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  The UK Smallpox Outbreak of 1961/1962   Smallpox was all but eradicated in the UK by the late 1930s when an outbreak occurred in Bradford in December of 1961.  The result was 14 confirmed cases of smallpox, 6 deaths from the disease and vaccination of around 250,00 people.   The smallpox vaccine as introduced…

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ENTERTAINMENT FILM   Breakfast at Tiffany’s was released 5th October 1961. Directed by Blake Edwards and starring Audrey Hepburn, this romantic comedy is based loosely on Truman Capote’s novella of the same name published in 1958. The film won 2 Oscars, Best original score and Best original song for Moon River. The role of Holly…

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ENTERTAINMENT TV Dr. Kildare was a medical drama TV series that ran from 28th September 1961 for 5 seasons. It was based on fictional doctor characters originally created by Max Brand in the 1930s and used by MGM in a popular film series and radio drama.     The TV series quickly achieved success and…

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ENTERTAINMENT LITERATURE  2 LADY CHATTERLEY’S LOVER  by  D.H. LAWRENCE The novel was first published privately in Italy in 1928 and France the following year.  It was not published openly in the UK until 1960 when the publishers, Penguin Books were charged under the Obscene Publications Act of 1959. The plot involves the class division prevalent…

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  ENTERTAINMENT LITERATURE  1   THE TROPIC OF CANCER by HENRY MILLER The novel was published in France 1934 and immediately banned by the US Customs Service from being imported into the USA declaring it obscene. In 1950 the director of the American Civil Liberties Union attempted to import the book which led to a…

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  SONGS OF PRAISE 1st October 1961 A long-running religious BBC programme Songs of Praise broadcasts church services and in particular the singing of Christian hymns from churches from a different place and of varying denominations each week. The first broadcast was in October 1961 from the Tabernacle Baptist Church in Cardiff. It is one…

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  The World Wildlife Fund (for Nature) is an international organisation founded in April 1961.  The purpose is to work in the field of wilderness preservation and the reduction of human impact on the environment. Amongst others, founder members were Prince Philip, Julian Huxley,                      …

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The Common Market 31st July 1961 UK Prime Minister Harold MacMillan announced in the House of Commons that moves to try to join the European Common Market will now go ahead. Ted Heath, deputy foreign secretary was appointed to conduct the negotiations. The offer to negotiate for membership will depend on satisfactory arrangements for special…

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