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C. B. Fry

Overview page. Subjects: Contemporary History (Post 1945) — Sport and Leisure.

(1872–1956)

Charles Burgess Fry personified the all-round amateur ideal of the English gentleman in the late 19th and early 20th centuries. Fry played cricket for Oxford University...

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Denis Compton

Overview page. Subjects: Sport and Leisure — Contemporary History (Post 1945).

(1918–97)

An English professional cricketer who combined an entertaining style and improvisational approach with consistent achievement with the bat. Compton was also an...

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Johnny Weissmuller

Overview page. Subjects: Sport and Leisure — Contemporary History (Post 1945).

(1904–84)

A US champion swimmer at the 1924 and 1928 Olympic Games, who acted in Hollywood films in the role of Tarzan. Weismuller's switch of professions represented the rise of...

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Ranjitsinhji Vibhaji

Overview page. Subjects: Sport and Leisure — Contemporary History (Post 1945).

(1872–1933)

Indian cricketer and statesman who played for England and captained Sussex (1899–1903).

He was educated at Rajkumar College, India, and Trinity College,...

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Rocky Marciano

Overview page. Subjects: Contemporary History (Post 1945) — Sport and Leisure.

1923–1969)

US boxer and world heavyweight champion (1952–56).

Born in Brockton, Massachusetts, Rocky Marciano earned a living as a labourer, working for a time in a shoe...

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Sir Jack Hobbs

Overview page. Subjects: Sport and Leisure — Contemporary History (Post 1945).

1882–1963)

Surrey and England opening batsman who scored 61 237 runs and completed 197 centuries in an illustrious career from 1905 to 1934 (excluding the war years). He was...

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Stasi

Overview page. Subjects: Contemporary History (Post 1945) — Sport and Leisure.

The East German security service in operation since 1945/6 (though officially not founded until 1950). Its activities, whose vast extent was only revealed after its dissolution in 1990,...

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