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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...

John F Kennedy

1 9 1 7 - 1 9 6 3 Born in 1917, John Fitzgerald Kennedy was the second son of a millionaire Democrat power-broker, Joseph...

Nikita Khrushchev

1 8 9 4 - 1 9 7 1 A coal miner's son from Kalinovka, Ukraine, Nikita Khrushchev became involved in trade union activities during...

Fallout Shelters

As the 1950s dawned, a Communist attack seemed imminent. The Russians had grabbed Berlin and in 1949 had successfully tested their own A-bomb. China had...

Cuban Missile Crisis

In 1959 a revolution took place in Cuba and Fidel Castro came to power. He introduced a Soviet-style government on the island and he...

Collapse of Communism

The founders of communism promised a new kind of state based on fairness and equality. Under the leadership of Leonid Brezhnev, Soviet communism moved a long...

Cold War

The term ''Cold War'' was first used by Bernard Baruch, advisor to US President Truman, in a speech made in April 1947. He spoke about...

Berlin Wall

In 1945, at the end of WWII, Germany was divided into a Soviet Zone in the East, and British, French and American Zone in...

Bay of Pigs

Fidel Castro overthrew the US-backed Batista dictatorship in January 1959 to take control of Cuba, and in 1960 he took over US oil refineries in...

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Mr Belvedere

1 9 8 5 - 1 9 9 0 (USA) 117 x 30 minute episodes Sports columnist George Owens (played by real-life sportscaster Bob Uecker) and his...

He Knows You’re Alone (1980)

Making his movie debut in this low-budget slasher flick in 1980, the then-twentysomething Tom Hanks was a few years away from turning into a...

Benji (1974)

In 1974, amidst The Towering Inferno, Earthquake, another Godfather movie and two comedy classics from Mel Brooks (Blazing Saddles and YoungFrankenstein), a little low-budget family film starring a scruffy dog snuck...

Lost Islands, The

1 9 7 6 (Australia) 26 x 30 minute episodes A group of five school children (Tony from Australia, Mark from America, David from England, Anna...

Dismissal, The

1 9 8 3 (Australia) 3 x 120 minute episodes Like other momentous world events - for example, the assassination of JFK - the sacking of Gough Whitlam as Australian Prime...

Godfather, The (1972)

On the basis of the first hundred pages of The Godfather, Mario Puzo was paid $80,000 to finish the novel. By the time the film was...

Ice Cream/Iced Lollies

Ice lollies and choc ices on sticks became a major market during the 1960s. In the UK these were mostly produced by Walls and Lyons...

You’ve Got Mail (1998)

You've Got Mail stars Meg Ryan and Tom Hanks as rivals - she owns a small bookshop, he runs a greedy chain - who fall...