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The commentary of former CBS Evening News anchorman Walter Cronkite defined issues and events in America for almost two decades. Cronkite, whom a major poll once named the “most trusted…

Wendy Emerton – later to take the stage name Richard – was born in Middlesbrough on 20 July 1943. Later, her parents moved to London to manage a Mayfair pub,…

1 9 0 8 – 1 9 8 8 McMahon was born in Sydney, Australia. He graduated in law and economics from Sydney University and was a socially prominent solicitor…

On his 75th birthday Churchill had said, “I am ready to meet my Maker. Whether my Maker is prepared for the ordeal of meeting me is another matter”. Over three…

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 young white man from Brooklyn…

Born Muhammad Abed Ar’ouf Arafat. Palestinian nationalist politician, cofounder of al-Fatah in 1957, president of the Palestinian Authority, and leader of the Palestine Liberation Organisation (PLO) from 1969. In the…

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 Arab-Israeli Wars (he also served…

The ‘Yorkshire Ripper’ killings started in July 1975 and continued until November 1980, during which time 13 women were murdered in the north of England by a Jack The Ripper-style…

What rich 1980s white-collar workers were called in the decade when the western world revelled in unapologetic materialism. Yuppies (an acronym for “Young Urban Professionals”) ostentatiously stocked their New York-style…

1 9 3 4 – 1 9 6 8 Yuri Gagarin literally rocketed to fame when he became the first man in space in April 1961. Strapped into a tiny…

French fashion designer Yves Henri Donat Mathieu-Saint-Laurent was born in 1936 in French Algeria. At the age of 17, Saint Laurent moved to Paris and enrolled at the Chambre Syndicale…

Cheri-Jo Bates walked from her campus library into the darkness towards her car. The battery was flat. A man appeared and offered to help her. He tinkered with the engine but…