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Archive for Sunday, October 20, 2002

Great Britons’ list pared to 10

October 20, 2002

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— John Lennon made the cut, but Paul McCartney did not. Queen Elizabeth I is there but not Queen Elizabeth II.

The British Broadcasting Corp. on Saturday released a list of the 10 greatest Britons in history, based on more than 30,000 votes by the public.

The list, whittled from a Top 100 released in August, includes Princess Diana and wartime Prime Minister Winston Churchill. Diana's husband, Prince Charles, didn't make the list.

Also on the list are playwright William Shakespeare, scientists Isaac Newton and Charles Darwin, Victorian engineer Isambard Kingdom Brunel, naval hero Horatio Nelson and Oliver Cromwell, leader of England's 17th-century revolution.

Murdered Beatle John Lennon makes the Top 10, but not bandmates McCartney or George Harrison, who were both among the 100 finalists.

The British Broadcasting Corp. will profile the 10 figures in a television series titled "Great Britons," with viewers voting to choose a winner.

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