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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...

Abigail

Abigail became the undisputed Number One female sex symbol in Australia during the 1970s, primarily as a result of her playing Bev Houghton in the controversial TV series Number 96. As the virtuous, smouldering Bev she...

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...

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...

Alec Douglas-Home

Alexander Frederick Douglas-Home served as British Prime Minister for one 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...

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...

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...

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...

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...

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...

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...

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...

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...

Arthur Scargill

Born in Barnsley, South Yorkshire, Arthur Scargill became a miner on leaving school and was soon a trade union and political activist in the Young Communist League (1955 to 1962), and then in the Labour...

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...

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...

Ayatollah Khomeini

Trained as a Muslim theologian, Ayatollah Ruhollah 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...

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...

Barbara Windsor

Barbara Ann Deeks was born in Shoreditch, London, in 1937 - the only child of John Deeks, a costermonger, and his wife, Rose, a dressmaker. She was evacuated to Blackpool during WWII and after completing school,...

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...

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12-Inch Remixes

In the 1980s, if you liked a song you went out and bought the single on 7-inch vinyl. If you loved it you went out and bought the 12-inch version instead. This was an exciting innovation in popular...

16 Magazine

Founded in late 1958 by George Winters, 16 magazine set the standard for all teen magazines. many imitators popped up over the years, and 16 withstood some pretty stiff competition but always remained true to its beginnings. 16 was never the...

2-XL

The 2-XL was a "robot with a personality" manufactured and released by Mego Corp. in 1978. This small 'talking' robot came complete with an 8-track cartridge and a voice that sounded like Lou Costello. On the box,...

3-D Movies

Stereoscopic films had been around since the 1920s, but the 1950s was unquestionably the golden age of 3-D, with excited teenagers flocking to the cinema to see such classic fare as The House Of Wax (1953),...

60s Speak

THE BAWL GAME Baby-sitting. Self explanatory really. BOSS We know who the boss is.... Bruce Springsteen, of course. And as a verb, it means to order someone around - But in the early 60s "boss" was an adjective....