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1990s

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People in the News: 1990s

Texas oilfield firefighter, achieved worldwide fame for his exploits from the 1960s to the 1990s (including Piper Alpha in 1988, and following the first Gulf War in 1991) Click to show or hide the answer
Taxman jailed for 5 years for fraud in 1997 Click to show or hide the answer
Nurse, found guilty of murdering four babies at Grantham and Kesteven Hospital, 1993 Click to show or hide the answer
Lost eight babies, in 1996, after refusing to have an abortion Click to show or hide the answer
Blue Peter presenter, sacked in 1998 for having taken drugs Click to show or hide the answer
Found alive on a mortuary slab, January 1996 Click to show or hide the answer
Wishaw butcher at centre of the 1996 E–Coli outbreak Click to show or hide the answer
Won £1 million on Chris Evans's Virgin Radio show, December 1999 Click to show or hide the answer
Journalist hanged in 1990 for allegedly spying in Iraq Click to show or hide the answer
PLO supporter's daughter from whom David Mellor accepted free holidays – leading to his resignation in Sep 1992 (after he survived the da Sancha "affair") Click to show or hide the answer
Essex girl, died after taking ecstasy on her 18th birthday, 1995 Click to show or hide the answer
Won a legal battle for the right to be impregnated by the sperm of her dead husband, 1997/8 Click to show or hide the answer
Belgian footballer who won freedom of contract for EU players, 1995 Click to show or hide the answer
Sheffield clergyman who ran the 'Nine O'Clock Service' – defrocked for 'extra–mural activities', 1996 Click to show or hide the answer
Prostitute, of committing a lewd act with whom Hugh Grant was convicted (1995) Click to show or hide the answer
Photographed kissing the Duchess of York's toes in 1992 Click to show or hide the answer
British yachtsman rescued from Southern Ocean by HMAS Adelaide, 1997 Click to show or hide the answer
Died in Arles, France, 1997, aged 122 – the oldest confirmed person ever Click to show or hide the answer
Settled out of court with Michael Jackson, in 1994, after alleging sexual abuse Click to show or hide the answer
Chief Prosecutor in the O. J. Simpson trial (1995) Click to show or hide the answer
British Private soldier, imprisoned for life in 1995 for shooting a civilian in Northern Ireland Click to show or hide the answer
O. J. Simpson's chief defence attorney: told the jury "If it doesn't fit, you must acquit" (1995 – died in 2005, aged 67) Click to show or hide the answer
13–yr–old Essex girl, married an 18–yr–old Turk, January 1996 Click to show or hide the answer
French prime minister 1991–2: alleged that a large proportion of English men were homosexual Click to show or hide the answer
Lottery regulator, not sacked for accepting free flights from GTEC, 1995 Click to show or hide the answer
Parliamentary 'researcher' with whom David Mellor admitted in July 1992 to having had an affair Click to show or hide the answer
UNICEF worker shot dead in Somalia, Jan 1993 – subject of the film The dying of the light Click to show or hide the answer
Former US presidential candidate, took part in adverts for viagra following its approval for sale in 1998 Click to show or hide the answer
Former chief aide to Peter Mandelson and Daily Express columnist, at the centre of the 'cash for access' row (1998) Click to show or hide the answer
Glenn Hoddle's "faith healer" (1998 World Cup) Click to show or hide the answer
Egyptian owner of Harrods department store, who in 1994 accused parliamentary lobbyist Ian Greer of paying MPs Neil Hamilton and Tim Smith to table parliamentary questions on his behalf at £2,000 a time Click for more information Click to show or hide the answer
Night club singer, claimed in 1992 (during his Presidential campaign) to have had a long–term affair with Bill Clinton; after initially denying it, he admitted it in 1998 Click to show or hide the answer
British yachtsman awarded the Legion d'Honneur, 1997, for rescuing a French ditto Click to show or hide the answer
Shot dead sixteen children and one teacher, then himself, in the Primary School at Dunblane, near Stirling, 1996 Click to show or hide the answer
Army officer and riding instructor with whom Diana, Prince of Wales, admitted adultery (1995) Click to show or hide the answer
US special envoy, negotiated with Slobodan Milosevic 1998–9 Click to show or hide the answer
British–born murderer, executed in Georgia USA, April 1995 Click to show or hide the answer
Arkansas state employee, accused Bill Clinton of sexual harassment (1994) Click to show or hide the answer
Northern Irish teacher at the American University of Beirut, held hostage 1986–90 Click to show or hide the answer
14–year old who ran away to Singapore, February 1995, on his 59–year–old father's passport and credit card Click to show or hide the answer
African–American man, beaten with batons by Los Angeles police in 1991 – subsequent acquittal of the officers (despite filmed evidence) resulted in riots Click to show or hide the answer
Branch Davidian Sect, Waco Texas – mass suicide 1993 under CIA siege – leader Click to show or hide the answer
London Headmaster fatally stabbed outside his school, December 1995 Click to show or hide the answer
Dealer blamed for the collapse of Barings Bank, 1995 Click to show or hide the answer
Former TV executive, sacked by Michael Howard as head of prison service, Oct 1995; received £215,000 compensation for wrongful dismissal, 1996 Click to show or hide the answer
Russian TV presenter and executive, shot dead outside his apartment, 1995 Click to show or hide the answer
Appeared on TV with Saddam Hussein, 1990, aged 5 Click to show or hide the answer
First female firefighter killed in action in Britain (1996) Click to show or hide the answer
Britain's longest–held hostage in Beirut – 1986–91 (journalist) Click to show or hide the answer
32–year–old who went back to school as Brandon Lee, 1995 Click to show or hide the answer
Convicted 1979 of the murder of Lord Mountbatten; released 1998 under the terms of the Good Friday Agreement Click to show or hide the answer
John McCarthy's fiancée, campaigned for Government action to secure his release from captivity in Beirut 1986–91 Click to show or hide the answer
Chairman of Polly Peck, fled to Cyprus 1993 to escape a court case – still lives there (2009) and is still wanted by British authorities Click to show or hide the answer
Lead singer of Chumbawamba, poured cold water over John Prescott at the 1998 Brit Awards ceremony Click to show or hide the answer
Former MP and Times columnist, 'outed' Peter Mandelson on BBC2's Newsnight, 1998 Click to show or hide the answer
Fan of Steffi Graf who stabbed Monica Seles (then the world's no. 1) while she was playing a match in the WTA Hamburg tournament, April 1993 Click to show or hide the answer
Driver of the car in which Princess Diana and Dodie Al Fayed were killed (1997); also killed Click to show or hide the answer
Computer virus writer, nicknamed The Black Baron, arrested 1995 Click to show or hide the answer
British businessman – Chief Executive of the jewellery retailer that bore his family's name: became a textbook example of how not to talk about your business, in 1991, when he described some of their goods as "total crap"; also described a pair of earrings as "cheaper than a prawn sandwich from Marks & Spencer, but I have to say the earrings probably won't last as long" Click to show or hide the answer
Swedish–born packaging manufacturer, named Britain's richest resident 1999 Click to show or hide the answer
Bodyguard who survived the car crash that killed Princess Diana and Dodie Al Fayed (1997) Click to show or hide the answer
Former Eurovision Song Contest winner, stood for President of Ireland 1997 Click to show or hide the answer
Crystal Palace fan attacked by Eric Cantona after the latter was sent off (1995) Click to show or hide the answer
Camelot director successfully sued for libel by Richard Branson, 1998 Click to show or hide the answer
Replaced Willy Claes as secretary–general of NATO, 1995 Click to show or hide the answer
Owned up in 1993 (aged 90) to having perpetrated the 1933 Loch Ness Monster hoax Click to show or hide the answer
1996: fifth person to be granted honorary US citizenship, and only the second (after Winston Churchill) in her lifetime Click to show or hide the answer
Recorded telephone conversations in which Monica Lewinsky confided about her affair with President Clinton – handed them over to lawyer Kenneth Starr, 1998, in exchange for immunity from prosecution Click to show or hide the answer
Fashion designer, shot dead in Miami in 1997 – one of at least five victims of 'spree killer' Andrew Cunanan Click to show or hide the answer
Archbishop of Canterbury's special envoy, kidnapped in Beirut 1987 and held until 1991 Click to show or hide the answer
British tourist, murdered in a Kenyan game reserve 1998 Click to show or hide the answer
Loyalist terrorist, shot dead in the Maze prison, 1997 Click to show or hide the answer

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