© National Portrait Gallery, London
Sir Osbert Sitwell
by Walter Bird Click on the links below to find out more
bromide print on card mount, June 1958
6 in. x 4 3/8 in. (153 mm x 111 mm)
- Walter Bird (1903-1969), Photographer. Artist associated with 1428 portraits, Sitter in 1 portrait.
Photographed in the year he was appointed a Companion of Honour and retired as a Trustee of the Tate Gallery.
Britain's first motorway is built. The Preston bypass (M6) was the first road to be built to official motorway standards, although the M1 (opened in 1959) was the first road to be given official status. The road was opened by the Prime minister, Harold Macmillan, and heralded a new age of mass, high-speed motoring.
Art and science
Michael Bond publishes A Bear Called Paddington
, the first Paddington Bear book. This popular character is remembered for being found at Paddington Station by the Brown family, for wearing a floppy hat, duffle coat and Wellington boots, and for his penchant for marmalade sandwiches.The children's television programme, Blue Peter
, is broadcast for the first time.
Following the USSR's successful launch of the Sputnik 1
satellite in 1957, America launches its own space agency, NASA. Under pressure from the Soviets' early lead, NASA began research into human spaceflight. The competition between the two superpowers to explore outer space, send humans beyond the Earth's orbit and land on the moon was known as the 'space race'.