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1. This British politician was Deputy Prime Minister from October 1951 until April 1955. The Prime Minister of the day, Winston Churchill, retired on health grounds and his deputy succeeded to the premiership. In 1956, a crisis blew up over the Suez Canal in Egypt and his response was regarded as a grave mistake which severely damaged Britain's international status. He resigned in 1957.
2. This English-born actor emigrated to Australia when ten years old. On his return to the UK, he had an affair with Laurence Olivier's wife Vivien Leigh. He died on 14th January 1977 just before receiving the Best Actor Oscar for his performance as Howard Beale, a broadcaster with suicidal tendencies who hears voices in "Network" (1976).
3. This American criminal committed two murders in Utah on the nights of 19th and 20th July 1976. He was executed by firing squad on 17 January 1977.
4. This German scientist was one of the leading rocket engineers during the second world war. His team developed the A-4 rocket (later renamed the V2) which caused significant damage to London and terror to the population. After the war, he moved to America. He was given a false employment history and his membership of the Nazi party was expunged from the records so that he could continue his work on rockets, but this time for America.
5. This American pilot was at the centre of an international clash between the US and the Soviet Union in 1960 when the U2 spy-plane he was flying in Soviet air-space was shot down.
6. This American funny man had several brothers. They were the world's most popular comedy team during the 1920's and 1930's. This particular brother was the leader of the group and famous for his cigars, eyebrows and greasepaint moustache.
7. This American actor and singer won a Best Actor Oscar in 1944 for "Going My Way". His songs in the 1930s struck just the right note in the decade of the Great Depression and he became a firm favourite. He made a series of films with a well known comedian who went on to reach 100 years of age. You can bet you will hear his voice singing his best known song every Christmas.
8. This noted South-African anti-apatheid activist founded the 'Black Consciousness Movement'. He was expelled from the University of Natal in 1972 because of his political activities.
9. This American made 31 films as an actor between 1956 and 1969 and an additional two films of concerts. "Concerts?", you ask. Well, while not recognised as a great actor, he could sing a bit.
10. One of the all-time greats of the early Hollywood era, this English actor unusually won a shared Oscar in 1973 for the score of a 1952 film ("Limelight") which was not released in America until 1972. He also won an Honorary Oscar in 1972 "For the incalculable effect he has had in making motion pictures the art form of this century".
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