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1 9 2 8 – 1 9 6 7 Che Ernesto Guevara was born in Rosario, Argentina, and trained there as a doctor, but left his homeland in 1953 because…

Englishwoman Christine Keeler became notorious in 1963 after revelations of affairs with both a Soviet attaché and the war minister John Profumo, who resigned after admitting lying to the House…

Since its foundation in 1958, CND, a non-party-political British organisation advocating the abolition of nuclear weapons, has sought unilateral British initiatives to help start – and subsequently to accelerate -…

On 15 June 1992, US vice president Dan Quayle instructed a student to spell ‘potato’ by adding an ‘e’ to the end during a spelling bee arranged as a photo…

Daniel Ortega Saavedra left law studies at the Central American University in Managua at the age of 18 to join the Marxist Sandinista Liberation Front (FSLN) and soon became head…

1 8 8 6 – 1 9 7 3 Israeli statesman and socialist politician. He was one of the founders of the state of Israel and the country’s first prime…

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,…

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…

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. As an 11-year-old she landed her…

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…

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…

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…

Donald Campbell – the son of Sir Malcolm Campbell who broke the world land speed record nine times between 1924 and 1935 in a succession of cars named Bluebird -…

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…

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…

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,…

Eddie Kidd started his motorcycle stunt career at the age of fourteen and was only 18 years old when he jumped 13 double-decker buses in 1978. Eddie broke a further…

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…

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…

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,…