1950: What a year that was

Kentish Express Ashford & District - - 65th Wedding Anniversary -

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.

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