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Famous historical figures from your area Posted On 21 January 2022

Your local area has given birth to more notable people over time than you probably know, and it can be quite surprising and fascinating to find out just who these people were



History is important to us as it shows us where we were and how far we’ve come. This is exactly the same with historical figures specifically, who have usually influenced our society significantly. Whether this influence has been good or bad depends on what your own views are, of course, and this is what can spark a fascinating conversation between locals.


Labour Prime Minister Harold Wilson

James Harold Wilson was a British politician who was Prime Minister of the United Kingdom on two occasions. He was first PM in October 1964 until June 1970, and the second time was from March 1974 until April 1976. He was also the Leader of the Labour Party from 1963 until 1976, and was a Member of Parliament (MP) from 1945 until 1983. Wilson is the only Labour leader in history to have formed Labour administrations following four general elections. Wilson was born in Huddersfield to a politically active middle-class family. Born on 11th March 1916, Wilson passed away on 24th May 1995.


Film star James Mason

James Neville Mason was an English actor who became a Hollywood icon after etsbalishing himself within the British film industry. Mason was the top box-office attraction in the UK in 1944 and 1945, with some of his biggest British films being The Seventh Veil (1945) and The Wicked Lady (1945). He later starred in Odd Man Out (1947), which ended up being the first recipient of the BAFTA Award for Best British Film. In Hollywood, Mason starred in such films as George Cukor's A Star Is Born (1954), Alfred Hitchcock's North by Northwest (1959), Stanley Kubrick's Lolita (1962), Warren Beatty's Heaven Can Wait (1978), and Sidney Lumet's The Verdict (1982). Mason was nominated for three Academy Awards, three Golden Globes (winning the Golden Globe in 1955 for A Star is Born) and two BAFTA Awards throughout his career. Mason was born in 15th May 1909, and passed away on 27th July 1984.

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