1950: What a year that was
26 January - India becomes a republic, severing ties with the United Kingdom. 20 February - Ealing Studios release the film The Blue Lamp, introducing the character PC George Dixon, played by Jack Warner. 22 February - Birth of Julie Walters, who shot to international prominence in 1983 by playing the title role in Educating Rita alongside Michael Caine. 24 February - Clement Attlee wins the general election, giving Labour a second term in government after their election triumph in 1945. Among the lost Labour seats is Bexley in Kent, won by the 33-yearold Conservative Edward Heath. 26 May - Motor fuel rationing ends after 11 years, marking another stage in the phasingout of rationing that was introduced in the wake of the Second World War. 11 July - First broadcast of the popular BBC Television pre-school children’s programme Andy Pandy. 31 July - Sainsbury’s opens the first purpose-built supermarket in Croydon. 15 August — The Princess Elizabeth gives birth to her and her husband, The Duke of Edinburgh’s second child and only daughter - Princess Anne.