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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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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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Thomas Paine (1737–1809) by John Wesley Jarvis, c. 1806–7 Gift of Marian B. Maurice, Photograph © 2004 Board of Trustees, National Gallery of Art, Washington

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Paine, Thomas (1737–1809), author and revolutionary, was born in Thetford, Norfolk, on 29 January 1737, the first of two children of Joseph Pain (1708–1787), stay-maker and tenant farmer, and Frances Cocke (1697–c.1790), daughter of Thomas Cocke, attorney and town clerk of ...