Kampuchea) formed in the 1960s. Controlling the country between 1974 and 1978, the Khmer Rouge was responsible for mass deportations and...

Richardsons, The

Charlie Richardson (born 1934) was a canny businessman - he owned six scrap yards by the age of 22. By the end of the...

Fray Bentos

Steak pie'-in-a-tin. Had a wonderful catchline in the TV ad: "It's Beef! It's Beef!". These days you wouldn't feed it to your dog, but...

Sea Wolf

The hunt was on in 1976’s Sea Wolf, a submarine simulator with realistic sounds (explosions, sonar pings, buzzing motors and more) and a rotating...

Greenpeace

The environmental protest group Greenpeace was founded in Canada in 1971 (it had previously functioned as a group called the Don't Make A Wave...

Beehive Hair

The 1950’s reveled in the outrageous works of art created from hair, and the bubble-like bouffant was teased to even greater height and tamed...