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Brendan Rendall Bracken, Viscount Bracken (1901–1958) by unknown photographer, 1941 © reserved; collection Science & Society Picture Library; photograph National Portrait Gallery, London

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Bracken, Brendan Rendall, Viscount Bracken (1901–1958), politician and publisher, was born on 15 February 1901 at Church Street, Templemore, co. Tipperary, the second son and third of the four children of Joseph Kevin Bracken (1852–1904), builder and monumental mason, and his second wife, ...

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Fox, Henry Edward, fourth Baron Holland of Holland and fourth Baron Holland of Foxley (1802–1859), diarist and diplomatist, was born on 7 March 1802 at Holland House, Kensington. He was the only surviving legitimate son of Henry Richard Fox, third Baron Holland (1773–1840)...

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Grieve, Sir Robert (1910–1995), town planner and public servant, was born on 11 December 1910 at 61 Springbank Street, Glasgow, the son of Peter Paxton Grieve (1886–1960), soldier, and his wife, Catherine, née Boyle (1886–1950). His greatest influences were his mother ('...

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Hyde, Douglas Arnold (1911–1996), journalist and political activist, was born on 8 April 1911 at 43 Queen Street, Worthing, Sussex, the son of Gerald Hyde, a pastry cook and confectioner, and his wife, Alice Emily, née Shill, a dressmaker and milliner, who later became a journalist. After living in ...

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Brian Paschal Keenan (1941–2008) by Martin McCullough, 1999 Martin McCullough / Rex Features

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Keenan, Brian Paschal (1941–2008), Irish republican activist, was born on 17 July 1941 in Dysert, Draperstown, co. Londonderry, the son of Henry Keenan, an accountant then serving as a warrant officer in the RAF and stationed at RAF Pocklington, Yorkshire, and his wife, ...

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MacLysaght, Edward Anthony Edgeworth [Ned] (1887–1986), historian and Irish nationalist, was born on 6 November 1887 at Flax Bourton near Nailsea, Somerset, the elder of two sons of Sidney Royse Lysaght (1856–1941) and his wife, Kathrine (c.1860–1953), youngest daughter of Joseph Clarke...

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Joshua Mqabuko Nyongolo Nkomo (1917–1999) by Andrew Wilson, c. 1962 Getty Images – Andrew Wilson

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Nkomo, Joshua Mqabuko Nyongolo (1917–1999), politician in Rhodesia and Zimbabwe, was born on 19 June 1917 at Tshimale, a mission station in the Semokwe ‘native reserve’, Malobo district, south of Bulawayo, Southern Rhodesia, the third among the eight children of parents who worked for the ...

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Papineau, Louis-Joseph (1786–1871), politician in Canada, was born on 7 October 1786 in Montreal, Lower Canada, the eldest of the ten children of Joseph Papineau (1752–1841), a surveyor and notary, and his wife, Rosalie Cherrier. Papineau's great-grandfather settled in New France in the late seventeenth century, but the family remained comparatively humble until his father married into the influential ...

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Skeffington, Francis Sheehy- (1878–1916), women's rights activist and pacifist, was born on 23 December 1878 in Bailieborough, co. Cavan, and christened Francis Joseph Christopher Skeffington, the only child of Joseph Bartholomew (J. B.) Skeffington (1847–1919), scholar and teacher, and his wife, Rose Magorian (1829–1909)...