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Kinkel [née Mockel], Johanna (1810–1858), music teacher and exile, was born at 13 Josephstrasse, Bonn, on 8 July 1810. Her father, a schoolmaster, encouraged her musical talent; she was taught piano by Beethoven's instructor, Franz Anton Ries. In 1832 Johanna married a music publisher, ...

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John Ono Lennon (1940–1980) by Annie Leibovitz, 1970 © Annie Leibovitz; collection National Portrait Gallery, London

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Lennon, John Ono (1940–1980), musician, composer, and political activist, was born John Winston Lennon at Oxford Street Maternity Hospital, Liverpool, on 9 October 1940, the only child of Julia Stanley (1914–1958), a cinema usherette, and Alfred (Freddy) Lennon (1912–1976), a merchant seaman. Three half-sisters were born to his mother subsequently, including ...

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Robeson, Paul Leroy (1898–1976), actor, singer, and political activist, was born on 9 April 1898 in Princeton, New Jersey, USA. He was the youngest of five children and fourth son of William Drew Robeson (1845–1918), a former runaway slave and Presbyterian minister, and his wife, ...

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Paul Leroy Robeson (1898–1976) by Madame Yevonde, 1930s © Yevonde Portrait Archive; collection National Portrait Gallery, London