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Bandaranaike, Solomon West Ridgeway Dias (1899–1959), prime minister of Ceylon, was born on 8 January 1899 at the family home in Horagolla, Veyangoda, the only son of Sir Solomon Dias Bandaranaike (1862–1946) and his wife, Daisy Ezline, daughter of Sir Solomon Christoffel Obeyesekere...

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Solomon West Ridgeway Dias Bandaranaike (1899–1959) by Kenneth J. Somanade, 1959 Getty Images – Kenneth J. Somanade

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Clark, Raymond [Ossie] (1942–1996), fashion designer, was born on 9 June 1942 at 107 Rice Lane, Walton Park, Liverpool, the youngest of the six children of Samuel Duncan Clark, a storesman in the Royal Navy victualling department, and his wife, Ann Grace Williams...

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Raymond Clark (1942–1996) by David Hockney, 1970–71 [Mr and Mrs Clark and Percy] © David Hockney / Tate, London, 2004

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Lawrence George Durrell (1912–1990) by Mark Gerson, 1968 © Mark Gerson; collection National Portrait Gallery, London

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Durrell, Lawrence George (1912–1990), novelist and poet, was born on 27 February 1912 at Jullundur in the Punjab, India, the first of the five children of Lawrence Samuel Durrell (1884–1928), a civil engineer then with the railway system, and his wife, Louisa Florence Dixie (1884–1964)...

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Goff, Helen Lyndon [pseuds. P. L. Travers, Pamela Lyndon Travers] (1899–1996), children's writer, was born on 9 August 1899 in Maryborough, Queensland, Australia. She was the first of the three children of Travers Robert Goff (1863–1907), a London-born bank manager (later demoted to a clerk), and ...

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Helen Lyndon Goff (1899–1996) by Jane Bown, pubd 1982 © Jane Bown

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Hearn, (Patricio) Lafcadio Carlos [Yakumo Koizumi] (1850–1904), author and translator, was born on the Ionian island of Santa Maura, Greece, on 27 June 1850, the eldest surviving child of Surgeon-Major Charles Bush Hearn (d. 1866), later of the East India Company...

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Koizumi, Gunji (1885–1965), judo master and oriental art expert, was born into a Buddhist family on 8 July 1885 in Komatsuka Oaza, Takadamura (later Edosakimachi), Inashiki Gun, Ibaraki province, Japan, a village about 20 miles north of Tokyo. He was the second son of ...

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Lincoln, Ignatius Timotheus Trebitsch [formerly Ignácz Trebitsch; name in religion Chao Kung] (1879–1943), political adventurer, was born in Paks, Hungary, on 4 April 1879, the second son of Nathan Trebitsch (d. 1899), a merchant, and his wife, Julia, née Freund (...

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Ernst Friedrich Schumacher (1911–1977) by Sophie Baker © Sophie Baker

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Schumacher, Ernst Friedrich [Fritz] (1911–1977), economist and writer, was born in Bonn, Germany, on 16 August 1911, the third of the five children of Hermann Albert Schumacher (1868–1952), professor of economics at Bonn and Berlin universities, and his wife, Edith Zitelmann (1884–1975). Having been educated at the ...