LOSE YOUR­SELF IN 1964

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BBC TWO

The BBC’s sec­ond tele­vi­sion chan­nel was due to launch at 7.20pm on 20 April 1964, but a mas­sive power cut caused by a fire at Bat­tersea Power Sta­tion soon put a stop to that. BBC2 had a remit to show in­no­va­tive and off­beat pro­grammes. Pro­grammes such as The Likely Lads and Match of the Day were early hits.

MARTIN LUTHUR KING

Martin Luther King was awarded the Nobel Peace Prize in 1964, a year af­ter de­liv­er­ing his fa­mous ‘I Have a Dream’ speech in Wash­ing­ton. It was awarded in recog­ni­tion of his non-vi­o­lent pro­mo­tion of civil rights. The youngest ever re­cip­i­ent of the prize (he was just 35), he do­nated the $54,123 prize money to fur­ther­ing the cause.

CI­GARETTE BAN

An Act of Par­lia­ment ban­ning ci­garette ad­ver­tis­ing from Bri­tish tele­vi­sion was passed this year un­der the Tele­vi­sion Act. The first ever state­ment from the US Gov­ern­ment that smok­ing may (note ‘may’) be haz­ardous came from the sur­geon gen­eral. Per­haps it stated: ‘Maybe smok­ing can make you cough’?

MARY POP­PINS

The un­for­get­table Dis­ney movie about a nanny with an um­brella as un­con­ven­tional aero­nau­ti­cal trans­port land­ing on an un­happy fam­ily house­hold was a box of­fice mar­vel. Me­la­nia Trump could do a bet­ter Cock­ney ac­cent than Dick van Dyke, but many still con­sid­ered the film to be su­per­cal­ifrag­ilis­tic­ex­pi­ali­do­cious.

Nom­i­nated for 13 Os­cars – won five.

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