A joiner from Huddersfield, he represented GB at the 1952 Olympics before becoming the first British cyclist to complete the Tour de France and then win a stage. A pioneer for the later golden age of British cycling.
A talented jazz singer from Texas she sang with Benny Goodman. She discovered Frank Sinatra and made a formidable partnership with her husband Peanuts Hacko.
Fought in the Korean War and then became an astronaut going into space twice on Gemini 4 and Apollo 9. A pioneer who averted a space disaster.
A native American from California, she was the last person to speak her tribal language. She set about re-introducing it and saving it for future generations.
A professional footballer from Yorkshire, he played for England and scored against Brazil, but had a second career as a singer, supporting the Beatles and making records.
Born in the USSR of Jewish extraction she was a refusenik, campaigning to leave Russia. Imprisoned for her protests she was eventually exiled.
Cartoonist who drew The Bash Street Kids for 60 years, as well as Dennis the Menace and Biffo the Bear – but questions were raised in Parliament.
Briefly a Hollywood star she appeared alongside Laurel and Hardy – but her acting career was ruined by Mary Pickford at the ripe old age of one.