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Bukht, (Mirza) Michael John [pseud. Michael Barry] (1941–2011), broadcasting executive, television presenter, and cookery writer, was born on 10 September 1941 at Ynysarwed Farm, Resolven, Glamorgan, the elder son of Mirza Jawan Bukht (1908–1973), an Indian (later a Pakistani) diplomat, and his wife, ...

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Jallow, Momadou Ebrima (1928–1987), trade unionist and Gambian nationalist, was born on 15 June 1928 to parents of mixed Fula, Serahuli, and Wolof stock in Georgetown, McCarthy Island division, in the British protectorate of the Gambia. He later moved to the capital, Bathurst (...

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Mahomed, Deen [formerly Deen Mahomet] (1759–1851), shampooing surgeon and restaurateur, was born Deen Mahomet in May 1759, in Patna, Bihar, India, the younger son of an Indian officer in the East India Company's Bengal army. Both parents were Shi'i Muslims claiming descent from ...

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Picton, Cesar [Caesar] (1754/5–1836), coal merchant, was a native of Senegal who was brought to England in 1761 at the age of six to be presented, along with a parakeet and a duck, to Sir John Philipps, sixth baronet, of Norbiton Place, Kingston, Surrey...

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Selim Aga (c. 1826–1875), freed slave, autobiographer, and explorer, was born in the Muslim kingdom of Taquali, in the Nuba Mountains of Sudan, about 1826. The son of a prosperous farmer, he was destined to inherit the family property, but about the age of nine or ten, while tending his father's sheep, he was captured by raiding Arab slavers. After much ill-treatment and being sold to various masters he was transported over ...