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Heavy price to pay for a series of freak occurrences - There can be few Welshmen down the centuries who have suffered a more tragic end than racing driver Tom Pryce. A wet-track specialist, Pryce was firmly on the road to a successful Formula One career when a series of freak occurrences on this day, 5 March, 44 years ago led to the 27-year-old’s tragic demise…
The mystery of what Carter’s excavation missed - It’s now 114 years since a history-changing association began between English archaeologist Howard Carter and his paymaster Lord Carnarvon. Initially Lord Carnarvon hired Carter to supervise the excavation of nobles' tombs in Deir el-Bahri, near Thebes, but attentions soon turned to the Valley of the Kings when Lord Carnarvon was granted a concession to dig…
Jackie Coogan: The man who lit up Uncle Fester - Today I learned three things about American actor Jackie Coogan… the fourth I already knew. I discovered he was one of the first child stars in the history of Hollywood cinema and that he gave his name to a law to protect child performers from exploitation, particularly by their parents. The third thing I found…
Four decades since Zoff was on top of the world - The oldest player ever to win the Fifa World Cup turns 79 today, but surprisingly it’s almost 40 years ago that he achieved that status. At the 1982 World Cup in Spain goalkeeper Dino Zoff captained Italy to victory in the tournament at the age of 40 years, four months and 13 days… but to…
When Glenn became first American to orbit the Earth - A week ago today it was the 59th anniversary of John Glenn becoming the first American to orbit the Earth, circling it three times during a five-hour mission, almost a year after Soviet cosmonaut Yuri Gagarin had become the first man in space and the first to orbit the earth. Glenn, a lieutenant colonel in…

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