Daniel introduces Robert Kennedy before the American's speech to the National Union of South African Students in Cape Town in 1966

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Geoffrey Perry’s bullet made four neat holes in his quarry’s bottom, into each cheek and out again in turn, and with them a moment in history.

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Professor AH Halsey: Acclaimed sociologist who devoted himself to highlighting inequality in society, especially in the field of education

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Although Robert Demeger played some challenging leading roles, including an acclaimed King Lear for director Deborah Warner early in his career, and went on to cover an impressive range of work on screen and on stage in the West End as well as for both the National Theatre and the Royal Shakespeare Company, he was always happy to describe himself, with characteristic self-deprecation, as "a jobbing actor".

Major Tony Hibbert: Soldier who served in Italy, Africa and Arnhem and who went on to save Kiel from falling into Soviet hands

Tony Hibbert left Marlborough School at 16 to become an apprentice in the family wine and spirits merchants, CG Hibbert. As part of his training he was based in Germany during the early 1930s, where he became alarmed by the militarisation he saw around him. Abandoning his apprenticeship, much to the anger of his father, he returned to England in 1935 and applied to the Royal Military Academy. In January 1938 he was commissioned into the Royal Artillery, and six days after the start of the Second World War he landed at Cherbourg with the British Expeditionary Force.

Greenglass leaves prison in 1960; he had served 10 years of a 15-year sentence

David Greenglass: Spy whose testimony saw his sister and her husband, Ethel and Julius Rosenberg, sent to the electric chair

David Greenglass, whose lies in order to save his wife helped send his sister Ethel Rosenberg to her death in the electric chair, and whose death on 1 July has just been announced, was a central and reviled figure in arguably the most wrenching spy affair in US history, whose drama and controversy resonate to this day.

The Big Three, in a Decca publicity photo: from the left, Gustafson, Johnny Hutchinson and Adrian Barber

John Gustafson: Bass guitarist with the Big Three, who played the Cavern and the Star-Club in Hamburg but fell apart acrimoniously

There are no recordings to show how great (or otherwise) the Beatles were at Liverpool's Cavern Club but in 1963 the Big Three recorded their barnstorming EP, At The Cavern, which even now can hardly be bettered in terms of excitement and atmosphere. If the Big Three were this good, you may think, how much better could the Beatles be? The answer is not much; the Big Three had the potential to be a top group, but for one factor: they possessed a self-destruct button. They were unmanageable, uncontrollable and unbelievably good.

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Jan Hooks: Comedy actress known for depiction of Nancy Reagan on Saturday Night Live

While Spitting Image was satirising the Thatcher era on British TV, Jan Hooks was one of those on the other side of the Atlantic parodying Ronald Reagan's United States in the comedy series Saturday Night Live.

Lenz: he was part of Group 47, writers who sought to encourage democracy and free expression

Siegfried Lenz: Novelist and playwright who played a key part in the generation of writers who studied the rise of Nazism

Siegfried Lenz, who has died at the age of 88, was a novelist, essayist and playwright whose work made its biggest impact examining the rise of Nazism in his native Germany. He came to prominence after the Second World along with a generation of writers that included Heinrich Boll and Günter Grass.

Young: 'he has a problem with authority,' said Jann Wenner

Charles M Young: 'Rolling Stone' writer who was the first to write about the British punk movement for an American audience

At the 1979 Christmas party thrown by Rolling Stone magazine, Charles M Young, one of the publication's star writers, who in a long 1977 article had introduced an American audience to the Sex Pistols, was seriously drunk.

Aurangzeb in 1987: he served in Pakistan's parliament and became governor of Baluchistan

The Wali Ahad of Swat: Crown prince of what is thought to be the last princely state to be recognised under the British Indian Empire

Miangul Aurangzeb was the last crown prince of the last princely state, so it is believed, to be recognised under the British Indian Empire. This was Swat; Aurangzeb was born not long after the Chief Commissioner of North-West Frontier Province proclaimed his grandfather its Wali Ahad, or hereditary prince, entitled to a nine-gun salute, at a public durbar in the mountain-ringed city of Saidu Sharif, on 3 May 1926. The Wali had local prestige and popular loyalty as the grandson of Swat's 19th-century Akond, or spiritual leader, Abdul Ghafur.

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