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Jimmy Hill dead at 87 following Alzheimer’s battle

19 December 2015 Jimmy Hill has died aged 87 following a battle with Alzheimer’s. Hill will forever be remembered as one of the most influential figures in English football history, filling a number of different roles during...

Mickey Mantle

Mickey Mantle's illustrious baseball career began in the 1950s when he was a teenage phenomenon out of Commerce, Oklahoma, thrust into the limelight of joining baseball's greatest dynasty. As a player, he had power from both...

Evonne Goolagong

Young newcomer Evonne Goolagong was one month away from her 20th birthday when she scored straight-set victories over Billie Jean King in the semi-finals at Wimbledon, going on to defeat defending champion (and fellow Australian)...

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 - even the man's name was fun to say. Pelé scored 1,090 goals...

Harlem Globetrotters

The exact beginnings of the Harlem Globetrotters are uncertain, although the team considers that their first-ever road game took place on 7 January 1927, in Hinckley, Illinois. In spite of the team’s name, the squad was...

George Best

There is a famous story about George Best after he had won one night at a casino and a bellboy found him in his hotel room drinking champagne with Miss World with £25,000 scattered across...

Muhammad Ali/Cassius Clay

"I am the greatest," claimed Muhammad Ali - and many still consider him to be the finest heavyweight boxer of all time. His catchphrase "float like a butterfly, sting like a bee" exemplified both his style...

Jackie Stewart

Jackie Stewart - The Flying Scotsman - drove an Elf Tyrell In 1973 at Watkins Glen (which was Jackie's 100th Grand Prix) Stewart's teammate Francois Cevert was killed in a terrible accident. Jackie Stewart decided he would...

Nadia Comaneci

Fourteen-year-old Romanian gymnast, Nadia Comaneci, delighted crowds at the 1976 Olympics in Montreal, Canada. She won three gold medals, a silver and a bronze, scoring the first perfect score of 10.00 in Olympic gymnastics - and...

Roller Derby

Roller Derby was born in Chicago during the Depression but didn't achieve national prominence until the advent of television in the late 1940s. In 1949, the National Roller Derby League was formed, and the playoffs...

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Rik Mayall, star of The Young Ones, dies aged 56

9 June 2014 British comedian and actor Rik Mayall has died at home, aged 56. He played obnoxious, poetry-writing anarchist Rick in The Young Ones with his friend Adrian Edmondson. The pair later starred in the sitcom Bottom....

Willy Wonka star Gene Wilder dies at 83

29 August 2016 Gene Wilder died today at his home in Stamford, Connecticut due to complications from Alzheimer’s disease. The 83-year-old comedian and actor had previously been diagnosed with non-Hodgkin’s lymphoma in 1989. Wilder is known and...

Martin Landau, star of Space 1999 and Mission: Impossible, dies aged...

15 July 2017 Martin Landau has died. He was 89, and his death was confirmed by his publicist "following a short hospitalisation". Arguably Landau’s career high point arrived in 1995 when he won the best supporting actor...

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Millie Small: My Boy Lollipop singer dies aged 72

6 May 2020 Jamaican singer Millie Small has died at the age of 72 after suffering a stroke. The star was most famous for her hit single My Boy Lollipop - a song originally recorded by New York...

The Pete Duel Story

To outsiders, it seemed that Pete Duel had everything to live for - a loving girlfriend, a nice home, money and a hit TV series. Yet shortly after 1:25 am on 31 December 1971, this...

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Since I first created Nostalgia Central in 1998, the site has been fortunate to receive a number of favourable mentions in newspapers, magazines and other websites such as the BBC and Yahoo. In the firm...