LOSE YOURSELF IN 1959
THE NOBEL PRIZE AND AN OLYMPIC SILVER
Philip John Noel-Baker should be a name better remembered. This Labour politician won the Nobel Peace Prize in 1959 for his promotion of multilateral nuclear disarmament, but his life also saw a much earlier accolade: winning an 1500 metres athletics silver medal at the 1920 Olympics Games.
On 13 August 1959, a dealer in Kristianstad in Sweden took delivery of a Volvo PV 544 fitted with a revolutionary form of safety harness created by former aviation engineer, Nils Bohlin. His ‘Basics for the Proper Restraint of Car Occupants’ was given an open patent, which meant that Volvo shared – for free – one of the most important developments in motoring history.
ANGLIA TELEVISION COMMENCES
Nick Larkin’s favourite ITV station finally went on air on 27 October. ‘One minute to zero – this is Anglia Television!’ intoned dashing chief announcer Drew Russell on what must surely have been of the most exciting Tuesdays in the history of the region. Viewers thrilled to the televisual tour of the Anglia House studio and jived – in a perfectly respectable and restrained way, of course – to the hep sounds of Betty Bass & The Bachelors.