John Peel

John Peel OBE (born John Ravenscroft) served in the British army and sold insurance before he became a radio DJ. He was the longest-serving of the original BBC Radio 1 DJs, broadcasting regularly from 1967, until his death in 2004.

He moved from England to Texas in the mid-60s and began working at a Dallas radio station. In 1965 he returned to the U.K. where he worked on a pirate radio ship. Subsequent to that he joined the BBC.

Peel explored new directions in music and new artists. He was one of the first broadcasters to play psychedelic rock, reggae and punk records on British radio, and it is widely acknowledged that he promoted artists working in various genres including alternative rock, indie rock, pop, hardcore punk, grindcore, death metal, British hip hop and dance music.

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Charles Darwin

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Charles Robert Darwin was born in Shropshire in the 12th February 1809, he was the fifth of 6 children to Robert and Susannah Darwin.

He originally became an apprentice Doctor to follow in his father’s footsteps however his interest in natural history soon prevailed.

Darwin is best known for this Theory of Evolution which was published in 1859.

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John Hughes

John Wilden Hughes Jr. was born on February 18th, 1950 in Lansing, Michigan.

After dropping out of the University of Arizona in 1970 he began his career as an advertising copywriter.  His first foray into comedy writing had him selling jokes to comics like Rodney Dangerfield and Joan Rivers.

Inspired by early family vacations he wrote a story called “Vacation ‘58” which gained him entry to the staff of National Lampoon Magazine.  “Vacation ‘58” was also the basis for the movie “National Lampoon’s Vacation” which was released in 1983.

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Elvis Presley

Twins Elvis Aaron (Aron) and Jesse Garon Presley were born on January 8th, 1935 in East Tupelo. Unfortunately, Jesse Garon Presley was still born.

On October 3rd, 1945 Elvis made his first public appearance. He entered a singing contest at the Mississippi-Alabama Fair and Dairy Show and placed fifth.

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George Julian Harney

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George Julian Harney was a leader of the Chartist movement formed in 19th century Britain.

He was born in Deptford in south-east London to the son of a seaman and his working class roots would go a long way to forging his political activism.

Harney was the editor of a publication entitled The Poor Man’s Guardian and was imprisoned on three separate occasions for selling this paper.

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