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 FLASHBACK 1954

Shape of things to come...

*The Highway Code was introduced.
*The American National Cancer Institute claimed it had discovered a link between cancer and smoking.
*Flashing light indicators became legal on British roads.
*The world's first nuclear submarine - USS Nautilus - was launched.
*As winter gripped Britain there were 23 reported deaths from accidents involving ice.
*Marlon Brando starred in On the Waterfront.
*First pre-recorded tapes on sale in USA.
*Pope opened Eurovision network.
*Sh-Boom by the Crew Cuts was the first rock 'n'roll record to be a hit in America.
*Roger Bannister was first man to run the mile in under four minutes.
*Lester Piggott was youngest jockey ever to win The Derby.
*Commercial TV given approval after discussions in the House of Commons.
*Actor Kurt Russell born.
*Actress Lesley Ann Down born.
*Bar Mitzvah of singer songwriter Bob Dylan.
*IBM unveiled their first business computer.
*Bill Haley recorded Rock Around the Clock. When released it only reached No 23 for one week in the American charts. It was not until re-release in 1955 that it went to No 1 and stayed there for eight weeks.
*Trials began for a polio vaccine.
*A report suggesting a link between smoking and cancer was published.

Written by The Editor - 16/06/2001 18:42:28

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