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People in the News
Before 1990

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People in the News: Before 1990

US TV journalist, held hostage by Hezbollah in Beirut from 1985 to 1991 Click to show or hide the answer
Controversial US 'televangelist': sentenced to 45 years in jail, and fined $500,000 (later reduced to 8 years in jail) for fraud and conspiracy, in 1988; also settled out of court with Jessica Hahn, who accused him and a colleague of drugging and raping her when she worked as a secretary at his church Click to show or hide the answer
Soviet ballet dancer (born Riga, Latvia 1948), defected in Canada 1974 Click to show or hide the answer
Commons 'researcher' linked in 1989 with Andrew Neill, Donald Trelford, Colin Moynihan and Mark Phillips Click to show or hide the answer
Italian banker found hanging from Blackfriars Bridge, 1982 Click to show or hide the answer
Director of Architecture for the Festival of Britain (1951) Click to show or hide the answer
Judge who said of Jeffrey Archer's wife Mary, when instructing the jury in Archer's 1987 libel case, "Has she elegance? Has she fragrance? Would she have … radiance?" (In other words: why would Archer sleep with a prostitute when he has a wife like this?) Click to show or hide the answer
Claimed in 1980 that her 9–week–old daughter Azaria had been snatched by a dingo; jailed for life, then acquitted on appeal Click to show or hide the answer
Prostitute in the Jeffrey Archer libel case, 1987 Click to show or hide the answer
British frogman who disappeared in suspicious circumstances, 1956, near visiting Russian ships at Portsmouth Click to show or hide the answer
Nazi war criminal captured by Israelis in Argentina, 1960 Click to show or hide the answer
Sat on the Queen's bed in 1982 Click to show or hide the answer
WPC shot dead outside the Libyan People's Bureau in 1984 Click to show or hide the answer
Oliver North's secretary during Irangate (1986) Click to show or hide the answer
Democrat whose presidential campaign ended in 1987 after an affair with 29–year–old model Donna Rice Click to show or hide the answer
US newspaper heiress, kidnapped by the Symbionese Liberation Army, 1974; grew to sympathise with her captors, was convicted of bank robbery and sentenced to jail Click to show or hide the answer
Epidemic that killed about 20 million people in 1918/9 Click to show or hide the answer
Soviet Naval Attaché and 'bed partner' of Christine Keeler Click to show or hide the answer
Instigated a mass suicide in Guyana, 1978 Click to show or hide the answer
Cecil Parkinson's secretary, who had his illegitimate child – leading to his resignation in 1983 Click to show or hide the answer
Call girl with whom John Profumo had a brief affair, leading to his political downfall (see Eugene Ivanov) Click to show or hide the answer
Edward Kennedy's passenger, drowned at Chappaquiddick in 1969 Click to show or hide the answer
Gained a First in maths at Oxford, 1985, aged 13 Click to show or hide the answer
Policeman held hostage in the Iranian Embassy, 1980; later awarded the George Medal Click to show or hide the answer
Obscure civil servant, read official press releases during the Falklands War Click to show or hide the answer
Chairman of the National Coal board during the 1982–3 miners' strike Click to show or hide the answer
Tragic Danish circus performer, d. 1899; subject of a 1967 Swedish film, famous for its use of the Andante from Mozart's 21st piano concerto Click to show or hide the answer
Bulgarian dissident writer and BBC World Service journalist, murdered in London (near Blackfriars Bridge) with a poisoned pellet fired from an umbrella, 1978 Click to show or hide the answer
Sri Lankan activist: claimed sancturary in a church in Hulme, Manchester, from 1986 to 1989 Click for more information Click to show or hide the answer
Resigned from the 1971 Booker Prize judging panel over "too much sex" in the entries Click to show or hide the answer
US Army colonel convicted of supplying arms to the Iran Contras (1986) Click to show or hide the answer
Voted not to join the EEC in 1972, prompting the resignation of its government Click to show or hide the answer
21–year–old student who set fire to himself in Wenceslaus Square, Prague, Jan 1969, in protest at the Soviet occupation Click to show or hide the answer
New Zealand–born teacher, who died in 1979 (aged 33) from a head injury sustained during an anti–racism demonstration in Southall, Middlesex Click for more information Click to show or hide the answer
US National Security Advisor and Rear Admiral, resigned 1986 over Irangate Click to show or hide the answer
UK civil servant, tried under the OSecrets Act in 1985 for leaking classified information about the sinking of the Argentine warship General Belgrano, during the Falklands War, to the Labour MP Tam Dalyell – but acquitted by the jury Click to show or hide the answer
Pilot of the U2 spy plane shot down over Russia, 1960 Click for more information Click to show or hide the answer
Agony aunt, chosen by the BBC in 1987 to be the first person to demontrate on UK television how to put on a condom Click to show or hide the answer
Times editor, wrote a famous editorial demanding fair treatment for Mick Jagger after his conviction for possessing drugs in 1967 Click to show or hide the answer
29–year–old model whose affair with Gary Hart led to his withdrawal from the Presidential campaign, 1987 Click to show or hide the answer
Model and dancer who shared a flat with Christine Keeler – famous for her quip in court (at the trial of Stephen Ward) when told that Lord Astor denied having had an affair with her: "Well, he would, wouldn't he?" Click to show or hide the answer
Ran topless onto the field at Twickenham during England v. Australia, 1982 Click to show or hide the answer
19–year–old German who landed a Cessna biplane in Red Square, Moscow, 1987 Click to show or hide the answer
Russian physicist and Nobel laureate, released from internment 1987 Click to show or hide the answer
IRA prisoner, died 1981 after a 66–day hunger strike Click to show or hide the answer
Chairman of Guinness who resigned in 1987 as a DTI investigation into the Distillers takeover began Click to show or hide the answer
1979: claimed that Liberal leader Jeremy Thorpe tried to have him shot (because they had had a homosexual affair) after his dog, a Great Dane called Rinka, was shot on Exmoor. Thorpe was tried for attempted murder and conspiracy to murder, but acquitted Click to show or hide the answer
Leader of Newcastle City council, 1960–5; imprisoned for his part in the Poulson scandal Click to show or hide the answer
Won £600,000 libel damages against Private Eye, in 1986, later reduced to £60,000 Click to show or hide the answer
Famously got lost in the Sahara Desert in 1982 Click to show or hide the answer
Civil servant jailed 1983 for leaking news of the deployment of Cruise missiles in Britain to The Guardian Click to show or hide the answer
Housewife on the sharp end of Fanny Cradock's criticism on BBC TV's The Big Time (1976) – leading to the end of Cradock's television career Click to show or hide the answer
Former nuclear technician, convicted of treason in 1986 after revealing details of Israel's nuclear weapons programme to the British press (released in 2004) Click to show or hide the answer
London osteopath, introduced John Profumo to Christine Keeler; charged with living off the avails of prostitution, committed suicide on the last day of his trial Click to show or hide the answer
Dress manufacturer who shot the famous 'home movie' footage of the assassination of John F. Kennedy Click to show or hide the answer

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