Kenneth Horne (1907–1969) was an English comedian and businessman. His
burgeoning career with the Triplex Safety Glass company was interrupted
by wartime service with the Royal Air Force. While serving in a barrage
balloon unit and broadcasting as a quizmaster on the BBC radio show Ack-
Ack, Beer-Beer, he met the entertainer Richard Murdoch, with whom he
wrote and starred in the comedy series Much-Binding-in-the-Marsh
(1944–51). After demobilisation Horne returned to his flourishing
business career, keeping his broadcasting as a sideline. He later became
the chairman and managing director of toy manufacturers Chad Valley. In
1958 Horne suffered a stroke and gave up his business dealings to focus
on his entertainment work. He was the anchor figure in Beyond Our Ken
(1958–64). When the programme came to an end, he recorded four series
of the comedy Round the Horne (1965–68). Before a planned fifth
series, Horne died of a heart attack. A 2002 BBC radio survey to find
listeners' favourite British comedian placed Horne third, behind Tony
Hancock and Spike Milligan.
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Christianity became the state religion of the Roman Empire as a
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American Revolutionary War: A Patriot victory in the Battle of
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over the following days.
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The Reichstag building in Berlin, the assembly location of the
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house of cards:
1. A structure made by laying cards perpendicularly on top of each other.
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Man, unlike any other thing organic or inorganic in the
universe, grows beyond his work, walks up the stairs of his concepts,
emerges ahead of his accomplishments. This you may say of man — when
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alleys of thought, national, religious, economic, grow and disintegrate,
man reaches, stumbles forward, painfully, mistakenly sometimes. Having
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