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The Illustrated London News 1955 Events of this year in the Illustrated London News
- April 6th - Sir Anthony Eden became Prime Minister after the resignation
of Winston Churchill
- July - Bertrand Russell and supporters signed a
declaration, sent to all the World leaders, "Nuclear weapons threaten the
continued existence of mankind"
- July - Disneyland opens in Los Angeles at a cost of $17,000,000
- July - Donald Campbell sets a new water world speed record
of 202mph on Ullswater
- July 13th - Ruth Ellis, aged 28, became the last woman to
be hanged in Britain after murdering her lover David Blakely
for having an affair with another woman.
- September 22nd - Commercial television went on the air in Britain
- September - James Dean dies in a car crash, he was 24
- September 30th - A general strike took place in Cyprus against
British rule and EOKA, fighting for union with Greece, used bombs and bullets
to make the point
- October 30th - Princess Margaret decided not to
marry Group Captain Peter Townsend
- November 26th - Declaration of a state of Emergency in
Cyprus as enosis (political union with Greece) campaign strengthens,
British troops were placed on a wartime footing.
- December - Clement Attlee resigned as leader of the Labour Party and was
succeeded by Hugh Gaitskell
- The film the Dam Busters was released in Britain
- Grace Archer was ' murdered', died in a fire, by the scriptwriters
in the series of The Archers in order to get publicity for the BBC
on the evening that ITV first broadcast
- Samuel Beckett's play Waiting for Godot opened
in London and left many people bewildered!
- Ian Flemings' second James Bond book Moonraker was published
- Malenkov resigns and Kruschev and Bulganin
take over power in the USSR
- Christopher Cockerell invents the Hovercraft
- Albert Einstein dies, aged 76
No. 3537 Vol. 136.(USA edition)
- Content includes:
- PRINCESS MARGARET Caribbean tour w. photos - including Trinidad, BArbados,
St. Kitts, and a color spread of the Bahamas.
* World of the Theatre: Ghosts In St. James. by J C Trewin. A new English Opera:
Tippett's "The Midsummer Marriage."
* A page for collectors: "Enamels- Chinese And European". By Frank
* World of Science: Shrews.
* Illustrations of Exotic Fishes by Steve Parker (double page)
* Window on the world: The Two China's And The United States.
* Sculptures found at Hadrians Villa.
* Netherlands crown princess Beatrix 17th birthday: article and photo
* Excavations At UR by Sir Leonard Wooley.
* full page photo VIVIEN LEIGH AND HUSBAND LAURENCE OLIVIER - upcoming Theatre
performance at Stratford-On-Avon.
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- Rescuers from HMS Maidstone evacuating the crew of the doomed HMS Sidon
as she sinks by the bow following an explosion in her torpedo compartment.
Twenty minutes after this picture was taken she had sunk in 36 feet of water
in Portland Harbour. After his successful rescue of two injured crewmen, Surgeon
Lieutenant C.E.Rhodes was amongst those who lost their lives.
- Dangers of mines on Britain's beaches, fully ten years after the war had
ended. On May 13 1955 five schoolboys lost their lives whilst trying to lever
off the top of a mine on the beach of Swanage Bay.
- Trinity College, Oxford (with double page centrepiece drawing of Durham
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