LOSE YOUR­SELF IN 1959

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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.

THREE-POINT SEAT­BELTS

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.

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