LOSE YOUR­SELF IN 1962

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Z-CARS ON BBC

‘BD to Z-Vic­tor One.’ From the open­ing cred­its of a Ford Ze­phyr MkII head­ing to­wards the cam­era ac­com­pa­nied by the folk tune Johnny Todd, it was ev­i­dent that this was a new form of po­lice drama. The pro­gramme was orig­i­nally made with the sup­port of the chief con­sta­ble of Lan­cashire Con­stab­u­lary, which he promptly with­drew af­ter the screen­ing of the first episode.

LAST LON­DON TROLLEYBUS

Trol­ley­buses had been around since 1931 but in 1954 Lon­don Trans­port de­cided the fu­ture was in AEC Re­gents. The last cap­i­tal trolley ran in 1962.

CUBAN CRI­SIS

Fol­low­ing ev­i­dence of Soviet mis­sile bases be­ing es­tab­lished in Cuba, the USA cre­ated a mil­i­tary block­ade to pre­vent fur­ther ship­ments from the USSR across the At­lantic. Af­ter 13 days, an agree­ment was formed be­tween Pres­i­dent Kennedy and Nikita Khrushchev (right) but not be­fore the globe gen­uinely feared that this would be the start of World War III.

COVEN­TRY PHEONIX

Coven­try suf­fered some of the heav­i­est bomb­ings in the UK in WWII and so the new cathe­dral was a sym­bol of hope and rec­on­cil­i­a­tion. Its ar­chi­tect Basil Spence had the new build­ing con­structed along­side the re­mains of St Michael’s Cathe­dral which was blitzed on 14 Novem­ber 1940.

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