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Hedli Macneice (née Anderson); W.H. Auden; Sir William Menzies Coldstream

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Hedli Macneice (née Anderson); W.H. Auden; Sir William Menzies Coldstream, by Unknown photographer, 1937 - NPG x15192 - © National Portrait Gallery, London

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Hedli Macneice (née Anderson); W.H. Auden; Sir William Menzies Coldstream

by Unknown photographer
snapshot print, 1937
3 3/4in. x 2 3/4in. (78 mm x 53 mm)
Given by the Britten estate, 1981
Photographs Collection
NPG x15192


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Current affairs

George VI becomes king. The younger brother of Edward VIII was crowned on the 12th May and the coronation was broadcast to Britain and the Empire on the radio. Edward becomes the Duke of Windsor, although the rank of 'Royal Highness' is not extended to Wallis Simpson. Neville Chamberlain becomes Prime Minister following Baldwin's retirement.

Art and science

Roland Penrose organises a tour of Picasso's painting Guernica to the UK. The painting, which shows the horrors of the Spanish Civil War, went on display at the Whitechapel Art Gallery in East London. A new synthetic fabric is invented and named after New York and London: Nylon.

International

Commercial airship travel is brought to an end with the 'Hindenberg Disaster'. The German airship exploded while landing in New Jersey. The radio broadcaster Herbert Morrison's reaction has become legendary: 'Oh, the humanity!' Japan invades China, killing about 25,000. Japanese Troops committed numerous atrocities against soldiers and civilians in what became known as the 'Rape of Nanking'.

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